SFA music faculty to present Pi Kappa Lambda Faculty Showcase

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. 21, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert showcases the talents of the diverse School of Music performing faculty, according to Nita Hudson, instructor of voice and opera. All concert proceeds benefit the Pi Kappa Lambda scholarship the School of Music gives each year to the sophomore music major with the highest grade point average.

“This is always a fun and exciting night for our music faculty,” Hudson said. “Not only do we get to perform for the Nacogdoches community, but we also raise funds for music scholarships.

“Twenty-four music faculty members will perform a wide variety of concert repertoire, ranging from a traditional vocal spiritual to a Mozart operatic duet,” Hudson added.

The program also features a barbershop quartet, a mellow brass quintet, a string quartet and saxophone and percussion performances. Traditional folk songs will be played on an Irish harp. An audience favorite, SFA piano professor Mario Ajero will perform a piano piece for six hands with his children, Antonio and Olivia.

Other faculty performers include Debbie Berry, soprano; Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Charlotte Davis, soprano; Tod Fish, tenor; Charles Gavin, horn; Christina Guenther, flute; Nita Hudson, mezzo-soprano; Scott LaGraff, baritone; Brad Meyer, percussion; Emily Milius, soprano; Emily Mitchell, harp; Melissa Nabb, viola; Nathan Nabb, saxophone; Hyun Ji Oh, Andrew Parr, Ron Petti and James Pitts, piano; Evgeni Raychev, cello; J. D. Salas, tuba; Deb Scott, trombone; Chris Turner, baritone; Jacob Walburn, trumpet; and Gary Wurtz, trumpet.

The recital is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a feature of the 2017-18 Calliope Concert Series. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Wright Music Building at 2210 Alumni Drive.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. For tickets or more information, please visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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