March 11, 2011
Accomplished pianists Dr. Michael Dean and Alice Brooks Sanders will present a recital on Saturday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium on the OBU campus. The public is invited to attend the free performance.
The recital, originally slated for Feb. 6, was postponed due to winter weather.
The program will include "Scaramouche" by Darius Milhaud (1892-1974); "Sonata in D Major, K. 448," by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791); "C.S. Theme and Variations, Op. 6," by Randall Compton (b. 1954); "Andante und Allegro assai vivace, Op. 92," by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847); and "Hungarian Dances" by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897).
Dean is assistant professor of music and coordinator of keyboard studies at OBU. He also serves as East District co-president of the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association. Dean maintains an active schedule as a workshop clinician, adjudicator, solo performer and collaborative artist. He serves as a faculty member at summer music camps throughout the United States and Canada. He previously taught at the Wheaton College Conservatory. In addition to his collaboration with Sanders, he is a member of the Manno/Dean piano duo.
He earned bachelor's degrees in mathematics and piano performance from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. He earned master's and doctoral degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. His principal teachers include Alan Chow, Edward Gates, Jane Magrath, Terrie Manno and Gary Sipes.
Sanders has taught piano to students of all ages for more than 25 years. She has been an adjunct teacher in the music department at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith since 2007, and teaches private piano and preschool music classes for the university's Academy of the Arts. She also operates a small piano studio in her home.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, she earned a bachelor of music degree from Baylor University and a master of music degree from the University of Oklahoma. She studied piano with Roger Keyes, Jane Magrath and Anthony di Bonaventura and organ with Joyce Jones. She has performed as a solo recitalist and accompanist in Texas, Rhode Island and Arkansas. She is a member of and adjudicator for the National Guild of Piano Teachers, and a member of the Music Teachers National Association, the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association and the American Guild of Organists.
Sanders has been an active church musician for 30 years. Currently she serves as director of music ministry and organist at United Presbyterian Church in Shawnee, Okla.