Current Salon

Sunday January 26, 2018 6:00 PM in Sterling

Guilford Station Arts Proudly Presents:


Noah Hardaway, Piano

Dr. Byron Jones, Tenor


Robert Schuman: Dichterliebe, Op. 48

Robert Schuman: Humoreske, Op. 20


Raised in rural Fayetteville, Texas (population 258), 23-year-old pianist Noah Alden Hardaway performs at renowned music festivals throughout North America and Europe. These include two summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School (where he appeared as soloist with the Aspen Sinfonia Concertante), Art of the Piano at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Orford Music Academy in Quebec, the Gijón International Piano Festival, the International Master Class at Santu Lussurgiu in Sardinia, the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, PianoSummer at SUNY New Paltz, Southeastern Piano Festival, Texas State International Piano Festival, PianoTexas, and the Kinhaven and Adamant Music Schools.

Noah has worked with luminaries from over a dozen eminent conservatories, including those in Moscow, London, New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto. Noah was also a finalist in the Houston Symphony League Concerto Competition and the Frances Walton Competition in Seattle, and was a semifinalist at the Julia Crane and Arthur Fraser International Piano Competitions. He has appeared on WUSF 89.7 FM and in the Houston Chronicle, and received scholarships for two years from Music Doing Good, a Houston-based organization devoted to expanding the role of music in local communities.

Noah also has a habit of curating innovative projects, including assembling large student ensembles, hosting weekly radio programs, and leading interdisciplinary performances. At Shenandoah University’s 2018 Student Performance Week, Noah received a grant to direct and perform in the Virginia premiere of Der gelbe Klang (The yellow sound), a stage composition for contemporary ensemble and dancers with music by Alfred Schnittke and stage directions by Vassily Kandinsky.

Noah is fortunate to count as mentors Vadym Kholodenko, Pavel Nersessian, and Sergei Glavatskih, professor at Moscow Conservatory. Noah’s artistic outlook acquired new dimensions as a result of their guidance, which began in 2014 and intensified in summer 2017. The legacies of Heinrich Neuhaus and Vera Gornostaeva are a continual inspiration to Noah, and his senior thesis is the first English-language exploration of Gornostaeva’s transformative approach to the art of teaching.

After formative studies with Clive Swansbourne, Noah joined the studio of Robert Roux at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music for two years. He graduated magna cum laude from Rice with a Bachelor of Music in musicology and with Distinction in Research and Creative Works. Irish pianist and pedagogue John O’Conor has been a mentor since 2012, and in fall 2018 Noah began his master’s degree in Dr. O’Conor’s studio at Shenandoah University. Interests outside of music include photography, Russian literature, and the American West.

Hear more of Noah’s performances online at, and find upcoming performance dates at (under construction).


Tenor Byron Jones is well-known to area audiences, having performed regularly for three decades in opera, concert, recital and intimate cabaret settings, in such venues as the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Opera House, and Millennium Stage, Lisner Auditorium, the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and numerous regional theatres. A versatile artist, he continually seeks out new challenges. Jones has received critical praise for his warmth of tone and clear, expressive use of language. He has performed with the Washington National Opera, Concert Opera, Baltimore Opera, Opera Vivente, and Florentine Opera. His  lieder repertoire spans Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Strauss, and Wolf. Jones remains active as a singer and master teacher. In fall 2017, he appeared in Jacques Brel: Songs from his World with the IN Series at Washington DC’s Source Theatre. This spring, he will sing the title role in a new IN Series production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. In the fall of 2020, Jones will perform in a program of French music with Lyric Fest in Philadelphia. 
Dr. Jones is Associate Professor of Music (voice) at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA, where his activities include teaching and directing. A specialist in languages, especially French, he has given master classes for the Washington National Opera Institute for Young Singers and the American Singers Opera Project. He returned to Seagle Music Colony this summer for his 7thseason as a member of the voice faculty. 
He holds degrees in French Language and Literature from the Universities of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Massachusetts-Amherst and degrees in Vocal Performance from the University of Maryland-College Park (Maryland Opera Studio) and Shenandoah University.

This event is open to the public. All music lovers are welcome! To attend this event, please read the information on the “Tradition” menu, then fill out the form below.

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6:00 — Performance
7:00 — Lebanese buffet

NOTE: This event follows the “normal” procedure.
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This event is $25 per person
and includes a Lebanese buffet by Mona!

(Students and children under 18 half-price)

The performance is one hour, beginning promptly at 6:00 PM.

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