FR. SEÁN BRETT DUGGAN, piano
Seán Duggan, OSB, pianist, is a monk of St. Joseph Abbey in Covington, Louisiana. Father Seán's extraordinary affinity for the music of Bach was recognized early in his career when he won first place, on two separate occasions, in the International Bach Competition in Washington, D.C. In 2000 he performed the complete cycle of Bach's keyboard works eight times in various American and European cities. For seven years he hosted a weekly program, Bach on Sunday, on the New Orleans NPR station. He is currently in the midst of recording the complete cycle of Bach's keyboard (piano) music, which will comprise 24 CDs.
Father Seán obtained music degrees from Loyola University in New Orleans and Carnegie Mellon University, and received a master's degree in theology from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. From 1988 to 2001 he taught music, Latin, and religion at St. Joseph Seminary College in Louisiana and was director of music and organist at St. Joseph Abbey.
Before he joined the Benedictine order, he was pianist and assistant chorus master for the Pittsburgh Opera Company for three years. Father Seán has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Leipzig Baroque Soloists, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the American Chamber Orchestra, and the Pennsylvania Sinfonia.
Currently an associate professor of piano at SUNY Fredonia, Father Seán was a visiting professor of piano at the University of Michigan from 2004 to 2010 and at Eastman School of Music during the fall term of 2008. He has been a guest artist and adjudicator at the Chautauqua Institution for several summers and is also a faculty member of the Golandsky Institute. He continues to study the Taubman Approach with Edna Golandsky in New York City.
NATASHA FARNY, cello
American cellist Natasha Farny performs as a soloist and chamber musician. Her playing has been described with the terms “beauty and strength” (Buffalo News), “eloquence” (Sunday Post-Journal) and “music … with dozens of subtle flavors” (WNED public radio). Recent sonata recitals include appearances in several coastal capitals of Brazil, the Czech Republic, Chicago, Florida, New York City, and Washington State, and concerto performances of works by Schumann, Haydn and Martinů.
Natasha Farny has appeared with the Boston Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Abilene Philharmonic, and the Greeley Symphony Orchestra, as well as regional orchestras in Fredonia and Orchard Park, NY and Erie, PA. As a new music player, Natasha Farny works actively with living composers through her trio ANA, a soprano-cello-piano collaboration. She was the recipient of an Encore Grant from the American Composer’s Forum in 2010 with resulting performances that included concerts in Buffalo and at New York City’s Bargemusic series.
After pursuing undergraduate studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and Yale University, Natasha Farny earned a Master of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Juilliard School. After her studies at Juilliard, she spent a year in Leipzig, Germany studying at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy,” under a fully-funded stipend from Citibank. Natasha Farny is Associate Professor of Cello at the School of Music at SUNY Fredonia.