Music Educators Gather for Lecture, Recitals, OMTA Convention

Music educators from across southeastern Oklahoma will assemble on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University for the annual Oklahoma Music Teachers Association Southeast District Convention Meeting, hosted by the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts, Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the university's Raley Chapel. The meeting will highlight performances by student competition winners and a lecture and recital presented by the University of Oklahoma assistant professor of piano, Dr. Timothy Ehlen. OMTA's southeast region includes Ada, Ardmore, Durant, Lindsay, McAlester, Pauls Valley, Tishomingo, Sulphur, Wilburton, Shawnee, Boswell, Allen, and Kingston. The Junior Achievement Audition Winners' Recital, recognizing student performers who were judged to be at the top in their class during competitions at the three southeast district audition centers, will be at 10:30 a.m. in the university's Yarborough Auditorium. Ehlen's lecture, "Counterpoint and Classicism in Beethoven's 'Hammerklavier,'" will be at 1:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel 142. In his 2:50 p.m. recital in Yarborough Auditorium, Ehlen will perform Sonata in A Major by Scarlatti; Sonata in C Major by Mozart; Nocturne in F# Major, Op. 15, no. 2 by Chopin; Jeux d'eau by Ravel; and Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" by Beethoven. The lecture and recitals are free and open to the public. Ehlen has performed extensively in the United States and Europe as a soloist and chamber player. His recent recitals include the Pro Piano Recital Series in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Cleveland Orchestra Schubert Bi-Centennial Series, the festival Recontres Internationales de Piano en Alsace and the International Franz Liszt Festival in France and the Soireegesellschaft Garmisch and Stadttheater in Fuerth, Germany. Ehlen performed in Madrid, El Escoreal, and Alcala de Henares, Spain, as a participant in the first government-sponsored musical exchange between the United States and Spain. He has been heard frequently on National Public Radio, in addition to WFUZ in New York City, WXXI in Rochester, WFMT in Chicago, WGUC in Cincinnati, WKSU in Akron, Ohio, and regularly on KUSC and KKGO in Los Angeles. He also has appeared on the series "Sundays at 6," broadcast live on KKGO in Los Angeles from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, broadcast live on WFMT. Ehlen served on the international jury of the 1998 and 1999 World Piano Competition in Cincinnati. He has premiered several new works for piano, including the New York premieres of the BMI award-winning composition, "Homage to Ralph Shapey," by Bryan Pezzone and a major work for piano duo, "Die Versuchungen des Heiligen Antonius," by German composer Wolfgang-Andreas Schultz. He has made several CD recordings, including works for two pianos with Caroline Oltmanns, and a recording of chamber works by composer Robert Rollin. His most recent CD consists of chamber works on the Crystal label. He earned bachelor of music and master of music degrees from the University of Southern California and a doctor of musical arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University. Before coming to OU, Ehlen taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Kent State University, and Youngstown State University in Ohio.