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Jacob De Hoyos

Jacob De Hoyos

ARTESIA — Artesia native and accomplished pianist Jacob De Hoyos will return to his hometown Sept. 5 to perform a solo recital at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center.

DeHoyos began his piano studies at age 13 and, in the summer of 2004, was awarded a scholarship to study at the prestigious Interlochen Summer Arts Program with Dr.

Thomas Lymenstull. Shortly after, he began his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with a certificate in Piano Pedagogy at Texas Tech University under the tutelage of Dr. Lora Deahl.

He was awarded the Browing Biggs Scholarship and a special Seminole scholarship for talented undergraduate music majors while at Tech and emphasized in collaborating with vocalists.

DeHoyos was a winner of the TTU Concerto Competition and performed Prokofiev’s third piano concerto the following year with the Texas Tech Symphony. He was also a prizewinner of the Texas Music Teachers Association in 2006.

In 2011, he began his Master of Music in Piano Performance at Stony Brook University in New York in the studio of Tina Dahl. He was awarded both a scholarship and a teaching assistantship.

Part of his duties included a piano studio comprised of undergraduate piano majors and serving as collaborative pianist to the undergraduate instrumentalists and vocalists.

De Hoyos began his Doctor of Musical Arts in 2013 and is currently working toward finishing his degree.

Stating that he holds the lieder genre close to his heart.

De Hoyos has performed in master classes with Nina Lelchuk, Louis Nagel, John Wustman and Steven Mayer.

De Hoyos’ Artesia program will include George Gershwin’s “Do It Again,” “Strike Up the Band” and “I Got Rhythm,”

Frederic Chopin’s “Sonata No.

2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35,”

“Grave – Doppio movimento,”

“Scherzo,” “Marche Funebre”

and “Finale,” Camille Saint- Saens Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 22″ (solo version arranged by Georges Bizet); “Andante Sostenuto,” “Allegro Scherzando” and “Presto.”

The recital is set to begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the OPAC. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at the OPAC box office. For more information on De Hoyos, visit his website, jacobdehoyos.com, and YouTube channel.