TorQ, a Canadian percussion quartet, has performed to critical acclaim across Canada and in many collaborative events. These artists are invested in music education and are committed to making music accessible to a wide variety of audiences. TorQ presents over 70 school performances a year and have premiered numerous works for percussion quartet.
This coming Saturday is the music Departments official audition day for prospective students. At “Super Saturday”, parents and students will be invited to attend performances and informational sessions about the University. Please contact the music department if you would like to make arrangements to audition at one of the SE Live dates or at another time.
The Southeastern Chorale — Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s premier vocal ensemble — was chosen to be a featured performer at the 2014 Oklahoma Music Educators Association Annual Conference.
The Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Stacy Weger, performed at the Holy Family Cathedral in Tulsa at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 16. This is the highest honor granted to performing organizations within the state.
This performance marked the third appearance of the Southeastern Chorale as an honor group in the last nine years.
The Chorale has also performed twice as a demonstration group for workshops at the conference.
The Chorale performed mostly a cappella choral works in varying styles. One of the highlights was presenting a new choral work based on a Native American story, “Celestial Dances of Children,” commissioned by the Southeastern Chorale and composed by David Childs.
The performance is another in an impressive succession of quality concerts and opportunities featuring the Southeastern Chorale. The group most recently performed in Europe with appearances in the cathedrals of Budapest, Vienna and Prague.
The Chorale embarked this winter on a regional tour through parts of Texas and Oklahoma.
Chorale members are voice students of Jeremy Blackwood, Elizabeth Knight and Sylvia Rivers. Dr. Tristan Eggener served as accompanist for this event.
The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Music Department mourns the death of longtime composer, SE professor, and arts activist Dr. James Wintle who passed away last week. Please join us in extending our expression of profound sorrow and peace to Betty, Jamey, Anne, and their beautiful family.
Services will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Friday, November 22nd at 2pm. Reception to follow afterwards in the Parish hall.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Dr. James R. Wintle Music Scholarship through the Southeastern Foundation. Donations should be sent to:
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
1405 North Fourth Avenue PMB 4187
Durant, Oklahoma 74701-0609
Dr. James Ray Wintle, a well-known composer, stalwart advocate for the arts in Oklahoma, and Professor Emeritus of Music at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, died in his home in Durant, Oklahoma, early Saturday morning. He was 71 years old.
Born in 1942 in Pittsburg, Kansas, the son of Jack and Daisy Wintle, his love of music and his immense talent as a pianist was recognized early through lessons with Will Humble, who was a highly influential force on the young man as both a teacher and musician, representing a lineage of piano instruction traced back to Ludwig van Beethoven. Dr. Wintle was educated entirely in his home state, earning a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from the University of Kansas, where he studied with John Pozdro. Later teachers included Douglas Moore and Norman Dello Joio. Dr. Wintle’s compositions have been performed on four continents and were commissioned and performed by many major chamber ensembles, including The American Brass Quintet, The Chestnut Brass Quintet, The Chester String Quartet, Voices of Change, Hexagon, The Orion Ensemble, The Chelsea Chamber Ensemble, The Aspen Wind Quintet, The Verdehr Trio, The Walden Piano Quartet, The Whitman Quartet, The Dorian Wind Quintet, The American Piano Quartet, and others. He received grants and awards from Mid-America Arts Alliance, the Oklahoma Arts Council, the Organized Research Fund of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, the Everette Foundation, the Delius International Competition, the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association and the Burlington Company. His work was also recognized by the State of Oklahoma with the Governor’s Arts Award for Community Service.
As a beloved professor of music theory and composition, for over forty years, Dr. Wintle influenced the lives of thousands of students, serving on the faculties of Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas (1969-1971) and Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma (1971-2010). In 1973, he created the Musical Arts Series, which provided free public concerts on the SOSU campus performed by many of the world’s finest classical musicians. He was the longtime musical director of the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, served for many years on the Red River Arts Council and was a member of Touring Program and Project Assistance Advisory Panels of the State Arts Council of Oklahoma. He was director of the Steger Piano Institute, developing programs for cultural exchange with China and was active as a guest composer and adjudicator in many international events including the Gustav Mahler International Piano Competition in Jihlava CZ, the Akai Piano Competition in Osaka, Japan , the Luciano Gante European Piano Competition in Pordenone, Italy and the Chinese Youth Competition in Beijing, PRC, and events at the National Conservatory in Seville, Spain, the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, Poland, and Festival de Nancy in France.
In 1965, he married his college sweetheart, Betty Jane Emerson, who he loved beyond all measure. He is survived by his wife and their two children, Anne Catherine (Wintle) Ortega, her husband Junar and their daughter Olivia of Erie, Pennsylvania, and his son James Emerson Wintle and his wife Jennifer of Alexandria, Virginia, and by a large and loving extended family.
A Service for Dr. Wintle will be held on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 2pm, at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 515 West Beech Street, Durant, OK. Funeral arrangements were made through Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home, Durant, OK.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages friends to honor Dr. Wintle’s years of dedicated teaching and arts advocacy by sending donations to the Dr. James R. Wintle Music Scholarship at the Southeastern Foundation ,1405 N Fourth. PMB 4187, Durant, Oklahoma 74701-0609. Gifts to the Dr. James R. Wintle Scholarship are deductible charitable contributions.