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Top 3 reasons to see the President’s Concert this year

With two performances scheduled later this month, the Missouri State President’s Concert is shaping up to be one of the top university events of the year.

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The concert will be hosted for free at 7:30 p.m. on April 30 at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

An encore performance will be held at 6 p.m. the following evening at the prestigious Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City. Tickets range between $15 and $35.

Here are three reasons to attend at least one of the concerts.

We are bringing the talent

Missouri State Chorale

PresidentsConcert_soloists-250x641The university’s Grand Chorus and Symphony Orchestra — more than 275 students! — will perform at this year’s event.

They will be joined by two accomplished guest soloists, Brandon Nase and MSU alumna Sarah Tannehill Anderson, along with several of MSU’s finest faculty musicians: Dr. Carol Chapman, soprano, Dr. Ann Marie Daehn, mezzo-soprano, and Dr. Chris Thompson, baritone.

The concerts will feature Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Requiem Mass in D Minor.”

Dr. Cameron LaBarr, director of choral studies and the concert’s conductor, said the works each offer something different for audiences.

“With these two contrasting works, the audience will experience freshness and modern musical ideas in the ‘Gloria’ — a gem of the 20th century — paired with the historical and dramatic, yet classical setting of the ‘Requiem,’ which is one of the most well-known works of the entire choral-orchestral canon.”

Director of Orchestral Studies Dr. Christopher Kelts will prepare the orchestra for the concerts.

Dinner and reception with the Alumni Association

Story_MarooNation_KC_620If you’re worried about being hungry before or after the Kansas City for the May 1 concert, don’t be! The Alumni Association has you covered.

You can join other concert-goers for dinner at Kansas City’s premiere Italian restaurant, Lidia’s when you register with MarooNation.

In addition, there will be a reception at the Kauffman following the concert. Concert tickets should be purchased separately online.

 

Two words: Helzberg Hall

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The Kauffman Center is a beautifully designed arts center in downtown Kansas City. Since celebrating its grand opened in 2011, it has hosted hundreds of performances and thousands of guests. 

The prestigious venue’s 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall hosts a variety of local, regional, national and international artists and performance groups, including serving as the performance home of the Kansas City Symphony.

The Hall’s visual centerpiece of is the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ, Opus 3875,  one of the finest concert hall organs in the country.

Are you convinced yet?

The concert schedule is as follows:

Springfield performance

Date: April 30
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts
Admission: Free and open to the public, tickets not required

Kansas City performance

Date: May 1
Time:
 6 p.m.
Location: Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (Kansas City, Missouri)
Admission: Tickets available online ($15-$35); The dinner registration is available on the MarooNation website.

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Musicians of all ages invited to annual Flute Day

Missouri State’s 15th Annual Flute Day is here! World-renowned flutist and guest artist Philip Dikeman will headline this event on Friday, April 22, as flutists of all ages come to campus for a variety of activities.

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Free Flute Day open to flutists of all ages

Now on a Friday, the event will include activities for those interested in flute education, including band directors. Events will take place in Ellis Recital Hall, unless noted otherwise on the schedule.

MSU’s Flute Societymusic department and Student Organization Funding Allocation Council will join Springfield Music, Hoover Music Store and Verne Q. Powell Flutes, Inc. to sponsor the event. Flute Perfection will have flutes available to try and purchase all day.

This free event is one that no flutist will want to miss!

philip-dikeman-flute-dayWant to come to the event?

Each event in the following schedule will take place in Ellis Recital Hall unless noted otherwise below.

April 22

9 a.m.

Young High School Artist Competition
High school flutists from all over the area perform a movement of a piece to compete to be the Young High School Artist of the year. The top three players will win cash prizes. To enter, email name and repertoire information to Dr. Jill Heyboer.

Competition rules can be found on the Flute Day website

10 a.m.

“Flute Teaching Myths” by Dr. Heyboer
If you are a band director who isn’t a flutist, this is the class for you.

“What’s New” with David Samperi
Ellis 203
If you are a flutist, David Samperi from Flute Perfection will offer this session to try out flutes and piccolos.

11:15 a.m.

Flute Ensembles Recital/Convo
This session will feature our new contrabass flute and two world premieres of pieces written exclusively for the Community Flute Choir. At the end of the recital, competition winners will be announced.

Noon

Lunch
MSU’s Plaster Student Union is a short walk away for a sub, pizza, sandwich or Chinese food.

1 p.m.

Recital by guest artist Philip Dikeman
Following lunch, Dikeman will perform an unforgettable recital of flute music.

2 p.m.

Master class with Philip Dikeman
To finish off the day, the public will have the opportunity to listen to and learn from Dikeman as he explains and demonstrates how to become a better flute player.

Visit our website for more information about Dikeman.

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Renowned pianist takes stage for Patricia Pierce recital

Award-winning pianist Brian Hsu will be performing a free concert on April 14 for the Patricia Pierce Guest Artist Piano Recital.

HsuMugMore about Brian Hsu

Hsu is an assistant professor and keyboard department coordinator at Loyola University in New Orleans. Since his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a teenager, he has gone on to establish himself as pianist of great energy and has performed throughout the world.

Hsu studied at Yale University, The Juilliard School and the University of Michigan, where he earned numerous scholarships and fellowships.

Want to attend the event?

April 14
7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Ellis Hall 217B
Free and open to the public

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Grammy Award-winning saxophonist to teach young musicians at next week’s Jazz Festival

Young musicians from across the Ozarks will be on campus April 23 learning from renowned saxophonist Dick Oatts at this year’s Jazz Festival, to be held at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

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Area students get training, feedback at annual event

Festival registration is open to school bands and ensembles interested in participating in the annual event. Divisions include:

  • Big Band
  • 2nd Bands
  • Jr Hi/Mid School Bands
  • Combos

Schedule

April 23

Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts (HHPA)

8:30 a.m.-noon

School bands perform
Warm-up: Loading dock
Performance: HHPA main stage
Feedback clinic: HHPA 305

Noon

MSU Jazz Studies Ensemble II performs
HHPA main stage

12:45-1:15 p.m.

Master classes

Saxophone (with Oatts): HHPA Fuldner Lounge
Brass (with MSU jazz studies faculty): HHPA loading dock
Rhythm (with MSU jazz studies faculty): HHPA 305

1:30-3:30 p.m.

School bands perform
Warm-up: HHPA loading dock
Performance: HHPA main stage
Feedback clinic: HHPA 305

4:15 p.m.

Improv clinic with Dick Oatts
HHPA main stage

5 p.m.

Awards ceremony and closing performance
(featuring Oatts and the MSU Jazz Studies Ensemble I)
HHPA main stage

All performances are open to the public. Visit the jazz festival website for more details.

More about Dick Oatts

Oatts is a Grammy Award-winning saxophonist. For 30 years, Oatts has appeared at college jazz festivals as a soloist and clinician throughout the world. He has also been featured with the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Danish Radio Big Band, Norboton Jazz Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra and the UMO Big Band in Helsinki.

Oatts has accompanied such vocalists as Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme, and has recorded solos for pop artists like Luther Vandross and James Taylor.

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Longtime band director to pass baton this summer

In July 2016, Jerry Hoover, music professor and director of bands, will retire after more than 30 years at Missouri State.

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Saying farewell to a band era

Hoover joined the university in 1985 and started the Pride Band program. In March, Hoover told “The Standard,” MSU’s student-run newspaper, that he estimates he’s taught more than 4,000 students in that time.

Hoover has seen the program evolve from the 16 students he brought with him to MSU from New Mexico State University, to the 18 student bands it has today. According to his MSU profile, Hoover directs the Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Varsity Band, several entertainment ensembles and the 320-member Pride Marching Band.

Upcoming retirement receptions

There will be two receptions to honor Hoover’s contributions to MSU.

All Bands Concert reception

April 26, 9:30 p.m.
Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts

The music department will host a retirement reception for Hoover after the April 26 All Bands Concert at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts on the fifth floor mezzanine. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., with reception to follow.

MSU Foundation’s Tribute to Jerry Hoover

May 10, 6 p.m.
Wehr Band Hall, RSVP online

On May 10, the Missouri State University Foundation will host a reception and dinner to help support the Jerry Hoover Band Endowment. Register for the event and make donations to the fund on the Foundation’s website. If received by April 29, your gift will be included in the evening’s program.

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Opera Theatre explores themes of piety in weekend performances

Missouri State’s award-winning troupe Opera Theatre will perform a double bill of operas this weekend at First and Calvary Presbyterian Church.

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Operas to be performed

opera-theatre-puccini-trinkley-featureThe group will perform the short operas, “Saint Thomas the Carpenter” and “Suor Angelica” in performances on April 8 and April 10.

Saint Thomas the Carpenter

Bruce Trinkley’s opera “Saint Thomas the Carpenter” will make its stage debut at this event. The production picks up the story of Doubting Thomas at the time of his call to evangelize India.

Suor Angelica

“Suor Angelica” is a classic one-act opera by Puccini. Brianna Gilliam, an MSU graduate student, will play the title role of Sister Angelica, a Florentine noblewoman whose family has forced her to take the veil.

More about the event

Opera Theatre is led by Dr. Ann Marie Wilcox-Daehn. The MSU Chamber Orchestra, led by Dr. Amy Muchnick, and a chorus from Reed Academy, under the direction of Daniel Gutierrez, will lend orchestral and choral support.

A special pre-performance lecture by Dr. Pauline Nugent will begin one hour before each performance.

April 8

7:30-9:30 p.m.
First and Calvary Presbyterian Church

April 10

2:30-4:30 p.m.
First and Calvary Presbyterian Church

Running time: Each show is approximately 45 minutes.  There will be a brief intermission between the two shows.

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Tickets can be purchased online. General admission to the event is $20. Student tickets are $5.

Half price for general admission and free student admission with donation of goods to the charitable outreach of First and Calvary.

Learn more on social media

Be sure to follow Opera Theatre on Facebook for the latest updates, and tune in to KSMU on Friday morning to hear Dr. Daehn and composer Bruce Trinkley speak with Randy Stewart.

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MSU a cappella groups head to regional competition April 2

Missouri State’s a cappella groups the Beartones and Hibernotes will be competing in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Midwest Semifinals at Washington University in St. Louis on April 2.

MSU's Hibernotes perform at quarterfinals in February.

MSU’s Hibernotes won first place in February Midwest quarterfinals.

MSU groups take first, second place in quarterfinals

The two groups qualified for the a cappella competition after stellar, award-winning performances at the ICCA Midwest Quarterfinals held in St. Louis on Feb. 6 where the Hibernotes won first place, and at Missouri State on Feb. 27, where the Beartones won second place.

They will compete against seven other top groups in the Midwest. The winner of this event will advance to the finals at The Beacon Theatre in New York City.

MSU's Beartones won second place at MSU's Midwest quarterfinals.

MSU’s Beartones won second place at MSU’s Midwest quarterfinals.

MSU’s awards from regional quarterfinals

A Cub Bella's Timolyn Hardy

A Cub Bella’s Timolyn Hardy

St. Louis competition

1st place overall
The Hibernotes

Outstanding Vocal Percussion
Daniel Hebert, The Hibernotes

Outstanding Arrangement
Nick Driscoll, The Hibernotes

MSU competition

2nd place overall
The Beartones

Outstanding Soloist
Timolyn Hardy, A Cub Bella

Outstanding Vocal Percussion
Nathan Valis, The Beartones

Outstanding Choreography
Travis Holt, The Beartones

Get your tickets for St. Louis semifinals

Date: April 2
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: 560 Music Center, Washington University, St. Louis
Admission: Tickets can be purchased online.

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Renowned flutist Philip Dikeman to headline Flute Day in April

Missouri State’s 15th Annual Flute Day will be held April 22, and will feature world-renowned flutist and guest artist Philip Dikeman.

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Free Flute Day open to flutists of all ages

Now on a Friday, the event will include activities for all ages interested in flute education, including band directors. Events will take place in Ellis Recital Hall, unless noted otherwise on the schedule.

MSU’s Flute Societymusic department and Student Organization Funding Allocation Council will join Springfield Music, Hoover Music Store and Verne Q. Powell Flutes, Inc. to sponsor the event. Flute Perfection will have flutes available to try and purchase all day.

This free event is one that no flutist will want to miss!

Event schedule

April 22

Events will take place in Ellis Recital Hall, unless noted otherwise on the schedule.

9 a.m.

Young High School Artist Competition
High school flutists from all over the area perform a movement of a piece to compete to be the Young High School Artist of the year. The top three players will win cash prizes. To enter, email name and repertoire information to Dr. Jill Heyboer.

Competition rules can be found on the Flute Day website

10 a.m.

“Flute Teaching Myths” by Dr. Heyboer
If you are a band director who isn’t a flutist, this is the class for you.

“What’s New” with David Samperi
Ellis 203
If you are a flutist, David Samperi from Flute Perfection will offer this session to try out flutes and piccolos.

11:15 a.m.

Flute Ensembles Recital/Convo
This session will feature our new contrabass flute and two world premieres of pieces written exclusively for the Community Flute Choir. At the end of the recital, competition winners will be announced.

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Noon

Lunch
MSU’s Plaster Student Union is a short walk away for a sub, pizza, sandwich or Chinese food.

1 p.m.

Recital by guest artist Philip Dikeman
Following lunch, Dikeman will perform an unforgettable recital of flute music.

2 p.m.

philip-dikeman-flute-dayMaster class with Philip Dikeman
To finish off the day, the public will have the opportunity to listen to and learn from Dikeman as he explains and demonstrates how to become a better flute player.

More about Dikeman

Dikeman is currently an associate professor of flute at The Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, a position he assumed in 2011. Prior to joining the faculty at The Blair School, he was a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for nearly 20 years — playing Acting Principal Flute for his final two seasons.

Dikeman holds the distinction of having won first prize in both the National Flute Association’s (NFA) Young Artist and Orchestral Audition Competitions. He has made recital and master-class appearances throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Visit our website for more information about Dikeman.

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OPT highlights Pride band with documentary

On March 31, Ozarks Public Television will air their documentary on the Missouri State Pride Marching Band, “The Beat Goes On — MSU’s Pride Marching Band.”

More about the band

The Missouri State University band began in 1908 with 16 members. It has since enjoyed national and international success with performances at NFL football halftime shows, featured appearances in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day, Tournament of Roses and Orange Bowl Parades, and unforgettable Bear football halftime performances.

Today, the band features more than 300 musicians, color guard and dance team performers, and many band alums continue to lead and influence marching band programs across the country.

JerryHoover-400x225Band director to retire in July

The MSU band program has been led by Jerry Hoover since 1985.

Hoover, who oversees 18 bands, will be retiring in July. According to The Standard, the University’s student-run newspaper, Hoover’s achievements include being inducted into the Missouri Music Educator’s Hall of Fame, and in October 2005, MSU honored Hoover by declaring a “Jerry Hoover Day.”

Tune in to watch documentary on OPT

Broadcast premiere: March 31, 8 p.m.
Repeat broadcast: April 3, 2 p.m.

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Clarinet Day gives students chance to learn from top musician

American clarinetist Dr. Wesley Warnhoff will be on campus to offer master classes and a recital on March 19 for the music department’s annual Clarinet Day.

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The free event will give musicians the chance to learn techniques and perform with students, faculty and Warnhoff.

Schedule

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Wei-Han Sun

10 a.m.

Clinic
Ellis 116
Bridging Extended Techniques and Fundamentals

11 a.m.

Recital
Ellis Recital Hall
Bring your clarinets to join MSU’s Clarinet Ensemble in this recital.

Noon

Lunch

2 p.m.

Recital
Ellis Recital Hall

Allison Storochuk
Allison Storochuk

Warnhoff will perform with Missouri State professors pianist Wei-Han Su and clarinetist Allison Storochuk.

3 p.m.

Master Class
Ellis Recital Hall
Warnhoff, an adjunct professor of clarinet at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will offer advice and technique training.

More about Warnhoff

Warnhoff’s thoughtful and intense performance style has gained him international acclaim as a soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician.

His research into contemporary techniques has helped him to develop a unique pedagogical approach that provides a new perspective on creating the ideal embouchure and sound concept, and it is this dedication to the art of teaching that makes Warnhoff a sought-after clinician throughout the United States.

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