Mosteller, Fountain perform at national convention

Wayland Baptist University music professors Dr. Sandra Mosteller and Dr. Richard Fountain performed for a group of their peers at the College Music Society national convention in Atlanta last Saturday. The annual convention draws hundreds of faculty members from around the country.

Celebrating its 50th year, the theme for the CMS national convention was “A Changing Profession in a Changing World.” Mosteller said the goal of the CMS is to “engage people musically, but in a different way.” Mosteller and Dean of the School of Music Dr. Ann Stutes attended the conference the previous year where the keynote speaker addressed the problem of getting music to be a more integral part of everyday life. Mosteller, who had performed a recital piece that the two thought would perfectly fit the theme, submitted a proposal to present the lecture recital as a break-out session at the national convention.

As a result, Mosteller and thespian Chris Moore, technical director for Wayland’s theatre department, traveled to Atlanta to perform “Creative Performing: Reaching and Teaching Beyond the Traditional Performance Stage Through R. Murray Schafer’s ‘Wizard Oil and Indian Sagwa’ for Clarinet and Actor.”

The piece, written by Schafer, drew upon the old traveling medicine shows. Mosteller, dressed as a cigar store Indian, mixes classical clarinet performance with the story of a traveling Wizard Oil salesman, played by Moore.

“It is a perfect way to introduce new music to the general public and young students,” Mosteller said.

During the lecture portion of the performance, Mosteller spoke about using this type of performance to move members of the community beyond just “sitting and watching TV or playing video games.” She said connecting to a new audience could inspire people to pursue more musical interests.

Mosteller and Moore performed the piece at Smyer High School prior to taking it to Atlanta. She said, if possible, she would like to take the performance to more schools.

Dr. Fountain’s session drew from his recently completed doctoral work entitled “Edward MacDowell and the Formation of an American Musical Culture.” Fountain said MacDowell was a pioneer in incorporating the study of music in American higher education. His session included a lecture and the performance of MacDowell’s “Keltic Sonata.”