Piqua teacher plays with Sinclair symphony

By Belinda Paschal

February 20, 2014

By Belinda M. Paschal


PIQUA — As a musician and music lover for most of her life, clarinet-playing Piqua teacher Beth Fair has played and heard a wide variety of pieces over the years.

On Sunday at 2 p.m., she’ll be playing some of those works with the Sinclair Community College Wind Symphony at the college’s Blair Hall Theatre in Building 2. The concert is free.

“I just love music. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was a little girl, to teach and play music,” said Fair, who has taught for 13 years at Piqua Junior High School and three years at Nicklin Learning Center. “Love of music is something that’s just in me.”

Fair began playing with the Sinclair symphony via a class for music majors and community members. Last year, she was in the college’s concert band. In addition, she plays clarinet with the civic bands in Piqua, Troy, Sidney and Greenville.

In fact, it was through the Piqua Civic Band that she met Kenneth Kohlenberg, who conducts the Sinclair Wind Symphony. Kohlenberg is a regular guest conductor for the Piqua ensemble.

Sunday’s program will include a march called “Old Comrades,” which Fair remembers from her high school days, “Variations on a Korean Folk Song,” and “Trittico,” which she calls, “a standard college band piece” she has played in the past.

“It’s one of those pieces that, when you’re a music major, you should play,” she said. “Like in language arts and reading, there are some books you should read as part of a well-rounded course of education.”

The Wind Symphony will close with Kalinnikov’s “Symphony No. 1 in D Minor ‘Finale.’”

Following the symphony, the Ohio Valley British Brass Band will perform. Formed in 1992, the ensemble is made up of professional musicians, active and retired secondary and college educators, students and laypeople from the Ohio Valley.

Belinda M. Paschal may be reached at (937) 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall.