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Faculty Recital: Mary Lynch VanderKolk, “Through Her Window" 

Friday, December 16, 2022 - 7:30pm
  • Mary Lynch VanderKolk

School of Music faculty member and Seattle Symphony principal oboe Mary Lynch VanderKolk shares glimpses into the hearts, minds, and lives of women composers in this solo recital of music written for oboe. Featuring the world premiere of  Lantana, for solo oboe and electronics, by Alexandra Gardner. With Paige Roberts Molloy, piano, and Lexi Doremus-Wessels, oboe.


Alexandra Gardner (b. 1967): Lantana*

Louise-Marie Simon (aka Claude Arrieu) (1903-1990): Nocturne 

Louise-Marie Simon (aka Claude Arrieu): Impromptu 

Reena Esmail (b. 1983): RE|Member for oboe duo* 
Lexi Doremus-Wessels, oboe

Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-1847): Notturno in G minor H337 
Fanny Mendelssohn: Abscheid von Rom in A minor H352 

Jadwiga Szajna-Lewandowska (1912-1994): Sonatina for oboe and piano 
I. Allegro
II. Adagio molto e cantabile
III. Rondino pastorale
Paige Roberts Molloy, piano

Florence Price arr. Mary Lynch VanderKolk (1857-1993): Three Songs for oboe and piano 
I. Bewilderment 
II. Adoration
III. Out of the South
Paige Roberts Molloy, piano

* = World Premiere

Program Note

Through Her Window is an ongoing commissioning and performance project that brings together some of the most eloquent female-identifying musical voices of our time to expand the canon, reflect on life in America, share stories, and preserve experiences of this period in our history. Through Her Window creates a space for these artists to reflect on the prevailing issues of our time, and to give the world a peek into the windows of their hearts and minds. —Mary Lynch VanderKolk

“Art is a window to man’s soul. Without it, he would never be able to see beyond his immediate world; nor could the world see the man within.” - Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Johnson, First Lady of the United States 1963-1969.


Bewilderment Text

I ask you this: Which way to go?
I ask you this: Which way to go?
I ask you this: Which sin to bear?
I ask you this: Which sin to bear?
I ask you this: Which crown to put upon my hair?
I ask you this: Which crown to put upon my hair?
I do not know, I do not know.
I do not know.
Lord God, I do not know.

Out of the South Text

Out of the South blew a soft sweet wind; Ooh….
And on its breath was a song
Of fields and flow’rs and leafy bow’rs
And bees that hum all day long.

Out from the South blew a soft low wind; Ooh….
On its wings was the joy of a dream
And it hovered so near
I was sure I could hear
The call of the woodland stream.

Out of the South blew a soft sweet wind
And on its breath was a song.


Mary Lynch

Mary Lynch VanderKolk joined the Seattle Symphony as Principal Oboe in 2014. She previously held the position of Second Oboe with The Cleveland Orchestra and has performed as Guest Principal Oboe with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, among others. Since 2014, she has performed many times as soloist with the Seattle Symphony, including the world premiere recording of Marc-André Dalbavie’s Oboe Concerto (Seattle Symphony Media). Her growing list of solo recordings also includes two albums of music by Canadian composer Christopher Tyler Nickel (Avie Records) as well as Dutilleux’s Les Citations (Seattle Symphony Media)An avid chamber musician, she regularly performs at the Marlboro Music Festival, the Newport Music Festival (RI) and the Philadelphia and Seattle Chamber Music Societies. Ms. Lynch VanderKolk studied at New England Conservatory, the Juilliard School, and Interlochen Arts Academy, and her teachers include John Ferrillo, Elaine Douvas, Nathan Hughes, and Daniel Stolper. Now a devoted teacher herself, she serves on faculty at the University of Washington.