“People who know me will think of me as a singer who also plays the piano, or a pianist who also sings,” the Piedmont student said. “I want to show them that I can truly master both, at a certain level.”
Highlights of his recital include a piano duet with his accompanist Rhonda Robinson and a gospel selection “I’ve Just Seen Jesus” (by Bill and Gloria Gaither) with Teresa Stricklin, his voice teacher. Gilley, who is known as a singer in JSU opera productions and CAST musicals, will perform Sonata No.16 K545 by Mozart, while Robinson will play Edvard Grieg’s accompaniment written for this Mozart piece. “The two pieces were written one hundred years apart,” Gilley said. “That’s what is interesting to me.”
Everyone is invited.
JSU Vocal Alumni Benefit Concert Nov.4
Let’s think outside the box for a moment. Wouldn’t it be amazing if a voice student just having graduated from JSU and an alumnus of JSU’s vocal department landed a role in the same opera in a national opera company? These possibilities are just part of the JSU Vocal Alumni group’s mission. Besides sharing their talents, as well as career ideas and information with current JSU vocal students, these professionals are planning the Richard Armstrong Vocal Competition for the students, to be held this spring. The winner will receive a monetary award.
Four singers with the Vocal Alumni will be in concert at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church Nov. 4. Those performing will deliver a varied program of arias and art songs representative of several time periods in musical history. The purpose, said Jarrod Lee, competition chairman, is to raise money for the competition’s monetary award. A donation of $9 per person attending is requested.
For those interested, the Richard Armstrong Competition is offering a masterclass Nov. 2 at 1:45 p.m. in Mason Hall. Current JSU voice students receive constructive advice from vocal expert Dr. Ginger Beazley, founder of Ars Nova in Huntsville and voice teacher to Metropolitan Opera stars Susanna Phillips and Angela Brown.
Photo workshop Nov .4
Benefits of a different nature, about nature, await all who gather for JSU’s Visual Arts Society Autumn Leaves Photo Shoot next Sunday. It’s a chance to gain lens expertise from David Cummings and Doug Clark, who are hosting the event from 2-4 p.m. in Jacksonville. The location is at the top of Mountain Street East. Everyone is welcome to the free workshop.
“We’ll learn from other people and we’ll have a good time,” said Cummings. “The light will be best from the top of the mountain as the sun will begin to set in the west, causing a nice backlight for the leaves. We’ll get together from 2-4 and see if the afternoon leaves are pretty.” It’s not a class per se, he explained, but just a get-together about photography.
Those interested are asked to contact Clark by Thursday at 256-782-8149.