College of Fine Arts News Archive

January 2012

  • SFA to present student-directed ‘Medusa’s Tale’

    SFA to present student-directed ‘Medusa’s Tale’

    January 31, 2012—Sylvia Bierschenk

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present a student-directed production of Carol Lashof’s “Medusa’s Tale” at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5. All performances will be in the Downstage Theatre located on the first floor of the Griffith Fine Arts Building.

    The one-act play is a spin on the ancient Greek myth about the demi-god Perseus and Medusa, the snake-haired creature who could turn humans into stone. This version portrays Medusa as a victim of the gods rather than as a monster, explained Sunnyvale senior Mai Lê, the show’s director.

    British exchange students Abigail Watton and Lolade Rufai portray Medusa and Athena, respectively; Dallas freshman TaDaris Jones plays Perseus; and Marshall junior Christopher Dawson portrays Poseidon.

    Previously at SFA, Lê directed “Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread” and assistant directed “The Saga of Cuchulain.” In March, she will be the assistant director for “Art.”

    Her design credits include costumes for “One for the Road” and hair and makeup for “The Saga of Cuchulain.” On stage, Lê has acted in 10 SFA productions, most recently in “The Uninvited,” “Breasts of Tiresius” and “The Philadelphia.”

    Tickets to the play, which is recommended for mature audiences, are $3 each. For tickets or more information, please go to http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407.

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  • SFA bands to present joint concert

    SFA bands to present joint concert

    January 31, 2012—Sylvia Bierschenk

    The Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony of Stephen F. Austin State University will present a joint band concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in W.M. Turner Auditorium. The Symphonic Band will perform a program of international music, and the Wind Symphony’s selections all relate to angels and demons.

    Under the direction of Tamey Anglley, SFA assistant director of bands, the Symphonic Band will open the concert with John Wasson’s “American Fanfare,” and graduate student Justin Allen of Spring will guest conduct Percy Grainger’s “Ye Banks and Braes O’Bonnie Doon.”

    The Symphonic Band’s final piece will be Franco Cesarini’s “Greek Folk Song Suite,” a three-movement work based on three ancient Greek folk songs.

    To begin its “Angels and Demons” program, the Wind Symphony will perform Walter Hartley’s “Angel Band,” a three-movement suite based on 18th and 19th century American hymn tunes. It will be guest conducted by Wylie graduate student Holly Royster.

    Under the direction of David W. Campo, SFA associate director of bands, the Wind Symphony will also present David Gillingham’s “Be Thou My Vision” and “Profanation,” the second movement of Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphony No. 1: Jeremiah.”

    “‘Profanation’ is the scherzo movement of the symphony and is intended to depict the chaos and destruction brought about by the pagan corruption within the Jewish priesthood and people,” explained Campo.

    The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Turner Auditorium is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

    Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or more information, please go to http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • SFA announces Schmidbauer Competition winners

    SFA announces Schmidbauer Competition winners

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    Andreas Ioannides (seated) received first prize in the 2012 Schmidbauer International Young Artist Piano Competition hosted by the SFA School of Music in January. Mauricio Aria (far left) received second prize, and Jiri Levicek (far right) received third prize. Pictured with the winners, from left, are the Senior Division jurors, Barry Snyder, Elisabeth Pridonoff and Nelita True.

    January 31, 2012—Sylvia Bierschenk

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music has announced the winners of the 2012 Schmidbauer International Young Artist Piano Competition held Jan. 21 through 22 on the university campus. From the pool of international applicants, 10 semi-finalists in both the Senior Division (ages 19 to 27) and Junior Division (ages 15 to 18) were selected to compete in the two-day event.

    Andreas Ioannides, a graduate student at the University of North Texas, was awarded the $5,000 first prize in the Senior Division. The native of Cyprus will receive an additional $2,500 when he returns to SFA next year to perform Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor with the Orchestra of the Pines.

    Mauricio Arias, a Colombia native pursuing a doctoral degree at Arizona State University, received the second prize of $3,000. University of North Texas master’s student Jiri Levicek of the Czech Republic received the $2,000 third prize.

    In the Junior Division, Auburn Lee of Pearland won the $1,500 first prize; Danni Feng, a student at the University of Michigan, won the $1,000 second prize; and Sangwon Kim of Seoul, South Korea, won the $750 third prize.

    Senior Division jurors were Elisabeth Pridonoff, faculty member of the Brevard Festival; and Barry Snyder and Nelita True, both professors of piano at the Eastman School of Music.

    Junior Division jurors were Constance Carroll, who has taught at universities in Louisiana, Wisconsin and North Carolina; Amy I-Lin Cheng, a faculty member at the University of Michigan; and Michael Gurt, the Paula Garvey Manship Distinguished Professor of Piano at Louisiana State University.

    The Schmidbauer competition, which is made possible by the generosity of George and Peggy Schmidbauer, alternates annually between piano and strings.

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  • Faculty recitals slated at SFA

    Faculty recitals slated at SFA

    January 30, 2012—Sylvia Bierschenk

    As part of the Cole Performing Arts Series, the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present two faculty recitals this week, both at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall.

    Trombonist Deb Scott and pianist Ron Petti will perform on Monday, Jan. 30, and the Alazan Trio—composed of violinist Jennifer Dalmas, cellist Evgeni Raychev and Petti—will perform on Thursday, Feb. 2.

    Scott said her varied program includes a concerto “full of emotion, suspense and beautiful melodies by Nino Rota, who is most famous for composing the music for ‘The Godfather,’ and Michael Davis’ ‘Bone Man Walking,’ an unaccompanied solo in the jazz style, which is very enjoyable to hear.”

    In addition to teaching trombone and bass trombone at SFA, Associate Professor Scott also directs The Swingin’ Aces jazz band and the Trombone Choir, which was featured at the Big 12 Trombone Conference held earlier this month in Lubbock. Scott is active as a performer and clinician in both classical and jazz styles.

    The Alazan Trio has titled its recital “Contrasts” to reflect the differences in the program’s three pieces by Alec Wilder, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Rick Sowash, explained Petti.

    “Wilder’s trio has five short movements with hints of jazz influence. In stark contrast, the Zwilich trio’s outer movements are intense and rhythmically driven, and the middle is dark and somber,” Petti said. “Sowash’s ‘Four Seasons in Bellville’ is beloved by most audiences and full of lush, expansive melody, sometimes playful, heroic, elegant and even heartrending.”

    Tickets for both recitals are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or more information, please visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

    Cole Concert Hall is located in the Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive.

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  • SFA to open photography and art metals exhibitions

    SFA to open photography and art metals exhibitions

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    Frank Dituri’s “Light from Above” is one of the photographs included in “Frank Dituri: Of Things Not Seen,” which the SFA School of Art will open at 6 p.m. with an artist reception on Thursday, Feb. 2, in Griffith Gallery, Room 208 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.

    January 24, 2012—Sylvia Bierschenk

    Photographs by an internationally acclaimed artist and metalworking and jewelry from around the world are included in the two exhibitions the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art will open during the first few days in February.

    “Frank Dituri: Of Things Not Seen” will open in Griffith Gallery with a 6 p.m. reception for the artist on Thursday, Feb. 2.

    “In his evocative photographs, Dituri presents glimpses of ordinary reality as evidence of things not actually seen,” explained David A. Lewis, SFA professor of art history and curator of the exhibition. “Full of mystery, power and fascination, the images capture moments of epiphany. They are hauntingly beautiful.”

    Dituri’s work has been exhibited worldwide, and his images have been reviewed and published in many prestigious international publications. He currently teaches at the Libera Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy.

    The exhibition, which is a part of the College of Fine Arts’ University Series, will run through Friday, March 9. Griffith Gallery is located in Room 208 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. Its regular hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

    “Refined VII: Inspiration,” SFA’s biennial juried art metals and jewelry competition and exhibition, will open on Saturday, Feb. 4, in the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches.

    From the approximately 300 submissions, juror Jennifer Crupi, associate professor of art at Kean University in New Jersey, selected 72 works by 44 international artists based on the works’ reflection of this year’s theme, inspiration.

    At 5 p.m., Crupi will give a gallery talk and announce the winners of the $1,500 in prize money. Her talk will be followed by a 6 to 8 p.m. reception.

    “Refined VII” will be on view through Saturday, March 24. The Cole Art Center is open 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

    Both exhibitions are joint presentations of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art and are sponsored in part by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts and Nacogdoches Junior Forum.

    Admission to both galleries is free. For more information, please go to http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA Wind Ensemble concert concludes its Winter Tour

    SFA Wind Ensemble concert concludes its Winter Tour

    January 24, 2012—Sylvia Bierschenk

    The SFA Wind Ensemble’s 2012 Winter Tour will culminate in a 7:30 p.m. concert on Tuesday, Jan. 31, in W.M. Turner Auditorium. Under the direction of Fred J. Allen, director of bands at Stephen F. Austin State University, the ensemble will perform the program being presented to Austin, Temple and other Central Texas high schools Monday, Jan. 30, through Tuesday, Jan. 31.

    The concert will open with Richard Taylor’s “Salute to Dallas,” a fanfare the band premiered at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas last September. The ensemble will then perform Michael Torke’s “Javelin,” which was commissioned by the 1996 Olympic Committee to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Atlanta Symphony.

    David W. Campo, SFA associate director of bands, will guest conduct Frank Ticheli’s “Rest,” and Tamey Anglley, SFA assistant director of bands, will guest conduct Michael Gandolfi’s “Vientos Y Tangos.” Other works to be presented are John Philip Sousa’s “Hands Across the Sea” and Brant Karrick’s “See Rock City.”

    “This is a very tuneful and light-hearted concert,” said Allen. “Everyone will find something to enjoy in this selection of music.”

    The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and the School of Music.

    W.M. Turner Auditorium is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

    Tickets are $5 for adults, 4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or more information, please go to http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407.

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  • Avoid parking problems at Vienna Boys Choir concert

    Avoid parking problems at Vienna Boys Choir concert

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    The world-famous Vienna Boys Choir will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium as part of the SFA College of Fine Arts’ University Series. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early and be familiar with parking options. Photo by Lucas Beck.

    January 24, 2012—Sylvia Bierschenk

    “Allow time for parking” is the general recommendation for East Texans who will be attending the Vienna Boys Choir concert in Stephen F. Austin State University’s W.M. Turner Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3.

    “We have ample parking for our patrons, but the number of spaces on Alumni Drive immediately in front of the Griffith Fine Arts Building is limited,” said Diane Flynn, SFA Box Office manager. “Plus, many of those will be reserved for our VIP patrons who have purchased a special parking pass.”

    Flynn recommends patrons use the free parking garage at the corner of Raguet and E. College Streets or the parking lot at the corner of North and Wettermark Streets. The walk from either is equivalent to about two blocks.

    “Free parking is also available along Vista and Alumni Drives and Griffith Boulevard, but those are sometimes filled by students who live in the nearby dorms or by people attending events in the Baker Pattillo Student Center,” Flynn warned. For a small fee, patrons may be able to park in the Student Center Parking Garage accessible via Clark or Griffith Boulevards.

    There are several handicapped parking spaces along Vista and Alumni Drives, and in a small lot off of East College Street behind the Wright Music Building. Drivers are also welcome to drop off passengers in front of the Griffith Building and then park and walk.

    “We want the entire evening to be an enjoyable experience for all of our patrons,” said Flynn. “That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to get to campus early so that no one is rushed to get to the auditorium.”

    Early arrivers are welcome to attend a 7 p.m. informative talk by Dr. David Howard, SFA associate director of choirs, in Griffith Gallery, located across the hall from Turner Auditorium.

    The Griffith Fine Arts Building is located at 2222 Alumni Dr. A map showing available parking can be accessed at http://www.boxoffice.sfasu.edu and following the link for parking.

    Tickets for the Vienna Boys Choir concert range from $35 to $17.50, with discounts available for seniors, students and youth. For tickets or more information, please visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

    The event is a part of the 2011-2012 SFA College of Fine Arts’ University Series and is sponsored in part by Lehmann Eye Center.

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  • SFA music offers four performances and lectures

    SFA music offers four performances and lectures

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    Paula Brusky will present a guest bassoon recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in Cole Concert Hall and a lecture/workshop on injury prevention for musicians at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in the Music Recital Hall. Brusky’s presentations are two of four events offered this week as part of the SFA School of Music’s Cole Performing Arts Series.

    January 23, 2012—Sylvia Bierschenk

    Two guest musicians will be presenting programs this week as part of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music’s Cole Performing Arts Series.

    Robert Levy, well known trumpeter, conductor, teacher, composer and recording artist, will deliver a lecture, “The Life and Music of Alec Wilder,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, in the Music Recital Hall, Room 160 of the Wright Music Building.

    Interspersed with Levy’s discussion of the 20th century American composer whose songs have been recorded by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis and Carly Simon, will be performances of Wilder’s music by SFA student ensembles.

    On Tuesday, Jan. 24, members of the SFA music faculty will present “The Music of Alec Wilder,” a concert that will demonstrate the variety and breadth of Wilder’s music, explained Dr. Charles Gavin, SFA professor of music. The 7:30 p.m. concert will be held in Cole Concert Hall of the Wright Music Building.

    Guest bassoonist Paula Brusky will present a recital of Australian and new bassoon works at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in Cole Concert Hall. Joining Brusky will be pianist Geneva Fung, SFA staff accompanist; and violist Eliza Thomason, director of strings and assistant professor at Texas Lutheran University.

    Brusky, who completed her doctoral degree in bassoon performance at the Sydney (Australia) Conservatorium of Music and teaches at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, is also a published researcher specializing in injury prevention for musicians. She will give a lecture/workshop on this subject from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in the Music Recital Hall.

    Both Levy’s and Brusky’s lectures are free and open to the public. Tickets for the performances on Tuesday and Thursday are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or more information, please go to http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

    The Wright Music Building is located at 2210 Alumni Drive on the SFA campus.

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  • SFA to open ‘Silent Transmissions’ exhibition

    SFA to open ‘Silent Transmissions’ exhibition

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    January 20, 2012—Sylvia Bierschenk

    Four of the five artists represented in “Silent Transmissions” will be present for the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art’s opening of the show at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at The Cole Art Center in downtown Nacogdoches.

    The exhibition, which will be on view in the Ledbetter Gallery, includes thought-provoking paintings, sculptures and installations by Frances Bagley, Vincent Falsetta, James Marshall, John Pomara and Jay Shinn, explained Charlene Rathburn, SFA galleries director and curator of the exhibition. Bagley, Marshall, Pomara and Shinn will attend the opening.

    Bagley, whose sculptures are included in public and corporate collections in Texas and Arkansas and in the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., is the recipient of an artist grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the Legend Award from the Dallas Visual Art Center and the 2010 Moss/Chumley Award from the Meadows Museum in Dallas. She also received an award in the 2008 Kajima Sculpture Exhibition in Tokyo, the only American to have done so.

    Paintings by Vincent Falsetta, professor of art at the University of North Texas, are included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; Galleria Cavallino in Venice, Italy; Neiman-Marcus in Las Vegas and Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City, Utah, to name a few. On the artist’s website, he writes that his distinctly abstract paintings “tend to suggest waves of sound, water, light or seismic activity.”

    The ceramic pieces by Marshall included in the exhibition are from “The Liminal Object,” a series he says “investigates the potential for an ordinary object to move into other dimensions.” Marshall’s work is included in over 250 public and private national and international collections. The artist is the head of ceramics at Santa Fe Community College.

    John Pomara is a professor of art at the University of Texas at Dallas. His paintings, created by pulling industrial enamel across aluminum panels, have been exhibited at the Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Meadows Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and in exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles and London.

    Jay Shinn, who has studios in New York City and Dallas, works in a variety of media, but his paintings, sculptures, prints and installations all deal with geometric shapes and perspective. His work is included in collections of Microsoft Corporation; the State Department in Washington, D.C.; Hilton Hotels; Fidelity Investments and the DFW Airport, among others.

    “Silent Transmissions” is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art and will run through Saturday, March 31. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.

    The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA expects sell-out crowd for Vienna Boys Choir

    SFA expects sell-out crowd for Vienna Boys Choir

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    A sell-out crowd is expected at the Feb. 3 performance by the world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium. The concert is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts’ University Series. Photo by Lukas Beck.

    January 17, 2012—Sylvia Bierschenk

    For more than 500 years, the Vienna Boys Choir has been delighting listeners from around the world, and now East Texans can share in the experience when the famed ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium. The concert is a part of the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts’ University Series.

    “We purposefully scheduled the concert on a Friday night so parents could bring their children to hear these wonderfully talented 10- to 14-year-olds sing a varied repertoire ranging from 18th century sacred works to contemporary songs,” said Dr. John W. Goodall, associate dean of the college.

    “People are definitely excited about this event!” exclaimed Diane J. Flynn, Fine Arts Box Office manager. “Tickets are selling quickly, and I anticipate a sell-out.”

    The choir, which began in 1498 as a six-member ensemble in the court of Emperor Maximilian I, currently consists of 100 choristers divided into four touring choirs. These groups present a combined total of about 300 concert performances each year, for approximately half a million people.

    Each group tours nine to 11 weeks per school year, visiting Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. As it has done since 1498, the choir provides music for the Sunday Mass in Vienna’s Imperial Chapel.

    Prior to the Nacogdoches performance, Dr. David Howard, SFA associate director of choirs, will give a 7 p.m. informative talk in Griffith Gallery, across the hall from Turner Auditorium. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to honor the event’s corporate sponsor, Lehmann Eye Center.

    Turner Auditorium and Griffith Gallery are located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

    Tickets range from $35 to $17.50, with discounts available for seniors, students and youth. For tickets or more information, please go to http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • SFA invites public to guest piano recital and international piano competition

    SFA invites public to guest piano recital and international piano competition

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    World-renowned pianist Barry Snyder will present a guest piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in Cole Concert Hall as a prelude to the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music’s 2012 Schmidbauer International Young Artists Piano Competition on Jan. 21 and 22.

    January 10, 2012—Sylvia Bierschenk

    Internationally acclaimed pianist Barry Snyder will kick off the 2012 Schmidbauer International Young Artist Piano Competition with a solo recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    Since winning three major prizes at the 1966 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Snyder has recorded over 40 compact discs and given concerts and master classes around the world. He currently teaches at the Eastman School of Music and will be serving as one of the senior division judges for the Schmidbauer Competition on Saturday, Jan. 21, and Sunday, Jan. 22.

    “Barry’s performance is a wonderful prelude to the SFA School of Music’s annual Schmidbauer Competition,” said Dr. John N. Roberts, director of the school. “The recital also serves as our official dedication for the new Steinway grand piano generously donated by George and Peggy Schmidbauer as our first step to becoming an ‘All-Steinway School.’”

    “We invite all East Texas piano enthusiasts to attend Friday’s performance as well as any or all portions of the competition in which 18 gifted young artists from nine countries will compete for $15,000 in prize money,” Roberts continued.

    From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, senior division pianists (ages 19 to 27) will each present a 30-minute recital during the semi-final rounds in W.M. Turner Auditorium. At the same time, eight junior division semi-finalists (ages 15 to 18) will compete in Cole Concert Hall.

    Three finalists for both divisions will be announced at 4:30 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall, where the junior division final round concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. that evening. The first place winner will receive $1,500; second place, $1,000; and third place, $750.

    The final round for the senior division will be begin at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, in Cole Concert Hall. The first place winner will receive $5,000 and a $2,500 concert engagement with the SFA Orchestra of the Pines. Second place will receive $3,000, and third place, $2,000.

    Tickets to Snyder’s recital are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. Admission to each of the final round concerts is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. Admission to any part of the semi-final rounds is free.

    Tickets to any of the events can be purchased ahead of time by calling (936) 468-6407 or visiting the Fine Arts Box Office 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets will also be available at the door.

    Cole Concert Hall is located in the Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive. W.M. Turner Auditorium and the Fine Arts Box Office are located at 2222 Alumni Drive. For more information, please call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • ‘Rastlin’ photographer to speak at Cole Art Center

    ‘Rastlin’ photographer to speak at Cole Art Center

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    January 10, 2012—Sylvia Bierschenk

    David McClister, the artist behind the photograph series “Rastlin - A Southern Survey” currently on view at Stephen F. Austin State University’s The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, will deliver a 5 p.m. gallery talk on Thursday, Jan. 19.

    “We invite everyone who has already viewed the exhibition and those who have not yet seen it to come hear David and to stay for the reception immediately afterwards,” said Charlene Rathburn, SFA galleries director.

    McClister is a Nashville-based photographer and music video director who specializes in documentary, photojournalism and celebrity portraiture. The “Rastlin” series documents small town wrestling in the South.

    “There was something about this world—the sounds, the smells, the fans—the action inside and outside the ring—everything about it—fascinated me,” wrote McClister in his artist statement for the exhibition.

    The photos will be included in a book of the same title being released by the SFA University Press later this spring.

    “Rastlin - A Southern Survey” is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art. It is sponsored in part by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts and Nacogdoches Junior Forum. The exhibition will close on Saturday, Jan. 21.

    The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA children’s series to present ‘Junie B. Jones’ musical

    SFA children’s series to present ‘Junie B. Jones’ musical

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    The SFA Children’s Performing Arts Series will present the Theatreworks USA production of “Junie B. Jones” at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on both Thursday, Jan. 26, and Friday, Jan. 27, in W.M. Turner Auditorium. Tickets are still available for all four shows. The one-hour original musical is suggested for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

    January 5, 2012—Sylvia Bierschenk

    Seats are still available for each of the four performances of “Junie B. Jones” that the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts will present in W.M. Turner Auditorium on Thursday, Jan. 26, and Friday, Jan. 27, as part of its Children’s Performing Arts Series.

    Theatreworks USA’s fast-paced, one-hour musical starring the outspoken, precocious first grader from Barbara Park’s popular series of books will be presented at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on both days.

    “In previous years, we have always sold out two performances, so this year, we are offering four opportunities for our area elementary students to see the show,” explained Diane J. Flynn, director of the children’s series.

    “Kindergartners through fifth graders will enjoy seeing some of their favorite characters come to life as Junie deals with new friends, new glasses, the annual kickball tournament and other angst-ridden situations she writes about in her ‘Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,’” Flynn continued.

    Anticipating a sell-out for all four performances, Flynn encourages parents and teachers to purchase tickets early.

    Tickets are $6 for individuals and $5 each for groups of 20 or more. For tickets or more information, please call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • SFA to screen ‘Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ... and Spring’

    SFA to screen ‘Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ... and Spring’

    January 3, 2012—Sylvia Bierschenk

    As part of its monthly independent film series, the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Art will present a free, one-night screening of “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter … and Spring” at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    The 103-minute film follows the lives of a Buddhist master and the young boy he is teaching through experience and exercises how to grow up in wisdom and compassion. The film is divided into five segments, each representing a different period of their lives, roughly 10 to 20 years apart.

    According to Sony Picture Classics’ website, director Ki-duk Kim said he “intended to portray the joy, anger, sorrow and pleasure of our lives through four seasons and through the life of a monk.”

    The film, which premiered in 2003, was selected for several film festivals, including the Toronto and Sundance film festivals. It received the Audience Award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. The film is rated R.

    The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. Admission is free.

    “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter … and Spring” is sponsored in part by Dr. Michael Mollott and Nacogdoches Gastroenterology, P.A.; SFA Friends of the Visual Arts and Nacogdoches Junior Forum. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.

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  • Registration open for SFA Music Preparatory Division classes

    Registration open for SFA Music Preparatory Division classes

    January 3, 2012—Sylvia Bierschenk

    Registrations are now being accepted for the spring classes offered through the Stephen F. Austin State University Music Preparatory Division.

    Students, including adults, may register for weekly private lessons in voice, harp, piano, classical guitar, violin, Suzuki violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, percussion and other requested instruments. The 16-week classes, taught by upper-level music preparatory faculty, begin the week of Jan. 16. The 12-week classes, taught by SFA student instructors, begin the week of Feb. 6.

    Dr. Ping-Ting Lan will teach a 14-week intermediate adult piano class that will meet on Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 30, in Room 302 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building.

    Laura Treadaway’s musicianship classes will begin Monday, Jan. 23, and Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Room 302 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building.

    Kindermusik classes for three different age levels, spanning newborns to 5-year-olds, will begin the week of Jan. 30 and be taught by certified Kindermusik teacher Karen Greer.

    The early childhood music and movement program is based on the beliefs that every child is musical, every parent is the child’s most important teacher, the home is the most important place for learning, and music nurtures a child’s development, explained Pat Barnett, director of the Music Preparatory Division.

    Registration forms for private lessons and/or classes can be downloaded from the division’s website at http://www.music.sfasu.edu/prep and turned in at either the SFA School of Music office, Room 150 in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building on the SFA campus, or at the Music Prep House, 3028 N. Raguet St. On-line registration for 16-week and/or 12-week private lessons is also available on the website.

    For more information, contact Barnett via e-mail at pbarnett@sfasu.edu or call her at (936) 468-1291. The Music Prep office is open 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment.

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  • Auditions set for SFA Music Preparatory choirs

    Auditions set for SFA Music Preparatory choirs

    January 2, 2012—Sylvia Bierschenk

    Second through eighth grade students interested in joining the SFA Children’s Chorus or Junior Chorale can audition for the groups from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Music Prep House, 3028 Raguet St.

    The ensembles, both directed by Nicole Stewart and Marissa Maddoux, are offered through the Music Preparatory Division of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music. Auditioning students should prepare to sing a simple song such as “America the Beautiful” or “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” without accompaniment.

    The Children’s Chorus, open to second through fifth graders, supplements the choral education and performance opportunities available to young people in East Texas, explained Pat Barnett, director of the Music Preparatory Division. The group focuses on intonation, breathing, proper vocal production and diction skills while learning a varied repertoire. The chorus will meet from 4:45 to 5:45 each Monday. Tuition is $100, and the new member uniform fee is $20.

    The Junior Chorale, open to sixth through eighth graders, performs more advanced choral music than the chorus, singing in multiple parts and foreign languages. Members will learn intermediate theory, sight-singing and ear training. The chorale will meet from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Tuition is $110, and the new member uniform fee is $20.

    “Students who have a sincere love of music and singing will enjoy these ensembles,” said Barnett. “Both groups present an end-of-the-semester concert and perform at community events.”

    For more information about the choirs or any of the private or group lessons offered by the Music Preparatory Division, go to http://www.music.sfasu.edu/prep or contact Barnett via e-mail at pbarnett@sfasu.edu or call her at (936) 468-1291.

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