April 22, 2014 · 7:00pm

Doors 7pm | music 8pm
$12 at the door

OWNS-BlackOld Wood New Sounds is a concert series that will always introduce you to something new and interesting. You will hear world-class classical musicians performing new music by living composers and classical music that is outside the typical “Classical Canon” in a casual, non-pretentious listening atmosphere. Too often new music and classical musicians are relegated to the sterile chamber of academia. Come out and hear these musicians perform thrilling music with real passion and heart. You will support an art form that is often overlooked by main-stream music lovers – simply because they don’t know about it!

In our second installment of the OWNS series, Maria Thompson Corley and Kristin Sims will present an evening of music titled, “Rebels With a Cause”, celebrating composers who challenged the status quo. The program will include works for piano and voice by Monteverdi, Mozart, Wolf, Scriabin, Ives, Weill and Berberian.

Featured performers: Kristin Sims – Soloist; Maria Thompson Corley – Piano

Kristin Sims


Kristin Sims has appeared as a soloist with orchestras and opera companies throughout the United States. Ms. Sims received her B.M. and M.M. in vocal performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Ms. Sims has sung leading operatic roles with Opera Lancaster, the Harrisburg Symphony, Bel Canto Lyric Opera and Trinity Opera Theatre. Ms. Sims appeared with Allegro Chamber Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, along with the Lancaster Symphony Chorus in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and the Mozart Requiem. Kristin appeared as Mimi in Opera Lancaster’s performance of La Bohème and Nedda in Pagliacci, Rosina in The Barber of Seville in Philadelphia and as Sister Constance in The Dialogues of the Carmelites in Cincinnati. Ms. Sims is a member of the Naked Eye Ensemble, where she performed the world premiere of Rusty Banks’ song cycle Candy Jones. Last summer, Kristin made her European debut in the world premiere of Three Thoughts, for soprano, clarinet and piano. Kristin is a professor of vocal studies at Millersville University, where she teaches voice and directs opera and musical theatre productions.

Maria Thompson Corley

14.04.22_MariaCorleyJamaican­-born Canadian pianist Maria Thompson Corley gave her first public performance at the age of eight.  Since then, she has appeared on radio, television, and concert stages in Canada, the United States, Central America, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Europe, both as a solo and collaborative artist, including performances in Budapest at the Liszt Academy, and in Carnegie Recital Hall, Aaron Davis Hall and Alice Tully Hall, all in New York City. She has collaborated with such artists as Metropolitan Opera soprano Priscilla Baskerville, internationally renowned clarinetist James Campbell, and Dara Morales, principal second violinist in the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Her performances as soloist with orchestra include engagements with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Gunther Schuller, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Gunzenhauser, and the Allegro Chamber Orchestra, with Brian Norcross.  She has also performed with the Philadelphia­based Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, directed by Jeri­Lynne Johnson.

Her first CD, Dreamer, a collaboration with tenor Darryl Taylor, was released internationally on the Naxos label.  Her subsequent discs, on Albany, include a recording of the first twelve of African American composer Leslie Adams’ etudes for solo piano and Soulscapes, consisting of music for solo piano by African American women. Maria Corley’s recording of “Troubled Water” by Margaret Bonds, included in Soulscapes, was featured in the HBO Family documentary, Kabreeya’s Salad Days.  Her most recent solo CD is Of the Father’s Love Begotten: A Contemplative Christmas.

Dr. Corley’s undergraduate work was completed at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, where she studied with Alexandra Munn, whose teachers include Irwin Freundlich. Maria Corley received both masters and doctorate degrees in piano performance from the Juilliard School, where she was a student of renowned Hungarian pianist Gyorgy Sandor. Dr. Corley was the only pianist admitted into Juilliard’s doctoral program for the period of two years. She was also chosen to represent her alma mater in a tour of Central America, where she gave performances and master classes.

Aside from being an accomplished pianist, Maria Corley is an author. She contributes regularly to Broad Street Review, an online arts magazine, and her first novel, Choices, was published by Kensington.  She is also a composer and arranger of music for both solo voice and chorus, with pieces commissioned and recorded by the Florida A&M University Concert Choir, the Tallahassee Boys Choir, countertenor Darryl Taylor and soprano Randye Jones. Her choral music is published by Walton Music Corporation. Her arrangement of “Steal Away” is featured on countertenor Darryl Taylor’s Albany release, A Charm of Spirituals.

Maria Corley leads an active and busy concert life. Her recent appearances include a collaboration with countertenor Darryl Taylor in a concert sponsored by the Smithsonian Museum of African American History, featured artist at the Epidaurus Festival in Cavtat, Croatia, and engagements in Alberta, Canada, and North Carolina. Maria Corley is also half of Duo Chiaroscuro (Sara Male, cello).

She serves as the music director and organist for St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Lancaster, PA.