Christopher Adkins, Cello, & Kayla Paulk, Collaborative Pianist. The Chase Photo: Amanda Brown
Eastern New Mexico University welcomed renowned cellist Christopher
Adkins on Thursday, Feb. 6, where he was accompanied by ENMU’s
own Kayla Paulk as the collaborative pianist.
The concert was held in Buchanan Hall where many ENMU music
students were in attendance.
Adkins is a member of the Dallas Symphony. He is also an adjunct
associate professor of music at the Meadows School of the Arts at
Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Paulk is a vocal coach
and accompanist at ENMU.
Luis Burke, an ENMU music and education major, shared why the
concert was meaningful to him. “Here in the Portales area, we don’t
really get the chance to listen to string instruments in recital so I think
this a perfect opportunity to take advantage of listening to a cellist
He commended the music department for their efforts in providing
opportunities for music majors and non-music majors alike to experience
amazing artists like Adkins on campus. “This whole department really
has so much excitement and so much great talent from every student as
well as every performer that comes,” he said, “it shines, honestly. It’s
like the littlest brightest start in the sky.” Burke added that hearing these
amazing artists in Portales is an awesome opportunity.
Originally from Texas, Adkins worked with symphonies in Milwaukee,
Wi., New Haven, Conn. and Denver, Colo. before joining the Dallas
Symphony in 1987 where he remains today. Beyond this, he also
performs with the Dallas String Quartet which has performed across the
U.S. and Europe.
During their concert, Adkins and Paulk delivered several notable
arrangements, including “Cinderella’s Stepsisters” from Cendrillon,
"Evening Prayer” from Hansel and Gretel and “The Fairy Garden” from
Mother Goose Suite.
ENMU’s music department was sure to thank Adkins and Paulk as well
as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Principle Chair Endowment Program
for sponsoring the event.