Calvary University Music Department invites you to an evening of piano music with Scott Carrell as he performs in a Guest Piano Recital on Saturday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Liberty Chapel.  This is a FREE event, so invite your friends and come out for an evening of beautiful music.

What is the difference between a recital and a concert, you ask?  A concert is a musical performance given typically by several performers or of several separate compositions, but a recital is a more intimate program of music by a solo instrumentalist, singer or a small group.

Mr. Carrell comes with a wonderful variety of experiences as you will see in his resume below.

“Pianist SCOTT CARRELL has captivated audiences in the U.S., Europe and China with his virtuosic flair, expressive playing and informative comments, by presenting innovative programs of both classical and jazz works, including discussion of the works and the composers.

A native of Texas, Carrell has performed numerous recitals as soloist and as collaborator, including concerto appearances with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra, the Southwestern University Orchestra, the Plainview Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra, the Little Rock Wind Symphony, and twice with the Harding University Community Orchestra.  An active chamber musician, he co-founded the Searcy Chamber Music Series and has performed in many of its concerts.  He has also performed in recital and small ensembles in Florence, Italy, and Mainz, Germany.  In 2014, he was invited to Guangzhou, China, to perform a concert, to give lectures, and to teach piano students in masterclasses.

Receiving degrees from Southwestern University, the University of Illinois, and the D.M.A. from the University of North Texas, he studied with internationally-known artists Drusilla Huffmaster, Ian Hobson, and Vladimir Viardo and participated in master classes with Abbey Simon, Gail Delente,and Dominique Merlet.  The French Piano Institute awarded him a prize for the best performance of a work by Henri Dutilleux at the 1996 FPI Festival in Paris, France.  He was twice honored with the Teacher Achievement Award from Harding University, for the 2003-2004 and 2012-2013 academic years.

In 2005, his compact disc “Crossings” was released, including the world premiere recording of the title work, an original composition based on a painting by an Arkansas artist.  The disc “Ragtime Memories” was released in 2007.  Other recent premieres of original works include a Suite for Brass Quintet (2011), Dance for Oboe and Piano (2011), and Conversation (2015) for double-reed trio.  Carrell is currently recording a disc of piano works by the French composer Noël Gallon.

An active member of the Arkansas State Music Teachers, he has presented sessions at both regional and state conferences and served as the state coordinator for the student composition competition; he began serving as the MTNA South Central Division coordinator in 2004.  His  judging activities include students at all levels, from local festivals to national competitions.  Currently teaching piano, piano related courses, and music theory at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, Carrell is in demand as a soloist, collaborative artist, teacher and adjudicator.”

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