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Houghton College: Wesley Chapel


February 22, 2019


07:30 PM to 09:00 PM


Dr. William John Newbrough is professor of piano and director of piano studies at Houghton College and serves as a piano faculty member at the Csehy Summer School of Music. He was awarded the Horne Blanchard Endowed Chair of Music at Houghton College in 2014 and was named the Mabel Barnum Davidson Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts in 2012.

Newbrough has won many international and national piano competitions and performed in numerous solo, chamber music and concerto engagements in the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Russia, South Korea and Australia. Highlight venues include Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, the French embassy in Washington D.C., the Van Cliburn Piano Institute and the Chopin Foundation in San Francisco. Newbrough was the only American of nine pianists worldwide chosen to perform at the prestigious Franz Liszt International Masterclasses and Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

In addition to being a classical pianist, Newbrough performs his own hymn arrangements at churches, colleges, and charity and benefit concerts. He has three sacred piano CDs on the Mark Custom Recordings label as well as a full-length production DVD titled Benediction. Newbrough holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree, artist diploma and doctorate from Peabody Conservatory of Music/Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Armenio Suzano was born in Brazil and, at the age of 16, won a competition to become the youngest member ever of the renowned Rio de Janeiro Opera House Symphony Orchestra (Orquestra do Teatro Municipal), where he served as assistant principal clarinetist for nine years. His accomplishments include the Outstanding Music Graduate Award as well as the President’s Award for Outstanding Performer of the Year (1997) from Stephen F. Austin State University (TX) and first prize at the Sul-America International Competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Suzano has performed with the Northwestern University and The University of Michigan Symphony orchestras, South Bend Symphony (IL) and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (MI). Recent performances include the Frank Ticheli Clarinet Concerto in 2012 with the Stephen F. Austin State University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Frank Ticheli and an all-Brazilian music recital program at various colleges in Virginia in 2013 and 2014. A winner of the solo and aria competition at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and the concerto competition at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI), Suzano holds a bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, a master’s degree from Northwestern University and a doctorate from The University of Michigan.


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