College of Fine Arts News Archive

January 2019

  • Exhibition to showcase art by former SFA students

    Exhibition to showcase art by former SFA students

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    The work of former SFA art student John Storm of Waco is among the pieces exhibited in the SFA Alumni Invitational Showcase, which runs from Jan. 30 through May 3 in Griffith Fine Art Gallery on the SFA campus.

    January 29, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The SFA Alumni Invitational Showcase runs from Jan. 30 through May 3 in Griffith Fine Art Gallery on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The exhibition features works by former SFA art students and includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, metal work, ceramics and mixed media.

    SFA art alumni whose works are featured include Texas artists Daniel Baugh, Santiago Escobedo and Dan Grissom, all of Austin; Michael Blome and Holly Haynes of Houston; Kyley Cantwell of Florence; Valerie Hanks of Huntsville; Kyle Rogers of Spring; and John Storm of Waco. Other artists include Bill Brunken of Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania; Tanna Burchinal of Wichita, Kansas; Kira Enriquez of Terre Haute, Indiana; Corey Lamb of Evansville, Indiana; Isaac Powell of Richmond, Kentucky; and Kylie Price of Cullowhee, North Carolina.

    The artists have been invited to discuss their work. An artists' talk and reception is planned for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in Griffith Gallery, located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. Admission is free.

    Hours for Griffith Gallery are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday during fall and spring semesters and 6 to 7:30 p.m. before most performances in W.M. Turner Auditorium, which is directly across the hall from the gallery. The gallery can also be opened for groups by appointment by calling (936) 468-1131 or (936) 468-6557.

    For information about other art exhibitions, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA's Wind Ensemble to present 'Homecoming Fiesta!'

    SFA's Wind Ensemble to present 'Homecoming Fiesta!'

    January 29, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The Wind Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will present "Homecoming Fiesta!" when the student group performs the music of Richard Strauss, Frank Ticheli, Paul Hart, Richard Wagner and Clifton Williams at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    Featured guest performers will be the SFA Faculty Brass Quintet, which includes Jake Walburn and Gary Wurtz, trumpets; Charles Gavin, horn; Deb Scott, trombone; and J.D. Salas, tuba.

    Directed by Dr. David Campo, director of bands at SFA, the Wind Ensemble will perform "Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare," which Strauss wrote to celebrate the first annual Vienna Philharmonic Ball held in 1924. The ensemble will also perform Ticheli's "Nitro," which the composer described as "an energy-charged three-minute fanfare for band." The Northshore Concert Band music director, Mallory Thompson, commissioned the piece in celebration of the band's 50th anniversary season.

    "Nitrogen is the most abundant component of the Earth's atmosphere and is present in the tissues of every living thing," Ticheli wrote. "It is the fifth most abundant element in the universe, created by the fusion deep within stars; it has recently been detected in interstellar space. The sheer prevalence of nitrogen in all of nature, and the infinite range of compounds it is part of - life-giving, energizing, healing, cleansing, explosive - all appealed to me, and served as the inspiration for my music."

    Wagner's opera "Lohengrin" was first performed in 1850 and quickly became a benchmark in German opera. "Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral" is adapted from Act II, Scene 4 of the opera and was set for wind band by arranger Lucien Cailliet.

    Regarding his wind band composition "Cartoon," Hart remarked, "It's all here! The big opening credits, the cat and mouse tease and chase, the strutting swagger, and of course the big finale! Best of all, it can all happen in the imagination of the audience, not on the film screen."

    "A nod to the classic cartoon soundtracks of the 1950s and '60s, this work is pure fun," Campo said.

    The concert closes with Williams' "Symphonic Dance # 3, Fiesta," originally one of his five Symphonic Dances commissioned by the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 1964.

    In the original suite, each of the five dances represented the spirit of a different time and place relative to the background of San Antonio. "Fiesta" is an evocation of the excitement and color of the city's numerous Mexican celebrations, Campo explained. The modal characteristics, rhythms and finely woven melodies depict what Williams called "the pageantry of Latin-American celebration - street bands, bull fights, bright costumes, the colorful legacy of a proud people."

    Prior to the SFA concert, the Wind Ensemble will tour schools in the Dallas area and perform a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in the McKinney ISD Performing Arts Center.

    The SFA concert is a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu/.

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  • SFA's Wind Symphony, Symphonic band to present 'Journeys'

    SFA's Wind Symphony, Symphonic band to present 'Journeys'

    January 29, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band at Stephen F. Austin State University will present the concert program "Journeys" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    The Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Tamey Anglley, associate director of bands at SFA, and the Symphonic Band, directed by Chris Kaatz, assistant director of bands, will perform works that represent various types of journeys.

    The Symphonic Band will open the concert with Charles Carter's "Overture for Winds," followed by Frank Ticheli's "Earth Song."

    The Symphonic Band will also perform Jan Van der Roost's "Suite Provençale," which Kaatz describes as "a musical journey through southeastern France via colorful settings of four folk songs native to the region."

    The first half of the concert closes with the Symphonic Band performing Karl King's "Hosts of Freedom," which was written the same year the famous march composer moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa, after years of conducting numerous circus bands.

    The Wind Symphony will open the second half of the concert with "Shortcut Home" by Dana Wilson. Written in 2003, Wilson wanted a rousing and elaborate fanfare that featured each section of the ensemble, according to Anglley.

    "Drawing upon various jazz styles, the music proclaims and cascades, always driving towards the 'home' of the final C major chord," she explained.

    Dr. Christopher Ayer, professor of clarinet in the School of Music, will perform a solo on the clarinet concerto "Auto '66" by James M. David. About the piece, the composer writes: "The automobile, perhaps more than any other piece of technology, inspires strong emotional reactions in people, and certain cars seem to transcend their role as means of transportation to become works of art. My clarinet concerto is about three such vehicles that were built in 1966. They were chosen for their historical significance, physical beauty and ability to inspire their owners. Further, all three cars have different national origins, which allowed me to draw from the native music for each." David chose Lamborghini Miura, Mini Cooper S and Pontiac GTO as the three movements for his concerto.

    The Wind Symphony will close the concert with John Philip Sousa's "From Maine to Oregon" march. Based on the recurring march theme from his operetta, "The American Maid (The Glass Blowers)," "From Maine to Oregon" was composed in 1913.

    The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA School of Theatre to host Shakespeare & Company weekend intensive

    SFA School of Theatre to host Shakespeare & Company weekend intensive

    January 29, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will host the internationally renowned Shakespeare & Company from Lenox, Maine, in a weekend intensive study of the language and text of William Shakespeare's works March 8 through 10 on the SFA campus.

    Designed to meet the needs of professional actors who seek an introduction to Shakespeare & Company's training methods as well as alumni who wish to refresh and reconnect with the work, the weekend intensive integrates Linklater Voice instruction, movement and monologue work. Participants will explore ways to unlock the emotional and intellectual content inherent in Shakespeare's language, yielding a direct relationship between actor and text, according to Cleo House Jr., director of the SFA School of Theatre.

    "We are extremely fortunate to have such a renowned company in residence here in East Texas," House said. "This is an excellent opportunity for teachers needing professional development credit and for young professionals looking to deepen their study of Shakespeare's text in performance."

    Instructor is Dave Demke, a Shakespeare & Company senior faculty member and a Designated Linklater Voice teacher. He has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and an M.F.A. in performance (devised theatre) from the University of Maryland. From 2000-2010, he served as the associate director of training for Shakespeare & Company. He has also served as the artistic director of Stark Raving Theatre in Portland, Oregon, and as a principle dancer, soloist, choreographer and teacher with Red River Dance Company in Fargo, North Dakota.

    As an actor, Demke has appeared in productions at Shakespeare & Company in New York and regionally, as well as performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in Beijing, China. His directing credits include theaters in Portland, Oregon, Shakespeare & Company and Tennessee Shakespeare Company. He has guest directing credits at Purdue University, Skidmore College and Northeastern University. He has guest taught at various universities, as well as at the Linklater Center in New York, the National Theatre of Ghana and 16th St. Studio in Melbourne, Australia.

    The weekend intensive is from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 8; from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 9; and from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10. Tuition is $345. Alumni, union and student discounts are available. For more information or to register, call (413) 637-1199 ext. 114 or visit http://www.shakespeare.org/actor-training/weekend-intensive.

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  • SFA music faculty to perform music of American composer Heggie

    SFA music faculty to perform music of American composer Heggie

    January 25, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    Faculty members in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present a program featuring the music of American composer and pianist Jake Heggie at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    "Here/After: Songs of Lost Voices" will feature Ron Petti, pianist and director of collaborative piano, in collaboration with SFA voice faculty members.

    "Jake Heggie is considered to be one of the finest composers of his generation in American art song and opera," Petti said.

    The program features vocal performances by Debbie Berry, soprano; Ric Berry, tenor; Scott LaGraff, baritone; Nita Hudson, mezzo soprano; Emily Milius, soprano and opening remarks; and Chris Turner, baritone.

    "Here/After" is a series of song cycles that "give voice to silenced individuals whose stories deserve to be heard," according to Petti. The composer explains that he and his librettist Gene Scheer set out to capture "the hope and newness that can come from grief."

    "Some of the song cycles are surprisingly humorous," Petti said. "Friendly Persuasions; Homage to Poulenc" is a compilation of four witty songs in which Heggie mimics the musical style of French composer Francis Poulenc, Petti explains.

    "Heggie's compositional style is diverse and is immediately appealing to a wide audience," he said. "Some of his other popular songs will also be featured on the concert."

    Heggie is the composer of the operas "Dead Man Walking," "Moby-Dick," "It's A Wonderful Life," "Great Scott," "Three Decembers," "Out of Darkness: Two Remain," and the choral opera, "The Radio Hour," among others. He has also composed nearly 300 songs, as well as chamber, choral and orchestral works.

    The recital is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a feature of the Friends of Music Concert Series.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • '13th' documentary examines racial inequality in U.S. prison system

    '13th' documentary examines racial inequality in U.S. prison system

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    A free, one-night screening of the documentary “13th” will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

    January 25, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of the documentary "13th" at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    Directed by Ava DuVernay, the 2016 Netflix film gives an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality, according to a description at imdb.com. The film is titled after the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which freed slaves and prohibited slavery.

    "13th" was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards, and it won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.

    This screening is part of the School of Art's monthly Friday Film Series and is sponsored in part by William Arscott, Nacogdoches Film Festival, Karon Gillespie, Mike Mollot, David Kulhavy, John and Kristen Heath, Galleria Z, Jill Carrington, Jean Stephens, Jim and Mary Neal, Richard Orton, Nacogdoches Junior Forum and Main Street Nacogdoches.

    The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA to present piano-strings trio recital

    SFA to present piano-strings trio recital

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    From top to bottom: Minhee Bae, Jinsun Choi and Hyun Ji Oh

    January 25, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present a guest-faculty piano and strings trio recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The trio includes violinist Minhee Bae, a doctor of musical arts candidate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; cellist Jinsun Choi, also a doctor of musical arts candidate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; and SFA collaborative pianist Hyun Ji Oh.

    Among the works featured on the program are Piano Trio in G major by Claude Debussy; "Café Music" by Paul Schoenfield; and Trio in G minor, Op. 15 by Bedrich Smetana.

    A native of Seoul, South Korea, Bae earned a bachelor's degree from Seoul National University and a master's degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She has been invited as a 'rising star' to the Music Alp Festival in France and has participated in the Spoleto Festival USA, Pacific Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and Great Mountains Music Festival. She has played with the Kentucky Symphony and Cincinnati Symphony and is currently associate concertmaster of Plano Symphony. She occasionally plays with the Irving Symphony and the Fort Worth Symphony. She will join the Dallas Opera in its 2019 season.

    Choi received his Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and his Bachelor of Music degree at the Korea National University of Arts. He has played in various orchestras including the Urasian Philharmonic, Ditto Orchestra, Kyung-Gi Symphony Orchestra, Won-Ju Symphony Orchestra and the Korean Headquarter Army Band for which he was the principle cellist in 2008-09. An active performer, Choi has performed across Asia, the United States and Europe. Festival performances include at Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson, Texas, the Tongyeong Music Festival in South Korea, Atlantic Music Festival in Maine, Great Mountains Music Festival in South Korea and the Euro Music Festival in Leipzig, Germany.

    Oh made her orchestral debut with the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra at Shryock Hall in 2009. She has participated in numerous festivals, including the Art of Piano at the College Conservatory of Music, summer piano camp at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and the 2010 International Keyboard Institute & Festival. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • Perry to present 'Songs and Dances on Double Bass'

    Perry to present 'Songs and Dances on Double Bass'

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    Brian Perry

    January 25, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music and its Friends of Music Concert Series will present guest artist Brian Perry performing a double bass recital with SFA pianist Hyun Ji Oh at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in the Music Recital Hall on the SFA campus.

    One of the newest members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Perry is an adjunct associate professor in the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. He was also a member of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for nine seasons.

    Perry will present the program "Songs and Dances on Double Bass," which features works that explore either the "singing" quality of the bass or that consist of music inspired by Baroque dance forms.

    "Both styles serve to highlight the possibilities of the double bass beyond the orchestra and in a solo setting, as both a rhythmic and rich-sounding instrument," Perry said.

    Among the pieces to be performed is Johannes Brahms' Allegro non troppo from Sonata No. 1 in E minor for cello and piano.

    "Originally written for cello, this work has a rich, low-singing quality that works quite well when played on the double bass," Perry said. "In this transcription, I've slightly altered some of the octaves in Lucas Drew's arrangement to better suit the range of the bass while also trying to sound as much as possible like the original work. I enjoy working on transcriptions (pieces not originally written for my instrument) for the bass, and this is one of several on the program."

    Perry will also perform Claude Debussy's "Beau Soir," which he describes as "quintessential impressionist writing, both in tonality and expression."

    Concerto No 2 in A minor by Giovanni Bottesini is the only work on the program originally written for the double bass. Bottesini was also a skilled opera conductor and friend of Giuseppe Verdi, for whom Bottesini conducted the premiere of his opera "Aida" to mark the opening of the Suez Canal, Perry explained.

    "He frequently borrowed themes from various operas and composed fantasias he often performed between acts or in recitals to the delight of audiences everywhere," Perry said.

    The work features the singing quality of the bass while also demonstrating the virtuosity of the performer by traversing the entire length of the instrument, a skill Bottesini was known for in his performances.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • Dituri photography exhibition 'an exploration of spirituality'

    Dituri photography exhibition 'an exploration of spirituality'

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    Photographic works of Frank Dituri, photography instructor in the LABA Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, will show Jan. 31 through March 17 at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

    January 18, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The color photography of Frank Dituri will be exhibited Jan. 31 through March 17 in the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, Stephen F. Austin State University's historic downtown art gallery.

    "Frank Dituri: Il Sacro." (The Sacred) features photographs the artist took in Italy over the past few years. Dituri teaches photography at the LABA Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, which shares an exchange program with SFA's School of Art. Students at both institutions visit each other's campuses and communities and benefit from collaborative artistic projects.

    The exhibition opens with an artist's talk at 5:30 p.m., followed by reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, upstairs at Cole Art Center.

    David Lewis, professor of art history in the School of Art and curator of the exhibition, describes the collection of photographs as "an exploration of spirituality."

    "In the exhibition, the artist continues an ongoing personal exploration of spirituality in digital photography," Lewis wrote in a show description. "The images are derived from visits to churches and chapels and such less obviously sacred spaces as side streets, alley ways and wine cellars."

    Lewis said a sacred place may be understood as anywhere a person might have an experience of a strong spiritual or religious nature - suggesting the presence of a divinity, or what theologians call "the numinous."

    "Such 'Holy Ground' can be manifested in the physical world around us, or as Dituri's works reveal, a place that largely exists in the mind," according to Lewis.

    Dituri uses various strategies to create a sense of a numinous presence, most powerfully through the way he essentially implies rather than depicts that presence, Lewis said. He often positions the holy presence out of view, implying it with cast shadows or light emitted from beyond a doorway, or from around a corner at the end of a hall or an alley. Doorways lead into other rooms, and windows provide only glimpses of sky or landscape. In other, more literal works, his statues of holy figures sometimes seem to be peering back at the viewer from behind a partially parted curtain, and at other times, the viewer seems to be looking over someone else's shoulder, trying to get a better view, Lewis explained.

    "This anticipation of coming closer to a supernatural force - a mysterious presence - gives Dituri's work great power," Lewis said. "His trance-like works are also hauntingly beautiful."

    The exhibition and reception are sponsored in part by William Arscott, The Friends of the Visual Arts, Nacogdoches Junior Forum and the Flower Shop. Admission is free.

    The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • Tickets still available for SFA's presentation of Step Afrika!

    Tickets still available for SFA's presentation of Step Afrika!

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    January 18, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    Tickets are still available for the high-energy performance of Step Afrika! at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus. Sponsored by Nacogdoches Medical Center Health Network, Step Afrika! is presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts in partnership with the Nacogdoches Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and in cooperation with SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs and Greek Life Office. Single ticket prices for this University Series event are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, stop by the Fine Arts Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • SFA Faculty Brass Quintet to perform classic jazz, popular music

    SFA Faculty Brass Quintet to perform classic jazz, popular music

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    The SFA Faculty Brass Quintet includes, from left, Charles Gavin, horn; Deb Scott, trombone; Jake Walburn, trumpet; J.D. Salas, tuba; and Gary Wurtz, trumpet.

    January 17, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The Faculty Brass Quintet at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform a concert of classic jazz and popular music when the ensemble presents "Pop Goes the Brass" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The recital is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a feature of the Friends of Music Concert Series. The SFA Faculty Brass Quintet includes Jake Walburn and Gary Wurtz, trumpets; Charles Gavin, horn; Deb Scott, trombone; and J.D. Salas, tuba. Many of the pieces on the program will feature the jazz and improvisation skills of Walburn, Wurtz and Scott.

    "The SFA Brass has a long history of performing this type of program for dinner theatre and off-campus concerts," said Gavin, professor of horn in the School of Music. "We decided to do this on campus to start the semester with a concert of all popular hits and new jazz-related compositions."

    The works will be varied and will feature jazz standards ranging from the music of Duke Ellington and Harry James to popular classics by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass to the music of the rock band Journey.

    "We hope this program will be a fun and exciting presentation to begin the new semester," Gavin said.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu/.

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  • Shaltis to present solo timpani recital at SFA

    Shaltis to present solo timpani recital at SFA

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    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music and its Friends of Music Concert Series will present William M. Shaltis in a solo timpani recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    January 17, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music and its Friends of Music Concert Series will present William M. Shaltis in a solo timpani recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Shaltis is assistant professor of percussion at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, University of Memphis, and principal timpanist of the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra.

    His program at SFA will feature works by Andrew Beall, Jeffrey Peyton, Jarryd Elias and others.

    "Promoting the solo timpani repertoire is important to me," Shaltis said. "There are a great many pieces written for this instrument, yet they are not performed with the frequency of, say, solo marimba or multi-percussion. My hope is to expose the audience to the technical, melodic and expressive capabilities of the timpani. Hopefully, (audience members) leave the concert with a new appreciation for the instrument."

    Beall's "Seven to Queens" is a short work that displays the melodic and technical possibilities of the timpani.

    "Near the end, the performer will pedal a melodic motive based upon (Dimitri) Shostakovich's Eighth Symphony, as well as perform passages that demand three mallets and virtuosic technical ability," Shaltis said.

    Peyton's "Final Precipice" is a 12-minute concerto-like work that "takes the listener on a journey through a rich soundscape," Shaltis said.

    Elias' "A Hero's Journey" is influenced by the soundtracks featured in various superhero movies, including those in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. "Hopefully this piece is as much fun to listen to as it is to play," Shaltis added.
    Formerly, Shaltis was the principal timpanist for the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a sought-after clinician and performer throughout North America, Europe and China and has performed and presented at numerous conferences and universities throughout the country.

    Shaltis created the video podcast series "Good Beats" (tips for music educators) and "The Solo Timpanist" (videos of etudes from the Vic Firth book of the same name). His debut album, "Essence/Descent," features premiere recordings of 21st century solo and chamber timpani repertoire. Shaltis is also a co-founder of the annual Two Rivers Timpani Summit. He is a performing artist/clinician for Grover Pro Percussion, Remo, Yamaha and Zildjian.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA children's series presents 'I Have a Dream'

    SFA children's series presents 'I Have a Dream'

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    Two performances of “I Have a Dream” will be presented on Friday, Feb. 1, as part of the 2018-19 Children's Performing Arts Series at SFA.

    January 17, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The Children's Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will present two performances of the uplifting "I Have a Dream" on Friday, Feb. 1, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    Coming to SFA just in time to observe February as Black History Month, this compelling dramatization of the life and times of one of the most influential and charismatic leaders of the "American Century" and the Civil Rights movement will inspire students as they experience Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s struggle and his dream of lifting "our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood."

    "The play traces Dr. King's life from his humble beginnings in Atlanta, Georgia, through his extraordinary evolution into one of the 20th century's foremost figures," according to Diane Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the children's series. "Students will learn about Dr. King's philosophy of nonviolence and the methods he used to bring about social change."

    Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre and written by Bruce Craig Miller, "I Have a Dream" targets children in second through eighth grade.

    Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Turner Auditorium, which is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more.

    Presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts, the Children's Performing Arts Series annually features five shows designed to entertain, educate and engage young audiences of all ages, according to Peterson. Study guides provide suggestions for pre- and post¬ performance activities and discussions for teachers to use in the classroom. A comprehensive study guide for "I Have a Dream" may be accessed at cpas.sfasu.edu.

    Other upcoming CPAS performances include "Madeline and the Bad Hat" on Wednesday, March 6; and "The Jungle Book" on Thursday, May 16.

    To order tickets, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Visit the CPAS website at cpas.sfasu.edu for additional information.

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  • SFA's Meyer to perform percussion works by Deane, Bobo, Viñao

    SFA's Meyer to perform percussion works by Deane, Bobo, Viñao

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    Brad Meyer

    January 16, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at Stephen F. Austin State University, will perform works by Christopher Deane, Kevin Bobo, Alejandro Viñao and others in a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The recital is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a feature of the Friends of Music Concert Series.

    The program features Meyer's own "Seven Images," which he composed after returning from Slovenia where he presented clinics and performed in the fall of 2012. While there, he sampled as much of the culture and art as time would allow, spending a good amount of time in the city of Ljubljana.

    "One of the many places I explored was its Moderna Galerija (Museum of Modern Art), which is located next to Tivoli, a park similar to Manhattan's Central Park," Meyer said. "As soon as I entered the museum, I was immediately captivated by several large-scale installations. These installations stayed in my memory long after I had left Slovenia. Because of my fascination with the museum and its art, I decided to create seven snare drum solos based off of seven of the most memorable installations and pieces of art I witnessed."

    Deane's "Dis Qui Etude" is a concert work for solo vibraphone that was commissioned by and is dedicated to Robert Parks. The piece is a study of the sound a vibraphonist can produce by using a special mallet made from a commercial paint stir stick that has been modified. This hybrid mallet has many surfaces with which to strike or scrape in order to produce musical sounds, according to the composer.

    Bobo's "Tantrum" is an experimental composition for solo snare drum that contains four main sections and explores a wide range of tone colors on the instrument through the use of specified playing zones, special techniques that create a wide variety of timbres, and the extreme use of dynamics, the composer explains.

    Viñao's piece "Khan Variation"s features eight rhythmic variations based on a traditional theme from Qawwali music as sung by Ali Kahn. Viñao developed each variation by exploring a different rhythmic and melodic aspect of the original theme.

    Other program selections include "Suomineito" by Nebjša Jovan Živkovic and "Hymning" by Robert Honstein.
    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • Duo Karudan to perform works by Canadian composers

    Duo Karudan to perform works by Canadian composers

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    Duo Karudan

    January 16, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The Friends of Music Concert Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will present Duo Karudan in a faculty-guest recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Duo Karudan includes Christopher Ayer, professor of clarinet in the SFA School of Music, and his wife, Kae Hosoda-Ayer, who is associate professor of piano at Baylor University.

    Ayer describes the recital as special because the program includes five pieces for clarinet and piano, all written by Canadian composers. Ayer grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and attended Acadia University in Nova Scotia.
    "I've always wanted to compile some pieces into a Canadian program to perform," he said. "What makes this more exciting is that the recital is part of our preparation to record these works, which we will do next summer."

    Program works include Sonata by Leslie Mann; "Approaching the Spring Place" by Michael Miller; Sonata by Oscar Morawetz; "Passages" by Sid Robinovitch; and "Propulsions" by William Wallace.

    Wallace, Robinovitch and Miller are all still living, and Miller, in fact, currently resides in Ayer's hometown of Fredericton and has been active recently composing and performing.

    "Obviously, very few people will be familiar with this music, so it's a great chance to come out and hear some new things," Ayer said. "I chose these works because I believe they are all accessible to musicians and non-musicians alike."

    "Approaching the Spring Place" will remind some listeners of the 20th century British traditions of composition in the vein of Gerald Finzi, Arthur Bliss and John Ireland, Ayer said. He described "Propulsions" as "a real barn-burner," and the Morawetz and Mann Sonatas, while perhaps slightly more esoteric in nature, as "immediately arresting and interesting to listen to," he said.

    "I have a personal connection with the Mann Sonata as I performed it at my first appearance at the Canadian National Music Festival, an annual national music competition, representing the province of New Brunswick," he said. "Leslie Mann was a clarinetist in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for many years, and he was the teacher of my first clarinet teacher, Jane Bowden. So, it's very special for me to perform it and record it."

    The concert is a presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA's Chapa to perform works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Sparke

    SFA's Chapa to perform works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Sparke

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    Dr. Daniel Chapa, Hyun Ji Oh

    January 16, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present a faculty recital featuring Dr. Daniel Chapa, instructor of low brass at SFA, along with collaborative pianist Hyun Ji Oh at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    A feature of the Friends of Music Concert Series, the tuba and euphonium recital will include works by Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn and Philip Sparke, among others. The recital is the first of six Chapa will perform this semester at various universities, among them St. Mary's University, University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas State University and Washington State University.

    Theme and Variations on "Das Wandern" from Die Schöne Müllerin by Schubert features variations composed by Chapa, who will perform on euphonium on this piece.

    "I composed each variation based on all of the popular theme and variations solos by Jean-Baptiste Arban, Arthur Pryor, Joseph De Luca, and others I had performed throughout my career," Chapa said. "The simple harmonies and melodic line allowed me to focus on creating something that was technically challenging yet very listenable."

    Mendelssohn's "Songs Without Words" showcases five of the composer's works, which Chapa arranged for euphonium and piano. Each song is about three minutes in length and is in contrasting styles, making them great recital selections, he said.

    "I first encountered this collection of pieces in one of my music theory classes during my time as a graduate student at the University of North Texas," Chapa said. "After analyzing and listening to the beautiful melodic lines, I also noticed that most of the melodies stayed in the upper voice for the entirety of the song. This type of scoring made the pieces very easy to arrange and a lot of fun to play!"

    Sparke's "Song for Ina" was originally composed for euphonium solo with brass band, and it has since been arranged for a variety of instrumentations. This particular arrangement is for solo tuba and piano.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • U.S. Army School of Music Woodwind Quintet to perform at SFA

    U.S. Army School of Music Woodwind Quintet to perform at SFA

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    The U.S. Army School of Music Woodwind Quintet will perform a recital at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    January 16, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music and its Friends of Music Concert Series will present the U.S. Army School of Music Woodwind Quintet in a recital at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The program contains works arranged for the SFA performance and classic woodwind quintet pieces, according to Lee Goodhew, associate professor of bassoon at SFA.

    The U.S. Army School of Music Woodwind Quintet consists of instructors from the U.S. Army School of Music, located at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Selected from within the ranks of Army Music, they provide instruction to all newly enlisted soldiers of the Army Music Program, as well as continuing education to non-commissioned officers and officers returning to the School of Music for professional development. As Army musicians, they have performed for and entertained military and civilian audiences throughout the United States and around the world, including locations such as Germany, Russia, Israel and Iraq.

    The quintet includes Sgt. 1st Class Alice Park, flute; Sgt. 1st Class Kailin Eskander, oboe and English horn; Sgt. 1st Class Charlie Brokovich, clarinet; Staff Sgt. Derek Bannasch, bassoon; and Sgt. Andrew Moon, horn.

    The program features "Summertime" by George Gershwin, arranged for the U.S. Army School of Music Woodwind Quintet by Spec. Aaron Mulder; Libertango" by Astor Piazzolla, arranged for the U.S. Army School of Music Woodwind Quintet by Sgt. 1st Class Charlie Brokovich; and "Quintet" by Carl Nielsen, among other works.

    Featured in Gershwin's opera "Porgy and Bess," "Summertime" is considered one of the composer's greatest compositions, and a definitive American aria, according to Staff Sgt. Bannasch.

    "It was arranged for the quintet by one of our former students, Spec. Aaron Mulder, a 2017 graduate of the U.S. Army School of Music's Basic Music Course, who currently serves as a saxophonist with the 484th Army Band in Milwaukee, Wisconsin," Bannasch said.

    Piazzolla's music has become popular for woodwind musicians who want to expand beyond the traditional repertoire and delve into new styles, Bannasch said. His "Libertango" was originally written for traditional Argentine tango instrumentation, but has been adapted for nearly every variety and combination of instruments and singers.

    Consisting of four movements, roughly echoing the form of a symphony, Nielsen's "Quintet" is widely considered the seminal masterwork for woodwind quintet.

    Staff Sgt. Daniel McBride, who is the Army music auditions coordinator for Texas, will accompany the quintet. He will be available before and after the performance to speak with students about career opportunities and auditions for Army Music.

    Admission is free. For more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • Step Afrika! to perform at SFA

    Step Afrika! to perform at SFA

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    Presented by the College of Fine Arts and sponsored by Nacogdoches Medical Center, Step Afrika! will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Photo credit: Sekou Luke

    January 10, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    Internationally acclaimed Step Afrika! will bring its high-energy dance form to Nacogdoches with a University Series performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    The performance, sponsored by Nacogdoches Medical Center Health Network, is presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts in partnership with the Nacogdoches Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and in cooperation with SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs and Greek Life Office.

    Step Afrika! is one of the top ten black dance companies in the United States.

    "The awe-inspiring commitment, talent, skill and teamwork in Step Afrika! performances make them the most exhilarating dances that I have ever seen," said Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series. "Drawing on a rich and multifaceted cultural background, this company propels audiences out of their seats with a feeling that combines the best of a hair-raising sporting event, a jaw-dropping historical revelation, an electrifying concert and an incredibly fun party."

    Step Afrika! connects the stepping tradition to thrilling Zulu and South African dance forms and blends exhilarating styles such as tap and hip hop into its internationally acclaimed performances. The Washington Post says Step Afrika! "has elevated stepping to high art."

    "Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is pleased to partner with the College of Fine Arts to promote this exciting performance of Step Afrika!," said Lenora Foy, president of the Nacogdoches Alumnae Chapter.

    In the early 1900s, African American college students in sororities and fraternities developed stepping as a way for members of these organizations to show pride and unity. C. Brian Williams, the founder and executive director of Step Afrika!, attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he learned how to step. Later, he visited South Africa and saw a young boy dancing a style that looked very similar to stepping. Recognizing the connection, Williams wanted to find a way for Africans and Americans to share their dances, music and culture. In 1994, he founded Step Afrika! as the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping.

    Committed to arts education since its inception, Step Afrika! presents the art, values and culture of stepping to students of all grades and backgrounds. While in Nacogdoches, company members will conduct master classes for SFA students and for teenagers in the community.

    "I learned that stepping has deep roots in higher education," Shattuck said, "and SFA's Greek organizations have their own strong tradition of stepping." Shattuck said that Step Afrika! is also committed to student success. "This professional dance troupe does so much more than create and entertain. Their mission to inspire diverse young people to attend and complete college is equally meaningful."

    Prior to the performance, Saville Harris, assistant director of student engagement (Greek life) for SFA's Student Affairs Programs, will present an informative talk at 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery. The gallery is located across the hall from Turner Auditorium, which is inside the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to meet the performers and to honor the corporate sponsor.

    Single event ticket prices for the University Series are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3.

    For more information or to purchase tickets, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, stop by the Fine Arts Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • SFA to present 'Caddo Contemporary: Present and Relevant' art exhibition

    SFA to present 'Caddo Contemporary: Present and Relevant' art exhibition

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    Caddo Nation artisan Raven Halfmoon's piece “Do You Speak Indian?” is among the artwork featured in “Caddo Contemporary: Present and Relevant” showing Jan. 24 through March 24 in The Cole Art Center.

    January 10, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The exhibition "Caddo Contemporary: Present and Relevant" will show Jan. 24 through March 24 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    Featuring ceramics, paintings, beadwork, stonework and drawings, the exhibition is a collaborative presentation of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and Art Galleries and the Caddo Mound Historic Site in Alto, according to John Handley, director of art galleries.

    The exhibition highlights the work of seven Caddo Nation artisans, including Wayne Earles, Chad Earles, Chase Earles, Raven Halfmoon, Yonavea Hawkins, Jeri Redcorn and Thompson Williams. An opening reception with the artists in attendance is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.

    Handley said he considers this exhibition to be an important one for two reasons.

    "It is the first exhibition that highlights the work of living Caddo artists," he said. "And, the exhibition is a first for Caddo art displayed in Nacogdoches, the home of the Caddo Nation for thousands of years before they were forced off their land in the early 1800s and relocated to Oklahoma."

    The exhibition will also include programming at both The Cole Art Center and the Caddo Mounds Historic Site, including a film, demonstrations and performances of dance, music, storytelling and poetry reading. A full-color exhibition catalogue has been prepared.

    "Up until now, scholarship on the Caddo Nation has focused on its remarkable, albeit painful, past," Handley said. "Caddo history, art, language and dance have been explored in books and journal articles. Although this work can be applauded, there has been little to no forward-looking work published. This exhibition is a step towards remedying such oversight by seeing first-hand the present day and relevant work in ceramics, paintings, beadwork, stonework and drawings."

    Several of the exhibition's artists have gained national attention, Handley added, most notably Jeri Redcorn, who has spent decades working with scholars to rediscover traditional Caddo ceramic methods. Her work has been displayed at the White House during the Obama administration and is in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution. Chase Earles was mentored by Redcorn so as to pass on to future generations this unique type of pottery making, Handley said.

    Special programming will accompany the exhibition, including storytelling by Kricket Rhoades-Connywerdy, an enrolled member of the Caddo and Kiowa tribes of Oklahoma who has been telling Kiowa and Caddo stories in Oklahoma, across the United States and internationally for more than two decades. A storytelling session is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at Cole Art Center.

    Dancing in her traditional Caddo dress and Kiowa buckskin, Rhoades-Connywerdy toured extensively with the legendary Charles Chibitty, the last Comanche code talker, and was Gulhei descendent princess (family princess) for 1999-2000. She has won awards for her lead movie roles, which included "The Legend of Billy Fail," "The Alamo," "Chasing the Wind," "Last of the Mohicans" and "UHF." She has an associate's degree from Tulsa Community College and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in Native American studies. She is the former executive director of the Historic Jacobson House Native Art Center and currently works with the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma's Kiowa Language and Culture Revitalization Program.

    Additionally, the PBS film "Koo-Hoot Kiwat: The Caddo Grass House" will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Cole Art Center as part of the School of Art and Friends of the Visual Arts' Friday Film Series.

    The exhibition is sponsored in part by William Arscott, The Flower Shop, Nacogdoches Junior Forum, Humanities Texas and Friends of the Visual Arts. Admission is free.

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  • Registration underway for spring Music Prep lessons, classes

    Registration underway for spring Music Prep lessons, classes

    January 3, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    Registration is underway for private lessons and group classes offered for the 2019 spring semester by the Music Preparatory Division of the School of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University.

    In addition to the usual 16-week private lessons for young students in piano, harp, violin and Suzuki violin, viola, voice, bass, clarinet, classical guitar, saxophone, composition, flute, trumpet, jazz piano, cello and music theory, Music Prep again offers adult piano classes in the coming spring, according to Pat Barnett, director of the Music Preparatory Division.

    Music Prep offers 12 weeks of musical study with SFA music major students. Lessons in violin, cello, clarinet, classical guitar, piano and jazz piano, trumpet, voice, percussion and other instruments upon request are offered. The student instructors are referred by their major professors and have a high level of mastery of their instrument, Barnett explained.

    Group classes offered are Music Theory Adventures, taught by Laura Treadaway; Adult Beginner Piano Class taught by Matthew Malaga; Adult Intermediate Piano Class, taught by Dr. Ping-Ting Lan; Pineywoods Youth Orchestra, directed by Dr. Evgeni Raychev; and The Raguet Strings, directed by Brenda Josephsen. The Raguet Strings is recruiting interested members to join the adult ensemble.

    Registration forms for the 2019 spring semester are available on the Music Prep website at http://www.music.sfasu.edu/prep and are being accepted now. The forms may be downloaded and turned in to the Music Prep office. Sixteen-week private lessons begin the week of Jan. 14, and 12-week private lessons begin the week of Feb. 4. Contact the Music Prep office at (936) 468-1291 for more information.

    Shirley Watterston and Dr. Robert Blocker, a former chairman of the SFA Department of Music, founded the SFA Music Preparatory Division in 1980.

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