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Guest artists Ellen Elder and Ben McIlwain perform March 2

BOONE—Pianist Ellen Elder and trombonist Ben McIlwain will perform March 2 at 6 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. Admission is free.

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Elder and McIlwain are members of the music faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Their program consists of Richard Peaslee’s “Arrows of Time,” the premier of Charles Ingram’s “Sonatina,” Jacob ter Veldhuis’ “I Was Like Wow,” Allen Bonde’s “Ballad in Blue,” John Stevens’ “Sonata. Trombonist Drew Leslie from Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music will join the musicians for Ken Davies’ “Crossroads.”

Elder is an assistant professor of piano and coordinates the piano accompanying program at Southern Miss. She also is the founder and director of the Southern Miss Piano Institute. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Southern Mississippi.

She is the winner of many competitions and awards for solo performance and teaching, most notably the Ann Arbor Society for the Musical Arts Competition. She was second place winner of the Memphis International Beethoven Sonata Competition and won the Higher Education Appreciation Day/Working for Academic Excellence Award established in 1988 by the Mississippi Legislature to honor faculty who have contributed to the promotion of academic excellence at each of the state’s public and private institutions.

McIlwain holds degrees from Middle Tennessee State University, Manhattan School of Music, and The Florida State University.

An avid supporter of modern music, McIlwain has commissioned and premiered solo trombone works by Chris Burton, Ken Davies, Charles Ingram, Jack Stamp and Daniel Whaley. In 2012, his chamber ensemble, Tromboteam, raised $10,000 through Kickstarter.com and commissioned nine new works for trombone ensemble, which have been recorded and will be released on the group’s first album this year. Upcoming projects include commissioning a concerto for trombone and orchestra by Polina Nazaykinskaya to be premiered in February 2015.