October 21, 2014

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - Tammy Kirk, a woodwind instructor at John A. Logan College, will be the featured performer at the annual Fall Faculty Showcase presented by the Humanities Department at Logan on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. in O’Neil Auditorium. 

Herrin resident Rebecca Newburn, who earned a music degree at JALC and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in music theory and composition at SIU, helped organize the show.

“Each semester I reach out to the humanities faculty at Logan to find out who is interested in participating, and I was so pleased when Tammy agreed to do the show,” Newburn said.  “She and a group she plays with had enough material to fill the whole recital.”  

Kirk received her M.M. degree in Piccolo Performance and Pedagogy from Webster University and her B.M. in Flute Performance from DePauw University. She is the co-author of the definitive guide to the piccolo,The Complete Piccolo. She has performed with numerous orchestras and symphonies and played in over 150 opera and musical theater productions throughout the region.  In the showcase, she will be accompanied by pianist Anita Hutton, a former SIU music faculty member.  Kirk will also perform with her woodwind quintet, QuintEssential Winds, and play numbers with former SIU music faculty, guitarist Joe Breznikar and percussionist Mike Hanes. 

“I have performed in the faculty showcases in the past, and I was honored to be offered the opportunity to fill a complete showcase,” Kirk said.  “These shows are very important in raising funds for the Instrumental Music Scholarship fund, and I am pleased to be able to provide support to the effort.” 

Newburn said there is no charge for admission to the show but donations are gladly accepted. 

“This is the only fundraiser we do each semester for the Instrumental Music Scholarship fund at the college,” Newburn said.  “Right now, Logan only offers scholarships to voice and piano students, and there are many students out there studying other instruments.  We are getting very close to being able to offer this new scholarship to an instrumental music student.”  

In addition to the musical performances, JALC art instructors, Drew Tucker and DeSande R, have art exhibits on display in the B Wing Gallery right by O’Neil Auditorium.  A reception hosted by the JALC Choral Ensemble will follow the show.