December 15, 2014

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw performs for Minnesota Public Radio board members

lydiaArtymiw2.jpgOn December 9, Lydia Artymiw (piano) performed solo selections by Dvorak and Mendelssohn for board members of Minnesota Public Radio and members of the Weyerhaeuser Family in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio at MPR. Brian Newhouse hosted the event. Artymiw returned to New York on December 19 to be on the jury for the Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition (Schumann Piano Concerto).

Alumni News: Sondra Wieland Howe's appointment and publication; Sharri Van Alstine's publication; and Kinh Tien Vu's recent publication and College Music Society presentation

Sondra Wieland Howe (MA, 1985, musicology, student of Donna Cardamone Jackson; PhD, 1988, music education, student of Charles Furman) has been appointed for a six-year term on the editorial committee of the International Journal of Music Education. Her article "American Music in Meiji Era Japan" was published in Ritsumeikan Studies in Language Culture (October 2014).

Sharri Van Alstine's (PhD, 2011, music education, student of Akosua Addo) article "From I to International Toward International-Mindedness through Interdisciplinary Music Instruction" (co-author A. Holmes) was published in the December 2014 issue of Music Educators Journal.

Kinh Tien Vu's (Ph.D, 2013, music education, student of Akosua Addo) article "Unbounded making our way to public centered work in the arts: A year in third Space" (LaTanya Autry, co-author) was published in Public: A Journal of Imagining America. He will also present "Hmong Voices: Youth Empowerment, Activism, and Participatory Democracy" at the College Music Society's 2015 International Conference in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland from June 17-24.

Student News: School of Music National Association for Music Education officers Iris Kolodji, Sandor Miko, and Emily Curran traveled to Underwood School to donate instruments

NAfME2.jpgProfessor Laura Sindberg (music education) and U of M School of Music National Association for Music Education (NAfME) officers Iris Kolodji, Sandor Miko, and Emily Curran traveled to Underwood School in Underwood, MN to donate four instruments to the school. The instruments were purchased with proceeds from the U of M NAfME's bake sales. Schmitt Music donated cases for the instruments.

SOM Choral Department Helps Carlson School of Management Create Holiday Greeting

SeasonsGreetings.pngCongratulations to the talented students in the SOM choral program, G. Phillip Shoultz, III, Matthew Mehaffey, Kathy Saltzman Romey, Phillip O'Toole, and all others involved in creating a wonderful holiday message from the Carlson School of Management. Watch the greeting.

December 8, 2014

Alumni Stephen Paulus and Lila Downs recieve Grammy Award nominations

stephenPaulus.jpgStephen Paulus (composition) has received a posthumous Grammy Award nomination for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for his "Concerto For Two Trumpets & Band." The nominated work features Eric Berlin, Richard Kelley, James Patrick Miller, and the UMASS Wind Ensemble from the Fantastique: Premieres for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble album.

LilaDowns.jpgLila Downs' album Raiz received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Pop Album. Downs studied voice at the School of Music. Raiz is a collaborative project with Argentine folk/pop singer Soledad and Spanish flamenco singer Niña Pastori.

Faculty News: David Baldwin album release, Guerino Mazzola concert series and book release, Matthew Mehaffey featured in "Choral America" article, and Adriana Zabala reviewed in "The Tennessean"

DavidBaldwin.jpgDavid Baldwin (trumpet) released the album Christmas in Minnesota: Warm Thoughts with the Summit Hill Brass Quintet. The album features holiday favorites arranged by Baldwin.

Mazzola_Guerino7d067d.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) will perform in a series of concerts in Japan: Geisser-Mazzola-Onuma X'mas Concerts 2014 (December 22-26). Performances will take place in Tokyo (Knuttelhouse Club) and Yokohama (Airegin Club). While in Japan, the group will also record a DVD. Mazzola is also co-author of the book Computational Musicology in Hindustani Music, which was recently released by Springer. This publication is part of Springer's Computational Music Science series.

DowntonAbbeyChristmas.jpgMatthew Mehaffey (choral) and the Oratorio Society of Minnesota were featured in an article on the Chorus America website. The article, "The Music of Downton Abbey," discusses the Oratorio Society of Minnesota's Downton-inspired concerts. The organization will perform A Downton Abbey Christmas on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm at Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis. Concert info. Read the article.

ZabalaRomulusHunt.jpgAdriana Zabala (voice) recently performed the role of Joanna in the Nashville Opera's production of Carly Simon's Romulus Hunt at the Noah Liff Opera Center. Zabala's performance was reviewed in The Tennessean article "Nashville Opera takes an unusual journey in 'Romulus Hunt'." Highlights from the review include, "Mezzo soprano Adriana Zabala is particularly lovely as Rom's mother, Joanna, delivering a heartfelt rendition of 'It's My Downfall.' And Nashville's own Lawrence 'Gus' O'Brien makes an excellent Nashville Opera debut as Romulus. He and Zabala share an especially sweet chemistry in 'Voulez-Vous Danser?'"

Alumni News: Nicole Schwartz Navratil and band release album, "Songevity"

Songevity.jpgNicole Schwartz Navratil (BM, 2005, vocal and choral music education) recently completed a full-length recording project with her Americana band, Sonic Love Child. Navratil sings lead and harmony vocals and plays hand percussion on the album, titled Songevity. The band celebrated with a CD release concert at the Riverview Cafe in Minneapolis. Find Sonic Love Child on Facebook.

School of Music NAfME chapter welcomes Minneapolis Public School music educators

NAfME.jpgThe National Association for Music Education (NAfME) - Collegiate chapter of the School of Music recently welcomed three music educators from the Minneapolis Public Schools. Adrian Davis, School of Music alumnus Jonathan Edington, and current music education graduate student Tim Buzza participated in a panel discussion on teaching music in urban schools.

College News: SOM faculty and staff members appointed to CLA Roadmap Goals Teams

CLARoadmap.jpgCollege of Liberal Arts Dean John Coleman appointed staff member Anabel Njoes (recruitment and community engagement) and faculty members Kelley Harness (musicology) and Michael Silverman (music therapy) to CLA Roadmap Goal Teams. Composed primarily of faculty, staff, and students, the Goal Teams will deliberate and share their thoughts and guidance around the five specific goals outlined in Dean Coleman's Road Ahead address, making specific recommendations towards establishing CLA as a destination college. More info.

December 1, 2014

Faculty News: Michael Silverman receives American Music Therapy Association Research and Publication Award

MichaelSilverman.jpgMichael Silverman (music therapy) has received the American Music Therapy Association Research and Publication Award, one of the highest awards presented by the American Music Therapy Association. He received this award at the annual AMTA conference in Louisville, Kentucky in November. The purpose of the AMTA Research and Publication Award is to recognize a music therapist who has contributed to the growth of the profession through research, and scholarly activity resulting in advanced knowledge and the development of the profession of music therapy. Not only has Dr. Silverman made significant contributions to the body of knowledge in the profession of music therapy, but he has shared knowledge and inspired others through both his publications as well as his national and international presentations. The impact of his work is felt in research and education, as well as direct clinical work.

Student News: Dan Musselman releases album to benefit The Water Project

aModernChristmas.jpgDan Musselman (DMA student, composition) has released A Modern Christmas, his dissertation project. This music re-composes Christmas hymns, combining jazz, classical, pop, electronic and funk styles. All proceeds from this album benefit The Water Project. The album is available on iTunes and Spotify. Visit Musselman's website for additional information.

Alumni News: Claudia Chen and Katia Tesarczyk perform in a three-generation recital and Sarah Porwoll-Lee awarded 2015 Minnesota State Board of the Arts Artist Initiative Grant

threeGenerationRecital.jpgClaudia Chen (collaborative piano, student of Margo Garrett) performed a recital with her daughter Katia Tesarczyk (Bravo!, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) and her mother, pianist Patricia Parraguez Chen at Casa Central de la Escuela Moderna in Santiago, Chile. Their three-generation recital included works by Dvorak, Tchaikowsky, Bruch, Ries, Schubert, Guastavino, Chopin, and Beethoven. More information.

SarahPorwollLee.jpgSarah Porwoll-Lee (MM, 2013, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) was recently awarded a fiscal year 2015 Minnesota State Board of the Arts Artist Initiative Grant. The grant award will help fund the commissioning of three new works by Minnesota composers, three local performances, and the recording of an album of music by all Minnesotans, including works by Katherine Bergman, Joshua Clausen, Daniel Nass, Ted Moore, and Libby Larsen. Porwoll-Lee is currently adjunct professor of applied clarinet at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, artistic co-director and clarinetist of The Antithesis Project, a member of Zeitgeist New Music's Board of Directors, and a freelance clarinetist around the Twin Cities.

November 24, 2014

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw on "Performance Today" and Matthew Bribitzer-Stull's new book

lydiaArtymiw2.jpgLydia Artymiw (piano) was recently interviewed with the Miami String Quartet on Performance Today. Artymiw discussed what it takes to play well with other musicians. Listen to the interview.

MatthewBribitzerStull.jpgMatthew Bribitzer-Stull's (music theory) book Understanding the Leitmotif: From Wagner to Hollywood Film Music will be available in early 2015 on Cambridge University Press. The musical leitmotif, having reached a point of particular forcefulness in the music of Richard Wagner, has remained a popular compositional device up to the present day. This book explores the background and development of the leitmotif, from Wagner to the Hollywood adaptations of The Lord of The Rings and the Harry Potter series.

Student News: Julie Yoonjeong Kim and Kevin Seal perform in organ master class

KimSeal.jpgJulie Yoonjeong Kim (DMA, organ) and Kevin Seal (MM, organ), both students of Dean Billmeyer, recently performed works of César Franck and Olivier Messiaen in a master class with concert organist Stephen Tharp on the Glatter-Götz/Rosales organ at Augustana Lutheran Church in West Saint Paul, MN.

Alumni News: Patrick Terry wins first prize in the 20th Annual Maureen Lehane Vocal Competition

PatrickTerry.jpgOn November 14, Patrick Terry (BM, 2013, voice, student of Adriana Zabala) took first prize in the 20th Annual Maureen Lehane Vocal Competition organized by the Jackdaws foundation and hosted by Wigmore Hall. Terry is the first Counter Tenor to have won at the awards. The finals were held at London's fabled Wigmore Hall, and Terry was the youngest of the eight finalists. He is currently pursuing graduate work at the Royal Academy of Music, under the tutelage of Michael Chance.