a musical advent journey with the musicians of Bear Creek and special guest musicians Andrew Cannestra and Kaitlyn Clawson-Cannestra.
Join the BCUMC choir, praise band, and special guests Andrew and Kaitlyn Clawson-Cannestra in this beautiful invitation into the season.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, pianist and composer Andrew Cannestra is the grand prize winner of the 2021 Aeolian Classics Emerging Artist Competition. His debut album, Mystic Pool, will be released in fall 2022, featuring one of his own compositions alongside works by William Grant Still, Alexander Scriabin, Frederic Chopin, and Henri Dutilleux. He is currently pursuing his D. M. A. in piano performance at the University of Oregon, where he studies with Alexandre Dossin. He also holds degrees from the Chicago College of Performing Arts (M. M.), where he studied with Adam Neiman, and St. Olaf College (B. M.), where he studied with Christopher Atzinger and Kent McWilliams. Outside of music, Andrew enjoys fly fishing, hiking, Italian food, and spending time with his wife, fellow pianist Kaitlyn Clawson-Cannestra.
Kaitlyn Clawson-Cannestra is a Ph.D. student in Music Theory at the University of Oregon, specializing in music by women composers and inclusive music pedagogy. She studied Piano Performance at St. Olaf College (B.M.) and Chicago College of Performing Arts (M.M.) while maintaining an active collaborative piano career. She accompanied several choirs at St. Olaf College, and worked extensively with the voice studio of Judith Haddon at CCPA. In addition, Kaitlyn played flute in the St. Olaf Band and Orchestra, touring nationally and internationally, and was selected as a Senior Soloist with each ensemble on piano and flute, respectively. Kaitlyn loves musical collaboration in all forms, and is excited to be back home in the Pacific Northwest for the near future.