Composers, Vocalists Recognized for Excellence
In addition to a full schedule of performances and recitals on campus, Asbury University’s music department has recently been busily impressing judges at regional and national competitions, as well.
Seniors Sarah Finehout and Mario Manrique each won a spot in the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Music Experiment with an original composition. Their pieces will be performed on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Singletary Recital Hall on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, Ky., just before the orchestra’s Classics Concert.
Finehout’s piece, titled “Whimsy for Mixed Wind Quartet,” is a two-movement piece for flute, clarinet, horn and trombone. Manrique’s piece is titled, “Filmscape: Sometimes,” and is scored for a chamber orchestra of three flutes, oboe, English horn, clarinet and strings. The New Music Experiment includes a workshop where composers work closely with the musicians, a composer-in-residence at the Philharmonic and the conductor of the orchestra.
Also, two Asbury singers will advance to the next round of the Classical Singer Competition to be held in Chicago later this spring. Music Education major Dylan Schatko ’13 and Vocal Performance major Rachel Taylor ’13 competed at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in February and were two of the four undergraduate students selected to advance.
Senior Matthew Cessna and junior Hope Tellifero also participated in the competition. All four Asbury students were supported by the Taylor family, who provided funds to enter the competition and hosted the group overnight.
“The Taylor family established a Classical Singer Competition Scholarship for Asbury University, enabling these young people to participate in this contest and providing the seed money for a fund to provide for later generations of students to have this enriching experience, too,” said Dr. Bea Holz, professor of music education and voice at Asbury. “We are indebted to them and believe that the Lord will continue to bless others through them, enriching our students' preparation for music ministries.”