The East Central University Flute, Clarinet, Brass and Jazz Ensembles will perform on the Instrumental Ensembles Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday [NOV. 3] in the Ataloa Theatre in ECU’s Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Flute Ensemble’s concert will feature the music of Catherine McMichael who writes “some of the most beautiful literature in the flute choir repertoire,” said director Juliana Overmier.
The ensemble will play McMichael’s multi-movement work “Falconer” as well as a march by “the Austrian March King” Josef Franz Wagner, titled “Under the Double Eagle.”
The ensemble performs with many members of the flute family, including the piccolo, the soprano flute, the alto flute and the bass flute.
“The addition of the larger flutes to the choir expands the range and depth of the music, while still maintaining the beautiful blended timbres that only flutes can create,” Overmier said.
Members of the Flute Ensemble are Debbie Allen of Ada, Rachael Bessert of Midwest City, Erin Burton of Oklahoma City, Starlet Etheridge of Tishomingo, Catherine Melton and Catherine Phipps of Moore, Kristin Stecklein of Vinita and Lauren Webb of Edmond.
Michael Whitmore will direct the Clarinet Ensemble in “Canzona per Sonare No. 2” by Giovanni Gabrieli and “Chorale and Danza” by Vaclav Nelhybel.
The Clarinet Ensemble includes Kayla Franco of Owasso, E flat sopranino; Christopher Miller of Tishomingo, E flat alto; Nathaniel Sheeley of Owasso and Colby Scroggins of McAlester, B flat bass; and Eric Gibson of Kingston, E flat contra-alto.
Performing on B flat soprano clarinets will be Christian Campbell of Checotah, Cameron Coley of Wewoka, Andrea Dartez of Oklahoma City, Chelsea Johnson of Bowlegs, Sarah Jones of Byng, Lindsay LeBeau of Mustang, Noami Long of McAlester, Amria Norman of Dewar and Nathan Steinman of Moore.
The Brass Ensemble, directed by Dean Coale, includes trumpets, French horns, trombones, euphoniums and tubas. The ensemble will perform “Horkstow Grange” by Percy Aldridge Grainger, from “Lincolnshire Posey,” and “Russian Sailor’s Dance” by Reinhold Gliere.
Students on trumpet are Jake Kinard, Maysville; Christina Kushnick, Spiro; Elaine Lancaster, Eufaula; Stephen McCleskey, Ardmore; Krishta Rhodd, Konawa; and Derek Walker, Oklahoma City. French horns include Hunter Overton, Foyil; Andrew Reeves, Wetumka; and Kyle Wilkes, Purcell.
On trombone are Morgan Gosey, Holdenville; Tory Grose, Cushing; Daniel Lewis, Oklahoma City; Cayla Odom, Purcell; and Rayelle Shinnerer, Blanchard. On euphonium are Krysta Cassell, Bristow; Josh Freeman, Oklahoma City; and Christian Miller, Tishomingo. Playing tubas are Justin Anderson, Elmore City; Alex Lyon, Ada; Gage Parrish, Comanche; and John Stone, Seminole.
The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Allen Correll, will perform “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder/Mike Tomaro and “125th Street Blues” by Dave Mills.
Members of Jazz Ensemble I are Jessika Coleman, Piedmont, and Erin Goto, Oklahoma City, on alto sax; Kane Berry and Sam Crosby, Shawnee, on tenor sax; Matt Roland, Shawnee, bari sax; Carissa Rodgers, Stonewall, piano; Lemuel Overton, Foyil, guitar; Jacob Sams, Beggs, bass; Darren Heath, Midwest City, drums; and Kelsey Molina, Midwest City, vocal.
On trumpet are J. R. Wulf, Edmond; Josiah Vogan, Oklahoma City; Elaine Lancaster, Eufaula; and Nathan Ennis, Byng. Playing trombone are Josh Freeman, Oklahoma City; Jessica Robertson, Pauls Valley; and Tyler Davis, Wewoka.
Jazz Ensemble II includes Erin Goto of Oklahoma City, Brent Biddy of Seminole and Katelyn George of Ada, alto sax; Sam Crosby, Shawnee, and Clint Prucha, Comanche, tenor sax; Kane Berry, Shawnee, bari sax; Carissa Rodgers, Stonewall, piano; Chelsea Stout, Checotah, guitar; Tyler Davis, Wewoka, bass; Darren Heath, Midwest City, drums; Kelsey Molina, Midwest City, vocal.
Playing trumpet will be Elaine Lancaster, Eufaula; Dylan Smith, Sallisaw; and Josh Welch, McAlester. On trombone will be Jessica Robertson, Pauls Valley; Zach Truitt, Shawnee; Kanon Kuch, Ada; and Josh Freeman, Oklahoma City.