Four student winners have been selected in this year’s Alderson Broaddus University Biennial Concerto Competition and will have the honor of performing concerto movements or opera arias with full orchestra in April.
Sophomore Holly Stutler will perform the first movement of Mozart’s Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat Major for Horn. She is the daughter of Dora and Bradley Stutler, Clarksburg, and majors in music education with a minor in audio engineering. Lindsay Bracey, a senior music education major, will perform the first movement of the Horn Concerto in E-flat, Op. 11, by Richard Strauss. From Philippi, she is the daughter of Judson and Kelly Bracey. Mezzo-sopranto Tia Price, of Clarksburg will perform an aria from Act I of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Un Ballo in Maschera: “Re dell’abisso.” The preceding segment of the opera (Invocazione: “Zitti l’incanto non dessi turbare”) will also be performed, featuring a small chorus of other AB music students. Tia is the daughter of Matthew Price, Morgantown, and Mary Shaikh, Huntington, and is a junior applied music major. The first movement of Johann Hummel’s Concerto in E-Flat for Trumpet will be performed by senior applied music major, Colin Reger. He is the son of Jack and Charla Reger of Belington.
This year’s concert will also include several pieces for orchestra. Selections include a movement from Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations, and two movements from
Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber by Paul Hindemith. The orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Timothy DeWitt, Professor of Music at AB University, will consist of professional musicians from the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and will also include several current music students and AB University faculty. “The visiting orchestral musicians often comment that they especially enjoy this event, citing the acoustics of the performance venue (Wilcox Chapel) and especially the particularly high level of talent demonstrated by our students,” said DeWitt. He encourages all who are able to take advantage of this opportunity to experience live orchestral music featuring student soloists of great accomplishment.
A panel of three judges –Mr. John Schlabach, Professor of Trumpet at Ohio University, Athens; Dr. Andrew Trachsel, Director of Bands and Professor of Conducting, also of Ohio University; and Dr. William Koehler, Professor of Voice at Frostburg State University– selected the four students from the twenty-one who auditioned for this honor. Mrs. Lillian Long, Associate Professor of Music at AB, and Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Hooi Yin Boey served as competition and rehearsal accompanists for the event.
The Alderson Broaddus University Music Department will present its biennial Concerto Competition Concert on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in Wilcox Chapel on the AB University campus. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.
Located in Philippi, WV, Alderson Broaddus University is a health-related and professional educational institution firmly rooted in the liberal arts. The Music Department offers a rigorous curriculum leading to Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Applied Music, Musical Arts, and Music Education, as well as the Associate of Arts Degree in Music, with significant opportunities for performance in numerous instrumental and vocal ensembles. To find out more about Alderson Broaddus University, call the Office of Admissions at 1-800-263- 1549, or visit the college on-line at www.ab.edu.
PHOTO CAPTION: AB University Concerto Competition Winners – (left to
right): Lindsay Bracey, Tia Price, Colin Reger, Dr. Timothy DeWitt
(coordinator and conductor), and Holly Stutler.