posted January 21, 2008

Gabe Southard to Present Faculty Recital Jan. 27

The range of flute will be showcased by Gabe Southard during the Hope College Faculty Recital on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The recital will begin with "Sonata for Flute and Piano," by Amy Beach, with pianist Andrew Le accompanying Southard. The work will be followed by "Black Anemones" and "Soaring," by Joseph Schwantner; "Fantasia in d minor," by Phillip Telemann; and "Sonata for Flute and Piano," by Lowell Liebermann.

Robert "Gabe" Southard is currently Hope's director of bands and part of the Music Education Consortium. Southard recently completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting at MichiganStateUniversity, where he worked with Professor John Whitwell. Prior to his residence at MSU, he served as Wind Symphony conductor and Flute Studio teacher at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he also taught Orchestration, Music Appreciation, and Advanced Conducting.

While living in Cincinnati, Ohio, Southard served as conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble from 1999 to 2002. Under his direction, CYWE toured England and Scotland, taking first place at the Bournemouth International Musicmakers Festival, completed a CD of the works of Mark Camphouse, and was invited to perform at the Ohio Music Educators Regional Conference.

Nykerk Hall of Music is located in the central Hope campus on the former 12th Street between College and Columbia avenues.