The program will feature the College Wind Ensemble, directed by Mr. Jonathan P. Neiderhiser, the College Choir, directed by Prof. David J. Rudari, and the debut performance of the College Classical Guitar Ensemble, directed by Mr. Aaron Carey.
The Wind Ensemble program will feature the Flourish for Wind Band by Ralph Vaughan Williams, the Elizabethan Suite of Phillip Gordon; Maurice Gardner’s Variations on a Theme of Paganini; which is taken from his Twenty-Fourth Caprice for Solo Violin; Themes from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; arranged by Davis; and Clare Grundman’s Kentucky 1800.
The Classical Guitar Ensemble will feature a setting of Four German Songs by Wölke; Two Gavottes by J.S. Bach, arranged for Guitar quartet; and van der Staak’s Victoria.
The College Choir, accompanied by Casey Gray, Piano will present a program of inspirational music, including a premiere performance composed by a local Music Educator and Performer, Rose Angelica.
Prof. Rudari has selected Jackson Berkey’s arrangement of Amazing Grace, Mack Wilberg's setting of My Shepherd Will Supply My Need, assisted by Terri Deel and Beth Sockman, Flutes; I Hear a Voice a Prayin’ arranged by Houston Bright; How Great Thou Art, arranged by Fred Bock; the Hallelujah Chorus from Händel’s Messiah; and the premiere of The West Virginia Miners, composed and performed by Angelica, assisted by Prof. Pandel Collaros, Guitar; Amanda McCoy, Bass; and Michael Giovanetti, Percussion
Angelica is a musician, songwriter, and teacher who has experienced all facets of the music industry. She began playing the guitar at the age of five, and as a fifth grader at the Smithfield Elementary School, she took up the trumpet. Rose attributes her musical talent to her strong European roots.
“I have performed with every band from Polka Bands to Concert Bands,” said Angelica. I just love all types of Music!”
Angelica attended the Ohio State University and earned a Bachelor of Music Education Degree in 1977 and, in 1984, a Master of Arts in Music Education. She was one of the first women to become a member of the world famous Ohio State University Marching Band and still remains a member of the Board of Governors. She performs with the OSU Alumni Band on a regular basis. During her studies, she served as a Graduate Assistant with the OSU Military Band and Athletic Band as well as a Teaching Assistant in Music Education, specializing in Brass classes, Marching Band techniques, and supervising student teachers.
In addition to her work at the Ohio State University, Angelica taught for thirty years in the Columbus Public School System, Columbus Catholic Schools, Upper Arlington Schools, Buckeye Local School District, Mingo High School, Indian Creek Schools, Jefferson Community College, and Steubenville Catholic Schools.
Angelica, a Music consultant for Gerrero Music Store in Wheeling, W. Va. has been a private Trumpet and Guitar instructor for thirty-two years, and is the Bugler for the Steubenville American Legion, and plays at many city events. Angelica is an adjudicator for the Ohio Music Educators Association and at a number of National contests. She serves as an instructor for many of the summer band camps that are in residence at Bethany College, and at a number of High schools.
Since 1997, she has Chaired The Dean Martin Festival in Steubenville, Ohio, and has helped produce 6 Dean Martin documentaries and TV specials, as well as helping Deana Martin with research for her book.
Angelica is the daughter of the late Albert Gron and Joanna Gron of St. Petersburg, Florida. Her brother Jack is the Chairman of the Art Department at Texas A & M in Corpus Christi, Texas. Angelica resides in Mingo Junction, Ohio with her husband, Richard. They have 2 sons Richard and Christopher Angelica who reside in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The concert is presented free of charge and the community is cordially invited to attend. Questions regarding the performance may be directed to Prof. David Rudari at 304.829.7329 or via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.