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Dr. James T. Lindroth was invited to be a Music Performance adjudicator at the Mason Music Invitational Band Contest in Mason, Ohio on October 13, 2018. This event included 20 bands from the Mid States Band Association.

Dr. James T. Lindroth was invited to be a Percussion adjudicator at the La Salle Music Invitational Band Contest in La Salle, Ohio on October 5, 2018. This event included 25 bands in the Mid States Band Association.

Dr. James T. Lindroth was invited to be a Percussion adjudicator at the Colerain Music Invitational in Colerain, Ohio on October 4, 2018. This event included 22 bands from that area.

Dr. James T. Lindroth was invited to adjudicate Percussion at the Oklahoma Solo and Ensemble Festival at Skiatook High School on March 3, 2018.

Dr. Jeffery Wall was invited to clinic and conduct a concert for Bixby Public School's "Boys Night Out" on March 12, 2018.

Dr. Jeffery Wall was invited to present an interest session on the use of social media for choir recruiting and marketing at the Southwestern Division of the American Choral Director's Association in Oklahoma City on March 7, 2018 and reprised it for the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association on July 17, 2018..

Dr. Jeffery Wall was invited to present an interest session titled, "3 Snaps in a Circle: A Method of Recruiting & Marketing Music through Social Media" at the national College Music Society conference in San Antonio, TX on October 26, 2017.

Dr. Jeffery Wall conducts a professional-level chamber choir headquartered in Broken Arrow, OK called Vox Solaris, co-founded summer 2017.

Dr. Jeffery Wall was invited to serve as clinician and conductor for the Dallas Independent School District All-State Choir Camp August 2-5, 2016.

Dr. Jeffery Wall's publication titled, "Intentional and Expressive Conducting: It's all in the Rebound," was selected for print in the March 2015 issue of the Choral Journal.

Dr. Jeffery Wall was invited to served as clinician and conductor for several events, including the Broken Arrow Vocal Music OCDA Audition Prep Workshop on October 25, 2014 and the Broken Arrow Public School's "Men's Night Out" choral concert on October 12, 2015.  In addition he served as the conductor for the Oklahoma Eastern District Honor Choir on October 20, 2015.  

Dr. Jeffery Wall sang with the semi-professional chorus, the Ken Davis Chorale, in San Antonio at the Texas Choral Directors Association conference on July 28, 2014.

Dr. Jeffery Wall was to invited to present an interest session titled, The 3Ms: Metaphor, Movement, and Musicianship" at the Arkansas Music Educators Association convention in Hot Springs, AR on November 7, 2013.

Dr. Ronald Chioldi’s textbook, Keyboard Musicianship, Book 2 will be published in February, 2015 By Stipes Publishing. Along with the other coauthors, he will be a presenter at the national MTNA conference in Las Vegas.

During Fall 2014, Dr. Ronald Chioldi, Professor of Piano, performed solo recitals at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, University of Northern Iowa, and the Stateline Music Foundation Concert Series in Freeport, Illinois. Dr. Chioldi also taught three piano masterclasses and presented two lectures/workshops on his concert tour.

In fall 2014, Dr. Ronald Chioldi performed a collaborative recital to help celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Eastern Michigan’s historic Pease Auditorium.

On November 1, 2014, Dr. James T. Lindroth was invited to adjudicate the Palmetto Ridge Invitational Music Festival in Naples, Florida. He evaluated 20 high school bands in the caption of Music Performance along with providing a clinic for two bands.

Dr. James Lindroth was invited to be an adjudicator at the Lewisburg Music Invitational Band Contest on October 4, 2014. This event included 20 bands from Tennessee and Mississippi high schools. Dr. Lindroth evaluated bands in the caption of Music Performance and gave a private clinic to two Memphis, TN area bands.

Dr. James T. Lindroth was invited to adjudicate a music festival on Oct. 18 in New Orleans. The festival was held at Terrebonne High School in Houma, Louisiana. Dr. Lindroth was assigned to adjudicate Percussion at this festival.

Dr. James T. Lindroth's research paper entitled "Reflective Journals: A Review of the Literature" has been accepted for publication in the music education research journal UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education. Dr. Lindroth's manuscript is currently in press and will be published sometime in 2015.

During the 2014 summer, Dr. James Lindroth served as a music instructor for the Medellin Gran Banda from the country of Columbia. This group toured on the DCI SoundSport circuit performing in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia, and Indiana. The ensemble received Gold Medals and were the 2014 DCI SoundSport Grand Champions.

Dr. James Lindroth was invited on February 13, 2014 to present a master class for all high school percussionists at Union High School.  Topics covered included timpani and multi-percussion technique along with examining musical choices in solo literature.  On February 22, 2014, Dr. Lindroth adjudicated percussion at the Solo and Ensemble Festival at Broken Arrow High School.


Dr. Anne Watson released a new CD, Raretes Romantiques, on the Potenza Music label.  It contains works by female composers from the romantic era.  Visit the Just for Winds website to hear excerpts or purchase the CD.

Dr. Mark Bighley performed the March 3, 2013 Organ Vespers at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New York City. He played the Passacaglia in c minor and the partita "Christ, der du bist der helle Tag" by Johann Sebastian Bach; Sonata VI by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, and Diferencias sobre un tema Extremeño by Miguel del Barco.

Dr. Anne Watson was awarded funding for an NSU Faculty Research Grant for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Her research is over selected works by female composers written for the clarinet during the nineteenth century and will include scholarly editions as well as a professional CD recording.

Dr. James Lindroth, assistant professor of music, and the RiverHawk Marching Band were featured in an article about the growth of the NSU band program in the Tahlequah Daily Press, which may be found here.

Dr. Anne Watson, assistant professor of music, performed at Robert Spring's 25th Anniversary Concert Celebration in Arizona.

Dr. Ronald Chioldi taught at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Michigan), and presented a workshop “Developing Sound Technique in Intermediate Piano Students” at the Arkansas State Music Teachers state conference. Currently he is coauthoring  the 6th edition of the popular group-piano textbook, Keyboard Fundamentals, published by Stipes.

Dr. Mark Bighley
, professor of music and chair of the Department of Performing Arts, was granted the "Faithful Servant Award" of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. He received the honor July 25, 2011 in Seattle at the ALCM's 13th biennial conference. Bighley was a founding member of the ALCM, chaired its constitution committee, chaired a national convention committee in 1989, was the first national vice president from 1985-89 and edited the journal CrossAccent from 2003-11.

Dr. Anne Watson received the university-wide Model the Way award in August 2011, an annual award given to two faculty and two staff for their contributions to the university. She also performed as principal clarinet with Light Opera Oklahoma during Summer 2011.

Dr. Mark Bighley published the article "Martin Schalling's 'Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart'" in CrossAccent, the Journal of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (2011, XIX/1, 34-47). In addition, he performed faculty organ recitals in Tulsa and Tahlequah. He also performed a recital at the First Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City.

Over Spring Break, Dr. Anne Watson, founding Ironwood Trio member, was involved in a tour of universities in both Arkansas and Missouri. With the other two Trio members, she performed in recitals and gave masterclasses at each university.