All Concerts are Sunday afternoon at 3:00 P.M.

September 8, 2019
Thomas Bander, Viola & Geena Kam, Piano
Thomas Bandar, Viola
Thomas maintains parallel careers as an arts administrator, violist, and music educator. Through his successive leadership roles at the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Curtis Institute of Music—where he served as Associate Dean—he has guided an entire generation of gifted young musicians through their music education and transition to life as professional musicians. In 2017 he was appointed Executive Director of Lutheran Music Program.

In recent seasons he has been a faculty member at the Crested Butte Music Festival and performed in recital across the East Coast, including appearances with Curtis on Tour, Curtis’s signature touring initiative. A regular performer with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Thomas has also been a member of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Chamber Symphony, and Cleveland Opera Orchestra.

Thomas has served on the faculty of Texas Lutheran University and been a clinician and guest artist at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, University of Texas-Austin, Gonzaga University, and Eastern Washington University.  A dedicated chamber musician, he has taught at the Austin Chamber Music Center and California Summer Music, and founded and directed chamber music programs for Youth Music Monterey and the Holy Names Music Center.

Thomas holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Denver, with additional studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Geena Kam, Piano
Geena Kam is a classical pianist, collaborator, pedagogue, and arts avocate. Currently a piano faculty member at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, Dr. Kam has concertized throughout the Midwest, Asia, and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician.

A passionate educator, Dr. Kam has created and directed venues for young pianists as well as presented workshops and masterclasses for area teachers. Recent events include Chopin Piano Competition for the Chopin Fine Arts Club South Bend and Sonata/Sonatina Festival for the South Bend Area Music Teachers Association, and she is currently working on creating a Baroque festival for 2020 for pre-college piano students. Dr. Kam’s piano students have won regional and international piano competitions including Stickley Competition, IPFW Gene Marcus Competition and Carmel Klavier International Competition.

An outspoken proponent for music, arts and the community, Dr. Kam is the founder and artistic director of the Buchanan Art Center Concert Series in Buchanan, MI which provides free public concerts while exploring the connections between visual and musical art. Dr. Kam also organizes the Indiana chapter of Music for Food concert series, a musician-led initiative for local hunger relief, which benefits the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.