Dr. Christopher Mechell of Issaquah, Wash., will present a benefit piano concert at Old Main in Galesville on Sunday, November 19, at 3 p.m. The concert will include selected works from Scarlotti, Mozart, Schubert, and Chopin. Dr. Mechell completed his Doctorate in piano performance in 2016 at the University of Washington while studying under Craig Sheppard. He now holds a multi-year appointment to the lead teaching assistanceship position for the UW secondary piano department.
Dr. Mechell has received numerous scholarships and awards for piano performance.
Dr. Mechell grew up in Winona where he has presented a number of benefit concerts. He has made it his credo to give back to the community whenever possible. He now maintains a studio of almost 50 students at Puget Sound Studios in Issaquah.
Proceeds from free-will donations will be used to support the Gale Star program at the Old Main Historical and Community Arts Center and to address building issues. Old Main provides an off-campus venue for music to be heard from the faculty and students of regional universities and to encourage many who enjoy performing.
Refreshments will be served at intermission, when there will be an opportunity to view a photographic tour of Europe by Jim and Martha Riley of Galesville.
Old Main is located at 20869 College Avenue in Galesville. Turn into Galesville at the stoplight; from the Galesville square take West Gale or West Ridge Avenue to County Road T; from T turn south at 12th Street and turn right on College Avenue. Signs will be posted, and the building is lighted.
Mechell completed his doctorate in piano performance in 2016 at the University of Washington while studying under Professor Craig Sheppard. A multi-year appointment to the lead teaching assistantship position for the UW secondary piano department brought extensive experience teaching both class piano courses and a private studio of UW students. Mechell earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in piano performance with a concentration in music theory from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. A music scholarship winner throughout his years, Mechell studied with Evelyne Brancart and Edward Auer. He was the recipient of the Music Faculty Award Scholarship, the Friends of Music Scholarship, the Graduate Music Merit Fellowship Award, and the High Scholastic Achievement Founder’s Day Award. On a local note, Mechell has presented numerous benefit recitals in Winona and the surrounding community. These benefits include recitals for Big Brother/Big Sisters of Winona, the Winona Historical Society, and Home and Community Options. Mechell is probably best known for his 2004 piano recital that raised $7,000 to purchase a new grand piano for Winona Senior High School.