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Provost Lecture Series: A look at the music of Alfreds Feils


Dr. Korre Foster, assistant professor of music, will present “The Choral Music of Alfreds Feils” from 3-4:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13 in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. (Photo contributed)Alfreds Feils is a composer with whom many musicians are not familiar.

Feils, a Latvian choral conductor, composed music that is largely unknown both inside and outside of Latvia. This topic will be the focus of the next session of the Provost Lecture Series at Austin Peay State University.

Dr. Korre Foster, assistant professor of music, will present “The Choral Music of Alfreds Feils” from 3-4:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13 in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. All presentations in the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public.

This past July, Foster traveled to the capital city of Riga to locate library manuscripts of Feils’ music, interview the composer’s daughter and research biographical details of his life.

Foster is in his third year as director of choral activities at APSU. He graduated in 2009 from the University of Miami (Fla.) with a D.M.A. in choral conducting. His primary research interests include the influence of rhetoric in music composition, choral music set to texts of Walt Whitman, and the French Baroque music of Marc-Antoine Charpentier.

Other sessions in the Provost Lecture Series also are planned for the academic year. All sessions are from 3-4:30 p.m. in the MUC, Room 303 (unless noted otherwise) and include the following:

Oct. 20: Susan Bryant, professor of art

Oct. 27: Angelina Fowler, Center of Excellence for Field Biology

Nov. 3: Dr. Dan Frederick, professor of geology and geography

Nov. 10: Dr. Kathrine Flower, assistant professor of sociology

Nov. 17: Darren Michael, associate professor of theater and dance

Dec. 1: Dr. Tim Leszczak, assistant professor of health and human performance

Jan. 12: Dr. Ellen Smyth, instructor of mathematics

Jan. 19: Dr. Ann Silverberg, professor of music

Jan. 26: Dr. Marsha Lyle-Gonga, assistant professor of political science

Feb. 2: Dr. Rebecca Johansen, assistant professor of biology

Feb. 9: Dr. Sergei Markov, associate professor of biology

Feb. 16: Cynthia Marsh, professor of art

Feb. 23: Dr. Christine Mathenge, associate professor of geology

March 1: Dr. Robert Shelton, associate professor of chemistry

March 15, MUC 307: Dr. Allyn Smith, associate professor of physics

March 22: Dr. Sharon Mabry, professor of music

March 29: Dr. Cameron Sutt, assistant professor of history

April 5: Mark DeYoung, assistant professor of art

April 12: Dr. Tim Winters, professor of English

April 19, MUC 103: Dr. Jeffrey Wood, professor of music

The Provost Lecture Series seeks to foster a spirit of intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students. The program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who are recent recipients of provost summer grants, who have been awarded faculty development leaves and who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry during sabbatical leaves.

APSU faculty members with recent research of acclaim also will be given a platform within this series. In addition, other faculty members of local or widespread renown will be invited to lecture within this series.

For more information about the Provost Lecture Series, call Dr. Brian Johnson, assistant vice president of academic affairs at APSU, at (931) 221-7992 or email him at - Melony Shemberger