COLONIAL CAFE Presents “Wednesdays @One”
Pianist and educator Janna Williamson reflects upon the well-loved, mysterious and misunderstood Franz Schubert and his compositions.
Janna’s presentation will explore questions of meaning in the composer’s music and how known biographical information and historical context can inform our understanding. She will look to texts of Schubert’s most beloved songs and discuss how trends in his music set to poetry can give listeners clues to what significance might be found in his instrumental works, particularly those for solo piano.
About Janna Williamson
Janna Williamson holds piano performance degrees from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (both summa cum laude) where she studied with Winston Choi and Karin Redekopp Edwards, respectively. She performs regularly in the Chicago area and has been featured multiple times on the Shepley Concert Series at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, Missouri.
Janna has performed in masterclass for Edward Auer, Kenneth Drake, James Giles, Martin Katz, Abbey Simon, and William Westney. She studied collaborative piano with Dana Brown (vocal) and Angela Yoffe (instrumental) and has extensive accompanying experience with individuals and groups including the Wheaton Symphony Chorus, the St. Charles Singers, and the String Academy of Chicago; she currently serves as accompanist to voice and instrumental music majors at Wheaton College’s Conservatory.
In addition to teaching privately in her home in Chicago’s western suburbs, Janna has been a faculty member at the Wheaton Yamaha Music School since 2001 where she has taught traditional students as well as the Yamaha and Musikgarten methods. Janna has been an MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher of Music since 2004 and regularly presents programs to music teachers associations throughout the Midwest; in 2018 she was a clinician at the Illinois State MTA Conference. Janna is an active church musician playing in both traditional and contemporary styles.
She has sung in a variety of choirs her entire memorable life and studied singing as her second instrument; she directed her church’s children’s choir from 2011-2016. When she is not seated at the piano, Janna loves spending her time with her husband and their four children.
Please note: This and all “Wednesdays @One” events are open to the public and presented free of charge, thanks to the generous support of Colonial Cafe.