A musician of diverse abilities and interests, Matt McFarlane has been a part of the Bay View Music Festival since 1998. McFarlane studied Music Education at Graceland University in Lamoni, IA and dual majored in Piano and Trombone. After teaching instrumental music at the Lamoni School District, he pursued a Master of Music degree in Piano Accompanying and Coaching from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. New York performances have included choral performances in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center as a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir. As a member of the Minnesota Chorale, McFarlane has performed with the Minnesota Chorale at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and The Ordway in Saint Paul. His teachers have included Dalton Baldwin and JJ Penna. Conductors have included Osmo Vanska, Joseph Flummerfelt, Kurt Masur, and Colin Davis. Matt has accompanied in many voice studios, including those of Martha J. Hart and Sharon Sweet. Master Classes have included Diana Soviero, Virgina Zeani, George Shirley, William Preucil, and the Scholars of London. When not at Bay View, he spends time as the co-director of music with his wife Molly at Discovery Methodist Church in Chanhassen and spends his school year at the Main Street School of Performing Arts wrangling high school musicians.
Anthony Patterson began to study the piano at the age of three. At the age of eight he made his debut with the Lima Symphony and at age 12 he was chosen one of seven finalists in the American Federation of Musicians Young Artist Competition. In 1989, he was a finalist in the American Federation of Music Clubs national competition while winning the state and regional competitions. His teachers have included Richard Syracuse, Andre Watts, Jerome Rose and Earl Wild. He has served on the faculty of the University of Charleston, West Virginia; Capital University and Alma College, Alma, Michigan. Mr. Patterson joined the Bay View faculty in 1986.
Casey Robards is a collaborative pianist and vocal coach known for her versatility, imagination, and sensitive musicality. Dr. Robards has given recitals with singers and instrumentalists throughout the United States, as well as France, Brazil and Costa Rica. 2012-2013 performances include recitals with Karen Slack, soprano; Ollie Watts Davis, soprano, (Univ. of Illinois); Alex Hurd, baritone, (SUNY-Fredonia); Bonita Boyd, flute,(Eastman School of Music); Anthony Patterson (Alma College), piano; and the KO Trio (Donna Shin, Univ. of Washington; Ji Yon Shim, cellist, Faculdade Cantareira, São Paulo, Brazil).
A committed coach and pedagogue, Dr. Robards is currently a vocal collaborative pianist at the Oberlin Conservatory and faculty pianist/vocal coach at the Bay View Music Festival. She has been on the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University (Collaborative Piano/Voice), Central Michigan University (Piano) and numerous festivals including Young Musicians Inc. (Evanston, WY); the Weathersfield Music Festival, (Castleton, VT); the Plymouth Music Festival, (Plymouth, MA); and the StudiO Vocal Arts Institute, (Monticello, IL). She was the Resident Pianist/Coach with Indianapolis Opera in 2011 and has also been pianist/coach for Indiana Opera Theatre, and Illinois Opera Theatre (Urbana, Illinois).
Casey has recorded a CD of African American spirituals with soprano, Ollie Watts Davis, (“Here’s One”), and appears on recordings with oboist, Nancy Clauter (“Meridian: The Ascending Journey”), Jacek Muzyk, horn (“Horn Constellation”), the Eden String Quartet (“A Bountiful Blessing DVD”) and a TV special for a PBS fundraiser with soprano, Courtney Huffman. Her performances are regularly broadcast on Interlochen Public Radio.
Dr. Robards completed the B.M. (Piano Performance), M.M. (Piano Pedagogy) and D.M.A. (Vocal Coaching and Accompanying) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was a Tanglewood Music Festival Fellow in 2004 and 2005 and recipient of the Henri Kohn Memorial Award. Her doctoral dissertation is on the life and music of John Carter, African-American pianist-composer (1932-1981) and may be found at www.caseyrobards.com.