|FACULTY CHAMBER CONCERT HONORS SOUTHEASTERN ALUMNUS
HAMMOND -- “Appalachian Spring,”
a Southeastern Louisiana University chamber recital on March 31, will honor
a generous music alumnus.
Scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the
Pottle Music Building Auditorium, the recital will feature pianist David
Evenson, head of the music and dramatic arts department, and three Southeastern
ensembles. The evening will be dedicated to 1957 graduate William Baker,
Professor Emeritus of Oboe at Ohio State University. Last spring, Baker
and his wife Vivian donated the William and Vivian Baker Woodwind Library,
which includes more than 800 musical scores, to the woodwind section of
the music and dramatic arts department.
The Southeastern Wind Quintet
will perform one of the donated works, Poulenc’s “Sextet for Winds and
Piano.” Also on the program is Josef Alexander’s “Festivities,” which will
be performed by Evenson and the Southeastern Brass. Under the direction
of Glen Hemberger, Southeastern music faculty and students will also perform
Aaron Copland's famous suite of music from his ballet “Appalachian Spring.”
Baker graduated from Southeastern
with a degree in music education. After two years as a middle school band
teacher in Jonesboro, Ark., he returned to Louisiana for graduate work
at Louisiana State University. At Southeastern, Baker studied with Walter
Barznick, now Professor Emeritus of Music, and with the celebrated oboist
John Mack in New Orleans. He also performed with the Baton Rouge Symphony.
Baker’s collegiate teaching career
began in 1960 at Texas Wesleyan College in Fort Worth, Texas. He taught
for a year at Southern Illinois University before joining Ohio State University,
where he was professor of oboe and chamber music for 26 years. Baker was
a long time principal oboe for the Columbus Symphony and the Pro Musica
Chamber Orchestra of Columbus.
In 1972, Baker was awarded a
research grant to study in Vienna, Austria. with Jurg Scheftlein, principal
oboist of the Vienna Symphony. Upon his retirement from Ohio State
in 1987, he was proclaimed “One of Ohio’s Finest Citizens” by the Ohio
House of Representatives.
Baker recently retired to Newark,
Ohio, after teaching as an adjunct professor for a decade at Capital University
in Columbus. He continues to serve as conductor and artistic director of
the Land of Legend Philharmonic in Newark, Ohio.
Members of the music faculty
in the Southeastern Wind Quintet members are Chih-hsien Chien, flute; Mary
Kay Young, oboe; Deborah Andrus, clarinet; Janiece Luedeke, horn; and Jerry
Voorhees, bassoon. Southeastern Brass members are Luedeke; Bryan W. DePoy,
trumpet; graduate student Nick Volz, trumpet; David Johansen, trombone;
and Jake Miesner, tuba.
For additional information about
the concert, contact the music and dramatic arts department, 985-549-2184.