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April 17, 2013

Remembering U of M School of Music Professor Emerita Glenda Maurice

Glenda_Maurice 2.jpgUniversity of Minnesota voice professor emerita Glenda Maurice passed away on April 16, 2013. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m. at Unity Church-Unitarian (732 Holly Avenue, N Grotto St, St Paul, MN 55104).

After recording "Cry Me a River" at the age of sixteen, Glenda Maurice secured a spot on Pat Boone's television show. She later attended Texas Wesleyan University where she encountered classical vocal music. In 1988, Maurice joined the faculty of University of Minnesota School of Music. Her vocal students have gone on to win the national Metropolitan Opera auditions, sing on the roster of the New York Metropolitan Opera, and win first place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Auditions.

Her book Finding Vocal Artistry will be published by Xlibris books and will be available through their bookstore, on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other websites.

April 16, 2013

Faculty member Scott Lipscomb Twin Cities Opera Guild grant

LipscombScottSQ.jpgScott Lipscomb (music education) and Dee Lundell (Learning Through Music) received a $3,000 grant from the Twin Cities Opera Guild to support the 4th Grade Opera program at Folwell School, an urban, K-8 fine arts magnet in south Minneapolis. A portion of these funds was used to take more than 100 students to the Ordway to see the Minnesota Opera's production of Puccini's Turandot. This experience, and others, prepare the students for creating their own opera based on the life of Nelson Mandela, a music integration program that fulfills their social studies curriculum. A dozen U of M students (mostly music education majors) will be involved in this innovative application of music to support learning in the arts and in other academic areas.

Alumni News: Nichole Schwartz Navratil performance, Lynn L. Petersen promotion, and Angela Schmidt radio series

SonicLoveChild.jpgNicole Schwartz Navratil (B.M., 2006, vocal and choral music education) will sing with Americana band Sonic Love Child on Tuesday, May 21 from 6-9 p.m. at Hell's Kitchen Restaurant (80 S. 9th Street, Minneapolis). They will perform Americana, folk, vintage pop, classic country, and originals. More info.

LynnPetersen.jpgLynn L. Petersen (Ph.D., 1989, music theory/composition, student of Dominick Argento) was promoted to full professor at Carroll College, Helena, MT, where she teaches keyboard and composition classes and directs the jazz ensemble.

AngelaSchmidt.jpgAngela Schmidt (B.M., voice, student of Jean Del Santo and John De Haan) is part of "Classical Classroom," a new radio series on Houston Public Radio's Classical 91.7 FM. Listen to Schmidt discuss bel canto opera on "Classical Classroom."

April 15, 2013

U of M School of Music student Laura Hynes to be interviewed on Classical Minnesota Public Radio, 4/22

Laura_Hynes_color_cropped_small8e665d.jpgLaura Hynes (D.M.A candidate, voice, student of Adriana Zabala) will be on Classical Minnesota Public Radio on Monday, April 22 at noon with host Alison Young to discuss the upcoming recital performance Raise Your Voice: A Social Justice Recital Exploring Violence Against Women Through the Ages, which will take place on April 24. Raise Your Voice is sponsored by a Community Engagement grant through the U of M School of Music and by the Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education. Photo by Brooks Peterson.

U of M School of Music alumnus to be featured on NBC Nightly News in an interview with Chelsea Clinton

photo.142f278.jpgDavid France's (M.M., 2003, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) youth orchestra program Revolution of Hope, based in Roxbury, MA, will be featured in a national special on NBC Nightly News this upcoming weekend (April 27-28). France and his students were interviewed by Chelsea Clinton. Revolution of Hope was inspired by the Venezuelan musical youth development program/orchestra El Sistema. Watch this video to discover more about Revolution of Hope.

U of M School of Music alumna Maria Schneider featured in the 'New York Times'

021957.jpgMaria Schneider (B.M., 1983, composition) is the subject of The New York Times article "Prairie Jazz Companion." Read the article and listen to "Walking by Flashlight," from the album Winter Morning Walks, composed by Maria Schneider, poem by Ted Kooser, with Dawn Upshaw, Jay Anderson, Frank Kimbrough, Scott Robinson, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Schneider was in residence at the U of M School of Music this past fall and was awarded an honorary degree from the U of M at the School of Music's 2012 Convocation. Read about her School of Music visit in Tutti, the School of Music magazine.

Student Charles Asch selected to be Artistic Ambassador for MMTA

AschCharles6ca742.jpgCharles Asch (D.M.A. candidate, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova) was selected to be an Artistic Ambassador for the Minnesota Music Teachers Association. As Artistic Ambassador, Asch gave a two-day tour of Bemidji (April 11-12) where he gave a five concerts in schools and in the community. The concert program included Fantasiestuecke by Robert Schumann and the 4th Movement of the Sonata for Violin by Cesar Franck. He performed with Franco Holder (piano, student of Paul Shaw) and others.