February 23, 2015

SOM and Minnesota Orchestra Sectional Rehearsals

Thanks to the Pennock Family Fund, School of Music students were able to participate in sectional rehearsals, led by Minnesota Orchestra musicians. In this photo, Minnesota Orchestra member Jean Marker De Vere greets School of Music student Samuel Wong before leading the second violin sectional rehearsal. See more photos on the School of Music's Facebook page. Photo: Greg Helgeson

SOM Faculty Receive Imagine Fund Grants

The following faculty members were awarded Imagine Fund Grants. These programs support leading-edge, innovative lines of research or scholarship projects in the arts, humanities, and design at the University of Minnesota.

  • Tom Ashworth (trombone) - Upgrade Existing Technology in the University of Minnesota Trombone Studio
  • David Baldwin (trumpet) - Magnificat: CD recording of large brass ensemble music by the Summit Hill Brass Quintet
  • Dean Billmeyer (organ) - A Reinterpretation of J.S. Bach's major Preludes and Fugues for Organ after Karl Straube (1873-1950)
  • Michael Cherlin (theory/composition) - Contemporary Music Workshop Initiative
  • David Damschroder (theory) - Harmony in Mendelssohn and Schumann
  • Immanuel Davis (flute) - Recording of the Complete Chamber Works for Flute by Nikolai Kapustin
  • Kelley Harness (musicology) - Choosing Sides: The Florentine Horse Ballet, 1650-1700
  • Jerry Luckhardt (bands) - WindSongs Project: the Creation of New Works for Winds, Brass, Percussion and Voice
  • Fernando Meza (percussion) - Traditional and contemporary music in Colombia and Chile: A mix of new aesthetic possibilities

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw juries Eisenberg-Fried Piano Concerto Competition, Fireside Five and Friends performs, Guerino Mazzola will co-author book with students, Fernando Meza travels and performs, and Karen Painter to be part of Getty Center event

lydiaArtymiw2.jpgLydia Artymiw (piano) was on the jury for the Manhattan School of Music's Eisenberg-Fried Piano Concerto Competition on February 19, 2015 in New York City.

AshworthHey.jpgTom Ashworth (trombone) and Phil Hey (drums) will perform in Fireside Five & Friends at the Underground Music Cafe (Falcon Heights, MN) on Thursday, February 26. The evening will feature special guests Pat Mallinger, saxophonist and featured artist of the 2015 U of M Jazz Festival, and Jazz Festival Director Dean Sorenson.

MazzolaMannonePang.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) will co-author a text book tentatively titled Cool Math for Hot Music - An Introduction to Mathematical Music Theory with Springer Publishing. Mazzola's co-authors are University of Minnesota School of Music students Maria Mannone and Yan Pang. The text book will be published in fall 2015.

FernandoMezaTravel2.jpgFernando Meza (percussion) spent two weeks in January researching marimba tradition in Costa Rica. He interviewed key members of the marimba community in Santa Cruz, Guanacaste; observed rehearsals and performances of marimba ensembles; and attended the celebration of the Black Christ of Esquipulas, a traditional religious celebration connected to the rich marimba tradition in this region. He will return to finish his research in August as part of a Grant-in-Aid of Artistry, Research, and Scholarship (U of M Office of the Vice President for Research). Meza will perform as principal timpani and percussion for the Santo Domingo International Music Festival (Dominican Republic) in March and will travel to Cuba in May with the Minnesota Orchestra. Meza recently performed with the Minnesota Orchestra (Osmo Vänskä and Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductors) and performed Nebojsa Zivkovic's Die Arten des Wassers at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point with Adam Rappel (DMA, 2012, percussion) and Paul Shaw (piano).

KarenPainterSQ.jpgKaren Painter (musicology) will be part of the A Zócalo/Getty "Open Art" Event at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, CA titled "Does Artistic Greatness Only Come with Age?" on Tuesday, March 24. As the Getty Museum presents an exhibition of the late work of J. M. W. Turner, muralist Judithe Hernández, painter Ed Moses, and musicologist Karen Painter visit Zócalo to discuss the relationship between age and artistic greatness.

Alumni News: Michael Hoffman performs with Colorado Symphony, Jeffery Kyle Hutchins performances and presentations, and Michael J. Krajewski MMEA presentation

Michael Hoffman (BM, 2014, voice, student of Jean del Santo and John De Haan) performed the role of Spoletta in a semi-staged production of Tosca with the Colorado Symphony (February 13 and 14) with Andrew Litton conducting.

HutchinsNewsSQ.jpgJeffery Kyle Hutchins (MM, 2013; DMA, 2015, saxophone, student of Eugene Rousseau) presented guest artist recitals and classes at the University of North Texas (Denton, TX), Tarleton State University (Stephenville, TX), and Northeastern State University (Tahlequah, OK) and presented a clinic at the Texas Music Educator's Association Convention (San Antonio, TX) titled "Saxophone Basics: Tools to Help Your Beginners." Hutchins will present a concert of radical new works for saxophone at Studio Z on March 6, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Works by Miriama Young and Eric Wubbels; world premieres by Volker Heyn and Jeremy Wagner (MA, 2008; PhD, 2012, student of James Dillon); and an essay by David Foster Wallace. Hutchins will be joined by Neil Nanyi Qiang (DMA candidate, piano, student of Timothy Lovelace) and Ann Bradfield. This event supported by a grant from New Music USA.

MichaelKrajewski2.jpgMichael J. Krajewski (DMA, 2013, guitar/music education, student of Jeffery Van, Scott Lipscomb, Alex Lubet, and Maja Radovanlija) recently presented at the Minnesota Music Educators Association and Texas Music Educators Association conventions. At MMEA Krajewski presented "Improvisation: Where to begin" and at TMEA he presented "Developing Interactive Content for the iPad using iBooks Author." In January, Krajewski was awarded a Dille Grant of Excellence for his proposal "Developing Performance Techniques using Abelton Live."

February 16, 2015

The SOM at the MMEA Midwinter Clinic


Members of the School of Music attended the Minnesota Music Educators Association's Midwinter Clinic held February 12-14, 2015. The following faculty members gave presentations or conducted all-state ensemble concerts: Akosua Obuo Addo (music education), Casey Clementson (music education), Keitha Hamann (music education), Craig Kirchhoff (band ensembles), Matthew Mehaffey (choral ensembles), Todd Schwartzberg (music therapy), Michael Silverman (music therapy), Laura Sindberg (music education), and Dean Sorenson (creative studies & media and jazz ensembles). Review the Midwinter Clinic program book for more information about each session.

Thank you to all the alumni and friends who attended the 2015 Alumni Reception during the MMEA Midwinter Clinic weekend. Visit the School of Music Facebook page to see photos from the event. Photo: Alumni Tharon Knowlton (BM, 2011, music education) and Ross Wolf (BM, 2012, saxophone, student of Angela Wyatt and Eugene Rousseau) with School of Music Interim Director Scott Lipscomb (center).

Alumni News: Preston Duncan's upcoming performances

PRESTONf030c1.jpgIn March, Preston Duncan (DMA, saxophone, student of Eugene Rousseau) will be the featured performer at the 6th Annual Saxfest Costa Rica International Conference in San Jose, Costa Rica. He has been invited to perform a full length recital with pianist Ann DuHamel and to present a masterclass. In January, he performed on the featured performers gala concert at the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference in Dekalb, IL. Duncan is currently lecturer of saxophone at University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.

Student News: Students meet violinist Gil Shaham


School of Music string and Bravo! students had the opportunity to meet violinist Gil Shaham after his February 13 performance with the Minnesota Orchestra. From left to right are Ernesto Estigarribia Mussi, Kari Mattson, Angelika Strub, Gil Shaham, Imala Witherspoon, Katia Tesarczyk, and Nygel Witherspoon. School of Music alumna Claudia Chen arranged backstage access for the students.

February 9, 2015

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw and Julia Bogorad-Kogan perform in SPCO chamber concert; Guerino Mazzola featured guest at The Improvising Brain; and David Myers leads forum at Reflective Conservatoire conference

artymiwKogan.jpgLydia Artymiw (piano) joined Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra colleagues Julia Bogorad-Kogan (flute), Nina Tso-Ning Fan (violin), and Sarah Lewis (cello) for two SPCO Chamber Series concerts ("The Sound of the Flute") at the SPCO Center in February. They performed duos by Schubert and Bartok and Paul Schoenfield's "Café Music" Piano Trio.

Mazzola_Guerino7d067d.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) will be a featured guest at Georgia State University's The Improvising Brain (March 2015) a symposium and concert event designed to bring together researchers and musicians to explore musical improvisation and its related brain processes. He will give a keynote talk; perform on the piano in a concert with drummer Heinz Geisser; give a master class on jazz improvisation; give a workshop about Rubato software; and give a talk about mathematical music theory. More info.

davidMyers50b47e.jpgIn March, David Myers (music education and creative studies & media) will lead an international forum on the work of the U.S. Task Force on the Undergraduate Music Major at the Reflective Conservatoire conference at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, in addition to NASM accreditation visits. He will also consult on undergraduate music curriculum reform at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign at the end of March. In June, Myers will speak to the Cultural Diversity in Music Education conference at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. John Covach, director of the Institute for Popular Music at the Eastman School of Music, recently noted the Report of the College Music Society's Task Force on the Undergraduate Music Major, chaired by Myers, in an article entitled "Rock Me Maestro" in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Read the article.

Student News: Caroline Hand to co-present "Gamble Everything for Love" and Maria Mannone awarded Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship

CarolineHandd9bb9d.jpgCaroline Hand (DMA, conducting, student of Craig Kirchhoff) will co-present "Gamble Everything for Love - an Informance on Including Students with Disabilities in a Choral Concert" at Minnesota Music Educators Association's Midwinter Clinic on Friday, February 13 at 10:30 am with Blaine High School Choirs, conducted by Sue Zemlin and Chad Garrels. Hand and Zemlin will also share their community engagement work on March 11 as part of the U of M Office of Public Engagement's Youth Education Issue Network.

MariaMannoneSQ.jpgMaria Mannone (PhD, creative studies & media, student of Guerino Mazzola) has been awarded an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship for the 2015-16 academic year. The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for outstanding doctoral students whose research is interdisciplinary and who benefit from interaction with faculty at one of the University's interdisciplinary research centers or institutes. More info.

Alumni News: Allison Adrian named Fulbright Scholar, Yutaka Kono appointed artistic director of Burlington Chamber Orchestra, and Stephen Paulus nominated for a Grammy Award

AllisonAdrian.jpgAllison Adrian (PhD, 2008, musicology/ethnomusicology, student of Peter Mercer-Taylor) was named a 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Scholar. Her grant will help fund a year-long sabbatical in which she will research the music of Cañar and Saraguro, two indigenous communities in southern Ecuador, and study how changes in the music-making has affected the women and children. More info or read more about her graduate studies at the University of Minnesota.

YutakaKono.jpgYutaka Kono (MM, 1996, tuba, student of Ross Tolbert) was recently appointed as artistic director of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra. His appointment was featured in a Seven Days article, "UVM's Yutaka Kono Is the BCO's New Artistic Director," and Shelburne News article, "Shelburne resident named Burlington Chamber Orchestra Artistic Director."

stephenPaulus.jpgStephen Paulus (MA, 1976; PhD, 1978, composition, student of Dominick Argento) is featured in the Star Tribune article, "Grammys bring final fanfare for Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus." Paulus was nominated for a Grammy Award for best contemporary classical composition for "Concerto For Two Trumpets & Band" from Fantastique - Premieres For Trumpet & Wind Ensemble (MSR Classics) and was highlighted in the award show's In Memoriam feature.

Expressions in Music: An ongoing photo series by Matt Weber

PhillipS.jpgFollow us on Facebook for a behind the scenes look into life at the School of Music. You'll find photos such as this one of School of Music graduate student G. Phillip Shoultz, III conducting an original composition. Expressions in Music is a ongoing photo series by Matt Weber, an undergraduate student in the College of Liberal Arts at the U of M. See more photos in this series on our Facebook page. Photo by Mweb Photography.

February 2, 2015

2015 University of Minnesota Concerto Competition

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The 2015 University of Minnesota Concerto Competition was held on Wednesday, January 29. Congratulations to the following students:

  • Winner: Pei-Lei Lin (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw)
  • Winner: Christine Killian (MM, voice, student of Adriana Zabala)
  • Honorable Mention: Osip Nikiforov (BM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky)

As competition winners, Pei-Lei Lin will perform Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16 and Christine Killian will perform Antonin Dvorak's "Song to the Moon" from Rusalka with the University Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday, February 25 at Ted Mann Concert Hall.

Faculty News: David Myers consults and speaks in Florida; Tanya Remenikova, Thomas Turner, & Jeffrey Van perform in Last Words; Norbert Nielubowski, John Snow, & Caroline Lemen perform in Mozartiade; and David Walsh directs SPCPA performances

davidMyers50b47e.jpgDavid Myers (music education and creative studies & media) is currently consulting and speaking in Florida. After visits with the Dean and attending events at the New World Symphony in Miami, he will lead a music faculty workshop on transforming the undergraduate music curriculum at the University of South Florida. Later, he will keynote the joint international meetings of the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium and Music in Lifelong Learning Research Group on the topic Music, Creativity, and Positive Plasticity in Lifespan Developmental Context.

HillHouseChamberPlayers.jpgTanya Remenikova (cello) and Thomas Turner (viola) and former faculty member Jeffrey Van (guitar) will perform in upcoming recitals on February 3 and 9 as members of the Hill House Chamber Players with Minnesota Orchestra's Cathy Schubilske (violin) and guest artists Helen Chang (violin) and vocalist Karin Wolverton (MM, voice, student of Jean del Santo). The group will perform two recitals of "Last Words" in February. Program to include string quartets by Haydn and Beethoven, Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss, and a new piece by Jeffrey Van. For tickets, call 651-297-2555. Photo: Sifei Cheng

mozartiade.jpgNorbert Nielubowski (bassoon), John Snow (oboe) and Caroline Lemen (horn) will perform in Mozartiade! as part of The Musical Offering's (Nielubowski, co-artistic director) ensemble on February 8 at 3 pm (Sundin Hall at Hamline University). Tickets are available on their website or via phone at 651-523-2459.

DavidWalsh.jpgDavid Walsh (opera) worked with the voice program of the Saint Paul Conservatory For Performing Artists (SPCPA) to present Ralph Vaughan-Williams' one act opera Riders to the Sea with a 20-minute selection of arts songs by Vaughan-Williams and his contemporaries. This is the second year that Walsh has directed this annual J-Term project. The project involved 18 students and three performances in Rarig Theatre's Kilburn Arena stage. Walsh has collaborated with the SPCPA's dance program on many University Opera Theatre productions during the past 5 years.

Student Volcan Can Canbolat and Alumni Carrie Beisles and Emily Rolka published in "American Suzuki Journal"

Canbolat.jpgVolcan Can Canbolat's (DMA candidate, Suzuki violin, student of Mark Bjork) article, "Twinkle, Twinkle, All the Stars," was published in The American Suzuki Journal's September 2014 issue. This is the premier journal representing Suzuki Talent Education in the Americas. In the same issue is the second of a three part series of articles titled, "Metamorphosis from Student into Artist Teacher," of which Carrie Beisles (MM, 2013, Suzuki violin, student of Mark Bjork) and Emily Rolka (DMA, 2014, Suzuki violin, student of Mark Bjork) are contributors.

January 26, 2015

Faculty News: Adriana Zabala (voice) performs on "Gotham Siren" from North/South Recordings and Peter Mercer-Taylor leads a discussion at the Campus Club

GothamSiren.jpgAdriana Zabala (voice) performs on Gotham Siren, the latest North/South Recordings release featuring song cycles inspired by the 9/11 tragedy from New York composer Stefania de Kenessey. The album also features soprano Adina Aaron and baritone Christopheren Nomura, all accompanied by the San Francisco Opera's John Churchwell.

peter_mercer_taylor.jpgPeter Mercer-Taylor (musicology, director of graduate studies) will lead a discussion as part of the Campus Club's A Matter of Taste: An Evening of Music, Food, and Conversation featuring MUSE SALON. The event will take place on Friday, February 20 at 6 pm. More info.