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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The 5th Annual Red River Sing-Off

The 5th Annual Red River Sing-Off was held on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Five high school choirs from Oklahoma and Texas faced off in a festival rating competition. The choirs, all invited to participate based on a history of outstanding performances at state and UIL events, impressed judges and audience members alike with commanding and beautiful performances of incredibly challenging choral literature. Dr. Stacy Weger, Director of Choral Activities at Southeastern said, “This event showcases the best of the best in high school choral music in this region. The performances by these choirs are examples of what fine teaching is taking place in the classroom, and highlights the talented young people who choose to make music an integral part of their lives. For these directors to have prepared their students at this high level this early in the school year was astounding. I believe people in their communities should make it a priority to hear and support these fine music organizations. They represented their hometowns and states well.”

The awards ceremony, held in Montgomery Auditorium in historic Morrison Hall, was full of students and energy as award presentations were made. Dr. Joshua Nannestad, Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at SOSU, led the audience in the National Anthem before the official greeting by SOSU Music Department Chair, Dr. Stacy Weger. Dr. Suzanne Pence (University of Texas at Austin), Brent Ballweg (Oklahoma Baptist University), and Dr. Joshua Nannestad (Southeastern Oklahoma State University) served as adjudicators and clinicians for this event.

After a performance by the Southeastern Chorale, each participating choir was presented with trophies along with their festival rating. Dr. Stacy Weger and Southeastern Chorale President, Darius Thomas, presented the trophies. Participating school choirs included Durant High School (OK) under the direction of Deborah Clements, Yukon High School (OK) under the direction of Darin Chapin and Sydney Steele, McKinney North High School (TX) under the direction of Steven Nelms and Rachel Gillispie, and Denton High School (TX) under the direction of Mark Baker and Nicholas Vance who received Superior Ratings. Cleburne High School (TX) under the direction of B. Weslee Vance received a Good rating.

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Yukon High School won the Grand Champion award as the choir with the highest point total for the event. The trophy was presented to Darin Chapin by Dr. Stacy Weger and Darius Thomas. Yukon High School was invited to the stage to perform an encore piece to mark their achievement.

The Red River Sing-off is an annual event on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

 

 

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Band and Choir Alumni please come join us!

We want to make this the biggest year yet. Each year we hope to get bigger and bigger, but we cannot do this without your help! Please preregister with Jan Brown (jbrown@se.edu or 580-745-2088) if you would like to become a member of the Southeastern Music Alumni Group and participate in our homecoming festivities. Currently there is no charge to join, but getting your name on the list allows you and your guest to eat a hamburger free of charge at the Music Alumni Southeastern Homecoming Tailgate Party, Saturday, October 25, 2014. So whether you play with the band or sing with the choir or even if you choose not to participate in the performances we want you to come by and eat with us. Why are we giving you a hamburger free? We would like YOU to join our group. Please join.

8:15 a.m.  (BAND REHEARSAL)  For band alumni interested in participating in the pregame show you will need to be on the field for rehearsal at this time.  We would like to encourage all band alumni to participate whether you believe you can still play or not.  You will need to preregister (see above) before 12:00 noon on Thursday, October 3rd so you can be charted into the show, have music copies and an instrument available (if needed) for loan.   Rehearsal should end by 9:00 so current band members may get in parade formation by 10:00. This will be the shortest rehearsal in your band history.

Band alumni desiring to play only in the stands should also preregister (see above) so that Dr. Wallace will know how many to expect and leave a space large enough for the group.  In addition he will have music available and an instrument can be loaned for this event too.  Of course you may certainly do both the pregame and play in the stands.

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.  (CHOIR REHERSAL) There will be a choir rehearsal for all choir alumni and current choir members. We want you to participate in your group event on tailgate alley.  You will not only be singing the Alma Mater, but at least one additional piece that will be fun.  It will be great to sing again with the many of the Southeastern Chorale members.  Dr. Weger would like to encourage all vocal alumni to participate in this event.  Although we’re sure it will sound great we are more about FUN this time. Please come to join us. The group will never sound as good if you are not here with us.

Parade at 10:00 AM – Department of Music enters with Band and Float.

11:30 a.m. We will begin to serve hamburgers and hotdogs at Tailgate Alley.  This will be free of charge to all Music Department Alumni and current band and choir members who participate in the days event.  All hamburgers and hotdogs are free as long as they last to all registered Department of Music Alumni and their guest.  We would like to request that you preregister so that we will know approximately how many to expect.  You may preregister by contacting Jan Brown jbrown@se.edu  or 580-745-2088.

2:00 p.m. Kick Off!! We hope you enjoy the game.

Please complete the Alumni database entry online! 

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Musical Arts Series present Multi-Intrumentalist Todd Green

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October 14, 2014
7:30 pm
Recital Hall

Todd Green began studying guitar at the age of ten. He has been writing and performing his own music professionally since the age of fifteen. He studied composition and arrangement at Berklee College of Music, in Boston, Mass. At the same time he was studying privately with Mick Goodrich, jazz guitar legend at New England Conservatory of Music, Pat Metheny, Grammy Award winning guitarist and George Benson, international recording star. After spending five years in Boston, he moved to New York City where he performed with the top echelon of studio musicians and toured with bands throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

While in New York, he began studying Western Flute, East Indian Bansuri Bamboo Flute (with Steve Gorn), and Tablas (Indian hand drums) with Ray Spiegel. At the time that he relocated to Western Montana,Todd decided to stop playing the electric guitar and concentrate on acoustic music. After spending 10 years there his next move was to Northern Nevada near Lake Tahoe where he has lived since 2001. Recently the electric guitar has reappeared and, as of the Fall 2012 concert season, will once again be part of his musical landscape.Todd now performs nationally as a multi-instrumental solo artist in the college and fine arts markets. Frequently, along with his concerts, Todd conducts college master classes and interactive school clinics and assemblies. His columns on improvisation have been published in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine.

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Southeastern Band Day Attracts Students From Throughout Region

Nearly 250 high school and middle school band students from throughout the Texoma region were on campus at Southeastern Oklahoma State University to participate in the Fifth Annual Southeastern Band Day on Saturday, September 13. These students participated in several events throughout the course of the day, including rehearsing with the Spirit of Southeastern Marching Band, participating in masterclasses with Southeastern music faculty, and performing at halftime of Southeastern’s football game against the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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“This year’s Band Day was a rousing success,” said Southeastern’s Director of Bands, Dr. Jacob Wallace. “We had our largest participation ever as a part of this event, and those involved had a great time with the events on campus. I’m exceptionally grateful to all those on campus who made it possible: including President Burrage, who spoke to the students as they started their day, and our wonderful applied faculty who presented great workshops during the afternoon on the Oklahoma and Texas All-State audition music.”

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At the evening’s football game, over 300 students from the combined bands took the field to present a special halftime performance. The Band Day students included participants from Antlers, Atoka, Broken Bow, Comanche, Denison, Durant, Ringling, Springer, Talihina, Valliant, and Whitesboro Schools.

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Department of Music Receives Re-accreditation

Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the Department of Music have recently been re-accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Founded in 1924, NASM is the oldest arts accrediting agency in the United States. Southeastern has held this accreditation since 1978, with the most recent cycle of re-accreditation completed in Summer of 2014. This places the university in accredited status until 2023-2024 academic year.
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The re-accreditation brings with it the renewed approval of the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree, the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree, and the Bachelor of Music Education degree. The Music Education degree was given approval to implement a new guitar emphasis as a specified option. Additionally, NASM is also in agreement with the planned new offering of the Master of Music Education degree currently being explored.

The institution and music unit received very favorable comments in the areas of curriculum innovation and development, quality of instruction, faculty/student interaction, administrative support for upgrading facilities and addressing faculty concerns, and community outreach.

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