September 15, 2014

Faculty News: Alexander Fiterstein's New York Reviews

AlexanderFitersteinAug2014SQ.jpgAlexander Fiterstein (clarinet) performed works by Bernstein, Poulenc, Brahms, and Weber with pianist Michael Brown at Bargemusic in New York City last weekend. The concert was listed in the New York Times and the New Yorker Magazine and reviewed by the New York Classical Review. Read the review.

Alumni News: Sarah Porwoll-Lee's professorship and new positions

SarahPorwollLee.jpgSarah Porwoll-Lee (MM, 2013, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) was recently named Adjunct Professor of Applied Clarinet at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Porwoll-Lee also joined the Board of Directors of local new music non-profit Zeitgeist this year, and has served as Artistic Co-Director of Twin Cities chamber music organization The Antithesis Project since completing her Master's Degree in 2013.

September 8, 2014

Faculty News: Guerino Mazzola Heads MCM2015

28dab0ad-72d3-4c0f-97c6-7b2e44f09bf9.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) is the current president of the Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music, whose official publication is the Journal of Mathematics and Music. The organization's Fifth Biennial International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music (MCM2015) will be held June 22-25, 2015 at Queen Mary University of London in the United Kingdom. See MCM2015 info and a call for papers.

September 2, 2014

Faculty News: Recent activities by Dean Billmeyer and Mark Russell Smith on APM's Performance Today

DeanBillmeyer3.jpgFrom July 14-18, Dean Billmeyer (organ) joined Albrecht Koch, Organist at the Freiberg Cathedral and President of the Gottfried Silbermann Society, in leading master classes in Freiberg and Zethau (Saxony) on historic organs by Gottfried Silbermann and his student Adam Gottfried Oehme. Silbermann was arguably the most important and influential builder in Saxony during the lifetime of J. S. Bach; the master classes focused on the works of Bach and his contemporaries - nine organists from six different countries participated. Billmeyer performed concerts at the Petrikirche in Freiberg (Silbermann's largest extant two-manual organ), and at the Versöhnungskirche in Leipzig.

SmithMarkRussellSQ.pngListen to Mark Russell Smith (orchestral conducting) conduct the Quad City Symphony on American Public Media's Performance Today. The program includes the world premiere of composer Jacob Banck's Iowa-inspired piece.

Alumni News: Sila Gundiler contract with Lubbock Symphony Orchestra

silaGundiler.jpgSila Gundiler (violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) received a principal second violin contract with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra in Texas.

August 25, 2014

Faculty News: Recent performances and activities by Alexander Braginsky

BraginskyAlexanderSQ2.jpgAlexander Braginsky (piano) was Jury Chair for the Alaska International Piano e-Competition (June 28 - July 12, Fairbanks, Alaska); was Artist Faculty at the 16th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College (July 20 - 27, New York City); gave a master class at the Summit Festival (July 29, New York); was Artistic Director for the MusikFest at Shattuck-St. Mary's School (August 4-14, Faribault, MN) with Professors Zhiang Jin (Beijing), Hyoun-Joon Chang (Seoul), and Sontraud Speidel (Karlsruhe).

Alumni News: Joseph Henry and Laura Hynes faculty appointments, Tobias Ramaswamy's Club 416 Commission, and Ishaya Yarison's article in "The Sacred in Opera"

JosephHenry.jpgJoseph Henry (DMA, 2012, organ, student of Dean Billmeyer) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music and University Organist at Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana. In this tenure-track position, Henry will teach organ, piano, and music theory. He also serves in the U.S. Army Reserve as a chaplain assistant with the enlisted rank of Staff Sergeant. Henry is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Romania 1998-2000), and holds the DMA in Collaborative Piano from the Manhattan School of Music. A student of Dean Billmeyer, Henry's DMA thesis is entitled "Reinken's An Wasserflüssen Babylon as it Relates to the Practice of Improvisation in the Seventeenth Century."

LauraHynes2014.jpgSoprano Laura Hynes (DMA, 2013, voice, student of Adriana Zabala) accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at Murray State University (Murray, KY) for the 2014-2015 academic year. She was also one of twelve teachers chosen to participate in the prestigious National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program hosted at The Ohio State University this summer. Photo: Brooks Peterson

TobiasRamaswamy.jpgTobias Ramaswamy (BA, 2014, composition, student of Alex Lubet) received a Club 416 Commission from the Cedar Cultural Center, to compose a 30-minute work for 16 electric guitars, based on Hindustani vocal music. Club 416 Commissions are selected by open competition.

Ishaya Yarison.pngThe June 2014 issue of The Sacred in Opera, a project of the National Opera Association, was solely devoted to Ishaya Yarison's (PhD, 2013, composition, student of Alex Lubet), I AM Meditation. The work was Yarison's doctoral dissertation. Read the issue.

August 20, 2014

School of Music Viola Student Erica Burton Performs on 'Late Show with David Letterman'

jeremy3.JPGCongratulations to School of Music DMA student Erica Burton (viola, student of Korey Konkol) who performed with her ensemble The Laurels String Quartet as part of an appearance by musician Jeremy Messersmith on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Wednesday, August 20. Watch the video.

August 18, 2014

In Remembrance: School of Music Student Robert Brau

Robert Brau.jpgIt is with heavy hearts that we share the tragic news of the loss of School of Music student Robert Brau, a leader in the U of M Marching Band and guitar major, as a result of a motorcycle accident. Please keep Robert's family and friends in your thoughts during this very difficult time. A memorial service will take place on Thursday, August 21 at 4:30 pm at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar, MN. Visitation will take place from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, August 20 at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar and one hour prior to the service on Thursday, August 21 at Vinje Lutheran Church. Gifts to the Robert Brau Memorial Scholarship Fund may be made online or to the Robert Brau Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o U of M Foundation, PO Box 860266, Minneapolis, MN 55486-0266.

Faculty News: Recent performances by Lydia Artymiw and Alexander Fiterstein

artymiwLydia4a033e.jpgOn August 3, Lydia Artymiw (piano) joined cellist Yehuda Hanani for a duo Baroque recital celebrating the expansion of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA. The program included sonatas by Bach, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Boccherini, and the world premiere of a new cello/piano work by Stephen Dankner. On August 12, Artymiw joined Osmo Vänskä, Erin Keefe, and Wilhelmina Smith at the Salt Bay Chamber Festival in Damariscotta, Maine performing Beethoven, Bartók, and Dvořák.

AlexanderFitersteinAug2014SQ.jpgAlexander Fiterstein (clarinet) recently premiered Chris Brubeck's new clarinet quintet Zen of the River with members of the Muir String Quartet at the Montana Chamber Music Festival. This coming season he will perform the piece in Providence, RI and Fredericksburg, VA. Fiterstein also made his debut at the Music@Menlo festival in California and performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto and Quintet at the Woodstock Mozart Festival in Illinois. He started the summer with a featured recital and master class at the 2014 Oklahoma University Clarinet Symposium.

Alumni News: Michael J. Krajewski to begin assistant professorship at Minnesota State University Moorhead

MichaelKrajewski.jpgIn August 2014, Michael J. Krajewski (DMA, 2013, guitar/music education, student of Jeffery Van, Scott Lipscomb, Alex Lubet, and Maja Radovanlija) begins at Minnesota State University Moorhead as assistant professor of music industry and guitar studies. After graduating from the U of M in 2013, Krajewski participated in both regional and local conferences presenting on creating interactive media using iBooks Author. He has also performed and presented clinics across the US.

August 11, 2014

Encore Broadcast of A Sonic Blockbuster on Classical Minnesota Public Radio

sonicBlockbuster.jpgListen to an encore broadcast of A Sonic Blockbuster featuring the U of M Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble, led by Craig Kirchhoff (bands) and Fernando Meza (percussion), in concert at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, MN (October 2010) on Classical Minnesota Public Radio's website. Program includes works by Alfred Reed, Richard Proulx, Percy Grainger, Max Reger, Ron Nelson, Healey Willian, Lou Harrison, Herbert Nanney, and David Maslanka. Special guest Dean Billmeyer (organ) performed Reger's Toccata in d and Fugue in D, Op. 59, nos. 5 & 6.

Band Alumni Society at the State Fair

MarchingBandStateFair.jpgThe U of M Band Alumni Society Pep Band will perform at the Minnesota State Fair on August 21, 25, 27, and 31 on the University Stage. Stop by to listen, sing Hail Minnesota, or bring your instrument play along. Contact info@skiumah.org for more information. The Marching Band will also be at the Fair for the Maroon and Gold Day Parade at 2 pm on August 31.

Faculty News: Guerino Mazzola invited to participate in Georgia State University's 2015 Improvising Brain II Project

Mazzola_Guerino7d067d.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creative studies) was invited to participate in Georgia State University's Improvising Brain II Project (March 8-10, 2015) in Atlanta, Georgia. He was asked to perform a concert with Heinz Geisser, give a keynote speech ("Robert Hatten Satisfied: We Now Have a Comprehensive Music Theory of Gestures") at the closure of the Improvising Brain II Symposium, teach a master class with Geisser, present a talk, and give a workshop on Rubato Composer software.

Alumni News: Wei Zheng signs contract with Zhejiang International Studies University

Wei Zheng (DMA, 2012, voice, student of Jean del Santo) signed an eight-year contract with Zhejiang International Studies University. Wei was also a finalist in the 2012 National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Auditions and was a district winner in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions.