Music RSS Feed en-us http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/ Music RSS Feed <![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)
<![CDATA[Cole Family Summer Music Festival Concerts Begin June 10]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1525 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1525 Southwestern College will host several Cole Family Summer Music Festival concerts June 10-14.  All performances are free to attend and community members are invited to any or all of the concerts.

Tuesday, June 10, 7:30 p.m.—Counselors and Southwestern College ambassadors will perform inside Richardson Performing Arts Center.  From as far away as St. Louis 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 11, 7:30 p.m.—Mary Bander, young artist in residence, and Chase Foster, Winfield High School graduate, will perform in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Bander is a graduate of the department of music at Oklahoma Christian University, having majored in vocal performance.  She has performed in several OCU opera productions including “Les Contes D’Hoffmann,” “Il Pagliacci,” “Dido & Aeneas,” “L’elisir D’amor, Gallantry,” “Riders to the Sea,” and “Die Fledermaus.” Her residency is sponsored by George Cole.  Foster has been performing professionally for the better part of eight years and has now begun to start his solo career as a pop/jazz artist. Through the years, Foster has had a musical exploration in country, jazz, rock, pop, and blues genres, and has been heavily influenced by a number of great songwriters. He now performs regularly as a solo artist, and is continuing to build his song catalog.

Thursday, June 12, 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 Daniel Stevens plus Winfield High School faculty member Matt Berthot along with their faculty assistants will present solos, piano duets, and ensembles.

Saturday, June 14—Numerous events will be held as the camp closes down.  Ensembles and solos are scheduled throughout the afternoon.  From 1-1:55 p.m., vocal and piano solos and ensembles with chamber groups in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  From 2-2:55 p.m., band and string orchestra in Richardson Performing Arts Center.  From 3-3:25 p.m., African drum and dance and jazz combo at the Cole Mound Plaza.

Saturday, June 14, 4-5:30 p.m.—All festival members of the orchestra, choir, and concert band with guest conductor Steven Barnett will provide a grand performance in the Richardson Performing Arts Center to conclude the 2014 Cole Family Summer Music Festival.    Barnett is in his 11th year as director of bands and professor of music at Marshall University.  He conducts the Marshall University Wind Symphony and the “Marching Thunder” marching band, where he also serves as music arranger and drill designer.  He is an active adjudicator and clinician throughout the Southeast and Midwest and is currently a staff arranger for Jalen Publishing Company of Orlando, Fla., where he has 15 marching band arrangements published. 

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

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Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:59:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[The Cole Family Summer Music Festival June 9-14]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1519 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1519 Southwestern College will host the Cole Family Summer Music Festival June 9-14 on the SC campus.

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, technique class, practice time, recreation time, and much more.  

Under the supervision of festival dean Timothy Shook, the tracks are led by award-winning conductors, performers, and teachers.  This year the festival will be highlighted by guest conductor Steven Barnett.  Barnett is in his 11th year as director of bands and professor of music at Marshall University.  He conducts the Marshall University Wind Symphony and the “Marching Thunder” marching band, where he also serves as music arranger and drill designer.  He is an active adjudicator and clinician throughout the Southeast and Midwest and is currently a staff arranger for Jalen Publishing Company of Orlando, Fla., where he has 15 marching band arrangements published. 

Two new faculty clinicians will join the festival this year. Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College; and Matt Berthot, vocal music director at Winfield High School, will join returning faculty clinicians Daniel Stevens, director of strings at Southwestern College, and Shook.

“In addition to fresh emphasis on individual track instruction, we are excited to offer some new electives this summer including African drum and dance, jazz, and theory,” Shook says.

Barnett will lead two free clinics.  All music instructors are invited and encouraged to attend either or both sessions.  The sessions are titled “So What To Do When You Find Out That Your Band is NOT Blue Devils,” and “Band Arranging 101: A Practical Approach” and give instructors the opportunity to earn PDC points. Instructors are also invited to attend rehearsals throughout the week, thus increasing PDC points. 

Through generous support from the Cole family, the all-inclusive cost for the week-long festival is $375 when the application to attend the festival includes a signature of recommendation from a private music instructor or school music teacher.  

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


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Thu, 08 May 2014 14:40:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[12th Annual Symphony on the Prairie Sunday]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1513 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1513 An afternoon and evening of music and activities in a pastoral setting is planned for Sunday, April 27, in the 12th annual presentation of Symphony on the Prairie.

The South Kansas Symphony and the Southwestern College Youth Symphony (both under the direction of Daniel Stevens, director of instrumental activities at Southwestern College), The Student Loans, SC Alternative Strings, Mobius Strip, and Crowsons & Friends will perform on the Dick and Dolly Bonfy Ranch at 24011 141st Rd. in Winfield. Gates will open at 2 p.m. The event is underwritten by the Winfield Convention and Tourism Bureau.

Numerous vendors will be selling various food and other goods. 

The evening will also feature a drawing to win one of two Google Nexus Tablets. Entry forms will be distributed at the gates until 6:45 p.m. and winners must be present at the time of the drawing. 

The schedule for the evening includes:

2 p.m.—Gates open, vendors open for business, Mobius Strip to perform

2:30 p.m.—The Student Loans

3 p.m.—SC Alternative Strings

3:30 p.m.—Crowsons & Friends

4:30 p.m.—Southwestern College Youth Symphony

5:30 p.m.—Crowsons & Friends

6:45 p.m.—South Kansas Symphony with Larry Hatteberg from KAKE news, narrator.

The setting is informal and no seating will be provided—all audience members should bring chairs or blankets. Outside refreshments are welcome but vendors will sell onsite meals, snacks and drinks.

Free transport from the parking area to the footpaths near the event area will run during and after the performances.

General admission is $8. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the gate. For more information or tickets, call Rose Hanna at (620) 229-6272. 


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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:03:32 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Jeremy Kirk Recital Set in Community Music School Faculty Recital Series]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1504 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1504 Jeremy KirkThe Community Music School (CMS) at Southwestern College is pleased to present a percussion recital by professor Jeremy Kirk on Monday, April 21,  at 6 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.

Kirk is an award-winning percussionist, educator, and composer who was called “a Paganini of percussion” by percussionist Kevin Webb.  Another percussionist, Casey Cangelosi, describes Kirk as “a diverse and balanced percussionist with wonderful beauty and fluidity.”  

Kirk has performed with country singer and songwriter Sara Evans and has also performed with groups such as Manheim Steamroller and the Huntington Symphony Orchestra. He is a sponsored artist, educational consultant, and endorser of Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Mapex Drums, Majestic Percussion, Remo Drumheads and World Percussion, and Black Swamp Accessory Percussion. 

 The recital will feature the world premiere performance of Kirk’s newest composition titled “Upacara,” for multiple percussion.

The recital is part of the CMS’s Faculty Recital Series, which has already presented a harpsichord recital by James Leland of Grace United Methodist Church.

For more information contact Dylan Moore, CMS director, at (620) 229-6188.

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Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:49:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[McKenzie Wheeler Recital Sunday at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1499 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1499 Southwestern College will host the senior recital for McKenzie Wheeler, music major from Winfield. The recital is Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College. The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.

McKenzie WheelerWheeler will be performing songs by Mozart from the opera “Cosi fan Tutte,” several Faure pieces including “Caire de Lune,” two spirituals by Moses Hogan, a selection from Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” featuring members of SC Singers, and more.  She will be accompanied by Deborah Martin on the piano and James Leland on harpsichord.  

Wheeler is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music and plans to continue towards her teaching degree after graduation.  She is currently the director of music at Grace United Methodist Church in Winfield.

A reception will follow the recital. 

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Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:24:44 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[James Leland Harpsichord Recital February 27]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1482 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1482 James Leland will play a harpsichord recital Thursday, Feb. 27, at Southwestern College. The recital begins at 7:30 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center. The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.
Leland-Harpsichord
Sponsored by Southwestern’s Community Music School as a part of its faculty concert series, the program features music by Handel, Bach, Scarlatti, and Elisabeth- Claude Jacquet de la Guerre.

Leland is an adjunct faculty member at Southwestern and organist at Grace United Methodist Church in Winfield. A graduate of Oberlin College, he holds a doctorate in music from Northwestern University. His organ and harpsichord studies include two years in Salzburg and Berlin. For 34 years he was professor of music at Hollins University in Virginia.

For this program Leland will play the harpsichord built for him by John Phillips in Berkeley, Calif. It is patterned on 18th-century Florentine instruments.

The Community Music School at Southwestern is a group of college students, faculty, and local musicians who teach private lessons, master classes, and ensembles to students of Winfield and surrounding communities. Begun in 2008, the school is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization affiliated with the college.

“Dr. Leland’s recital will be a treat for the Winfield community,” says Dylan Moore, director of the Community Music School.  “For anyone not familiar with the harpsichord, this is a wonderful opportunity to hear a world-class performer.”

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

 

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Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:43:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ South Kansas Symphony and SC Choirs to Perform Sunday; Final Show with David Gardner]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1445 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1445 “Holiday Sleigh Ride,” a free Christmas concert  featuring the South Kansas Symphony and choirs from Southwestern College, is set for Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center. The arts center is located in SC’s Christy Administration Building.
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The event will be the final one directed in Winfield by Southwestern College director of choirs David Gardner.  Gardner is leaving Southwestern to become director of traditional worship and arts at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Wash.

When asked what he will miss most about Southwestern, Gardner was quick with a response.

“The students, that’s easy,” Gardner says.  “All semester long, every time I meet with them at noon, I get this twinge of melancholy.  I absolutely love working these students.”

The centerpiece of the choral section of the show is the “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi.

“I chose it, in part, because it is the very same work that I did my first Christmas here 10 years ago,” Gardner says.  “It’s a great work and I absolutely love that piece.”

It will be performed by the college choir along with about 15 community members and alumni, and with a small orchestral ensemble including Jim Leland on harpsichord.

Featured soloists in the choral portion are Deborah Martin, Kaitlyn Holler, Bailey Tadtman, McKenzie Wheeler, Jasmine Jackson, and Dylan Moore.

Among other pieces, the SC Singers will be performing a cover of Pentatonix’s "Carol of the Bells."

Holiday Sleigh Ride is sponsored by Dick and Joan Jones.  There is no admission charge to attend.  For more information, call (620) 229-6272.

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Tue, 03 Dec 2013 15:36:25 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ Tenor Kenneth Clymer to Offer Vocal Masterclass and a Recital Nov. 23]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1438 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1438 The Community Music School at Southwestern College will be hosting guest artist Kenneth Clymer for a vocal masterclass from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 23, in the rehearsal hall of the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  Clymer will also perform a recital that evening at 7:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Both events are open to the public and there is no admission charge.

Kenneth Clymer


“Mr. Clymer is a phenomenal vocal talent that I had the privilege of singing alongside at Wichita Grand Opera,” says Dylan Moore, Community Music School director.  “Beyond that, he is a truly wonderful person to have known in the start of my professional career.”

Tenor Kenneth Clymer received a master of music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He had the honor of singing as a resident artist at the Wichita Grand Opera in 2013, where he understudied the role of Otello. He was a member of the Fort Worth Opera Festival chorus in Rossini’s “Cenerentola,” Bizet’s “Carmen,” and as solo inmate in Jake Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking.” He also has appeared in Fort Worth Opera productions of Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor,” Puccini’s “Turandot,” Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” and several other productions.

At the University of Texas at Arlington, he obtained his bachelor of music degree, performed roles such as Tamino in Mozart’s “Magic Flute,” and was the winner of the Dallas-Fort Worth area NATS Division X Classical Vocal Competition.

Deborah Martin, a sophomore piano instructor at the Community Music School, will be accompanying Clymer on the recital.  She was the bronze medalist of the 2013 Kansas Music Teachers Association freshman/sophomore piano competition. 

For questions about attending these events, please call Community Music School Director Dylan Moore at (620) 229-6188. 

 

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Mon, 11 Nov 2013 14:50:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony Season Kicks Off on Sunday]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1409 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1409 The Southwestern College South Kansas Symphony (SKS) will present its first concert of the season on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the Southwestern College campus.  The title of the concert is “Suite Dreams.”

“The first concert, ‘Suite Dreams,’ includes several pieces that are collections of dances,” says Daniel Stevens, executive director and conductor for the SKS.  “When several dance movements are combined in one composition, it is called a ‘suite.’  Pieces range from the dramatic ‘Pélleas and Mélisande’ by Gabirel Faure to the pastoral ‘Scenes Pittoresques’ by Jules Massenet.  The performance is rounded out by the raucous ‘Colas Breugnon Overture’ by Dmitri Kabalevsky and the string-only piece by Edvard Grieg titled ‘Holberg Suite.’”

The South Kansas Symphony ensemble draws from the best of collegiate and public community musicians who rehearse once each week in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.

“This season balances favorite classical works with fun, light-spirited music for all ages,” Stevens says.  “Our audiences continue to enjoy the South Kansas Symphony musicians, a mixture of 60 collegiate and community instrumentalists from the region.  The musicians spend Monday evenings in rehearsals on campus, and numerous hours outside of rehearsals bringing entertainment to our growing audiences.”

The South Kansas Symphony also hosts educational opportunities for aspiring young musicians in the Southwestern College Youth Symphonies.

The Southwestern College Youth Symphonies (SCYS) provides musical training and performance opportunities to talented students in South-Central Kansas and Northern Oklahoma. Now growing to more than 80 student musicians from a dozen school districts, the SCYS strives to maintain a rich heritage of classical music in the region.

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.

According to Stevens, the South Kansas Symphony and Southwestern College Youth Symphonies offer many upcoming concerts that are sure to please:

• Sept. 29—SKS “Suite Dreams,” Richardson Performing Arts Center
• Oct. 6—SCYS “Fall Festivities,” Richardson Performing Arts Center
• Oct. 12—“Homecoming Kaleidoscope” (features all the musical ensembles at Southwestern College and is free to attend) Richardson Performing Arts Center
• Oct. 27—SKS “Mystery & Mayhem,” Richardson Performing Arts Center
• Dec. 8—SKS “Holiday Sleigh Ride,” Richardson Performing Arts Center
• Dec. 15—SCYS “Snow & Mistletoe,” Richardson Performing Arts Center
• Feb. 16—SCYS “Winter Sunset,” Richardson Performing Arts Center
• March 2—SCYS Play-a-Thon in Towne West Mall, Wichita
• March  9—SKS “Scenes from the New World,” Richardson Performing Arts Center 
• April 5—SKS “Chamber, Chatter, & Chocolate,” Bluestem Place
• April 27—SKS “On the Prairie,” Dick & Dolly Bonfy Ranch
• May 4—SCYS “Spring Flowers,” Richardson Performing Arts Center

Single ticket prices range from $6-$10 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.  Season tickets are available to all 10 concerts starting at $46 (“Chamber, Chatter, & Chocolate” fundraiser not included).  For more information or tickets, call Rose Hanna at (620) 229-6272.

“We also want to invite community leaders, business owners, and arts benefactors to join the SC Golden Circle,” mentions Stevens.  “The Golden Circle is a membership society that sponsors instrumental music at Southwestern College. For a $260 pledge per person, per season, the Golden Circle member is given priority seating at all concerts, invited to two formal dinners at the Winfield Country Club, and admitted to numerous catered receptions throughout the season. Members also receive recognition on concert programs.  In light of the recent economy, we are so blessed to have Golden Circle members support the need to keep instrumental programs thriving in Winfield.  Their gifts sustain the many needs of the orchestral program throughout the season, and help inspire future planning of the ensembles.”

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Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:21:35 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[10th Annual High School Invitational Choral Festival is Monday at SC]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1408 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1408 The Southwestern College vocal music department kicks off its year of performances Monday, Sept. 30, with the 10th annual High School Invitational Choral Festival.  This year’s festival will include over 170 high school students from seven different schools singing together with the college’s A Cappella Choir. The day of activities culminates with a free public concert at 4:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College. 

The Festival Choir will perform “Cloth of Glory” by David L. Brunner, “Veni Sancte Spiritus” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and “I Don’ Feel No Ways Tired” a traditional spiritual arranged by Stacey V. Gibbs.

In addition, the A Cappella Choir and SC Singers will perform several pieces, and there will be a special guest appearance by the Student Loans, a jazz combo made up of Southwestern College students and alumni.

“The purpose of the day is to provide the high school students with training and the opportunity to perform the songs that they will need to know in order to audition for this year’s district and all-state choirs,” says David Gardner, Southwestern College director of choirs.  “The fact that they’re able to perform these selections before the auditions gives them a decided edge, and the participating schools have a very good track record of their students being selected for the honor choirs.” 

Gardner is also enthusiastic about the 4:30 p.m. concert.

“The sound of 200 singers performing together is something very special.  There’s a power and a synergy with that many voices that makes for a thrilling performance.”

Area high school choirs participating in Monday’s festival include: Arkansas City High School, Chance Gates, director; Caney Valley Jr. Sr. High, Jami Messner, director; Central of Burden High School, Jayme Hayes, director; Douglass High School, Sarah Davidson, director; Wichita Heights High School, Mark Walker, director; Wichita West High School, Matthew Webber, director; and Winfield High School, Matt Berthot, director.

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Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:19:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[CMS Accepting New Students ]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1397 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1397 The Community Music School (CMS) at Southwestern College is now accepting new students in all instrument and voice areas for their fall semester.

The CMS offers private lessons and group classes to Winfield residents and the surrounding areas. Students can enter at any level into the school. Teachers of the school are Southwestern College professors, community members, and Southwestern College music students.

“Lessons can be set up at the student’s convenience in half-hour or full-hour blocks,” says CMS director Dylan Moore. “Performance opportunities occur throughout the year, including a variety of recital options, mini-concerts at local events, and special appearances at private functions such as fundraising dinners.”

According to Moore, six-week group piano classes for adults, teens, and children will begin on Oct. 7. These classes are open to students at all experience levels who prefer a group atmosphere to that of private lessons.  To sign-up or inquire about the upcoming classes that are offered, contact the CMS at cms@sckans.edu or by phone at (620) 229-6188.


 

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Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:52:03 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[The Cole Family Summer Music Festival at Southwestern College June 3-8]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1372 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1372 Southwestern College will host The Cole Family Summer Music Festival June 3-8 on the SC campus.

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

Under the supervision of festival dean Timothy Shook, the tracks are led by award-winning conductors, performers, and teachers.

  • Tim Shook, piano—Shook is chair of the division of performing arts at Southwestern College and operates a large independent piano studio in Wichita. He has coached several state winners of the Kansas Music Teachers Association (KMTA) Honors Auditions, serves on the Music Teachers National Association board of directors, and is past president of KMTA. He co-chaired the designing of Music Progressions, a non-competitive syllabus of independent music study, for KMTA. Shook has presented workshops for piano teachers throughout the Midwest, as well as in New York City, Malaysia, and Singapore.
  • David Gardner, choir—Gardner conducts the A Cappella Choir and the Southwestern College Singers, as well as teaching conducting, vocal diction, and private voice.  He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2005 Southwestern College Fassnacht Outstanding Faculty Award, and a second-place finish in the 2001 American Choral Directors Association National Student Conducting Awards Competition.  He is active both regionally and nationally as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator.
    Gardner’s Carnegie Hall conducting debut was in March of 2005, and he appeared there again on March 19, 2010, conducting Mozart’s Solemn Vespers.  He has performed as a vocal soloist, conductor, and chorus member with Wichita Grand Opera, and has prepared choruses for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Grand Opera, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Arizona Symphony.  In March of 2008 he led the Southwestern College choirs in a series of well-received concerts across Italy.  The tour culminated in a performance during Easter Sunday Mass at the Basilica of St. Mark in Venice.
  • Christopher Schmitz, composition—Schmitz is the director of the Center for Music Composition at Southwestern College. His jazz and classical compositions have been featured in performance venues throughout the United States (including Carnegie Hall) and his music has appeared in award-winning feature films. Schmitz presented sessions on “Teaching Musicianship through Composition” at the 2012 Kansas Music Educators Association conference.
  • Stephen Butler, worship teams—Butler is music pastor at First Baptist Church in Arkansas City. He also writes and arranges cantatas, as well as performing concerts throughout the Midwest.
  • Jeff Gordon, jazz band—Gordon is an adjunct faculty member at Friends University, where he teaches applied jazz improvisation, jazz combo classes, is the big band trumpet section coach, and is a member of the Friends Faculty Jazz Sextet.  He holds a master’s degree in trumpet performance and a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies from Wichita State University.  Locally, he has performed with the national Broadway tour of “Wicked,” The Temptations, The Four Freshman, Wayne Newton, Las Vegas acts The Scintas and Bob Anderson, and with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.  He regularly plays lead trumpet in the pit orchestra for Music Theatre Wichita, Crown Uptown Theatre, and other area music theater productions.  Gordon also maintains an active private teaching studio in the Wichita area.
  • Daniel Stevens, orchestra—In addition to his responsibilities as director of strings at Southwestern, Stevens is founder of the Southwestern College Youth Symphony and conductor of the South Kansas Symphony at Southwestern. Stevens is a professional violist with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra/Opera and has been a featured soloist and chamber musician. Stevens was part of a string trio that played a concert in Carnegie Hall in March 2010.

“In addition to fresh emphasis on individual track instruction, we are excited to offer some new activities this summer including private lessons, faculty recitals, and even more small ensemble opportunities,” Shook says.

He also adds that activities like ultimate Frisbee, movie night, swimming, and drum circles will add to the fun.

Through generous support from musician and trustee emeritus Dr. George Cole and his late wife, Linda, the all-inclusive cost for the week-long festival is $375 when the application to attend the festival includes a signature of recommendation from a private music instructor or school music teacher. 

For more information about The Cole Family Summer Music Festival at Southwestern College, call (620) 229-6141 or visit the website at www.sckans.edu/musicfestival

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<![CDATA[Hofmeister Recital Thursday at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1365 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1365 Southwestern College senior Nick Hofmeister, Winfield, will present his senior recital on Thursday, May 2.  It will be held in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building.  The recital begins at 7 p.m., and there is no admission charge to attend.

The recital will feature Hofmeister on drum set performing with the Scott Williams Quartet and The Student Loans.

The Scott Williams Quartet features Scott Williams, piano; Brad Turgeon, trumpet; and Lee Velasquez, bass.

The Student Loans members are Anthony Gropper, vocals and saxophone; Hunter Rockhill, trumpet; Christian Pressley, piano; and Nathan Johnson, bass.

Hofmeister will graduate on Sunday with a bachelor of arts in music from Southwestern.

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Wed, 01 May 2013 09:05:43 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Music, Food, and Scenery Highlight Symphony on the Prairie]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1356 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1356 An afternoon and evening of music and activities in a pastoral setting is planned for Sunday, April 21, in the 11th annual presentation of Symphony on the Prairie.

The South Kansas Symphony and the Southwestern College Youth Symphony (both under the direction of Daniel Stevens), The Student Loans, and the Tallgrass Express String Band will perform on the Dick and Dolly Bonfy Ranch at 24011 141st Rd. in Winfield. Gates will open at 2 p.m. The event is underwritten by the Winfield Convention and Tourism Bureau.

Numerous vendors will be selling various food and other goods. These include Southwestern College Youth Symphony (boxed dinners), Whittier Elementary (chocolate sale), Katheryn’s Bakery, and College Hill Coffee.

The evening will also feature an iPad mini giveaway. Entry forms will be distributed at the gates until 6:45 p.m. and winners must be present at the time of the drawing. Two iPads will be given away, one to a Cowley County residents and one to an entrant living outside the country.

The schedule for the evening includes:
• 2 p.m.—Gates open, vendors open for business
• 2:30 p.m.—The Student Loans
• 3:30 p.m.—Tallgrass Express String Band
• 4:30 p.m.—Southwestern College Youth Symphony
• 5:30 p.m.—Tallgrass Express String Band
• 6:45 p.m.—South Kansas Symphony

Daniel Stevens, director of instrumental activities at Southwestern College said, “Thanks to the kind generosity of the Winfield Convention and Tourism, we were able to expand our publicity to the greater Wichita area.  We have been getting calls from all parts of our region, and crowds are excited to hear fantastic music on the prairie. Everyone in attendance is entered for the chance to win an iPad mini, and we get to sit back and enjoy music on a beautiful Sunday in the rolling hills of Kansas.”

The setting is informal and no seating will be provided—all audience members should bring chairs or blankets. Outside refreshments are welcome but vendors will sell onsite meals, snacks and drinks.

Free transport from the parking area to the footpaths near the event area will run during and after the performances.

General admission is $6. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the gate. For more information or tickets, call Rose Hanna at (620) 229-6272.

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Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:16:28 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ Southwestern College Spring Composition Recital to Unveil Students’ Work]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1344 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1344 Brand new music will be unveiled at Southwestern College’s composition recital on Friday, April 12, in Richardson Performing Arts Center. The recital will premiere new works by student composers at Southwestern College including Nathan Johnson, Emily Tilton, Deanna Johnson, Deborah Martin, and Alex Wakim. It will also feature new music from alumni Ismail Farid and Chance Alquest.

Christopher Schmitz, director of music composition, said, “This recital will present some exciting new works by student and alumni composers. As always, there will be a wide variety of musical styles and genres. Come out and support your fellow musical artists.”

The recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Other performers include Stephen Butler, Joe Gilbert, and Lauren Schmitz.

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Tue, 02 Apr 2013 14:23:43 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Singers Needed for 'Requiem' Performance]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1318 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1318 The Southwestern College choral department announces the performance of John Rutter’s “Requiem” for its spring concert on April 14, and invites community members to join the choir for this memorable event.

Community rehearsals will take place in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the Southwestern campus.  They will begin on Sunday, March 3, and will take place from 3-5 p.m. each Sunday (with the exception of Easter, March 31) until the performance.

According to Southwestern College director of choirs David Gardner, “Requiem” by John Rutter is a modern classic.

“In the 27 years since it was first performed, this work has taken its place as a standard in the repertoire of school, church, and community choirs alike,” Gardner says.  “Both singers and audiences delight in its beautiful melodies and deep passion.”
Not a strict liturgical requiem, Rutter’s setting combines texts from the Latin Requiem Mass, the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, and the book of Psalms. 

“Although there is some text in Latin, the bulk of the singing is in English, and that gives this setting a wonderful sense of immediacy to English-speaking audiences,” Gardner says.

Interested singers should contact Rose Hanna in the performing arts office at Southwestern College at (620) 229-6272 to indicate their interest and to reserve a score.  There is no charge to sing in the choir, but each singer must have their own score, which will be available for purchase for $9 at the first rehearsal.  Audio rehearsal aids will also be available to help singers work on their parts outside of the regular rehearsals.

Singers with questions may contact Gardner at david.gardner@sckans.edu.

The Sunday, April 14, performance will be held in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration building and there will be no admission charge to attend.

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Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:34:20 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Ballroom Dance Class at Southwestern College to Feature Waltz and Swing]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1309 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1309 The Community Music School at Southwestern College is offering ballroom dancing class featuring the waltz and swing.  Classes will be taught by Yvonne Marcotte.

The ballroom dance class will meet on four consecutive Thursdays beginning Feb. 21, and concluding March 14.  Classes will be held in Wroten Hall on the Southwestern College campus.  Registration is for men and women 18 years old or older.  Cost for the class is $40 per person or $72 for a couple.

Marcotte has an extensive background in musical theatre and dance.  She is the co-founder of CampCotte Productions, which presented “Godspell” in the fall of 2011. 

“This would make a great Valentine’s Day gift,” says Dylan Moore, co-director of the Community Music School.

The registration deadline is Feb. 14.  For more information or to register call (620) 229-6272.

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Mon, 04 Feb 2013 14:36:48 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC A Cappella Choir and SC Singers to Tour Texas; Home Concert Scheduled]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1292 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1292 The Southwestern College choral department will tour north Texas, Jan. 31-Feb. 3, with a home concert in Richardson Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m.

The A Cappella Choir and SC Singers will perform:

• Thursday, Jan. 31, at The First United Methodist Church in Denton, Texas at 7 p.m.

• Friday, Feb. 1, at The First United Methodist Church in Mabank, Texas at 7 p.m.

• Sunday, Feb. 3, at The First United Methodist Church in Grapevine, Texas at 9, 10:10, and 11:15 a.m.

Initially formed in 1927, Southwestern College’s A Cappella Choir has built a long-standing reputation of excellence throughout Kansas and the Midwest. Under the direction of David Gardner, director of choirs and voice at Southwestern College, the ensemble performs works by a variety of composers in styles ranging from spirituals and gospel to major works by the great historical composers. 

The SC Singers is a select ensemble whose members are auditioned from within the A Cappella Choir.  They also sing a wide variety of musical styles, but place a special emphasis on vocal jazz.

In the past several years the choirs have appeared on television and performed with both the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Wichita Grand Opera.  In 2008, the groups took a performance tour across Italy that culminated in a performance during Easter Sunday Mass at the Basilica of St. Mark in Venice.  In both 2005 and 2010, the Southwestern College A Cappella Choir formed the core of a mass choir conducted by Gardner in New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall.

Also joining the A Cappella Choir and SC Singers for the tour are Eva Farid, violin; Nathan Johnson, string bass; Nick Hofmeister, drums; and Stephen Butler, accompanist. 

David Gardner photo


“The groups are excited to be bringing their music to the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex area.  We have an amazingly talented group of students this year and audiences will get to see them perform a wide variety of styles from opera to jazz,” Gardner says.

 

 

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Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:54:36 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Students of George and Linda Cole Summer Music Festival Receive Honors]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1288 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1288 Two students of the George and Linda Cole Summer Music Festival at Southwestern College have recently received awards for compositions they worked on at the festival.

The Music Teachers National Association announced the results of the composition competition for the west central division. Lauren Schmitz, Winfield, won the junior level competition and Charles Bradfield, Derby, received honorable mention in the young artist, collegiate level competition.

The compositions were finalized and submitted as a result of work that took place during the George and Linda Cole Summer Music Festival at Southwestern College. Both Schmitz and Bradfield study under Christopher Schmitz, associate professor of music at Southwestern College and an instructor for the festival.

Lauren Schmitz will advance to the national competition, the results of which will be announced by the end of January 2013

Lauren Schmitz

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The George and Linda Cole Summer Music Festival is a six-day camp held on the campus of Southwestern College.  Campers study with faculty members to develop their musical skills, choosing from tracks in choir, orchestra, jazz, worship, composition, and piano.  The 2013 festival is scheduled for June 2-8.

Scholarships to attend the camp are available through the generous support of musician and former Southwestern College trustee Dr. George Cole and his wife, Linda. Any student recommended for the festival by a private music instructor or school music teacher will receive a scholarship. Additional scholarship aid based on need and merit is also available.

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

 

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Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:58:39 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Singers to Perform December 6]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1261 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1261 The SC Singers will be in concert on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  There is no admission charge to attend.

The concert will feature excerpts from J. S. Bach’s “Magnificat” and “Cantata no. 10.”  These two works are both settings of the “Song of Mary” from Luke Chapter 1, and feature student soloists Jasmine Jackson, Dylan Moore, and Erin Buster.  Daniel Stevens and Stephen Butler will be collaborating on violin and piano.

David Gardner photo


The concert will also feature some lighter songs, including an arrangement of Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmas Time is Here,” from the beloved holiday classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

“The vocal works of J. S. Bach are some of the most difficult in the repertoire, and I’m very proud of our students who are able perform it so well,” says SC director of choirs, David Gardner.  “The audience is in for an enjoyable evening.”

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

 

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Wed, 28 Nov 2012 09:40:12 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Candlelight Christmas Concert at SC]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1257 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1257 The South Kansas Symphony, A Cappella Choir, and the SC Singers will present the “Candlelight Christmas Concert” on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.  There is no admission charge to attend.

Daniel Stevens will conduct the symphony while David Gardner will lead the A Cappella Choir and the SC Singers.  Each group will have its own time on stage, joining forces to close out the concert.  James Leland will accompany on the organ for a Christmas carol sing-a-long.
           
“A lot of the music will be familiar Christmas carols with fresh new arrangements,” Gardner says.  “We also will perform some heart-warming new pieces of music, too.”
 
“The orchestra will feature a balance of traditional favorite Christmas songs along with a couple of unique works,” Stevens says.  “One is a traditional Russian Christmas tune that develops into a majestic piece.  We will also be playing the movement ‘On the Trail’ from Grofé’s ‘Grand Canyon Suite’ which was featured in the 1983 film ‘A Christmas Story.’”

When the orchestra, A Cappella Choir, and SC Singers collaborate, they will perform excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah.”

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. 

Following the concert, the Southwestern College theatre department will perform “Eagerheart” at 6:30 p.m., in the Helen Graham Little Theatre on the lower level of Christy Administration Building.  There is no admission charge but tickets need to be reserved prior to the show.
 
The SC Singers will have another concert on Thursday, Dec. 6, featuring excerpts from J. S. Bach’s “Magnificat” and “Cantata #10,” as well as familiar holiday favorites.

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

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Wed, 21 Nov 2012 14:47:08 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Christopher Schmitz Wins Runner-Up Award in Jazz Composition Competition ]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1255 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1255 Christopher Schmitz,  associate professor of music at Southwestern College, was

Christopher Schmitz formal

awarded the 2012 Runner-Up award in the College/Pro composer category in the third annual Ithaca College Jazz Composition Competition.

The piece that Schmitz composed, “Susurrus,” will be performed by the Ithaca College jazz ensemble with guest trumpet artist Terell Stafford as soloist on Friday, Dec. 7, in Ford Hall at the Ithaca College School of Music in Ithaca, N.Y.

“I wrote this piece with Terell (Stafford) in mind,” Schmitz says.  “I tried to write something that he would have fun playing.  It is always incredible to hear your music come to life, especially when it is performed by one of his caliber.”

Stafford currently holds the positions of director of jazz studies and chair of instrumental studies at Temple University in Philadelphia where he has been a recipient of the university's “Creative Achievement Award.” He is also a clinician for the Vail Foundation in Colorado and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Essentially Ellington” program. Formerly, Stafford served as a member of the faculty for the Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies in New York. Dedicated to building the jazz arts community through education, Stafford currently sits on the board of the Jazz Education Network.

According to a press release from the Ithaca College School of Music, a “huge” number of quality entries were submitted from all over the world.  Pieces were judged completely anonymously; the judges had no knowledge of the identity of the writers.

“It just goes to show that Chris (Schmitz) continues to put new pieces out there and others find that they are worthwhile,” says Tim Shook, division of performing arts chair at Southwestern College.

“Improvisation plays a prominent role in jazz,” Schmitz says.  “In this piece, the role of improvisation is expanded into a dialogue between the trumpet soloist and the jazz band.  I am excited to hear Terell’s interpretation.”

Alex Lee-Clark of Jamaica Plain, Mass., was the winner of the College/Pro composer category.  The other runner-up winner was Vladimir Nikolov of Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.

The concert on Dec.7 will begin at 7:15 p.m., and will be streamed online at www.ithaca.edu/music/live/.

 

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Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:04:29 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Students to Peform With Wichita Grand Opera]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1254 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1254 Southwestern College students Jasmine Jackson and Dylan Moore will perform with the Wichita Grand Opera for two shows this season.

Students in Wichita Grand Opera

Both will perform in the production of Verdi’s “Otello” on Jan. 19, and in Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” on March 16.  The Wichita Grand Opera performs at Century II Concert Hall.
Jackson, a senior from Spencer, Okla., auditioned in August and as a result was asked to be a Young Artist in Residence. She was pleasantly surprised when she received the news.

“I didn’t even begin singing opera or classical music until I came to Southwestern,” Jackson says.  “At the audition I heard some great voices doing amazing operatic things; it was intimidating.  It took about a month and a half to hear back but when I got that e-mail saying I was accepted, I was so excited.”

“I am so thankful for my voice teachers here at SC,” Jackson continues.  “Sarah Stevens guided me my first few years here.  She was such a motivator.  And now Dr. (David) Gardner who is so patient and encouraging.  He is always building me up and telling me ‘You can do it.’  They both saw potential in me that I never saw.”

Moore, a junior from Ottawa, didn’t formally audition but was accepted into the chorus upon the recommendation of David Gardner, director of choirs at Southwestern.  Moore says he was ecstatic to be chosen and plans to audition for the Young Artist in Residence program next year.

“‘Otello’ is one of Verdi’s most prominent operas and many consider the production to be as good or better than the original play,” Moore says.  “The chorus plays a very prominent role in the production. I think the thing that I like most about being a part of Wichita Grand Opera is the level of musicianship that I am surrounded by each week in rehearsal. I hope that this experience will help to increase my musical abilities and give me multiple experiences that prepare me for a professional career after college.”

Gardner says that this a great fit for both the students and the Wichita Grand Opera.

“I’m so happy that Jasmine and Dylan have this opportunity to work with a professional opera company,” Gardner says.  “They will be working alongside international stars and learning things that can’t be taught in the classroom.  At the same time, I’m happy for Wichita Grand Opera – Dylan and Jasmine are two of our best, and they’ve earned the right to be on that stage.”

 

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Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:55:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Weinert to Present Guest Trombone Recital]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1249 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1249 Kansas State senior and Winfield High School graduate Peter Weinert will present a guest trombone recital on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building.  The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.

“I am very pleased to bring Peter Weinert back to Winfield for a trombone recital here at Southwestern,” says Christopher Schmitz, associate professor of music at Southwestern College.  “Peter is a highly skilled trombonist and will be performing some of the most advanced solo literature written for the instrument.  I want to invite all of the Winfield community as well as Southwestern students and faculty to come out and enjoy some wonderful music.”

Weinert is the son of Lyle and Sara Weinert, Winfield.  He will complete his undergraduate degree in May 2013 with dual degrees in trombone performance and in music education. A student of Dr. Paul Hunt, he placed second in the university-wide honors recital during the spring of 2012, and first in the concerto competition held this fall. As a result, he soloed with the Kansas State Orchestra on Oct. 16.

He also has held a variety of leadership positions in performance groups and in the music department. He was KSU Marching Band Music Instructor of the Year three times, received the KSU Marching Band Rod Funk Leadership Award in 2009, and was the marching band Rookie of the Year in 2008. He has been a featured soloist with the marching band, the brass ensemble, and the trombone choir, and was trombone section leader of the Wind Ensemble from 2009 to 2012.

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Fri, 02 Nov 2012 11:24:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[A Cappella Choir, SC Singers Set Fall Performance]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1248 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1248 The Southwestern College choral department will be performing a fall concert on Sunday, Nov. 4, in Richardson Performing Arts Center. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. and there is no admission charge.

Dr. David Gardner, director of choirs, said audiences can expect a lot of variety in the show, from sacred hymns to contemporary love songs. The concert will also include a music major spotlight featuring solos from Joe Tran, Arlington, Texas; Dylan Moore, Ottawa; and Jasmine Jackson, Spencer, Okla.

Musical highlights of the concert will include “Beautiful Savior” featuring choir alumni and “Five Hebrew Love Songs” by Hila Plitmann and Eric Whitacre, featuring Daniel Stevens on violin,

James Leland, organ, and Stephen Butler, piano, will accompany.

Other soloists include Erin Buster, Wichita; Chris Dodd, Coffeyville; and Carol Gardner, Winfield.

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.

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<![CDATA[SC Composition Recital to Unveil Students’ Work]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1245 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1245 Brand new music will be unveiled at Southwestern College’s composition recital on Friday, Nov. 9, in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building. The recital will unveil new works by student composers at Southwestern College including Nathan Johnson, Emily Tilton, Deanna Johnson, Lauren Schmitz, Brandon Schmitz, and 2009 graduate Chance Alquest.

“This concert will feature a variety of interesting new works by student composers at SC, says Christopher Schmitz, director of music composition.  “Composers participating in the recital span a range from absolute beginners through those exploring more advanced compositional techniques. Regardless of ability level, some aspect of a composer’s individuality usually manifests in his or her work, marking it as a personal expression.”

The recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be free and open to the public. Performers include Stephen Butler, Rae Lynn Baker, and the Student Loans.

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Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:57:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony Halloween Concert Coming Oct. 28]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1243 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1243 The South Kansas Symphony will host its annual Family Halloween Concert on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the Southwestern College campus in Winfield.

The short, interactive concert is programmed with young children and families in mind. The musicians and conductor perform in costume and the musical selections – all of light-heartedly spooky variety – are interspersed with information about the music and the instruments. Every child will receive a coupon for a free Frosty from Wendy’s and every child who comes in costume will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize. After the concert the symphony will offer an instrument petting zoo for young audience members to try out instruments from the different sections of the orchestra.

“I am so excited that we will be joined once again by Joanna Brazil from the Winfield Public Library who will share Halloween stories with us,” says executive director and conductor Daniel Stevens. “After the performance, don’t miss the instrument petting zoo where children can try out an instrument from each section with help from a symphony musician.”

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.

The performance is underwritten by Dick and Joan Jones. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door and range from $6 to $10 for adults; children 17 and under in costume are free with an adult admission but do need a ticket. For more information on this or any of the Symphony’s 2012-2013 performances, contact Rose Hanna at (620) 229-6272, e-mail tickets@sckans.edu.

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

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Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:47:26 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ Free Concerts Offered at Summer Music Festival]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1181 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1181 The George and Linda Cole Summer Music Festival at Southwestern College is June 4-9 and the public is invited to several free concerts.

• Monday, June 4—Faculty Jazz Concert in the Richardson Performing Arts Center at 8:30 p.m.  Performers include Brandon Blackburn, Justin Blackburn, Ryan Royle, Jason Whitmore, and Troy Fischer.

• Thursday, June 7—Faculty Showcase Concert in the Richardson Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m., featuring the Festival Young Artist in Residence Mary Bander, soprano.  Other performers include festival voice, composition, string, and piano faculty.

• Thursday, June 7—Worship Concert in the Richardson Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m.  The concert will feature worship leaders Stephen Butler, Martin Rude, Allison Ebright, Sarah Miller, Josh Melcher, and Cory Ryan.

• Friday, June 8—City Band Concert at Baden Square beginning at 7:30 p.m.  All festival instrumentalists will join the City Band  in rehearsal and concert, bringing back a tradition from Southwestern College summer music camps.

• Saturday, June 9—Family Day events including a festival orchestra concert at 3:15 p.m. and festival choir concert at 3:55 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center, and a jazz band concert at 5 p.m. in the Deets Library.

The Summer Music Festival is a six-day camp held on the campus of Southwestern College.  Campers study with faculty members to develop their musical skills.  The six tracks to choose from are choir, orchestra, jazz, worship, composition, and piano.

“In addition to fresh emphasis on individual track instruction, we are excited to offer some new activities this summer including private lessons, faculty recitals, and even more small ensemble opportunities,” says camp director Tim Shook.

Full cost of the festival is $475 which includes all festival expenses (housing, meals, instruction, etc.). If campers choose not to stay overnight on campus, the full cost of the festival is $375 which includes meals and instruction. Scholarships are available through the generous support of musician and former Southwestern College trustee Dr. George Cole and his wife, Linda. Any student recommended for the festival by a private music instructor or school music teacher will receive a scholarship. Additional scholarship aid based on need and merit is also available.

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

For events in Richardson Performing Arts Center, 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.

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<![CDATA[Red Carpet Concert Friday]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1167 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1167 The Southwestern College Concert Band will present “A Night on the Red Carpet” on Friday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.
Brandon Blackburn, scholar in residence and the director of the concert band, is looking forward to this event.

“The concert on Friday should be a lot of fun,” Blackburn says.  “It’s our annual ‘Night at the Red Carpet’ concert, and this year’s theme is ‘Fantasy Coming to Life.’ We’re playing music from movies such as ‘The Dark Knight,’ ‘How to Train Your Dragon,’ and ‘Fantasia,’ just to name a few. We’ll be playing the music along with clips from the movies, so it will be super exciting.”

Admission is $5 and with each ticket purchased, individuals will receive a ticket for a chance at winning several prizes including an MP3 player.  Additional drawing entries may be purchased for $1. 

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

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.

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<![CDATA[Music, Food, and Scenery Highlight Symphony on the Prairie]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1162 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1162 An evening of music and activities on the prairie is planned for Friday, April 20.

SKS On the Prairie


The South Kansas Symphony and the Southwestern College Youth Symphony (both under the direction of Daniel Stevens), The Student Loans, The Chandler Kirkhart Band, and The Matt Engels Band will perform on the Dick and Dolly Bonfy Ranch at 24011 141st Rd. in Winfield.  Gates will open at 4 p.m. The event is underwritten by Winfield Convention and Tourism Bureau, General Electric, The Legacy Foundation, South Kansas Telephone Company, and private donations.

Numerous vendors will be around selling various goods. These include College Hill Coffee, Flinthills Aromatherapy, Faye Farms, South Kansas Symphony Youth Parents (selling barbeque boxed dinners), Gottlob Land and Landscape, Prairie Outfitters and Excursions, Winfield Main Street (selling walking tacos), and SC student organizations (selling snow cones, drinks, and snack items).

“We have a great line up of music in varying genres – jazz, new country, traditional country, and of course symphonic,” says Julie Headrick, director of camps and conferences at Southwestern College.  “The gates will open at 4 p.m. and everyone is encouraged to come out, bring their blanket and chairs and enjoy some good food with the great music for the evening. There will be wildflower tours and a pathway to Prairie Man. It will be an opportunity to enjoy the wide open spaces Kansas is known for while enjoying great music. It just sounds better outside under the open sky.”

The schedule for the evening includes:

• 4 p.m.—Gates open, vendors open for business
• 4-4:45 p.m.—The Student Loans
• 4:45-5:30 p.m.—The Chandler Kirkhart Band
• 5:30-6:30 p.m.—Southwestern College Youth Symphony
• 6:30-7:30 p.m.—The Matt Engels Band
• 7:30-8:45 p.m.—South Kansas Symphony
• 8:45-10 p.m.—The Matt Engels Band

The setting is informal and there is no seating provided.  All audience members should bring chairs or blankets. Outside refreshments are welcome but vendors will sell onsite meals, snacks and drinks.

Free transport from the parking area to the footpaths near the event area will run during and after the performances.

Admission is $6 for adults; children 12 and under are $2. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the gate. For more information or tickets, call Rose Hanna at (620) 229-6272.

 

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Wed, 18 Apr 2012 13:31:11 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Spring Choir Concert Wraps Up Founders Day Weekend]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1161 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1161 The A Cappella Choir and the SC Singers will perform their final concert of the year on Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College. There is no admission charge and the community is invited to attend.

“It’s been a great year,” says David Gardner, director of choirs at Southwestern College.  “In the fall we had the joy of dedicating our newly refurbished performance space, and now we look forward to sharing the talents of this gifted group of students with Winfield and the surrounding community in our last concert of the year.”

According to Gardner, the concert will feature solos by several of this year’s seniors as well as younger students, and the musical styles will range from Baroque to jazz.

The concert concludes the college’s Founders’ Day weekend celebrations.  Other musical events include the Symphony on the Prairie on Friday, April 20, 4-10 p.m.; the Fine Arts Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, and Reuter organ dedication and concert in Richardson Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Saturday.

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 any of the activities, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs, at (620) 229-6334.

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Tue, 17 Apr 2012 11:45:01 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Flute Masterclass and Recital to Feature Flautist from France]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1149 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1149 Southwestern College will host a flute recital and a flute masterclass by François Minaux on Friday, April 13.  Both events are free and open to the public.

The masterclass will be from 11-11:50 a.m. in the Darbeth Rehearsal hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center. 

The contemporary music program will be at 7:30 p.m., in Messenger Auditorium, also in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  The program will include works by a wide variety of composers including a world premiere by Southwestern College associate professor of music Christopher Schmitz, featuring scholar in residence Brandon Blackburn, and SC affiliate faculty member Stephen Butler.

Born in Paris in 1982, Minaux started studying the flute at age nine. He received degrees in both flute performance and chamber music from the Municipal Conservatory of Paris where he studied with Frédérick Chatou, Jean-Pierre Sabouret, and Gérard Verba. Minaux later received the master of music degree from Yale University as a student of Ransom Wilson, and the doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Marianne Gedigian.

Minaux has toured as a soloist in Europe and in the United States including appearances with the Dallas Wind Symphony, the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, and Ensemble Instrumental Vibrations. He also participated in the Jean-Pierre Rampal International Flute Competition in Paris in 2005.

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Wed, 04 Apr 2012 10:35:25 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Flute Ensemble to Perform Monday, April 2]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1146 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1146 A Southwestern College flute ensemble will perform on Monday, April 2, at 12:15 p.m. in the dining area at Cumbernauld Village.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

Erin Sundquist, flute professor at Southwestern College, and three students make up the ensemble. Southwestern College students performing are Melissa Roetzer, Kylee Kudera, and Stephen Strecker.  Community member Rae Lynn Baker along with Sundquist will also be part of the ensemble.

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Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:18:34 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC A Cappella Choir and SC Singers Plan Tour]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1132 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1132 David Gardner, director of choirs at Southwestern College, has announced that the college’s A Cappella Choir and SC Singers Spring Tour will perform in five different towns this month.

Tour stops and performance times include:

• Thursday, March 8, First United Methodist Church in Greensburg, 7 p.m. 

• Friday, March 9, First United Methodist Church in Syracuse, 7 p.m.

• Saturday, March 10, Woodlawn United Methodist Church in Derby, 7 p.m.

• Sunday, March 11, Central Christian Church in Wichita, 8:45 and 10 a.m.

• Monday, March 12, Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration building on the campus of Southwestern College, 7:30 p.m. 

All of the concerts are free admission. A freewill offering will be taken to help offset tour expenses.

Initially formed in 1927, Southwestern College’s A Cappella Choir has built a long-standing reputation of excellence throughout Kansas and the Midwest. The SC Singers is a select ensemble whose members are auditioned from within the A Cappella Choir.
Membership of the choir is representative of the diversity of the college student population.  This year’s choir members come from six different states and three foreign countries – Northern Ireland, Malaysia, and Singapore.

“Choir tour is a great way to build relationships.  We always look forward to reconnecting with alumni and old friends as well as making the acquaintance of new people and prospective students when we tour,” Gardner says.

According to Gardner, this year’s repertoire includes everything from baroque to jazz, as well exciting music between those genres.

For more information about the tour or Southwestern College choirs, contact Gardner at (620) 229-6302.  For the performance in Richardson Performing Arts Center, 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.

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Tue, 28 Feb 2012 14:41:14 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Symphony Concert to Feature Solo Competition Winners]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1131 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1131 The South Kansas Symphony will present a concert Saturday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the newly-renovated Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration building on the Southwestern College campus.

The evening will feature three soloists who are winners of the annual student solo competition.

• Matt Berthot, a graduate music performance major, will sing the famous tenor aria “Nessun dorma” from Giacomo Puccini’s “Turandot.”

• Senior music major Jasmine Jackson, soprano, will sing “Quando m’en vo” from Puccini’s “La bohème.”

• Sophomore music education and vocal performance major Dylan Moore, tenor, will perform “Ombra mai fu” from George Frideric Handel’s “Serse.”

Also featured with be guest conductor Chris VanGilder. VanGilder is the Arkansas City High School band director and a 21-year veteran in music education. He has taken his ensembles twice to the Alamo Bowl and once to the Liberty Bowl as well as performances in Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, and other venues around the state.
“Chris is a leader in music in our region and we are fortunate to have him on our podium,” says executive director and conductor Daniel Stevens.

VanGilder will conduct Leroy Anderson’s “The Syncopated Clock.”

The performance will conclude with the final movement of Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 5.”

Saturday’s performance is underwritten by Jane Duncan and Craig and Diana Duncan. Tickets are $8 for preferred seating and $6 for general admission. For more information or tickets, call Rose Hanna at (620) 229-6272. 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.

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Tue, 28 Feb 2012 13:58:33 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Six SC Students to Perform with the Kansas Intercollegiate Orchestra]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1125 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1125 Six Southwestern College students have been accepted to the Kansas Intercollegiate Orchestra. They will join college musicians from throughout the state for a performance on Friday, Feb. 24, at 2:45 p.m. in the Century II Concert Hall in Wichita. The performance is part of the Kansas Music Educators Association annual conference.

The SC students are Tanner Seidel, trumpet; Jeff Adams, horn; Nick Hofmeister, percussion; Tiffany Rea, violin; Hannah Schrag, viola; and Nathan Johnson, bass.  According to Daniel Stevens, assistant professor of music and director of instrumental activities at SC, the students will be sitting alongside students from colleges and universities around the state including University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, Emporia State University, Tabor College, Washburn University, and Kansas Wesleyan University.

“It is wonderful to see the dedicated efforts of this handful of students, in practice and skill,” Stevens says.  “It is a great accomplishment when the patience and persistence of hard work is rewarded at such a high level.  They are sure to have an excellent experience, interacting with colleagues across the state, and should find a renewed spirit in their work moving forward.”

The orchestra will be conducted by William LaRue Jones from the University of Iowa.  They will be performing the Brahms “Academic Festival Overture” and Tchaikovsky “Capriccio Italian.”

The performance is open to the public with a requested guest pass at the front desk at the Century II Concert Hall.  For more information, contact Stevens at (620) 229-6113.

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Tue, 14 Feb 2012 14:28:47 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Community Music School Offers Ballroom Dance]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1124 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1124 The Community Music School at Southwestern College is offering a four-week adult ballroom dancing class beginning Thursday, Feb. 23. No experience is necessary.  Class will also meet March 1, 8, and 15.  All classes will meet at 7 p.m. in Wroten Hall on the Southwestern College campus.

Jenny Blackburn will be the instructor.  She is a university ballroom dance instructor with extensive private studio experience. Her husband, Brandon, is a visiting music faculty member at Southwestern College.

“We had seven couples and several more individuals sign up for our Christmas ballroom class, and everyone had a lot of fun,” says Hannah Northerns, administrator of the Community Music School. 

“Jenny does an excellent job with participants of varying ability levels. Her teaching enables everyone to make progress and achieve personal goals. Participants in the previous session were thrilled with what they were able to master in four classes.”
The final night is an extended session with refreshments and extra time to practice dancing, apart from the hour of class instruction.

Cost for the session (four classes) is $40 for individuals and $72 for couples. Participants should wear leather-soled shoes (but tennis shoes will work, too) and comfortable clothes to move in. For more information or to register for the class, call (620) 229-6272 or visit the Community Music School website at www.sckans.edu/cms.  The class is open to college students and adults.  The minimum enrollment is 10 and the maximum enrollment will be 20 students. The sign-up deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 21.

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Thu, 09 Feb 2012 09:54:47 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Student Loans to Perform on Wichita Morning Show]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1107 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1107 The Student Loans, a jazz combo at Southwestern College, will perform Thursday morning at 8:48 a.m., on Eyewitness News This Morning on the Kansas CW.   The KSCW is Cox cable channel 6 in Winfield.

Student Loans Jazz Combo


Members of The Student Loans include Hunter Rockhill on trumpet, Tanner Seidel on guitar, Nick Hofmeister on drums, Tony Gropper on saxaphone, and Nathan Johnson on bass.

The group is led by director Brandon Blackburn, scholar in residence at Southwestern College.

“Last semester they were playing at a ‘high profile’ event and while they were playing some Christmas tunes and I met someone from KWCH 12.  He was very impressed by them and since then we have been communicating and it has finally worked out for Thursday,” Blackburn says.

 

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Tue, 17 Jan 2012 09:47:58 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[CMS Recital Wednesday at Cumbernauld Village]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1102 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1102 The Community Music School will hold its fall semester recital on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Cumbernauld Village in the MacGregor room, which is located below the dining area of Cumbernauld apartments. Parking will be available in both the front and back of the building.
There will be two recitals: one at 5 p.m. and another at 6:15 p.m., and each will be approximately 45-minutes long. The first recital is open to Cumbernauld apartment residents, Cumbernauld staff, and family members of the participants. The second recital will have more seating for the general public, and community members are invited to attend.  Scott Williams will provide jazz piano for the reception that follows the 6:15 recital.

Students performing in the recital: Chloe Nelson (piano), Rena Hofmeister (flute), Hunter Thompson (piano), Ella Meseke (piano), Sam and Anna Ross (piano), Nikita and Kadira McClure (piano), Hunter Mericle (guitar), Andrew Wolfe (guitar), Faith Brown (piano), Madeline Tessmer (piano), Lauren Schmitz (piano), Nate Lee (voice), Tyler (percussion) and Jennifer Demaree (violin), Yolanda Gentry (piano), Anne Barker (string bass), Jake Pinkerton (piano), Joel and Luke Nicolay (piano), Annie Kaufman (tenor sax), Gail Ranger (voice), Ashleigh Sizemore (voice), Annelise Gardner (voice), Drew Blas (piano), Sam Hicks (guitar), Brianne Biddle (voice and guitar), and Lilya Woodburn (voice).

Vocal students will be accompanied by Sara Weinert, Billy Bearden, Tom Hoeffgen, Robbie Banks, and Katherine Gardner.

Some of the pieces to be performed include: Holiday tunes, “Harry’s Wondrous World” by John Williams, folk songs, piano music by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Felix Mendelssohn, “Suite Op. 116” for flute and piano by Benjamin Godard, a guitar duet, a vocal duet, Puccini’s “O mio babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi, and some jazz piano.

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Tue, 13 Dec 2011 10:18:40 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Youth Symphonies Present Holiday Concert]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1100 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1100 The Southwestern College Youth Symphonies will present their annual holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center on the Southwestern College campus.

The concert will begin with the Youth Concert Orchestra, under the baton of guest conductor Robbie Banks. Executive director and conductor Daniel Stevens will lead the Youth Symphony while sharing the podium responsibilities with assistant conductor Travis Hale. The ensembles will perform seasonal favorites such as “Winter Wonderland,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Star Carol,” and “Dona Nobis Pacem.” Winfield High School Viking Voices and Nashville-based recording artist Chase Foster will join the Youth Symphony.

The performance is underwritten by Ken and Madeline Norland. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance or at the door. The performance is free to Southwestern College faculty, staff, and students. Season tickets are available to all remaining symphony and youth symphony concerts starting at $18. For more information or tickets, call Rose Hanna at (620) 229-6272.

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Wed, 07 Dec 2011 10:56:20 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Christmas Concerts In Richardson Performing Arts Center This Weekend]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1096 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1096 Southwestern College musicians will focus on Christmas music during the first weekend in December with concerts on Friday and Sunday.

On Friday, Dec. 2, the Southwestern College Concert Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Admission is free to Southwestern College students and $5 for adults.

Under the direction of Brandon Blackburn, the band will perform holiday favorites including arrangements of “Nutcracker Suite” by Tchaikovsky, “Festive Songs of Christmas” by Frank Erickson, and “Angels, From the Realms of Glory” by Robert Smith.

On Sunday, Dec. 4, the South Kansas Symphony, under the direction of Daniel Stevens, and the A Cappella Choir, conducted by David Gardner, will perform at 3 p.m. also in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  There is no admission charge.

Highlights to the South Kansas Symphony concert include a narration of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Gardner; guest conductor Wesley DeSpain, Derby High School, conducting “Sleigh Ride”; and the traditional “Hallelujah Chorus.”

In addition to its other pieces, the A Cappella Choir will lead the audience in singing two familiar carols accompanied by James Leland on the newly refurbished Reuter pipe organ.

The SC Singers will be featured in “A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas,” a humorous setting of the familiar song that mimics the styles of many of the best known classical composers throughout history.

Following the Sunday concert, Blackburn will lead the Jazz Combo in the lobby of Christy Administration Building.

For more information, contact Rose Hanna at (620) 229-6272.

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Wed, 30 Nov 2011 09:37:58 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Center for Music Composition Works Featured at Fall Recital]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1093 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1093 Composers with varying levels of experience will be featured on Friday, Nov. 18, at Southwestern College’s fall composition recital in Messenger Auditorium in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  The recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. and there is no admission charge.

“This concert will feature a variety of interesting new works by student composers at SC,” says Christopher Schmitz, director of the Center for Music Composition.  “Composers participating in the recital span a range from absolute beginners through those exploring more advanced compositional techniques.  Regardless of ability level, some aspect of a composer’s individuality usually manifests in his or her work, marking it as a personal expression.”

Composers whose works will appear in the program are: Dee Johnson, Lauren Schmitz, Drew Blas, Melissa Von Bon, James Conner, Chance Alquest, and Nathan Johnson.

According to Schmitz, there will be pieces written for piano, violin, marimba, and string quartet.

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Fri, 11 Nov 2011 10:47:52 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA['Ballroom Dance to Christmas Classics' Lessons Start in November]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1089 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1089 The Community Music School at Southwestern College is offering two new ballroom dancing classes, one for adults and college students and a separate class for high school students. No experience is necessary. Jenny Hunt Blackburn will use classic Christmas tunes to instruct individuals and couples on fundamentals of the swing and the foxtrot.
           
“This is going to be a really fun class, and people who have always wanted to learn to dance can do that to favorite old Christmas music, whether or not they have a partner,” says Hannah Northerns, administrator of the Community Music School. “It would be a great early Christmas present—a gift of a skill that would last forever.”
           
Blackburn is a university ballroom dance instructor with extensive private studio experience. Her husband, Brandon, is a visiting music faculty member at Southwestern College.

The classes will meet four times: Nov.16, 30, Dec. 7, and 14, in the Winfield High School choral room.  Adult class will be from 6-7 p.m.; high school students will meet 7-8 p.m.  Cost for the session (four classes) is $28 for individuals and $50 for couples. Participants should wear leather-soled shoes (but tennis shoes will work, too) and comfortable clothes to move in.  For more information or to register for the class, call (620) 229-6272.

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Mon, 07 Nov 2011 11:30:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Free Fall Choral Program In Richardson on Sunday]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1088 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1088 The choral program at Southwestern College will offer a free performance Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.

The Fall Choral Concert will feature the A Cappella Choir, the SC Singers, and solo performances from music majors and minors who are in the choirs.

David Gardner, associate professor of music and director of choirs, is excited about this performance. 

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“This will be our third time to perform in the beautifully renovated hall, and we’re looking forward to being able to showcase our vocal students in the great acoustics of the new Richardson,” Gardner says.

The SC Singers will feature three new arrangements by California vocal jazz phenomenon Kerry Marsh, including transcriptions of Kurt Elling’s rendition of “Nature Boy” and Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.”

The A Cappella Choir will perform sacred classics ranging from the baroque to modern periods, including F. M. Christiansen’s setting of “Beautiful Savior,” the singing of which has been a Southwestern choral tradition since the 1920s.

 

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Wed, 02 Nov 2011 14:46:47 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Youth Symphonies to Perform Sunday]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1072 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1072 The Southwestern College Youth Symphonies will present their first concert of the season on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the Southwestern College campus.

The concert will begin with the debut of the Youth Concert Orchestra, a new ensemble under the SCYS umbrella. Rebecca Tast, who joined the organization in May, is the conductor for the concert orchestra which has been in rehearsal since August. Tast is the orchestra director of Arkansas City Public Schools.

“Adding the Youth Concert Orchestra has been a vision we have had since starting six years ago,” says executive director and conductor Daniel Stevens. “We are now in a position to offer this experience to more and younger student musicians. I want to thank the administration at Southwestern College for believing in our mission and the families and musicians who’ve been with SCYS all along. Our good work justifies the faith Southwestern has shown us.”

Stevens will lead the Youth Symphony while sharing the podium responsibilities with new assistant conductor Travis Hale, the director of instrumental music at Wichita Southeast High School.

“Having two conductors allows one of us to be free to move among the students and offer instruction one-on-one,” Stevens says.  “This is taking our overall performance to the next level and helps the individual students improve and grow in their musicianship.”

The performance is underwritten by Betty Bradley. It will take place in the recently dedicated Richardson Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance or at the door. Season tickets are available to all symphony and youth symphony concerts starting at $36. For more information or tickets, call Rose Hanna at (620) 229-6272.

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Thu, 13 Oct 2011 14:36:29 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony to Present First Concert of the Season]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1066 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1066 The South Kansas Symphony will present its first concert of the season Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the newly-renovated Richardson Performing Arts Center on the Southwestern College campus.

The evening will open with Aaron Copland’s stirring “Fanfare for the Common Man,” which has been used in numerous movies, commercials, and events, and will close with Modest Mussorgsky’s famed “Pictures at an Exhibition,” a piece with many small movements inspired by the paintings of Mussorgsky’s friend.

For this concert, the symphony will welcome Ponca City, Okla., conductor Dan Larson, a veteran educator widely recognized for excellence.

“It was a brainstorm of our advisory board to invite several area conductors to come to campus and work with the symphony on a piece for one concert,” says executive director and conductor Daniel Stevens. “Dan’s orchestras have consistently won awards and he has been honored at the state and national levels for his skill as a music educator. We are fortunate to have him join us to open our season.”

Larson will conduct “Dance of the Tumblers” from “Snow Maiden” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
Other selections included in the performance are “The Polovtsian Dances” from “Prince Igor” by Alexander Borodin and “A Mighty Fortress” by Vaclav Nelhybel.

Thursday’s performance is underwritten by Thane and Vicky Rockhill. It will take place in the recently dedicated Richardson Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8 for preferred seating and $6 for general admission. Season tickets are available to all symphony concerts starting at $36. For more information or tickets, call Rose Hanna at (620) 229-6272.

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Fri, 07 Oct 2011 14:51:25 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Composer Henry Mollicone to Visit Southwestern]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1065 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1065 Noted composer Henry Mollicone will spend Oct. 10-14 on the Southwestern College campus highlighted by a concert production and recital as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at Southwestern College.  Many of the events are open to the public without charge.

Henry Mollicone


Mollicone will perform and speak about “Music and Social Justice.” This event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m. in Messenger Recital Hall on the Southwestern College campus.  He will present the history of how music has been used to bring awareness to social justice issues, such as homelessness, immigration, and the civil rights movement.

Other events include:

• Masterclass for music composition students Monday, Oct. 10, 4:30-6 p.m. in Darbeth room 207,

• Meet the composer for orchestra and band students, Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 3:10 p.m. in the Darbeth rehearsal hall,

• Music seminar, Friday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m., in the Darbeth rehearsal hall,

• Composers’ forum, Friday, Oct. 14, at 4:30 p.m., in Darbeth room 207.
There is no admission charge to any of the events and the public is invited to attend any of the sessions and the one-act opera and recital.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, Mollicone’s “Face on the Barroom Floor” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center along with a short recital of music by Mollicone.  The students involved in the opera performance are Jasmine Jackson, senior music education major; Jeremiah Roberts, senior music major, and Matt Berthot, master of arts in music student.  Also singing one song each with Mollicone are Carol Gardner, senior business major with a minor in music, and sophomore Dylan Moore, who is pursuing a double major in music education and music performance. Other performers include Rebecca Tast, cello, Arkansas City High School strings director and Erin Sundquist, flute, professor of flute at Southwestern.  The production has been organized by Southwestern College director of choirs David Gardner. 

A graduate of the New England Conservatory,  Mollicone has studied composition with Donald Martino, Ron Nelson, Daniel Pinkham, Gunther Schuller, and Seymour Schifrin. He is currently a professor at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, Calif., and at West Valley College in Saratoga, Calif.

His one-act operas—“Emperor Norton,” “Starbird,” “The Face on the Barroom Floor,” and “The Mask of Evil”— have been performed extensively. “The Face on the Barroom Floor,” a recipient of the American Composers’ Recording Award, is one of America’s most often-performed contemporary operas, and has also been produced in Europe.

Mollicone has been a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow since 1997, and has served on panels for The National Endowment for the Arts. He is associate director of the Ernest Bloch Music Festival in Oregon, and director of its composers’ symposium. His opera “Gabriel’s Daughter” (libretto by William Luce) was premiered in July 2003 at the Central City Opera.

Mollicone has written works for orchestra, voice, chorus, ballet, and solo voice, as well as music for film, television, and theater, including the Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis). He has worked with several distinguished actors as a conductor, composer, and pianist, including Jean Stapleton, David Ogden Stiers, Tovah Feldshuh, Charles Nelson Reilly, and Angela Lansbury. His works have been performed by distinguished artists, including JoAnn Falletta, Frederica Von Stade, Amy Burton, Music from Copland House Players, Erie Mills, Maria Spacagna, D’Anna Fortunato, and Marnie Breckenridge.

The visit by Mollicone is underwritten by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, a group that engages leaders from a range of professions to spend weeklong residencies at small liberal arts colleges, helping connect their work to the world. Now more than 35 years old, the program recently came under the administration of the Council of Independent Colleges.

 

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Thu, 06 Oct 2011 08:28:15 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Kaleidoscope Concert Features SC Alumni; Richardson Performing Arts Center to be Dedicated]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1056 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1056 Southwestern College alumni will join forces with members of the A Cappella Choir, SC Singers, and South Kansas Symphony for the 2011 Kaleidoscope program Saturday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. The program will follow the official dedication of the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building.

“We are thrilled to be able to dedicate this renewed space, and so happy that many of the alumni that contributed and helped us to get to this day are going to be performing with us in the inaugural concert,” says David Gardner, director of choirs at Southwestern.

The evening will begin with the official dedication led by Southwestern College President Dick Merriman and board of trustees chair David Smith.

The musical selections for the evening are traditional and historical to Southwestern.  Music to be performed includes “Beautiful Savior,” “A Mighty Fortress,” and selections from “Elijah.”  Daniel Stevens, conductor of the South Kansas Symphony, will be viola soloist alongside 1966 Southwestern graduate Leora Kline, who will play violin.
“We are ecstatic to have Leora Kline back to perform on stage,” Stevens says.  “Her experience in the professional world will highlight the excellent acoustics found within the Richardson Performing Arts Center.”

Following the performance, Southwestern College artist in residence Brandon Blackburn will be featured as he performs with a jazz trio in the lobby of Christy Administration Building. 

There is no admission charge to the Kaleidoscope performance and overflow seating will be available in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  For more information, call (620) 229-6272.

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Wed, 05 Oct 2011 08:50:51 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)