Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony to perform Monday

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NATCHITOCHES – The Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra will perform on Monday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Tickets are $15. Northwestern State University, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student I.D.

Dr. Douglas Bakenhus is music director of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony and Juan Pablo Paternina Paez is the graduate assistant conductor. The concert will feature performances of the annual NSU Concerto Competition including soprano Emily Adams of Raceland, José Miguel Bustillo of San Pedro Sula Honduras on marimba, Julio Galvan of Houston on alto saxophone and William Sprinkle of Arlington, Texas, on oboe.

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The program is “March and Procession of Bacchus” from the Ballet “Sylvia” by Leo Delibes/Isaac, “Concertino Da Camera for Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra” by Jacques Ibert featuring Galvan, “Concertino for Oboe and Orchestra” by Bernhard Molique featuring Sprinkle, “Il Bacio (The Kiss)” by Luigi Arditi featuring Adams, “Concerto for Marimba and Strings” by Emmanuel Séjourné featuring Bustillo and “Symphony No. 1 in B flat Major (Spring) Op. 38” by Robert Schumann.

Adams is a junior vocal performance major and has been under the private instruction of Terrie Sanders since 2017. She has also been a member of the Northwestern State Chamber Choir for three years, and has traveled with the Chamber Choir to Poland, Hungary, Austria and Slovakia. Adams has been active in the Northwestern State Opera Theatre for two years and has played Pamina in the Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte,” Gretel in Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” and Zerlina in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” She has been the recipient of the Guillory Scholarship for Vocal Excellence for the last two years.

Bustillo attended the Victoriano Lopez Music School from 2011 to 2015 where he studied music with percussion as his principal instrument. He performed in an orchestra, wind band, choir and percussion ensemble. Bustillo attended the Youth Orchestra of the Americas music camp in Pittsburg, Kansas, where he had the opportunity to participate in master classes and play with the symphony orchestra there under the direction of NSU alumnus Raul Munguía.

He competed as a marimba soloist and in 2014, he won first place in the Wind – Percussion Category for “Las Medallas” competition.  After he graduated in 2016, he continued to study music at Northwestern State. Since the fall of 2016, Bustillo has been a member of the percussion studio and student  of Dr. Oliver Molina and Ken Green.  During his time in NSU, he has been a member of the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band, Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Percussion Ensemble and Steel Band. Bustillo is a senior music performance and music education major.

Galvan began playing the saxophone at the age of 12. He went to North Shore Senior High School where in his senior year, he was placed in the 6A All-State Band. Galvan is a junior music education major and a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He is being taught under the private instruction of Dr. Paul Forsyth. Galvan is the soprano chair for the NOVA Quartet and is the has been principal chair in the NSU Wind Symphony for three years. He participated with the Wind Symphony at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference in Buñol, Spain last summer and at the College Band Directors National Association Regional Conference. After earning his bachelor’s degree, Galvan hopes to earn his masters and doctorate degree.

Sprinkle is a strings and woodwind performer/teacher. His goal in lessons is to provide the most robust and creative ways possible to help every student find their own unique musician from the inside out.  His ability to play multiple instruments at a high level is what makes him such a diverse and flexible teacher.  As an oboe teacher, Sprinkle provides the opportunity for his students to learn reed making and adjustment.  He believes reed making is the corner stone to oboe playing.  Sprinkle first started teaching lessons while still in high school and has been doing so ever since.  While in high school he earned a spot in the all state band three times on the oboe ranking first chair in the 6A symphonic band his senior year.  Sprinkle was featured in the 2018 Basically Beethoven Festival as a “Rising Star” in classical music as stated on WRR 101.1 where he performed the lost second movement of Beethoven’s “Oboe Concerto.”

Sprinkle was principal oboe in the New Texas Symphony Orchestra from 2016 to 2019. He is studying oboe performance at Northwestern State with Leah Forsyth and violin performance under the direction of Dr. Andrej Kurti.  He frequently plays with the Natchitoches-Northwestern and Rapides symphony orchestras and is the owner and CEO of his online oboe reed making business.