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)

  • 265 Cascade Street Mars Hill, NC, 28754 United States (map)
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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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