Guest Artists

   



Winner of the 2017 Young Artists String Division


Sandra Coursey, a junior piano performance major at Oklahoma City University, won first place at the 2016 OMTA Collegiate Piano Competition as well as the 2016 Oklahoma City University Concerto Composition; these were her second victories in both competitions, having previously taken first in the OMTA CPC in 2014 and in the OCUCC in 2015. Later this year, she will perform for the third time at the OMTA Convention; she has previously performed both the Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major and the Poulenc Double Piano Concerto with the OCU Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Sandra is a private piano teacher and an experienced accompanist who frequently performs with numerous ensembles including the OCU Wind Philharmonic, the Chapel Hill United Methodist Spirit Winds, and previously, the OCU Symphony Orchestra and the OCU Percussion Ensemble. Currently, she studies under the instruction of Dr. Sergio Monteiro.



Winner of the 2017 Young Artists Piano Division


Caroline Stephenson, a Master of Music student at the University of Oklahoma, studies violin with Hal Grossman. She received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music in Berea, OH and received a Graduate Performance Certificate from Cleveland State University in Cleveland, OH. In addition to participation in chamber music and orchestra throughout her college studies, Caroline has also played with Baroque and Contemporary ensembles as well as the Ohio Light Opera in Wooster, OH for their 2013-2015 summer seasons. She currently teaches violin with El Sistema Oklahoma in Oklahoma City and with Imagine Music and Arts in Norman. Hailing from Wheeling, WV, Caroline was involved in youth orchestra programs in both Wheeling, WV and Pittsburgh, PA and was a 2011 recipient of the Wheeling Symphony’s Rachel Worby Scholarship.

Erica Thomas
Adjunct Voice Instructor at
Rose State & Langston University


Erica C. Thomas attended the University of Oklahoma where she received the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Erica's voice teacher, the late Thomas Carey, introduced her to the Cimarron Circuit Opera Company where she served as Executive/Artistic Director from 2002 to 2008. Erica performed many roles with the company including Mimi (La Boheme), Cio-Cio San (Madame Butterfly) and the Witch (Hansel and Gretel). She also directed several of CCOC’s productions which include Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Toy Shop, and Cosi Fan Tutte. The Black Liberated Arts Center was a part of Erica's earlier years developing her craft. She served as Administrative Assistant for the center as well as actress, singer, dancer, director and in several technical positions. Miss Thomas received a Master of Music in Opera/Music Theatre from Southern Illinois University, study ing with Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone, Richard Best. Miss Thomas was awarded the Marjorie Lawrence Opera Theatre scholarship for two consecutive years at SIU. She also performed in She Loves Me and The Merry Widow and was an ensemble member of the McLeod Summer Playhouse (Carbondale, IL). Erica was a district winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions in Oklahoma and St. Louis. She has worked with The Children's Theatre (OKC), Oklahoma City Arts Council, Sooner Theater in Norman, OK, and other community organizations and theaters in Oklahoma. Erica has received numerous honors and awards including the Know Your Neighbor Award from the Norman Chamber of Commerce for her work in the arts community. Erica has performed with Langston University, Rose State College, Milwaukee Bel Canto Chorus, the Ambassadors Concert Choir, Bellville Philharmonic, Oklahoma Community Orchestra and as an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera. She has been a performer on the touring roster for the Oklahoma Arts Council since 2004. Rev. Thomas is an Ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church. She currently serves as the Associate Pastor of Worship and Communications at Quayle United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City and as an Adjunct Voice Instructor at Rose State College and Langston University.

 

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Dr. Irvin L. Wagner

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