ACU alumnus Dusty Woodruff revisited campus to perform in the music department’s guest artist series Sunday and Monday.
Woodruff, who graduated from ACU with a degree in music, now plays in The Athens Guitar Trio and heads the guitar department at Augusta State University in Augusta, Ga.
“We have several [performers] throughout the year, and we try to bring back at least one alumni. This year we’ve had two that are pursuing higher degrees,” said Lynette Walters, office manager for the music department.
After a solo guitar concert Sunday night, Woodruff was featured in the following night’s Halloween show with the ACU orchestra.
“The orchestra concert featured Dusty on Monday night, and that was very well attended,” Walters said. “We’ve always had good numbers for each of the guest artists.”
Walters said the guest artist series’ are always well received by students studying music and non-majors alike.
“We bring guest artists in to inspire at encourage students in their studies and show the next level of excellence that they can achieve through a lot of hard work,” Walters said. “Sometimes we have guest artists come in that are professors at other colleges, and sometimes our professors go on to do other things and performances, so there’s kind of a collaborative effort among universities.”
“It’s great to see professionals making a living doing what they love, and that’s producing music,” Walters said.
The Manhattan Piano Trio is scheduled to perform next in the music department’s guest artist series on November 21. The series continues into next semester, beginning again with the Texas Boys Choir on February 28.