March 15 concert in honor of the work of composer Mauricio Kagel

Professors from three Louisiana universities will perform in a tribute concert to composer Mauricio Kagel on Tuesday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Magale Recital Hall. Attendees include, from left, Northwestern State professor Dr. John Dunn and Paul Christopher, and NSU student Taylor Carrell of Henderson Texas.

Faculty and students from Northwestern State University will join guest artists from Louisiana Tech and the University of Louisiana at Monroe to pay tribute to composer Mauricio Kagel on Tuesday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Magale Recital Hall. Dr. John Dunn will present a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public. University COVID protocols will be in effect. Those present are asked to wear a mask. A livestream of the concert will be available at

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Kagel was an Argentinian-born German composer, filmmaker, teacher and writer. He was renowned for the whimsy, humor and originality of his works, which often blur the distinction between musical performance and theatre, as well as the boundaries between performer and audience.

The performers are NSU student Taylor Carrell of Huntington, Texas, Northwestern State College Paul Christopher and Dr. Oliver Molina, Trevor Davis and Gregory Lyons of Louisiana Tech, Mel Mobley of the University of Louisiana in Monroe.

Born and raised in Huntington, Texas, Carrell is currently a music education student at Northwestern State. He is a member of the Spring 2022 NSU Wind Symphony. Taylor Carrell is currently studying tuba with Dr. Masahito Kuroda.

Christopher received his Bachelor of Music Education from the New England Conservatory of Music and his Masters in Cello Performance from the University of Memphis. In 2005, Christopher joined the string faculty at Northwestern State where he is currently an associate professor of cello and music theory. He has performed as a clinician, judge, and guest artist in the United States and abroad. Christopher’s articles have appeared in American String Teacher, Bass World, the Jacques Offenbach Society Newsletter and Strings. In 2017, he received the Mildred Hart Bailey Research Award in recognition of his outstanding scholarship as a faculty member at NSU.

Davis is assistant professor of single reeds and director of jazz activities at Louisiana Tech. He is a Silverstein artist and is an active clinician, judge and performer. Since moving to Louisiana, he often fills in for the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, and the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. During the summers, he performs clarinet and saxophone for the new music festival New Music on the Bayou.

Dunn is an assistant professor of fine arts at Northwestern State, where he also serves as course instructor for core curriculum fine arts courses. At NSU, he taught fine art inquiry, music history, music for stage and screen, a history of opera, a music seminar, and music studies. disability and several music theory courses. He is currently Chairman of the Faculty Senate and was the faculty sponsor of the NSU Gamers’ Guild. He recently completed his doctorate at Louisiana State University in musicology; her thesis explored the representation of disability in the music of Alfred Hitchcock’s films.

Lyons teaches Applied Percussion, Percussion Sets, Percussion Methods, Secondary Instrumental Methods, and Introduction to Non-Western Music at Louisiana Tech University where he is an associate professor and assistant band director. Recently, he was awarded the James Alvey Smith Endowed Professorship with support funds from the Louisiana Board of Regents. He received the BME from Wheaton College Conservatory, the MM from Central Michigan University and the DMA from Ohio State University.
Mobley was named 2019 Performing Artist of the Year by the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council. As a composer, conductor, performer and advocate for new music, he has performed at many premieres and festivals across the country. As principal percussionist of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra and a frequent performer with the Shreveport, South Arkansas and Rapides Symphonies, Mel also performs with numerous chamber groups including the Implosion Percussion Group, NMB Percussion Group and M2.

Molina is an associate professor of music and assistant band director at Northwestern State. As an active percussion performer, educator, arranger, judge, and clinician, Molina has presented and performed at various State Percussion Day events, PASIC, NCPP, and other conferences and festivals in music. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa under Dr. Dan Moore. Additionally, he is a founding member of the Omojo Percussion Duo and the Ninkasi Percussion Group.

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