Glenville, WV – Glenville State College student Nikki English will be performing her senior recital on Friday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium.
English’s primary instrument is the flute, but plays the piccolo as well and will perform on both in her upcoming recital. She will be accompanied by Jack Pringle III on trumpet, Mrs. Anita White on the piano, and the GSC Jazz Combo Rhythm Section including Jacob Lutsy on the drum set, Joshua Brennan on piano, and Leon Hart on bass.
Those attending the recital can expect to hear works by Schubert, Telemann, Schumann, Chopin, and other composers, a piccolo solo based on the 1840’s gold rush, a jazz flute tune, and a piece arranged by GSC Department of Fine Arts Chair, Dr. Jason Barr.
“I would like to mention Dr. Lloyd Bone and Dr. David Lewis for always being encouraging, giving me helpful tips, and for never giving up on me. They both show an undying passion for music that rubs off on their students, and it shows. I would especially like to thank Dr. Jason Barr…he has tapped into my potential as a musician and has believed in my skills as a flutist even when I didn’t believe in myself. He’s the reason for my flute skills today and the reason I’ve stuck to the thing I love most – making music,” she said.
English is a member of Student Support Services and recently accepted an invitation to be a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the honor society for education students. She is also a proud member of the GSC Marching and Concert Bands for five years and served as uniform manager for two of those years.
“Among the community, the Glenville Presbyterian Church has been the biggest supporter of the Fine Arts Department. The band often receives a large turnout for the Annual Band Bash, all football games, concerts, and ensemble concerts. All events from the GSC Fine Arts Department are well received by the Glenville community and we can’t thank them enough,” says English.
She grew up in Harrison County in the small town of Shinnston. She graduated from Lincoln County High School and is the daughter of Mary Neel of Shelby, North Carolina.
Following her senior recital, English plans to focus on her student teaching and is on track to graduate in May 2020. Her overall goal is to become a music teacher and spread her passion for music to students.
English’s senior recital is free to attend and open to the public.