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September 22, 2014

Faculty News: Immanuel Davis to perform at Twin Cities Early Music Festival & Bach Marathon

Immanuel_Davis.jpgImmanuel Davis (flute) will perform a Baroque flute recital as part of the Twin Cities Early Music Festival & Bach Marathon on Saturday, September 27 at 1 pm. More information.

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.

August 25, 2014

Faculty News: Recent performances and activities by Alexander Braginsky

BraginskyAlexanderSQ2.jpgAlexander Braginsky (piano) was Jury Chair for the Alaska International Piano e-Competition (June 28 - July 12, Fairbanks, Alaska); was Artist Faculty at the 16th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College (July 20 - 27, New York City); gave a master class at the Summit Festival (July 29, New York); was Artistic Director for the MusikFest at Shattuck-St. Mary's School (August 4-14, Faribault, MN) with Professors Zhiang Jin (Beijing), Hyoun-Joon Chang (Seoul), and Sontraud Speidel (Karlsruhe).

August 11, 2014

Encore Broadcast of A Sonic Blockbuster on Classical Minnesota Public Radio

sonicBlockbuster.jpgListen to an encore broadcast of A Sonic Blockbuster featuring the U of M Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble, led by Craig Kirchhoff (bands) and Fernando Meza (percussion), in concert at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, MN (October 2010) on Classical Minnesota Public Radio's website. Program includes works by Alfred Reed, Richard Proulx, Percy Grainger, Max Reger, Ron Nelson, Healey Willian, Lou Harrison, Herbert Nanney, and David Maslanka. Special guest Dean Billmeyer (organ) performed Reger's Toccata in d and Fugue in D, Op. 59, nos. 5 & 6.

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.

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).

Faculty News: Alex Lubet and Maja Radovanlija performed at the International Festival

Lubet.jpgAlex Lubet (creative studies) and Maja Radovanlija (guitar, creative studies) performed their compositions for guitar duo at the International Festival on July 30, sponsored by the Shakopee Diversity Alliance. Lubet was interviewed by Star Tribune popular music critic Jon Bream for his forthcoming book on the albums of Bob Dylan.

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.

June 30, 2014

Faculty News: Alex Lubet to participate in SSK Inequality and Democracy Colloquium

LubetAlexSQ.jpgAlex Lubet (creative studies) will participate in the SSK Inequality and Democracy Colloquium and will present "Social Confluence Theory, as Applied to Cases of Disability Status and Korean Identity" on Tuesday, July 1 in Korea.

June 9, 2014

U of M Percussion Ensemble is touring Costa Rica and Panama

b76850bd-1ac8-49da-b13a-608f87cd1e53.jpgThe U of M Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Fernando Meza, is touring Costa Rica and Panama. They performed at the University of Costa Rica's School of Music Mid-Year Gathering and at the Costa Rican National Center for Music's Percussion Showcase, where they worked with the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra. They traveled to Panama City, Panama, to perform in the Alfredo de Saint Malo Festival. They gave a gala concert and performed with the Symphony Orchestra of Panama. The ensemble consists of graduate students Jeremy Johnston, Marilyn Clark Silva, and Dallas Tucker, and undergraduate students Emily Curran, Mark Engelmann, Abby Johnson, Erik Schee, Kathryn Yuill, Jake Arndt, Andrew Morrisette, and Bradford Olson. Photos: U of M Percussion Ensemble traveling to the beach in Costa Rica (above); view of San Jose, Costa Rica (below).

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Faculty News: Dean Billmeyer to present recital at Trinity Lutheran Church

DeanBillmeyer2.jpgDean Billmeyer (organ) will present a recital of works by J. S. Bach, César Franck, and Louis Vierne on the summer series at Trinity Lutheran Church, Rochester, Minnesota on Tuesday, June 10 at 12:15 pm. During the summer, three School of Music organ alumni, all students of Billmeyer, will also perform: John Salveson (June 17), Mary Newton (July 8), and Laura Edman (July 15).

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.

May 19, 2014

Student News: Graduate Conducting Seminar's Birthday Ode, David Berberick accepts Black Hills State University position, and Joe Matson's publications

BirthdayOde.jpgThe School of Music Graduate Conducting Seminar presented The Birthday Ode: Come Ye Sons of Art and other selections by Henry Purcell on April 29, 2014 in the Carlson School of Management's atrium. Watch the video.

David Berberick (PhD, music education) has accepted a position at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD as assistant professor of music beginning in fall 2014. His teaching duties will include concert band, instrumental music methods, music appreciation, conducting, applied percussion, and pep band.

Joe Matson (PhD, musicology) is an adjunct instructor of music history at Illinois State University, Millikin University, and Illinois Wesleyan University, teaching courses from music appreciation to graduate research methods. At Millikin he also directs the Big Bluegrass Band. In the past year, his work has appeared in Music Reference Services Quarterly, Notes, and the American Music Research Center Journal.

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

Music Library's "Star-Spangled Banner" Exhibit

In connection with the Maroon and Gold Campus Bands concert in Ted Mann Concert Hall on May 7, and the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner, the University of Minnesota Music Library has prepared an exhibit in the display cases at the entrance to the library elaborating on the origins of our national anthem. The exhibit will be on display for the next several months.

Faculty News: Alexander Fiterstein and Lydia Artymiw performance and Angela Wyatt's ensemble featured in "Minnesota Daily"

FitersteinArtymiw.jpgProfessor Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet), Erin Keefe (violin), and Distinguished McKnight Professor Lydia Artymiw (piano) performed "Contrasts" by Bartók for the Close Encounters with Music Series at the Mahaiwe Theater in Great Barrington, MA on April 27. The program also included Brahms's C major Trio with Artymiw, Keefe, and Yehuda Hanani (cellist and director of the series), Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3 (Artymiw), and Popper's Hungarian Rhapsody (Hanani, Artymiw).

WyattAngela.jpgAngela Wyatt's (saxophone) group, the Ancia Saxophone Quartet, is featured in the Minnesota Daily. The Ancia Saxophone Quartet performed on Sunday, May 4 at the Weisman Museum. Read the article.

Student News: Julian Maddox performed with Dakota Valley Symphony and Eric Schultz named Sigurd I. & Jarmila H. Rislov Foundation grant recipient

Julian Maddox (PSEO, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) performed Mendelssohn: Concerto, First Movement with the Dakota Valley Symphony on April 27 as winner of their Young Artist Competition.

EricSchultz.jpgEric Schultz (MM candidate, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) has been named a 2014 recipient of a prestigious grant from the Sigurd I. & Jarmila H. Rislov Foundation in Ann Arbor, MI for excellence in classical music, based on his recording of the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto which he performed from memory in a collaborative faculty/student recital at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis in February.

April 28, 2014

U of M Percussion Ensemble to tour Costa Rica and Panama this summer

PercussionEnsemble.jpgThe U of M Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Fernando Meza, will tour Costa Rica and Panama this summer. They will perform at the University of Costa Rica's School of Music Mid-Year Gathering and at the Costa Rican National Center for Music's Percussion Showcase, where they will work with Costa Rica's finest Latin percussionists and members of the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra. In June they will travel to Panama City, Panama, to perform in the Alfredo de Saint Malo Festival. They will give a gala concert and some ensemble members will perform with the Symphony Orchestra of Panama. The ensemble consists of graduate students Jeremy Johnston, Marilyn Clark Silva, and Dallas Tucker, and undergraduate students Emily Curran, Mark Engelmann, Abby Johnson, Erik Schee, Kathryn Yuill, Jake Arndt, Andrew Morrisette, and Bradford Olson.

Faculty News: Rebecca Shockley performs in China and Dean Sorenson performs with Nevada All State Jazz Ensemble

RebeccaShockley.jpgRebecca Shockley (piano) spent two weeks in China in April. She visited China Conservatory in Beijing, Jianxi University in Nanchang, and Yanshan University in Qinhuangdao, giving master classes and presentations on Mapping Music and Two Late Schubert Sonatas.

SorensonDeanSQ.pngDean Sorenson (jazz/creative studies) recently performed in a three day run with the Nevada All State Jazz Ensemble in Reno, NV. Earlier in the year he also had the opportunity to direct the Alabama All State Jazz Ensemble.

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).

Student News: Eric Olson and Jennifer Olson perform concert tour of Alexandria, MN

jennifer_eric.jpgEric Olson (DMA, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) and Jennifer Olson (DMA, voice, student of Adriana Zabala) recently performed a concert tour of Alexandria, MN for the Minnesota Music Teacher's Association as winners of the Artistic Ambassador competition. They performed at local schools and in a recital venue. Additionally, both Eric and Jennifer were hired as adjunct faculty at Bemidji State University. Beginning in Fall 2014, Jennifer will teach voice, and Eric will teach violin/viola and music theory.

Mechelke Piano Award Winner: Rie Tanaka

The U of M School of Music is pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 Marvin O. Mechelke II Piano Award, Rie Tanaka (MM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky). Tanaka was presented with the inaugural graduate student cash prize of $1,500 by Larry and Deirdre Mechelke following a competition held in their home on April 25, 2014 before a specially invited audience. The prize is to be used by Tanaka as needed to further her studies at the University of Minnesota. The judges for the competition were Mark Russell Smith, artistic director of orchestral studies at the U of M School of Music, Dr. Paul Wirth, founder and artistic director of the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts; and distinguished concert pianist Elizabeth Wolff. The Spring 2015 Mechelke Competition will be open to undergraduate pianists. The next graduate competition is scheduled for 2016.

Save the Date: West Bank Arts Quarter Cooks

The School of Music and the West Bank Arts Quarter (WBAQ) presents the West Bank Arts Quarter Cooks, an annual cookout, block party, and arts fair for all WBAQ students, faculty, and staff on Tuesday, May 6 from 12-1:30 pm (or as supplies last) on 21st Avenue (between the Regis Center Buildings). The event will feature will music by the U of M Panic Steel Band. Free food!

April 14, 2014

Student News: Preston Duncan performances and presentations, Peter John "Washington Post" review, Eric Schultz festival activities, and Tyler Tracy recieves Talle Family Scholarship

PRESTONf030c1.jpgPreston Duncan (DMA, saxophone, student of Eugene Rousseau) performed the premiere of Broken Obelisk by Joseph Dangerfield at the North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference in Urbana, Il on March 24. Duncan performed and presented at the College Music Society Great Lakes Conference on March 29. He performed at Schubert Club Courtroom Concert on March 22 and was selected as finalist for this year's McKnight Fellowship.

Peter John's (DMA, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky and James Dillon) work From the Zodiac was performed by cellist Cicely Parnas at the Kennedy Center on April 7. Read the Washington Post review of the piece and performance.

Eric Schultz (MM, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) has been accepted to attend Austrian chamber music festival AlpenKammerMusik as the only clarinetist this summer. Schultz has also received a grant from the International Festival Society in Santa Monica, CA, fully covering tuition and housing.

Tyler Tracy (music and political science double major) is a Talle Family Scholarship recipient. This college-wide scholarship program is intended to inspire, reward, and support academic excellence in the College of Liberal Arts. The college is hosting a reception on Thursday, April 24 to recognize the outstanding work and achievement of Talle Family Scholars.

April 7, 2014

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw review, Scott Currie and Maja Radovanlija's Improvised Ecosystems, Guerino Mazzola to perform in Japan, David Grayson & Gabriela Currie chair AMS conference, and Mark Russell Smith conducts Adriana Zabala and Quad City Symphony

ArtymiwLydiaSQ.jpgOsmo Vänskä joined Lydia Artymiw (piano) and violinist Erin Keefe (concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra) as the clarinetist in a trio recital at Ted Mann Concert Hall for a performance of Bartóks "Contrasts" on March 30. The program also included piano trios of Dvořák and Brahms with cellist Wilhelmina Smith. Their performance was mentioned in New York Times music critic James Oestreich's "Critic's Notebook" on April 1.

groupe9c5d9.jpgThe research/creative collaborative project "Improvised Ecosystems" has been selected for funding by the Institute for Advanced Study for the 2014/15 academic year. This project is the result of collaborative efforts of Scott Currie (musicology/ ethnomusicology) and Maja Radovanlija (guitar) with Diane Willow (Experimental and Media Arts, Department of Art) and Matt Tucker (Department of Landscape Architecture, College of Design).

Mazzola_Guerino7d067d.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creative studies) has been invited to give seven jazz concerts in Japan in July 2014. He will perform at the Shinjuku Pit Inn, Tokyo (July 13); Last Waltz, Shibuya, Tokyo (July 14); Nanahari, Tokyo (July 15 and 16); Airegin, Yokohama (July 18); and Knuttel House, Tokyo (July 19 and 20). Mazzola will perform with Swiss drummer Heinz Geisser and Japanese drummer Shrio Onuma. The concerts will be recorded for live CD production.

gabriella9176b1.jpgThis coming weekend, the School of Music will host the bi-annual conference of the American Musicological Society-Midwest Chapter. Professors David Grayson (musicology) and Gabriela Currie (musicology) are serving as local arrangement co-chairs. Nine scholars will present their research at the conference.

AZ_MRSf23469.jpgMark Russell Smith (orchestral conducting) conducted the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 3 on April 1. Adriana Zabala (voice) was the soloist. This was the first time this piece was performed by the orchestra in its 100 year history.

Student News: Ingrid Martin to present at Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic and Emily Rolke to present at Suzuki Association of the Americas International Conference

ingridMartin.jpgIngrid Martin (conducting) was accepted to present at the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in December. Her clinic will be "Secrets from Down Under - the best Australian band repertoire you've never heard."

emily_rolke0e98ad.pngEmily Rolke (violin, student of Mark Bjork) will present at the Suzuki Association of the Americas International Conference this May. The title of her presentation is "Metamorphosis From Student Into Artist Teacher." Rolke will present along with Carrie Beisler (U of M alumna), Lucy Lewis, Colleen Ferguson, and Samantha Hiller.

Engagement News: Russell Adrian - The Creation of a Conducting Seminar Outreach Program and Caroline Hand - R-Word Campaign Concert

RAdrian_phogo41e39f.jpgThe Creation of a Conducting Seminar Outreach Program
Russell Adrian, graduate conducting student, will produce a conducting seminar outreach program, offering professional development opportunities for U of M School of Music students to work with an established civic ensemble in the Twin Cities metro area. Students from the Choral Conducting Seminar will lead sectionals and rehearsals with the South Metro Chorale in preparation for a masterworks concert of Joseph Haydn's The Creation on May 2 and 4, 2014 with professional soloists and orchestra. This project will provide seminar students an environment to implement skills and knowledge obtained in class as well as the opportunity to work as guest clinicians. The seminar will offer the South Metro Chorale individualized attention in learning difficult passages and overall development of a better corporate sound. While emphasis will be given to the teaching new music, an equal importance will be given to the development of healthy vocal production and the exploration of vocal pedagogy specific to community choruses.

CarolineHandd9bb9d.jpgR-Word Campaign Concert
Graduate conducting student, Caroline Hand, will work with Blaine High School Choir in April and May of 2014 to produce an R-Word Campaign event concert. R-Word Campaigns are grassroots efforts of "Spread the Word to End the Word," a movement seeking to eliminate the derogatory and hurtful use of the word "retard" or "retarded." The Blaine High School Choir will perform Nathan Jones's Gamble Everything for Love featuring chorus accompanied by woodwind octet. In addition to Jones's piece, members of the Blaine High School Chamber Choir will learn We Are One by Ysaye Barnwell. They will then teach the song to their peers in special education. This interaction will create the core bond between choir members and students in special education. The entire concert will be performed on May 8, 2014.

March 31, 2014

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 25, 2014

Watch the 3/1 U of M Jazz Festival Concert online via Livestream

Can't make it to Ted Mann Concert Hall on Saturday, March 1 for the U of M Jazz Festival Concert? Watch this concert online via Livestream. This year's concert features Jazz Ensemble I and special guests Patty Peterson and members of Minnesota's First Family of Jazz, the Petersons. Dean Sorenson, director.

U of M School of Music presents Sounds and Visions of Cedar Creek, 2/27

Sounds and Visions of Cedar Creek project/performance will take place on Thursday, February 27. Listen to a brief audio segment and find out more about this exciting project in the article "A musical environment."

Sounds and Visions of Cedar Creek is an artistic expression of the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, an ecological research site of the University of Minnesota. This performance piece is a collaborative project of the U of M School of Music and Art Department faculty and students, and will feature sound installations, improvised music and micro cinemas.

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.

PhD candidate Colleen Bertsch to give informational performance/workshop

Colleen Bertsch (PhD candidate, ethno/musicology, student of Matt Rahaim) and her band Szászka will offer a glimpse into the world of Transylvanian string band music through a rare multi-media informational performance and workshop. The informance is open to the public. Workshop participation is reserved for violinists, violists, and double bassists of all ages and training (bring your instruments!). Sunday, February 23, 1 pm Informance - $10, 2 pm Workshop - $10, MacPhail Center for Music. Bertsch is a fiscal year 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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.

2014 University of Minnesota Concerto Competition Results

The 2014 University of Minnesota Concerto Competition was held on Wednesday, January 29. Congratulations to the following:

  • Rosalind Leavell (DMA candidate, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova) - winner
  • Bethel Balge (DMA candidate, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) - honorable mention
  • Rie Tanaka (MM candidate, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) - honorable mention

As competition winner, Rosalind Leavell will perform with the University Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday, March 12 at Ted Mann Concert Hall.

Recruitment coordinator Anabel Njoes to perform at "Celebrating Women in Midwest Cajun Music"

NjoesAnabel_Accordion.jpgAnabel Njoes' (recruitment coordinator) Cajun music ensemble, Ana & the BelTones, will be the featured performers of "Celebrating Women in Midwest Cajun Music" on February 22 at Folklore Village in Dodgeville, WI. Folklore Village is a nationally recognized folk arts and culture center dedicated to enriching lives through time-honored traditions, and programs are supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

January 20, 2014

Faculty members to perform at Musical Offering event

6985f83.pngOn Sunday, January 26 the Musical Offering presents an afternoon and evening of Schubert's greatest chamber pieces paired with food, desserts and beverages in a Schubertiade. Faculty members Philip Zawisza (voice) and Timothy Lovelace (collaborative piano) join regular members Norbert Nielubowski, bassoon (artistic director) and Caroline Lemen, horn. Featuring the Quintet in A major "The Trout", Die Schone Mullerin, and the Octet in F major. More info.

December 18, 2013

Internationalizing Teaching & Learning Workshop: Publishing on Internationalizing the Curriculum

AddoAkosua.jpgSchool of Music professor Akosua Addo (music education) and Shelley Smith, Instructional Development Service, UMD, will present a workshop designed to guide faculty through the process of publishing scholarly work on their efforts to internationalize the curriculum and their teaching and learning. The workshop will be delivered by ITV to all campuses on January 9, 12:30-2:30 p.m. For registration and event locations, see Internationalizing Teaching & Learning Workshop.

December 16, 2013

Conducting student G. Phillip Shoultz, III helps honor Nelson Mandela

PhillipShoultzVideo.jpgOn December 7 at the annual Sounds of the Season choral concert, DMA conducting student G. Phillip Shoultz, III helped the audience honor the life of Nelson Mandela by teaching them the anti-apartheid song, "Freedom is Coming." Watch the uplifting performance on the School of Music's Facebook page.

December 3, 2013

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw featured in article, David Grayson book award, Alex Lubet concert presentation

ArtymiwLydiaSQ.jpgLydia Artymiw (piano) was featured in the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society's Concerts' online article, "Artist Interview: Lydia Artymiw - Philadelphia Chamber Music Society." Read the article.

GraysonDavidSQ.jpgThe book Regards sur Debussy, edited by Myriam Chimènes and Alexandra Laederich (Paris: Fayard, 2013), to which David Grayson (musicology) contributed a chapter, was awarded the 2013 Paul Marmottan Prize by the Académie des Beaux-Arts of the Institut de France at its annual public meeting on November 20, 2013.

LubetAlexSQ.jpgComposition students of Alex Lubet (theory/composition) will present a concert at St. Paul's Dreamland Arts on Friday, December 6 at 7:30 (suggested admission $5). Works by Andrew Bergmann, Benjamin Klein, Yan Pang, John Kermott, Tobias Ramaswamy, and Andre Stephani. Music for voices, guitar, tuba, violin, electronics, and Latin jazz combo. More event info.

November 26, 2013

SOM Student Brian Messier Discusses The Electric Conductor: A Musical Murder Mystery on Classical Minnesota Public Radio

Listen to School of Music graduate conducting student Brian Messier discuss The Electric Conductor: A Musical Murder Mystery on Classical Minnesota Public Radio with host Alison Young. Listen here. The Electric Conductor takes place on Tuesday, November 26 at 7:30 pm and is free, fun, and family friendly.

November 25, 2013

School of Music to Live Stream Symphonic Band: Wind Songs Concert on December 4

livestreaming.jpgThe U of M School of Music will live stream the Symphonic Band: Wind Songs (Jerry Luckhart, conductor) concert on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30 pm. The concert will feature the premiere of Andreia Pinto-Correia's Olhos, Espelho e Luz (Eyes, mirror, and light) with SOM Voice Professor John De Haan, tenor. Visit the School of Music's Watch and Listen page for a live streaming schedule and to find out how you can listen to School of Music events anywhere.

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 11, 2013

Faculty News: James Dillon represented at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Alexander Fiterstein featured soloist with Iris Orchestra, Alex Lubet in Equity and Diversity exhibit, and Rebecca Shockley guest presentation

DillonJames.jpgJames Dillon (composition) is represented with two works at this year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Europe's premiere contemporary music festival. The Harvard University commission New York Triptych will be played by Red Note Ensemble and the French cellist Séverine Ballone will play Dillon's classic work Parjanya-vata.

FitersteinAlexanderSQ.jpgOn November 16, Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet) will be the featured soloist in Carl Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto with the Iris Orchestra and conductor Michael Stern in Memphis, TN.

LubetAlexSQ.jpgAn exhibit of Alex Lubet's (theory/composition) scholarship will be exhibited in the U of M Office of Equity and Diversity's Gallery of Excellence.

RebeccaShockley.jpgRebecca Shockley (piano) gave a guest presentation on "Mapping Music: A Fresh Approach to Practicing and Memorizing" for the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association state convention in Appleton on November 8.

November 4, 2013

Fall 2013 Choral & Voice Faculty Tour

ChoralTour2013.jpgThe University Singers and School of Music voice faculty will embark on the school's second regional choral tour throughout the state of Minnesota in November. They will give free public performances on Thursday, November 7 at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea, MN and Friday, November 8 at Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing, MN. Program highlights include Everyone Sang by Minnesota composer Craig Carnahan, Cloudburst by Eric Whitacre, and The Water is Wide by U of M alumnus Stephen Paulus. The tour will involve engagement opportunities, including clinics, group and private voice instruction, and rehearsals within greater Minnesota high schools and public performances by the University Singers, University voice faculty, and partnering high school choirs and students. More information.

October 28, 2013

SOM/MacPhail collaborative voice recital "Tangled Up in Green" a success

TangledUpInGreen.jpgSchool of Music voice students and faculty performed as part of a School of Music and MacPhail Center for Music collaborative chamber music series event at Antonello Hall on Friday, October 25. The recital, titled Tangled Up in Green, featured works from G.F. Handel to Paul McCartney. School of Music voice students included Patrick Terry, Elizabeth Roddy, Christine Killian, Brennan Blankenship, David Kozisek, Shelley Mihm, and Natalie Ward. Voice professors Adriana Zabala and Jean del Santo also performed.

October 21, 2013

University Opera Theatre's production of Aldridge and Garfein's "Parables" on TPT

AdrianaParables.pngWatch University Opera Theatre's production of Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein's Parables, directed by University Opera Theatre's David Walsh, on Twin Cities Public Television on Saturday, October 26. Visit the TPT's website for broadcast schedule information.

October 14, 2013

Students plant trees to prepare for recital

TreeTrust.jpgTo help prepare for their upcoming program, Rhapsody in Green, on October 24 at 7:30 pm in Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall, students from Adriana Zabala's voice studio volunteered this past weekend with Tree Trust. With a team of volunteers, the singers helped plant 70 trees in St. Louis Park on Saturday morning.

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 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.

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.

June 4, 2013

Faculty News: Dean Billmeyer performances and lecture, James Dillon's work performed at Holland Festival, and Tanya Remenikova performs at benefit concert

DeanBillmeyerBasilicaStMang.pngDean Billmeyer (organ) gave his second European concert tour of 2012 in Germany and Austria in September and October, performing at the Basilika St. Mang in Füssen, Germany (see photo), at the New Cathedral in Linz, and at the Pfarrkirche in Hofkirchen, Upper Austria. He was also featured as a guest lecturer at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz, where he presented a class on American organ literature of the 20th and 21st centuries.

DillonJames.jpgJames Dillon's (composition) epic work "Nine Rivers" will be performed by three ensembles from the Netherlands and percussionist and conductor Steven Schick at the Holland Festival this Saturday, June 8. More info.

TanyaRemenikova.jpgAs a member of the Hill House Chamber Players Tanya Remenikova (cello) performed with Susan Billmeyer (D.M.A., 1997, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) at a benefit concert for the Schubert Club Museum in May 2013. Remenikova also performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Kenwood Symphony, Cathy Schubilske (violin), and Ivan Konev (D.M.A., 2010, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) in spring 2013.

May 28, 2013

Engagement News: Band Project Showcase

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

March 4, 2013

Faculty News: Tom Ashworth's 2014 Brass Symposium and James Dillon's "Guardian" Review

TomAshworth.jpgTom Ashworth (trombone) has submitted four successful grant proposals in the past year, and was most recently awarded a $6,500 CLA Imagine Grant for Special Events for the 2014 U of M Brass Symposium: Building Musical Bridges. The symposium will feature area professional brass ensembles, U of M student ensembles, and eight high school and college ensembles at Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall and Ted Mann Concert Hall. In addition, the ensembles will perform at local schools, nursing homes, hospitals, and churches. The April 2014 symposium will feature faculty members in several panel discussions on public engagement and entrepreneurship. If your college or high school brass ensemble (quintet or larger) would like to participate in the symposium, contact Tom Ashworth.

DillonJames.jpgJames Dillon (composition) received a glowing review from The Guardian in the article "A Guide to James Dillon's music." Reviewer Tom Service writes, "...Dillon has created some of the most inventive and thrillingly expressive contemporary music around" and "Dillon's music is fearlessly, relentlessly explorative. To hear it is to confront a volcanic imagination that makes listening an act of thrilling, vertiginous unpredictability." Read the review.

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.

February 18, 2013

Preview 'Rite of Spring' with Mark Russell Smith and the Joffrey Ballet

USO Rite of Spring.pngMark Russell Smith (orchestras) conducts the University Symphony Orchestra as they perform Stravinsky's Rite of Spring with the Joffrey Ballet. Learn more about the performance by listening to Mark Russell Smith's talk (given on February 14) or by watching the preview video.

November 27, 2012

Faculty News: Matthew Mehaffey produces Handel's "Messiah" and Sally O'Reilly's students' accomplishments

Matthew_MehaffeySQ.pngMatthew Mehaffey (choral) has hired a chamber orchestra and 16 of the Twin Cities' finest vocalists to present an all-professional production of George Frederic Handel's iconic oratorio Messiah at Central Presbyterian Church (500 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN, 55010) on December 14 at 8 p.m. This concert is sponsored by the Oratorio Society of Minnesota. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for students. Visit the Oratorio Society website or call 866-811-4111 for more information.

18656.jpegSally O'Reilly's (violin) students James Zabawa (B.M. candidate, violin) and Jason Shu (private student) have been chosen to perform in Joseph Silverstein's
violin masterclass on December 1 at MacPhail Center for Music at 2 p.m. Both Zabawa and Shu attended Italy Summer Music in Pienza last August. Shu also received a Performers Award in the MNSOTA Mary West Solo Competition earlier this month.

November 26, 2012

U of M School of Music & MacPhail Center for Music Kick Off New Chamber Series with 'An Evening of Collaborative Percussion' (12/1)

The University of Minnesota School of Music and MacPhail Center for Music will present the first of four concerts in a new chamber series with An Evening of Collaborative Percussion on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 8 p.m. at MacPhail's Antonello Hall. The evening will feature U of M School of Music professor Fernando Meza, MacPhail president, COO and teaching artist Paul Babcock, the U of M Percussion Ensemble, and the MacPhail Rimshots! Percussion Ensemble. Events in this series are free and open to the public. Read more.

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 8, 2012

Video preview of University Opera Theatre's production of Verdi's "Falstaff"

FalstaffVideo1.pngWatch a video preview of University Opera Theatre's production of Verdi's "Falstaff," which opens next week (11/15-18). Student tickets are only $5! More information on this production can be found at opera.umn.edu.

Video produced and edited by SOM University Opera Theatre student Joseph Okell.

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 22, 2012

University Opera Theatre's "Parables" on Twin Cities Public Television

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.

October 17, 2012

Collage Concert featured in U of M News story

Dominick_Argento.jpgGear up for this Saturday's Collage Concert celebrating composer and faculty emeritus Dominick Argento by reading this U of M News story "Setting life to music" on Argento.

Faculty News: Bribitzer-Stull and Painter book contribution, Fiterstein performances, Luckhardt article feature, Mazzola guest lecture, and O'Reilly interview

legacyBook.jpgMatthew Bribitzer-Stull's (music theory) article "From Nibelheim to Hollywood: The Associativity of Harmonic Progression" and Karen Painter's (musicology/ethnomusicology) article "Depoliticizing America's Wagner in the Nazi Era" appear in The Legacy of Richard Wagner, edited by Luca Sala and published by Brepols Publishers.

FitersteinAlexanderSQ.jpgAlexander Fiterstein (clarinet) recently performed three concerts with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as soloist in Carl Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto with conductor Thomas Dausgaard. Of the performances the Star Tribune wrote "Alexander Fiterstein proved a mercurial and sure footed soloist, fully equal to Nielsen's virtuosic and histrionic demands" and the Pioneer Press wrote "The Nielsen Concerto proved a fabulous forum for the skills of soloist Alexander Fiterstein." This week Alexander Fiterstein performs the same concerto in Columbia, SC with the University of South Carolina Symphony.

jerry_luckhardt5bff52.pngJerry Luckhardt (bands) is featured in the Star Tribune article "Sweet, but deafening, sound of music" on ear protection and health risks for musicians. Also featured in the article is Luckhardt's daughter, Emily Luckhardt, who is drum major of Rosemount High's marching band.

Mazzola_Guerino7d067d.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) was invited to deliver the annual William Poland Lecture in Music Theory at Ohio State University. The prestigious William Poland Lecture has been given by leading lights in the field of music theory since 1990, among them David Lewin and Richard Cohn.

18656.jpegSally O'Reilly (violin) was interviewed for the article "3 Steps Along the Road Toward Greater Musical Confidence" by Christopher Roberts in the November issue of Strings Magazine.

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.

Angela Wyatt's upcoming performances with the Ancia Saxophone Quartet

WyattAngela.jpgThe Ancia Saxophone Quartet, which includes faculty member Angela Wyatt (saxophone), will perform in Sateren Auditorium at Augsburg College on Thursday, October 11 at 7 p.m. The concert will feature Ives' String Quartet No. 1, Alexander Glazunov's Quartet, William Albright's Fantasy Etudes and selections by Astor Piazzolla. The concert will conclude with Will Gregory's High Life, a groove-based piece featuring the soprano saxophone, based on the West African pop-influenced musical style of the same name. Admission is free and open to the public. Visit Ancia Saxophone Quartet's website for more information.

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.

July 30, 2012

Faculty News: Timothy Lovelace performs at 2012 Alexandria Festival of the Lakes and Fernando Meza's Youth Orchestra of the Americas

Lovelace_Tim.jpgTimothy Lovelace (collaborative piano) will perform in the 2012 Alexandria Festival of the Lakes on Friday, August 3 at 7:30 p.m at the United Methodist Church in Alexandria, MN. Ensemble 61, featuring SOM alumni, will perform in the festival as well. For ticket information and more, visit the Alexandria Festival of the Lakes website.

MezaFernandoSQ.jpgFernando Meza (percussion) was back for his 9th season as percussion coach for the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA). The two week residence in preparation of the YOA tour of Chile was held at the University of La Serena in northern Chile. While in Chile, Meza worked with the young percussionists from the Peña Hen Experimental Music School and organized and performed in a successful percussion ensemble concert with musicians from YOA. Following his time in Chile, Meza was the faculty member for the Colombian Youth Philharmonic's residence, held at the Estelar Resort and Convention Center in the city of Paipa where he coached the percussionists of the CYP in preparation of their tour of Colombia and Brazil with internationally renowned violinist Sarah Chang.

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.

June 13, 2012

D.M.A. Student Christa Saeger featured in U of M video

U of M School of Music student Christa Saeger, cello doctoral student of Tanya Remenikova, is featured in this U of M video.

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.

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 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 1, 2012

School of Music Orchestral Professor Mark Russell Smith Featured on MPR Classical In 'The Inspiring and Innovative Mark Russell Smith'

Larger view.jpegListen to School of Music orchestral professor Mark Russell Smith in conversation with Classical Minnesota Public Radio host Alison Young in "The Inspiring and Innovative Mark Russell Smith." Professor Smith talks about his favorite works and about the upcoming University Symphony Orchestra concert on Friday, May 4 at Ted Mann Concert Hall. The concert will feature Mahler's Totenfeier (1888), a performance of "Glitter and Be Gay" from Leonard Bernstein's Candide and "Non, Monsieur, mon mari" from Francis Poulenc's Les Mamelles De Tiresias (Alphonse LeDuc-King Music, Inc.) by Laura Hynes, the U of M School of Music concerto competition winner, and Strauss's Suite and Final Scene from Der Rosenkavalier.

Faculty News: Dean Billmeyer guest organist, Scott Lipscomb research team, and Alex Lubet book review

Billmeyer,DeanSq.jpgDean Billmeyer (organ) will be the featured guest organist at a service of Choral Evensong at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church on Sunday, May 6 at 4 p.m. The service will feature portions of Handel's Messiah with soloists and full orchestra. Among the soloists is School of Music alumna Krista Palmquist. Billmeyer gave an organ master class and solo recital at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, on April 21 and 22.

LipscombScottSQ.jpgScott D. Lipscomb (music education) spent the past week at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell working with colleagues toward the goal of reinforcing musical and computational learning through a team-teaching model. Lipscomb is serving on the research team as program evaluator for a three-year, $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation entitled "Computational Thinking Through Computing and Music." The team is designing collaborative workshops involving pairs of faculty - one from music, one from computer science. More about the program.

LubetAlexSQ.jpgAlex Lubet's (creative studies & media) Music, Disability and Society was reviewed in Disability & Society. Highlights include: "Lubet has been a pioneer in the field of music and disability, and his recent monograph Music, Disability, and Society is a major contribution. With his primarily first-person account of life and work within (and without) this field of study, Lubet opens up a new stream of humanitarian thought and methodology.... [A]n essential addition to the growing body of scholarship on music and disability... Lubet questions long-held ideas about the nature of disability, its social construction, and the field of Disability Studies itself."

April 20, 2012

School of Music Voice Professor Adriana Zabala featured on MPR Classical in 'Mezzo Adriana Zabala has all the right stuff'

Listen to School of Music voice professor Adriana Zabala in conversation with Classical Minnesota Public Radio host Alison Young in "Mezzo Adriana Zabala has all the right stuff." Professor Zabala talks about performing in University Opera Theatre's production of Robert Aldridge's Parables, running April 19 through April 22. She also chats with Alison Young about her desert island playlist.

April 19, 2012

U of M School of Music, University Opera Theatre's "Parables" featured on Minnesota Public Radio News

U of M School of Music, University Opera Theatre's production of Parables is featured on Minnesota Public Radio News' All Things Considered. Visit MPR's website to hear the story and view the slideshow.

MPR reporter Dan Olson also featured School of Music graduate voice student Anna DeGraff (student of John De Haan) on the MPR Blog, view the story here.

University Opera Theatre's production of Robert Aldridge's Parables runs from Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22. Ticket information and more. Parables will be directed by University Opera Theatre's director David Walsh and conducted by Kathy Saltzman Romey.

April 12, 2012

Video: Preview University Opera Theatre's Upcoming Production of Robert Aldridge's "Parables"

parablesVideo.jpgCatch a sneak peek of University of Minnesota School of Music's upcoming production of Robert Aldridge's Parables! School of Music voice student Joseph Okell's preview video brings you behind the scenes in the making of the stage premiere of Aldridge's Parables. Parables runs from Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22, 2012. Read more about the production and find out how to get tickets on the University Opera Theatre website.

February 28, 2012

Conductor Mark Russell Smith Interviewed on Classical Minnesota Public Radio

Listen to the School of Music's artistic director of orchestral studies Mark Russell Smith on Classical Minnesota Public Radio with host John Birge on Britten's War Requiem and the School of Music's Britten Peace Project.

Then read about the Britten War Requiem concert and last weekend's Jazz Festival on the Minneapolis Star Tribune's "Big Gigs for week of 2/24."

January 26, 2012

The U of M School of Music Presents The Parker Quartet, 2/8/12

The University of Minnesota School of Music will present the Parker Quartet in concert on Thursday, February 8, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at Ted Mann Concert Hall. Hailed by The New York Times as "something extraordinary," the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet visits as part of the School of Music's Creative Instructional Residency Initiative (CIRI) program. Program to include works by Mendelssohn, Kirchner, and Dvořák. This concert is free and open to the public. Read more.

November 15, 2011

University Opera Theatre presents Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, November 17-20, 2011

University Opera Theatre's presents W.A. Mozart's Cosi fan tutte (November 17-20, 2011) at Ted Mann Concert Hall (2128 4th St. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455). Read about Cosi fan tutte's opening in the Minnesota Daily. Directed by David Walsh and conducted by Mark Russell Smith.

Tickets: $22 general admission; $12 for U of M students; group rates available.
Two-for-one tickets for University students, faculty, staff, retirees, and alumni.
Call 612/624-2345 or visit www.opera.umn.edu.

Photo: School of Music students Joseph Okell, Lauren Lammers, and Tyler Schwichtenberg rehearse for this week's production of Mozart's Così fan tutte.

Continue reading "University Opera Theatre presents Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, November 17-20, 2011" »

July 7, 2011

University of Minnesota School of Music presents The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, September 8, 2011

glenn miller orchestra.jpgThe University of Minnesota School of Music will present The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra on Thursday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Ted Mann Concert Hall (2128 Fourth Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55455). Tickets are $34/$29 (reserved seating) and are available by calling the University of Minnesota Tickets and Events Box Office at 612/624-2345 or online at tickets.umn.edu. Tickets go on sale on Friday, July 8 at 10 a.m. Read more.

April 28, 2011

Festival of Community Bands featured in the Star Tribune

The U of M School of Music and the Encore Wind Ensemble's Festival of Community Bands, scheduled for Saturday, April 30, is featured in Kim Ode's article "Community bands offer fellowship of music" in the Star Tribune. School of Music professor Jerry Luckhardt is organizing the festival. School of Music conducting student Christina Chen-Beyers is also featured in the article and online slideshow.

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.

U of M School of Music University Singers to premiere Swan Composer Prize winner Zvonimir Nagy's Cantus Jubilus on Saturday, April 30

The University of Minnesota School of Music's University Singers will premiere the 2010 Craig and Janet Swan Composer Prize winning work Cantus Jubilus by Zvonimir Nagy. This choral work will be conducted by Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Olaf Catholic Church (215 S 8th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402-2847). This event is free and open to the public.
As the 2011 Craig and Janet Swan Composer Prize winner, Nagy has been invited to join the School of Music as artist in residence for the premiere of his work and dress rehearsals. The $1,500 Swan Composer Prize will be awarded formally at the work's premiere.

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April 7, 2011

University Opera Theatre's "Die Fledermaus" featured in Minnesota Daily

University Opera Theatre's (UOT) production of Strauss's operetta Die Fledermaus is featured in Marty Marosi's article "Students bring Golden Age Hollywood to opera's stage" in the Minnesota Daily. Please note that the article erroneously states that the opera opens next week. UOT's production of Die Fledermaus runs from Thursday, April 7 to Sunday, April 10. See opera.umn.edu for details.

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 28, 2011

Bravo! Summer String and Keyboard Institute Applications Being Accepted

Advanced studies for the serious string player and pianist.

June 12 - July 9, 2011
Sally O'Reilly, director
Bravo! was established 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 instrumentalists. Students receive a one-hour private lesson, one technique class and two chamber music coaching sessions weekly.
More info.

March 16, 2011

SOM students to perform in "Before Bach's Birthday" Bash, 3/19

SOM piano students Kate Yeonjoo Bae, Loren Fishman, Min Jung Kim, Kevin Hobbs, Eunhye Choi, Sophie Christian (students of Lydia Artymiw), and Eun Kyung Ahn (student of Alexander Braginsky) along with students of Dean Billmeyer (organ) Brent Nolte, Joseph Henry, and Aaron Hirsch will participate in a day-long sequence of five free hour-long concerts in Saint Paul on Saturday, March 19. This "Before Bach's Birthday" Bash (BBBB) anticipates the coming of spring and celebrates the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Minnesota Public Radio's PIPEDREAMS program, in collaboration with the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (TCAGO) and the Bach Society of Minnesota, are collaborating to produce this all-day event. More info.

March 11, 2011

SOM's University Opera Theatre featured in Minnesota Magazine

David Walsh (director, University Opera Theatre) is featured in the March issue of Minnesota Magazine in an article titled "Strauss Goes Hollywood" on University Opera Theatre and its upcoming production of Strauss's Die Fledermaus (April 7-10). University Opera Theatre students Brianna Farah, John Grau, Laurent Kuehnl, Laura Lammers are also featured.

February 20, 2011

Campus closed until noon on Monday, February 21

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus will be closed until noon on Monday, February 21 because of severe winter weather. All classes scheduled to start before noon are cancelled. Classes and other events scheduled to start at noon or after will go on as planned and campus will reopen at that time. The University of Minnesota, Fairview, and other university clinics will remain open.

February 3, 2011

U of M Symphonic and University Bands presents the world premiere of composer Alex Shapiro's Immersion

The University of Minnesota's Symphonic and University Bands present the world premiere of Immersion for Symphonic Band by Alex Shapiro on Wednesday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Ted Mann Concert Hall. This three-movement electro-acoustic work is inspired by water and water-based life and will include multi-media visual film art created by School of Music student Jay'd Hagberg in collaboration with the composer. This event is free and open to the public. Read more.

January 11, 2011

Bells for Haiti!

The School of Music will ring the University's carillon bells on January 12, 2011 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake. On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake devastated the country of Haiti. One year later, churches, schools, universities, and city halls will toll their bells in unison on the one-year anniversary of the earthquake--January 12, 2011, at 3:53 p.m. CST--for 35 seconds, the duration of the earthquake. For more information, visit the Facebook page or read the press release on the American Refugee Committee website.

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.

November 19, 2010

University Opera Theatre Students and "Elmer Gantry" Composer and Librettist featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio

Listen to University Opera Theatre featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio, with University Opera Theatre students performing selections from the current run of the new American opera "Elmer Gantry" and Classical MPR host Alison Young in conversation with "Elmer Gantry" composer Robert Aldridge and librettist Herschel Garfein. "Elmer Gantry" is running at the School of Music's Ted Mann Concert Hall through Sunday, November 21.

November 12, 2010

SOM Composition Professor James Dillon's "Nine Rivers" to Receive World Premiere

School of Music professor of composition, James Dillon, was featured in Ivan Hewitt's article "James Dillon: Many rivers to cross..." in The Telegrap. Dillon's orchestral epic Nine Rivers will receive its world premiere by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at Glasgow City Halls and Fruit Market on Sunday, November 14 and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 next year. Dillon's premiere was also featured in The Guardian, where he was called "Scotland's greatest living composer."

November 11, 2010

"Elmer Gantry" takes the stage at Ted Mann, U of M Opera Theatre brings Sinclair Lewis's charismatic preacher to life

SOM University Opera Theatre is featured on University of Minnesota homepage in the story "'Elmer Gantry' takes the stage at Ted Mann" by Deane Morrison.

The story features a video, which combines rehearsal photos with a duet between Elmer Gantry (Will Bryan) and Sharon Falconer (Bergen Baker) with pianist Joseph Welch. Also in this story, a Q &A with "Elmer Gantry" librettist Herschel Garfein.

Also, hear singers from the production, along with composer Robert Aldridge, librettist Herschel Garfein, and director David Walsh, at noon Friday, Nov. 19, on Classical Minnesota Public Radio, 99.5 FM in the Twin Cities.

November 3, 2010

Composer Robert Aldridge and Librettist Herschel Garfein will Visit the Twin Cities for the Minnesota Premiere of University Opera Theatre's production of Elmer Gantry

Composer Robert Aldridge and librettist Herschel Garfein will visit the Twin Cities for the Minnesota premiere of University Opera Theatre's production of Elmer Gantry. Pre-show lobby discussions with Aldridge and Garfein will take place November 18-20 at 6:45 pm in the Ted Mann Concert Hall Lobby. University Opera Theatre's production of Elmer Gantry will also feature J.D. Steele of The Steeles as the Revival Singer. Get your Elmer Gantry tickets today!

Join us for an Elmer Gantry Open Forum Discussion featuring Aldridge and Garfein with guests from U of M Creative Writing, the American Composers Forum, and the U of M School of Music will take place in the School of Music's Ferguson Hall, Room 99 (2106 Fourth Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55455) on Friday, November 19 from 3-5 p.m. This Open Forum is free and open to the public.

October 26, 2010

U of M School of Music's Featured November Events

The University of Minnesota School of Music's October and November featured event highlights include University Singers Fall Concert: The Music of Jeffrey Van (11/12), 49th Annual Marching Band Indoor Concert (11/13&14), Faculty Recital: Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet and Timothy Lovelace, piano (11/15), A Conversation with Carter Pann and Frank Ticheli (11/18), University Opera Theatre's Minnesota premiere of Robert Aldridge's Elmer Gantry (11/18-21), and Jazz Ensemble I opening for the JazzMN Orchestra (11/20).

Visit the School of Music press page for the complete release.

October 14, 2010

U of M School of music presents its 10th Anniversary Collage Concert in Honor of U of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks on Saturday, October 16

The U of M School of Music presents its 10th Anniversary Collage Concert, an annual ensemble concert with more than 400 students and faculty performing in a non-stop, surround-sound, musical extravaganza on Saturday, October 16 at 7:30 pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall (2128 4th St. S., Minneapolis). This year's concert program will honor University of Minnesota president Robert H. Bruininks and his wife Dr. Susan Hagstrum for their service to the University and their abiding support of the School of Music. Tickets are $16 for adults and $11 children and for University of Minnesota Students, faculty, staff, retirees, and alumni. General admission seating. To purchase tickets, call 612/624-2345 or visit tickets.umn.edu. All proceeds will support the School of Music Community Engagement Initiative.

October 12, 2010

Listen to the SOM's 10/13 Fall Convocation Keynote Speaker, Paul Phoenix, on MPR Classical

Listen to the October 13 SOM Fall Convocation Keynote Speaker, Paul Phoenix, in conversation with Minnesota Public Radio Classical host Alison Young on the MPR website.

The topic of Phoenix's keynote address is ""Engaging Audience and Community: A King's Singer's Perspective." Phoenix is a tenor with the world renowned King's Singers.

September 20, 2010

U of M School of Music Jazz Ensemble I to perform on KBEM's "Big Band Scene"

Listen to the University of Minnesota School of Music's Jazz Ensemble I on Jazz KBEM 88.5 FM's "Big Band Scene" hosted by Jerry Swanberg on Sunday, October 3 at 7 p.m. Jazz Ensemble I will be featured alongside other prominent Twin Cities big bands. Dean Sorenson is the director of the U of M School of Music jazz program.

June 22, 2010

U of M SOM Convocation to feature keynote speaker Paul Phoenix of The King's Singers, Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Paul Phoenix, acclaimed tenor with The King's Singers, and an avid spokesperson for musicians' ability to engage diverse audiences will give the U of M School of Music Fall Convocation program keynote address in Ted Mann Concert Hall (2128 Fourth Street South Minneapolis, MN 55455) on Wednesday, October 13th at 10 a.m. This event is free and open to the public. View the complete event release here.

March 18, 2010

U of M Opera Theatre presents W.A. Mozart's The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte), April 15-18

The University of Minnesota School of Music's University Opera Theatre will present W.A. Mozart's The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) this April at Ted Mann Concert Hall. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15 through Saturday, April 17 and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18. Featuring music by W.A. Mozart and libretto by Emmanuel Schikaneder. In German with English Supertitles.

Our production of this lyric drama in two acts encourages performers and audiences alike to peer behind the veneer of Mozart's incontestably sublime melodies and to explore new possibilities of meaning in an opera which goes to the very heart of the values and emotions which underpin human existence. Join the The Queen of the Night and Sarastro again in the University Opera Theatre's inventive take on this opera classic. Visit www.opera.umn.edu for complete information.

February 16, 2010

U of M School of Music and Office for Equity and Diversity to Host Martin Luther King and Black History Month Celebration

Join us on Sunday, February 21, 2010, from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., for the University of Minnesota's annual Martin Luther King and Black History Month Celebration in the Ted Mann Concert Hall. The event will feature a program of music, song, readings, and spoken word poetry, highlighted by solos from jazz vocalist, Charmin Michelle, and speech excerpts/readings by actor, vocalist, and educator, T. Mychael Rambo. School of Music violinist LaTannia Ellerbe will also perform with pianist Billy Steele. For complete information, visit the event website.

February 3, 2010

U of M School of Music's World of Improvisation presents "Playing on Clave: Afro-Cuban Concepts of Improvisation," featuring Damian Rodriguez

On Thursday, February 11, 2010, from 11:15 am-1:10 pm in Ferguson Hall's Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall on the U of M West Bank campus, the University of Minnesota School of Music's Worlds of Improvisation presents singer/percussionist Damian Rodriguez performing a set of Afro-Cuban music illustrating the rhythmic principles of clave-based improvisation. This concert will be followed by an informally staged interview, in which Rodriguez will discuss the development of his improvisational conceptions and respond to questions from audience members. This event is free and open to the public, tickets not required. See the event press release for more information.

December 3, 2009

SOM Graduate Student Jessica Narum Discuses Violinist Irvine Arditti's Upcoming Visit to the SOM on MPR's Art Hounds

Listen SOM graduate student Jessica Narum discuss violinist Irvine Arditti's upcoming visit to the School of Music on MPR's Art Hounds

The School of Music's Contemporary Music Workshop (CMW) will present a special series of events featuring world-renowned British violinist Irvine Arditti in his first visit to the Twin Cities in more than 15 years. For complete information, read the press release for this special series.

University Opera Theatre Featured in Minnesota Daily Video

Watch as three University of Minnesota graduate conducting students rehearse operas by Igor Stravinsky for the November 19-22, 2009 run of "Stravinsky in Paris" at Ted Mann Concert Hall. Minnesota Daily reporter Tom Johnson goes behind the scenes in this Minnesota Daily video to find out what it takes to prepare for three short operas in one evening. Click here for a related article in the Minnesota Daily.

October 8, 2009

The University of Minnesota School of Music presents a one-day "Instrumental Conducting Symposium" for professional band directors of all levels

Saturday, December 12, 2009 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ferguson Hall, University of Minneapolis

The Conducting Symposium will inspire you and invigorate your passion for teaching and music-making. The symposium focuses on issues of interest to music educators at all levels including effective rehearsal and conducting techniques, communication, and movement for conductors. You will learn how to become an advocate for genuine music-making by approaching it from the inside out. The Conducting Symposium will be limited to 50 overall participants with 12 conductors selected to participate as active conductors. Participants will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.

For more information, download the Conducting Schedule Cover Letter. To apply, download the Application and Conducting Component.

September 23, 2009

16th Annual High School Honor Band

The University of Minnesota High School Honor Band Weekend will be Friday, January 29 through Sunday, January 31, 2010. Ninety of the upper Midwest's finest young wind and percussion instrumentalists will rehearse and perform challenging wind music in Ted Mann Concert Hall.

For more information, download the Letter from the Directors.

To apply, download the application.

All applications and tapes must be received in the University of Minnesota Bands Office no later than Monday, November 9, 2009.

August 28, 2009

School of Music Fall 2009 Convocation with Keynote by Marin Alsop

Event will take place in Ted Mann Concert Hall on Tuesday, October 6 at 10 a.m. Featuring a keynote by Marin Alsop, internationally acclaimed conductor, on "Education and the Arts: Musicians as Engaged Leaders" and a performance of Leonard Bernstein's "Make Our Garden Grow" by the University Symphony Orchestra and Combined Choirs. Featured speakers also include James A. Parente, Jr., College of Liberal Arts Dean and David E. Myers, School of Music Director. The community is invited to attend. For more information on Marin Alsop, visit her website.

May 26, 2009

U of M School of Music Introduces New Summer Programs

Discover new and perennial U of M School of Music summer programs! New programs include Opera Arriva!, an opera intensive for advanced operatic performers, and the U of M Summer Orchestra. Visit our Summer at the School of Music to find the program for you.

October 6, 2008

University of Minnesota High School Honor Band Weekend

The fifteenth annual University of Minnesota High School Honor Band Weekend will be held on campus Friday, January 30 through Sunday, February 1, 2009. This will be an opportunity for approximately ninety of the upper Midwest’s finest young wind and percussion instrumentalists to rehearse and perform challenging wind music in Ted Mann Concert Hall. High school students in grades 10–12 are eligible to participate. All applications and tapes must be received no later than Monday, November 10, 2008.

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Instrumental Conducting Symposium: for professional band directors of all levels

The Conducting Symposium focuses on issues of interest to music educators at all levels including effective rehearsal and conducting techniques, communication and movement for conductors. You will learn how to become an advocate for genuine music-making by approaching it from the inside out. The symposium environment promotes creativity, collaboration, and personal renewal as the means to inspired teaching and dynamic performances. Symposium applications are due by Monday, November 10.

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April 23, 2008

University Theatre Opera announces its 2008/2009 Season

The University Opera Theatre will present The Rape of Lucretia, by Benjamin Britten in the fall of 2008 and Jenufa, by Leoš Janacek (in English) in the spring. Auditions for both operas are scheduled for Friday, April 25 from 7-10 pm and on Saturday, April 26th from 10:30 am-1:30 pm in Room 99. Contact David Walsh for more details.

March 19, 2008

Fifth Annual Concert of Balkan Contemporary Music BALKANICUS: Music from Albania, Bulgaria and Romania

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 7:30 pm
Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall
Free and open to the public

Noriko Kawai, piano; John De Haan, voice; Nickolai Kolarov, cello; Rudolph Kremer, violin; and graduate students and members of the School of Music New Music Ensemble perform the works of Thomas Simaku (Albania), Ivan Spassov (Bulgaria), Simeon Pironkov (Bulgaria), Roumen Balyozov (Bulgaria), and Sorin Lerescu (Romania).

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March 7, 2008

Alex Lubet and Iris Shiraishi at Dreamland Arts

Music for Japanese Instruments and Guitar
featuring Alex Lubet (theory/composition) and Iris Shiraishi
Fri, Mar 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Dreamland Arts, 677 Hamline Ave. N.
St. Paul, MN 55104
651-645-5506
http://www.dreamlandarts.com/events/detail.php?eventId=98
Pay what you can at the door, please reserve seats.

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February 27, 2008

Evstyukhin Wins 07/08 Concerto Competition

Congratulations to Denis Evstyukhin, who won the University Symphony Orchestra 2007/2008 Concerto Competition! Evstyukhin, a student of Alex Braginsky, won the competition playing Sergei Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 2.; he will perform the same piece with the University Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Henry Charles Smith on March 9.

Nick Donatelle (student of Tanya Remenikova) and Chen-Yu Hsu (student of Jorja Fleezanis) each received an Honorable Mention in the Competition.

January 23, 2008

2008 Marvin O. Mechelke Piano Award Competition Cancelled

The Mechelke Competition will not take place this year. Information regarding next year's Mechelke Competition will be posted as soon as it is available. For questions and further information, please contact Professor Rebecca Shockley at shock001@umn.edu.

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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December 27, 2007

Faculty Recital: Alex Lubet and Iris Shiraishi

Iris Shiraishi and Alex Lubet (theory / composition) present Far East/Lower East a program of original music for Japanese instruments and guitar on Asian and Jewish themes at Form + Content Gallery, 210 2nd St N, Minneapolis on Sunday, January 6, 2-3 pm.

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