January 19, 2015

RSVP for School of Music Alumni Reception on 2/13/2015

You are cordially invited to attend the School of Music Annual Alumni Reception on Friday, February 13. Catch up with professors and former classmates, enjoy a variety of refreshments, and share stories of years past and recent! Questions? Contact Anabel Njoes at anabel@umn.edu.

School of Music Alumni Reception
Friday, February 13, 2015
Brit's Pub "Clubhouse"
1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN

Please RSVP online by Friday, February 6.

Music Makes Us Whole: The evening will include a brief announcement of the School of Music's commitment to a state-wide music advocacy effort, Music Makes Us Whole. Learn more.

Student News: Peter John piano trio New York City premiere; Julian Maddox in MPR's Minnesota Varsity competition; Osip Nikiforov recital; and Zhen Tu recieves 1st Prize at the Minnesota Orchestra's Young People's Symphony Concert Association Competition

Peter John (DMA, piano/composition, student of Alexander Braginsky and Alex Lubet) premiered his piano trio "The Clock-Trees" with Duo Parnas at Subculture in New York City on December 22. This piece was commissioned by Latitude 45 artists and Duo Parnas and will be performed in Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall in the spring.

Julian Maddox (PSEO, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) is one of thirteen musicians entering the Featured Round of Minnesota Public Radio's Fifth Annual Minnesota Varsity. As part of this round, he will have a recording session in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio at Minnesota Public Radio's St. Paul headquarters.

Osip Nikiforov (BM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) will give a piano recital on Saturday, February 7 at 7:30 pm at St. John the Evangelist Church in St. Paul, MN. He will perform works by Beethoven, Mompou, and Scriabin.

Zhen Tu (PSEO, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) was awarded the First Prize at the Minnesota Orchestra's Young People's Symphony Concert Association Competition. In addition to a cash award, Tu will perform with the Minnesota Orchestra in their 2015-16 season, dates to be announced.

Faculty News: Alexander Fiterstein at Sedona Winter MusicFest and Arizona tour; Alex Lubet book review and album release

AlexanderFitersteinAug2014SQ.jpgAlexander Fiterstein (clarinet) recently performed and was co-artistic director of the 2nd annual Sedona Winter MusicFest in Sedona, AZ. The repertoire included Osvaldo Golijov's "The Dreams and Prayers for Isaac the Blind" and Bruch's 8 pieces for clarinet, viola and piano. Following the festival Fiterstein performed throughout the state of Arizona, gave master classes at Northern Arizona University and visited several high schools with cellist Nicholas Canellakis and pianist Michael Brown. They completed their tour with a two-day residency at Winslow High School in Winslow, AZ.

lubet624653.jpgAlex Lubet's (creative studies & media/composition) book Music, Disability, and Society was reviewed in Approaches (Greece). Sherrie Tucker wrote, "Taken together, or selectively, the chapters form extremely successful 'think pieces.' Like many highly original books, Music, Disability, and Society also bears some idiosyncratic twists and turns that may startle, challenge, excite, and even occasionally frustrate readers. The reader may set down the book from time to time, but the book doesn't leave the reader. I know that my thinking about disability, music, and society has been utterly rearranged in many meaningful ways as a result of reading this book." Lubet's performance of his Reliquary Dances IX was released on the album Vanguards 2 (Ravello).

Engagement News: Student Tyler Cessor's Shifting Perspectives Series debuts this week at Bedlam Lowertown Theatre

TylerCessor.jpgThis Spring, Bedlam Theatre Lowertown will host Shifting Perspectives, a cross-discipline concert series created by U of M student Tyler Cessor (DMA, saxophone, student of Eugene Rousseau). The series aims to increase the Recognition-Acceptance-Celebration of differences between artists and disciplines, cultures and communities. Part one of this four-part series will focus on the creative intersections between visual art and music. Come watch the unveiling of a new work by The Fire Arts Center, a free improvisation inspired by film and projected images, and the creation of a new painting inspired by the audience and music alike. Cessor (saxophone) will collaborate with Wing Young Huie (photography), Heather Doyle (metalsmith), and local artists in the first event of this exciting new concert series on Friday, January 23 at 7 pm at Bedlam Theatre Lowertown. Visit Shifting Perspectives on Facebook for more information. This event is made possible by a grant from the University of Minnesota School of Music Community Engagement Leadership Team (CELT).

Alumni News: Sara Grewing is appointed by Governor Dayton as a judge in Minnesota's Second District

SaraGrewing.jpgSara Grewing (BM, 1999, voice, student of Glenda Maurice) was recently appointed by Governor Dayton as a judge in Minnesota's Second Judicial District. Grewing received her JD from William Mitchell College of Law. Read the full press release.

January 12, 2015

Staff News: School of Music Student Services Team awarded the CLA Work Group Outstanding Service Award

The School of Music Student Services Team was awarded the CLA Work Group Outstanding Service Award for 2013-14. Outstanding Service Awards are intended to recognize employees and work groups who make outstanding contributions to the objectives of their units and/or the college. The School of Music Work team consists of:

  • Timothy Brock, undergraduate advisor & course scheduler
  • Anabel Njoes, recruitment & community engagement coordinator
  • Carla Mantel, graduate student services assistant
  • Ian Berg, student services specialist
  • Susan Wagner, ensemble supervisor
  • Nicole Radotich, ensemble librarian and support
  • Rex Davenport, BA theatre major (student employee special mention)

The Student Services Team will be presented with the award at the CLA Staff Appreciation Ceremony on Wednesday, January 21 at 2:30 pm (Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center). To attend the CLA Staff Appreciation Ceremony, RSVP by January 14.

Alumni News: Doug Orzolek awarded the Minnesota Music Educators Association Hall of Fame Award

DougOrzolekSQ.jpgDoug Orzolek (PhD, music education) received the Minnesota Music Educators Association Hall of Fame Award, given for significant career contributions to music education in Minnesota. Orzolek's dissertation on conducting pedagogy was nominated for the Outstanding Dissertation in Music Education Award and has been published by the American Bandmaster's Association in the Journal of Band Research. He is the associate director of bands at the University of St. Thomas.

Faculty News: Michael Cherlin gives talk at Bakken Trio concert and upcoming lectures; David Walsh, Kathy Saltzman Romey, Adriana Zabala, and Philip Zawisza featured in "Opera News" article on DVD release of "Parables"

CherlinMichael.jpgMichael Cherlin (theory) will give an introduction to and lead a discussion of the Bakken Trio and Friends' performance of Arnold Schönberg's Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night). The event will take place on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 4 pm in the Crosby Seminar Room (240 Northrop). Cosponsored by the Center for Austrian Studies and the Institute for Advanced Study. More info.

Cherlin has been invited to be a guest speaker in the Thinking About Music lecture series at Cincinnati College Conservatory. His talk, scheduled for February 20, 2015, will be "The Ineffable in Luigi Nono's string quartet Fragmente-Stille, An Diotima." This is the second time that Cherlin has been invited to this prestigious lecture series. Cherlin has also been invited for a week-long residency in Hebrew University, Jerusalem as part of the fiftieth anniversary celebrations of the Hebrew University Music Department. This will take place during late May 2015. As part of the occasion, Cherlin will give a public lecture on the influence of Yiddish culture on the music of Gustav Mahler.

Parables.jpgDavid Walsh (opera), Kathy Saltzman Romey (choral), Adriana Zabala (voice), and Philip Zawisza (voice), and University of Minnesota Chorus and Orchestra are featured in the February 2015 Opera News DVD review of Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein's oratorio Parables. The review, titled "Twist of Faith" says "Robert Aldridge's uplifting oratorio suggests that we must recognize differences before we can reconcile humanity's various beliefs." The production was directed by David Walsh.

January 8, 2015

School of Music faculty Tom Ashworth and Phil Hey's upcoming debut performances in the Fireside Five Jazz Combo

F5 orig color pic.jpgThe Fireside Five is a new jazz quintet featuring U of M School of Music faculty members Tom Ashworth (trombone & euphonium) and Phil Hey (drums) along with Brian Grivna (woodwinds), Phil Aaron (piano) and Gordy Johnson (bass). Please join them for their upcoming debut performances:

Monday, January 12 & 26 at 7:30 pm
Underground Music Cafe
1579 Hamline Ave N., Falcon Heights MN, 651-644-9959

Monday, January 26 at 3:35 pm
Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall
U of M School of Music
2106 4th Street S., Minneapolis, 612-624-5740
Free and open to the public!

The group will perform Dixieland, swing, blues, ballads, bebop, and more!

January 5, 2015

The U of M Marching Band's Trip to the Citrus Bowl

The U of M Marching Band accompanied the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team to Florida for the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. If you missed out on the action, we've got you covered. Check out the following links for an inside peek at the Pride of Minnesota's time in Florida.

Faculty News: Guerino Mazzola's presentation in the Midway Contemporary Art's series and Rebecca Shockley's article in Clavier Companion magazine

Mazzola_Guerino7d067d.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) will give a presentation as part of Midway Contemporary Art's Exploring Compositional Epistemologies: A Series of Notional Synthesization on Topological Morphologies and Heuristic Gestures in the Realm of Sonic Language. His presentation, "Towards Creative Gestural Control of Music Concepts," will be held on Saturday, January 24 at 2 pm. More info.

RebeccaShockley.jpgRebecca Shockley (Professor Emerita, piano pedagogy) is the author of the article "Dorothy Stolzenbach Payne: Remembering a Legendary Cincinnati Piano Teacher" appearing in the January/February issue of Clavier Companion magazine. In it, Shockley traces the life and career of her mother, a well-known pianist and teacher in Cincinnati and former pianist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and longtime friend of Percy Grainger. Shockley has also donated materials to the Dorothy Stolzenbach Payne Archives, soon to be housed at the University of Cincinnati.

Alumni News: Corey Hamm's CD of Frederic Rzewski's solo piano masterpiece "The People United Will Never Be Defeated!" is a Spotify Classical Record of the Year 2014

HammAlbum.jpgCorey Hamm's (MM, 2003; DMA, 2005, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) CD of Frederic Rzewski's solo piano masterpiece The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (TK431 Redshift Records) was just announced as a Spotify Classical Record of the Year 2014. The company's blog stated that Hamm's recording is "a mind-blowing performance of an equally mind-blowing work." Read Spotify's announcement.

December 29, 2014

Engagement News: Professor Laura Sindberg and music education students visit Underwood School in Underwood, MN

NAfMEUnderwoodVisit.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. In this photo, Professor Sindberg and SOM students share a thank you card from Underwood students and band/general music teacher TJ Pelanek (School of Music alumnus).

Student News: The School of Music Steel Drum Ensemble featured on Minnesota Public Radio

SteelDrumEns.jpgThe School of Music Steel Drum Ensemble, led by graduate student Marilyn Clark Silva (percussion, student of Fernando Meza), was featured in the Minnesota Public Radio story "Chasing away the gray: Steel drums find a place in MN music culture." Listen to the interview featuring members of the Steel Drum Ensemble.

Alumni News: Denis Evstuhin performs in A Russian Winter Celebration Concert

DenisEvstuhin.jpgDenis Evstuhin (DMA, 2011, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) will perform in A Russian Winter Celebration Concert on Saturday, January 10 at the Museum of Russian Art with Minnesota Orchestra musicians Helen Chang Haertzen and Pitnarry Shin. Tickets and information can be found on the Museum of Russian Art's website.