Special to the Bulletin
The Howard Payne University School of Music and Fine Arts will present Dr. Robert C. Smith and Dr. Harold McKinney in a guest artist recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, at First Baptist Church, Brownwood.
The program will include works by Sulek, Tomasi and Brahms, as well as several arrangements of traditional spiritual songs.
Dr. Robert Smith is professor of piano and chair of the piano department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned degrees from the University of Louisville (B.M.), Julliard School of Music (M.S.), and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.M.A.).
A frequent performer of solo and ensemble literature, Smith’s performances have taken him across the United States, to Germany, and to England. Smith has written articles for the “Journal of the European Music Teachers Association” and the “Journal of Creative Motion.” As a reviewer, he has contributed to the “Journal of the American Liszt Society.” He is a frequent clinician in workshops on the subject of “Creative Motion,” a performance technique that makes use of images and movement education.
Dr. Harold McKinney, professor of music at Appalachian State University, teaches trombone, low brass, philosophy of music, and summer institutes in expressive arts. McKinney graduated from Appalachian State and then completed both the M.M. and the D.A. at the University of Northern Colorado. He is a member of the Appalachian Expressive Arts Collective and frequently performs as a soloist, chamber ensemble member, and big band trombonist.
A former member of the Tactical Air Command Band and the Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, McKinney spent the summer of 2003 as a Visiting Professor at The European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland. In January 2006, he taught at the arts center of Kalavrita, Greece. He is recorded with Swiss pianist Paolo Knill on the compact disk “Saas Fee in Appalachian.” McKinney is also a faculty member of the annual Windswept Music Workshop in Liberty, Mo.