The Frostburg State University Department of Music Faculty Artist Series will present trumpeter Dereck Scott and pianist Dr. Sean Beachy in a presentation of American music for trumpet and piano on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Pealer Recital Hall. The recital is free and open to the public.
Performed at the recital will be “Intrada” by Joseph Turrin, “Sonata for Trumpet and Piano” by James Stephenson III, “The Hollow Men” by Vincent Persichetti, “Sonata Through Salt-Rimmed Glasses” by Edward Kight and “From the Shores of the Mighty Pacific” by Herbert L. Clarke.
Scott is a multi-talented musician who is skilled as a trumpet player, conductor and composer. Scott grew up in Canonsburg, Pa., 30 minutes south of Pittsburgh. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University and his master’s degree in trumpet performance and instrumental conducting at West Virginia University, where he is completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
While at Duquesne, Scott was a two-time semi-finalist for the Collegiate Division of the National Trumpet Competition, an exclusive solo competition held annually in Fairfax, Va. In addition to holding leadership positions in the various ensembles at Duquesne, Scott was also an active performer in the Pittsburgh area. Most notably, he performed with the Pittsburgh Play House in their production of “Grand Hotel,” which was awarded a two-performance run at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Pianist Beachy is from Grantsville, Md. He attended Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, W.Va., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in applied piano. Beachy earned a Master of Music degree in composition from Shenandoah University, and recently graduated from West Virginia University with a doctorate in composition.
Beachy has had pieces premiered and performed throughout the United States. In 2007 his commissioned work, “Suite for Tuba,” was premiered by Logan Lindsey at the Hawkeye Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference at the University of Iowa. That same year, he won the First Annual Anthem Competition sponsored by First Baptist Church of Worcester, Mass. “Then I Saw a New Heaven …” for soprano, alto, tenor, bass choir and organ was premiered by the FBC Worcester Chancel Choir during the Annual Music and Arts Weekend in April 2007. In 2009, his piece for soprano and electronics titled “Stretch of Time” was chosen to be performed at the SEAMUS Annual Conference at Sweetwater Sound, Inc., in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Beachy is a freelance composer and accompanist. He is the church organist at Frostburg United Methodist Church and the accompanist for various local high school choral programs, as well as a faculty member at FSU and WVU.
For more information, call the FSU Music department at 301-687-4109.
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