February 16, 2012
OBU’s Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts will present a guest concert of American music featuring Dr. Don Clark and Alice Brooks Sanders on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Yarborough Auditorium. The public is cordially invited to attend.
The concert will feature Clark as a tenor vocalist and Sanders as pianist. They will be assisted by Norma Partridge, soprano; Dr. Michael Dean, piano; and Mary Sanders, providing commentary.
The program of American music will include “The Siege of Tripoli: A Historical Naval Sonata for the Piano Forte,” written in the 18th century, with slides and commentary by Mary Sanders, and a 20th century piano duet performed by Alice Sanders and Michael Dean. The program also will include 20th century piano and art songs, songs regarding the hills and pastures of Southern Oklahoma, folk hymns and spirituals. The concert also will include music theatre selections, including “Bess, You Is My Woman” and “The Deaf Old Woman.” The latter two selections will be performed by Clark and Partridge.
Clark, a tenor, is an OBU professor emeritus of music who teaches as an adjunct voice professor at OBU and St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee. He earned music degrees from OBU, Vanderbilt University and the University of Oklahoma. He previously served in a United States Air Force band as a clarinetist, vocalist and Glee Club director. He also taught music in Arkansas schools and at Free Will Baptist Bible College before arriving on Bison Hill. He has directed music in various churches, including 25 years at First Presbyterian Church in Shawnee. He has performed in many states, as well as in Canada and Europe, including 35 major roles in music drama. He is on the artist/faculty staff of Sessione Senese per la Musica e L’Arte, a summer institute of music study in Siena, Italy. He teaches master classes and performs in concerts in Northern Italy and Switzerland. He is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and Music Teachers National Association, and he serves as an adjudicator at auditions.
Sanders earned music degrees from Baylor University and the University of Oklahoma. She studied piano with Jane Magrath, Roger Keyes and Anthony di Bonaventura, and organ with Joyce Jones. Sanders teaches as an adjunct piano professor at St. Gregory’s University and at the University of Arkansas in Fort Smith. She has a private piano studio in Shawnee, and she serves as director of music ministry at the United Presbyterian Church in Shawnee. She is active in the Music Teachers National Association, Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, the American Guild of Organists and the National Guild of Piano Teachers, in which she serves as an adjudicator. She has performed as a solo recitalist and accompanist in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Rhode Island, Iowa and Tennessee.
Dean is assistant professor of music and coordinator of keyboard studies at OBU. He earned a degree in piano performance from Minnesota State University Moorhead and degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. He has taught at Wheaton College Conservatory and is active as a music workshop clinician, adjudicator, performer and faculty member at summer music camps in the United States and Canada. He is a member of the Manno/Dean Piano Duo.
Partridge, OBU professor emerita of music, is an adjunct professor at OBU. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Ouachita Baptist University, and she has completed postgraduate voice study with Dr. Bruce Govich at the University of Oklahoma. She has served as coordinator of the voice department at OBU. She has sung many solos in churches and filled roles in numerous opera, oratorio and other musical dramas, including roles at Shawnee Little Theatre. She is active in the Choral Society of Central Oklahoma, Sine Nomine, University Baptist Church choir and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Mary Sanders earned degrees at OBU and the University of Connecticut. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in history at Oklahoma State University. During her high school and undergraduate career, she appeared in several theater productions and studied voice. She lives in Shawnee, where she is active at United Presbyterian Church as an elder and choir member.