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April 25, 2013

Remembering U of M School of Music Professor Paul Haack

Haack, Paul Color.jpgWe are saddened to share that Paul Haack, our treasured colleague and nationally recognized figure in the field of music education, has passed away. His enormous contributions to music education and administration, and his reputation as a rigorous scholar and caring and gentle teacher will assure his continuing presence in our hearts and minds. Funeral arrangements have been made for Thursday, May 2 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in New Brighton, MN. Visitation is at 10 a.m. and mass will take place at 11 a.m.

In 1988, Haack joined the faculty at the the University of Minnesota School of Music, where he served as head of the Music Education/Music Therapy Division for 15 years. His teaching fields included instrumental, general music, and related arts methods and the psychology, sociology, and aesthetics of music. He retired in 2007.

In 2002, Haack was inaugurated into the Minnesota Music Educators Association Hall of Fame for his contributions to the organization and the field of music education.

In addition to serving on a variety of national commissions, committees, and editorial boards, Professor Haack was coauthor of Principles and Processes of Music Education and published several textbook chapters and over 150 articles in professional journals. He served on the steering committee of the International Foundation for Music Research (IFMR).

"For Paul, his work life has been about service to his students, his colleagues, his universities, and his profession. Each of these constituencies has benefited from his gentle and wise guidance. He was a gentleman and a gentle-man, treating each person with grace and dignity. While many would argue that Paul Haack's greatest contributions to music education have come through his many books, chapters, and articles, he would argue that his most important work was with students. In each class that he taught or seminar he gave, he created learning moments with musical examples, dry wit and extensive knowledge of music and music learning. In his work with students he displayed a never-ending supply of patience, a focus on student strengths, and eye on writing detail and a breadth of knowledge that brought out the best in each advisee." -Keitha Hamann, Associate Professor of Music Education.

April 22, 2013

U of M School of Music choral tour engages high schools in greater Minnesota

University Singers - a cohort of 55 University of Minnesota School of Music students, graduate student conductors led by director of choral activities Kathy Saltzman Romey and associate director of choral activities Matthew Mehaffey - will embark on the school's first choral tour throughout the state of Minnesota, April 25-27.

The tour will involve engagement opportunities, including clinics, group and private voice instruction, and rehearsals with greater Minn. high schools and public performances performed by the University Singers and high school students.

Public performances are free and open to the public.

The University Singers repertoire will include music by Johannes Brahms, Benjamin Britten, Morten Lauridsen, Carol Barnett and Moses Hogan.

School of Music choral professor Matthew Mehaffey shares, "This choral tour is an amazing opportunity for School of Music students and faculty to share our knowledge and love of singing through clinics and voice instruction with talented high school choirs throughout greater Minnesota. We look forward to bringing communities together through song."

The first stop on the tour is Osseo High School, where students from Osseo, Maple Grove and St. Michael High Schools will participate. The Osseo public performance will take place on Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Osseo High School Auditorium (317 2nd Ave NW, Osseo).

On Friday, April 26, the tour continues to Brainerd High School. Students from Brainerd, Alexandria, Crosby-Ironton, and Staples-Motley High Schools will participate in musical activities during the school day. The University Singers will present a solo performance at 7:30 p.m. on Friday April 26 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church (6190 Fairview Rd, Baxter, lolbaxter.org).

On Saturday, April 27, the singers will travel for a clinic at Cambridge-Isanti High School in Cambridge. Following an afternoon of engagement activities with the Cambridge-Isanti High School Choir, there will be a public performance in the High School auditorium (430 NW 8th Ave, Cambridge) at 7:30 p.m.

Faculty News: Rebecca Shockley presentation and Angela Wyatt performance with Ancia Saxophone Quartet

RebeccaShockley.jpgRebecca Shockley (piano) gave a presentation on Mapping Music for the Music Teachers National Association annual conference in Anaheim in March. Her co-presenter was Dr. Melissa Colgin, associate professor of flute at the University of Texas at El Paso.

AnciaCMA.jpgThe Ancia Saxophone Quartet, which includes faculty member Angela Wyatt (saxophone), will perform Saturday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Studio Z (St. Paul). Tickets are $5 students/seniors/advance, $10 at the door. Program includes Jeff Herriott's as night descends, the waters beckon for saxophone quartet and electronics as well as quartets by Philip Glass and Fred Sturm. ANCIA will perform music of Desenclos, Dove, Carisi, and Dodgion at the Weisman Art Museum on Sunday, May 5 at 4 p.m. (no admission charge). These concerts are made possible in part by a grant through the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. For information and tickets, visit anciaquartet.com.

Engagement News: Students perform at Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul

Thomas Stevning Roe, Alia Jeraj, and Carlianne Hayes (voice students of Jean del Santo) will perform a concert on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The concert will feature twelve songs and arias that the students have studied and performed in del Santo's Italian Diction for Singers class. More info.

PSEO Student Melissa Deal soloist with La Crosse Symphony Orchestra

Melissa Deal (PSEO, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) appeared as soloist with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra (Wisconsin) on Saturday, April 20, performing Saint-Saëns's Rondo Capriccioso. Deal was the winner of the orchestra's 2013 Rising Star Competition. In addition to the solo appearance, she received $2000 in prize money.

Alumni News: Libby Larsen and Iris Shiraishi featured in "Minnesota Women's Press" articles and alumni album release

LibbyLarsen.jpgLibby Larsen (B.A., 1971/M.A., 1975/Ph.D., 1978, composition, student of Paul Fetler and Dominick Argento) was featured in the Minnesota Women's Press article by Anne Hamre, "Boulevard blazer - Not just a path blazer or a trailblazer, Libby Larsen carves out a wide swath for women in music." Read the article.

IrisShiraishi.jpgIris Shiraishi (Ph.D., 1994, music therapy) was featured in the Minnesota Women's Press article by Katie Hae Leo, "Fearless drummer - Iris Shiraishi makes her statement with a big Japanese drum." Read the article.

Thrum.jpegThe Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has released its fifth album, Thrum (Innova 858), which includes a work David Evan Thomas (Ph.D., 1996, composition, student of Dominick Argento) composed for the ensemble in 2002. The MGQ--here Joseph Hagedorn, Ben Gateño, Wade Oden, and Steven Newbrough--plays marvelously, and the album includes Guangxi Impression by pipa virtuosa Gao Hong, as well as music from the Coasts by Roumain and Stiefel. To order, visit the Innova website, where followers on Facebook, Twitter, or Google + get a 20% discount. Enter the code "innovadotmu" at checkout. Thrum is also available on iTunes.