Guest artist recital is September 5 at Adams State


ALAMOSA – The Adams State University Department of Music presents a Guest Artist Recital with Dr. Jeffrey O’Flynn, clarinet, and Doug Smith, marimba and voice, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, in Leon Memorial Hall. The concert will include works by Rufus Wainwright, John Mayer, Philip Rothman, Paul Harvey, and Libby Larsen. 

Clarinetist Jeffrey O’Flynn serves as assistant professor of clarinet at Utah Valley University where he directs the clarinet studio and coordinates the woodwind area. He performs as the principal clarinetist of the Queen City Opera, and as clarinetist in UVU’s faculty ensembles including the Alpine Chamber Winds and the Alpine Trio.

He appeared with the Cincinnati Symphony, the Cincinnati Opera, the Richmond Symphony, the Wichita Symphony, and many other ensembles. O’Flynn played with both the UVU Wind Symphony and the UVU Orchestra as concerto soloist. His performance schedule has taken him across the US, as well as abroad to places like Belgium, Brazil, Mexico, and Spain.

A dedicated teacher and lecturer, O’Flynn’s recent masterclass presentations include Wright State University, the University of Texas at Arlington, and at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México’s Clarinet Workshop where he was the featured guest artist.

He has presented clinics at the Utah Clarinet Festival and for ÓNIX Ensamble’s (Mexico City, Mexico) Seminar of Contemporary Music.

O’Flynn holds degrees from Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, Florida State University, and Wichita State University. His major mentors include Ixi Chen, Ronald Aufmann, Frank Kowalsky, and Suzanne Tirk.

Smith is associate professor and percussion area coordinator at Utah Valley University and a freelance musician in Salt Lake City with groups like the Utah Symphony, Utah Opera, and Ballet West. He is an avid commissioner of works for marimba and voice—a developing medium of solo performance he has been exploring since 2003. A few highlights of past experiences include performing as Principal Timpanist with the Tucson Symphony for five seasons and earning the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona under the direction of Norm Weinberg and Gary Cook.

Prior to Tucson, Smith taught at the St. Louis Symphony Community Music School for three years while maintaining an active freelance schedule with the St. Louis Symphony and other professional ensembles. Before St. Louis, he completed the Master of Music degree at Rice University under the direction of Richard Brown. While in Houston, Smith also recorded the Bartók Sonata with Mr. Brown and the Clinton-Narboni piano duo. He also performed as an extra percussionist with the Houston Symphony and as soloist after winning their annual concerto competition. The Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees were earned at University of Central Missouri where Smith studied with Michael Sekelsky and, as a high school student, Carol Helble.

Admission is free to Friends of Music and members of Associated Students and Faculty; $1 for all other students and seniors; and $5 for general audiences. This event is a part of the department’s ETHOS Project and features programming by underrepresented composers.

For more information contact the Adams State Music Office at 719-587-7621.