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**For Immediate Release**
Talent Takes Instructor Coast to Coast
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 07-07-06

Goodwell, Okla. — Oklahoma Panhandle State University Music and Humanities Instructor Tracey Gregg-Boothby continues professional development every summer by participating in the Oregon Bach Festival during the end of June and the first part of July. The two week choral-orchestral event held every summer in Eugene, Oregon, centers on the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Gregg-Boothby auditioned for a spot in the choral section of the Festival two years ago and participated for the first time last summer. The continuing appointment also gives her the opportunity to perform in special events as they arise.

One of those special events occurred in January 2005 when she sang in the chorus in New York City’s Carnegie Hall under the direction of Helmuth Rilling, the director of the Oregon Bach Festival. The performance was the world premiere of Mozart’s Mass in C minor, K. 427, a score he never completed. Robert Levin, a world-renowned composer and pianist, played musical sleuth and researched clues in Augsburg, Vienna, Krakow and Berlin to piece together the final product. Mozart wrote the Mass for himself and his family rather than composing it on a commission from the emperor or another sponsor. Scholars hail it as a different work from his others, and Levin stresses that this Mass truly represents art for art’s sake.

On Friday, June 30, the Carnegie Hall world premiere was repeated in Eugene. Rilling once again conducted the Mass, Levin gave a pre-concert lecture detailing his scholarly research, and a number of those in the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus and Orchestra, including Gregg-Boothby, performed the music once more.

Gregg-Boothby’s enduring commitment to her continuing education benefits her students, community, and OPSU and also proves great talent from a rural area does not go unrecognized.

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