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December 15, 2014

Alumni News: Sondra Wieland Howe's appointment and publication; Sharri Van Alstine's publication; and Kinh Tien Vu's recent publication and College Music Society presentation

Sondra Wieland Howe (MA, 1985, musicology, student of Donna Cardamone Jackson; PhD, 1988, music education, student of Charles Furman) has been appointed for a six-year term on the editorial committee of the International Journal of Music Education. Her article "American Music in Meiji Era Japan" was published in Ritsumeikan Studies in Language Culture (October 2014).

Sharri Van Alstine's (PhD, 2011, music education, student of Akosua Addo) article "From I to International Toward International-Mindedness through Interdisciplinary Music Instruction" (co-author A. Holmes) was published in the December 2014 issue of Music Educators Journal.

Kinh Tien Vu's (Ph.D, 2013, music education, student of Akosua Addo) article "Unbounded making our way to public centered work in the arts: A year in third Space" (LaTanya Autry, co-author) was published in Public: A Journal of Imagining America. He will also present "Hmong Voices: Youth Empowerment, Activism, and Participatory Democracy" at the College Music Society's 2015 International Conference in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland from June 17-24.

December 8, 2014

Alumni Stephen Paulus and Lila Downs recieve Grammy Award nominations

stephenPaulus.jpgStephen Paulus (composition) has received a posthumous Grammy Award nomination for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for his "Concerto For Two Trumpets & Band." The nominated work features Eric Berlin, Richard Kelley, James Patrick Miller, and the UMASS Wind Ensemble from the Fantastique: Premieres for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble album.

LilaDowns.jpgLila Downs' album Raiz received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Pop Album. Downs studied voice at the School of Music. Raiz is a collaborative project with Argentine folk/pop singer Soledad and Spanish flamenco singer Niña Pastori.

Alumni News: Nicole Schwartz Navratil and band release album, "Songevity"

Songevity.jpgNicole Schwartz Navratil (BM, 2005, vocal and choral music education) recently completed a full-length recording project with her Americana band, Sonic Love Child. Navratil sings lead and harmony vocals and plays hand percussion on the album, titled Songevity. The band celebrated with a CD release concert at the Riverview Cafe in Minneapolis. Find Sonic Love Child on Facebook.

School of Music NAfME chapter welcomes Minneapolis Public School music educators

NAfME.jpgThe National Association for Music Education (NAfME) - Collegiate chapter of the School of Music recently welcomed three music educators from the Minneapolis Public Schools. Adrian Davis, School of Music alumnus Jonathan Edington, and current music education graduate student Tim Buzza participated in a panel discussion on teaching music in urban schools.

December 1, 2014

Alumni News: Claudia Chen and Katia Tesarczyk perform in a three-generation recital and Sarah Porwoll-Lee awarded 2015 Minnesota State Board of the Arts Artist Initiative Grant

threeGenerationRecital.jpgClaudia Chen (collaborative piano, student of Margo Garrett) performed a recital with her daughter Katia Tesarczyk (Bravo!, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) and her mother, pianist Patricia Parraguez Chen at Casa Central de la Escuela Moderna in Santiago, Chile. Their three-generation recital included works by Dvorak, Tchaikowsky, Bruch, Ries, Schubert, Guastavino, Chopin, and Beethoven. More information.

SarahPorwollLee.jpgSarah Porwoll-Lee (MM, 2013, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) was recently awarded a fiscal year 2015 Minnesota State Board of the Arts Artist Initiative Grant. The grant award will help fund the commissioning of three new works by Minnesota composers, three local performances, and the recording of an album of music by all Minnesotans, including works by Katherine Bergman, Joshua Clausen, Daniel Nass, Ted Moore, and Libby Larsen. Porwoll-Lee is currently adjunct professor of applied clarinet at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, artistic co-director and clarinetist of The Antithesis Project, a member of Zeitgeist New Music's Board of Directors, and a freelance clarinetist around the Twin Cities.

November 24, 2014

Alumni News: Patrick Terry wins first prize in the 20th Annual Maureen Lehane Vocal Competition

PatrickTerry.jpgOn November 14, Patrick Terry (BM, 2013, voice, student of Adriana Zabala) took first prize in the 20th Annual Maureen Lehane Vocal Competition organized by the Jackdaws foundation and hosted by Wigmore Hall. Terry is the first Counter Tenor to have won at the awards. The finals were held at London's fabled Wigmore Hall, and Terry was the youngest of the eight finalists. He is currently pursuing graduate work at the Royal Academy of Music, under the tutelage of Michael Chance.

November 17, 2014

Student News: V. Can Canbolat and Emily Rolka new faculty positions, Shelley Mihm finalist in Upper Midwest Regional Metropolitan Council Audition finals, and Rie Tanaka and Samantha Cho are winners of Masters Concerto Competition

V. Can Canbolat (MM, 2013, violin; DMA candidate, student of Mark Bjork) has been appointed to the faculty of the preparatory division of the Colburn School in Los Angeles.

shelleyMihm.jpgShelley Mihm (DMA candidate, voice, student of Jean Del Santo) was recently chosen by renowned judges Korliss Uecker, Melissa Wegner, and Benita Valente to compete as a finalist in the Upper Midwest Regional Metropolitan Council Audition finals at the Ordway Performing Arts Center (St. Paul, MN) on January 31, 2015. Mihm was chosen as one of two singers from North Dakota to compete in the finals along with two singers each from the states of Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota. In addition, Mihm was awarded the Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra Vocal Soloist Prize. She will perform in the GFSO's 2015-2016 season.


emily_rolke0e98ad.pngEmily Rolka (DMA candidate, violin, student of Mark Bjork) has accepted a position teaching violin as guest faculty at Hillsdale College in Michigan.

Rie Tanaka (MM candidate, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) and Samantha Cho (DMA candidate, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) are the winners of the 17th Masters Concerto Competition. Judges for the competition were former SOM faculty member Lawrence Weller and Paul Wirth (artistic director for Wirth Center for the Performing Arts). Tanaka and Cho will perform on the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra concert on March 28, 2015.

Faculty, Students, and Alumni Attend Society for Music Theory Conference

MusicTheoryConference.jpgSchool of Music faculty members, students, and alumni attended the Society for Music Theory Conference on November 8, 2014 in Milwaukee, WI. From left to right: Bill Helmcke (PhD, ABD, U of MA Amherst), Jeremy Orosz (assistant professor. University of Memphis), Peter Purin (assistant professor, Oklahoma Baptist University), Jessica Narum (assistant professor, Concordia College), Ben Duane (assistant professor, Washington University), Chris Brody (post-doc, Indiana University), Soo Hyun Jeong (ABD, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music), Pete Smucker (ABD, University of Chicago), Alyssa (Wendelschafer) Brody (recruiting and enrollment specialist, Indiana University), Matthew Bribitzer-Stull (School of Music faculty member), and David Damschroder (School of Music faculty member).

November 10, 2014

Alumni News: Mark Hengesh awarded the 2014 Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award

HengeshMark.jpgMark Hengesh (BS, 1976, music education, student of Steve Peterson and David Baldwin) was honored last June by the Quinlan and Fabish Music Company by being selected as one of six recipients of the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award for 2014. This award is presented annually by Quinlan and Fabish Music Company of Burr Ridge, IL. Recipients are nominated by their peers and are selected by a panel of previous winners. Hengesh has been a music educator in Illinois for 39 years, 35 of which were in the Glenbard (IL) High School District 87. He is also director of the Arlington Heights (IL) Community Concert Band.​​ Photo (L-R): Mark Hengesh being presented the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educators Award by Alfred Watkins.

November 3, 2014

Alumni News: Mill City Quartet selected MPR Class Notes Artist-in-Residence for 2014/15; Corey Hamm's recording of Rzewski's "The People United" receives a rave review

MillCityStringQuartet.jpgValerie Little (DMA, 2010, viola, student of Korey Konkol) along with School of Music alumni Huldah Niles (MM, 2006, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly), Erika Hoogeveen (MM, 2004, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly), Jeffrey Erbland (MM, 2011, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova) comprise the Mill City String Quartet. The quartet was recently selected as a Minnesota Public Radio Class Notes Artist-in-Residence for the 2014-15 school year. This program afforded the quartet the opportunity to record at MPR studios and perform world music at schools throughout southern Minnesota during the month of October.

CoreyHamm.jpgCorey Hamm's (DMA, 2005, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) recent recording of Rzewski's "The People United" received a rave review in "Classics Today."

October 27, 2014

Remembering Alumnus Stephen Paulus

stephenPaulus.jpgWe are saddened to share the news of the passing of U of M School of Music alumnus Stephen Paulus. Paulus was a prolific composer of over 500 works. He was an ardent advocate and mentor to many young composers, co-founding the American Composers Forum in 1973, the largest composer service organization in the world. Our thoughts are with Paulus's family and friends during this difficult time. Read more about Paulus. A memorial service for Stephen Paulus will be held Saturday, November 8 at 3 pm at House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN).

Alumni News: Andrew Staupe (piano) performs with the Minnesota Orchestra

StaupeAndrew2.jpgAndrew Staupe's (MM, 2007, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) performed with the Minnesota Orchestra on October 16 and 17, 2014 (Staupe performed Burlesque by Richard Strauss). The concerts were reviewed by the Star-Tribune's Michael Anthony in the article "For Strauss Suite, it was Vänskä on clarinet." Read the article. The Saint Paul Pioneer Press' Rob Hubbard also reviewed the concerts in the article "Minnesota Orchestra concert contrasts Strauss' youth and age." Read the article.

October 20, 2014

Remembering U of M School of Music Alumnus Stephen Paulus

SP_pic_medium.jpgA Message on the Passing of School of Music Alumnus Stephen Paulus from University of Minnesota School of Music Interim Director Scott Lipscomb

I am saddened to share the news of the passing of University of Minnesota School of Music alumnus Stephen Paulus. He died yesterday due to medical complications from a stroke. I will share details of his memorial service once they are made available.

Dr. Paulus received his PhD in composition from the University of Minnesota in 1978. He studied with Professors Dominick Argento and Paul Fetler. Soon after graduation, he was commissioned by the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and went on to write 10 operas with many other opera companies. With 55 orchestral works to his credit, Paulus has been distinguished to serve as a Composer in Residence with the orchestras of Atlanta, Minnesota, Tucson, and Annapolis. Conductors who have premiered his works include Osmo Vanska, Christoph van Dohnanyi, Kurt Masur, Sir Neville Marriner, and Leonard Slatkin. Recent orchestral commissions include a violin concerto for the Cleveland Orchestra and William Preucil, a "Jazz Concerto" (co-written with his son, Greg) for the Minnesota Orchestra as well as organ concertos for the Phoenix Symphony and the Portland Symphony (in Maine).

He was a prolific, internationally-acclaimed choral composer, having composed more than 150 works for this medium ranging from his Holocaust oratorio, To Be Certain of the Dawn (recorded by the Minnesota Orchestra on the BIS label) to the poignant anthem, "Pilgrims' Hymn," sung at the funerals of Presidents Reagan and Ford. His works have received thousands of performances and recordings from such groups as The New York Choral Society, L.A. Master Chorale, Robert Shaw Festival Singers, VocalEssence, Dale Warland Singers, and countless others. In 1973, Dr. Paulus was a co-founder of the American Composers Forum (then the Minnesota Composers Forum) with School of Music alumna Libby Larsen. This organization has grown from an innovative regional initiative into one of the nation's premier composer service organizations. 

In a 2002 interview in the School of Music publication "Sounding: Conversations Across 100 Years of Music," Paulus provided his thoughts on his School of Music experience. What he learned from his composition mentors was that "Music isn't just about putting black dots on a piece of paper; it is about being a good husband or father or enjoying a walk in the woods or looking at the ocean or the sunset."

Let's remember Paulus with his gorgeous choral work "The Road Home," an American hymn performed by Conspirare.

Our thoughts at present are with Paulus's friends and family during this difficult time.

Alumni News: Rosewall's new book, Michael Rosewall's new position Lyndie Walker and Andrea Yun-Springer's Toneworks Music Therapy

EllenRosewall.jpgEllen Rosewall's (MFA, 1975, music) book, Arts Management: Uniting Arts and Audiences in the 21st Century, was published in November 2013 by Oxford University Press. She is Professor and Chair of Arts Management at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.

MichaelRosewall.jpgMichael Rosewall (BS, 1978, music education; MM, 1986, choral conducting) was named Associate Academic Dean at St. Norbert College in DePere, WI. Dr. Rosewall continues as a member of the music faculty at St. Norbert.

toneworks.jpgIn 2013, Lyndie Walker (BM, 2012, viola performance and BM, 2012, music therapy) and Andrea Yun-Springer (BM, 2012, music therapy) founded Toneworks Music Therapy Services, a private practice music therapy clinic in Northeast Minneapolis. They recently received 501(c)(3) status for a nonprofit that they incorporated last spring, Toneworks Community Foundation. They also recently received a Metropolitan Regional Arts Activity Grant, a Nevine Huested Grant, and funding from Minneapolis Arts to work as teaching artists providing music therapy in 26 early childhood special education classrooms. Last spring, they started an ongoing partnership with the Musicians of the Minnesota orchestra, the Autism Society of Minnesota, the Music Therapy Association of Minnesota, and The Musical Autist to provide sensory friendly concerts for individuals on the spectrum, as well as performance opportunities in the Twin Cities. Read more about Toneworks in Tutti magazine.

October 13, 2014

Alumni News: Robert McAllister receives the 2014 National Guild Milestone Certificate of Appreciation

RobertMcAllister.jpgRobert McAllister (BS, 1975, music education) received the 2014 National Guild Milestone Certificate of Appreciation. McAllister is dean of the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts. More info or read the press release.

Student News: Ryan LaBoy featured in "Pioneer Press" article about ComMUSICation

RyanLaBoy.jpgRyan LaBoy (choral conducting, student of Matthew Mehaffey and Kathy Saltzman Romey) is featured in The Pioneer Press article, "New choral music program targets low-income St. Paul kids." The article focuses on ComMUSICation, the organization that LaBoy directs. Also featured in the article is School of Music alumna Elizabeth Windnagel (BM, 2013, voice, student of Adriana Zabala).

October 6, 2014

Alumni News: Corey Hamm's CD wins Western Canadian Music Award; Tiffany Skidmore organizes One Night Art Gallery; and Dawn Sonntag is featured in "Hiram"

CoreyHamm.jpgCorey Hamm's (MM, 2003, piano; DMA, 2005, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) CD of Frederic Rzewski's solo piano epic "The People United Will Never Be Defeated!" (Redshift TK431) won Best Classical Recording at the Western Canadian Music Awards in Winnipeg on October 5, 2014. Hamm is a tenured associate professor of piano at the University of British Columbia.

TiffanySkidmore.jpgTiffany Skidmore (composition, student of James Dillon) organized a One Night Art Gallery event at Anwatin Middle School in Minneapolis, funded by a Jerome Fund for New Music grant. Compositions by SOM students Benjamin Klein (student of Alex Lubet) and Paul Schwartzkopf were presented, along with a piece by Tiffany Skidmore, performed by vocalist Katherine Kennedy. The work of a number of visual artists including Rachel Becquer (sculptures), Mustafa Dedeoglu (photography), Debra Fitzsimmons (paintings), and SOM student Jeffery Kyle Hutchins (performance art), as well as artwork by Anwatin Middle School students, also constituted an important component of the event. Scott D. Lipscomb (associate professor, music education) moderated a panel discussion on the topic of education in American society. On October 25, the composers and artists will take the event to the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, WA.

DawnSonntag.jpgDawn Sonntag (DMA, 2008, composition, student of Alex Lubet) is a faculty member at Hiram College and is featured in the college's magazine, Hiram. Christina A. Russ' article, "Music Professor Showcases Versatility Through Original Opera 'Verlorene Heimat,'" discusses Sonntag's process in writing the opera. Read the article.

September 29, 2014

Alumni News: Carol Barnett's album release; Christine Cangelhoff's album release; Samuel Grace founds MPLS (imPulse); and Jocelyn Hagen wins third place in the 2014 American Prize Competition

CarolBarnett2.jpgCarol Barnett's (BA, 1972 theory/composition; MA, 1976, composition) album, TREASURES FROM THE ARCHIVES, a collection of arrangements and works written for the Dale Warland Singers, the National Lutheran Choir, and the 2011-12 Minnesota All-State Women's Choir, has been released by PARMA Recordings and is available from Amazon.

MelodicConchSalad.jpgChristine Gangelhoff (DMA, 2002) recently released the album Melodic Conch Salad with ensemble MUIN242, featuring students from The College of The Bahamas. MUIN242 is a diverse group of young musicians who share a love for Bahamian culture. The group's name is taken from The College of The Bahamas curriculum (MUIN) and the Nassau area code (242). Melodic Conch Salad was recorded in Tower Heights Studio, Nassau, The Bahamas. The material was developed in The College of The Bahamas course MUIN255, led by Gangelhoff, executive producer of the recording. Watch the video.

SamuelGracecBrooksPeterson.jpgSamuel Grace (2014, choral conducting) is the founding artistic director of MPLS (imPulse), a 24-voice chamber chorus presenting its debut performances on October 12 and 17 at the Minneapolis Central Library Atrium and The American Swedish Institute. The ensemble's mission seeks to create a meaningful, community driven experience for its artists and to engage audiences in performance by expanding access to an eclectic repertory of choral music in diverse spaces. Artists in MPLS (imPulse) prepare music in advance of scheduled festival appearances where the ensemble rehearses, builds community, and presents a series of concerts throughout the region. Concert information. Follow MPLS (imPulse) on Facebook. Photo: Brooks Peterson

JocelynHagen.jpgComposer Jocelyn Hagen (MA, 2006, composition, student of Judith Lang Zaimont) achieved third place in the 2014 American Prize Competition (professional choral division), for her work Sanctus. According to their website, the American Prize in Composition "recognizes and rewards the best composers in America of new works for orchestra, chorus, concert band, chamber ensemble or theater that have been publicly performed." More info.

Faculty News: Alexander Braginsky featured on MPR and SOM faculty perform with Minnesota Orchestra

BraginskyAlexanderSQ2.jpgAlexander Braginsky (piano) was featured discussing his passion for piano etudes on MPR's Learning to Listen in a segment "Refining skills with piano etudes." Listen online.

zabalaKauffman.jpgAdriana Zabala (voice) and School of Music alumna Linh Kauffman (voice) performed with the Minnesota Orchestra as soloists in Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Resurrection at Orchestra Hall (September 26-28). Professors John Snow (oboe), Fernando Meza (percussion), and Dean Billmeyer (organ) also performed. Reviews of the program were featured in the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press.

September 22, 2014

Alumni News: Jessica Park to open Twin Cities Early Music Festival & Bach Marathon

Jessica Park (DMA candidate, organ, student of Dean Billmeyer) will open the Twin Cities Early Music Festival & Bach Marathon with a recital at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 27 at 12 noon. Park's program features Bach's Trio Sonata V in C Major BWV 529 and the Passacaglia in C Minor BWV 582.

September 15, 2014

Alumni News: Sarah Porwoll-Lee's professorship and new positions

SarahPorwollLee.jpgSarah Porwoll-Lee (MM, 2013, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) was recently named Adjunct Professor of Applied Clarinet at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Porwoll-Lee also joined the Board of Directors of local new music non-profit Zeitgeist this year, and has served as Artistic Co-Director of Twin Cities chamber music organization The Antithesis Project since completing her Master's Degree in 2013.

September 2, 2014

Alumni News: Sila Gundiler contract with Lubbock Symphony Orchestra

silaGundiler.jpgSila Gundiler (violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) received a principal second violin contract with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra in Texas.

August 25, 2014

Alumni News: Joseph Henry and Laura Hynes faculty appointments, Tobias Ramaswamy's Club 416 Commission, and Ishaya Yarison's article in "The Sacred in Opera"

JosephHenry.jpgJoseph Henry (DMA, 2012, organ, student of Dean Billmeyer) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music and University Organist at Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana. In this tenure-track position, Henry will teach organ, piano, and music theory. He also serves in the U.S. Army Reserve as a chaplain assistant with the enlisted rank of Staff Sergeant. Henry is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Romania 1998-2000), and holds the DMA in Collaborative Piano from the Manhattan School of Music. A student of Dean Billmeyer, Henry's DMA thesis is entitled "Reinken's An Wasserflüssen Babylon as it Relates to the Practice of Improvisation in the Seventeenth Century."

LauraHynes2014.jpgSoprano Laura Hynes (DMA, 2013, voice, student of Adriana Zabala) accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at Murray State University (Murray, KY) for the 2014-2015 academic year. She was also one of twelve teachers chosen to participate in the prestigious National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program hosted at The Ohio State University this summer. Photo: Brooks Peterson

TobiasRamaswamy.jpgTobias Ramaswamy (BA, 2014, composition, student of Alex Lubet) received a Club 416 Commission from the Cedar Cultural Center, to compose a 30-minute work for 16 electric guitars, based on Hindustani vocal music. Club 416 Commissions are selected by open competition.

Ishaya Yarison.pngThe June 2014 issue of The Sacred in Opera, a project of the National Opera Association, was solely devoted to Ishaya Yarison's (PhD, 2013, composition, student of Alex Lubet), I AM Meditation. The work was Yarison's doctoral dissertation. Read the issue.

August 18, 2014

Alumni News: Michael J. Krajewski to begin assistant professorship at Minnesota State University Moorhead

MichaelKrajewski.jpgIn August 2014, Michael J. Krajewski (DMA, 2013, guitar/music education, student of Jeffery Van, Scott Lipscomb, Alex Lubet, and Maja Radovanlija) begins at Minnesota State University Moorhead as assistant professor of music industry and guitar studies. After graduating from the U of M in 2013, Krajewski participated in both regional and local conferences presenting on creating interactive media using iBooks Author. He has also performed and presented clinics across the US.

August 11, 2014

Band Alumni Society at the State Fair

MarchingBandStateFair.jpgThe U of M Band Alumni Society Pep Band will perform at the Minnesota State Fair on August 21, 25, 27, and 31 on the University Stage. Stop by to listen, sing Hail Minnesota, or bring your instrument play along. Contact info@skiumah.org for more information. The Marching Band will also be at the Fair for the Maroon and Gold Day Parade at 2 pm on August 31.

Alumni News: Wei Zheng signs contract with Zhejiang International Studies University

Wei Zheng (DMA, 2012, voice, student of Jean del Santo) signed an eight-year contract with Zhejiang International Studies University. Wei was also a finalist in the 2012 National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Auditions and was a district winner in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions.

August 4, 2014

Premiere of Dominick Argento's final work

BeethovenChorale.jpgOn July 12 and 13, School of Music alumni performed as members of the Festival Chorale in the Minnesota Beethoven Festival. The Festival Chorale performed the premiere of professor emeritus Dominick Argento's (composition) Seasons. The piece includes poetry by former staff member Pat Solstad and is dedicated to Dale Warland who conducted the concert. The concert featured the viola stylings of Professor Korey Konkol (viola).

Photo (left to right): Krista Palmquist (DMA, 2002, student of Jean del Santo), Pat Solstad, Dominick Argento, Matthew Culloton (DMA, 2006, conducting, student of Kathy Saltzman Romey), Timothy Bruett (MM, 2009, voice, student of Philip Zawisza), Laura Krider (BM, 2005, music education, student of Jean del Santo, former staff member), Abbie Betinis (MA, 2007, composition, student of Judith Lang Zaimont), and Shekela Wanyama (BM, 2006, music education, student of Barbara Kierig and Wendy Zaro-Mullins).

Student News: Eric Schultz and Esther Baumgartner perform under alumnus Sergey Bogza at Lakes Area Music Festival

Eric Schultz (MM candidate, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) and Esther Baumgartner (BM candidate, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) performed Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 under the baton of Sergey Bogza (DMA, 2014, conducting, student of Mark Russell Smith) at the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, MN on August 3.

July 28, 2014

Alumni News: Mark Bilyeu's Source Song Festival Begins, Antonia Daskalova's New Position

Mark.jpgMark Bilyeu (MM, vocal coaching and accompanying, student of Timothy Lovelace) is the artistic director of the Source Song Festival, which begins this week. The festival will run from Friday, August 1 to Friday, August 8 and kicks off with An Evening with Libby Larsen (SOM alumna/composer) on August 1. Events include performances by School of Music faculty Timothy Lovelace and Adriana Zabala and works by School of Music alumni Abbie Betinis and David Evan Thomas. View the Source Song Festival schedule.

Antonia.pngAntonia Daskalova (DMA, 2011, collaborative piano, student of Timothy Lovelace) recently accepted full-time faculty position at MacPhail Center for Music.

July 21, 2014

Alumni News: David Zinman's 19-year tenure with the Tonhalle Orchestra comes to an end, Paula Gudmundson's new position and CD

Paula.jpgPaula Gudmundson (DMA, 2012, flute, student of Immanuel Davis) has been appointed to a tenure-track position as assistant professor of music at the University of Minnesota Duluth beginning fall 2014. Gudmundson released her first CD, La Flauta of Buenos Aires, in January 2014. Her edition of Amancio Alcorta's Gran Fantasía, published by Jeanné Music, earned an Honorable Mention at the 2014 National Flute Association's Newly Published Music Competition. In the fall, she will be a guest artist at the International Flute Festival in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, October 17-21.

zinman.jpgDavid Zinman (MA, 1963, theory and composition) is featured in the New York Times article "After a Run of 19 Years, Passing the Baton." After a 19-year tenure, Zinman is leaving his post as conductor of the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich.

July 14, 2014

Alumni News: Jeremy Kolwinska named Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul

ba530af3-d0cc-4d12-8946-88b683bfac66.jpgJeremy Kolwinska (DMA, 2002, trombone, student of Thomas Ashworth) has been named the Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul. Read Kolwinska's biography.

June 30, 2014

Alumni News: Anna DeGraff travels to Switzerland as a Stratton Fellow

TEogw4hFsJ_XZCUiMhpuUBsrfU4psD4m7RKDUDDSRZsJctzpk3wLsFpif3kza5H2tqluR4o4eyV_XkSUpQOvMGmDd80XWwXccfeRXo-2WhktICc9co5t-iSRLjuKSS6S-Vs0x_mLIvcCYm8tiprNjuH3ZAaWCBFjbyRdRw=s0-d-e1-ft.jpgAnna DeGraff (DMA, 2012, voice, student of John De Haan) was chosen by the Friends of Switzerland, Inc. as the 2014 Stratton Fellow. This honor comes with a round-trip plane ticket to Switzerland and a stipend to spend on a "cultural exchange." More info.

June 24, 2014

Alumni News: Carol Barnett's "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" at Carnegie Hall, Danielle Kuntz wins A-R Editions Award, and Eric McEnaney's summer productions

Carol Barnett's (BA, 1972, theory/composition; MA, 1976, theory/composition) The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass was performed twice at Carnegie Hall recently. The Distinguished Concerts International New York production on June 8 featured Jefferson Johnson, conductor, and Dailey and Vincent, bluegrass band. The Manhattan Concert Productions concert on June 9 featured Philip Brunelle, conductor, and Monroe Crossing, bluegrass band. Barnett has been an adjunct at Augsburg College since 2000.

Danielle Kuntz (PhD, 2014, musicology, student of Kelley Harness) was recently named the winner of the A-R Editions Award, which is given to the best paper/presentation, at the Fall 2013 meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society. Kuntz's paper was entitled "Lisbon's Musical Elite and the Genesis of Oratorio in Early Eighteenth-Century Portugal (1719-1723)."

Pianist and vocal coach Eric McEnaney (DMA, 2009, collaborative piano, student of Timothy Lovelace and Noriko Kawai) is currently a member of the music staff at the Central City Opera summer festival in Central City, CO, where he is working on productions of The Marriage of Figaro and The Sound of Music, coaching members of the young artist program, and presenting two duo recitals at the historic Teller House. This is McEnaney's first season with the festival.

June 16, 2014

Band Alumni Society Concert Band

bandAlumniSocietyBandSm.jpgThe Band Alumni Society sponsored a Summer Concert Band directed by alumnus Brett Benson (MuEd) and made of about 90 alumni, current students, and friends. The band played on June 5 (outside the Cathedral of St. Paul) and June 12 (Rice Park) and will play on July 24 (Northrop Plaza) at 7 pm. Photo: Band Alumni Summer Concert Band on the steps of the Cathedral of St. Paul.

June 9, 2014

Alumni News: Daniel Worsham to perform with the Sarajevo Philharmonic

DanielWorsham.jpgDaniel Worsham (BM, 2012, French horn, student of Michael Gast and Caroline Lemen) was recently chosen for an International Cultural Exchange program that will take him to Bosnia-Herzegovina for 10 months to perform with the Sarajevo Philharmonic. He will perform in opera, ballet, and symphonic concerts from September 2014 through July 2015.

June 3, 2014

Band Alumni Society Concert Band

The Band Alumni Society is sponsoring a summer concert band. All interested musicians are invited to join this group. Rehearsals will take place on Wednesday evenings in the band suite at TCF Stadium. Contact info@skiumah.org for more information. If you can't be part of the band, hear them play on June 5 (outside the St. Paul Cathedral), June 12 (Rice Park), and July 24 (Northrop Plaza), all concerts start at 7 pm.

June 2, 2014

Alumni News: Zachary Colby joins Cantus, Anna Hersey's new position, Andrew Staupe performs with the Minnesota Orchestra

ColbyZachary.jpgZachary Colby (DMA, 2014, voice, student of Adriana Zabala) joins the "premier men's ensemble in the United States" (Fanfare Magazine), Cantus, for their 2014-2015 season.

HerseyAnna.pngAnna Hersey (MM, 2007, vocal performance, student of Lawrence Weller; MA, 2009, musicology, student of Kelley Harness) was recently appointed as assistant professor of voice at Eastern New Mexico University.

StaupeAndrew2.jpgAndrew Staupe (MM, 2007, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) has been re-engaged for two performances with the Minnesota Orchestra (performing Strauss's Burleske, conducted by Osmo Vänskä) October 16-18, 2014 at Orchestra Hall.

May 19, 2014

Alumni News: Carol Barnett's "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" performances and Courageous Endeavors featured in "Minnesota Daily"

BarnettCarol.jpgCarol Barnett's (BA, 1972, composition and theory; MA, 1976, composition) The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass will be performed twice at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, June 9 under the auspices of Distinguished Concerts International New York, and June 10 sponsored by Manhattan Concert Productions.

Nelson Devereaux and Joe Strachan's Courageous Endeavors jazz quartet is featured in the Minnesota Daily article "The shape of jazz to come: Courageous Endeavors are poster boys for a jazz scene overcoming significant challenges." Listen to Courageous Endeavors and see their tour schedule on their website.

May 5, 2014

Alumni News: Chad Hoopes named to CMS of Lincoln Center's artist residency program and Tyler Wottrich accepted piano position at North Dakota State University

Chad Hoopes (Bravo student, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) has been named to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's artist residency program.

Dr. Tyler Wottrich (BM, 2009, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor of piano position at North Dakota State University in Fargo (ND) beginning August 2014.

April 28, 2014

Alumni News: Megen (Ivers) Palmer's ensemble participated in Waconia District Jazz Festival

Megen376ef85b0354.jpgMegen (Ivers) Palmer (music education) is teaching at Clearwater Middle School in Waconia, where the Waconia District Jazz Festival took place on April 15. Professor Dean Sorenson performed with her ensemble as part of the festival. Photo: Megen Palmer (left) and Dean Sorenson (right).

April 21, 2014

Alumna Sharri Van Alstine presents poster at National Association for Music Education conference

SharriVanAlstine.jpgSharri Van Alstine (PhD, music education) presented a research poster at the recent Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference of the National Association for Music Education in St. Louis. The title of her poster was "The Effect of Course Content and Pedagogy on Undergraduate Students International Mindedness and Preferences for World Music."

March 31, 2014

U of M School of Music Schubert Club Scholarship Competition Winners 2014

The Schubert Club Student Scholarship Competition, held each spring, awards approximately $50,000 annually to young musicians. The finals will took place on March 28, 2014 at Landmark Center in St. Paul.

SENIOR HIGH VIOLIN
Honorable Mention, Julian Maddox (PSEO student of Sally O'Reilly)

COLLEGE VIOLIN
Honorable Mention, Melissa Deal (student of Sally O'Reilly)

GRADUATE CELLO
First Place, Rosalind Leavell (student of Tanya Remenikova)
Second Place, Charles Asch (student of Tanya Remenikova)
Honorable Mention, Luke Darville (student of Tanya Remenikova)

GRADUATE VIOLIN
Honorable Mention, Sila Gundiler (student of Sally O'Reilly)

COLLEGE PIANO
First Place, Osip Nikiforov (piano, student of Alexander Braginsky)

GRADUATE PIANO
First Place, Rie Tanaka (student of Alexander Braginsky)
Second Place, Gabriel Quenneville-Belair (student of Lydia Artymiw)
Honorable Mention, Samantha Cho (student of Alexander Braginsky)

ADVANCED VOICE
First Place, Brennan Blankenship (student of Adriana Zabala)

GRADUATE VOICE
First Place, Joseph Okell (student of John De Haan)

COLLEGE/GRADUATE BRASS & WOODWIND
First Place, Kendra Wheeler (saxophone, student of Eugene Rousseau)
Second Place, Eric Schultz (clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein)
Honorable Mention, David Franzel (saxophone, student of Eugene Rousseau)

HUNTER/SCHUBERT CLUB PRIZE
First Place, Joesph Okell (voice, tenor, student of John De Haan)

Alumni News: Matthew Dockendorf named assistant director of bands at University of Colorado - Boulder and Soojung Hong wins Carnegie Hall's American Protege International Competition of Romantic Music

Matthewd6c7ab.jpgMatthew Dockendorf (BM, 2006, music education) was named assistant director of bands at the University of Colorado - Boulder. His responsibilities will be assisting the Golden Buffalo Marching Band, directing the Concert Band, directing men's and women's Basketball Band, teaching marching band techniques, and supervising student teachers. He is currently finishing his DMA in wind conducting from Michigan State University.

Soojung Hong (DMA, 2011, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) won first place in the college students and professional category of Carnegie Hall's American Protege International Competition of Romantic Music 2013.

Student News: Colleen Bertsch on MPR with alumni Scott Keever and Matt Miller, Osip Nikiforov second place at MTNA competition, and Eric Schultz recieves Rislov Foundation Grant

Screen_Shot_2014_03_31_at_3.39.09_PM.pngColleen Bertsch (ethnomusicology student of Matt Rahaim) and SOM alumni Scott Keever and Matt Miller were interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio's Dan Olson as members of the Balkan party band Orkestar Bez Ime. The interview, which aired on Friday, March 28 on Morning Edition, highlights the band's original compositions that were commissioned by the American Composers Forum. Print and audio versions of the interview can be found on the MPR website.

Osip_Nikiforov_1152x360_A19cf6b8.jpgOsip Nikiforov (piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) won Second Place in the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition in Chicago (March, 2014).

Eric Schultz (clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) was recently named a 2014 recipient of a Rislov Foundation Grant for excellence in classical music.

February 17, 2014

Alumni News: Professor Lydia Artymiw's former students Loren Fishman, Corey Hamm, Minjeong Shin, and Andrew Staupe Shine

unnamed.pngLoren Fishman (2011, DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) will perform Schumann's Piano Concerto with the Minnesota Sinfonia (conducted by his father, Jay Fishman) on Friday, March 14 at 7 pm (Johnson High School, St. Paul) and Saturday, March 15 at 2 pm (Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis). Both performances are free.

unnamed-1.pngstrong>Corey Hamm's (DMA, 2005, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) CD of Frederic Rzewski's solo piano masterpiece, The People United Will Never Be Defeated, was released in February for Redshift Records in Canada.

unnamed.jpgMinjeong Shin (DMA, 2012, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) made her successful solo recital debut at the Seoul Arts Center Recital Hall on February 2. Her one year teaching contract at Myongji University in Seoul has been extended for a second year, and she also recently obtained a four year teaching position at Sunchon University. She has been invited to perform solo recitals featuring the music of British composer Peter Seabourne in London, and she will also record Seabourne's "Steps 1."

unnamed-1.jpgAndrew Staupe (MM, 2007, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) has been invited to write occasional articles for Classical Minnesota Public Radio's website. His first article, "So you want to be a concert pianist?", mentions his studies at the U of M. Staupe also performed a solo piano recital for the Hempy Keyboard Series at the Saugatuck Performing Arts Center in Saugatuck, Michigan on February 9.

February 10, 2014

Faculty News: Tom Ashworth's recent performances, Guerino Mazzola invited guest at 2-Composing Differences, and Tanya Remenikova's recent performances with alumni

SPCO_CONNECT_BRASS_February_2014.jpgTom Ashworth (trombone) performed with Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter Charles Lazarus and his big band on December Holiday concerts in Milwaukee and Wayzata. Ashworth also joined the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for six CONNECT educational outreach concerts in Ted Mann Concert Hall in February, which included the world premieres of Bruce Adolphe's Concertino for Brass and his Concertino for Chamber Orchestra. Ashworth is also hosting the 2014 U of M Brass Symposium (April 4-6). More info.

Mazzola_Guerino7d067d.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creative studies and media) was recently invited to give a talk at 2-COMPOSING DIFFERENCES at the e-flux project space (41 Essex Street, New York City) on Friday, April 25 at 7 pm. He will give the talk "Melting Glass Beads--The Multiverse Game of Strings and Gestures." Mazzola was also invited to give an in-depth, private discussion at the Museum of Modern Art recording studio on Saturday, April 26 at 10 am. This event will be in the form of a radiophonic workshop and will be made available as podcast. More info.

TanyaRemenikova.jpgFaculty member Tanya Remenikova (cello), alumna Natalia Moiseeva (violin, student of Sally O'Reilly), and alumnus Ivan Konev (piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) gave two chamber music recitals with Rachmaninov's and Arensky's Trios on February 5 and 7 at the University Club in St. Paul and at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.

Alumni Phoebe Dalton and Min Jung Kim to perform at Schubert Club's Courtroom Concert

Cellist Phoebe Dalton (DMA, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova) and pianist Min Jung Kim (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) will be the artists for the Schubert Club's February 20 Courtroom Concert at 12 p.m. (Courtroom 317, Landmark Center, St. Paul). They will perform Brahms' F Major Sonata and Bartok's Romanian Dances.

January 27, 2014

U of M School of Music Alumna Maria Schneider's Record Wins Three 2014 GRAMMYs

_MG_3655 - Maria Schneider Convocation3.jpgSchool of Music alumna Maria Schneider's latest record "Winter Morning Walks" won three GRAMMYs, including the prizes for classical composition and classical vocal solo album. The recording features soprano Dawn Upshaw with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. A portion of "Winter Morning Walks" was recorded at the U of M School of Music's Ted Mann Concert Hall and featured School of Music faculty members, including Julia Bogorad (flute), Chris Brown (bass), Michael Gast (horn), Timothy Lovelace (piano), and Charles Ullery (bassoon).

Schneider was in residence in September 2012 at the U of M School of Music. During her residency, she offered School of Music students the opportunity to witness the recording of "Winter Morning Walks" at Ted Mann Concert Hall, conducted composition master classes, and engaged in open side-by-side rehearsals with School of Music jazz ensembles.

The U of M School of Music conferred an honorary Doctor of Human Letters on composer, arranger, and big band leader Maria Schneider at the School of Music's 2012 Fall Convocation. On the honorary degree, School of Music Director David Myers said, "For years, Maria Schneider has been a musical proponent and mentor to faculty and students alike at the University of Minnesota. Ms. Schneider's work in the arts exemplifies the School of Music's important initiatives in preparing career-aspiring musicians to traverse new musical landscape to be engaged leaders and entrepreneurs in society and their communities. It's time for her alma mater, the flagship institution of the state from which she hails, to bestow its highest honorary accolade on this superbly talented, successful and deeply dedicated individual."

Soprano Dawn Upshaw and Tim Martyn and David Frost, the recording/engineering team for "Winter Morning Walks," were part of the School of Music's Fall 2012 Convocation.

Schneider, a Windom, Minnesota native, received the Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Minnesota School of Music in 1983.

Alumni News: Scotty Horey performances in Brazil and Kirsten Volness activities

horey002cf532c.jpgScotty Horey (MM/DMA, 2012, student of Fernando Meza) will be a featured solo artist and clinician in two engagements in Brazil (April 2014). At Sao Paulo State University, he will perform a solo concert of marimba and percussion and lecture on his doctoral studies and professional teaching work. He will also be a featured solo artist and clinician at the International Percussion Festival at the Federal University of Uberlandia in Uberlandia, Brazil. This trip has been made possible through an International Travel Grant through GAPSA at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

kv72aa41df.jpgKirsten Volness (BA, 2002, theory/composition) was awarded the 2014 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Music Composition and further support for Meridian Project--a multimedia performance and lecture series inspired by astrophysics and cosmology at the Roger Williams Park Planetarium. Her electroacoustic song cycle Precious Nothing, commissioned by Hotel Elefant, premiered on the Ear Heart Music series at Roulette in Brooklyn. Volness and Hotel Elefant participated in a week long "New Voices, New Music" workshop at Carnegie Hall, coached by David Lang and ICE, culminating in a performance in Zankel Hall. Volness teaches privately and at University of Rhode Island.

January 20, 2014

Alumni News: Andrew Staupe gives recital in Paris and Mark Zanter wins Nissim Award

StaupeAndrew.jpgAndrew Staupe (BM, 2005/MM, 2007, piano performance, student of Lydia Artymiw) presented his debut solo recital in Paris (France) at the Salle Cortot on Monday, January 13. The recital was part of Staupe's 2011 Pro Musicis Award.

Zanter745d5d.jpgMark Zanter (guitar, student of Jeffrey Van, composition, student of Alex Lubet) has recently been distinguished by ASCAP for his piece "Lament and dream" for string orchestra, piano, and percussion. His score for "Lament and dream" was chosen alongside three other works out of nearly 300 submissions for the acclaimed Nissim Award. Zanter is a PARMA recording artist.

December 30, 2013

Watch alumnus Tyler Wottrich perform at Carnegie Hall

EnsembleACJW.jpgPianist Tyler Wottrich (BM, 2009, student of Lydia Artymiw) recently completed his DMA in piano performance at Stony Brook University, and his recent performance of the Poulenc Sextet with members of Ensemble ACJW (from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY) is featured on the Carnegie Hall website.

December 16, 2013

Alumni News: Christine Gangelhoff publication, Eric McEnaney appointment, and Karin Wolverton in MN Opera's "Silent Night"

Christine0dd5ed.jpgChristine Gangelhoff (DMA, 2002) published the second volume of the "Bibliography of Art Music by Caribbean Composers" in The International Journal of Bahamian Studies (IJBS). It includes entries for the following countries: Aruba, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bonaire, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Martinique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. The first volume (Volume 17, No. 1), published in 2011, includes The Bahamas, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica and the US Virgin Islands. Gangelhoff and co-author Cathleen LeGrand were recognized for their compelling research in this area by being awarded The College of The Bahamas Stanley Wilson Award for Excellence in Research. Thd to devote the third volume of the bibliography to the Spanish-speaking Caribbean.

Eric_McEnaney.1.jpgEric McEnaney (DMA, 2009, collaborative piano and coaching, student of Timothy Lovelace Noriko Kawai) has been appointed associate director and principal coach of the newly inauguey intenrated Gate City Bank Young Artist Program at Fargo-Moorhead Opera. He will also serve as pianist and vocal coach for Fargo-Moorhead Opera's upcoming world premiere, The Poe Project. McEnaney's work as a full-time freelance pianist and vocal coach takes him to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera Southwest, Florentine Opera, and Central City Opera during the 2013-14 season. He continues to maintain a private vocal coaching studio in Minneapolis.

full_SilentNight480x360a67917.jpgKarin Wolverton (MM, voice, student of Jean del Santo) is featured as Anna Sorenson in the PBS broadcast of the Minnesota Opera's Pulitzer Prize-winning production of Silent Night. Watch Wolverton perform. More information. Photo: Michael Daniel

December 13, 2013

U of M School of Music alumna Maria Schneider's record "Winter Morning Walks" receives three Grammy nominations

MARIA.jpgSchool of Music alumna Maria Schneider's latest record "Winter Morning Walks" has received three Grammy Nominations. Maria Schneider was nominated for Best Contemporary Classical Composition, Dawn Upshaw was nominated for Best Classical Vocal Solo Album, and David Frost, Tim Martyn, and Brian Losch received the Best Engineered Album, Classical Album nomination.

Maria Schneider recorded a portion of "Winter Morning Walks" at the U of M School of Music's Ted Mann Concert Hall with soprano Dawn Upshaw and members of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

December 3, 2013

Alumni News: Christine Gangelhoff CD release, Robert McAllister activities, and Sondra Wieland Howe book publication

DeepBlue-CForce.jpgChristine Gangelhoff (DMA, 2002) released the CD Deep Blue with her ensemble, C Force. Deep Blue is a reflection of C Force's commitment to the preservation and promotion of art music from The Bahamas and its neighboring Caribbean region. It is a compilation of original compositions, transcriptions, and arrangements of pieces written in a classical vein while manifesting elements of Bahamian folk culture in the use of theme, rhythm and melody. More info.

Robert McAllister (BS, 1975, music education) is currently the Dean of the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, CA. He served as President/CEO from the Peak Arts Association in Boulder, CO and the Executive Director of The Cleveland Music School Settlement and Associate Dean and Registrar at The Cleveland Institute of Music. McAllister was the Co-founder and Resident Guest Conductor of the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony and the substitute/extra clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra for eleven years. Currently, he is the Chair of the West Coast Chapter of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and is an international presenter on the topic of Music Re-Instruction and Functional Recovery in Cases of Traumatic Brain Injury.

WomenMusicEducatorsBook.jpgIndependent scholar Sondra Wieland Howe's (MA, 1985, musicology, student of Donna Cardamone-Jackson/PhD, 1988, music education, student of Charles Furman) book, Women Music Educators in The United States: A History, has been published by Scarecrow Press, a subsidiary of Rowman & Littlefield (2014).

November 25, 2013

Faculty News: Mark Bjork master class, James Dillon & Alexander Fiterstein: performances & reviews, Tanya Remenikova performs with Hill House Chamber Players, and Mark Bjork, Korey Konkol, and Tanya Remenikova host middle school students

MarkBjorkSQ.jpgMark Bjork (violin) presented a master class for violinists of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Symphony on November 11.

Dillon_James.jpgJames Dillon's (composition) work, The New York Triptych, was recently performed by the Red Note Ensemble at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and received positive reviews in The Guardian, The Scotland Herald, The Telegraph (UK), and 5:4 (5against4.com). The Guardian's Guy Dammann writes, "James Dillon's 'New York Triptych' ranked among his finest work yet, with a vibrant performance from the Red Note Ensemble."

FitersteinAlexanderSQ.jpgAlexander Fiterstein (clarinet) received a rave review for his performance of Carl Nielsen's Clarinet concerto in The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) article, "Review: IRIS meets clarinet in Memphis; gorgeousness ensues." Reviewer Jon W. Sparks writes, "Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, guest soloist at the concert Saturday night at the Germantown Performing Arts Center, knocked it out of the park with his performance of Carl Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto...Fiterstein's control of the clarinet was complete." Read the entire review.

HillHouseChamber.jpgThe Hill House Chamber Players opened their season with "Much Ado About Nothing," a recital of music by Haydn, Beethoven, and Korngold with selections of guitar pieces on November 18. They will give this recital again tonight at the Hill House (St. Paul). Members include Tanya Remenikova, Susan Billmeyer, piano (alumna, student of Lydia Artymiw), Catherine Schubilske, violin, former SOM faculty member Jeffrey Van, guitar, and Craig Johnson, narrator.

violin2SQ.jpgOn November 21, 38 students of the Chippewa Middle School Chamber Orchestra (Mounds View school district) visited the School of Music with their conductor Connie Aiken. The students attended studio classes with professors Mark Bjork (event organizer), Korey Konkol, and Tanya Remenikova, heard School of Music students perform, rehearsed with DMA conducting student Erik Rohde, and presented a mini-concert under the batons of Rohde and Aiken for their parents.

November 19, 2013

Alumna Anna Hersey guest lecturer at Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use

AnnaHersey.pngAnna Hersey (MM, 2007, voice, student of Lawrence Weller/MA, 2009, musicology, student of Kelley Harness) was a recent guest lecturer at the University of Copenhagen's Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use. She presented her research on the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet for transcription of Danish art song texts.

November 11, 2013

Alumna Sandy Waterman writes 25th musical score for Unity Church-Unitarian

Sandy Waterman (BS, 1980, music education - piano, student of Martha Ivory) continues working as an Early Childhood Music specialist at MacPhail Center for Music and the St. Paul Conservatory of Music. Her 25th musical score for Unity Church-Unitarian is being written on commission for the church's children's musical program, which she helped found in 1989. Waterman serves as music director of Living Spirit UMC in south Minneapolis. She served in fall 2013 as music director and keyboardist for Lakeshore Players Theatre in White Bear Lake during its production of Big River. Past projects in musical theatre were for The Children's Theatre Company, Steppingstone Theatre, and improvisational piano for three years at Brave New Workshop.

October 28, 2013

Alumnus Conor O'Brien featured in "Star Tribune" article

OBrienConor.jpgConor O'Brien (DMA 10, MM 06, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) is featured in the Star Tribune article "Adam Levy cues the strings" for his work with the Professors, a local pop/rock group with ties to the classical music world. O'Brien is also a member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra.

October 21, 2013

A Fanfare for Northrop Competition

NorthropFanfareImageSQ.jpgIn April 2014, iconic Northrop Auditorium will reopen as a center for creativity on the Twin Cities campus. To celebrate its new performance venues, Northrop and the U of M School of Music jointly announce a competition to compose a signature Northrop fanfare to indicate final seating for events. The fanfare will be premiered live during Northrop's opening celebrations, April 4-6, 2014, and the composer and title will be credited prominently at the grand opening and in printed programs for all Northrop events in the future. Eligibility for submissions is limited to current students and recent alumni (last 5 years) of the University of Minnesota School of Music. Download the letter and application.

October 14, 2013

Faculty and alumni to perform a new work at "Tales of Environmental Turbulence: The Common Trail of Art & Science"

Environmental Impact Statement, a new work conceived and performed by School of Music faculty Scott Currie (saxophone) and Alex Lubet (bass) along with SOM alumni Momoko Tanno (voice), James Holdman (percussion), and Iris Shiraishi, will be heard at the opening of "Tales of Environmental Turbulence: The Common Trail of Art & Science" at the U of M's Institute on the Environment on Thursday, October 17 from 5 to 6 pm. More information.

September 16, 2013

Alumni News: Angela Fuller Heyde featured in "Dallas Morning News"

DSOAngelaFullerHeyde.jpgAngela Fuller Heyde (BM, 1998, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly), principal second violin of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO), was featured in the Dallas Morning News for her performance with the DSO at the Allen Performing Arts Center on September 5. The performance was part of their "DSO on the Go" tour.

September 9, 2013

Alumni News: Mark Bilyeu performance at Weisman Art Museum

Mark Bilyeu (MM, 2013, collaborative piano and vocal coaching, student of Timothy Lovelace) and mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski (faculty U of M, Morris) will present a recital at the Weisman Art Museum on Sunday, September 15 at 4 pm. Sponsored by the Minneapolis-Tours Sister City Association, they were the only Americans selected to participate in l'Academie Francis Poulenc, and will present a recital featuring music of composers from Tours, France and Minnesota, including Poulenc, Noel Lee, SOM professor emeritus Paul Fetler, & SOM alumnus Stephen Paulus. Free and open to the public. More info.

September 3, 2013

Alumni News: Carrie Beisler appointment at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Carrie Beisler (M.M., 2013, violin and Suzuki pedagogy, student of Mark Bjork) was appointed to the faculty of the Suzuki program at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.

August 26, 2013

U of M & Friends Trombone Ensemble at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair

Trombones_at_the_State_Fair.jpgThe U of M & Friends Trombone Ensemble made their fifth annual appearance at the Minnesota State Fair on August 24. They performed at the Minnesota Public Radio stage with MPR's John Birge as host. U of M trombone professor Tom Ashworth conducted with special guest conductor Mr. Henry Charles Smith. Current U of M students, alumni, and friends from the Twin Cities trombone community performed. Find the U of M & Friends Trombone Ensemble on Facebook.

August 12, 2013

Alumni News: Sondra Wieland Howe to present paper in Japan and Joseph Welch accepts position at McKendree University

Sondra Wieland Howe ( M.A., 1985, musicology, student of Donna Cardamone Jackson/Ph.D., 1988, music education, student of Charles Furman) has been invited to Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, in December to present a paper on "American Music in Meiji Era Japan" for a conference on Stephen Foster Songs in Japan.

Joseph Welch (M.M., 2011/D.M.A., 2013, collaborative piano, student of Timothy Lovelace) has accepted a position at McKendree University, Lebanon, IL, where he will teach applied piano as well as coach and accompany vocalists. He will also be music director for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Opera Outreach program.

July 22, 2013

U of M & Friends Trombone Ensemble at the Minnesota State Fair

State_Fair_UM_Friends.jpgThe U of M & Friends Trombone Ensemble will make their fifth annual appearance at the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday, August 24. They will perform at the Minnesota Public Radio stage beginning at 2 p.m. MPR's John Birge will host and U of M assistant director of bands Jerry Luckhardt will conduct along with special guest conductor Mr. Henry Charles Smith. Current U of M students, alumni, and friends from the Twin Cities trombone community will perform. Find the U of M & Friends Trombone Ensemble on Facebook.

Alumni News: Anna Hersey presentation at International Congress of Voice Teachers

AnnaHersey.pngAnna Hersey (pedagogy certificate, 2006, student of Clifton Ware; M.M., 2007, voice, student of Lawrence Weller; M.A., 2009, musicology, student of Kelley Harness) recently presented research on Swedish diction at the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Brisbane, Australia. She is spending the rest of the summer as an American Scandinavian Foundation post-doctoral fellow at the University of Copenhagen, where she is researching Danish diction. Her book Scandinavian Song: Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish Diction, co-authored by Donald Simonson, will be published next year by Scarecrow Press.

June 24, 2013

Alumni News: Maria Schneider And Ryan Truesdell Win Annual Jazz Journalists Association Awards, Christa Saeger's New Position

Christa Saeger (D.M.A., 2013, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova) was named director of orchestra and instructor of applied strings on faculty at Morton College in Cicero, Illinois beginning the Fall 2013 school year.

Maria Schneider (B.M., 1983, composition) received the 17th Annual Jazz Journalists Association's Composer-Arranger of the Year Award.

Ryan Truesdell's (B.M., 2002, music education, student of Dean Sorenson) record Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans (ArtistShare) received the 17th Annual Jazz Journalists Association Record of the Year Award. His Gil Evans Project also won the Large Ensemble of the Year Award.

June 3, 2013

Alumni News: Loren Fishman teaching position, Ian Hodges summer teaching position, and Min Jung Kim wins third place in Ima Hogg Competition

LorenBio.jpgLoren Fishman (D.M.A., 2011, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) has accepted a piano teaching position at Carleton College beginning August 2013.

ianHodges.jpgIan Hodges (D.M.A., 2010, guitar, student of Jeffrey Van) will teach guitar at the International Music Camp in North Dakota in July, working with students from Canada and the U.S. Hodges currently teaches in Winnipeg at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts, and for the preparatory division of the faculty of music (University of Manitoba), and performs throughout Manitoba on classical, jazz, and commercial guitar.

Min_Jung_Kim_Headshot768bed.jpgMin Jung Kim (D.M.A., 2012, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) won the Bronze Medal and Third Prize ($5,000) in the finals of the 2013 Houston Symphony's Ima Hogg Competition. She performed the Mozart d minor Concerto, K.466 with the Houston Symphony. She and the other three finalists were featured in the CultureMap article, "A classical music feud: Competing for $25,000 pushes young artists to their limits." Read the article.

May 28, 2013

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.

May 25, 2013

U of M School of Music Alumnus David France On NBC Nightly News

DavidFranceNBCNightlyNews.pngU of M School of Music alumnus David France (violin, student of Sally O'Reilly), who founded the children's after-school music program Revolution of Hope in Roxbury, MA, was featured on NBC Nightly News. Read the story and watch the video.

May 21, 2013

Alumni News: Joshua Musikantow and David Evan Thomas awarded McKnight Composer Fellowships

joshuaMusikantow.jpgJoshua Musikantow (Ph.D., composition, student of James Dillon) was awarded a 2013 McKnight Composer Fellowship of $25,000. This follows the success of two other students of James Dillon in the last four years: Schuyler Tsuda (Ph.D., composition) and Jeremy Wagner (Ph.D., composition) were also awarded McKnight Composer Fellowships in 2009 and 2011 respectively.

ThomasDavidEvanSQ.jpgDavid Evan Thomas (Ph.D., 1995, composition, student of Dominick Argento) was awarded a 2013 McKnight Composer Fellowship of $25,000.

April 29, 2013

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.

April 22, 2013

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.

April 16, 2013

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 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.

April 9, 2013

Alumni News: Alex Adams-Leytes and Allison (Buivid) Schardin opera performances

Alex Adams-Leytes (M.M., 2012, voice, student of Philip Zawisza) completed a production of The Barber of Seville with Los Angeles's Pacific Opera Project, in which he sang the role of Dr. Bartolo. This summer he will return to Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar, Germany to sing Leporello and Masetto in Don Giovanni. Last summer at Lyric Opera Studio he performed Bartolo, the Count, and Antonio in alternating casts in Le Nozze di Figaro.

AllisonBuividSchardin2.jpgAllison (Buivid) Schardin (M.M., 2009, voice, student of John De Haan) will perform in the Minnesota Opera's upcoming production of Turandot. She was featured in Elyse Kaner's ABCNewspapers article, "Two local singers win roles in Minnesota Opera's 'Turandot'." Read the article.

March 25, 2013

Alumni News: Jiye Kim and Min-Sun Kim performance in Korea with the Slovak Chamber Orchestra

Jiye Kim (D.M.A., 2012, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) and Min-Sun Kim (D.M.A., 2011, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) will perform the Mozart Concerto for Two Pianos, K. 365 on April 25, 2013 in Seoul, Korea with the Slovak Chamber Orchestra (Danel Ewald, conductor). The concert is presented by the Slovakian Embassy.

March 18, 2013

Alumnus Rolf Haas performance with EUphony Orchestra

Rolf Haas (B.M., 2011, student of Sally O'Reilly) performed the Berg Concerto with the EUphony Orchestra (Oswald Sallaberger, conductor) on March 3 and 4. The concerts took place in Zagreb (Croatia) at Lisinsky Hall and in Budapest (Hungary) at the Palace of Arts. Haas is studying with professor Yair Kless at the Universitat fur Musik in Graz, Austria, and will return to the U of M School of Music this summer as faculty of the Bravo! Summer String and Keyboard Institute.

SOM students and alumni perform in the Before Bach's Birthday Bash concert

SOM students performed in the Before Bach's Birthday Bash concert on March 16 in celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach's birthday at the Chapel of the Incarnation, Luther Seminary (St. Paul). This event was presented in cooperation with the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Minnesota Public Radio, and American Public Media's Pipedreams. The first hour of the performance was broadcast live on MPR. SOM student performers included: Bethel Balge and Pei-Lei Lin (piano, students of Lydia Artymiw); Benjamin Alle (student of David Balwin); Eric Bigalke, Aaron Hirsch, Julie Kim, and Phillip Radtke (organ, students of Dean Billmeyer); David Cherwien, Laura Edman, Nils Halker, Joseph Henry, and Mary Newton (alumni, organ, students of Dean Billmeyer); and Nathaniel Yaffe (cello, student of Tanya Remenikova).

March 4, 2013

Student News: University Symphony Orchestra's "Star Tribune" and "Pioneer Press" reviews; U of M Percussion Studio collaboration; Students win Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association commission

The University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Mark Russell Smith, received positive reviews for their performance with the Joffrey Ballet. Read Caroline Palmer's (Star Tribune) "Joffrey Ballet shows innovation at the Orpheum," and Rob Hubbard's (Pioneer Press) "Joffrey Ballet thrills with lessons on Modern Dance 101."

The U of M Percussion studio had a tremendous presence during the Percussion Showcase at MacPhail Center for Music (Feb 23). SOM faculty Fernando Meza (percussion) performed Bob Becker's Mudra. The U of M Percussion Ensemble (Jake Arndt, Emily Curran, Mark Engelmann, Drew Morrisette, Erik Schee, and Kathryn Yuill) performed Nebojsa Zivkovic's Trio per Uno and Bill Douglas/Michael Udow's Rock Etude No. 7. The Struck Percussion Ensemble - SOM alumni Bojan Hoover, David Birrow (MacPhail faculty), and Adam Rappel - performed Josh Clausen's I'm Sorry, I've Already Forgotten Your Name. Alumni Jennifer Klukken and Krissy Bergmark performed as the Bergmark/Klukken Duo. Joe Churchich and Bojan Hoover, who head percussion programs at Roseville and Rosemount high schools respectively, also performed. Branden Steinmetz (M.A. candidate) performed in the Rappel/Steinmetz duo with Adam Rappel. Alumnus Scotty Horey also performed on drum set.

Jordan Werre (B.A., academic emphasis, student of Sumanth Gopinath) and Marching Band member Jason Gades were commissioned by the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association to compose short works for an innovative music festival in Southeast Minneapolis. The festival, underwritten by a grant from the University's Good Neighbor Fund, revitalizes the traditional role that bells have played in calling communities together, and will take place at 1 p.m. on May 4 at the First Congregational UCC.

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.


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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.

February 11, 2013

U of M School of Music alumnus Ryan Truesdell wins Grammy Award

Ryan_Truesdell__photo_by_Dina_Regine_depth10903ba15e89a.jpeg.pngU of M School of Music alumnus Ryan Truesdell (B.M., 2002, music education) won a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for "How About You" from "Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans" (ArtistShare). His record was nominated in three categories. Read about the Gil Evans Project and why Truesdell can be called the Indiana Jones of jazz in The Washington Post.

Truesdell reflects on his time at the School of Music and shares, "I credit my experiences at the School of Music with my fearless approach to new things. Professor Dean Sorenson encouraged me to pursue my interest in jazz...".

He also recalls, "At the School of Music there was support and nurturing for what I wanted to do and there was a real life aspect to it. You have to have real life experiences away from a practice room to really grow as a writer. The School of Music offered me this nurturing in my music as well as life in a big city."

January 20, 2013

Alumni News: Paula Gudmundson and Iris Shiraishi recieved Minnesota State Arts Board Community Partnership Grants

paula_gudmundsond.jpgPaula Gudmundson (D.M.A, 2012, flute, student of Immanuel Davis), visiting assistant professor of flute at the U of M-Duluth, received a Minnesota State Arts Board Community Partnership Grant for 2013-2014 to record her first CD, ¡Viva La Flauta!, featuring works of Latin America for flute. She was a recipient of a 2011-2012 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board where she traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina in search of neglected early 20th century music. Through this research she presented programs throughout Minnesota and the Midwest featuring solo and collaborative works from Argentina. She was recently featured on Minnesota Public Radio's Regional Spotlight. Gudmundson was selected to present a lecture recital, featuring the works of Amancio Alcorta, at the College Music Society International Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina in June 2013. For upcoming events visit her website.

iriss.jpegIris Shiraishi (Ph.D., 1994), artistic director of Mu Daiko, is a winner of a $10,000 2013 Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Initiative Grant.

December 21, 2012

SOM alumna Abbie Betinis's new carol featured on Minnesota Public Radio

betinis.jpegU of M School of Music alumna/composer Abbie Betinis recently appeared on Minnesota Public Radio and performed the new Burt Family Carol (a Minnesota holiday tradition). Musicians included altos Laura Krider (SOM alumna & staff member) and Vicki Peters, as well as J. David Moore on the bodhran. Listen to the premiere of Betinis's "The Mirthful Heart!" on MPR's website.

December 19, 2012

Alumnus Justin Knoepfel earns assistant professor position at Gustavus Adolphus College

KnoepfelJustin.jpgJustin Knoepfel (D.M.A., 2010, viola, student of Korey Konkol) accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. He will act as head of the string area, teach applied viola and violin, and conduct the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra. Knoepfel has been in this position as a visiting professor the past several years, and was hired after an extensive national search.

December 6, 2012

U of M School of Music alum Ryan Truesdell receives three GRAMMY nods

Ryan-Truesdell_-photo-by-Dina-Regine_depth1.jpegUniversity of Minnesota School of Music alumnus, composer, conductor, producer, and copyist Ryan Truesdell (B.M., 2002, music education) has received three nominations in the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards for his record CENTENNIAL: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans (ArtistShare) GIL EVANS PROJECT, including Best Large Jazz Ensemble for the album as a whole, Best Instrumental Arrangement for "How About You," and Best Arrangement Featuring a Vocalist for "Look to the Rainbow" featuring Luciana Souza.

Truesdell recently conducted a concert with University Jazz Ensembles, directed by professor Dean Sorenson, on Monday, December 3, 2012 featuring works from the CENTENNIAL album at Ted Mann Concert Hall. Truesdell is a former member of the University Jazz Ensembles and took arranging lessons with professor Sorenson.

Listen to Truesdell's record on his website. More information here.

November 12, 2012

Faculty performance: Hill House Chamber Players

HillHousePlayers.jpgHill House Chamber Players will present recital on Mondays, November 19 and 26. Music of SOM former faculty member Jeffrey Van, Janacek and Dvorak. Performances by SOM faculty members Adriana Zabala, Tanya Remenikova, Thomas Turner, and Jeffrey Van; Cathy Schubliske of the Minnesota Orchestra; and pianist Ivan Konev (SOM alumnus). Concerts are held at the Hill House in St. Paul at 7:30 p.m. More information at schubert.org.

November 5, 2012

Alumna Rachel Drehmann performs on "The Colbert Report" with David Byrne & St. Vincent

bio_rachelf2f125.jpgWatch SOM alumna Rachel Drehmann (B.M., 2004, french horn) perform on The Colbert Report (11/1) with David Byrne & St. Vincent. You can also catch Drehmann with her chamber ensemble Genghis Barbie, which performs horn arrangements of pop music from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s & today. Watch the video.

October 29, 2012

Alumni News: Heath Mathews recipient of JFund Award, Lynn M. Sargeant awarded Bela Bartok Award, Maria Schneider featured in Star Tribune article, and Dale Warland Hall of Fame inductee

Heath Mathews (Ph.D., 2007, music composition, student of Alex Lubet) was selected as a recipient of the 2012 Jerome Fund for New Music (JFund Award), funded by the Jerome Foundation in partnership with the American Composers Forum. Now in its 31st year, JFund supports the production of new musical works by emerging composers. Composers apply in conjunction with an ensemble or presenter. Mathews will receive funds to compose a new work for the Minneapolis group Duo Zeno. The composition will include alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, percussion, electronics, and video.

Lynn M. Sargeant
(B.S., 1989, music education, student of Charles McDonald), associate professor of russian history at California State University, Fullerton, was awarded the 2012 Bela Bartok Award for outstanding ethnomusicology book from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) for her book, Harmony and Discord: Music and the Transformation of Russian Cultural Life (Oxford University Press, 2011). Her work on the history of Russian music and music education has appeared in a variety of journals, including Russian Review, Music and Letters, Nineteenth-Century Music, History of Education Quarterly, and Paedagogica Historica.

Maria Schneider (B.M., 1983) is featured in the article "Maria Schneider ready to make a big splash" in the Star Tribune. The Maria Schneider Orchestra will perform this week at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. Find out more.

Dale Warland (M.A., 1960, music composition) is included in the The American Classical Music Hall of Fame's class of 2012. Cincinnati.com states in the article "Hall of Fame announces inductees in a gala (and cold) affair" that Warland was "founder of the acclaimed Dale Warland Singers and a champion of contemporary American composers of choral music." Read the article or visit ACM's Walk of Fame page on Warland.

October 22, 2012

Alumnus David Zinman inducted into The American Classical Music Hall of Fame

David_Zinmand3b1bc.jpgDavid Zinman (1963, M.A., composition) is included in the The American Classical Music Hall of Fame's class of 2012. Cincinnati.com states in the article "Hall of Fame announces inductees in a gala (and cold) affair" that Zinman was "the former music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (1985-98) and 1985 to 2009 director of the Aspen (Colo.) Music Festival. He is a noted mentor and teacher of conductors, and his recordings have won five Grammy Awards." Read the article or visit ACM's Walk of Fame page on Zinman.

October 1, 2012

Look for University Opera Theatre's "Parables" on Twin Cities Public Television this fall

ParablesDancers.jpgLook for University Opera Theatre's production of Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein's Parables, directed by David Walsh, on Twin Cities Public Television this fall! The first Parables broadcast will take place on Sunday, October 28 at 8 p.m. Find more times.

Parables on Twin Cities Public Television is a Minnesota partnership production and is a co-production of the University of Minnesota School of Music and Twin Cities Public Television with additional funding from Douglas and Andrew Reeves in honor of their parents, J.B. and Julie Reeves. Learn about University Opera Theatre's current season here.

Alumni News: Andrew Staupe to perform with Missoula Symphony

StaupeAndrew.jpgAndrew Staupe (M.M., 2007, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) has joined the roster of Gingrich Arts Management in New York, which will book concert engagements for him beginning in the 2013-14 season. This week, Staupe is soloist in Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Missoula Symphony in Montana.

September 17, 2012

Alumnus John Gilbert worked with cellist and composer Yo Yo Ma

GilbertJohnWithYoYoMab8467c.jpgJohn Gilbert (violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) professor of violin at Texas Tech University and concertmaster of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, recently worked with cellist and composer Yo-Yo Ma who performed with the LSO on September 10.

September 10, 2012

Alumna Lauren McNee featured in "Flute Talk" Magazine

McNeeLauren.jpgLauren McNee (B.M., 2011, flute, student of Julia Bogorad-Kogan) is published in the September issue of Flute Talk magazine. Her article features excerpts from her larger work, "The Evolution of Rubato," written as an honors thesis to fulfill summa cum laude graduation requirements. McNee is currently a M.M. student at Northwestern University as a student of John Thorne.

Band Alumni News

A group from the Band Alumni Society appeared at the U of M stage at the State Fair August 23, 26, 28, and 30. While there, they also performed for WCCO, Fox9, and Kare11 TV, and KFAN and WCCO radio. Another group played for alumni and tailgate events at the first football game in Las Vegas. They will have bands playing for tailgaters at all home football games; all interested alumni are welcomed to join them (contact info@skiumah.org for details).

September 6, 2012

SOM Alumnus Andrew Staupe Interviewed on Performance Today

Listen to U of M School of Music alumnus Andrew Staupe (piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) in conversation with host Fred Child on the September 6, 2012 edition of Performance Today. Listen to the interview.

September 4, 2012

Alumni News: Janalyn Bump featured soloist in Orff's "Carmina Burana"

Soprano Janalyn Bump (M.M., 2012, voice, student of John DeHaan) was a featured soloist in the Mississippi Valley Orchestra and Chorus Polaris presentation of Karl Orff's Carmina Burana on June 10, 2012.

SOM and Folwell School Collaboration

RibbonCutting.jpgAs supervisor of the School of Music's Learning Through Music (LTM) internships, Scott Lipscomb (music education) attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at Folwell School in south Minneapolis, the new location of the arts magnet (K-8) that formerly existed at Ramsey School. On hand for the occasion were over a dozen University of Minnesota instrumentalists, performing and adding greatly to the festive atmosphere. At Folwell, LTM interns will continue to work with classroom teachers and students every year to develop a 4th grade opera and continue the 2nd grade Music Circle program that focuses on social literacy development. In addition, in collaboration with instrumental teacher Corey Needleman (B.M., 1999, percussion, student of Fernando Meza), Laura Sindberg (music education) has established the Band Project, providing instrumental music education students real-world experiences with 5th grade students as they learn to play their instruments, compose, and improvise. This vibrant set of community engagement projects continues to benefit all involved at Folwell and those from the U of M.

August 27, 2012

Alumna Paula Gudmundson Appointment

Paula Gudmundson (D.M.A., 2012, flute, student of Immanuel Davis) was appointed visiting assistant professor of music at University of Minnesota - Duluth.

August 24, 2012

U of M School of Music 2012 Convocation Honoring Maria Schneider with Dawn Upshaw, David Frost, and Tim Martyn

Maria Schneider.jpgThe U of M School of Music will confer an honorary degree on Grammy winning composer, arranger, and big band leader, and School of Music alumna Maria Schneider on Monday, September 24 at 10 am at the U of M School of Music's Fall Convocation at Ted Mann Concert Hall. The Doctor of Humane Letters is the highest award conferred by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, recognizing individuals who have achieved acknowledged eminence in their field. This event is free and open to the public. The Convocation program will feature a conversation on Creativity for Music Careers: Leveraging Talent, Technic, and Tenacity with internationally renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw, producer David Frost, and engineer Tim Martyn moderated by School of Music director David Myers. The University of Minnesota Jazz Ensemble I, under the director of jazz professor Dean Sorenson, will perform works by Maria Schneider. Read more.

U of M School of Music 2012 Convocation Honoring Maria Schneider with Dawn Upshaw, David Frost, and Tim Martyn

Maria Schneider.jpgThe U of M School of Music will confer an honorary degree on Grammy winning composer, arranger, and big band leader, and School of Music alumna Maria Schneider on Monday, September 24 at 10 am at the U of M School of Music's Fall Convocation at Ted Mann Concert Hall. The Doctor of Humane Letters is the highest award conferred by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, recognizing individuals who have achieved acknowledged eminence in their field. This event is free and open to the public. The Convocation program will feature a conversation on Creativity for Music Careers: Leveraging Talent, Technic, and Tenacity with internationally renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw, producer David Frost, and engineer Tim Martyn moderated by School of Music director David Myers. The University of Minnesota Jazz Ensemble I, under the director of jazz professor Dean Sorenson, will perform works by Maria Schneider. Read more.

August 13, 2012

Alumni News: Obed Floan and Megan Wagner participate at Wagner Intensive; Ian Hodges teaches at guitar camps

This summer, Obed Floan (M.M., 2010, voice, student of John De Haan) received an encouragment award from the Richard Wagner Society of New York, and scholarships from both the Richard Wagner Society of New York and the Boston Wagner Society to participate in the Wagner Intensive at Baldwin Wallace University. As a participant, he worked with Jane Eaglen and Timothy Mussard, and sang the roles of Tannhäuser and Siegfried at their staged scene performances. He was also one of two singers being focused on at the intensive for a documentary celebrating the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner. The documentary will be broadcast throughout Germany next year.

Ian Hodges (D.M.A., 2010, guitar, student of Jeffrey Van) spent a week in July teaching and performing at the International Music Camp in North Dakota, where he worked with students and faculty from all over North America. This was immediately followed by a week-long guitar camp at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts in Winnipeg.

This summer, Megan Wagner (M.M., 2010, voice, student of John De Haan) received a scholarship from the Wagner Society of Ohio to participate in the Wagner Intensive at Baldwin Wallace University. The intensive helps launch careers into the Wagnerian repertoire and is led by renowned opera singers and teachers Jane Eaglen and Timothy Mussard, and much sought-after coach/conductors Eric Weimer and William Vendice. As a participant, she performed the roles of Irene from Rienzi, and Elsa from Lohengrin at their staged scene performances in July.

August 7, 2012

M.M. candidate Kelley Sundin awarded the Hildegard and Gustav Must Graduate Fellowship in Estonian American Studies

SundinKelley.pngThe Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) at the U of M has awarded the Hildegard and Gustav Must Graduate Fellowship in Estonian American Studies to Kelley Sundin (M.M. candidate, choral conducting). She will conduct research on selected, unpublished choral music for women's chorus from Estonia in the IHRC's Estonian American collections. Sundin's research title is "Estonian Choral Music for the Female Voice: the dissemination of culture, traditions, and stories." The unpublished scores will be premiered on a Master's conducting recital with the University Women's Chorus in November 2012, with historical context added through her IHRC research. Find out more on the IHRC website.

SOM Alumni at 30th International Society for Music Education World Conference

School of Music alumni were featured presenters at the at the 30th International Society for Music Education (ISME) World Conference, held in Thessaloniki, Greece (July 15-20, 2012):

Don Running (Ph.D., 2007, music education, student of Scott Lipscomb) presented a workshop titled "The Breadth of Breath: Conducting Gestures with expression and specificity."

Sharri Van Alstine (Ph.D., 2011, music education, student of Akosua Obuo Addo) presented a paper titled "Preservice Elementary Education Teachers: An Internationalized Approach to Music Methods Course work."

Sondra Wieland Howe (Ph.D., 1988, music education, student of Charles Furman/M.A., 1985, musicology, student of Donna Cardamone-Jackson) presented a research poster, "Rediscovering the Muses--Mentors from the History of Women in Music Education."

July 16, 2012

Faculty News: Barbara Kierig asked to judge; Tanya Remenikova and alum Denis Evstuhin perform; and Adriana Zabala's Mill City Summer Opera Studio Artists Program

KierigBarbara.jpgBarbara Kierig (voice) has been asked to serve as a judge for the District Metropolitan Auditions in San Diego on October 13.

EvstuhinRemenikova.jpgFaculty member Tanya Remenikova (cello) and alumnus Denis Evstuhin (D.M.A., 2011, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) gave a recital on July 14 at The Museum of Russian Art. Program included works by Grieg, Tchaikovky and Rachmaninov. They will perform on Sunday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the opening concert of the International Cello Academy "Cello: An American Experience." The program will include Sonatas for cello and piano by J.S. Bach, S. Barber, and F. Mendelssohn. The concert will take place at Urness Hall, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota.

MillCitySummerOpera.jpgAdriana Zabala (voice) was involved for two years in the development of the recently launched Mill City Summer Opera (MCSO). On July 12 the company started a sold-out run of Pagliacci in their unique venue, the Mill City Museum Ruin Courtyard. Founded by Karen Brooks and headed by Artistic Director David Lefkowich, MCSO also features a Studio Artists Program, built and directed by Professor Zabala. The Studio Artists Program, which includes nine singers from the University of Minnesota, includes Educational Engagement, master classes, main stage chorus, and a Showcase performance entitled Let's Make A Scene, which takes place on Thursday, July 19 at 8 p.m. in the Mill City Ruin Courtyard. It is free and open to the public. The University of Minnesota singers taking part in the MCSO Studio Artists Program are Elizabeth Steffensen, Sara Yoder, Carrie Hall, Reyna Sawtell, Sidney Walker, Brennan Blankenship, David Morgan, Richard Joseph, Joe Okell, Stephen Cunningham, Justin Spenner, and Stephen Mumbert.

July 2, 2012

Alumni News: Aja Majkrzak placed in top 10 in Miss Louisiana Scholarship Pageant (part of Miss America Organization)

2012-06-22-Aja-Majkrzak-receives-DoE-Award.jpgAja Majkrzak (B.M., 2011, violin, student of Mark Bjork) placed in the top 10 in the Miss Louisiana Scholarship Pageant (part of the Miss America Organization). She was also awarded the Bronze medal for her achievement through the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Program. At Miss Louisiana, Majkrzak represented Miss Holiday in Dixie, a local title she earned when she competed in Shreveport, Louisiana, in January 2012. She currently attends Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge where she is pursuing a M.M. in violin performance. She volunteers as a teacher with Kids Orchestra and has raised money to support Children's Miracle Network hospitals. Photo: Josh Randle, executive director of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, presented the Bronze medal to Aja Majkrzak along with Hope Anderson, Miss Louisiana 2011, in Monroe, Louisiana, on June 22, 2012. Photo by Michelle Roberts.

June 26, 2012

Alumni News: Ramiro Alvarez appointment and Nanette de Jong publication

AlvarezRamiro.pngRamiro Alvarez (D.M.A., cello) was recently appointed principal cello of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra starting this fall.
deJongNanette.pngNanette de Jong's (B.M., 1984, flute) book Tambú: Curaçao's African-Caribbean Ritual and the Politics of Memory was recently published on Indiana University Press.

June 11, 2012

Bravo! Advanced Studies for the Serious String Player and Pianist starts this week

Bravo! Advanced Studies for the Serious String Player and Pianist was established in 1989 by Sally O'Reilly to meet the needs of the growing number of young musicians who choose to spend a portion of each summer focusing on their development as musicians and instrumentalists. Bravo! began on Sunday, June 10 and culminates on Saturday, July 7 at the Bravo! Gala concert at Ted Mann Concert Hall. For a complete schedule of events and information about the program, visit the Bravo! page.

Alumnus Adam Meckler and His Orchestra Perform at Summer Music Festival at Northrop

Adam Meckler (M.M., trumpet) will perform with his Adam Meckler Orchestra, an 18-piece band, on Wednesday, June 13 at noon at Northrop Plaza as part of the Summer Music Festival at Northrop. The concert will feature all original compositions and arrangements by Adam Meckler. The instrumentation is that of a traditional jazz big band, but the music is influenced by modern pop, rock, and gospel. It is one of the Twin Cities' only modern jazz big bands that plays all original music, and features some of the most exciting young jazz musicians from the Twin Cities. This event is free and open to the public.

June 4, 2012

Student News: Erik Rohde to perform as part of 2012 "Italy & USA" Alba Music Festival

Erik Rohde (D.M.A. candidate, conducting, student of Mark Russell Smith /M.M., 2011, conducting /B.M., violin, student of Mark Bjork) will perform a recital entitled "Road Music" as part of the 2012 "Italy & USA" Alba Music Festival. The recital will include all American music for violin and piano, including the Violin Sonata of U of M alumnus Elliott Miles McKinley (Ph.D., 2008, composition, student of Doug Geers and Alex Lubet).

Alumni News: Carolyn Cavadini to perform with Skylark Opera

Carolyn Cavadini (M.M., 2011, voice, student of Jean del Santoa and opera student of David Walsh) will perform the role of Mrs. Bent in Skylark Opera's production of Mademoiselle Modiste on June 8, 10, 14, and 16. Performances will take place at the E.M. Pearson Theatre at Concordia College. More information can be found on Skylark's website.

May 29, 2012

Alumni News: Anna DeGraff, Paul Hindemith, and Jeffrey Madison to perform in Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest; Lynn L. Petersen award and publications

Anna DeGraff (D.M.A., 2012, voice, student of John De Haan) will perform the role of Maddalena in Verdi's Rigoletto in Concert as part of Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest on Saturday, July 28 at Ted Mann Concert Hall at 8 p.m. The cast also includes Paul Hindemith (D.M.A, voice) as Count Ceprano and Jeffrey Madison (D.M.A., voice, student of John De Haan) as Monterone.

Lynn L. Petersen (Ph.D., 1989, music theory & composition), associate professor of music at Carroll College in Helena, Montana, was awarded the 2012 Distinguished Scholar Award at Carroll's Commencement, recognizing her work as a composer and pianist. Her collection Thankfulness and Praise: Ten Organ Settings was published recently by Augsburg Fortress. Her composition "Whirlwind Duo" was included in the collection Pipings for Flute and Organ, also published recently by Augsburg Fortress.

May 21, 2012

Composition alumnus David Evan Thomas's new works premiered

ThomasDavidEvanSQ.jpgDavid Evan Thomas (Ph.D., 1996, composition, student of Dominick Argento) spent two weeks in March 2012 at the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, a new residency program in Wyoming's Medicine Bow Mountains, working on a woodwind quintet for the Monmouth (NJ) Winds. The Debussy Trio (flute, viola, harp) performed Thomas's In the Blue Glen in West Virginia and at the 11th World Harp Congress in Vancouver as part of an Encore grant from the American Composers Forum.

May 14, 2012

Alumni News: Ian Hodges at Norway House, Sondra Wieland Howe NAfME Conference presentation, Ryan Truesdell on NPR, Megan Wagner fellowship

HodgesAlexSQ.jpgIan Hodges (D.M.A., 2010, guitar, student of Jeffrey Van) spent the weekend in Norway House, Manitoba, teaching guitar and performing with some of Canada's finest fiddlers. He reports that "this was a chance to see another remote part of the North, to play classical and jazz music for students and an audience that rarely gets to hear this in person, and to take part in one of the largest jamboree events in Canada! It was a great experience to accompany these legendary fiddlers in concert, and a new musical challenge for me."

At the NAfME (formerly MENC) Biennial Research Conference in St. Louis, Sondra Wieland Howe (M.A., 1985, musicology, student of Donna Cardamone Jackson/Ph.D., 1988, music education, student of Charles Furman) presented a poster on "Music Teacher Education before 1940: The Role of Women in the Development of Music Schools." She was also elected chair-elect of the NAfME Gender Special Research Interest Group.

TruesdellRyanSQ.pngComposer, copyist, and producer Ryan Truesdell (B.M., 2002, music education, student of Dean Sorenson) was recently featured on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Sunday (May 13) in the story "Gil Evans, Essential Jazz Arranger, At 100" in connection with the upcoming release of his CD Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans. Truesdell will return to the School of Music to perform the music of Gil Evans with the U of M Jazz Ensembles on December 3, 2012.

Megan Wagner (M.M., 2010, voice, student of John De Haan) has been awarded the Kenneth Hoving Fellowship for Graduate Study at the University of Oklahoma in pursuance of her doctorate in voice performance. Wagner will be a part of an elite group of students across the university and will represent the School of Music and the university at recruiting events, public performances, and other activities.

Student/Alumni News: Jinhee Kim and Denis Evstuhin to compete at San Antonio International Piano Competition

Current student Jinhee Kim (D.M.A. candidate, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) and alumnus Denis Evstuhin (D.M.A., 2011, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) will compete in the San Antonio International Piano Competition among 12 contestants selected in preliminary auditions.

May 10, 2012

SOM Professor Lydia Artymiw and SOM Alumnus Andrew Staupe Featured on American Public Media's 'Performance Today'

ArtymiwLydiaSQ.jpgListen to School of Music professor Lydia Artymiw (piano) and School of Music alumnus Andrew Staupe (B.M., M.M., piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) on America Public Media's Performance Today on Friday, May 11 at 1 p.m. on Classical Minnesota Public Radio (KSJN-FM 99.5) and nationwide on public radio stations throughout the U.S. in a broadcast of their performance of Mozart: Concerto No. 10 in E-flat major for Two Pianos and Orchestra, K. 365/316a with the Minnesota Orchestra. The original performance took place under the baton of Osmo Vanska at Orchestra Hall on January 14, 2011. To find out where and when Performance Today is broadcast in your area, please visit the Performance Today website.

May 8, 2012

Alumni News: Kim Sueoka CD release

SueokaKimSQ.pngSchool of Music alumna and Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant recipient Kim Sueoka (M.M., 2006, vocal performance, student of Lawrence Weller) celebrates the CD release of Wai: Hawaiian Fresh Water Songs at Sundin Music Hall on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8 p.m. with Lau Hawaiian Collective and Hamline University's Center for Global Environmental Education. Sueoka (vocals, 'ukulele, hula 'ili'ili), David Burk (guitar), Rahn Yanes (bass), Shahzore Shah (vocals), and Dave Kapell (glass harp, 'ukulele) plunge into the sweet, poignant, rollicking music of the Hawaiian Islands with fresh arrangements of Hawaiian cowboy songs, hulas, Jawaiian reggae tunes, and ballads. Visit Sueoka's website for tickets and information.

May 1, 2012

Alumni News: Joe Millea performs premiere

MilleaJoe.jpgOn April 21 and 22, Joe Millea (B.M., 2009, percussion, student of Fernando Meza) performed the American premiere of Bajo el Volcan for Marimba Solo and String Orchestra by Patricia Moya with the Scottsdale Arts Orchestra, Brett Robison conducting. Millea is currently the principal percussionist/timpanist with the Scottsdale Arts Orchestra and is pursuing his D.M.A. in percussion performance at Arizona State University.

August 12, 2011

School of Music featured in Minnesota Daily Article

School of Music professors Jean del Santo (voice), Laura Sindberg (instrumental music education) as well as alumnus Paul Budde and Michael Duffy (SOM Music Technology, Media Lab and Studios Specialist) are featured in a recent Minnesota Daily article "App draws School of Music's interest" by Kathryn Elliott.

August 4, 2011

U of M School of Music Super Fan of the Week: Bill Pederson

bill pederson.jpgThis week we meet Bill Pederson, current Music Library Circulation Desk Supervisor & Reserve Coordinator and alumus (B.M., Voice Performance, student of Clif Ware, Glenda Maurice, Wendy Zaro). His playlist includes everything from Monteverdi to Joni Mitchell and knows the Secrets of the Music Library.

1. Where are you originally from (hometown)?
I am from Roseville, MN.

2. What voice type are you?
I am a tenor, in the Ensemble Singers of VocalEssence, Contracted Singer in the MN Chorale, church musician, and I sing where ever and whenever I can.

3. What was the last live performance that blew you away?
There are so many, yet, singing under Kathy Romey when she directed Mozart Liturgical Works with the Minnesota Orchestra last Spring. Watching her face while she shared her artistic vision with the orchestra gave me goosebumps.

4. Which singers have influenced you the most?
I love singers that don't have the cookie cutter voices. Mark Padmore and Elly Ameling have lovely voices that inspire not only with their clear tones, but their commitment to true musical expression through text, the true purpose of vocal music (in my opinion)...but what do I know?

5. What do you like most about the U of M School of Music?
I love walking in to Ferguson Hall and the fact that the smell of the building brings me back 10 years, but means something different now.

6. Name your favorite musical moment at the SOM.
This spring, I sang the role of the Evangelist in Bach's St. John Passion under Christina Chen-Byers. We both spent a lot of time haggling over the recitatives- what they meant emotionally, and how to portray that through performance.

7. Where is your favorite place to eat/hang out on campus and/or the Twin Cities?
I love that there is Dunn Bros Coffee in the Wilson Library Basement, but food and beverages are not allowed in the Music Library ;)

8. What's most frequently on your playlist?
French Baroque Cantatas by Clérambault, and Campra, Bach, Monteverdi, Britten and Joni Mitchell.

9. What is something you know about the Music Library that no one else does?
That it is the best Library on campus? That we have many first editions and old printings, and things that are fascinating in the rare book room? That we have over 24,000 different CDs that range from Monody to Baroque Cantatas, to Cajun and Rock and Roll and All are available to listen to?

10. What are the first three things that come to mind when someone mentions Minnesota?
Snow, State Parks and the "Lutheran Choral Tradition."

June 17, 2011

U of M School of Music Super Fan of the Week: Vanessa (Northouse) Utell

vanessa.jpgIt's SOM SUPER FAN Friday! Welcome to the second edition of our new weekly U of M School of Music Super Fan feature on Facebook and beyond! SOM Super fans are SOM alumni, students, faculty, and staff who are the fabric of our musical community. Follow the SOM on Facebook to find out how you can become a SOM Super Fan. Let's meet this week's SOM SUPER FAN!

Vanessa (Northouse) Utell, B.M. (2003), music education - instrumental emphasis, French horn student of Herb Winslow

1. Where are you currently working (state, employer) or where is a favorite place where you have worked in the past?
I am finishing up my seventh year as an Elementary General Music Teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. I also teach private French horn lessons.

2. Where are you originally from (hometown)?
My hometown is Bloomington, Minnesota.

3. What was the last live performance that blew you away?
It was a performance by the National Symphony Orchestra being conducted by Emil de Cou of The Planets by Gustav Holst. The performance was last summer at the outdoor stage at Wolf Trap. There were projections on large screens of pictures from NASA of the planets, in addition to other images related to the planets. As night fell, it was inspiring to be under the stars while listening to this music and taking in the pictures of the planets. In addition, I really enjoy Emil de Cou's conducting - he reminds me of Professor Luckhardt!

4. Do you keep in touch with your U of M School of Music classmates and/or faculty mentor?
I keep in touch with several of my classmates, especially via Facebook.

5. What's your favorite thing about the U of M School of Music?
My favorite thing was the feeling of community and the opportunities that were offered. As a horn player, I played in the wind ensembles, orchestra, marching band, pep band, brass quintets, woodwind quintets, brass choir, in addition with getting together with other horn players for duets, trios or quartets. I also sang in the gospel choir, played trumpet in jazz band, played percussion and flute in University Band, conducted small ensembles, and conducted the Women's Athletic Pep band. I don't know if I'll ever have another 4 years so full of music with people who supported and cared for me.

6. Name your favorite musical moment at the U of M School of Music?
I can't choose just one! I loved it when Fredrick Fennell visited. He was wonderful with the wind ensemble, but I my most vivid memory is when he conducted the Star Spangled Banner with the marching band. He jokingly asked something along the lines of, "Is it still in three?" The Bergen Woodwind Quintet provides my other favorite musical memory. I was a member of a woodwind quintet and we called ourselves the Starving Artists. We had the best times working with flautist Gro Sandvik - she was so inspiring! The second time the group visited, Gro brought us a breadstick because she remembered that we were starving!

7. Where was your favorite place to eat/hang out on campus?
I loved eating at the Village Wok!

8. What phrase do you still hear your mentor repeating over your shoulder?
I don't have something from Herb, and it's not a phrase, but I still have Professor Diem holding my head still while I conduct so I don't sway!

9. What's most frequently on your playlist?
Now that I have a 7 month old, it's a lot of nursery rhymes and music from the Rockabye Baby series of CDs. For myself though, Jason Mraz "I'm Yours" or Plain White Tee's "Rhythm of Love" are on the top of my pop music playlist and "October" by Eric Whitacre, "Escapades: Music from Catch Me If You Can" by John Williams, "Lincolnshire Posy" by Percy Grainger.

10. What are the first three things that come to mind when someone mentions Minnesota?
The outdoors (lakes, green, boating, biking), the Mall of America, and home.

June 10, 2011

U of M School of Music Super Fan of the Week: Sharon Johnson

Sharon Johnson.jpgIt's time for the first installment of our new weekly U of M School of Music Super Fan feature on Facebook and beyond! Who are SOM Super Fans? SOM alumni, students, faculty, and staff who are the fabric of our musical community. U of M Super Fan Friday will help us to get know each other and have a lot of fun in the process. Follow the SOM on Facebook to find out how you can become a SOM Super Fan. Without further ado, let's meet this week's SOM SUPER FAN!

Sharon Johnson, D.M.A. (2008), Collaborative Piano, student of Margo Garrett, Karl Paulnack, and Tim Lovelace

1. Where are you currently working (state, employer) or where is a favorite place where you have worked in the past?
I have just completed my 7th year as a faculty member (Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Collaborative Piano) of the Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College in upstate New York. I teach piano, collaborative piano, practical keyboard, coach singers/instrumentalists, perform/travel with my colleagues, coach the chapel house band. As well, I have a professional two piano team with my best friend, Nancy Davis; collectively we are known as Music By Two.

2. Where are you originally from (hometown)?
Mt. Airy, North Carolina

3. What was the last live performance that blew you away?
The concert was given by one of my colleagues at Houghton College, William Newbrough (pianist). He performed a "Franz Liszt Bicentennial Concert" in April--I was particularly moved by his performance of one of the Petrarca Sonettos, and the "Benediction" from the Harmonies poetiques et religieuses.

4. Do you keep in touch with your U of M School of Music classmates and/or faculty mentor?
I keep in touch with a number of my classmates from the U--particularly through Facebook, as well as my mentor via email and phone.

5. What's your favorite thing about the U of M School of Music?
How can I choose just one? Honestly, there are so many things I love about my time at the U; that said, I found the collaborative nature of the faculty to be an incredible encouragement--their attitude was always that of "participate with me on an equal level in this musical adventure of performance and learning." I had the wonderful opportunity both to perform with faculty on their recitals, and to have them perform with me on my recitals. There's nothing like collaborative learning with those skilled in their art.

6. Name your favorite musical moment at the U of M School of Music?
Again, how can I choose just one? A true highlight for me was being asked by Glenda Maurice to accompany the Ted Mann Vocal Quartet. Of our many performances, my two favorites were for Minnesota Public Radio and the Schubert Club Courtroom Concert Series.

7. Where was your favorite place to eat/hang out on campus?
The Asian restaurant--the name eludes me now--across from Mapps Coffee and Tea (another favorite spot!).

8. What phrase do you still hear your mentor repeating over your shoulder?
Margo Garrett saying "more left hand!"

9. What's most frequently on your playlist?
Maurice Ravel, Libby Larsen, Frederic Chopin, Sarah Vaughan, Diana Krall, Astor Piazzolla--very eclectic☺

10. What are the first three things that come to mind when someone mentions Minnesota?
Lakes, the Weisman Museum, and Caribou Coffee.


April 22, 2011

University Symphony Orchestra to Perform Prior to Minnesota Orchestra Concert, April 29

University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Mark Russell Smith, will give a Pre-concert performance prior to the Minnesota Orchestra's concert at Orchestra Hall on Friday, April 29 at 6:25 p.m. The University Symphony Orchestra will perform Mahler's Symphony #3, movements 3 and 6. Maestra Marin Alsop will lead the Minnesota Orchestra in a performance of Brahms' Third at 8 p.m. U of M School of Music alumus Jonathan Magness will be the violin soloist.

You must purchase tickets for the 8 p.m. concert to attend the 6:25 p.m. Pre-concert with the University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra. Ticket information can be found on the Minnesota Orchestra website.

March 29, 2011

SOM student Colin Holter writes about "ensemble dal niente: Music of James Dillon" in The Twin Cities Daily Planet

Read School of Music student Colin Holter's article "Dal Niente Plays Dillon" in the Twin Cities Daily Planet. This article focuses on ensemble dal niente's upcoming performance, titled "ensemble dal niente: Music of James Dillon," of School of Music composition professor James Dillon's work. This event will take place at The Southern Theater on Sunday, April 3 at 7 p.m. Visit The Southern Theater website for ticket information (including discounted student tickets).

March 3, 2011

Music of U of M Professor James Dillon featured in the Southern Theater's 
'Ensemble Dal Niente: Music of James Dillon' on Sunday, April 3

The music of University of Minnesota School of Music composition professor James Dillon will be featured in an evening of music at the Southern Theater (1420 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55454) titled "Ensemble Dal Niente: Music of James Dillon" on Sunday, April 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Southern Theater website.

The Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente performs a range of music from the past century: European avant-garde, American high modernism and styles influenced by popular music and jazz. For this performance, the group tackles the cutting-edge music of composer and University of Minnesota professor James Dillon, showcasing an array of solo and ensemble pieces featuring U of M School of Music alumna and Twin Cities soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw, clarinet, vibraphone, piano, string quartet and more. Dillon's catalogue is rooted in the European classical tradition, touched by his formative exposure to Scottish pipe music, and displays a wide interest in other music from jazz and Delta blues, to the Hindustani classical tradition and Oriental court music.

Read more.

November 24, 2010

Piano Professor Lydia Artymiw and Her Former Student Andrew Staupe to Perform Mozart's Concerto for Two Pianos with the Minnesota Orchestra

School of Music piano professor Lydia Artymiw, along with her former pupil, St. Paul's own Andrew Staupe, will appear with the Minnesota Orchestra in a program titled Mid-Winter Mozart: Jupiter, The Final Symphony and will perform Mozart's Concerto for Two Pianos on Friday, January 14 at 8 pm at Orchestra Hall. The School of Music's oboe professor John Snow will also be featured on the program and will perform Mozart's Oboe Concerto.

May 24, 2010

SOM Alumna Libby Larsen to Receive George Peabody Medal

The Peabody Institute has announced that the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America will be presented to two individuals in 2010: Libby Larsen (School of Music alumna, composition, student of Dominick Argento) and James Levine.

Larsen, a composer and founding member of the American Composers Forum (originally the Minnesota Composers Forum), will receive the medal and speak at the Conservatory's graduation ceremony on May 27. Read more about her award in the Johns Hopkins Gazette.

December 23, 2009

SOM Alumna Abbie Betinis Featured on Minnesota Public Radio

Get festive and listen to SOM alumna Abbie Betinis on Minnesota Public Radio with host John Birge. For the ninth straight year, Abbie Betinis brought her friends to the MPR studio to sing the world premiere of an original Christmas carol. This year's Betinis original is "Be Like the Bird." The "MPR Carolers," featuring SOM alumnae Carrie Henneman Shaw and Kim Sueok, join Abbie.

January 7, 2008

Guest Artists: Pro Arte Piano Trio

Don't miss the guest artist recital by Pro Arte Piano Trio on Friday, Feb. 15 at 7:30pm in Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall.

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