Southeastern News

Pianist to perform at Musical Arts event on February 8

DURANT, Okla. – Pianist Scott Carrell will perform as part of the Musical Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 8, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall on the Southeastern Oklahoma State University campus in Durant.

The program is titled “The Magic of the Piano” and will feature works of Franz Joseph Hayden, Felix Mendelssohn, Frederic Chopin, Noel Gallon, Edvard Grieg and Pierre Sancan.

Dr. Carrell has captivated audiences in the U.S. and Europe with his virtuosic flair, expressive playing and informative comments on both works and composers by presenting innovative programs of both classical and jazz works, including discussion of both works and composers.

He has offered numerous recitals as soloist and as collaborator, including concerto appearances with numerous symphony orchestras, including Austin and Fort Worth, Texas; Little Rock, Arkansas; and the Harding University/Community Orchestra.

An active chamber musician, Carrell co-founded the Searcy (Arkansas) Chamber Music Series and has performed at many of its concerts. He has also appeared in recital and small ensembles in Florence, Italy; Mainz, Germany; and Guangzhou, China.

Additionally, the French Piano Institute awarded him a prize for the best performance of a work by Henri Dutilleux at the FPI Festival in Paris, France.

He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, where he studied with internationally-known artists and participated in masterclasses. Carrell currently serves as a professor of music at Harding University (Searcy, Arkansas), where he is Coordinator of Piano Studies.

This Musical Arts Series performance is sponsored in part by Southeastern, the Ruth Steger Piano Institute and the Clark and Wanda Bass Foundation Lectureship.

Admission is free for all performances of the Musical Arts Series and the public is invited. For more information, contact Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, MAS Coordinator, at or 580-745-2096.

Flute-centric band to perform Nov. 7 at Musical Arts Series

DURANT, Okla. – Injunuity, an award-winning Native American flute-centric alternative band, will perform as part of the Musical Arts Series on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Tuesday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium located in the Morrison Building.

The performance of Injunuity is sponsored in part by Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Native American Institute, Theatre at Southeastern, Oklahoma Arts Council, Red River Arts Council, and National Endowment for the Arts.

Injunuity is forged by composers Brad Clonch (Mississippi Choctaw) and Jeff Carpenter (Chickasaw). Since its inception, Injunuity has released four full length albums; snatched up multiple national music awards; performed across the United Stated and Europe; and has been featured in radio, TV, documentaries, and feature length films.

Immediately, this cultural sound and blend of genres drew attention, leading to the addition of two members — Philip Sullivan and Brian Harrison. The inspiration drawn for all original tracks and compositions are based on the ability to experience tribal culture and daily life in Oklahoma, as well as interaction among other tribes, historians, storytellers, and even trips to the original homelands of the Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Cherokee people.

Injunuity’s music promotes the introduction of Native American music and history into popular culture.

Injunuity will also offer an acoustic performance at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8, prior to a reception in the Center Gallery located in the Visual & Performing Arts Center.  This event will fuse Native American music with the featured Hogan and Keithley Native American Collection and art of Choctaw artist Janie Semple Umsted.

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.

Renowned pianist to perform Oct. 12 as part of Musical Arts

DURANT, Okla. –  Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will feature renowned pianist Solungga Liu on Thursday, October 12.

The Ruth Steger Piano Institute and the Clark & Wanda Bass Foundation Lectureship will present Liu in recital at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. She will present a public master class in the Recital Hall at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11.

Admission is free for all performances of the Musical Arts Series.

Liu will offer selections from the Three Tone Pictures, Fantasy Pieces, Roman Sketches, The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan by Charles Griffes, Ballad and Dreaming by Amy Beach, and Prelude, Choral, and Fugue by Cesar Frank.

She is an associate professor of piano at the College of Musical Arts, Bowling Green University. She maintains a vigorous schedule as guest artist, teacher and adjudicator at major international conservatories and competitions, including performances in the USA, Canada, Austria, Romania, Brazil, China, Taiwan, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong King.

Liu also performed a chamber concert with new music ensemble Open Gate at Carnegie Hall.

Within the United States, Liu has presented master classes and lectures at numerous venues, including the Eastman School of Music, the Providence Keyboard Festival, the Atlanta Music Festival, Virginia Tech University, and the University of Minnesota.

WindSync to perform at Musical Arts Series on Sept. 26

DURANT, Okla. –  WindSync, an award-winning Houston-based wind quintet, will perform as part of the Musical Arts Series on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Tuesday, September 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Admission is free for all performances of the Musical Arts Series.

The WindSync performance is sponsored in part by Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Mid-America Arts Alliance, National Endowment for the Arts, and a gift presented by Mary Kathryn Hodge in loving memory of Dr. Lee Ball and in honor of his wife, Kate.  Dr. Lee H. Ball was an inspirational professor with profound knowledge in the English Department and touched the lives of many students during his 1959-1991 service to Southeastern. The WindSync performance is dedicated in his memory for his love of music, as he played Horn, and in honor of his inspiration, Kate.

WindSync will be offering a public masterclass for wind students from the Department of Music at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 25, in the Fine Arts Building and will present a program to students in arts programs in the Silo ISD district on Tuesday, September 26.

WindSync builds highly thematic programs that feature landmark quintets, new works by American composers, and premiere arrangements of standard repertoire with the goal of increasing accessibility and cultural significance of wind chamber music. WindSync is recognized for dramatic, fully memorized concert presentations that often feature collaborators from the worlds of music, dance, and multimedia.

Additionally, WindSync takes a special interest in reaching children, families, and underserved audiences. Part of the burgeoning creative placemaking movement, the ensemble has recently focused on activating public spaces via music in Houston and in Opelousas, LA. They have been featured in educational concerts presented by the Seattle Symphony, Midland Symphony, and Orli Shaham’s “Baby Got Bach,” and their concerts for young people reach more than 5,000 students per year.
For more information about this event and or the desire to become a sponsor of the Music Arts Series, contact Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, MAS Coordinator at 580-745-2096.

Three former faculty members to be honored at Homecoming

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will honor three individuals with the Distinguished Former Faculty Award during homecoming festivities on September 22-23-24.

This year’s honorees are Dr. Gordon Eggleton, Betty Wintle, and the late Dr. James Wintle. They will be recognized at the Southeastern Alumni Association’s Distinguished Awards Banquet on Friday, September 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

gordon-eggleton-4x6Dr. Gordon Eggleton joined the faculty of Southeastern State College in 1971 after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Iowa State University and his master’s in Science Education and Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Iowa.

A consummate educator, he spent 40 years sharing his knowledge and love of learning with students in the areas of General Chemistry, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, Earth Science, Field Geology, Science for Elementary Teachers and Scientific Thought for Honors Students.

The chemistry professor served on numerous University committees during that time.  He was faculty sponsor of the Student Affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society for 37 years and has been a member of that organization for 49 years; chaired the University Honors Committee six years; and was director of the Parsons Scholar program for six years.

He was also coordinator of the Southeastern Science/Math Resource Center and director of SCIMAST, a Consortium for Improvement of Math and Science Teaching.

Dr. Eggleton  positively touched the lives of numerous Oklahoma students as director of the High School Interscholastic Meet (also known as the Curriculum Contest) from 2001-2011.  He retired from Southeastern in 2011.

Dr. Eggleton and wife Kay celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year, along with their two children and four grandchildren.

Also being honored with the Distinguished  Former Faculty Award this year are Betty Wintle and her late husband, Dr. James Wintle.

betty-wintle-4x6Betty Wintle began  her Southeastern career in 1980 as a temporary part-time voice instructor.

She became a full-time instructor in 1986 and retired in 2010 as an Assistant Professor of Music.

Wintle received her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from Pittsburg (Kansas) State University. During her career, in addition to private lessons, she also taught Elementary Music Methods and Opera Theatre.

Wintle’s professional activities included participation in state and regional levels of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Through their hard work and talent, her students won one regional and 25 state awards.

She also served as vocal coach for the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival musicals, was a member of an international panel of judges in Italy, the Red River Arts Council, and performed on the Wey Valley International Concert Series in Weymouth, England.

The Wintle family also includes a son and daughter.

james-wintle-4x6Dr. James R. Wintle was a well-known composer, stalwart advocate for the arts in Oklahoma, and Professor of Music at Southeastern.

His love of music and his immense talent as a pianist were recognized as he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in composition from the University of Kansas. He also earned  bachelor and master’s degrees from Pittsburg State.

During his  40-year (1971-2010) career at Southeastern, Dr. Wintle  saw his compositions performed on four continents and commissioned and performed by numerous major chamber ensembles. He received a number of grants and awards and his work was recognized by the state of Oklahoma with the Governor’s Arts Award for Community Service.

In 1973, Dr. Wintle established the Musical Arts Series that provided free public concerts by many of the world’s finest classical musicians. He was also the musical director of the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, served for many years on the Red River Arts Council, and was director of the Steger Piano Institute. In addition, he was a guest composer and adjudicator in many international events.

The James Wintle Music Scholarship was established at Southeastern in 2015.

Dr. Wintle passed away in 2013.

Musical Arts Series presents “Fifth House Ensemble’’ on April 25

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present the Fifth House Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The Fifth House Ensemble will be the final event in the 40th year of the Musical Arts Series. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Fifth House Ensemble combines flute, cello and piano. The Chicago-based ensemble is a versatile and dynamic group praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse.”

Having pioneered the art of narrative chamber music with its signature series, Black Violet, The Weaver’s Tale, and In Transit, the group’s innovative performances engage audiences through their connective programing and unexpected performance venues.

The program is entitled “Exotic Americas and Beyond” and opens with a trio full of light and bubbly melodies that set the stage for the music to follow.

Each player has a feature work that shares both instrument and personality with the audience.

The program builds to George Crumb’s Voice of the Whale (Vox Balaenae), a semi-staged work where masked performers explore the sounds of their instruments in unexpected ways.

Crumb’s iconic work was the first piece these instrumentalists performed together, years before the forming of Fifth House, and it remains one of the most popular performance pieces.

The Fifth House Ensemble will also present two workshops for all interested artists. “Curriculum Integration on the Assembly Stage” is scheduled for 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 24, in Fine Arts 116. The discussion will include concert design tips, tricks and ideas for the entire process.

“Arts Start-Up” will be presented from 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, April 25, in Fine Arts 116. The topics will include finding your artistic voice, ways to create business and funding structures, networking and marketing.

As a part of this two-day residency, Southeastern students will be coached by Fifth House musicians and perform one of Fifth House’s signature in-school concerts, entitled “Music Can Tell a Story” at Durant Intermediate School. The performance is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Friday, April 25.

The workshops are also open to the public free of charge.

The Musical Arts Series programs are made possible by generous donations from state and local arts funds, businesses and individuals. For information on becoming a supporter, contact Dr. Tristan Eggener at or 580-745-2240.

Canadian percussion group to perform Feb. 25

DURANT, Okla. –  Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series continues with the appearance of TorQ, a Canadian percussion quartet, in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The group has performed to critical acclaim across Canada and also appeared in many collaborative events.

TorQ will present a master class for all interested musicians at 3:30 p.m. on the same day, also in the Recital Hall.

The four members, Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, Jamie Drake and Daniel Morphy, are committed to making new music accessible to audiences that span generations and geography.

TorQ commissions new works for percussion quartet from both established and up-and-coming composers.

TorQ is invested in music education and presents more than 70 school performances a year.

The concert and master class are free and everyone is invited to attend.

Dr. Jeri Walker, Donna Massey Professor of Music at Southeastern, offered thanks to the wonderful donors and sponsors, without whom this series would not be possible.

Walker said, “These wonderful patrons of the arts will be introduced at each concert. Consider being a part of the Musical Arts Series by becoming a donor.’’ For more information, contact or call 580-745-2385.

Kithara Duo to perform Thursday as part of Musical Arts Series

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present the Kithara Duo at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 21) in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The concert is free and everyone is invited to attend. The Duo will perform Thursday afternoon at Washington Irving Elementary School in Durant as part of MAS’s commitment to music education.

The Kithara Duo has performed across the United States, Europe and South America. Based in Fort Worth, the Duo organizes workshops and other learning experiences for many musicians. The Duo has expanded the guitar repertoire through arranging and through original compositions for solo and duo guitar

Southeastern’s Musical Arts Series was founded in 1973 by Dr. James Wintle, who passed away Nov. 16.

Dr. Jeri Walker, Donna Massey Professor in Music Education at Southeastern, took over the Musical Arts Series when Wintle retired after 40 years as Professor of Music.

Walker said, “We are indeed indebted to Dr. Wintle for his work in organizing and promoting the Musical Arts Series and the Steger/Bass Piano events all of these years. His tireless efforts to bring quality musical experiences to the community has enriched people of all ages and added so much to our musical quality of life. Dr. Wintle’s influence will continue for another 40 years and beyond in the lives of his students, colleagues and the community. He will be missed.”

40th Season of Musical Arts Series begins Sept. 19

DURANT, Okla. – The 40th season of the Musical Arts Series (MAS) will begin on Sept. 19 with a Garden Party on the lawn of historic Morrison Hall at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Featured entertainment will be authentic Zydeco music from Louisiana with food for purchase catered by the Iron Gate. Dinner  will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the music begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Musical Arts Series has offered outstanding  musical experiences to audiences of all ages since 1973 and this season the celebration continues with eight renowned ensembles and soloists. All performances are free and open to the public. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.  and are in the Southeastern Fine Arts Recital Hall, unless otherwise noted.


On Oct. 8, Heinavanker, a vocal music group that performs ancient Runic music,  will be in concert. The American Brass Quintet, in an encore performance for the MAS, will perform on Oct. 24. The final fall concert will be a guitar ensemble, the Kithara Duo, on Nov. 21.


The clarinetist Rocco Parisi and pianist Maurizio Barboro, both from Italy, open the spring concerts on Jan. 28. Canadian percussion quartet TorQ will perform on Feb. 25, followed by Dimitris Saroglou, a pianist from Greece.


The 2013/2014 MAS Season concludes with a three-day residency given by the Fifth House Ensemble, a chamber group from Chicago. This residency involves all ages of children, Southeastern students, and culminates with a concert on Friday, April 25.


One of the highlights of the artists’ visits is performing in the local schools. Students hear live music of outstanding quality in a variety of genres and styles, meet performers from all over the world, and are very enthusiastic about the experience.


The MAS would not be possible without the support of the donors and sponsors, who will be introduced at each concert. For more information about the MAS or to become a donor, contact Dr. Jeri Walker at or 580-745-2385.

Musical Arts Series concludes with Moran Woodwind Quartet on April 2

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present the Moran Woodwind Quintet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

This will be the final event of the 2012-13 season. It is free of charge and open to the public. The quintet will also perform that afternoon at a local school.

The Musical Arts Series is sponsored by Southeastern, the Red River Arts Council, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Donna Massey

Music Education Fund, Cherokee Telephone, and local donors and supporters.
The Moran Quintet is one of the most active and visible groups in the Midwest. It is the resident faculty woodwind quintet of the University of Nebraska School of Music in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Formed in 1986 and named for the late John Moran, former Director of the School of Music, the quintet has toured extensively and performed at conventions of the College Music Society, the International Double Reed Society and the International Horn Society.

The quintet’s repertoire includes all musical styles and periods.