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March 1, 2013

U of M Wind Ensemble and VocalEssence Welcome Spring with English Garden Concert

VocalEssence and the University of Minnesota School of Music are ready to welcome spring with its English Garden concert featuring the VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers and the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble performing works by legendary band and choral composer Percy Grainger. Led by VocalEssence artistic director and conductor Philip Brunelle, and University of Minnesota professor of conducting and director of university bands Craig Kirchhoff, the concert will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 8 p.m. at Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis. Tickets for English Garden are $13.50-$33.50 (Service charges apply. Student tickets are half-price and group discounts are available.) For tickets and information, call 612-371-5656 or visit www.vocalessence.org. Read more.

February 28, 2013

School of Music graduate conducting student Matthew Olson to co-present SOJORN Songs Pondering Purpose with Classical MPR and 89.3 The Current

School of Music choral graduate conducting student Matthew Olson will co-present SOJORN Songs Pondering Purpose with Classical Minnesota Public Radio and 89.3 The Current on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis.

The concert, conducted by Matthew Olson, will feature the University Singers and the Sojourn Strings Orchestra performing the music of Kjartan of the Band Sigur Ros. The program will explore the bounds between classical and indie rock music through song and film. Tickets to Sojorn may be purchased at http://sojorn.org/ for $10 or $5 for students with a current ID. More info: Sojorn Press Release.pdf

University Symphony Orchestra's performance with the Joffrey Ballet in the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press

Great reviews are in from the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press of the February 26, 2013 Joffrey Ballet performance with the University Symphony Orchestra (Mark Russell Smith, conductor).

February 27, 2013

School of Music at the Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter In-Service Clinic

The School of Music was well represented at the Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter In-Service Clinic (February 13-15).

School of Music professors Akosua Addo, Keitha Hamann, Scott Lipscomb, Michael Silverman, and Laura Sindberg presented sessions. SOM music education graduate students Kinh T. Vu and Casey Clementson presented a poster session hosted by Keitha Hamann.


The U of M Trombone Choir and Jazz 'Bones (pictured above) performed selections by Grieg, Gabrieli, Saint Saens, Mahler, and Haydn and the Jazz 'Bones performed music by Hoagy Carmichael and Dean Sorenson. U of M alumnus and member of the US Army Blues Victor Barranco was guest soloist and guest conductors were Jerry Luckhardt and Henry Charles Smith.

The following School of Music performance and music education students performed in the Intercollegiate Band: Lindsay Cox, Haley Cramer, Camille Galles, Jennifer Minor, Drew Morrisette, Roy Peinaar, Brianna Preblich, Robert Reeve, and Michelle Robertus.

SOM student teacher Cameron Kinghorn conducted a segment of a concert presented by the elementary school students he teaches.

School of Music staff Anne Barnes, Laura Krider, and Anabel Wirt were in attendance representing the SOM.

Alumni News: John Gilbert album performance, Eric McEnaney works with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Benjamin Polk wins Airmen of Note audition

JohnGilbert.jpgJohn Gilbert (violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) performs on the album Weill, Ibert, Berg with Timothy Muffitt, the Baton Rouge Symphony Chamber Players, George Work, and Dmitri Schteinberg on the Sono Luminus label. The album received a rave review in the January 2013 edition of Gramophone. Read more.

EricMcEnaney.jpgPianist Eric McEnaney (D.M.A., 2009, collaborative piano, Timothy Lovelace and Noriko Kawai) will join the music staff for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis's 2013 Summer Festival, where he will work on productions of Pagliacci, Il Tabarro, and Smetana's The Kiss. In April, McEnaney will complete his final season as resident artist coach/accompanist with the Minnesota Opera, having worked on twenty productions, including two world premieres: the Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night and Doubt.

Benjamin_Polk.jpgBenjamin Polk (M.M., 2005, trombone, student of Tom Ashworth) won the recent bass trombone audition for the Airmen of Note, the U.S. Air Force's premiere jazz ensemble. Based in Washington D.C., the ensemble frequently performs at the White House and around the nation. Polk completed his graduate artist certificate at the University of North Texas, and joins numerous other U of M Trombone alumni enjoying careers with military ensembles in the D.C. area. He is a former member of the Baton Rouge Symphony and was adjunct faculty at Western Kentucky University.

U of M's Kappa Alpha Chapter wins Kappa Kappa Psi Chapter Leadership Award

The University of Minnesota honorary band service co-ed fraternity Kappa Alpha Chapter won a 2011-2013 Kappa Kappa Psi Chapter Leadership Award for outstanding contributions to band programs. Kappa Alpha will have the opportunity to present their work this summer at the Kappa Kappa Psi National Convention and is eligible for the William Scroggs Founders Trophy.

Faculty News: Tom Ashworth on "A Prairie Home Companion"; Alexander Fiterstein on MPR; Fernando Meza performances; Mark Russell Smith interview and new position; and Keitha Hamann, Scott Lipscomb and Laura Sindberg present at MMEA Midwinter Clinic

TomAshworth.jpgTom Ashworth (trombone) performed with a tuba/euphonium quintet on American Public Media's A Prairie Home Companion on February 16. Watch a video of Ashworth on lead euphonium on "Tuba Blues."

Alexander Fiterstein
(clarinet) was interviewed on Classical Minnesota Public Radio on February 23 by host Alison Young and is featured in the MPR article, "Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein concertizes the Midwest." Listen to the interview and read the article.

KeithaHamann.jpgKeitha Hamann (music education) presented "Teacher Evaluation - What's Coming in Minnesota?" as part of MMEA's Teacher Evaluation Task Force (which she co-chairs) at the MMEA Midwinter In-Service Clinic.

LipscombScottSQ.jpgScott D. Lipscomb (music education) presented a session at the annual MMEA Midwinter In-Service Clinic titled "Mobile apps are all the rage: You too can create music-based apps for your classroom (and beyond!)." Lipscomb demonstrated how free tools for iPhone, iPod, and iPad application development greatly simplify the process of creating professional-looking mobile applications. After introducing the tools, he then demonstrated for those present how to create an application that responded to user button clicks by playing a musical tone and showing the same note on a musical staff.

MezaFernandoSQ.jpgFernando Meza (percussion) will perform with the Dominican Republic National Symphony as principal timpanist for the Santo Domingo Music Festival (soloists in the festival will include Joshua Bell, violin; Alison Balsom, trumpet; Jue Wang, piano; and Gautier Capuçon, cello). At the end of March, he will give a 5-day percussion seminar in Bogotá, Colombia at the National University, organized by the Youth Philharmonic of Colombia. He will judge the final round of the Chicago Symphony Youth Competition on March 30.

LauraSindberg.jpgLaura Sindberg (music education) presented a session on the rehearsal planning process as a vital component of effective teaching to 180 music educators at the at the MMEA Midwinter In-Service Clinic.

SmithMarkRussellSQ.pngMark Russell Smith (orchestra) was interviewed in the Star Tribune article, "Joffrey Ballet at the Orpheum Theatre Feb. 26" about why the performance is important to students. Smith has also been named artistic director of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies.