Micky Elliott College of Fine Arts News Archive

January 2022

  • Dallas Museum of Art purchases work by SFA art faculty member Morales

    Dallas Museum of Art purchases work by SFA art faculty member Morales

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    Arely Morales

    January 21, 2022—Robbie Goodrich

    Artwork by Arely Morales, visiting assistant professor of drawing in the School of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University, has been acquired by the Dallas Museum of Art as part of its ongoing collecting practice of supporting local and regional artists, reports Glasstire, the oldest online-only art magazine in the country.

    Morales’ 65 1/2 by 60-inch oil on canvas painting “María,” of a woman laborer picking apples, is among the works by eight Texas artists purchased by the DMA for 2021. In addition to Morales, the group includes artists Ivonne Acero, Kaleta Doolin, Sam Gummelt, Anna Membrino, Kazuya Sakai, Danny Williams and Margaret Meehan, according to Glasstire.

    Morales’ work centers on the Latino immigrant community in the United States. Born in Mexico, Morales immigrated to the U.S. as a teen. Glasstire describes her work as “deeply personal, seeking to bring to light the humanity of people whose experiences are often invisible or seen through a politically charged lens.”

    “In my work, I am interested in exploring these issues and the vulnerabilities that take place within this group,” Morales’ artist statement explains. “I hope to uplift my community by bringing awareness of the struggles that often go unseen. I seek to show their strength, elevate, and dignify their presence, and create a clarity that makes my subjects feel visible and present as they exist.”

    “The School of Art congratulates Ms. Morales on her success.,” said Director Chris Talbot. “Her work is an inspiration to our students as she helps them find their own artistic voice and develop the talents that will resonate with their audience as she has done.”

    The acquisition of “María” was made possible through the Charron and Peter Denker Contemporary Texas Art Fund. Morales is represented by Talley Dunn Gallery.

    A non-profit 501(c)(3) publication, Glasstire describes itself as the only publication in Texas that is producing serious art criticism on a daily basis. It is supported in part by grants from The Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation Inc., the National Endowment for the Arts, the Greater Houston Community Foundation, the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, and the Texas Commission for the Arts.

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  • SFA Wind Ensemble presents winter tour concert

    SFA Wind Ensemble presents winter tour concert

    January 20, 2022—Robbie Goodrich

    The Wind Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform its first concert of the spring semester at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA campus. Admission is free.

    The concert serves as the final performance of a three-day winter performance and recruiting tour in the Houston area, according to Dr. Tamey Anglley, director of bands at SFA and director of the Wind Ensemble, which will spend Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 performing at Foster, Needville, Dayton, Crosby and The Woodlands high schools.

    The first piece on the program, “Fanfare for Full Fathom Five” for brass and percussion by John Mackey, will be conducted by Associate Director of Bands Dr. Dan Haddad. Mackey’s program note states the piece takes its title from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” where Shakespeare’s text refers to a drowning during a storm and shipwreck in water about five fathoms (30 feet) deep. “‘Full fathom five’ is a nautical reference that indicates a placement under a depth of 30 feet of water but is used metaphorically to imply an impossible and unavoidable doom,” the composer writes.

    The H. Robert Reynolds transcription of Prelude in E-flat minor, Op. 34, No. 14 by Dmitry Shostakovich will be conducted by Assistant Director of Bands Dr. Chris Kaatz. The Twenty-four Preludes for piano were composed in 1932-33, and the Prelude in E-flat minor was one in this set. About his transcription, Reynolds said: “While only 36 measures long, one senses a much more expansive and lengthy composition than its few short minutes reveal.”

    SFA faculty members Jacob Walburn on trumpet and JD Salas on tuba will perform with the Wind Ensemble on the first movement from Concerto Doppio per Tromba, Tuba e Orchestra di Fiati by Italian composer Giancarlo Aquilanti. Written in 2017, the double concerto highlights the technical abilities for both soloists and also includes heavy jazz influences.

    Another program piece will feature the Wind Ensemble percussion section on “Cabasa!” by University of North Texas percussion professor Mark Ford. The piece is written for five cabasas of different sizes and pitches.

    Also on the program is Michael Gandolfi’s “Vientos y Tangos,” commissioned by The Frank L. Battisti 70th Birthday Commission Project and dedicated to Frank Battisti in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of concert wind literature. It was Battisti’s request that Gandolfi write a tango for wind ensemble inspired by the traditional sounds of the bandoneon, violin, piano and contrabass.

    The Wind Ensemble will close the concert with Karl King’s “Circus Days March.” King published more than 300 works, 13 of which were considered “gallops,” or circus marches, intended to be played at blazing speeds. “It could be said that King did for the circus march what Sousa did for the patriotic march,” Anglley said.

    For additional information, contact the School of Music at (936) 468-4602.

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  • SFA’s Scott to perform new compositions for trombone

    SFA’s Scott to perform new compositions for trombone

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    Dr. Deb Scott

    January 19, 2022—Robbie Goodrich

    Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone at Stephen F. Austin State University, will present a recital featuring new compositions for the trombone at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The selections on the program are connected to Scott’s position as the director of the International Trombone Festival’s Composers Workshop. Joining her in the performance will be SFA’s Dr. Thomas Nixon and Dr. JD Salas, tuba.

    The featured composition is a new sonata called “Golden" by Amy Riebs Mills, who was also a clinician at the 2021 Composers Workshop. “It is a strikingly beautiful composition that takes the listener on an emotional journey from ‘trouble and worry’ through fields of birds to a triumphant end,” Scott said.

    “Punched Out” is by Steven Verhelst, who Scott described as “currently one of the trombone’s most important composers. His music is unique and creative with jazz influences,” she said. Verhelst was the featured composer of the Composers Workshop. Scott was also part of a consortium that commissioned “Punched Out,” so it is currently only available to be performed by the consortium participants. Salas, associate professor of tuba, will join Scott in the “lively and fun” performance.

    “Bop” by Emma Donkin was one of the winning compositions for the 2021 International Trombone Festival’s Composers Workshop. "It is a really fun piece to play and to listen to,” Scott said. “It includes a swing feel and stomping as well as a slammed keyboard lid. It involves a surprise costume change as well. I promise the evening will be unforgettable.”

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. To purchase tickets, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit finearts.sfasu.edu. For additional information, contact the SFA School of Music at (936) 468-4602.

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  • ‘Respire’ exhibition to show at Cole Art Center starting Jan. 25

    ‘Respire’ exhibition to show at Cole Art Center starting Jan. 25

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    Mathew Rangel's artwork El Capitan, Tu-tok-a-nu-la (Lithography, 16x29, 2019) is among the works to be included in “Respire,” an invitational exhibition showing at The Cole Art Center Jan. 25 through March 20.

    January 19, 2022—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art will host the exhibition “Respire” Jan. 25 through March 20 at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, SFA’s historic art gallery located in downtown Nacogdoches.

    “Respire” features 16 artists working in a variety of different media. Each artist was invited by a member of the faculty of the SFA School of Art. “Faculty invited contemporary artists whose work they find inspiring and interesting,” explained Erik Ordaz, exhibition coordinator for The Cole Art Center. The result, he said, is an exciting, diverse exhibition of emerging and established artists representing many artistic fields and ideas.

    “When reflecting on the past two years and how isolated we have become, the word ‘Respire’ came to mind, as an idea … to regain our spirits and keep on moving,” Ordaz said. “During complicated times we tend to rely on the people closest to us, so we as faculty in the School of Art reached out to some of our favorite artists to be part of this group exhibition.”

    Exhibiting artists include: Jorge Alegria, Dornith Doherty, Michael Donahue, Timothy Harding, Katy Heinlein, Benito Huerta, Sarah Lasley, Eric McMaster, Brian Molanphy, Mike Morris, Matthew Rangel, Libby Rowe, Terri Sanders, Seylon Stills, Scottland Stout and Nicole Woodard.

    “We are excited to use this exhibition as a means of creating exchanges and relationships with artists for future opportunities,” Ordaz said, “and to bring a broad art experience to our students with a selection of two- and three-dimensional artworks, video and installation.”

    A reception is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at the art center.

    Admission to the exhibition and reception, which is sponsored in part by William Arscott, the Friends of the Visual Arts and The Flower Shop, is free. Art center hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, call (936) 468-5500.

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  • SFA piano recital to feature works by Copland, Mozart, Lutoslawski, Rachmaninoff

    SFA piano recital to feature works by Copland, Mozart, Lutoslawski, Rachmaninoff

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    Minhae Lee

    January 13, 2022—Robbie Goodrich

    Dr. Minhae Lee, assistant professor of piano at Stephen F. Austin State University, will collaborate with Dr. Jeong-Eun Lee, visiting assistant professor of music at Indiana University, to present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The program will feature “El Salón México” by Aaron Copland, arranged for two pianos by Leonard Bernstein; Two Piano Sonata in D major, K. 448 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Paganini Variation for Two Pianos by Witold Lutoslawski; and Suite No. 1 in C minor, Op. 17 by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

    Minhae Lee joined the faculty of the School of Music at SFA in 2021. Equally at home as both a solo pianist and collaborative pianist, she has held a staff position as collaborative pianist at the Jeju International Brass Competition, the Manhattan School of Music, the Manhattan in the Mountains Summer Festival, Michigan State University, Central Michigan State University and the Aspen Music Festival and School as a full scholarship pianist. Before joining SFA, Lee was named as the only Collaborative Piano Fellow at the Yale School of Music in 2020 where she played for numerous master classes and recitals and worked closely with renowned musicians and pedagogues. She was a winner of the North Shore Musicians Club Competition in Chicago, the Honors Concerto Competition at Michigan State University, the NTD International Piano Competition, the Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition, the TBC Daegu Broadcasting Competition and the Daejin University Piano Competition. As an active chamber musician and strong supporter of new music, she has premiered numerous works for piano and varied chamber music ensembles. Recently, she was a prize winner in the Barbara Wagner Chamber Music Competition as a member of the Lumi Trio (clarinet, violin and piano).

    Jeong-Eun Lee is a postdoctoral resident scholar and visiting assistant professor of music in chamber and collaborative music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Dedicated to performing a wide range of solo and chamber repertoire, she previously held collaborative pianist positions at the State University of New York – Geneseo and Riverside City College in California. Since her orchestral debut with the Skagit Valley Symphony, Lee has appeared as a soloist with orchestras around the United States, including the Seattle Symphony, Eastman School Symphony Orchestra and Eastern Music Festival Orchestra. She has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington, as well as in the Czech Republic, Italy and the Netherlands. In addition to a concerto performance with the Riverside City College Symphony Orchestra, recent engagements include chamber concerts in the United States and South Korea. She will present a master class for Minhae Lee’s piano students while visiting the SFA campus.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. To purchase tickets, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit finearts.sfasu.edu. For additional information, contact the SFA School of Music at (936) 468-4602.

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  • SFA’s Guenther, Petti to present concert featuring music of living composers

    SFA’s Guenther, Petti to present concert featuring music of living composers

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    Christina Guenther and Ron Petti

    January 13, 2022—Robbie Goodrich

    Drs. Christina Guenther and Ron Petti in the School of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University will present the program “Composers of Our Time: Music for Flute and Piano” when they perform in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Guenther, professor of flute at SFA, and Petti, professor and director of collaborative piano, will perform works by Dan Welcher, Matthew Durrant, Valerie Coleman, Scott Stephen Hansen and Daron Hagen. “This recital features works of all living composers,” Guenther said.

    The program opens with “All the Words to All the Songs” by Welcher, who was a long-time composition professor at the University of Texas at Austin, which is where Guenther met him. “He has composed in many different genres and gifted me some of his flute works,” she said. “I have always found ‘All the Words to All the Songs’ to be a very special piece – meaningful and powerful; the audience will recognize one of Elvis Presley’s best-known songs quoted in this piece. I think it is a really nice opener to our program.”

    Durrant’s Sonata for Flute and Piano is a piece in three movements that “is a showpiece for both players,” Guenther said. “This will be the world premiere performance, and I love that it shows the human connections that can be made via social media (where Guenther first connected with the composer) among all the negativity we hear about today.”

    Coleman’s “Fanmi Imèn,” Poem for Flute and Piano will also be performed. “Ron and I had the pleasure of meeting Valerie a few years ago at a flute conference,” Guenther said. “Her successes as an African-American woman composer are paving the way for future generations. A lot of her music is connected to her own heritage, and the message of this piece, like many of her works, is very powerful.”

    Coleman wrote: “‘Fanmi Imèn’ is Haitian Creole for Maya Angelou’s famous work, ‘Human Family.’ Both the musical and literary poems acknowledge differences within mankind, either due to ethnicity, background or geography, but Angelou’s poetic refrain: ‘we are more alike, my friends, than we are unlike,’ reaffirms our humanity as a reminder of unity.”

    Hansen graduated from SFA with a Master of Music degree in composition last year. His “52 Blue” is a piece with which Guenther and Petti were involved early on, reading through the piece for Hansen as he was finalizing it, and subsequently presenting it (virtually) at the Houston Flute Club this past March. “For me, it is always special to work directly with composers,” Guenther said, “and it has always been important to me to promote living and up-and-coming composers.”

    Guenther describes Hagen as “one of the United States’ greatest living composers.” Active in his craft, his works are performed all over the world. “We had the honor of hosting him as a guest artist at SFA in the spring of 2020 when Ron was presenting his annual concert with the voice faculty that this time featured songs of Daron Hagen.” She added that when Hagen was told his Sonata No. 2 for Flute and Piano would be on the program, he said, “It’s really hard.”

    “Challenge accepted! It is such a fun piece to play, and we think it is an excellent closer to a beautiful, diverse and powerful program,” Guenther said.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. To purchase tickets, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit finearts.sfasu.edu. For additional information, contact the SFA School of Music at (936) 468-4602.

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  • SFA percussionist Meyer to perform works by Kamstra, Mellits, Bellor, others

    SFA percussionist Meyer to perform works by Kamstra, Mellits, Bellor, others

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    Brad Meyer

    January 7, 2022—Robbie Goodrich

    Dr. Brad Meyer, professor of percussion at Stephen F. Austin State University, will present a faculty recital featuring one of his own compositions at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Meyer’s “Seven Images: for Solo Concert Snare Drum” was composed shortly after he returned from a tour in Slovenia where he gave several clinics and performances in the fall of 2012. While there, Meyer sampled as much of the culture and art as he could, spending a majority of his time in the city of Ljubljana. One of the many places he explored was Moderna Galerija (Museum of Modern Art), which is located next to Tivoli, which is a park similar to Manhattan’s Central Park.

    “As soon as I entered the museum, I was immediately captivated by several large-scale installations,” Meyer said. “These installations stayed in my memory long after I had left Slovenia. Because of my fascination with the museum and its art, I decided to create seven snare drum solos based off of seven of the most memorable installations and pieces of art I witnessed.”

    Other works on the program are by Darin Kamstra, Chad Floyd and Roshanne Etezady, as well as a premiere work by Marc Mellits and a world premiere piece by Jennifer Bellor.

    Mellits’ “Silver Mercury” pays homage to the steel pan, a percussion instrument that was traditionally made from 55-gallon industrial drums. “To make something inherently so beautiful from an object not meant for beauty nor music, I find fascinating,” Mellits said. “The shiny silver color of the playing surface of the drum reminds me of the color of mercury and the sound the instrument makes is also a sound that somehow is a liquid that wants to be a solid. This was the starting point for my work ‘Mercury Silver.’ I wanted to let the instrument speak for itself while riding the line between liquid and solid; individual lines create both melody as well as outline the harmony. To me, this is the music weaving a line between liquid and solid, melody and harmony.”

    Kamstra’s “Bateria” is inspired by the call/response patterns and grooves of the samba batucada, or an African-influenced Brazilian percussive fast-pace style. The title of the work comes from the Portuguese word for “battery,” or the instruments found in the escolas de samba of Brazil.

    Other works include Floyd’s “Triptych Boom,” Etezady’s “Boomslang” and Bellor’s“ Time’s Arrest” (Reflections at Dusk).

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. To purchase tickets, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit finearts.sfasu.edu. For additional information, contact the SFA School of Music at (936) 468-4602.

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