Southeastern News

Summer Community Band to perform May 31

DURANT, Okla. – The Summer Community Band will perform a concert of audience favorites on Saturday, May 31 at 6 p.m. on the front lawn of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The ensemble, which consists of amateur and professional musicians from throughout the region, is an annual summer tradition.

“The audience will get to hear many classic styles for this type of group,” said the conductor of the group, Southeastern’s Director of Bands, Dr. Jacob Wallace. “There will be plenty of marches, patriotic songs, and arrangements of familiar classical music and movie soundtracks. It will be an enjoyable evening for all.”       Joining the group as featured guest soloist is Southeastern’s instructor of trombone, Dr. Bruce Faske.

The performance is free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be held in Montgomery Auditorium. For accessibility issues, or for questions related to the concert, please contact the Department of Music at (580) 745-2088.

 

Southeastern seeking community band members

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Bands, with the support of the Department of Music at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, are once again presenting a summertime favorite: the Summer Community Band. This group, which is open to Southeastern students, staff, faculty, and any Texoma area community member, is a way for instrumental musicians of all abilities to have an opportunity to perform as part of a concert band.

Rehearsals will take place on Tuesday nights throughout May (May 13, 20, and 27) at 6 p.m. The group will perform a concert on Saturday, May 31. Members will be accepted on any standard woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments. For those without access to an instrument, equipment may be made available by Southeastern’s Department of Music.

Dr. Jacob Wallace, Director of University Bands, can be contacted by email at jwallace@se.edu or by phone at 580-745-2084. Potential members should provide their name, phone number, email address (if available), and the instrument they prefer to play in the group. If needed, potential members should also note the desire to borrow an instrument.

Southeastern hosts 2nd annual Invitational Band Clinic on March 1

DURANT, Okla. – The Department of Music at Southeastern Oklahoma State University is pleased to present the second annual Southeastern Invitational Band Clinic on Saturday, March 1. The events will be held on the Southeastern campus.

This initiative invites select exemplary band programs from schools throughout the region to participate in a day of workshops and rehearsals with

Southeastern faculty and internationally renowned guest artists.

The clinic concludes on Saturday night with a Finale Concert featuring the invited ensembles and The Southeastern Symphonic Winds, the premier instrumental concert ensemble of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The featured guest artist for this year’s clinic is Dr. Sarah McKoin, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Texas Tech University. In her capacity at Texas Tech, McKoin oversees all aspects of a band program of more than  600 students in ensembles that include the Sudler Trophy-winning Goin’ Band From Raiderland, various athletic pep bands, and four concert ensembles. She also serves as music director of the acclaimed Texas Tech Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

“Dr. McKoin is one of the most sought-after conductors and music educators in the country today,” said Southeastern’s Director of Bands, Dr. Jacob Wallace. “She has outstanding musicianship, and a tremendous background of pedagogy and ensemble direction. We are very  fortunate to have her on campus — in part due to the generosity of Southeastern’s Cultural and Scholastic Lectureship Fund. I am tremendously excited for our students to have the opportunity to work with such a phenomenal artist and teacher.”

This year’s clinic features the Denison High School Symphonic Band, under the direction of Paul Onspaugh. This ensemble has a long tradition of excellence in performance throughout the year and represents some of the finest musicianship in the Texoma Region. The Denison Symphonic Band will spend two hours in a clinic with McKoin, working on music for its upcoming concerts, beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. This clinic, presented in Montgomery Auditorium, is open to the public and there is no cost for admission.

The finale concert, which begins at 6 p.m.  in Montgomery Auditorium, will feature the Denison High School Symphonic Band as well as The Southeastern Symphonic Winds. McKoin will be featured as a guest conductor with The Southeastern Symphonic Winds on John Mackey’s Sheltering Sky and Gustav Holst’s First Suite for Military Band in E-flat. The concert will also feature Southeastern’s instructor of clarinet — Dr. Michael Scheuerman — as the clarinet soloist on Leonard Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs. Also featured in the concert will be William Pitts’ Conniption, John Philip Sousa’s The Liberty Bell March and Ron Nelson’s Sonoran Desert Holiday.

All of the events in association with the Southeastern Invitational Band Clinic are free and open to the public. The primary location for the workshops and concerts is Montgomery Auditorium.

This event is made possible in part with funding from Southeastern’s Cultural and Scholastic Lectureship Fund.

For more information concerning this event, please contact Dr. Jacob Wallace at (580) 745-2084 or jwallace@se.edu. For accommodations due to a disability, please contact the Department of Music at (580) 745-2088.

 

Summer Community Band to perform on June 1

DURANT, Okla. – The Summer Community Band will perform a concert of audience favorites on Saturday, June 1 at 7 p.m. on the front lawn of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The ensemble, which consists of amateur and professional musicians from throughout the region, has been a longtime favorite of the area and was reinstated this summer after several years on hiatus.

“The audience will get to hear many classic styles for this type of group,” said the conductor, Southeastern’s Director of Bands, Dr. Jacob Wallace. “There will be plenty of marches, patriotic songs, and arrangements of familiar classical music and Broadway showtunes. It will be an enjoyable evening for all.”

 

The performance is free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be held in Montgomery Auditorium. For accessibility issues, or for questions related to the concert, please contact the Department of Music at (580) 745-2088.

Summer Community Band to begin rehearsals May 14

DURANT, Okla. — Southeastern Oklahoma State University bands, with the support of the Department of Music, will reinstate a summertime favorite: the Summer Community Band.
This group, which is open to Southeastern students, staff, faculty, and any Durant area community member, is a way for instrumental musicians of all abilities to have an opportunity to perform as part of a concert band.
Rehearsals will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, May 14, 21, 28. The band will perform a concert on Saturday, June 1.
Members will be accepted on any standard woodwind, brass or percussion instruments. For those without access to an instrument, equipment may be made available by Southeastern’s Department of Music.
Southeastern’s Dr. Jacob Wallace is in charge of the Summer Band program. He may be contacted at jwallace@SE.edu or  580-745-2084. Potential members should provide their name, phone number, e-mail address (if available) and the instrument they prefer to play, as well as noting whether they will need to borrow an instrument.

Southeastern Department of Music renews Summer Community Band

DURANT, Okla. — Southeastern Bands, with the support of the Department of Music at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will reinstate a summertime favorite — the Summer Community Band. This group, which is open to Southeastern students, staff, faculty, and any Durant area community member, is a way for instrumental musicians of all abilities to have an opportunity to perform as part of a concert band.

The group will rehearse in evening hours, one night a week, from mid-May to mid-June, performing one concert at the conclusion of the rehearsal cycle. To join, potential members simply need to contact Dr. Jacob Wallace, Director of Bands at Southeastern. Members will be accepted on any standard woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments. For those without access to an instrument, equipment may be made available by Southeastern’s Department of Music.

Wallace can be contacted by email at jwallace@se.edu or by phone at 580-745-2084. Potential members should provide their name, phone number, email address (if available), and the instrument they prefer to play in the group. If needed, potential members should also note the desire to borrow an instrument.

Southeastern hosts first Invitational Band Clinic on March 2

DURANT, Okla. – The Department of Music at Southeastern Oklahoma State University is pleased to present the first Southeastern Invitational Band Clinic. The event will be held on Saturday, March 2, on the campus of Southeastern.   This new initiative invites select exemplary band programs from schools throughout the region to participate in a day of workshops and rehearsals with Southeastern faculty and internationally renowned guest artists. The clinic concludes on Saturday night with a Finale Concert featuring the invited ensembles and the Southeastern Symphonic Winds, the premier instrumental concert ensemble of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The featured guest artist for this year’s clinic is Dr. John P. Lynch, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at The University of Georgia. In his capacity, Lynch administers and oversees all aspects of a band program of more than 600 students in ensembles that include the Sudler Trophy-winning Redcoat Marching Band, various athletic pep bands, six concert ensembles, and various jazz bands and ensembles. He serves as music director of the acclaimed UGA Wind Ensemble, which includes among its accolades several internationally-released recordings and invitations to perform at major national and international conferences of some of the most important music organizations in the world.

 

“Dr. Lynch is one of the most sought-after conductors and music educators in the world today,” said Dr. Jacob Wallace, Southeastern’s Director of Bands. “His impeccable musicianship has brought him around the world as a guest conductor and his talents as a teacher and musical leader have brought acclaim to the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. We are extremely  fortunate to have him on campus — in part due to the generosity of Southeastern’s Cultural Scholarship and Lectureship Fund — and I am confident that he will have a profound influence on our guest ensembles and student musicians.”

 

This year’s clinic features two guest high school bands, each with significant accolades of their own. The Durant High School Concert Band, under the direction of Chris Gregg,  is a 2013 Oklahoma Music Educators Association Honor Band (an honor bestowed this year to only four high school ensembles), and the Sherman High School Wind Ensemble,  under the direction of Ryan Jenkins,  was a class 4A finalist with a top 10 finish in the Texas UIL State Contest last year. Each of the groups will spend two hours in a clinic with Lynch working on music for their upcoming concerts. Those clinics, which are free and open to the public, will take place from noon until 4:30 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium.

 

The finale concert, which begins at 6 p.m.  in Montgomery Auditorium, will feature both high school groups as well as The Southeastern Symphonic Winds. Lynch will be featured as a guest conductor with The Southeastern Symphonic Winds on Gustav Holst’s Moorside March and Jess Turner’s Through the Looking Glass. The concert will also feature Southeastern’s newest music faculty member — Dr. Tristan Eggener — as the tuba soloist on Edward Gregson’s Tuba Concerto. The concert will close with H. Owen Reed’s remarkable Latin symphony La Fiesta Mexicana , which will feature several Southeastern faculty members in prominent roles.

 

All of the events in association with the Southeastern Invitational Band Clinic are free and open to the public. The primary location for the workshops and concerts is Montgomery Auditorium. For more information concerning this event, please contact Dr. Jacob Wallace at (580) 745-2084 or jwallace@se.edu. For accommodations due to a disability, please contact the Department of Music at (580) 745-2088.

Southeastern Symphonic Winds to present Go Blue! on April 19

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Symphonic Winds – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s premier instrumental ensemble – concludes its 2011-2012 concert season with a performance of “Go Blue!” on Thursday, April 19 in Montgomery Auditorium. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The program features music written in the past five years by composers affiliated with the University of Michigan. The concert will feature two composers-in-residence at Southeastern, working with students on performances of their pieces: Carter Pann, who is on the faculty of the University of Colorado; and Joel Puckett, who is on the faculty at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland. Both of these composers received their doctoral degrees in composition from the University of Michigan.

These are two fascinating and extremely successful composers in the art music world,” said Southeastern’s Director of Bands, Dr. Jacob Wallace. “Despite studying at the same school with many of the same teachers, their music sounds remarkably distinct. Dr. Pann’s music is exceptionally colorful and virtuosic, while Dr. Puckett creates works that have a unique atmospheric quality. They’re two of the people who are going to shape the world of classical music for the next several decades.”

Each of the composers will have two of their works for wind band performed on the program.

Also featured will be Southeastern’s instructor of flute, Julee Kim Walker. She will perform on Dr. Puckett’s flute concerto, titled “The Shadow of Sirius.”

“The piece is atmospheric and extremely musically challenging for the soloist,” said Wallace. “Ms. Walker is an absolutely dynamite player, and she is going to perform beautifully on the concerto.”

Opening the concert will be Michael Daugherty’s brass fanfare “Asclepius.” Daugherty is currently on the faculty of the University of Michigan.

This program is a part of the School of Arts and Sciences BrainStorm Week, and is made possible through the generous support of Southeastern’s Cultural Scholarship and Lectureship Fund.

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

Symphonic winds and choir concert scheduled for May 3 at Southeastern

Symphonic winds and choir concert scheduled for May 3 at Southeastern

Press Release Date: 4-27-2011

DURANT, OKLAHOMA – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Choir will join forces with area high school choruses to present the final performance of the 2010-2011 season with a program of 20th-century music by legendary American composers entitled “Monuments.”

The performance will be on Tuesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m., in Montgomery Auditorium on the campus of Southeastern.

“This year’s season has really focused on presenting different perspectives on American music,” said Director of Bands Dr. Jacob Wallace. “This final concert takes four heroes of American composition and puts them together on the same stage.”

The program opens with Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide,” a virtuosic tour-de-force that has become a staple of orchestral and wind band repertories.

Joining the Symphonic Winds as guest conductor is Dr. Chester Phillips, Associate Director of Bands at Georgia State University.

“Dr. Phillips is an outstanding artistic conductor as well as a scholar,” Wallace said. “I’m very excited to see him work with our students as he always brings a vibrant interpretation to the table.”

Following Bernstein, the ensemble will perform George Gershwin’s landmark Rhapsody in Blue, featuring Dr. Michael Kirkendoll, Assistant Professor of Piano at Oklahoma State University.

Kirkendoll’s performance experience is varied and spans three continents, with a particular emphasis in recent years on contemporary music.

“Dr. Kirkendoll is – simply put – astonishing to watch,” Wallace said. “His amazing technique and musicality are awe-inspiring. To have a chance to perform with him on what might be the most famous piece of American piano music ever written is really a thrill.”

The second half of the program features works written for wind band and chorus, as the Symphonic Winds are joined by the Southeastern Symphonic Choir (directed by Dr. Stacy Weger) as well as the choirs of Durant High School (Deborah Clements, director) and Celina High School in Celina, Texas (Kristin Littrell, director). They will perform two scenes from Aaron Copland’s opera The Tender Land and Randall Thompson’s epic Testament of Freedom, which sets the words of Thomas Jefferson in dramatic fashion.

This performance is free and open to the public and is made possible through the generous funding of Southeastern’s Cultural and Scholarship Lectureship Fund. For assistance due to a disability, please contact the Department of Music at (580) 745-2088. Accommodations cannot be guaranteed without adequate advance notice. For other inquiries, please contact Dr. Jacob Wallace at (580) 745-2084.