SF Student Piano Recital Features Music from Africa

SF Student Piano Recital Features Music from Africa

October 30, 2017 – Piano students of Santa Fe College Associate Professor of Music and Piano Mitch McKay will perform selections featuring the music of Africa and the African Diaspora in recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in the SF Fine Arts Hall. Admission is free and everyone is invited to attend.

“I started researching African and African-American composers because I realized their work is underrepresented in public concerts, and there’s no better way to demonstrate respect for diversity than making sure our programs are inclusive,” McKay explained. “Every student will play something by a composer from Africa or the African Diaspora. Some students will play pieces by African-American composers and others will play music by Nigerian, Egyptian or Ghanaian composers.”

Ten of McKay’s Santa Fe College students from his applied piano or secondary applied piano classes will perform, as well as five younger students who take private piano lessons. Three of the SF students are majoring in piano and one is a scholarship student. Another of McKay’s students is an adjunct professor at the college.

McKay has a doctorate degree in piano performance from Michigan State University. He has been teaching music theory, music appreciation and piano at Santa Fe College since 2012.

The recital is sponsored by the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Department and SF Student Life.

For more information about the recital, call McKay at 352-395-5144.

For more information about the Santa Fe College Performing Arts programs or the SF Fine Arts Hall, call SF Fine Arts Department Chair Alora Haynes at 352-395-5296.