New Music Department Chair Presenting Debut Performance
by News Bureau on Monday, Sep. 16, 2013
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 16, 2013 – Kevin Hampton, professor of music and new chair of the Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University, and Matthew Yount, Southeast instructor of music, will perform a piano recital, “Fourteen X Five X Four,” at 3 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.
The program will feature 14 pieces by five composers, performed by four pianists. Yount will perform works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Hampton will present works by Chopin and Griffes. Two Southeast piano majors, Tiffany Hennings of Florissant, Mo., who is pursuing a Bachelor of Music, and Joel Melchior of Perryville, Mo., who is pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education, will present solo repertoire by Bach and Bartok.
This will be Hampton’s debut performance at Southeast. The concert will also be the first performance on a new Steinway piano in the Shuck Recital Hall.
Kevin HamptonBefore arriving at Southeast, Hampton previously served as a professor of music at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., where he taught applied piano, piano literature, piano pedagogy and music theory. Hampton has earned a Bachelor of Science from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., a Master of Music from Drake University in Iowa and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland at College Park. He studied piano and harpsichord at the Conservatoire National in Toulouse, France, as a scholar of the Rotary Foundation International.
Hampton is active as a clinician and adjudicator. He served on the screening and finals jury last spring for the Hilton Head Island international piano competition and international young artist competition for pianists aged 13–17. He will serve next spring as an adjudicator and clinician for Music Fest Northwest in Spokane, Wash. Hampton also has adjudicated for the state conferences of the Texas, Mississippi and Colorado Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) organizations and the state auditions of MTNA in Georgia, South Carolina, Colorado, Texas and Mississippi. He has adjudicated at the state auditions of the Georgia Music Educators Association. He has served as chair of the piano division for the Georgia Music Educators Association, as well as vice president of programs for the Georgia Music Teachers Association.
Hampton is a frequent recitalist, chamber musician and clinician. His recent performances have included with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra in Georgia and at the national conference of the Music Teachers National Association and the Savannah Sinfonietta and Chamber Orchestra in Savannah, Ga. Hampton was a founding member of Trio Savannah, the Forsyth Ensemble and the Hampton-Indergaard Piano Duo.
Matthew YountYount is a full-time instructor of music at Southeast who first joined the faculty in 2003. He serves as the department’s collaborative pianist, coaching chamber music, teaching studio piano, coordinating recitals and appearing in recital performances with students and faculty. Yount also performs with guest artists who come to Southeast for appearances in concerts, recitals or master classes. In August 2009, he gave his first solo piano recital as a member of the Southeast faculty, performing works by Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Prokofiev and Moszkowski. In March 2008, he appeared as a concerto soloist with the Southeast Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the Poulenc Double Piano Concerto and Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals. In addition to his primary role as piano faculty, Yount also teaches Music Appreciation and Jazz Appreciation courses for the Department of Music, and since 1996 has taught private piano lessons through the Southeast Missouri Music Academy. He was recognized for his excellent classroom teaching with the Success in Scholarship, Sports and Service Award in November 2006, and was the winner of the Southeast College of Liberal Arts faculty award for Outstanding Scholarship and Creative Activity in 2011. A Southeast alumnus, Yount holds three degrees including diplomas in both music and mathematics. As an undergraduate, he studied piano with professors emeritus John Shelton and Jim Sifferman, winning honors in local and statewide collegiate piano competitions. More recently, Yount has also studied piano independently as a student of Jean-Louis Haguenauer and Reiko Neriki at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and has appeared in recital there in March 2009.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or by visiting www.RiverCampusEvents.com.