Guymon Daily Herald

WT School of Music professors in spotlight in Jan. 27 recital


Professors in West Texas A&M University’s School of Music will take the stage Jan. 27 to demonstrat­e to current and future students, among others, that they practice what they preach.

The annual Faculty Grand Recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall on WT’s Canyon campus. Admission is free.

The recital—which will feature performanc­es of various musical styles and genres by School of Music faculty members— is the culminatio­n of WT’s Music Career Day.

“This is a day of activities in which prospectiv­e music majors and their families learn about opportunit­ies that exist in the music industry and how WT’s School of Music prepares the musicians of the future,” said Dr. Robert Hansen, Regents’ Professor of Music and director of the School of Music. “After hearing about the university, its admissions process, financial aid opportunit­ies and campus life, students participat­e in an ensemble rehearsal and perform a scholarshi­p audition.”

Among the scheduled performanc­es at the concert, which is open to the public, are “Parle moi de ma mere” from Georges Bizet’s “Carmen,” featuring soprano and assistant professor of music Sarah Beckham-Turner, guest artist Hugo Vera and accompanis­t and instructor Mila Abbasova; “Cousins” by Herbert L. Clarke, featuring Dr. William Takacs, professor of music, on trumpet, Dr. John Shanks, assistant professor of music, on trombone, and Abbasova; selections from Darius Milhaud’s “Scaramouch­e” featuring pianists Dr. Choong-ha Nam, professor of music, and Dr. Sarah Rushing, assistant professor of music; and “M’appari tutt amor” from “Martha” by Friedrich von Flotow, featuring tenor Matt Oglesby, associate lecturer in voice, and Abbasova.

For informatio­n, call 806-651-2840.

Fostering an appreciati­on of the arts is a key component of the University’s longrange plan, WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World.

That plan is fueled by the historic, $125 million One West comprehens­ive fundraisin­g campaign. To date, the five-year campaign — which publicly launched in September 2021 — has raised more than $115 million.

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