February 17, 2020
Las Vegas, N.M. – Six of New Mexico Highlands University’s top music students will perform in a free recital Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave.
The program for the Thomas Mishler Scholarship Recital includes a wide variety of musical selections, ranging from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Sebastian Bach to Giacomo Puccini and Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Department of Music faculty member Andre García-Nuthmann will be the piano accompanist for the vocalists. He also directs the vocal program at Highlands.
“Our music students really benefit from this scholarship recital opportunity because it helps them grow as artists and musicians,” García-Nuthmann said. “They are all experienced performers. The community is in for a musical treat.”
The music students auditioned for the annual scholarship. The recipients who will perform Feb. 23 include:
- Dominique Gallegos – vocal performance soprano senior and violinist
- Oksana Herrera – vocal performance soprano senior
- Martin Neddo-Roaque – music production junior and tenor vocalist
- Chris Soveranez – music technology junior and tenor vocalist
- Mighty Williams – music technology junior and pianist
- Chantel Mullen – music program sophomore and soprano vocalist
The Feb. 23 music recital is free. However, donations are appreciated. Proceeds will benefit the Thomas Mishler Scholarship fund.
The scholarship is in honor of the late Thomas Mishler, a gifted 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.
“This recital is always a wonderful celebration in memory of Thomas Mishler,” García-Nuthmann said.
The Mishlers are longtime Las Vegas residents. Robert is a retired Highlands University anthropology professor who was first named distinguished Professor Emeritus in 2010. Ann is a piano instructor and accompanist.