November 10, 2014

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw invited to serve on the jury for the 2014 Juilliard Concerto Competition

lydiaArtymiw2.jpgLydia Artymiw has been invited to serve on the jury for the finals of the 2014 Juilliard Concerto Competition in New York on Tuesday November 18, 2014.

Student News: Benjamin Osterhouse won the Claire Givens gift certificate (Mary West String Competition, College Division); and Jessica Park and Stella Wiering perform in a master class with Nathan Laube

OsterhouseBenjamin.jpgBenjamin Osterhouse (MM candidate, student of Tanya Remenikova) won the Claire Givens gift certificate (Mary West String Competition, College Division). He will perform in the winners' recital on November 16.

ParkWiering.jpgJessica Park (DMA candidate, organ) and Stella Wiering (BM candidate, piano, student of Paul Shaw), both students of Dean Billmeyer, performed works of Maurice Duruflé and J. S. Bach this past Saturday in a master class with Nathan Laube, assistant professor at the Eastman School of Music, on the Gabriel Kney organ at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas at the University of St. Thomas.

Alumni News: Mark Hengesh awarded the 2014 Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award

HengeshMark.jpgMark Hengesh (BS, 1976, music education, student of Steve Peterson and David Baldwin) was honored last June by the Quinlan and Fabish Music Company by being selected as one of six recipients of the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award for 2014. This award is presented annually by Quinlan and Fabish Music Company of Burr Ridge, IL. Recipients are nominated by their peers and are selected by a panel of previous winners. Hengesh has been a music educator in Illinois for 39 years, 35 of which were in the Glenbard (IL) High School District 87. He is also director of the Arlington Heights (IL) Community Concert Band.​​ Photo (L-R): Mark Hengesh being presented the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educators Award by Alfred Watkins.

November 3, 2014

Alumni News: Mill City Quartet selected MPR Class Notes Artist-in-Residence for 2014/15; Corey Hamm's recording of Rzewski's "The People United" receives a rave review

MillCityStringQuartet.jpgValerie Little (DMA, 2010, viola, student of Korey Konkol) along with School of Music alumni Huldah Niles (MM, 2006, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly), Erika Hoogeveen (MM, 2004, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly), Jeffrey Erbland (MM, 2011, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova) comprise the Mill City String Quartet. The quartet was recently selected as a Minnesota Public Radio Class Notes Artist-in-Residence for the 2014-15 school year. This program afforded the quartet the opportunity to record at MPR studios and perform world music at schools throughout southern Minnesota during the month of October.

CoreyHamm.jpgCorey Hamm's (DMA, 2005, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) recent recording of Rzewski's "The People United" received a rave review in "Classics Today."

October 27, 2014

Remembering Alumnus Stephen Paulus

stephenPaulus.jpgWe are saddened to share the news of the passing of U of M School of Music alumnus Stephen Paulus. Paulus was a prolific composer of over 500 works. He was an ardent advocate and mentor to many young composers, co-founding the American Composers Forum in 1973, the largest composer service organization in the world. Our thoughts are with Paulus's family and friends during this difficult time. Read more about Paulus. A memorial service for Stephen Paulus will be held Saturday, November 8 at 3 pm at House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN).

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw performs in Park/Schubert Club concert series and on APM's "Performance Today" with the Dohnanyi Quintet

lydiaArtymiw2.jpgLydia Artymiw (piano) joined the Miami String Quartet in opening the 2014-15 Music in the Park/Schubert Club concert series on October 26, 2014. The program included string quartets by Schulhoff and Mendelssohn with the Piano Quintet No. 2 in E Flat Minor by Ernst von Dohnanyi. On October 24, Artymiw and the Miami taped for APM's "Performance Today" at Minnesota Public Radio and performed part of the Dohnanyi Quintet.

Alumni News: Andrew Staupe (piano) performs with the Minnesota Orchestra

StaupeAndrew2.jpgAndrew Staupe's (MM, 2007, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) performed with the Minnesota Orchestra on October 16 and 17, 2014 (Staupe performed Burlesque by Richard Strauss). The concerts were reviewed by the Star-Tribune's Michael Anthony in the article "For Strauss Suite, it was Vänskä on clarinet." Read the article. The Saint Paul Pioneer Press' Rob Hubbard also reviewed the concerts in the article "Minnesota Orchestra concert contrasts Strauss' youth and age." Read the article.

Student News: Peter John's (piano) remix of Odesza's "Say My Name" on Wavo

peterJohnRemix.jpgPeter John's (DMA candidate, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) remix of Odesza's "Say My Name" was up for voting on Wavo. John makes electronic music under the name SPEARFISHER. John worked with School of Music faculty on this recording. If John received enough votes, his remix will be released on a professional label. Contest info.

October 20, 2014

Remembering U of M School of Music Alumnus Stephen Paulus

SP_pic_medium.jpgA Message on the Passing of School of Music Alumnus Stephen Paulus from University of Minnesota School of Music Interim Director Scott Lipscomb

I am saddened to share the news of the passing of University of Minnesota School of Music alumnus Stephen Paulus. He died yesterday due to medical complications from a stroke. I will share details of his memorial service once they are made available.

Dr. Paulus received his PhD in composition from the University of Minnesota in 1978. He studied with Professors Dominick Argento and Paul Fetler. Soon after graduation, he was commissioned by the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and went on to write 10 operas with many other opera companies. With 55 orchestral works to his credit, Paulus has been distinguished to serve as a Composer in Residence with the orchestras of Atlanta, Minnesota, Tucson, and Annapolis. Conductors who have premiered his works include Osmo Vanska, Christoph van Dohnanyi, Kurt Masur, Sir Neville Marriner, and Leonard Slatkin. Recent orchestral commissions include a violin concerto for the Cleveland Orchestra and William Preucil, a "Jazz Concerto" (co-written with his son, Greg) for the Minnesota Orchestra as well as organ concertos for the Phoenix Symphony and the Portland Symphony (in Maine).

He was a prolific, internationally-acclaimed choral composer, having composed more than 150 works for this medium ranging from his Holocaust oratorio, To Be Certain of the Dawn (recorded by the Minnesota Orchestra on the BIS label) to the poignant anthem, "Pilgrims' Hymn," sung at the funerals of Presidents Reagan and Ford. His works have received thousands of performances and recordings from such groups as The New York Choral Society, L.A. Master Chorale, Robert Shaw Festival Singers, VocalEssence, Dale Warland Singers, and countless others. In 1973, Dr. Paulus was a co-founder of the American Composers Forum (then the Minnesota Composers Forum) with School of Music alumna Libby Larsen. This organization has grown from an innovative regional initiative into one of the nation's premier composer service organizations. 

In a 2002 interview in the School of Music publication "Sounding: Conversations Across 100 Years of Music," Paulus provided his thoughts on his School of Music experience. What he learned from his composition mentors was that "Music isn't just about putting black dots on a piece of paper; it is about being a good husband or father or enjoying a walk in the woods or looking at the ocean or the sunset."

Let's remember Paulus with his gorgeous choral work "The Road Home," an American hymn performed by Conspirare.

Our thoughts at present are with Paulus's friends and family during this difficult time.

Faculty News: Guerino Mazzola to present at DASH Event - Gesture-Based Interactive Technologies on 10/22

Mazzola_Guerino7d067d.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) will present as part of DASH Event: Gesture-Based Interactive Technologies on Wednesday, October 22 at 2:30 pm in Walter Library, Upson Room (1st Floor, between Walter 101 and Computer Lab). The event will focus on Gesture-Based Interactive Technologies and how U of M faculty, staff, and students are using them for research, artistic, and pedagogical purposes.

Alumni News: Rosewall's new book, Michael Rosewall's new position Lyndie Walker and Andrea Yun-Springer's Toneworks Music Therapy

EllenRosewall.jpgEllen Rosewall's (MFA, 1975, music) book, Arts Management: Uniting Arts and Audiences in the 21st Century, was published in November 2013 by Oxford University Press. She is Professor and Chair of Arts Management at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.

MichaelRosewall.jpgMichael Rosewall (BS, 1978, music education; MM, 1986, choral conducting) was named Associate Academic Dean at St. Norbert College in DePere, WI. Dr. Rosewall continues as a member of the music faculty at St. Norbert.

toneworks.jpgIn 2013, Lyndie Walker (BM, 2012, viola performance and BM, 2012, music therapy) and Andrea Yun-Springer (BM, 2012, music therapy) founded Toneworks Music Therapy Services, a private practice music therapy clinic in Northeast Minneapolis. They recently received 501(c)(3) status for a nonprofit that they incorporated last spring, Toneworks Community Foundation. They also recently received a Metropolitan Regional Arts Activity Grant, a Nevine Huested Grant, and funding from Minneapolis Arts to work as teaching artists providing music therapy in 26 early childhood special education classrooms. Last spring, they started an ongoing partnership with the Musicians of the Minnesota orchestra, the Autism Society of Minnesota, the Music Therapy Association of Minnesota, and The Musical Autist to provide sensory friendly concerts for individuals on the spectrum, as well as performance opportunities in the Twin Cities. Read more about Toneworks in Tutti magazine.

Student News: Eric Schultz performed in "Nice Work If You Can Get It" at the Ordway

ericSchultz.jpgEric Schultz (MM candidate, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) performed in the orchestra at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts for the Tony Award-winning Broadway Musical Nice Work If You Can Get It during the week of October 13.

October 13, 2014

Faculty News: Julia Bogorad-Kogan article featured on MPR; Maja Radovanlija and Alex Lubet to perform guitar concert; and Adriana Zabala performed premiere of Jeffrey Van's "Reaping the Whirlwind"

BogoradKoganJuliaSQ.jpgJulia Bogorad-Kogan (flute) wrote the essay, "The flutist's-eye view of the orchestra," for Classical Minnesota Public Radio. She writes, "For years now, I've been addicted to playing principal flute in an orchestra. And I contend that it's everything it's cracked up to be." Read the essay.

RadovanlijaLubet.jpgMaja Radovanlija (guitar) and Alex Lubet (theory/composition) will perform a concert of original compositions for two guitars on Friday, October 17 at 7:30 pm at Dreamland Arts in St. Paul. The program includes works from their forthcoming CD, The Enchanted Guitar Forest, and two premieres. Admission is $10. Orders will be taken for the new album, and Lubet's award-winning solo album Spectral Blues will be available for purchase. Both are on PARMA Records. More info.

ZabalaVan.jpgAdriana Zabala (voice) performed the world premiere of former School of Music faculty member Jeffrey Van's choral work, Reaping the Whirlwind, with the Susquehanna Valley Chorale at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University on Sunday, October 12. On October 18, Zabala will perform the Mozart Requiem with the Florida Bach Festival Society in Winter Park, to be followed by a studio recording for later release.

Alumni News: Robert McAllister receives the 2014 National Guild Milestone Certificate of Appreciation

RobertMcAllister.jpgRobert McAllister (BS, 1975, music education) received the 2014 National Guild Milestone Certificate of Appreciation. McAllister is dean of the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts. More info or read the press release.

Student News: Ryan LaBoy featured in "Pioneer Press" article about ComMUSICation

RyanLaBoy.jpgRyan LaBoy (choral conducting, student of Matthew Mehaffey and Kathy Saltzman Romey) is featured in The Pioneer Press article, "New choral music program targets low-income St. Paul kids." The article focuses on ComMUSICation, the organization that LaBoy directs. Also featured in the article is School of Music alumna Elizabeth Windnagel (BM, 2013, voice, student of Adriana Zabala).