USAO and OBU professors of music partner for collaborative recital

USAO and OBU professors of music partner for collaborative recital


Recital to be held at USAO Sept. 22; OBU Sept. 27

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma assistant professor of music, Kate Sekula and Oklahoma Baptist University associate professor of music, Michael Dean, will present a unique collaborative recital on both campuses.

The recital performance will be presented on Thursday, Sept. 22 at the USAO Alumni Chapel in Chickasha and again on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the OBU Raley Chapel in Shawnee. Both performances are set for 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. 

Sekula is a flutist. Since earning her Ph.D. in music theory and history from the University of Connecticut in 2014, she has served as assistant professor with the department of music at USAO where she teaches the music theory curriculum and directs the concert band. Sekula also acts as the coordinator for the department of music and the District 9 chairperson for the Oklahoma Federation of Music Clubs junior festival.

Dean is a pianist and associate professor of music and coordinator of keyboard studies at OBU. He serves on the board of the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association as the Music Teachers National Association Foundation chair and is president of the Shawnee Area Music Teachers Association. In addition to his international performances as a member of the Manno-Dean Piano Duo, he is sought after as a soloist and collaborative artist, performing in numerous locations throughout the United States and Europe. 

“I have seen Michael perform at USAO several times with violinist Yuval Waldman,” said Sekula. “This is the first time I have worked with him and it has been an absolute joy. I think it’s important for faculty to demonstrate their talents on a regular basis while setting a good example about concert etiquette for our music students. This recital performance will benefit students from both universities, making it even more valuable.”

The musicians will showcase musical pieces “Cantabile et Presto” by George Enescu, “Deep Blue” and “The Great Train Race” by Ian Clarke, and “Flute Sonata, Op. 94” by Segey Prokofiev. 

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