2018 Visiting Faculty


Slapin-Solomon Duo
Class: Bach Transcriptions

The Slapin-Solomon Duo has been featured at several international viola congresses, and their recordings, which include many premieres of modern American duos on the Eroica Classical Recordings, ISG, and AVS labels, have garnered critical acclaim in such publications as Strad, the All Music Guide, the New York Violist, as well as the Journals of the American and Canadian Viola Societies. The Slapin-Solomon Duo won Best Chamber Music Performance for 2008 at the Tribute to the Classical Arts in New Orleans and can be heard performing Scott's popular Nocturne in the nal scene of the award-winning docudrama Secret Life, Secret Death.

Scott and Tanya have been performing as a duo for nearly twenty years, and they make their home in South Hadley, MA. They are the founders of Pioneer Valley Strings, and they teach violin and viola privately in South Hadley and Amherst, MA, as well as worldwide via Skype. For more info., visit them at www.violaduo.com and www. pioneervalleystrings.weebly.com.

Scott and Tanya spent their rst few years together as members of the full-time orchestras in São Paulo (Brazil), Louisville, and New Orleans after having met touring as the viola section of the Philadelphia Virtuosi. They shared the stage (and in some cases recorded) with such outstanding and diverse artists as Joshua Bell, James Galway, Leonidas Kavakos, Yo-yo Ma, Dave Brubeck, Marvin Hamlisch, Smokey Robinson, Ben E. King, Dr. John, Randy Newman, and Itzhak Perlman with the New York Philharmonic. They combined their extensive experience from the orchestra world to arrange more than sixty works from the standard Classical repertoire for viola duo, and they have recorded several of them including Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, and Rossini's Overture to the Barber of Seville on a recent album called Symphonic Masterworks.

As soloists, Scott and Tanya made the rst complete all-viola recording of J.S. Bach's Unaccompanied Sonatas, Partitas and Suites (BWV 1001-1013), on the Eroica Classical Recordings label, with Scott performing the Sonatas and Partitas and Tanya playing the Suites. 


Grant Moss
Class: Organ and Carillon

Grant Russell Moss is a senior lecturer in music at Smith College where he has served since 1983 as organist to the college. A Nebraska native, Moss is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where he was an organ student of George Ritchie. He holds the doctor of musical arts degree from Yale University, where his principal teachers were Charles Krigbaum and Michael Schneider.

A regional winner of the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Competition and first-prize winner of the Ottumwa National Organ Playing Competition, Moss has appeared at the summer organ festivals at Methuen (Mass.) and Round Lake (N.Y.), the Great Organ Music at Yale series, and in concerto performances with the Five College Orchestra, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Orchestra, the Amherst College Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony and the Pioneer Valley Symphony. As accompanist, he has toured many times with the Smith Chamber Singers and was the first visiting American organist to perform at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In addition to his duties as teacher of organ, piano and harpsichord, he is conductor of the Smith handbell choir.

Past Visiting Faculty

Duo Amie  Class: Scores and Editions

Duo Amie
Class: Scores and Editions

Jesse Stacken  Class: Improvisation

Jesse Stacken
Class: Improvisation