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4/15/2003 Student conductors to lead Linfield band

McMINNVILLE – Eight Linfield College student conductors will take a turn at the podium during the Linfield College-Community Band spring concert on Sunday, April 27, at 4 p.m. in Melrose Auditorium.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Joan Haaland Paddock, associate professor of music at Linfield, the Linfield College-Community Band will perform works including "American Overture" by Joseph Willcox Jenkins, "A Child's Embrace" by Charles Rochester Young, "Madurodam" by Johan de Meij, "The Little Ripper" by David Stanhope, "Kirkpatrick Fanfare" by Andrew Boysen, Jr., "Suite on Greek Love Songs" by Henk van Lijnschooten, "Vesuvius" by Frank Ticheli and "Amazing Grace" arranged by William Himes.

For Dan Schafer, a sophomore majoring in music education who hopes to become a band teacher, the opportunity to conduct a large group is preparing him for his future.

"The idea of putting everything together to make a rehearsal and performance successful is the hardest part for me," said Shafer, who will conduct "Madurodam," a programmatic work with several movements. "The fact that conductors must know the piece they are conducting inside and out in order to lead a group is challenging."

Student conductors, all from Paddock's spring conducting course, include Schafer of Springfield; freshmen Kendele Miyasaki of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Jamie Hillis of Kenilworth, Ill.; sophomores Amanda Bowen of Keizer, Lauren Keller of Bothell, Wash., and Beth Kumbalek of North Bend, Wash.; and juniors Rebecca Bowlby of Tacoma, Wash.; and Sandra Harding of Bandon.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our student conductors to have the experience of conducting the major ensembles on campus," Paddock said. The students will also conduct the Linfield Concert Choir at the spring choral concert on May 18.

The Linfield College-Community Band is comprised of 50 members -- 80 percent Linfield students and 20 percent community members.

For more information call the Linfield College Music Department at 503-883-2275.