Phi Kappa Phi to host benefit concert

Cameron University Professor of Music Dr. Hyunsoon Whang and guest pianist Susan Snyder will be featured in a concert sponsored by Chi Eta Sigma, the Cameron chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. The concert will take place on Monday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall. The concert program will include selections by various French composers, Ravel, Faure, Poulenc and Saint-Saëns, in solo and four-hand piano music. General admission seating is $15 and includes a reception hosted by PKP. Proceeds will go toward supplementing student membership dues next spring. Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets early due to limited seating.

Snyder and Whang met at the North Carolina School of the Arts as aspiring teenage pianists more than three decades ago.

Susan Snyder, a staff accompanist at the world-renowned Interlochen Arts Academy since 1992, is widely sought after as a collaborative pianist. As a solo pianist, she has performed concerts with the Jackson (Tennessee) Orchestra, the orchestra of the North Carolina School of the Arts, and the orchestra of the University of Memphis. As a chamber musician, she has appeared three times as a guest artist of the Memphis Chamber Society Series and has spent five summers as a pianist for Charles Castleman's Quartet Program. She studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Mannes College of Music in New York, the University of Memphis and Florida State University. 

Hyunsoon Whang has performed as a soloist and a chamber musician across North America, Europe, Japan and in her native Korea, appearing in more than 500 concerts. Equally passionate as a pedagogue, she has been teaching at Cameron University since 1993 and holds the McMahon Endowed Chair in Music. She currently serves as Cameron Phi Kappa Phi chapter president. Whang was inducted into the CUAA Faculty Hall of Fame in 2004 and received the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award in 2010. She studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the St. Louis Conservatory, The Juilliard School, and Indiana University.

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Cameron University Chi Eta Sigma chapter received “Chapter of Merit” recognition in October.  

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November 17, 2011

PR# 11-213