Preparatory Department Celebrates with Recitals

Students in OBU's Music Preparatory Department celebrated the conclusion of a year of lessons and competitions with annual awards recitals May 7-8 in Yarborough Auditorium in Raley Chapel.

The celebratory events included recitals by students studying piano, voice, string and instrumentals. The Young Singers of Central Oklahoma, including the Discovery Singers, Shawnee Honor Choir and Concert Choir, presented spring concerts.

At the end of each recital, students were recognized for their accomplishments throughout the year in any of the following auditions or festivals: National Guild auditions; Oklahoma Music Teachers Association district and state achievement auditions; Federated Music Festival; Hymn Festival; Junior and Senior Auditions; state theory tests; and district solo and ensemble instrumental contests.

Piano teachers for the 2010-11 academic year included Conchita Hansford, director of the Preparatory Department, Michael Dean, Shelley Levisay, Jo Lewis, Rachel Schmoyer, Angela Triandafillou and Jeannie Tyler. Piano teachers also included OBU students Emily Rowland and Nicole Thompson.

Instrumental teachers included Sarah Brown, violin; Philippe Gulidov, cello; Jonathan Isaacs, guitar; Scott Johnson, guitar; Nancy Stizza-Ortega, flute; George Toumayan, percussion; and Ana Maria Wilson, violin. Instrumental teachers also included OBU students Daniel Anderson, clarinet; Michelle Dennis, violin; Kade Goforth, trumpet; and Jonathan Hamrick, guitar.

Voice teachers were Don Clark and Norma Partridge.

Registration is now open for students wishing to study through the OBU Preparatory Department during the 2011-12 academic year. For more information, click here.