Music RSS Feed en-us http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/ Music RSS Feed <![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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Wed, 17 Feb 2016 14:48:58 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![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)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony to Perform at The Eatery on April 11]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1640 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1640 The South Kansas Symphony will hold its Chamber Gala on Saturday, April 11, at 7 p.m., at The Eatery, located at 815 Millington in Winfield. This is the symphony's main fundraising event of the season. Hors d'oeuvres will be served between performances by South Kansas Symphony players. 

The Williams String Quartet of Southwestern College will perform two serenades. Members include Eva Farid, Ashton Humbert, Brandon Pew, and Troy Fort.

A woodwind trio consisting of Rae Lynne Baker, Shannon McPartland, and Allen Dilley, will play several works, including one composed by McPartland. 

The Quartet Sine Nomine, which includes Jennis Irvin, Clara Shupak, Ryan Fell, and Don Phillip Gibson, will present the world premiere of “String Quartet” in d minor by Paul Trapkus. 

The evening will close with a passacaglia performed by the symphony's concertmaster, Maciek Zawadzki, and conductor, Amber Peterson. 
Amber Peterson
The fundraising event will also include a silent auction. Many local businesses have donated items and services. Patrons will also be able to bid on a seat within the orchestra during one of next season's performances, as well as the opportunity to conduct the symphony. 

Tickets are $50 and seating is limited.  Reservations must be made in advance. For reservations, please contact Linda Newby at (620) 221-6216. 
 

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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:42:21 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Jazz Violinist Christian Howes to Perform at Southwestern College March 13]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1629 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1629 Violinist Christian Howes will perform along with his group Southern Exposure Friday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center (RPAC) on the campus of Southwestern College.  Tickets are $15 for general seating, $12 for alumni, and $8 for students and children. RPAC is located in the Christy Administration Building.

“Arguably the most intriguing young violinist in jazz,” says an article in the “Minneapolis Tribune.”

In August 2011, Howes was ranked as the #1 “Rising Star” violinist in the “Downbeat” Critics Poll and nominated for the Jazz Journalists Association’s “Violinist Of The Year.” In 2012, he was voted among the top three violinists in “JazzTimes” expanded critics poll. The same year, he received the Residency Partner Award from Chamber Music America for his educational outreach with school orchestra programs.  He now regularly tours throughout Asia, Europe, and the U.S. as a leader of his own groups and a soloist with orchestras. Howes toured Ukraine in June 2014 at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy, as a cultural ambassador, underscoring U.S. support for a free and democratic Ukraine.

Howes visited Southwestern College this past October as a guest clinician, working with student and community musicians on improvisation skills.

His most recent album release, Southern Exposure, combines traditional jazz with Latin influences.  

For more information, contact Jessica Falk at (620) 229-6141.  Patrons can also purchase tickets online at www.sckans.edu/Howes

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Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:01:25 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Community Music School Offering Workshops]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1615 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1615 The Community Music School at Southwestern College will offer a day of music education workshops on Saturday, Feb. 21, for current and future music educators in all emphasis areas K-12. Workshops will take place in Messenger Recital Hall and the rehearsal hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the Southwestern College Campus. 

Clinicians for each of the sessions will consist of Southwestern College music department professors Jeremy Kirk, percussion and bands; Brian Winnie, voice and choral singing and Amber Peterson, strings and orchestra. Two guest clinicians from the field of music education will also participate.  They are Nikki Kirk, elementary educator in Arkansas City and Karissa Shimanek, Southwestern College graduate student. 

The day will be offered as a Pre-KMEA (Kansas Music Educators Association) workshop and will last from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sessions will include contemporary vocal technique, inexpensive repair of percussion instruments, the science behind the Suzuki method, musical theatre repertoire selection, national core standards in general music classrooms, and many more in each emphasis area. Pre-registration fees are $20 for current educators and $10 for SC alumni if registration is received before Sunday, Feb 1. Registration fees after Feb. 1 is $30 for current educators and $20 for SC alumni and will remain open until Monday, Feb. 16. Current students interested in attending the workshops may attend for free (lunch fee of $6). Lunch will be provided for all attendees.  For more information or to register for the event email the Community Music School at cms@sckans.edu or call (620) 229-6188.  

“The goal of the event is for current and future music educators to have an opportunity to interact with and learn from Southwestern College’s adept faculty members,” says Dylan Moore, Community Music School director.  “Each faculty member will also conduct a question and answer session throughout the day, so educators are encouraged to come with specific questions to discuss.”

 

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:37:09 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Newly Formed Southwestern College Choral Union Looking for Members]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1599 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1599 Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice at Southwestern College, is looking for individuals to join the newly created Southwestern College Choral Union (SCCU).  The community based choir is looking for various talent levels.
Brian Winnie
“Whether you are a seasoned veteran singer, need brushing up on your skills, or have never sung before, we invite you to join us this January for the start of our inaugural spring season production of ‘America the Beautiful!’” Winnie says.  “This program is a true celebration of America and all we hold dear, featuring American patriotic songs and modern classics by well-known American composers.”

There aren’t auditions to be a part of the SCCU however there will be placement screenings on Jan. 6-7.  This will be an opportunity for members to get to know Winnie and to sing for him.  He will then be able to place participants with others members with similar skill and talent.  

Beginning in January, rehearsals will be held every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m., in the Darbeth rehearsal hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts building. 
The SCCU will perform twice in the spring of 2015.  On April 19, the SCCU will have a collaborative concert with the Southwestern College choirs.  The SCCU will have its own concert in Richardson Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m.  

There will be a fee to participate in the SCCU.  According to Winnie, for this organization to pay its bills, which includes music, printing and mailing costs, licensing royalties, and its staff, the dues process is structured at a nominal rate of $80 per concert season for adults; $30 for SC or high school students.  In the future Winnie hopes to be able to offer scholarships to interested participants and is hoping some local people or businesses might sponsor the organization.  

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

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity or would like more information about the SCCU, please contact Winnie or McKinzie at (620) 229-6302 or (620) 229-6288.    

 

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Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:21:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Community Music School Recitals]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1595 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1595 The Community Music School at Southwestern College will present its fall recitals on Thursday, Dec. 11, in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center. There is no admission charge to attend and light refreshments will be served following the recitals.

The recitals will feature students in the areas of piano, voice, violin, cello, and percussion. Recital A will feature beginning students to the school at 6 p.m. in the rehearsal hall. Recital B will feature intermediate and advanced students at 7:30 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall. Those interested in potentially joining the school are invited to come and meet fellow students and teachers and may also enroll in spring lessons.

For more information about the Community Music School, contact Dylan Moore at 229-6188.

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Fri, 05 Dec 2014 15:46:42 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Assistant Professor Amber Peterson Published in 'Arts Education Policy Review']]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1594 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1594 Amber PetersonAmber Peterson, assistant professor of music and the Mazie Barnett Kilmer Chair for Strings Education, has been published in the latest edition of “Arts Education Policy Review.”  The article title is “A View of Current Evaluative Practices in Instrumental Music Teacher Education.”

The quarterly publication used a portion of Peterson’s dissertation which was titled, “Expectations of Automaticity in Beginning Instrumental Music Educators.”

“This has been basically a two-year process,” Peterson says.  “I was quite thrilled to be published.”

According to Peterson, the purpose of the study was to examine how instrumental music educator skills are being evaluated in current undergraduate programs.  

 

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Thu, 04 Dec 2014 10:29:52 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Williams String Quartet to Perform this Week in Winfield]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1592 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1592 The Southwestern College Williams String Quartet will be playing holiday music at three different locations this week. 

The quartet will perform at Cumbernauld Village on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m.  On Friday, Dec. 5, they will perform in the Winfield RCB Bank lobby at 11:30 a.m. and in the Winfield Cornerbank lobby at 2:30 p.m.  Each performance will last approximately 30 minutes. 

The Williams String Quartet consists of Eva Farid, Ashton Humbert, and Brandon Pew, Winfield, and Troy Fort, Stillwater, Okla.

For more information about the quartet or to schedule them for an event, contact Amber Peterson by email at amber.peterson@sckans.edu or call (620) 229-6113.

 

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Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:54:22 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College’s Deborah Martin Wins Piano Competition]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1585 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1585 Southwestern College junior Deborah Martin won the Kansas Music Teachers Association Collegiate Piano Competition on Sunday, Nov. 9, at Washburn University in Topeka.  Martin competed against other juniors and seniors from colleges and universities from around the state of Kansas.  She performed the Chopin Etude op. 10, no.3 and Bartok Suite op.14, no. 3.
Deborah Winning the KMTA Piano Competition
Martin is from Penang, Malaysia, and is the daughter of Dave Martin and Katherine Ung.  She is a graduate of Penang Chinese Girls' High School.

Tim Shook is Deborah’s piano teacher as well as chair of the performing arts division at Southwestern, and emphasizes the high quality of performers in this competition. Typically the state’s large universities send their most talented and accomplished pianists to represent their schools, he says, and to have a student from a small, private liberal arts college take the top prize shines the spotlight on the quality of artistry at Southwestern.

“We were delighted with Deborah’s third place finish last year and what is impressive is that she is at the younger level of this competition,” Shook adds.

“I'm very thrilled to have won because that means I've not only made my school proud, I've made my country proud and most of all I've made my family proud,” Martin says.  “I started piano lessons in a music school when I was four. Then I switched to private lessons at about age seven. Every now then, there would be performance opportunities available through my instructors and usually I would be invited to be a part of those performances.”

Shook says that Martin’s work ethic paved the way to her victory.

“This was a team effort,” Shook says.  “She played often for her colleagues and they provided valuable feedback.  Deborah has a work ethic, first and foremost, and there is talent and when those two things are combined, many good things happen.  She has an artistic sense in many ways; visually she is a great photographer; she has a wonderful ear; and she sings beautifully.  But what she does is she works and she practices and she develops that talent that she has been given.”

Martin is happy that she participated in the competition.

“I chose to do it again this year because it was a great opportunity to gain someone else's insight on my technique and musical interpretations,” Martin says.  “I'm also certain that this opportunity is going to facilitate my growth as a musician.”

Although she is just a junior, Martin has an eye on her future.

“Right now, I aspire to become a choral conductor and a private lesson instructor on the side,” Martin says.

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Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:00:54 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Music Major Named one of SC's "Teacher of Promise."]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1582 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1582 Senior,Music Education and Music Performance Major, Dylan Moore was selected as one of two Fall 2014 "Teachers of Promise."  We would like to congratulate Dylan and encourage him to keep up the Good Work!!!!

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Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:14:13 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SKS to Present Halloween Concert October 26]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1579 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1579 The South Kansas Symphony will present “Witches & Wizards” on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College. The production is sponsored by Phil and Mary Jarvis. Children will be admitted free of charge with an adult admission.  Admission price varies between $6 and $10.

The orchestra will be performing classical “witch” pieces by Berlioz and Humperdinck, as well as several popular works in celebration of the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Joanna Brazil, children’s librarian at the Winfield Public Library, will also be reading a Halloween story.  All who attend are encouraged to wear costumes. 

At the conclusion of the performance, there will be an instrument petting zoo in the lobby just outside the Richardson Performing Arts Center. 

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

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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:10:15 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Several High School Marching Bands to Participate in 'The Mound of Sound' at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1578 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1578 Southwestern College will host “The Mound of Sound Marching Festival” on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m., inside Richard L. Jantz Stadium.  The event is open to the public and there is no admission charge.

The event is approved by the Kansas State High School Activities Association and the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.  So far, high school marching bands from Winfield, Arkansas City, Liberal, Ponca City, Okla., Central of Burden, Dexter, Udall, and Riverton have signed up to perform.

The bands will perform for a panel of judges in a friendly and supportive environment, according to Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College and the coordinator for “The Mound of Sound.”

“It is a good way to provide some of the local schools with a festival that they can attend where they will receive feedback from judges.  It is also friendly-competitive, and we will give out awards for grand champion, second place, and third place.  They all will get rated and will receive that feedback, which is so vital.”

Kirk is no stranger to putting these festivals together.    

“I hosted these events at Coffeyville Community College and at Marshall University in the Tri-State Festival which is one of the biggest marching competitions on the East coast,” Kirk says.  “It is great for these schools as it’s a great educational experience.  It is competitive in a friendly way.  I have six judges coming who will judge in the areas of music performance, visual performance, general affect, color guard, percussion, and drum major.  Some of the judges are nationally known.”  

According to Kirk, each band has a chance to win whether they are big or small.  

“The way I have done the score sheets, it’s based on their performance, not how many are in the band,” Kirk says.  “A group might have 20 kids but if they sound really tight and their fundamentals are great, they can score just as high or higher than the 150-piece bands.  The way the scoring system is, everyone has a fair shot.”

The event will begin at 10 a.m.  The schedule includes: Central of Burden, 10 a.m.; Udall, 10:20; Dexter, 10:40; Winfield, 11; Riverton, 11:20; Ponca City, 11:40; Arkansas City, 12; Liberal 12:20; and the awards presentation at 12:40.

 

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:17:50 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony Opening Concert is Sunday]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1567 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1567 The South Kansas Symphony will present the opening concert of the year on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 3 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.  Tickets prices for the concert range from $6 to $10, depending on seat location.

The concert title is “Overture” and will include works by Handel, Bach, Rossini, Bizet, Mozart, and Beethoven.  The concert is sponsored by Marilyn McNeish.

Amber Peterson, conductor of the South Kansas Symphony, says this concert will have several familiar selections.

“The South Kansas Symphony will be opening the season with a collection of overtures, which are often considered masterworks in symphonic orchestra music,” Peterson says.  “These well-known overtures from some of the greatest composers come from an oratorio, suite, play, and several operas. Many will be familiar to the audience.”

For more information about the concert or to order tickets, contact Rose Hanna at (620) 229-6272.

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Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:04:13 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Brian Winnie and Amber Peterson Will Lead Music Programs]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1548 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1548 The Southwestern College performing arts division has welcomed Brian Winnie as director of choral activities and voice, and Amber Peterson, Mazie Barnett Kilmer Chair for Strings Education.

“Dr. Peterson and Dr. Winnie bring an exciting new perspective to Southwestern College music education and performance programs and ensembles,” says Tim Shook, chair for the division of performing arts at Southwestern College.  “Students will enjoy stimulating classroom and performance experiences, preparing them as professionals and advocates who cultivate the arts.”

Brian WinnieWinnie teaches courses in undergraduate choral conducting, vocal pedagogy and diction, and choral methods. He also conducts the A Cappella Choir, SC Singers, Musical Theatre Ensemble, and is head of the voice department.  An active festival conductor and adjudicator, Winnie has worked with festival choirs throughout the United States in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Washington, Kansas, and Alaska.  

Prior to this appointment, Winnie served as lecturer at the University of Washington-Tacoma where he helped create and establish a choral component to their interdisciplinary arts program. Prior to his career in higher education, Winnie taught for seven years in public schools at both the middle and high school levels having served as director of choirs in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania where his choirs consistently achieved the highest ratings at festivals and competitions.  His 2007 Lower Macungie Middle School Cadence Choir was selected to perform for the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Association convention, and in 2008 he was the recipient of the “Outstanding Young Conductor Award,” presented by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.  In 2010 he was named “Teacher of the Year” at Hopewell Valley High School, and was nominated for the “Excellence in Teaching Award” at the University of Washington in 2013.

Winnie is an active member the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educator’s National Conference. He has served as secretary for the Central New Jersey Music Education Association, and is a former Middle School/Jr. High Repertoire and Standards Chair for ACDA-PA. 

A native of Pennsylvania, Winnie received his bachelor of science in music education from the Pennsylvania State University, master of music education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and his doctor of musical arts in choral conducting from the University of Washington. Additionally, he received his certificate of figure proficiency in Estill Voice Training in 2014. 

Amber PetersonPeterson’s duties will include conducting the South Kansas Symphony, overseeing the Southwestern College Youth Symphony, coaching the Williams String Quartet, and teaching private viola and violin lessons, string methods, and music fundamentals 

 Peterson holds music education degrees from Case Western Reserve University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She also completed Suzuki violin teacher training at Cleveland Institute of Music. 

Prior to coming to Winfield, Peterson taught orchestra in Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, and Iowa, and played violin and viola in many regional symphonies. Her research has appeared in “Contributions to Music Education,” “Arts Education Policy Review,” and “American String Teacher.” She has presented sessions at numerous state and national conferences, including American String Teachers Association, American Educational Research Association, Symposium on Music Teacher Education, and the NAfME Research and Teacher Education National Conference. Her specializations and research interests include music teacher education, string education, and music cognition and psychology.


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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:58:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Luke Nicolay Performs at First United Methodist Church in Wichita]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1546 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1546 Southwestern College student Luke Nicolay spent his summer as an intern at First United Methodist Church in Wichita, KS.  At the end of his tenure, he was asked to perform as a guest musician at the service on August 3, 2014.  Below is video of his performance.

(Special thanks to First United Methodist Church of Wichita for sharing this video with us.)

 

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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:27:36 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)