SIUE’s Music Department Holding it’s First Alumni Concert Feb. 28

An award-winning pianist and a celebrated accordion player are among the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alums who will perform in SIUE’s first Alumni Concert on Feb. 28.

Approximately 20 alumni will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Dunham Hall Theater as part of a production by the SIUE Department of Music. The concert is under the direction of music instructor Daniel Smithiger.

Amy Jo Sawyer

Dr. Mark Laverty is an award-wining artist who has performed on the piano in the U.S. and Europe. Laverty, a recipient of the Robert M. Spire Piano Competition, received his master’s in piano and chamber music from SIUE in 1993.

Accomplished accordion player Amy Jo Sawyer is another musical celebrity on the Alumni Concert program. A symphony conductor once called Sawyer “a musical genius who happens to play the accordion.” She graduated from SIUE in 1989 with a master’s in jazz performance.

Other SIUE alumni performers include:

Percussion: Evan Hinds

Violin: Rachel Brown, Judy Ann Dublar Moss

Trumpet: Colin Galvin

Guitar/Jazz: Rick Haydon

Mark Laverty2

Piano: Kris Pineda, Sheila Shahpari

Clarinet: Jamie Keys

Mezzo Soprano: Ruth Mueller

Voice: Emily Ottwein

Saxophone: Larry Smith

Ticket costs are $12 for general admission

and $9 for seniors and those under the age of 18.

SIUE students with identification are free.

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