Ward Virts Concert Series

Recital performance

The Ward Virts Concert Series celebrates the life and talent of Ward Virts, a talented Southern Maryland pianist who died suddenly in 1993. A group of Ward’s friends and classmates conceived the Ward Virts Piano Project to bring the love of life, beauty and music that Ward embodied to a new generation of Southern Maryland students, performers and appreciative audiences. The concerts are performed on a world-class handcrafted Bosendorfer Grand Piano, a gift to CSM’s Prince Frederick Campus from the Ward Virts Piano Project.

The series takes place in the Multipurpose Room 104 in Building B on the Prince Frederick Campus. All performances begin at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. No tickets or reservations are needed.

Thank you to our supporters!

Ward Virts Sponsors 2016-2017

CSM Foundation
Dr. and Mrs. Henry Virts
Edward and Patricia Mehosky
Mary Anna Phillips
Nancy Powell Hempstead in memory of Roger Powell
Stovy and Anne Brown


Arts Council of Calvert County
Maryland State Arts Council


Brian Ganz PhotoOctober 8, 2017 | Brian Ganz, piano

Brian Ganz is widely regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation. Mr. Ganz is on the piano faculty of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he is artist-in-residence, and is a member of the piano faculty of the Peabody Conservatory. He is the artist-editor of the Schirmer Performance Edition of Chopin’s Preludes (2005).

November 12, 2017 | Megan Jolley, viola

Megan JolleyMegan Jolley is a professional violist living in Alexandria, Virginia. She enjoys performing 20th and 21st century chamber and orchestral music throughout the Washington, D.C. area and especially enjoys mentoring young violists in her private studio. Ms. Jolley is an outspoken proponent of the viola as a solo instrument and for improvements in viola pedagogy. She received a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the Blair School at Vanderbilt University and studied under John Kochanowski, Eugene Becker, and Peter Bertolino. She has performed at the Brevard Music Center, Meadowmount School of Music, and the Chautauqua Institute and locally, with The Choral Arts Society, The Washington National Cathedral Choir, and the Alexandria Symphony. Ms. Jolley plays an early modern Italian viola made by Puccini Eligio in 1933.

Pianist Darya Gabay received her BA Degree from M. Mussorgski Music College in St. Petersburg and MM Degree from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia. She studied with the renowned teaches and professors, Galina Fedorova, Tamara Fidler, Sofia Vackman, and Sergei Urivaev. Throughout her concert career she had performed in some of the great halls of Russia. As an accompanist she had performed in many All-Russian and International competitions, where she has been awarded "The Best Accompaniment Diploma" three times
(1995, 1997, and 1998), and participated in several recordings for St. Petersburg Radio and Television.
Since immigrating to the United States in December of 1998 Ms. Gabay has become a faculty member of the Levine Music and maintains a private studio in Fairfax Station, VA. In addition, Ms. Gabay has been performing extensively throughout Washington D.C. area as a chamber music collaborator and accompanist.

February 11, 2018 | Tanya Langlois, mezzo-soprano

Praised for her “wonderfully rich and expressive voice” (DC Theater Scene), mezzo-soprano Tanya Ruth Langlois has appeared across the United States and in Europe singing in recital, oratorio performances, and on the operatic stage. Tanya began her musical studies at the age of seven with the piano and cello. Upon acceptance to the Tanglewood Institute’s Young Artists Vocal Program at the age of seventeen, she chose to pursue voice as her primary instrument, going on to obtain Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in voice from the University of Maryland, where she studied with soprano Carmen Balthrop. Tanya also minored in piano performance and continued to play cello with her string quartet during her time at UMD.

A passionate educator, Tanya teaches voice and piano privately throughout the DC metro region and is Director of Music at Saint Nicholas Lutheran Church in Huntingtown, Maryland. In 2016, she began her formal study of the organ and is currently pursuing her graduate diploma in Church Music from Shenandoah University. Tanya lives in Virginia with her husband, pianist Michael Langlois, with whom she recently performed Schumann’s Liederkreis op. 24 and op. 39 in recital.

March 11, 2018 | Michael Kannen, cello

Cellist Michael Kannen has distinguished himself as a musician and educator of uncommon accomplishment who is comfortable in widely diverse musical situations and venues. He was a founding member of the Brentano String Quartet and for seven years performed with that group on concert stages around the world, on radio and television, and on recordings.  During those first seven years, the Brentano Quartet was awarded the first Cleveland Quartet Award, the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, and the Royal Philharmonic Society's award for best debut recital in England for the 1997-1998 season.  With the Brentano Quartet, Mr. Kannen appeared regularly in such venues as Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Library of Congress in Washington, Wigmore Hall in London, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Chatelet Theater in Paris, and the Sydney Opera House.

Mr. Kannen is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, and pursued graduate studies at the New England Conservatory and Indiana University. Mr. Kannen is currently the Director of Chamber Music at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, where he holds the Sidney Friedberg Chair in Chamber Music.

April 8, 2018 | Holly Roadfeldt, piano

Holly RoadfeldtSince making her orchestral debut with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13 and Holly Roadfeldt has continued to be an active solo pianist and chamber musician performing standard and eclectic recital programs in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Holly’s mission is to inspire and advocate for piano music of the highest caliber and she regularly mixes newly composed music with established masterpieces. With her most recent endeavor “The Preludes Project”, she commissioned 16 composers to write preludes to be performed alongside works from the standard repertoire. Holly premiered 64 preludes in16 states as a guest artist at multiple venues including Oklahoma State University, Wichita State University; the Peabody Institute; University of Nebraska-Kearney; Western Carolina University; Carson-Newman University; the College of Southern Maryland; Westminster College; the University at Albany; Manchester University and Lafayette College.

Holly currently teaches at Lafayette College and serves as Artist Faculty at The Music School of Delaware. Previously, she taught at the University of Delaware, Susquehanna University, Gettysburg College, the University of Colorado-Boulder, and Indiana University. Holly received performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music (B.M.), Indiana University (M.M.) and the University of Colorado in Boulder (D.M.A.).

May 13, 2018 | Antony Zwerdling, baritone

Antony ZwerdlingAntony Zwerdling is an active performer in the DC area. He performs over 25 operatic roles, including Papageno in The Magic Flute, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Eisenstein and Falke in Die Fledermaus, Sid in Albert Herring, Marcello and Schaunard in La Bohème, Mama Agata in Le Convenienze teatrali, and Pooh Bah in The Mikado. He appears with numerous opera companies, including Washington National Opera, Opera Lafayette, Wolf Trap Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Lake George Opera, and Washington Concert Opera. As an Oratorio soloist, his repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, the Requiems of Brahms, Mozart and Fauré, and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. He performs with Handel & Haydn Society, Washington Bach Consort, Washington Master Chorale, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Concert Artists of Baltimore, and Philharmonia Baroque. Zwerdling has also presented solo recitals for Music at Penn Alps, Church of the Epiphany, and Ward Virts. He received his Bachelors degree from Northwestern University and Masters from Boston University. In 2007, he earned his Doctorate from Shenandoah Conservatory, writing about songs of Samuel Barber. Dr. Zwerdling is an active voice teacher, maintaining a studio at Hood College and College of Southern Maryland.