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Southeastern Chorale to perform April 24

DURANT, Okla. –  The Southeastern Chorale, the premier choral ensemble at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will be featured in concert on Tuesday, April 24, in the Recital Hall of the Fine Arts building.  The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Directed by Dr. Stacy Weger, the Chorale will feature the following student conductors for this concert: Grace Haynes, from Lone Grove, Oklahoma; Courtney Miles, Oklahoma City; Haley Moore, Cleburne, Texas; Georgia Mulkey, Gunter, Texas;  Kristen Simpson, Guthrie, Oklahoma; and Allyson Thomas, Durant.

These conductors will present the concert The Heroine Triumphan  – works featuring female composers and poets which give voice to the feminine perspective on community, faith, and love.

Dr. Kate Stubbs, collaborative pianist for the Department of Music, will serve as accompanist.

The concert will conclude with a dramatic rendering of the choral work The Heroine Triumphant by Steven Sametz.  This work, which will be staged by Dell McLain, Director of Theatre, uses popular songs from the 1890s.

Southeastern Chorale sets dinner/auction for September 30

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale, Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s premier choral ensemble, will host its annual dinner and silent auction on Saturday, September 30, on campus in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom.

Auction items include donated gift items from local businesses throughout the Texoma region, such as restaurant packages, personal services, hotel stays, artwork, and home décor items. The silent auction will begin on Friday, September 29 in the ballroom and culminate Saturday evening at the fundraiser dinner.  Patrons may leave bid sheets to continue bidding through Saturday.

The fundraising event, titled, “Pop Goes the World – the British Invasion,” will feature Southeastern Chorale members entertaining with the British popular music of the 1960s, 70s and early ‘80s.  The fundraiser will begin at 6:15 p.m. in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom with hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner at 7 p.m.  A dessert auction, led by Dell McLain, will be held throughout the meal.

Tickets are $30 and currently being sold by Chorale members.  Limited seating is still available.  If you would like to purchase tickets, please call 580-745-2222.

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.