The acclaimed Chicago-based contemporary music group Fifth House Ensemble will visit OSU from April 21-22 to present a series of lectures and masterclasses, as well as to perform their innovative brand of new music and theater plays in a program entitled Caught: The Woods. The program will feature members of the 5HE along with a theater artist and puppeteer. A video trailer for the program can be viewed below, and more information about the concert can be found at newmusic.okstate.edu. For more information about the Fifth House Ensemble, please visit www.fifth-house.com.
OSU Students Win Courtois Trombone Quartet Competition
The finals of the 2014 Courtois Trombone Quartet Competition took place at the Fort Worth Trombone Summit on Saturday, April 5. The OSU Seretean Trombone Quartet won the competition’s $1,200 First Prize. The quartet is Bryan Lucas (senior from Ponca City), Bruce Haiduk (junior from Broken Arrow), Amelia Rosenberger (sophomore from Aledo, TX) and Eric Kalbfleisch (junior from Carrollton, TX). Only three quartets were selected for the competition’s final round following a preliminary CD round. The OSU Henry Trombone Quartet was also selected for the finals and the OSU Alexander Trombone Quartet received an honorable mention. This was the third time OSU has won this competition, having won it previously in 2011 and 2012. The competition is sponsored by the Antoine Courtois Instrument Company.
Trumpet Ensemble Wins National Competition
The Oklahoma State University Trumpet Ensemble Orange outperformed 27 other talented ensembles in the semi-finals to win first place in the National Trumpet Competition held last weekend in Harrisburg, Penn. Members of the winning ensemble include Cleon Chai from Moore; Nick Doutrich, Moore; Tyler Murray, Checotah; Natalie Upton, Prosper, Texas, and Matt Register, Boerne, Texas. After a preliminary audition, the orange ensemble advanced to the semi-finals and onto victory by performing an arrangement of Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun,” arranged by OSU graduate student and Mustang North Middle School Band Director Greg Mangus. The orange ensemble was one of two OSU trumpet ensembles which qualified for the semi-finals this year. OSU students who advanced to compete in the individual competition of the semi-finals this year included Cleon Chai in the undergraduate division, and Randall Self, from Denison, Texas, in the graduate division. More info can be found on OSU News.
Guest PIanist To Present Recital and Masterclass
Matti Raekallio, professor of piano at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, will play a solo piano recital in OSU’s Seretean Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall in Stillwater on Sunday, March 30 at 2:30 p.m. The previous evening, Saturday the 29, Mr. Raekallio will present a master class with OSU student performers in the Seretean Center Choir Room from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A native of Finland, Raekallio made his American debut in 1981 at the Carnegie (Weill) Recital Hall. Since then, he has made regular tours of the U.S., including solo recitals and performances with numerous American symphony orchestras. He has recorded 20 CDs of varied solo repertoire including an acclaimed set of the complete Prokofieff sonatas on the Ondine label. Before his hire at Juilliard in 2007, he was a full professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover, Germany, and at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
Mr. Raekallio will perform works by Beethoven, Wagner-Liszt, and Finnish composers Jan Sibelius and Einojuhani Rautavaara. His visit was made possible through the generosity of a grant from the OSU College of Arts and Sciences Arts and Humanities Lecture Series. Both the recital and the master class are free and open to the public. For further information, please call 405-744-6133.
The Puget Sound Piano Trio to Visit OSU
American Chamber Players Coming to OSU!
Concert-goers will recognize Miles Hoffman as a frequent radio personality on NPR's Morning Edition and one of the most interesting and accessible music scholars and performers around today. He is the managing director of the American Chamber Players, one of the premier chamber organizations in North America, consisting of some of America's top artists on flute, violin, viola (Miles), cello, and piano. They will be in residence at OSU next Monday and Tuesday, and are sponsored in part by the College of Arts and Sciences Humanities Lecture Series.
On Tuesday evening, the ACP will perform a concert of chamber music from the 19th and 20th centuries. Tickets will be on sale at the door. General admission is $8, and $6 for students and seniors. Other events are planned during the days, including meetings and coachings with students. Mr. Hoffman will present a lecture on audience interaction at our Student Recital Hour on Tuesday at 2 PM. Anyone seeking further information should call the Department of Music at 744-8998.
OSU Masterworks to Feature Faculty and Metropolitan Opera Star
Frontiers New Music Ensemble to Present Infinite Music
2014 OSU Brass Day
The 2014 OSU Brass Day will take place on Saturday, February 1 in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. OSU Brass faculty will be joined by guest artists, trumpeter Craig Morris, and trombonist Jim Pugh. Participation is open to brass players of all ages including band directors and community members. Registration is $15 and includes all-day events and the final concert. Please contact Lanette Compton for information at 405.744.8985. Click here to view poster.
OK New Music Project Presents Guest Pianist/Improvisor
New York based pianist, improvisor, and performance artist Amir Khosrowpour (www.amirpiano.com) will present an innovative program of new music for solo piano including John Adams' Phrygian Gates, and several live improvisations. The recital will take place on Thursday, January 30 at 7:30pm in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall and is free and open to the public. In addition, Mr. Khosrowpour will offer a masterclass to OSU piano majors on Friday, January 31 at 3:00pm, followed by an improvisation workshop from 4:45-6:00 (also in the concert hall). More information is available by contacting Dr. Michael Kirkendoll (405.744.8990) or by visiting newmusic.okstate.edu.
OSU/Tulsa Symphony Graduate String Fellowships
Oklahoma State University and the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra are pleased to call for applications for the Patti Johnson Wilson Graduate Fellowships in String Orchestral Performance. A two- year program, this fellowship will allow qualified applicants to pursue a graduate degree at OSU while performing as section players with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. Accepted applicants can expect to receive tuition waivers as well as health benefits while they are enrolled in the program. For more information, click here.
OSU Students Dominate OMTA/MTNA State Competitions
OSU music students took home top honors in numerous categories in the Oklahoma State OMTA/MTNA Competitions held November 2-3 on the OSU campus. OSU students won the MTNA Collegiate Young Artist Competitions for piano, strings, and woodwinds, as well as the MTNA Woodwind and String Ensemble categories. These winners will advance to regional competition in Louisiana this January. In addition, OSU students were alternates or honorable mentions in the piano and WW Ensemble competition. OSU piano students won and received alternate/honorable mention awards in the OMTA State Competitions in both the Junior/Senior and Freshman/Sophomore categories. Click here for a complete list of winners.