Southeastern News

Pianist Christopher Atzinger to perform at Musical Arts event on March 6

DURANT, Okla. – Pianist Christopher Atzinger will perform as part of the Musical Arts Series on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Tuesday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m.  in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. Atzinger will perform works of Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, John Knowles Paine, and Samuel Barber.

Atzinger is widely celebrated for his insightful performances and has earned a  reputation for excellence. He has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe, highlighted by recital performances at Carnegie Hall (New York), Salle Cortot (Paris), St. Martin-in-the-Fields (London), National Concert Hall (Dublin), American Academy (Rome), Liszt Museum (Budapest), Barocco Cultural Arts (Valletta), the Smithsonian Gallery of American Art and Phillips Collection (Washington), and the Dame Myra Hess Series (Chicago).

His discography includes three highly praised albums released on the MSR Classics label – a debut solo recording of Bach, Beethoven, Barber and Fritze; and all-Brahms album; and “American Lyricism” featuring works by Christopher Theofanidis, Richard Danielpour, Monica Houghton, Pierre Jalbert, and Justin Merritt. He has also recorded works of Judith Lang Zaimont for Naxos and music of Amy Beach for Centaur Records.

Atzinger earned degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and University of Michigan, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Music at St. Olaf College.

This performance is sponsored in part by Southeastern Oklahoma State University, the Ruth Steger Piano Institute and the Clark & Wanda Bass Foundation Lectureship. Admission is free for all performances of the Musical Arts Series.  For more information about this event, contact Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, MAS Coordinator at 580.745.2096 or <jblackwood@se.edu>.

Department of Music continues tradition of outreach and service

Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, a Southeastern music faculty member, works with a student in a master class at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas.

Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, a Southeastern music faculty member, works with a student in a master class at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas.

DURANT, Okla. – The Department of Music at Southeastern Oklahoma State University has long been committed to excellence in performance, but it is also dedicated to fulfilling a mission of service and outreach as an integral part of education.

During the current academic year, faculty within the Department of Music has worked and visited more than 50 schools, ranging from elementary schools to community colleges.  Most of these schools are located in the Texoma region, but the music faculty has ventured as far north as Edmond, Oklahoma,  and as far south as Waco, Texas.

Some professors have engaged in teaching master classes, private lessons, and clinics.  Others have taken Southeastern performance ensembles into schools as demonstration groups and for recruitment purposes.

The Department of Music, with the assistance of a Presidential Partners grant, presented a major work with orchestra combining Oklahoma City high schools with Southeastern performing ensembles for a unique outreach opportunity.  The result of these efforts is that thousands of students within Oklahoma and Texas have come into contact with Southeastern in a positive manner in which their education and performance gifts are reinforced and encouraged.

In addition, nearly 3,000 students come to campus each year for events sponsored by the Department of Music.  These events include District Honor Bands and Choirs, music contest events, master classes, clinics, and instrument specific outreach days.

As a result, the Department of Music has seen its largest number of students auditioning yet to be a part of the program at Southeastern.  All students participating within the music program have scholarship opportunities available to them, regardless of their major area of study.

For more information about scholarship opportunities, or to schedule work with a faculty member within the department, please call the Department of Music at 580-745-2088.

Southeastern Chorale to perform at state conference

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale — Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s premier vocal ensemble — has been chosen to be a featured performer at the 2014 Oklahoma Music Educators Association Annual Conference.

The Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Stacy Weger, will perform at the Holy Family Cathedral in Tulsa at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 16. This is the highest honor granted to performing organizations within the state.

This performance will mark the third appearance of the Southeastern Chorale as an honor group in the last nine years.

The Chorale has also performed twice as a demonstration group for workshops at the conference.

The Chorale will perform mostly a cappella choral works in varying styles. One of the highlights will be presenting a new choral work based on a Native American story, “Celestial Dances of Children,” commissioned by the Southeastern Chorale and composed by David Childs.

The performance is another in an impressive succession of quality concerts and opportunities featuring the Southeastern Chorale. The group most recently performed in Europe with appearances in the cathedrals of Budapest, Vienna and Prague.

The Chorale will embark this winter on a regional tour through parts of Texas and Oklahoma.

Chorale members are voice students of Jeremy Blackwood, Elizabeth Knight and Sylvia Rivers. Dr. Tristan Eggener will serve as accompanist for this event.

University Singers set concert for Nov. 15

University Singers set concert for Nov. 15

Press Release Date: 10-31-2011

DURANT, Okla. – The University Singers of Southeastern Oklahoma State University will present a Fall Concert on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. This concert is free and open to the public.

Jeremy Blackwood, Director of University Singers, said: “Our programming for this concert will feature a mix of sacred and secular repertoire. Since this is an ensemble that is made up of both music majors and non-music majors, I try to include varying styles of music.”

Repertoire includes Come, Come Ye Sons of Art by Henri Purcell, So ben mi ch’a bon tempo by Orazio Vecchi, O God of Love, O King of Peace by Dale Grotenhuis, selections from the Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer and more.

Students performing include Kevin Anastasio, Lone Grove, OK; Brittney Bailey, McAlester, OK; Jordan Brown, Valley View, TX; Madelyn Buck, Kingston, OK; Jessica Carey, Marietta, OK; Jessica Carlon, Lexington, OK; Victoria Cook, Durant, OK; Trevor Foster, McAlester, OK; Micah Glass, Bonham, TX; Aaron Gordon, Cedar Hill, TX; Sierra Haney, Durant, OK; Melissa Haworth-Cox, Pottsboro, TX; Jed Hensley, Denison, TX; Alaina Highfill, Durant, OK; Domanick Hubbard, Gainesville, TX; Keiunta Jones, Paris, TX; Jeremiah Light, Lone Grove, OK; Kerrie Lowry, Durant, OK; Kristen Morgan, Mead, OK; Brandon Offield, Ardmore, OK; Jason Oss, Mead, OK; Slader Pair, Durant, OK; Jennifer Roberts, Antlers, OK; Mindamora Rocha, Gainesville, TX; and Kristal Wharry, Idabel, OK.

Drs. Mary Ann Craige and Robert McFadden, Professors of Piano at Southeastern, will serve as accompanists for this concert.

For more information please contact the Department of Music at 580-745-2088.

University Singers to present concert May 1

University Singers to present concert May 1

Press Release Date: 4-26-2011

DURANT, Okla. – The University Singers will present a spring concert on Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

While serious choral literature is always performed by this ensemble, University Singers includes lighter and more current music in its programming. This ensemble is open to all singers on the Southeastern campus. The music for this spring concert is a mix of sacred and secular music.

Jeremy Blackwood, Director of University Singers, said: “This is an ensemble that is made up of both music majors and non-music majors. These individuals participate because of their enjoyment in singing. Of our repertoire this semester, some of our favorites that we have explored include Ritmo by Dan Davison, Three Japanese Poems by Ruth Morris Gray, The May Night (Die Mainacht) by Johannes Brahms, and Shouts of Joy by Julie Gardner Bray.”

Dr. Robert McFadden and Dr. Mary Ann Craige, Professors of Piano at Southeastern, will serve as accompanists for this concert. Cindy Lin will serve as flutist.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information please contact the Department of Music at 580-745-2088.