On Sunday, August 7, 5:30 p.m., at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Kyla Davidson will present a recital of cello works, accompanied by Joel Bejot on the piano. It will be a varied program, including “Memorial to Martin Luther King” by Oskar Morawetz, “Postludium” by Valentin Silvestrov, and excerpts of “Sonata for Cello and Piano” by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Pieces will be preceded by short explanations by the performer.
Kyla has competed and performed nationally and internationally during her career, both as a soloist and with various chamber ensembles and orchestras. Ms. Davidson represented the College of Idaho at the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar in 2008 and 2009, and returned to her alma mater as adjunct cello faculty for the 2020-2021 term. Kyla maintains a vibrant private studio, and has also mentored many young artists at the Sun Valley Summer Symphony Festival, the Tahoe Music Institute, and the College of Idaho Cello Festival. Currently, Kyla is enrolled at the graduate school at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Joel Bejot is an organist and choirmaster, and owner of Joel Bejot Music Studio. He has worked for a variety of churches, ensembles, and organizations for more than 18 years. Since moving to Idaho in late 2013, Joel has become a busy local musician, in demand for solo work, for playing religious services, weddings, and funerals, for accompanying and directing ensembles and soloists, and for teaching piano at a variety of levels. During his tenure at St. Thomas, Joel has developed an Evensong program, a handbell program, and has reinvigorated the children’s choir program. He has brought in recitalists for the St. Thomas Chamber Music Series to offer to the community, and plays regular solo organ recitals. He has played in the pit orchestra and was Music Director for several shows with St. Thomas Playhouse. Joel received his Master of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Denver in 2010, and his Bachelor of Music with a Church Music emphasis from Concordia University, Seward, NE, in 2004. Joel is very happy to live in this wonderful area with his wife and three school-age children.