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Student Recital: Megan Evans, clarinet | February 6 ,2016 | 7PM

27 Jul 2015 by In Past Events

Saturday, February 6, 2016 | 7PM

Megan Evans will be giving her junior recital on Saturday evening, February 6, 2016 at 7p in Hole Memorial Auditorium here at La Sierra University. She will be joined by pianist Dr. Kimo Smith.

Her program will include:
Sonata in G minor by Handel/Lurie
Introduction, Theme and Variations by Gioachino Rossini


Clarinet Sonata Op. 167 by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Solo De Concours by A. Messager

MEGAN EVANS is currently a junior, clarinet performance major at La Sierra University. She has studied clarinet for the past three years with William Wellwood DMA, and has previously been instructed in clarinet studies by Kathryn Nevin DMA and Kirk Udvaridi. Ms. Evans also loves to play the violin, and Ken Aiso, Jeanne Skrocki, Jason Uyeyama, and Bonnie Bell have instructed her on the violin. She has played in a masterclass on clarinet with Gary Foster, from UCLA. Megan has also had the privilege of performing on violin in masterclasses with Joseph Silverstein, Arturo Delmoni, Elaine Skorodin, Shery Kloss, and others. Ms. Evans made her clarinet debut when she was twelve, playing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto on tour with the Young Musicians Ensemble. She has competed in a number of competitions where she has placed and won including the VOCE Redlands division and the La Sierra University's Promising Young Artists Competition. Ms. Evans was chosen to perform as soloist in the La Sierra University Concerto Competition last year with the orchestra.

She has participated in a number of orchestra's playing both violin and clarinet, wind ensembles, and small ensembles as a member and soloist. Graduating from Loma Linda Academy, she was principal clarinetist there for three years, and three years as Concertmaster for the LLA Strings. Ms. Evans has also performed on the Eb clarinet.

KIMO SMITH, organist and collaborative pianist, began music studies in his home state of Hawaii at age four.  Following his graduation from Hawaiian Mission Academy, he attended the University of Hawaii, La Sierra University, the University of Southern California, and the University of California, Los Angeles. A student of Ladd Thomas at USC, he completed his Bachelor and Master degrees, magna cum laude, in organ performance. He was selected to receive the Organ Department Outstanding Achievement Award on both occasions. He completed his doctoral studies at UCLA in organ performance as a student of Thomas Harmon.  Dr. Smith is a past winner of several competitions sponsored by the American Guild of Organists and Music Teachers National Association.  Dr. Smith is currently Associate Professor of Music at La Sierra University and past chair of the Department of Music. He is an active recitalist, performing locally, nationally, and abroad. As organist, he has appeared as a guest artist with several Southern California orchestras and choral ensembles, including the Glendale Symphony, Riverside County Philharmonic Orchestra, San Bernardino Symphony, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, William Hall Chorale, Los Robles Master Chorale, Angeles Chorale, and Los Angeles Master Chorale. He is featured organist on a 2010 recording of the Los Angeles Master Chorale performing the choral works of emerging young composer, Nico Muhly.  This was the first recording of the LAMC in Walt Disney Concert Hall, and their first for the world-renowned Decca label. He was invited to perform two of Muhly’s compositions with the LAMC at the opening concert of their 2012-2013 season. 

Dr. Smith has served as organist in various churches since the age of twelve, and is currently the organist at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood and the University Church of Seventh-day Adventists in Loma Linda.  His professional music activities also include a great deal of collaborative performing which has taken him throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia with touring groups and solo artists.  Dr. Smith and his wife, Cheryl, also a professional musician, reside in Loma Linda, California.  They have three children, two grandsons, and a granddaughter.