USAO Music department rolls out Fall Showcase

Five performing groups at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma will present three concerts in the upcoming USAO Fall Music Showcase. The Concert and Chamber Choirs will present a joint concert on Nov. 20; the Showband, on Nov. 21; and the Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble on the Nov. 24.

USAO Music department rolls out Fall Showcase


The music department at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma will place the fruits of a trimester of hard work on display during three concerts featuring five ensembles – a week of performances known as the Fall Music Showcase.

The three concerts include: the Concert and Chamber Choirs on Nov. 20 in the Ballroom; the Showband on Nov. 21 at the Chickasha Elks’ Lodge; and the Concert Band and Drover Drumatic Percussion Ensemble on Nov. 24 in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.

All three concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Chamber and Concert Choirs

The two vocal choirs will perform a diverse program of music in contrasting styles from the Medieval to contemporary period.

The Concert Choir will open its program with two early music selections – one by Renaissance composer Pierre Certon, which will feature flute and percussion, and a second, titled “Gaudete,” which is based on a sacred chant.

The choir will be accompanied by trumpet and cello on English composer Henry Purcell’s “Good People Be Ye Glad.”

Other highlights include a South African song accompanied by percussion and music from the Disney film Frozen performed as a choral suite in ancient Norse.

The Chamber Choir’s repertoire will focus on the Medieval and Renaissance eras, combining song, dance and period instrumentation to recreate these rich historical periods.

In addition to several a cappella songs performed in German, French and Italian, the choir will perform, “Sumer Is Icumen In,” the oldest non-religious song to have survived in notation form.

The Chamber Choir will be accompanied by an ensemble of recorder players and by Kate Sekula, special adjunct in music, on piano.

Both choirs will perform under the direction of Dr. Jan Hanson, professor of music.

More information about the Concert and Chamber Choir performances can be obtained by calling 574-1298.


The Showband is hosting a dance at the Elks’ Lodge to raise awareness and funds for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in Grady County.

The lodge is located 1818 West Country Club Road in Chickasha.

The dance is free and open to the public but donations are encouraged to support the organization, which works with vulnerable children placed into foster care by the legal system.

Donna Settlemires, manager for the Showband and CASA volunteer, said that the student performers insisted on raising money for a local charity.

“As soon as the trimester started, the kids came to me and said, ‘Who are we raising money for this semester?’,” Settlemires said. “It makes me so proud to see their commitment to improving things here local and what better way than to contribute to the well-being of future students from the area?”

The band raised money for the public school music program in Quanah, Texas, with a performance there earlier this year.

The sixteen-member showband will perform a mix of country, jazz, rock and roll, Motown and blues music for attendees.

The group performs under the direction of Joe Settlemires.

More information about the performance can be obtained by calling 574-1316.

Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble

The Concert Band and the Drover Drumatic percussion ensemble will present a joint concert in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.

The band is slated to present a variety of compositions including works by Oklahomans Ed Huckeby and David Gorham, Percy Grainger, John Philip Sousa, Robert W. Smith and Frank Ticheli.

The Drover Drumatic ensemble will play a variety of material that demonstrates the diversity of percussion.

Dr. Dan Hanson, professor of music and director of both groups, is looking forward to debuting the percussion ensemble.

“The percussion group includes seven players who demonstrate complex rhythms with a myriad of percussion instruments,” Hanson said. “We showcase this group with a colorful assortment of driving and dramatic compositions.”

Both ensembles serve to educate, entertain, and recruit for the university while meeting degree and curriculum requirements.

Information about the ensembles and the upcoming performances can be obtained by contacting Hanson at 574-1297.

More information about all of the concerts in the Fall Music Showcase, including rosters for the various ensembles, can be found online at