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May 30, 2013

SOM Musicology Professor Kelley Harness Recieves Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award

kelley harness.jpgCongratulations to School of Music musicology professor Kelley Harness on being a recipient of the 2012-2013 College of Liberal Arts' Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award. This award recognizes faculty of the college who are outstanding teachers of graduate and undergraduate students.

U of M School of Music violin student Melissa Deal tours Cuba with pianist Nachito Herrera

SOM violin student Melissa Deal (student of Sally O'Reilly) recently returned from a ten-day concert tour in Cuba, which was sponsored by the Nachito Herrera Foundation. She performed with Nachito Herrera at the Cubadisco Festival. She also appeared as soloist with the Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional de Cuba in Havana playing Saint-Saens' "Rondo Capriccioso" in the Teatro Nacional. Herrera will join Deal in a recital on Saturday, June 1 in Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall. The program will feature works by Bach, Saint-Saens, and Wieniawski. Recital info.

May 29, 2013

U of M Symphony Orchestra's performance of "Rite of Spring" on MPR Classical

UofM Orchestra.jpgTo commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Rite of Spring premiere, Classical Minnesota Public Radio will air the U of M Symphony Orchestra's recent concert performance of the piece at tonight, May 29 at 8 p.m. The broadcast will also include
Mark Russell Smith (orchestral conducting) and MPR host Alison Young talking about this performance and commentary on Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. Visit MPR Classical's website for station info and to find out how you can listen online.

The Rite of Spring, conducted by Mark Russell Smith, was recorded on February 26, 2013 at the Orpheum Theatre in performance with the Joffrey Ballet.

May 28, 2013

Faculty News: David Grayson's recent activities, Alex Lubet's Dylan feature, and Laura Sindberg presentation

GraysonDavidSQ.jpgDavid Grayson's (musicology) articles appeared in two volumes published in Paris: "L'édition scientifique de Pelléas et Mélisande," in "Pelléas et Mélisande" cent ans après: études et documents (Symétrie), and "Les premiers enregistrements de Pelléas et Mélisande," in Regards sur Debussy (Fayard). He gave lectures on Debussy and Chopin at the Shanghai Conservatory and Shanghai Normal University, and his contributions to the Prismatic Debussy Festival at the Eastman School of Music, included leading "A Conversation with P. Craig Russell" for the Comic Book Debussy session. He also wrote program notes and gave pre-concert lectures for concerts by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

LubetAlexSQ.jpgBob Dylan expert Alex Lubet (theory/composition) was interviewed for a Star Tribune article on tributes to Dylan in his native North Shore. A longer version of this article can be found on SaukValley.com. "Um blues com toque francês e clima zen," an article about Spectral Blues: New Music for Acoustic Guitar, Alex Lubet's new CD of solo guitar music performed by the composer, appeared in Estadão, Brazil's fifth largest newspaper. As of May 26, 2013, Lubet's Spectral Blues was in the top 100 in sales three different classical music categories on Amazon.com.

LauraSindberg.jpgLaura Sindberg (music education) was selected to present at the 2013 Instrumental Music Teacher Educators Colloquium at Deer Creek Resort, Mount Sterling, OH. Her session, From Teaching Plan to Curriculum Development--Incorporating Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance into the Instrumental Methods Course and Student Teaching, included an examination of philosophical and practical implications for music teacher pedagogy.

Student Patrick Terry to Attend 8th Residential Michael Chance Summer Music Academy

TerryPatrick.jpgPatrick Terry (voice and music education) was one of ten singers invited to attend the 8th Residential Michael Chance Summer Music Academy in Candili, Εύβοια, Greece in July. The week includes master classes, lessons, concerts, and more with counter-tenor Michael Chance. More info.

Engagement News: Band Project Showcase

BandProject.jpgThe spring 2013 Band Project Showcase took place in Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall. Faculty member Laura Sindberg (music education) and several undergraduate music education students welcomed Corey Needleman (B.M., 1999, percussion, student of Fernando Meza) and 36 of his students from Folwell Performing Arts Magnet School for an end-of-the-year spectacle, celebrating the musical achievements of young band students and their apprentice teachers, who participated in an after school instructional program including several original compositions, and concluding with Green Onion Jam, a mass improvisation of 52 on the Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall stage.

Alumni News: Kurt Miyashiro and Woobin Park accept new positions

Kurt Miyashiro (Ph.D., 2005, student of Alex Lubet) will be leaving his position at Southeastern Illinois College to become associate professor of music at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. He will teach composition and upper-division music theory, and serve as director of instrumental music (orchestra and band).

Woobin Park (D.M.A., 2009, student of Lydia Artymiw) recently accepted a one-year position as visiting professor of piano at Winona State University in Winona, MN.

In Memoriam: Alumnus Lawrence Young

LawrenceYoung.jpgAlumnus Lawrence Young (D.M.A., organ and conducting) of McLean, VA, died May 19, 2013. Lawrence was active in the local music community, serving on the boards of the McLean Orchestra, the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and the Organ Historical Society. A musical celebration of his life will be held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Arlington, VA on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Read more.