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6318-Symphonic Band Concert at Malone University

6318-March 29, 2012

The Malone University Symphonic Band will perform their spring concert Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of The Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts. The concert – under the direction of Alan L. Houk, interim band director -- is free and open to the public.

The Symphonic Band will premier "Flashbax," a composition by Jesse Ayers, D.M.A., professor of theory and composition at Malone University. The performance by the Malone Band will be part of an Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association World Premier.

The Malone University Symphonic Band has members from throughout the University community. Approximately one-third of the members are music majors.   Remaining members are students involved in other majors offered at Malone, including nursing, language arts, zoology, business, communications, production, theater, among others.

Additional concert selections will include a J.P. Sousa march entitled "The Invincible Eagle," Bernstein's "Overture to Candide," Rossini's "Barber of Seville Overture," selections from The Beatle's Abbey Road album,  and "Ghost Train" by Eric Whitacre.

Student director Kristen Mahan will also conduct "Chorale and Shaker Dance" by Zdelchik and "All through the Night, arranged by Sammy Nestico.

Kristen Mahan is a senior music education major from Warren, Pennsylvania. Kristen is involved in multiple ensembles at Malone including marching band, symphonic band, chorale, brass ensemble, and a student-organized woodwind quintet. For the 2011-2012 school year Kristen served the Malone University Spirit Marching Band as assistant drum major, horn section leader, and librarian; she is also the president of Malone's chapter of the Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association and a member of Kappa Delta Pi. During the summer she interns at the Warren County Summer Music School in her hometown where she has the opportunity to give horn lessons and help teach a beginning brass class. After completing her student teaching in spring 2013, she hopes to find a job as a middle school band director or general music teacher.

Alan L. Houk has directed bands for more than 25 years, including at United High School in Hanoverton, Ukarumpa High School in Papua, New Guinea, and Wellsville Jr. High in Wellsville. He is the interim band director at Malone University.
Houk earned both a bachelor's and a master's in Music Education from the Youngstown State University Dana School of Music and has studied additional hours at the University of Akron.  He has Ohio licensure in Education Administration K-12 and an Ohio permanent certificate in Music K-12. Additionally, he has participated in summer enrichment courses at Kent State University, Bowling Green State University, Walsh University Communicate Institute, and West Chester University. He is a member of Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; National Association for Music Education, (formerly Music Educators National Conference), and Ohio Music Education Association.

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
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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