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Malone University presents Brass and Flute Ensemble April 8

March 26, 2013 | Release # 6582

The Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Department of Music – will present a Brass and Flute Ensemble recital Monday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center, located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton. The program is directed by Michael Willard and Julie Sarver and is free and open to the public. Program excerpts follow.

Julie Sarver is an adjunct music faculty member at Malone University, where she teaches Applied Flute, Flute Pedagogy and is the director of the Flute Ensemble. She is also the instructor of flute at Kent State University Stark Campus and has taught at Walsh University. This is the twenty-fifth season that Sarver has played flute and piccolo in the Canton Symphony Orchestra. She also holds the position of teaching artist with the Canton Symphony Orchestra Education Department. She has also played with the Pittsburgh Opera, Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, the Ashland Symphony, the Cleveland Pops and three seasons with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra. She was awarded the Top Virtuoso Woodwind Award at the Mid-America Music Association Competition in St. Louis, MO and won third place at the national level of the Music Teacher's National Association competition in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1981. She is an active free-lance musician, performing with the Canton Player's Guild and on concerts, recitals and weddings throughout Ohio. She has adjudicated for the Northeastern Ohio Flute Association competition, and in 2003, she was selected to be a judge for the National Flute Association's Flute Choir Auditions. Sarver holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Nebraska and a master of music degree in flute performance from the School of Music at Indiana University where her teachers include James Pellerite, Peter Lloyd of the London Symphony Orchestra and William Hebert of the Cleveland Orchestra. She is a member of the Northeastern Ohio Flute Association and the National Flute Association.

Michael Willard is the instructor of Applied Trumpet at Malone University and the University of Mount Union as well as the director of the Malone University Brass Ensemble. He is from Alliance, but currently resides in Canton. In 2005, Michael received his B.S. in music education from Malone University where he studied trumpet with Chris Hall, and in 2009 he received his M.M. in trumpet performance from the University of Akron where he studied with Scott Johnston. Over the years, Michael's freelance career and has given him the opportunity to perform with many ensembles in Northeast Ohio including the Cleveland Winds, the Players Guild Theater Pit Orchestra, the Mansfield Symphony, the Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra, the Ashland Symphony, the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, the Canton Concert Band, the Sounds of Sousa Concert Band, the Trinity Gospel Temple Hour of Power Big Band, the Canton Cabaret, the Top Notes Big Band, Jimmie and the Soul Blazers, and much more. Beyond his active career in music, Michael works full-time for Mercy Medical Center's Radiology Department in Canton as clerical/administrative support staff, and enjoys learning about and experimenting with information technologies.

Program excerpts:

Be Thou My Vision    Irish Folk Melody

Arr. Brent Olstad

Carmen Suite  Georges Bizet

From Entracte, Act 4  Arr. Trudy Kane

From Entracte, Act 3

From Seguidilla, Act 1

From Finale, Act 1

Dizzy Fingers  Zen Confrey

Arr. Bill Holcombe

Suite Pastorale            Jean-Michael Damase




Irish Suite        Sandra Howard


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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