6277-Jesse Ayers' Composition performed by McDowell Club
6277-February 10, 2012
Malone University professor of music, Jesse Ayers, D.M.A., will have his composition "Rahab" performed at the Canton MacDowell Club by Cynthia Wohlschlager (Malone adjunct professor of voice) and Patrick Wickiffe (Malone staff accompanyist) on Sunday, February 12, at 3 p.m. in Cable Recital Hall in the Cultural Center for the Arts, located at 1001 Market Avenue North in Canton.
The program -- called an "Informance," -- will include discussion with the composer and performers as well as audience Q&A.
Jesse Ayers' music has been performed in Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Russia, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, and more than 100 U.S. cities, and has twice been selected by the International Society for Contemporary Music to represent the United States at the prestigious World Music Days festival. He began composing around age 14, and while still in high school conducted one of his own works with the University of Tennessee Symphonic Band. He earned the bachelor's (cum laude) and master's degrees from the University of Tennessee and the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kentucky. Since 1997, he has taught at Malone University in Canton, Ohio, where he has received the school's Distinguished Faculty Award. His other awards include a MacDowell Fellowship, the 2007 Individual Creativity Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, sixteen awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, and grants from Meet The Composer and the American Music Center. He has been a guest composer on university campuses in California, Illinois, Indiana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, and Tennessee.
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.
Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709