Duvall alumni piano recital March 11

Pianist Andre Duvall will present a recital at 5 p.m. March 11 in the Russell Fine Arts recital hall. The performance is part of Henderson State University’s 125th Anniversary Alumni Recital Series and is free and open to the public.

Duvall, a 2007 graduate of Henderson, operates an independent piano studio in Memphis, serves on the music conservatory faculty of Lausanne Collegiate School, is organist/pianist/director of Handbell Ministries at Mullins United Methodist Church, and works as a freelance collaborative and solo performer.

He will perform works by DeBussy, Brahms, Grieg, and Bach. In his performance of Beethoven’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in A major, Op. 69, Duvall will be accompanied by Ethan Young on cello.

Duvall earned his doctor of musical arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a recipient of the Charles Hayes Fellowship where he studied piano and fortepiano with Dr. Andrew Willis. He received the master of music degree with concentrations in piano performance and piano pedagogy from the University Memphis, studying with Joan Gilbert.

In 2007, he earned his bachelor of music degree at Henderson State where he studied piano with Dr. Ann B. Rye and organ with Dr. Kathleen Scheide. While a student at Henderson, Duvall performed as soloist each year at the President’s Concert with members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

He later performed with the University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra as winner of the School of Music’s concerto competition.

Prior to returning to Memphis, Duvall was appointed coordinator of class piano studies at UNC-Greensboro, designing curriculum and training new instructors, and performed as pianist for UNCG’s Schola Cantorum vocal ensemble and the Wind Ensemble, which recorded and premiered several newly commissioned works for the College Band Director’s National Association Convention in 2013.

Duvall has maintained private teaching studios in Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina, and has served as a church musician for numerous locations in the south.

Young is a cellist from Oswego, Illinois, and is active in a variety of orchestral and chamber settings. He has served as principal cellist of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, the Kent Blossom Chamber Orchestra, and the Indiana University Baroque Orchestra.

Henderson is celebrating its 125th anniversary by presenting a performance series showcasing some of the university’s best alumni musical talent. Trumpeter Tom Strait will perform March 31.

For more information about Henderson’s 125th anniversary and special events, go to hsu.edu/125.