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Lynn Musco, clarinet professor, celebrates 25 years at Stetson

Lynn Musco celebrates 25 years at Stetson.

Lynn Musco celebrates 25 years at Stetson.

The Stetson University Symphonic Band concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday night, Feb. 15, in Lee Chapel will start a weekend of celebration for Music Professor Lynn Musco, Buffet Crampon Performing Artist, who will be commemorating 25 years as professor of clarinet and coordinator of woodwind studies at Stetson University, a position she has held since 1988.

Friday night’s symphonic band concert, conducted by Douglas Phillips, will feature the clarinet section of the band on almost every piece, Musco will perform the Frank Tichelli Concerto for clarinet and wind ensemble, a three movement work written two years ago. Each movement pays tribute to a particular composer: the first to George Gershwin (complete with the Gershwin “gliss” associated with the Rhapsody In Blue); the second to Aaron Copland; the third to Leonard Bernstein.

There will be an Alumni Recital on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 16, at 2:30 in Lee Chapel. Musco’s graduates from 1999-2012 will present works that they have selected to perform for her. The public is invited free of charge.

Musco’s faculty recital is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, in Lee Chapel. She will perform with Steinway Artist Michael Rickman, who is celebrating his 30th year at Stetson.

The Saturday evening performance includes Victor Babin Hillandale’s Waltzes, the first piece Musco performed with the band at a national convention, and Luciano Berio’s Lied, one of the pieces she recorded during her fall 2012 sabbatical for her solo CD to be released later this year.

The program also includes Camille Saint Saens’ Sonata, a standard romantic repertoire for clarinet, and the world premiere performance of “Mecurial Nymph,” written by Stetson alumnus Carlos Valez especially to celebrate Musco’s 25th anniversary. Besides the clarinet, this piece features two violins, performed by Routa Kroumovich and student Austin Burket, viola with Jesus Alphonso, cello with David Bjella, and Rickman, piano.

Musco has chosen to close the program with the first piece she performed publicly at Stetson University – Verdi’s Rigoletto Fantasie, arranged by Giamperi. She first performed this piece at the Friends of Music recital in September 1988.

Musco received the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in clarinet performance in 1983 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from New Mexico State University in 1986, and the Doctor of Music degree in clarinet performance from Florida State University in 1994.

Her academic duties at Stetson include teaching applied clarinet (the studio has averaged 22 students per year over the past 20 years), clarinet pedagogy, conducting the clarinet choir and coaching chamber music. She also serves as director of the Stetson University Summer Clarinet Clinic and is a member of the Florida Bandmaster’s Association, Florida Music Educators National Conference, National Band Association, International Clarinet Association, Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Kappa Phi.

A reception will follow the Saturday evening performance in the Stetson Room, second floor of the Carlton Union Building.

Lee Chapel is located inside Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.

General admission is $10; seniors $8; $5 for area students. It is free to Stetson faculty, students and staff with ID, and Concert Series card holders. For tickets and more information, contact the Stetson University School of Music at (386) 822-8950 or www.stetson.edu/music.