Student Conductors’ Concert takes place Jan. 28, 30

Katrina Galka

Student Conductors’ Concert takes place Jan. 28, 30

meadows-symphony-orchestra.jpgThe Mustang community will receive a rare treat from Meadows for the weekend of Jan. 28-30, as student conductors are now in the final phases of preparation for their biggest event of the year.

The Student Conductors’ Concert, set for performances at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30, will feature two students currently enrolled in the Master’s degree program in Orchestral Conducting, and will also feature winners of the Meadows Undergraduate Concerto Competition.

Michelle Merrill, the first student conductor, began her Master’s degree in the Fall 2010 semester after earning her bachelor’s degree in music at SMU in the 2009-10 school year. In July 2010, Michelle participated in the International Conducting Workshop and Festival in Zlin, Czech Republic where she conducted the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra. Michelle currently studies under music director Paul Phillips.

The second student conductor, Douglas Stone, received his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of North Texas in Spring 2010. During his undergraduate studies, Douglas also performed with the UNT Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra as well as the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Arlington. Douglas is also in his first year of study for his Master’s degree in orchestral conducting and currently serves as assistant conductor for the Meadows Symphony Orchestra. He is also studying under Phillips.

Featured student soloists include freshman violin performance major Abigail Potts and senior vocal studies major Katrina Galka. Abigail studies under Emanuel Borok, former Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Katrina, who will be seen again this spring as Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, studies under Barbara Hill-Moore.

Both performances will take place in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Prices are $13 per ticket for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7 for faculty, staff and students. For more information, call 214-768-2516 or e-mail

A complete listing of the evening’s program can be found after the jump.


January 28, 2011|Calendar Highlights, Save the Date|

Meadows Opera Theatre presents a Mozart classic Feb. 4-7

Scene from Meadows Opera theatre production of Mozart's 'Il re pastore'-'The Shepherd King'The Meadows Opera Theatre, directed by Hank Hammett and conducted by Paul Phillips, debuts its production of a classic opera by a teenaged Wolfgang Mozart this week. Il re pastore (The Shepherd King) runs Feb. 4-7 in the Bob Hope Theatre in SMU’s Owen Arts Center.

Written in 1775, when Mozart was only 19, the libretto features Alexander the Great in a major role. After the conqueror deposes the ruling tyrant of the city of Sidon, he searches for the true heir to the throne, who turns out to be a shepherd boy. The story sets the demands of duty against the demands of love as Aminta, the shepherd-king, struggles with the prospect of an arranged marriage and his own wish to keep to the simple life he knows.

Meadows Opera Theatre comes to the production fresh from winning an important award. In January, with the first entry in its history, the group received second prize for Best Production in the National Opera Association‘s annual competition for its 2009 staging of Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land.

The national award was “an extraordinary honor for our opera program, and it highlights the excellence of our gifted young singing actors and orchestra musicians as well as the superlative training and performance opportunities we are able to give our students,” Hammett said. “This recognition is also a testament to the exceptional interdisciplinary collaboration we have here at Meadows between music, theatre and dance.”

The Shepherd King is sung in Italian with English supertitles. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. Find showtimes and buy tickets online, or contact the Meadows Ticket Office at 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

(Above, junior voice major Katrina Galka and Master of Music candidate in voice Dee Donasco as Elisa and Aminta in the Meadows Opera Theatre production of Mozart’s Il re pastore. Photo by Paul Phillips.)

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