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Home Grown! The 36th Annual Scholarship Benefit Concert

Get ready for a celebration and join us for “Home Grown!” the 36th annual Scholarship Benefit Concert! The evening will be filled with exceptional performances by student and faculty musicians including UNI alumni flutists Rebecca Johnson and Nicole Molumby, the UNI Faculty Septet, student Patrick Cunningham (winner of the spring 2017 Performance Competition Finals), as well as the UNI Wind Ensemble, UNI Opera, Jazz Band One, and the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra with combined choirs, as well as a dazzling post-concert champagne reception where the music and excitement of the evening continue. Please join us for this exciting event and help to support student scholarships at UNI’s School of Music. For more information on this event or becoming a Special Donor, contact Caroline Francis at (319) 273-2028. To order tickets, call (319) 273-4TIX.

Guest Recital: Ryan Gardner, trumpet, and Rebecca Wilt, piano

Visiting artists Ryan Gardner, trumpet, and Rebecca Wilt, piano, will present a recital. Gardner current serves as Associate Professor of Trumpet at Oklahoma State University, and has an extensive career as an educator, solo and orchestral performer, and chamber musician. Wilt serves as vocal coach and collaborative pianist at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and has received national and international recognition as a virtuoso collaborative pianist and coach. This event is free and open to the public. 

Guest and Faculty Recital: Adam Kolker, tenor saxophone, with UNI faculty artists

Visiting artist Adam Kolker, tenor saxophone, will perform with UNI jazz faculty artists. Kolker is a multi-talented performer, composer and arranger. He performed and recorded with latin-jazz artist Ray Barretto from 1994 through 2002 (with whom he received two Grammy nominations). He also has appeared and/or appears regularly in New York City with such groups as the Village Vanguard Orchestra, the Maria Schneider Big Band, the Gil Evans Orchestra and more. This event is free and open to the public. 

Guest Recital: Andrew Smith, tuba

Visiting artist Andrew Smith will present a tuba recital. Smith currently serves as the Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Professor of Low Brass at Campbell University and Principal Tuba in the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. Smith is an active performer and educator on low brass, as well as an active adjudicator, clinician, and director for the marching arts. He holds degrees from Ithaca College, Renton Technical College, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This event is free and open to the public. 

Faculty Recital: Cayla Bellamy, bassoon – “Vivaldi”

This "greatest hits" recital will explore selections from Vivaldi's 37 bassoon concerti, a quantity second only to those he wrote for the violin. Cayla Bellamy will perform alongside UNI's Lynn Worcester and her Double or Nothing colleague MSN J. Benjamin Smith, also joined by UNI student bassoonists Anya Shorey, Annalea Milligan, Laura Sabotta, Jarod Kral, and Josh Carlo. This event is free and open to the public. 


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