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Violist to perform at Voertman Hall recital

Violist to perform at Voertman Hall recital

Violist to perform at Voertman Hall recital
October 07
15:23 2013

Mariana Viana / Intern

Well-traveled music education and viola performance junior Anita Dowden will play at the graduate arranging and composition recital of Andy Sperandeo and Michelle Alonso, at 8 p.m. tonight in Voertman Hall.

Admission to the concert is free and the performance will feature most of the one O’clock Lab Band and UNT jazz singers.

“Practicing and mastering an instrument requires a lot of patience,” Dowden said. “But it’s incredibly gratifying to finally nail that hard passage, or feel yourself becoming a better, more mature player and performer.”

Dowden, whose mother is Spanish, has toured with orchestras in France, Spain, Slovakia and Canada. She plans to play in a music festival in Brazil next summer.

Anita said that what motivates her to keep getting better is to think about performing and teaching in the future.

Professor of viola Daphne C. Gerling said she has known Anita for more than two years.

“Anita has the potential to succeed as a violist and a teacher in the field of music,” Gerling said. “She has had some great opportunities in her life, such as to be the Principal Violist for a performance of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Tennessee this summer”.

Since high school, Anita has been awarded outstanding achievement awards for music classes and was invited to join the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.  She has kept her 4.0 GPA for the last 2 years.

“Anita is diligent and meticulous in her practice habits and is always eager to master new skills.  I think in this way, she pushes me to be a better player and a better person,” Master of Music Chris Lettie said. “What I like most about her personality is that she is always smiling. She has a vivacious and fun personality.  She is extremely analytical and focused and hard working which really helps her as a performer.”

Dowden said she began singing when she was 4 years old and studied piano when she was six. She started playing viola when she turned nine at the elementary music conservatory in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain.

Dowden’s father is American, and her family traveled often when she was a child, and eventually relocated to Spain for more than ten years.

Finding time to practice is difficult for Dowden, as she spends much of her time working on other, non-musical school work.

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