April 6, 2015

Kappa Kappa Psi - Kappa Alpha Chapter Event

Kappa Kappa Psi - Kappa Alpha Chapter is hosting Maestro: Leadership in Music at TCF Bank Stadium (Marching Band facilities) on Sunday, April 19 at 1 pm. This event is an opportunity to engage with experts in the business of leadership and music. Dr. Alicia Neal, Dr. Peter Haberman, Professor David Hellstrom, and Professor Jerry Luckhardt will discuss music, leadership, and how they affect each other in today's world, with School of Music Interim Director Scott Lipscomb as emcee. More info.

Northrop Organ Receives Funding

NorthropFanfareImageSQ.jpgThe University of Minnesota acquired a gift of more than $4 million in support of the arts and the U's cultural history. The generous donation from late U of M alumnus Dr. Roger Anderson will enable the renovation of Northrop's historic pipe organ and groundbreaking for the new Bell Museum. Read more at the U of M's Discover webpage or in the MinnPost article, "$4 million gift to U sounds the return of Northrop's pipe organ."

Faculty News: Guerino Mazzola to speak at International Seminar on "Science of Music" (India) and lecture series at the Pratt Institute

Mazzola_Guerino7d067d.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) was invited to be a keynote speaker at the International Seminar on "Science of Music" in Kottayam, Kerala, India. The event, organized by the Inter University Centre for Science of Music, will take place September 25 - 27, 2015. Mazzola was also invited to participate in a lecture series at the Pratt Institute (in association with New York University): Grothendieck and a Theory of Contemporary Transgression. Mazzola's theory will be featured in a lecture (Topos and a theory of gestures) on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, and he will participate in the final round table on Saturday, October 24, 2015.

Student News: Colleen Bertsch receives Fulbright award, Samantha Cho wins International Concerto Competition, Jennifer Hawkinson to work at U of Central Arkansas, Osip Nikiforov to perform in Dame Myra Hess concert series, and Rie Tanaka performances

Colleen Bertsch (PhD, musicology/ethnomusicology, student of Matthew Rahaim) received a 2015-16 US Fulbright Student award to Romania. She will spend nine months in the Transylvanian region to conduct fieldwork for her dissertation, tentatively called "Transylvanian Folk Violinists and their Coarticulation of Embodied Musical Techniques and Identity Performance." Her activities will include interviewing, recording, and learning various playing techniques from Hungarian, Romanian, and Roma folk violinists.

SamanthaCho.jpgSamantha Cho (DMA, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Kenwood Orchestra on March 26 and 27. Before the last performance, she was interviewed live by Minnesota Radio Host Steve Staruch. As a first prize winner of American Protege's International Concerto Competition 2015, she is also scheduled to play at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall on December 19, 2015.

Jennifer Hawkinson (PhD, music education) has accepted the assistant professor of music education position at the University of Central Arkansas. In this position, she will also serve as the coordinator for instrumental music education. Hawkinson is currently completing her dissertation on nonparticipation in school music programs and constraint negotiation theory, focused on student populations currently underserved by music education.

OsipNikiforov.jpgOsip Nikiforov (BM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) has been invited to perform in The International Music Foundation's Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series in Chicago on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. More info.

RieTanakaSQ.jpgRie Tanaka (MM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) placed first at the Thursday Musical Young Artist Scholarship Competition held on March 7 and played at the winners concert on March 26. Also, as a winner of 17th Annual Masters Concerto and Aria Competition, she performed Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra on March 28. Photo: T&N Photography by Nino

Minnesota Sinfonia's Young Artist Competition

GangulyTesarczyk.jpgThe Minnesota Sinfonia's Young Artist Competition was held at Brady Hall on the St. Thomas University campus on Sunday, March 29, 2015. Arjun Ganguly (BM, viola, student of Korey Konkol) won the senior division, and Katia Tesarczyk (Bravo! student of Sally O'Reilly) won the junior division. Both winners will solo with the Minnesota Sinfonia this coming November under the baton of Jay Fishman. Ganguly will perform a viola transcription of Niccolo Paganini's La Campanella, and as winner of the senior division, he receives the Claire Givens Violins cash prize. More info.

Alumni News: Amy Wurtz to perform in multiple events in Chicago

On April 7, Amy Wurtz (MM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) will perform in a concert presented by Chicago Soundings (7:30 pm, Queen of Angels Church, 2330 W. Sunnyside, Chicago, free). The concert will feature Wurtz and saxophonist Amos Gillespie performing a set of pieces by Wurtz for alto saxophone and piano. On April 29, she will participate in the Living Composers - Pianists of Chicago concert (7:30 pm, Pianoforte Chicago, 1335 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, free). The concert showcases solo piano music written by five composers living and working in Chicago. Wurtz will premiere a set of piano preludes as part of the evening. On May 2, she will curate a New Music at the Green Mill concert (2 pm, 4802 N. Broadway, Chicago, $5 at the door). Program to include world premieres and works by William Jason Raynovich, Amos Gillespie, Kevin Puts, George Flynn, Tim Johnson, and Wurtz.

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March 30, 2015

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw performs at UND, Timothy Lovelace to perform with Minnesota Orchestra, Karen Painter gives talk sponsored by the Getty, Tanya Remenikova at ASTA conference, John Snow performs on Performance Today, & Jeffrey Van featured on MPR

lydiaArtymiw2.jpgLydia Artymiw (piano) performed a half solo and half duo recital with cellist Simona Barbu, professor of cello at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks on March 28. Artymiw also presented a master class at UND on March 27.

LovelaceTimothySQ2.jpgTimothy Lovelace (collaborative piano) will play a solo piano part in Messiaen's Exotic Birds on the Minnesota Orchestra's Spirit & Spring: Beethoven's Eroica concerts. The concerts take place April 2 - 4. More info.

painterTalk.jpgKaren Painter (musicology) participated in an event sponsored by the Getty: Are Artists Like Fine Wine? Aging Means Getting Older, Wiser, and Maybe Even More Creative. The event was inspired by a Getty exhibition of works by J. M. W. Turner. Read more, watch a video of the event, or listen to the podcast on Zócalo Public Square's website.

TanyaRemenikova.jpgTanya Remenikova (cello) gave the cello master class and presented a session on "Otakar Ševčik for Cello" at the American String Teachers Association national conference in Salt Lake City (March 19-21). Read the program booklet.

SnowJohnSQ.jpgJohn Snow (oboe) performed Mozart's Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello in F Major, K. 370 (K. 368b) on the March 25 edition of Performance Today (Hour 1). Listen.

VanJeffreySQ.jpgJeffrey Van (guitar) will be featured on the next two Minnesota Public Radio Archive on The Radio specials, titled Four Decades-Six Strings: Jeffrey Van, Guitar, to be broadcast on successive Tuesdays, March 31 and April 7, at 8 pm. The first program will look at the development of music for the guitar from an historical perspective. The second program will concentrate on music of the 20th and 21st centuries for guitar and will feature a number of Minnesota composers. More info.

Student News: Soyoung Park performs at Weill Hall (Carnegie Hall) and Eric Schultz wins Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs Collegiate Biennial Competition

SoyoungParkSQ.jpgAs a first prize winner of the American Protegé Competition (Romantic Piano Music category), Soyoung Park (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) made her debut at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York on March 28, 2015. Park performed the Scherzo from the Brahms Piano Sonata in C major, Op. 1.

ericSchultz.jpgEric Schultz (MM, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) won first place in the recent Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs Collegiate Biennial Competition. He performed solo repertoire of Saint-Saëns, Schumann, and Copland.

Alumni News: Corey Hamm album receives reviews and John Winzenburg publishes anthology of choral music

BeyondShadows.jpgCorey Hamm's (DMA, 2005, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) recent CD of music by contemporary Canadian composers for the Redshift label (TK432) Beyond Shadows received rave reviews in the March issue of Gramophone and Fanfare magazines. Hamm appears with colleagues from the Nu:BC Collective in this recording. An interview with Hamm by Lynn René Bayler: "Corey Hamm, the Multitasking Pianist" will appear in the May-June 2015 issue of Fanfare. Hamm is associate professor of piano at University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

HalfMoonRising.jpgJohn Winzenburg (MM, choral conducting, student of Thomas Lancaster) recently published an anthology of choral music, Half Moon Rising: Choral Music from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan (Edition Peters). Winzenburg earned a doctorate in orchestral conducting at the University of Iowa.

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March 23, 2015

Faculty News: Adriana Zabala performs in "The Manchurian Candidate" and Rebecca Shockley serves as judge for Chicago Symphony Orchestra piano concerto auditions

ZabalaManchurian.jpgAdriana Zabala (voice) recently received reviews for her performance in the Minnesota Opera's production of The Manchurian Candidate. George Loomis wrote in the London Financial Times, "Leonardo Capalbo excels as Capt Ben Marco... and Adriana Zabala impresses as Marco's girlfriend Rosie." Heidi Waleson of the Wall Street Journal wrote, "The Minnesota Opera fielded a strong cast... Adriana Zabala was a witty, charming Rosie." Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times said, "The mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala is effective as Rosie Chayney, a sophisticated young woman who meets Marco on a train." Photo by Michael Daniel, Zabala with Leonardo Capalbo in "The Manchurian Candidate".

Zabala is also the alto soloist with the Back Bay Chorale and Orchestra (Scott Allen Jarret, conductor) in Boston for Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. The performance will take place in the 1875 Sanders Theatre (Harvard University) on March 21.

RebeccaShockley.jpgRebecca Shockley (professor emerita, piano pedagogy) served as a judge for the final round of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's piano concerto auditions for young people on March 14 in Chicago. Earlier this semester she also adjudicated high school piano auditions for the Schubert Club and Thursday Musicale, as well as the Mozart piano concerto competition sponsored by the Minneapolis Music Teachers Forum.

Alumni News: Carrie Backman receives Herb Kohl Education Foundation Teacher Fellowship, Christopher Brody to teach at Eastman School of Music, Josh and Kristen Holritz to perform in a recital with Kevin Hobbs

CarrieBackman.jpgCarrie Backman (2004, music education/euphonium, student of David Teachout, Jerry Luckhardt, Craig Kirchhoff, and Tom Ashworth) has been named a 2015 Herb Kohl Education Foundation Teacher Fellowship Recipient in the State of Wisconsin. Fellows are chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and for their leadership in positive change and service within and outside the classroom. Honorees will automatically be used as the applicants for the four Wisconsin Teacher of the Year award winners. The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by Herb Kohl, U.S. Senator in 1990. Backman is director of instrumental music, Edgewood High School (Madison, WI).

ChristopherBrody.jpgChristopher Brody (MA, music theory; DMA, 2007, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) is completing his two year postdoctoral assistant professor of theory position at Indiana University-Bloomington and will begin a new two year position as assistant professor of theory at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY starting August 2015.

JoshAndKristenHolritz.jpgJosh Holritz (MM, 2011, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) will perform with Kristen Holritz as Schaafritz, a flute/violin duo, in a recital presented by the Edvard Grieg Society on April 24 at 7:30 pm at Mindekirken (The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church). Holritz is currently associate concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and adjunct instructor of violin at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA. Schaafritz will be joined by pianist Kevin Hobbs (DMA, 2012, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) in a program featuring the music of Nordic composers Edvard Grieg, Jean Sibelius, and Friedrich Khulau. More information.

Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition

The following School of Music students placed in the Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition. They participated in the finals on March 21. Complete list of finalists, including private students of our faculty and alumni.

Gabriel Quenneville-Belair - First Place - student of Lydia Artymiw
Isabella Jie - Second Place - student of Alexander Braginsky
Bingjie Liu - Honorable Mention - student of Paul Shaw

Zhen Tu - Second Place - PSEO student of Lydia Artymiw

Eric Schultz - Second Place, clarinet - student of Alexander Fiterstein
David Franzel - Honorable Mention, saxophone - student of Eugene Rousseau

Benjamin Osterhouse - Second Place, cello - student of Tanya Remenikova

Emily Saathoff - First Place, violin - student of Sally O'Reilly

Sullivan Ojala-Helmbolt - Honorable Mention, student of Philip Zawisza

Cassius Stein - Second Place - student of Maja Radovanlija
Tyler Tracy - Honorable Mention - student of Maja Radovanlija

School of Music at the 2015 American String Teachers Association National Conference

Professor Korey Konkol (viola) pictured with his student Arjun Ganguly at the American String Teachers Association National Conference college fair. Konkol says, "Arjun played exquisitely in the winners' recital of the National ASTA Solo Competition and did me, the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota ASTA chapter proud!" Congratulations and thank you for representing the School of Music!