College to host concert by noted musician, conductor

01.21.2014 | By

Rob Vanya, January 22, 2014

San Jacinto College will host a concert and master class featuring Sam Houston State University (SHSU) music professor Brooks Hafey, a skilled musician and conductor who has performed internationally.

The concert is free and open to the public, and will be performed on Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m., at the Dr. Monte Blue Music Building, located on the San Jacinto College Central Campus, 8060 Spencer Hwy., in Pasadena. Movements in the concert will include “Improvisations” by Francis Poulenc, “Images I” by Claude Debussy, and “Sonata No. 1, Op. 22” by Alberto Ginastera.

Hafey is noted for his skill as a chamber musician, collaborative artist, and conductor. In July of 2008, he made his opera-conducting debut in Novafeltria, Italy, with Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. He has since continued conducting work with small ensembles and a choir. In July 2013, he conducted Suor Angelica in Rimini, Italy. He served as piano coordinator and production manager at La Musica Lirica, a summer festival in the Apennine Mountains of Italy.

Hafey’s wide-ranging repertoire includes works of early masters such as Rameau and Couperin to works of today’s composers. He studied at the Conservatoire Municipale de Mennecy under Juan Davila. He holds a bachelor’s in piano performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a master’s in music from Florida State University. He currently serves as visiting assistant professor of keyboard studies at SHSU.

On the day of the concert at 2:30 p.m., Hafey will hold a master class for San Jacinto College piano students. During the class, students will perform selections and Hafey will provide guidance and instructions.

San Jacinto College offers music degrees and courses, as well as private music lessons at all three campuses. For more information, please visit


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Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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