Phobias Subject of MSSU, PSU Presentations

October 11, 2012

Dr. Stacey Barelos

JOPLIN, MO (SNS) – Do you have a phobia? If so, or even if not, an upcoming event at MSSU and PSU may be for you!

Dr. Stacey Barelos, assistant professor of music at Missouri Southern State University (MSSU), and Dr. Christopher Anderson, assistant professor of English at Pittsburg State University (PSU), will present "A Night of  Fear and Trembling: Phobias in Poetry and Music." 

The event will be presented free of charge at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 in Corley Auditorium at MSSU and at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30 in McCray Hall at PSU.

Music by Dr. Barelos, poetry by Dr. Anderson, and music and poetry by students from MSSU and PSU will be featured. 

Dr. Karen Kostan, assistant professor of psychology at MSSU, will give the introduction.

This project came about accidentally when both Dr. Barelos and Dr. Anderson found that they had created works about phobias independently of one another. 

Many of these original works will be presented at the event including music titled, "Syngenesophobia (the fear of relatives) and Lilapsophobia (the fear of tornadoes)" and poetry titled, "Hydrosiphobia (the fear of sweat) and Athazagoraphobia (the fear of forgetting).

Christopher Anderson teaches American literature and creative writing at PSU.  His interests include environmental literature and depictions of science and technology in literature and film, and he has published articles on images of garbage in contemporary American poetry and in the film WALL-E.  His poetry has most recently appeared in the literary journals Tar River Poetry and River Styx.

Dr. Barelos is  the head of piano studies at Missouri Southern State University.  As a pianist, she specializes in the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly the music of living composers.

Regarding her first solo release, The Midwest American Piano Project, the American Record Guide said," Stacey Barelos...plays with authority and poetic nuance, her beautiful tone captured vividly in this warm recording..." 

As a composer, Dr. Barelos's works have been performed across the U.S. and in Europe and Australia.