November 11, 2010
Alumni who participated in OBU's instrumental groups during their time on campus will help launch the university's Centennial Homecoming Celebration, "Proudly Stand on Bison Hill: The First 100 Years," with an Instrumental Alumni Concert Thursday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The community is invited to the free performance.
Returning to Bison Hill for the performance are Jennifer Peck on flute, Dusty Higgins on trombone, Katie Robertson on oboe, Paula Paschall Compton on harp and Dr. Stephen Goforth on trumpet.
Peck is a 2003 OBU graduate. She earned a master's degree in flute performance from the Boston Conservatory. A native of Oklahoma City, she has performed in six European countries as a soloist, chamber musician or as part of an orchestra. Most recently she performed in Cologne, Germany, as guest artist for Köln Projekt. Peck spent a year working with the Christian Performing Artists' Fellowship in Winona Lake, Ind., and played principal flute with the Warsaw Symphony. Peck also taught general music in an Oklahoma City Charter School for three years. She is now an active freelance musician, playing piccolo with the Lawton Philharmonic and performing occasionally with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. She is the flutist for the Norman Chamber Players. Since its formation in the fall of 2008, she has performed frequently in the Dunlap-Peck Duo, a flute and marimba duo. She is currently finishing a doctorate in flute performance from the University of Oklahoma, where she teaches Understanding Music. Since January of 2009, she has served as adjunct faculty member at OBU.
Higgins is a 2002 OBU alum. In 2005, he received the master of music degree in performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music, where he had his arrangements performed by the legendary Eastman Trombone Choir. In more recent years, he has performed with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra, and he has served as adjunct trombone faculty at Texas Tech University and low brass faculty at the Hochstein School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. He has been trombonist with the Blackwelder Brass Quintet, and was trombonist-in-residence for the Alfredo de Saint-Malo Music Festival of Panama.
Robertson graduated from OBU with the scholastic predicate summa cum laude in 2006. Upon graduation, she accepted a graduate assistant teaching position at the University of Oklahoma. She graduated in 2008 with a master's degree in music education: Kodaly emphasis. She began teaching elementary music in the Putnam City School District at Overholser Elementary in fall 2008 and currently teaches at Ralph Downs Elementary while serving as the elementary music coordinator for the district. She has served as Region O's Circle the State with Song chair for the past two years and will assume the state chair position next year. She recently received the OMEA Young Music Educator Award for exemplary teaching.
Compton is a 1988 OBU graduate with a degree in music education and an emphasis in harp performance. She has been a professional harpist since the age of 11, when she began playing for weddings and church services across Texas and Oklahoma. She performed twice in OBU's Concerto-Aria competition; in 1987 with the harp, and in 1988 with a vocal performance. She is a fourth-generation Bison and is married to Odus Compton, OBU director of student ministry. They are parents to eight children: Blake (a sophomore at OBU), Caleb, Lindsey, Rachel, Micah, Nate, Noelle and Charity.
Goforth is a 1982 OBU alum. While at OBU and studying with Wiff Rudd, he was a member of the Yahnseh Band, jazz ensemble, brass quartet, KKY, PMA, vocalist and bassist with New Creation. He was the 1981 recipient of the prestigious John Wesley Raley Award. At his graduation he was named a winner in an International Trumpet Guild solo competition and represented OBU with his performance at the ITG conference at the University of Kentucky. Goforth completed a master's degree in trumpet performance at Florida State University, and then moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to perform full-time with the Dallas Brass. He later assumed a faculty position at OBU while completing a doctorate in trumpet performance at the University of Oklahoma. As an OBU faculty member he served as director of jazz and coordinator of brass, and as a band director. He then became director of jazz studies and brass at Oklahoma City University, and principal trumpet for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, lead trumpet for Oklahoma Lyric Theater, and lead trumpet for Integrity Hosanna Praise recordings for more than 10 years. He currently serves as principal trumpet with the Signature Symphony in Tulsa, the Bartlesville Symphony and the Starlight Band, as well as a member of the Covenant Brass Quintet, Go For Baroque, and Goforth Brass. He resides in Tulsa with his wife, Sharon, with whom he speaks and entertains for various Christian and civic events throughout the region. His two sons, Kade and Parker, are OBU students. He is an active deacon at South Tulsa Baptist Church and serves in the church orchestra.
The audience is invited to a reception in the Helen Thames Raley Drawing Room following the recital