Students in OBU's Music Preparatory Department celebrated the conclusion of a year of lessons and competitions with annual awards recitals May 11-12 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.
Piano teachers for the 2012-13 academic year included Conchita Hansford, director of the Preparatory Department, Chase Anderson, Mary Chung, Michael Dean, Jo Lewis, Rachel Schmoyer, Amy Seibert and Jeannie Tyler.Prepatory 2013
Instrumental teachers included Carlos Feller, flute; Kathleen Gallagher, violin; Jim Hansford, trombone; Jonathan Isaacs, guitar; Rebecca Panayiotou, violin; George Toumayan, percussion; and Thresa Swadley, cello. Terry Banks served as a student teacher on guitar.
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 2013-14 academic year.