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April 30, 2013

U of M School of Music Choral Tour Featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio

ChoralTour.jpgThe U of M School of Music Choral Tour was a great success! Take a moment and listen to this Classical Minnesota Public Radio feature on the tour - including comments about the choral program at the U of M, the unique aspects of this tour, and a few great experiences along the road. The interview features School of Music choral faculty Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey.

April 29, 2013

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw performance with Kim Kashkashian; Alex Lubet reviewed in "American Record Guide;" Guerino Mazzola guest at MIT program; Angela Wyatt featured in "Chamber Music America"; and Adriana Zabala to perform in "Marriage of Figaro"

KashkashianArtymiw.jpgLydia Artymiw (piano) was featured in David Patterson's Boston Musical Intelligencer article "Kashkashian and Artymiw evoke Wonder." He writes, "'Wonderful'--someone voiced, less as exclamation, more as testimony--that very inflection of the word capturing the essence of Kim Kashkashian and Lydia Artymiw in recital at Jordan Hall Thursday evening." Read the article.

LubetAlexSQ.jpgAlex Lubet's (theory/composition) new solo guitar album Spectral Blues: New Music for Acoustic Guitar was favorably reviewed in the May-June American Record Guide. Highlights include: "[Lubet] seems to affirm that he is as whole a performer alone as when he is with others," and "The performances by the composer have as much authenticity as one could ask for, so if this description interests you, seek this out."

Mazzola_Guerino7d067d.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) will be a guest at MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology's "guerino mazzola & reza negarestani \ sonic practice, discourse and auditory experimentation" event. The event takes place on Thursday, May 9 at 10 a.m. in Cambridge. More info.

AnciaCMA.jpgThe Ancia Saxophone Quartet, which includes faculty member Angela Wyatt (saxophone), is featured in the current issue of Chamber Music America magazine.

Zabala_AdrianaSquare.jpgAdriana Zabala (voice) will sing the role of Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro with Florentine Opera on May 10 and 12 in Milwaukee. It will be her debut role with the company.

Engagement News: Music and Sound Studies grant and The Raise Your Voice project

For the sixth year in a row, the interdisciplinary graduate student group Music and Sound Studies has received a grant to host music presentations at the U of M. School of Music students Eloise Boisjoli, Joe Matson, Laura Schmitz, and Etha Williams were active in securing this grant. From a field of thirty-one applications, Music and Sound Studies was selected as one of twelve Research and Creative Collaboratives that the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) will support in 2013-2014. Music and Sound Studies is the only IAS Collaborative led by graduate students and its aim is to connect different areas of research through its presentations. Members of the University and Twin Cities communities who have suggestions, including potential speaker ideas or projects, for the Music and Sound Studies group are welcome to contact the Eloise Boisjoli (kale0048@umn.edu). All events are free and open to students, faculty, and staff, and community members. Professor Sumanth Gopinath (music theory) advises the group.

The Raise Your Voice project, organized by Laura Hynes (D.M.A. candidate, voice, student of Adriana Zabala) was featured in a story on domestic violence on Fox 9 News. Performers in Raise Your Voice were Laura Hynes, Lizz Windnagel, Sara Yoder, Lauren Feider, Beth Bayley, Mijin Choi, professor Maja Radovanlija, and Samantha Phillipi. Watch the video.

Alumni News: Christopher Brody and Elliott Miles McKinley appointments

Christopher Brody (D.M.A., 2007, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) has accepted a two year position as visiting assistant professor of theory and post doctoral scholar at Indiana University - Bloomington beginning August 2013. He earned his Ph.D. in music theory from Yale University in 2013.

Elliott Miles McKinley (Ph.D., 2007, composition, student of Alex Lubet) has been appointed to the faculty in the department of theory/composition at the University of Tennessee School of Music. He will be teaching theory, composition, and music technology starting fall 2013. He is currently visiting assistant professor of theory and composition at Washington and Lee University.

Student News: CDs, performances, and more!

Cover_Devotion.pngComposer, pianist, and instructor at McNally Smith College of Music, Dan Musselman (Ph.D. candidate, composition) has created a jazz trio/quartet CD of original compositions based on books of the Bible, specifically Genesis, Job, Luke, Acts, and Revelation. The project, Devotion, is a synthesis of his jazz, classical, and popular music training. The CD release will take place on June 9 at 3 p.m. at McNally Smith College of Music. Half of the CD sales will benefit Feed My Starving Children. More info. Video preview.

olsonAsklof.jpgCurrent students Jennifer Olson and Richard Joseph (D.M.A. candidates, voice, students of Adriana Zabala) and alumnus Robb Asklof (M.M., 2004, voice, student of Barbara Kierig) performed in Paul Bunyan with VocalEssence on April 26 and 27 in Ted Mann Concert Hall. Philip Brunelle, conductor; Vern Sutton, director. Joseph performed Johnny Inkslinger (bookkeeper); Asklof performed Hot Biscuit Slim (a good cook); and Olson performed Tiny (daughter of Paul Bunyan). Photo: Bruce Silcox - Jennifer Olson and Robb Asklof.

Samuel Rosenstone (B.M., piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) is the winner of the 2013 Marvin O. Mechelke II Piano Award. The 2013 Mechelke Scholarship Competition was open to undergraduate piano majors and was held at the Mechelke home on April 26. This year's judges were professor Akosua Addo, Mary Goetz, and Elizabeth Wolff. More information on the Mechelke Piano Award.

Nathaniel Yaffe (D.M.A. candidate, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova) recently won a cello section position with the North Carolina Symphony. He was selected from a pool of 140 candidates.

The first cohort of ten Talle Family Scholarship recipients includes three School of Music students: Reuben Verdoljak (cello performance); Emma Childs (double major in French and Italian and cello performance); and Elisa Horning (majoring in Psychology and minoring in violin). The purpose of this CLA-wide scholarship program is to inspire, reward, and support the academic excellence. The scholarships are awarded to students who show exceptional achievement in their major fields and will cover the full cost of a year's tuition and fees for students in their senior year.