Friday, September 24, 2010

Music Department Presents Euphonium and Piano Recital

Music Department Presents Euphonium and Piano Recital

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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BOLIVAR, Mo. The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music presents Dr. Terri Knupps, euphonium, and Dr. Robert Carney, piano, in recital 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in the Jane A. Meyer Recital Hall.  Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Dr. Knupps, Associate Professor of Music History and Low Brass, is a native of Magnolia, Arkansas.  She earned a D.M.A. in Euphonium Performance and a M.M. in Music History and Literature from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music after teaching public school band for two years in Louisiana.  She also holds a M.M. in Euphonium Performance from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and a B.M.E. in Instrumental Music from Ouachita Baptist University. 

Dr. Knupps has won numerous awards in competitions sponsored by groups including the Music Teachers’ National Association and the International Tuba and Euphonium Association.  She has performed concerts and master classes in Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri.  In February 2011, Dr. Knupps will perform at the national meeting of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors in Gainesville, Florida.  Furthermore, she was a founding member of the championship-winning Fountain City Brass Band in Kansas City, MO and is currently an active member in the Basso Profundo Tuba/Euphonium Quartet and the Springfield Brass Choir. 

This recital will be Dr. Carney’s premier performance as an SBU faculty member.  He is a native of Missouri and completed his undergraduate studies at Missouri State University.  He received the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Louisiana State University and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of North Texas in May 2010.  Dr. Carney has also studied at the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado, the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, with Alan Chow from Northwestern University in Chicago, and with Frank Heneghan from Ireland. 

As a soloist and collaborative pianist, Dr. Carney has performed throughout the Midwest, South, and East Coast and appeared as soloist with the Louisiana State University and Missouri State University Orchestras.  Competitive performances have yielded numerous top prizes including first place in the Janice K. Hodges Contemporary Piano Competition, first place in the Missouri Music Teachers Association State Competition, and special recognition as a Presser Scholar by The Presser Foundation. 

As a pedagogue, Dr. Carney's research has focused on defining a new pedagogical paradigm for integrating Web-based instruction with traditional theory instruction in the piano studio.  He is in great demand as a clinician and adjudicator and has presented lectures for music teachers associations.  While living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Dr. Carney built a large and successful private studio in which his students received top awards in numerous local, regional, and international piano competitions.  Dr. Carney is married to Lisa Carney, and they have two sons, Jayden and Jonathan.

The recital will begin with a Baroque sonata by 18th-century German composer Georg Philipp Telemann, a contemporary of Johann Sebastian Bach.  This work will feature Dr. Carney on the harpsichord, the most popular keyboard instrument of the Baroque era, and Shane Knupps, euphonium, in accompaniment.  The next piece will be Elégie by French composer Gabriel Fauré.  Written in 1883, this beautiful, melodic piece was originally written for cello and orchestra and has been adapted for euphonium and piano.  The final piece of the evening will be one of the most significant and demanding works written for the euphonium:  Concerto by Vladimir Cosma.  This modern work, written in 2000, truly showcases the lyrical and technical abilities of the instrument utilizing many gypsy-influenced melodies.


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