Music students to be featured in April 23 concert at arts center

Western Carolina University student conductors and solo instrumentalists will be in the spotlight Friday, April 23, as the university’s Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band present a free concert at 8 p.m. in the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Students who will be featured during the concert were selected for their roles as conductors and soloists through an audition process.

Three students majoring in music education – Taylor Jandes of Clemmons, Kelly Litfin of Belmont and Dossie Ransom of Greensboro – will serve as conductors during the presentation.

Five other students will perform as soloists. Austin Waynick, a Winston-Salem resident majoring in commercial and electronic music, and Lance Barton, a Burlington resident majoring in music education, will present the “Concerto for Two Clarinets, Op. 35” by Franz Krommer.

Another clarinetist, Tripp Lewis, will perform John Williams’ “Viktor’s Tale,” a song from the movie “Terminal.” Lewis, a Gastonia resident, is majoring in music education.

A student from Hendersonville who is majoring in music education, Jake Waldrop, will present “La Virgen de la Macarena,” a traditional Spanish bullfight song, on trumpet.

Renee Morgan, a music education major from Canton, will perform “Fantasy Variations for Euphonium” by Yasuhide Ito.

“Two things we emphasize a great deal at WCU are synthesis and engagement,” said John T. West, director of bands at WCU and conductor for both the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band. “Students are challenged to take the many different concepts and skills they learn in their classes and apply them to their own specialties. They also are asked to share these skills beyond the classroom. In preparing and performing as conductors and soloists at this concert, they are demonstrating these concepts at a very high level, and I am very proud of them.”

The April 23 event is the WCU School of Music’s final concert for the 2009-10 academic year.

For more information, contact the School of Music at 828-227-7242.