Violinist Gives Concert at JBU

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Siloam Springs, Ark. (October 20, 2005) - John Brown University will host a concert by violinist, Rossitza Jekova-Goza, and pianist, Dr. Linda L. Beckman, on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jones Recital Hall located in the Cathedral of the Ozarks on JBU’s main campus.

Jekova-Goza is a native of Sliven, Bulgaria, and came to the U.S. 13 years ago. She graduated summa cum laude with an undergraduate and master’s degree from Louisiana State University (LSU), and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

She is a winner of the Young Artist Concerto Competition in Jonesboro, the LSU and UCA concerto competitions, and a national co-winner in the chamber music competition of the Music Teachers National Association. Dr. Goza currently heads the string area of the music department at the University of Arkansas, where she teaches violin, viola and chamber music. She also serves as concertmaster of the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of the Fulbright Trio. She frequently collaborates with NASO principals and UA students, and can be heard in chamber music recitals at various venues in Northwest Arkansas. In the summers she teaches highly advanced violinists and young artists at the prestigious Encore School for Strings in Hudson, Ohio.

Beckman has taught music at JBU for nine years and has been head of the music department for three years. She is currently on sabbatical for the year during which time she is traveling, accompanying other musically artists, preparing presentations and workshops, composing and arranging music, and collaborating with colleagues from other universities on various projects.

Beckman has been active as an accompanist, having accompanied for opera singers in Carnegie Hall in New York City, and with other vocalists and instrumentalists in many states. She has recorded one CD, “Piano Meditations Plus,” which contains classical solo piano works.

John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked sixth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,900 students from 43 states and 40 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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