July 29, 2014

Watch U of M School of Music faculty perform and discuss the newly discovered Mendelssohn lied "Des Menschen Herz ist ein Schacht"

The University of Minnesota School of Music presents Felix Mendelssohn's newly discovered lied "Des Menschen Herz ist ein Schacht" ("One's Heart is a Mine") featuring Adriana Zabala (Assistant Professor of Voice), Peter Mercer-Taylor (Associate Professor of Musicology), and Timothy Lovelace (Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano). Watch the video here.

Produced by the University of Minnesota School of Music
Audio and Video: Michael Duffy
Ted Mann Concert Hall Production: Sari Baker, Jessica Solinsky
Graphic Design: Jennifer Schmitt
Producer: Lisa Marshall

July 28, 2014

Alumni News: Mark Bilyeu's Source Song Festival Begins, Antonia Daskalova's New Position

Mark.jpgMark Bilyeu (MM, vocal coaching and accompanying, student of Timothy Lovelace) is the artistic director of the Source Song Festival, which begins this week. The festival will run from Friday, August 1 to Friday, August 8 and kicks off with An Evening with Libby Larsen (SOM alumna/composer) on August 1. Events include performances by School of Music faculty Timothy Lovelace and Adriana Zabala and works by School of Music alumni Abbie Betinis and David Evan Thomas. View the Source Song Festival schedule.

Antonia.pngAntonia Daskalova (DMA, 2011, collaborative piano, student of Timothy Lovelace) recently accepted full-time faculty position at MacPhail Center for Music.

Faculty News: Timothy Lovelace and Adriana Zabala on Classical Minnesota Public Radio (7/29), Alex Lubet and Maja Radovanlija perform at the Parma Music Festival

Zabala.pngListen to Timothy Lovelace (piano) and Adriana Zabala (voice) in conversation with host Steve Staruch on Classical Minnesota Public Radio tomorrow, July 29 at 3:45 pm. Lovelace and Zabala discuss their involvement in the upcoming Source Song Festival as well as their interpretation of Mendelssohn's lost lied "Des Menschen Herz ist ein Schacht."

Lubet.jpgAlex Lubet (creative studies) and Maja Radovanlija (guitar, creative studies) will perform on Thursday, August 14 at the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center in Portsmouth, NH as part of the Parma Music Festival.

July 21, 2014

Alumni News: David Zinman's 19-year tenure with the Tonhalle Orchestra comes to an end, Paula Gudmundson's new position and CD

Paula.jpgPaula Gudmundson (DMA, 2012, flute, student of Immanuel Davis) has been appointed to a tenure-track position as assistant professor of music at the University of Minnesota Duluth beginning fall 2014. Gudmundson released her first CD, La Flauta of Buenos Aires, in January 2014. Her edition of Amancio Alcorta's Gran Fantasía, published by Jeanné Music, earned an Honorable Mention at the 2014 National Flute Association's Newly Published Music Competition. In the fall, she will be a guest artist at the International Flute Festival in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, October 17-21.

zinman.jpgDavid Zinman (MA, 1963, theory and composition) is featured in the New York Times article "After a Run of 19 Years, Passing the Baton." After a 19-year tenure, Zinman is leaving his post as conductor of the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich.

July 14, 2014

Alumni News: Jeremy Kolwinska named Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul

ba530af3-d0cc-4d12-8946-88b683bfac66.jpgJeremy Kolwinska (DMA, 2002, trombone, student of Thomas Ashworth) has been named the Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul. Read Kolwinska's biography.

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw and David Grayson's residency at the Foulger Festival; Alex Lubet's talks in Korea and book review

1335ff27-256c-4621-b975-c5d6c66967fb.jpgProfessors Lydia Artymiw (piano) and David Grayson (musicology) completed a twelve-day residency in July at the Foulger Festival in Ogden, Utah held at Weber State University. In addition to extensive private teaching, six master classes, and serving on the Foulger Concerto Competition jury, Artymiw performed in two chamber concerts with the newly appointed Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, Noah Bendix-Balgley and co-presented a lecture on Schumann with Grayson. Grayson also presented a lecture on "Rubato and Chopin."

lubet624653.jpgAlex Lubet's (theory/composition) Music, Disability, and Society (Temple University Press, 2011) was reviewed by David Nabb in Medical Problems of Performing Artists. Nabb called Lubet's book "an indispensable resource" and shared "Lubet's work is strongly rooted in present-day developments in DS and fluent in philosophies of music. The implications of [the author's] 'social confluence' [theory] are far reaching, and it will certainly be quite some time before the ultimate impact of Lubet's work is realized." Lubet recently returned from three weeks in South Korea where he attended an intensive workshop and received certification in gugak (traditional Korean music) from the National Gugak Center, as a guest of the Korean government. In addition, he gave two talks on his research on music, disability, and theories of identity at Korea University, to the SSK Inequality and Democracy Colloquium, and to the College of Law.

July 7, 2014

Student News: Andrew Bergmann and Joseph Curiale recipients of Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships, Nanyi Neil Qiang performs in festivals

Andrew Bergmann and Joseph Curiale (PhD candidates, composition, students of Alex Lubet) are recipients of University of Minnesota Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships.

e67f7eee-18f9-4486-94d8-b9839c836883.jpgNanyi Neil Qiang (DMA candidate, collaborative piano and coaching, student of Timothy Lovelace) recently joined New Music on the Point 2014 in Vermont. He worked closely with composer Chester Biscardi, performed a number of Biscardi's important pieces, including solo, chamber, and vocal music. Qiang is currently working as an intern pianist at the iSING International Young Artists Festival in Suzhou, China. The festival focuses on intensive Western opera training with an introduction to Chinese modern opera and Mandarin as a lyrical language.

Faculty News: Guerino Mazzola featured in "Jazz 'N' More" magazine

28dab0ad-72d3-4c0f-97c6-7b2e44f09bf9.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) was interviewed in Jazz 'N' More's article "Guerino Mazzola: Flow, Gesture and Spaces in Free Jazz." More info.

June 30, 2014

Student News: Sophie Amelkin receives grant to research Latvian folk and choral music

sophieAmelkin.jpgSophie Amelkin (MM candidate, voice, student of Jean del Santo) is the recipient of a research grant for the 2014 fall semester. The grant focuses on Latvian Immigration through the Immigration History and Research Center in Anderson Library. She will complete research on the tradition of Latvian folk and choral music. The culmination of this research will be presented in a lecture recital in spring 2015 featuring live performance of Latvian folk and choral music.

Alumni News: Anna DeGraff travels to Switzerland as a Stratton Fellow

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Faculty News: Alex Lubet to participate in SSK Inequality and Democracy Colloquium

LubetAlexSQ.jpgAlex Lubet (creative studies) will participate in the SSK Inequality and Democracy Colloquium and will present "Social Confluence Theory, as Applied to Cases of Disability Status and Korean Identity" on Tuesday, July 1 in Korea.

June 24, 2014

Watch CLA First Year Experience Videos featuring SOM faculty, student, and alumni

School of Music Professor Kelley Harness, current student Michelle Robertus, and alumna Lyndie Walker are featured in CLA's First Year Experience video series. Watch all three videos to find out about life as a music major at the University of Minnesota.

Faculty News: Professor Guerino Mazzola tours Japan

Guerino 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. Preview music from the tour here.

Student News: Carolyn Cavadini at Northern Lights Music Festival and SOM NAfME Chapter Wins Growth Award

Carolyn Cavadini (DMA candidate, vocal performance, student of John De Haan) will sing the role of Mrs. Ham in Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde, cover the role of Micaëla in Carmen and be the soprano section leader in the chorus of Carmen at the Northern Lights Music Festival from June 23 to July 19. There will be multiple performances throughout Northern Minnesota. More info.

NAfME Chapter Wins Growth Award
Congratulations to members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Collegiate Chapter of the University of Minnesota, who were recently presented with the 2013-2014 NAfME Collegiate Chapter Growth Award! Led by Emily Curran, chapter president, the U of M chapter has "demonstrated a high level of dedication and effort to the benefit of its members' professional development." Their efforts have been recognized by NAfME leadership.

Alumni News: Carol Barnett's "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" at Carnegie Hall, Danielle Kuntz wins A-R Editions Award, and Eric McEnaney's summer productions

Carol Barnett's (BA, 1972, theory/composition; MA, 1976, theory/composition) The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass was performed twice at Carnegie Hall recently. The Distinguished Concerts International New York production on June 8 featured Jefferson Johnson, conductor, and Dailey and Vincent, bluegrass band. The Manhattan Concert Productions concert on June 9 featured Philip Brunelle, conductor, and Monroe Crossing, bluegrass band. Barnett has been an adjunct at Augsburg College since 2000.

Danielle Kuntz (PhD, 2014, musicology, student of Kelley Harness) was recently named the winner of the A-R Editions Award, which is given to the best paper/presentation, at the Fall 2013 meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society. Kuntz's paper was entitled "Lisbon's Musical Elite and the Genesis of Oratorio in Early Eighteenth-Century Portugal (1719-1723)."

Pianist and vocal coach Eric McEnaney (DMA, 2009, collaborative piano, student of Timothy Lovelace and Noriko Kawai) is currently a member of the music staff at the Central City Opera summer festival in Central City, CO, where he is working on productions of The Marriage of Figaro and The Sound of Music, coaching members of the young artist program, and presenting two duo recitals at the historic Teller House. This is McEnaney's first season with the festival.