College of Fine Arts News Archive

August 2017

  • SFA art faculty exhibition features Nieberding's unique photographs

    SFA art faculty exhibition features Nieberding's unique photographs

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    The photograph titled “Love” is among the works showing in “Personae in Places: The Photography of William Nieberding,” featured in this years SFA School of Art Faculty Exhibition.

    August 31, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University's Annual School of Art Faculty Exhibition will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    Each year, the faculty exhibition features a wide variety of artworks in ceramics, sculpture, photography, painting, prints, metals and mixed media, according to John Handley, director of SFA art galleries.

    "I think our faculty looks forward to this exhibition each fall as a way to kick off the school year and showcase their personal work for incoming students and the public at large to see," Handley said. "Sometimes it's easy to forget that many of our faculty are also professional working artists whose work is in private collections and museums around the world."

    This year's featured faculty artist is Bill Nieberding, assistant professor in the School of Art, who will present an exhibition of his photography. "Personae in Places: The Photography of William Nieberding" explores the artist's fascination with the human form in public spaces over the last two decades, Handley explained.

    "Early black and white environmental portraits, recent street photographs, and events, such as Dia De Los Muertos festival in Nacogdoches, are featured," Handley said. "The images explore complex aspects of identity revealed in the way people present themselves to the public eye and to the unwavering eye of the camera."

    Nieberding's exhibition will show in Reavley Gallery, and the faculty exhibition will be in Ledbetter Gallery. Both shows will be exhibited through Oct. 21. The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House is located at 329 E. Main St.

    Admission to the exhibition and reception, which is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Visual Arts and Nacogdoches Junior Forum, is free. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • FVA postcard, notecard sales benefit art scholarships

    FVA postcard, notecard sales benefit art scholarships

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    SFA Assistant Professor of Art Bill Nieberding's photograph of Surfin’ Steve is among the photos on notecards and postcards available for purchase at The Cole Art Center as an art scholarship fundraiser.

    August 31, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The sale of notecards and postcards featuring images depicting Nacogdoches' history, beauty and artistry continues to benefit art scholarships through a fundraiser organized by the Friends of the Visual Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University.

    Local photographers provided the images for the eight different designs featured on the 5-by-4½-inch notecards with envelopes and the 4-by-6-inch postcards that are available for purchase at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    "These beautiful notecards and postcards make nice, inexpensive gifts while supporting a good cause - art scholarships," said Jean Stephens, FVA member. "This is also a great way to spread the word about Nacogdoches and SFA."

    Available images include:

    "The Messenger" - Sculpture by Joe Barrington (winner of the first Sculpture For All); photograph by Bill Nieberding.
    "Bunny" - Sculpture by Jeffie Brewer.
    "Sunset Sky" - Oil painting by Peter Andrew; from the collection of SFA Regent Scott Coleman.
    Historic Zion Hill Baptist Church window - Photograph by Christopher Talbot.
    Surfin' Steve, SFA campus - Photograph by Bill Nieberding.
    Downtown Nacogdoches - Photograph by Ryan Russell.
    Thomas J. Rusk monument, Oak Grove Cemetery - Photograph by Stan Bohon.
    "Lighting the Copal" - Dia de los Muertos Fiesta, downtown Nacogdoches; photograph by Bill Nieberding.

    Notecards are $3 each, or four for $10 or eight for $20. Postcards are $1 each, or four for $3 or eight for $6. For additional information, call (936) 468-6557.

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  • Exhibition features Kimball's detailed lithographs

    Exhibition features Kimball's detailed lithographs

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    “Fragmentation: The Lithographs of Wayne Kimball” will show in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus Sept. 14 through Nov. 10.

    August 31, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    "Fragmentation: The Lithographs of Wayne Kimball" will open Thursday, Sept. 14, in Griffith Gallery on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    The exhibition features finely detailed lithographs on paper.

    Neal Cox, associate professor in the School of Art teaching printmaking, digital media, photography and drawing, who studied under Kimball, said of his work: "There is a connection to surrealism, a la Magritte, but in a more contemporary manner. He likes to make subtle comments on current events or pop culture (at least the popular culture he is interested in) while connecting with elements of antiquity.

    "He also seems interested in architectural detail, particularly interior design and even furniture design," Cox added. "All the work seems like a staged collage of sorts."

    A reception with the artist is scheduled for 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5.

    Kimball holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Southern Utah, Cedar City, and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona, Tucson. He holds a Master Printer certification from the Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Kimball's teaching experience includes a number of faculty positions at universities in New Mexico, Wisconsin, California, Texas and Arizona. He was a professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

    Since his retirement in 2009, Kimball has continued to produce and exhibit his work, which can be found in collections ranging from the National Gallery of Art, the New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Museum.

    The exhibition will show through Nov. 10. Griffith Gallery is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Dr.

    Admission to the exhibition and reception, which is sponsored in part by the SFA School of Art, Friends of the Visual Arts and Nacogdoches Junior Forum, is free. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • Alazan Trio to perform works of Schumann, Brahms

    Alazan Trio to perform works of Schumann, Brahms

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    SFA's Alazan Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    August 30, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Alazan Trio at Stephen F Austin State University will perform romantic piano trios when the faculty ensemble presents a recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Comprised of School of Music faculty members Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Evgeni Raychev, cello; and Ron Petti, piano, the trio will perform the music of German composers Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms.

    Formed in 2005, the Alazan Trio has typically performed and promoted music primarily by American composers, according to Dalmas.

    "For this concert, the trio will explore the music of Romantic composers Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms, going effectively on a 'European Vacation,'" she said.

    The two pieces on the program are Schumann's Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17 and Brahms' Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 101. The piano trio by Schumann is considered to be one of her finest works, and is her only published piece written in four-movement form.

    "Elegant and lyrical, this work was admired by her contemporaries, particularly Mendelssohn," Dalmas said.

    His third and last piano trio, Brahms' Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 101 is also composed in four movements and is more tautly conceived than his other more lengthy chamber works, Dalmas explained.

    "Of the three piano trios he composed, this is the most powerful and dramatic, and Clara Schumann admired it greatly," she said.

    The performance is part of the Calliope Concert Series of the School of Music, made possible by the Wedgeworth-Wright Endowment for the Arts, the James E. and Beth Kingham Performance Fund and the Kennedy Recital Fund. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • Children's Performing Arts Series offers exciting lineup for young audiences

    Children's Performing Arts Series offers exciting lineup for young audiences

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    SFA's Children's Performing Arts Series opens with two performances of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    August 30, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Children's Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will once again bring fun, educational shows that entertain and inform East Texas youngsters.

    The series, presented by the College of Fine Arts, features five nationally touring shows designed to engage audiences of all ages. Careful consideration is given to show topics, which always include teachable classroom elements, according to Diane Peterson, Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the series.

    "CPAS shows are a great way to supplement class curriculums, and our in-depth study guides provide suggestions for pre- and post-performance activities and discussions," Peterson said.

    CPAS shows bring hundreds of students from schools throughout East Texas to the SFA campus to enjoy the productions.

    "Our shows are often sell-outs, so we encourage teachers to book their classrooms early to take advantage of these great field trips that provide fun and educational outings for children," Peterson said. "We also offer great discounts for large groups."

    This year's lineup taps into four children's shows offered by the Virginia Repertory Theatre, and it brings back the action-packed Super Scientific Circus.

    The 2017-18 series opens Friday, Oct. 13, with "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." This musical adaptation of the classic Grimm's fairy tale comes to life with a talented ensemble of actors and wonderful puppets. Follow along as Snow White meets her pint-sized friends, takes the apple from the Evil Queen, receives a kiss from the Prince, and lives happily ever after. This faithful rendition of the fable will inspire young audiences to read the original. This performance is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

    Perhaps the best loved holiday story of all time, Virginia Repertory's adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" on Friday, Dec. 1, is particularly suited to children. Watch Mr. Scrooge have a change of heart from stone to gold as he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas, transforming him into a kinder, gentler man. All the joy, sentiment and meaning are here, without being too scary for young audiences. The play is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

    Children can learn more about black history with a performance of "Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad" on Thursday, Feb. 1. This stirring drama with music is a classic tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of slavery. Traveling by night and in extreme secrecy, her courage helped to change the world. Share her inspiring and adventurous life with students in this factual and deeply moving musical history lesson written for children in second through eighth grade.

    The longtime favorite Super Scientific Circus returns to the SFA campus on Wednesday, March 7, with Mr. Fish and Trent the Mime once again proving that science can be fun and funny. They use amazing circus skills involving boomerangs, bubbles, beach balls, bullwhips and magic to introduce the principles of friction, inertia, centripetal force, aerodynamics and more. The show targets students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

    The series concludes Friday, April 27, with "The Ugly Duckling," the fable of the swan who grows up 'ugly" in a family of ducks, later to find his appearance changing as he discovers his true identity. Virginia Rep unites Hans Christian Andersen's classic ugly duckling with other animal "misfit" heroes from the folk traditions of other cultures who work together to earn their home on the King's estate and find the self-confidence that only friendship and accomplishment can provide. The musical targets children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

    Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on show dates in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more.

    To order tickets, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Visit the CPAS website at http://www.cpas.sfasu.edu/ for additional information.

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  • SFA's University Series opens with Taylor 2 dance performance

    SFA's University Series opens with Taylor 2 dance performance

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    The 2017-18 University Series presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts will open with a performance of Taylor 2 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    August 30, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts will open its 2017-18 University Series with a performance of New York City-based dance company Taylor 2 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    A younger sibling to the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Taylor 2 brings the work of the modern dance world's leading choreographer to life for audiences of all backgrounds. At 87, Taylor is the last working member of the generation of luminaries that launched modern dance in America.

    "This is dance for everyone: accessible, athletic, emotionally powerful and really sexy - with a sense of humor, too," said Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series. "His smaller company brings us a more intimate performance but still delivers the same knockout excitement that Paul Taylor is well known for worldwide."

    Taylor 2 was established in 1993 to ensure that audiences all over the world could see Taylor's works, unhindered by economic or technical limitations. The renowned choreographer worked with longtime colleague Linda Hodes to create a company that could perform at the highest level as well as teach and provide community outreach.

    Taylor 2's performance is sponsored in part by Cataract, Glaucoma & Retina Consultants of East Texas/Benchmark Optical/Medical Arts Surgery Center.

    Prior to the performance, Heather Samuelson, assistant professor and co-coordinator of dance in the SFA Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, will present an informative talk at 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery. The gallery is located across the hall from Turner Auditorium, which is inside the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to meet the dancers and to honor the event's corporate sponsor.

    Single event ticket prices for the University Series are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3.

    For more information or to purchase tickets, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, stop by the Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

    Other upcoming University Series performances include Christmas with the Annie Moses Band on Dec. 12; Chanticleer on Jan. 19; The Mountaintop on Feb. 3; and The Barefoot Movement on March 8. Season tickets for the five-event series are $100 for adults, $80 for seniors and $40 for students/youth. A special Encore Event, the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker, will kick off the holiday season on Nov. 16 and 17. Call for prices and discounts.

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  • SFA to screen 'The Barkley Marathons' race documentary

    SFA to screen 'The Barkley Marathons' race documentary

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    A free, one-night screening of “The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young” is at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House

    August 23, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young" at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    The documentary, directed by Annika Iltis and Timothy James Kane, is about a race in Tennessee in which, during its first 25 years, only 10 people have finished. Based on the historic prison escape of James Earl Ray, this cult-like race tempts people from around the world to test their limits of physical and mental endurance, according to the synopsis at imdb.com.

    The Barkley Marathons, created by ultra-runner Lazarus Lake, only accepts 35 runners each year through a secret application process. The race has an ever-changing and unmarked course. Participants battle through treacherous terrain to find hidden books as proof of following the route, according to imdb.com.

    The film was named best feature documentary at the Kansas City FilmFest, earned an audience award at the Austin Film Festival, and earned numerous awards at the United Kingdom's Sheffield Adventure Film Festival.

    This screening is part of the School of Art's monthly Friday Film Series and is sponsored in part by William Arscott, Nacogdoches Film Festival, Karon Gillespie, Mike Mollot, David Kulhavy, Brad Maule, John and Kristen Heath, Galleria Z, Jill Carrington, Jean Stephens, Jim and Mary Neal, Richard Orton, Nacogdoches Junior Forum and Main Street Nacogdoches.

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

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  • House named new director of SFA School of Theatre

    House named new director of SFA School of Theatre

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    Cleo House, Jr.

    August 23, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    When Cleo House Jr. first stepped foot onto the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University, it was to attend the High School Summer Theatre Workshop presented by the School of Theatre. Little did he know as a young aspiring actor in the early 1990s that he would return to SFA in the summer of 2017 as the director of the School of Theatre.

    "It's truly a full-circle type of … well it's more than a moment," House said. "It's a life event … a full-circle life event that has brought me back to SFA and the School of Theatre. It was here that I discovered that I wasn't alone in my passion for theatre."

    Athletics was an important part of House's early family life. Growing up mostly in Hooks, Texas, his dad, now deceased, was a free agent for the Miami Dolphins. His brother graduated from SFA and played Lumberjack football on scholarship. His sister is a volleyball coach at Springhill ISD. His mother is a gospel minister.

    But it was the theatre that captured House's attention.

    "In a way, SFA helped me solidify my life's journey," he added. "I was never one of those people who had doubts about their professional path, and there were plenty of folks who had questions about the choice for a life in the theatrical arts. But I knew theatre was it for me. I had always felt like a life in education was what I wanted, but it wasn't until I found theatre that I realized what subject in education would be my specialty."

    He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M Commerce and a Master of Fine Arts from Texas Tech University. He taught and eventually served as coordinator/chair of theatre and performing arts programs at Penn State University - Berks, Texas Southern University and Clark Atlanta University.

    Professionally, he acted in a production of "Macbeth" that was co-directed by Aaron Posner and Teller (of Penn and Teller fame) and performed for two preeminent authors in their plays - August Wilson ("The Piano Lesson") and Wole Soyinka ("Death and the King's Horseman"). He has worked in a variety of theatre venues, such as The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., The Lantern Theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Two Rivers Theatre Company in Red Bank, New Jersey. Recent directing credits include "Miss Julie," "Lend Me a Tenor," "Dreamgirls" and "Medea."

    The diversity of the SFA theatre faculty and the school's student body attracted House to apply for the director's position, which was left vacant when former director Scott Shattuck became associate dean of the SFA College of Fine Arts.
    House also feels a connection to SFA theatre students.

    "I believe that how I grew up is very similar to the type of student that SFA attracts," House said. Because of opportunities like UIL One Act Play and the summer theatre workshop, House believes many students come to SFA with a "burning desire" to establish the kind of work ethic necessary for a successful career in theatre.

    "I also knew Allen Oster, and he was a fantastic teacher that influenced many like myself who attended the high school theatre workshop at SFA," he said. "But even more than all of that, Scott Shattuck has done an excellent job leading the department and establishing the School of Theatre's reputation as a school of choice for many in the South."

    House said he is looking forward to learning more about the culture of SFA, the College of Fine Arts and the School of Theatre.

    "I look forward to continuing the relationships the School of Theatre has developed over the years with the community," he said. "Ultimately, I'm excited about the opportunities this new era presents for the School of Theatre.

    "The School of Theatre has a great opportunity to capitalize even more on the diversity that is represented among the students," he added. "Another factor that makes working at SFA desirable is the fact that the School of Theatre is supported by the university in a real and tangible way."

    Although he plans to spend a good deal of time initially "listening and learning," House said his ultimate goal for the school is to "shoot for the stars."

    "It's my intention to make sure that everyone knows how awesome our students and faculty are," he said. "I want to find more opportunities for our students and faculty to gain recognition for their talents beyond our walls - which in turn increases the profile of the School of Theatre. It's very important to continue to lessen the divide between a professional career in theatre and being a student at SFA. I want to increase the number of students we have going into graduate programs; to increase interdisciplinary collaborations with other SFA departments and the community; to get off campus to see theatre; and to support all the things the School of Theatre is already doing so beautifully."

    House officially takes over Sept. 1 as director of the School of Theatre. Dr. Rick Jones, who has served as interim director for the past year, will return to full-time teaching this fall.

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  • Music composition of SFA graduate premieres in France, Ukraine

    Music composition of SFA graduate premieres in France, Ukraine

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    Kyle Henkel

    August 23, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Music composition students at Stephen F. Austin State University traditionally take bold steps, and it's paying off in bold ways around the globe.

    Kyle Henkel, who graduated from SFA in May with a Bachelor of Music, had his composition "Kandinsky Imaginations" premiered this past summer at the 5th Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in the south of France. Three days later, the same piece got its second performance at the Bruno Maderna Competition Composers Forum in Lviv, Ukraine, by members of the New York City-based Phoenix Ensemble.

    The Zodiac Music Academy & Festival commissioned Henkel to write the work. While he was at the festival, Henkel worked closely with the performers during rehearsals to improve the piece, whose inspiration is based on three paintings by Wassily Kandinsky: Composition VI, White Line and Composition VIII.

    "To compare my music to a painting by Kandinsky is intimidating already, but to do three works is frightening," Henkel said in an email interview. "To write something and have it compared to Kandinsky's work, I had to think outside of the box and use resources and techniques that may not be common in most works for this particular instrumentation - a trio with violin, cello and piano."

    Henkel explains that one movement is percussive and demands that three players use methods of drumming on the violin and cello; clapping, knocking, finger snapping and vocalizing sounds in all three instruments; and finger muting in the piano (almost making a sound similar to a violin and cello pizzicato, or plucking).

    "Overall, 'Kandinsky Imaginations' is an emotional, groovy and heavy-metal performance all wrapped up in a fun package," he said.

    Henkel was not able to travel to the Ukraine to coach the performers, but because of that, it allowed the artists "freedom to interpret the whole piece," he said.

    "At the Zodiac Music Festival, I was able to work with the performers every other day during rehearsals, refining the piece to what I was looking for in the music," he said.

    Henkel's composition professor at SFA, Dr. Stephen Lias, explains that emerging composers build resumes by having their works performed at various levels.

    "The more impressive the performers and/or location, the more credibility it gives the composer," Lias said, adding the majority of composers Kyle's age are getting mostly student performances in academic settings. "Some might be lucky enough to have a professional ensemble play a piece, or to have a new work premiered at a regional or national conference. Kyle's achievements are well above the norm, and reflect his dedication, talent and networking skills. To have an international performance by professional musicians would be impressive by itself, but this is not the first time it has happened."

    Premieres of this level reflect what Lias described as the "mantra" of the composition studio at SFA: "Take Bold Steps."
    "If all the excellent instruction they get at SFA is to pay off, it will only be because the students themselves step out of their comfort zone and dare to aim high," Lias said. "Of course, the students have to bring a lot of their own creativity to the table, but our composition studio is designed to provide the best instruction, along with the encouragement and support to foster growth and set students on their way to a successful life in music."

    Henkel is working toward a Masters in Music Composition at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He is also working on three different commissions: a trumpet solo (with piano and percussion accompaniment), a clarinet work for a group of clarinetists he met in France, and a piece for the Zodiac Trio.

    "I am excited to say that all three commissioned will receive world premiere performances next year," he said. "On the side, I am working on a few small projects with some friends that I love at SFA and an orchestra piece that may have a possible reading with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra."

    Henkel's success thus far is just one example of the international footprint that the SFA Composition Studio is making this year.

    "We've had students doing summer programs or conferences in Italy, France, Canada and Alaska," Lias said. "This fall, I'm taking two students to the ISCM World Music Days in Vancouver, and one of our graduate students will be studying the entire semester at our partner program in Hobart, Tasmania (Australia).

    "There is a vibrant and positive energy in the current group of students," he added, "and some of our recent graduates are winning national and international honors."

    One of Henkel's dreams is to create a studio for young and aspiring musicians. He hopes to help young musicians improve their musical technique with their school music - for solo and ensemble, all-region, area and state music auditions, or college audition music. He also hopes to establish an environment in which composers of all ages learn from and collaborate with one another "in a fun and professional environment," he said.

    "In the end, I want to embody what Stephen Lias has been saying to me and many other composers who have walked in to his office and classroom: Take Bold Steps!"

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  • SFA's Heterodyne Duo to open Calliope Concert Series

    SFA's Heterodyne Duo to open Calliope Concert Series

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    Dr. Nathan Nabb and Dr. Brad Meyer

    August 19, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Heterodyne Duo at Stephen F. Austin State University will open the all-new Calliope Concert Series for the SFA School of Music at the start of the fall semester.

    The faculty duo, featuring Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at SFA, and Dr. Nathan Nabb, professor of saxophone, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    The program will feature compositions by Nathan Daughtrey, Alex Mincek, Marc Mellits and Iannis Xenakis.

    Daughtrey's "Burn" was commissioned for a performance at the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference at Texas Tech University where it received its premiere. The title "conjures images of overlapping, quick figures rising and falling, weaving into and out of one another, just as flames do," Daughtrey wrote about the piece.

    Mellits explains his "Escape" as the definition of the word: to break free from confinement or control.

    "The music to my 'Escape' does much the same thing," he wrote. "The alto saxophone and marimba in this work are often treated as two halves of the same musical machine. Their rhythmic and melodic patterns intertwine and play off of each other in order to create a musical entity that relies on each other and that, in effect, controls one another."

    Xenakis is considered to be a pioneer in the area of computer music and algorithmic composition. He also developed an approach to digital synthesis based on random generation and variation of the waveform itself. In addition, he designed a computer system utilizing a graphic interface, according to a description written by composer, writer and digital music specialist James Harley, who authored a book on Xenakis. "Dmaathen" was originally scored for oboe and percussion; the oboe part has since been adapted, with the composer's endorsement, for flute and for soprano saxophone.

    The Calliope Concert Series is made possible by the Wedgeworth-Wright Endowment for the Arts, the James E. and Beth Kingham Performance Fund and the Kennedy Recital Fund.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • Nutcracker ticket sales expected to be brisk

    Nutcracker ticket sales expected to be brisk

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    Tickets for the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker to be performed at SFA Nov. 16 and 17 go on sale Monday, Aug. 14.

    August 10, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Tickets to attend the Nov. 16 and 17 performances of Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker at Stephen F. Austin State University are available for purchase by the general public beginning Monday, Aug. 14.

    An Encore Event presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts, The Great Russian Nutcracker will be presented at 7:30 each night in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building.

    All ages will want to celebrate Christmas with the Moscow Ballet's company of nearly 40 ballerinas and other dancers on its 25th Anniversary Tour of North America.

    Known for its award-winning, technically supreme performers, lavish costumes and magnificent backdrops, this ballet ensemble performed in 2009 before a sold-out Turner Auditorium crowd.

    "The Texas premiere of this milestone tour will be a thrilling launch for the holiday season in Nacogdoches," said Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts. "Promising repeated rave reviews, The Great Russian Nutcracker performances will likely once again see sell-out dates, so get your tickets early!"

    Early interest and inquiries about the event lead CFA Box Office staff to expect sell-out crowds for both performances, according to Diane Peterson, Fine Arts Box Office manager.

    "As soon as people learned of the Nutcracker performances, we began getting calls in the Box Office about ticket availability from not only our traditional University Series season ticket holders, but also others who want to bring their families to this special holiday celebration," Peterson said.

    A separate event apart from the University Series, Nutcracker adult tickets are $45 for Section A seating, $36 for Section B seating and $20 for Section C seating. Discounts are available for seniors, students, children, SFA faculty and staff members.

    For more information, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, stop by the Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • Italy trip expands SFA's exchange with Florence art school

    Italy trip expands SFA's exchange with Florence art school

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    SFA faculty toured the painting studio in the LABA facilities. Shown with Dr. Mauro Manetti, second from right, director of LABA, are, from left, Dr. David Lewis, SFA art professor; a LABA painting professor; and Christopher Talbot, director, SFA School of Art.
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    SFA students at the top of the Dome of Florence Cathedral include, front, from left, Korey Burns, Grayson, Louisiana, graduate student; Jacqueline Morales, Plano senior; Bethany Sailer, Mineral Wells senior; Kate Bretches, Longview junior; Cynthia Silva, Dallas senior; Sharon Robinson, Nacogdoches graduate student; back, from left, Jacob Thornton, Lufkin junior; Kenzie Kwiatkowsky, Marietta, Georgia, freshman; Jacob Moffett, Hockley junior; Michelle Galvan, Austin junior; Madison Green, Flower M
    August 4, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Fourteen students from the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art traveled to Italy earlier this summer to study European art first hand and further develop the School of Art's ongoing exchange program with the art school in Florence, Libera Accademia di Belle Arti (LABA).
    Led by Christopher Talbot, director of the School of Art, and Dr. David Lewis, professor of art, students visited Florence, Siena, Arezzo and Rome, Italy, where they toured numerous museums, churches and monuments, including the Uffizi Gallery and the Cathedral and Baptistery of Florence and the Roman Forum and Colosseum, Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. During their travels, the students completed the course, "Italian Renaissance Art - Then and Now," taught by Lewis.
    Since 2015, LABA has hosted two SFA students for two weeks in May, and the SFA School of Art has hosted two LABA students for two weeks in September. This trip expanded SFA's exchange with LABA. Students toured LABA facilities, attended the fashion show of designs made by LABA students and got acquainted with the four LABA students who will visit SFA this coming September. Talbot and several students presented a program about SFA and the School of Art for LABA students, and Talbot and Lewis also critiqued the work of photography students.

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  • Learn more about SFA Music Prep at open house

    Learn more about SFA Music Prep at open house

    August 4, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Music Preparatory Division of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Music Prep House at 3028 Raguet St.

    Music Prep offers private music lessons in piano, harp, violin, Suzuki violin, flute, cello, trumpet, trombone, voice, percussion and more.

    The program also offers the Piney Woods Youth Orchestra, an Adult Piano Class, Music Theory Adventures for beginning and intermediate students and the Raguet Strings adult ensemble. Harp ensemble classes are offered for students in third through sixth grades, middle and high school ages and adults.

    Upper-level musicians as well as SFA faculty and students teach classes.

    Auditions for the youth orchestra will be held during the open house.

    The Music Prep office is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information, contact Barnett at (936) 468-1291 or at musicprep@sfasu.edu. Visit http://www.music.sfasu.edu/prep or the Facebook site at SFA Music Prep.

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  • SFA's Music Prep offering harp lessons for fall semester

    SFA's Music Prep offering harp lessons for fall semester

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    Harpist Emily Mitchell, shown here teaching at the Southeastern Harp Weekend in Asheville, North Carolina, will teach harp lessons this fall for the SFA Music Preparatory Division.

    August 3, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Music Preparatory Division of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will offer harp lessons for the upcoming fall semester.

    Award-winning harpist Emily Mitchell, artist in residence in the SFA School of Music, will teach the lessons for ages 8 through adult.

    "When I perform, audience members will often say to me afterwards, 'Oh, I always wanted to learn to play the harp!' Well, here's your chance," Mitchell said. "It's going to be fun, low pressure, with lots of camaraderie."

    Lyon-Healy Troubadour lever harps will be provided. No prior musical training is necessary. Classes will be organized according to age and musical proficiency.

    "You can make a beautiful sound on the harp from the very beginning - no squeaks or squawks," Mitchell said. "It's very gratifying to learn to play the harp, because even the simplest of songs can be made to sound beautiful, and you don't need accompaniment. The harp is similar to the piano in that respect."

    Students who excel during the three-times-a-week sessions will have the option of continuing with private lessons, Mitchell explained.

    "The SFA Music Preparatory Division is very fortunate to have Emily Mitchell teaching harp," said Pat Barnett, Music Prep director. "Mr. Ed Cole and wife, Gwen, purchased the harps to add to the preparatory divisions' music offerings. We are forever grateful to the Coles for their generosity and for bringing the harp to us and the SFA School of Music."

    First-time registrants will receive a $30 scholarship off the $90 tuition for the class.

    Emily Mitchell enjoyed a 30-year career in New York City where she was principal harpist for the incomparable Eos Orchestra. She was an established name in the television, motion picture and recording studios of New York and taught on the faculties of New York University and Purchase College. Mitchell toured the United States as a soloist and chamber musician for Columbia Artists' Community Concerts for many years. She relocated to Texas in 2008 and was appointed to the music faculties of SFA and Sam Houston State University. Mitchell performs with Saint Cecilia Chamber Music Society in Houston, Better Than One harp duo with Jaymee Haefner, and is director of The New Houston Harp Ensemble. Mitchell has championed the works of flutist and composer Gary Schocker on four CDs for Albany Records recorded from 2011 to 2016.

    Music Prep offers private music lessons in piano, harp, violin, Suzuki violin, flute, cello, trumpet, trombone, voice, percussion and more. Private lessons begin the week of Aug. 21 for 16-week upper level faculty instruction and the week of Sept. 11 for 12-week SFA music major instruction.

    The Music Prep office is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information, contact Barnett at (936) 468-1291 or at musicprep@sfasu.edu. Application forms and information about the various programs offered are available on the Music Prep website at http://www.music.sfasu.edu/prep. Visit the Facebook site at SFA Music Prep.

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