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Faculty Recital featuring William Rose

Faculty Recital featuring William Rose

A McNeese State University faculty recital - featuring William Rose, an associate professor of music and multi-instrumentalist - will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, in St. Luke-Simpson United Methodist Church at 1500 Country Club Road in Lake Charles.
The free event is pWilliam Rose in recitalart of the McNeese State University Department of Performing Arts' 2013 Fall Faculty/Guest Artist Series.
"This recital is a 30-year retrospective, encompassing works within many styles," said Rose,  "and works which have been written specifically for dear colleagues, premiered and performed by dear friends, who also happen to be phenomenal musicians."
As a published composer and arranger, his catalog includes works for band, orchestra, jazz ensemble, choir, handbells, brass ensembles and solo works for brass.
Rose said he doesn't really have a favorite type of music that he composes. "When I'm writing, I am usually writing pieces for a purpose. Someone gives me some text to use for a composition or a particular group requests a specific piece. And even the creative ideas that come to me usually dictate what I write."
He is currently working on a trombone concerto for the McNeese Wind Symphony for spring 2014 and a four-movement piece on seasons for McNeese's Pastiche ensemble.

The program will feature 17 of Rose's favorite works out of the more than hundreds of pieces he has composed over three decades. "These are some of my favorites and represent what I have written from 1984 to now," he said.

These include: "Leaf Fall," for chamber ensemble (1984); "Overture" from the dramatic musical, "Mother Courage," for chamber ensemble (2004);"Grand Capitulation (patter song)" from "Mother Courage"; "Five Preludes on Hymn Tunes of Samuel Sebastian Wesley" for solo piano (1998); "Savior Like a Shepherd" for trumpet, clarinet and piano (1996); "Jesus, My Son from Walk Triumphantly (dramatic musical)" for soprano, violin and piano (1995); "Valse Baltique" for bass trombone and piano (2011); "Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore" for handbell choir, flute, guitar and percussion (published 2008, GIA Music); "Poncèz a moi," Gottschalk/arranged by Rose, for soprano soloist, choir and piano; from "Suite Louisianne (1997/1999)," written for the Louisiana Choral Foundation.; "I Love to Tell the Story," choir and piano (published by Treble C Music, 1994); "Let Me Breathe Out Doubt," for choir and piano (2011); "Goin' Up to the Mountain," for choir and piano (published Abingdon Press, 2005); "The Call (Come Unto Me)," for choir and piano (2011); "Mooses, Meeses" (from "Naming of the Animals," a children's musical), for children's choir and piano (2004); "Fishes and Loaves," for choir and piano (2007); "Prince of Peace" (from the cantata "Song of Gifts," based on gift songs of the Shakers), choir, flute, percussion and piano (1999); and "Flight," for choir and piano (based on the poem "High Flight" by Gillespie) (2013).

Guest musicians scheduled to perform are: Dr. Lee Cooke, ‎director of music and worship ministries at Asbury United Methodist Church in Lafayette, who will guest direct the choir; Dr. J. Mark Thompson, professor of music at Northwestern State University, bass trombone soloist; Abby Fletcher, pianist for the Louisiana Choral Foundation; Annette Larsen, pianist/organist at St. Luke-Simpson UMC and Le Petit Voix; Suzanne Kelly, soprano soloist; Michele Martin, mezzo; and McNeese colleagues and faculty members Lonny Benoit, percussion, Dr. Michael Buckles, violin, Jay Ecker, string bass, Judy Hand, flute, Dr. Jay Jacobs, conductor, W. Darryl Jones, director of choral activities and music director of the Louisiana Choral Foundation, Dr. Jeffrey Lemke, trombone, Dr. Carol Lines, soprano soloist, Tim McMillen, trombone, Dr. Lina Morita, piano, David Scott, trumpet, Jan Scott, clarinet, and Dr. Christy Corley, piano.
 The recital will also feature a festival choir comprised of over 40 vocalists from many of the churches and choral organizations in the Lake Charles area and the St. Luke-Simpson Chancel Bells, directed by Anne Rose, who will also serve as accompanist on several works.
Rose, who joined the faculty in 1986, is also assistant department head and teaches the low brass studio, music theory and music technology, conducts the brass choir and has served as musical director for music theater productions. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his master's degree from Michigan State University. A founding member of the LATEX Trombone Quartet, he currently serves as principal trombonist with the Lake Charles and Rapides symphonies and is a Yamaha Performing Artist. He is also the music director at St. Luke-Simpson United Methodist Church in Lake Charles.
Rose has won the Big XII Trombone Ensemble Composition contest for "Joli Blon" and had a new composition, "Prelude et Fanfare (a la Manz)" for alphorn ensemble, premier at this year's 45th International Horn Society Symposium in Memphis, Tenn.
For more information, call the Department of Performing Arts at 475-5028. Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at