Northwester State University will host a guest recital Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Magale Recital Hall, with guest Unhi Kim, a pianist from South Korea, NSU cello professor Paul Christopher and violinist Emily Owens, assistant director of the NCHS Orchestra. The program will feature works by Beethoven, Liszt, and Mozart.
Emily Owens began playing violin at the age of four and has studied with several professors over the years. In 2017, she received her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Baylor University. She played in the Baylor Symphony during her time there, as well as with the Waco Symphony, which included featured artists such as Yo-Yo Ma.
Emily recently won the state division of the Music Teachers National Association Young Artists Concerto Competition. In March, she won the Rapides Young Artists Competition in January and soloed with the Rapides Symphony with the first movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. She also was selected as one of the winners of the NSU Concerto Competition and soloed with the NSU symphony in April with Tchaikovsky.
Currently, she is studying for her Master of Music Performance degree with Andrej Kurti and studying for teacher certification at Northwestern State University of Natchitoches, where she serves as concertmistress for the NSU Orchestra. In addition to her studies, Emily works with Syll-Young Olson Natchitoches Central High School as assistant director of orchestra.
Paul Christopher received his Bachelor of Music Education from the New England Conservatory of Music and his Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Memphis.
From 1989 to 2004 he was Principal Cello of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Shreveport Opera, and a member of the Premier String Quartet. Simultaneously, from 1993 to 1999 he also served as Adjunct Lecturer of Low Strings at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. In 2005 Mr. Christopher joined the string faculty at Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSULA) in Natchitoches, where he serves as Associate Professor of Cello and Music Theory. In the summers of 1993-2014 he performed as Assistant Principal Cello with the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon.
Mr. Christopher has appeared as clinician and guest artist throughout Louisiana, as well as, in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panamá, and South Korea. His original articles have been published in American String Teacher, Bass World, The Jacques Offenbach Society Newsletter and Strings.
As a member of the Nashville String Machine, Christopher has recorded with artists such as Faith Hill, Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Springsteen and George Strait. He has recorded the cello duos of Jacques Offenbach, with seven CD’s available on the Human Metronome label. For more information, visit paulchristophercello.com.