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April 18, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Steele to conduct last flute concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Stacey Steele, 26-year assistant professor of music at Slippery Rock University, will conduct one last flute concert before hanging up her baton in retirement when the SRU Flute Choir performs at 7:30 p.m., April 22.

The concert is in Swope Music Hall.

Steele, who joined the SRU faculty in 1988, retires in May.

The concert will include SRU flute students along with other guest flutists and SRU alumni.

Joining the concert will be Kathleen Melago, SRU assistant professor of music, who will perform with the flute choir; Stephen Barr, SRU assistant professor of music, who will direct his own composition titled "If You Pass Your Night"; and Christopher Scott, SRU assistant professor of music, who will read a poetry selection by Rumi, the mystic Persian poet who inspired Barr's composition.

Also joining the program will be SRU alumni flutists and professional flute friends from the western Pennsylvania region who will join the choir in presenting Ralph Manuel's "Alleluia."

The concert will conclude in what has become an SRU Flute Choir tradition of playing a collection of Irish songs.

In addition to campus concerts, the SRU Flute Choir has performed for a myriad of regional, state and national events, including last August's concert at the National Flute Association Convention in New Orleans, all under Steele's direction.

Suggested admission is $5 for the general public: $3, SRU students.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.