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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Q5: Concerts showcase musical treasures

  • Freda Proctor is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Musical Studies at the University of Saint Mary. Proctor, a master pianist, organist, and flutist has taught at USM for more than 20 years.
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  • Freda Proctor is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Musical Studies at the University of Saint Mary. Proctor, a master pianist, organist, and flutist has taught at USM for more than 20 years.
    1. The University of Saint Mary hosts many concerts throughout the year featuring the University of Saint Mary Community Band, the USM Concert Chorale, and instrumental and vocal soloists and ensembles. Can you tell us about these concerts?
    Each semester there are two student recitals where students perform repertoire they have studied in private lessons. In the fall semester the community band plays two seasonal concerts—the Halloween Concert (A Little Fright Music) and the Christmas Concert. The Concert Chorale also sings at the Halloween Concert and the Founder's Day Concert. Its major performance is the Christmas Choral Vespers. The String Ensemble performs at recitals and concerts.
    2. Who makes up the Community Band and what sort of training do most of the members have?
    The USM Community Band is made up of USM students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as amateur and professional musicians from the surrounding communities and some advanced high school and home school students . It really is a community band in which some players are still in school, others have been out of school for years and are playing for personal enrichment, and some are highly trained music educators and professional performers.
    3. What are some of the selections that will be included in the next concert?
    The next performance will be the Christmas Concert, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. featuring the USM Community Band and the USM String Ensemble. The ensembles will play several Mannheim Steamroller selections, arrangements of traditional carols, and "White Christmas", with Rob Gaslin as baritone soloist.
    The Concert Chorale will perform Vivaldi's "Gloria," Holst's "Christmas Day," and arrangements of European carols. Many of the works will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra or string ensemble. Dr. William Krusemark directs the Concert Chorale and I direct The Bells of Saint Mary bell choir, which will also perform two selections.
    4. The shows are free for the public. What would you like community members to know about the concerts that they might not be aware of?
    The community may not know that the university offers such a wide variety of musical performances, from major classical works to pop concerts. There is at least one musical performance scheduled every full month the university is in session.
    5. What shows are planned for the coming year and how can our readers find out more about the concerts?
    There will be a senior voice recital in the spring semester in addition to the two general student recitals.
    Various instrumental ensembles, including a brass choir and flute choir, will perform Classical and Baroque works for the Chamber Music Concert. The band will play a final band concert, and the Chamber Choir will join forces with the choir from Benedictine College in a performance of Rutter's Requiem Mass.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Fine Arts Department has a fine arts calendar that lists all arts events—music, theatre, and art. Readers can find out more about our musical productions by visiting the USM home page or contacting me at proctorf@stmary.edu or calling 913-758-6320.
    — Rimsie McConiga

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