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Department of Music to open
Faculty Recital Series for 2007-08
Sept. 20, 2007 --
The Department of Music at Arkansas
State University in Jonesboro will present the first concert in the
2007-2008 Faculty Recital Series featuring Neale Bartee, Lauren Schack
Clark, Dale Clark, Robin Dauer, Joy Fiala, Ken Hatch, E. Ron Horton,
Richard Jorgensen, and Ed Owen on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the
Fowler Center, Riceland Hall. This popular series of concerts began in
2004 as a venue to showcase the artist level faculty at ASU.
The concert will include performances of "Images I for Piano" by Claude
Debussy, "Suite for Horn and Piano" by Karen Griebling, "Concert Piece
No. 2 in D minor, Opus 114 for Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano" by Felix
Mendelssohn, "Adagio from "The Limpid Stream," Opus 39" by Dmitri
Shostakovich, "My Spirit Be Joyful" by Johann Sebastian Bach, "Scherzo"
by John Cheetham, and "Roundabout" by Brian Rhodes.
The compositions of Impressionist composer Claude Debussy are a welcome
addition to any concert program. Audience members familiar with his
famous Clair de Lune and La Cathédral engloutie will recognize the
fluid, atmospheric, hazy sonorities and beautiful melodies that
characterize his style. The second movement of Images, Hommage a
Rameau, has been called one of the most beautiful pieces written for
piano since the last sonatas of Beethoven. Dr. Lauren Schack Clark will
also present this work at an upcoming recital at Arkansas Northeastern
College in Blytheville.
The Suite for Horn and Piano by Karen Griebling was commissioned by horn
professor Dr. Robin Dauer with a grant from the International Horn
Society. This challenging five-movement work was premiered last spring
at the Southeast Horn Workshop in Athens, Georgia. Additionally, Dr.
Dauer received an invitation to perform this composition at last
summer's International Horn Society Workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds,
Switzerland. Composer Karen Griebling is currently Chair of the Music
Department at Hendrix University in Conway, Arkansas.
Dr. Neale Bartee is Professor of Music at Arkansas State University,
where he teaches trombone and conducts the ASU Concert Orchestra. He
joined the faculty in 1973 and is a charter member of the ASU Brass
Quintet. In addition, he is Music Director of the Delta Symphony
Orchestra which is located in Jonesboro and serves the Northeast
Arkansas region. He also toured Russia in 2003 with a trombone ensemble
from the International Trombone Association. He is Past President of
the Arkansas Music Educators Association and continues to be active in
music education projects in the state.
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. She is President of the Delta Music Teachers Association,
chair of the Arkansas State Music Teachers Association Chamber Music and
Young Artist Competitions, and 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.
Dale Clark is Adjunct Professor of Bassoon at Arkansas State University.
Formerly a Boston Lyric Opera bassoonist he has recently performed with
Orquesta Sinfonica in Monterrey, Mexico and was a guest artist in 2004
at Berklee College of Music in Boston and the University of Cincinnati
College-Conservatory of Music. His articles have been published in the
Double Reed and his compositions, lectures and performances have been
presented at conferences of the International Double Reed Society. He
earned his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of
Tennessee-Knoxville, Master of Music from the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln, and Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University.
Dr. Clark is a former faculty member of Boston Conservatory, Atlantic
Union College, and the University of Memphis. His teachers include Gary
Echols, Keith McClelland, and Dr. Matthew Ruggiero.
Robin Dauer is Associate 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
Joy Fiala joined the Arkansas State University faculty in 1998. She
teaches Music Methods and Materials for Elementary Education Majors,
Methods and Materials for Music Education Majors, Music Fundamentals,
Theory I, Aural Theory, Fine Arts Musical, and Applied Piano. In
addition she serves as a faculty and student accompanist. Mrs. Fiala
received the Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Dominican
University and the Master of Music Degree from DePaul University. While
teaching on the secondary level she developed a high school class piano
curriculum which was spotlighted at an Illinois Music Educators State
Conference. She is currently working toward incorporating Suzuki
philosophy and piano practices within the music education curriculum she
teaches at Arkansas State University.
Ken Hatch, Assistant Professor of Music, has taught clarinet and
saxophone at ASU since 1983. In addition to studio teaching, he coaches
chamber music, teaches instrumental technique classes for music
education majors, and conducting. He presently performs as clarinetist
and saxophonist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in Little Rock.
Mr. Hatch holds the Bachelor of Music Degree in Clarinet Performance
from the University of North Texas, and the Master of Music Degree in
Clarinet Performance from Baylor University. He has done post-graduate
work at Florida State University and Michigan State University.
Dr. E. Ron Horton, Director of Jazz Studies, joined Arkansas State
University in 2006. He currently directs The Tribe (ASU's premier Jazz
Band), The ASU Jazz Lab Band, and The ASU Pre-Collegiate Jazz Band. He
also teaches Private Improvisation Lessons, Fine Arts Musical,
Introduction to World Music, and he supervises the ASU Jazz Festival
during the Spring Semester. In addition to Jazz Studies, Dr. Horton
specializes in composition, arranging, and ethnomusicology. As a music
professional, he played Lead Trumpet, Jazz, Solo and was a clinician for
the United State Air Force Band of the West. Dr. Horton's degrees
include a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Arts in Music from the
University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from
the University of North Texas.
Richard Jorgensen is Professor of Music at Arkansas State University
where he teaches trumpet. He joined the music department faculty in 1975
and is a founding member of the Arkansas State University Brass Quintet.
As a charter member of the International Trumpet Guild, he has performed
at several international conferences. Mr. Jorgensen has been Principal
Trumpet of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra since 1976. With that group
he performs more than 50 concerts each year in Little Rock and other
cities around the state. He is also First Trumpet with the Arkansas
Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet and Solo Trumpet with the Arkansas Bach
Chorus. In the summer, Mr. Jorgensen is the Concert Manager for the
Interlochen Arts Festival in Michigan.
Ed Owen is Assistant 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 Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and
Literature from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
The audience is encouraged to visit the Bradbury Gallery during
intermission. The current exhibition is entitled Faculty Biennial and
offers a look at what is currently being created by members of the ASU
Department of Art.
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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