JCJC’s music department hosts Spring Recital Series

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2018-02-20 15:42:31

ELLISVILLE –A feast of music from across the ages and around the world is being offered on Friday’s in March and April at Jones County Junior College. The annual Spring Recital Series features a variety of musicians and vocalists entertaining the audience during the lunch hour. This musical event begins on Friday, March 23, at 12:25 p.m. until 12:55 p.m. in the Foote Chapel and will continue on each Friday through April 21, except “Good Friday.” All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information call the JCJC Fine Arts Department at 601-477-4203 or look online at: http://www.jcjc.edu/programs/finearts.

Friday, March 23, at 12:25 p.m. in theFoote Chapel, “Spring in the Keys” will showcase flutist, Rachel Ciraldo and pianist, Michael Bunchman performing the works of Lukas Foss, Albert Périlhou and Frank Martin. Ciraldo is the principal flutist of the Baton Rouge and Meridian Symphony Orchestras, as well as the development coordinator of the Hattiesburg Concert Association and Coordinator of the Community and Educational Outreach Program at Southern Miss. Bunchman is a collaborative pianist and chamber musician, traveling throughout the U.S. Currently, he is a faculty member at the University of Southern Mississippi as the director of the Collaborative Piano Program. 

The Magnolia Reed Trio, made up of USM’s faculty ensemble in residence will perform “Past and Present” on Friday, April 6, at 12:25 p.m., in the Foote Chapel on the campus of JCJC in Ellisville. Performers include Galit Kaunitz on oboe, Jackie McIlwain on clarinet, and Kim Woolly on bassoon. They will present works from composers, Darius Milhaud and Jenni Brandon.
On Friday, April 13, at 12:25 p.m., in the Foote Chapel, pianist, Jung-Won Shin will present the program, “Beethoven Piano Sonatas: An Early Portrait.” Her performance features two of Beethoven’s early piano sonatas, Op. 10, No.2 and Op. 13, Pathétique, which shows Beethoven’s characteristics and development in composing. Shin is an associate professor of music at Delta State University and VP for pre-college performances with the Mississippi Music Teachers Association.
The final recital on Friday, April 20, at 12:25 p.m. in the Foote Chapel will take us on a cultural exploration of Louisiana’s heritage in a performance called, “From Old Creole Days: Sampling the Afro-Creole Folk Song of Louisiana of the Late Nineteenth through the Mid-Twentieth Centuries.” This vocal performance by soprano Phyllis Lewis-Hale, an instructor and the director of the Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop at Jackson State University will be accompanied by pianist, Karen Laubengayer, a retired pianist and professor of music at Jackson State University.
Rachel Ciraldo & Michael Bunchman  
From 2007-2013, Ciraldo was an instructor of flute at Southeastern Louisiana University and has served as a visiting instructor of flute at both Louisiana State University and the University of Southern Mississippi. She earned a bachelor of music degree from Indiana University where she studied with Thomas Robertello and Jacques Zoon. She earned a master of music degree from Boston University where she studied with Marianne Gedigian. She has also studied extensively with Jill Felber, Amy Porter, and Angela Jones-Reus. Ciraldo is an active chamber musician and performs regularly with guitarist and husband, Nicholas Ciraldo, in Duo Cintemani.
Prior to working at the University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Bunchman served as coordinator of Collaborative Piano at Truman State University from 2015 to 2017.He maintains an active performance schedule outside of his work in academia. Dr. Bunchman has spent five seasons as a principal coach and pianist at the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater, as well as appointments with the Natchez Festival of Music and Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra. Some of the opera companies he has collaborated with include the Santa Barbara Opera, Opera Saratoga, the Princeton Festival and El Paso Opera. Also active as a concerto soloist, Dr. Bunchman has performed with the Ridgefield Symphony, the Breckenridge Music Festival, the Antara Ensemble in New York City, the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra. He and wife, singer Jessica Medoff, have been invited to opera houses and theaters nationwide to perform their highly acclaimed cabaret show ‘The Truth About Love…and the Usual Lies”. This past summer Dr. Bunchman had the honor to be counted among the amazingly diverse and talented group of artists of A Prairie Home Companion, hosted by Garrison Keillor, on their multi-city European cruise.
The Magnolia Reed Trio
Galit Kaunitz is the assistant professor of Oboe at The University of Southern Mississippi, joining the faculty in the fall of 2015. She teaches applied oboe and MUS 165: Enjoyment of Music, and performs with Category 5 and Magnolia Reed Trio, USM's faculty wind quintet and reed trio. Prior to her appointment at Southern Miss, Galit was the Instructor of Oboe at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Galit is the second oboist and English hornist of the Meridian and Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestras, and regularly appears with the Louisiana Philharmonic and Mobile Symphony Orchestras. In November of 2016, she performed the Strauss Oboe Concerto with the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.
A Chicago native, Dr. Jackie McIlwain, is an assistant professor of clarinet at The University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. McIlwain's diverse performance experience includes numerous recitals in a variety of styles from the standard repertoire of Debussy, Brahms, and Mozart to Scott McAllister's X Concerto and world premieres of Alan Thiesen, Charles Ingram, Daniel Whaley, and Kristy Adams. Along with these solo performances, Dr. McIlwain has played with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Meridian Symphony Orchestra (MS), Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra (FL) and Murfreesboro Philharmonic Orchestra (TN), among others. Since 2000, she has been fortunate enough to travel and perform in over half a dozen countries in Europe and the Far East serving the role of principal clarinetist.
Kim Woolly is associate professor of bassoon at the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition to teaching bassoon, Performance Practice, and courses in woodwind literature and pedagogy, she performs as a member of faculty ensembles Category 5 and The Magnolia Reed Trio. Dr. Woolly holds an undergraduate degree in music from Wellesley College, a master of music in bassoon performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music, and a doctor of music in bassoon performance from the Florida State University. A native of Little Rock, AR, Dr. Woolly is formerly a faculty member of Ohio University, the University of Florida and the New England Music Camp. Dr. Woolly is a member of the Mobile (AL) and Meridian (MS) and Symphonies.
An Early Portrait-Beethoven Piano Sonatas
Pianist Jung-Won Shin has earned degrees in piano performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (D. M. A.), Indiana University (M. M.), and Seoul National University (B. M.). She is currently an associate professor of music at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, and Vice President for pre-college performances at the Mississippi Music Teachers Association. She has appeared as an active soloist and collaborative pianist with a large range of repertoire for solo, vocal, and chamber music at recitals and concerts in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, and Korea. Her recent projects include a recital series of Beethoven piano sonatas and concertos and an anthology of Korean art songs. She has been a prize winner or finalist at several solo, chamber music, and concerto competitions including the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, and the Annual Kankakee International Piano Concerto Competition. She has been invited to adjudicate several regional, state, and local solo, concerto, and chamber music competitions.  
Old Creole Days
           Soprano, Phyllis Lewis-Hale is the Mississippi District Governor of the National Association of Teachers of Singing) and also serves as the Vice President of Collegiate and National Competitions for the Mississippi Music Teachers Association (MMTA). Dr. Lewis-Hale has presented lecture/recitals at numerous colleges and universities and at the National Association of African-American Studies National Conference, the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference, the Super Regional Conference of the College Music Society, as well as, the College Music Society’s National Conferences. Dr. Lewis-Hale received a bachelor of music education degree from Jackson State University, a master of music and her doctorate of musical arts degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Ohio. She has appeared as a guest soprano soloist in Italy, Japan, Taiwan, Germany, Austria, Bermuda and the United States. Some highlights of her career include receiving several performance awards, such as the winner of the IBLA Grand Prize in the International “Monteverdi/Bellini” Vocal Competition held in Italy, a winner in the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera Vocal Competition held in New York and the recipient of an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards.
           Dr. Karen Laubengayer, is a recently retired pianist and professor of music at Jackson State University. She has performed in Europe at the American Academy of the Arts in Verona, Italy and the L’Ecole Hindemith in Vevey, Switzerland. In the United States, she has performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC and the International Art Song Festival in Cleveland, OH. She has appeared as guest pianist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, The St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in Jackson, MS, and the Meridian Symphony Orchestra in Meridian, MS. In addition she has presented lecture recitals on the National and International stage at the National Convention of the College Music Society in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Atlanta, Georgia and Portland, OR; The National Convention of NATS in Salt Lake City, UT; International Conferences at the University of London Institute of Education and at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, England. She has studied and coached with many renowned artists and pedagogues including Jane Allen, William Schatzkamer, Claudio Arrau, Dalton Ballwin, Warren Jones and Sandra Rivers. Dr. Laubengayer holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Stephens College in Columbia, MO and her masters and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. 


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