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The Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra
Raul Munguia - Artistic Director & Conductor

2005-06 Season

Friday, February 3rd, 2006
~ 7:00 p.m. ~
Memorial Auditorium

Concert program (PDF)
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Tonight's performance of the Bishop Concerto is a World Premiere!!

Concert Graphic

"The Art of Discovery"
February 3rd, 2006
Program Notes

Featuring the
Shawnee Mission Northwest
High School Chamber Orchestra
Jeffrey S. Bishop, director

Little Suite, for string orchestra in A minor, FS 6 (Op. 1)

Carl August Nielsen (1865-1931)

I. Prelude
II. Intermezzo
III Finale

First Performed: 1888

Program notes are posted as they become available.

Scored for: strings.

Danses sacrée et profane, for chromatic harp & string orchestra, L. 103

Claude-Achille Debussy (1862-1918)

I. Danse sacrée
II. Danse profane

Last SEKSO Performance: date
Completed/Written In: date
First Performance: date

Program notes are posted as they become available.

Scored for: harp[opt] strings. [hp[opt]-str]

Ballad for Tenor Saxophone, Jazz Piano and Strings

John C. Ross (1962- )

I. one

Last SEKSO Performance:
Completed/Written In:
First Performed: info
Another Fact: more info

Program notes are posted as they become available.

Scored for: saxophone, piano, and strings


John C. Ross

A native of New Jersey, Ross received training in composition at Florida State University and the University of Iowa; his principal teachers were John Boda and D. Martin Jenni. Thanks to a Fulbright grant, he has also studied with Philippe Manoury in Lyon, France. His music has been performed at the Society of Composers, Inc. National Forums, several university music schools, and in France. His awards include the first Abraham Frost Prize from the Univeristy of Miami, several ASCAP awards (including a young composer grant), a summer residency at Yaddo, and the 2002 Rudolf Nissim Award. After a Line By Theodore Roethke, a work for soprano and orchestra, was one of three works chosen for the Sixth International Composer Readings by the Riverside Orchestra of New York City and was performed at the Mid-American Center for Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University.

Of Ross's piece Passages, Daniel Ginsberg of the Washington Post has said, "a beguiling exploration of color and melody ... soaring figures nestled in a dreamlike haze of sound."

His music is published by Cimarron Music and by himself. Encore, a work for cello and piano, is recorded on Innova and After a Line will be released in 2003 on Albany Records. Currently, Ross teaches aural skills, theory and composition at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas.


Matthew Bennett, saxophone

Matthew Bennett, saxophone

Matthew Bennett is currently pursuing his undergraduate studies in music education at Pittsburg State University. His primary saxophone instructors have been Dr. Joanne Britz and Todd Wilkinson as well as individual work with Dave Schaivone, Roy Hargrove, and John Sneider. In addition to his jazz combo, Giant Steps, Matthew can be seen performing with the University's wind ensemble and One O'clock jazz band.


John Blair, piano

John Blair, piano

Born in the nation's capitol, Washington D.C., John Blair began his musical studies at age ten. His musical beginnings were rather modest. Upon discovering an abandoned trombone in the hall closet he began taking trombone lessons. Proficiency on the instrument came quickly and he was an accomplished self taught pianist by age fourteen. From the earliest years composition and improvisation were always an important part of his musical expression. He especially enjoyed experimenting with the assigned exercises, changing notes and rhythms to his tastes, much to the aggravation of various teachers. After learning to curtail the experiments for private lessons he settled down to transcribing music from the radio and from CD's and would spend hours writing out parts from various big band recordings.

After completing military service in the Air Force he returned to college to pursue formal compositional training while working as a freelance studio musician and arranger throughout the Houston area. Composition teachers include, Donald Erb in Cleveland, Chen Yi, James Mobberley and Zhou Long in Kansas City. Upon completing a Master's in Composition and private composition studies with Donald Erb, Mr. Blair served on the faculties of Montgomery College and Sam Houston State University in Houston, Texas. He implemented the jazz studies program at Montgomery College where he also taught aural skills, music theory, Jazz improvisation and composition. At SHSU he served as assistant director of the Jazz Ensemble and taught music theory and aural skills.

Mr. Blair has always been fascinated with the role improvisation plays in the jazz idiom and strives to integrate those elements in his own concert works. He continues to be active as a performer and was invited to perform at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in 2000 on both trombone and piano.

His composition Parallax for solo piano was recently released on Capstone records and has received numerous public performances. His composition Adagio for Clarinet was premiered at the International Clarinet Symposium in May of 2003 and continues to enjoy multiple public performances. Mr. Blair is currently completing his Doctoral dissertation in composition at the Conservatory at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

In September 2005 Mr. Blair was invited by acclaimed composer and pianist Yehudi Wyner to work as an associate artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. While in Florida he gave a lecture/presentation of his music at Stetson University. His composition Cosmic Residue has been selected for presentation at the International Jazz Composers' Symposium at the University of South Florida.

Mr. Blair currently resides and works in New York City. This recent move was due to an invitation by noted jazz pianist and composer Jim McNeely to participate in the BMI Jazz Composers' Workshop 2005-2006.

Orange Jam

Jeffrey S. Bishop (1970- )

I. one

Program notes are posted as they become available.

Scored for: 2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, 3 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, percussion, timpani, and strings. [2222-4222-tmp-str]

Concerto in D Major for Seven Trumpets and Timpani

Johann Ernst Altenburg (1734-1801)

PSU Trumpet Ensemble

Todd J. Hastings, director
Erin Smith, A.J. Metzger, Trey Wadell, Chris Schokley, Matt Carter, Chris Jesmore, Will Koehler

I. one

Program notes are posted as they become available.

Scored for: 7 trumpets, timpani.

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op.129

Robert Alexander Schumann (1810-1856)

I. Nicht zu schnell
II. Langsam
III. Etwas lebhafter, Sehr lebahft

Written In: 1850
Violin Arrangement: by Schumann

Program notes are posted as they become available.

Scored for: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, and strings. [2222-2200-tmp-str]


Selim Giray, violin

Selim Giray, violin

Dr. Selim Giray was appointed as Assistant Professor of Violin, Viola, and Chamber Music at Pittsburg State University in 2002. Between the years of 2000 and 2003, Dr. Giray taught at Interlochen Arts Camp. As a violinist, Dr. Giray has performed extensively in three continents, and has appeared frequently on national public radio and television. He has performed as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player.

Also an active researcher, currently he is editing Adman Saygun's violin concerto for the Peermusic Classical. In addition, he is working on an all-Saygun recording project for the Centaur with pianist Dr. June Chun. In 2003 Edwin Mellen Press published Dr. Giray's treatise titled A Biography of the Turkish Composer Ahmed Adnan Saygun'un and a Discussion of his Violin Works. The Minister of Culture of Turkey published the same work in Turkish, with a preface by then Minister of Culture, Istemihan Talay. As a doctoral candidate at the Florida State University, Selim Giray studied with Eliot Chapo, former concertmaster of such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic and the Dallas Symphony. Prior to that, in 1992 he was awarded a joint fellowship from the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra and East Carolina University, where he studied with Fritz Gearhart. A native of Istanbul, Selim Giray graduated from Istanbul State Conservatory and Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory, where he studied with Saim Akçil. Dr. Giray performs on an exquisite violin made by Ansaldo Poggi (1950).

Concerto for Wind Soloists, Percussion and Strings

Jeffrey S. Bishop
This piece was commissioned by the Southeast Kansas Symphony, and the performance was a World Premiere!

I. Vivace
II. Adagio religioso
III. Scherzo

Completed & First Performed: 2005
Commissioned/World Premiere By: The Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra

Concerto for Wind Soloists, Percussion and Strings was commissioned by the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra, Stella Hastings, conductor. A three movement work, the piece was written to showcase the faculty of Pittsburg State University Department of Music. The opening movement, marked vivace, features strong rhythmic dialogue between the wind soloists and string orchestra, punctuated by the rock-inspired percussion. "An argument, friendly, but an argument nevertheless," the composer states, "is what I had in mind here. The winds, along with the solo cello, argue one side while the tutti strings disagree. The poor percussionist is caught in the middle trying to hold the two sides together." Aggressive in nature, the first movement is not without humor, however (listen for the triangle solo that stops all the action before the movement recapitulates the opening material).

The second movement, molto religioso - humoresque (molto allegro) - molto religioso - subito humoresque, is a study in contrasts. The opening cello solo is somber in nature, almost brooding. "Then it gets a little strange," the composer says. "Changing meters mark this section of light-hearted playfulness, making the orchestra and soloists dance with one another." The somber opening material returns, only to end with a sudden return to the humoresque material.

The final movement, scherzo, is a modified arch rondo form. Pure adrenaline is required of the soloists and orchestra as the movement's relentless 3/8 pulse pushes toward the somewhat quiet (a pause in the storm?) middle section in 12/16 time. The soloists balance bravado and technical precision as they navigate the rhythmic intricacies. "I wasn't very kind to the soloists in this final movement," Bishop says of the music. "There's no room for mistakes here!"

Scored for: oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trombone, percussion, and strings.


T he commission and world premier performance of the Bishop Concerto was made possible thanks to the generous gifts of the Friends of the Southeast Kansas Symphony and the Pritchett Trust Fund for the Honors Orchestra event.

Jeffrey S. Bishop

Jeffrey S. Bishop is the Director of Orchestras and Division Coordinator of Fine Arts at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee Mission, Kansas. At Northwest he conducts three string orchestras, the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, and the Early Music Ensemble. He is also the Music Director/Conductor of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City Symphonette Orchestra.

A published composer and writer, Jeffrey is in demand as a clinician throughout the United States. He has appeared as a clinician at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and at the ASTA with NSOA National Convention. He has guest-conducted orchestras in Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Oregon, and Minnesota. His articles have appeared in the books "Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra" (Volumes 1 & 2), and in the magazines "The Instrumentalist" and "Orchestra News."

Jeffrey won the 1997 National School Orchestra Association Composition Contest with his "Symphony for Strings No. 1." Since then he has had nearly three-dozen pieces published by the Neil A. Kjos Music Company, Wingert-Jones Music Publications, and C-Alan Publications. He continues to receive commissions from college, high school, regional, and state orchestras across the country. Recently he received an ASCAPlus Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for his compositional endeavors.

Jeffrey earned his bachelor of music education degree from Northwest Missouri State University. He then went on to complete his master of music in conducting at the Wichita State University School of Music.

In addition to his musical pursuits, Jeffrey also writes a series of novels for young adults entitled "The Prairie Adventures." He is represented by Running Water Literary Agency.

Jeffrey currently resides in Prairie Village, Kansas with his wife Amy Fear-Bishop, also a graduate of Wichita State University. Ms. Fear-Bishop is the Director of Orchestras at Blue Valley High School in Stilwell, Kansas. They both are members of GP VeloTek, a local bicycle racing team, and enjoy spending as much time together on their bikes as possible.


David Hurley, oboe

David Hurley, oboe

Dr. David Ross Hurley, Assisatant Professor of music history and oboe, received his bachelors of music in music history from the University of Michigan (1980), and his masters of arts and Ph.D. degrees in music history and theory from the University of Chicago (1990, 1991). His research has focused primarily on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music. He has written articles and reviews for the Göttinger Händel Beirtäge, The Journal of Musicological Research, and Notes, and his most recent articles are scheduled to appear in The Cambridge Companion to Handel and The Musical Quarterly. He is currently completing a book on Handel's compositional process in his English oratorios, based on his doctoral dissertation, which will appear as an Oxford University Press publication. His oboe instructors have included Elaine Douvas, Robert Sorton, and Robert Morgan. He has performed in free-lance groups and as a recitalist in the Chicago area.


Joanne Britz, clarinet

Joanne Britz, clarinet

BJoanne Britz serves as Assistant Professor of Woodwinds-single reeds, at Pittsburg State University. She holds Bachelor's degrees in both clarinet performance and music education from the University of South Florida in Tampa. In addition, she holds a Master's degree in clarinet performance and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, both from The University of Texas at Austin. Her primary teachers have included Richard MacDowell and J. Brian Moorhead; she has had additional study with Hakan Rosengren, Dr. Jeffrey Lerner, Dr. Frank Kowalsky and Deborah Chodacki.

Although originally from the Northeast, Dr. Britz has spent the majority of her professional career in Florida and Texas. She has performed with the Florida Orchestra in Tampa, symphony orchestras in Abilene, Austin, Laredo, Midland, San Angelo, and Victoria, Texas; the Festival Institute at Round Top; and the Texas Music Festival in Houston. Before joining Pittsburg State University, Dr. Britz held the position of Lecturer of Single Reeds at Angelo State University and played Principal clarinet with the Midland/Odessa Symphony and Chorale.


Russell Jones, bassoon

Russell Jones, bassoon

Russell L. Jones received a B.A. degree from Duke University ,and M.M.E. and Ph.D degrees from Indiana University. He taught band, chorus, and general music in the North Carolina public schools prior to his graduate work. He has been at Pittsburg State University since receiving his doctorate. His duties at Pittsburg State include teaching Instrumental Music Education, bassoon, Woodwind Techniques, and some graduate courses. In addition to bassoon, he continues to be an active performer on clarinet, saxophone, oboe and English horn. He has performed with the Southeast Kansas Symphony, the Springfield Symphony, the Northeast Arkansas Symphony, the Fayetteville (N.C) Symphony, the Iola Symphony, the PSU Band, as well as bands and orchestras at Indiana University and Duke University . He continues to be an active performer in chamber music, jazz, musical theater, large ensemble, and as a soloist. He recently performed the Mozart Bassoon Concerto, K.191, with the SEK Symphony.

His teachers have included Leonard Sharrow (NBC Symphony and Chicago Symphony), Wilfred Roberts (Dallas Symphony), Roy Houser (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Eric Barr (Dallas Symphony), Earl Bates, Allan Bone, and Charles Veazy. He has attended summer camps in oboe with John Mack and Joseph Robinson. He has published articles in "The Instrumentalist," "The Journal of Research in Music Education," "The Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education," and "The Midwest Double Reed Society Newsletter."


Robert Kehle, trombone

Robert Kehle, trombone

Mr. Kehle joined the Pittsburg State University faculty in 1978 and holds the rank of University Professor of Music where he teaches trombone and is the director of the PSU Jazz Studies program. Mr. Kehle completed his undergraduate studies at Washington State University with both the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts (music education) degrees and completed the Master of Music degree and doctoral course work at Indiana University. His trombone teachers include former members of the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Penn., and Philadelphia Symphonies. His jazz studies were with Dominic Spera and David Baker. He has performed with the Spokane Symphony, the Indiana Brass Quintet, the Spokane Jazz Society, and back up for various touring artists/groups including Slide Hampton's World of Trombones, the Manhattan Transfer, and with Mr. Louie Bellson.

Mr. Kehle has been a featured soloist with numerous orchestras, bands, and jazz groups in the Midwest. He is also Principal Trombone in the Springfield, Missouri Symphony Orchestra, the Central Plains Brass Quintet, and is trombonist with the jazz group "Blues Over Easy." He has published articles in several professional journals and his book, "Alto Trombone Literature: An Annotated Guide" is now in its second edition and is published by Warwick Music, UK. His memberships include Phi Mu Alpha,The International Trombone Association, Association, The Kansas Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, and The International Association of Jazz Educators, American Federation of Musicians, and the National Educators Association. Mr. Kehle is an artist affiliate with C. G. Conn. He has also held the positions of President of the PSU Faculty Senate, President of PSU-KNEA, and President of the Kansas Unit of IAJE.

Canzona for Double String Orchestra

Giovanni Gabrieli (bd-dd)

Shawnee Mission Northwest High School Chamber Orchestra & the Southeast Kansas Symphony Strings

I. one
II. two
III. three
IV. four

Last SEKSO Performance:
Completed/Written In:
First Performed: info
Another Fact: more info

Program notes are posted as they become available.

Scored for: Double string orchestra

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Johann Ernst Altenburg (1734-1801)

Jeffrey Scott Bishop (1970- )

Claude-Achille Debussy (1862-1918)

Giovanni Gabrieli (~1554-1612)

Carl August Nielsen (1865-1931)

John C. Ross (1962- )

Robert Alexander Schumann (1810-1856)

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