The Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice E. Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts at Northwestern State University will present the annual McCutcheon Honors Recital on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the recital.
Each year student winners are chosen from each musical area for the most outstanding fall jury performance. These students represent the areas of woodwinds, brass, strings, piano, percussion and voice.
Those chosen to perform are Oniluz Melendez Carrillo of Natchitoches on flute, Ronald Rodriguez of Cartegena, Colombia, on piano, Addison Pellegrino of Fort Worth, Texas, on marimba, Cesia Corrales of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on viola, Sebastian Alfaro Fontalvo of Cartegena, Colombia, on trumpet and tenor Jenson Wall of Denham Springs.
This recital was established to honor Jim McCutcheon, a retired band teacher, who was active in instrument repair at NSU. McCutcheon wanted to do something to recognize outstanding student performance at Northwestern State and began offering a financial prize to those students selected to perform in the recital. After his death, his wife, Jo Lapeyrouse, chose to continue this tradition and has funded a scholarship in his name.