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September 22, 2017

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Faculty Trio Performs Mozart, Brahms

Victoria Heishman 

On Sunday, September 17, 2017, the Faculty Trio, consisting of Pamela Haynes, Robert Lynn and Elizabeth Smith, performed their inaugural concert in the Norman and Grace Wine Recital Hall. The performance featured Haynes playing the piano, Lynn playing the cello, and Smith playing the violin.

The trio of Department of Music faculty members played pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johannes Brahms, both in C major, and each was broken down into a movement. Mozart wrote his movements during a period of time in which his wife was sick, and the money he made through his songs went toward supporting the two. At the end of the performance, many members of the audience stood and applauded.

The local performers each have significant musical backgrounds. Haynes, assistant professor of music, for instance, has received a variety of music degrees from universities such as DePauw University for Music Education, and even studied abroad in Vienna, Austria. Later on she received degrees from Ohio University for Piano Performance, and finally from the University of Kansas for Piano Performance/Pedagogy Literature.

From a very young age, Haynes showed a fondness of the piano. She would find herself making up melodies on her grandmother's piano, an action that eventually led her to take piano lessons. “My first piano teacher actually told my parents to find someone who could teach beyond what they could teach me because I was going to surpass her ability to teach,” Haynes said.

As a lecturer of music, Lynn has degrees in music performance from the William Jewell College, Truman State University and Ball State University. He has played cello in a variety of orchestras throughout the Midwest.

Smith, also a lecturer of music, worked for and received her BA and MA degrees in music from the University of York, in England. She also holds a PGCE in music education from the University of Cambridge. While at York, Smith served as the concertmaster, just as she did in Cambridge.