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10 Ouachita students perform in 2013 Arkansas Intercollegiate Band

March 13, 2013

Band students from 14 colleges and universities statewide were selected to comprise the 2013 Arkansas Intercollegiate Band, including 10 students from Ouachita Baptist University.

“Our students did a wonderful job and represented Ouachita and the School of Fine Arts exceptionally well,” said Dr. Craig Hamilton, OBU’s Lena Goodwin Trimble Professor of Music, director of bands and chair of music education.

Ouachita students performing in the band include: Elizabeth Baker, a junior music performance and French major from Grapevine, Texas, on flute; Hannah Bowen, a sophomore choral music education major from Lewisville, Texas, on clarinet; Drew Ervin, a sophomore music performance and computer science major from Springdale, Ark., on percussion; Maegan Hodge, a junior Spanish and secondary education major from Springdale, Ark., on flute; Chris Hogan, a sophomore instrumental music education major from Bartlesville, Okla., on percussion; Allison King, a sophomore instrumental music education major from Fort Worth, Texas, on bass clarinet; Megan Massey, a junior instrumental music education major from Weatherford, Texas, on bass clarinet; Brent Nessler, a junior instrumental music education major from Rowlett, Texas, on tenor saxophone; Crista Riggs, a junior chemistry and biology major from Edmond, Okla., on clarinet; and Chelsea Villanueva, a sophomore instrumental music education major from Bentonville, Ark., on clarinet.

“The AIB is an opportunity for our students to rehearse and perform with their colleagues from other universities throughout the state,” Hamilton said. “They also have the honor of working with some of the top conductors in the field.”

Dr. Kevin Sedatole, this year’s Arkansas Intercollegiate Band clinician, currently serves as director of bands, professor of music and chair of the conducting area at the Michigan State University College of Music.

With only 24 hours to rehearse, the Arkansas Intercollegiate Band performed together for the first time, “Ecstatic Fanfare” by Steven Bryant, “Elegy for Albinoni” by Shelly Hanson and “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff and John Krance.

For more information about the Arkansas Intercollegiate Band, contact Dr. Craig Hamilton at hamiltonc@obu.edu or (870) 245-5137.

By Rachel Gregory

OBU Percussion Ensemble to perform with guest artist Dr. Julie Hill March 26

March 12, 2013

percthumbnailDr. Julie Hill, Associate Professor of Percussion at the University of Tennessee-Martin, will be a featured guest percussion artist with the OBU Percussion Ensemble in concert on March 26 at 7:30 p.m. inside McBeth Recital Hall. She will also be presenting a clinic on Brazilian drumming on March 25 at 3:00 PM.

Both events are made possible through the support of the Ouachita Baptist University Division of Music, Pearl/Adams, Evans, Innovative Percussion, Zildjian, and Grover.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra to perform McBeth tribute March 8 at Ouachita

February 22, 2013

Celebrating the rich musical legacy of renowned composer W. Francis McBeth, Ouachita Baptist University will welcome the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (ASO) to the stage of Jones Performing Arts Center on Friday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature music composed by Dr. McBeth, a longtime professor of music at Ouachita and former ASO conductor who died last year at age 78. Tickets for the tribute performance are available at www.obu.edu/boxoffice.

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“There is no way to measure how much impact Dr. McBeth has had on Ouachita’s music program over the years,” said Dr. Scott Holsclaw, dean of Ouachita’s School of Fine Arts. “It is amazing how many lives he touched both at Ouachita and throughout the world, including students, colleagues and music professionals. He is truly a Ouachita and Arkansas treasure.”

Francis McBeth2Dr. McBeth, who joined the Ouachita faculty in 1957, served as the university’s composer-in-residence, Lena Goodwin Trimble Professor of Music and chair of the theory/composition department of the Division of Music. He also served as conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in the early 1970s. Following his death last February, the ASO approached Ouachita about presenting a concert on campus in McBeth’s memory.

With his musical influence extending far beyond Ouachita and Arkansas, McBeth performed and conducted in England, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Scotland, Australia, Canada and Japan. As Arkansas’ composer laureate, he also was the first composer laureate named in the United States.

“It’s kind of easy to take for granted someone who was here all the time and teaching, made his career here,” said Ouachita President Rex M. Horne, Jr. “Then, to be exposed to how he’s regarded out in the rest of the world is very impressive.”

The March 8 concert will feature two pieces composed by McBeth, “Symphony No. 3” and “A Rose for Emily for String Orchestra.” Also featured are Gioachino Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville Overture,” which will open the concert, and “The Firebird: Suite, 1919” by Igor Stravinsky, which will be the closing piece.

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 47th season in 2012-2013 under the leadership of Music Director Philip Mann. ASO is the resident orchestra of Robinson Center Music Hall and performs more than 30 concerts each year for more than 42,000 people through its Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks Series, ACXIOM Pops LIVE! Series and River Rhapsodies Chamber Series. It also serves central Arkansas through numerous community outreach programs and brings live symphonic music education to more than 24,000 students in more than 200 schools.

Financial support from Ouachita’s Board of Trustees and other friends of the university will help keep concert admission costs minimal. “Ouachita wants to make this special concert accessible to students, school and church groups and other area residents because it is a special tribute to Dr. McBeth,” said Phil Hardin, assistant to the president for administration.

Tickets are $10 each and $5 each for groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased at the Jones Performing Arts Center Box Office weekdays from 1-5 p.m. and one hour before the performance. Tickets may also be purchased with credit card by phone or online at www.obu.edu/boxoffice. For more information, call the box office at (870) 245-5555 during regular box office hours. Also, each current OBU student may receive one free ticket by presenting his or her OBU ID at the box office.

For more information about the tribute concert, contact the JPAC Box Office at (870) 245-5555.

By Rachel Gregory

Isenhour, Lewis to perform at Eastern Trombone Workshop

February 22, 2013

In March 2013, and Dr. Justin Isenhour, assistant professor of Low Brass, and Dr. Ryan Lewis, assistant professor of percussion,will be performing a duo concert at the Eastern Trombone Workshop. The event will be held in Washington DC. For more information on the Eastern Trombone Workshop, click here.

Thayer’s 2012-13 shows passion for performing and educating

February 22, 2013

Dr. Heather Thayer, instructor of horn, has had a very successful 2012-13 school year both as a professor and a performer.

In December, Thayer performed with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, IL.

Thayer’s 2013 is already shaping up to be just as remarkable.

In March, Thayer will perform Michael Haydn’s Double Horn Concerto alongside Kim Rooney-Hagelstein at the Mid-South Horn Workshop in Canyon, TX. This will be followed by a solo performance of Gilbert Vinter’s “Hunter’s Moon” with the Arkadelphia Mass Brass, in April.

Thayer will spend summer 2013 performing and teaching at the 7th annual Alfredo De Saint Malo (ASM) Music Festival of Panama.

Eight OBU students selected to perform in 2012 Arkansas Intercollegiate Band

February 22, 2013

The following students have been selected to perform with the 2012 Arkansas Intercollegiate Band at the 2012 AMEA Conference in Hot Springs, AR.

Elyse Senteney – Flute

Elizabeth Baker – Flute

Sara Walker – Clarinet

Megan Massey – Bass Clarinet

Alex Goff – Saxophone

Deborah Caldwell – Trumpet

Kelsey Bates – Horn

Andrew McCraw – Trombone


The Arkansas Intercollegiate Band is an ensemble comprised of the top students from every university in the state of Arkansas.


Conductor of the 2012 AIB will be Robert Ponto, Director of Bands at the University of Oregon. The program will include “Dusk” by Steven Bryant, “Footsteps” by Dana Wilson, and “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein.