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Mailman Conducts, Students Perform at Ozark Opera
Dr. Matthew Mailman conducted Mozart's "Così fan Tutte" at Opera in the Ozarks in Eureka Springs. Bass School students selected for the orchestra include violinists Elbereth Suffridge (concertmaster), Corey Melaugh, and Brandon Ford; Aaron Bushong on viola, bassist Karol Kawol and alumna Jennifer Bussum on flute. Vocalist Nicholas Smith was featured in the casts. In addition to "Così fan Tutte," the OCU orchestral musicians performed Puccini’s "La Bohème" and "The Mikado" by Gilbert and Sullivan. Mailman is Oklahoma City University's professor of conducting. He is a music director for the Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company and conductor of OCU’s Wind Philharmonic. In the 13 years since his faculty appointment, he has conducted more than two dozen operas and musicals and has led the Wind Philharmonic in seven world premieres, on six tours, at two Oklahoma Mozart Festivals, and at six convention performances. He hosts a weekly radio program on music for band. "No Strings Attached” is broadcast on 90.1 FM KCSC Edmond-Oklahoma City/ 91.9 KBCW McAlester 10 a.m. Saturdays. The show is also available by web streaming (www.kcscfm.com/listen_now.asp). Mailman has been a conductor with the Guy Fraser Harrison Academy since 1997, and also conducts the Harrison Academy Symphonic Winds. His work has been published in The Instrumentalist and Teaching Music, and he is a research associate and writer for the series "Teaching Music Through Performance in Band." Southern Music publishes his arrangement of Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 2, K. 314 for Harmonie.