Wayland music department to host woodwind guests

Wayland Baptist University's Department of Music will host a series of woodwind recitals and master classes this spring, beginning with a Feb. 28 performance by clarinetist Bob Spring and Trio del Sol.

The recital is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Harral Memorial Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Trio del Sol is composed of Spring on clarinet, Katie McLin on violin and Andrew Campbell on piano. Spring is Professor of Clarinet at Arizona State University and principal clarinet of the ProMusic Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Ohio. A noted performer with orchestras and wind bands across the nation and in several other continents, Spring has been described as "one of this country's most sensitive and talented clarinetists" by the Arizona Republic. His recordings include "Dragon's Tongue," a CD of virtuoso music for clarinet and wind band, "Tarantelle," the clarinet version of music made famous by violinist Jascha Heifetz.

Spring has performed at numerous International Clarinet Association conventions and served as president of the association from 1998-2000. He frequently serves as clinician and adjudicator and teaches on the faculties of several summer music festivals. He has also published several articles on contemporary clarinet techniques. He will be performing some solo pieces at the recital as well.

McLin is assistant professor of violin at Arizona State University and artist faculty at the Brevard Music Center. Since her debut with the Oregon Symphony at age 15, McLin has appeared as soloist with numerous ensembles including the Cascade Festival Orchestra, Tempe Symphony Orchestra and Salem Chamber Orchestra. She is also a member of a performance duo with Campbell and has recorded numerous chamber works.

Campbell is director of the Collaborative Piano Program at the Brevard Music Center and principal pianist for the San Diego Opera. An active chamber musician, Campbell has performed on numerous recital series around the country as a member of the Papago Chamber Ensemble, collaborating with faculty artists from Arizona State University and the Phoenix Symphony.

A master class for clarinetists will be held at 5:45 p.m. on Feb. 28, with Bob Spring sharing clarinet fundamentals and extended techniques. Students will also be performing and receiving feedback from Spring. The class is $10 for the public and is open to clarinetists of all ages and skill levels.

The woodwind recital series will also include a March 5 performance by saxophonist Steven Stusek and an April 4 recital with flutist Kathy Scarbrough. Dr. Sandra Mosteller, assistant professor of music at Wayland and an accomplished clarinetist, will be presenting a faculty recital on April 1 with accompaniment by Dr. Gary Belshaw, assistant professor of piano pedagogy. All recitals will be free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Wayland's music department at 291-1060.