Dr. Rändel Wolfe joined the staff of historic Trinity Lutheran Church in October 1999. He served as the Director of Music & the Arts through 2010. Rändel was named Director of Music & the Arts Emeritus when an illness prevented him from continuing his ministry. He joined the church triumphant in April 2013. As an on-going testimony to the musical gifts of our brother in Christ, we established the Rändel L. Wolfe Memorial Concert Series to provide support for organ recitals and concerts throughout the year.
These concerts are supported through free-will offerings and patron contributions. If you would like to make a gift to support the Rändel L. Wolfe Memorial Concert Series visit our Online Giving page or mail contributions to the church office.
June 17, 2018 at 2 PM – Noah Breneman, oboe and Joanne Yang, piano
How many oboists started out playing the Euphonium? Probably not many, but Noah Breneman is one of the few. Born into a musical family, music was an integral part of Noah’s life from early on. However, it wasn’t until he discovered his aunt’s old oboe that he at last found his musical voice. A recent graduate from the Pennsylvania State University, Noah received his Bachelors degree in Oboe Performance while studying with Timothy Hurtz. Noah performed extensively with School of Music ensembles such as the Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band. Recent performances included a concerto appearance with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dennis Glocke. Noah is also an active freelancer in the central Pennsylvania area, performing regularly with the Williamsport Symphony.
Born and raised here in Reading, Noah is grateful for the opportunity to return home and present this recital. Noah began his oboe studies with Jill Haley while he was a student in the Exeter School District. He graduated from Exeter High School in 2014 where he was drum major of the marching band and principal oboe of the Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra for three seasons. Noah also appeared with the Ringgold Band, soloing with the group on two occasions under the direction of Jim Seidel.
In the coming weeks, Noah will perform with the Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra in State College and present another recital next month in Bellefonte. This coming fall, Noah will start graduate school at the University of Southern California pursing a Masters degree in Oboe Performance. Noah is excited for a change in location (and weather!) and looks forward to starting his next chapter in Los Angeles. When not on the concert stage, Noah can be seen hunched over a desk whittling away at pieces of cane (making oboe reeds), collecting vinyl records, running, or eating plant-based food.
Joanne Yang is an educator and performer from Tainan, Taiwan. She has collaborated with a variety of chamber ensembles, and as a recital accompanist, she performed the world premiere of “The Hall” by Joseph Gregorio with the Nittany Valley Children’s Choir at the 2015 national conference of the American Choral Directors Association. During her time as an applied accompanist at the Pennsylvania State University, she worked with many established musicians including Paul Edmund-Davies, principle flute of the London Symphony Orchestra, and Julie Landsman, principle horn of the Metropolitan Opera.
Yang earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Tainan University of Technology, where she studied with Lily Chou. She received a Master of Music degree with Academic Honors in Education at Fu Jen Catholic University under the tutelage of Suwen Sun. Next, she received a Master of Music degree in piano performance under Hanna Wu Li and obtained a piano pedagogy certificate from Carnegie Mellon University. Most recently, she obtained a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Penn State University, where she studied with Timothy Shafer.
She currently works in Lycoming College as an adjunct piano instructor. She is also an applied accompanist at the Pennsylvania State University, and she maintains a busy schedule of solo and chamber music concert appearances.