Boonville's Steve Litwiller to perform at SFCC
SEDALIA—The State Fair Community College Music Arts program will present a free guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3 in the Stauffacher Theatre on the Sedalia campus. The public is invited and tickets are not needed.
Performers will include clarinetist Steve Litwiller and trumpeter Paul Copenhaver accompanied by pianist Kelley Head. Copenhaver and Litwiller are Central Methodist University (CMU) instructors with decades of performing and teaching experience. In addition to teaching, Copenhaver is the assistant director of the Columbia Community Band and Litwiller leads a group interested in mentoring new and future music educators. Head is an adjunct faculty member and staff accompanist at CMU and performs with the Columbia Community Band on horn and piano.
The musicians will perform a variety of solo and duo selections for clarinet and trumpet. The concert will open with Gordon Jacob’s “Double Concerto for Clarinet and Trumpet,” followed by a variety of compositions ranging in styles from Baroque to Klezmer. The concert will culminate with the performers combining to perform Tony Plog’s “Animal Ditties.” This composition is based on the poetry of Ogden Nash, and includes movements entitled ‘The Turtle,’ ‘The Python,’ ‘Hyena,’ and ‘Hog.’
Litwiller’s clarinet selections will include C. E. Lefebvre’s “Andante,” Robert Clerisse’s “Promenade,” and “Sholem-alekhem, rov Feidman!” by Bela Kovacs.
Litwiller started his teaching career in Leeton, Mo., in 1978. He taught in Gallatin for four years and then moved to Boonville, where he taught instrumental music for 30 years. He retired in May and now serves as adjunct professor of music at CMU. He performs regularly with the Sauerkraut Serenaders, the Boonslick Saxophone Quartet and the Roadkill Clarinet Quintet.
Litwiller received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Master of Education degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Copenhaver will perform the “Apollo Polka” and “Venus Valse” by Herbert L. Clarke and “Concertino in Eb” by Sachsel.
Copenhaver, band director at St. Pius School in Moberly, is in his 41st year of teaching. Previously he was director of bands for the Moberly Public Schools for 33 years. He also is assistant conductor and principal trumpet for the Columbia Community Band, a member of the ShowMe Brass Band and Sauerkraut Serenaders and a founding member of the Harmonium Brass Quintet.
He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Truman State University and a Master of Education degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Accompanist Kelley Head is beginning her fourth year as an adjunct faculty member at CMU, where she teaches applied piano, piano technique and music appreciation. She also serves as staff accompanist.
She has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from CMU and a Master of Science in Music Education degree from Missouri State University (MSU).