U 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.
Justin 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.
School 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.
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.
University 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.