The instrumental ensembles of Austin College, under the direction of Dr. Ricky Duhaime, will present their annual spring concert “Evening of Chamber Music and Jazz” on Monday, April 18, at7:30 p.m. in Wynne Chapel at Austin College. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Music Department at Austin College at 903.813.2251.
The first half of the concert will be devoted to chamber ensembles, including a trombone quintet (with rhythm section), a cello quartet, and a set of traditional Austrian dances by Schubert as arranged for chamber orchestra.
The second half of the concert will feature the Greater Texoma Jazz Ensemble performing a variety of big band charts in both traditional and contemporary styles. Featured performers include jazz soloists James Carter (alto saxophone); Mason Bird and Paul Onspaugh (tenor saxophones); Jesse Speer and Michael Waters (trombones); John Vietta and Andrew Gregg (trumpets); and Richard Burleson (drums).
The Chamber Orchestra is comprised of Austin College woodwind and string students, joined this semester by some community members from across northeastern Texas. Students in the group represent a variety of majors and minors, with varying professional goals but a continuing interest in music.
The Greater Texoma Jazz Ensemble consists of students, faculty, and adults from throughout the region. The ensemble has performed in several locations this year, including Denison, Sherman, Durant, and Bells high schools, as well as at Austin College. Duhaime, who joined the Austin College faculty in 1978, holds the Mildred S. Mosher Professorship of Music.
Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 36 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of 1,250 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 12:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.