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August 30, 2012

SOM Composition Student Tiffany Skidmore Composes Music for U of M President Kaler's Welcome Film

Congratulations to SOM Tiffany Skidmore (Ph.D. candidate, composition, student of James Dillon), who composed the musical score to U of M President Kaler's welcome film, The First Year, "a romance of discovery," screened at the U of M Convocation for 5,500 first-year students on Thursday, August 30, 2012. Skidmore assembled a team of musicians, many of them U of M students, who recorded the music to the picture dada-style - they even named their group 'Insane Gopher Dada Orchestra.' Watch the film.

August 27, 2012

Faculty News: David Damschroder's new book and Laura Sindberg conducts at the 2012 International Music Camp

DamschroderDavidSQ.jpgDavid Damschroder's (music theory) Harmony in Haydn and Mozart, the third book of his Harmony Project, has been published by Cambridge University Press. He is currently at work on the fourth volume, Harmony in Chopin, which formed the basis for "Formal/Harmonic Conflicts in Chopin's Mazurkas," a lecture delivered at the 17th Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, Edinburg, during June.

InternationalMusicCamp2012LauraSindberg.JPGLaura Sindberg (music education) served as conductor of the International Wind Ensemble and Mountie/Ranger Bands at the 2012 International Music Camp, held at the International Peace Garden. Students were from Canada and the United States, along with several students from Surinam, Hong Kong, Sweden, and Croatia. The International Music Camp provides sessions for musicians and artists of all ages, gathered to study art and perform at a high level.

Student News: Michael Duffy works with Ensemble Dal Niente and Michael J. Krajewski appointments

Michael Duffy (staff member/M.A. candidate, composition, student of James Dillon) was one of six composers chosen to work with Ensemble Dal Niente (winners of the 2012 Kranichstein Music Award for interpretation), composer Hans Thomalla, and cellist Lucas Fels of the Arditti Quartet, in a two-part composition workshop culminating in July 2012 at the 46th International Summer Music Courses in Darmstadt, Germany.

krajewskiMichaelSQ.jpgThis summer Michael J. Krajewski (D.M.A. candidate, guitar and music education, student of Maja Radovanlija, Jeffrey Van, and Scott Lipscomb) accepted two positions teaching guitar at colleges in Minnesota. Beginning in fall 2012, Krajewski will teach full-time as assistant professor of music heading the guitar studies program at Minnesota State University Moorhead and will also revitalize the guitar program at St. Cloud State University teaching as an adjunct instructor.

Alumna Paula Gudmundson Appointment

Paula Gudmundson (D.M.A., 2012, flute, student of Immanuel Davis) was appointed visiting assistant professor of music at University of Minnesota - Duluth.

August 24, 2012

U of M School of Music 2012 Convocation Honoring Maria Schneider with Dawn Upshaw, David Frost, and Tim Martyn

Maria Schneider.jpgThe U of M School of Music will confer an honorary degree on Grammy winning composer, arranger, and big band leader, and School of Music alumna Maria Schneider on Monday, September 24 at 10 am at the U of M School of Music's Fall Convocation at Ted Mann Concert Hall. The Doctor of Humane Letters is the highest award conferred by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, recognizing individuals who have achieved acknowledged eminence in their field. This event is free and open to the public. The Convocation program will feature a conversation on Creativity for Music Careers: Leveraging Talent, Technic, and Tenacity with internationally renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw, producer David Frost, and engineer Tim Martyn moderated by School of Music director David Myers. The University of Minnesota Jazz Ensemble I, under the director of jazz professor Dean Sorenson, will perform works by Maria Schneider. Read more.

U of M School of Music 2012 Convocation Honoring Maria Schneider with Dawn Upshaw, David Frost, and Tim Martyn

Maria Schneider.jpgThe U of M School of Music will confer an honorary degree on Grammy winning composer, arranger, and big band leader, and School of Music alumna Maria Schneider on Monday, September 24 at 10 am at the U of M School of Music's Fall Convocation at Ted Mann Concert Hall. The Doctor of Humane Letters is the highest award conferred by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, recognizing individuals who have achieved acknowledged eminence in their field. This event is free and open to the public. The Convocation program will feature a conversation on Creativity for Music Careers: Leveraging Talent, Technic, and Tenacity with internationally renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw, producer David Frost, and engineer Tim Martyn moderated by School of Music director David Myers. The University of Minnesota Jazz Ensemble I, under the director of jazz professor Dean Sorenson, will perform works by Maria Schneider. Read more.

August 13, 2012

Alumni News: Obed Floan and Megan Wagner participate at Wagner Intensive; Ian Hodges teaches at guitar camps

This summer, Obed Floan (M.M., 2010, voice, student of John De Haan) received an encouragment award from the Richard Wagner Society of New York, and scholarships from both the Richard Wagner Society of New York and the Boston Wagner Society to participate in the Wagner Intensive at Baldwin Wallace University. As a participant, he worked with Jane Eaglen and Timothy Mussard, and sang the roles of Tannhäuser and Siegfried at their staged scene performances. He was also one of two singers being focused on at the intensive for a documentary celebrating the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner. The documentary will be broadcast throughout Germany next year.

Ian Hodges (D.M.A., 2010, guitar, student of Jeffrey Van) spent a week in July teaching and performing at the International Music Camp in North Dakota, where he worked with students and faculty from all over North America. This was immediately followed by a week-long guitar camp at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts in Winnipeg.

This summer, Megan Wagner (M.M., 2010, voice, student of John De Haan) received a scholarship from the Wagner Society of Ohio to participate in the Wagner Intensive at Baldwin Wallace University. The intensive helps launch careers into the Wagnerian repertoire and is led by renowned opera singers and teachers Jane Eaglen and Timothy Mussard, and much sought-after coach/conductors Eric Weimer and William Vendice. As a participant, she performed the roles of Irene from Rienzi, and Elsa from Lohengrin at their staged scene performances in July.

August 7, 2012

M.M. candidate Kelley Sundin awarded the Hildegard and Gustav Must Graduate Fellowship in Estonian American Studies

SundinKelley.pngThe Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) at the U of M has awarded the Hildegard and Gustav Must Graduate Fellowship in Estonian American Studies to Kelley Sundin (M.M. candidate, choral conducting). She will conduct research on selected, unpublished choral music for women's chorus from Estonia in the IHRC's Estonian American collections. Sundin's research title is "Estonian Choral Music for the Female Voice: the dissemination of culture, traditions, and stories." The unpublished scores will be premiered on a Master's conducting recital with the University Women's Chorus in November 2012, with historical context added through her IHRC research. Find out more on the IHRC website.

SOM Alumni at 30th International Society for Music Education World Conference

School of Music alumni were featured presenters at the at the 30th International Society for Music Education (ISME) World Conference, held in Thessaloniki, Greece (July 15-20, 2012):

Don Running (Ph.D., 2007, music education, student of Scott Lipscomb) presented a workshop titled "The Breadth of Breath: Conducting Gestures with expression and specificity."

Sharri Van Alstine (Ph.D., 2011, music education, student of Akosua Obuo Addo) presented a paper titled "Preservice Elementary Education Teachers: An Internationalized Approach to Music Methods Course work."

Sondra Wieland Howe (Ph.D., 1988, music education, student of Charles Furman/M.A., 1985, musicology, student of Donna Cardamone-Jackson) presented a research poster, "Rediscovering the Muses--Mentors from the History of Women in Music Education."