The Schuppener Family will perform a farewell performance at Fain Presbyterian Church, 2201 Speedway across from the Forum on Sunday, May 3rd at 10:45 a.m. Parking is available at the church on Speedway and Martin and in the Forum parking lot. This performance is free and open to the public and will be part of a special music service.
Dr. James (Jamie) Schuppener, DMA, will retire in this year as Professor of Music in the Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts at MSU, where he directs the Midwestern Singers and the Oratorio Chorus. He has been the choir director at Fain Presbyterian for six years. He revitalized the choir, which grew to 20 members during his tenure, and the quality and depth of the choir’s performances improved dramatically under his baton.
Dr. Schuppner will sing three songs at the service. Other members of the Schuppener family who will play include his wife Louise, who teaches string instruments for WFISD, and is a gifted pianist. His son, Mark, has a DMA from the University of Michigan, was on the faculty of UT El Paso, and now teaches at Westminster Christian School in Coral Gables, FL. As a concert violinist, he has performed in the US, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, and Slovakia. Mark’s wife, Stephanie Song, and Jamie and Louise’s daughter, Laura Kvamme, are also concert violinists.
Also performing are three MSU students who have received Fain Choir Scholarships over the past two years, Tanaka Madyara (tenor vocalist), Emily Clements (soprano vocalist), and Alejandro Ochoa (pianist).
Dr. Schuppner grew up in Minnesota and received his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Arizona. Before coming to MSU in 2003, he was on the faculty teaching choral music at a number of schools. Upon retirement, the senior Schuppeners will move to the Upper Midwest.