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St. Louis sophomore wins Fite piano competition

Hans Chan, a sophomore of St. Louis, brought home the top prize in Missouri State’s 19th Annual Fite Family Young Artist Piano Competition on April 18. The young pianist was awarded $1,000.

Second- and third-place winners

Other winners included Alexandra Rice, of St. Louis, in second place and Joshua Sandinsky, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, in third place. Rice was awarded $500, and Sandinsky was awarded $250.

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About Fite

The annual competition is open to pianists between the ages of 14 and 18. The preliminary round is conducted by mail, with semi-final and final rounds held in Ellis Recital Hall.

This year’s guest artist was internationally acclaimed pianist and recording artist Joel Hastings, piano faculty member from Florida State University.

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President’s Concert to be Quebbeman’s last

presidents concert postcard
Emeritus professor Roman Duszek designed the look for the annual concert, which student designer Robert Adams in MSU’s office of publications used to design the promotional materials.

Dr. Robert C. Quebbeman will conduct his last concert as Missouri State’s director of orchestral activities on Sunday in this year’s President’s Concert. The Hammons Hall event will be free and open to the public.

About the event

Missouri State University’s music department will continue its annual Masterworks concert tradition with Giuseppe Verdi’s “Requiem Mass,” one of the best known and most loved of the major works for choir and orchestra.

Missouri State’s Symphony Orchestra and Grand Chorus will perform, as well as soloists soprano Carol Chapman, mezzo Paula Patterson, tenor Steven Tharp and bass Richard Todd Payne.

Event details

Date: April 26
Time: 4 to 6 p.m.
Location: Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts
Admission: Free and open to the public
Connect online: #RequiemBears


QuebbemanAbout Quebbeman

Quebbeman conducts the MSU Symphony Orchestra and is the director of graduate studies in music.

Under his direction the group has performed at the 2010 National Convention of the College Orchestra Directors Association and also on a nationally televised broadcast of MENC’s “World’s Largest Concert.”

Quebbeman is active in many state and national orchestral and music circles and has been the music director of the Springfield Regional Opera for 15 years. He has guest conducted and performed with the Springfield Symphony.

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Reception to raise funds for choral studies scholarship

MSU-GuyWebb-PieceOfTheLegacy-BlogAlumna Melissa Scott (’86 and ’10) and her husband, Dan, will host a fundraiser on May 5 for the Dr. Guy B. Webb Touring Scholarship fund.

About the event

The reception is hosted in collaboration with the Missouri State University Foundation and the University’s music department.

The evening will include light hors d’oeuvres, wine, live piano music and a 360-degree views of downtown Springfield from the Scotts’ rooftop garden.

Dr. Webb will be available for signing memorabilia, and Dr. Cameron LaBarr, MSU’s director of choral studies, will make remarks.

RSVP by May 1.

About the scholarship

The Scotts began the fund last year upon Webb’s retirement to benefit MSU’s choral studies’ touring events.

Event details

Date: May 5
Time: 5:30 – 7: 30 p.m.
Location: 400 E. Walnut Street, Apt. #300
Admission: Free and open to the public, with suggested minimum $25 donation per person
RSVP: Email Melissa Scott by May 1
Connect online: #WebbLegacy

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Percussion student offered spot at Boston Conservatory

Travis Newman- head shotPercussionist Travis Newman has been accepted into the percussion performance program at the prestigious Boston Conservatory. He has been offered scholarships totaling $20,000.

About the program

Newman will study with Nancy Zeltsman (coordinator of marimba studies, percussion program chair), Keith Aleo (director of percussion at Interlochen and the University of Connecticut), Kyle Brightwell (Boston Symphony Orchestra) and Samuel Solomon (coordinator of percussion studies).

About Newman

Newman, from Des Moines, Iowa, plans to graduate in May with a Bachelor of Music Education. Associate Professor Dr. Scott Cameron had high praise for him.

“Travis is one of the most talented students I have worked with in my 30 years at Missouri State. His extraordinary musical development over the past few years has been a joy to witness.”

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Professors to premiere orchestra piece in China

PrescottMusic professors Dr. John Prescott and Dr. Cynthia Green Libby will travel to China next month to debut Prescott’s piece, “Baroque Concerto for 2 Oboes and Chamber Orchestra.”

Genesis of the piece

The piece features two oboes and chamber orchestra. It premiered in the U.S. at the 2015 Composition Festival with Libby performing with music department head Dr. Julie Combs.

Prescott was asked to compose “Baroque Concerto” for Libby and Professor Yu Hao after a series of collaborations Libby.

LibbyHaoLibby studied Chinese oboes, suona and guanzi with Professor Meng Lei while he was at MSU in 2007 and 2012. After Hao’s performance at Missouri State’s 2014 Double Reed Day, the composition project began.

Travel to China

The work’s China premiere will take place with the Qing Dao University Chamber Orchestra on May 29 with Prescott conducting. Libby will also present master classes to students while in residence.


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Opera Theatre performs Strauss operetta at Savoy Ballroom

DieFledermausThe Missouri State Opera Theatre will present “Die Fledermaus,” or “The Bat,” April 17 and 19 in the Savoy Ballroom on Commercial Street. The performances are open to the public and tickets can be purchased online.

About the operetta

“Die Fledermaus” is a German operetta composed by Johann Strauss II. It premiered in 1874. The comedy is set in late 19th century Vienna, following the exploits of the wealthy Gabriel von Eisenstein.

Event Details

Location: Savoy Ballroom, 224 E. Commercial St. 
April 17, 7:30–10:30 p.m.; April 19, 2:30­–5 p.m.
Tickets: $20 general admission; $10 student admission
Contact: Assistant Professor Ann Marie Wilcox-Daehn by email or at 417-836-6011

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Flutists flock to campus for Flute Day

Annual event promises competition, recitals, master classes

Flute DayMissouri State’s Flute Society and music department will partner with a few local music stores and organizations to host its annual Flute Day on April 18.

In its 14th year, Flute Day will bring several area high school flutists to campus for the Young High School Artist competition, as well as featured guest artist Alexa Still, who will perform and give master classes. The top three winners of the competition will be announced at the Flute Ensembles Recital featuring MSU’s Community Flute Choir and the Flute Quartet.


To begin the day, high school flutists from all over the area will compete at Ellis Recital Hall. The top three players will win cash prizes. To enter, email name and repertoire information to Dr. Jill Heyboer. Entry is free and winners will be announced after the Flute Ensembles Recital.

Alexa StillGuest artist

Alexa Still will perform a 1 p.m. recital, accompanied by Southwest Baptist University’s Dr. Melinda Smashey Jones. Still will also teach two classes. The first will be a lesson in breathing and support while playing. The second will be a master class where she will demonstrate how to better your flute skills.


Partners in the free event include Springfield Music, Hoover Music Store and MSU’s Student Organization Funding and Allocation Council (SOFAC).


9 a.m.: Young High School Artist competition
10:30 a.m.: “Breathing,” with guest artist Alexa Still
11 a.m.: Flute Ensembles Recital
Noon: Lunch (Not provided. See list of vendors at Plaster Student Union.)
1 p.m.: Guest artist recital
3 p.m.: Master class in flute with Alexa Still

Event details

Date: April 18
Location: Ellis Recital Hall
Admission: Free and open to public
Contact: Dr. Jill Heyboer by email or at 417-836-4875

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Music students receive significant awards for graduate school

Three Missouri State music students from the trumpet studio of Dr. Grant Peters have received noteworthy offers to graduate programs across the country.

WeisGreg Weis

Bachelor of Music, jazz studies (’14)

Weis has been accepted into the master’s program in jazz studies at Northern Colorado University, studying under Dr. John Adler. He was awarded a teaching assistantship and a $6,500 scholarship, the highest amount UNC can offer a graduate student. Weis was also offered a $9,000 scholarship from DePaul University.


PerryTommy Perry

Bachelor of Music Education, (’15)

Perry has been accepted into the graduate program at Oklahoma State University, studying under Dr. Ryan Gardner. The highly competitive trumpet program often produces award-winning student soloists and trumpet ensembles. OSU students have taken top prizes at consecutive national trumpet competitions in 2014 and 2015.

McAllisterCodashti McAllister

Bachelor of Music Education, (’15)

McAllister will begin a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance at the University of Arkansas in the fall, studying under Dr. Richard Rulli. She was awarded $10,000 in scholarships to perform in the University Wind Ensemble and Orchestra.

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