Concerto Winners Concert to be held Friday

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2002-04-23
Huntington, Ind.—The Huntington College Music Department will hold its second annual Concerto Winners Concert on Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m.. The performance will take place on the main stage of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

The concert will feature winners from the second annual HC Concerto Competition held in October of last year. The performers include, Benjamin Kendall, Sarah Stanek, Amy Rockwell, Eva Swan and Katie Smith.

Kendall comes from Branson, Mo., where he grew up in the Ozark Hills entertainment industry. His main involvement there was as the first tenor in a Barbershop Quartet, “Perfect Fourth,” for two years. Kendall earned his Bachelor of Music in Education from Southwest Baptist University. He then went on to Southwestern Baptist Theological in Fort Worth, Texas, to receive a Master of Music in Conducting while serving as Associate Minister of Music at First Baptist, McKinney, Texas. Since then, he has been a missionary to Spain where he was the music leader for the 2001 Spanish National Youth Convention. He is currently serving the Music Department, teaching Applied Voice and Voice Class, Worship Ensemble, Orchestra and is the staff accompanist.

Stanek, originally from Indianapolis, Ind., is pursing degrees in both Music and Theatre. She recently performed the role of Miss Silverpeal in Mozart’s Impresario and completed her senior recital. Stanek has been featured in productions such as Antigone, Side Show, The Telephone and has performed in several Longaker Honors Recitals. Along with performing, Stanek is a Presidential Scholar and a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society. Stanek will be directing Icarus’s Mother by Sam Shepard in the upcoming One-Act Play Festival at Huntington College. This summer she will be participating in an Opera Program in Italy.

Rockwell, a junior from Portland, Ind., is a Choral Music Education major. Her major instrumental area is in piano while her minor instrumental area is in vocal. She has participated in many public performances, including various student recitals as well as the Longaker Honors Recital in the spring of 2001. She has been playing for various churches since the age of 10, having begun piano lessons at age seven.

Swan, a senior from Campbellsville, Ky., majors in Theatre-Performance and minors in Music. Considering most of her stage presentations are for theatre productions, such as As You Like It, A Christmas Carol, Side Show, WASP and others, she’s glad to express her passion as a vocalist, rather than solely as an actress.

Smith, a junior from Oak Creek, Col., is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree in French Horn Performance. Smith is a Presidential Scholar and has been a horn player for over nine years. She has held the position of principal horn at five of the ten high school honor bands she attended, including Colorado All-State Concert Band in 1997. Smith is the principal hornist for the Huntington College Wind and Brass Ensembles. She has performed with the college orchestra for such works as Poulenc’s Gloria and the Beethoven and Schumann piano concertos. Smith has also played in the pit orchestra for Randy Cochran’s Signatures and most recently for Huntington College’s production of Side Show. As a soloist, she has performed in four Longaker Honors Recitals and last year’s Concerto Concert.

To reserve tickets, call the Huntington College Box Office at (260) 359-4261. Office hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Ticket prices are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors.

Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 50 academic concentrations. US News and World Report ranks Huntington among the best in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana.

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