The membership of Matinée Musicale Cincinnati is made up of active and professional musicians, many of whom perform at MMC meetings and in the community.  Donald Hurd is Program Chairman. Membership Meetings are held at 11:00 a.m.

 Membership Meeting
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Evergreen Retirement Community
230 W. Galbraith Road
Cincinnati, OH 45215

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Chamber Palooza

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Cincinnati Art Museum
Featuring the Autumn Winds Quintet,
Mary Pennycuff, Shirley Schnizer, Joan Cavally
and Atarah Jablonsky

Membership Meeting
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Christian Science Church
3035 Erie Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45208

Featuring Lise Proto, piano,
Joy Wallace Burdette, Soprano, 
Tony Burdette, Tenor,
and Toni Sheffer, Piano
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Membership Meeting

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
First Church of Christ, Scientist,
Hyde Park, Cincinnati
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Membership Meeting
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Home of Larrie Howard

Membership Meeting
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Greenacres Art Center

8400 Blome Road
Cincinnati, OH 45243


Nancy Walker is President and Artist Liaison for Matinée Musicale Cincinnati.

Shirley Schnizer, a native Cincinnatian, holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in piano performance from Miami University and the University of Illinois where she had an Accompanying Assistantship.  Teachers were Soulima Stravinsky, Robert Goldsand and Louise Erickson.  At Miami, she performed the Bach 5th Brandenburg Concerto (Violin, Flute, & Piano) with the University Orchestra.  She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and Delta Omicron, an Honorary Music Fraternity.  Along with 45 years experience as a studio piano teacher, Mrs. Schnizer is an active performer, accompanist and adjudicator. She has accompanied programs at Ursuline Academy and Seven Hills, and has accompanied students for OMEA  & college students in recital at CCM.  Many of her piano students have continued piano studies in college. She is a performing member of Matinée Musicale Club, Woman’s Clef Music Club, Clifton Music Club, and Delta Omicron.  She is First Vice-President of Matinée Musicale Cincinnati.  The Matinée is Cincinnati’s unique and oldest ongoing recital series.  This is the 98th Season of introducing rising stars and established artists to our city.  Mrs. Schnizer has served as Secretary on the Board of the Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra (BAMSO).  Currently, she is President of Woman’s Clef Music Club.
Shirley is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) in Music Teachers National Association (MTNA, OhioMTA).  She is a former President, Secretary & Chairperson of the Pre-College Buckeye Auditions of the Southwest District of OMTA. She served as Chairperson of the OhioMTA Showcase Recitals at the Cincinnati Art Museum for 8 years. 

Her past teaching experience includes Adjunct Instructor of Piano at The College of Mt. St. Joseph where she taught Class Piano to College Music Majors, Private Piano and a Class (Survey of 20th Century Piano Music written for the Pre-College Student).  As a Lecturer in Piano at The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Mrs. Schnizer taught Secondary Piano to College Music Majors.  On the faculty at the University of Michigan, she taught 7 levels of Class Piano for Instrumental and Voice Majors.  She was also Organist for the Inter Denominational Church and Staff Accompanist at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

A long time member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Madeira, she sings in the Choir, & uses her piano skills (accompanying).  She has served as organist at St. Paul.  She has chaired the Music Committee several times and directed the adult Handbell Choir for ten years.  Her Handbell choir went to Area 5 Handbell Festivals & performed at other churches to inspire them to begin handbell choirs. In 2004, she went on a singing tour in Europe with the St. Paul Choir.  In March 2005, (St. Paul Presents Concert Series), she performed “ In His Hands” with Alice Edwards, organist.  Shirley and Alice also performed solos.  In Feb. 2007, she performed on Pipe Dreams, another St. Paul Presents.  St. Paul Presents in 2008 & 2009 featured teachers of OhioMTA.  Shirley performed on these programs.  Programs in 2010 include playing at Kenwood Women’s Club, Clifton Music Club, Woman’s Clef Music Club and Matinée Musicale Club.

Laurel Hinkle is Second Vice-President on our Board of Directors for Matinee Musicale.  She is an active professional French horn player and pianist.

Donald A Hurd is Recording Secretary and Program Chair for Matinée  Musicale membership. He has held these offices from our 2011-2012 season and will continue through our 2013-2015 season. Mr. Hurd is a professional organist, collaborative pianist and violinist.

Nancy Martin, Treasurer in 2013-2015, is an Active Member on our Board of Directors.

Carolmae Katz is on the Board of Directors and was Matinée Musicale's Webmaster during the years 2007 until our 2014 season. In addition to her many years of membership in the organization, she has been our past financial secretary and ticket chair. She performed in piano duets with Shirley Schnizer at our 2012 Bonus concert celebration for our 100th anniversary.  She is a piano teacher locally and on-line at as well as a collaborative pianist.

Atarah Jablonsky has been on the Board of Directors and part of our organization for many years. For our membership in our 2012-2015 seasons, she has been our Concert Hostess chair.  Atarah is a piano teacher and performs locally as a piano soloist and collaborative pianist.

Mary Pennycuff  is a music graduate of Berea College in Kentucky, where she became interested in the secular and sacred music of Appalachia. She has many hours of graduate work in vocal pedagogy and performance, and has sung extensively in choral groups including the California Riverside Chorale, the Bach Passion Choir and the Harmonia Society of Oxford, England, the Cincinnati Choral Society, May Festival, and the  Cincinnati Camerata.  She is an arranger and composer and was commissioned by the Cincinnati Camerata to compose a piece using Appalachian material which became “The Seeds of Love” for chorus, piano, fiddle and mandolin.  Mary has served several churches in Cincinnati as Music Director, Handbell Director, or Soprano Soloist. She has presented workshops on the hymns of John and Charles Wesley and Isaac Watts, and is also the author of a series of talks entitled “Hymns to Live By”. She is currently Handbell Director at Forest Chapel United Methodist Church.

In addition to her membership in Matinée Musicale Cincinnati, Mary is available for a church soloist position or  a soloist for major choral works. She is a proficient Sibelius user and has done major transcriptions of handwritten scores to professional print editions.  She would be happy to accept work of this nature or arranging of original melodies for vocal, choral or instrumental use.

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