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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).

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

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

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

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

Student News: School of Music National Association for Music Education officers Iris Kolodji, Sandor Miko, and Emily Curran traveled to Underwood School to donate instruments

NAfME2.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.

SOM Choral Department Helps Carlson School of Management Create Holiday Greeting

SeasonsGreetings.pngCongratulations to the talented students in the SOM choral program, G. Phillip Shoultz, III, Matthew Mehaffey, Kathy Saltzman Romey, Phillip O'Toole, and all others involved in creating a wonderful holiday message from the Carlson School of Management. Watch the greeting.

December 8, 2014

Alumni Stephen Paulus and Lila Downs recieve Grammy Award nominations

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

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

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?'"

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

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

School of Music NAfME chapter welcomes Minneapolis Public School music educators

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

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.

Student News: Dan Musselman releases album to benefit The Water Project

aModernChristmas.jpgDan Musselman (DMA student, composition) has released A Modern Christmas, his dissertation project. This music re-composes Christmas hymns, combining jazz, classical, pop, electronic and funk styles. All proceeds from this album benefit The Water Project. The album is available on iTunes and Spotify. Visit Musselman's website for additional information.

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

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

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

November 24, 2014

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.

Student News: Julie Yoonjeong Kim and Kevin Seal perform in organ master class

KimSeal.jpgJulie Yoonjeong Kim (DMA, organ) and Kevin Seal (MM, organ), both students of Dean Billmeyer, recently performed works of César Franck and Olivier Messiaen in a master class with concert organist Stephen Tharp on the Glatter-Götz/Rosales organ at Augustana Lutheran Church in West Saint Paul, MN.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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


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

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

NATS Minnesota Student Auditions

NATS2014.jpgThe following School of Music voice students distinguished themselves at the recent National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Minnesota Student Auditions at St. John's University in Collegeville:

Rob Riordan, 1st place, Division 8, Upper Level College Men, student of Jean del Santo and Philip Zawisza

Sullie Ojala-Helmbolt, 1st place, Division 6, Lower Level College Men, student of Philip Zawisza

Deaven Swainey, 2nd place, Division 11, Graduate, student of Philip Zawisza and Jean del Santo

Sophie Amelkin, 3rd place, Division 11, Graduate, student of Jean del Santo

Irene Kelley, semi-finalist, Division 5, Lower Level College Women, student of Jean del Santo

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.

Student News: Benjamin Osterhouse won the Claire Givens gift certificate (Mary West String Competition, College Division); and Jessica Park and Stella Wiering perform in a master class with Nathan Laube

OsterhouseBenjamin.jpgBenjamin Osterhouse (MM candidate, student of Tanya Remenikova) won the Claire Givens gift certificate (Mary West String Competition, College Division). He will perform in the winners' recital on November 16.

ParkWiering.jpgJessica Park (DMA candidate, organ) and Stella Wiering (BM candidate, piano, student of Paul Shaw), both students of Dean Billmeyer, performed works of Maurice Duruflé and J. S. Bach this past Saturday in a master class with Nathan Laube, assistant professor at the Eastman School of Music, on the Gabriel Kney organ at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas at the University of St. Thomas.

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

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

November 3, 2014

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

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

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

October 27, 2014

Remembering Alumnus Stephen Paulus

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

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.

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

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

Student News: Peter John's (piano) remix of Odesza's "Say My Name" on Wavo

peterJohnRemix.jpgPeter John's (DMA candidate, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) remix of Odesza's "Say My Name" was up for voting on Wavo. John makes electronic music under the name SPEARFISHER. John worked with School of Music faculty on this recording. If John received enough votes, his remix will be released on a professional label. Contest info.

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.

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

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

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

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

Student News: Eric Schultz performed in "Nice Work If You Can Get It" at the Ordway

ericSchultz.jpgEric Schultz (MM candidate, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) performed in the orchestra at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts for the Tony Award-winning Broadway Musical Nice Work If You Can Get It during the week of October 13.

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.

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

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

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

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

October 6, 2014

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.

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

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

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

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

Music on Campus comes to Ferguson Hall

MusicOnCampus.jpgOn Friday, October 3 the School of Music welcomed 75 high school musicians from Minneapolis Southwest High School, Minneapolis South High, and Roosevelt High for a day of Music on Campus, a series of interactive workshops and performances by U of M School of Music faculty and students that encourage high school musicians to "keep playing" by continuing their music endeavors on a college campus, while offering them a glimpse of the specific opportunities available at the University of Minnesota. This event was organized by Laura Sindberg (music education), Anabel Njoes (SOM staff member), and Calvin Keasling (Minneapolis Public Schools). Photo: (left to right) Jerry Luckhardt (bands), Kendra Wheeler (saxophone/music education, student of Eugene Rousseau), Laura Sindberg (music education), and Immanuel Davis (flute)

September 29, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

September 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.

Alumni News: Sila Gundiler contract with Lubbock Symphony Orchestra

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

August 25, 2014

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).

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

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

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

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

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

August 18, 2014

In Remembrance: School of Music Student Robert Brau

Robert Brau.jpgIt is with heavy hearts that we share the tragic news of the loss of School of Music student Robert Brau, a leader in the U of M Marching Band and guitar major, as a result of a motorcycle accident. Please keep Robert's family and friends in your thoughts during this very difficult time. A memorial service will take place on Thursday, August 21 at 4:30 pm at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar, MN. Visitation will take place from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, August 20 at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar and one hour prior to the service on Thursday, August 21 at Vinje Lutheran Church. Gifts to the Robert Brau Memorial Scholarship Fund may be made online or to the Robert Brau Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o U of M Foundation, PO Box 860266, Minneapolis, MN 55486-0266.

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.

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

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

August 11, 2014

Encore Broadcast of A Sonic Blockbuster on Classical Minnesota Public Radio

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

Band Alumni Society at the State Fair

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

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.

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

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

Student News: Sally O'Reilly's students performed at Italy Summer Music Festival

italyStudents.jpgSchool of Music violinists Alistair Witherspoon, Julian Maddox, and Joy Yamaguchi, joined by Sofia Schutte from Costa Rica, performed at the Italy Summer Music Festival in Pienza. They are all students of Sally O'Reilly, who is artistic director of the festival.

August 4, 2014

Premiere of Dominick Argento's final work

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 30, 2014

Student News: Sophie Amelkin receives grant to research Latvian folk and choral music

sophieAmelkin.jpgSophie Amelkin (MM candidate, voice, student of Jean del Santo) is the recipient of a research grant for the 2014 fall semester. The grant focuses on Latvian Immigration through the Immigration History and Research Center in Anderson Library. She will complete research on the tradition of Latvian folk and choral music. The culmination of this research will be presented in a lecture recital in spring 2015 featuring live performance of Latvian folk and choral music.

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

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

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

Band Alumni Society Concert Band

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

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

U of M Percussion Ensemble is touring Costa Rica and Panama

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

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

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

Alumni News: Daniel Worsham to perform with the Sarajevo Philharmonic

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

June 3, 2014

Band Alumni Society Concert Band

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

June 2, 2014

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The SOM Gig Board is online!

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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."

Student News: Benjamin Klemme appointed assistant conductor of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra

klemmeB.jpgBenjamin Klemme (D.M.A., conducting, student of Mark Russell Smith) has been appointed assistant conductor of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (IA/IL). Beginning in July, his duties will include assisting music director Mark Russell Smith, serving as music director of the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles, and bringing classical music to young audiences as director of educational engagement. He will conduct pops and family concerts, and serve as cover conductor for all subscription programs. His position at the Quad City Symphony Orchestra will allow him to continue his work with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, where he has served as concert orchestra conductor since 2013.

May 5, 2014

Music Library's "Star-Spangled Banner" Exhibit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 28, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mechelke Piano Award Winner: Rie Tanaka

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

Save the Date: West Bank Arts Quarter Cooks

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

April 21, 2014

Announcing the Master of Music in Music Education

The new Master of Music in Music Education program is designed for practicing educators, offering educational experiences and resources that can be implemented immediately in music classes during graduate study. This program aims to deepen each teacher's practice in meaningful ways through informed, rigorous, and relevant research. More information.

Now accepting applications for Fall 2014
Application Deadline: Friday, May 16, 2014

Music Education info: Keitha Lucas Hamann
Application info: mnmusic@umn.edu

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."

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

April 7, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 31, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

February 10, 2014

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

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

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

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

PhD candidate Colleen Bertsch to give informational performance/workshop

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

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

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

2014 University of Minnesota Concerto Competition Results

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

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

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

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

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

February 3, 2014

DMA candidate Preston Duncan featured guest at Encuentro Universitario Internacional de Saxofón México

n5Aw7jbQGxM7FI125SnESOf3yWDztF9XdE6qdVFrNEvWaSKz70mIGcesWISViWvmav6IJUSGymXvJnHl_wmG_acNv4rcTmLRxPRtq62MHOnpKeDnttGdNtXVFpcTWXBIVX-bdZn1=s0-d-e1-ft.jpgPreston Duncan (DMA candidate, saxophone, student of Eugene Rousseau) was a featured festival guest at the XII Encuentro Universitario Internacional de Saxofón México, held at the Escuela Nacional de Música, Mexico City, in December 2013. In addition to serving as president of a panel of international judges for the annual saxophone competition, Duncan presented master classes, clinics, and a gala concert with pianist Ann DuHamel. The duo Kairos, Duncan and DuHamel, will perform as a part of the College Music Society conference and the Schubert Club Courtroom series in St. Paul. Kairos will give a live-stream performance at Michiko Studios in New York City.

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.

Student Jennifer Olson named a winner of Minnesota Music Teacher Association's Artistic Ambassador Competition

Jennifer_Olsonefc9d8.jpgJennifer Olson (voice, DMA candidate, student of Adriana Zabala) was recently named a winner of the 2014 Minnesota Music Teacher Association's Artistic Ambassador Competition. As part of this award she will give a tour of performances involving discussion for the communities in the Alexandria area in April.

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

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

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

January 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

Student News: Osip Nikiforov to compete in Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition

PC2_4589537b14.JPGOsip Nikiforov (BM candidate, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) was selected to compete in the 14th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel-Aviv in May 2014. He is one of 36 pianists chosen from a pool of more than 300 applicants. Nikiforov also won the Music Teachers National Association's West Central Division Competition in Des Moines, Iowa and will compete in the finals in Chicago at the end of March 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 30, 2013

Watch alumnus Tyler Wottrich perform at Carnegie Hall

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

December 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!

Sincerely,

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

December 16, 2013

Student News: Aaron Goler published by Trevco Music (Ann Arbor)

Aaron Goler (BM candidate, bassoon, student of Charles Ullery) was recently published by Trevco Music (Ann Arbor). He wrote a piano reduction and edited a score, solo part, and orchestra parts for a previously unpublished bassoon concerto of Francois Devienne. Goler intends to continue his work with Devienne's music, focusing on parts for the bassoon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 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 theartsdesk.com. 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.

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

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

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

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

November 25, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 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.

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

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

November 11, 2013

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.

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

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

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)

2013 MN NATS Student Audition Winners

School of Music students were winners of the 2013 Minnesota National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Audition. Complete list of winners.

2nd place, 6 division - Robert Riordan, Jr.
(BM candidate, vocal performance, student of Philip Zawisza)

2nd place, 7 division - JoAnna Griffith
(BM candidate, vocal performance, student of Wendy Zaro-Mullins)

3rd place, 7 division - Laura Modglin
(BM candidate, vocal performance, student of Adriana Zabala)

2nd place, 9 division - Shelley Mihm
(BM candidate, vocal performance, student of Philip Zawisza)

1st place, 11 division - Jennifer Olson
(DMA candidate, vocal performance, student of Adriana Zabala)

3rd place, 11 division - Sophie Amelkin
(MM candidate, vocal performance, student of Jean del Santo)

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.

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

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

Grad student duo releases new CD

ImagesAmericanSonatas.jpgThe Hutchins-Choi Duo, Jeffery Kyle Hutchins (DMA candidate, saxophone, student of Eugene Rousseau) and EunHye Grace Choi (DMA candidate, piano, student of Timothy Lovelace), has recently released Images: American Sonatas, a new CD featuring works by Albright, Biedenbender, Brandon, and Higdon. The CD is available through Emeritus Records or on Hutchins's website.

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

New Course - Entrepreneurship & Musical Careers

CarlsonClass.jpgThe U of M School of Music is partnering with the U of M Carlson School of Management to offer a new course in entrepreneurship for music majors this spring. Entrepreneurship & Musical Careers, taught by Carlson Professor Harry Sapienza, will introduce undergraduate and graduate music majors to business and entrepreneurship principles. Explore your skills and passions to gain a better understanding of your professional goals and ambitions, while learning a variety of skills that will help you across a broad range of music careers. Delve into the issues facing those attempting to carve out music-related careers, especially those of classically-trained musicians. Artists and musicians from the Twin Cities arts community will join the class for presentations. This course (Mus 3950-3 and Mus 5950, 3 credits) will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays (11 am-12:15 pm) at the Carlson School of Management, Room 1-114.

A Fanfare for Northrop Competition

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

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.

Music ed grad students present at the 2013 Committee on Institutional Cooperation Conference of the Big Ten Universities

U of M School of Music graduate students in music education presented at the 2013 Committee on Institutional Cooperation Conference of the Big Ten Universities in Lincoln, NE (October 23-25). David Berberick presented a research poster that considered preliminary findings on teacher expertise in alternative programs in music education as part of his greater dissertation project. Casey Clementson presented her poster "Optimal Experience (Flow) in Middle Level Band" and Jennifer Hawkinson presented her research project "Practice and Motivation in Fifth Grade Beginning Band Students: A Mixed Methods Study."

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.

LubetAlexSQ.jpg
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.

Staff News: Anabel (Wirt) Njoes will be featured fiddle clinician

AnabelUnicorn.jpgAnabel (Wirt) Njoes (recruitment coordinator) will be a featured traditional fiddle clinician for two state fiddle organizations. She will teach traditional Minnesota fiddle tunes and techniques for the Minnesota State Fiddle Association on October 19, and Cajun and Creole fiddling for the Young Fiddlers' Association of Minnesota on October 20. Her work as a traditional fiddler and teacher has been featured in traditional music projects and groups throughout Minnesota and abroad, most recently as a UNESCO traditional music ambassador to Wismar, Germany and Ordoorn, Netherlands, and featured in the 2013 Minnesota Fiddle Tunes Project Album.

October 7, 2013

Student News: EunHye Grace Choi faculty appointment and SOM doctoral students present at the SMTE conference

EunHyeGraceChoi.jpgEunHye Grace Choi (DMA candidate, collaborative piano, student of Timothy Lovelace) was appointed as a full-time lecturer at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN for fall 2013. Choi started working at TTU in spring 2013 as a part-time faculty member and continued having an expanded teaching position. She teaches two music appreciation courses, two aural technique classes, and accompanies recitals for guest artists, faculties, and students. Choi was invited to the Eastern Music Festival this past summer to serve as a collaborative pianist. She taught piano lessons and played for master classes and a concerto competition at the festival.

MusicEducationDoctoralCohort2013.jpgA cohort of School of Music doctoral students in music education (David Berberick, Casey Clementson, Jennifer Hawkinson, and David Rolandson) presented their research at the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE) conference, held at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro, on September 27. Their session, "Current Practices and Perceptions Regarding Music Teacher Evaluation in Minnesota," shared both current teacher evaluation practices and music teachers' perceptions of these evaluation systems in this era of educational reform and accountability. Photo: Music education students pictured with their advisor, professor Scott Lipscomb (center).

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.

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.

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

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

Competition News: USO Concerto Competition and American Composers Forum National Composition Contest

The 2014 U of M Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition will be held on Wednesday, January 29. 2014. The winner(s) will perform with the University Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. The competition is open to all U of M School of Music full-time graduate and undergraduate music majors who have the approval of their applied teacher. Find out more.

In partnership with the acclaimed new music ensemble Sō Percussion, the American Composers Forum announces the 2014 American Composers Forum National Composition Contest. The objective of this competition is to encourage creativity by student composers who are currently enrolled in graduate and undergraduate institutions in the United States. More info.

Engagement News: Engagement Leadership Team featured in "Engaging U"

The U of M School of Music's Community Engagement Leadership Team was featured in the Engagement Spotlight of the U of M Public Engagement newsletter Engaging U (September 10). Read the article.

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.

Alumni News: Mark Bilyeu performance at Weisman Art Museum

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

Student News: Michael Hoffman at Schubert Institute in Baden bei Vien and Kristina Meanley position at Quad City Symphony Orchestra

Michael Hoffman (BM candidate, voice, student of Jean del Santo and John De Hann) was one of 18 singers participating in a five-week summer session at the Schubert Institute in Baden bei Vien. He was paired with a pianist from Canada and together they performed 24 German lieder for coaches and master teachers from around the world, including Elly Ameling.

Kristina Meanley (DMA candidate, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) recently won the audition for Utility Clarinet in the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

September 3, 2013

School of Music's Symphonic Band featured on MPR's Regional Spotlight

UMSOMSymphBand.jpgA performance by the School of Music's Symphonic Band was featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Regional Spotlight. The ensemble performed Jonathan Newman's Blow It Up, Start Again. Listen now.

Student News: Stephen Cunningham summer role and Angelika Strub on tour in Germany

Stephen Cunningham (D.M.A. candidate, voice, student of Jean del Santo) was invited to perform the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro in Orvieto, Italy in June. He had the privilege of working with conductor Nyela Basney and stage director Dr. Todd Queen in an intensive three-week summer program.

Angelika Strub (B.M. candidate, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) will appear as soloist on tour in Germany with the Junge Waldorf Philharmonie. She will perform the Bruch Concerto in Berlin on September 3, in Hamburg on September 4, in Kassel on September 6, and in the Liederhalle Beethovensaal in Stuttgart on September 8. Strub was this year's winner of the Schubert Club's College String Competition and most recently performed at Italy Summer Music Festival in Pienza.

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

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

August 26, 2013

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.

Student Zachary Saathoff concertmaster of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra

Zachary Saathoff (D.M.A. candidate, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) won the position of concertmaster of the Lubbock (TX) Symphony Orchestra on July 24. Saathoff, who studied on a Fulbright Scholarship in Austria, 2009-2011, has served as concertmaster of the University Orchestra and as a theory teaching assistant.

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 20, 2013

Student News: Sergey Bogza named Heartland Symphony Orchestra music director/conductor and Reyna Sawtell interviewed by Lorin Maazel

BogzaSergey.jpgThis summer Sergey Bogza (D.M.A. candidate, conducting, student of Mark Russell Smith) was named the new Heartland Symphony Orchestra music director and conductor. The Morrison County Record wrote an article introducing the conductor: "HSO welcomes Sergey Bogza as its new conductor." Bogza was one of four finalists for the music director position with the Willmar Symphonic Area Orchestra and one of three finalists for the music director position with the Mesabi Symphony Orchestra. Bogza will conduct the Mesabi Symphony Orchestra in February 2014.

ReynaSawtell.pngReyna Sawtell (B.A. candidate, former student of Jean del Santo) was interviewed by Lorin Maazel for the "I'm Living a Dream" series. Watch her interview on Maazel's website: I'm Living a Dream (part 5).

Staff member John Marks featured in "Minnesota Monthly"

MarksJohnSQ.jpgJohn Marks (assistant audio engineer/technical services specialist) was featured in the Minnesota Monthly article "Artists Unscripted." Read more.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Staff Member Anabel Wirt touring abroad with Wild Goose Chase Cloggers

WildGooseChaseCloggers.jpgAnabel Wirt (recruitment coordinator) is touring abroad as lead fiddler and music director for the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers who will represent the United States at the 2013 UNESCO International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals in Wismar, Germany and Ordoon, Netherlands. The UNESCO-CIOFF festivals were created in 1970 for the safeguarding, promotion, and diffusion of traditional culture and folklore. Wirt has led the Old-Time Stringband of The Wild Goose Chase Cloggers for four years. Established in 1979, the "Geese" are a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to promote and sustain interest in Appalachian clogging and music. The group has toured nationally and internationally since its inception and earned distinguished awards in dance and traditional arts, including a 2004 Sage Award. Learn more at The Wild Goose Chase Cloggers website and cioff.org.

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 9, 2013

Collaboration: Daniel Crawford (geography student) and Michael Duffy (music technology specialist)

CrawfordDuffy.pngThe New York Times included a feature on the collaboration between U of M undergraduate geography student Daniel Crawford and School of Music staff member Michael Duffy (music technology specialist). The collaboration resulted in "A Song of Our Warming Planet," a musical representation of data to illustrate climate change. Interested in hearing what global temperature change sounds like? Check out the video, which has been viewed 32,000 times. New York Times Dot Earth writer Andrew Revikin says of project, "Personally, I'd love to see an orchestral variant." Read more.

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.

Students at Johanna Meier International Opera Institute

Mijin Choi (D.M.A. candidate, collaborative piano, student of Timothy Lovelace) completed work as coach and accompanist for a gala concert at the Johanna Meier International Opera Institute in Spearfish, South Dakota. At the same institute, David Morgan (student of Jean Del Santo) performed the role of Don Jose in Bizet's Carmen; Sidney Walker (M.M. candidate, voice, student of Jean Del Santo) performed the title role in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia; and Jason J. Hernandez (M.M. candidate, voice, student John De Haan) was Lysander in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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.

Student News: Joey Crane to attend highSCORE festival, Jeffery Kyle Hutchins DownBeat Student Music Award recipient, and Danielle Kuntz U of M Doctoral Dissertation fellowship

Joey Crane (Ph.D. candidate, composition, student of James Dillon) will attend the highSCORE New Music Festival in Pavia, Italy this summer, where he will work with composers Louis Andriessen, Christopher Theofanidis, and Martin Bresnick. At the festival, he will also have a string quartet premiered by a professional ensemble.

Jeffery Kyle Hutchins (D.M.A. candidate, saxophone, student of Eugene Rousseau) is a 2013 DownBeat Student Music Award recipient. He is a graduate college winner in the classical soloist division. Alumnus Ryan Truesdell (B.M., 2002, music education, student of Dean Sorenson) was one of the judges for the competition.

Danielle Kuntz (Ph.D. candidate, musicology, student of Kelley Harness) received a University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for academic year 2013-14 in support of her dissertation on the oratorios and sacred operas sponsored by Portugal's royal family in the eighteenth century. This research was funded in part through a Fulbright fellowship for academic year 2012-2013.

June 3, 2013

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

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

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

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

May 28, 2013

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

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

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


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

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

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

Engagement News: Band Project Showcase

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

Alumni News: Kurt Miyashiro and Woobin Park accept new positions

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

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

In Memoriam: Alumnus Lawrence Young

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Student Kelley Sundin leads lecture and concert

SundinKelley.pngKelley Sundin (M.M. candidate, choral conducting) will conduct a small chamber group and lead a lecture on her M.M. thesis and summer research fellowship in Estonian Choral Music for the Female Voice: Dissemination of a Culture, Traditions, and Stories. Five performance editions of Estonian choral music will be shared, with cultural and historical context to provide a lens for the listener to better understand a nation and people. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 15 at 5 p.m. in Ferguson Hall, room 90. This is the final portion of the Immigration History Research Center's Estonian Archive and Research Symposium. More info.

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.

Student News: Laura Hynes at SongFest, Christa Saeger awarded Finlandia Foundation National Grant

Laura_Hynes_color_cropped_small8e665d.jpgLaura Hynes (D.M.A candidate, voice, student of Adriana Zabala) was awarded the National Association of Teachers of Singing scholarship to attend SongFest as part of the Mentor Program this summer in Los Angeles, CA. Hynes will be mentored by faculty at SongFest, including Margo Garrett, Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, School of Music alumna Libby Larsen, Jake Heggie, Rudolf Piernay, John Musto, and Suzanne Mentzer, among others. Photo by Brooks Peterson.

SaegerChrista.jpgChrista Saeger (D.M.A. candidate, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova) was recently awarded the prestigious Finlandia Foundation National Grant to continue her research on unknown works for cello by Finnish composers in Europe this summer 2013. She has also been nominated for the FFN's Performer of the Year program by the Finlandia Foundation-Twin Cities Chapter.

April 29, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alumni News: Christopher Brody and Elliott Miles McKinley appointments

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

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

Student News: CDs, performances, and more!

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

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

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

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

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

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 anciaquartet.com.

Engagement News: Students perform at Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul

Thomas Stevning Roe, Alia Jeraj, and Carlianne Hayes (voice students of Jean del Santo) will perform a concert on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The concert will feature twelve songs and arias that the students have studied and performed in del Santo's Italian Diction for Singers class. More info.

PSEO Student Melissa Deal soloist with La Crosse Symphony Orchestra

Melissa Deal (PSEO, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) appeared as soloist with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra (Wisconsin) on Saturday, April 20, performing Saint-Saëns's Rondo Capriccioso. Deal was the winner of the orchestra's 2013 Rising Star Competition. In addition to the solo appearance, she received $2000 in prize money.

Alumni News: Libby Larsen and Iris Shiraishi featured in "Minnesota Women's Press" articles and alumni album release

LibbyLarsen.jpgLibby Larsen (B.A., 1971/M.A., 1975/Ph.D., 1978, composition, student of Paul Fetler and Dominick Argento) was featured in the Minnesota Women's Press article by Anne Hamre, "Boulevard blazer - Not just a path blazer or a trailblazer, Libby Larsen carves out a wide swath for women in music." Read the article.

IrisShiraishi.jpgIris Shiraishi (Ph.D., 1994, music therapy) was featured in the Minnesota Women's Press article by Katie Hae Leo, "Fearless drummer - Iris Shiraishi makes her statement with a big Japanese drum." Read the article.

Thrum.jpegThe Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has released its fifth album, Thrum (Innova 858), which includes a work David Evan Thomas (Ph.D., 1996, composition, student of Dominick Argento) composed for the ensemble in 2002. The MGQ--here Joseph Hagedorn, Ben Gateño, Wade Oden, and Steven Newbrough--plays marvelously, and the album includes Guangxi Impression by pipa virtuosa Gao Hong, as well as music from the Coasts by Roumain and Stiefel. To order, visit the Innova website, where followers on Facebook, Twitter, or Google + get a 20% discount. Enter the code "innovadotmu" at checkout. Thrum is also available on iTunes.

April 16, 2013

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 15, 2013

Student Charles Asch selected to be Artistic Ambassador for MMTA

AschCharles6ca742.jpgCharles Asch (D.M.A. candidate, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova) was selected to be an Artistic Ambassador for the Minnesota Music Teachers Association. As Artistic Ambassador, Asch gave a two-day tour of Bemidji (April 11-12) where he gave a five concerts in schools and in the community. The concert program included Fantasiestuecke by Robert Schumann and the 4th Movement of the Sonata for Violin by Cesar Franck. He performed with Franco Holder (piano, student of Paul Shaw) and others.

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.

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

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

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

PSEO student Megan Ruan in MPR's 2013 Minnesota Varsity Competition

megan_ruan.jpgMegan Ruan (PSEO, student of Lydia Artymiw) has advanced to the Showcase round of the 2013 Minnesota Varsity Competition sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio. Ruan is one of five finalists selected from fifteen semi-finalists and will perform in the Showcase Concert at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul on Sunday, April 28. The program will be broadcast live on MPR.

April 2, 2013

SOM winners of Schubert Club Scholarship Competition

Congratulations to the SOM students who participated in the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition Finals (winners are listed below). Check out the complete list of winners, which includes the junior and high school winners of SOM faculty.

Hunter/Schubert Club Prize
Beth Bayley, soprano (John De Haan)

College/Graduate Brass and Woodwind
James Hodges, clarinet, first place (Alexander Fiterstein)
Kendra Wheeler, saxophone, second place (Eugene Rousseau)

Graduate Piano
Pei-Lei Lin, honorable mention (Lydia Artymiw)

Senior High Strings
Melissa Deal, violin, second place (PSEO student of Sally O'Reilly)

College/Graduate Strings
Angelika Strub, violin, first place, (Sally O'Reilly)

Intermediate Voice
Tim Murray, baritone, first place (Jean del Santo)
Shelley Mihm, soprano, second place (Phillip Zawisza)
Lauren Feider, soprano, honorable mention (Wendy Zaro-Mullins)

Advanced Voice
David Kent Morgan, tenor, first place (Jean del Santo)

Graduate Voice
Sidney Walker, mezzo soprano, honorable mention (Jean del Santo)

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.

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

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

SOM winners of the 2013 Thursday Musical Competition

Congratulations to the SOM students who participated in the Thursday Musical Young Artist Scholarship Competition (winners listed below). Check out the complete list of winners, which includes the junior and high school winners of SOM faculty.

Piano (College Level)
Hyun Jin Cho, first place (Paul Shaw)
Pei-Lei Lin, second place (Lydia Artymiw)

Strings (College Level)
Angelika Strub, violin, honorable mention (Sally O'Reilly)

Advanced Voice (College Level)
Johna Miller, soprano, honorable mention (Lawrence Weller)

Intermediate Voice (College Level)
Lauren Feider, soprano, first place (Wendy Zaro-Mullins)
JoAnna Griffith, soprano, honorable mention (Barbara Kierig)
Benjamin Dutcher, baritone, honorable mention (John De Haan)

Winds (College Level)
Kristina Meanley, clarinet, first place (Alexander Fiterstein)
Anastasiya Nyzkodub, clarinet, second place (Alexander Fiterstein)
Jenifer Minor, flute, honorable mention (Immanuel Davis)

SOM Faculty Judges
Julia Bogorad
Jean del Santo

March 18, 2013

Alumnus Rolf Haas performance with EUphony Orchestra

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

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

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

March 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.

Student News: Méditations de Poulet event and composition students featured on MPR Art Hounds

Méditations de Poulet will feature performances of new music by members of the Composers Federal Credit Union and Gardening Club: Andrew Bergmann, Joey Crane, Michael Duffy, Sam Krahn, and Tiffany Skidmore. This composition event will take place on Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. at the Regis Center for Art (East), 405 21st Avenue S. and is free and open to the public.

Composition students Adam Zahller and Joey Crane's group The Degenerate Music Club was featured on Minnesota Public Radio's Art Hounds on Thursday, March 7. Listen to the feature.

Schubert Club Scholarship Competition

Congratulations to the SOM students who participated in the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition Preliminaries (winners are listed below). Check out the complete list of winners, which includes the junior and high school winners of SOM faculty.

Graduate Piano (ages 24-27)
Jing (Jenny) Dou - student of Alexander Braginsky
Pei-Lei Lin- student of Lydia Artymiw

College/Graduate Strings (freshman-age 24)
Emily McIntyre, violin - student of Sally O'Reilly
Angelika Strub, violin - student of Sally O'Reilly

College/Graduate Brass & Woodwind (freshman-age 24)
Spencer Brand, trumpet - student of David Baldwin
James Hodges, clarinet - student of Alexander Fiterstein
Ariel Pry, clarinet - student of Alexander Fiterstein
Kendra Wheeler, saxophone - student of Eugene Rousseau

Intermediate Voice (ages 17-20)
Isabella Dawis, soprano - student of Elizabeth Mannion
Lauren Feider, soprano - student of Wendy Zaro-Williams
Joanna Griffith, soprano - student of Barbara Kierig
Shelley Mihm, soprano - student of Philip Zawisza
Tim Murray, baritone - student of Jean del Santo

Advanced Voice (ages 21-24)
David Kent Morgan, tenor - student of Jean del Santo

Graduate Voice (ages 25-30)
Beth Bayley, soprano - student of John David De Haan
Cassandra Koob, soprano - student of John David De Haan
Sidney Walker, mezzo - student of Jean del Santo

SOM Faculty Preliminary Judges
Gary Bordner, trumpet
Immanuel Davis, flute
Rebecca Shockley, piano

March 4, 2013

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

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

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

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

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.

Staff News: Anabel Wirt joins Keane Sense of Rhythm's Board of Directors

Anabel Wirt (recruitment and engagement coordinator) has joined the Board of Directors of Keane Sense of Rhythm, a non-profit dance company whose mission is to preserve, present, create, and expand the boundaries of American Tap Dance through education, performance, and creation of new works, and community partnerships that invest in talented youth. Wirt will lead recruitment and marketing efforts for Keane Sense of Rhythm which thrives under the leadership of artistic director Ellen Keane, adjunct faculty of the University of Minnesota Department of Theater and Dance.

February 27, 2013

School of Music at the Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter In-Service Clinic

The School of Music was well represented at the Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter In-Service Clinic (February 13-15).

School of Music professors Akosua Addo, Keitha Hamann, Scott Lipscomb, Michael Silverman, and Laura Sindberg presented sessions. SOM music education graduate students Kinh T. Vu and Casey Clementson presented a poster session hosted by Keitha Hamann.


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The U of M Trombone Choir and Jazz 'Bones (pictured above) performed selections by Grieg, Gabrieli, Saint Saens, Mahler, and Haydn and the Jazz 'Bones performed music by Hoagy Carmichael and Dean Sorenson. U of M alumnus and member of the US Army Blues Victor Barranco was guest soloist and guest conductors were Jerry Luckhardt and Henry Charles Smith.

The following School of Music performance and music education students performed in the Intercollegiate Band: Lindsay Cox, Haley Cramer, Camille Galles, Jennifer Minor, Drew Morrisette, Roy Peinaar, Brianna Preblich, Robert Reeve, and Michelle Robertus.

SOM student teacher Cameron Kinghorn conducted a segment of a concert presented by the elementary school students he teaches.

School of Music staff Anne Barnes, Laura Krider, and Anabel Wirt were in attendance representing the SOM.

Alumni News: John Gilbert album performance, Eric McEnaney works with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Benjamin Polk wins Airmen of Note audition

JohnGilbert.jpgJohn Gilbert (violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) performs on the album Weill, Ibert, Berg with Timothy Muffitt, the Baton Rouge Symphony Chamber Players, George Work, and Dmitri Schteinberg on the Sono Luminus label. The album received a rave review in the January 2013 edition of Gramophone. Read more.

EricMcEnaney.jpgPianist Eric McEnaney (D.M.A., 2009, collaborative piano, Timothy Lovelace and Noriko Kawai) will join the music staff for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis's 2013 Summer Festival, where he will work on productions of Pagliacci, Il Tabarro, and Smetana's The Kiss. In April, McEnaney will complete his final season as resident artist coach/accompanist with the Minnesota Opera, having worked on twenty productions, including two world premieres: the Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night and Doubt.

Benjamin_Polk.jpgBenjamin Polk (M.M., 2005, trombone, student of Tom Ashworth) won the recent bass trombone audition for the Airmen of Note, the U.S. Air Force's premiere jazz ensemble. Based in Washington D.C., the ensemble frequently performs at the White House and around the nation. Polk completed his graduate artist certificate at the University of North Texas, and joins numerous other U of M Trombone alumni enjoying careers with military ensembles in the D.C. area. He is a former member of the Baton Rouge Symphony and was adjunct faculty at Western Kentucky University.

U of M's Kappa Alpha Chapter wins Kappa Kappa Psi Chapter Leadership Award

The University of Minnesota honorary band service co-ed fraternity Kappa Alpha Chapter won a 2011-2013 Kappa Kappa Psi Chapter Leadership Award for outstanding contributions to band programs. Kappa Alpha will have the opportunity to present their work this summer at the Kappa Kappa Psi National Convention and is eligible for the William Scroggs Founders Trophy.

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."

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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 babysue.com. The album received 5 stars as a Top Pick for February. The reviewer called it "Wonderfully resonant and compelling from start to finish..."

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.

Student News: Charles Asch wins competition and Dale Kruse music directs Project Opera

AschCharles6ca742.jpgCharles Asch (D.M.A., cello, student of Tanya Remenikova) won the Dorothy J. Oestreich Concerto Competition, held by the Concord Chamber Orchestra of Milwaukee, WI in December 2012. He will perform Joseph Haydn's Cello Concerto in D Major on March 6 and 9 with the Concord Chamber Orchestra. More info.

dale_kruse60784c.jpgDale Kruse (D.M.A., voice, student of John De Haan) is the children's chorus master for the Minnesota Opera productions of Doubt and Turandot this season. He is also the music director for the Minnesota Opera: Project Opera, a three-tiered training program for students grades 4 through 12. Project Opera will present three fully staged one-act operas: The Shoes for Santo Niño by Stephen Paulus (U of M School of Music alumnus), Down in the Valley by Kurt Weill, and Noyes Fludde by Benjamin Britten this February.

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 Amazon.com, 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.

Student News: Colleen Bertsch awarded 2013 Artist Initiative grant by the Minnesota State Arts Board

Colleen Bertsch (Ph.D. candidate, ethnomusicology, student of Gabriella Currie) was awarded a 2013 Artist Initiative grant by the Minnesota State Arts Board. She will be creating a video reference library of her Transylvanian field recordings of traditional fiddle music and give an informational performance and workshop of that repertoire in early 2014.

January 20, 2013

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

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

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

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

University Singers sing in the Gopher Way

SingersInTunnel.jpgA small group of students from the School of Music's University Singers recently brought the music of Italian Renaissance composer Palestrina to the U's Gopher Way tunnels. Watch the video.

The U of M Marching Band performed at the Meineke Car Care Bowl

MarchingBandBowlGame.jpgCongratulations to the Pride of Minnesota, our University of Minnesota Marching Band, on its December 28, 2012 performance at the Meineke Car Care Bowl! Didn't get to see it? Watch the video. "Like" the UMMB Facebook page to view more video and photos from the big game.

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 19, 2012

Alumnus Justin Knoepfel earns assistant professor position at Gustavus Adolphus College

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

SOM students perform at St. Nikolaus Tag gathering

StNikolausTag.jpgSchool of Music students performed last week at the annual St. Nikolaus Tag gathering sponsored by the U of M Center for Austrian Studies in Ferguson Hall. Photo (left to right): Reyna Sawtell (voice, student of Jean del Santo); Beth Bayley (voice, student of John De Haan) winner of the 2012 Voices of Vienna Competition, a $3,500 award to study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg this summer; Jessica Schroeder (collaborative piano, student of Timothy Lovelace); and Shelby Joy Adams (voice, student of Jean del Santo). Michael Hoffman (voice, student of John De Haan) was the runner-up in the Voices of Vienna Competition.

Staff member Jessica Solinsky featured in "Minnesota Daily" article

Jessica Solinsky (Ted Mann Concert Hall assistant technical coordinator) was featured in a Minnesota Daily article, "Music: Now in Technicolor," describing the new LED lights in Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall. Read the article.

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 19, 2012

DMA candidate Elizabeth Steffensen performs

Elizabeth Steffensen (D.M.A. candidate, voice, student of Wendy Zaro-Mullins) recently sang the role of Belinda with the Minnesota Oratorio Society conducted by Matthew Mahaffey. Steffensen will also sing with the University Symphony Orchestra on Nov. 27 as winner of the Arias and Concerto competition. She will perform Summer of Knoxville: 1915, Samuel Barber. Steffensen sang with the Mill City Opera's production of Pagliacci in July.

November 12, 2012

SOM vocal student winners at Minnesota NATS student auditions

School of Music vocal students recently distinguished themselves at the Minnesota NATS student auditions in Collegeville, MN. Semi-finalists included:

  • Julia Ennen, student of Jean del Santo
  • Renee Ullrich, student of Jean del Santo
  • Tim Murray, student of Jean del Santo
  • Laura Modglin, student of Adriana Zabala
  • Seth Bovis, student of Philip Zawisza
  • Kristin Elliott, student of Adriana Zabala

Finalists in their respective divisions included:

  • Ben Dutcher, student of John De Haan
  • Stephanie Broussard, student of Jean del Santo
  • Shelby Joy Adams, student of Jean del Santo
  • Shelly Mihm, student of Philip Zawisza
  • David Morgan, student of Jean del Santo
  • Brennan Blankenship, student of Adriana Zabala
  • Robert Riordan, student of Philip Zawisza

Student Rosalind Leavell won Mary West String Competition

Rosalind Leavell (D.M.A. candidate, student of Tanya Remenikova) won the Grand Prize at Mary West String Competition held on November 4. She will be a soloist in the Dvorak's Concerto with the Bloomington Symphony, Spring 2013. Pre-college student Mark Prikhodko won a special Claire Givens prize: Coda bow at the Mary West String Competition. These students performed at the winners recital on Sunday, November 11.

Faculty performance: Hill House Chamber Players

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

November 5, 2012

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 ustream.tv/worksandprocess.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student winners for 2012 Thursday Musical Competition

Congratulations to the following School of Music students who were Thursday Musical Competition winners for 2012. Judges for the competition included SOM alumni Susan Billmeyer and Loren Fishman and former faculty member Lawrence Weller. For a list of all the winners, including private students of SOM faculty members, visit the Thursday Musical Competition website.

  • Lauren Lammers, soprano - College Level, Advanced Voice, first place (student of Jean del Santo)
  • Tara Loeper, soprano - College Level, Advanced Voice, second place (student of Barbara Kierig)
  • Stella Wiering - College Level, Piano, second place (student of Paul Shaw)
  • Nathaniel Yaffe, cello - College Level, Strings, first place (student of Tanya Remenikova)
  • Angelika Strub, violin - College Level, Strings, honorable mention (student of Sally O'Reilly)
  • James Hodges, clarinet - College Level, Winds, first place (student of Alexander Fiterstein)
  • Lucas Hopkins, saxophone - College Level, Winds, second place (student of Eugene Rousseau)

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

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

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

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

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

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.

University Symphony Orchestra wins award

School_of_Music_Collage_Concert843bbd.pngCongratulations to the University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra and conductor Mark Russell Smith on being selected to receive this year's Minnesota Chapter of American String Teachers Association (MNSOTA) Meritorious Orchestra Award. The award will presented at MNSOTA's Fall Clinic on October 18 at Capitol Hill Magnet School in St. Paul. Registration information and more.

October 1, 2012

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

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

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

Alumni News: Andrew Staupe to perform with Missoula Symphony

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

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 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

Alumnus John Gilbert worked with cellist and composer Yo Yo Ma

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

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.

Alumna Lauren McNee featured in "Flute Talk" Magazine

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

Band Alumni News

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

September 4, 2012

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

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

Student News: Colleen Bertsch performed with Laurels String Quartet

Violinist Colleen Bertsch (Ph.D. candidate, ethnomusicology) performed with the Laurels String Quartet for MN Music On-a-Stick, a Grandstand concert sponsored by 89.3 the Current at the Minnesota State Fair. The quartet collaborated with local singer and songwriter Jeremy Messersmith, as well as the internationally acclaimed headliner Semisonic (fronted by Grammy Award winning Dan Wilson) for the event.

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.

Student News: Michael Duffy works with Ensemble Dal Niente and Michael J. Krajewski appointments

Michael Duffy (staff member/M.A. candidate, composition, student of James Dillon) was one of six composers chosen to work with Ensemble Dal Niente (winners of the 2012 Kranichstein Music Award for interpretation), composer Hans Thomalla, and cellist Lucas Fels of the Arditti Quartet, in a two-part composition workshop culminating in July 2012 at the 46th International Summer Music Courses in Darmstadt, Germany.

krajewskiMichaelSQ.jpgThis summer Michael J. Krajewski (D.M.A. candidate, guitar and music education, student of Maja Radovanlija, Jeffrey Van, and Scott Lipscomb) accepted two positions teaching guitar at colleges in Minnesota. Beginning in fall 2012, Krajewski will teach full-time as assistant professor of music heading the guitar studies program at Minnesota State University Moorhead and will also revitalize the guitar program at St. Cloud State University teaching as an adjunct instructor.

Alumna Paula Gudmundson Appointment

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

August 13, 2012

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

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

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

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

August 7, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 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 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.

July 9, 2012

Student Ryan Thompson featured in "Game Informer" interview

Ryan Thompson (M.A. candidate, musicology, student of Peter Mercer-Taylor) was interviewed by Game Informer about ludomusicology: musicology that studies games. Read the full interview.

July 2, 2012

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

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

June 26, 2012

Alumni News: Ramiro Alvarez appointment and Nanette de Jong publication

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

D.M.A. Student Christa Saeger featured on Connie Evingson's CD

Christa Saeger (D.M.A. candidate, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova) is featured on Twin Cities vocalist Connie Evingson's new CD Sweet Happy Life in the song "Adventure." Read the Jazz Police review.

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 6, 2011

Ostinato: Faculty Scribes, Alums Win Big & Summer at the SOM!

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May 31, 2011

Ostinato: Summer at the School of Music, SOM professor wins McKnight Fellowship & more!

Read the current issue of Ostinato (May 30, 2011): Summer at the School of Music, SOM professor wins McKnight Fellowship & more!

May 23, 2011

Ostinato: SOM student wins McKnight Composer Fellowship, Prof. Alex Lubet teaches Dylan, and more!

Read the current issue of Ostinato (May 23, 2011): SOM student wins McKnight Composer Fellowship, Prof. Alex Lubet teaches Dylan, and more!