From the Pen to the Premiere

Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center

San Antonio, Texas

The MTNA Collaborative

Commissioning Project Presents:

Trio Capriccioso – Tom Gerou

Janice Wenger, piano, University of Missouri-Columbia

Julie Rosenfeld, violin, University of Missouri-Columbia

Leslie Perna, viola, University of Missouri-Columbia

Ann Rivers Witherspoon, moderator

MTNA gratefully acknowledges the support and cooperation of Alfred Music and Faber Piano Adventures, Inc.


Trio Capriccioso

Trio Capriccioso was commissioned by the Music Teachers National Association as part of the 2016 Commissioned Composer program, aimed at featuring collaborative music and exploring unusual instrumentation. This violin, viola and piano trio offers unique possibilities. The similar timbres  between the violin and viola allow for blended textures and extended range, while the differences in resonance provide variety of color. This rhapsodic piece, written in free-variation form, changes in tempo and character from section to section. Rhythmic and brilliant passages contrast with lyrical counterpoint, and short cadenzas are interspersed throughout the work to highlight each instrument.

—Tom Gerou

Tom Gerou, is co-author of Great Music And Musicians published by Alfred Music and is well-known as a composer and arranger of piano music for students. He received degrees in composition from the University of Southern California and Yale University.


Leslie Perna has performed with the Esterhazy, DaVinci and Artaria Quartets and the Concordia String Trio. She teaches viola and chamber music at the University of Missouri and at national and international conferences and festivals.

Julie Rosenfeld was first violinist of the renowned Colorado String Quartet from 1982 until 2013. Currently she is an assistant professor at the University of Missouri School of Music and a member of its resident Esterhazy Quartet.

Janice Wenger, NCTM, is professor of piano and associate director of the school of music at the University of Missouri, where she teaches piano literature and applied and collaborative piano. She is co-chair of the Collaborative Commissioning Project for MTNA.

Ann Rivers Witherspoon is an active composer in many genres. She also maintains a private studio, teaching composition, theory and piano. Witherspoon chairs the MTNA Composer Commissioning Program.

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