A faculty recital honoring UW-Fond du Lac’s retiring music professor Patricia Eby will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, in the Prairie Theater, 400 University Dr.
The public is invited to attend this free event which will feature UW Colleges music faculty. UW-Fond du Lac is one of the 13 UW Colleges.
Eby is planning to retire from UW-Fond du Lac at the conclusion of the academic year. She began her tenure at UW-Fond du Lac when she was asked to “fill in” and direct the College Chorus for the 1994-95 academic year.
“Faculty members from the UW Colleges will gather from across the state of Wisconsin to perform in tribute to their colleague,” said Craig Hurst, Chair of the UW Colleges Music Department and Professor of Music at UW-Waukesha. “Performers will include faculty members from campuses as far away as UW-Rock County in Janesville to UW-Marinette and from UW-Barron County in Rice Lake to UW-Waukesha.”
Vocal ensembles under the direction of Eby include the UW-Fond du Lac Chorus; Fond du Lac Chamber Singers, which combines community singers and students; and U-FiDeLity, a vocal jazz ensemble. In addition to serving as director of choral music at the university, she has taught courses in music theory, aural skills, music literature and appreciation, class piano, history of rock and roll, and world music.
Eby was the recipient of a Kaplan award in 2010 and 2011 for significant and innovative service to students, and was recently awarded the first annual Achievement Recognition award by her peers. She received Marquette University’s Service Learning Award in 2011 for U-FiDeLity’s work with seniors in a local assisted living complex. Eby served as UW-Fond du Lac’s associate campus dean from 2004 to 2011.
In addition to her work at the university, Eby is also director of choirs at Holy Family Church in Fond du Lac where she directs the Adult Choir, the Hand Bell Ensemble and the Hispanic Choir. With her colleague and accompanist, Paul Thelen, she has produced and recorded four CDs and has given concert tours on the east coast and Europe.
Eby attended Chicago State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in education and music education, and Kent State University where she completed a master’s degree in music and Ph.D. coursework. Her mentor in choral conducting is Vance George, retired director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus.
For more information about the recital, call (920) 929-1100.