Feb
2
to Feb 3

The 70th Annual J. Elwood Roberts/Mars Hill University Choral Festival

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The 70th Annual J. Elwood Roberts/Mars Hill University Choral Festival is just around the corner! This year, the festival will be held February 2-3, 2018 with Dr. Brad Holmes serving as our guest clinician. Finale concert will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, February 3rd in Moore Auditorium, 79 Cascade Street.

Dr. Brad Holmes is the Director of Choir Programs at Millikin University in Decatur, IL.  Prior his appointment at Millikin, Dr. Holmes was Associate Director of Choirs at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Under Dr. Holmes’ direction, the Millikin University Choir has gained national recognition due in part to six invitations to perform at national and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).

The J. Elwood Roberts/Mars Hill University Choral Festival was established in 1949 by the late J. Elwood Roberts as an effort to improve choral music in the high schools of western North Carolina. Each year more than 700 students from approximately 100 high schools audition for the Festival Choir, and only the top 350 are accepted. J. Elwood Roberts came to Mars Hill College in 1944 where he served the music department in several capacities, most notably as an instructor in music theory. He also directed the choir at Mars Hill Baptist Church. Additional information can be found by visiting clicking on the link below.

 

 

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Jan
28
3:30 PM15:30

Guest Artist Recital feat. Dr. Jeanette Fontaine (mezzo-soprano) and Dr. Jackie Edwards Henry (piano)

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Dr. Fontaine serves on the faculty at Mississippi State University, and will present a recital and masterclass here at MHU on January 28. The recital will take place in Broyhill Chapel at Mars Hill University.

Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. No reservations are needed.

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Jan
23
7:30 PM19:30

Faculty Duo Recital featuring Dr. Alan Theisen and Professor Misty Theisen

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This concert will take place in Broyhill Chapel at Mars Hill University.

Works by Flinn, Griffes, Honegger, Minchew, and Young will be presented.

Dr. Alan Theisen is a composer, saxophonist, music theorist, and educator. Dr. Theisen is professor of music at Mars Hill University where he is the coordinator of music theory and composition. Theisen also specializes in the analysis and pedagogy of post-1900 classical music, presenting award-winning research on these topics at national and regional academic conferences. An active saxophonistTheisen concertizes in classical recitals, performs with jazz bands and musical theater productions, and premieres/records the music of fellow contemporary composers. Theisen regularly performs with the Asheville Jazz Orchestra, the Nouveau Passe Orchestra, the Gamble-Wilson Swing Orchestra, Rational Discourse (an Asheville-based progressive jazz-rock group), and has played reed books for the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre and Asheville Community Theatre. Theisen also performed in the 2000 and 2003 World Saxophone Congresses.

Professor Misty Theisen is a multifaceted musician based in western North Carolina where she is professor of woodwinds/music education at Mars Hill University. Performing recitals, concertizing, and conducting clinics across the United States, Theisen is an active flutist. She has appeared regularly with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonia Gulf Coast, and the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra. In addition to flute and piccolo, Theisen is a proficient performer on all clarinets, saxophones, and oboe. She utilizes these skills in her steady work as an orchestral musician for several regional theater companies including Asheville Community Theatre, Parkway Playhouse, Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, and more.

Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. No reservations are needed.

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Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

Saxophone & Voice Recital featuring Megan Ihnen and Dr. Alan Theisen

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Please join us as we welcome guest musician Megan Ihnen to Mars Hill University! She will join Dr. Alan Theisen for a very special evening concert.

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A musical show,  This World of Yes features nationally recognized mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen and MHU professor Alan Theisen (saxophone). This World of Yes combines poetry, music, motion, storytelling, classical music, jazz, and audience involvement to create an artistic experience about the journey of life. It will be the concluding performance of a tour of the southeast United States.

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Nov
10
7:30 PM19:30

The Big Band Concert

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Dr. Jason Slaughter, conductor

Join us for our tribute to the Don Ellis Orchestra, with performances of Whiplash, Indian Lady, Pussywiggle Stomp, Final Analysis, Loss, Bulgarian Bulge, The Blues, Go Back Home, Good Feelin', Without Joan, and Turkish Bath. We will also be joined by Tim Morgan as our special guest on trumpet.

Moore Auditorium, 79 Cascade Street, Mars Hill, NC

The event is free and open to the public!

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Oct
23
7:30 PM19:30

"The Traveling Spirit" A Voice Recital featuring Dr. Jennifer Bryant Pedersen and Cathy Adkins

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Dr. Jennifer Bryant Pedersen, soprano

Cathy Adkins, piano

Featuring the music of Schubert, Mozart, Verdi, Debussy & Barber

Monday, October 23

7:30 PM

Broyhill Chapel

265 Cascade Street, Mars Hill, NC

Admission is free, and the concert is open to the public.

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Oct
12
7:30 PM19:30

Fall Wind Symphony Concert

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"Colors of Change"

Andrew Shelton, MHU's new Director of Bands, will conduct the Fall Wind Symphony concert on Thursday, October 12 at 7:30 pm. The program is entitled "Colors of Change."

Venue: Moore Auditorium

79 Cascade Street, Mars Hill, NC

Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. No reservations are needed.

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Sep
22
7:30 PM19:30

Flute Duo Recital featuring Tammy Evans Yonce and Misty Theisen

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Tammy Evans Yonce, Guest Musician

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Misty Theisen, Woodwinds Instructor

Featuring music by Ian Clark, Franz Doppler, Jay Batzner and Georges Enesco

Also introducing two world premier pieces from composers Alan Theisen and Daniel Walzer

Friday, September 22

7:30 PM

Broyhill Chapel, Mars Hill University

Admission is free, and the event is open to the public

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Spring Wind Symphony Concert Honoring Mike Robinson
Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

Spring Wind Symphony Concert Honoring Mike Robinson

Longtime North Carolina Band Director to Lead Final Concert This Week

When the Mars Hill University Wind Symphony performs its spring concert this Thursday, April 20, it will mark the end of an era. Mike Robinson, Mars Hill's director of bands, will conduct his final concert before retiring at the end of the spring semester. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in Moore Auditorium on the university campus, and is open to the public with free admission.

Robinson long has been a fixture of the North Carolina music education scene. Before joining the Mars Hill University faculty in 2007, he taught for 30 years in the state's public schools -- 25 of them at Asheville High School. During his 25 year tenure at Asheville High, the band won 25 consecutive "superior" ratings at the North Carolina Concert Festival. He directed the Asheville Community Band from 1996 until 2016.

Mike Robinson received his music degree from Mars Hill in 1977. He is a member of the North Carolina Band Directors Association Hall of Fame and is a former president of the association. He twice received the association's Award of Excellence. Robinson received the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association. In 2000 he received the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Legion of Honor Award. In 2015 he was presented the Al G. Wright Award given by Women Band Directors International, honoring outstanding support of women band directors over a period of many years. Robinson is an active clinician and adjudicator for music events throughout the Southeast.

The concert will be held in Moore Auditorium on the Mars Hill University campus, 79 Cascade Street, Mars Hill, NC.

Questions? Please call Shannon McBride at (828) 689-1209.

 

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Percussion Ensemble Concert
Apr
18
7:30 PM19:30

Percussion Ensemble Concert

The Department of Music will present the Spring 2017 Percussion Ensemble Concert TONIGHT at 7:30pm in Moore Auditorium. This concert will be directed by Dr. Brian Tinkel and Mr. Justin Mabry.

The concert will showcase different types of performing ensembles for percussion including the African Ensemble performing three high-energy songs. Chamber Percussion Players will perform Canticle No. 1 that is a classic work in our repertoire. The Percussion Orchestra will perform a new work for percussion entitled Gasoline Rainbow that features a waterphone. The Marimba Band will perform an arrangement of the popular rag, Fluffy Ruffles, featuring Kendyl Robertson on xylophone. The concert will conclude with the Brazilian Percussion Ensemble playing Tu Maracatu..

 If you are unable to attend, please visit the MHU Percussion Studio Facebook page to view a live stream of our concert.

The Mars Hill University Percussion Studio is sponsored by Pearl/Adams musical instruments, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Zildjian cymbals, and Remo drum heads.

Admission is free, and the concert is open to the public. No reservations are required.

This concert will be held in Moore Auditorium on the Mars Hill University campus, 79 Cascade Street, Mars Hill, NC.

Questions? Call (828) 689-1209

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