Students in OBU's Music Preparatory Department celebrated the conclusion of a year of lessons and competitions with annual awards recitals May 5-6 in Yarborough Auditorium in Raley Chapel.
The celebratory events included five 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.
Instrumental teachers included Philippe Gulidov, cello; Jim Hansford, trombone; Jonathan Isaacs, guitar; George Toumayan, percussion; Lacie Savage, violin; and Ana Maria Wilson, violin.Piano teachers for the 2011-12 academic year included Conchita Hansford, director of the Preparatory Department, Mary Chung, Michael Dean, Candace Hawkins, Jo Lewis, Rachel Schmoyer, Jennifer Tripi and Jeannie Tyler.
Students who served as instrumental teachers included Terry Banks, guitar; Katie Batt, clarinet; Michelle Dennis, violin; Tabitha Gordon, saxophone; Sara Heffington, oboe; Kaitlyn Jennings, clarinet; Chelsea McQuigg, flute; and Kathleen Thompson, violin.
Voice teachers were Don Clark and Norma Partridge. Rebecca Kelly served as the art teacher.
Registration is now open for students wishing to study through the OBU Preparatory Department during the 2012-13 academic year.