“This recital means a lot to me because it represents my growth as a musician,” said Villanueva, a senior instrumental music performance major from Bentonville, Ark. “As a freshman I would never have imagined myself at this level of performance or with all the playing experience that I have now. It truly is amazing to see all of the progress that I have made.
“I’m grateful for this opportunity and all the time that my professors have invested in me to help me grow and appreciate music even more,” she added. “When it comes right down to it this recital is a testament to my love of music and how that manifests itself in this performance.”
Villanueva has been a recipient of the Allen B. Wetherington and Friends of Fine Arts Scholarships at Ouachita and has served as president of OBU’s chapter of the Collegiate National Association of Music Education and vice president of OBU’s chapter of Tau Beta Sigma national honorary band sorority. She also has been named to the Arkansas Intercollegiate Band for three consecutive years.
The recital will include the following selections: “Clarinet Concerto, Op. 36” by Franz Krommer, “Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra” by Aaron Copland, “Clarinet Sonata, Op. 167” by Camille Saint-Saëns and “Fantaisie Italienne” by Eugene Bozza. Susan Monroe, OBU staff accompanist, will serve as Villanueva’s collaborative pianist.
For more information, contact Ouachita’s School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.