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Homecoming Concert Pays Tribute to Professor's 30 Years at Doane

The 2007 Homecoming Concert at Doane College includes a tribute to Dianne Ferguson for more than 30 years with the Doane Music Department.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 in Heckman Auditorium, Communications Center.

Ferguson will give a special performance as part of the concert. She selected the first movement of the MacDowell second concerto. Preparations were made, and Lawrence Odom, former arranger for the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., was commissioned.

According to Dr. Jay Gilbert, director of bands, "Ferguson has touched the lives of all music majors as both a teacher of music theory and as an outstanding artist of the piano."

Ferguson, an associate professor of music, has taught piano, music theory, and music appreciation since 1977.  In addition to her annual faculty recitals at Doane, Ferguson performs throughout the state.  She has been a soloist with the Lincoln Symphony, Hastings Symphony, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Orchestra. She is active as a competition adjudicator and professional accompanist. 

She also is a member of PianoFOURte, an ensemble consisting of four pianists who perform two-piano music for four or eight hands.  The ensemble formed at Doane in 1997 and gives concerts noted for impressively synchronized teamwork. 

The concert also includes the talents of four Doane music groups.  Collegiate Chorale and Doane Choir will perform under the direction of Dr. Kurt Runestad. Concert Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform under the direction of Dr. Jay W. Gilbert.