Ben Hay presents faculty trumpet recital
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Ben Hay presents faculty trumpet recital

Published 10/9/18

Caitlin Felts

TNE Writer

Amongst the many performances the music department is presenting this fall, Ben Hay, music instructor, is bringing a collection of repertoires to the stage at the Center of Performing Arts. Hay is accompanied by Dr. Ronald Chioldi, music professor and faculty pianist. The concert includes traditional and non-traditional works by composers Manuel De Falla, Arthur Honegger and Adam Cuthbert.

Hay said the first half of the concert will include more standard, classical pieces for trumpet and piano duets. These pieces include “Intrada” by Honegger and a collection of Spanish works by De Falla. In contrast to the traditional style of music, the second half of Hay’s performance is comprised of a three-movement work by Cuthbert, entitled “Sonata for Trumpet and Launchpad”.

While teaching and performing professionally, Hay is working on his dissertation and pursuing his doctorate degree. Hay said he is excited to bring a little bit of his dissertation studies to life after focusing on contemporary composer and sound engineer, Adam Cuthbert, for the past year.

Hay said he is working with Ashley Sage, music facilities manager, to make the technical accompaniment possible and present it live in the Center of Performing Arts.

“There will be a lot of references to pop culture in the second half,” said Hay. “It’s a very different aesthetic, I guess I should say, than you would typically expect in a more classical recital. I am very excited to perform it because I think it will be really cool and really different.”

Reflecting on his years of study, Hay said it is vital for students’ success as musicians to attend live performances. He said it allows students to be exposed to a high professional standard in a live setting, as well as experience the collaboration the performer and the audience make during the performance.

Jackson Washburn, Talihina sophomore, said he agrees with the importance of watching live performers in concert.

“Hearing my professor perform is its own reward, honestly,” said Washburn. “It’s when I get to experience his level as a musician and inspires me to achieve the same level. It’s really beneficial because it demonstrates the results of a lot of years of practice and study.”

Washburn said he believes in Hay’s philosophy of the trumpet and how to teach it effectively in the sense of not diving too deep into small details and mechanics. He said it is more about mimicking certain values, such as sound quality.

Brady Hacker, Sapulpa junior is not a trumpet student of Hay’s, but he said he gains confidence as a fellow musician in watching his professors in concert.

“Seeing your students come out to hear you play for whatever concert or gig, I think shows our professors that we care about their craft,” said Hacker. “We want to show them that through coming and hearing them play.”

Students of Hay said they not only look forward to seeing their professor in concert, but they also admire him for the values he teaches them.

“He believes in all of us and sees our potential to be the best we can be,” said Lauren Grayson, Tahlequah sophomore. “I’m not going to lie, but his teaching style is way different than what I’m used to and I appreciate that. I know that I want to improve my music skills and Mr. Hay is definitely the instructor who can help me accomplish my goals.”


Ben Hay’s faculty trumpet recital is at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15 at the Center of Performing Arts. For more information, call the department of music at 918-444-2700.

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