galen-abdur-2-comp-cropFlautist and lecturer Galen (Galen Abdur) will appear on the campus of Missouri Southern State University twice on Monday, April 8.

Abdur will deliver his lecture “Women in Jazz” from noon – 1:15 p.m. on Monday in Phelps Theatre on the bottom floor of the Billingsly Student Center.

He will speak that night on the “History of Jazz and Live Jazz Music” from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall.

Both appearances, part of Diversity Week activities at MSSU, are free and open to the public.

Galen is an extraordinary flautist with an extensive performance career.  He is also a riveting speaker on the topic of jazz.  He has performed at colleges and universities for over 30 years.  A former educator, he holds a master’s degree from Rutgers University in education and performing arts.  He also studied music at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.

Embracing his love of music and desire to continue as an educator he offers an engaging and enjoyable path to music appreciation through his music program comprised of performances and lectures, PowerPoint presentations and handouts. The program is designed specifically with a focus on the history of jazz chronicling the music from the turn of the century to present day. He also discusses women in jazz, highlighting the influence they had on the evolution of the genre and their significant contributions to the art form.  The aim is to provide students of all ages with an understanding and appreciation of jazz and its historical significant, a true American heritage.

In addition to performances and lectures, Galen offers music for special events, poetry slams, workshops, rap sessions and master classes.