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August 16, 2007

ULM’s Sandra Lunte continues stellar year with release of flute and harp CD

Sandra Lunte, associate professor of music (flute) at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, continues her outstanding professional career with the release of her new music compact disc, “Montage—Four Centuries of Music for Flute and Harp.”

The CD, released on the Centaur Records label, is a collaborative project with harpist Elizabeth Richter, professor of harp at Ball State University. The duo previously gave the world premiere of Gary Schocker’s “Chimera,” a piece they commissioned, at a 2005 convention in San Diego. The premiere recording of the piece may be heard on the CD.

Lunte and ULM’s Richard Seiler, associate professor of music (piano), performed a full program of American music at the prestigious Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in January. They were both awarded “Artist of the Year” (as a duo) by the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council in February 2007.

Future performances with Seiler include a faculty recital Monday, Nov. 5 in the Bidenharn Recital Hall. “We are an established duo and great friends, and we have performed often together for ten years.”

She was the ULM Emy-Lou Biedenharn Endowed Professor in Music from 2003-2006 and the recipient of a 2005 Artist Fellowship granted by the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Lunte has performed and adjudicated at many state, regional and national flute conventions.

She has been heard twice on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and has recorded seven compact discs with the National Flute Choir. She has received numerous Louisiana Division of the Arts artist mini-grants, and her flute, voice and piano trio was awarded a $20,000 Challenge America Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, through the Louisiana Division of the Arts.

Lunte is listed on the Louisiana Artist Roster and serves as principal flute of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra. Her teachers have included Katherine Borst Jones, Paul Boyer and James Pellerite.

In order to immediately purchase “Montage—Four Centuries of Music for Flute and Harp,” contact Lunte at (318) 342-1578. Centaur Records’ formal release of the CD will occur later in the fall and will then be available from their Web site:

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