There is a certain arrogance that accompanies a reliance on freedom- especially “American” freedom. Until recently, lack of freedom to travel and see the world sounded as foreign to me as hoarding toilet paper and flour. As a professional musician, the lack of freedom to perform…period…? Science fiction! If someone had told me in late February, as my students and I boarded a plane to India, that this would be our last opportunity to travel for months, possibly a year or more- that the world would soon shrink in on itself antithetical to the virus it was trying to contain, I would have laughed. My American arrogance would have made this sound impossible. Yet here we are. Now nobody wants those crazy Americans setting foot on their soil. Too “American” to wear a mask in public. Too “American” to care about others, or even ourselves.
Dr. Tasha Warren, Assistant Professor of Chamber Music
Michigan State University College of Music | August 27, 2020
I never know what I’m going to write until I’ve written it; but this time I’ve planned to write just exactly what you may be about to read. It is going to be a brief commentary on an event that took place on the 3rd of March, an event that was rather tentatively organised because our guest performers, were already booked to play at the Goethe Institute in Kolkata on the 2nd, and later at the Calcutta School of Music on the 5th, with projects at Newtown in between and which made us kind of the stuff in a sandwich; could be cheese or perhaps jam?
But I decided to go ahead. Who can resist the iconic Jennifer Heemstra and her exciting musical projects! Here she was, with four clarinetists and a program from Beethoven to Brubeck! Our Effem Ensemble, consisting of two violins, viola and cello, still in its ‘infancy’ having started only last August and with an offering of the Beethoven String Quartet opus 18 no. 1 in F major and a premier presentation of the Four Miniatures for Oboe and Strings by Hussain S. Mohamed was a summons not to be denied. (full article)
Fauzia Marikar, journalist
Serenade Magazine, March 17, 2020
Впервые в рамках концертных программ «Pitch Pipe Foundation» организовано
мероприятие в городе Худжанд. Данный концерт пройдет 5 и 6 июля, но это не
единственный концерт его участниц Сьюзен Уильямс и Дженнифер Химстры.
Уильямс и Химстра планируют концерты также 2 июля в театре Оперы и Балета
имени С. Айни в городе Душанбе и 6 июля в гостинице «Серена».
(Полная статья здесь)
Газета Таджикистан, 02.07.2019
AAFSW and the Pitch Pipe Foundation hosted a midday concert in the Dean Acheson Auditorium at the U.S. Department of State on August 1, and those who attended were fascinated by what they heard and saw. There were five distinguished instrumental artists who had met each other barely a week before: Er-Gene Kahng from Arkansas (violin), Joel Pagán from Puerto Rico (viola), Dr. Carrie Pierce from Texas (cello), Dr. Wendy Case from Tennessee (violin), and our own 2016 SOSA winner Jennifer Heemstra from Michigan (piano). They performed music by exclusively women composers: rarely heard or newly discovered or recently written pieces for piano quintet. (full article)
Debbi Miller, AAFSW Membership Chair
Associations of the American Foreign Service Worldwide Newsletter, August 2018