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Music Teachers Group to Present Sunday 'Sampler Concert'


JONESBORO – The Music Teachers Association of the Delta will present a "Sampler Concert" Sunday, Feb. 21, in the Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Center at Arkansas State University. 

The performance, which begins at 3 p.m., is free and open to the public.  The Music Teachers Association of the Delta is a local affiliate of Music Teachers National Association and Arkansas State Music Teachers Association.  Young musicians performing in the recital are students of member teachers. 

According to Dr. Lauren Schack Clark, the coordinator of the event, “These students and their teachers have worked very hard to put together a beautiful and varied program.  I’m sure the public will enjoy hearing these talented young people present their music.”

Student performers include Suh Young Choi, violin, student of Dr. Sarah Jones-Hayes, and Cody Hutchinson, euphonium, student of Dr. Ed Owen. 

The following pianists will also perform:  Holly Farrah and Greta Hacker, students of Dr. Lauren Schack Clark; Gabrielle Leslie, student of Christopher Dixon; Alex Guo, Yibing Hu, Cecily Long, Joseph Nuhung, Lycci Pan, and Kevin Zheng, students of Dr. J. D. Kelly; Nina Henkelmann, student of Dr. Marika Kyriakos; Halle Malone and Madilyn Kifer, students of Crystal Sullivan; Angel Shipley, Brandon Shipley, Dylan Shipley and Joshua Shipley, students of Allen Zirkle.

A wide variety of pieces will be performed, featuring music by C.P.E. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin, William Gillock, George Frederick Handel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, John Robert Poe, J. Guy Ropartz and others. 

Many of the students are performing in preparation for other events, such as the National Federation of Music Clubs Festival on March 5, the Delta Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition on March 19, and the MTNA Competition National Finals on April 4.  Several of the pianists competed recently in the J. D. Kelly Piano Competition at A-State on Feb. 6-7.

For more information about this concert or any other A-State music event, one may contact the Music Department at (870) 972-2094.

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