Cameron University Department of Music presents “The Sea in Springtime”

The Cameron University Department of Music will present “The Sea in Springtime,” a Japanese-inspired concert by Dr. Carolyn Keyes on flute and guest artist Tim Courtney on guitar, on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, military and senior citizens. Cameron students, faculty and staff are admitted at no charge with their Cameron University ID. Seating is limited to 80 patrons.

The duo will celebrate springtime and the sea through performances of two masterworks by Toru Takemitsu and original transcriptions of works by Miyagi, Teizo and others.

“The Japanese theme came about rather naturally,” says Keyes. “Both Tim and I had very memorable first encounters with the works of Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu.  In each case, we can remember thinking, ‘Wow, I have never heard anything like this’ and then seeking out those works later. Tim actually approached me about playing on one of his doctoral recitals while we were in school together at the University of North Texas. One of the works he brought was ‘Toward the Sea,’ which we will be playing on this program. It very quickly became one of my favorite pieces to perform. When I was pursuing my doctorate at the University of Colorado, I started studying the shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute. I ended up writing my dissertation on how to play music for the shakuhachi on the Western concert flute. Now that I am living close to Tim again, we decided to reunite and to transcribe some works for traditional instruments over to flute and guitar.  We chose works that all center around water to create a unified theme.  All of the works are very natural and beautiful, so we are very excited about the program.”

Keyes serves as an adjunct instructor at Cameron, where she teaches flute, flute choir, and music appreciation.  She received a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Flute Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado, a master’s degree from the University of North Texas and bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University.

Keyes’ love of performing has taken her around the United States. She has been a member of the Longmont Symphony in Colorado, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra in Dallas, Texas, and was a frequent performer with the Cheyenne Symphony in Wyoming. Keyes was a finalist and prize winner in the Bruce Ekstrand Memorial Competition and received honorable mentions in the National Flute Association Masterclass Competition and the Texas MTNA Woodwind Young Artist Competition. 

The recipient of the Priddy Fellowship in Arts Leadership, Keyes is committed to supporting the arts in schools and the community. She formerly served as the administrator for the Longmont Youth Symphony and participated in the Longmont Symphony’s Mentors in Music program, which provides expert instruction to schools in low income districts. During an internship with the Shropshire Music Foundation, a nonprofit organization that teaches music to war torn children in Europe and Africa, Keyes helped to organize their first annual “Practice for Peace” fundraiser. 

Courtney began his classical guitar studies in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. with Jeremy Sparks. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in guitar performance from SUNY-Fredonia where he studied under Dr. Ken Meyer and James Piorkowski.  He earned a Master’s degree in guitar performance from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., studying with Dr. Stanley Yates. Courtney was awarded a teaching fellowship at the University of North Texas where he studied guitar under Professor Tom Johnson.  Currently, he teaches guitar, music theory and music appreciation classes at El Centro College in Dallas, Texas, and teaches with the Childbloom Guitar Program in Denton, Texas.

For more information, contact the Department of Music at 581-2440.

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April 7, 2015

PR#15-064