The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 5, 2011

University of culture

Northwestern exposes area students, public to the arts

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ALVA — Concerts, art exhibits, chamber music, theater and more: Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s cultural offerings and outreach enrich the lives of more than just residents of Woods County.

“Our cultural offerings probably affect several thousand people during the course of the year,” said Steve Valencia, associate vice president for university relations. “We think we touch quite a few people throughout northwest Oklahoma.”

Several concerts are scheduled for the current semester. Piano Trio concert featuring the music of Haydn, Mozart and Mendelssohn, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, a performance by Garrett “Big G” Jacobson, President’s Prize Song Competition and a piano recital by Dr. Ling Yu Kan are a few of the cultural offerings on campus this semester.

University Singers and Chorale and concert choir take their music on the road, traveling to Woodward and Alva churches and to high schools throughout the state. Woodward High School Band and the NWOSU Concert Band perform a concert together.

“Our concerts usually draw hundreds of people,” Valencia said.

Then there will be a play, “Potpourri,” and a musical theatre production, “Company” by Stephen Sondheim.

The university also hosts a number of high school competitions and musical performances that draw musicians as young as first grade.

“We do draw quite a few people throughout the state of Oklahoma for our events on our campus,” Valencia said.

Festival of Pianists is a competition for students in grades 1-12. Red Carpet Honor Band is for students in grades 7-12.

High School Speech Invitational allows speech and debate contestants to obtain placement in Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association’s regional speech contest, also held at NWOSU. Likewise, NWOSU is host to the OSSAA regional vocal contest.

“There are a large number of high school students who are exposed to the arts and to Northwestern through those events,” Valencia said.

NWOSU has commissioned two statues, both by Kremlin artist Harold Holden, to place on campus in addition to other artwork already on the Alva campus.

Holden’s Ranger statue was erected in 2007 at the Alva campus and dedicated in 2008 at the Enid campus.

“We’re looking at a third statue for our Woodward campus but have not done that yet,” Valencia said. “It will be another of the Ranger.”