Eight To Perform In Feb. 19 Concerto-Aria Concert

Eight Oklahoma Baptist University students will have the rare opportunity to perform with an orchestra during OBU’s 33rd Annual Concerto-Aria Concert. The concert will be Monday, Feb. 19, at 8:30 p.m. in Potter Auditorium of OBU’s Raley Chapel.

Selected by audition, the students will perform with an orchestra of professional musicians from the Oklahoma City area, the OBU/Shawnee Community Orchestra and select OBU instrumental majors.

Students selected for the 33rd annual Concerto-Aria Concert include, from left, Kara Roberts, Tabitha King, Aaron Foshee, Tim Thompson, Laura Ingram, Micaela Mitchell, Taylor Weaver, and Hillary Anderson.

This year’s concert features four vocalists, including Micaela Mitchell, a soprano and sophomore music education major from Lexington, Okla.; Laura Ingram, a soprano and sophomore music education major from Lenexa, Kan.; Aaron Foshee, a lyric tenor and sophomore vocal performance major from Jones, Okla.; and Taylor Weaver, a soprano and sophomore music education major from Cassville, Okla.

Three instrumentalists will perform, including Tim Thompson, a bass trombonist and junior musical arts major from Yukon, Okla.; Hillary Anderson, a flautist and sophomore musical arts major from Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Tabitha King, a violinist and senior musical education major.

Pianist Kara Roberts, a senior musical arts major from Guymon, Okla., also will perform.

The program’s finale will be an overture for orchestra and piano composed by Dr. James Vernon, associate professor of music. The overture is dedicated to Dr. Ron Lewis, retired music professor.

A pre-concert lecture will be given by OBU music students Heather Joy Smith, Jeff Murdock and Katie Overturf. The lecture will be in Raley Chapel room 203E at 7:30 p.m.

Conductors of this year’s Concerto-Aria are Dr. Jim Hansford, OBU’s Patterson professor of music and director of bands, and Dr. David DeSeguirant, OBU director of choral activities.

“The Concerto-Aria event is a long standing tradition at OBU that honors our finest music students with the opportunity to perform in a solo capacity with orchestra,” said DeSeguirant. “Elsewhere, such events are headlined by guest artists, but at OBU, Concerto-Aria highlights members of its own student body who gain valuable experience in what for some is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform with orchestra.”

The Concerto-Aria Concert is part of OBU’s Music Main Event, a preview day for students who are interested in pursuing music studies at OBU. Approximately 50 high school students spend the day attending classes, rehearsals, a panel of discussion by OBU music professors, and a luncheon in their honor.

The Concerto-Aria Concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Division of Music in the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts at 405-878-2305 or at music@okbu.edu.