Recital Series

The Gordon State College Recital Series features professional artists from the surrounding communities and across the country. The performers will often meet with Gordon music majors before and/or after the performance to answer questions, sign autographs, or to present a master class.
All recitals are held in the Gordon State College Fine Arts Auditorium at 6:30 PM.
The public is invited to attend.
Admission: Adults-$10, Seniors-$7, Youth-$5, Students-$5 with ID
Gordon Students, Current Employees, and Retirees: $5 with ID.

2019-2020 Season

  • ASHU, Saxophone - September 26, 2019

    • Ashu has established an extraordinary ability to communicate with audiences through his charismatic and emotive performance style, and is one of today’s most engaging and distinctive young artists. He has developed a trailblazing career as the first and only full-time concert saxophone soloist. While his virtuosity thrills listeners, his artistry reaches far beyond this demonstrating a unique personality and musical voice. He has repeatedly defied conventions by winning major international awards traditionally won by singers, pianists and violinists. Critics have described him as “just as much fun to watch as to listen to” (Chicago Tribune) and “ready to cultivate the masses” (Washington Post).

      Ashu was born and raised in California and began playing the saxophone at age 10. After just a few years, he began entering competitions and found himself receiving a wide range of opportunities, including his very first recital, which took place at Carnegie Hall. Since then, solo performances have taken him throughout the world.

      Recently, Ashu was selected as the winner of the prestigious “Audience Award” at the renowned International Musical Olympus Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, competing against the First Prize winners of the world’s foremost string, piano and voice competitions. The festival’s honorary committee included Yo-Yo Ma, Daniel Barenboim, Valery Gergiev, and Yuri Temirkanov. As a result, Ashu has been invited to perform concertos and recitals next year in a number of the most revered concerts halls worldwide.


  • JUSTIN CARTERET, Vocalist - December 3, 2019

    • Justin Xavier Carteret is a Lecturer in Music at Gordon State College and Director of Choral Music.  A native of Hope Mills, North Carolina.  He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting with a doctoral minor in vocal performance and another doctoral minor in music theory from the University of South Carolina School of Music in Columbia, SC, in 2016. He has a Bachelor degree in music performance in voice and piano with a concentration in music theory, Bachelor of Science in psychology, and a Master's degree in music education with an emphasis in secondary choral methods and voice performance. He also spent post undergraduate semesters studying at the Universita per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy, and the Universität of Ludwigsburg, Germany in 2006 where he continued advanced study in voice, piano, choir, language and diction. Upon returning to the USA he built and headed the choral and AP music theory program for three years at Gray's Creek High School in Cumberland County, North Carolina, where he and his course received the AP College Board's seal of certification.

       Prior to joining Gordon State College in 2018, his most recent conducting performances include preparing and co-conducting the USC Concert Choir, University Chorus, and Graduate Vocal Ensemble for the Defiant Requiem performance with world-renowned conductor Murray Sidlin, conductor of the Catholic University of America's Symphony Orchestra. Other notable works he has conducted include Corigliano's Fern Hill, Haydn's St. Theresa Mass, and Verdi's Requiem with the highly auditioned USC School of Music Concert Choir; Duruflé's Requiem and Mozart's Regina Coeli in B-flat Major with the USC Graduate Vocal Ensemble; and Orff's Catulli Carmina with the USC University Chorus. Xavier studied conducting under the direction of Dr. Larry Wyatt, Joe Jennings of Chanticlier, Dr. Alicia Walker, Dr. Joe Modica, and Dr. Jayeoon Kim.

        An avid vocal performer, Xavier regularly appeared in Fayetteville North Carolina's Fourth Friday Concert Series. His vocal training includes study with Walter Cuttino, Frau Moldenhaur, Dr. Jayeoon Kim, Dr. Gail Morfesis, Dr. Lynn Kompass, Ellen Schlaeffer, and Jeanne Koonce. Other private teachers include piano teachers Dr. Beth Maisonpierre and Professor Möldersheim of Stuttgart, Germany. Across his career as a musician, Xavier has done over 20 productions in musical theater and opera as both supporting and leading roles. Favorite roles include Matt in The Fantasticks and Robert Baker in Wonderful Town produced by Thalian Association at historic Thalian Hall in Wilmington, NC.

  • WILLIAM RANSOM, Pianist - January 23, 2020

    • Pianist William Ransom has appeared in recital, as soloist with orchestras, and as a chamber musician in Eastern and Western Europe, Japan, Korea, South America, Mexico, and throughout the United States. He has performed in New York's Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, and Merkin Hall; in Orchestra Halls in Chicago, Detroit, and Atlanta; at the National Gallery in Washington D.C.; and in Philadelphia, Boston, Miami, Dallas, and Los Angeles. He has performed for the American Ambassadors to Japan and Ireland, and his performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio and Television in the United States, Japan, Korea, Argentina, and Poland. His recording of Enoch Arden, by Richard Strauss, The Music of Alfredo Barili, and Chamber Music of Johannes Brahms were released on the ACA label. Ransom can also be heard on Heartkeys, from Rising Star Records.

       Ransom has commissioned and premiered several major works by composer Stephen Paulus, and he was also the featured pianist performing music by Dwight Andrews used in August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway hit, The Piano Lesson, as well as the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie based on the same play. A popular performer on many University concert series, he has performed at numerous colleges around the country including Yale, Cornell, Duke, Tulane, Vanderbilt, M.I.T., and Stanford, where he has also given master classes.

       Born in Boston, Ransom began his musical studies at an early age. He was a scholarship student of William Masselos at the Juilliard School in New York (BM and MM), and he also worked with Theodore Lettvin at the University of Michigan (DMA) and Madame Gaby Casadesus at the Ravel Academy in France. Ransom is currently the Mary L. Emerson Professor of Piano at Emory University in Atlanta.

  • KHARI JOYNER, Cello - April 16, 2020

    • Acclaimed cellist Khari Joyner is quickly becoming sought after as one of the leading cellists of his generation. Dubbed by the New York Classical Review as one of the most exciting young musicians on the classical scene, he has a following nationally and abroad, and has made a number of accomplishments including teaching residencies and concert series for over one thousand students in Beijing, Shanghai, The Netherlands, and at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities. A passionate advocate for the music of today, his most recent accomplishments include performing the world premiere of MacArthur Genius Tyshawn Sorey’s Cycles of My Being, the New York Premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s cello concerto Notes on Light, and the world premiere of Carman Moore’s MADIBA for cello and orchestra. He also gave a private performance for President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, a performance of Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra as soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra, and the U.S. Premiere of the late Valentin Bibik’s Cello Concerto No. 2, with the New Juilliard Ensemble. In addition, he was recently awarded a 2017-2018 career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship for the Performing and Visual Arts.

       Other recent accolades include winning First Places in the Juilliard Concerto Competition, 12th Annual Sphinx Competition Junior Division, and an appearance on the Radio Show “From the Top” in El Paso, TX, after winning $10,000 as a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist. In 2008, he became the ASTA Competition Georgia State winner and in 2007, he won the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) Concerto Competition. He also served as Principal of the ASYO. Heralded by Atlanta Journal Constitution as “one of the most promising cellists in the country”, Joyner made his orchestral debut at 17, performing the Haydn C Major Concerto with the Atlanta Symphony under renowned conductor Robert Spano. He has also had numerous solo engagements with the Buffalo, New World, New Jersey, and Sphinx Symphonies performing the Elgar, Dvorak, and Boccherini Concertos. Joyner’s cello studies started at the age of eight, with instructors Bonnie Cohan and Martha Gerschefski, and his prodigious career was launched four years later in an unexpected way when he was asked to perform for the late Coretta Scott-King in a featured performance with his two older brothers in the KAJ trio.

       As a fervent recitalist, Joyner recently gave his France debut at the L’Oratoire du Louvre in Paris and the Chateau du Fontainebleau, while studying on full scholarship at the Les Écoles d’Art Americaines du Fontainebleau.  Recitals in the Atlanta Metropolitan area have included the Emory University Upcoming Young Artist Series performing with pianist William Ransom, the Casual Classics Concert Series, the Annual Trumpet Awards Breakfast, Border’s Music Series, and a featured performer for the 2008 Maya Angelou Birthday Celebration. Moreover, he has been featured several times on radio station NPR, and has been a featured performer for WSBTV’s People to People Segment.

       A recently named C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow, Joyner is currently completing his candidacy in Juilliard’s prestigious Doctor of Musical Arts program. In addition he was recently named a fellow of the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund, sponsored by the Tokyo Foundation. He shares his studies with teachers Timothy Eddy and Joel Krosnick, and also serves as a Teaching Assistant for Mr. Krosnick. He performs in a variety of ensembles at school, and has been featured as soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, and Juilliard Wind Ensemble- performing at Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall. He also was featured as a soloist in both Juilliard’s FOCUS! 2015 Festival, performing Dai Fukijura’s Dolphins, and FOCUS! 2014 Festival, performing Schnittke’s Epilogue for Cello, Piano, and Recorded Sound, in the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre. Joyner also frequently participates in community engagement in the New York City and Atlanta metro area and has given concerts in venues such as the Hetrick-Martin Institute for LGBTQ Homeless Youth, Publicolor, and various churches and elementary schools. Joyner will give upcoming community engagements in Shanghai, Beijing, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and many other cities both nationally and abroad.