James 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.
Alexander 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."
In 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.
Laura 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.
On 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.
The 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.
Composition 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.
Christine 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.
Independent 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).
The 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.
James 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."
Alexander 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.
The 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.
On 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.
Lydia 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.
Anna 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.
James 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.
On 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.
An 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.
Rebecca 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.
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.
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)
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)
The 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.
Scott 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'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.
Laura 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.
School 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.
Conor 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.
The 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.
Akosua 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.
The 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.
In 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.
Watch 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.
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."
Mark 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.
To 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.
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.
Scott Lipscomb (associate director and associate professor of music education) was invited to attend and blog about the World Science Festival's panel discussion on the topic of "The Art of the Score: The Mind, Music, and Moving Images." The panel was facilitated by actor Alec Baldwin and included Joel and Ethan Coen (writers, directors, and producers), Carter Burwell, and Aniruddh Patel (neuroscientist). The website for the event includes a video of the complete 90-minute panel. It also includes featured blogs by Dr. Lipscomb and Siu-Lan Tan, one of his co-editors for The Psychology of Music in Multimedia.
Alex Lubet (creative studies and media) will be a featured guest on Radio Pacific's "Pushing Limits" (KPFA Berkeley) on Friday, October 18 from 4:30 to 5 pm CST. The program will stream and be archived on KPFA's website.
Anabel (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.
EunHye 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.
A 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).
Lydia 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.
Adriana 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.
In 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.
Maja 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.
Angela 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.
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.
Lydia 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.
This 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.
Scott 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.
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.
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.
A 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.
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.
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.
Sally 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.
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.
The 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.
This 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.
Reyna 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).
John Marks (assistant audio engineer/technical services specialist) was featured in the Minnesota Monthly article "Artists Unscripted." Read more.
Eugene 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.
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.
Sumanth 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
Scott 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 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.
The 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.
Anna 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.
Tanya 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.
Laura 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.
Anabel 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.
Scott 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.
The 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.
David 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.
The 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.
Alex 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.
David 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.
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.
Dean 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.
James 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.
As 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.
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.
Loren Fishman (D.M.A., 2011, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) has accepted a piano teaching position at Carleton College beginning August 2013.
Ian 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 (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.
David 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.
Bob 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.
Laura 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.
Patrick 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.
The 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.
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.
Alumnus 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.
Lydia 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.
Guerino 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.
Joshua 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.
David Evan Thomas (Ph.D., 1995, composition, student of Dominick Argento) was awarded a 2013 McKnight Composer Fellowship of $25,000.
Adriana 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.
Kelley 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.
David 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.
Laura 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.
Christa 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.
Lydia 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.
Alex 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."
Guerino 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
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.
Composer, 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.
Current 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.
Rebecca 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.
The 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.
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.
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.
Libby 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.
Iris 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.
The 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.
Scott 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.
Charles 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.
Fernando 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.
Adriana 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.
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.
Allison (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.
Megan 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.
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)
Pei-Lei Lin, honorable mention (Lydia Artymiw)
Senior High Strings
Melissa Deal, violin, second place (PSEO student of Sally O'Reilly)
Angelika Strub, violin, first place, (Sally O'Reilly)
Tim Murray, baritone, first place (Jean del Santo)
Shelley Mihm, soprano, second place (Phillip Zawisza)
Lauren Feider, soprano, honorable mention (Wendy Zaro-Mullins)
David Kent Morgan, tenor, first place (Jean del Santo)
Sidney Walker, mezzo soprano, honorable mention (Jean del Santo)
Lydia 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.
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.
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.
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
Jean del Santo
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 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).
Immanuel 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.
On 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.
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.
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
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.
Tom 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.
James 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.
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.
The School of Music was well represented at the Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter In-Service Clinic (February 13-15).
School of Music professors Akosua Addo, Keitha Hamann, Scott Lipscomb, Michael Silverman, and Laura Sindberg presented sessions. SOM music education graduate students Kinh T. Vu and Casey Clementson presented a poster session hosted by Keitha Hamann.
The U of M Trombone Choir and Jazz 'Bones (pictured above) performed selections by Grieg, Gabrieli, Saint Saens, Mahler, and Haydn and the Jazz 'Bones performed music by Hoagy Carmichael and Dean Sorenson. U of M alumnus and member of the US Army Blues Victor Barranco was guest soloist and guest conductors were Jerry Luckhardt and Henry Charles Smith.
The following School of Music performance and music education students performed in the Intercollegiate Band: Lindsay Cox, Haley Cramer, Camille Galles, Jennifer Minor, Drew Morrisette, Roy Peinaar, Brianna Preblich, Robert Reeve, and Michelle Robertus.
SOM student teacher Cameron Kinghorn conducted a segment of a concert presented by the elementary school students he teaches.
School of Music staff Anne Barnes, Laura Krider, and Anabel Wirt were in attendance representing the SOM.
John 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.
Pianist 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 (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.
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.
Tom Ashworth (trombone) performed with a tuba/euphonium quintet on American Public Media's A Prairie Home Companion on February 16. Watch a video of Ashworth on lead euphonium on "Tuba Blues."
Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet) was interviewed on Classical Minnesota Public Radio on February 23 by host Alison Young and is featured in the MPR article, "Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein concertizes the Midwest." Listen to the interview and read the article.
Keitha 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.
Scott 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.
Fernando 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.
Laura 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.
Mark 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.
Mark 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.
Listen 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.
Listen 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.
A 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..."
Alexander 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."
Immanuel 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.
Adriana Zabala's (voice) performance in the Minnesota Opera's production of Doubt (January 26 - February 3) was reviewed in The New York Times.
Charles 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 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.
Alexander 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.
Alex 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.
Maja 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.
Adriana 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.
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.
Paula 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.
Iris Shiraishi (Ph.D., 1994), artistic director of Mu Daiko, is a winner of a $10,000 2013 Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Initiative Grant.
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.
A 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.
Sally 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.
Justin 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.
School 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.
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.
Matthew 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.
Sally 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.
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.
School of Music vocal students recently distinguished themselves at the Minnesota NATS student auditions in Collegeville, MN. Semi-finalists included:
Finalists in their respective divisions included:
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.
Hill 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.
Adriana 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.
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:
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.
Matthew 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.
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.
David 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.
Mark 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.
Matthew 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.
Alexander 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 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.
Guerino 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.
Congratulations 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.
Look 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.
The 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.
Talea 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.
U 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.
Barbara 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.
John 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.
Lauren 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.
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 email@example.com for details).
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.
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.
As 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.
David 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.
Laura 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.
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.
This 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.
Paula Gudmundson (D.M.A., 2012, flute, student of Immanuel Davis) was appointed visiting assistant professor of music at University of Minnesota - Duluth.
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.
The 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.
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."
Timothy 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.
Fernando 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.
Christopher 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.
Professors 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.
Barbara Kierig (voice) has been asked to serve as a judge for the District Metropolitan Auditions in San Diego on October 13.
Faculty 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.
Adriana 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.
Aja 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.
Ramiro Alvarez (D.M.A., cello) was recently appointed principal cello of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra starting this fall.
Nanette 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.
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.
David 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.
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