The department of music at Hope College will host a Wind Chamber Music Concert on Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The event will feature a woodwind quintet, woodwind trio, saxophone quartet, and two flute ensembles.  Pieces will include “Quintet for Winds,” by Paul Hindemith; “Rondo-Caprice,” by Joshua Missal; and “Trio for Flute, Oboe, and Clarinet,” by Malcolm Arnold.

Directing this concert is Robert “Gabe” Southard.  An assistant professor of music, Southard conducts the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, teaches flute and heads the department’s instrumental division.  He completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting at Michigan State University, where he worked with Professor John Whitwell.  Prior to his residence at Michigan State University, 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.

Nykerk Hall of Music is located in the central Hope campus at the former 127 E. 12th Street between College and Columbia avenues.