Super Saturday canceled due to weather

The Music Department audition day tomorrow (Feb 28) has been canceled due to weather conditions in Durant.

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Please contact us for alternate audition dates. 

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Super Saturday Audition Day – 2/28

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The Southeastern Music Department will host its annual audition day on Saturday, February 28th.  Potential music students will be treated to mini-classes, informational sessions, and have the chance to audition for scholarships.

Click here for a schedule of events

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MAS presents singer David Grogan – March 3rd

groganjpegThe Musical Arts Series presents a free concert with vocalist David Grogan on Tuesday, March 3rd at 7:30pm in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

David Grogan has performed extensively throughout the southwest, getting positive reviews.  The Dallas Morning News hailed Dr. Grogan as the “perfect Christus” after a performance of the St. Matthew Passion with the Dallas Bach Society. The Albuquerque Tribune, in reference to a performance of Messiah with the New Mexico Symphony, said, “David Grogan had all the range and power required of the part, sounding like the voice of doom in “The people that walked in darkness” and the light of revelation in “The trumpet shall sound.”  A performance of Elijah had critics praising his ability to “move easily from stentorian declamation to lyrical aria.”  Another critic said that he “….brought an impressive vocal power to the lead role of Elijah, and his rich emotive gift set the level for the other chief performers.”  The Dallas Morning News said “His meaty bass shook the heavens and the earth and sounded the trumpet with imposing conviction.”  He has performed as a soloist with Dallas-Fort Worth area arts groups such as the Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Bach Society, Plano Civic Chorus, Texas Baroque Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Texas Camerata, Fort Worth Baroque Society, and several Texas universities.  Recent performances include the Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Highland Park Chorale, Bach’s Ich will den Kreuzstab at the Big Moose Bach Fest in Gorham, New Hampshire, and in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Midland, TX. David Grogan is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.

 

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MAS Presents the Akropolis Woodwind Quintet – February 25th

akropolisJoin us in the Fine Arts Recital hall for a concert by the Akropolis Woodwind Quintet at 7:30 on Thursday, February 26th.

Founded in 2009 and winners of five national chamber music prizes including a Fischoff Silver Medal and Grand Prize at both the Plowman and MTNA competitions, Akropolis is a cutting-edge ensemble which performs an innovative, living repertoire with acclaimed precision, offering concert programs designed to highlight trends in modern composition through the lens of classical masters spanning four centuries. Akropolis’ initiatives have resulted in over 20 new works, the release of the first-ever album of entirely original reed quintet music, the production of a YouTube series of world premieres and new arrangements, and the continued growth of a sheet music catalog called Akropolis Collection. Making history in 2013, Akropolis organized the first ever Reed Quintet Consortium of 12 ensembles from 3 continents.

Akropolis will be presenting a masterclass for the Southeastern Music Department at 3:00 in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

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Music Education Fundraiser

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Musical Arts Series presents DuoSolo, Mary Fukushima and Michael Kirkendoll

DuoSoloDuoSolo was founded in 2006 by flutist Mary Fukushima and pianist Michael Kirkendoll with the mission to explore the most complex and challenging work for flute/piano duo in the contemporary repertoire.  As virtuoso solo performers, DuoSolo seeks to demonstrate the diversity and range of contemporary compositional idioms by performing music that steps away from the traditional soloist/accompanist model and puts both instruments on equal footing. In addition to the complex duo repertoire that frames each program, a DuoSolo concert always features contemporary solo repertoire for each instrument as well. This programming style allows DuoSolo to present an immense variety of repertoire, creating recitals that open audiences to all avenues in contemporary music performance and composition. To date, DuoSolo has commissioned or premiered over one hundred new works by composers including David Rakowski, Gabriela Lena Frank, Forrest Pierce, and numerous emerging composers. Their debut CD entitled Bison Circles

A major part of DuoSolo’s activity is to expand this repertoire through commissioning and educational projects, including the Cortona Sessions for New Music. The Cortona Sessions is DuoSolo’s summer educational program in Italy which brings young composers and performers together for collaboration, study, and performance of new works. The members of DuoSolo have shared their passion for new music at festivals and with orchestras around the U.S., including the Indianapolis Symphony, the Indiana State University New Music Festival, and with Jennifer Higdon at the University of Wyoming New Frontiers Festival. DuoSolo is the recipient of grants from the American Composers Forum and United States Artists. , featuring the flute and piano music of American composer Forrest Pierce will be released in 2014.

DuoSolo currently resides in Oklahoma where they sponsor the OK New Music Project and work to encourage the appreciation of new music from audiences in communities throughout the Great Plains.

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