Jane Berkner and Kim Bakkum have been performing together since 1997 appearing in concert venues across the Midwest, as well as Sere Musicale and Corofest Assisi in Italy. They have performed for the National Flute Association and with the Singers Companye at the National Gallery in Washington, DC; and in 2007 released a CD together, “In Cynthia’s Garden”. For their faculty recital at Ashland, they will perform works by Paul Taffanel, Fikret Amirov, Shulamit Ran, Daniel Dorff, Carl Reinecke and Michael Garson.
Jane Berkner is on the music faculties of both Ashland University and the University of Akron, and has performed with the Akron, Ashland, Canton and Youngstown Symphonies, the Ohio Ballet Orchestra, O’Neil Chamber Players and the Chamber Music Society of Ohio. Currently performing with guitarist Stephen Aron in the duo AronBerkner, they are presenting concerts across the United States, and will be playing and teaching at Suonare in Italia in Assisi, Italy during the summer of 2012. Recognized for her expertise as a flute choir director, she was coordinator of the National Flute Association’s High School Flute Choir from 2001 to 2006, and is the director of a summer flute choir camp for adults at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. She is also arts and enrichment director for the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Ohio Arts Presenters Network. www.janeberkner.com
A Montana native, Kim Bakkum is an active pianist in the Akron-Cleveland area of Ohio. She holds a masters in piano performance from Western Michigan University, and has done extensive studies in art song and opera in Graz and Vienna, Austria. She has been on the faculties of the University of Montana, the University of Akron and Kent State University. She has performed with Cleveland Opera on Tour, Porthouse Summer Theatre, O’Neil Chamber Players, Canton Players Guild, the Wiener Symphoniker Percussion and Flute Seminars, and was coordinator of piano studies for the Western Michigan High School piano camp. She has been chairperson of the Independent Music Teachers Forum for the state of Ohio, and is a popular adjudicator and clinician throughout the state.