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April 19 student recital will feature vocals, brass, strings, piano, drums

The Alfred University Division of Performing Arts will present the final student recital of the spring 2009 semester on Sunday, April 19, in Room 301 of the Miller Performing Arts Center, at 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Featured in the program are vocalists Nozomi Kodaira of Japan; Britny Lee, a senior art & design major from Farmington, Maine; and Leah Burdick, a senior psychology major from Charlottesville, VA; as well as pianists Miyuki Ochi of Japan; Jack Chan from Hong Kong; Sharifa Barrow, a junior communications studies major from Brooklyn; and Jorg Pomplun, visiting Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Alfred University, playing both solo and four-hand works.

The AU Brass Choir will perform featuring flutist Emily Merkey, a junior business administration major from Walworth; trumpeters Matt Phillips, a senior ceramic engineering major from Kinderhook; and Sara Egan, a junior mathematics major from Hanson, MA; and trombonist Peter Metz, a junior ceramic engineering major from Syracuse.

The AU String Orchestra as well as a string trio composed of Pomplun; Thomas Moran, a freshman art & design major from Arlington, VA; and Megan McKee, a senior psychology and environmental studies major from Rush, will also perform. Mike Chrabaszcz, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Elmira, will play a snare drum solo.

Born in Berlin, Pomplun earned a master’s degree in English and music in secondary education at the University of the Arts in Berlin and at the Humboldt University in Berlin in 2008. He is a two-time prizewinner at the German nationwide instrumental competition “Jugend usiziert” (“Young people make music”) for his solo and ensemble performance. He is teaching German language and culture courses while at Alfred University.