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SOU piano duet to perform Feb. 9 concert

February 5, 2014 by

Two Southern Oregon University music students will perform a Lakeview concert on Sunday, Feb. 9, at First Presbyterian

Nic Temple, a junior at Southern Oregon University prepares for his junior recital in the spring. Temple will perform on Feb. 9 in Lakeview.

Nic Temple, a junior at Southern Oregon University prepares for his junior recital in the spring. Temple will perform on Feb. 9 in Lakeview.

Church, located at 619 N. 1st St.

The concert, second in a series sponsored by the Lake Arts Council, is slated to begin at 3 p.m., featuring a recital of music by Mozart, Liszt, Brahms and Beethoven by Jon Hays and Nic Temple.

Hays, originally a native of Juneau, Alaska, taught himself to not only play the piano but also read music at age 15, entering the piano master class of Dr. Alexander Tutunov a year later while taking lessons from local teacher Mary Watson.  His educational resume includes an Associates of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Alaska Southeast before transferring to SOU to begin full-time study with Dr. Tutunov.

Instruction at SOU has included master class teachers Benjamin Frith, Paul Pollei, Dirk Mommertz of the Faure quartet, Huang-Kuan Chen, Anita King and Julian Martin.  Hays also attended the Chinest American International Piano Institute for two years, which included private lessons and master classes with a number of renowned teachers.

Hays plans to earn his master’s and doctoral degrees in piano performance.

Temple, currently a junior at SOU, also studies with Dr. Tutunov, and is preparing for his junior recital in the spring, and graduate school auditions this fall.  He began studying piano at age 10, after having played classical guitar for two years.

Between the ages of 14 and 17, Temple placed first alternate in the Southern Oregon Bach Festival and State Solo & Ensemble Competition, and won first place in the Rogue Valley Sonatina Competition and NACUSAsor Composition Competition.

He received the E. Mulling outstanding Freshman Music Student Scholarship Award in 2012 and has studied through master classes with Dirk Mommertz of the Faure Quartet, Dr. Nelita True of Eastman Conservatory and Dr. Julian Martin of Juilliard School of music, Dr. Robert Roux of Rice University, and Dr. ChengGang Yang of Sichuan Conservatory.

Ticket prices are $15 for individuals, $25 per couple and $30 per family, and are available at U.S. Bank, Holloway Photography and The Golden Gem, as well as at the door on the afternoon of the concert.

For more information, contact Bill Schrader at 541-947-5113.

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