posted November 5, 2009

Faculty Recital to Feature Gabe Southard on Nov. 8

Gabe Southard of the Hope College music faculty will present a flute recital on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The program will include "Histoire du Tango," by Astor Piazzolla; "Sonata for Flute and Piano," by Cesar Franck; "Fantasie," by Gabriel Faure; and "Fantasie Pastorale Hongroise," by Francois Doppler.

Assisting Southard will be pianists Adam Clark and Andrew Le, and guitarist David Martin.

Southard is an assistant professor of music and conducts the college's Wind Ensemble, and has been a member of the Hope faculty since 2007.  He completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting at Michigan State University. 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 at the former 127 E. 12th St. between College and Columbia avenues.