« November 2012 | Main | January 2013 »

December 21, 2012

School of Music musicology professor Karen Painter interviewed on Public Radio International's "The World"

302722.jpgU of M School of Music musicology professor Karen Painter discusses Mahler's song cycle Kindertotenlieder on the December 21, 2012 edition of Public Radio International's The World. Listen to the interview "Mahler's Songs on the Death of Children" on The World's website.

SOM alumna Abbie Betinis's new carol featured on Minnesota Public Radio

betinis.jpegU of M School of Music alumna/composer Abbie Betinis recently appeared on Minnesota Public Radio and performed the new Burt Family Carol (a Minnesota holiday tradition). Musicians included altos Laura Krider (SOM alumna & staff member) and Vicki Peters, as well as J. David Moore on the bodhran. Listen to the premiere of Betinis's "The Mirthful Heart!" on MPR's website.

December 19, 2012

Alumnus Justin Knoepfel earns assistant professor position at Gustavus Adolphus College

KnoepfelJustin.jpgJustin Knoepfel (D.M.A., 2010, viola, student of Korey Konkol) accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. He will act as head of the string area, teach applied viola and violin, and conduct the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra. Knoepfel has been in this position as a visiting professor the past several years, and was hired after an extensive national search.

SOM students perform at St. Nikolaus Tag gathering

StNikolausTag.jpgSchool of Music students performed last week at the annual St. Nikolaus Tag gathering sponsored by the U of M Center for Austrian Studies in Ferguson Hall. Photo (left to right): Reyna Sawtell (voice, student of Jean del Santo); Beth Bayley (voice, student of John De Haan) winner of the 2012 Voices of Vienna Competition, a $3,500 award to study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg this summer; Jessica Schroeder (collaborative piano, student of Timothy Lovelace); and Shelby Joy Adams (voice, student of Jean del Santo). Michael Hoffman (voice, student of John De Haan) was the runner-up in the Voices of Vienna Competition.

Staff member Jessica Solinsky featured in "Minnesota Daily" article

Jessica Solinsky (Ted Mann Concert Hall assistant technical coordinator) was featured in a Minnesota Daily article, "Music: Now in Technicolor," describing the new LED lights in Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall. Read the article.

December 8, 2012

School of Music Choral Students Serenade U of M President Kaler

choral.jpegThese U of M School of Music choral students recently dropped by U of M President Kaler's office and serenaded him with carols. What talent!

December 6, 2012

U of M School of Music alum Ryan Truesdell receives three GRAMMY nods

Ryan-Truesdell_-photo-by-Dina-Regine_depth1.jpegUniversity of Minnesota School of Music alumnus, composer, conductor, producer, and copyist Ryan Truesdell (B.M., 2002, music education) has received three nominations in the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards for his record CENTENNIAL: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans (ArtistShare) GIL EVANS PROJECT, including Best Large Jazz Ensemble for the album as a whole, Best Instrumental Arrangement for "How About You," and Best Arrangement Featuring a Vocalist for "Look to the Rainbow" featuring Luciana Souza.

Truesdell recently conducted a concert with University Jazz Ensembles, directed by professor Dean Sorenson, on Monday, December 3, 2012 featuring works from the CENTENNIAL album at Ted Mann Concert Hall. Truesdell is a former member of the University Jazz Ensembles and took arranging lessons with professor Sorenson.

Listen to Truesdell's record on his website. More information here.