VC music faculty members to perform
Marylynn Fletcher
Marylynn Fletcher

As part of Victoria College’s Faculty Recital Series, five VC music faculty members will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24 in the Johnson Symposium on Victoria College’s Main Campus. The performance will feature two vocalists, a pianist, a marimba player and a saxophonist.

Solos will be performed from the Baroque Era through the Modern Era. The concert is free and open to the public.

“At Victoria College, we are fortunate to have accomplished musicians teaching in our Music Department,” said Marylynn Fletcher, music professor. “This is an opportunity for us to showcase their talent and musicianship.”

Jonathan Anderson, associate professor of music and department chair of VC’s Fine Arts Department, will perform two works, one on soprano saxophone and the other on tenor saxophone. Anderson hails from Lincoln, Illinois, and received his early musical training from Selmer clinician and Paris Conservatory graduate, Keith Zimmerman. He holds bachelor’s degrees in both music education and performance from Millikin University, and a Master of Music degree from Ball State University. In 2005 Anderson was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award and was also nominated for the Minnie Stevens Piper Award in education.

Fletcher will perform a Mozart Rondo for piano and accompany the two vocalists. She earned her Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Indiana University – Bloomington, Indiana. She has a Masters of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano performance from The University of Texas at Austin, and she studied piano with Abbey Simon and William Race. Fletcher directs Victoria College choirs and conducts the Victoria Civic Chorus. She is also on the executive boards of the Texas Association of Music Schools and the Texas Two Year College Choir Directors Association.

Patricia Balmer will perform three songs by Samuel Barber and a solo from Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi. Balmer holds both a master’s degree in music education (vocal pedagogy) and a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Columbus State University in Georgia. By day, she directs the Edna High School Choir and theatre programs, serves as an adjunct faculty member at Victoria College and maintains a small private voice studio. By night, she has performed regionally with the San Antonio Chamber Choir and the San Antonio Opera and works with Theatre Victoria, where she has been the Music Director for “Annie,” “The Marvelous Wonderettes” and “Beauty and the Beast.” She also works with the theatre’s education programs.

Eugenie Fuhrman will sing a Mozart Aria from the opera Cosi Fan Tutti. She has enjoyed singing as long as she can remember. After graduating from Victoria College, she earned her Bachelor of Music Education from East Texas State University and her Master of Music in vocal performance from Southwest Texas State University where she also studied piano and composition. Fuhrman presently serves as organist and music director at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and Temple B’nai Israel, as well as an adjunct vocal instructor for Victoria College, UIL accompanist and office manager at Rosewood Funeral Chapels. 

Nick Stange, also a VC adjunct instructor, will perform Five Preludes for Marimba by Michael Burritt. He holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Music in percussion from the University of Central Florida. Stange is the assistant band director and drumline director at West High School in Victoria.

For more information on the Faculty Recital Series, call (361) 572-6425.

Published: Friday, 22 January 2016

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