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Students of the School of American Music perform for the community on May 16

The School of American Music kicks off its spring concert series with a showcase of students in recital. The free, outdoor event will be held at 2pm on Sunday, May 16, 2021, at Three Oaks Arts and Education Center, 14 Elm Street, Three Oaks, Mich. The two-part recital will be performed on the Spring Creek Stage behind the A&E Center. Families are invited to bring lawn chairs and other provisions for sitting outside. All Covid-19 protocols for outdoor large gatherings will be observed, including distancing and masking where appropriate.

“We’re so proud of our students and faculty and the ways they’ve maneuvered through all the various Covid restrictions and protocols of the last year,” said Donna M. Mitchell, Executive Director of the School of American Music. “They not only have maintained their progress and grown as musicians, they’ve learned about over-coming adversity, an important life skill for musicians and for everyone.”

“Traveling Music” is the theme of the recital beginning at 2pm. A blend of voice and piano compositions featuring the students of Mitchell, Denise Vanden Bussche and Elin Boklund, the performance will include tunes ranging from “Guitars of Seville” to “Nights in White Satin” to “For Good” from the Broadway musical Wicked.

Performing in the first half of the afternoon will be voice students Clay Burk, Kirill Petrov, and Charis Todd, along with piano students Arthur Anderson, Harper Baldwin, Maddox Baldwin, Acacia Baney, Zion Baney, Aiden Bettig, Ben Bolinder, Hana Bolinder, Charlie Gibson, Karina Hamann, Alex Heiser, David Lewis, Krill Petrov, Abby Shaw, Charlotte Sullivan, Claire Sullivan, Tabitha Sullivan, Chris Todd, Eli Todd and Mark Todd.

The second recital, beginning at 4pm, will feature students of Madison Kutch, Beth Oeseburg and Ron Spears, in addition to Boklund, Mitchell and Vanden Bussche. The program will showcase voice students Lauren Eggleston, Alex Heiser and Abby Shaw, violin students Kendra Klint, Sadie Liggett, Deb Rancatore and Ella Siri, piano students Morgan Siri and Owen Siri, along with Emma Reitz on piano, Callyn Reitz on baritone ukulele, Kyle Kaeding on guitar, Erius Bower on saxophone and Alivia Reitz on flute.

Music in the second recital will include “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” the Folk/Celtic of “Wild Mountain Thyme,” and J. S. Bach’s “Minuet” and “Bouree.”

“Students’ recital pieces reflect the level to which they have grown in the last semester,” said Mitchell. “If you watch some of our previous recitals on YouTube, you can see how much they have achieved so far this year.”

Accompanists for the afternoon will be Adrian Cole on piano and Garth Taylor on guitar. “And,” adds Mitchell, “to show students and parents that teachers also know how to have musical fun, a surprise SAM Faculty Musical Offering will open each recital.”

The School of American Music Spring Recital is free, but donations are welcome and can be made on the SAM website. In case of rain, the event will be held on Sunday, May 23, at 2pm, and will move indoors in case of inclement weather that day. Details will be announced as needed.

The School of American Music offers one-on-one instruction with working musicians. Information and teacher profiles are available on the SAM website.

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