On February 5 the Henderson State University Department of Music presented its annual President’s Concert in the Russell Fine Arts Harwood Recital Hall. The program featured student soloists who were selected as winners of a competition that took place in November, 2012. Soloists included: Joshua Hill, a percussionist from Little Rock, AR, who will performed two movements of Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in G minor on the marimba; Matthew Walker, a countertenor from Hot Springs, AR, performed “Che farò senza Euridice” from Gluck’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice; Corey Barta, a flutist from Pasadena, TX, performed Howard Hanson’s Serenade for Flute; Hunter Mabery, a pianist from Murfreesboro, AR, performed the first movement of Mozart’s Concerto No. 17 in G major; and Orlando Riveros, a pianist from Asunción, Paraguay, performed the first movement of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major.



On Monday and Tuesday nights, November 26 and 27 at 7:30 pm, the Henderson State University Opera Workshop will be performing an evening of the music of Stephen Sondheim in the Studio Theatre of Arkansas Hall. Both performances will include vocal solos and ensembles from Sondheim’s best beloved shows, including Into the Woods, Company, Sweeney Todd, Follies, A Little Night Music, and several others. Adult tickets are $5, and students are allowed in free of charge with a school photo ID. Come enjoy an evening of lively music and beautiful melody!



The Arkansas Arts Council is pleased to announce that HSU faculty member Dr. Phillip Schroeder is a recipient of a fiscal year 2013 Individual Artist Fellowship award. He will be recognized at a luncheon during ArtLinks, the Arkansas Arts Council's annual statewide arts conference. The luncheon and awards presentation is scheduled for noon, Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

The fellowship recipients were selected by a jury of out-of-state professional artists, writers, performers and art administrators. More information is available at

Phillip Schroeder’s music for soloists, chamber ensembles, live electronics, orchestra, and choir, has been described by critics as ”wonderfully evocative,” “ethereal,” “rich in subtle detail,” and “full of elegant nuance.” His musical life is diverse, paralleling the diversity of his surroundings (having lived in twelve states): He composes prolifically, concertizes as a pianist, improvises with a variety of ensembles, conducts orchestral and chamber groups, and in his youth played trumpet and electric bass in concert, rock, and jazz bands and sang in choirs. His music appears on the Innova, Ravello/Capstone, Boston Records, Vienna Modern Masters, and Cold Blue labels.



On September 24, the vocal area will host the 11th annual Choral All Region Preparation Workshop. High School students from throughout Southwest Arkansas will gather for sectionals and mass choir rehearsals in preparation for the ArkCDA Southwest All Region Choir auditions on October 8. Students will begin their day with a group warm-up and performances by the HSU Concert Choir and Chamber Chorale. Following warm-up, students will break into sectional rehearsals and end their day with a mass choir rehearsal. More than 400 student singers from over 20 high schools throughout Southwest Arkansas are expected to participate. The workshop is organized and led by Dr. Ryan Fox (HSU, Director of Choral Activities), with assistance from Dr. Bill Higgins and Dr. Laura Storm (HSU, voice professors) and students from the HSU choirs. It is designed to work in partnership with area music educators and students.



On September 15, May Tsao-Lim will be joined by the Etesian Winds ensemble to kick off the Department of Music's 2011-2012 season of events. The Etesian Winds are comprised of Arkansas Symphony Orchestra members Diane McVinney (flute,) Beth Wheeler (oboe,) Kelly Johnson (clarinet,) David Renfro (horn,) and Susan Bell León (bassoon). Their HSU program will include works by Duvernoy, Jan Bach, Michael Torke, Copland, and Poulenc. May Tsao-Lim has been a frequent collaborator with members of the Etesian Winds. Their most recent performances include LANTERNS! Festival at the Wildwood Center for the Arts, Music Series at UAMS, and the Haiti Fundraising Concert at the Clinton Library.


The Department of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ryan H. Fox as the Director of Choral Activities. A native of Greenwood, Arkansas, Dr. Fox previously served as the Director of Choral Activities at Southwest Minnesota State University. He was a graduate teaching assistant in the choral conducting program at The University of Kansas, and from 2003 to 2007 he was the choral director at Clarksville High School in Arkansas. While in Minnesota, Dr. Fox frequently served as a clinician and adjudicator.

An active church musician, Dr. Fox has served as organist and choral director in a variety of churches for over ten years. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from The University of Kansas and the Master of Music in choral conducting and the Bachelor of Music in education from the University of Central Arkansas. Dr. Fox is a member of ACDA, MENC, and Phi Mu Alpha.



The Ross Foundation and Southern Bancorp will be honored at Henderson State University’s annual President’s Concert on Tuesday, Feb. 8, for their generosity in establishing and funding the Arkadelphia Promise scholarship program.

The annual concert features the talents of Henderson students and faculty, and pays tribute to individuals or groups who have been instrumental in advancing the university and its academic programs. Past President’s Concert honorees include: Dr. Charles Welch, Dr. Charles Dunn, Dr. John G. Hall, the Board of Trustees, Betty Bruner, Eugene Kuyper, Jesse Branch, Paul Barringer, Mary Ella Clark, and the Diamond Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The Arkadelphia Promise Scholarship will increase the college-going rate for local students, reduce the number of students dropping out of college for financial reasons, and provide for a more educated workforce. From its beginning, the Ross Foundation has funded education, arts and cultural enrichment projects throughout Clark County and the region. Southern Bancorp is a unique organization that combines the vision, passion and creativity of non-profit organizations with the stability and permanence of America’s largest and most profitable rural development bank. These two organizations are providing Arkadelphia young people with an opportunity currently available in only a few cities nationwide.


The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Russell Fine Arts Harwood Recital Hall. Rick Dimond and Stephen Eaves will conduct the concert, which will include performances by:


Chris Sanders on marimba. Sanders is a senior working on his bachelor of music in education. He is a student of Dr. Rick Dimond. Sanders will perform Concerto in A Minor by Antonio Vivaldi.

Lauren Honea, soprano. Honea is a junior seeking her bachelor of music in performance degree. She is a student of Dr. Laura Storm. Honea will perform Donde lieta from La Boheme by Giacoma Puccini.

Cameron Warren on tuba. Warren is a senior working on his bachelor of music in education degree. He is a student of Jamie Lipton. Warren will perform Concerto for Bass Tuba by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Darnelle Rhone, tenor. Rhone is a junior working on his bachelor of music in education degree. He is a student of Dr. William Higgins. Rhone will perform It Ain’t Necessarily So from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin.

Corey Barta and Danielle Lyle on flute. Barta is a sophomore seeking her bachelor of music in education degree. Lyle is a senior working on her bachelor of arts in music degree. Both are students of Jennifer Amox. They will perform Andante and Rondo, Op. 25 by Franz Doppler.


The performers will be accompanied by an orchestra comprised of string players from the Arkansas Symphony, along with wind and percussion musicians who are faculty and students at Henderson and Ouachita Baptist University. The concert, funded in part by the Mae Whipple Music Endowment, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 870-230-5036. Tax-deductible donations to support the President’s Concert may be made to the HSU Foundation-President’s Concert.


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 “The undergraduate education in music that I received from Henderson has changed my life by opening doors for me both educationally and professionally. It prepared me for success by giving me the tools necessary to be a successful music educator. My BME achieved at Henderson afforded me opportunities for success in graduate and post graduate studies as well as professional advancement in addition to allowing my family and me the employment and thus financial security that is so precarious today without such educational opportunities. I am grateful to Henderson State University.”

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Kevin TaylorBachelor of Music - Education (Instrumental), 1982
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