Music RSS Feed en-us http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/ Music RSS Feed <![CDATA[Percussionist Thomas Burritt to Perform at Southwestern College June 15]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1904 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1904 Thomas Burritt, professor of percussion and director of percussion studies at the University of Texas–Austin, will perform at Southwestern College Thursday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. The recital will be in the Richardson Performing Arts Center (Christy Administration Building), and admission charge is $10. 

Thomas BurrittActive in the creation and performance of new music for percussion, Burritt has built a reputation in chamber music as a percussion soloist and a concert marimbist. He has performed regularly at the Leigh Howard Stevens International Marimba Seminar and was a featured faculty performer at the 2007 and 2009 Zeltsman Marimba Festival. In April 2004, Burritt performed in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as member of the Hammers and Sticks Ensemble. Later that same year the Hammers and Sticks Ensemble released a CD on the Innova label.

Burritt has earned degrees from Ithaca College School of Music (bachelor of music in education and performance), Kent State University (master of music), and Northwestern University (doctor of musical arts).

As a percussion soloist, Burritt has been active performing percussion concertos by Maki Ishii, Steve Mackey, Joseph Schwantner, Michael Dougherty, David Maslanka, John Mackey, and James MacMillan. Burritt has recorded for guitarist Eric Johnson and recording artist David Byrne. Burritt’s first solo CD recording, “All Times Identical – New American Music for Marimba,” was released in November 2006. His second solo marimba recording, “Groundlines,” is available in iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Rdio, and Spotify. In August of 2015, Burritt released his latest recording via YouTube, featuring a video album of J. S. Bach’s 5th Cello Suite performed on the marimba. In 2009 and 2016, Burritt performed on two Grammy-nominated recordings, “Conspirare in Concert” and “Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings,” both distributed world-wide on the Harmonia Mundi label.

The concert is a part of the The Cole Family Summer Music Festival, June 11-17.  The festival is a seven-day camp held at Southwestern College.  Campers study with college faculty while developing general musicianship and music skills in four areas of emphasis--choir, orchestra, band, and piano. 

For more information about the camp or the concert, contact Brittany Donley, director of camps, conferences, and events at Southwestern College, at (620) 229-6141, or visit the RPAC website.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  About 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

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Fri, 02 Jun 2017 14:13:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Youth Symphony Auditions May 23-25]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1896 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1896 The Southwestern College Youth Symphony (SCYS) will hold auditions for the 2017-2018 season Tuesday through Thursday, May 23 through May 25. Audition times are 2 to 6 p.m. each day in the SC Darbeth rehearsal hall. Students who are in their second year of playing through 12th grade are invited to audition.
Students should be prepared to play a short piece to show their level of playing, two scales in contrasting styles, and a short sight reading exercise.  The audition fee is $5. Online registration is available at http://goo.gl/forms/d4bXOMT1UW. 

SCYS is accepting students who play the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, piccolo, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, electric bass, and electric guitar.  

Concert dates for the upcoming season are Oct. 15, Jan. 28, and April 22.  All concerts begin at 3 p.m.
For more information, contact Ismail Farid at Ismail.Farid@sckans.edu or (620) 218-1178. 

The orchestras of the Southwestern College Youth Symphony program provide musical training and performance opportunities to talented students in South-Central Kansas and northern Oklahoma. The youth symphony program strives to maintain a rich heritage of classical music in the region. The ensemble encourages students to achieve musical excellence, function as members of a team, and appreciate the talents of peers in the ensemble. Many musicians make lasting friendships with other members of the orchestra. 

 

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Thu, 11 May 2017 11:27:37 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Humbert Violin Recital is April 29]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1888 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1888 Ashton Humbert, music education senior at Southwestern College, will present her senior violin recital on Saturday, April 29 at 6 p.m., in Richardson Performing Arts Center, located on the main level of the Christy Administration building at Southwestern College. 

Ashton HumbertThe recital will feature Stephen Butler, Eva Farid, the William's String Quartet, James Leland, and the South Kansas Symphony Chamber Ensemble. Repertoire includes pieces from J. S.Bach, Schubert, Vivaldi, Handel, Mascagni and Faurè. There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend. A catered reception will follow the recital

 

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:27:39 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Jazz Band and the Percussion Ensemble to Present End of Year Concerts]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1886 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1886 The SC Jazz Band and the Percussion Ensemble will each present their final concert for the 2016-17 school year.  Both groups are under the direction of Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College.  

The SC Jazz Band concert is on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m., in the Richardson Perform Arts Center, located on the main level of the Christy Administration building and will feature music ranging from the standards of Miles Davis and Nat Adderley to contemporary music of Bruno Mars and the Foo Fighters.  

The Percussion Concert, which will feature the Percussion Ensemble and African Drum & Dance Ensemble, will perform on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  The Percussion Ensemble will present works by John Cage, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass, while the African Drum & Dance Ensemble will perform traditional music and dance from West Africa.

There is no admission charge to either performance and the public is invited to attend.  

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Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:55:31 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Elementary Honor Choir to Sing at Southwestern April 11]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1881 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1881 The Community Music School is hosting its first Elementary Honor Choir Day on the Southwestern College campus Tuesday, April 11. After a full day of activities, the event will conclude with a free concert at 6 p.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center. The public is invited to attend. 

Made up of students from the Arkansas City and Winfield school districts, the 60-member choir will feature students in grades three through five who have been selected and identified by their music teachers as gifted in music. The students will spend the day rehearsing in the Richardson Performing Arts Center with Arkansas City music teacher Nikki Kirk. Throughout the day, students will be learning critical rhythmic and vocal technique skills which will enable them to become leaders in their classrooms. Concert selections will include favorites such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Let It Shine,” in addition to lesser known works. 

Kirk is a music educator in the Arkansas City public school district where she teaches pre-K through 5th grade general music. She is an active member of NAfME and ACDA. Kirk also serves as the director of music at the First Presbyterian Church of Winfield and the musical director for the Community Music School’s JourneyKids Choir. Kirk is in her ninth year of teaching and has taught general music, band, and choir in the public schools of Kansas. 

“I am honored to work with the students of Cowley County and the surrounding areas for the Elementary Honor Choir Day,” Kirk says. “I hope to provide the students with a memorable day of musical knowledge, excellence, and fun. I look forward to sharing the achievements of our outstanding young musicians with the community during the evening concert.” 

“We look forward to the opportunity for these young exceptional participants to sing with those who have the same interest and musical levels,” says Timothy Shook, department chair of music at Southwestern College. “The music will challenge their skills and give them confidence to pursue the enjoyment of singing.”  
For more information, call the Community Music School at (620) 229-6188.

 

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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:48:38 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cole Family Summer Music Festival Scholarship Winners Announced]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1878 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1878 Six high school students have won full scholarships to attend the Cole Family Summer Music Festival at Southwestern College June 11-17.  

“On March 4, pianists, vocalists, and instrumentalists performed solo repertoire for a chance to win a full tuition scholarship, half tuition scholarship, or $100 tuition award to attend the 2017 Cole Family Summer Music Festival,” says Timothy Shook, chair of the Division of Performing Arts at Southwestern College.

“Twenty-six students performed in Richardson Performing Arts Center and Messenger Recital Hall.  Additionally, nine students performed for a chance to perform a concerto with the South Kansas Symphony and win one of these scholarships.”

The following students received full tuition scholarships (instructors' names in parentheses): Thomas Mondry, Wichita Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School (Bryan Miller); Briley Lewis, Maize High School (Bryan Kirk and Randy Crow); David Mathes and Abigail Dormann, Pratt High School (Brandon Wade); T.J. Ziegler, Winfield High School (Robbie Banks); and Alex Qian, Wichita Collegiate High School (Troy Fischer).  

The following students received half tuition scholarships (instructors' names in parentheses): Sam Ross and Jonathan Lee, Winfield High School (Paige Camp); Victoria Liu, Andover Central High School (Timothy Shook); Rachelann Colson, Ponca City High School (Chad Keilman); and Leah Wise, Derby High School (Wes Despain); 

The following students received $100 scholarships (instructors' names in parentheses): Riley Ziegler, Winfield High School (Robbie Banks); Zane Butler, Arkansas City High School (Chris VanGilder); Sophia Dawson, Medicine Lodge High School (Yvonne Burden); Nathan Doffing, Conway Springs High School (Dennis Kerr and Stephanie Downey); and Paige Stockard, Central Heights High School (Jonathon Garcia). 

In addition, Alex Qian was the South Kansas Symphony Concerto competition winner with Briley Lewis receiving second place and T.J. Ziegler third place. 

The Cole Family Summer Music Festival is a seven-day camp held at Southwestern College.  Campers study with college faculty while developing general musicianship and music skills in four areas of emphasis--choir, orchestra, band, and piano.  Through the generous support of musician and former Southwestern College trustee Dr. George Cole and his wife, Nanda, all students receive aid to attend, thus lowering the cost of tuition to $395 for overnight campers and $325 for day campers.  Additional scholarship aid based on need is available.  

Registration for the camp is open until May 15.  For more information go to http://www.sckans.edu/other/summer-music-festival/. 

 

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Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:16:19 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC’s Brian Winnie Becomes Certified Master Teacher of Estill Voice Training]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1877 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1877 Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice at Southwestern College, became a Certified Master Teacher of Estill Voice Training during the five-day Estill Voice Training workshop at Southwestern College over spring break.  Winnie is one of 41 Certified Master Teachers in the country.  The week-long event was led by Estill Voice International President Kim Steinhauer.

This was the conclusion of a three-year process for Winnie which included first gaining a certificate of figure proficiency. To become a Certified Master Teacher, Winnie had to pass a written exam on the Estill Voice Training System, anatomy and physiology, and acoustics of the voice, as well as complete sung recordings of 57 various figures for the voice. Figures for the voice were designated exercises created by Jo Estill in order to master subtle variations within 13 structures of the vocal mechanism. 

“My professional development continues toward becoming a certified course instructor in the model and started with my dissertation work on contemporary vocal technique in the choral rehearsal,” Winnie says. “I wanted to help our profession teach the entirety of the voice rather than the usual western classical tradition, which can be seen as a bias towards other genres. My hopes are to continue research in voice science to better understand choral conducting gesture as it relates to the voice, and also redevelop choral pedagogy as it relates to vocal science and the continued discoveries.”

The workshop attracted 21 participants including many Southwestern College students.  The workshop taught the students about vocal anatomy and how to maneuver specific structures to create a multitude of vocal qualities associated with a variety of genres and styles. 

According to Winnie, Steinhauer is a world-renown voice pedagogue, researcher, scholar, and teacher and a highly sought after clinician and presenter on the Estill model.

 

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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:23:29 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SKS Fundraising Concert April 2 at The Barns at Timber Creek]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1875 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1875 The South Kansas Symphony will hold its annual fundraising concert, the Chamber Gala, on Sunday, April 2, at 3 p.m. at The Barns at Timber Creek. The concert is sponsored by Jane Duncan and Craig and Diana Duncan. The venue has been donated by Martin and Cheryl Rude. 

The concert will feature performances by South Kansas Symphony musicians and friends, including Southwestern College's Williams String Quartet and Chamber Orchestra; Wind, Wood & Wire; the premiere performance of "Suite of Birds" by the symphony's principal oboist Shannon McPartland; and duets played by other college students and faculty. 

The event will also include hors d'oeuvres, wine, and a silent auction with items and services donated by local businesses including (but not limited to): Wheat State Winery; Quail Ridge Golf Course; College Hill Coffee; Gottlob Landscaping; Rubbermaid Products; Massage Therapy; crafts by Kelley Alexander and Dari Trout; Wind, Wood & Wire; The Wet Pet; Field to Fabric; Galaxie Business Equipment; South Kansas Symphony; and the Southwestern College Division of Performing Arts. 

All proceeds will go to support the South Kansas Symphony and its future seasons.

Tickets for the event are $50 for adults ($25 of which is tax deductible) and $25 for children (5-18). Seating is limited and tickets must be reserved in advance. This can be done by contacting Kristin Porter at (620) 229-6272 or Amber Peterson at (620) 229-6113.

 

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Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:59:41 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Jeremy Kirk to Perform Faculty Percussion Recital on March 14]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1874 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1874 Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College and director of bands, percussion, and music education, will present a faculty percussion recital on Tuesday, March 14, at 8 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  The recital is free and open to the public.  

Kirk will perform “Temazcal” by Javier Alvarez (maracas and playback), John Cage’s “Composed Improvisation for Snare Drum,” Kevin Erickson’s “In the Valley of the Kings” (timpani), “The Big Audition” by Casey Cangelosi (solo hand cymbals and playback), and Ney Rosauro’s “Marimba Concerto No. 1.”

“I am very excited to offer a faculty percussion recital,” Kirk says.  “The program promises to be an exciting and intriguing percussive experience for the audience.  The newly-acquired Majestic Timpani will be featured on ‘In the Valley of the Kings.’ I am also very fortunate to have Stephen Butler performing the orchestral reduction on piano for Ney Rosauro’s ‘Marimba Concerto No. 1.’” 

According to Percussive Notes, Rosauro’s Concerto is “The most popular marimba concerto of all time. The concerto is superbly written for the unique timbre and virtuoso technical qualities of the marimba.”

For more information, call Dylan Moore, director of The Community Music School at (620) 229-6188. This event is part of the Community Music School’s annual Faculty Recital Series, which offers an opportunity for community members of all ages to freely experience music with the highly qualified faculty at Southwestern College.

 

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Wed, 08 Mar 2017 15:28:03 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC ‘Day of Percussion’ Coming March 11]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1873 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1873 The Southwestern College Percussion Studio will host its annual “Day of Percussion” on Saturday, March 11, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center beginning at 9 a.m.  The event will feature guest artists Kevin Bobo and Michael Compitello and SC faculty member Jeremy Kirk. 

The day will conclude with a 7:30 p.m. concert in the Richardson Performing Arts Center featuring solo performances by Bobo, Compitello, and Kirk.  The free concert is open to the public, and donations supporting the “Day of Percussion” will be accepted.  

The “Day of Percussion” will consist of clinics, masterclasses, and performances by Bobo, Compitello, and Kirk.  Additionally, a solo competition for marimba and snare will be held for college and high school students.  

The event is open to anyone with an interest in percussion, including students, teachers, and community members.  Registration is $20 and includes admission to all “Day of Percussion” events and lunch.

Kevin BoboKevin Bobo is a native of Winfield and is currently associate professor of percussion at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.  Internationally respected as a solo marimba artist, Bobo has performed on five continents and in nearly 40 U.S. states. Bobo’s compositions are performed all over the world, with his solo works frequently appearing on international competition repertoire lists. He has authored two method books and composed numerous pieces for a variety of instruments and ensembles. 

A percussion faculty member at the University of Kansas, Michael Compitello is a percussionist active as a chamber musician, soloist, and teaching artist.  He has performed with Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Signal, Ensemble ACJW, and has worked with numerous composers on premieres and performances of new chamber works. He earned his graduate degrees from the Yale School of Music, and his undergraduate degree from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with renowned percussionist Robert Van Sice. From 2009 to 2010, he performed and studied contemporary chamber music with the Ensemble Modern and the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt, Germany, on a Fulbright Grant from the U.S. Department of State. 

Michael Compitello“We are thrilled to have Kevin Bobo and Mike Compitello in residence as our guest artists for our ‘Day of Percussion,’” Kirk says.  “Students from high schools and colleges across Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma will be in attendance and receive an exhilarating and inspirational experience.  I highly encourage the community to attend any events, and especially the evening concert.”   

Percussion industry sponsors are helping make the “Day of Percussion” possible.  Bobo’s sponsors include Zidjian Cymbals and Evans Drumheads. Compitello’s sponsors include Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets and Pearl/Adams Instruments. Kirk’s sponsors include Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Black Swamp Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, and Majestic Percussion.  

For more information and to register, please visit www.sckans.edu/percussion.

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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:19:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[JourneyKids Choir Spring Semester Rehearsals Begin Feb. 2]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1855 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1855 The Community Music School has announced that JourneyKids Choir will start spring semester rehearsals on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in Darbeth Rehearsal Hall at Southwestern College. JourneyKids Choir is a performance ensemble composed of students in grades 3 through 6 from the Cowley County and surrounding communities. 

The JourneyKids Choir is under the direction of Nikki Kirk, music educator in the Arkansas City public school district, where she teaches kindergarten through fifth grade general music at C-4 Elementary and Jefferson Elementary. Kirk also serves as the director of music at the First Presbyterian Church of Winfield and is an adjunct instructor of music at Southwestern College. 

“I’m excited for our spring semester of the JourneyKids Choir,” Kirk says.  “In the fall, the students spend some time getting to know one another and working toward improving their individual singing technique and knowledge. The spring semester is a time of growth where the students truly come together as an ensemble. The resulting experience is always magical. I look forward to guiding them along their journey.” 

Along with weekly rehearsals, the JourneyKids Choir will have performances throughout the spring, including an Honor Choir Day at Southwestern College. To get involved contact Community Music School Director Dylan Moore at (620) 229-6188 or cms@sckans.edu. The cost to participate in JourneyKids Choir is $10 per month, per child. 

 

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Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:08:43 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College to Host Area High School Musicians]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1853 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1853 Southwestern College will host area high school musicians on Tuesday, Jan. 24, and Wednesday, Jan. 25—its first Honor Orchestra Festival on Tuesday and the South Central Kansas Band League (SCBL) Honor Band on Wednesday.

Tuesday’s Honor Orchestra Festival will consist of 49 high school students in addition to Southwestern College students.  The all-day event will culminate with a concert at 6 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  There is no admission charge for the concert and the public is invited to attend.  The concert is sponsored by Betty Bradley.

Most of the orchestra will be nominated high school students from Winfield, Arkansas City, El Dorado, Derby, and Ponca City.  It will be directed by Amber Peterson and will perform the Rutter “Suite for Strings” in addition to accompanying SC percussion professor Jeremy Kirk on a movement of the Rosauro “Marimba Concerto.” The concert will also feature the 89-player Ponca City High School Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dan P. Larson.

Peterson is looking forward to the concert and hopes for a long relationship with these musicians. 

“We are very excited to host all these talented young string players on our campus,” Peterson says.  “We hope this will be the start of an educational and musical relationship with these programs, their directors, and the students for many years to come.”

Southwestern will host the South Central Kansas Band League (SCBL) Honor Band on Wednesday, Jan. 25.  The SCBL is composed of 1A, 2A, and 3A schools.  High school directors have selected between five to eight of their top high school wind and percussion students to participate in the 72-member band, which will be conducted by Kirk.  

The day will consist of full band rehearsals and sectionals, and will conclude with a concert at 2:30 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Music will include Ralph Vaughn Williams’s “Flourish,” Mike Sweeney’s “Rock River Tree,” Frank Ticheli’s “Amazing Grace,” and John Mackey’s “Foundry.”  There is no admission charge to attend the concert and the public is invited to attend. 

“I am very excited to host the directors and students of the South Central Band League,” Kirk says.   “This promises to be a great educational opportunity and musical experience for all students.”

 

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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:26:13 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition 2017]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1851 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1851 The South Kansas Symphony's 2017 Concerto Competition is a great way for high school students, who wish to pursue music in their future, to get the experience they want and need. It offers a similar experience for those music majors who are attending Southwestern College and wish to know what it is like to perform with a symphony. The Concerto Competition is a wonderful experience for any and all music students to increase their repertoire, increase performance opportunities, build relationships within the music community, and maybe even win some prize money!

The competition is open to all instruments and voice, and will take place on March 4, 2017 in Messenger Recital Hall on the Southwestern College campus. There is a junior division, which is open to 12-18 year old musicians from Kansas and Oklahoma, or past attendees of the Cole Family Summer Music Festival. Then there is the senior division, which is open to all current Southwerstern College students. The application deadline is February 4, 2017 and the entry fee is $25. The application and rules can be found in the following link: http://www.sckans.edu/other/south-kansas-symphony/concerto-competition/.

Senior Division Prizes: 

  • 1st Place - Solo performance with the South Kansas Symphony and a $300 award
  • 2nd Place - $150 award

Junior Division Prizes:

  • 1st Place - Solo performance with the South Kansas Symphony, a $200 award, and full scholarship to the 2017 Cole Family Summer Music Festival
  • 2nd Place - $100 and a half scholarship to the 2017 Cole Family Summer Music Festival
  • 3rd Place - $50 award and a $100 scholarship to the Cole Family Summer Music Festival

Any additional information on this event can be found on the South Kansas Symphony page, which is under the 'instrumental ensembles' tab on the music webpage for Southwestern College.

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Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:38:37 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[CMS Winter Recitals on Thursday, December 15]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1847 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1847 Join The Community Music School on Thursday, Dec. 15, for a night of celebration as they present their winter recitals in Messenger Recital inside the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend. 

 “This special night is a chance to meet our current students and teachers to see what the CMS is all about,” says Dylan Moore, director of the Community Music School.  “These recitals are an opportunity for our students, that range from 4 years to 78 years old, to perform holiday and other pieces for their parents and families. Our winter recitals provide a unique opportunity to experience students moving through the spectrum of musical learning from its inception to mastery.”

Student performances will represent a wide range of public schools including: Whittier Elementary, CountryView Elementary, Lowell Elementary, Trinity Lutheran Academy, C4 Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, Oxford Elementary, Udall Elementary, Straight Paths Academy, Winfield Middle and High School, Arkansas City Middle and High School, and Oxford High School.

Recital A students will perform at 6 p.m., which will include performances on the violin, piano, and percussion.  The JourneyKids Choir will also perform some holiday tunes in Recital A.

Recital B students will perform at 7:30 p.m., and will include pieces on the violin, piano, percussion, and voice.

“This night is a chance for our students to show their progress and celebrate all of their growth throughout the semester,” Moore says.  “You will hear music from the classical and contemporary genres, including pieces by W.A. Mozart, Jason Robert Brown, Antonio Vivaldi, Stephen Sondheim, Irving Berlin, Faber & Faber, and many more.”

Both recitals will be held in Messenger Recital Hall on Southwestern College’s campus. After each recital, there will be a celebratory reception with punch and desserts. For questions, call Moore at (620) 229-6188.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  About 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

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Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:02:24 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Music Department to Present Annual Winterfest Concert]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1840 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1840 The Southwestern College music department will present its annual Winterfest Concert on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

Southwestern College President Brad Andrews and his wife, Trish, will host the event.  The concert is underwritten by Dick and Joan Jones.

Winterfest is a collaboration between the South Kansas Symphony (SKS), the A Cappella Choir, and the Southwestern College Choral Union (SCCU). Conducting the musical groups are Amber Peterson, assistant professor of music and Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice.

The concert will feature “A Canadian Brass Christmas,” selections from Handel's “Messiah,” and a new candlelight tradition featuring music of Ola Gjelio, Eric Whitacre, and traditional carols with audience participation. The concert will end with the traditional singing of “Beautiful Savior.” 

 

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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:37:01 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Open Call for ‘The Sorcerer’ at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1837 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1837 The Community Music School at Southwestern College is looking for chorus members for the upcoming production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Sorcerer,” a comic English opera, on March 4 and 5.

Dylan Moore, director of the Community Music School, describes “The Sorcerer” as an English light opera that will provide Walnut Valley residents a unique experience and immersion into the operatic repertoire.

“We invite any and all to come join the hilarity that is Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Sorcerer’ through being a chorus member,” Moore says. 

Interested chorus members need to contact Moore by Monday, Dec. 12, to schedule a hearing time for placement, which will occur Dec.12-14.  Rehearsals will be every Sunday afternoon starting Jan. 15, and every day during the first week of March. All rehearsals will take place in Darbeth Rehearsal Hall and Richardson Performing Arts Center.

“The Sorcerer” debuted in 1877 and is a comic story following two lovers by the names of Alexis and Aline in their pursuit of unconditional love and adoration. To ensure that Aline truly reciprocates his feelings, Alexis hires a sorcerer to secretly distribute a love potion to the entire town of Ploverleigh. After a momentary slumber, the village awakens, resulting in utter chaos as each citizen instantly falls in love with the wrong person. 

“The ultimate goal of our performance and rehearsal process is to increase awareness of the classical operatic repertoire through the satirical comedy of Gilbert and Sullivan,” Moore adds.

If interested, contact Moore at either (620) 229-6188 or email Dylan.moore@sckans.edu. 

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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:40:52 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[College Hill Coffee to Host Three Performances on November 18]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1834 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1834 An evening of music, friendship, fun, and coffee is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 18, at College Hill Coffee at 403 Soward in Winfield.  The community is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.

The Community Music School will perform at 7 p.m., followed by the Brass Ensemble from Southwestern College at 7:30 p.m., and finishing up with the vocal group Teachappella at 8 p.m.

Community Music School students from the voice, violin, and piano studios will be performing secular and non-holiday selections with performers ranging in age from four to seventy. They will exhibit the school’s diverse spectrum of experience levels in a variety of genres from contemporary to more classical styles.

“It is always a pleasure to collaborate with our most staunch supporters in the arts and to give the community a sampling of what the Community Music School is all about,” says Dylan Moore, director for The Community Music School.

The SC Brass Ensemble is a four-member group which includes Lawrence Taylor, Nathan Metzinger, Jonathon Lane, and Tanner Schartz. According to Moore, the group will perform a number of holiday favorites with a special brass flare.

Teachapella is a four-member a cappella group performing a mixture of a cappella favorites, soul stirring spirituals, hard rock anthems, and more uplifting musical selections. The group includes JourneyKids Choir director, Nikki Kirk, and local teachers Alisha Montgomery, Rachael Vann, and RyAnn Myers.

“We are extremely excited to partner with Nikki Kirk and Teachappella to offer this eclectic program of music at College Hill Coffee,” Moore says. 

For more information, contact Moore at (620) 229-6188 or email cms@sckans.edu.

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Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:52:59 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Symphonic Band to Begin in January; Community Members Invited to Participate]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1832 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1832 Community members, ages 16 and up who play a wind or percussion instrument, are invited and encouraged to participate in the Southwestern College Symphonic Band, which will begin its inaugural season in January.  

The band will be under the direction of Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College.  Kirk says that the band will learn and explore all areas of band literature ranging from traditional repertoire to new compositions by leading composers.  
Jeremy Kirk
“I am very excited to create the SC Symphonic Band,” Kirk says.  “The group will serve both SC students and members of the community.  By working together in a positive, nourishing environment, we will create a truly rewarding experience that will enhance personal and musical growth of all participants while enriching the arts within the community.”

Rehearsals will occur on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center beginning January 12.  To register or for more information, please contact Kirk at (620) 229-6303 or email jeremy.kirk@sckans.edu.

 

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Wed, 09 Nov 2016 14:34:40 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[JourneyKids Choir Now Accepting Students]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1803 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1803 The Community Music School at Southwestern College is now accepting students for the JourneyKids Choir, a choral opportunity for all students in Grades 2-7 in Winfield and the surrounding communities.

The group, now entering its second year, is made up of over twenty area students from Winfield, Arkansas City, Parkerfield, Oxford, Udall, and Burden.

“Students are encouraged to come for a fun-filled, group learning atmosphere, focused on musical exploration,” says Dylan Moore, director of the Community Music School.  “The group allows students the ability to sing out of specific repertoire from the elementary choral genre, which is not highly covered in the public schools.”

A focal point of the group will be the development of community, providing an open and encouraging atmosphere for student bonding and comradery.

The JourneyKids Choir has recently performed at First Presbyterian Church in Winfield and First United Methodist Church in Arkansas City.

All experience levels are welcome, but an audition for voice placement, musical ability, and level of knowledge will be expected. This semester students will have the opportunity to perform for the community, as well as be a part of the annual Winterfest Concert at Southwestern College. Through this opportunity, students will be able to sing with collegiate students and adults in the community, collaborating with the Southwestern College Choirs and the Southwestern College Choral Union.

The group is directed by Nikki Kirk, a Pre-K-5th grade music educator at Jefferson Elementary and C-4 Elementary in Arkansas City.  Kirk also serves as the director of music at the First Presbyterian Church of Winfield. She is in her tenth year of teaching and has taught general music, band, and choir in the public schools of Kansas, in her home state of West Virginia, and served as an instructor at Coffeyville Community College. In addition, the group is accompanied by Winfield pianist, Sara Weinert.

“The JourneyKids Choir is a unique group,” says Kirk.  “Students in the surrounding areas bond, create an elite musical ensemble, and have fun doing it.  I am excited to begin making music with this new group in its new year.”

Rehearsals take place in Darbeth Rehearsal Hall on the Southwestern College Campus on Thursday evenings from 5:30-6:30 p.m., starting Thursday, Sept. 15. The fee per semester for involvement in the group is $10 a month with a total cost of $40 per student. Partial need-based tuition scholarships are available. Voice placement hearings are on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. All newly interested students are asked to schedule a voice placement hearing to get to know Kirk prior to the start of rehearsals. For more information or to schedule a voice placement, call Dylan Moore, at (620) 229-6188 or email cms@sckans.edu.

 

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Fri, 02 Sep 2016 14:33:22 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SCCU to Present Concert August 20]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1791 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1791 The Southwestern College Choral Union will feature women’s choral music in its second Summer Sing concert, “There After” on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College. 

“This concert theme is all about the things that await us after a choice, event, opportunity, loss, and life,” says director Brian Winnie.  “We hope the community will come celebrate the joy of women’s choral music, the close of our summer season, and the welcome back weekend at SC.”

Featured selections include Randall Thompson’s “A Girl’s Garden,” Susan Brumfield’s “No Time,” an arrangement of “Bring Me Little Water, Silvey” with body percussion, and much more. This concert will also feature soloists performing selections from the musicals “Little Princess” and “Wicked.”

Tickets are available at the door for $5 for adults while students and children are free.

The SCCU Fall rehearsal season, “Knowing You,” starts Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 6:30 p.m. Songs include selections from Handel’s “Messiah” and Rutter’s “Requiem,” and features composers such as Eric Whitacre, Rene Clausen, Craig Hella Johnson, and Shawn Kirchner. The concert is Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. According to Winnie, all singers ages 16 and older are welcome, and there will be open rehearsals throughout the month of September. For more details and to schedule a voice hearing, email Winnie at brian.winnie@sckans.edu or call (620) 229-6302.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  About 1,600 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 16:35:29 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SCCU Women’s Choir Rehearsals Begin July 19]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1778 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1778 The Southwestern College Choral Union (SCCU) will begin rehearsals for its second annual SCCU Women’s Choir Summer Sings Program on Tuesday, July 19th.  Rehearsals are from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Darbeth Rehearsal Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the Southwestern College campus.  

Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice at Southwestern College, says that girls and women ages 14 and up are encouraged to join the summer choir to sing in a friendly learning environment.

“We welcome anyone to come sit in on rehearsals and sing with us,” Winnie says.  “Whether you are a seasoned veteran singer, need brushing up on your skills, or have never sung before, we invite you to join us for our Summer Sings program of ‘There After.’ This program features music about the possibilities that await us.”

The SCCU Summer Sings concert will be presented in Richardson Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m.  The fee to participate in the summer program is $60 for adults, $20 for SC or community students. Scholarships and financial assistance are available.

“We hope community members and students will join us as we continue to reawaken community choral singing in Winfield,” Winnie says.  “If a business is interested in sponsorship, providing scholarships, or other contributions or donations, I hope they will contact Charles McKinzie (Southwestern College advancement officer) or myself.”

For answers to questions regarding this opportunity or for more information about the SCCU, contact Winnie (620-229-6302) or McKinzie (620-229-6288).    

 

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Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:48:03 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[JourneyKids Choir to Present Spring Concert May 14]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1772 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1772 The JourneyKids Choir will present its spring concert on Saturday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center on the Southwestern College campus. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, but is free for students, children, and Southwestern College faculty and staff. Proceeds from the concert support the ensemble’s continued growth and scholarship program. For tickets or more information, call Dylan Moore, director of the Community Music School, at (620) 229-6188 or email cms@sckans.edu.

The concert will feature a variety of musical styles designed to take the audience on a memorable journey through different cultures.
The choir is directed by Nikki Kirk and is accompanied by Sara Weinert. Kirk is a music educator at Jefferson Elementary and C-4 Elementary in Arkansas City. Kirk also serves as the director of music at the First Presbyterian Church of Winfield and is in her ninth year of teaching. 

“I am very proud of our JourneyKids Choir and all that they have accomplished this year,” Kirk says.   “Our students have connected with other children and adults in their surrounding community through music, and this experience will stay with them for a lifetime.  It is my sincere hope that all students involved in the ensembles take what they have learned and share the power of their musical experience with others by becoming music leaders in their schools, as well as in the JourneyKids Choir.  We are excited to show the community how much our students have grown in music throughout the year during our final concert on Saturday, May 14.”

The Community Music School’s JourneyKids Choir is a 20-member group made up of students in grades 1-7 from Winfield, Arkansas City, Parkerfield, Oxford, Udall, and Burden. The group allows students in the region the ability to sing out a specific repertoire from the elementary choral genre. A focal point of the group is the creation and development of community, providing an open and encouraging atmosphere for musical exploration and learning. The JourneyKids Choir has recently performed at First Presbyterian Church in Winfield and First United Methodist Church in Arkansas City.

 

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Fri, 06 May 2016 13:55:39 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cole Family Summer Music Festival Registration Ends May 15]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1771 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1771 Students are encouraged to register now for Southwestern College’s Cole Family Summer Music Festival, to be held June 6-11 on the SC campus.  Award-winning faculty and popular special events are set for the event, with registration closing on Sunday, May 15. 

The festival is for students ages 13-18, and campers will choose from tracks in band, choir, orchestra, and piano.  The daily schedule will include ensemble rehearsals, practice time, electives, recreation time, and much more. 

“We are excited to offer a re-designed elective program that provides students the opportunity to explore new topics and develop skills with a secondary instrument,” says Shook.  “Electives include beginning keyboard, voice, strings, and African drum and dance, musical theatre voice, and fun with music theory.”

The tracks are led by award-winning conductors, performers, and teachers.  They include Brian Winnie, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Southwestern College; Amber Peterson, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College and the Maize Barnett Kilmer Chair for String Education; Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music and director of bands and percussion at Southwestern College; Steven Butler, instructor of music theory and piano at Southwestern College; and festival dean Tim Shook. 

Faculty assistants are full-time certified music teachers and include Whitney Maxwell, Marcia Hatfield, and Susan Mayo for orchestra; Karissa Hoag and Brandon Wade for choir; and Peter Weinert, Austin Russell, and Hollyann Sewell for band.

Mark Saunders will be artist-in-residence for the camp.  Saunders is a musical theatre graduate from Lindenwood University and currently lives in St. Louis.  He is a tenor section leader/soloist at Trinity Presbyterian Church and a tenor in the symphony chorus with the St. Louis Symphony.  He is also a member of the St. Louis Chamber Chorus.  He has served as a counselor for the Cole Family Summer Music Festival for many years.

Through generous support from the Cole Family, the all-inclusive cost for the week-long festival is $375.  

For more information about the Cole Family Summer Music Festival at Southwestern College or to register, contact Jessica Falk, director of camps and conferences at Southwestern at (620)-229-6141, email dir.campconf@sckans.edu, or visit the website at www.sckans.edu/musicfestival. 

 

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Fri, 06 May 2016 10:51:40 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cole Family Summer Music Festival Scholarship Winners Announced]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1767 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1767 Three high school students and two middle school students have won full scholarships to attend the Cole Family Summer Music Festival at Southwestern College June 6-11.

“On February 16, pianists, vocalists, and instrumentalists performed solo repertoire for a chance to win a full tuition scholarship, half tuition scholarship, or $100 tuition award to attend the 2016 Cole Family Summer Music Festival,” says Tim Shook, chair for the division of performing arts at Southwestern College.  “Twenty students performed in Richardson Performing Arts Center and Messenger Recital Hall.  Additionally, on March 5, 14 students performed for a chance to perform a concerto with the South Kansas Symphony and win one of these scholarships.”

The following students received full tuition scholarships (the names of the students’ instructors are in parentheses): Avery Givens, Arkansas City Middle School (Hans Judd); Leah Wise, Derby North Middle School (Gray Bishop); Thomas Mondry, Wichita Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School (Brian Miller); Aidan Wells Filbert, Wichita East High School (Eric Crawford); and Victoria Peavey, Wichita Northwest High School (Amy Brown).

Half tuition scholarships were awarded to: Sam Ross, Winfield High School (Paige Camp); Cooper Dennett, Central of Burden High School (Jayme Hayes); Briley Lewis, Maize High School (Bryan Kirk); and Lindsey Bergner, Pratt High School (Peter Weinert). 

$100 tuition awards went to: Marlie Dennett, Central of Burden High School (Jayme Hayes); Caroline Jiang, Wichita Independent Middle School (Joe Clements); Bryan Jiang, Wichita East High School (Miranda Wilson); and Caleb Renner, Inman High School (Ben Scheirling).  
In addition, Mondry was the South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition winner followed by Wells Filbert and Renner. 

The Cole Family Summer Music Festival is a six-day camp held at Southwestern College.  Campers study with college faculty while developing music skills in four areas of emphasis: choir, orchestra, piano, or band. Through the generous support of musician and former Southwestern College trustee Dr. George Cole, all students receive aid to attend, thus lowering the cost of tuition to $375 for overnight campers and $300 for day campers. Additional scholarship aid based on need and merit is also available.

Registration for the camp is open until May 15. For more information go to http://www.sckans.edu/other/summer-music-festival/.  

 

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:39:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Deborah Martin's Senior Recital]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1763 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1763 Deborah MartinMalaysian-born pianist, Deborah Martin is in her final semester of study at Southwestern College, finishing her Bachelors of Arts in Music and minor in Business Administration. She studies piano with Dr. Timothy Shook, Division of Performing Arts Chair and Piano Professor at Southwestern College, and studies voice as a secondary with Dr. Brian Winnie, Director of Choral Activities and Voice at Southwestern College.

In 2013 and 2014, she participated in the piano solo Honors Auditions hosted by the Kansas Music Teachers' Association (KMTA) and returned with outstanding achievements consecutively. Martin was first place in the Junior/Senior categories of the 2014 auditions and third place in the Freshman/Sophomore 2013 auditions. Her achievement in 2014 was recognized with the invitation to perform at the Honors Recital in the 2015 Kansas Music Educators' Association annual workshop. In 2015, Martin also won first place in the senior division of the South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition.

She is an active member of the A Cappella Choir, SC Singers, the Southwestern College Choral Union, and the South Kansas Symphony (SKS) at Southwestern College. She also has experience serving as a collaborative pianist, accompanying both vocal and instrumental students for private lessons, choirs in the vicinity, and the SKS. She has played the keyboard in the pit orchestra for several of  the college's musical theater productions including: Sweeny Todd, The Little Mermaid, Nextto Normal and Spamalot. Most recently, she also served as the Assistant Musical Director in the college's production of Legally Blonde, the Musical. 

Martin is also a private piano studio instructor in the Community Music School at Southwestern College. She is a section leader and assistant student conductor with the A Cappella Choir and Southwestern College Choral Union. In the summer of 2015, she was accepted to the conducting institute hosted by Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. She had the opportunity to study with distinguished pedagogues in choral conducting, mainly Simon Carrington, during her time there. She is also an active member of the Music Teachers' National Association and the American Choral Directors Association.

Martin also serves as a worship leader. Her experience in worship leading comes from being a part of Worship Outreach (WO) at Southwestern College. In 2013, she was the keyboardist for WO's Southeast Asia tour entitled "No Secrets." She aslo served as the Assistant Producer and one of the songwriters in the production of the "No Secrets" album.

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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:41:45 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Eva Farid's Senior Recital]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1762 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1762 Eva FaridEva is a senior at Southwestern College and is pursuing her major in music performance. She was an active member of the SC Youth Symphony for 6 years, from middle school trhough high school, and was concert mistress her senior year. Throughout her high school, Eva competed in both Regional and State commpetitions. Currently, she is a member of the South Kansas Symphony and the first violinist with the William's String Quartet. Eva also took part in the Kansas Inter-Collegiate Orchestra in 2014, which involved 7 colleges from Kansas, and was placed 3rd chair 1st violin. The last couple of years, Eva had the opportunity for small venue performance in Dallas, Singapore, and Vancouver BC. In spite of her busy schedule, Eva still finds time to to gig with her dad.

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Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:24:13 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Luke Nicolay's Senior Organ Recital]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1760 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1760 Luke NicolayLuke Nicolay’s senior recital will be happening on Saturday, April 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center at Southwestern College. This recital is partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Bachelor of Music in Music Performance. Nicolay’s recital will feature works from Bach, Guilmant, Reger, Brahms, Couperin, and Alain. He hopes that many people will come and enjoy the music with his family and friends. Mr. Nicolay would also like to invite everyone in attendance to a small reception immediately following the recital in Richardson Lobby. 

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Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:56:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Tori Fairbank's Senior Recital]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1759 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1759 Tori FairbankTori Fairbank, a senior at Southwestern College, will be presenting her senior recital in conclusion of her time at Southwestern College. “Love of Theater” is the theme for her program, and she will be performing a variety of musical selections, including musical theater songs, pop songs, scenes, and dancing. Miss Fairbank will have many guests performing with her, including Megan Morrow, Justin Godwin, Jacob Marney, Carlene Dick, Brandi Young, Juliann Smarsh, Michelle Pentz, Phoebe Muldrow, Anna Rosell, Allie Petrovich, John Rohr, Zoe Rea, and William. Some of the major areas of accomplishments for Tori since she has been at Southwestern include being an Irene Ryan Nominee 2015 & 2016, being accepted to the National Theater Institute, receiving two mainstage costume design credits, she was one of the playwrights for devised play The Kid Courage Project, and she directed two 10 minute scenes. She has also participated in Uncle Vanya (assistant stage manager and Marina), Spamalot (assistant stage manager), The Kid Courage Project (playwright and actor), High Jinx (Much Ado scene and MTEns number), Much Ado About Nothing (costume designer/costumer and Beatrice), The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (costume designer/costumer), Legally Blonde (makeup crew), A Cappella Choir, Musical Theatre Ensemble, Fools on the Hill (actor and director), Small Packages (actor and director), 24 Hour Play Festival (assistant stage manager and actor), Eager Heart (house manager and Eager Sense), and Acts of Consequence (run crew for Shane Schrag’s senior recital).

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Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:52:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Zoe Rea's Senior Recital]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1758 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1758 Zoe ReaZoe Rea, a senior at Southwestern College, will be putting on a senior recital to conclude her career at Southwestern College. The theme for her program will be "Moving Forward" and Miss Rea will be singing, acting, playing piano, directing, and dancing. The recital will be featuring selections from Camelot, RENT, Ghost the Musical, Next to Normal by Christina Perri, and many more selections will be performed.  Miss Rea has been involved with every single show here since her freshman year, including being Elle Woods in Legally Blonde this spring. She’s been involved in orchestra, choir, MTens, SC singers and worship outreach where she’s been music leader for the team Selah. She has received two Irene Ryan nominations that she took to KCACTF.

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Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:50:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Percussion Studio to Host ‘Day of Percussion’ on Friday, April 1]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1739 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1739 The Southwestern College percussion studio will host a “Day of Percussion” on Friday, April 1.  The all-day event is for percussion students, teachers, and enthusiasts and will include a clinic, masterclass, and competition.

Southwestern College assistant professor of music, Jeremy Kirk, is heading the event.

“The Day of Percussion promises to be a rewarding event for everyone involved,” Kirk says.  “It will be a great educational opportunity for students and teachers as well as a very enlightening experience for community members.  The clinics and masterclasses will provide valuable insight to performance techniques, while the evening concert will take the audience on a percussive journey that explores the vast world of percussion.”

The schedule for the day includes:
•    9:30 a.m.—Check in
•    10 a.m.—Clinic “Finding your Sound: Technique, Tone, and Tenacity”
•    11 a.m.—Masterclass
•    12:30 p.m.—Lunch (provided by the Office of Admission at SC)
•    1:30 p.m.—Jeremy Kirk lecture recital.
•    2:30 p.m.—Clinic “StraighFOURward: Four-mallet Technique Simplified”
•    3:30 p.m.—Competition.  Solo snare drum (orchestral or marching) and solo keyboard percussion (marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone)
•    5:30 p.m.—Dinner break (on your own)
•    7:30 p.m.—Evening performances from Kirk, the Southwestern College Percussion Group, and the Southwestern College African Drum and Dance Ensemble

Registration for the “Day of Percussion” is $10 by March 14 or $20 after March 14.  Online registration is available at http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/day-of-percussion or by emailing Kirk at Jeremy.kirk@sckans.edu.  

 

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Wed, 02 Mar 2016 11:10:45 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[JourneyKids Choir and SC African Drum & Dance Ensemble to have Open House Thursday, March 3]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1738 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1738 The Community Music School (CMS) JourneyKids Choir and the Southwestern College African Drum & Dance Ensemble will be hosting open house and rehearsals on Thursday, March 3, in the Darbeth Rehearsal Hall at Southwestern College.

The CMS JourneyKids Choir open house is from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  The choir is open to students in grades 2-8, and is a choral opportunity for students of all experience levels from Winfield and the surrounding communities. Currently, the group has 26 members. The JourneyKids Choir wJK Choir used 3/2/16ill have a final enrollment following the open house, which will be the last time for students to join the group for the spring 2016 semester. 


“We invite any students, parents, and teachers of the community for an informative and enlivening experience with our wonderful young singers,” says CMS director Dylan Moore.

For more information, interested individuals may contact Moore, by phone at (620) 229-6188 or by email at Dylan.moore@sckans.edu. 

The Southwestern College African Drum & Dance Ensemble open house and rehearsal will be from 7-8 p.m. This open rehearsal is free to anyone age 16 and up. The Southwestern College African Drum & Dance Ensemble learns, explores, and shares aspects of sub-Saharan African music, dance, and culture with the SC campus and community.

“This is a great opportunity to experience the ensemble and consider joining our thriving learning community,” says director Jeremy Kirk. 

For more information, contact Kirk at jeremy.kirk@sckans.edu.

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Wed, 02 Mar 2016 11:06:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Bluegrass Band Milltown to Perform with South Kansas Symphony and Southwestern College Youth Symphony]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1735 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1735 Milltown BandMilltown, a progressive bluegrass band from the Quad Cities (Iowa/Illinois), will be the featured guest artist as Southwestern College celebrates "Music In Our Schools Month" on Sunday, March 6, at 3 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center located in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.  Tickets can be purchased at the door for $8.

The South Kansas Symphony, conducted by Amber Peterson, and the Southwestern College Youth Symphony, conducted by Jayme Hayes, will present a combined performance.  Milltown will perform with the combined symphonies as well as presenting works of their own.

According to Peterson, Milltown has performed with bands such as The Henhouse Prowlers, Head for The Hills, Hot Buttered Rum and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Steve Martin’s band, and Beau Soleil.

The South Kansas Symphony portion of the concert is sponsored by Tom and Mari Wallrabenstein. The Southwestern College Youth Symphony selection is sponsored by Larry and Linda Hahn and is in honor of Richard Brummett.  All proceeds for this performance go to support the Southwestern College Youth Symphony.

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Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:49:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Performing Arts Students and Faculty Representing at KMEA and KIO This Weekend]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1733 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1733 Starting on Thursday and going through Saturday, Southwestern College Performing Arts faculty and students will be performing and representing the college at the KMEA, Kansas Music Educators Association, conference. 

Students Ashton Humbert and Matthew Porter will be performing in the KIO, Kansas Intercollegiate Orchestra. These students had to undergo an audition process to get in and they succeeded in doing so. They will work all day Thursday and Friday on music and perform on Friday evening to showcase the work they put in. 

Our Performing Arts staff and a few select students will be representing Southwestern at our KMEA booth. KMEA runs from Thursday to Saturday and showcases many different things involveed in music education. There will be presentations by faculty of many different schools, performances, such as the KIO, booths that provide information about differnt teaching styles, selling products, and many more things found at this convention. Brian Winnie, choral conductor here at SC, will be presenting a workshop as well. 

Over those few days, there will be very much going on for SC. We will represent our Performing Arts division with pride and show everyone what we are made of!

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Wed, 24 Feb 2016 14:55:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Winnie Presents Workshop at Illinois Music Educators State Conference]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1730 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1730 Brian Winnie, Southwestern College director of choral activities and voice, selected to co-present a workshop at the Illinois Music Educators State Conference held in Peoria, Ill., Jan. 28-30. 
Brian Winnie
Along with colleague Brad Pierson from the University of Toledo, Winne presented the workshop “Conduct With Me: The Gestural Language of Mirroring and Empathy.” The session examined the relationship between the science of mirror neurons and the development of a choral rehearsal pedagogy with gesture and sensation. 

According to Winnie, through this new pedagogy the choral director can have more effective rehearsals, less need for verbal instruction, and can help demystify the vocal mechanism and singing voice. The workshop was selected to be presented at the American Choral Directors Association Southwestern Division Regional Conference in Kansas City, Mo, March 6-8.

 

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<![CDATA[Youth Symphony to Perform on Sunday at SC]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1728 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1728 The Southwestern College Youth Symphony will perform “Time Travel” on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in the Christy Administration Building lobby before the show. 

The symphony is under the direction of Jayme Hayes. 

“The symphony will take the audience on a trip through time,” Hayes says.  “They will perform pieces throughout the ages as they transform the auditorium into a musical time capsule. The students have been preparing diligently for this concert. They were given a lot of music that requires different styles of playing. There will be several groups featured throughout the evening.”

Hayes also adds the audience is encouraged to stick around following the performance to visit with the young musicians. 

 

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Tue, 16 Feb 2016 09:45:45 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Community Music School at Southwestern College Has Openings]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1721 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1721 The Community Music School (CMS) at Southwestern College has openings in its piano, voice, violin, and organ studios for those interested in exploring music for the first time or perfecting their craft with experienced instructors. Openings are available through both collegiate student studios and community teacher studios at the college. 

“Music lessons provide great opportunities for musical growth in addition to the wonderful education that is provided within the public schools,” says Dylan Moore, director of the Community Music School.  “I would highly encourage anyone who is potentially interested to take a leap and experience the joy that musical learning can provide.”

All experiences levels and ages are welcome. Lessons are taught in 30-minute and 60-minute time slots and are scheduled at the convenience of both the teacher and the student. 

The CMS also has performing ensembles such as the Southwestern College Choral Union (SCCU) which is for community members and students ages 16 and up. The choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m., starting Tuesday, Jan. 19. 

For students in grades 2-6, the CMS offers the JourneyKids Choir, an enrichment opportunity focusing on improving the musical skills of younger individuals while developing a nurturing environment. JourneyKids meets on Thursday evenings from 5:30-6:30 p.m, beginning Feb. 4.

For more information, call Moore at (620) 229-6188 or email cms@sckans.edu. Those interested in CMS lessons may also register online at www.sckans.edu/cms.

 

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Fri, 15 Jan 2016 13:45:34 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[JourneyKids Choir to Perform December 12]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1714 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1714 The JourneyKids Choir, a group made up of second- to fifth-grade students, will perform its inaugural Christmas concert on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m. in Richardson Performing Art Center on the Southwestern College campus. 

The concert will feature the nine-member group singing holiday tunes such as “Santa Makes the Rounds;” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot;” “Alleluia, I Will Sing;” and “Snowflakes” in addition to other holiday favorites. 

Dylan Moore, director of the Community Music School, says that the original starting time changed to avoid a conflict with the Christmas parade in Winfield, which begins at 7 p.m.

“We would love to see the whole community at this celebration of the holidays prior to the Main Street Lighted Christmas Parade,” Moore says.  “The concert should really get everyone into the holiday spirit.”

The group is conducted by musical director Nikki Kirk, and is accompanied by Sara Weinert. 

“We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to perform for the Winfield community and hope to see everyone at our holiday concert,” Kirk says. 

Admission to the concert is free for students and children and is $10 for adults. Proceeds from the concert support the ensemble’s continued growth and scholarship program to provide the opportunity for all area students to experience music. 

The group’s debut performance was on Nov. 22 at the Community Thanksgiving Service which was organized and provided by the Winfield Ministerial Alliance. 

For tickets or more information on either attending the concert or getting your child involved for the spring, call Dylan Moore, director of the Community Music School, at 620-229-6188 or email cms@sckans.edu.  

 

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Fri, 04 Dec 2015 15:02:16 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Winterfest Concert Dec. 6]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1713 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1713 The Southwestern College music department will present its annual Winterfest Concert on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

Southwestern College President Brad Andrews and his wife, Trish, will host the event.  The concert is underwritten by Dick and Joan Jones.

Winterfest is a collaboration between the South Kansas Symphony (SKS), A Cappella Choir, SC Singers, Viking Voices from Winfield High School, and the Southwestern College Choral Union (SCCU).

Featured concert pieces include “A Christmas Hymn (Till Morning is Nigh),” “Beautiful Savior,” “Come Thou Fount,” and gospel arrangements of “Joy to the World,” and “O Holy Night.”

Brian Winnie, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities and voice at Southwestern, will conduct the SCCU, A Cappella Choir, and the combined numbers. Jayme Hayes, Central Burden High School band and choral teacher, will conduct the SKS.  

Devices to assist those with hearing problems are available in the box office, and an area is reserved for handicapped patrons and their companions in the rear of the hall.  

For more information about the concert, call (620) 229-6272.

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Wed, 02 Dec 2015 09:24:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SCCU Will Present ‘I’ll Be Home’ on Friday, December 4]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1711 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1711 The Southwestern College Choral Union (SCCU) will present their winter concert, “I’ll Be Home,” on Friday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  

Director Brian Winnie says that “I’ll Be Home” is a family story of hope, love, and joy told through a community of singers. 

“With the father fighting for his country, his family back home shares their memories of love with pieces such as Sjolund’s ‘Kumbaya,’ Whitacre’s ‘Five Hebrew Love Songs,’ and Syler’s ‘Dear Sarah,’ Winnie says.  “You will hear the hopes and prayers of a family asking for their family to be reunited for Christmas with contemporary songs ‘Where Are You Christmas?’ and ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).’ Dreams are finally answered as the father appears on stage united with his family for the Christmas season, singing ‘I Had the Time of My Life’ followed by a tale of their love in ‘Suddenly’ from the movie ‘Les Misérables.’”

Tickets are $10 for adults and students, free for children.  For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Dylan Moore at (620) 229-6272 or go online at https://www.showclix.com/event/Ill-be-home.

 

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Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:00:42 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College goes to San Antonio ]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1710 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1710 PASIC

Southwestern College's Jeremy Kirk, who is our band director, percussionist, and assistnt professor of music, and two of his percussion students, Jordan Butler and Quenton Todd, visited San Antonio this past weekend to attend PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention). PASIC is a convention where hundreds of percussionists of all kinds come together and learn about all of the different styles there are through demonstrations like workshops, clinics, and panels that are presented by some of the world's finest artists. "It has been a tremendous experience for Jordan and Quenton to see such inspiring percussionists from all over the world," Professor Kirk says, In addition, "Southwestern has been advertised throughout the entire convention on the PAS Board, programs, banners, etc. [There were] schools like Northwestern, University of Kentucky, Hartford, Texas Christian, and Southwestern is right there with them." 

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 14:55:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition Coming to Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1709 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1709 The South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition is scheduled for Saturday, March 5, at Southwestern College in Winfield.  The event is open to all instruments and voice.  Applications must be received by Feb. 1, and there is a $25 fee application.

Participants will be split into junior and senior divisions.

The junior division is open to 12- to 18-year-old musicians from Kansas and Oklahoma or past attendees of the Cole Family Summer Music Festival.  First place in the competition will earn a solo performance with the South Kansas Symphony at their April 24 concert, a $200 award, and a full scholarship to the 2016 Cole Family Summer Music Festival (June 6-11).  Second place will earn $100 and a half scholarship to the Cole Family Summer Music Festival.  Third place will earn $50 and a $100 scholarship to the Cole Family Summer Music Festival.  

The senior division is open to Southwestern College students of any major.  First place will earn $300 and a solo performance with the South Kansas Symphony at their April 24 concert.  Second place will receive a $150 award. 

Interested students can find more information and application at http://www.sckans.edu/other/south-kansas-symphony/concerto-competition/.
For more information, contact Amber Peterson, assistant professor of music at Southwestern and the conductor for the South Kansas Symphony, at (620) 229-6113 or by email at amber.peterson@sckans.edu.  

 

 

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:57:03 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College to Host ‘Mound of Sound Marching Band Festival’ October 13]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1692 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1692 Southwestern College will host “The Mound of Sound Marching Festival” on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m., inside Richard L. Jantz Stadium. The event is open to the public and there is no admission charge.
Mound of SoundThe event is approved by the Kansas State High School Activities Association and the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.
Over 1,100 students from 14 schools will be participating.  Each school will compete in one of four classes, which are determined by band size, not school classification.  

Schools participating and time of performance include: 

  • Class 1 - Dexter (10:10 a.m.) and Sedan (10:30 a.m.)
  • Class 2 – Wichita Collegiate (10 a.m.), Pratt (10:50 a.m.), Winfield (11:10 a.m.), and Riverton (11:30 a.m.)
  • Class 3 – Haven (11:50 a.m.), Great Bend (12:30 p.m.), Rose Hill (12:40 p.m.), Arkansas City (1 p.m.), and Ponca City (1:20 p.m.)
  • Class 4 – Liberal (1:40 p.m.), Enid, (2 p.m.), and Independence (2:20 p.m.)

Awards will be given for Best In Class, Outstanding Drum Major, Outstanding Color Guard, Outstanding Percussion, Overall Second Runner-Up, Overall Runner Up, and Grand Champion.  

According to Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College, the feedback given is intended to encourage participating bands to make improvements in their marching and music for future performances at home and other festivals.  

“I am very excited about our second annual ‘Mound of Sound Marching Festival’ and the opportunity to offer these students and programs a very rewarding educational experience,” Kirk says.  “We have an all-star panel of adjudicators that will provide valuable feedback that helps support the growth of students’ music education.”

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Wed, 30 Sep 2015 14:27:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SCYS First Concert of the Season is October 4]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1686 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1686 The first concert of the season for the Southwestern College Youth Symphony (SCYS) will be Sunday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration building on the campus of Southwestern College.  Admission charge is $8.  The concert is sponsored by Betty Bradley.

According to director Jayme Hayes, the SCYS has 66 members this year, 20 more than last year.  Members are from all around the area including Winfield, Arkansas City, Wellington, Derby, Atlanta, and Burden.

The title of the concert is “Sightsee.”

“Come listen to the Southwestern College Youth Symphony in their first concert of their 2015-2016 season,” Hayes says.  “They will take you around the world on a journey to see the sights of different cultures and landscapes. We will be premiering a new group, the Lite Orchestra, and I am very excited for them to make their debut.”

 

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Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:18:15 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Community Music School at Southwestern College Offering Choir for Students in Grades 2-5]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1675 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1675 The Community Music School at Southwestern College is offering a new choral opportunity for students in Grades 2-5 called JourneyKids Choir.

The choir is for students interested in growing relationships and to enhance their love for music, according to Dylan Moore, director of the Community Music School. 

“The group will allow students the ability to sing an eclectic selection of songs that are geared to build musical knowledge in a fun and inviting setting,” Moore says.  “A focal point of the group will be the development of community, providing an open and encouraging atmosphere for student bonding and camaraderie.”
Nikki Kirk
Nikki Kirk, a pre-kindergarten-5th grade general music teacher for Arkansas City schools, will be directing the group. Kirk serves as the director of music for First Presbyterian Church in Winfield and is in her ninth year of teaching. 

“She is extremely excited to work with the Community Music School at Southwestern College, having been a previous guest clinician for Spring Into the Arts Day 2015 and Music Educators’ Day of Workshops 2015,” Moore says. 

The group will rehearse on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m., in Darbeth Rehearsal Hall on the Southwestern College campus. All experience levels are welcome, but an audition for voice placement, musical ability, and level of knowledge will be expected. Auditions can be arranged by contacting the CMS Director. For the audition, students are asked to sing “Happy Birthday.” For more information, or to schedule an audition time, call Moore at (620) 229-6188 or email cms@sckans.edu.

 

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Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:56:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cole Family Summer Music Festival Concerts at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1668 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1668 Southwestern College will host several Cole Family Summer Music Festival concerts this week.  All performances are free to attend and community members are invited to any or all of the concerts.

•    Tuesday, June 9, 7:30 p.m.—Counselors will perform inside Richardson Performing Arts Center.  From as far away as Alabama and as close as Winfield, the performers will present a program in a variety of genres.   Musical theatre, classical, and jazz make up the enjoyable program demonstrating the talent of those who influence and teach the festival participants.
•    Wednesday, June 10, 7:30 p.m.— The Cole Family Summer Music Festival faculty and assistant faculty will perform a recital in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Stephen Butler, Jeremy Kirk, Timothy Shook, and Brian Winnie along with their faculty assistants will present solos, piano duets, and ensembles. 
•    Thursday, June 11, 7:30 p.m.— Karissa Shimanek, artist in residence, and Luke Nicolay, Southwestern College young artist in residence, will perform in the Richardson Performing Arts Center. Shimanek grew up in Arkansas City and is the daughter of Mike and Judith Shimanek.  Her residency is sponsored by George Cole.  Nicolay was chosen for the position through an audition process.  The purpose of the position is to offer a significant opportunity to a highly motivated musician, nurturing and polishing performance skills, while making the transition from student to professional. 
•    Saturday, June 13, 1:30 p.m. —All festival members of the orchestra, choir, and concert band will provide a grand performance in the Richardson Performing Arts Center to conclude the 2015 Cole Family Summer Music Festival.    

For more information about any of the performances, call Jessica Falk at (620) 229-6141.

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Tue, 09 Jun 2015 16:10:24 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cole Family Summer Music Festival to Feature New Clinicians, Artist-In-Residence]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1662 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1662 Southwestern College will host the Cole Family Summer Music Festival June 8-13 on the SC campus.  The festival will feature two new clinicians as well as a new artist-in-residence.

The festival is for students ages 14-20.  Campers will choose from tracks in band, choir, orchestra, and piano.  The daily schedule will include ensemble rehearsals, practice time, electives, recreation time, and much more. 

The tracks are led by award-winning conductors, performers, and teachers.  Two new faculty clinicians will join the festival this year—Dr. Brian Winnie, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Southwestern College, and Dr. Amber Peterson, conductor, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College  and the Maize Barnett Kilmer Chair for String Education.  Joining Winnie and Peterson will be festival veterans Jeremy Kirk, band; Steven Butler, piano; and festival dean Tim Shook. 

“We are excited to offer a re-designed elective program that provides students the opportunity to explore new topics and develop skills with a secondary instrument,” says Shook.  “Electives include bluegrass, conducting, music technology, beginning keyboard, voice, strings, and African drum and dance.”

Through generous support from the Cole Family, the all-inclusive cost for the week-long festival is $375.  

This year the festival will be highlighted by a new artist-in-residence, Karissa Shimanek.  She will assist with the vocal track and showcase her talents as an artist.  
Karissa Shimanek
Shimanek grew up in Arkansas City and is the daughter of Mike and Judith Shimanek.  She began singing at an early age, and was entertaining audiences by age 11. Her favorite childhood performances include the Prairie Fest Arts Festival competition in her hometown, in which she placed first, and when she was a featured performer at the Kolache Festival in Prague, Okla., for two years. Her high school career provided her with many performance opportunities in the choral and theatre departments, and allowed her to develop singing and acting skills outside of popular music.

Following high school, Shimanek pursued a degree in music with a focus in musical theatre at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) in Edmond, Okla., where she received vocal training from the esteemed Dr. Marilyn Govich. She also acquired dance training in jazz, ballet, modern, hip hop, and tap while at UCO. During her undergraduate studies, she performed in many productions including Discoveryland’s production of “Oklahoma!” in Sapulpa, Okla. Shimanek has also had several lead roles at Mitchell Hall’s main stage and Jazz Lab productions in Edmond; some of her favorites are Betty Schaefer in “Sunset Boulevard,” Erzulie in “Once on this Island,” and as a featured soloist in several Jazz Lab shows. She also performed with Jodi Benson, the voice of “The Little Mermaid.” 

After the completion of her undergraduate degree, Shimanek pursued her master of music degree, also from UCO.  She was able to work as a graduate assistant for the musical theatre department and Broadway Tonight! office, and directed several shows at the Jazz Lab. 

Shimanek is currently pursuing her master of arts in teaching degree with a focus in choral directing. 

For more information about the Cole Family Summer Music Festival at Southwestern College or to register, contact Jessica Falk, director of camps and conferences at Southwestern at (620)-229-6141, email dir.campconf@sckans.edu, or visit the website at www.sckans.edu/musicfestival. 

 

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Thu, 21 May 2015 15:55:49 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SCYS Auditions for 2015-16 Coming Up May 19-21]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1653 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1653 The Southwestern College Youth Symphony (SCYS) will hold auditions for young musicians who wants to be a part of the symphony for the 2015-16 school year.  The auditions will be Tuesday-Thursday, May 19-21, from 5 to 9 p.m., in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  

Middle and high school students who play string, wind, brass, or percussion instruments are encouraged to try out. Students should prepare a one- to two-minute solo and a two-octave scale of the musician’s choice.  There will also be a sight-reading portion to the audition. Students will be notified of their specific audition day and time upon registration.  The audition fee is $5.

The SCYS provides musical training and performance opportunities to talented students in South Central Kansas and Northern Oklahoma. The SCYS strives to maintain a rich heritage of classical music in the region, but will also add a “lite” orchestra ensemble this next season for students interested in alternative styles. Students may participate in both ensembles without additional cost. The SCYS encourages students to achieve musical excellence, function as members of a team, and appreciate the talents of peers in the ensemble. Many musicians make lasting friendships with other members of the orchestra. 

Rehearsals for next season are Sundays 2 to 5 p.m. The ensemble fee is $140 for the season, which includes four concerts. Discounts are available for families with two or more musicians in the orchestra. 

Online registration is available for the auditions at http://goo.gl/forms/JJsYA5yI3u. For more information or questions about the symphony, contact Ismail Farid at ismail.farid@sckans.edu. 

 

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Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:02:11 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Singers and the SC Musical Theatre Ensemble to Present ‘Broadway Builders & Unplugged’ May 1]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1645 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1645 The Southwestern Choral Department will present a night of contemporary pop and Disney musical theatre in one concert titled “Broadway Builders & Unplugged!” on Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center. There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend. 

The concert will be shared by the SC Musical Theatre Ensemble and the SC Singers.  This marks the first ever concert by the newly restructured and reorganized SC Singers.  

“In line with this year’s vision of exploring all vocal technique there has been a growing interest in contemporary commercial music,” says Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice at Southwestern.  “The SC Singers (formerly a classical chamber ensemble) have a new focus as a contemporary a cappella ensemble.”

The concert will feature Disney Hits from the musicals “Tarzan,” “Pocahontas,” “Beauty & the Beast,” “Aida,” “Frozen,” and more.  It will also feature contemporary pop hits such as “Since U Been Gone,” “I’m Yours,” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” 

“This will surely be a night featuring the growth of all SC vocal students over the course of this year, with powerful belting, beat-boxing, and tight harmony,” Winnie says.

This concert also will feature guest beat-boxer Jordan Butler, son of accompanist Stephen Butler. 

 

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:25:07 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony Final Concert to Feature Winners of South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1644 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1644 The South Kansas Symphony will perform “Prairie Potential,” its final concert of the season, on Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College. 

According to South Kansas Symphony conductor Amber Peterson, the symphony will be playing works by Aaron Copland, including his popular "Hoe-Down” from “Rodeo." The concert will also feature the winners of the 2015 South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition, Allison Tung and Deborah Martin. The symphony will accompany both of the concerto winners.

Allison TungTung is a senior at Wichita East High School and has played piano and violin since the age of four under the instruction of Timothy Shook and Laura Black respectively.  She was recently awarded the position of co-concertmaster with the Wichita Youth Symphony Orchestra and concertmaster for the Kansas All-State Symphony Orchestra in 2015.  Tung started piano competitions in middle school, and in 2012 and 2013 she placed first in Kansas State Honors Auditions for both piano solo and piano duets, allowing her the honor of performing for the Kansas Music Educators’ Association annual workshop.  She also received the Senseney Schneider piano scholarship in 2011 and 2013 for her outstanding performances.  She was named the winner of the junior division of the 2015 South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition.  This May, Tung will graduate from Wichita High School East International Baccalaureate program.  She has been admitted to the University of California, San Diego, where she plans to pursue a major in biotechnology and a minor in music.

Deborah MartinMalaysian-born pianist Deborah Martin is in her third year at Southwestern College, pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in music with a minor in business administration. She studies piano under the instruction of Timothy Shook and studies voice with Brian Winnie. In 2013 and 2014, she participated in the piano solo Honors Auditions hosted by the Kansas Music Teachers’ Association and returned with outstanding achievements consecutively. She earned third place in the Freshman/Sophomore category of the 2013 auditions and returned as the winner in the 2014 auditions for the Junior/Senior category earning her the opportunity to perform at the honors recital in the 2015 Kansas Music Educators’ Association annual workshop. Choral and contemporary commercial music are her other areas of interest in the field. She currently serves as a private piano instructor in the Community Music School at Southwestern College.   

Garrett VanArsdale, senior at Lebo High School, and Kaela Massey, junior at Winfield High School, will also be recognized during the program as Junior Division finalists at the 2015 South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition. 

Tickets for the program range from $6 to $10.  For more information or to purchase advanced tickets, call (620) 221-7720.

 

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:44:37 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Evening of Percussion’ at Southwestern College April 16]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1642 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1642 The Southwestern College music department will present “Evening of Percussion” on Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m., in the Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.  
Jeremy Kirk
The evening of entertainment will include performances by The SC Percussion Ensemble, the SC African Drum and Dance Ensemble, and the SC Percussion Studio students. 

Performers include: Brandon Pew, Brandi Young, Ashton Humbert, and Eva Farid, Winfield; Quenton Todd, Lawrence; Aaron Jeffries, Bird City; Kaitlyn Holler, Protection; Luke Nicolay, Augusta; and Kylie Stamper and Melissa Connell, Wichita.

“We will be performing a wide variety of percussion music in both solo and ensemble settings as well as authentic cultural music from West Africa,” says director Jeremy Kirk.  “There will be something for everyone in the programming and it is sure to be a sonic treat.”

 

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 10:52:31 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)