Solena Rizzato- Shop Technician
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Solena Rizzato is current non-degree-seeking graduate student at Oklahoma City University, as a student of Dr. Melissa Plamann. Prior to their studies at OCU, Solena graduated in May 2020 from the University of Oklahoma where they earned dual Bachelor's degrees in organ performance and viola performance, as well as the organ technology emphasis and a history minor. In the summer of 2019, Solena pursued an internship with Messrs. Czelusniak et Dugal, Inc. of Northampton, Mass. working on the restoration and maintenance of pipe organs in the New England area. Solena has a particular love for service work and can be found on tuning and maintenance calls when not in the shop. As a musician, Solena began their formal organ studies at the age of eighteen with Dr. Adam Pajan at the University of Oklahoma, having come to the instrument with over thirteen years of experience as a violist. Because of this, Solena enjoys transcribing orchestral works for the organ. Their recent transcriptions include movements of Dvorak’s 8th Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony and Eugene Onegin, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, and Gershwin’s An American in Paris. Solena continues to remain active as a professional violist and organist, and enjoys cooking, CrossFit, and long-distance running.