Music Recitals Fill the Docket at CMU

Vocal and instrumental recitals next weekend

Central Methodist University will present two Swinney Conservatory recitals the last weekend in March. The first on Friday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. will feature Dane Johnson, baritone. The second on Sunday, March 30, at 4 p.m. will feature Michael Mountain on tuba, and soprano Shawna Crisler.

Both recitals will be performed in the Willie Mae Kountz Recital Hall on the Fayette campus, and both are free of charge and open to the public.

Dane Johnson will perform a solo hour-long recital on Friday. He will be accompanied by Mary Jane Nance, CMU staff accompanist.

Johnson, a senior from Columbia, is a vocal student of Dr. Ron Atteberry, CMU assistant professor of music.

Johnson has been very active in the music life of CMU and the Swinney Conservatory of Music. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, men's music fraternity; he has been in the vocal groups of Conservatory Singers, Chorale, Church Street Singers, and Church Street Boys.

Johnson is active in opera workshops and productions, including Gilbert and Sullivan's operettas The Pirates of Penzance and Iolanthe; and this semester had the title role in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. He has also involved himself in musicals and non-musical plays through the Theatre Department.

The Sunday recital will feature Michael Mountain and Shawna Crisler.

Mountain, a senior tuba player from Lampe, will be accompanied by Kelley Head, CMU adjunct professor of music, and assisted on one number by flutist Chelsea Wallace, a senior from Rogersville. Mountain is a student of Jackie Lordo, CMU adjunct professor of music.

At Central, Mountain has been involved with CMU's Marching, Concert, and Jazz Bands. He also sings in Chorale and belongs to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is also a member of Sigma Alpha Chi (affiliate of national Phi Delta Theta), men's social fraternity.

Crisler is sharing the stage with Mountain for her junior recital. She is a vocal student of Dr. Susan Quigley-Duggan, CMU associate professor of music and head of the Opera Program. She will also be accompanied by Head.

As a junior, Crisler, from St. Clair, has been active in the opera programs presented at CMU, including Fairy Tales and Songs of Love and Celebration. She has been a member of the Conservatory Singers and the Concert and Marching Bands.

Crisler belongs to Sigma Alpha Iota, national women's music fraternity, and National Association for Music Educators (NAfME).

Students like Mountain, who are earning a Bachelor of Music Education, are required to present a joint senior recital. However, students who are working toward a Bachelor of Music in Performance, including Johnson and Crisler, must give a joint junior recital and a full-length senior recital.


Posted March 18, 2014