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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Participants will be split into junior and senior divisions.

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

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

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

 

 

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

Schools participating and time of performance include: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

The title of the concert is “Sightsee.”

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 10:52:31 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony to Perform at The Eatery on April 11]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1640 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1640 The South Kansas Symphony will hold its Chamber Gala on Saturday, April 11, at 7 p.m., at The Eatery, located at 815 Millington in Winfield. This is the symphony's main fundraising event of the season. Hors d'oeuvres will be served between performances by South Kansas Symphony players. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Martin is happy that she participated in the competition.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kirk is no stranger to putting these festivals together.    

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:27:36 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![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.
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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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Thu, 23 May 2013 11:46:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![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)