Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will present a concert by the OBU Trombone and Flute Choirs on Monday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Mabee Fine Art Center’s McBeth Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
“I try to choose music for the Trombone Choir that will get all the players involved,” said Dr. Justin Isenhour, director of the Trombone Choir and assistant professor of music.
Part of Isenhour’s responsibility as director of the ensemble is to help each member enhance his skills. The group provides an opportunity for the performers to play in a small chamber setting.
“I try to balance my pedagogical desires with building a concert program that is interesting to an audience and contains music in a variety of styles,” Isenhour added.
The concert will feature Buddy Baker’s arrangement of “Colorado Trail,” as well as “Suite of Lieder” by Franz Schubert, “Georgia on My Mind” by Hoagy Carmichael, “Hunter’s Chorus” from Der Freischutz by Carl Maria von Weber and “Der Koing” and “Umzug” by Michael Praetorius.
“I am really looking forward to ‘Colorado Trail’ because the piece has a unique use of vocal harmonies alongside the soloist in the piece,” said Jeremy Cooper, a junior Christian studies/Christian ministries and psychology major from Mesquite, Texas. “Students will enjoy this concert because it is a great way to see what all of your friends have been hard at work doing this semester, and all of the music is great.” “Colorado Trail” will feature soloist Bret Steed, a senior music performance major from Idabel, Okla.
The Ouachita Flute Choir is a chamber ensemble featuring the C flute, as well as piccolo, alto flute, bass flute and contra bass flute. Kristin Grant, assistant professor of music, conducts the ensemble.
The Flute Choir will perform “Canzon” by Giovanni Gabrielli, “Memories of East Tennessee in the Early Forties” by Austin Alan Scott and “Sinfonico, Op. 12″ by Anton Reicha. According to Grant, these selections range in style from the late Renaissance canzon, to the Classical piece by Reicha, and the modern piece by Scott, which was inspired by the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee, revival hymns and traditional dance tunes.
Members of the Trombone Choir include Cooper and Steed as well as Dr. Kevin Cornelius, associate professor of physics; Dalton King, a freshman instrumental music education major from Greenwood, Ark.; Jason Potts, a freshman instrumental music education major from Springdale, Ark.; Evan Rogers, a senior church music major from Jacksonville, Ark.; and Kaden Sosebee, a sophomore Christian studies/Christian theology and Biblical studies major from Fort Smith, Ark.
Cornelius affirmed the opportunity to perform with the ensemble. “I periodically play the trumpet or trombone at church and have had the privilege of playing in several trombone ensembles at OBU over the years,” he noted.
Members of the Flute Choir include Megan Archer, a sophomore instrumental music education major from Osceola, Ark.; Elizabeth Baker, a senior music performance major from Grapevine, Texas; Maegan Hodge, a senior Spanish and secondary education major from Springdale, Ark.; Kathryn Lee, a senior music major from Azle, Texas; Jayla Luxton, a freshman music major from Alexander, Ark.; Megan Massey, a senior instrumental music education major from Weatherford,Texas; Emma Patterson, a senior choral music education major from Garland, Texas; LeeAnne Polk, a senior music major from Greenville,Texas; Dr. Heather Thayer, assistant director of music; and Caroline Twyford, a freshman music major from Hot Springs, Ark.
For more information, contact Dr. Justin Isenhour at firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 245-5144.
August 27 Convocation Chapel—Dr. Rex Horne, Jr., President
September 3 Dr. Doug Sonheim, “The Life of the Mind &the Christian Student”
September 10 International Opportunities: Study Abroad & Missions
Daniel & Betty Jo Grant Center for International Education & Campus Ministries
September 17 “A Fireside Chat with the President: Questions About Leadership, Life and Leisure” Dr. Rex Horne, Jr., President
September 24 Service: A Way of Life, The Elrod Center for Family and Community
October 1 Dr. Guy Grimes*, Pastor and Campus Ministries Consultant
October 8 Homecoming Chapel
October 15 Dr. Ryan Lewis, Assistant Professor of Music
October 22 Holly Horne Carlisle*
PATH-Partners Against Trafficking Humans
October 29 Dr. Chris Brune, Assistant Professor of Finance
November 5 Rev. Gabriel Fabian Church: San Francisco Baptist Church
San Francisco deMacoris, Dominican Republic
November 12 New Creation Dance Company
November 19 James Taylor, director of Campus Ministries
“Student and Staff Testimonies”
November 26 Dr. Rex Horne, Jr. President
“A final word for the semester”
December 3 A Christmas celebration with the Concert Band
Dr. Craig Hamilton, director
*Denotes Elma Cobb speakers
Please contact Ian Cosh, VP for Community and International Engagement, at 870-245-5320 if you have any questions regarding this schedule.
Ouachita Baptist University’s School of Fine Arts will present OBU’s Percussion Ensemble in concert Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in McBeth Recital Hall. The ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Ryan Lewis, OBU assistant professor of music. This event is free and open to the public.
The OBU Percussion Ensemble presents several concerts each year, including fall and spring semester concerts as well as special event appearances. Repertoire selections range from chamber works for trios and quartets to works involving larger numbers of ensemble members.
The Oct. 22 concert will feature three pieces for drums and percussion and three pieces featuring keyboard percussion instruments such as marimba, xylophone and vibraphone. The ensemble will perform “Din” by Andy Harsnberger, “Puzzle Piece” by Rich O’Meara, the second movement of “Trio per Uno” by Nebosja Zivovic, “Coffee Break” by Mark Ford and Ewelina Bernacka Ford and “Sharpened Stick” by Brett Dietz, concluding with “Marimba Spiritual” by Minoru Miki.
“Din” is a rudimental-style trio in which each performer has a kick drum, bongos, snare drum, floor tom and cymbal. “Puzzle Piece” is a marimba trio in a minimalist style made up of interlocking rhythms that fit together like jigsaw puzzle pieces. Movement two from “Trio per Uno” is a beautiful trio for two vibraphones and crotales with rain stick, sizzle cymbal and glass wind chimes. “Coffee Break” is a STOMP-inspired, groove-based work for five players using coffee cups from OBU’s Dr. Jack’s Coffeehouse.
“Sharpened Stick” is inspired by the Native American fish-step dance style. According to Lewis, this powerhouse quintet is full of complex polyrhythms (rhythms that do not typically “fit” together) and has become a modern classic of the percussion ensemble repertoire. Chris Hogan will be the marimba soloist on “Marimba Spiritual,” a Japanese piece inspired by the Ethiopian famine of the 1980s.
The OBU Percussion Ensemble includes: Aaron Breeding, a freshman instrumental music education major from Springdale, Ark.; Drew Ervin, a junior music and computer science major from Springdale, Ark.; Gabriel Ess, a freshman music major from Sachse, Texas; Carter Harlan, a sophomore instrumental music education major from Fayetteville, Ark.; Sarah Harney, a freshman early childhood education major from Crossett, Ark.; Chris Hogan, a junior instrumental music education major from Bartlesville, Okla.; Julie Nessler, a sophomore biology major from Rowlett, Texas; Van O’Rorke, a freshman instrumental music education major from Hot Springs, Ark.; Stephen Vaughn, a freshman church music major from Hot Springs, Ark.; and Zack Willis, a freshman music performance major from Redfield, Ark.
Lewis has served since 2009 as assistant professor of music at OBU, where he teaches applied percussion, percussion techniques and music history courses. Lewis directs the Percussion Ensemble, Marching Band Drum Line and Tiger Steel Drum Band.
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October 23rd: Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (Discussion will be led by Jennifer Fayard)