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Department of Music to present second Faculty Recital Series concert Oct. 29

Oct. 22, 2009 --  The Department of Music at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will present the second concert of the 2009-10 Faculty Recital Series on Thursday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. The concert will feature ASU music faculty members Rob Alley, Dr. Joe Bonner, Dr. Dale Clark, Dr. Robin Dauer, Ken Hatch, Dr. Ed Owen, Dr. Dan Ross, Dr. Lauren Schack Clark, and Dr.Chris Wilson. The concert is free of charge and open to the public.

The concert will include performances of “Sextet in B flat major, Op. 6” by Ludwig Thuille performed by Bonner, Ross, Hatch, Clark, Dauer, and Schack Clark; “Allemande (from Sonata in A minor)” by Johann Sebastian Bach performed by Clark; “Legende” by Georges Enesco and “At the River” by Aaron Copland performed by Wilson and Schack Clark; “Fellini” and “Lighthousekeeping” by Michael Bates and “On Our Way Home” by Dave Douglas, performed by Hatch, Alley, and Owen. 

There will be a short intermission during which the audience is encouraged to visit the Bradbury Gallery.  “100 Years/100 Photographs” will be on display to celebrate Arkansas State University’s first 100 years.

Dr. Lauren Schack Clark is associate professor of Piano and Keyboard Activities coordinator at Arkansas State University. Recent performances have included solo recitals in Naples, Italy, at Berklee College of Music, and at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. In 2008, she performed a recital at the University of Florida as part of the ASU Double Reed and Piano Trio, and she played programs with violinist Stephen Sims at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Denison University. Her solo CD was released by Centaur Records in February 2008, and contains piano music written by Boston composer Dr. Rosey Lee, on the faculty of Berklee College of Music. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University, a Master's degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University, a graduate diploma from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass., and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music. Her principle teachers were Raymond Hanson, Eda Mazo-Shlyam, Deborah Sobol, and Thomas Stumpf.

Dr. Dale Clark, adjunct instructor of Bassoon at Arkansas State University, is principal bassoon of the Delta Symphony Orchestra, a member of the North Arkansas Symphony, and he has appeared as guest principal bassoon with the Memphis Symphony and Arkansas Symphony Orchestras. He has appeared as guest artist and master class teacher at the Cork School of Music in Cork, Ireland, and Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., among many others. In 2003 he was principal bassoon of the Sewanee Festival Orchestra and bassoon instructor at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. He is a former member of the Memphis Woodwind Quintet.

Dr. Robin Dauer is professor of Horn at Arkansas State University. He received the Bachelor of Arts from Miami University and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He is currently a member of the ASU Brass Quintet and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Dauer’s recordings include “Horn Americana,” works for horn and piano by American composers; “Souvenir,” French pieces for horn and piano, both available from Mark Recordings; and the recently released “Alan Hovhaness: Music for Horn, Voice, and Strings” on Centaur Records.  At Arkansas State, he conducts the horn ensemble, student chamber ensembles, and teaches music appreciation.

Trumpeter and composer Rob Alley was born and raised in Texas. His multi-faceted professional career began at the age of 13. From wind ensembles to symphony orchestras, from salsa to straight-ahead jazz, from soul to the avant-garde, he has covered the gamut of performing styles. He has had the good fortune to perform with Yo-Yo Ma, Marvin Stamm, Bill Watrous, Jon Faddis, Diane Schuure, John Mosca, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The O’Jays, Frankie Valli, and many others. While working toward a Master of Music degree in Arranging at the University of Alabama, he began working regularly with heralded Alabama musicians such as Downright, the Matthew Devine Trio, the Chad Fisher Group, the New South Jazz Orchestra, the Tuscaloosa Horns, and the Muscle Shoals Soul Review. Although Alley continues to perform classically with symphony orchestras across the southeast, his commitment to jazz and improvised music continues to be his main passion. As a band leader in Birmingham, Ala., he conceived of a two-horn, bass, and drums quartet in tribute to Charles Mingus and Thelonious Monk named Mingusphere, and he leads the Rob Alley Conspiracy, a group of varying sizes and instrumentations, to explore his own compositions. In addition, he co-leads the improvisation collective Mean Smoker with keyboardist Matthew Devine and New York City based drummer Jay Frederick. Rob currently lives in Jonesboro, Arkansas where he leads the Rob Alley Trio, runs Rob Alley Musical Productions, and is adjunct professor of music at Arkansas State University. He performs with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra regularly on both Masterworks concerts and as the jazz chair for the Symphony’s pops concerts and big band engagements. Alley was recently honored with the Arkansas Arts Council’s 2007 Individual Artist Fellowship Grant.

Dr. Joe Bonner, flutist and assistant professor of music at ASU, received his bachelor of arts from the University of Houston and his master of arts from Stephen F. Austin State University. His professional activities include the position of principal flutist of both the 2nd Air Force Field Band in Bossier City, La., and the 13th Air Force Band in the Philippine Islands. His teachers include Byron Hester, former principal flutist of the Houston Symphony, and Harold Bennett, former principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City.

Dr. Ed Owen is associate professor of Music at Arkansas State University 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.

Dr. Daniel Ross received his Bachelor of Music Education degree at Arkansas State University and his Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi. Dr. Ross has been on the ASU Faculty since 1968. He has been principal oboe with the Tupelo Symphony since 1971, the North Arkansas Symphony since 2007, and principal oboe with the Arkansas Symphony from 1971-1994.  He is a frequent soloist with the Forum Sinfonia of Krakow, Poland, in their tours of the United States and central Europe, including Poland. He has been appointed Visiting Professor of Oboe at the Academy of Music in Krakow. He is known throughout the world as the developer of the Ross Gouging Machine for use in producing reeds for oboe and bassoon. He has performed and presented classes at numerous International Double Reed Society conventions and also teaches and presents master classes at major music schools throughout the United States.

Ken Hatch (assistant professor) teaches clarinet at ASU. In addition to studio teaching, he coaches chamber music, teaches instrumental technique classes for music education majors, and conducting. He is currently serving as Interim Chair of the Department of Music. Prior to his appointment at ASU, Mr. Hatch held positions as band director and woodwinds specialist at public schools in Texas. He has performed as guest conductor with the ASU Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. Mr. Hatch continues to be an active performer. He presently performs as clarinetist and saxophonist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in Little Rock.  Mr. Hatch has written “The Clarinet Teacher's CD Companion,” a multimedia text for use in the Clarinet Techniques class.  He also has written “Tone, Flexibility, and Scale Studies for Clarinet and Saxophone,” two books with companion practice CD's.  He has studied with Dr. Lee Gibson, Dr. Richard Shanley, Mr. Fred Ormand, and Dr. Frank Kowalsky.

Dr. Chris Wilson
is Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Arkansas State University where his duties include applied trumpet, trumpet methods, coaching chamber music, and performing in the Arkansas State Faculty Brass Quintet.  His former teachers include Wiff Rudd, Steve Hendrickson, Charles Daval, and Robert Bright.   Prior to his appointment at Arkansas State University, Dr. Wilson performed with The United States Air Force Band, Washington, DC.  While a member of the Air Force Band, he performed and taught clincs throughout the United States and Japan having recently been a tour soloist performing the Arutunian “Trumpet Concerto.”  He has performed for numerous dignitaries and audiences around the world including Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.  In 2004, he performed at the funeral of former President Ronald Reagan.  Live television broadcasts included a Veterans Day Celebration at the Strathmore Concert Hall in Bethesda, MD, aired on PBS in 2008, and Memorial Day at the National Capitol also aired on PBS in 2006 in collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra.  Additionally, Dr. Wilson has performed with the Annapolis Symphony, Annapolis Opera, Maryland Symphony, Alexandria Symphony, Concert Artists of Baltimore, and the North Arkansas Symphony.


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