New faculty shows their musical talent

Ashley Murphy, Staff Writer

Three new faculty in Wayne State College’s music department introduced themselves to their new home with a recital on Oct. 22.

Accompanied by Dr. Angela Miller-Niles, mezzo-sopranos Dr. Maggie Owens and Dr. Sarah Farr presented a range of both solos and duets that were selected by each performer.

Between the three women, each piece was brought to life through their emotionally charged performances.

On top of their emotions, each selection was as diverse as the woman who sang it.

Miller-Niles is the new assistant professor of piano. She received her doctorate in musical arts from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Her studies range from Latin American music and Spanish song to African-American classical composers.

Owens is a native of Kentucky and has recently been pursuing her doctorate in Choral Conducting at the University of Kentucky. Her studies are focused on African-American spirituals and the work of John Jacob Niles.

She is still an ardent performer, making time to sing with the American Spiritual Ensemble and the National Chorale.

Farr received her doctorate in musical arts in vocal performance from UNL. Before her employment at WSC, she taught at Concordia University in Seward and Doane College in Crete.

Their final duet was an arrangement of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from “Carousel” that they asked WSC’s own Philip Pfaltzgraff to orchestrate.

As for their potential at WSC, Dr. David Bohnert was nothing but happy to welcome them into the WSC music family.

“They’re great additions and fit in well,” Bohnert said. “They understand Wayne State and our students, and it’s wonderful to see them working together.”