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July 21, 2005

ULM Music Professor to Debut Music at Flute Convention

Sandra Lunte, associate professor of music and Biedenharn Endowed Professor in Music, and Elizabeth Richter, professor of music at Ball State University, will present the world premiere of Gary Schocker's "Chimera" for Flute and Harp at the National Flute Convention in San Diego on August 15. The flute and harp duo commissioned the composer to write this special piece and will release a compact disc recording that includes this work.

Lunte recently won an Artist Fellowship in Music from the Louisiana Division of the Arts worth $5,000. Lunte has been on the faculty at ULM for ten years. She has won numerous Artist Mini-Grants from the LDA, and is on the state artist and touring rosters. Lunte has also recorded seven compact discs with the National Flute Choir.

The Louisiana Division of the Arts website states that Artist Fellowships are cash awards in recognition of artistic excellence. They recognize and award the artistic achievements of Louisiana's exceptional individual artists. Fellowship awards are made through a highly competitive process, and are based primarily on artistic excellence. It is the intent of the Division of the Arts to acknowledge distinguished fellows of the highest artistic caliber in each discipline of the arts.

Lunte says, "Gary Schocker is the most published living composer of flute music in the world." His virtuosic flute playing has also brought him great critical acclaim. Schocker has performed throughout the world as a soloist and chamber musician, and performed with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Dallas Symphony. He will present a master class and performance at the University of Louisiana at Monroe in March of 2006.

Elizabeth Richter, professor of harp at Ball State University School of Music, has enjoyed a successful career both as performer and teacher. Formerly principal harpist with the Kansas City Philharmonic and the Kansas City Lyric Opera, she has performed with many other orchestras, including the Indianapolis Symphony and the Chautauqua Symphony, and with such distinguished conductors as Sir Colin Davis, Maurice Abravanel, Gerard Schwarz, and Raymond Leppard.

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