Las Vegas, N.M. – Ten of Highlands University’s top music students will perform in a recital Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Alumni Hall at 905 University Ave.

The program for the Thomas Mishler Scholarship Recital includes a wide variety of musical selections, ranging from Mozart and Chopin to Mendelssohn and Puccini.

Music faculty Andre García-Nuthmann and Linda King will be the piano accompanists.

“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 accomplished performers, and the community is in for a great treat.”

The music students auditioned for the annual scholarship. The recipients who will perform include:

  • Brandi Aragon, mezzo-soprano vocalist
  • Elena Chavez, soprano vocalist
  • Karliz De Marco, soprano vocalist
  • Jaylene García, soprano vocalist
  • Kayla Gonzales, soprano vocalist
  • Daniel Torres, baritone vocalist and guitar
  • Kevin Baca, piano
  • Brian Conklin, piano
  • Jaime García, trumpet
  • Amor Romero, piano

The Feb. 28 recital is free. However, donations are appreciated and 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 named distinguished professor emeritus in 2010. Ann is a piano instructor and accompanist.