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OPSU Music Department Places Three State Band Members

By Charla Lewis on 04/29/2015 Three of OPSU Three of OPSU

Goodwell, Okla. — Three of OPSU’s concert band members were selected to participate in this year’s Oklahoma Intercollegiate Honor Band during the Oklahoma Music Educators Association’s convention in Tulsa Jan. 21-23.

Jasmine Brown-Jutras (Hermitage, Ark., sophomore), Sandra Guerrero (Rocky Ford, Colo., senior), and Tyler Stephens (Fowler, Colo., senior) represented OPSU during approximately 12 hours of rehearsal stretched out over Wednesday afternoon and evening, and Thursday morning and afternoon before their concert at 3 p.m. that same afternoon. There were 108 students representing 16 universities across the state in the honor band conducted by Eugene Migliaro Corporon, from the University of North Texas.

Stephens, who was a member of last year’s Intercollegiate Honor Band as well, had this to say about his experience, “Last year’s music was great music, but I enjoyed this year’s literature better. My parts were more interesting and I really enjoyed the conductor. He shared a lot about how to play music that’s not written on the page.”

Also representing the university at the convention were OPSU’s collegiate National Association for Music Education (NAfME) members which included Felipe Gonzalez (Hermitage, Ark., sophomore) and David Peebles (Hermitage, Ark., sophomore).

When asked about his experience at the convention, Peebles said, “It was a great experience! I really enjoyed getting advice from experienced teachers. The convention really helps you keep your goals in mind. It reminded me why I want to be a music teacher.” Peebles is working on his music education degree at OPSU.

OPSU’s collegiate chapter of NAfME is under the guidance of Matthew Carey, OPSU Director of Vocal Music, and OPSU’s concert band is under the direction of Charla Lewis.