Music Faculty to Present Recital

Three faculty members of Oklahoma Baptist University's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts will present a recital Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The event will feature Dr. Kevin Pruiett on trumpet, Michael Dean on piano and Dr. James Vernon as narrator. The public is invited to attend the free performance.

The program will include "Concerto for Trumpet and Strings," composed by Eric Ewazen; "L'histoire de Babar le petit éléphant," composed by Francis Poulenc, with the book by Jean de Brunhoff; and "Jazz Variations on a Theme of Paganini," composed by Michael Garson.

Another program element will be "Animal Ditties," composed by Anthony Plog, on text by Ogden Nash, representing the turtle, python, hyena, hog, ostrich, chipmunk, canary and elk.

Pruiett serves as associate professor of music and coordinator of instrumental music at OBU. He teaches applied trumpet and directs the Bison Jazz Orchestra. He earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where he studied with Dr. Michael Ewald and Ray Sasaki. He earned his master's degree at Eastern Illinois University, where he studied with Dr. W. Parker Melvin. He earned his bachelor's degree at Millikin University where he studied with Randy Reyman and Dr. Christopher Krummel. Pruiett stays busy as a performer and clinician in central Oklahoma performing varied genres of music including classical, jazz, church music, rhythm and blues, and other forms of commercial music.

Dean serves as assistant professor of music at OBU. He previously taught at the Wheaton College Conservatory. He currently is pursuing a doctorate in performance and pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma. He earned bachelor's degrees in piano performance and mathematics from Minnesota State University-Moorhead, and a master's degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Vernon serves as associate professor of music at OBU, teaching courses in music composition, music theory and fine arts. He has composed works for instrumental, choral and vocal idioms, as well as music for stage play productions. Twice honored with the Distinguished Service Award from OBU, Vernon was awarded the Promising Teacher Award in 1994, the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005 and the Meritorious Service Award in 2009. Vernon has served as music director in churches in Oklahoma and Texas. A member of the Society of Composers and the College Music Society, Vernon also serves as an accreditation visitor for the National Association of Schools of Music. He earned degrees from Old Dominion University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he completed his doctorate in 1990. He has done additional study at the University of North Texas.