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SMSU Music Program Welcomes Two New Instructors     (8/14/2019)

The Music Program is proud to announce the addition of two new adjunct instructors to the faculty.  

picture of Ms. Riley CardonaDramatic-coloratura soprano, Riley Cardona, joins the music faculty teaching applied voice lessons.  Ms. Cardona is a native of South Dakota, currently living in Minneapolis.  She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from South Dakota State University and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University.  Professionally, she has performed leading roles with the Sarasota Opera, the Florida Grand Opera, and the Arbor Opera Theatre.  She has also performed as a soloist with many musical organizations around the Twin Cities area.  Ms. Cardona’s singing awards include the Grand Prize in the Franco-American Vocal Academy Grand Concours de Chant, the Winston Scholarship from the National Society of Arts and Letters, the Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Auditions and second prize in the Minneapolis Song Slam Festival. She was also a finalist in the 2015 Houston Grand Opera Studio auditions.


picture of Dr. Scott HoreyDr. Scott Horey also joins the music faculty as the adjunct instructor of percussion.  Dr. Horey earned his Bachelor of Music in percussion performance from the University of Maine and is Master of Musical Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Minnesota.  He is in demand as a solo artist and guest teacher worldwide. Notable engagements as featured artist have included the Marimba2010 International Festival and Conference, the First Annual International Festival of Percussion Ensembles of Costa Rica, the Federal University of Uberlandia International Percussion Festival, the 13th International Percussion Festival Patagonia-Argentina, and the 10th International Percussion Festival of FOJI in Santiago de Chile.  In September he will also present guest artist clinics and recitals at festivals in Bogata, Columbia and in Manaus, Brazil.  Dr. Horey currently serves as the principal percussionist for the Mankato Symphony and has performed with many prestigious, internationally established performers and organizations including the Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ordway Center for Performing Arts, Ohio Light Opera, Cirque de la Symphone on ice, Victor Mendoza, Bob Becker, James Dillon, Libby Larsen, Morton Lauridsen, William Bolcolm, and Michael Daugherty.  He is an endorsed artist for MAPEX drums, VIC FIRTH sticks, SABIAN cymbals, and MAJESTIC percussion.



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