Lee University School Of Music Has Faculty Recitals

Friday, January 18, 2013

Lee University School of Music faculty Doug Warner, John Wykoff, and Loralee Songer will perform individual recitals over the next two weeks: Dr. Warner’s trombone recital will take place at the Lee Chapel on Jan. 24; Dr. Wykoff’s composition recital will be held at Squires Recital Hall on Jan. 29; and Dr. Songer’s vocal recital will be at the Squires Recital Hall on Feb. 5. 

Dr. Doug Warner’s recital, on Thursday, Jan. 24, will include brass arrangements of hymns such as “Holy, Holy, Holy,” “A Mighty Fortress” and “Crown Him,” along with works by Gabrieli, Bach, Handel, Marcello, Wagenseil, Haydn and Liszt. Mary Beth Wickes, pianist, and several Lee music students and alumni will accompany Warner throughout the concert.

Dr. Warner, a trombonist, is an associate professor of music at Lee. He teaches Applied Low Brass and Introduction to Music History. Warner previously recorded four albums with the nine-member sacred brass summer touring ensemble, King’s Brass.

Dr. Warner was the manager of the Chattanooga Symphony Youth Orchestra from 1989-1996 and has performed with the Dayton Philharmonic, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, and the Northern Kentucky Symphony. Warner earned his DMA from the University of Cincinnati.

On Tuesday Jan. 29, Dr. John Wykoff will present “Rhapsody and Reason,” a concert which will include his original chamber music, “thou like adamant,” performed by the Bermudez String Quartet. Dr. Wykoff will also present his own solo piano piece entitled “Rhapsody and Reason.” A song cycle, “Spring Songs,” will be performed by Dr. Songer and Mr. Perry Mears, school of music faculty.

In addition to these performances, guest composer Susan LaBarr will perform her own work.

Dr. Wykoff, an assistant professor of music at Lee, is a pianist and baritone as well as a composer and music theorist. His compositions range from solo piano, to voice and orchestra. He was the recipient of the “George Perle Award” for music composition by Queens College. Recently featured at the annual conference of the Alliance of Christian Musicians in Tacoma, Wash., Dr. Wykoff spoke about Christian hymnody.

Dr. Wykoff earned his PhD from the City University of New York.

Dr. Loralee Songer will be in recital on Tuesday, Feb. 5. “A Musical Celebration of Women Composers” will feature Dr. Songer performing texts by Marsha Norman, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop, Frederica von Stade, Alice Fulton, Rita Dove, Julie Kane, and Liz Lochead. Dr. Songer will be accompanied by music faculty Perry Mears.

Dr. Songer is a vocalist who teaches applied voice and conducting and is the director of the women’s ensemble Ladies of Lee. She is known for her vocal talent and wide range of vocal styles.

Dr. Songer won first place at the Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing in 2008 and 2010, and was a finalist in the Philadelphia Lieder Society competition in 2010. She won first place at Ball State University in 2007 and 2008, where she also earned her DA.

All performances are open to the public and will take place at 7:30 p.m. 

For more information, please call the School of Music at 614-8240 or email music@leeuniversity.edu.

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