SOSU Mourns the Passing of Dr. James Wintle

wintleThe 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 Foundation
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.




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Southeastern Chorale to present concert

The Southeastern Chorale, under the direction of Stacy Weger, will be featured in concert on November 19th, 2013 at 7:30 PM in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.  The concert titled “Lost Child” investigates music regarding society’s responsibility to children, giving voice to children at risk.  This concert is performed in conjunction with a series of lectures and other arts events focused on the same topic.  This multidisciplinary approach, a first for choral concerts on campus, is designed to give insight and perspective which will enrich the listening experience.

Lost Child Poster

 Music selections for the concert are quite diverse, spanning a wide range of styles from Renaissance to Contemporary.  The concert will feature a setting of Kofi Annan’s speech to the United Nations regarding the world’s obligation to its children “The 21st Century” by Greg Bartholomew.  The concert continues with selections on children during a time a war, violence against children, and alienation.   Tristan Eggener will serve as accompanists for this concert.  Logan Russell, Sarah Carr, Brenna Dougherty, and Brian Campos will perform solos in the concert.  Admission is free and open to the public, however the Southeastern Chorale is asking that patrons bring non-perishable items to the concert for the food drive currently underway.  For more information please contact the Department of Music at 580-745-2088.


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University Singers and CAT 5 concert this Sunday
















Join us this Sunday at 4 pm for a concert with the University Singers and vocal group CAT 5! See the attached flyer. Please note that the venue is the First Baptist Church in Durant.

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Percussion Ensemble Concert


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Die Fledermaus – November 8 & 9

Die Fledermaus Poster

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Southeastern Symphonic Winds presents “parallels” on November 14.

UntitledThe Southeastern Symphonic Winds – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s premier instrumental ensemble – continues its 2013-2014 concert season with a program of emotionally charged music entitled “parallels” on Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium.

The program includes works by Karel Husa, Kathryn Salfelder, Johann Sebastian Bach, John Mayrose, Vincent Persichetti, and Ron Nelson. “This is a program of music that really explores some dark emotional territory,” said Southeastern’s Director of Bands, Dr. Jacob Wallace. “The idea of darkness shifting into light is a key element of the flow of the music. The idea is that by the end we’ve moved from anger and sorrow into expressions of joy.”

byrdJoining the ensemble for this concert is Dr. Josh P. Byrd, Director of Bands at the University of West Georgia, who will conduct the group on Bach’s “Mein Jesu! was für Seelenweh.” “Dr. Byrd is an outstanding young conductor in the wind band world, and I’m excited to have him work with our students,” said Dr. Wallace. “He’s an uncompromising musician and always a pleasure to work with. His energy and passion can really light up the stage, and I’m looking forward to seeing him make music here at Southeastern.”

The program mixes a collection old and new music, with recently composed works like Kathryn Salfelder’s Crossing Parallels, a fantasia on Renaissance composer John Dowland’s “Flow my tears,” and John Mayrose’s post-minimalist Bending Light interspersed among classics of the repertoire such as Karel Husa’s Smetana Fanfare and Vincent Persichetti’s classic Symphony for Band. Ron Nelson’s ebullient Sonoran Desert Holiday closes the program.

The Southeastern Symphonic Winds is a performing ensemble consisting of Southeastern students and is open to qualified students in all disciplines pending competitive audition. Admission is free of charge and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the Department of Music at 580-745-2088 or Dr. Wallace at 580-745-2084.

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