Release Date: Oct. 1, 2008
ASU to Honor Music Professor with Recital Hall Dedication
Eldon U. Black, an Angelo State University music professor for more than half a century, will be memorialized with the dedication of a recital hall in his name and a tribute recital by ASU music faculty on Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, 2602 Dena Drive.
The dedication and reception at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9, will honor Black, who served on the music faculty from 1954 until his death in 2005.
The tribute recital will follow at 7:30 p.m. with vocal performances by Dr. Scott Raines and Dr. Christine Buckstead; piano performances by Dr. Eleanor Elkins and ASU alumnus Wade Bray; a trumpet performance by Dr. John Irish; and woodwind performances by Dr. Jeff Womack on bassoon, Dr. Tim Bonenfant on clarinet and Dr. Constance Kelley on flute.
Dr. David Scott, head of ASU’s Art and Music Department, said, “The recital is intended to be a tribute to the fun, light-hearted nature of a great colleague. Eldon was a wonderful teacher and scholar, but above all, he was a great person.”
“He loved music, Angelo State, his colleagues and his students. He shared that love with everyone he met. I am glad that I had a chance to call him friend and colleague, and I am honored that we can dedicate the recital hall to his memory,” Scott said.
Black was a familiar voice in San Angelo with his basso profundo performances at public recitals and concerts through the decades. Black also performed for weddings and funerals when invited by former students and friends he influenced throughout his career.
He joined the San Angelo College faculty after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from North Texas State University and worked at ASU for more than 50 years, except in the mid-1970s when he took a leave of absence to earn a doctorate in music at the University of Texas at Austin.
The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents in December approved naming the recital hall for Black. The naming also acknowledges Black’s endowed scholarship at ASU.