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Department of Music to present Faculty Recital featuring works by Chopin, Sinatra, O’Connor

October 15, 2007 -- 
The Department of Music at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will present the second concert in the 2007-2008 Faculty Recital Series, featuring Lauren Schack Clark, Joy Sanford, Matthew Carey, Perry Harper, Tom Mason, and Ed Owen on Thursday, Oct.  25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

The concert will include performances of “
Scherzo in B flat Minor” by Frederic Chopin, “Concerto for Tuba” by Tom O’Connor, “Let There Be Funk” by D. Edward Davis, and a selection of Frank Sinatra standards.

Lauren Schack Clark is assistant professor of Piano and Keyboard Activities supervisor at Arkansas State University. She performs frequently as a soloist and collaborative artist. Recently, she was selected to perform at the 2005 TCU-Cliburn Institute Teachers Session in Fort Worth, Texas. She is president of the Delta Music Teachers Association, chair of the Arkansas State Music Teachers Association Chamber Music and Young Artist Competitions, and she has served as Secretary of the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association and the Greater Memphis Music Teachers Association. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University, a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University, a graduate diploma from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music.

A veteran of the concert and opera stage, Matthew Carey has been a member of the voice faculty at Arkansas State University since 1997. In addition to Applied Voice, he also teaches German and French diction, Vocal Pedagogy, Song Literature, Music Appreciation, and Opera Workshop. He is also the vocal director for the ASU Theater Department's Fall Musical. As a concert artist, Carey has performed with the symphony orchestras of Hamburg, Kotka (Finland), Santa Barbara, the Norddeutscher Rundfunk Orchester of Bremen, the Northeast Arkansas Symphony, and the University of Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.  He continues to perform recitals throughout the region, in which he performs a wide variety of repertoire from the song cycles of Schubert and Schumann to popular standards of Gershwin, Kern, Berlin and Rogers.  Carey completed his Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1982 and received his Master of Music degree in 1985 from the University of Michigan. He has done post-graduate study at the University of California at Santa Barbara and Yale University. His former teachers include Richard Miller (Oberlin) and the late Martial Singher (Santa Barbara).  

Ed Owen is assistant professor of Music at ASU, where he serves as coordinator of graduate studies, teaches Applied Tuba and Euphonium, and conducts the ASU Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble and Brass Choir. He currently performs as principal tuba of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Brass Quintet, the Delta Symphony Orchestra, and the ASU Brass Quintet. He received the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Arkansas Tech University (summa cum laude), the Master of Music in Tuba Performance, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. 

The audience is encouraged to visit the Fine Arts Center Gallery during intermission.

The concert is free and open to the public.
For more details, please call the Department of Music at (870) 972-2094.

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