Two Montana State University Billings students are giving recitals in Cisel Hall over the next few days. The recitals are free and open to the public.
Chelsea Kenyon, a music and Spanish double major, will present her senior piano recital Friday at 7:30 p.m. A Billings resident, Kenyon began taking piano lessons at the age of 10 from Lynette Tedlund. While still in high school she began taking lessons at MSUB through the University Connections program.
When she became a full-time student she began to study piano with Dorothea Cromley. Kenyon now has an active piano studio of her own. She is involved in music and music groups at her church and at MSUB.
Kenyon, who also participates in university chorus and InterVarsity, will include works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Ibert, Mompou and Debussy in her program.
Brock Boender, a vocal performance major, will present his junior recital Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Raised in Worden, Boender began studying music at the age of 5. He received dual high school and college credit for the coursework he completed through the University Connections program. Brock is a student of Douglas Nagel.
Boender has sung in Billings with the Rimrock Opera Company in “The Crucible” and “Aïda” and served as a cantor at St. Bernard Church for seven years.
He has also been a cantor during mass at St. Patrick Co-Cathedral this year. He sings in the University Choir as well as the Chamber Singers.
Boender’s performance features works sung in six languages by Schubert, Franck, Mozart, Lully and others.