Performing “Misty” by Erroll Garner, Robert Stark’s “Sonata No. 1, Concerto for Clarinet No. 3” by Carl Stamitz and Scott Joplin’s infamous “Maple Leaf Rag,” Associate Professor of Economics Jo Beth Mertens is hosting a special, on-campus recital with fellow musicians in St. John’s Chapel. The concert, which is free, is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16. A dessert reception also will be held in the Blackwell Room following the concert.
“Music is a gift we give to ourselves,” Mertens says. “It’s something you can pick up after 30 years of not playing, to find you still know how to make a song. It is never too late to start either, and is something any musician should always make time for, no matter how busy they find themselves with other things in life.”
Mertens first found her true passion playing clarinet when she was 12 years old. Later, she played in her high school band in Arkadelphia, Ark. After having taken a pause playing the clarinet, Mertens recently began playing again with the woodwind ensemble at HWS.
Excited about returning to music, Mertens decided to organize and host an on-campus show, which will involve students, professors and musical instructors alike. Though Mertens also has experience playing the tenor and baritone saxophones, she will play clarinet during the concert. As of last spring, Mertens has also been playing her clarinet with the Finger Lakes Concert Band.
Assistant Professor and Chair of Music Mark Olivieri will be playing piano, while Mark Curiel ’17 and Geneva High School junior Morgan Kaenzig will be playing their clarinets. Applied Instructor of Piano Meg Cognetta Heaton will be playing piano, while Hilary Chaya, assistant principal at Williams Central School District in Williamson, N.Y., will be playing clarinet.
Mertens holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas, a master’s degree from Duke University and a Ph.D. from Emory University, having joined HWS in 1997. Mertens and her husband Bill Page also have a son named Noah.