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Department of Music to present Faculty Recital, Sept. 20


The Department of Music at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will present the first concert in the 2012-2013 Faculty Recital Series on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fowler Center, Riceland Hall.

The concert will feature performances by ASU faculty members Lauren Schack Clark, Chris Wilson, Ed Owen, Guy Harrison, Marika Kyriakos, Robin Dauer, Dan Ross, Ken Hatch, Dale Clark, and Don Bowyer.  Admission is free.

The concert will include performances of the following compositions: “Avalon for Trumpet and Piano” by Sy Brandon, “Sonata for Tuba and Piano” by James Stabile, “Sonata in G minor for Violin and Piano” by Claude Debussy, “Nocturne in E-flat, Op. 9, No. 2” by Frederic Chopin, “Nocturnes” by Arnold Cooke, “Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat, K. 452” by W.A. Mozart, and “Time Zones” by Don Bowyer.

Dr. Lauren Schack Clark is associate professor of piano at Arkansas State University and has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the United States and Europe. Solo performances have included recitals in Italy and at Berklee College of Music, Boston. She has collaborated with faculty members of over 20 universities throughout the world, including Eastman School of Music and University of Michigan, and with principal symphonic players from groups such as the Boston Symphony. She has presented at the MTNA National Conference, and is active in MTNA. She is immediate Past President of the AR State Music Teachers Association. Her Doctor of Musical Arts degree is from Boston University.

Dr. Christopher Wilson is an assistant professor of trumpet at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro since the fall 2009 academic year. A native of Russellville, Dr. Wilson received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Prior to his appointment at Arkansas State, Wilson performed with the United States Air Force Band, Washington, D.C.  This May, he will be performing in his 3rd International Trumpet Guild conference in Grand Rapids, Mich. Dr. Wilson is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Dr. Ed Owen is associate professor of music at Arkansas State University. His primary duties include teaching applied tuba and euphonium, conducting the ASU Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble and Brass Choir, and serving as Graduate Program Supervisor. He currently performs as Principal Tuba of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Brass Quintet, the Delta Symphony Orchestra, and the ASU Brass Quintet. A native Arkansan, he received the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education degree from Arkansas Tech University, the Master of Music in Tuba Performance and Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Guy Harrison is a recent addition to the music faculty at ASU. Originally from Australia, Harrison will soon complete his doctoral degree in violin performance at Michigan State University under the direction of Dr. Walter Verdehr. He is in demand as a performer, teacher and clinician, and has held positions with the Lansing, Jackson, and Lubbock Symphony Orchestras. He has also performed with the South Bend, Traverse and Kalamazoo Symphonies. Guy has performed extensively in Australia, and has toured the USA, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, and New Caledonia, as well as performing at Canada’s Winterlude Festival. 

Dr. Marika Kyriakos has been teaching voice and directing the opera program at Arkansas State University since joining the music faculty in the fall of 2008.  Originally from Columbia, Mo., Kyriakos came to ASU from Texas, where she taught at Tarleton State University for nine years. Regarding her passion for the operatic stage, Kyriakos has particularly enjoyed her work in Italy with the Opera Institute of the Rome Festival.  In the United States, she has become quite creative in making opera attractive to all ages within environments in need of cultural enhancement. 

Dr. Robin Dauer is professor of music at Arkansas State University. He teaches horn, music appreciation, conducts the horn ensemble and coaches chamber music. He is a member of the Arkansas State University Faculty Brass, Winds, and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. 

Dr. Dan Ross is professor of oboe at Arkansas State University, a position he has held since 1968.  He is principal oboist with the Tupelo Symphony, the North Arkansas Symphony and the Delta Symphony.  He served for 24 years as Principal Oboe with the Arkansas Symphony.  He has performed with the Atlanta, Nashville and St. Louis Orchestras.  He is a frequent soloist with the Forum Sinfonia of Krakow, Poland, on their tours of the United States and Europe and holds the title of visiting professor of oboe at the Academy of Music in Krakow.  In 2010 he was soloist with the St. Petersburg and Moscow Philharmonic orchestras in Russia.  He is widely known for the design and manufacture of a machine for use in making reeds for oboe and English horn.

Ken Hatch, assistant professor, teaches clarinet at ASU. In addition to studio teaching, he coaches chamber music, and teaches instrumental technique classes for music education majors. He is currently serving as chair of the Department of Music. Prior to his appointment at ASU, Hatch held positions as band director and woodwinds specialist at public schools in Texas. He has performed as guest conductor with the ASU Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. Hatch continues to be an active performer. He served as clarinetist and saxophonist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in Little Rock for 27 years.  Hatch holds the Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of North Texas, and the Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from Baylor University. He has done post-graduate work at Florida State University and Michigan State University. He has studied with Dr. Lee Gibson, Dr. Richard Shanley, Fred Ormand, and Dr. Frank Kowalsky.

Dr. Dale Clark is adjunct instructor of bassoon at Arkansas State University.  His reed making seminars have been presented at International Double Reed Society Conferences and his articles about reed making have been published in the Double Reed.  Dr. Clark is Principal Bassoon of the Delta Symphony. In 2003 he was principal bassoon of the Sewanee Festival Orchestra and bassoon instructor at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.  Dr. Clark has performed guest artist recitals and taught master classes at the University of Florida, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Texas-Austin, University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Florida State University, Cork (Ireland) School of Music, and Berklee College of Music.  He is a former member of the Memphis Woodwind Quintet.  He is the owner and reed maker of Clark Bassoon Reeds, manufacturer of bassoon reeds for more than 1000 customers worldwide. His major teachers include Ed Knob, Keith McClelland, Gary Echols and Matthew Ruggiero.

Dr. Don Bowyer is dean of the College of Fine Arts at ASU. Having taught at every level from kindergarten through university in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Sweden, Bowyer is also active in the fields of composition, music technology, and performance. He has published more than 60 pieces of music, developed an educational computer program that has been used around the world, and performed as a trombonist in 40 different countries. He spent five years playing trombone on 11 cruise ships in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and the Gulf of Alaska. The first 10 didn’t sink.

The audience is encouraged to visit the Bradbury Gallery during intermission.  The current exhibition is entitled “The Human Condition” and features seven video works by internationally respected artists, including Patty Chang from New York; Jonas Dahlberg from Stockholm, Sweden; Swiss-American artist Christian Marclay; Columbian artist Oscar Muñoz; Hiraki Sawa, a Japanese filmmaker who lives and works in London; Berni Searle from Cape Town, South Africa; and a collaboration by Panamanian artists Donna Conlon and Jonathan Harker.

For more details, please call the Department of Music at (870) 972-2094.

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