Marble recital rescheduled for March 25

A photo of Dr. Dex Marble playing the piano.
Dr. Dex Marble performs for an informal audience at an alumni recital at last year’s homecoming. Marble will make his formal public debut in a piano recital scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 25 in the Alumni Chapel at USAO. The event is free and open to the public.

Marble recital rescheduled for March 25


Dr. Dex Marble is ending his time at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma on a good note — actually, on several good notes.

Marble, vice president for academic affairs, will make his first extended public appearance as a pianist in a recital at 7:30 p.m. March 25 in the Alumni Chapel.

Marble will perform pieces from Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms and Ludwig van Beethoven, among others. The last piece will be one Marble composed decades ago and will be performed by Dr. Ken Bohannon, professor of music; Dr. Kate Sekula, special instructor of music; and Cherokee Howell, USAO music student.

Marble said he always has had a passion for music but too many other interests stood in the way to devote the time necessary to develop much proficiency.

“I have never done anything like this before … this is on my ‘bucket list,’ so to speak,” Marble said. “I have been taking piano lessons with Dr. Stephen Weber, professor of music, this past year and am fortunate to have this opportunity.”

The recital was originally scheduled for March 4 but had to be postponed due to inclement weather conditions.

Marble announced his intention to re-enter retirement earlier this year. Marble served on USAO’s faculty for more than 25 years before retiring in 1997 to pursue a career in law.

He returned in 2009 as a special advisor to the president and then was named vice president of academic affairs in 2010.

Marble said during his time at USAO, he has always been impressed with the courage of the students in accepting the risk of performing and displaying their creativity to the public.

“In giving this recital, I pay tribute to all of our students, both present and past, who have accepted that risk,” Marble said.

The performance is free and open to the public.