posted November 22, 2010

Concert Band to Present Debut Concert on Dec. 2

 The Hope College Concert Band will give its debut concert on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The program will include the "Second Suite in F," by Gustav Holst; "William Byrd Suite," by Gordon Jacob; "Fanfare and Allegro," by Clifton Williams; "Whatsoever Things," by Mark Camphouse; and more.  In addition, some of Hope's music education majors will be featured as guest conductors, including senior Emily Brower of Hudsonville; senior Sarah Brown of Flint; junior Erin Johnson of Slidell, La.; junior Michael Naughton of Prospect Heights, Ill.; senior Elena Poletto of Aurora, Ill.; junior Robin Pulsifer of Holland; junior Peter Smith of Grand Rapids; and sophomore Jessica Wells of Indian Creek, Ill.

The Concert Band is made up of Hope College students and community members from the Holland and Zeeland area.  The group meets once a week on Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The Concert Band is under the direction of Gabe Southard of the Hope College music faculty.  An assistant professor of music and member of the faculty since 2007, Southard completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting at Michigan State University. Prior to his residence at MSU, he served as wind symphony conductor and flute studio teacher at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he also taught orchestration, music appreciation and advanced conducting.  While living in Cincinnati, Ohio, Southard served as conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble from 1999 to 2002.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.