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AU Symphonic Band to feature contemporary works in spring concert program

The Alfred University Division of Performing Arts will present the AU Symphonic Band in a spring concert on Friday, April 29, at 8 p.m. in the new Miller Theater on campus.

The program, arranged by Christopher Foster, director of bands and assistant professor of music, is open to the public free of charge.

The concert will feature American songs, including Jack Stamps’ “Cenotaph,” Robert Spittal’s “Pacem – A Hymn for Peace,” Eric Whitracre’s “October,” John Barnes Chance’s “Incantation and Dance,” Frank Ticheli’s “An American Elegy,” and Brian Balmages’ “Elements (Petite Symphony).”

The Alfred University Symphonic Band members include Michaela Stone from Hornell; Michelle Chisholm, Homer; Kristina Kelm, New Lebanon; Calista Merritt, Conesus; Yuhan Wang from Changsha, Hunan, China; Geoffrey Cheung from Hong Kong; Kathryn Esham, Geneseo; Jasper Wright, Pattersonville; Valerie Boebinger, Orlando, FL; Renee Duquette, Rochester; Lisa Goodwin, Elmira; Victoria Knox, Bethlehem; Devon Rinn, Queensbury; and Sharnea Spencer from Lyons.

Also Jonathan Uglade, Johnstown; Kaitlin Vanderweide, Seneca Castle; Morgan Presher, Le Roy; Nicole Thebert, Williamson; Hunder Haddad, Putney, VT; Caitlin Stevens, Rochester; PJ DiCesare, Rochester; Sara Egan, Hanson, MA; Samuel Miller, Kinsman, Ohio; Alejandro Miranda-Bermudez, Rochester; Brandon Rolling, Attica; Wayde Ross, Belfast; and Jaclyn Daley, Syracuse.

In addition Casey Dunphy, Queensbury; Mark Fugate, Punxsutawaney, PA; Kristy Skeet, El Paso, TX; Joe Gibbs, Whitesboro; Elizabeth Wager, Jamestown; Emily Allan, Peninsula, Ohio; Scott DeFranco-Norton, Salisbury Mills; Stephen Boniello, Tarrytown; William Clement, Liverpool; Gorina Guerra, Northport; Jessica Marello, Garrison; Russell Pfohl, Huubbardsville; Maxwell Wilkins, Hornell; and Crystal Luk from Hong Kong.

The community members playing with the Alfred University Symphonic Band are Elaine Hardman, Clayton Morgan, and Peter Metz.
Foster directs the Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Brass Choir, and teaches music theory and wind instrument lessons.

Prior to his doctoral studies and his appointment at Alfred University, he directed concert, jazz, and marching bands in Ely and Las Vegas, NV.

Foster holds bachelor of music education and master of music degrees from the University of Nevada-Reno, and a doctor of musical arts degree in trumpet performance and wind conducting from the University of North Texas.