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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212
Cell: (417) 365-2727
Email: vcoleman@cofo.edu

March 02, 2017

College of the Ozarks to host musical group Fuse Trio

Fuse Trio

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — On Tuesday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. the musical group Fuse Trio will perform in the Gittinger Music Building Newman Recital Hall at College of the Ozarks. The trio is made of accomplished musicians, including Dr. Matthew Sintchak, saxophonist; David Gould, clarinetist; and College of the Ozarks assistant professor of music, Dr. Clara Christian, as pianist.

The complimentary recital is open to the public. Seating is limited, available on a first come, first-served basis. 

The Fuse Trio formed in 2014 with the purpose of commissioning/premiering cross-over works for saxophone, clarinet, and piano. The group made its debut at the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2015, Fuse premiered pieces at the 17th World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France.

“I am thrilled to be able to welcome on campus and collaborate with two outstanding musicians, David Gould and Matthew Sintchak,” said Christian. “We will be performing an exciting program that blends jazz and classical styles and includes Astor Piazzolla’s ‘Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.’”


  • Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires), by Astor Piazzolla
  • Duo Sonata, by Gregory Wanamaker
  • With Love for Jill, by Phil Woods
  • Upon finding absence, by Christian Ellenwood

More about the artists of Fuse Trio

Dr. Matthew Sintchak, professor of music at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is the saxophonist. He performs regularly with the Ancia Saxophone Quartet, the Sonict Duo, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Sintchak studied at the Eastman School of Music (D.M.A., M.M., Performer’s Certificate), the Paris Conservatory, and the New England Conservatory (B.M.). He is a Conn-Selmer and Vandoren artist and has recorded for the Naxos, Innova, Albany, University of Iowa Composers’ and Zimbel labels.

David Gould, a graduate of Julliard School in New York City, is the clarinetist. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the New Jersey Symphony. Since 2000, he has been the bass clarinetist with the American Ballet Theater Orchestra in New York City. He has played with Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, David Robertson, Gerard Schwartz, Leonard Slatkin, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the iO String Quartet, Nancy Allen, Philippe Cuper, and Carol Wincenc. Gould is the artistic advisor, artist relations manager, and product specialist for Vandoren in America with DANSR inc.

Dr. Clara Christian, assistant professor of music at College of the Ozarks, is the pianist. She received a D.M.A. from Northwestern University studying with Alan Chow, an M.M. from the Peabody Institute, and a B.M. from Wheaton College. Christian has served on the faculties of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Northwestern University's Music Academy and remains active as a soloist, adjudicator, and collaborative artist.

For additional information, contact the Music Department at (417) 690-2244.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a Christian, liberal arts college located on a 1,000-acre campus in Point Lookout, Missouri. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including being named the #1 Best Value College in the Midwest for 2015 by “U.S. News & World Report.”

The Keeter Center — the College’s upscale lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked the No. 1 Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2016. It features fine dining, historic lodging, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on the College of the Ozarks campus.

To achieve its vision, College of the Ozarks pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, begun in fall 2012 for high school students, and the S. Truett Cathy Lower School, opened in fall 2014 to K-sixth grade students. Seventh and eighth grades were added in fall 2015, completing the K-college model. For information, call the public relations office at (417) 690-2212 or visit www.cofo.edu. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


03.02.17 – Kyle Duncan 


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