Southeastern News

Southeastern Chorale in concert April 20

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale, the premier choral ensemble for Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will be featured in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in the Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Dr. Stacy Weger, the Chorale will present Imagined Corners – a Choral Journey,  featuring music representative of the four cardinal points of the globe.

This concert of secular music will range from English to Chinese folk songs and also includes Native American music and Japanese vocal jazz.

The resulting works utilize a wide range of vocal techniques and writing styles ranging from spoken chorus to contemporary choral music.

Jesseca Shipman, junior music education major from Kiowa, will serve as student conductor for this event.

Southeastern student named Brad Henry Scholar, will attend Swansea University in Wales

Emalea HudgensDURANT, Okla. – Emalea Hudgens, a junior at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, has been named a Brad Henry International Scholar and will attend Swansea University (Wales) in the spring of 2015.

Hudgens, who is from Jay, Oklahoma, has a double major in psychology and music. She is a member of the Cherokee Nation and a Harvey Scholar recipient.

She is a Savage Storm Leader and was selected to be in the President’s Leadership Class for 2012-13. Hudgens is also a member of the Southeastern Chorale, Sparks Dance Team and Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.

“I am very blessed and excited to get this opportunity to study abroad and become immersed in a different culture,’’ Hudgens said. “It has been a life-long dream of mine to travel the world and I cannot wait to share the stories and experiences with family and friends.”

The Brad Henry International Scholar Program was established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in 2008 and provides for students to participate in a semester-long study-abroad program affiliated with Swansea. Academic credit for these programs is awarded by Oklahoma regional universities.

Southeastern Chorale concert set for April 24

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale, Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s premier choral ensemble, will present Liebeslieder Walzer and Other Songs of Spring, on Thursday, April 24.

Dr. Stacy Weger is the Chorale director. The concert will be held in Fine Arts Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

The Liebeslieder Walzer by Johannes Brahms remains a favorite of the choral repertoire for choir and audience alike.   Written in 1869, it reflects not only the intimate chamber music style of the time, but also the intimacy accompanying love in all forms.  The extended work is a study of fully developed waltzes, in which the

influence of Franz Schubert and Johannes Strauss, the Waltz King, is evident.  The lyrics for the Liebeslieder come from Georg Friedrich Daumer‘s Polydora collection of folk songs and love poems.  The diversity of music within the extended work presents a varied and lively examination of flirtation, love, and longing.   Other pieces to be performed include part-songs by Josef Haydn and Felix Mendelssohn, as well as lyrical works by Renaissance and Contemporary composers.

The concert, which is presented as a part of Brainstorm Research Week, will also feature Brenna Dougherty and Kaela Ganz as student conductors.  Serving as accompanists for the Chorale will be Charlie Kim and Timothy Jenkins.

For more information please contact 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.

Southeastern Chorale to present concert Nov. 19

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Stacy Weger, will be featured in concert on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The concert, titled “Lost Child,” investigates music regarding society’s responsibility to children, giving voice to children at risk.  This concert is performed in conjunction with a series of lectures and other arts events focused on the same topic.  This multidisciplinary approach, a first for choral concerts on campus, is designed to give insight and perspective which will enrich the listening experience.

Music selections for the concert are quite diverse, spanning a wide range of styles from Renaissance to Contemporary.  The concert will feature a setting of Kofi Annan’s speech to the United Nations regarding the world’s obligation to its children “The 21st Century” by Greg Bartholomew.

The concert continues with selections on children during a time of war, violence against children, and alienation.

Tristan Eggener will serve as accompanist for this concert.  Logan Russell, Sarah Carr, Brenna Dougherty, and Brian Campos will perform solos. Admission is free and open to the public, however the Southeastern Chorale is asking that patrons bring non-perishable items to the concert for the food drive currently underway.

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

Southeastern to present series on children and society

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will present a series of lectures and arts events titled “Lost Child – A Multidisciplinary Reflection on Children and Society’’ —  in November.  The-two week series is designed to bring focus to society’s role and responsibility in safeguarding the wellbeing of its children.

               Presentations, lectures, and arts offerings will serve as the platform for this reflection with contributions from the departments of Art, Communication, and Theatre; English, Humanities and Languages; and Music.  Other speakers will be participating from the Denison Independent School District and the Chickasaw Nation.

 Admission to all events is free, though the Southeastern Chorale is asking for food donations from those attending their concert to go toward Families Feeding Families.  Additionally, the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity of Southeastern Oklahoma State University will lead a food drive during the first two weeks of November as a service benefiting children in our area.

 A complete list of events includes:

Tuesday, November 5

       8:30 p.m. Playhouse Auditorium,  “Dance for the Lost Child” Arts Presentation, Theatre at Southeastern Dance Program,  Riley Risso, MFA – Director , Department of Art, Communication, and Theatre

 

Thursday, November 7 – 9:30 a.m. Student Union Auditorium,   “Infinite Hope | Malala’s Journey” – Presentation, Dr. Shannon McCraw with  Rylee Hendricks,

Sierra Kinnamon,  Hanna McMurtrey, Katrina Rose, Department of Art, Communication, and Theatre

 

Monday, November 11 – 3 p.m. Fine Arts Building Recital Hall, Dr. Jani Barker – Lecture Presentation               ,  “Risky Stories: Picture Book Art About the Endangered Child for the Child in Safety,”  Department of English, Humanities, and Languages                                                                       

Wednesday, November 13 – 3 p.m.  Fine Arts Building  Recital Hall, Dr. Meg Cotter- Lynch – Lecture Presentation,    “Earthly Mothers, Heavenly Father, and Children Left Behind,” Department of English, Humanities, and Languages

9 p.m.  Playhouse Lobby,    “A Child’s Journey” – Poet’s Coffee House, Theatre at Southeastern,  Kathleen Hardgrove. MFA -Project Director,

  Department of Art, Communication, and Theatre

 

Thursday, November 14 – 4 p.m. – Fine Arts Building  Room 116 –  Jackie Melancon MA, Med – Lecture Presentation,   “The Art of Teaching the Lost Child,’’ Denison Independent School District 

Tuesday, November 19 – 7:30 p.m.  Fine Arts Building  Recital Hall –    “Lost Child” – Arts Presentation,  Southeastern Chorale in Concert, Dr. Stacy Weger, Conductor,

Dr. Tristan Eggener, Accompanist, Department of Music

Please contact the Department of Music at 580-745-2088 or Southeastern Oklahoma State University at 580-745-2394  to request assistance due to a disability. Accommodations cannot be guaranteed without adequate advance notice.

Southeastern Chorale’s dinner-silent auction scheduled for Sept. 28

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale, Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s premier choral ensemble, will host its annual dinner and silent auction on Saturday, September 28, in the Ballroom in the Hallie McKinney Building on campus.

Auction items include donated gift items from local businesses, restaurant packages, personal services, and home décor items. The silent auction will begin on Friday, September 27, in the Ballroom and culminate Saturday night.

The event, titled “Two B’s or Not Two B’s,” will feature Southeastern Chorale members entertaining with the music of Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, and others.  The fundraiser will begin at 6:15 p.m. in the Ballroom with hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner beginning at 7 p.m.  A dessert auction, led by Dell McLain, will take place during the event.

Tickets are $30 and currently being sold by Chorale members.  Seating is limited.  If you would like to purchase tickets, please call 745-2874.

Southeastern Chorale in concert on April 23

DURANT, Okla. — The Southeastern Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Stacy Weger, will be featured in concert Tuesday, April 23, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The concert titled,  “Metamorphosis, ” will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.  The concert will include a wide variety of music, from Renaissance motets to contemporary works dealing with transformation and change.  The event will feature Taylor Hunt and Brian Campos as student conductors. Katya Chernaya – Oh serves as accompanist for this group.

Southeastern Chorale completes successful tour of Europe

The Southeastern Chorale performed at a number of venues in Europe in December.

The Southeastern Chorale performed at a number of venues in Europe in December.

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale’s recent performance tour to Europe was a huge success.  Performing in front of full houses in Budapest, Vienna, and Prague, the Chorale gave multiple encores in each venue.  The Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Stacy Weger, performed a varied repertoire ranging from Christmas music to American church music and spirituals.  As is often the case with European audiences, the spirituals were the most eagerly received, according to Weger.

The choir began its tour in December in Budapest, singing at the Baroque church St. Michael’s.   For many of the students this became the highlight of the tour musically.

“I was overwhelmed for the level of response from the audience members,’’ said Nicholas Vance, a Music Education major from Denton, Texas. “We were connected to them to them in a very noticeable way.  Their faces showed that connection and inspired us to sing at even a higher level.”

The audience, which was full at the beginning of the concert, continued to grow as the concert progressed, with more people crowding into the nave of the church.

From there, the Chorale moved on to sing at Haydn Hall in the Esterhazy summer palace in Eisenstadt.  The group performed a short set in the space where Joseph Haydn, one of the most prolific composers during the Classical period, conducted and premiered many of his works.  While there, they also toured Haydn’s home and burial site.

In Vienna, the Chorale sang at two memorable venues.  The first was St. Stephen’s Cathedral, one of the most noted cathedrals in Europe. The Chorale used this time to focus on sacred Christmas music, with a performance taking place immediately after mass.

The second performance took place in the Minoritenkirche, which was still beautifully decorated for the Christmas season with greenery and candlelight.  The space lent a special ambience for performance.

“I was most concerned about performing for the Viennese,’’ Weger said. “They are, as a whole, a very knowledgeable and discerning audience.  So much of our Western music has originated in Vienna, and those ideas spread around the world.  The Chorale was up to this challenge, giving two encore performances at this concert.  I was so pleased and proud of their efforts.”

While in Vienna, the students had the opportunity to visit the gravesites of Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, and Strauss, and the memorial to Mozart. They also were granted the opportunity to bring in the New Year by attending “Le Grand Ball’’ in the Hofburg Palace.  The huge palace serves as the traditional venue for the Viennese debutantes to be presented at New Year’s Eve.  The entire palace was filled with people waltzing in the New Year to “The Blue Danube.’’  Southeastern students were up to this challenge thanks to Riley Coker, Assistant Professor in Theatre at Southeastern, who taught the students the Viennese Waltz before their departure.

From there, the Chorale moved on to Prague in the Czech Republic.  For many, this was a favorite place to visit because so much of its original architecture remains, creating a magical venue when lit up for the holiday season.  The choir performed at St. Martin’s in the Wall. Once again the choir sang in front of  a full audience and gave several encores.

“We were so close to the audience you could hear their reactions to our singing,’’ said Aaron Williams, president of the Chorale. “When we sang “Amazing Grace,’’ you could hear audience members humming along quietly with us.  That choked many of us up a bit.”

Fellow Chorale member Brenna Dougherty added, “It became so clear that we did not have to share a spoken language to communicate, the music spoke for itself.  However, it was great to watch the audience get excited when we sang a piece in Czech for them.”

The Chorale concluded its Europe experience with a visit to the Terezin Concentration camp.  This somber atmosphere left a lasting impression on all in attendance.  Terezin was noted for the number of musicians and artists who passed through before being sent to Auschwitz.  It was also a camp which received many children.

“It has always been an emotional experience to watch movies dealing with these camps,’’ said Chorale member Cynthia Estrada. “To actually be inside of one, to more clearly see the inhumanity that was taking place is something I will never forget.  It was an experience that is difficult to put into words.”

The Southeastern Chorale was joined by several Southeastern professors and administrators on this journey.

Sharon Robinson, Vice President of Student Affairs said of the experience: “The concert venues were amazing and hearing our students sing in these historic and beautiful spaces in Europe was memorable beyond words.’’

Weger agreed, saying, “I believe that sentiment is one that is shared by all.  This trip exposed our students to a different world view, placed them in the very cradle of the art form they are dedicated to pursuing, and offered a musical experience that cannot be obtained in this country.  We are so grateful to all those who supported us in making this trip a reality.  This includes private donations, administrative support, and assistance from the Presidential Partners.  I would like for them all to know they have made a difference in these young people’s lives.”

 

Chorale dinner, silent auction set for September 22

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale, Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s premier choral ensemble, will again be hosting a dinner and silent auction. The event will be held on Saturday, September 22, at the Massey Building downtown Durant.

Auction items include donated gifts from local businesses, restaurant packages, personal services, and home décor items. The silent auction will begin on Thursday, September 20, in Fine Arts Building room 116 and culminate Saturday night.

The event, titled “A Night at the Copa,” will feature Southeastern Chorale members entertaining with the classic music of iconic performers. The fundraiser will begin at 6:15 p.m. at the Visual & Performing Arts Center with hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner beginning at 7 p.m. A dessert auction, led by Dell McLain, will take place immediately after the meal.

Tickets are $30 and currently being sold by Chorale members. Seating is limited. If you would like to purchase tickets, please call 745-2874.