April 6, 2015

Kappa Kappa Psi - Kappa Alpha Chapter Event

Kappa Kappa Psi - Kappa Alpha Chapter is hosting Maestro: Leadership in Music at TCF Bank Stadium (Marching Band facilities) on Sunday, April 19 at 1 pm. This event is an opportunity to engage with experts in the business of leadership and music. Dr. Alicia Neal, Dr. Peter Haberman, Professor David Hellstrom, and Professor Jerry Luckhardt will discuss music, leadership, and how they affect each other in today's world, with School of Music Interim Director Scott Lipscomb as emcee. More info.

Faculty News: Guerino Mazzola to speak at International Seminar on "Science of Music" (India) and lecture series at the Pratt Institute

Mazzola_Guerino7d067d.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) was invited to be a keynote speaker at the International Seminar on "Science of Music" in Kottayam, Kerala, India. The event, organized by the Inter University Centre for Science of Music, will take place September 25 - 27, 2015. Mazzola was also invited to participate in a lecture series at the Pratt Institute (in association with New York University): Grothendieck and a Theory of Contemporary Transgression. Mazzola's theory will be featured in a lecture (Topos and a theory of gestures) on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, and he will participate in the final round table on Saturday, October 24, 2015.

March 30, 2015

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw performs at UND, Timothy Lovelace to perform with Minnesota Orchestra, Karen Painter gives talk sponsored by the Getty, Tanya Remenikova at ASTA conference, John Snow performs on Performance Today, & Jeffrey Van featured on MPR

lydiaArtymiw2.jpgLydia Artymiw (piano) performed a half solo and half duo recital with cellist Simona Barbu, professor of cello at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks on March 28. Artymiw also presented a master class at UND on March 27.

LovelaceTimothySQ2.jpgTimothy Lovelace (collaborative piano) will play a solo piano part in Messiaen's Exotic Birds on the Minnesota Orchestra's Spirit & Spring: Beethoven's Eroica concerts. The concerts take place April 2 - 4. More info.

painterTalk.jpgKaren Painter (musicology) participated in an event sponsored by the Getty: Are Artists Like Fine Wine? Aging Means Getting Older, Wiser, and Maybe Even More Creative. The event was inspired by a Getty exhibition of works by J. M. W. Turner. Read more, watch a video of the event, or listen to the podcast on Zócalo Public Square's website.

TanyaRemenikova.jpgTanya Remenikova (cello) gave the cello master class and presented a session on "Otakar Ševčik for Cello" at the American String Teachers Association national conference in Salt Lake City (March 19-21). Read the program booklet.

SnowJohnSQ.jpgJohn Snow (oboe) performed Mozart's Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello in F Major, K. 370 (K. 368b) on the March 25 edition of Performance Today (Hour 1). Listen.

VanJeffreySQ.jpgJeffrey Van (guitar) will be featured on the next two Minnesota Public Radio Archive on The Radio specials, titled Four Decades-Six Strings: Jeffrey Van, Guitar, to be broadcast on successive Tuesdays, March 31 and April 7, at 8 pm. The first program will look at the development of music for the guitar from an historical perspective. The second program will concentrate on music of the 20th and 21st centuries for guitar and will feature a number of Minnesota composers. More info.

March 23, 2015

Faculty News: Adriana Zabala performs in "The Manchurian Candidate" and Rebecca Shockley serves as judge for Chicago Symphony Orchestra piano concerto auditions

ZabalaManchurian.jpgAdriana Zabala (voice) recently received reviews for her performance in the Minnesota Opera's production of The Manchurian Candidate. George Loomis wrote in the London Financial Times, "Leonardo Capalbo excels as Capt Ben Marco... and Adriana Zabala impresses as Marco's girlfriend Rosie." Heidi Waleson of the Wall Street Journal wrote, "The Minnesota Opera fielded a strong cast... Adriana Zabala was a witty, charming Rosie." Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times said, "The mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala is effective as Rosie Chayney, a sophisticated young woman who meets Marco on a train." Photo by Michael Daniel, Zabala with Leonardo Capalbo in "The Manchurian Candidate".

Zabala is also the alto soloist with the Back Bay Chorale and Orchestra (Scott Allen Jarret, conductor) in Boston for Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. The performance will take place in the 1875 Sanders Theatre (Harvard University) on March 21.

RebeccaShockley.jpgRebecca Shockley (professor emerita, piano pedagogy) served as a judge for the final round of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's piano concerto auditions for young people on March 14 in Chicago. Earlier this semester she also adjudicated high school piano auditions for the Schubert Club and Thursday Musicale, as well as the Mozart piano concerto competition sponsored by the Minneapolis Music Teachers Forum.

School of Music at the 2015 American String Teachers Association National Conference

Professor Korey Konkol (viola) pictured with his student Arjun Ganguly at the American String Teachers Association National Conference college fair. Konkol says, "Arjun played exquisitely in the winners' recital of the National ASTA Solo Competition and did me, the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota ASTA chapter proud!" Congratulations and thank you for representing the School of Music!

March 16, 2015

Thursday Musical Young Artists Scholarship Competition Winners

First place competition winners are recognized with a featured concert performance on March 26, 2015 at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. School of Music faculty member Jean del Santo (voice) and faculty emeritus Rebecca Shockley (piano) were judges. Complete list of winners and judges, including School of Music alumni and private students of our faculty.

Anastasiya Nyzkodub - First Place - student of Alexander Fiterstein
Ian Gregory - Second Place - student of Tom Ashworth
Chris Allen - Honorable Mention - student of Tom Ashworth

Charles Eaton - First Place - student of John De Haan
Benjamin Dutcher - Honorable Mention - student of John De Haan

Arjun Ganguly - First Place - student of Korey Konkol
Benjamin Osterhouse - Second Place - student of Tanya Remenikova
Kari Mattson - Honorable Mention - student of Sally O'Reilly

Rie Tanaka - First Place - student of Alexander Braginsky
Soyoung Park - Second Place - student of Lydia Artymiw
Tian Wei Gao - Honorable Mention - student of Alexander Braginsky

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw on jury for Juilliard Piano Concerto Competition, Tom Ashworth and Phil Hey to perform in Jazz Showcase, and Alexander Fiterstein to be featured in Minnesota Sinfonia concerts

lydiaArtymiw2.jpgLydia Artymiw (piano) was on the jury for the third Juilliard Piano Concerto Competition on March 13, 2015 at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. The pianists competing ranged from ages 6 to 12 and performed the Mozart Piano Concerto in A Major, K. 414.

FiresideFiveSM.jpgTom Ashworth (trombone) and Phil Hey (drums) will be joined by Brian Grivna, Phil Aaron, and Gordy Johnson as the Fireside Five & Friends performs on the Jazz Showcase at the Underground Music Cafe (Falcon Heights) on March 26 at 7:30 pm. More info.

AlexanderFitersteinAug2014SQ.jpgAlexander Fiterstein (clarinet) will be featured in two upcoming Minnesota Sinfonia concerts, performing Carl Maria von Weber's Second Clarinet Concerto. These concerts will also feature the world premiere of local composer Michael Chergosky's Vielles Chansons de Nouvelle-France (made possible by a grant from the McKnight Foundation). The concerts will take place on March 20 at 7 pm (First Covenant Church, Saint Paul) and March 22 at 4 pm (Temple Israel, Minneapolis). More info.

Bach Birthday Bash

BillmeyerDeanSQ3.jpgSchool of Music faculty, students, and alumni will be well represented as performers in this year's "Bach Birthday Bash," a series of five progressive concerts hosted by Minnesota Public Radio on Saturday, March 21. Faculty member Dean Billmeyer (organ) will open and close the opening concert, and other U of M performers in the series include past affiliate faculty Nancy Lancaster and Allan Mahnke (DMA Organ), current students Chun-Han Sophia Lin (DMA student, piano), Jessica Park (DMA student, organ), Lukas Perry (MM student, conducting), Kevin Seal (MM student, organ), and alumni David Cherwien (DMA, organ), Eunhye Choi (DMA, piano), Kevin Hobbs (DMA, piano), and John Salveson (DMA, organ). Complete program info.

March 9, 2015

Faculty News: Kathy Saltzman Romey book release

SaltzmanRomeyBook.jpgKathy Saltzman Romey's (choral) new book Helmuth Rilling: Messiah, Understanding and Performing Handel's Masterpiece was released by Carus-Verlag. The book release was accompanied by an interest session with Helmuth Rilling, organized by Romey. Watch a video featuring Romey and Rilling.

March 2, 2015

School of Music Cohort in "The Manchurian Candidate"

U of M School of Music faculty, students, and alumni are preparing for the world premiere of Puts and Campbell's The Manchurian Candidate with the Minnesota Opera on Saturday, March 7. Photo (left to right): Ben Dutcher (student of John de Haan), Joel Mathias (alumnus, student of John de Haan), Lu Zang (student of Philip Zawisza), Adriana Zabala (voice) playing the role of Rosie Cheney, Philip Zawisza (voice) performing the role of the Nominee, Stephen Cunningham (student of John de Haan) playing the role of the Secretary of Defense, and Charles Eaton (student of John de Haan). School of Music alumni are also performing in the orchestra.

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw recieves Distinguished Teaching Award; Tom Ashworth, Phil Hey, and Dean Sorenson perform as part of Fireside Five and Friends; David Damschroder book publications; and Sally O'Reilly's student feature in Pioneer Press

lydiaArtymiw2.jpgLydia Artymiw (piano) is this year's recipient of the U of M's Graduate and Professional Distinguished Teaching Award, selected by the Senate Committee on Education and administered by the Provost's office. According to the award description, this honor "is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by the colleges in their quest to identify excellence in graduate and professional education." As a recipient, Artymiw becomes a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and the title of "Distinguished University Teaching Professor" is conferred.

FiresideFiveAndFriendsSM.jpgFaculty members Tom Ashworth (trombone) and Phil Hey (drums) performed as part of the Fireside Five & Friends on the inaugural monthly Jazz Showcase at the Underground Music Cafe (Falcon Heights) with Phil Aaron (piano), Gordy Johnson (bass), and Brian Grivna (woodwinds). The quintet opened with a set of jazz standards, then were joined by guest artists Zack Lozier (trumpet), U of M Director of Jazz Studies Dean Sorenson (trombone) and saxophonist Pat Mallinger, featured guest soloist of the 2015 U of M Jazz Festival. The Fireside Five will return to the Underground Music Cafe for the next Jazz Showcase on Thursday, March 26 at 7:30 pm. Photo: Andrea Canter

HarmonyInChopin.jpgThree books by David Damschroder (music theory) are forthcoming from distinguished publishers: Harmony in Chopin is currently in page proofs and should be available from Cambridge University Press by August 2015; Harmony in Beethoven recently was offered a contract by Cambridge University Press and will go into production within a few months; and the textbook Tonal Analysis: A Schenkerian Perspective will undergo class testing at various universities during Fall 2015 before production begins at W. W. Norton early in 2016. Damschroder currently is at work on Harmony in Mendelssohn and Schumann, which will complete part one of his Harmony Project. He then will begin projects relating to music after 1850 (Verdi, Brahms, Liszt/Wagner, Mahler, and Debussy).

Sally O'Reilly's (violin) student Katia Tesarczyk (Bravo!) was featured in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press article, "St. Paul violinist, 13, wows Landmark crowd and competition judges."

February 23, 2015

SOM Faculty Receive Imagine Fund Grants

The following faculty members were awarded Imagine Fund Grants. These programs support leading-edge, innovative lines of research or scholarship projects in the arts, humanities, and design at the University of Minnesota.

  • Tom Ashworth (trombone) - Upgrade Existing Technology in the University of Minnesota Trombone Studio
  • David Baldwin (trumpet) - Magnificat: CD recording of large brass ensemble music by the Summit Hill Brass Quintet
  • Dean Billmeyer (organ) - A Reinterpretation of J.S. Bach's major Preludes and Fugues for Organ after Karl Straube (1873-1950)
  • Michael Cherlin (theory/composition) - Contemporary Music Workshop Initiative
  • David Damschroder (theory) - Harmony in Mendelssohn and Schumann
  • Immanuel Davis (flute) - Recording of the Complete Chamber Works for Flute by Nikolai Kapustin
  • Kelley Harness (musicology) - Choosing Sides: The Florentine Horse Ballet, 1650-1700
  • Jerry Luckhardt (bands) - WindSongs Project: the Creation of New Works for Winds, Brass, Percussion and Voice
  • Fernando Meza (percussion) - Traditional and contemporary music in Colombia and Chile: A mix of new aesthetic possibilities

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw juries Eisenberg-Fried Piano Concerto Competition, Fireside Five and Friends performs, Guerino Mazzola will co-author book with students, Fernando Meza travels and performs, and Karen Painter to be part of Getty Center event

lydiaArtymiw2.jpgLydia Artymiw (piano) was on the jury for the Manhattan School of Music's Eisenberg-Fried Piano Concerto Competition on February 19, 2015 in New York City.

AshworthHey.jpgTom Ashworth (trombone) and Phil Hey (drums) will perform in Fireside Five & Friends at the Underground Music Cafe (Falcon Heights, MN) on Thursday, February 26. The evening will feature special guests Pat Mallinger, saxophonist and featured artist of the 2015 U of M Jazz Festival, and Jazz Festival Director Dean Sorenson.

MazzolaMannonePang.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) will co-author a text book tentatively titled Cool Math for Hot Music - An Introduction to Mathematical Music Theory with Springer Publishing. Mazzola's co-authors are University of Minnesota School of Music students Maria Mannone and Yan Pang. The text book will be published in fall 2015.

FernandoMezaTravel2.jpgFernando Meza (percussion) spent two weeks in January researching marimba tradition in Costa Rica. He interviewed key members of the marimba community in Santa Cruz, Guanacaste; observed rehearsals and performances of marimba ensembles; and attended the celebration of the Black Christ of Esquipulas, a traditional religious celebration connected to the rich marimba tradition in this region. He will return to finish his research in August as part of a Grant-in-Aid of Artistry, Research, and Scholarship (U of M Office of the Vice President for Research). Meza will perform as principal timpani and percussion for the Santo Domingo International Music Festival (Dominican Republic) in March and will travel to Cuba in May with the Minnesota Orchestra. Meza recently performed with the Minnesota Orchestra (Osmo Vänskä and Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductors) and performed Nebojsa Zivkovic's Die Arten des Wassers at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point with Adam Rappel (DMA, 2012, percussion) and Paul Shaw (piano).

KarenPainterSQ.jpgKaren Painter (musicology) will be part of the A Zócalo/Getty "Open Art" Event at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, CA titled "Does Artistic Greatness Only Come with Age?" on Tuesday, March 24. As the Getty Museum presents an exhibition of the late work of J. M. W. Turner, muralist Judithe Hernández, painter Ed Moses, and musicologist Karen Painter visit Zócalo to discuss the relationship between age and artistic greatness.

February 16, 2015

The SOM at the MMEA Midwinter Clinic


Members of the School of Music attended the Minnesota Music Educators Association's Midwinter Clinic held February 12-14, 2015. The following faculty members gave presentations or conducted all-state ensemble concerts: Akosua Obuo Addo (music education), Casey Clementson (music education), Keitha Hamann (music education), Craig Kirchhoff (band ensembles), Matthew Mehaffey (choral ensembles), Todd Schwartzberg (music therapy), Michael Silverman (music therapy), Laura Sindberg (music education), and Dean Sorenson (creative studies & media and jazz ensembles). Review the Midwinter Clinic program book for more information about each session.

Thank you to all the alumni and friends who attended the 2015 Alumni Reception during the MMEA Midwinter Clinic weekend. Visit the School of Music Facebook page to see photos from the event. Photo: Alumni Tharon Knowlton (BM, 2011, music education) and Ross Wolf (BM, 2012, saxophone, student of Angela Wyatt and Eugene Rousseau) with School of Music Interim Director Scott Lipscomb (center).

February 9, 2015

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw and Julia Bogorad-Kogan perform in SPCO chamber concert; Guerino Mazzola featured guest at The Improvising Brain; and David Myers leads forum at Reflective Conservatoire conference

artymiwKogan.jpgLydia Artymiw (piano) joined Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra colleagues Julia Bogorad-Kogan (flute), Nina Tso-Ning Fan (violin), and Sarah Lewis (cello) for two SPCO Chamber Series concerts ("The Sound of the Flute") at the SPCO Center in February. They performed duos by Schubert and Bartok and Paul Schoenfield's "Café Music" Piano Trio.

Mazzola_Guerino7d067d.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) will be a featured guest at Georgia State University's The Improvising Brain (March 2015) a symposium and concert event designed to bring together researchers and musicians to explore musical improvisation and its related brain processes. He will give a keynote talk; perform on the piano in a concert with drummer Heinz Geisser; give a master class on jazz improvisation; give a workshop about Rubato software; and give a talk about mathematical music theory. More info.

davidMyers50b47e.jpgIn March, David Myers (music education and creative studies & media) will lead an international forum on the work of the U.S. Task Force on the Undergraduate Music Major at the Reflective Conservatoire conference at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, in addition to NASM accreditation visits. He will also consult on undergraduate music curriculum reform at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign at the end of March. In June, Myers will speak to the Cultural Diversity in Music Education conference at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. John Covach, director of the Institute for Popular Music at the Eastman School of Music, recently noted the Report of the College Music Society's Task Force on the Undergraduate Music Major, chaired by Myers, in an article entitled "Rock Me Maestro" in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Read the article.

February 2, 2015

Faculty News: David Myers consults and speaks in Florida; Tanya Remenikova, Thomas Turner, & Jeffrey Van perform in Last Words; Norbert Nielubowski, John Snow, & Caroline Lemen perform in Mozartiade; and David Walsh directs SPCPA performances

davidMyers50b47e.jpgDavid Myers (music education and creative studies & media) is currently consulting and speaking in Florida. After visits with the Dean and attending events at the New World Symphony in Miami, he will lead a music faculty workshop on transforming the undergraduate music curriculum at the University of South Florida. Later, he will keynote the joint international meetings of the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium and Music in Lifelong Learning Research Group on the topic Music, Creativity, and Positive Plasticity in Lifespan Developmental Context.

HillHouseChamberPlayers.jpgTanya Remenikova (cello) and Thomas Turner (viola) and former faculty member Jeffrey Van (guitar) will perform in upcoming recitals on February 3 and 9 as members of the Hill House Chamber Players with Minnesota Orchestra's Cathy Schubilske (violin) and guest artists Helen Chang (violin) and vocalist Karin Wolverton (MM, voice, student of Jean del Santo). The group will perform two recitals of "Last Words" in February. Program to include string quartets by Haydn and Beethoven, Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss, and a new piece by Jeffrey Van. For tickets, call 651-297-2555. Photo: Sifei Cheng

mozartiade.jpgNorbert Nielubowski (bassoon), John Snow (oboe) and Caroline Lemen (horn) will perform in Mozartiade! as part of The Musical Offering's (Nielubowski, co-artistic director) ensemble on February 8 at 3 pm (Sundin Hall at Hamline University). Tickets are available on their website or via phone at 651-523-2459.

DavidWalsh.jpgDavid Walsh (opera) worked with the voice program of the Saint Paul Conservatory For Performing Artists (SPCPA) to present Ralph Vaughan-Williams' one act opera Riders to the Sea with a 20-minute selection of arts songs by Vaughan-Williams and his contemporaries. This is the second year that Walsh has directed this annual J-Term project. The project involved 18 students and three performances in Rarig Theatre's Kilburn Arena stage. Walsh has collaborated with the SPCPA's dance program on many University Opera Theatre productions during the past 5 years.

January 26, 2015

Faculty News: Adriana Zabala (voice) performs on "Gotham Siren" from North/South Recordings and Peter Mercer-Taylor leads a discussion at the Campus Club

GothamSiren.jpgAdriana Zabala (voice) performs on Gotham Siren, the latest North/South Recordings release featuring song cycles inspired by the 9/11 tragedy from New York composer Stefania de Kenessey. The album also features soprano Adina Aaron and baritone Christopheren Nomura, all accompanied by the San Francisco Opera's John Churchwell.

peter_mercer_taylor.jpgPeter Mercer-Taylor (musicology, director of graduate studies) will lead a discussion as part of the Campus Club's A Matter of Taste: An Evening of Music, Food, and Conversation featuring MUSE SALON. The event will take place on Friday, February 20 at 6 pm. More info.

In Memoriam: Remembering Choral Professor Dwayne Jorgenson

DwayneJorgenson.jpgIt is with great sadness that we share the news of former Professor Dwayne Jorgenson's passing on November 27, 2014 at the age of 80. Jorgenson received his PhD from the U of M in 1975 and continued his service to our institution as a professor in the Choral Department of the School of Music until 1984. He taught music for 37 years, including elementary education through graduate school. He was also a choral conductor at Northeastern College (IL), Moorhead State University, and the University of St. Thomas. Jorgenson's former colleague Professor Emeritus Clifton Ware remembers him fondly: "Dwayne was a highly respected and beloved choral director, voice teacher, and colleague, in addition to being a loving husband and father. We're very saddened to lose his vibrant presence."

January 19, 2015

Faculty News: Alexander Fiterstein at Sedona Winter MusicFest and Arizona tour; Alex Lubet book review and album release

AlexanderFitersteinAug2014SQ.jpgAlexander Fiterstein (clarinet) recently performed and was co-artistic director of the 2nd annual Sedona Winter MusicFest in Sedona, AZ. The repertoire included Osvaldo Golijov's "The Dreams and Prayers for Isaac the Blind" and Bruch's 8 pieces for clarinet, viola and piano. Following the festival Fiterstein performed throughout the state of Arizona, gave master classes at Northern Arizona University and visited several high schools with cellist Nicholas Canellakis and pianist Michael Brown. They completed their tour with a two-day residency at Winslow High School in Winslow, AZ.

lubet624653.jpgAlex Lubet's (creative studies & media/composition) book Music, Disability, and Society was reviewed in Approaches (Greece). Sherrie Tucker wrote, "Taken together, or selectively, the chapters form extremely successful 'think pieces.' Like many highly original books, Music, Disability, and Society also bears some idiosyncratic twists and turns that may startle, challenge, excite, and even occasionally frustrate readers. The reader may set down the book from time to time, but the book doesn't leave the reader. I know that my thinking about disability, music, and society has been utterly rearranged in many meaningful ways as a result of reading this book." Lubet's performance of his Reliquary Dances IX was released on the album Vanguards 2 (Ravello).

January 12, 2015

Faculty News: Michael Cherlin gives talk at Bakken Trio concert and upcoming lectures; David Walsh, Kathy Saltzman Romey, Adriana Zabala, and Philip Zawisza featured in "Opera News" article on DVD release of "Parables"

CherlinMichael.jpgMichael Cherlin (theory) will give an introduction to and lead a discussion of the Bakken Trio and Friends' performance of Arnold Schönberg's Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night). The event will take place on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 4 pm in the Crosby Seminar Room (240 Northrop). Cosponsored by the Center for Austrian Studies and the Institute for Advanced Study. More info.

Cherlin has been invited to be a guest speaker in the Thinking About Music lecture series at Cincinnati College Conservatory. His talk, scheduled for February 20, 2015, will be "The Ineffable in Luigi Nono's string quartet Fragmente-Stille, An Diotima." This is the second time that Cherlin has been invited to this prestigious lecture series. Cherlin has also been invited for a week-long residency in Hebrew University, Jerusalem as part of the fiftieth anniversary celebrations of the Hebrew University Music Department. This will take place during late May 2015. As part of the occasion, Cherlin will give a public lecture on the influence of Yiddish culture on the music of Gustav Mahler.

Parables.jpgDavid Walsh (opera), Kathy Saltzman Romey (choral), Adriana Zabala (voice), and Philip Zawisza (voice), and University of Minnesota Chorus and Orchestra are featured in the February 2015 Opera News DVD review of Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein's oratorio Parables. The review, titled "Twist of Faith" says "Robert Aldridge's uplifting oratorio suggests that we must recognize differences before we can reconcile humanity's various beliefs." The production was directed by David Walsh.

January 8, 2015

School of Music faculty Tom Ashworth and Phil Hey's upcoming debut performances in the Fireside Five Jazz Combo

F5 orig color pic.jpgThe Fireside Five is a new jazz quintet featuring U of M School of Music faculty members Tom Ashworth (trombone & euphonium) and Phil Hey (drums) along with Brian Grivna (woodwinds), Phil Aaron (piano) and Gordy Johnson (bass). Please join them for their upcoming debut performances:

Monday, January 12 & 26 at 7:30 pm
Underground Music Cafe
1579 Hamline Ave N., Falcon Heights MN, 651-644-9959

Monday, January 26 at 3:35 pm
Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall
U of M School of Music
2106 4th Street S., Minneapolis, 612-624-5740
Free and open to the public!

The group will perform Dixieland, swing, blues, ballads, bebop, and more!

January 5, 2015

Faculty News: Guerino Mazzola's presentation in the Midway Contemporary Art's series and Rebecca Shockley's article in Clavier Companion magazine

Mazzola_Guerino7d067d.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) will give a presentation as part of Midway Contemporary Art's Exploring Compositional Epistemologies: A Series of Notional Synthesization on Topological Morphologies and Heuristic Gestures in the Realm of Sonic Language. His presentation, "Towards Creative Gestural Control of Music Concepts," will be held on Saturday, January 24 at 2 pm. More info.

RebeccaShockley.jpgRebecca Shockley (Professor Emerita, piano pedagogy) is the author of the article "Dorothy Stolzenbach Payne: Remembering a Legendary Cincinnati Piano Teacher" appearing in the January/February issue of Clavier Companion magazine. In it, Shockley traces the life and career of her mother, a well-known pianist and teacher in Cincinnati and former pianist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and longtime friend of Percy Grainger. Shockley has also donated materials to the Dorothy Stolzenbach Payne Archives, soon to be housed at the University of Cincinnati.

December 29, 2014

Engagement News: Professor Laura Sindberg and music education students visit Underwood School in Underwood, MN

NAfMEUnderwoodVisit.jpgProfessor Laura Sindberg (music education) and U of M School of Music National Association for Music Education (NAfME) officers Iris Kolodji, Sandor Miko, and Emily Curran traveled to Underwood School in Underwood, MN to donate four instruments to the school. The instruments were purchased with proceeds from the U of M NAfME's bake sales. Schmitt Music donated cases for the instruments. In this photo, Professor Sindberg and SOM students share a thank you card from Underwood students and band/general music teacher TJ Pelanek (School of Music alumnus).

December 15, 2014

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw performs for Minnesota Public Radio board members

lydiaArtymiw2.jpgOn December 9, Lydia Artymiw (piano) performed solo selections by Dvorak and Mendelssohn for board members of Minnesota Public Radio and members of the Weyerhaeuser Family in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio at MPR. Brian Newhouse hosted the event. Artymiw returned to New York on December 19 to be on the jury for the Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition (Schumann Piano Concerto).

December 8, 2014

Faculty News: David Baldwin album release, Guerino Mazzola concert series and book release, Matthew Mehaffey featured in "Choral America" article, and Adriana Zabala reviewed in "The Tennessean"

DavidBaldwin.jpgDavid Baldwin (trumpet) released the album Christmas in Minnesota: Warm Thoughts with the Summit Hill Brass Quintet. The album features holiday favorites arranged by Baldwin.

Mazzola_Guerino7d067d.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) will perform in a series of concerts in Japan: Geisser-Mazzola-Onuma X'mas Concerts 2014 (December 22-26). Performances will take place in Tokyo (Knuttelhouse Club) and Yokohama (Airegin Club). While in Japan, the group will also record a DVD. Mazzola is also co-author of the book Computational Musicology in Hindustani Music, which was recently released by Springer. This publication is part of Springer's Computational Music Science series.

DowntonAbbeyChristmas.jpgMatthew Mehaffey (choral) and the Oratorio Society of Minnesota were featured in an article on the Chorus America website. The article, "The Music of Downton Abbey," discusses the Oratorio Society of Minnesota's Downton-inspired concerts. The organization will perform A Downton Abbey Christmas on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm at Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis. Concert info. Read the article.

ZabalaRomulusHunt.jpgAdriana Zabala (voice) recently performed the role of Joanna in the Nashville Opera's production of Carly Simon's Romulus Hunt at the Noah Liff Opera Center. Zabala's performance was reviewed in The Tennessean article "Nashville Opera takes an unusual journey in 'Romulus Hunt'." Highlights from the review include, "Mezzo soprano Adriana Zabala is particularly lovely as Rom's mother, Joanna, delivering a heartfelt rendition of 'It's My Downfall.' And Nashville's own Lawrence 'Gus' O'Brien makes an excellent Nashville Opera debut as Romulus. He and Zabala share an especially sweet chemistry in 'Voulez-Vous Danser?'"

College News: SOM faculty and staff members appointed to CLA Roadmap Goals Teams

CLARoadmap.jpgCollege of Liberal Arts Dean John Coleman appointed staff member Anabel Njoes (recruitment and community engagement) and faculty members Kelley Harness (musicology) and Michael Silverman (music therapy) to CLA Roadmap Goal Teams. Composed primarily of faculty, staff, and students, the Goal Teams will deliberate and share their thoughts and guidance around the five specific goals outlined in Dean Coleman's Road Ahead address, making specific recommendations towards establishing CLA as a destination college. More info.

December 1, 2014

Faculty News: Michael Silverman receives American Music Therapy Association Research and Publication Award

MichaelSilverman.jpgMichael Silverman (music therapy) has received the American Music Therapy Association Research and Publication Award, one of the highest awards presented by the American Music Therapy Association. He received this award at the annual AMTA conference in Louisville, Kentucky in November. The purpose of the AMTA Research and Publication Award is to recognize a music therapist who has contributed to the growth of the profession through research, and scholarly activity resulting in advanced knowledge and the development of the profession of music therapy. Not only has Dr. Silverman made significant contributions to the body of knowledge in the profession of music therapy, but he has shared knowledge and inspired others through both his publications as well as his national and international presentations. The impact of his work is felt in research and education, as well as direct clinical work.

November 24, 2014

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw on "Performance Today" and Matthew Bribitzer-Stull's new book

lydiaArtymiw2.jpgLydia Artymiw (piano) was recently interviewed with the Miami String Quartet on Performance Today. Artymiw discussed what it takes to play well with other musicians. Listen to the interview.

MatthewBribitzerStull.jpgMatthew Bribitzer-Stull's (music theory) book Understanding the Leitmotif: From Wagner to Hollywood Film Music will be available in early 2015 on Cambridge University Press. The musical leitmotif, having reached a point of particular forcefulness in the music of Richard Wagner, has remained a popular compositional device up to the present day. This book explores the background and development of the leitmotif, from Wagner to the Hollywood adaptations of The Lord of The Rings and the Harry Potter series.

November 17, 2014

Faculty News: Mark Bjork in "The Strad" and Adriana Zabala's recent activities

MarkBjorkSQ.jpgMark Bjork's (violin and pedagogy) response to a question was published in the "Ask the Experts" column of The Strad (September issue). The Strad is the premier international publication for string players. Read the article.

Zabala_AdrianaSquare.jpgAdriana Zabala (voice) was a soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony for Mozart Requiem - Masterworks Series (November 14 and 15 - Michael Butterman, conductor). She also gave a master class for the North Florida Chapter of NATS to university students from NFN chapter on Saturday, November 15. Zabala will be singing the role of Joanna in Carly Simon's opera Romulus Hunt in a revival production at Nashville Opera. She will be making a commercial recording the week after the December 5, 6, and 7 performances.

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).

Graduate Students Perform for Twin Cities Opera Guild

TCOGstudents.jpgUnder the direction of University Opera Theatre Director David Walsh, School of Music graduate voice students Beth Bayley, Sidney Walker, Joseph Okell, and Jeffrey Martin along with Minjin Choi (DMA candidate candidate, collaborative piano, student of Timothy Lovelace) performed the Fall Members and Friends Program for the Twin Cities Opera Guild on Monday, November 10 at the St. Paul College Club.

November 10, 2014

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw invited to serve on the jury for the 2014 Juilliard Concerto Competition

lydiaArtymiw2.jpgLydia Artymiw has been invited to serve on the jury for the finals of the 2014 Juilliard Concerto Competition in New York on Tuesday November 18, 2014.

October 27, 2014

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw performs in Park/Schubert Club concert series and on APM's "Performance Today" with the Dohnanyi Quintet

lydiaArtymiw2.jpgLydia Artymiw (piano) joined the Miami String Quartet in opening the 2014-15 Music in the Park/Schubert Club concert series on October 26, 2014. The program included string quartets by Schulhoff and Mendelssohn with the Piano Quintet No. 2 in E Flat Minor by Ernst von Dohnanyi. On October 24, Artymiw and the Miami taped for APM's "Performance Today" at Minnesota Public Radio and performed part of the Dohnanyi Quintet.

October 20, 2014

Faculty News: Guerino Mazzola to present at DASH Event - Gesture-Based Interactive Technologies on 10/22

Mazzola_Guerino7d067d.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) will present as part of DASH Event: Gesture-Based Interactive Technologies on Wednesday, October 22 at 2:30 pm in Walter Library, Upson Room (1st Floor, between Walter 101 and Computer Lab). The event will focus on Gesture-Based Interactive Technologies and how U of M faculty, staff, and students are using them for research, artistic, and pedagogical purposes.

October 13, 2014

Faculty News: Julia Bogorad-Kogan article featured on MPR; Maja Radovanlija and Alex Lubet to perform guitar concert; and Adriana Zabala performed premiere of Jeffrey Van's "Reaping the Whirlwind"

BogoradKoganJuliaSQ.jpgJulia Bogorad-Kogan (flute) wrote the essay, "The flutist's-eye view of the orchestra," for Classical Minnesota Public Radio. She writes, "For years now, I've been addicted to playing principal flute in an orchestra. And I contend that it's everything it's cracked up to be." Read the essay.

RadovanlijaLubet.jpgMaja Radovanlija (guitar) and Alex Lubet (theory/composition) will perform a concert of original compositions for two guitars on Friday, October 17 at 7:30 pm at Dreamland Arts in St. Paul. The program includes works from their forthcoming CD, The Enchanted Guitar Forest, and two premieres. Admission is $10. Orders will be taken for the new album, and Lubet's award-winning solo album Spectral Blues will be available for purchase. Both are on PARMA Records. More info.

ZabalaVan.jpgAdriana Zabala (voice) performed the world premiere of former School of Music faculty member Jeffrey Van's choral work, Reaping the Whirlwind, with the Susquehanna Valley Chorale at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University on Sunday, October 12. On October 18, Zabala will perform the Mozart Requiem with the Florida Bach Festival Society in Winter Park, to be followed by a studio recording for later release.

October 6, 2014

Faculty News: Alex Lubet recording to be included in Ravello Records compilation; John Snow and Timothy Lovelace to perform in Minnesota Orchestra's Starry, Starry Night Chamber Music Concert

LubetAlexSQ.jpgAlex Lubet's recording of his composition Reliquary Dances IX for guitar (performed by the composer) has been selected by Ravello Records digital-only compilation album Vanguards 2, the second in a series of releases featuring Ravello artists. The recording is taken from Lubet's album Spectral Blues: New Music for Acoustic Guitar, which was named a "Best Album of 2013 (in any genre)" by noted jazz critic Ted Gioia.

SnowLovelace.jpgJohn Snow (oboe) and Timothy Lovelace (collaborative piano) will participate in the Minnesota Orchestra's Starry, Starry Night Chamber Music Concert on Thursday, October 16. Snow will perform the Mozart Oboe Quartet and Lovelace will perform the Brahms Clarinet Trio with cellist Tony Ross and clarinetist Osmo Vänskä. More information.

September 29, 2014

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

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.

September 15, 2014

Faculty News: Alexander Fiterstein's New York Reviews

AlexanderFitersteinAug2014SQ.jpgAlexander Fiterstein (clarinet) performed works by Bernstein, Poulenc, Brahms, and Weber with pianist Michael Brown at Bargemusic in New York City last weekend. The concert was listed in the New York Times and the New Yorker Magazine and reviewed by the New York Classical Review. Read the review.

September 8, 2014

Faculty News: Guerino Mazzola Heads MCM2015

28dab0ad-72d3-4c0f-97c6-7b2e44f09bf9.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) is the current president of the Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music, whose official publication is the Journal of Mathematics and Music. The organization's Fifth Biennial International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music (MCM2015) will be held June 22-25, 2015 at Queen Mary University of London in the United Kingdom. See MCM2015 info and a call for papers.

September 2, 2014

Faculty News: Recent activities by Dean Billmeyer and Mark Russell Smith on APM's Performance Today

DeanBillmeyer3.jpgFrom July 14-18, Dean Billmeyer (organ) joined Albrecht Koch, Organist at the Freiberg Cathedral and President of the Gottfried Silbermann Society, in leading master classes in Freiberg and Zethau (Saxony) on historic organs by Gottfried Silbermann and his student Adam Gottfried Oehme. Silbermann was arguably the most important and influential builder in Saxony during the lifetime of J. S. Bach; the master classes focused on the works of Bach and his contemporaries - nine organists from six different countries participated. Billmeyer performed concerts at the Petrikirche in Freiberg (Silbermann's largest extant two-manual organ), and at the Versöhnungskirche in Leipzig.

SmithMarkRussellSQ.pngListen to Mark Russell Smith (orchestral conducting) conduct the Quad City Symphony on American Public Media's Performance Today. The program includes the world premiere of composer Jacob Banck's Iowa-inspired piece.

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 18, 2014

Faculty News: Recent performances by Lydia Artymiw and Alexander Fiterstein

artymiwLydia4a033e.jpgOn August 3, Lydia Artymiw (piano) joined cellist Yehuda Hanani for a duo Baroque recital celebrating the expansion of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA. The program included sonatas by Bach, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Boccherini, and the world premiere of a new cello/piano work by Stephen Dankner. On August 12, Artymiw joined Osmo Vänskä, Erin Keefe, and Wilhelmina Smith at the Salt Bay Chamber Festival in Damariscotta, Maine performing Beethoven, Bartók, and Dvořák.

AlexanderFitersteinAug2014SQ.jpgAlexander Fiterstein (clarinet) recently premiered Chris Brubeck's new clarinet quintet Zen of the River with members of the Muir String Quartet at the Montana Chamber Music Festival. This coming season he will perform the piece in Providence, RI and Fredericksburg, VA. Fiterstein also made his debut at the Music@Menlo festival in California and performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto and Quintet at the Woodstock Mozart Festival in Illinois. He started the summer with a featured recital and master class at the 2014 Oklahoma University Clarinet Symposium.

August 11, 2014

Faculty News: Guerino Mazzola invited to participate in Georgia State University's 2015 Improvising Brain II Project

Mazzola_Guerino7d067d.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creative studies) was invited to participate in Georgia State University's Improvising Brain II Project (March 8-10, 2015) in Atlanta, Georgia. He was asked to perform a concert with Heinz Geisser, give a keynote speech ("Robert Hatten Satisfied: We Now Have a Comprehensive Music Theory of Gestures") at the closure of the Improvising Brain II Symposium, teach a master class with Geisser, present a talk, and give a workshop on Rubato Composer software.

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 (MA, 1960, theory/composition) 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).

Not pictured: Timothy Sawyer (MM, 2004, vocal performance, student of Clifton Ware)

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.

July 29, 2014

Watch U of M School of Music faculty perform and discuss the newly discovered Mendelssohn lied "Des Menschen Herz ist ein Schacht"

The University of Minnesota School of Music presents Felix Mendelssohn's newly discovered lied "Des Menschen Herz ist ein Schacht" ("One's Heart is a Mine") featuring Adriana Zabala (Assistant Professor of Voice), Peter Mercer-Taylor (Associate Professor of Musicology), and Timothy Lovelace (Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano). Watch the video here.

Produced by the University of Minnesota School of Music
Audio and Video: Michael Duffy
Ted Mann Concert Hall Production: Sari Baker, Jessica Solinsky
Graphic Design: Jennifer Schmitt
Producer: Lisa Marshall

July 28, 2014

Faculty News: Timothy Lovelace and Adriana Zabala on Classical Minnesota Public Radio (7/29), Alex Lubet and Maja Radovanlija perform at the Parma Music Festival

Zabala.pngListen to Timothy Lovelace (piano) and Adriana Zabala (voice) in conversation with host Steve Staruch on Classical Minnesota Public Radio tomorrow, July 29 at 3:45 pm. Lovelace and Zabala discuss their involvement in the upcoming Source Song Festival as well as their interpretation of Mendelssohn's lost lied "Des Menschen Herz ist ein Schacht."

Lubet.jpgAlex Lubet (creative studies) and Maja Radovanlija (guitar, creative studies) will perform on Thursday, August 14 at the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center in Portsmouth, NH as part of the Parma Music Festival.

July 14, 2014

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw and David Grayson's residency at the Foulger Festival; Alex Lubet's talks in Korea and book review

1335ff27-256c-4621-b975-c5d6c66967fb.jpgProfessors Lydia Artymiw (piano) and David Grayson (musicology) completed a twelve-day residency in July at the Foulger Festival in Ogden, Utah held at Weber State University. In addition to extensive private teaching, six master classes, and serving on the Foulger Concerto Competition jury, Artymiw performed in two chamber concerts with the newly appointed Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, Noah Bendix-Balgley and co-presented a lecture on Schumann with Grayson. Grayson also presented a lecture on "Rubato and Chopin."

lubet624653.jpgAlex Lubet's (theory/composition) Music, Disability, and Society (Temple University Press, 2011) was reviewed by David Nabb in Medical Problems of Performing Artists. Nabb called Lubet's book "an indispensable resource" and shared "Lubet's work is strongly rooted in present-day developments in DS and fluent in philosophies of music. The implications of [the author's] 'social confluence' [theory] are far reaching, and it will certainly be quite some time before the ultimate impact of Lubet's work is realized." Lubet recently returned from three weeks in South Korea where he attended an intensive workshop and received certification in gugak (traditional Korean music) from the National Gugak Center, as a guest of the Korean government. In addition, he gave two talks on his research on music, disability, and theories of identity at Korea University, to the SSK Inequality and Democracy Colloquium, and to the College of Law.

July 7, 2014

Faculty News: Guerino Mazzola featured in "Jazz 'N' More" magazine

28dab0ad-72d3-4c0f-97c6-7b2e44f09bf9.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) was interviewed in Jazz 'N' More's article "Guerino Mazzola: Flow, Gesture and Spaces in Free Jazz." More info.

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 16, 2014

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw to give master classes/teach at PianoTexas International Festival and Julia Bogorad-Kogan to be featured on MPR

ArtymiwLydiaSQ.jpgLydia Artymiw (piano) served on the jury for the PianoArts North American Competition in Milwaukee, WI (from June 6-12) and also performed a solo/chamber program with Robert Hanford (concertmaster of the Chicago Lyric Opera) and Susan Babini (principal cellist of the Milwaukee Symphony) on June 10. From June 18-24, she will present several master classes and teach at the PianoTexas International Festival and Institute at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and will perform the Mozart Sonata, K. 378 with Dallas Symphony violinist Daphne Volle in an all-Mozart chamber program at TCU on June 24.

BogoradKoganJuliaSQ.jpgOn Monday, June 30 at noon, Minnesota Public Radio will air a one-hour show hosted by Emily Reese, featuring Julia Bogorad-Kogan (flute) playing and discussing recordings of her favorite flute virtuosi - all now deceased - with whom she studied or whom she knew personally. Included are segments from a St. Paul Sunday Morning radio show in which Bogorad interviewed Jean-Pierre Rampal, and they played a W.F. Bach duo together.

June 9, 2014

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 2, 2014

Faculty News: Sumanth Gopinath's newest books "The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies," volumes 1 & 2, Adriana Zabala and David Walsh participate in "Sister Carrie" workshop

sumanth.jpgSumanth Gopinath's (music theory) newest books The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies, volume 1 and volume 2 (Sumanth Gopinath and Jason Stanyek, eds, Oxford University Press, 2014) are now available. Gopinath moderated the Reflections on Mobile Music Studies Roundtable on April 25 at the 2014 EMP Pop Conference in Seattle. The Roundtable included the Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies editors and four additional contributors. Five brief presentations offered representative samples of individual chapters and reflections upon them in light of recent musico-sonic and scholarly developments.

SisterCarrie.jpgUniversity Opera Theatre and the Florentine Opera are teaming up with composer Robert Aldridge and librettist Herschel Garfein to develop a new opera based on Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie. Workshops of Sister Carrie recently took place at the Florentine's Riverwest production center. Adriana Zabala (voice) sang the title role of the ambitious young woman in the booming America of the 1880s. David Walsh (opera) provided stage direction. U of M School of Music alumni Bergen Baker, Lauren Lammers, and Michael Hoffman along with current students Stephen Cunningham and Charles Eaton sang main and secondary roles. Listen to Walsh and Zabala with Robert Aldridge discuss Sister Carrie on Milwaukee Public Radio. The co-premiere of Sister Carrie is planned for 2016.

May 19, 2014

Faculty News: Scott Lipscomb presents to Center for Cognitive Science and Brian McCullough to direct a Teacher Certification Training Program

LipscombScottSQ.jpgScott Lipscomb (music education) recently presented to the Center for Cognitive Science results of a multi-year research project in collaboration with Guerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) and Erkki Huovinen. The presentation was entitled "The influence of visual information on evaluative ratings in response to avant-garde musical sound." This empirical investigation concluded that showing videos of musicians performing avant-garde music has a positive impact on student responses to complex musical sounds when compared to their responses when listening to the music only.

McCulloughBrian.jpgBrian McCullough (Alexander Technique) has been approved by the American Society for the Alexander Technique to direct a Teacher Certification Training Program. The three-year, 1600-hour course prepares individuals to become skilled at helping musicians and others achieve optimal skill and reduce discomfort problems. The program is excellent for musicians and educators to enhance teaching, performing, and finding a life in music. More info at the Minnesota Center for the Alexander Technique.

May 12, 2014

Faculty News: Alexander Fiterstein performs in San Francisco Performances and Boston's Celebrity Series

FitersteinAlexanderSQ.jpgAlexander Fiterstein (clarinet) was a substitute for Swedish clarinet virtuoso Martin Frost in concerts for San Francisco Performances and Boston's Celebrity Series. Fiterstein received rave reviews in a number of publications including the Boston Globe and the San Francisco Chronicle. The Boston Music Intelligencer wrote, "The surprise--to everyone--was the young (but not unrecognized) Fiterstein, from Israel via Belarus, who provoked near-hysteria in the lobby at intermission. 'Astonishing,' 'perfection,' 'stupendous' were among the superlatives people were tossing about. It was like being at the Met when a last-minute substitute turns out to be absolutely fabulous."

May 5, 2014

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.

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).

April 21, 2014

Faculty News: Timothy Lovelace's album released on Arabesque Records and Laura Sindberg paper presentations at National Association for Music Education conference

Z6867_20Cover_20200x200a28608.jpgTimothy Lovelace's (collaborative piano) new album Modern American Viola Music with Maggie Snyder was recently released on Arabesque Records. Find it online or through iTunes.

SindbergLauraSQ.jpgLaura Sindberg (music education) presented two papers at the Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) in St. Louis: "Exploring Comprehensive Musicianship in the Context of a Professional Learning Community;" and "'It's Just Different'--Supports for and Constraints on CMP-Infused Student Teaching."

April 14, 2014

Faculty News: Alexander Braginsky to present at Summit Music Festival, Alexander Fiterstein's Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award, Guerino Mazzola invited to be part of ART2, and Angela Wyatt performs with Ancia Saxophone Quartet at Studio Z

BraginskyAlexanderSQ2.jpgAlexander Braginsky (piano) was recently a jury member at 60th Maria Canals International Competition in Barcelona, Spain (March 26-April 4). This summer he will be the jury chair for the Alaska International Piano e-Competition (June 28-July 12) and he will be on the faculty of the International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College, in New York City (July 20-27). He will give a special event presentation, "Russian Composers of XX Century," at the Summit Music Festival in New York on July 29. From August 2-14, he will be the artistic director of the International MusikFest at Shattuck-St Mary.

FitersteinAlexanderSQ.jpgAlexander Fiterstein (clarinet) recently received a 2014 Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award from Thursday Musical. On April 13 he premiered a new work by renowned composer George Tsontakis with the Chamber Music Society of Boston.

Mazzola_Guerino7d067d.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creative studies) was invited to be a part of ART2, an International Platform on Contemporary Art held in New York during April, and one of its multifaceted projects, Composing Differences. Glass Bead invited philosopher Reza Negarestani and musician and mathematician Mazzola for a series of public talks at e-flux. The talks will also be broadcast live on Glass Bead's website. Mazzola's talk "Melting Glass Beads--The Multiverse Game of Strings and Gestures" will take place on Friday, April 25 from 7-9 pm.

Ancia.jpgANCIA Saxophone Quartet, featuring Angela Wyatt (saxophone), will perform a program of contemporary music with percussionist David Schmalenberger at Studio Z on May 3 at 7:30 pm. The concert will be repeated at the Weisman Art Museum on May 4 at 4 pm. The program will include Arvo Pärt's Summa, Revolutionary Etudes by David Lang, Perry Goldstein's Fault Lines, John Mackey's Strange Humors and a cover of Radiohead's Paranoid Android. The Weisman concert is free and open to the public. Tickets to the Studio Z concert are available on their website. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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.

March 31, 2014

Faculty News: Kelley Harness to receive Exemplary Teaching Award, Korey Konkol Bakken Trio performance, Scott Lipscomb CMS keynote address, Adriana Zabala's Florentine Opera Company performance review

kelley_harnessSQ.jpgKelley Harness (musicology) will receive the Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award on Tuesday, April 8 as part of the U of M College of Liberal Arts Celebrate Faculty Excellence event at the Best Buy Theater, Northrop Auditorium.

KonkolKoreySQ.jpgKorey Konkol (viola), member of the Bakken Trio, will perform on Sunday, April 13 at MacPhail Center for Music. The program, the French Connection, was curated by acclaimed pianist Judy Lin, and features music from France in the pre-World War I era. Guest cellist Wilhelmina Smith will perform Debussy's Cello Sonata and will join Bakken's violinist Stephanie Arado and Korey Konkol to perform the Faure Piano Quartet in c minor. More information and tickets.

LipscombScottSQ.jpgScott Lipscomb (music education) presented the Keynote Address to attendees at the College Music Society Great Lakes Region Conference in Fargo, ND (March 28-29, 2014). His presentation, "A classroom of 'digital natives:' Their musics, their cultures, and their communities," challenged all teachers - K-12 to university level - to reconsider the means by which they approach teaching in their classrooms. As a means of connecting more effectively with the millennial generation of students he encouraged the primary use of engaging, real-world, problem-solving activities rather than the oft-used, one-way, lecture presentation format.

Sesto_Detainedc5fb33.jpgAdriana Zabala (voice) is currently performing the role of Sesto Pompeo in Handel's Giulio Cesare with the Florentine Opera Company at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee, WI. The Journal Sentinel said of her performance, "Mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala gave a strikingly believable performance in the 'pants' role of Sextus. She blended vocal clarity, a youthful emotional directness and a light-footed stage presence to create a highly sympathetic character." In February she performed the role of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Jackonsville Symphony.

March 24, 2014

Faculty News: James Dillon's works performed throughout US, Guerino Mazzola to receive a doctorate, honoris causa, Becky Shockley nominated for Distinguished Alumnus Award

With performances in New York (Talea Ensemble), Seattle (Séverine Ballone), Chicago (Fonema Consort) and San Francisco (San Francisco New Music Players) it was a busy month in the U.S. for James Dillon (composition). In February he was guest composer at Stanford University, giving a masterclass and teaching composition. It was also confirmed that in addition to his residency at the 2014 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the UK, he will be the composer-in-residence at Oberlin Conservatory in December 2014.

Guerino Mazzola (creative studies) will receive a doctorate, honoris causa, from the Universidad de Guadalajara (Jalisco, México) in December 2014.

Becky Shockley (piano) has been nominated to receive a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she received her DMA. She will receive the award during the May 7 commencement ceremonies at CU-Boulder. She also gave a presentation on Mapping Music at the Texas Music Educators Association State Convention in San Antonio in February.

March 17, 2014

Faculty News: Clarinet Professor Alexander Fiterstein will be Featured with the Minnesota Sinfonia

Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet) will be featured in weekend of free concerts titled Romance - Sinfonia Style with the Minnesota Sinfonia on March 28 at 7 pm and March 29 at 2 pm. Program to include works by Victor Zupanc, Carl Maria von Weber, and Joseph Suk. More information.

March 10, 2014

Faculty News: Tom Ashworth's latest concerts, Matthew Mehaffey's Oratorio Society's sold out Downton Abbey concert, Karen Painter's Visiting Scholar Position at Harvard

Tom Ashworth (trombone) and John Tranter (euphonium) performed on six Minnesota Orchestra family concerts with Alex Wolff (BM, trombone, student of Tom Ashworth). Wolff, a member of the Copper Street Brass Quintet, has recently performed with the Minnesota Orchestra.

Tom Ashworth will conduct the U of M Trombone Choir when they join the Minneapolis Trombone Choir (MTC) for their 41st annual performance at 4 pm on Sunday, March 24 at Judson Memorial Baptist Church (Minneapolis). The MTC is led by Jim ten Bensel (BM/MM, music education) and features local music educators, students, and community members. Musical selections will include classical, contemporary, pop and jazz, as well as music by Minnesota composers and choir members. The MTC will also perform on the 2014 U of M Brass Symposium.

Matthew Mehaffey's (choral) Oratorio Society of Minnesota recently sold out their Music of Downton Abbey concert on March 8 and added another concert on Saturday, March 15 at St. Marks. The Star Tribune reports, "The program features some compositions by John Lunn, an Emmy winner for the soundtrack of the popular drama about the high- and low-born residents of an estate in post-Edwardian England, as well as other pieces of the time that have been woven into a sort of musical narrative featuring a long-lost relative of the Granthams." The Music of Downton Abbey was also featured in Boat Shoes and Button Downs. Find out more.

Karen Painter (musicology) will be Visiting Scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, 2014-15.

March 3, 2014

Faculty News: Akosua Addo, Scott Lipscomb, and Laura Sindberg present at Minnesota Music Educators Association's Midwinter Clinic; Fernando Meza performs and gives clinic

Akosua_Addo346143.jpgAkosua Addo (music education) presented "Playing with Music and Math" at the Minnesota Music Educators Association's Midwinter Clinic. She recently also published "Amango: Movement in the Context of the Ghanaian Singing Game" in the winter 2014 edition of The Orff Echo.

ScottLipscombea7467.jpgScott Lipscomb (music education) presented "Making music ... REALLY: Musical composition and improvisation for implementation by ANY teacher" at the Minnesota Music Educators Association's Midwinter Clinic. He then traveled to Knoxville, TN for the regional conference of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (for which he is current President) and the College Music Society, where he presented "Rocking the web: Teaching music appreciation online" about his innovative online rock history course, which he teaches during summer sessions in an online format.

SindbergLauraSQ.jpgLaura Sindberg (music education) presented at the recent Minnesota Music Educators Association's Midwinter Clinic, held February 14-15 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The title of her session was, "Who? Me? Towards Becoming a Change Agent and an Excellent Teacher."

MezaFernandoSQ.jpgFernando Meza (percussion) and Garry Kvistad of the internationally acclaimed percussion ensemble NEXUS, were the invited guests for the Ohio State University Percussion Festival on February 21 and 22. They performed with the OSU Percussion Ensemble, presented a clinic, and offered critique to high school percussion ensembles performing in the event.

February 25, 2014

Faculty News: Tanya Remenikova performs with Hill House Chamber Players

Tanya.jpegTanya Remenikova (cello) and her colleagues Jeffrey Van (former guitar faculty), Cathy Schubilske (Minnesota Orchestra), and Ivan Konev (alumnus, student of Alexander Braginsky) will perform with the Hill House Chamber Players on February 24 and March 3. This Russian Romantics program will include works by Pärt, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, and Paganini. Presented by the Schubert Club and Minnesota Historical Society. More information.

February 17, 2014

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw Gives Solo Recitals

artymiwLydia4a033e.jpgLydia Artymiw (piano) performed a solo piano recital on Sunday, February 9 for the Laudie Porter Recital Series at Carleton College. Her program included works by Mozart, Robert Capanna, Barvinsky, Lysenko, Kosenko, Kolessa, Revutsky, and Schumann. She will repeat the same program for the Piano Series of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society in Philadelphia on February 27 and presents a master class at Temple University on February 28.

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.

January 27, 2014

Faculty member Dean Sorenson and students featured in "Minnesota Daily"

SorensonDeanSQ.pngDean Sorenson (jazz/creative studies & media) and School of Music students Zach Miller and Tyler Tracy are featured in the Minnesota Daily article "U of M Jazz students look to the future," focusing on jazz in the Twin Cities and musician entrepreneurship.

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.

January 13, 2014

Faculty members performed Mozart's "Requiem" with the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minnesota Chorale

ADRIANA37ea00.JPGVoice professors Adriana Zabala and Philip Zawisza (pictured left) performed Mozart's Requiem with the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minnesota Chorale (under the baton of Kathy Saltzman Romey) on January 10 and 11. School of Music faculty members Dean Billmeyer, Fernando Meza, and John Snow also performed.

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 17, 2013

Holiday Greeting from SOM Director David Myers

davidMyers50b47e.jpgDear Alumni, Friends, and Colleagues,

Let me offer my very best wishes to all for a holiday season of joy, peace, and wonderful music! During the coming months, I invite you to let the School of Music brighten the darkness of winter. You can attend our 400+ events in person or, in some cases, as part of our audience for our live streamed events!

In support of our innovative efforts to prepare musicians who will relate effectively with diverse audiences and shape successful careers as music entrepreneurs, I hope you will consider making a tax-deductible gift in any amount before December 31, 2013. Generous support from alumni, friends, and parents assures that our legacy of excellence continues and that talented students have the opportunity to pursue their musical studies.

Once again, all best wishes for the season and the New Year!


David E. Myers
Director, U of M School of Music

December 9, 2013

SOM Students in U Winter Greeting

winterVideo2013.jpgSchool of Music students Dan Musselman and Gigi Stroncek and School of Music professor Dean Sorenson played an important role in the creation of the University of Minnesota's winter greeting from President Kaler and Karen Kaler. Watch the video.

Faculty News: James Dillon named Huddersfield's Composer in Residence, Alexander Fiterstein performance and online interview, Alex Lubet album reviews, and Laura Sindberg research article

Dillon_James.jpgJames Dillon's (composition) work New York Triptych, performed at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, received a positive review in Dillon has been named the 2014 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival's Composer in Residence.

AlexanderFitersteinInterview.jpgAlexander Fiterstein (clarinet) recently performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in a program titled The Voice of the Clarinet in Jewish Classical Music- Alexander Fiterstein and the Zimro Project. Fiterstein was joined by SOM piano professor Timothy Lovelace and violinist Erin Keefe among others. Watch Fiterstein in the Jewish News One interview "Celebrating the Jewish clarinet: Pro Musica Hebraica and Kennedy Center."

LubetAlexSQ.jpgIn his list of 100 Best Albums of 2013, critic Ted Gioia listed Alex Lubet's (theory/composition) Spectral Blues: New Music for Acoustic Guitar #52. Lubet composed and performed all the music on the album. View the complete list. The album also received a glowing review in Wordgathering. Critic John Bartley writes, "Lubet reaches outside the norm and into a non-standard realm of music as art-object, comparable with visionary experience of sound in a poetic mood... It is well-worth stepping out of our hackneyed comfort-zones to hear these musical inventions." Read the full review.

LauraSindberg.jpgLaura Sindberg (music education) recently released a research article "Perceptions and perspectives of music teachers in urban settings: Isolation, conversation, and collaboration." The article was published in Music Education Research, an international journal published in the United Kingdom.

Students visit Irondale High School with Prof. Jean del Santo

NatalieWardPhotoSQ.jpgOn December 4, five English diction voice students, their professor Jean del Santo, and their accompanist Jessica Schroeder traveled to Irondale High School to perform for their choir class. It was part of their final examination for the course, and they prepared two pieces each along with a brief introduction. After the performance, high school students were able to ask the U of M students questions about their experience with college and studying music. Photo (left to right): Jean del Santo, Sylvia Reilly, Madi Hinton, Tom Stevning-Roe, Irene Kelly, and Natalie Ward.

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 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 ( 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

Faculty member Lydia Artymiw featured in "Star Tribune"

ArtymiwLydiaSQ.jpgLydia Artymiw (piano) was featured in Larry Fuchsberg's Star Tribune article, "Flesh-and-blood Mozart fully revealed by Minnesota Orchestra musicians." The article favorably reviewed Artymiw's performance with the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra under the baton of conductor laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski on Friday, November 15. Read the article.

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.

2013 MNSOTA's Mary West Solo Competition Winners

School of Music students were winners of the Mary West Solo Competition and will perform at the Winners Recital on November 17 at 7 pm at Lake Harriet United Methodist Church. Concert information and a complete list of winners.

Grand Prize - Emily McIntyre Saathoff, violin
(BM, 2012, violin performance, student of Sally O'Reilly)

Givens Prize, Junior Division - Julian Maddox, violin
(PSEO, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly)

Performance Award, Senior Division - Volkan Can Canbolat, violin
(MM candidate, student of Mark Bjork)

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.

Faculty News: Scott Lipscomb elected president of ATMI, Peter Mercer-Taylor's article published, and Laura Sindberg presented at NAfME In-Service Conference

LipscombScottSQ.jpgScott Lipscomb (music education) has been elected to the office of President for the national Association of Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI). This announcement was made during the ATMI Business Meeting at the annual joint conference of ATMI and the College Music Society in Cambridge, MA.

peter_mercer_taylor.jpgPeter Mercer-Taylor's (musicology) article "The Calliope Crashed to the Ground": Linear and Cyclic Time in Manfred Mann's Earth Band's "Blinded by the Light" was published in Music Theory Spectrum, Vol. 35, No. 2 (Fall 2013), pp. 147-165.

LauraSindberg.jpgLaura Sindberg (music education) was invited to present at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) National In-Service Conference on October 28 in Nashville, TN. Her session, titled Performing with Understanding, Teaching with Intention: Just Good Teaching, was attended by more than 60 music educators and preservice music teachers.

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.

Faculty member Akosua Addo presents professional development session

AddoAkosua.jpgAkosua Addo (music education) presented a Professional Development Session on Child Development and Musical Arts Education to more than 30 teachers at the University of Minnesota's Center for Child Development on October 18, 2013. She shared how to integrate Intercultural Arts in Early Childhood Education.

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.

Faculty member Mark Bjork featured in "The Strad"

MarkBjorkSQ.jpgMark Bjork (violin and pedagogy) was the subject of the interview for the column, "Ask the Teacher," in the September issue of The Strad, the premier international journal for the string world.

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.

Faculty News: Scott Lipscomb blogs at World Science Festival and Alex Lubet featured guest on "Pushing Limits"

LipscombScottSQ.jpgScott Lipscomb (associate director and associate professor of music education) was invited to attend and blog about the World Science Festival's panel discussion on the topic of "The Art of the Score: The Mind, Music, and Moving Images." The panel was facilitated by actor Alec Baldwin and included Joel and Ethan Coen (writers, directors, and producers), Carter Burwell, and Aniruddh Patel (neuroscientist). The website for the event includes a video of the complete 90-minute panel. It also includes featured blogs by Dr. Lipscomb and Siu-Lan Tan, one of his co-editors for The Psychology of Music in Multimedia.

Alex Lubet
(creative studies and media) will be a featured guest on Radio Pacific's "Pushing Limits" (KPFA Berkeley) on Friday, October 18 from 4:30 to 5 pm CST. The program will stream and be archived on KPFA's website.

October 10, 2013

U of M School of Music Viola Professor Korey Konkol Wins Minnesota Strings & Orchestra Teachers Association Award

korey.jpgCongratulations to U of M School of Music Viola Professor Korey Konkol on his Minnesota Strings & Orchestra Teachers Association (MNSOTA) Master Teacher: Studio Award. Professor Konkol will receive his award on Thursday, October 17 at the MNSOTA October Clinic and Luncheon. Read more.

October 7, 2013

Professor Lydia Artymiw gives master classes in Asia and is slated to perform with the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra

ArtymiwLydiaSQ.jpgLydia Artymiw (piano) was artist-in-residence at the Gulangyu Piano Academy (Beijing's Central Conservatory) in Xiamen, China from September 22 to 26, where she presented four master classes and performed a solo recital in the Concert Hall of the Academy. She then traveled to Hong Kong where she presented another master class at the Hong Kong Performing Arts Academy on September 27. Artymiw will also headline concerts with the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra under the baton of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski on November 14 and 15 at Ted Mann Concert Hall. The program will feature works by Wagner, Mozart, and Brahms. Tickets and information.

Professor Scott Lipscomb presents at the 2013 Society for Music Teacher Education Conference

LipscombScottSQ.jpgScott D. Lipscomb (associate director and associate professor of Music Education) presented his research at the national conference of the Society for Music Teacher Education in Greensboro, NC. His presentation, "Learning Through Music internships: Transformative music integration experiences for pre-service teachers," reported results of a qualitative analysis of interview data gathered from current and former music education students who served as interns. In an era when we lose 50% of our music teachers during the first 3-5 years of teaching due to a variety of reasons, including feelings of isolation, as a result of this internship, these students have a real-life experience that allows them an opportunity to engage with other arts specialists, classroom teachers, administrators, and teaching artists. The primary takeaway of this study: of the five former students who have participated in this internship, one has a middle school choral position at Folwell School, where the internship was held. Of the other four, during the first or second year of teaching, three have established, at their own initiative, a music integration program at their school in collaboration with at least one classroom teacher.

October 4, 2013

Professor Alexander Fiterstein's New Album "Carl Maria von Weber" & From Classics to Klezmer Concert on October 20

FitersteinAlexanderSQ.jpgU of M School of Music clarinet professor Alexander Fiterstein's new album Carl Maria von Weber: Clarinet Concertos with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra (Martin West, Conductor) was recently released on Bridge Records. This album was funded in part by a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship from the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Minnesota. The San Francisco Chronicle said of the album, "Fiterstein brings out both the economical grace of the slow movements and the athletic virtuosity of the finales." Read the complete review. Read about and preview Fiterstein's new album on Classical Minnesota Public Radio's website.

Alexander Fiterstein will give a concert titled Classics to Klezmer on Sunday, October 20 at 7 pm at Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minnetonka. For ticket information and directions, visit the Adath Jeshurun website.

September 30, 2013

Faculty member Adriana Zabala guest artist at Sing for Hope fundraiser

Zabala_AdrianaSquare.jpgAdriana Zabala (voice) was a guest artist at Sing for Hope's annual gala fundraiser for Bering Omega in Houston. Sing for Hope has raised more than 4 million dollars for Bering Omega Community Services over the last decade. Zabala was among the small group of international artists who performed a variety of repertoire, from Saint-Saëns and Mozart to Irving Berlin and Stevie Wonder.

September 16, 2013

Faculty News: Alexander Braginsky judges competitions; Minnesota Guitar Quartet, featuring Maja Radovanlija, named Artist-in-Residence at Classical Minnesota Public Radio

BraginskyAlexanderSQ2.jpgIn June Alexander Braginsky (piano) served as a judge at the Miss Minnesota contest. He flew to New York City the next day to judge the first Kaufman Center International Youth Piano Competition. Braginsky then traveled to Germany to hold a three-day master class at the University of Karlsruhe. In July he chaired the international jury of 3rd International e-Piano Junior Competition at Ted Mann Concert Hall. In July he participated as a faculty member at 15th International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City, where he performed a faculty recital.

MGQ-3-sq.jpgMaja Radovanlija (guitar) recently joined the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet (MGQ). The MGQ has been named one of Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Artists-in-Residence. More information and concert schedule.

September 9, 2013

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw performance and master classes, Alexander Fiterstein performances, and Scott Lipscomb research presentation,

ArtymiwLydiaSQ.jpgLydia Artymiw (piano) performed Mozart's Piano Concerto K. 488 with the Gwangju (South Korea) Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Chi Yong Chong at the Concert Hall of the Gwangju Cultural Arts Center on August 22. While in Korea, she also gave several master classes at Chonnam University in Gwangju and Chongshin University in Seoul.

FitersteinAlexanderSQ.jpgThis past summer Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet) performed in the Toronto Summer Music Festival with the Pacifica String Quartet and in the Music Mountain Festival (Connecticut) with the Dover Quartet. He also performed in the Birdfoot Chamber Music Festival (New Orleans), the Moab Music Festival (Utah), and the Montana Chamber Music Festival. He taught at the Zodiac Music Academy in France, where SOM student James Hodges performed, and at the Aria International Masterclasses (Massachusetts), where SOM students Kristin Welke and Esther Baumgartner also performed.

LipscombScottSQ.jpgScott D. Lipscomb (music education) presented results of a multi-year research project that was carried out in collaboration with Guerino Mazzola (creative studies and media) and Erkki Huovinen (Government of Finland/David and Nancy Speer Visiting Professor in Finnish Studies) at an international conference hosted by the Society for Music Perception & Cognition, an organization for which Lipscomb serves as a board member. The presentation, "The influence of a visual performance component on verbal ratings in response to complex musical sound," revealed that accompanying the musical sound with a video of performers playing avant-garde music (specifically, in this experiment, free jazz and 20th century art music) can have a significantly positive impact on the listening experience.

August 26, 2013

Faculty member Sally O'Reilly and SOM students at Italy Summer Music Festival (Pienza)

18656.jpegSally O'Reilly (violin) recently returned from teaching at Italy Summer Music Festival in Pienza. School of Music students who performed at the festival included Sila Gundiler, Hillary Kingsley, Kari Mattson, Angelika Strub, former student Huldah Minthorn Niles, as well as entering PSEO student Jullian Maddox.

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

Faculty member Eugene Rousseau's book released by Jeanne Inc.

sax_rousseau.jpgEugene Rousseau's (saxophone) new book Saxophone Artistry in Performance and Pedagogy was recently published by Jeanne Inc. Throughout the book, Rousseau discusses a variety of saxophone topics ranging from an historical overview to tone quality, articulations, learning techniques and many other topics.

August 5, 2013

Professor Sumanth Gopinath's "The Ringtone Dialectic" released on MIT Press

RingtoneDialect.jpgSumanth Gopinath's (music theory) book The Ringtone Dialectic: Economy and Cultural Form was recently released on MIT Press. "Why should we care about ringtones? As The Ringtone Dialectic makes clear, we have good reason to care. In this perceptive and provocative study, Sumanth Gopinath uses the ringtone to offer fresh perspectives on the creation and consumption of music, the evolution of digital technologies, and the global trade of information. Full of fascinating case studies and insightful analysis, The Ringtone Dialectic probes the profound and lasting consequences of the short-lived multi-billion-dollar industry built on 30-second clips of music." -Mark Katz, Chair, Department of Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and author of Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip-Hop DJ

July 29, 2013

Faculty News: Scott Lipscomb in "Reach Magazine" and Matthew Mehaffey on KYMN Radio

LipscombScottSQ.jpgScott Lipscomb (music education) is featured in the Summer 2013 edition of the College of Liberal Arts's Reach Magazine. The infographic "Making [Brain] Waves" highlight's Lipscomb's work with music and neural processing of pitch as revealed by MEG.
Matthew_MehaffeySQ.pngMatthew Mehaffey (choral) was recently a guest on KYMN Radio (1080 AM) on the Wayne Eddy Affair program. Mehaffey discussed the Summer Choral Concert, the Oratorio Society of Minnesota's upcoming concert season, as well as the U of M School of Music choral program. Listen online.

July 22, 2013

Faculty News: Tanya Remenikova performance at Cello: An American Experience and Laura Sindberg at Northwestern University

TanyaRemenikova.jpgTanya Remenikova (cello) will perform with pianist and SOM alumnus Ivan Konev at Cello: An American Experience, a premier international summer academy open to aspiring young cellists, as a part of their Cello Recital Series. Program to include sonatas by Prokofiev and Grieg. The recital will take place on July 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Urness Recital Hall; tickets will be available at the door. Remenikova will also teach and give two master classes during her two-week residency.

LauraSindberg.jpgLaura Sindberg (music education) recently returned from Northwestern University, where she taught a three-week course and shared her research as part of the Summer Master of Music Education graduate program. The course, Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance: Matters of Theory and Practice, included students from the Chicago area, several states, as well as one teacher who traveled all the way from Beijing.

July 16, 2013

Prof. Scott Lipscomb to present keynote address at 2014 College Music Society's Great Lakes Regional Conference

LipscombScottSQ.jpgScott D. Lipscomb (music education) will present the keynote address for the 2014 College Music Society's Great Lakes Regional Conference at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. He will present his work related to technology integration in the music classroom and his innovative efforts involving the integration of music throughout the K-12 curriculum, including the establishment of a unique Learning Through Music internship program at the University of Minnesota in 2007.

July 1, 2013

Faculty News: David Myers Yale presentation, Scott Lipscomb book publication, Alex Lubet at Conversation-E, and David Walsh at Johanna Meier International Opera Institute

DavidMyersMusic_in_Schools_456_150x150.jpgDavid Myers (director, music education) delivered a major presentation to the Yale University Symposium on Music in Schools on June 8 titled "Rehabilitating Sisyphus: Collaboratively Realizing a Vision for Music in Learning and Life." A video of his talk may be found on the Yale School of Music website.

PsychologyofMusic.jpgThe Psychology of Music in Multimedia, a book co-edited by Scott D. Lipscomb (music education/music theory), was published by Oxford University Press, UK on June 27. The book was authored by an international slate of respected researchers. Lipscomb was author or co-author in addition to his editing responsibilities. The book is currently available in the U.K. and will be released in the U.S. later this summer. Read more.

lubetalex.jpgAlex Lubet (theory/composition) spoke and performed music of John Coltrane at Conversation-E, an event sponsored by the U of M Institute of the Environment, in Cloquet, MN. His album, Spectral Blues: New Music for Acoustic Guitar, was reviewed on Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Blog. Highlights include "a fine presentational technique with extended guitar sounds that include jazz-like voicings, and Eastern and Mid-Eastern string playing methods that come out of traditions of practice on the oud, koto, pipa and other non-Western, non-guitar stringed instruments..." Read more.

DavidWalsh.jpgDavid Walsh (University Opera Theatre) recently directed Bizet's Carmen for the Johanna Meier International Opera Institute in Spearfish, South Dakota. Earlier this summer he directed Carlisle Floyd's Susannah for the Vancouver Academy of Music Opera Studio.

June 24, 2013

Faculty News: James Dillon at IRCAM's ManiFeste 2013 in Paris, Fernando Meza's Performances & Residency in Costa Rica

James Dillon (composition) is one of four guest composers teaching at IRCAM's ManiFeste 2013 in Paris. Dillon is working with Radio Philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble InterContemporain, and Exaudi Vocal Ensemble on new scores with young composers. Other guest composers include Heinz Holliger, Magnus Lindberg, and Yan Maresz.

Fernando Meza (percussion) performed Russell Peck's percussion concerto "The Glory and the Grandeur" for three percussionists and orchestra with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica on May 31 and June 2, along with Bismarck Fernández and Ricardo Alvarado, under the baton of Lior Shambadal. The two sold-out performances were recorded for national television for broadcast later this year. Meza also participated in the 3rd International Festival of Percussion Ensembles as a guest of the Ensamble de Percusión Costa Rica-UNED with performances in the National Theater and the CENAC. The latter performance was live-streamed via Channel 13 and the Universidad Nacional Estatal a Distancia. During his residency in Costa Rica, Meza offered a video conference that reached hundreds of students in 8 learning centers throughout the country.

June 5, 2013

Remembering U of M School of Music Professor Barbara Kierig - Memorial on June 22

A celebration of Barbara Kierig's life will be held on Saturday, June 22 at 10 a.m. at Unity Church - Unitarian (733 Portland Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104).

Kierig, Barbara.jpgUniversity of Minnesota School of Music professor Barbara Kierig passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Originally from St. Louis, MO, Kierig earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in vocal music from the University of Illinois Urbana. She studied on a Fulbright scholarship at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. As an opera singer, Kierig played opposite Samuel Ramey and other notable artists in productions across the U.S. In the 60s and 70s, she performed at the Vienna Volksoper and elsewhere throughout Austria, Germany and Italy, appearing with Reri Grist, Erich Kunz, Ileana Cortubas, and other artists. She met her husband, Russel at the American National Opera. He was also a singer, and together they toured Europe.

In the mid-70s she began teaching, first at Pretoria College in South Africa, then at Eastern Kentucky and Washington State University. In 1983 Kierig became a vocal music instructor at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Fluent in German and the Viennese dialect, she was the Minnesota Opera's German language coach. She was a sought-after judge of District and Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions.

Teaching was Kierig's passion. She maintained a private studio until a few months before her death. Her students vividly remember her emphasis on solid vocal technique, her practical methods, endless energy and patience, and lively personality. Her colorful, zany expressions--part of every lesson--will not be forgotten.

Her dedication to her students was evident, she once shared with a student, "I wake up thinking of all of your lovely voices. I have them all right here in my head and I'm thinking about them all the time."

U of M School of Music voice professor Jean del Santo remembers her longtime colleague fondly, "What was so impressive about Barbara was her generous spirit. One of her great loves in life was German and she was known for her German dialect work with the Minnesota Opera. So naturally when the University Opera Theatre presented The Magic Flute in 2010, she taught German dialect in addition to her studio classes. She gave her time to individually coach students from both casts to ensure that their German was perfect. This shows what a dedicated teacher and lover of the art form she was."

For several weeks each summer, Kierig lived in her beloved Vienna, visiting historical musical sites and attending concerts. She will be deeply missed by many past and current students, colleagues and friends. She is survived by her husband, Russel, of St. Paul and son Steve, of Los Angeles.

Donations can be made in Kierig's name to The Minnesota Opera and the University of Minnesota School of Music - Twin Cities. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, June 22 at 10 a.m. at Unity Church - Unitarian (733 Portland Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104).

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 30, 2013

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

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

May 28, 2013

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

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

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

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

May 24, 2013

SOM Professor Alex Lubet Interviewed for the Star Tribune and

lubetalex.jpgU of M School of Music professor and Bob Dylan expert Alex Lubet was interviewed for a Star Tribune article on tributes to Dylan in his native North Shore. A longer version of this article can be found on

May 21, 2013

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw performances, Phil Hey celebrated at Artists' Quarter, and Guerino Mazzola newsletter

ArtymiwLydiaSQ.jpgLydia Artymiw (Distinguished McKnight Professor of Piano) performed three concerts at the 17th annual Virginia Arts Festival in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, VA. On May 11 and 12, she performed in Stravinsky's Les Noces with pianists Andre-Michel Schub, Josu de Solaun, and Anna Petrova, the Virginia Festival Chamber Musicians and Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus, conducted by JoAnn Falletta, also recording the Stravinsky for the Naxos label. She then joined Schub, Perova, and de Solaun for two programs of two piano works by Schumann, Brahms, Ravel, Debussy, and Smetana.

Hey,PhilWeb.jpgPhil Hey (jazz) was celebrated at the Artists' Quarter on May 17 and 18. The concerts marked his 60th birthday and included a variety of performers. More info.

Mazzola_Guerino7d067d.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) is president of the Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music. The Society's May 2013 newsletter is available, which includes a foreward from Mazzola, information about the 4th International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music, and more. Read the newsletter.

May 13, 2013

Faculty member Adriana Zabala reviewed for "Marriage of Figaro"

Zabala-MarriageOfFigaro.jpgAdriana Zabala (voice) performed the role of Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro with Florentine Opera in Milwaukee. It was her debut role with the company. The show received a favorable review from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in Elaine Schmidt's article "Singing, acting both stellar in 'Figaro'." Schmidt writes, "Adriana Zabala brought warmth and presence to both her mezzo-soprano sound and the Cherubino 'pants' role." Zabala was interviewed by Tom Strini in his Third Coast Daily article, "Florentine Friends: Soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine, Mezzo Adriana Zabala." Read the interview.

May 8, 2013

U of M School of Music Presents Professor James Dillon's "Book of Elements" Performed by Pianist Noriko Kawai on May 15, 2013

Noriko Kawai.jpgU of M School of Music will present composer and U of M professor James Dillon's Book of Elements, a five-volume piano solo, performed by pianist Noriko Kawai on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Ted Mann Concert Hall (2128 4th St. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455). This event is free and open to the public.

Kawai performed The Book of Elements, which has been described by BBC Music Magazine as "rich" and "utterly riveting," at the UK Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Royal College of Music in London, and the Alicante Summer Festival in Spain. In 2003, she recorded a CD of Elements.

"To play all volumes in one go is a quite a tour de force," says Kawai, who premiered volume 2 in Germany. "It's about 90 minutes without any intermission."

But daunting as it is, Kawai savors the challenge; once she starts, she says, time ceases to exist and the music takes over. "What I like about Dillon's piano music is, despite his vast knowledge of the keyboard literature, his language remains unique, outrageous, elegant, exasperating, funny, and helplessly beautiful," she says.

When asked what he wanted people to leave with after attending the May 15 concert, Dillon, who started composing at about the age of seven or eight, replied: "The only thing one can hope for is that an audience has an open and curious mind, nothing else. And actually, what they'd leave with, I don't want to have any control over whatsoever. The concert contains all the things that one demands of a concert, which is essentially a kind of musical magic."

"The Book of Elements a five-part essay in continuity versus discontinuity and concentrated substance for solo piano that amounts, I think, to be the most significant contribution to the pianist's repertoire since György Ligeti's Etudes."
--Tom Service, The Guardian

Read The Guardian's Guide to James Dillon's music:

May 7, 2013

Faculty member David Baldwin at International Trumpet Guild Conference

baldwinDavid.jpgDavid Baldwin (trumpet) will attend the International Trumpet Guild Conference, June 11-15, 2013 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Baldwin has two CDs issued by this organization that feature his interpretation of the etudes of Theo Charlier, Reginaldo Caffarelli, Jean Baptise Arban, and Marcel Bitsch. Baldwin was a founding member of the International Trumpet Guild and has been Secretary and a long-time Board Member.

April 29, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 25, 2013

Remembering U of M School of Music Professor Paul Haack

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

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

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

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

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

April 22, 2013

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

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

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

April 17, 2013

Remembering U of M School of Music Professor Emerita Glenda Maurice

Glenda_Maurice 2.jpgUniversity of Minnesota voice professor emerita Glenda Maurice passed away on April 16, 2013. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m. at Unity Church-Unitarian (732 Holly Avenue, N Grotto St, St Paul, MN 55104).

After recording "Cry Me a River" at the age of sixteen, Glenda Maurice secured a spot on Pat Boone's television show. She later attended Texas Wesleyan University where she encountered classical vocal music. In 1988, Maurice joined the faculty of University of Minnesota School of Music. Her vocal students have gone on to win the national Metropolitan Opera auditions, sing on the roster of the New York Metropolitan Opera, and win first place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Auditions.

Her book Finding Vocal Artistry will be published by Xlibris books and will be available through their bookstore, on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other websites.

April 16, 2013

Faculty member Scott Lipscomb Twin Cities Opera Guild grant

LipscombScottSQ.jpgScott Lipscomb (music education) and Dee Lundell (Learning Through Music) received a $3,000 grant from the Twin Cities Opera Guild to support the 4th Grade Opera program at Folwell School, an urban, K-8 fine arts magnet in south Minneapolis. A portion of these funds was used to take more than 100 students to the Ordway to see the Minnesota Opera's production of Puccini's Turandot. This experience, and others, prepare the students for creating their own opera based on the life of Nelson Mandela, a music integration program that fulfills their social studies curriculum. A dozen U of M students (mostly music education majors) will be involved in this innovative application of music to support learning in the arts and in other academic areas.

April 9, 2013

Faculty News: Fernando Meza and Alexander Fiterstein judge Chicago Symphony Youth Competition, Adriana Zabala featured in "Minnesota Original"

MezaFiterstein.jpgFernando Meza (percussion) and Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet) were recently judges for the Chicago Symphony Youth Competition. Meza judged the final round and Fiterstein judged the preliminary round.

Zabala_AdrianaSquare.jpgAdriana Zabala (voice) is featured in an episode of Minnesota Original focusing on Minnesota Opera's New Works. The episode highlights her role in John Patrick Shanley and Douglas J. Cuomo's opera Doubt, which made its world premiere in January 2013. Watch the video.

April 1, 2013

Listen to U of M School of Music Flute Professor Immanuel Davis on Classical MPR

Immanuel_Davis.jpgSchool of Music flute professor Immanuel Davis discussed his latest CD "On A Clear Morning" on Classical Minnesota Public radio with host Alison Young. Listen now.

March 28, 2013

Listen to faculty member Adriana Zabala and composer/pianist Gregg Kallor on MPR

ZabalaKallor.jpgListen to U of M School of Music professor/mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala and composer/pianist Gregg Kallor talk with Classical MPR host Steve Staruch about the music for their free recital tonight, March 28, at Ted Mann Concert Hall. Listen now.

March 25, 2013

Faculty member Lydia Artymiw March performances with Peter Wiley, Steven Tenenbom, and Kim Kashkashian

ArtymiwLydiaSQ.jpgLydia Artymiw's (piano) March schedule included performances with cellist Peter Wiley and violist Steven Tenenbom for the Music at the Institute Series in New York on March 2 and with 2013 Grammy winner, violist Kim Kashkashian at Queens College, New York on March 15; Sacramento State University (CSUS) in Sacramento on March 17; and at Jordan Hall in Boston on March 28.

Student News: Melissa Deal (PSEO) winner of Schubert Club Scholarship Competition Preliminaries, Pei-Lei Lin winner of Suji Lee Scholarship Award, Megan Ruan finalist for MPR's Minnesota Varsity Competition

Melissa Deal (PSEO, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) was a winner of the 2013 Schubert Club Scholarship Competition Preliminaries in the Senior High School Strings division.

Pei-Lei Lin (D.M.A. candidate, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) was the 2013 winner of the Suji Lee $2500 Scholarship award sponsored by the Taiwanese Association of America, Minnesota Chapter (TAAMN). She also won second prize and a $600 scholarship in the Thursday Musical Competition, college division, in March 2013.

Megan Ruan (PSEO, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) is a finalist for Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Minnesota Varsity Competition. Listen to Ruan perform SOM alumnus Stephen Paulus's Piano Prelude and vote for her.

March 18, 2013

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 14, 2013

School of Music Professor Adriana Zabala and Gregg Kallor present Exhilaration: Dickinson and Yeats Songs on March 28, 2013

zabala kallor.jpgU of M School of Music professor/mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala and composer/pianist Gregg Kallor present Kallor's acclaimed settings of poems by Emily Dickinson and William Butler Yeats at on Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Ted Mann Concert Hall (2128 4th St. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455). This event is free and open to the public.

Kallor and Zabala premiered these cycles at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in 2007 and recorded them the following year. This program also features many selections from Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch, Debussy settings of Paul Bourget, and a few Spanish surprises. Read more.

March 11, 2013

Faculty News: Immanuel Davis and Timothy Lovelace CD release with Käthe Jarka; James Dillon's work to be performed at Holland Festival

OnAClearMorning.jpgImmanuel Davis (flute) and Timothy Lovelace (piano) will perform with Käthe Jarka (cello) in an evening of works by Philippe Gaubert with 1899 Erard piano from the Schubert Club Collection and 1865 Louis Lot flute. Concert to celebrate release of their On a Clear Morning CD. Wine and cheese reception to follow. The event takes place on Monday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Schubert Club. Tickets: $10 in advance/$15 at the door/$5 with student ID. More info.

DillonJames.jpgOn June 8, 2013 the Holland Festival will present a marathon performance of James Dillon's (composition) epic work Nine Rivers, performed by three ensembles from the Netherlands and percussionist and conductor Steven Schick. Visit the Holland Festival website for more information and tickets.

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 28, 2013

University Symphony Orchestra's performance with the Joffrey Ballet in the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press

Great reviews are in from the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press of the February 26, 2013 Joffrey Ballet performance with the University Symphony Orchestra (Mark Russell Smith, conductor).

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.


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.

Faculty News: Tom Ashworth on "A Prairie Home Companion"; Alexander Fiterstein on MPR; Fernando Meza performances; Mark Russell Smith interview and new position; and Keitha Hamann, Scott Lipscomb and Laura Sindberg present at MMEA Midwinter Clinic

TomAshworth.jpgTom Ashworth (trombone) performed with a tuba/euphonium quintet on American Public Media's A Prairie Home Companion on February 16. Watch a video of Ashworth on lead euphonium on "Tuba Blues."

Alexander Fiterstein
(clarinet) was interviewed on Classical Minnesota Public Radio on February 23 by host Alison Young and is featured in the MPR article, "Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein concertizes the Midwest." Listen to the interview and read the article.

KeithaHamann.jpgKeitha Hamann (music education) presented "Teacher Evaluation - What's Coming in Minnesota?" as part of MMEA's Teacher Evaluation Task Force (which she co-chairs) at the MMEA Midwinter In-Service Clinic.

LipscombScottSQ.jpgScott D. Lipscomb (music education) presented a session at the annual MMEA Midwinter In-Service Clinic titled "Mobile apps are all the rage: You too can create music-based apps for your classroom (and beyond!)." Lipscomb demonstrated how free tools for iPhone, iPod, and iPad application development greatly simplify the process of creating professional-looking mobile applications. After introducing the tools, he then demonstrated for those present how to create an application that responded to user button clicks by playing a musical tone and showing the same note on a musical staff.

MezaFernandoSQ.jpgFernando Meza (percussion) will perform with the Dominican Republic National Symphony as principal timpanist for the Santo Domingo Music Festival (soloists in the festival will include Joshua Bell, violin; Alison Balsom, trumpet; Jue Wang, piano; and Gautier Capuçon, cello). At the end of March, he will give a 5-day percussion seminar in Bogotá, Colombia at the National University, organized by the Youth Philharmonic of Colombia. He will judge the final round of the Chicago Symphony Youth Competition on March 30.

LauraSindberg.jpgLaura Sindberg (music education) presented a session on the rehearsal planning process as a vital component of effective teaching to 180 music educators at the at the MMEA Midwinter In-Service Clinic.

SmithMarkRussellSQ.pngMark Russell Smith (orchestra) was interviewed in the Star Tribune article, "Joffrey Ballet at the Orpheum Theatre Feb. 26" about why the performance is important to students. Smith has also been named artistic director of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies.

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.

Faculty News: Mark Bjork is guest clinician, Alexander Fiterstein and Craig Kirchhoff on MPR, and Alex Lubet album review

BjorkMark.pngMark Bjork (violin and pedagogy) served as guest clinician for a workshop for students in the Suzuki program associated with Centenary College in Shreveport, LA on February 8 and 9 and presented master classes on February 10.

FitersteinAlexanderSQ.jpgListen to Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet) on Thursday, February 21 at noon on Classical Minnesota Public Radio (99.5 FM) in conversation with host Allison Young about his upcoming Midwest concert tour that includes performances in Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Indiana, and Montana.

kirchhoffCraig_mobilea647a2.pngListen to Craig Kirchhoff (bands) lead the University of Minnesota Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a performance of Jeffrey Brooks's "Dreadnought" (recorded in 1997) on the February 15, 2013 edition of American Public Media's Composer's Datebook. Brooks's "Dreadnought" was written for the University of Minnesota Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Listen here.

LubetAlexSQ.jpgA review of Alex Lubet's new album Spectral Blues can be found at The album received 5 stars as a Top Pick for February. The reviewer called it "Wonderfully resonant and compelling from start to finish..."

February 15, 2013

Listen to SOM Professor Alexander Fiterstein on Classical Minnesota Public Radio on 2/21

Listen to School of Music professor Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet) on Thursday, February 21 at noon on Classical Minnesota Public Radio (99.5 FM) in conversation with host Allison Young about his upcoming Midwest concert tour which will include performances in Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Indiana and Montana. See full tour schedule here.

February 4, 2013

Faculty News: Alexander Braginsky and Immanuel Davis featured in interviews, Adriana Zabala's performance reviewed by the "New York Times"

BraginskyAlexanderSQ2.jpgAlexander Braginsky (piano) was interviewed in International Piano magazine's September/October 2012 education issue in the article "Teaching at the top Part 1" and in the November/December 2012 issue in the article "Teaching at the top Part 2."
DavisImmanuel.jpgImmanuel Davis (flute) was featured on the cover of the New York Flute Club newsletter in the article "Eclectic Flutist Immanuel Davis Has His Cake and Eats it Too!" He performed with Timothy Lovelace (piano) and Bradley Brookshire (harpsichord) on December 16, 2012 in a recital at Baruch Performing Arts Centers.
a_zabala_d5cd01c34060.pngAdriana Zabala's (voice) performance in the Minnesota Opera's production of Doubt (January 26 - February 3) was reviewed in The New York Times.

January 22, 2013

Faculty News: Alexander Braginsky student win; Alex Lubet releases new album; Maja Radovanlija joins Minneapolis Guitar Quartet; Adriana Zabala in Minnesota Opera's premiere of "Doubt"

BraginskyAlexanderSQ2.jpgAlexander Braginsky's (piano) student Henry Wang (Rochester, MN) won the MTNA Junior Division at the regional level in Lawrence, Kansas. Henry has moved on to MTNA Finals at Anaheim, CA to be held in March.

spectralBlues.jpgAlex Lubet's (theory/composition) new album Spectral Blues: New Music for Acoustic Guitar (Ravello) was ranked #2 in downloads among "Modern & 20th Century" recordings on, as of January 19. It can be downloaded or pre-ordered on CD on Amazon.

MGQ-3-sq.jpgMaja Radovanlija (guitar) recently joined the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet and has begun touring and performing with the ensemble. MGQ was founded in 1986, and is one of the few guitar ensembles in the U.S. Radovanlija is honored to be the first woman to join the quartet. More information and concert schedule. Photo (left to right): Joseph Hagedorn, Maja Radovanlija, alum/current student Wade Oden, and Ben Gateño - photo by Leslie Shank.

Doubt737f83.JPGAdriana Zabala (voice) sings the role of Sister James in the Minnesota Opera's world premiere of Douglas J. Cuomo's Doubt on January 26, 29, 31 and February 2 and 3 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. For student tickets and more information, visit the Minnesota Opera website. The opera was featured in the Star Tribune's article, "Minnesota Opera premieres 'Doubt.'" Read the article. Rehearsal photo (left to right): Christine Brewer, Denyce Graves, Matthew Worth and Adriana Zabala.

January 18, 2013

SOM Professor Adriana Zabala to star in Minnesota Opera's world premiere of 'Doubt'

Doubt.JPGSchool of Music voice professor Adriana Zabala sings the role of Sister James in the Minnesota Opera's world premiere of Douglas J. Cuomo's Doubt on January 26, 29, 31 and February 2 and 3 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. For student tickets and more information, visit the Minnesota Opera website. Rehearsal photo (left to right): Christine Brewer, Denyce Graves, Matthew Worth and Adriana Zabala.

January 15, 2013

Faculty member Sally O'Reilly's students' accomplishments

Two of Sally O'Reilly's (violin) students recently won competitions. Melissa Deal (PSEO) won first prize in the LaCrosse Symphony's Rising Star Competition. She will perform as soloist with the orchestra later this spring. Jason Shu (Blake student) won the High School String level of Music Teachers National Association's divisional competitions in Lawrence, KS. He will compete at the National competition in Anaheim, CA in March. Pianist Garret Ross, former student of Alexander Braginsky, accompanied Shu.

January 3, 2013

Faculty member Sally O'Reilly gives Liszt Academy master class

photo6b6fe5.JPGSally O'Reilly (violin) was invited to give a master class at the Liszt Academy in Budapest in mid-December. Photo: Sally O'Reilly (center) with violinists who participated in her master class.

December 21, 2012

School of Music musicology professor Karen Painter interviewed on Public Radio International's "The World"

302722.jpgU of M School of Music musicology professor Karen Painter discusses Mahler's song cycle Kindertotenlieder on the December 21, 2012 edition of Public Radio International's The World. Listen to the interview "Mahler's Songs on the Death of Children" on The World's website.

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 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

November 5, 2012

Prof. Adriana Zabala sings at New York preview of Douglas Cuomo's "Doubt"

MNOperaDoubt.jpgAdriana Zabala (voice) will sing at the New York preview of Douglas Cuomo's opera Doubt, based on the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play by John Patrick Shanley. The performace will take place tonight, Monday, November 5 at the Guggenheim for Works & Process at 6:30 p.m. (central time). Watch the live online broadcast of this performance at

Faculty and students attend the annual meeting of the Committee on Inter-Institutional Cooperation

Faculty member Scott Lipscomb (music education) traveled with six music education doctoral students to attend the annual meeting of the Committee on Inter-Institutional Cooperation (CIC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This annual event provides an opportunity for faculty and graduate students from Big Ten institutions to gather together, present research, and develop long-term, professional relationships. This year, four research posters were presented by U of M music education doctoral students:

  • Casey Clementson: "The quest for quality: Multicultural repertoire for instrumental music"
  • John Stewart: "Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance in the high school band: A case study"
  • Kinh Vu: "Music in our schools: Sexual orientation and curriculum"
  • Multiple authors: "Two-year college music programs in Minnesota"--The co-authored poster represents a collaborative research project completed as part of Doctoral Seminar (MUED 8900), which was co-authored - under the supervision of all music education faculty - by John Stewart, Yolanda Williams, Kinh Vu, Tracey Collins, Casey Clementson, and David Berberick, with valuable assistance from Jennifer Hawkinson and David Rolandson.

October 29, 2012

Faculty member Matthew Rahaim book publication

musicking_bodies.jpgMatthew Rahaim's (musicology/ethnomusicology) book Musicking Bodies: Gesture and Voice in Hindustani Music is now available on Wesleyan University Press. Rahaim will discuss his new book at the U of M Bookstore, Coffman Memorial Union on Thursday, November 29 at 4 p.m. Rahaim will sign copies of his book following the discussion. Learn more on the U of M Bookstore website.

October 22, 2012

Faculty member Mark Bjork presentation at Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association

BjorkMark.pngMark Bjork (violin and pedagogy) presented a talk "Now go Home and Practice, But How?" to the fall clinic of the Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association (state chapter of American String Teachers Association) on October 18.

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 11, 2012

Jazz Professor Dean Sorenson Recipient of 2012 ASCAP Plus Award

Dean Sorenson Photo.jpegSchool of Music professor Dean Sorenson (jazz) has been chosen as a 2012 ASCAP Plus Award recipient. These awards, made by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, reflect their continuing commitment to assist and encourage ASCAP composers. Awards are granted by an independent panel and are based upon the unique prestige value of each writer's catalog of original compositions as well as recent performances in areas not surveyed by the Society.

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.

September 28, 2012

Clarinet Professor Alexander Fiterstein to Perform with the SPCO

Clarinet Professor Alexander Fiterstein will perform with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Danish Conductor Thomas Dausgaard on Friday, October 5 at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday, October 6 at 8 p.m. at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Fiterstein will perform Carl Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto.

September 27, 2012

Faculty member Timothy Lovelace featured in "Pioneer Press"

Lovelace_Tim.jpgTimothy Lovelace (collaborative piano/coaching) was featured in the Pioneer Press article "Orchestra review: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra thinks small - and that's a very big thing" for his performance in a Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Neighborhood Series event. Read the article.

September 17, 2012

Talea Ensemble will give U.S. premiere of faculty member James Dillon's "New York Triptych"

DillonJames.jpgTalea Ensemble of New York will give the U.S. premiere of James Dillon's (composition) "New York Triptych" conducted by James Baker on September 21 at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd St. New York. Talea Ensemble, who commissioned the work, gave the world premiere in July in Damstadt, Germany. More info.

September 14, 2012

School of Music Voice Professor Adriana Zabala featured in New York Times Article 'A New Opera Center, for Practicing as Well as Performing'

adriana_zabala1c4cc7.jpgU of M School of Music voice professor Adriana Zabala is featured in the New York Times article "A New Opera Center, for Practicing as Well as Performing." Photo: Zabala rehearsing Minnesota Opera's upcoming production of Douglas J. Cuomo and John Patrick Shanley's Doubt in Opera America's new National Opera Center in Manhattan.

September 10, 2012

Faculty member Barbara Kierig asked to serve as Met audition judge

KierigBarbara.jpgBarbara Kierig (voice) has been asked to serve as judge for the District Metropolitan Opera Auditions in Buffalo on January 12, 2013. This comprises Buffalo, Toronto, Syracuse, and Rochester, and includes singers from Eastman School of Music. Kierig will also judge for District Met Auditions in San Diego on October 13.

Audio Engineer John Marks's collaboration on "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" film

MarksJohnSQ.jpgJohn Marks (audio engineer) collaborated with the local experimental rock trio, Brute Heart on an original score to the German Expressionist film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The score was commissioned by the Walker Art Center, and the ensemble performed it live to the film on August 20, 2012 in the finale presentation of the WAC's 2012 Movies and Music Series. The Star Tribune reported this feature on the composition in their article, "Local music: Brute Heart's somnambulist blues." Read the article.

September 6, 2012

SOM Professor Alexander Fiterstein featured on Performance Today, September 7

Listen to School of Music clarinet professor Alexander Fiterstein's recording of "Nocturne" by Ronn Yedidia from his recent CD Impromptu, Nocturne and World Dance tomorrow, Friday September 7 at 1:20 p.m., on "Performance Today" on Classical MPR (99.5 FM).

September 4, 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

Faculty News: David Damschroder's new book and Laura Sindberg conducts at the 2012 International Music Camp

DamschroderDavidSQ.jpgDavid Damschroder's (music theory) Harmony in Haydn and Mozart, the third book of his Harmony Project, has been published by Cambridge University Press. He is currently at work on the fourth volume, Harmony in Chopin, which formed the basis for "Formal/Harmonic Conflicts in Chopin's Mazurkas," a lecture delivered at the 17th Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, Edinburg, during June.

InternationalMusicCamp2012LauraSindberg.JPGLaura Sindberg (music education) served as conductor of the International Wind Ensemble and Mountie/Ranger Bands at the 2012 International Music Camp, held at the International Peace Garden. Students were from Canada and the United States, along with several students from Surinam, Hong Kong, Sweden, and Croatia. The International Music Camp provides sessions for musicians and artists of all ages, gathered to study art and perform at a high level.

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 24, 2012

SOM Faculty Member Mark Russell Smith Announced as Interim Artistic Advisor and Symphony Conductor for GTCYS

SmithMarkRussellSQ.pngMark Russell Smith (orchestra) has been announced as Interim Artistic Advisor and Symphony Conductor for the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) 2012-13 season. More info.

July 23, 2012

Faculty News: Christopher Brown at BASS2012; Guerino Mazzola and David Walsh's workshop of "Apocalypse - Now and Then"; and David Walsh coordinates guest artist residency

BrownChristopher.jpgChristopher Brown (bass) will give a seminar and recital at BASS2012, the biennial European double bass convention taking place August 14-19. BASS2012 promotes the development of double bass playing and its network of amateurs, students, professors, performers, educational establishment, bass makers and manufacturers of accessories. There will be more than 150 bass events at the convention, including competitions, recitals, master classes, seminars, showcases and open stages for both classical and jazz bass music.

MazzolaWalsh.jpgProfessors Guerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) and David Walsh (opera theatre) recently held a two-week workshop of Mazzola's opera Apocalypse - Now and Then, with the support of the CLA's Grant-in-Aid program. Five scenes from the proposed opera, which deals with the creation and commercialization of music, were distilled into one 15-minute segment which was recorded in Barker Dance Center at the culmination of the workshop. Participants included four singers from the voice/opera program, four graduate orchestral students, two students from the Dance program and one dancer from St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, as well as students from Theatre, Public Policy and Anthropology. Also involved was young German-Italian composer, Manuela Kerer, who wrote the score for the opera. The DVD recording of the performance will be edited and then used to solicit funding for a future production of the full opera.

With the generous support of $150,000 in private funding, together with a CIRI grant from the School of Music and the College of Liberal Arts, University Opera Theatre director David Walsh was able to undertake a 3-week residency this spring with Grammy Award-winning composers, Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein. The guest artists collaborated with voice majors, as well as choral, orchestral, and composition students on a variety of projects. The residency included a concert of vocal and instrumental works (including extracts of new composition by doctoral composition candidate, Tiffany Skidmore); the workshop presentation of extensive scenes from a new opera by Aldridge and Garfein, Sister Carrie; and culminated in the first ever staging of their symphonic oratorio, Parables, involving close to 200 participants onstage. The Parables project, which entailed an educational outreach program in six area high schools and utilized 12 dance students from St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, was filmed by Twin Cities Public Television and will be aired this fall. In the meantime, discussions are being held with a major regional opera company regarding a potential future co-production of the world premiere of Sister Carrie.

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 26, 2012

Faculty Member David Grayson's Papers, Article, and Pre-concert Talks

GraysonDavidSQ.jpgDavid Grayson (musicology) presented papers at three international conferences celebrating the 150th anniversary of Claude Debussy's birth: "The Early Recordings of Pelléas" at the Cité de la Musique and Opéra-Comique in Paris in February, "Paysage sentimental: si doux, si triste, si dormant..." at the University of Montreal in March, and "Reflections on the new edition of Pelléas" at Gresham College in London in April. All three are scheduled for publication. Another article, "L'Édition scientifique de Pelléas" will be published later this year in "Pelléas et Mélisande" cent ans après: études et documents (Paris: Symétrie). He also gave several pre-concert talks for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

June 19, 2012

SOM Professor Paul Shaw Brings Case Study to Life for Carlson School of Management Students

ShawPaulSQ.jpgUniversity of Minnesota piano professor and Steinway artist Paul Shaw brought a case study life when he was invited to assistant professor Enno Siemsen's Global Operations Strategy class. Read more to find out what happened when business met the arts.

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.

June 4, 2012

Faculty News: Julia Bogorad-Kogan performance and reviews; Alex Lubet album release and essay publication; and Jeffrey Van performance and premiere

BogoradKoganJuliaSQ.jpgJulia Bogorad-Kogan (flute) performed Edgard Varese's Density 21.5 for solo flute on The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's Ordway and Ted Mann Concert Hall series on May 25 through 27. Of this performance, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Larry Fuchsberg wrote in his review titled "Juxtaposing Mozart with modernist by SPCO": "Julia Bogorad-Kogan, the SPCO's exceptional principal, offered both high drama and a remarkable range of timbres. Written for a platinum flute, the music seemed to deepen in color by being played on Bogorad-Kogan's gold-copper-silver instrument." The St. Paul Pioneer Press's Rob Hubbard called the performance "a tour de force" in his review "Mozart and modernist match up in SPCO concert."

LubetAlexSQ.jpgAlex Lubet's (creative studies & media) album Spectral Blues will be released on the Parma label and distributed by Naxos. The album contains two suites for acoustic guitar, performed by the composer. His article "Listening to Bob Dylan" will appear in the next issue of Cognitive Critique. His essay "Losing...My Religion: Music, Disability, Gender and Jewish and Islamic Law" will appear in the forthcoming Music and Identity Politics, Ian Biddle, editor (Ashgate).

VanJeffreySQ.jpgJeffrey Van (retired guitar faculty) performed with violin and harpsichord in works by Corelli and Ponce with the Hill House Chamber Players in February, played Astor Piazzolla's Histoire du Tango for flute and guitar on the South Dakota Symphony's Chamber Series in March, and performed in a concert with the Macalester College choir (Matthew Mehaffey, conductor) in April which featured Van's compositions Night Sings to Morning for choir and guitar, and the Minnesota premiere of his setting of The Garden by Moonlight for choir, flute, clarinet, violin and cello(commissioned by Macalester College).

May 29, 2012

Faculty member Akosua Obuo Addo award and publication

AddoAkosuaSQ.jpgAkosua Obuo Addo (music education) received the 2012 Education Service award for her contribution to innovative learning for students through Ordway programming. The Ordway Center for Performing Arts holds an Annual Liaison Appreciation Event to honor educators and institutions for advancing Ordway's arts programming, as well as its education and community programs mission. Educators and institutions receive awards for Philanthropy, Vision, Community Commitment, and Education Service. Addo also published a chapter in Ukpokodu, O. & Ukpokodu, P. Ed. "Contemporary Voices from the Margin: African Educators on African and American Education" titled "African Education through the Arts."

May 14, 2012

Faculty News: Immanuel Davis appears on MPR and receives Artist Initiative Award grant

DavisImmanuel.jpgImmanuel Davis's recent performance with the Bach Society will be broadcast by Steve Staruch on May 17 at 3:15 p.m. on Classical Minnesota Public Radio (99.5 FM). On the broadcast, he will perform a Telemann Quartet from "Tafelmusik" for flute, oboe, violin, and continuo (playing baroque instruments). Davis received a $10,000 Artist Initiative Award grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in March. With the grant, he will perform a series of concerts around the state of Minnesota with world-renowned colleague Barthold Kuijken.

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

Video: University of Minnesota Jazz Ensemble I & Symphonic Band with Charles Lazarus, trumpet

Jazz Ensemble I & Symphonic Band.jpg Watch the University of Minnesota School of Music's Jazz Ensemble I & Symphonic Band perform SOM professor Dean Sorenson's "New Directions" featuring Charles Lazarus (trumpet soloist) at Ted Mann Concert Hall on April 30, 2012. SOM professor Jerry Luckhardt conducted the Symphonic Band and Dean Sorenson conducted Jazz Ensemble I. Watch the video on the U of M School of Music's YouTube channel.

Faculty member Alexander Fiterstein's new recording featured on NPR

FitersteinAlexanderSQ.jpgProfessor Alexander Fiterstein's (clarinet) new album "Ronn Yedidia: Impromptu, Nocturne and World Dance" was recently featured on NPR All Things Considered, Weekend Edition (Saturday, May 5). Listen to the story on NPR's website.

Faculty News: Guerino Mazzola advisor for Voices of Fire, Fernando Meza's recent activities, Mark Russell Smith on MPR, and Dean Sorenson published

voice_of_fire.jpgGuerino Mazzola (creativity and mathematical music theory), theater professor Carl Flink, and electrical and computer engineering professor Guillermo Sapiro were advisors on U of M student Laruen Butler's (dance and mechanical engineering) upcoming project Voices of Fire. Voices of Fire features dancers using electronic sensors to control the music with their movement. As they dance a process of re-creation using imagery of fire, the dancers also transform the music using the "fire" of electricity. The music gives the movement an additional voice, and the audience can listen to the dancing and see the sound. Voices of Fire is directed by Lauren Butler with dancers Katie Taintor and Lauren Butler. With music by Michael Legan, programming by Patrick Flanagan, and visual design by Aleksey Polukéyev. Choreography, system design, and hardware by Lauren Butler. Voices of Fire will take place on Saturday, May 12 at 5 p.m. at TekBox Theater in downtown Minneapolis.

MezaFernandoSQ.jpgFernando Meza (percussion) presented a clinic on Latin Drumming and offered master classes at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia on April 20 and 21. He recently performed under conductors Mark Wigglesworth and Kristjan Järvi with the Minnesota Orchestra and performed on marimba for the world premiere of Bulgarian composer Vassil Kazandjiev's Fantasy Concertante for flute, horn, cello and marimba for the 2012 Balkanicus concert at the U of M School of Music.

SmithMarkRussellSQ.pngListen to Mark Russell Smith (orchestral conducting) 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 the University Symphony Orchestra concert which took place on Friday, May 4 at Ted Mann Concert Hall.

SorensonDeanSQ.pngDean Sorenson's (jazz) book First Place for Jazz, was recently published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company. Visit the First Place for Jazz website to watch the video overview of the publication.

May 2, 2012

U of M School of Music Students Perform Tiny Desk Concerts

UR_CONTENT_386620.jpegChrista Saeger (D.M.A. candidate, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova) performed the first Tiny Desk Music Concert outside Nanette Hanks's office in U of M's Johnston Hall on Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Hanks is sponsoring the series and Jerry Luckhardt (bands) is coordinating the performances. Work at the U and want a Tiny Desk Concert at your place? Email professor Luckhardt with your interest. Listen to a few minutes of Saeger's performance.

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.

March 15, 2012

Fiterstein to tour with Interlochen Arts Academy

fiterstein lisa marie mazzucco.jpgSchool of Music professor Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet) will tour with Interlochen Arts Academy March 18 to 22 and may be in a city near you - Detroit, Grand Rapids, Chicago, and Interlochen. Check out this link to catch up with professor Fiterstein and for online streaming info.

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."

December 1, 2011

It's a U of M School of Music Holiday Flash Mob!

The SOM teamed up with the U of M Carlson School of Management to create a holiday flash mob video like no other. The video features SOM student Greg Wrenn (saxophone); Campus Singers Maroon, Gold, and Mosaic; Men's Chorus, Women's Chorus, University Singers, Kathy Saltzman Romey (coordinator, conductor); with audio by the SOM's own Phillip O'Toole. Watch the video here.

October 28, 2011

Professor Immanuel Davis Interviewed on Classical Minnesota Public Radio

Listen to U of M School of Music professor Immanuel Davis on Classical Minnesota Public Radio with host Steve Staruch on Bach's fateful meeting with Frederick the Great. Professor Davis will perform Bach's masterpiece The Musical Offering on Sunday, October 30 with the Bach Society of Minnesota on period instruments. See the Bach Society of Minnesota website for concert information.

October 5, 2011

U of M School of Music Director David Myers and SOM Convocation Keynote Speaker Helena Gaunt featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio

Listen to Classical Minnesota Public Radio Host John Birge chat with School of Music Convocation Keynote Speaker Helena Gaunt (Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London) and School of Music Director David Myers on Classical MPR on "Becoming a Musician in the 21st Century." The School of Music Convocation will take place on Thursday, October 6 at 10 a.m. in Ted Mann Concert Hall and is free and open to the public.

September 23, 2011

U of M School of Music featured in Minnesota Public Radio's Coverage of President Kaler's Inauguration

20110922_eric-kaler6_53.jpeg20110922_eric-kaler5_53.jpegThe University of Minnesota School of Music was featured in Minnesota Public Radio's (MPR) All Things Considered coverage of new U of M President Kaler's Inauguration on Thursday, September 22 at Ted Mann Concert Hall. In this story, School of Music Professor Peter Mercer-Taylor (musicology) was asked for his thoughts on the Inauguration and shared that he "...walked away from the whole thing just very inspired, and ready to buckle down and move into a new era if we can carve one out." See MPR's photo gallery of the Inauguration "Photos: Pomp and circumstance for new U of M president" to view SOM students performing in the Inauguration ceremony as well as the University Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mark Russell Smith.

September 22, 2011

School of Music Faculty and Students Perform at President Kaler's Inauguration, 9/22

Minnesota All banner - 200x240.jpegU of M School of Music faculty and students performed the music for the Inauguration ceremony for new University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler at Ted Mann Concert Hall. The School of Music provided music throughout the ceremony - including works by Brahms, Verdi and the work The Road Home by SOM alumnus/composer Stephen Paulus (M.A. 1976, Ph.D. 1978, composition). Visit the official Inauguration webpage for complete program information.

Congratulations to the School of Music students and faculty who made us proud at the new U President Kaler's Inauguration: Trumpet students, studios of Professors Baldwin and Bordner; Students from Jazz Studies program, conducted by Professor Sorenson; Trombone students, studios of Professors Ashworth and Tranter; String sextet, coached by Professor Konkol; University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Professor Mark Russell Smith; University Singers, conducted by Professor Saltzman Romey; and Combined University Choirs and University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Professors Saltzman Romey and Kirchhoff.

September 14, 2011

SOM's Creative Instructional Residencies Initiatives (CIRIs) program is featured in the Minnesota Daily

eliezer.jpgGuest Artist Eliezer Freitas Santos and Professors Scott Currie and David Myers are featured in the Minnesota Daily article "School of Music finds way to offset cuts: teaching the samba" on Creative Instructional Residencies Initiatives (CIRIs) at the U of M School of Music.

U of M SOM Composition Professor James Dillon's "Nine Rivers" premieres at the Miller Theatre in New York City

James+Dillon+Dillon.pngU of M professor James Dillon (composition) is interviewed in Time Out New York in "Interview: James Dillon A Scottish composer's poetic, problematic magnum opus comes to Miller Theatre" by Amanda MacBlane. Dillon is also featured in The Star-Ledger's article "James Dillon's decades-in-the-making work is an ambitious symphonic cycle" by Ronni Reich. Steven Schick will conduct the American premiere of Dillon's "Nine Rivers" at the Miller Theater in New York City on September 14, 16, and 17 and is featured in the New York Times article "Steven Schick Brings 'Nine Rivers' to New York: Tough Assignment for an Accidental Conductor." The event, jointly produced with Works & Process at the Guggenheim, divides the work across three evenings. For more information, visit the Miller Theater's website. Watch a video featuring Steven Schick on the U.S. premiere of "Nine Rivers."

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.

July 22, 2011

U of M School of Music Super Fan of the Week: Peter Mercer-Taylor

306693.jpgThis week's SOM Super Fan is musicology professor Peter Mercer-Taylor. Professor Mercer-Taylor teaches it all - from Nirvana to Schumann and his playlist reflects it. He even has a soft spot for Dolly Parton (don't we all?). He can also tell you where to find the best falafel in the Twin Cities. Let's meet Peter Mercer-Taylor!

1. Where are you originally from (hometown)?
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

2. Do you play any instruments?
I grew up playing the guitar and bass guitar, and can get around alright on the piano in most pop contexts. I once survived a read-through of Mozart's 29th Symphony as the sole member of the viola section, but it wasn't pretty. I've also tinkered around on mandolin, banjo, flute, and drums.

3. What was the last live performance that blew you away?
Mendelssohn's Elijah last year, in Ted Mann Concert Hall, with the U's own Matt Mehaffey running the baton. Dazzling!

4. How long have you worked at the U of M School of Music?
Ten years.

5. What do you like most about the U of M School of Music?
The community. After six years at a smaller school, I figured a place the size of the U could only feel cold and impersonal. Not so! Wonderfully committed professors and dedicated, engaged students.

6. Name your favorite musical moment at the SOM.

The 2009 production of Jenufa. Where has this opera been all my life?

7. Where is your favorite place to eat/hang out on campus and/or the Twin Cities?
Mim's, the Middle-Eastern place on Cleveland Avenue just off the St. Paul campus. Friendly folks, and the falafel has never let me down.

8. What's most frequently on your playlist?

Schumann string quartets just lately, but I'll never change the station on Cee Lo Green, Adele, or Nirvana.

9. What is something you know about the SOM faculty that no one else does?
Most of them won't laugh if you tell them you've got a soft spot for Dolly Parton (and who doesn't?).

10. What are the first three things that come to mind when someone mentions Minnesota?
Loons, cross-country skiing, and civic-minded people who are very proud of the place they live.

July 19, 2011

U of M School of Music Professor Sally O'Reilly Featured on TPT's 'MN Original'

18656.jpegSchool of Music professor Sally O'Reilly is currently featured on the Twin Cities Public Television program MN Original, in a profile on her 15 year-old violin student and School of Music Bravo! Strings and Keyboard Institute participant Sedra Bistodeau. The segment features interviews with professor O'Reilly as well as a peek behind the scenes in her violin studio. Watch the video.

July 5, 2011

U of M School of Music Professor Sumanth Gopinath featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer

31311.jpgSumanth Gopinath (music theory) is a featured scholar of ringtones in John Timpane's article "Symphony in B(eeps)" in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

June 28, 2011

U of M School of Music Professor Alexander Braginsky's Minnesota International E-Piano Competition Begins

Alexander Braginsky.jpegUniversity of Minnesota piano professor Alexander Braginsky is the president/artistic director of the Minnesota International e-Piano Competition, which is about to begin. Catch the first round this Friday on July 1. Visit the Minnesota International E-Piano Competition for complete details.

June 21, 2011

U of M School of Music Professor Adriana Zabala featured on TPT's 'MN Original'

Adriana Zabala.jpegSchool of Music associate professor Adriana Zabala is currently featured on the Twin Cities Public Television program MN Original, in a profile of the Resident Artists Program at the Minnesota Opera. The segment features an interview, live footage from the Minnesota Opera's production of Wuthering Heights, and production photos from Zabala's past roles with the company. Professor Zabala also discusses her role as a professor at the U of M School of Music. Watch the video.

May 28, 2011

Congratulations to U of M School of Music McKnight Fellowship Winners

U of M School of Music professor John Snow (oboe), recently won the 2011/2012 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Performing Musicians administered by MacPhail Center for Music. These fellowships are intended to reward artistic excellence and to support performing musicians who have reached a critical point in their career development. A McKnight Fellowship can help an artist set aside periods of time for study, reflection, experimentation, and exploration; take advantage of an opportunity; or work on a new project. Read the press release.

Congratulations to SOM composition student Jeremy Wagner (student of James Dillon) who is a recipient of this year's McKnight Composition Fellowship. These awards, which include $25,000 in unrestricted funds for each recipient, are meant to acknowledge excellence in the field of music composition. Read more.

May 11, 2011

University of Minnesota School of Music Composition Professor James Dillon picks up top Classical Music Honor

Minneapolis, MN (5/11/2011)--The Royal Philharmonic Society has honoured University of Minnesota composition professor James Dillon by presenting him with the Large-Scale Composition Award for Nine Rivers, premiered in Glasgow last November by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Presented at the RPS Music Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London, Tuesday, May 10, 2011, the jury highlighted the work's "sheer ambition and the consistency of creative thought sustaining it". The first ever staging of this marathon four-hour piece was an ambitious artistic collaboration between Glasgow Life and the BBC. 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.

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 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 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.

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.

February 4, 2011

SOM professor Alexander Fiterstein named Emerging Artist by Symphony Magazine

SOM clarinet professor Alexander Fiterstein was recently named in The League of American Orchestra's Symphony magazine's 2011 annual listing of emerging artists. Symphony magazine's annual listing of emerging soloists and conductors is inspired by the breadth and sheer volume of young classical talent. The New York Times has praised Fiterstein's playing for possessing a "beautiful liquid clarity."

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.

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.

SOM Professor James Dillon's Orchestral Epic "Nine Rivers" Receives Five Star Reviews

James Dillon's (composition) orchestral epic Nine Rivers was performed 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. The performance received five star reviews in The Herald Scotland, The Scotsman, The Guardian, and The Classical Source.

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 18, 2010

SOM D.M.A. Piano Student Denis Evstuhin Competing in the International Paderewski Piano Competition, Poland

Denis Evstuhin (D.M.A. candidate, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) was one of five finalists at the Paderewski International Piano Competition and finished the competition in 4th place. As part of the prize, he received invitations to festivals in France and Poland. He performed Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 on Friday, November 19. The two week long competition, held in Bydgozcz, Poland, began on November 9 with 40 participants selected from applicants from around the world. Evstuhin is currently featured on Minnesota Public Radio's website. Evstuhin was also invited to make his New York debut playing a recital at the International Keyboard Festival at Mannes College

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 1, 2010

Listen to Professor Scott Lipscomb on MPR's Midmorning with Kerri Miller

Professor Scott Lipscomb (music education) appeared on Minnesota Public Radio's Midmorning with host Kerri Miller on Tuesday, November 2 for an Election Day discussion related to Professor Lipscomb's research on the role of music in multimedia contexts. Archive audio of the discussion is available on the MPR website.

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.

June 4, 2010

SOM professor Scott Lipscomb to appear on WCCO-TV's "Good Question"

Music education professor Scott Lipscomb will be featured on WCCO-TV's 10 O'Clock News in the "Good Question" segment on Friday, June 4. Professor Lipscomb will tackle the eternal question of what makes for the perfect summer pop song.

April 30, 2010

U of M Faculty Member James Dillon won France's "Grand Prix de l'Académie du Disque Lyrique" award

The CD recording of James Dillon's (composition) opera Philomela has just won France's prestigious "Grand Prix de l'Académie du Disque Lyrique" award for 2010. Dillon will personally receive the award at a ceremony to be held at Opera Bastille, Paris on Wednesday, May 7, 2010. The award was inaugurated by l'Académie Charles Cros in 1948 and offers prizes in various categories. Previous winners reads like a veritable who's who of classical music.

February 22, 2010

Denis Evstuhin, SOM D.M.A. piano student, performs on Prairie Home Companion

Denis Evstuhin (D.M.A. candidate, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) performed Chopin's Scherzo No. 1 and other works live at the Fitzgerald Theater on American Public Media's radio program A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor on Saturday, February 20, 2010. Listen to archival audio of Evstuhin's performance on the Prairie Home Companion website.

February 18, 2010

SOM Musicology/Ethnomusicology Professor Karen Painter featured in the Los Angeles Times

U of M School of Music Professor Karen Painter is featured in Barbara Isenberg's article "Renoir paintings of his later years are on display at the LACMA" in the February 14, 2010 edition of the Los Angeles Times.

December 23, 2009

SOM Composers and Faculty Featured in Minnesota Daily Video

Four SOM students with the Contemporary Music Workshop had their works premiered by the world famous violinist Irvine Arditti on December 4, 2009. Watch the video on the Minnesota Daily website.

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.

January 5, 2009

Film Based On James Dillon's "Traumwerk Book I" Earns Prestigious German Award

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A 2008 “Jahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik? (The Annual German Record Critics’ Award) was recently awarded to the film Traumwerk, Book I for Violin Duo directed by Johan Ramstroem and based on an interpretation of the music of James Dillon, University of Minnesota School of Music professor and composer. Traumwerk (Dreamwork) was one of ten recipients to receive the award, winning the category of classical DVD for film and sound production. Click here for the press release.

July 3, 2008

Professor Young-Nam Kim's North Korean journey featured in The Pioneer Press & MinnPost

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Read about Violin Professor Young-Nam Kim's experience performing in North Korea in the Pyongyang Spring Arts Festival from April 10-18 in The Pioneer Press and on Kim performed Vivaldi's Four Seasons and a work for solo violin and orchestra by a North Korean composer with the Pyongyang National Conservatory Orchestra.

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
Pay what you can at the door, please reserve seats.

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January 4, 2008

Faculty Book Release: "Symphonic Aspirations" by Karen Painter

Ethnomusicology/musicology faculty member Karen Painter will release her new book, Symphonic Aspirations (Harvard University Press) on January 15, 2008.

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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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December 19, 2007

Kathy Saltzman Romey received Grammy nomination

Kathy Saltzman Romey (choral) recently received a Grammy nomination with the Minnesota Chorale and Minnesota Orchestra.

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Matthew Bribitzer-Stull awarded the 2007 Emerging Scholar Award

Matthew Bribitzer-Stull (theory / composition) was recently given the 2007 Emerging Scholar Award from the Society for Music Theory for “The A-flat–C–E Complex: The Origin and Function of Chromatic Major Third Collections in Nineteenth-Century Music,? published in Music Theory Spectrum 28/2 (2006).

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Tanya Remenikova awarded 2007 Master Teacher Studio Award

Tanya Remenikova (cello) has been awarded the 2007 Master Teacher Studio Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.

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Scott Lipscomb featured on Driven to Discover sidewalk cling

CLA is well represented in the twelve new featured discoveries as part of the Driven to Discover campaign. Specifically, the work of Kathryn Sikkink, Scott Lipscomb (music education), Monica Luciana, Steve Manson, Pat Frazier, and the Guthrie BFA are featured.

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