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4/10/2007 Linfield student soloist, conductors featured at spring concert

McMINNVILLE - Linfield College student conductors and a piano soloist will be featured during the Linfield spring band concert on Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 125 S. Cowls Street in McMinnville.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The performance will feature the Linfield Wind Symphony and the College Community Band, both under the direction of Joan Haaland Paddock, professor of music at Linfield. Senior Ethan Barske of Anchorage, Alaska, will perform a piano solo during "Rhapsody in Blue" by George Gershwin, accompanied by the Linfield Wind Symphony. Chris Engbretson, a senior from Bothell, Wash., will conduct the Wind Symphony in "Lux Aurumque" by Eric Whitacre. Kendele Miyasaki, a 2006 graduate from Walnut Creek, Calif., and principal clarinetist with the bands, will conduct the College-Community Band in "Old Scottish Melody" to commemorate the graduation of seniors from the bands.

"Keep Silence," a lyrical number by David Gillingham, is based on a sacred hymn and features many instrumental soloists. Other composers featured during the evening include Hunsberger, Mahr, Joio and Giacchino.

The 36-piece Linfield Wind Symphony and the 57-member College Community Band are made up of both students and community members, according to Paddock, who is enthusiastic about the growth in both size and quality in both groups. She said opportunities for student musicians to conduct the band or solo with the wind symphony are important to their musicianship and pre-professional development.

"The band members are excited about playing for their peers," she added.

Paddock is director of instrumental activities and, in addition to the concert band, conducts the wind symphony and brass choir. She earned a doctorate in trumpet performance from Indiana University and received a Fulbright scholarship to study at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo. A Bach trumpet clinician for Selmer, Paddock has performed internationally as trumpet soloist. She has performed with a variety of groups and is principal trumpeter of the Linfield Chamber Orchestra. In 1992, Paddock was awarded an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for creation and performance of an original composition for use with a television documentary. She serves as adjudicator and clinician for solo, ensemble and band festivals throughout the Western and Central United States. She holds memberships in the Oregon Music Educators Association, Oregon Band Directors Association, College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, International Trumpet Guild and the Portland Brass Society.

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