Trombonist Michael Raley and pianist Starla Hibler will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Ataloa Theatre in East Central University’s Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.
Hibler is a professor of music at ECU. Raley is an assistant professor of medieval and world history at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. where he performs regularly with the Wake Forest University Wind Ensemble and other local musical organizations.
They will perform works by Davison, Vaughan Williams, Saint-Saëns, Beethoven and Larsson and will be joined by the ECU Low Brass Ensemble, directed by Frank Zugelder, in an arrangement of a well-known spiritual.
Raley and Hibler also will perform at Wake Forest University on Nov. 20.
The free concert is sponsored by the ECU Music Department and the ECU Piano Concert Series.
Raley performed in Carnegie Hall as a high school student with the American Youth Performs Orchestra. He attended Indiana University and later played first trombone with the Chicago Civic Orchestra and Indiana University’s Philharmonic Orchestra before studying at the Institute for Advanced Musical Studies in Montreux, Switzerland.
He performed several years in Germany in the orchestra of the Landestheater Schlewig-Holstein in Flensburg and the Lower Rhine Symphony Orchestra of Krefeld–Mönchengladbach.
Later he completed a bachelor of music degree at Belmont University in Nashville. During nine seasons as a trombonist with the Louisville Orchestra he earned a master of music degree in trombone performance at the University of Louisville, where he also won the university’s concerto competition, and a doctor of musical arts degree in musicology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, where he was awarded the Performer’s Certificate.
While completing his doctoral studies in medieval and early modern European and church history at the University of Chicago in 2007, he taught in the History Department of Northeastern Illinois University for nine years.
He has been at Wake Forest University since 2008.
Hibler has taught at ECU since 1991. She holds doctor of musical arts and master of music degrees in piano performance from the University of North Texas where she studied with Joseph Banowetz.
She received a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from Illinois Wesleyan University and has studied at the Vienna Conservatory in Vienna, Austria. She is active nationally as a soloist, accompanist and chamber music performer.
As an active member of Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, College Music Society and Oklahoma Federation of Music Clubs, Hibler serves regularly as a clinician and adjudicator. She was recognized as the 2009 Teacher of the Year by the Oklahoma Federation of Music Clubs. In 2001 she was honored as the “Outstanding Adan in the Arts” by the Ada Arts Council.
During the summers of 2005 - 2008, Hibler served on the piano faculty of Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony’s Piano and String Camp in Eureka Springs, Ark. In 2009 she became the camp’s artist in residence.
She also serves as organist/choirmaster for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Ada.