WHS grad to perform at senior recital, conduct show
A graduate of Wapakoneta High School has reached a milestone in his college career, as he will be performing at his senior recital this weekend.
Adam Fahncke, a 2006 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, is a four-year student at Ohio Northern University where he is studying music and business management. He has been preparing for his recital ever since he entered college.
“It takes many hours, not only sitting at a piano, but I work on score study, studying the music, learning the music and memorizing the music,” Fahncke said. “It’s a long process.”
Fahncke is scheduled to give his recital at 4 p.m. Sunday at Ohio Northern University in the Snyder Recital Hall located in Presser Hall.
The pianist will be performing piano works by D. Scarlatti, W.A. Mozart, C. Debussy and L.M. Gottschalk.
“As parents, we’re excited and looking forward to the recital,” Adam’s father Ron Fahncke said in a telephone interview this week. “We’re very proud of him.”
Fahncke started playing the piano when he was six years old, and when he was in the fifth-grade he picked up the trumpet.
While attending junior high school at St. Joseph School, Fahncke accompanied piano pieces, and in high school, he played trumpet in the back-up band for the show choir.
While studying at Ohio Northern University, he has accompanied two choral groups, the men’s choir and the ONU University Singers — while having the opportunity to travel to another country.
With these choirs, he traveled to Eastern Europe, along with visiting Florida to accompany these groups.
Fahncke said while being the accompanist, he had many opportunities to travel.
In addition, Fahncke is conducting the Ohio Northern University’s Holiday Spectacular at the Lima Civic and Convention Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.
This is the first time he will be conducting the holiday show.
Fahncke said he got lucky and fell into this position, because the normal conductor already had a prior engagement, so Fahncke, being the assistant conductor for the Ohio Northern University Symphony Orchestra, was chosen to fill the spot of the conductor for the show.
Fahncke is scheduled to graduate in December with degrees in music and business management, and he plans to pursue graduate work in orchestral conducting beginning in the fall of 2012.