Rossini Club Event Calendar

May 15 Concert Presenting a New Generation of Maine Performers
May 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm


Sunday, May 15th, 2022 at 3 p.m.

Portland Rossini Club Program

  • Anthony Ayer, second place winner of the 2022 Ocy Downs Piano Competition, will perform Lili Boulanger’s Prelude in D-flat
  • Olivia Christopher, soprano, will perform songs by Amy Beach, Richard Strauss, Lori Laitman, and Ricky Ian Gordon
  • March Steiger, soprano, will perform songs by Schönberg, Boulanger, Donizetti, and Mozart Stella Faux, violin, with pianist Miriam Schwanauer, will perform Bartok’s Romanian Dances

May 15th Flyer

May 15th Program

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Location: The Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State Street, Portland

Suggested donation $15/$10 seniors (students are admitted free of charge)
For more information: 207-318-7465

Musician Biography

Anthony Ayer, piano:

Recent second place winner of the 2022 Oct Downs Piano Competition, Anthony has been playing piano for around four and a half years, and is currently a student of Oren Gauthier, as well as a sophomore at Baxter Academy in Portland. He enjoys listening to, playing, and occasionally writing music. He also enjoys being outdoors, and spending time with his family, friends and two cats.

Olivia Christopher, soprano:

Olivia is a New Hampshire native and recent graduate of USM’s
Osher School of Music. For four years she was a student of Dr. Malinda Haslett, a member of
the award winning Chamber Singers, and performer in opera workshop. In 2021 she was cast as
1st and 2nd Spirit in USM’s Die Zauberflöte and this spring appeared as La fée in USM’s
production of Cendrillon by Pauline Viardot. In the spring of 2022, Olivia was awarded the Vocal
Studies Encouragement Award for her work as a music theory tutor and an Undergraduate
Research Opportunities fellowship to continue her extensive research on Lili Boulanger in Paris,

March Steiger, soprano:

A fourth year Classical Vocal Performance Major at USM’s Osher
School of Music, March Steiger lives in Buxton, ME. He is currently studying with Dr. Malinda
Haslett. During his time at USM, March has appeared in productions with USM’s Opera
Workshop as The Prince and Armelinde (Cendrillon, Viardot), Marie (La Fille du Regiment), La
Périchole (La Périchole), Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Adele (Die Fledermaus), and
Dorabella (Cosí fan tutte). He also has been a soloist with the Southern Maine Symphony
Orchestra and USM’s Choral Union. March has been a finalist in the Maine Classical NATS
competition three years in a row, as well as being selected to sing in the USM School of Music
Honors Recital in 2021 and 2022. In the summer of 2021, he performed in the ensemble of Opera
Maine’s production of L’Elisir d’Amore. March has found his passion in performing works by
underrepresented and underperformed composers.

Stella Faux, violin:

Violinist Stella Faux is excited to be joining Miriam Schwanauer for Zoltán
Székely’s version of Bartόk’s Romanian Folk Dances. In addition to performing regularly as a
soloist and an avid chamber musician, Stella was the winner of the Sinfonia da Camera Concerto
Competition, performing under the direction of Ian Hobson, and the Carnegie Hall based
American Protégé Competition in 2017. She will be graduating from Boston University this May
with Bachelor’s degrees in Violin Performance and Psychology.

Miriam Schwanauer, piano:

Born and raised in Maine, Miriam Schwanauer was a pupil of Ocy
L. Downs and, at age 19, was honored to be selected to play for a master class given by Garrick
Ohlsson. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music (B.M. in Applied Piano, and M.M. in Piano
Performance and Literature), her teachers include Frank Glazer and Rebecca Penneys. Miriam
served on the piano faculty of the Portland Conservatory of Music from 1996 to 2001. Devoted
to teaching, she served on the faculty of Saint Joseph’s College, teaching courses in Music
History and Appreciation, and taught music at the Hill School and piano at the Waynflete
School. In 2002, after relocating to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, Miriam joined the piano faculty
of the Conservatory of Central Illinois, where she taught until 2020. Upon her return to Maine in
2020, Miriam rejoined the PCM piano faculty, and performs as a soloist, and collaborative
pianist. Director of the Early Childhood Music Program offered at PCM, she also serves as an
instructor for PCM’s Certificate Program.