March 21, 2006
Morningside College alumna Peggy Vagts, flutist and professor of music at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), will present “Remember the Ladies: Music by Women Composers” on Wednesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Avenue. Accompanying Vagts on piano will be Morningside alumna Debra Reid. The recital is free and open to the public.
Vagts will perform a variety of work composed entirely by women including Anna Amalia’s Sonata for Flute, Clara Schumann’s “Three Romances, Op. 22,” Elizabeth Brown’s Trillium for solo flute, and Amy Cheney Beach’s “Romance, Op. 23,” to name a few.
Vagts, who holds a bachelor of music degree from Morningside and a master of music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaches flute and music literature at UNH. She served as chair of its Department of Music from 1997 to 2003 and was the recipient of the university’s College of Liberal Arts Teaching Excellence Award.
She is a member of the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra and has performed with several other groups across the country including the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, and others. She is a past winner of the National Flute Association's competition for professional performers.
Vagts frequently writes and presents on the topic of women composers. She has given lecture-recitals on the subject at the National Flute Association’s annual convention in Los Angeles, Calif., the College Music Society in Washington D.C., and the Greater Boston Flute Association’s convention, among others.
Reid holds degrees in music education and piano performance from Morningside College and the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She has performed in Europe with the Rome Festival Orchestra and as a soloist, accompanist, and ensemble pianist throughout St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minn., where she taught for eight years at the MacPhail Center for the Arts. She continues to perform as a freelance pianist and accompanist throughout upper the Midwest and deliver lecture-recitals to school, church, civic, and professional groups.