The University of the Ozarks music department will present its annual time-honored Christmas tradition, A Service of Lessons and Carols, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, in Munger-Wilson Memorial Chapel.
There is no cost to attend the concert and the public is invited to attend.
The service will feature both University choirs, which include the Chamber Singers, conducted by Dr. Jonathan Ledger, assistant professor of music, and the Chapel Choir, conducted by Dr. Sharon Gorman, Walton professor of music. Gorman will also be featured on organ and piano during the prelude, hymns and postlude.
Bethany Walker, adjunct instructor of piano, will accompany both choirs. Alex Williams (oboe) and Ger Vang (flute) will also perform with Chamber Singers.
The event will include scripture readings by University students, faculty and staff. A wide variety of music to reflect on various Advent and Christmas scripture readings will be performed, along with congregational hymns for which the congregation will be invited to sing.
Choral anthems will include “Bogoroditse Devo,” from the All-Night Vigil by Sergei Rachmaninoff, O magnum mysterium by Tomás Luis de Victoria, The Shepherd’s Lamb by Dan Forrest, and others.The University of the Ozarks’ music department will present a recital of classical, pop and Broadway standards by baritone Steven Field and pianist Lynn Jost at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, The concert will be held in Munger-Wilson Memorial Chapel and is free and open to the public. Field is a former high school student of U of O Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Jonathan Ledger at Osbourn High School in Manassas, Virginia. He currently works as the music department recruiter at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. In addition to working steadily as a professional opera singer in eastern Virginia, he also serves as the contemporary worship coordinator at Grace United Methodist Church in Manassas. Jost was one of the collaborative pianists at Osbourn High School when Ledger was the director of choral activities there. She continues in the role today, in addition to serving as a music associate at Grace United Methodist Church in Manassas. On Friday, May 3, Field and Jost will participate in a Q&A session with U of O music majors and minors about how life led them to their current careers in music. University of the Ozarks will present The Ozarks Music Connection: The Latin American Ensemble of University of Arkansas in a concert at 7 p.m. on April 15, in Rowntree Recital Hall. The concert is sponsored by the U of O’s Division of Humanities and Fine Arts. It is open to the public and there is no cost for attendance. The Latin American Ensemble, under the direction of Fernando Valencia, features the richness and diversity of the music of Latin America and the Caribbean. The ensemble’s repertoire encompasses a wide range of styles, from old traditional forms such as Son, Danzon, Cha-Cha-Cha, and Mambo to newer music styles such as Latin Jazz and “pop” influenced music, including Salsa and Timba. A typical performance involves guest singers or instrumentalists performing the biggest hits of Latin music and music composed and/or arranged by the instructor and students. Rowntree Hall is located in the Walton Fine Arts Center on the U of O campus. For more information on the concert, please contact the University of the Ozarks’ Division of Humanities and Fine Arts Division at 979-1349. The University of the Ozarks Chamber Singers will kick off their 2019 concert tour with their annual Spring Concert on the U of O campus on Thursday, April 25. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Munger-Wilson Chapel. There is no cost for attendance and the public is invited. The Spring Concert is a prelude to the Chamber Singers’ five-event spring tour, which runs from May 19-24 at churches in Arkansas and Tennessee. The theme for this year’s concert tour is “E Pluribus Unum – Out of Many, One,” and will feature a wide variety of music that celebrates the diversity of the United States. “Diversity has always been a part of our country and this land has always been home to immigrants,” said Dr. Jonathan Ledger, choral director at U of O. “Embedded within this message is a prayer for world peace. The program will be heard in its entirety for the first time at our spring concert on Thursday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Munger-Wilson Memorial Chapel.” The concert program will include the works, “At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners,” by Williametta Spencer; “Cherokee Traveler’s Greeting,” by Kevin A. Memley; “Chester,” by William Billings; “Shenandoah,” by James Erb; “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor,” by Irving Berlin; “Paper Crane,” by J. Reese Norris; “Homeland,” by Gustav Holst; and “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” by J. Rosamond Johnson. Adjunct music instructor Bethany Qualls will serve as the collaborative pianist during the Spring Concert as well as the tour. Ledger said the tour is the highlight of the academic year for the Chamber Singers. “We are excited to head east on tour for the first time this year, as we strive to strengthen relationships with potential students, churches, and alumni in central and eastern Arkansas and throughout Tennessee,” he said. The tour will include a May 19 (3 p.m.) concert at Kirk in the Pines Presbyterian Church in Hot Springs, Arkansas; a May 20 (7 p.m.) concert at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Arkansas; a May 21 (7 p.m.) concert at Second Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee; a May 22 (7 p.m.) concert at Logan’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Maryville, Tennessee; and a May 24 (7 p.m.) concert at Holy Trinity Community Church in Nashville, Tennessee. University of the Ozarks will examine the powerful therapeutic benefits of music and art in a program titled, “Healing Through the Arts,” on Thursday, April 11. The program, which is part of the University’s Walton Arts & Ideas Series, begins at 7 p.m. in the Rogers Conference Center on campus. It is free and open to the public “Healing Through the Arts” will feature Dr. Amanda Alders Pike (pictured, right), a 2005 U of O graduate and a board-certified art therapist from Florida, as well as Dr. Ellary Draper, assistant professor of music therapy at the University of Alabama. Art and music therapy is practiced in various clinical and community settings, including hospitals, psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities, wellness centers, schools, crisis centers, forensic institutions, senior communities and private practice. After graduating from Ozarks, Pike moved to Mexico to focus on her art, teach English and attend an art therapy program. The experience helped her become bilingual in English and Spanish. Later, she earned a master’s degree in New York and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. From there, she developed an eclectic professional background, encompassing education, counseling, business and marketing. Pike established a private practice in South Florida as an art therapist which grew into a staffing company. She hired, trained, placed, and supervised art therapists in locations such as assisted living facilities, homeless shelters and eating disorder and substance abuse recovery treatment centers. In 2017, her company was purchased by a larger company. Pike currently works as in educational leadership and as a curriculum content manager with the American College of Education. Draper holds degrees in music education from Westminster Choir College and music therapy from Florida State University. Her Ph.D. is in music and human learning from the University of Texas at Austin. She previously worked as a music therapist with a variety of ages and populations outside of Houston. She also has experience as an elementary general music teacher. Her research interests are in the areas of children with disabilities, particularly in inclusive music classrooms. Currently, she serves as the Chair of Special Education for the Alabama Music Educators Association and Chair of the Standards of Clinical Practice Committee for the American Music Therapy Association. A regular presenter at national and regional music therapy and music education conferences, her research is also published in the Journal of Music Therapy, Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education, General Music Today, imagine, and Ala Breve. The University of the Ozarks music department will present its annual time-honored Christmas tradition, A Service of Lessons and Carols, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, in Munger-Wilson Chapel. The concert will be preceded by a Community Christmas Reception featuring snacks and refreshments from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Chapel. The public is invited to attend both the reception and the Service of Lessons and Carols, and there is no charge for admission. The service will feature all three University choirs, which include Chamber Singers and Chapel Choir, both conducted by Dr. Jonathan Ledger, assistant professor of music, and the Women’s Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Sharon Gorman, Walton professor of music. Gorman will also be featured on organ and piano during the prelude, hymns, and postlude. Bethany Qualls, adjunct instructor of piano, will accompany the Chamber Singers. The event will include scripture readings by University students, faculty and staff. A wide variety of music to reflect on various Advent and Christmas scripture readings will be performed, along with congregational hymns that audience members can sing along with. Among the works the choirs will perform include, “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming (with Of the Father’s Love Begotten),” “O Come to Us, Emmanuel,” “Mary, Did You Know?,” “Breath of Heaven,” “Keep Your Lamps Burning,” and “Hallelu.” University of the Ozarks will present the University of Arkansas’ Latin American Ensemble for a concert at 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, in Rowntree Recital Hall. The concert, sponsored by the U of O’s Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, is open to the public and there is no cost for attendance. Rowntree Hall is located in the Walton Fine Arts Center on the Ozarks campus. The Latin American Ensemble features the richness and diversity of the music of Latin America and the Caribbean. The ensemble's repertoire encompasses a wide range of styles, from old traditional forms such as Son, Danzon, Cha-Cha-Cha, and Mambo to newer music styles such as Latin Jazz and “pop" influenced music, including Salsa and Timba. A typical performance involves guest singers or instrumentalists performing the biggest hits of Latin music and music composed and/or arranged by the instructor and students. For more information on the concert, please contact the University of the Ozarks’ Division of Humanities and Fine Arts Division at 979-1349. University of the Ozarks’ music department will present the 18th annual All Hallows Eve Concert in Munger-Wilson Chapel, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. The All Hallows Eve Concert is traditionally one of the University’s most popular musical events of the year and will feature music by the U of O music ensembles, under the leadership of choral director Dr. Jonathan Ledger, as well as by Walton Professor of Music and University organist Dr. Sharon Gorman. Dr. Gorman will present organ music that will include the traditional Toccata in D minor of J. S. Bach, as well as selections from Harry Potter, Superman, Stars Wars and other popular movies. The choral numbers have traditionally included, Little Shop of Horrors, Shakespeare’s MacBeth, Sam Pottle’s Jabberwocky, Mendelssohn’s Hexenlied and Disney movies Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Little Mermaid. There is no cost for admission to the concert and it is open to the public. The program is child-friendly and audience members are invited and encouraged to come in costume. Megan Ahne’s main goal when she sings is to make her audience members feel something. “I want them to feel happy, sad, angry, elated or blissful when they hear me. I want to affect them with my performance,” she said. “I remember after one performance, a mom came up with her little boy and told me that during my song her son just could not stop smiling. He was just grinning ear to ear. It made me so happy to hear that I put a big smile on that little boy’s face with just my performance. That is my goal. I do not want them to just listen and say that she is a good singer. I want them to say that she really made me cry on that one song or that I laughed so hard during that one song.” The University of the Ozarks senior music major from Ozark, Ark., has been entertaining audiences with her powerful and moving mezza-soprano vocals ever since she first performed in front of her church congregation as a 10-year-old. Over the past four years she has delighted and moved audiences as part of the University Chamber Singers and Chapel Choir. She will perform her senior recital at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 23, in Rowntree Recital Hall and then plans to pursue graduate studies in music at Bowling Green State University following her graduation in May.