Coker Music Program to Present Faculty Recital by Graham Wood (French horn) and Ryan Smith (piano)

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Hartsville, S.C. – March. 28, 2016 – On March 29, 2016, Coker College Music Program will present professors Graham Wood and Ryan Smith in a recital of music for French horn and piano.


Wood, associate professor of music at Coker, will perform works by Beethoven, Schubert, Debussy, Ravel and Vaughan Williams. Ryan Smith, assistant professor of music at Coker, will accompany him on the piano.

“The Beethoven Sonata highlights the more athletic side of the French horn, while the transcriptions of art songs by Schubert and Debussy demonstrate the horn’s lyrical qualities,” said Wood. “I’m also delighted to have this opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Smith, who is an equal musical partner in the program.”

Wood studied at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and the University of Newcastle in England. He currently teaches music history and musical theatre at Coker where he plays in the Coker Concert Band and Brass Ensemble. He has performed with a variety of orchestras and chamber groups in the U.S. and England. Most recently, he gave a guest recital for the Music Department at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Smith teaches theory and piano courses at Coker. He completed his doctoral studies in Piano Performance and a minor in Music History at the University of South Carolina, where he studied with Charles Fugo. He graduated from Furman University with a B.M. in Piano Performance and earned a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. As a performer, Dr. Smith has performed solo and collaborative recitals across the Southeast.

The performance is on Tuesday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the college’s Hannah Lide Coker Music Recital Hall. Admission is free.

For more information about the upcoming recital at Coker, please contact Laura Hoxworth at or Graham Wood at


Graham Wood & Ryan Smith – French Horn Recital:

Tuesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m.
Hannah Lide Coker Music Recital Hall, Coker College
Admission: Free


Release written by Graham Wood.



Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 21 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as one of the Southeast's "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges.