Music Faculty Presenting ‘From Bach to Bryars’

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Paul Thompson and Sara Edgerton

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 3, 2013 – Sara Edgerton and Paul Thompson, faculty members in the Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University, will present a recital of music for cello and piano entitled “From Bach to Bryars” Sept. 15 at Southeast’s River Campus.

The concert will include selections for cello and piano. It will be presented as part of the Faculty Recital Series and will take place at 3 p.m. in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall.

The concert will open with J. S. Bach’s “Suite No. 1 in G Major” for unaccompanied cello. Next on the program will be “Allegro Spiritoso” by Jean Baptiste Senaillé. Paul Bazelaire’s “Suite Française sur des airs populaires” and Daniel van Goens’ “Scherzo” will also be performed.

The second half of the concert will include two pieces by Frank Bridge, “Berceuse” and “Serenade,” followed by “With Miriam by the River” by Gavin Bryars. “Danse Rituelle du Feu” by Manuel de Falla will also be performed.

Edgerton and Thompson will conclude the concert with “Waltz for Debby” by Bill Evans.

Sara Edgerton

Edgerton is professor of cello and string bass at Southeast and is the artistic director of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, in residence at Southeast. She performs throughout the United States both as a modern and Baroque cellist. She has also performed with such notable period instrument ensembles as the Kingsbury Ensemble, St. Louis and the Early Music St. Louis Ensemble. Edgerton has appeared at numerous festivals as a cellist, including the International Music Festival (London and Oxford, England), the Aston Magna Festival (Mass.), the International Baroque Festival (Jackson, Miss.), the St. Louis Baroque Festival and the Southern Illinois Festival. She has been heard on public radio broadcasts throughout the country.

As its artistic director, Edgerton conducts the orchestra in its highly successful Symphony Series at the River Campus. In the summer of 2013, she conducted the symphony on its East Coast Tour, with performances in Virginia and midtown Manhattan. She has also led the orchestra in concert appearances throughout Missouri and conducted the orchestra in its 2009 tour of China. Edgerton has just returned from New Orleans, where she conducted the flute ensemble Calliope in a premiere work by Robert Fruehwald for the National Flute Convention.

Edgerton received her undergraduate degree in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music and her Master of Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts from Cornell University, where she was the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards. She also has studied extensively in England with artist teacher William Pleeth. She has received several awards, including the Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Creative Activity from the College of Liberal Arts at Southeast (2005), the Artist Teacher Award from the Missouri Chapter of ASTA (2006), the Southeast Faculty Alumni Award (2009) and the Award for Distinguished Service from the College of Liberal Arts at Southeast (2010). She was also nominated as a ZONTA “Woman of Achievement” in 2011.

Paul Thompson

Thompson was born in Manchester, England, and commenced his studies with Ranier Schuelein at the London College of Music and with Alain Marion, professor at the Paris Conservatoire, on a French Government Scholarship. Subsequently, he received his master’s degree in performance with Robert Goodberg at the Institute of Chamber Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Additionally, he worked in master classes with Trevor Wye, Donald Peck, Eugenia Zukerman, Louis Moyse and Robert Dick and he received chamber music coaching with Rostislav Dubinsky, the Fine Arts Quartet and the Kronos Quartet.

Thompson has held teaching positions at the London College of Music Junior Department, Cornell and Colgate Universities in New York, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Murray State University in Kentucky. He has been instructor of flute at Southeast since 1991 and his students have won numerous competitions, appeared in master classes with many of the world’s outstanding flutists and been accepted into prestigious graduate programs throughout the United States.

As a pianist, Thompson received the Associateship Diploma in piano (A.L.C.M.) while studying at the London College of Music as an undergraduate. During the past two decades at Southeast, Thompson has accompanied dozens of vocal, string, brass and wind students in lessons, master classes, juries, performances and competitions. As a performer on modern flute, he has performed to critical acclaim throughout the United States and his native England. He has been a featured performer at National Flute Association Conventions in Dallas, Anaheim, New York City and New Orleans. He has also performed in China and France.


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., or by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at