NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Faculty members of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will be the featured performers during the annual Pi Kappa Lambda Music Faculty Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.
The concert showcases the talents of the diverse School of Music performing faculty, according to Dr. Jamie Weaver, associate professor of music history at SFA and president of Pi Kappa Lambda honors society. Proceeds from the concert fund scholarships for deserving SFA music majors selected by the honors society.
“I encourage everyone who loves music, who would like to learn more about music, or who is curious about music at SFA to attend this year’s Pi Kappa Lambda Faculty Showcase,” Weaver said. “Sponsored by the university music honors society, the concert features a wide variety of instruments, voices and musical styles in brief, audience-friendly performances.
“Faculty members look forward to this concert every year because we have the chance to perform for each other as well as for our students and friends,” she added. “Some musicians perform with their talented family members.”
For example, Mario Ajero, professor of piano pedagogy at SFA, will perform with his children, Nio and Olivia Ajero.
“Many of our faculty artists collaborate in groups, and we all enjoy watching them perform together,” Weaver said.
This year’s program will feature performances by a jazz trio, as well as the SFA Brass Quintet, which features Deb Scott, trombone; Jake Walburn and Gary Wurtz, trumpet; Charles Gavin, horn; and JD Salas, tuba.
Other faculty performers will be Christopher Ayer and Vanessa Davis, clarinet; Debbie Berry, Nita Hudson and Scott LaGraff, voice, with guest artist Kimberly LaGraff; Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Christina Guenther, flute; Abby Yeakle Held, oboe; Bradley Meyer, percussion; Evgeni Raychev, cello; and Mary Cooper, Thomas Nixon, Hyun Ji Oh, Andrew Parr, Ronald Petti and James Pitts, piano.
The recital is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a feature of the 2018-19 Friends of Music Concert Series. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Wright Music Building at 2210 Alumni Drive.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. For tickets or more information, please visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu/ or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.