James Dillon's (composition) work New York Triptych, performed at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, received a positive review in theartsdesk.com. Dillon has been named the 2014 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival's Composer in Residence.
Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet) recently performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in a program titled The Voice of the Clarinet in Jewish Classical Music- Alexander Fiterstein and the Zimro Project. Fiterstein was joined by SOM piano professor Timothy Lovelace and violinist Erin Keefe among others. Watch Fiterstein in the Jewish News One interview "Celebrating the Jewish clarinet: Pro Musica Hebraica and Kennedy Center."
In his list of 100 Best Albums of 2013, critic Ted Gioia listed Alex Lubet's (theory/composition) Spectral Blues: New Music for Acoustic Guitar #52. Lubet composed and performed all the music on the album. View the complete list. The album also received a glowing review in Wordgathering. Critic John Bartley writes, "Lubet reaches outside the norm and into a non-standard realm of music as art-object, comparable with visionary experience of sound in a poetic mood... It is well-worth stepping out of our hackneyed comfort-zones to hear these musical inventions." Read the full review.
Laura Sindberg (music education) recently released a research article "Perceptions and perspectives of music teachers in urban settings: Isolation, conversation, and collaboration." The article was published in Music Education Research, an international journal published in the United Kingdom.
On December 4, five English diction voice students, their professor Jean del Santo, and their accompanist Jessica Schroeder traveled to Irondale High School to perform for their choir class. It was part of their final examination for the course, and they prepared two pieces each along with a brief introduction. After the performance, high school students were able to ask the U of M students questions about their experience with college and studying music. Photo (left to right): Jean del Santo, Sylvia Reilly, Madi Hinton, Tom Stevning-Roe, Irene Kelly, and Natalie Ward.
Visit the School of Music's Watch and Listen page for a live streaming schedule and to find out how you can listen to School of Music events anywhere. Click on "Live stream Ted Mann Concert Hall events" to stream events in Ted Mann Concert Hall and click on "Live stream Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall events" to stream events taking place in Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall.
The book Regards sur Debussy, edited by Myriam Chimènes and Alexandra Laederich (Paris: Fayard, 2013), to which David Grayson (musicology) contributed a chapter, was awarded the 2013 Paul Marmottan Prize by the Académie des Beaux-Arts of the Institut de France at its annual public meeting on November 20, 2013.
Composition students of Alex Lubet (theory/composition) will present a concert at St. Paul's Dreamland Arts on Friday, December 6 at 7:30 (suggested admission $5). Works by Andrew Bergmann, Benjamin Klein, Yan Pang, John Kermott, Tobias Ramaswamy, and Andre Stephani. Music for voices, guitar, tuba, violin, electronics, and Latin jazz combo. More event info.
Christine Gangelhoff (DMA, 2002) released the CD Deep Blue with her ensemble, C Force. Deep Blue is a reflection of C Force's commitment to the preservation and promotion of art music from The Bahamas and its neighboring Caribbean region. It is a compilation of original compositions, transcriptions, and arrangements of pieces written in a classical vein while manifesting elements of Bahamian folk culture in the use of theme, rhythm and melody. More info.
Robert McAllister (BS, 1975, music education) is currently the Dean of the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, CA. He served as President/CEO from the Peak Arts Association in Boulder, CO and the Executive Director of The Cleveland Music School Settlement and Associate Dean and Registrar at The Cleveland Institute of Music. McAllister was the Co-founder and Resident Guest Conductor of the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony and the substitute/extra clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra for eleven years. Currently, he is the Chair of the West Coast Chapter of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and is an international presenter on the topic of Music Re-Instruction and Functional Recovery in Cases of Traumatic Brain Injury.
Independent scholar Sondra Wieland Howe's (MA, 1985, musicology, student of Donna Cardamone-Jackson/PhD, 1988, music education, student of Charles Furman) book, Women Music Educators in The United States: A History, has been published by Scarecrow Press, a subsidiary of Rowman & Littlefield (2014).
Listen to School of Music graduate conducting student Brian Messier discuss The Electric Conductor: A Musical Murder Mystery on Classical Minnesota Public Radio with host Alison Young. Listen here. The Electric Conductor takes place on Tuesday, November 26 at 7:30 pm and is free, fun, and family friendly.
The U of M School of Music will live stream the Symphonic Band: Wind Songs (Jerry Luckhart, conductor) concert on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30 pm. The concert will feature the premiere of Andreia Pinto-Correia's Olhos, Espelho e Luz (Eyes, mirror, and light) with SOM Voice Professor John De Haan, tenor. Visit the School of Music's Watch and Listen page for a live streaming schedule and to find out how you can listen to School of Music events anywhere.
James Dillon's (composition) work, The New York Triptych, was recently performed by the Red Note Ensemble at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and received positive reviews in The Guardian, The Scotland Herald, The Telegraph (UK), and 5:4 (5against4.com). The Guardian's Guy Dammann writes, "James Dillon's 'New York Triptych' ranked among his finest work yet, with a vibrant performance from the Red Note Ensemble."
Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet) received a rave review for his performance of Carl Nielsen's Clarinet concerto in The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) article, "Review: IRIS meets clarinet in Memphis; gorgeousness ensues." Reviewer Jon W. Sparks writes, "Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, guest soloist at the concert Saturday night at the Germantown Performing Arts Center, knocked it out of the park with his performance of Carl Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto...Fiterstein's control of the clarinet was complete." Read the entire review.
The Hill House Chamber Players opened their season with "Much Ado About Nothing," a recital of music by Haydn, Beethoven, and Korngold with selections of guitar pieces on November 18. They will give this recital again tonight at the Hill House (St. Paul). Members include Tanya Remenikova, Susan Billmeyer, piano (alumna, student of Lydia Artymiw), Catherine Schubilske, violin, former SOM faculty member Jeffrey Van, guitar, and Craig Johnson, narrator.
On November 21, 38 students of the Chippewa Middle School Chamber Orchestra (Mounds View school district) visited the School of Music with their conductor Connie Aiken. The students attended studio classes with professors Mark Bjork (event organizer), Korey Konkol, and Tanya Remenikova, heard School of Music students perform, rehearsed with DMA conducting student Erik Rohde, and presented a mini-concert under the batons of Rohde and Aiken for their parents.
Lydia Artymiw (piano) was featured in Larry Fuchsberg's Star Tribune article, "Flesh-and-blood Mozart fully revealed by Minnesota Orchestra musicians." The article favorably reviewed Artymiw's performance with the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra under the baton of conductor laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski on Friday, November 15. Read the article.
Anna Hersey (MM, 2007, voice, student of Lawrence Weller/MA, 2009, musicology, student of Kelley Harness) was a recent guest lecturer at the University of Copenhagen's Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use. She presented her research on the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet for transcription of Danish art song texts.
James Dillon (composition) is represented with two works at this year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Europe's premiere contemporary music festival. The Harvard University commission New York Triptych will be played by Red Note Ensemble and the French cellist Séverine Ballone will play Dillon's classic work Parjanya-vata.
On November 16, Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet) will be the featured soloist in Carl Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto with the Iris Orchestra and conductor Michael Stern in Memphis, TN.
An exhibit of Alex Lubet's (theory/composition) scholarship will be exhibited in the U of M Office of Equity and Diversity's Gallery of Excellence.
Rebecca Shockley (piano) gave a guest presentation on "Mapping Music: A Fresh Approach to Practicing and Memorizing" for the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association state convention in Appleton on November 8.
Sandy Waterman (BS, 1980, music education - piano, student of Martha Ivory) continues working as an Early Childhood Music specialist at MacPhail Center for Music and the St. Paul Conservatory of Music. Her 25th musical score for Unity Church-Unitarian is being written on commission for the church's children's musical program, which she helped found in 1989. Waterman serves as music director of Living Spirit UMC in south Minneapolis. She served in fall 2013 as music director and keyboardist for Lakeshore Players Theatre in White Bear Lake during its production of Big River. Past projects in musical theatre were for The Children's Theatre Company, Steppingstone Theatre, and improvisational piano for three years at Brave New Workshop.
School of Music students were winners of the Mary West Solo Competition and will perform at the Winners Recital on November 17 at 7 pm at Lake Harriet United Methodist Church. Concert information and a complete list of winners.
Grand Prize - Emily McIntyre Saathoff, violin
(BM, 2012, violin performance, student of Sally O'Reilly)
Givens Prize, Junior Division - Julian Maddox, violin
(PSEO, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly)
Performance Award, Senior Division - Volkan Can Canbolat, violin
(MM candidate, student of Mark Bjork)
School of Music students were winners of the 2013 Minnesota National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Audition. Complete list of winners.
2nd place, 6 division - Robert Riordan, Jr.
(BM candidate, vocal performance, student of Philip Zawisza)
2nd place, 7 division - JoAnna Griffith
(BM candidate, vocal performance, student of Wendy Zaro-Mullins)
3rd place, 7 division - Laura Modglin
(BM candidate, vocal performance, student of Adriana Zabala)
2nd place, 9 division - Shelley Mihm
(BM candidate, vocal performance, student of Philip Zawisza)
1st place, 11 division - Jennifer Olson
(DMA candidate, vocal performance, student of Adriana Zabala)
3rd place, 11 division - Sophie Amelkin
(MM candidate, vocal performance, student of Jean del Santo)