HILLSBORO, Kan. – Jen Stephenson and J. Bradley Baker, members of the Tabor College music department, will be presenting a faculty recital February 21 in the Tabor College Chapel-Auditorium at 4:00 p.m.
“Many of the pieces are thematically related to moonlight, including Claude Debussy’s beloved piano work, Clair de Lune, and Robert Schumann’s enchanting art song, Mondnacht,” said Stephenson. “Our hope is that the audience is moved and blessed by the music we have chosen.”
Stephenson, from Wilbraham, Mass., is in her first year at Tabor as Assistant Professor of Music. Her course load includes Music Theory, studio voice, and direction of the women’s chorus Concerto Bella Voce. Stephenson has performed internationally with France’s Opera du Perigord and Les Chanteurs de Saint Eustache, and Austria’s Classical Music Festival, as well as in the United States with New Century Opera.
Baker, a pianist originally from Henderson, Tex., holds degrees from North Dakota State University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the University of Alabama. Baker is currently the principal pianist with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Hot Springs Music Festival, and Wichita Grand Opera. He is the director of the Tabor College Preparatory School and was recently appointed the Education Coordinator and Head Coach for the Wichita Grand Opera.
“As an active performer, I have opportunities to perform in a number of different settings, but I feel especially lucky any time I get to perform with Jen,” said Baker. “Her hard work and dedication to musical artistry serve as an inspiration to both me and her students. We are grateful to present this recital as an example of the principles we strive to communicate to our students.”
“We are fortunate that Tabor College has faculty members who are not only excellent teachers, but also recognized performers,” said Music Department Chair Brad Vogel. “Ms. Stephenson and Dr. Baker are experienced performers, are wonderful role models for our students, and provide another realm of professional musical performance to our community.”