Southeast Missouri Music Academy Presents Standing Ovation


by News Bureau on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011

Standing Ovation

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 31, 2011 — The Southeast Missouri Music Academy will present its 12th annual Standing Ovation concert at 4 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

Music Academy director Rebecca Fulgham said this year’s concert will feature a variety of entertainment from jazz vocals with guitar to opera. The most humorous work will be a set of whimsical selections from “Animal Ditties,” written for trumpet, piano and narrator, based on the poetry of Ogden Nash. Fulgham, along with Dr. Tim Schmidt and Dr. Marc Fulgham, will perform the piece. Other performances will feature Dr. Brandon Christensen, violin; Dr. James Sifferman, piano; Schmidt, voice; Erika Beasley, jazz vocal; Jacob Seyer, guitar; and the Southeast Percussion Ensemble.

The Music Academy will showcase some of its own stars, including 9-year-old twins Ethan and Landon Brown, Suzuki violin, and Tessa Long, a 14-year-old flute student from Kelly High School who studies with Music Academy professor Paul Thompson.

Following the concert, a reception will be held at The Venue, 80 S. Plaza Way in Cape Girardeau. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served, a cash wine bar will be available, harp music will be played by Music Academy student Courtney Penzel, and a live auction will be held with local auctioneer Elizabeth Shelton. Prizes will be awarded, including a Music Academy tuition gift certificate, a wine basket from Primo Vino, a spa package from Bella Dona, a photography sitting from Neumeyer Studio, jewelry from C.P. McGinty and Lia Sophia, River Campus tickets and many others.

The Standing Ovation concert is the largest fundraiser for the Music Academy, which has provided music lessons to people of all ages in the community since 1985. The concert helps the Music Academy offer scholarships and tuition waivers for financially disadvantaged students. Students typically study for 30 minutes per week and get to showcase their work in area retirement centers, nursing homes, hospitals and other outlets.

Tickets on Sale at the Door.

Concert tickets may be purchased at the door and are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $3 for students. For information about the concert, call (573) 651-2378.