NSU– The School of Creative and Performing Arts at Northwestern State University will hold the annual McCutcheon Honors Recital on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall Admission is free and open to the public. A reception for the participants will follow the recital.
Each year student winners are chosen from each musical area for having the most outstanding undergraduate Fall jury performance. These students represent the following areas: woodwinds, brass, strings, piano, percussion and voice. Those performing are Ramon Barralaga of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, piano; Lane Clevenger of Bush, trumpet; Valentina Herazo Alvarez of Cartagena, Colombia, voice; Jami Rivers of Bossier City, oboe; William Sprinkle of Arlington, Texas, violin, and Steven Wimberley of Pineville, percussion. Barralaga performed in the 2019 McCutcheon Honors Recital.
The 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.