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Frisson Ensemble to perform Nov. 7 in Musical Arts Series


The Frisson Ensemble will be in concert on Nov. 7.

The Frisson Ensemble will be in concert on Nov. 7.

DURANT, Okla. – The Frisson Ensemble from New York City will perform in concert on Wednesday, November 7, on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The concert, part of the Musical Arts Series, will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Halle McKinney Ballroom due to renovations in the Fine Arts Building. There is no admission fee.

The group features the best and brightest of classical music’s rising stars drawn from many of the nation’s major music schools, including Juilliard, Curtis, and Yale.

Frisson’s core instrumentation of nine musicians consists of violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn. The ensemble showcases a myriad of rarely-performed masterworks and has rapidly become  one of the busiest classical music ensembles with dozens of performances for the 2018-19 season.

This concert is the second performance of the 45th season of the Musical Arts Series and is sponsored in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about Musical Arts Series events, contact Dr. Jeremy Blackwood at or 580-745-2088.

Southeastern professor featured in Counseling Today publication

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Dr. Daniel J. Weigel was one of six members of the American Counseling Association recently interviewed in the “Counseling Today” publication.

This was the second interview this year for Weigel, Associate Professor of Counseling in the Department of Behavioral Sciences.

Weigel’s first interview with the publication was for his volunteer work in New York City for the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.

The most recent interview concerned the thought processes behind individual counselors’ decisions on whether to specialize or develop a more general practice.

“Counseling Today is a publication that reaches more than 50,000 counselors nationwide,” Weigel said. “I am glad to give a voice to the rural mental health counselor since most of our students in the Counseling Master’s degree program fit into this category.”

Weigel earned his bachelor and master’s degrees at the University of South Dakota and completed his doctorate at Idaho State University.

He joined the Southeastern faculty in 2002 as an Assistant Professor in Psychology and Counseling and was promoted to Associate Professor of Counseling in 2007.

Weigel has worked in rural areas and served a wide range of clients. As graduate student and counselor educator, he has researched the topic of general versus specialty counseling.

He encourages his students to experience a variety of settings, including a portion of their internships in a rural community mental health center and stresses the importance of recognizing his/her own personality styles.