USAO music faculty join for colorful recital

USAO’s music faculty presents a free concert for students, alumni and community members at 3 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Alumni Chapel. Pictured are (top, from left) Dr. Dan Hanson, Dr. Ken Bohannon, Dr. Jan Hanson, (bottom, from left) Dr. Stephen Weber, Rhenada Finch and Joe Settlemires.

USAO music faculty join for colorful recital



Maybe the saying should be changed to:  “Those who can, teach!” Music faculty members will demonstrate their own artistry in a special, eclectic concert this Sunday afternoon at the University of Science and Arts.

A USAO Faculty Music Recital is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday in the Alumni Chapel, featuring more than 10 professors and faculty presenting a wide range of performances. The recital is free and open to the public.


Dr. Dan Hanson, professor of music, will showcase his skills as a marimba player, teaming up with Rhenada Finch, piano instructor, on Tambourin Chinois by Fritz Kriesler.


Hanson has been a member of the faculty at USAO since 1988. He earned his doctor of musical arts from the University of North Texas. He teaches music theory, composition, percussion, music methods courses, and directs the USAO Concert Band.


Finch is a 2006 graduate of USAO. Currently, she is staff accompanist for the USAO Music Department and coordinator for the biannual Festival of Arts and Ideas.


USAO Showband Director Joe Settlemires will perform Hector Villa-Lobos’ Prélude No. 3 on the guitar.


During four decades in the music business, Settlemires has performed with numerous celebrities including Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Della Reese, Bob Hope, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Settlemires was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2009 for his album, Sugarfoot Rag.


Dr. Stephen Weber, chair of USAO’s arts and humanities division and professor of music, will be performing Franz Liszt’s Misere d’Apres Palastrina at piano. This will be a preview for Weber’s solo recital scheduled for Oct. 4 dedicated to Liszt’s life and works.


Weber has been teaching at USAO since 1995. He received his doctorate from Texas Tech University in 1993. Weber received the Regents Award for Superior Teaching at USAO in 1997 and has more than 80 published compositions for a variety of media to his credit.


Dr. Ken Bohannon, music department coordinator and associate professor of music, will be performing “It is Enough” from Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah as well as Danza danza fancifulla by Francesco Durante. He will be accompanied on both songs by pianist Kate Sekula.


Bohannon is in his 16th year teaching at USAO and serves as the coordinator of the Davis Waldorf Performing Arts Series.  He teaches voice and voice-related courses as well as directing the USAO Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He received his doctorate from Indiana University.


Sekula, a flautist who also teaches piano at USAO, will offer “Fantasy for Flute” op. 89 by Malcolm Arnold. She is currently at work on her dissertation to complete her Ph. D for the University of Connecticut.


Angela Krieger, adjunct string instructor, will present Elegy by Gabriel Fauré on the cello, accompanied by Dr. Jan Hanson, professor of music, at the piano.


In addition to teaching at USAO, Krieger is an elementary music specialist in the Rush Spring school system.


Dr. Jan Hanson is conductor of the USAO Concert Choir and teaches coursework in music history, literature, methods and conducting. She received her doctor of musical arts from University of North Texas.


Gretchen Morris, adjunct instructor of woodwinds, will perform the second movement from Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 2 in D. She also will be accompanied by Finch.


Gretchen Morris teaches flute and clarinet at USAO and is also the director of bands at Maysville Public Schools.


Interested parties are invited to call Bohannon at 574-1293 for more information.