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Don’t miss these February music events

The music department has many events scheduled throughout the next month. Here is a partial listing from Missouri State’s website. For more music events, see the University’s full calendar of events.

Jan 30

Jazz Studies Ensemble I Performance – Tan-Tar-A

Missouri State’s Jazz Studies Ensemble I will perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association 2015 conference at a Lake of the Ozarks’s resort.

Event details
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Location: Tan-Tar-A Resort, Salon C
Admission: Free and open to the public

Time: 10 p.m.
Location: Tan-Tar-A, Parasol I room
Admission: Free and open to the public

Feb 6

All American Art Song Recital

Missouri State’s music department will perform a recital of art songs by American composers who studied with French pedagogue Nadia Boulanger.

Piano professor Dr. Peter Collins will collaborate with voice faculty, including Drs. Chris Thompson, Carol Chapman, Paula Patterson, Ann Marie Daehn and Todd Payne to bring to life the music of Copland, Duke, Strouse, Pasatieri, Fine and Chanler.

Event details
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Ellis Hall
Admission: Free and open to the public
Contact: Carol Chapman at CarolChapman@MissouriState.edu or 417-836-6365

Feb 7

MSU Double Reed Day

Missouri State music faculty will host a workshop for oboe and bassoon players in grades 7-12. Professor Cynthia Green Libby (oboe) and Leigh Miller Muñoz (bassoon) will provide students with informative advice on playing oboe and bassoon, and coach district contest solos.

Event details
Time: 10 a.m.—2:30 p.m., with double reed ensemble performances at 2 p.m.
Location: Ellis Recital Hall
Lunch: Students are asked to bring at least $6 for lunch, which will be supervised in the Plaster Student Union.
Reservations: Submit the registration form by February 2

Feb. 8

Chorale Concert

Chorale is the music department’s flagship touring choir. This select choir of approximately 48 voices performs regularly at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, Missouri Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education and has toured throughout the United States and Europe.

Event details
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: First and Calvary Church
Admission: Free and open to the public

Feb. 15

“Sounds Delicious” – A Showcase and Meet and Greet with MSU Opera Theatre

Alumni are invited to visit with Missouri State’s opera students, who will perform excerpts of an upcoming production as well as favorite arias and scenes. Faculty will also be available to talk about the program, which boasts honors as a National Finalist in the National Opera Association scenes competition and a nationally recognized community outreach program.

Event details
Time: 3—5 p.m.
Location: Kentwood Hall Ballroom
Admission: Free and open to alumni
Contact: Ann Marie Daehn at ADaehn@MissouriState.edu or 417-836-6011

Feb. 17

Symphony Orchestra Concert

The Missouri State University Symphony Orchestra will present its winter concert with pieces such as Billy the Kid Suite by the American master composer Aaron Copland; Russian Easter Overture by the expert Russian orchestrator Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov; and Adagio for Strings by American composer Samuel Barber.

Event details
Time: 7—9 p.m.
Location: Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts
Admission: Free and open to the public
Contact: Robert Quebbeman at RobertQuebbeman@MissouriState.edu or (417) 836 – 5729

Feb. 20

Guest Faculty Recital: Patrick Howle, baritone, and Reena Berger Natenberg, piano

Musicians Patrick Howle (baritone) and Reena Berger Natenberg (piano) will present works of Copland, Liszt and Poulenc. Howle has performed in over twenty-five productions with The Ohio Light Opera. Natenberg has performed internationally as soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

Event details
Time: 4—5:30 p.m.
Location: Ellis Hall Recital Hall
Admission: Free and open to the public
Contact: Ann Marie Daehn at ADaehn@MissouriState.edu or 417-836-6011

Feb. 21

Mahler’s 2nd Symphony- Chorale with Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Missouri State’s Chorale will join the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in bringing Gustav Mahler’s 2nd Symphony to life. The so-called “Resurrection” Symphony was first performed in 1895. It lasts more than 80 minutes.

Event details
Time: 7:30—9:30 p.m.
Location: Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts
Admission: Free and open to the public
Contact: Tammy Stanton at TammyStanton@MissouriState.edu or 417-836 – 5648

Feb. 22

Faculty Voice Recital

Dr. Carol Chapman (soprano) will join Drs. Lisa Casey (horn), Chris Thompson (baritone) and Peter Collins (piano) in a faculty recital featuring the works of Schubert, Beethoven, Debussy and Viardot.

Event details
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Ellis Hall
Admission: Free and open to the public
Contact: Carol Chapman at CarolChapman@MissouriState.edu or 417-836-6365

Feb. 28

Missouri State University Jazz Festival 2015

The MSU Jazz Studies Program and MSU Bands will co-present the 2015 Missouri State University Jazz Festival. The U.S. Air Force’s Airmen of Note and jazz master Jamey Aebersold will headline the event.

Schedule of events

Master classes will be given in the morning and afternoon. All sessions and classes are conducted by MSU jazz studies faculty, band director and guest artists. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m., followed by a free concert by the Airmen of Note at 7 p.m.


Concert admission tickets are required and will be provided to festival participants. Members of the public may request tickets by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope along with the number of tickets requested (up to 4) to: Missouri State University Bands // Wehr Band Hall // 901 South National Ave // Springfield, MO  65897.

Event details
Time: All day
Location: Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts
Admission: Free and open to the public
Contact: Randall Hamm at RandyHamm@MissouriState.edu or (417) 836 – 6739.

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Chorale selected for exclusive arts festival

ChoraleAfter a highly selective process, Missouri State University’s Chorale has been asked to participate in the 2015 Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. The 17-day festival will begin May 22 and feature more than 500 performing, visual arts and literary events.

Spotlight Concert Series

Chorale was chosen to perform in the festival’s Spotlight Concert Series, which showcases virtuoso chamber music performers, ensembles and professional choral groups at paid-admission evening and matinee performances. Typically, less than 20 groups are selected to participate in the series after a discerning review process.

About Chorale

Chorale is the flagship touring choir of Missouri State’s department of music. This select choir of approximately 48 voices performs regularly at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, Missouri Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education and has toured throughout the United States and Europe. Chorale will be on tour in South Carolina throughout May 2015.

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Jazz group to perform at music educators conference

IMG_3059Missouri State’s Jazz Studies Ensemble I has been chosen to perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association 2015 conference, to be held Jan. 30 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Lake of the Ozarks.

Selection process

The group was selected by competitive means through a blind audition process by jazz educators from outside the state.

About the concert

The concert takes place on Friday, Jan. 30, at 8:30 p.m. in Salon C. A reception will follow at 10 p.m. in Tan-Tar-A’s Parasol I room. The event is free and open to the public.

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MSU professor, alumnus join to perform Schubert’s ‘Winterreise’

Chris Thompson

Missouri State music professor and baritone, Dr. Chris Thompson, will join concert pianist and Missouri State alumnus, Steven Spooner, in a Jan. 12 performance to breathe life into Franz Schubert’s “Winterreise” — a wintry journey spanning the heights and depths of the human soul.

About the performers

Thompson and Spooner, now a professor at University of Kansas, have been friends and collaborators for more than 25 years. They were colleagues at the University of Idaho, have partnered on multiple recording projects and have performed together throughout the U.S. Their recording of “Winterreise” will soon be available to the public on iTunes, Amazon and a host of other platforms.

Steven Spooner
Steven Spooner

About the performance

Date: Jan. 12

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Ellis Hall 217B

Contact: Stephanie Dixon, SJDixon@MissouriState.edu or 417-836-5649

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Opera program selected to compete in national competition

Ann Marie Daehn, Opera Theater DirectorWritten by guest blogger Dr. Ann Marie Daehn, Opera Theater Director

The Little Opera that Could!

I am so excited to tell you that our opera program was selected by a jury of experts to compete at the National Opera Association (NOA) National Convention Scenes Competition! Six students will represent us in front of directors from opera companies and university programs across the country and around the globe. Serving as Opera Director, I have selected a cross section of our student singers. They include senior performance major Brittany Griffin, senior music education/performance major Tyler Schlesselman, senior music theater major Alex Baylard, junior music theater major Adam Grimes, FRESHMAN voice performance major Aiyana Williams, and master’s student in piano performance, James Benecasa. They will compete in Greensboro, North Carolina, on January 8th and then get to enjoy the many master classes and networking opportunities of the convention.

Pirates of Penzance performance in Craig Hall's Coger Theatre
Pirates of Penzance performance in Craig Hall’s Coger Theatre

Opera has become a vital and collaborative opportunity for students of many majors. These living, learning opportunities have spanned the gamut from outreach at Robberson Elementary, collaboration with Art and Design to make Ellis Hall shine in Magic Flute, work with Theatre and Dance on last season’s hit show, Pirates of Penzance , and the troupe transported us back in time with Purcell’s chamber opera, Dido and Aeneus.

I bet you’re wondering where you can see them perform? Well, tickets will be available in January for the operetta, Die Fledermaus – a wonderful grand ball to take place in Springfield’s very own Savoy Ballroom on April 17th and 19th. “Like” MSU Opera Theater on Facebook and we’ll make sure you have a chance to get to know these singers, see behind the scene updates on their work and that you’ll never miss a performance.

Go Bears!!!

— Dr. Ann Marie Daehn

P.S. Students are raising funds for their travel expenses to the national competition. You can help by donating to their crowdfunding project: http://www.missouristatecrowdfunding.org/dreamdetails/Details/17


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19th Annual Fite Family Young Artists Piano Competition set for April 2015

The 19th annual Fite Family Young Artists Piano Competition is April 19, 2015. The contest is open to pianists between ages 14 and 18. PianoKeyboard

The preliminary round of the Young Artist Competition will be conducted by mail. The semi-final and final rounds will be held on Saturday, April. 19, in Ellis Recital Hall on the campus of Missouri State University. Applicants will be informed by mail of their acceptance into the competition and of their performance times in the semi-final round. Contestants should register with the competition coordinator one hour before performance time.

The adjudicators of the competition this year are Joel Hastings (Florida State University), Hye-Jung Hong and Wei-Han Su (Missouri State University).

The application deadline is March. 20, 2015. All applications must include the following:

  • Audition recording clearly labeled with name of applicant and repertoire.
  • Proof of age (photocopy of birth certificate, drivers license or passport).
  • A photograph suitable for the program booklet. (An electronic version may be sent to the Competition Coordinator.)
  • A non-refundable check for $25 made out to: MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION

For more information please contact Dr. Peter Collins, competition coordinator, by email at PeterCollins@MissouriState.edu or by phone at 417-836-5548.


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