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Release date:February 22

Saxophonist to be featured in March recital

Saxophonist Steven Stusek will be the featured guest in the second of a series of woodwind recitals being hosted by Wayland Baptist University's Department of Music.

Stusek will be performing on March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Harral Auditorium on the Plainview campus. Pianist Elizabeth Loparits will accompany Stusek for the recital, which is free and open to the public.

A native of Wisconsin, Stusek is assistant professor of saxophone at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He holds degrees from Indiana University, Arizona State University and the Conservatoire de la Region de Paris, where he studied under Daniel Deffayet and won a Medaille d'Or in Saxophone Performance.

Stusek was also winner of the Saxophone Concerto competition at Indiana University and was semifinalist for the Concert Artists Guild Competition. He won the Vermont Council on the Arts prize for Artistic Excellence and was a finalist in the Nederlands Impressariaat Concours for ensembles. He performs frequently in the U.S. and Holland with Dutch accordion player Otine van Erp in the duo 2Track.

He has performed music written for him by Academy Award winner John Addison, Joan Tower, James Grant, Allen Shawn, Eric Nielsen, Dennis Kitz, Dorothy Robson, Daniel Michalak, Stacy Garrop and Greg Carroll.

A Yamaha performing artist, Stusek has taught at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Ball State University, Middlebury College, Indiana University and Arizona State University.

Loparits is a native of Hungary and started playing piano at age 13. She studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Pecs, where she received her diploma as a chamber artists and piano teacher with the distinction "excellent." Loparits completed her master's degree in piano performance at Illinois State University and is currently a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

In 1995, Loparits won second prize in the National Bartok Competition of Hungary and was among three finalist of the Kodaly-Bartok Festival of Pecs that same year. She also has performed as a soloist with the North Carolina Symphony and for several piano master classes.

Stusek will lead a master class in saxophone fundamentals and extended techniques at 5:45 p.m. on March 5 in Harral Auditorium. Instrumentalists of all levels are welcome to attend. Fee for the class is $10 for the public, with Wayland music students admitted free.

For more information, contact Sandra Mosteller at 291-1069.