Blue Hawk Music hosts annual faculty recital

Amy Czapiewski, associate director of communications, (701) 483-2595

Blue Hawk Music and Dickinson State University present the annual Faculty Showcase Recital on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2:30 p.m. in Dorothy Stickney Auditorium, May Hall. The eclectic recital includes works by Bach, Britten, Mozart, Verdi and others and is free to the public.

Performers include Carolyn Burns, Cheryl Hewson, Erin Oberlander, Joel Walters, Bruce Southard and the newest additions to the DSU music faculty: Jimmy Leach and Jeremy Wohletz.

A native of the southern Great Plains of Oklahoma, Jimmy Leach has been playing and teaching music professionally for over thirty years. As a trumpeter, Leach plays in classical, jazz, and early music genres with performance at the Aspen Music Festival, Boston Symphony Hall, Disney World, San Francisco Conservatory, and around the world on Holland America Line ships. In 2008, Jimmy completed a DMA at Boston University where he studied with Tom Rolfs, principal trumpet of the Boston Symphony. Jimmy's dissertation research explored the singing and playing of Louis Armstrong. Leach comes to DSU from Holland, Mich. and is DSU’s director of bands and brass.

Jeremy Wohletz enjoys a diverse musical life as both an educator and performer. As a performer, Dr. Wohletz is a large advocate for new music, both performing and commissioning new works. One of these commissions was premiered at the 2012 International Clarinet Association convention by his guitar and clarinet duo and was described as "a soothing blend of guitar and clarinet that washed through the ears to the soul.” He is currently working on a collaboration project in electronic music. While pursuing his doctoral degree from the University of Kansas, he was the recipient of several grants that allowed him to travel to Bali, Indonesia where he studied Balinese gamelan. At DSU, Wohletz teaches applied woodwinds and music theory sequence as well as assists the director of bands.