PERFORMERS – Fall Concert, “A Song’s Embrace” – November 13, 2022

FEATURED:  Dr. Deborah Caldwell is Director of Instrumental Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at Erskine College in Dew Point, South Carolina. She conducts Sinfonia and Jazz Band in addition to teaching applied trumpet, music theory, and music history courses. In addition to her teaching duties, last year Deborah spent two off-seasons performing with The Kings Brass, a professional sacred brass ensemble, touring both the east and west coasts. Before joining the faculty of Erskine in 2019, she worked as an adjunct instructor at Frostburg State University in Western Maryland.  

A native of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Dr. Caldwell earned her Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Georgia where she studied with Mr. Philip Smith. She also earned degrees from Kansas State University (studying with Dr. Gary Mortenson) and Ouachita Baptist University (studying with Dr. Craig Hamilton). She was a founding member of the Wabash City Brass Quintet in Kansas and enjoyed performing Ernest Bloch’s Proclamation with the KSU Orchestra as a winner of the Concerto Competition. During her schooling, she worked at Interlochen Arts Camp and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and completed band internships in Texas and South Korea.

Along with publishing articles in the International Trumpet Guild Journal, Dr. Caldwell has enjoyed performing and competing in various ensembles and competitions (see Media-Caldwellfor a sampling of her recordings). When she is not doing music-related activities, Dr. Caldwell enjoys photography, jigsaw puzzles, and travel. She has performed in more than seven countries and is grateful for opportunities to bring people together through music.  Dr. Caldwell will be performing the Hummel Trumpet Concerto.

FEATURED:  Christopher Barnett obtained a Bachelors in Music Education before earning a masters in Music Composition at the University of Arkansas. He has performed oboe solos with the UA Symphony Orchestra as well as the UA’s Schola Cantorum. Christopher has also performed with the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, pit orchestras for different musical theaters, the UA Wind Ensemble, the Razorback Marching Band, and was the principal oboist for the Youth Symphony of the Ozarks. Currently, he is a Music Teacher at Northside Elementary in Siloam Springs, and is a regular keyboardist/vocalist at Fellowship Bible Church in Rogers. He has ambitious plans to continue composing beautiful music the rest of his life. This past summer he played tenor sax and sang Saturday in the Park in the Big Band for the July 2nd Patriotic concert.

Christopher has composed an EXCELLENT full orchestral score for a potential documentary film about a colorful desert. His professor and Symphony Orchestra Director at the UA, Dr. Robert Mueller, will be conducting both his showpiece and Dr. Caldwell’s Hummel Concerto with the chamber orchestra. In this concert Christopher will also be playing the piano & oboe with the chamber orchestra, tenor sax in the jazz band, and will be singing with the community choir. Something pretty cool – he will be playing oboe in the chamber orchestra beside his UA oboe professor, Dr. Theresa Delaplain, while her husband, Dr. Mueller, conducts the orchestra. That’s quite exciting!

Cheri Headrick (conductor, vocalist) holds a Masters in Choral Conducting and a Postgraduate Certificate in Vocal Performance from the University of Arkansas. She has conducted Collegiate choirs for 5 years and Middle School chorus for 2 years, has performed as a chorus member and a soloist for the University of Arkansas Schola Cantorum and SONA singers, and in the Summer of ’22 she was the Choral Music Director for Arts One Presents’ (Springdale) production of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Cheri has taught Voice with her private studio for over 10 years, is currently a contemporary Worship Pastor at the Vineyard Church in Springdale, and has two small children with her husband, Robert. In this concert Cheri will be conducting the Siloam Children’s Community Choir and also singing in the Siloam Community Choir.

Rose Jackson Sparrow (Vocalist) has become well-known around Siloam Springs the past 18-years for her beautiful and unique vocal skills in addition to her civic involvement. She grew up in New Orleans and participated in choirs and praise teams all over the city. She has also sung professionally for the gospel group called Joyful!, which is now part of the Jamalar Agency. She sang with this group that traveled around Europe off-and-on for about five-years. Rose has sung in just about all of the past SMF festivals, and is always a crowd favorite. Here’s one of her performances with Grady Nichols and his band, Heaven Help Us All. She is currently employed as a Career Advisor for the NWA Economic Development District in Fayetteville. In this Fall SMF concert, Rose will be singing Gladys Knight and the Pips #1 hit song, Midnight Train, as well as Whitney Houston’s beloved I Look to You. She will also be singing in the Siloam Community Choir.

William Carlos Reyes (classical guitar) studied guitar and music composition at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Since graduation, he has been teaching and performing locally and across the continental US for the past 20 years. He is currently an instrumentalist in four bands and composes music for film.

After completing his bachelor’s degree in classical guitar performance from the University of Arkansas, William Reyes continued his pursuit of music by studying composition under the Emmy award winning composer, Dr. Jim Greeson. During this time, William created and headed the guitar department at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, completed his Master of Music degree, was head of the guitar department at Northeastern State University and taught at the Academy of the Arts as well as the Suzuki Music School of Arkansas.

Aside from being a dedicated music teacher over the past fifteen years, William has also devoted himself to collaborating with several artists and musicians, some of which have led to his performances across the United States and in Mexico. His collaborations with artists and musicians include composing for film, writing and arranging for bands and orchestras as well as performing live and recording. He and his colleagues have also provided educational music workshops throughout the continental U.S.

William performs as a solo artist as well as with several musical ensembles. He often attends master classes given by well-established musicians to further develop his own musical knowledge. He has had the honor of participating in master classes given by notable guitarists such as the Assad brothers, Virginia Luque, Pat Martino, Frank Vignola, Corey Christiansen and Pablo Sainz Villegas.

For more info about William, go to  We are privileged to have him perform a Victor Wooten guitar solo, Mas Amor, in our concert.

Jayme Stabel (pianist) is twenty-three years old and has grown up in Siloam Springs Arkansas. At the age of eight, he began taking violin lessons which transitioned to piano lessons at age ten. Since then, Jayme has gone on to play for church, choirs, and events. One of Jayme’s hobbies is composing musical arrangements primarily for piano and film scores. Jayme currently works as a videographer and editor which is taking him all over the world. Jayme will be duplicating the piano part played by Mickey Mouse in the 1929 Opry House cartoon.

Dr. Robert Mueller (conductor) conducts the University Symphony Orchestra and teaches music composition and music theory. He is Chair of the Composition/Theory Area.

Dr. Mueller grew up in Michigan and attended Northern Michigan University, where he received the Outstanding Pianist Award upon graduation. He has also received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from NMU, and was invited back to be composer-in-residence in the spring of 2004. He earned the Master of Music in Composition degree from Bowling Green State University, where he studied composition with Marilyn Shrude. At Bowling Green, he also did extensive studies in orchestral conducting with Grzegorz Nowak, who is now the Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London. Dr. Mueller received a DMA in Composition at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where his teachers were Joel Hoffman, Allan Sapp, Jonathan Kramer, Frederic Rzewski, and Earle Brown.

Dr. Mueller has twice been composer-in-residence for the Fort Smith Symphony, and his music has been performed nationwide by several orchestra including the Cincinnati, Omaha, Fort Smith, Lansing, Arkansas, and North Arkansas Symphonies. He has received numerous commissions, has been widely published, and has produced a chamber music CD entitled “Time Labyrinths.” A number of music festivals have programmed his music, including the Bowling Green New Music and Art Festival, the Music Festival of Arkansas, the Southwest Contemporary Music Festival, and conferences of the Society of Composers, International Double Reed Society, and College Music Society. He was selected to be composer-in-residence for Missouri State University’s Annual Composition Festival in March 2009. Dr. Mueller has been the recipient of 20 consecutive awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. He has also been awarded an American Music Center grant, an individual artist grant from the Arkansas Arts Council, prizes from the Omaha, Lansing, Jackson and Cincinnati Symphonies, and numerous other awards.

Dr. Mueller performs as Pianist with the Fort Smith Symphony, and is Music Director of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville.

During the summer, Dr. Mueller teaches at the Sequoyah Music Festival and is on the faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Arts Camp. We are deeply honored to have him conduct both the Hummel Trumpet Concerto for Dr. Deborah Caldwell as well as his former student, Christopher Barnett’s, masters thesis composition, The Blue Mesa.

Donna Rollene (Vocalist – Lyric Soprano) was Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop at John Brown University for 10 years and adjunct professor of voice at the University of Arkansas.  She has her Masters in Vocal Performance from the University Of Arkansas, and performed in operas, oratorios, churches and musical theatre productions including Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte,  Verdi’s Falstaff and Puccini’s La Boheme, while working with world-renowned vocal technicians, coaches and conductors.

Numerous awards include 1st Place for an AIMS scholarship provided by the American Friends of Austria and the Austrian Consulate General; Finalist in the Mobil Oil Meistersinger Competition (Austria); 1st Place Award at the GMA of the Rockies Vocal Solo Competition and the Farwell Award (Chicago).  She masterfully performed the famous “Flower Duet” with her daughter, Becky Rollene, at the Siloam Music Festival End of Summer Concert in August, 2012.

Donna has been married for 43 years to Jerry Rollene, past Director of Alumni and Parent Relations (JBU).  They have three daughters, three son in laws and three granddaughters! Family is the best!

Donna will be singing You’ll Never Walk Alone in this concert.

Rayce Coyle is a Berklee-educated audio engineer, record producer, and musician originally from Lonoke, Arkansas. A graduate of the Music Production & Engineering program at Berklee, he has studied under the tutelage of respected engineers and producers such as Matt Ellard, Jonathan Wyner, and Mitch Benoff, as well as noted guitarists Joe Stump, Jon Finn, and Shaun Michaud. He focuses primarily on heavy and progressive music, but has a feel for genres as diverse as contemporary R&B, folk, and delta blues. Rayce is the guitarist of Cathuria, a progressive metal band from central Arkansas. He is also the founder and lead engineer of Windowpane Studios in Siloam Springs on old Hwy 68.

In this concert Rayce will be playing the amazing guitar solo with the Jazz Band on Chicago’s 25 to 6 or 4. He will also be playing bass with the Jazz Band on all their other songs. Last summer he played his own composition entitled No Light Shall Permeate at the Patriotic Concert in the Park.

Paul Smith, Professor Emeritus of the John Brown University Music Department. He holds a Masters in Music degree in Vocal Performance from Wichita State after obtaining his Bachelors from Tabor College, also in Vocal Performance.

Paul has conducted the prestigious Cathedral Choir at JBU for 30-years. He has been featured as a baritone and tenor in various performances with  symphony orchestras in Arkansas, California, Kansas and Indiana.  He also enjoyed a very busy vocal studio at Anderson University before coming to John Brown University some 30-years ago. Many of his students in both universities have gone on to sing in professional vocal positions in various colleges and drama engagements. Many of his wonderful choral students have also gone on to choral positions in junior and high school programs nationally.

In this A Song’s Embrace concert, Paul will be conducting the Siloam Community Choir with the NW Arkansas Chamber Orchestra.