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Ms. Heather Thayer (Instructor of horn)

February 25, 2011

Ms. Heather Thayer will be performing this May with her brass quintet La Femmes Five at the Alfredo de Saint Malo Music Festival of Panama. She is also presenting a lecture recital of her dissertation on March 2 at UNT. The title of her dissertation is Helen Kotas (1916-2000): A Female Pioneer in Major US Orchestras. Ms. Thayer also presented a paper last May at the International Women’s Brass Conference.

Dr. Ryan Lewis (Instructor of percussion)

February 5, 2011

Dr. Ryan Lewis gave research presentations on xylophonist George Hamilton Green at the Bob Becker Ragtime Xylophone Institute at the University of Delaware this summer, and again at PASIC in Indianapolis.  An abridged version of the dissertation was published in Percussive Notes.

Dr. Lewis was a guest soloist with the HSCB on xylophone, and will be a guest soloist on drum set with the AHS Percussion Ensemble in April.

Dr. Craig Hamilton (Director of Bands)

February 1, 2011

Dr. Craig Hamilton was conductor/clinician of the Southwest Honor Band February 11-13, 2011 at New Mexico State University, Los Cruses, New Mexico.

Dr. Hamilton contributed a conducting analysis of Toccata by Fisher Tull in Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Vol. 8 (2010) ISBN: 978-1-57000-819-6. G-7926.

Mr. Casey Thomas (Instructor of low brass)

January 20, 2011

Mr. Casey Thomas played a run of Evita with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in October and in April will be playing Hairspray with the Arkansas Rep.

In November Mr. Thomas performed with the second national tour of Wicked while it was in Little Rock.

Eight OBU Students Selected to Perform in 2011 Arkansas Intercollegiate Band

January 15, 2011

ARKADELPHIA, Ark.—Eight Ouachita Baptist University students performed in the Arkansas Intercollegiate Band Feb. 18 at the Arkansas Music Educators Association meeting in Hot Springs, Ark.

“It was a huge honor to be selected to perform with other top musicians from across the state of Arkansas,” said Andrew McCraw, a junior instrumental music education major from Fort Worth, Texas. “Performances such as these not only challenge us musically but they also help inspire us to keep striving to be the best that we can be, both musically and professionally.” This was McCraw’s second year to be participate in the AIB. He is a trombone student of Casey Thomas.

“I am proud of our students that performed for the Arkansas Intercollegiate Band; they represent Ouachita well,” said Dr. Craig Hamilton, OBU director of bands and Lena Goodwin Trimble Professor of Music.

“The audition process gave students the experience of auditioning for a panel of judges and the rehearsal and performance gave the students the experience of performing difficult literature for a knowledgeable audience with little time for rehearsal,” Hamilton added. “It was a ‘real world’ experience for our students.”

In addition to McCraw, participants from Ouachita included: Elizabeth Baker, a freshman music performance major from Grapevine, Texas, who is a flute student of Kristin Grant; Kelsey Bates, a junior instrumental music education major from Marion, Ark., who is a horn student of Heather Thayer; Deborah Caldwell, a junior instrumental music education major from Siloam Springs, Ark., who is a trumpet student of Hamilton; Leah Jones, a senior instrumental music education major from Burkburnett, Texas, who is a horn student of Thayer; Sean Nance, a sophomore instrumental music education major from Dallas, Texas, who is a trombone student of Thomas; Elyse Senteney, a junior instrumental music education major from Plano, Texas, who is a flute student of Grant; and Ruthie Stoner, a junior music performance major from McKinney, Texas, who is a clarinet student of Dr. Michael Bartnik.