By Margaret McKinney
Six of New Mexico Highlands University’s top music students will perform in the Thomas Mishler Scholarship Recital at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 3 in the Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave.
The March 3 recital is free. However, donations are appreciated and proceeds will benefit the Thomas Mishler Scholarship fund.
The program includes vocal performances of classical and musical favorites, as well as guitar, percussion and euphonium instrumental performances.
Concert pianist and music faculty member Linda King is the piano accompanist for several of the students.
The music students auditioned for the annual scholarship and also wrote an essay.
Daniel Torres is a sophomore music major studying classical guitar with music faculty member and master guitarist Roberto Capocchi. Last summer, Torres was one of only 10 students in the world chosen to train at a Summer Guitar Institute in Tuscany, Italy, called the Voltera Project. He is a two-time Mishler scholarship winner.
Trevontae Harris is a junior vocal performance major who is active in the university’s Madrigal Choir, HU Singers, and Performing Arts Club. The baritone studies voice with Andre Garcia-Nuthmann, the university’s director of choral programs, and Regina Rickless, a retired opera star. He is a two-time Mishler Scholarship winner.
Marcos Sedillois a junior in the instrumental music and music education programs. The versatile horn musician plays tuba, trumpet and euphonium. Sedillo studies with music faculty member Edward Harrington, who directs the university’s Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and band, and Greg Tyrone, a retired music teacher.
Isaac Hidalgo is a sophomore in the instrumental music and music education programs. He studies percussion with Ralph Marquez, adjunct music faculty member, and Harrington. He also studies piano with King. Hidalgo composes original music pieces for percussion and is a two-time Mishler scholarship winner.
Amanda Melendrez is an environmental geology major minoring in vocal performance. The soprano studies voice with Rickless and performs classical arrangements as well as favorites from popular musicals. She soloed recently at the university’s Wearable Arts Show and is a two-time Mishler scholarship winner.
Joseph Rivera is a junior vocal performance major who has soloed in numerous HU Singers concerts as well as Performing Arts Club productions such as Les Miserables and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The tenor is also classically trained and has soloed in several performances at the university.
Brandon Romero is a sophomore vocal performance major who performs often with the HU Singers and the Performing Arts Club. His baritone has been featured in productions such as Phantom of the Opera, and Les Miserables. He is also classically trained and has soloed in several performances at the university.
The scholarship is in honor of the late Thomas Mishler, a gifted young musician who played both trumpet and guitar. His parents, Robert and Ann Mishler, established the scholarship to encourage Highlands University students in their pursuit of music.
The Mishlers are longtime Las Vegas residents. Robert is a retired Highlands University anthropology professor who was named distinguished professor emeritus in 2010. Ann is a piano instructor and accompanist.