Cellist Rhonda Rider created the Petrified Forest Project—a concert program of pieces by ten living composers—during a National Parks artist-in-residence program at the Petrified Forest National Park in 2015. How does one convey the landscape or history of the park through music? Why is the cello a good medium for this project? How can composers approach such a unique call for scores?
Annette Richards is Professor of Music and University Organist at Cornell, and the Executive Director of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies. She is a performer and scholar with a specialty in 18th-century music and aesthetics, and interdisciplinary research into music, literature and visual culture. She is founding editor of Keyboard Perspectives, a yearbook dedicated to historical performance and keyboard culture, but her scholarly work extends far beyond the organ and its music.
Andrea Lindmayr-Brandl studied musicology and philosophy as well as mathematics and music at the Paris-Lodron University Salzburg and at the Mozarteum, Salzburg. After postgraduate studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland) she graduated in 1988 with a dissertation on Ockeghem at the Paris-Lodron University Salzburg. She finished her Habilitation (professorial dissertation) on Franz Schubert in 2001 and was appointed as Associate Professor the same year.