Gallery Concert: Music of Van Gogh’s World
Sunday, September 17
Free | No reservations required
Join Dr. Christina Mathis and friends as they take an afternoon promenade through the music of Van Gogh’s world. You will hear beautiful Mélodie by French artists such as Duparc, Chausson, and Debussy as well as piano music by Chaminade and Poulenc. Performers include pianists Christina Mathis and Angelina Boos, mezzo soprano Jessica Bryan, and soprano Cassia Mathis Taylor.
About the musicians…
Pianist and teacher Christina Mathis began studying piano at the age of 6 and immediately fell in love! Christina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance from Judson College; a Masters in Music Education from Liberty University; and a Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Southern Mississippi.
Christina has extensive experience as a collaborative pianist in both sacred and classical music and is also an experienced music educator, piano teacher, and composer. She has two books of hymn arrangements and several original compositions published through Piano Pronto Publishing. In addition, she is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Piano through National Federation of Music Clubs.
Christina is Assistant Professor of Piano at William Carey University where she teaches applied piano, class piano, and oversees the collaborative and pedagogy areas.
In 2018, Angelina Boos embarked on a self-taught journey into the world of piano, driven by a deep passion for music. In the spring of 2021, she started piano lessons, marking a significant step in her musical journey. The following year she graduated from high school, setting the stage for the next chapter in her life.
Since August 2022, Angelina has been attending William Carey, where she has not only pursued her academic endeavors but also immersed herself in the world of music. Under the tutelage of Dr. Christina Mathis, her musical abilities have flourished, and she has grown as a pianist.
Cassia Mathis-Taylor, native of Florence, Alabama, is a graduate of the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. While at UNA, Cassia was involved in various ensembles including the Opera/Musical Theatre program where she performed many lead roles in productions such as La Bohème, Cendrillon, The House Without a Christmas Tree, and Turn of the Screw. She is currently working pursuing a Master of Music degree at William Carey University and is in the voice studio of Dr. Susan Ruggiero. Cassia lives in Laurel with her husband and their 10-month-old son.
Jessica Davis Bryan
Jessica Bryan is Assistant Professor of Music at William Carey University where she teaches in the areas of voice and music theory, and directs the a cappella vocal ensemble, Indigo Musica. Mrs. Bryan holds a Master of Music degree in vocal performance and Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Southeastern Louisiana University. As a private music instructor of twenty years, Mrs. Bryan has had the wonderful opportunity to teach music to all ages, from preschoolers to senior citizens, at Southeastern Louisiana University, Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts, DJB Music Studio, and William Carey University. Some of Mrs. Bryan’s favorite past roles include Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Miss Titmouse in Penhorwood’s Too Many Sopranos, Suor Angelica in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and Maria in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. Mrs. Bryan enjoys performing with her guitarist husband, David Bryan, with whom she collaborates in classical recitals, jazz gigs, and church worship leadership. Jessica and David enjoy living in Hattiesburg with their son, Joseph.