Emory Music Directors Take the Stage

The Music for Oboe and Trumpet concert lyceum took place on Monday, Nov. 14 at 7:30p.m. in the Memorial Chapel. The program included the musical selections Der Hirt auf dem Felsen’, D. 965 arranged by Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Concert Etude arranged by Alexander Goedicke Concertino Paul Vidal (1863-1931), Believe Me Is All These Endearing Young Charms arranged by Donald Hunsberger (1932), Andante et Allegro J. arranged by Guy Ropartz (1864-1955), Temporal Variations for Oboe and Piano arranged by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), and Baroque Suite arranged by Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) performed by Dr. Matthew Frederick, trumpet, and Dr. Adam Smith, oboe.

Accompanying Dr. Matthew Frederick and Dr. Adam Smith was Dr. Allyss Haecker, soprano vocalist, and Bryan Underwood, piano. A strong advocate of the importance of public performance, Dr. Adam Smith has been fortunate to perform extensively on Oboe and English horn throughout the United States and abroad.

Smith’s diverse musical background also includes extensive chamber music experience, a specialized interest in the areas of Music Education and Music Theory, and advanced research on the oboe music of Benjamin Britten. Drawing on a particular affinity for teaching, Smith has served on the faculties of Truett-McConnell College, Emory & Henry College, South Carolina’s ‘Governor’s School for the Arts’ and the Atlanta Music Academy, and also filled various instructional and administrative roles during his time as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at The University of Georgia.

Additionally, he has served the public schools of Georgia and Alabama, where his instrumental ensembles consistently received superior distinction in a variety of performance mediums. Smith holds degrees from Jacksonville State University and The University of Georgia. Smith is the Assistant Band Director at E&H. Dr. Matthew Frederick, a native of Slatington, Pa., attended West Chester University in West Chester, Pa., and earned a bachelor’s degree in music education.

Upon graduation he began graduate school at Auburn University then continued his education at The University of Texas where he completed his doctor of musical arts degree in trumpet performance. He is currently the associate professor of trumpet and director of instrumental studies at E&H.

During his time at E&H he has built a trumpet ensemble that is a two-time semi-finalist at the National Trumpet Competition and has been selected twice to perform at the International Trumpet Guild Conference. The brass ensembles have toured Germany, Austria and China. He is also the director of the E&H Marching Band.

In addition to his duties here at E&H, Frederick is the music director at Pleasant View United Methodist Church in Abingdon. He currently performs as co-principal trumpet with the Symphony of the Mountains and has performed as principal trumpet of the Johnson City Symphony, first trumpet player at Barter Theatre, and is an active lecturer on Civil War brass bands as well as serving as a clinician for school music programs.

Some of Frederick’s brass band arrangements can be heard on the CD entitled Cheer Boys Cheer released by the Moravian Music Foundation, and his book, Trumpet Notes, has recently been published by A.K. Brass Press. Dr. Allyss Haecker is currently the director of choral and vocal studies at E&H where she teaches voice, conducting, choral methods, and music theory and directs the Concert and Chamber Choirs.

Dr. Haecker formerly served as the director of vocal studies at Newberry College (S.C.) and the National Music Conservatory in Amman, Jordan. As a recipient of the T. Anne Cleary International Research Fellowship, Dr. Haecker lived, studied, and performed throughout South Africa.

For 15 years, Dr. Haecker has served on the vocal and conducting faculty of the Performing Arts Institute, a summer festival for students of music, dance and theatre. Previously, she taught choral music in the Fenton Area Public Schools (Mich.) and was the artistic director of the Saginaw Youth Chorale (Mich.). Bryan Underwood, studied at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. He was a member of the Westminster Chapel Choir, Symphonic Choir, and the Westminster Choir. He has served as Musical Director and Conductor for over one hundred professional theatre productions and tours, working with Broadway’s

He has served as Musical Director and Conductor for over one hundred professional theatre productions and tours, working with Broadway’s Tony nominated Sierra Boggess (“The Little Mermaid”, “Master Class”, “Phantom of the Opera” and London’s “Love Never Dies”), and Kyle Dean Massey (“Xanadu”, “Next to Normal”, “Pippin”). Bryan currently serves as Worship Minister for First United Methodist Church in Marion, Va, and has served as Music and Worship Leader for both the Holston Annual Conference and the North Alabama Conference of the UMC. At E&H, he serves as staff accompanist.

Bryan currently serves as Worship Minister for First United Methodist Church in Marion, Va, and has served as Music and Worship Leader for both the Holston Annual Conference and the North Alabama Conference of the UMC. At E&H, he serves as staff accompanist.

– Olivia Kinser

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