November 17, 2014

Faculty News: Mark Bjork in "The Strad" and Adriana Zabala's recent activities

MarkBjorkSQ.jpgMark Bjork's (violin and pedagogy) response to a question was published in the "Ask the Experts" column of The Strad (September issue). The Strad is the premier international publication for string players. Read the article.

Zabala_AdrianaSquare.jpgAdriana Zabala (voice) was a soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony for Mozart Requiem - Masterworks Series (November 14 and 15 - Michael Butterman, conductor). She also gave a master class for the North Florida Chapter of NATS to university students from NFN chapter on Saturday, November 15. Zabala will be singing the role of Joanna in Carly Simon's opera Romulus Hunt in a revival production at Nashville Opera. She will be making a commercial recording the week after the December 5, 6, and 7 performances.

Student News: V. Can Canbolat and Emily Rolka new faculty positions, Shelley Mihm finalist in Upper Midwest Regional Metropolitan Council Audition finals, and Rie Tanaka and Samantha Cho are winners of Masters Concerto Competition

V. Can Canbolat (MM, 2013, violin; DMA candidate, student of Mark Bjork) has been appointed to the faculty of the preparatory division of the Colburn School in Los Angeles.

shelleyMihm.jpgShelley Mihm (DMA candidate, voice, student of Jean Del Santo) was recently chosen by renowned judges Korliss Uecker, Melissa Wegner, and Benita Valente to compete as a finalist in the Upper Midwest Regional Metropolitan Council Audition finals at the Ordway Performing Arts Center (St. Paul, MN) on January 31, 2015. Mihm was chosen as one of two singers from North Dakota to compete in the finals along with two singers each from the states of Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota. In addition, Mihm was awarded the Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra Vocal Soloist Prize. She will perform in the GFSO's 2015-2016 season.


emily_rolke0e98ad.pngEmily Rolka (DMA candidate, violin, student of Mark Bjork) has accepted a position teaching violin as guest faculty at Hillsdale College in Michigan.

Rie Tanaka (MM candidate, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) and Samantha Cho (DMA candidate, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) are the winners of the 17th Masters Concerto Competition. Judges for the competition were former SOM faculty member Lawrence Weller and Paul Wirth (artistic director for Wirth Center for the Performing Arts). Tanaka and Cho will perform on the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra concert on March 28, 2015.

NATS Minnesota Student Auditions

NATS2014.jpgThe following School of Music voice students distinguished themselves at the recent National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Minnesota Student Auditions at St. John's University in Collegeville:

Rob Riordan, 1st place, Division 8, Upper Level College Men, student of Jean del Santo and Philip Zawisza

Sullie Ojala-Helmbolt, 1st place, Division 6, Lower Level College Men, student of Philip Zawisza

Deaven Swainey, 2nd place, Division 11, Graduate, student of Philip Zawisza and Jean del Santo

Sophie Amelkin, 3rd place, Division 11, Graduate, student of Jean del Santo

Irene Kelley, semi-finalist, Division 5, Lower Level College Women, student of Jean del Santo

Faculty, Students, and Alumni Attend Society for Music Theory Conference

MusicTheoryConference.jpgSchool of Music faculty members, students, and alumni attended the Society for Music Theory Conference on November 8, 2014 in Milwaukee, WI. From left to right: Bill Helmcke (PhD, ABD, U of MA Amherst), Jeremy Orosz (assistant professor. University of Memphis), Peter Purin (assistant professor, Oklahoma Baptist University), Jessica Narum (assistant professor, Concordia College), Ben Duane (assistant professor, Washington University), Chris Brody (post-doc, Indiana University), Soo Hyun Jeong (ABD, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music), Pete Smucker (ABD, University of Chicago), Alyssa (Wendelschafer) Brody (recruiting and enrollment specialist, Indiana University), Matthew Bribitzer-Stull (School of Music faculty member), and David Damschroder (School of Music faculty member).

Graduate Students Perform for Twin Cities Opera Guild

TCOGstudents.jpgUnder the direction of University Opera Theatre Director David Walsh, School of Music graduate voice students Beth Bayley, Sidney Walker, Joseph Okell, and Jeffrey Martin along with Minjin Choi (DMA candidate candidate, collaborative piano, student of Timothy Lovelace) performed the Fall Members and Friends Program for the Twin Cities Opera Guild on Monday, November 10 at the St. Paul College Club.

November 10, 2014

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw invited to serve on the jury for the 2014 Juilliard Concerto Competition

lydiaArtymiw2.jpgLydia Artymiw has been invited to serve on the jury for the finals of the 2014 Juilliard Concerto Competition in New York on Tuesday November 18, 2014.

Student News: Benjamin Osterhouse won the Claire Givens gift certificate (Mary West String Competition, College Division); and Jessica Park and Stella Wiering perform in a master class with Nathan Laube

OsterhouseBenjamin.jpgBenjamin Osterhouse (MM candidate, student of Tanya Remenikova) won the Claire Givens gift certificate (Mary West String Competition, College Division). He will perform in the winners' recital on November 16.

ParkWiering.jpgJessica Park (DMA candidate, organ) and Stella Wiering (BM candidate, piano, student of Paul Shaw), both students of Dean Billmeyer, performed works of Maurice Duruflé and J. S. Bach this past Saturday in a master class with Nathan Laube, assistant professor at the Eastman School of Music, on the Gabriel Kney organ at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas at the University of St. Thomas.

Alumni News: Mark Hengesh awarded the 2014 Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award

HengeshMark.jpgMark Hengesh (BS, 1976, music education, student of Steve Peterson and David Baldwin) was honored last June by the Quinlan and Fabish Music Company by being selected as one of six recipients of the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award for 2014. This award is presented annually by Quinlan and Fabish Music Company of Burr Ridge, IL. Recipients are nominated by their peers and are selected by a panel of previous winners. Hengesh has been a music educator in Illinois for 39 years, 35 of which were in the Glenbard (IL) High School District 87. He is also director of the Arlington Heights (IL) Community Concert Band.​​ Photo (L-R): Mark Hengesh being presented the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educators Award by Alfred Watkins.

November 3, 2014

Alumni News: Mill City Quartet selected MPR Class Notes Artist-in-Residence for 2014/15; Corey Hamm's recording of Rzewski's "The People United" receives a rave review

MillCityStringQuartet.jpgValerie Little (DMA, 2010, viola, student of Korey Konkol) along with School of Music alumni Huldah Niles (MM, 2006, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly), Erika Hoogeveen (MM, 2004, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly), Jeffrey Erbland (MM, 2011, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova) comprise the Mill City String Quartet. The quartet was recently selected as a Minnesota Public Radio Class Notes Artist-in-Residence for the 2014-15 school year. This program afforded the quartet the opportunity to record at MPR studios and perform world music at schools throughout southern Minnesota during the month of October.

CoreyHamm.jpgCorey Hamm's (DMA, 2005, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) recent recording of Rzewski's "The People United" received a rave review in "Classics Today."

October 27, 2014

Remembering Alumnus Stephen Paulus

stephenPaulus.jpgWe are saddened to share the news of the passing of U of M School of Music alumnus Stephen Paulus. Paulus was a prolific composer of over 500 works. He was an ardent advocate and mentor to many young composers, co-founding the American Composers Forum in 1973, the largest composer service organization in the world. Our thoughts are with Paulus's family and friends during this difficult time. Read more about Paulus. A memorial service for Stephen Paulus will be held Saturday, November 8 at 3 pm at House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN).

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw performs in Park/Schubert Club concert series and on APM's "Performance Today" with the Dohnanyi Quintet

lydiaArtymiw2.jpgLydia Artymiw (piano) joined the Miami String Quartet in opening the 2014-15 Music in the Park/Schubert Club concert series on October 26, 2014. The program included string quartets by Schulhoff and Mendelssohn with the Piano Quintet No. 2 in E Flat Minor by Ernst von Dohnanyi. On October 24, Artymiw and the Miami taped for APM's "Performance Today" at Minnesota Public Radio and performed part of the Dohnanyi Quintet.

Alumni News: Andrew Staupe (piano) performs with the Minnesota Orchestra

StaupeAndrew2.jpgAndrew Staupe's (MM, 2007, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) performed with the Minnesota Orchestra on October 16 and 17, 2014 (Staupe performed Burlesque by Richard Strauss). The concerts were reviewed by the Star-Tribune's Michael Anthony in the article "For Strauss Suite, it was Vänskä on clarinet." Read the article. The Saint Paul Pioneer Press' Rob Hubbard also reviewed the concerts in the article "Minnesota Orchestra concert contrasts Strauss' youth and age." Read the article.

Student News: Peter John's (piano) remix of Odesza's "Say My Name" on Wavo

peterJohnRemix.jpgPeter John's (DMA candidate, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) remix of Odesza's "Say My Name" was up for voting on Wavo. John makes electronic music under the name SPEARFISHER. John worked with School of Music faculty on this recording. If John received enough votes, his remix will be released on a professional label. Contest info.

October 20, 2014

Remembering U of M School of Music Alumnus Stephen Paulus

SP_pic_medium.jpgA Message on the Passing of School of Music Alumnus Stephen Paulus from University of Minnesota School of Music Interim Director Scott Lipscomb

I am saddened to share the news of the passing of University of Minnesota School of Music alumnus Stephen Paulus. He died yesterday due to medical complications from a stroke. I will share details of his memorial service once they are made available.

Dr. Paulus received his PhD in composition from the University of Minnesota in 1978. He studied with Professors Dominick Argento and Paul Fetler. Soon after graduation, he was commissioned by the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and went on to write 10 operas with many other opera companies. With 55 orchestral works to his credit, Paulus has been distinguished to serve as a Composer in Residence with the orchestras of Atlanta, Minnesota, Tucson, and Annapolis. Conductors who have premiered his works include Osmo Vanska, Christoph van Dohnanyi, Kurt Masur, Sir Neville Marriner, and Leonard Slatkin. Recent orchestral commissions include a violin concerto for the Cleveland Orchestra and William Preucil, a "Jazz Concerto" (co-written with his son, Greg) for the Minnesota Orchestra as well as organ concertos for the Phoenix Symphony and the Portland Symphony (in Maine).

He was a prolific, internationally-acclaimed choral composer, having composed more than 150 works for this medium ranging from his Holocaust oratorio, To Be Certain of the Dawn (recorded by the Minnesota Orchestra on the BIS label) to the poignant anthem, "Pilgrims' Hymn," sung at the funerals of Presidents Reagan and Ford. His works have received thousands of performances and recordings from such groups as The New York Choral Society, L.A. Master Chorale, Robert Shaw Festival Singers, VocalEssence, Dale Warland Singers, and countless others. In 1973, Dr. Paulus was a co-founder of the American Composers Forum (then the Minnesota Composers Forum) with School of Music alumna Libby Larsen. This organization has grown from an innovative regional initiative into one of the nation's premier composer service organizations. 

In a 2002 interview in the School of Music publication "Sounding: Conversations Across 100 Years of Music," Paulus provided his thoughts on his School of Music experience. What he learned from his composition mentors was that "Music isn't just about putting black dots on a piece of paper; it is about being a good husband or father or enjoying a walk in the woods or looking at the ocean or the sunset."

Let's remember Paulus with his gorgeous choral work "The Road Home," an American hymn performed by Conspirare.

Our thoughts at present are with Paulus's friends and family during this difficult time.

Faculty News: Guerino Mazzola to present at DASH Event - Gesture-Based Interactive Technologies on 10/22

Mazzola_Guerino7d067d.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) will present as part of DASH Event: Gesture-Based Interactive Technologies on Wednesday, October 22 at 2:30 pm in Walter Library, Upson Room (1st Floor, between Walter 101 and Computer Lab). The event will focus on Gesture-Based Interactive Technologies and how U of M faculty, staff, and students are using them for research, artistic, and pedagogical purposes.