Three USAO students selected to perform with the state honor band enjoy a moment of relaxation at the Oklahoma Music Educators’ Association conference in January with their faculty sponsor. They are (from left) Olen Cox, Christopher Jordan and Lindsay Robbins along with Dr. Dan Hanson.

USAO musicians shine at state gathering

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Three members of the concert band at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma joined elite musicians from around the state in Tulsa to perform with the 2014 Oklahoma Music Educators’ Association Concert Band in mid-January.

Saxophonist Olen Cox, a senior from Hugo, trombonist Christopher Jordan, a senior from Ardmore, and flautist Lindsay Robbins, a senior from Moore, were nominated for the honor by Dr. Dan Hanson, director of the USAO Concert Band and professor of music.

Robbins took second chair in her section after competing against dozens of flautists from private and public universities around the state.

In all, 16 institutions from around the state participated in the honor band led by Dr. Richard Clary, professor of music at Florida State University.

USAO faculty and students were in full force at the conference.

Ten student representatives worked in the USAO exhibit booth, visiting with parents, teachers and potential students. They attended also numerous concerts and workshops, including jazz band, choral, orchestral and wind ensemble honor performances.

In addition to the three honor band performers, the student representatives were: Harrison Guy, Oscar Hernandez, Kendra Hollenbeck, Mallorie Kimbrough, Robert Perou, Zev Stein and Sarah Willoughby.

USAO music faculty assisted students with recruiting activities and attended professional meetings and concerts.

Dr. Kenneth Bohannon, music department coordinator and associate professor of music, was elected as the incoming president of the Oklahoma Association of Music Supervisors for the upcoming year.

Dr. Jan Hanson, director of the USAO Concert Choir and professor of music, said that the conference was an exciting opportunity to share the unique USAO experience available for prospective students.

“USAO had a major presence at the conference with a large number of student participants and faculty members,” Hanson said. “We were excited to represent the university at this annual conference attended by more than 900 high school students.”

OMEA’s stated mission is to ensure that every K-12 student receives a high-quality music education from a certified instructor, provide professional development for pre- and in-service music teachers, create a better awareness of the value of music education and recognize outstanding student musicians in Oklahoma, according to the organization’s website.