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April 28, 2011

U of M School of Music Announces 2011 Swan Composer Prize - Call for Works

The U of M School of Music is pleased to announce the 2011 Craig and Janet Swan Composer Prize, a national competition for new works for wind ensemble. The 2010 Craig and Janet Swan Composer Prize for Mixed Chorus was awarded to Zvonimir Nagy for his work Cantus Jubilus. Guidelines and an application for the competition are available on the School of Music website. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, June 30, 2011. Read more.

Festival of Community Bands featured in the Star Tribune

The U of M School of Music and the Encore Wind Ensemble's Festival of Community Bands, scheduled for Saturday, April 30, is featured in Kim Ode's article "Community bands offer fellowship of music" in the Star Tribune. School of Music professor Jerry Luckhardt is organizing the festival. School of Music conducting student Christina Chen-Beyers is also featured in the article and online slideshow.

April 22, 2011

University Symphony Orchestra to Perform Prior to Minnesota Orchestra Concert, April 29

University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Mark Russell Smith, will give a Pre-concert performance prior to the Minnesota Orchestra's concert at Orchestra Hall on Friday, April 29 at 6:25 p.m. The University Symphony Orchestra will perform Mahler's Symphony #3, movements 3 and 6. Maestra Marin Alsop will lead the Minnesota Orchestra in a performance of Brahms' Third at 8 p.m. U of M School of Music alumus Jonathan Magness will be the violin soloist.

You must purchase tickets for the 8 p.m. concert to attend the 6:25 p.m. Pre-concert with the University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra. Ticket information can be found on the Minnesota Orchestra website.

U of M School of Music University Singers to premiere Swan Composer Prize winner Zvonimir Nagy's Cantus Jubilus on Saturday, April 30

The University of Minnesota School of Music's University Singers will premiere the 2010 Craig and Janet Swan Composer Prize winning work Cantus Jubilus by Zvonimir Nagy. This choral work will be conducted by Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Olaf Catholic Church (215 S 8th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402-2847). This event is free and open to the public.
As the 2011 Craig and Janet Swan Composer Prize winner, Nagy has been invited to join the School of Music as artist in residence for the premiere of his work and dress rehearsals. The $1,500 Swan Composer Prize will be awarded formally at the work's premiere.

Read more.

April 7, 2011

University Opera Theatre's "Die Fledermaus" featured in Minnesota Daily

University Opera Theatre's (UOT) production of Strauss's operetta Die Fledermaus is featured in Marty Marosi's article "Students bring Golden Age Hollywood to opera's stage" in the Minnesota Daily. Please note that the article erroneously states that the opera opens next week. UOT's production of Die Fledermaus runs from Thursday, April 7 to Sunday, April 10. See opera.umn.edu for details.

April 1, 2011

Marvin O. Mechelke II Piano Award Competition

Marvin O. Mechelke II Piano Award Competition

The Mechelke Scholarship Competition is for undergraduate piano majors, and is held at the Mechelke home every other year in the spring. The next competition will take place on Friday evening, April 29, 2011.

The competition is open to any talented full-time undergraduate student in the College of Liberal Arts majoring in piano performance, music education/therapy, or a Bachelor of Arts in Music, whose instrument is piano and who has not already won the award. All applicants must be in good academic standing, carrying at least 13 credits per semester and have a GPA of at least 3.0.

Contestants must choose at least two contrasting works with a total playing time of 10 to 20 minutes. A second piano will be available for duo or concerto repertoire. Selections should be complete works or movements, not excerpts. Cuts are not allowed, but repeats may be omitted. Contestants should be prepared to make some brief introductory remarks about their repertoire (as time permits).

Winner's Encore
After the judges have announced their decision, the winner shall perform, as an encore program, one or more additional selections from their repertoire totaling 10 to 15 minutes in length, again withbrief introductory remarks about the music.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $1,500, to be used as needed to further their musical education at the University of Minnesota. At the discretion of the judges and with approval of the Mechelkes, an additional award of $500 may be awarded to the second-place winner. (Second-place winners may compete a second time, but those who have won two second-place awards are no longer eligible to compete.)

The jury shall consist of three individuals selected by the School of Music: an active School of Music faculty member not from the keyboard division, and two more individuals chosen from the local music community. The decision of the judges is final.

Application forms should be submitted to Rebecca Shockley by April 13, and repertoire information should be submitted by April 22.