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6434-Malone University’s Samson Toe in recital October 15

6434-October 11, 2012

Samson ToeSamson Toe, a senior music education major from Canton, will perform in recital Monday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Johnson center for Worship and the Fine Arts. The program is free and open to the public. A program follows.

Samson Toe is a senior music education major with an emphasis in piano and a minor in percussion. Toe is also pursuing a certificate in piano pedagogy. He is a student of Michael Benson after having studied with Professor Emeritus Sandra Carnes in the Malone Piano Preparatory Program for a number of years before becoming a full time student. Samson has also studied percussion with Tyler Carpenter and conducting with Professor David Donelson. Church music has always played a large role in Toe's life. Having filled a post as church organist at age nine and currently serving as church organist and director of music at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, it is something that is very near and dear to his heart. Toe also is very active in music education. He has taught piano at Malone as preparatory faculty for the past three years. He has served as guest conductor for school ensembles, most recently conducting on the Canton City All City Band Concert 2012. He was selected in 2011 to travel to Los Angeles, California, and serve for a summer as the conducting intern for the Harmony Project Hollywood Youth Orchestra, the flagship and oldest orchestra formed by the Harmony Project (a music education organization for youth in Los Angeles).

As a conductor, Toe is passionate about not only soliciting emotional and accurate technique form his musicians, but engaging his audiences. He is the student conductor of the Malone University Chorale and principal and founding conductor of the Canton Community Orchestra and Chorus. Toe served as conductor of high school and junior high hand bell choirs at Heritage Christian School (his high school alma mater) his junior and senior years. At the conclusion of his senior year of high school, he was appointed intern assistant conductor of the Canton Youth Symphony under the tutelage of Associate Conductor of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Matthew Brown. This was a position held by Toe for four seasons. Toe made his international conducting debut this past summer when he was invited to conduct on a series of concerts throughout Italy and Switzerland under the direction of Maestro Joseph del Principe in cooperation with the University of Siena.

During his time at Malone, Toe has served as sophomore class representative (2009-2010) and student body vice president (2011-2012). He also served as the pianist/ organist for campus chapel services, pianist for the Malone University One Voice Gospel Choir, chaplain for the Malone Chapter of OCMEA, percussionist in the Malone University Spirit Marching Band and Symphonic Band, pianist for the Malone University Jazz Band, bass in the University Chorale, and a member of the Piano Ensemble (for which he participated in Piano Extravaganzas IV, V, VI, and VII. Upon completion of his bachelor's degree in music education. Toe plans to obtain a master's of music in orchestral conducting.

The Canton Community Orchestra and Chorus was founded in the winter of 2011 by S.C. Toe who served as the orchestra's conductor (Justin Dye, Assistant Conductor). The orchestra in its first year had no choir and was made up of community members and college students that wanted to make music. It was founded to create a platform for young conductors to have an orchestra to conduct, young composers to have their works played, and amateur musicians to have an avenue to play orchestral music. This year the orchestra is pleased to announce the creation of a chorus and the appointment of two new conductors. Raylena Dahlheimer, Assistant Conductor and Darius J. McBride, Chorus Master.

The Malone University Chamber Choir is an ensemble of voices selected by audition. The Chamber Choir performs a variety of musical styles both sacred and secular. The Malone University Chamber Choir under the direction of David Donelson, Ed.D., is comprised of 20 singers chosen through competitive auditions from the ranks of the Malone University Chorale. This highly selective choir performs several styles of music, from a cappella classics to contemporary small-group works. The choir made their debut in February of 2009 when they performed Felix Mendelssohn's Lobgesang, Op. 52 with the Canton Symphony Orchestra. The Chamber Choir represents Malone University throughout the school year at area concerts and traveled with the University Chorale in June of 2010 on a tour of central Europe including concerts in Austria, Germany


Old 100th, Loys Bourgeois

Congregational Hymn (four verses), S.C. Toe 

Organ Largo from "Xerxes," George Fredrick Handel

S.C. Toe, Piano

Op. 49 No. 1., Ludwig van Beethoven


"Rondo: Allegro"

Nocturne C Sharp Minor Op. posth, Frederic Chopin                

"Lento con gran epressione"     

Total Praise, Richard Smallwood

Darius J. McBride, Soloist

Malone University Chamber Choir,

S.C. Toe, Conductor/ Piano

Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace, Mary Mc Donald

Malone University Chamber Choir, S.C. Toe, Conductor

Carnival of the Animals, Camille Saint-Saens                

"Pianist: Allegro Moderato"  

"Fossils: Allegro Ridicolo"

Canton Community Orchestra,

S.C. Toe, Conductor/ Piano

The Four Seasons, Antonio Vivaldi

"Summer: Presto"                                                                                                                                    

Canton Community Orchestra,

S.C. Toe, Conductor/ Piano

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 has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, 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 2015 


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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