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SBU to host faculty recital

SBU professor Dr. Terri Knupps will perform on euphonium March 8The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music presents Dr. Terri Knupps, professor of music, on euphonium in a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 in Meyer Recital Hall. The concert also features Dr. Melinda Smashey Jones, professor of music, on piano; mezzo-soprano Dr. Robin Smith, assistant professor of music; and Dr. Jennifer Jester on euphonium.

The program features works from different historical eras and in a variety of styles by composers such as Benedetto Marcello, Gioacchino Rossini, Eduardo Boccalari, and Neal Corwell.

“Two of the pieces are duets, and I am excited to pair with new SBU vocal faculty member Dr. Robin Smith on one and Springfield euphoniumist Dr. Jennifer Jester on the other,” Knupps said. “Both are talented musicians, and I have greatly enjoyed working with them.”

Knupps earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in euphonium performance and a Master of Music in music history and literature from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She also holds a Master of Music in euphonium performance from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and a Bachelor of Music Education in instrumental music from Ouachita Baptist University. She has won numerous regional and state awards and was a founding member of the award-winning Fountain City Brass Band in Kansas City, Mo. She continues to perform solo recitals, master classes, and chamber music throughout the South and Midwest.

Robin Smith, mezzo-soprano, earned a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of Louisville and completed a Doctor of Music in vocal performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Active as a performer and educator, Smith has taught at Lamar University, the University of Louisville, DePauw University and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She is an active member of the Ozark Chapter of the National Association of the Teachers of Singing (NATS) and has previously served on the executive board of the Greater Houston Chapter of NATS. In 2015, she joined the faculty at Southwest Baptist University as assistant professor of music.

Jester is a vocalist, musician, educator, songwriter and entrepreneur from Springfield, Mo. Among other degrees and certifications, she holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in euphonium performance. She served as assistant professor at Millersville University in Lancaster, Pa. She has played with ensembles such as the River City Brass Band in Pittsburg, Mo., the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Balkan Brass Ensemble and the CalArts Liberation Music Orchestra. In 2013, Jennifer established a School of Rock franchise in Springfield that serves over 100 students and performs more than 25 concerts annually. 

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the SBU Music Office at (417) 328-1644.