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The Carthage Press
  • Musical Devotees to host PSU musicians

  • Pittsburg State University will be well represented at the Carthage Musical Devotees' program at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at Grace Episcopal Church.
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  • Pittsburg State University will be well represented at the Carthage Musical Devotees' program at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at Grace Episcopal Church.
    Dr. Stella Hastings, a member of the PSU music faculty, will perform a Bach aria, accompanied by two other faculty members, violinist Raul Munguia and cellist Matt Herren. Munguia and Herren will also perform solo selections.
    In addition, student performances will be presented by Elizabeth Ariele Foltz and Alheli Britez. Foltz, a vocal and instrumental music education major from Deepwater, will present selections by Schubert. Britez, a piano performance major from Asuncion, Paraguay, will accompany her.
    Musical experiences of Hastings, a native of Brazil, range from conducting large orchestral and choral works with professional symphony musicians to being named artistic director for the Austin (Texas) Boys Choir. She is on the voice faculty at PSU.
    Munguia, a native of Honduras, is professor of violin and viola and serves as the artistic director and conductor of both the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra and PSU Chamber Orchestra. He also served as guest conductor of the Honduras Philharmonic Orchestra.
    Herren, a Juilliard School graduate, is lecturer in cello at PSU, where he conducts the PSU Chamber Orchestra. He also serves on the music faculty of Cottey College in Nevada. He has toured extensively throughout the United States and has played often as principal cello under top conductors.
    Also noteworthy for Herren is his appearances in the world of popular music. He has performed with Metallica at Madison Square Garden, Sting, Billy Joel and James Taylor at Carnegie Hall and with Vanessa Williams and Luciano Pavarotti on Saturday Night Live.
    Foltz has participated in the Pride of the Plains Marching Band, PSU choir and chorale, Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra and PSU Wind Ensemble.
    Britez, a PSU junior, has won competitions not only in the United States but, also, in Brazil and Paraguay. She was awarded first place in the Kansas Music Teacher Association in the freshman/sophomore division. Last year she won the Concerto/Aria competition of PSU and also performed in the state round   of the Music Teacher National Association competition.

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