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Annual Honor High School Recital
Chance for Area Musicians to Shine

  • March 13, 2017 | Tom Perry

Nine area high school students were recently recognized for their musical talents during the sixth annual Honor High School Solo Recital at Marietta College.

Shenandoah High School’s Corey Feldner (tuba) earned first place in the instrumental division, Marietta High School’s Luanna Wriston (soprano) won first place in the vocal division, and fellow MHS student Matthew Mason (piano) — a student of Karen Young Piano Studio — won the keyboard division.

“The talent displayed in the event was very high with students representing numerous high schools and private teaching studios,” said Marshall C. Kimball, Music Department Chairman. “It’s a great opportunity to showcase the students’ work, the opportunities we have for music and music students at Marietta College and the importance of the arts for the well rounded student.”

Also placing in the instrumental division were Maysville High School’s Matthew Pitcock (alto saxophone) in second and Parkersburg High School’s Chris Smith (snare drum) in third. In the vocal division, Marietta High School’s Hannah Miller (soprano) finished second and Meadowbrook High School’s Anna Marie Smith (soprano) was third.

In the keyboard division, Marietta High School’s Jodan Weber (marimba) of Scott Kitchen private studio, came in second place, while Maggie Smendziuk (piano), who is home schooled and is with Karen Young Piano Studio, finished third.

“Students have come to anticipate the opportunity to return with their solo work to compete for both cash prizes and a possibility of scholarships,” Kimball said. “ With the current educational climate it is important to always keep the arts and the liberal arts front and center. This is one of our ways of doing just that. It’s also a great learning experience for our Music Education students as they help organize and run the event. During the day little things pop up and the students have to think on their feet and do critical thinking and problem solving on a moment’s notice. This is very much like real life in the teaching profession. I am pleased we can continue this opportunity for everyone involved.”

The Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music and the Marietta College chapter of National Association for Music Education Collegiate conducted the recital on Feb. 25. Performing to a large crowd in the Alma McDonough Auditorium, 28 high school musicians, who received superior ratings at the District IX High School Solo and Ensemble Contest on Jan. 21, presented their solo work for a panel of six judges.

The judges for the event were Dr. Jay Dougherty, Director of Choirs; Dr. Andrew Francis, Professor of Theory/Composition; Professor Marshall C. Kimball, Chairman of the Music Department; Merewyn Weinkauf, Collaborative Pianist; Di Krivchenia, vocal instructor from West Virginia University-Parkersburg and Christopher Bowmaster, Applied Clarinet professor.

The high school musicians were competing for cash prizes and a possibility of music scholarships. Prizes for each division were: first place-$150 and trophy; second place-$100 and trophy and third place-$50 and trophy.

Marietta College’s Spring Band Concert
Features Two Celebrity Performances

  • April 12, 2017 | Tom Perry

Marietta College’s annual Spring Band Concert — which features the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, at the Peoples Bank Theatre — will include two celebrity performers.

Dr. William N. Ruud, Marietta’s 19th President, will play clarinet on two of the pieces being performed by the Symphonic Band. Ruud, an all-state clarinet in high school, has been practicing for months in preparation of this performance.

The other celebrity performer is Dr. Amy Yekel, dramatic soprano. She will be a featured vocalist on A Gershwin Tribute to Love. Yekel will also perform on a world premiere of I Carry Your Heart With Me. This composition was commissioned by the College’s Wind Ensemble for this special performance. Dr. Andrew Francis, Marietta College theory and composition professor, is the composer.

The concert, “Matters of the Heart,” is free and open to the public, but a free will offering will be taken at the end of the concert. Doors open at 6 p.m.

“Much thought has gone into the programming for the concert,” said Associate Professor Marshall C. Kimball, Director of Bands and Instrumental Activities at Marietta College. “Each composition being performed on the concert will be connected to one or more of our human emotions. Music is used in so many different emotional ways every day. The value of music is beyond what most people even think about yet it affects our lives each day. Just about every human emotion you can think of will be presented during the concert. From joy, to sadness, desperation, shock, love, it will all be there.”

The Wind Ensemble will be joined by the College’s Concert Choir and Oratorio Chorus for a performance of David Holsinger’s Sinfonia Voci. This composition is based on a true event in Plainfield, Illinois, when a tornado struck the town. Through the shock, despair, desperation and determination you will hear the event portrayed through the music. The rebuilding section of the music is stirring and emotional. Dr. Jay Dougherty, Director of Choral Activities, has prepared the choirs.

“This concert is a collaborative effort with the entire music department,” Kimball said. “Every person in the music department is somehow involved. It’s wonderful to see what can happen when all elements work together.”

The finale to the concert will be a presentation of Eric Whitacre’s famous composition, Godzilla Eats Las Vegas. This composition is a spoof, complete with video production, of things that happen to a threatened Las Vegas strip.

“We are so blessed to be able to present some wonderful literature, make a connection of the value of music in our lives and do it all in the beautiful Peoples Bank Theatre,” Kimball said. “Our goal is to pack the house with a full audience of 940 attendees. We hope the community and College will support the bands for this special concert.”

Marietta students honored at music association conference in Cleveland

  • February 28, 2017 | Tom Perry

During the recent three-day Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference in Cleveland, two Marietta College students received honors.

Michael Reese ’17 (Marietta, Ohio), a music education major, was awarded one of only five Ohio Foundation for Music Education student teaching scholarships at the OMEA Conference. The $750 scholarship is based upon an application certifying completion of all necessary course work for student teaching in music education.

“Michael’s recognition awards his drive in the music education field. During his studies at Marietta College this young music educator has taken advantage of every opportunity to build and develop his skills,” said Marshall C. Kimball, Director of Bands and Music Department Chair. “While carrying a very heavy course load each semester, Michael has also completed a minor in Political Science and a Teacher Leadership Certificate.”

In addition to being involved in all the various music ensembles on campus, Reese has taken on the extra opportunities of performing in the Legends Drum and Bugle Corps, the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, Matrix Indoor Drum Line and Rhythm X Indoor Drum Line.

“He is a driven individual with fantastic musical skills,” Kimball said. “He’s going to make an incredible music teacher. I am very pleased that Michael received the OFME student teaching scholarship in honor of all his achievements and hard work.”

At Marietta College, Reese has performed in the Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Concert Choir.

Harrison Trikones ’20 (Wintersville, Ohio) played the baritone saxophone as a member of the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association Honor Jazz Ensemble. Trikones, who is majoring in Petroleum Engineering, plays the baritone saxophone in Marietta College’s Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble.

College Welcomes Clarinet Recital to Campus on January 23

  • January 18, 2017 | Tom Perry

Virginia Tech clarinet professor Phillip Paglialonga is presenting a guest recital at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23, in the Alma McDonough Auditorium. The recital is free and open to the public.

The Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music is hosting Paglialonga, who is described by the periodical, The Clarinet, as “a phenomenal musician … our next prodigious clarinet performer and pedagogue.”

As a performer, Paglialonga has appeared on four continents and regularly appears throughout North America and abroad. His performances have been heard on National Public Radio, the CBC in Canada, as well as several other regional radio and television stations. He has visited dozens of universities to present recitals and classes, and is regularly invited to perform at venues around the world.

As an orchestral musician he has been a member of the Haddonfield Symphony, Sarasota Opera Orchestra and the Walt Disney World Orchestra. He has also appeared with numerous other orchestras including the: Charleston (South Carolina) Symphony; Chicago Civic Orchestra; Concertante di Chicago; Florida Orchestra; Fort Wayne (Indiana) Philharmonic; Kalamazoo (Michigan) Symphony; New World Symphony; Orlando (Florida) Philharmonic; Sarasota (Florida) Orchestra; and Windsor (Ontario) Symphony.

College Hosts OMEA District IX High School Solo & Ensemble Contest

  • January 17, 2017 | Tom Perry

Between 900-1,000 high school musicians will descend on the Marietta College campus to participate in the Ohio Music Education Association District IX High School Solo and Ensemble Contest on Saturday, Jan. 21.

This will be the sixth year Marietta College has hosted this event, which features high school musicians representing 28 high schools in an eight-county district and their directors and family/support group on campus. The total number of people on campus for this event will be approximately 1,500.

“During this event the individual soloists and small ensembles perform a single selection for an OMEA state approved adjudicator,” said Marshall C. Kimball, Music Department Chairman. “The adjudicator gives comments on strengths of the performance, as well as on areas that need more work. This is a great opportunity for students to get assessment and feedback from a specialist on their instrument and someone other than their school director. The students will be a combination of band, choir, orchestra and piano students.”

Marshall C. Kimball

"It’s a truly engaging and musically educational day. We are pleased to have this opportunity again to bring this event to Marietta College to showcase the talents of the high school musicians from Southeast Ohio."

Students are rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being a superior rating.

“We offer a little more incentive to the students in District IX because any soloist who receives a superior rating at this event will receive an invitation to come back to campus on Saturday, February 25 and perform on our sixth annual High School Honor Solo Recital,” Kimball said. “During this event the students will compete for first, second and third-place cash prizes.”

All performances are free and open to the public. Performances are held in the Hermann Fine Arts Center, Alma McDonough Auditorium and Thomas Hall.

“It’s a truly engaging and musically educational day,” Kimball said. “We are pleased to have this opportunity again to bring this event to Marietta College to showcase the talents of the high school musicians from Southeast Ohio.”