NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Music Preparatory Division of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will open its 2008-2009 performance season with two recitals in October.

Cello and violin students of Dr. Evgeni Raychev and Dr. Jennifer Dalmas will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Music Recital Hall of the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

On Sunday, Oct. 26, piano students of Mary Cooper will dress in costume and perform their annual Halloween recital at 4 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall.

Admission to both recitals is free, and the public is cordially invited, said Pat Barnett, director of the Music Preparatory Division.

For more information on private lessons and ensembles offered through the Music Preparatory Division, visit or contact Barnett via e-mail at or by calling (936) 468-1291.