SEARK Master Musician


The Southeast Arkansas Concert Association recently sponsored a Master Musician Class at the University of Arkansas Fine Arts Center where Baritone Woodrow Bynum and Pianist Ryan Reilly worked with youth and young adults to fine tune their skills. The participants represented several counties in the Southeast Arkansas area and performed a mix of music from classical to pop.

The Southeast Arkansas Concert Association is committed to bringing the arts to children and adults and to promote interest and enjoyment in the performing arts and inspire the general public by providing opportunities for the performers and the audience to share an artistic experience. During the master musician class, the participants were able to play the piano or sing for the audience and the professional musicians. Feedback was then provided by Bynum and Reilly. The feedback provided them with both encouragement and new techniques to employ in their musical pursuits.

Those participating in the master musician class were Raymond Carmine of Monticello, Jonathan Cruz from Warren, John Gladden from Monticello, Reid Mansur of Crossett, Dylan Miles from McGehee, and Ben Sommervell from McGehee.

The Southeast Arkansas Concert Association has six events scheduled for the 2014 – 2015 season. The National Federation of Music Young Artist Winner, pianist Olga Krayterman, will perform in the UAM Fine Arts Center on Thursday, September 11 at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, September 23, a Jeans & Jazz Fundraiser and membership event will be held at the Trotter House on Main Street at 6:30 p.m. This event will feature a dinner, auction, and live music with the UAM Jazz Band.

Ballet Arkansas will return on Thursday, October 16 at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center. Area singers will join Dr. Kent Skinner, the UAM Concert Choir, the Arkansas Choral Society, and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra to celebrate by singing The Messiah.

After the holiday season, the association will hold auditions for a musical performance of Beauty and the Beast which will be performed February 19–21, 2015.

The season will conclude on March 22, 2015 at 3 p.m. with the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra.

For more information on Southeast Arkansas Concert Association, please visit our website at or call the UAM Music Department at 870-460-1060. Season tickets are available now.