Hois, Musser to present pre-Vespers program

Barbara Hois and Joseph Musser will perform during the pre-Vespers at 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Hall of Philosophy.

Hois is the flute, chamber music and Alexander Technique instructor at the University of Pittsburgh. She also teaches the Alexander Technique at the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy and for Chautauqua’s Special Studies program. With music degrees from Arizona State University and Cincinnati Conservatory, she played for many years with Pittsburgh’s Con Spirito Woodwind Quintet.

Chautauqua has been a part of Hois’ life since she was a child, in which she came for a week at a time with her family of musicians, pianist Marjorie Kemper, bassoonist Richard Kemper, and her sister, oboist Rebecca Scarnati. As a teenager, Hois spent several summers at Chautauqua in the high school music program, studying with Bonita Boyd, and in 1979 as a member of the Music School Festival Orchestra flute section. Now, between her husband’s family cottage and her parents’ house on Ramble, Chautauqua has become the summer gathering place for Hois and her children.

Pianist Joseph Musser will accompany Hois. He is a retired English professor from Ohio Wesleyan University and former Chautauqua Institution trustee. Musser is an accomplished composer and the organist at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd in Chautauqua and at the First Presbyterian Church in Delaware, Ohio.

As members of the Motet Choir, Hois and Musser often perform together for the Thursday morning Amphitheater church service prelude. They have chosen music by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach to celebrate the 300th anniversary of his birthday on March 8, 1714. They will also perform the Sonata in C Minor by Georg Philipp Telemann, one of their favorite baroque chamber music composers. Telemann and Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel’s father, were such good friends that Telemann was Carl Philipp Emanuel’s godfather.