Ouachita Baptist University will host trombonist Dr. Bruce Faske in concert on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in McBeth Recital Hall, located in Mabee Fine Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.
Dr. Justin Isenhour, assistant professor of music at Ouachita, is coordinating the event with the hope that it will be an enriching experience both for students and the community.
“It’s important for the students to be exposed to more music, and it’s good for the community,” said Isenhour. “With music, so much is open to interpretation as different performers make equally valid but unique decisions. In my teaching I try to be open to that; hosting a guest artist on campus really reinforces this concept. Bruce is a wonderful musician and I want our students to learn from his expertise.
Dr. Adam Haas, OBU lecturer in music, will accompany Faske on the piano.
The concert program includes “Oboe Concerto in D Minor” by Tomaso Albinoni, “Forever” by Arthur Pryor, David Fetter’s arrangement of “Dona Nobis Pacem” by Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina and “Romance” by David Uber. The final piece of the recital will be the world premiere of Frank Gulino’s “Southeastern Rhapsody.”
Faske currently serves as adjunct instructor of trombone and euphonium at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He also serves as trombone instructor at Colleyville Heritage High School, Colleyville Middle School and in the Lewisville Independent School District. Faske earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trombone performance from the University of Alabama, his Master of Music degree from Baylor University and a Bachelor of Science in Music degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Faske has performed with the Dallas Opera as well as the Brazos Valley, Meridian, San Antonio, Starkville, Tuscaloosa and Waco Symphony Orchestras. Faske is a trombone artist for the Edwards Instrument Company and performs on the T396-A Alessi model trombone.
Haas holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the University of Colorado as well as degrees from Indiana University and Colorado State University. He has performed with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta, the Loveland Orchestra and the Colorado State University Orchestra. He has been featured in chamber performances with the Fort Collins Chamber Players and the Colorado State University Chamber Orchestra. He has presented at numerous conferences at the national and state levels and has studied and performed at the Aspen Music Festival and the New Orleans Piano Institute.
For more information about the recital, contact Dr. Justin Isenhour at firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 245-5144
Ouachita Baptist University will present Ouachita Sounds and the Ouachita Jazz Band in a joint concert Friday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8 each and may be purchased at www.obu.edu/boxoffice.
Ouachita Sounds, a 10-member audition-only show choir of men and women, will bring classic movies to the stage with choreographed selections from Academy Award-winning movies such as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Footloose.”
“The music will appeal to audience members of all ages,” said Sounds member MaryLacey Thomson, a senior musical theatre major from Plano, Texas. “I think they will enjoy the wide variety of songs we’re doing.”
Some of these songs include “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” made popular by “Mary Poppins,” “What A Feeling,” from the 1983 film “Flashdance,” “The Way You Look Tonight” from the film “Swing Time,” “Under The Sea,” from the Disney classic “The Little Mermaid” and many more.
The Ouachita Jazz Band, also an audition-only ensemble, will accompany Sounds during their performance. The 17-member ensemble also will perform a variety of arrangements on their own, including “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing” by Stevie Wonder, Itaal Shur and Rob Thomas’ “Smooth,” selections by the Blues Brothers and other jazz compilations.
“I am excited for the concert with Sounds because it will allow us to play for a different kind of audience,” said Jazz Band member Alexandra Lawson, a freshman accounting major from Texarkana, Texas.
Ouachita Sounds is directed by Mary Worthen, assistant professor of music, and is choreographed by Stacy Hawking, a sophomore musical theatre major from Sherwood, Ark.
Other members of Sounds include: Hannah Bauman, a freshman worship arts major from Tyler, Texas; Jake Briggs, a sophomore music major from Alexander, Ark.; Nicole Mattson, a senior musical theatre major from Rowlett, Texas; Todd McNeel, a senior mass communications major from Grand Prairie, Texas; Alexis Morgan, a freshman choral music education major from Frisco, Texas; Tyler Rosenthal, a senior mass communications major from Little Rock, Ark.; Garrett Sayers, a sophomore musical theatre major from Greenwood, Ark.; and MaryLacey Thomson, a senior musical theatre major from Plano, Texas.
The Ouachita Jazz Band is directed by Dr. Craig Hamilton, Lena Goodwin Trimble Professor of Music and director of bands.
Members of the band include: Zach Barber, a junior instrumental music education major from Mansfield, Texas, on alto saxophone; Kelly Cortez, a senior biology and Spanish major from McKinney, Texas, on trumpet; Drew Ervin, a senior music and computer science major from Springdale, Ark., on drums; Lee Garrett, a freshman music major from Searcy, Ark., on guitar; Alison King, a senior music major from Fort Worth, Texas, on alto saxophone; Dalton King, a freshman instrumental music education major from Greenwood, Ark., on trombone; Alexandra Lawson, a sophomore accounting major from Texarkana, Texas, on trumpet; Justin Massey, a junior instrumental music education major from Weatherford, Texas, on bass; Brent Nessler, a senior performance major from Rowlett, Texas, on tenor saxophone; Lindsay Palmer, a sophomore instrumental music education major from Idabel, Okla., on trumpet; Jason Potts, a freshman instrumental music education major from Springdale, Ark., on trombone; Kacie Richards, a freshman education major from Rowlett, Texas, on trumpet; Kaden Sosebee, a junior Christian studies/Christian theology and Biblical studies major from Fort Smith, Ark., on trombone; Bret Steed, a senior performance major from Idabel, Okla., on trombone; Hoshiro Takuto, a freshman from Kitakyushu, Japan, on tenor saxophone; Chelsea Villaneuva, a senior instrumental music education major from Bentonville, Ark., on baritone saxophone; and Weston Wills, a freshman choral music education major from Norphlet, Ark., on piano. Carli Sasser, a senior choral music education major from Hamburg, Ark., is the Jazz Band’s featured vocalist.
OBU students may receive one free ticket with their valid university ID. For more information, contact the Jones Performing Arts Center box office weekdays from 1-5 p.m. at (870) 245-5555.
Doug Elliott, trombonist formerly with the Airmen of Note and renown mouthpiece maker, will be giving a masterclass on February 9th at 2pm in our Choir Room. He is an embouchure guru (savant might be a better word) and really wants more than just low brass players there.
Please encourage your students to attend and/or feel free to come yourself. He has asked that attendees come cold (no warmup).
If any of your students would like a private lesson, Doug’s email is: DEMouthpieces@aol.com. He will be around that morning and evening after the masterclass before heading to San Antonio for TMEA.
Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host Mattie Bogoslavsky and Tara Clem in their sophomore musical theatre recitals on Friday, Feb. 14. The recitals, which are free and open to the public, will begin at 11 a.m. in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall.
Bogoslavsky, a North Little Rock native, was named a semifinalist in the lower music theatre division of both the regional and state National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) auditions. She has been named to Ouachita’s Dean’s List and has participated in OBU Women’s Chorus and OBU Concert Choir.
Bogoslavsky’s portion of the recital will include Cy Coleman’s “Nobody Does it Like Me” from Seesaw; Benny Anderson, Tim Rice and Bjorn Ulvaeus’ “Someone Else’s Story” from Chess; and David Shire’s “One Step” from Starting Here, Starting Now. She will be accompanied by John Alec Briggs.
Clem, a Texarkana, Texas, native, also was named a semifinalist in the lower music theatre division of both the regional and state NATS auditions. She was named the first annual John Thomas Award winner and has served as a board member for the Texarkana Repertory Company, TexRep. She has participated in the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s Young Artist Program, Sigma Alpha Iota international music fraternity for women, OBU Women’s Chorus and OBU Concert Choir.
Clem’s portion of the recital will include John Du Prez and Eric Idle’s “The Song That Goes Like This” from Monty Python’s Spamalot; Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Breathe” from In the Heights; Act Two, Scene Six from The Last Night of Ballyhoo by Alfred Uhry; and Jule Styne’s “If You Hadn’t But You Did” from Two on the Aisle. She will be accompanied by Susan Monroe.
For more information, contact OBU’s School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.