McMurry Music Department to Host Pianist Jacob De Hoyos

  Gary Ellison
  Wednesday, August 26, 2015 10:02 AM
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Abilene, TX

The McMurry University Music Department is pleased to host a special performance by pianist Jacob de Hoyos at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in Ryan Recital Hall.  Mr. de Hoyos resides in New York City, and is completing a doctorate in Piano Performance,

"I have had the pleasure of working the Jacob for four years; he has been my accompanist for the summer Methodist touring choir known as Spirit Wind," said Dr. David Wallis, director of choral activities at McMurry.  “Not only do the kids absolutely adore him, he is deeply appreciated and respected by all of our audiences across the Northwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.  On our return visits to towns where we have performed, folks are always asking for Jacob, and eager to hear his musical offertories.  He has not only proved himself an outstanding and expressive performer, he has proved to be an adaptable and supportive colleague by every measure.  His solo presentations have been a program highlight, and his interpretive work with vocal soloists has been top notch.  In short, the audience will be in for a treat when they take the time to hear this fine artist.”

The free concert is open to the public.

Jacob De Hoyos' biography:

“Charming, cultured and highly musical” pianist Jacob De Hoyos is a native to New Mexico and began his piano studies at the age of 13. In the summer of 2004 he was awarded a scholarship to study at the prestigious Interlochen Summer Arts Program with Dr. Thomas Lymenstull. Shortly after, he began the B.M. in Piano Performance and a certificate in Piano Pedagogy at the Texas Tech University under the tutelage of Dr. Lora Deahl. He was awarded the Browing Biggs Scholarship and a special Seminole scholarship for a talented undergraduate music major. At Texas Tech University, he area of emphasis was collaboration with vocalists; the genre German lieder is particularly close to his heart.

In 2011, he began the M.M. in Piano Performance at Stony Brook University in the piano studio of Tina Dahl. The only Masters level candidate in a field of doctoral candidates, he was awarded both a scholarship and a Teaching Assistantship. Duties associated with De Hoyos’ study have included teaching in a piano studio comprised of undergraduate piano majors and collaborative pianist to the undergraduate instrumentalists and vocalists. In 2013, He began the Doctor of Musical Arts, and is currently working towards finishing his degree.  He continues to teach piano at Stony Brook and has a private piano studio in Manhattan.

De Hoyos has won the Texas Tech University Concerto competition, where-as winner-he performed Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto with the Texas Tech Symphony. In 2006 De Hoyos was a prizewinner of the Texas Music Teachers Association, and he has performed in masterclasses with Nina Lelchuk, Louis Nagel, John Wustman, and Steven Mayer.

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