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November 9, 2010

Dr. Owens conducts piano recital, sits in on master class




Performing pieces such as Schumann’s Kreisleriana and Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words, Dr. Jeremy Owens, the Assistant Professor of Music at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, conducted a Guest Piano Recital Friday in the Robert Brown Theatre.

Dr. Owens also performed Gottschalk’s Le Banjo for both Music Appreciation classes in the morning and the choir in the afternoon.

“The students really enjoyed that piece as it combined virtuosity and folk elements in one piece,” piano instructor Dr. Gloria Tham said.

Dr. Owens was also a part of the master class on Saturday. The event was the highlight for the piano studio as they had a total of seven pianists performing, five of which were from Cowley (Anne Bloyer, Melisa Coberley, Jessica Coldwell, Hannah Dillard, and Valerie Monteith) and two guest pianists (Joanna Woon and Christian Pressley) from Southwestern College.

“It was the first time for a few of the Cowley students to play on our concert Steinway and perform in the theater,” Dr. Tham said. “The event gave the students a chance to try out their performing skills and obtain some feedback from a different teacher. I hope that the experience of performing in the master class gets the students ready for a studio recital in the spring.”

At Briar Cliff, Dr. Owens teaches Music Appreciation, Music History, and accompanies the two college choirs. Off campus, he is the organist/pianist at the Grace United Methodist Church in Sioux City.