April 21, 2014

Announcing the Master of Music in Music Education

The new Master of Music in Music Education program is designed for practicing educators, offering educational experiences and resources that can be implemented immediately in music classes during graduate study. This program aims to deepen each teacher's practice in meaningful ways through informed, rigorous, and relevant research. More information.

Now accepting applications for Fall 2014
Application Deadline: Friday, May 16, 2014

Music Education info: Keitha Lucas Hamann
Application info: mnmusic@umn.edu

Faculty News: Timothy Lovelace's album released on Arabesque Records and Laura Sindberg paper presentations at National Association for Music Education conference

Z6867_20Cover_20200x200a28608.jpgTimothy Lovelace's (collaborative piano) new album Modern American Viola Music with Maggie Snyder was recently released on Arabesque Records. Find it online or through iTunes.

SindbergLauraSQ.jpgLaura Sindberg (music education) presented two papers at the Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) in St. Louis: "Exploring Comprehensive Musicianship in the Context of a Professional Learning Community;" and "'It's Just Different'--Supports for and Constraints on CMP-Infused Student Teaching."

Alumna Sharri Van Alstine presents poster at National Association for Music Education conference

SharriVanAlstine.jpgSharri Van Alstine (PhD, music education) presented a research poster at the recent Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference of the National Association for Music Education in St. Louis. The title of her poster was "The Effect of Course Content and Pedagogy on Undergraduate Students International Mindedness and Preferences for World Music."

April 14, 2014

Faculty News: Alexander Braginsky to present at Summit Music Festival, Alexander Fiterstein's Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award, Guerino Mazzola invited to be part of ART2, and Angela Wyatt performs with Ancia Saxophone Quartet at Studio Z

BraginskyAlexanderSQ2.jpgAlexander Braginsky (piano) was recently a jury member at 60th Maria Canals International Competition in Barcelona, Spain (March 26-April 4). This summer he will be the jury chair for the Alaska International Piano e-Competition (June 28-July 12) and he will be on the faculty of the International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College, in New York City (July 20-27). He will give a special event presentation, "Russian Composers of XX Century," at the Summit Music Festival in New York on July 29. From August 2-14, he will be the artistic director of the International MusikFest at Shattuck-St Mary.

FitersteinAlexanderSQ.jpgAlexander Fiterstein (clarinet) recently received a 2014 Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award from Thursday Musical. On April 13 he premiered a new work by renowned composer George Tsontakis with the Chamber Music Society of Boston.

Mazzola_Guerino7d067d.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creative studies) was invited to be a part of ART2, an International Platform on Contemporary Art held in New York during April, and one of its multifaceted projects, Composing Differences. Glass Bead invited philosopher Reza Negarestani and musician and mathematician Mazzola for a series of public talks at e-flux. The talks will also be broadcast live on Glass Bead's website. Mazzola's talk "Melting Glass Beads--The Multiverse Game of Strings and Gestures" will take place on Friday, April 25 from 7-9 pm.

Ancia.jpgANCIA Saxophone Quartet, featuring Angela Wyatt (saxophone), will perform a program of contemporary music with percussionist David Schmalenberger at Studio Z on May 3 at 7:30 pm. The concert will be repeated at the Weisman Art Museum on May 4 at 4 pm. The program will include Arvo Pärt's Summa, Revolutionary Etudes by David Lang, Perry Goldstein's Fault Lines, John Mackey's Strange Humors and a cover of Radiohead's Paranoid Android. The Weisman concert is free and open to the public. Tickets to the Studio Z concert are available on their website. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Student News: Preston Duncan performances and presentations, Peter John "Washington Post" review, Eric Schultz festival activities, and Tyler Tracy recieves Talle Family Scholarship

PRESTONf030c1.jpgPreston Duncan (DMA, saxophone, student of Eugene Rousseau) performed the premiere of Broken Obelisk by Joseph Dangerfield at the North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference in Urbana, Il on March 24. Duncan performed and presented at the College Music Society Great Lakes Conference on March 29. He performed at Schubert Club Courtroom Concert on March 22 and was selected as finalist for this year's McKnight Fellowship.

Peter John's (DMA, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky and James Dillon) work From the Zodiac was performed by cellist Cicely Parnas at the Kennedy Center on April 7. Read the Washington Post review of the piece and performance.

Eric Schultz (MM, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) has been accepted to attend Austrian chamber music festival AlpenKammerMusik as the only clarinetist this summer. Schultz has also received a grant from the International Festival Society in Santa Monica, CA, fully covering tuition and housing.

Tyler Tracy (music and political science double major) is a Talle Family Scholarship recipient. This college-wide scholarship program is intended to inspire, reward, and support academic excellence in the College of Liberal Arts. The college is hosting a reception on Thursday, April 24 to recognize the outstanding work and achievement of Talle Family Scholars.

April 7, 2014

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw review, Scott Currie and Maja Radovanlija's Improvised Ecosystems, Guerino Mazzola to perform in Japan, David Grayson & Gabriela Currie chair AMS conference, and Mark Russell Smith conducts Adriana Zabala and Quad City Symphony

ArtymiwLydiaSQ.jpgOsmo Vänskä joined Lydia Artymiw (piano) and violinist Erin Keefe (concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra) as the clarinetist in a trio recital at Ted Mann Concert Hall for a performance of Bartóks "Contrasts" on March 30. The program also included piano trios of Dvořák and Brahms with cellist Wilhelmina Smith. Their performance was mentioned in New York Times music critic James Oestreich's "Critic's Notebook" on April 1.

groupe9c5d9.jpgThe research/creative collaborative project "Improvised Ecosystems" has been selected for funding by the Institute for Advanced Study for the 2014/15 academic year. This project is the result of collaborative efforts of Scott Currie (musicology/ ethnomusicology) and Maja Radovanlija (guitar) with Diane Willow (Experimental and Media Arts, Department of Art) and Matt Tucker (Department of Landscape Architecture, College of Design).

Mazzola_Guerino7d067d.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creative studies) has been invited to give seven jazz concerts in Japan in July 2014. He will perform at the Shinjuku Pit Inn, Tokyo (July 13); Last Waltz, Shibuya, Tokyo (July 14); Nanahari, Tokyo (July 15 and 16); Airegin, Yokohama (July 18); and Knuttel House, Tokyo (July 19 and 20). Mazzola will perform with Swiss drummer Heinz Geisser and Japanese drummer Shrio Onuma. The concerts will be recorded for live CD production.

gabriella9176b1.jpgThis coming weekend, the School of Music will host the bi-annual conference of the American Musicological Society-Midwest Chapter. Professors David Grayson (musicology) and Gabriela Currie (musicology) are serving as local arrangement co-chairs. Nine scholars will present their research at the conference.

AZ_MRSf23469.jpgMark Russell Smith (orchestral conducting) conducted the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 3 on April 1. Adriana Zabala (voice) was the soloist. This was the first time this piece was performed by the orchestra in its 100 year history.

Student News: Ingrid Martin to present at Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic and Emily Rolke to present at Suzuki Association of the Americas International Conference

ingridMartin.jpgIngrid Martin (conducting) was accepted to present at the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in December. Her clinic will be "Secrets from Down Under - the best Australian band repertoire you've never heard."

emily_rolke0e98ad.pngEmily Rolke (violin, student of Mark Bjork) will present at the Suzuki Association of the Americas International Conference this May. The title of her presentation is "Metamorphosis From Student Into Artist Teacher." Rolke will present along with Carrie Beisler (U of M alumna), Lucy Lewis, Colleen Ferguson, and Samantha Hiller.

Engagement News: Russell Adrian - The Creation of a Conducting Seminar Outreach Program and Caroline Hand - R-Word Campaign Concert

RAdrian_phogo41e39f.jpgThe Creation of a Conducting Seminar Outreach Program
Russell Adrian, graduate conducting student, will produce a conducting seminar outreach program, offering professional development opportunities for U of M School of Music students to work with an established civic ensemble in the Twin Cities metro area. Students from the Choral Conducting Seminar will lead sectionals and rehearsals with the South Metro Chorale in preparation for a masterworks concert of Joseph Haydn's The Creation on May 2 and 4, 2014 with professional soloists and orchestra. This project will provide seminar students an environment to implement skills and knowledge obtained in class as well as the opportunity to work as guest clinicians. The seminar will offer the South Metro Chorale individualized attention in learning difficult passages and overall development of a better corporate sound. While emphasis will be given to the teaching new music, an equal importance will be given to the development of healthy vocal production and the exploration of vocal pedagogy specific to community choruses.

CarolineHandd9bb9d.jpgR-Word Campaign Concert
Graduate conducting student, Caroline Hand, will work with Blaine High School Choir in April and May of 2014 to produce an R-Word Campaign event concert. R-Word Campaigns are grassroots efforts of "Spread the Word to End the Word," a movement seeking to eliminate the derogatory and hurtful use of the word "retard" or "retarded." The Blaine High School Choir will perform Nathan Jones's Gamble Everything for Love featuring chorus accompanied by woodwind octet. In addition to Jones's piece, members of the Blaine High School Chamber Choir will learn We Are One by Ysaye Barnwell. They will then teach the song to their peers in special education. This interaction will create the core bond between choir members and students in special education. The entire concert will be performed on May 8, 2014.

March 31, 2014

U of M School of Music Schubert Club Scholarship Competition Winners 2014

The Schubert Club Student Scholarship Competition, held each spring, awards approximately $50,000 annually to young musicians. The finals will took place on March 28, 2014 at Landmark Center in St. Paul.

SENIOR HIGH VIOLIN
Honorable Mention, Julian Maddox (PSEO student of Sally O'Reilly)

COLLEGE VIOLIN
Honorable Mention, Melissa Deal (student of Sally O'Reilly)

GRADUATE CELLO
First Place, Rosalind Leavell (student of Tanya Remenikova)
Second Place, Charles Asch (student of Tanya Remenikova)
Honorable Mention, Luke Darville (student of Tanya Remenikova)

GRADUATE VIOLIN
Honorable Mention, Sila Gundiler (student of Sally O'Reilly)

COLLEGE PIANO
First Place, Osip Nikiforov (piano, student of Alexander Braginsky)

GRADUATE PIANO
First Place, Rie Tanaka (student of Alexander Braginsky)
Second Place, Gabriel Quenneville-Belair (student of Lydia Artymiw)
Honorable Mention, Samantha Cho (student of Alexander Braginsky)

ADVANCED VOICE
First Place, Brennan Blankenship (student of Adriana Zabala)

GRADUATE VOICE
First Place, Joseph Okell (student of John De Haan)

COLLEGE/GRADUATE BRASS & WOODWIND
First Place, Kendra Wheeler (saxophone, student of Eugene Rousseau)
Second Place, Eric Schultz (clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein)
Honorable Mention, David Franzel (saxophone, student of Eugene Rousseau)

HUNTER/SCHUBERT CLUB PRIZE
First Place, Joesph Okell (voice, tenor, student of John De Haan)

Alumni News: Matthew Dockendorf named assistant director of bands at University of Colorado - Boulder and Soojung Hong wins Carnegie Hall's American Protege International Competition of Romantic Music

Matthewd6c7ab.jpgMatthew Dockendorf (BM, 2006, music education) was named assistant director of bands at the University of Colorado - Boulder. His responsibilities will be assisting the Golden Buffalo Marching Band, directing the Concert Band, directing men's and women's Basketball Band, teaching marching band techniques, and supervising student teachers. He is currently finishing his DMA in wind conducting from Michigan State University.

Soojung Hong (DMA, 2011, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) won first place in the college students and professional category of Carnegie Hall's American Protege International Competition of Romantic Music 2013.

Student News: Colleen Bertsch on MPR with alumni Scott Keever and Matt Miller, Osip Nikiforov second place at MTNA competition, and Eric Schultz recieves Rislov Foundation Grant

Screen_Shot_2014_03_31_at_3.39.09_PM.pngColleen Bertsch (ethnomusicology student of Matt Rahaim) and SOM alumni Scott Keever and Matt Miller were interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio's Dan Olson as members of the Balkan party band Orkestar Bez Ime. The interview, which aired on Friday, March 28 on Morning Edition, highlights the band's original compositions that were commissioned by the American Composers Forum. Print and audio versions of the interview can be found on the MPR website.

Osip_Nikiforov_1152x360_A19cf6b8.jpgOsip Nikiforov (piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) won Second Place in the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition in Chicago (March, 2014).

Eric Schultz (clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) was recently named a 2014 recipient of a Rislov Foundation Grant for excellence in classical music.

Faculty News: Kelley Harness to receive Exemplary Teaching Award, Korey Konkol Bakken Trio performance, Scott Lipscomb CMS keynote address, Adriana Zabala's Florentine Opera Company performance review

kelley_harnessSQ.jpgKelley Harness (musicology) will receive the Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award on Tuesday, April 8 as part of the U of M College of Liberal Arts Celebrate Faculty Excellence event at the Best Buy Theater, Northrop Auditorium.

KonkolKoreySQ.jpgKorey Konkol (viola), member of the Bakken Trio, will perform on Sunday, April 13 at MacPhail Center for Music. The program, the French Connection, was curated by acclaimed pianist Judy Lin, and features music from France in the pre-World War I era. Guest cellist Wilhelmina Smith will perform Debussy's Cello Sonata and will join Bakken's violinist Stephanie Arado and Korey Konkol to perform the Faure Piano Quartet in c minor. More information and tickets.

LipscombScottSQ.jpgScott Lipscomb (music education) presented the Keynote Address to attendees at the College Music Society Great Lakes Region Conference in Fargo, ND (March 28-29, 2014). His presentation, "A classroom of 'digital natives:' Their musics, their cultures, and their communities," challenged all teachers - K-12 to university level - to reconsider the means by which they approach teaching in their classrooms. As a means of connecting more effectively with the millennial generation of students he encouraged the primary use of engaging, real-world, problem-solving activities rather than the oft-used, one-way, lecture presentation format.

Sesto_Detainedc5fb33.jpgAdriana Zabala (voice) is currently performing the role of Sesto Pompeo in Handel's Giulio Cesare with the Florentine Opera Company at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee, WI. The Journal Sentinel said of her performance, "Mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala gave a strikingly believable performance in the 'pants' role of Sextus. She blended vocal clarity, a youthful emotional directness and a light-footed stage presence to create a highly sympathetic character." In February she performed the role of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Jackonsville Symphony.

March 24, 2014

Faculty News: James Dillon's works performed throughout US, Guerino Mazzola to receive a doctorate, honoris causa, Becky Shockley nominated for Distinguished Alumnus Award

With performances in New York (Talea Ensemble), Seattle (Séverine Ballone), Chicago (Fonema Consort) and San Francisco (San Francisco New Music Players) it was a busy month in the U.S. for James Dillon (composition). In February he was guest composer at Stanford University, giving a masterclass and teaching composition. It was also confirmed that in addition to his residency at the 2014 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the UK, he will be the composer-in-residence at Oberlin Conservatory in December 2014.

Guerino Mazzola (creative studies) will receive a doctorate, honoris causa, from the Universidad de Guadalajara (Jalisco, México) in December 2014.

Becky Shockley (piano) has been nominated to receive a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she received her DMA. She will receive the award during the May 7 commencement ceremonies at CU-Boulder. She also gave a presentation on Mapping Music at the Texas Music Educators Association State Convention in San Antonio in February.

Student News: Benjamin Klemme featured in Reach magazine, Jenna Gullickson advances in Minnesota Varsity, Phillip Radtke places second in TCAGO Young Artist Student Competition, U of M Trombone Choir performs, Ryan Thompson on Polygon.com

Jenna Gullickson (flute, PSEO, student of Immanuel Davis) is a featured round artist in Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Minnesota Varsity Showcase. Vote for Gullickson and listen to her perform Jacques Ibert's Concerto for flute and orchestra I. Allegro on Classical Minnesota Public Radio's website.

Benjamin Klemme (conducting, student of Mark Russell Smith) is featured in Reach, the College of Liberal Arts magazine, in the article "The Making of a Conductor."

Phillip Radtke (organ, student of Dean Billmeyer) placed second in the Twin Cities American Guild of Organists Young Artist Student Competition on March 22. Radtke gave a prizewinner's on March 23 at Augustana Lutheran Church.

Ryan Thompson (musicology) is interviewed in the article "Spira Unplugged: Behind Final Fantasy 10 HD's remastered soundtrack" on Polygon.com.

The U of M Trombone Choir (Tom Ashworth, director) joined the Minneapolis Trombone Choir for the MTC's 41st annual concert at the Judson Memorial Baptist Church (Minneapolis) on March 23. Bravo to Jim ten Bensel for his tireless leadership of this this fine, and fun ensemble! The MTC will perform at the U of M Brass Symposium at 4 pm on Saturday, April 5 at Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall. The U of M Brass Symposium will be held on April 4-6.

March 19, 2014

U of M School of Music Piano Student Osip Nikiforov featured in "5,618 miles for music"

U of M School of Music student Osip Nikiforov (studio of Alexander Braginsky) is featured in "5,618 miles for music" on the University of Minnesota's website homepage.

In the article he shares his thoughts on pursuing a career as a pianist, moving to Minnesota from Eastern Siberia, Russia, and studying with Professor Alexander Braginsky. Hear a Nikiforov's playing in a sound clip at the end of the article.


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