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August 20, 2014

School of Music Viola Student Erica Burton Performs on 'Late Show with David Letterman'

jeremy3.JPGCongratulations to School of Music DMA student Erica Burton (viola, student of Korey Konkol) who performed with her ensemble The Laurels String Quartet as part of an appearance by musician Jeremy Messersmith on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Wednesday, August 20. Watch the video.

August 11, 2014

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

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

August 4, 2014

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

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

July 7, 2014

Student News: Andrew Bergmann and Joseph Curiale recipients of Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships, Nanyi Neil Qiang performs in festivals

Andrew Bergmann and Joseph Curiale (PhD candidates, composition, students of Alex Lubet) are recipients of University of Minnesota Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships.

e67f7eee-18f9-4486-94d8-b9839c836883.jpgNanyi Neil Qiang (DMA candidate, collaborative piano and coaching, student of Timothy Lovelace) recently joined New Music on the Point 2014 in Vermont. He worked closely with composer Chester Biscardi, performed a number of Biscardi's important pieces, including solo, chamber, and vocal music. Qiang is currently working as an intern pianist at the iSING International Young Artists Festival in Suzhou, China. The festival focuses on intensive Western opera training with an introduction to Chinese modern opera and Mandarin as a lyrical language.

June 30, 2014

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

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

June 24, 2014

Watch CLA First Year Experience Videos featuring SOM faculty, student, and alumni

School of Music Professor Kelley Harness, current student Michelle Robertus, and alumna Lyndie Walker are featured in CLA's First Year Experience video series. Watch all three videos to find out about life as a music major at the University of Minnesota.

Student News: Carolyn Cavadini at Northern Lights Music Festival and SOM NAfME Chapter Wins Growth Award

Carolyn Cavadini (DMA candidate, vocal performance, student of John De Haan) will sing the role of Mrs. Ham in Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde, cover the role of Micaëla in Carmen and be the soprano section leader in the chorus of Carmen at the Northern Lights Music Festival from June 23 to July 19. There will be multiple performances throughout Northern Minnesota. More info.

NAfME Chapter Wins Growth Award
Congratulations to members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Collegiate Chapter of the University of Minnesota, who were recently presented with the 2013-2014 NAfME Collegiate Chapter Growth Award! Led by Emily Curran, chapter president, the U of M chapter has "demonstrated a high level of dedication and effort to the benefit of its members' professional development." Their efforts have been recognized by NAfME leadership.

June 9, 2014

U of M Percussion Ensemble is touring Costa Rica and Panama

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

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May 19, 2014

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

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

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

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

May 12, 2014

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

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

May 5, 2014

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

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

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

April 28, 2014

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

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

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

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

April 14, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

April 7, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 31, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 24, 2014

Student News: Benjamin Klemme featured in Reach magazine, Jenna Gullickson advances in Minnesota Varsity, Phillip Radtke places second in TCAGO Young Artist Student Competition, U of M Trombone Choir performs, Ryan Thompson on Polygon.com

Jenna Gullickson (flute, PSEO, student of Immanuel Davis) is a featured round artist in Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Minnesota Varsity Showcase. Vote for Gullickson and listen to her perform Jacques Ibert's Concerto for flute and orchestra I. Allegro on Classical Minnesota Public Radio's website.

Benjamin Klemme (conducting, student of Mark Russell Smith) is featured in Reach, the College of Liberal Arts magazine, in the article "The Making of a Conductor."

Phillip Radtke (organ, student of Dean Billmeyer) placed second in the Twin Cities American Guild of Organists Young Artist Student Competition on March 22. Radtke gave a prizewinner's on March 23 at Augustana Lutheran Church.

Ryan Thompson (musicology) is interviewed in the article "Spira Unplugged: Behind Final Fantasy 10 HD's remastered soundtrack" on Polygon.com.

The U of M Trombone Choir (Tom Ashworth, director) joined the Minneapolis Trombone Choir for the MTC's 41st annual concert at the Judson Memorial Baptist Church (Minneapolis) on March 23. Bravo to Jim ten Bensel for his tireless leadership of this this fine, and fun ensemble! The MTC will perform at the U of M Brass Symposium at 4 pm on Saturday, April 5 at Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall. The U of M Brass Symposium will be held on April 4-6.

March 19, 2014

U of M School of Music Piano Student Osip Nikiforov featured in "5,618 miles for music"

U of M School of Music student Osip Nikiforov (studio of Alexander Braginsky) is featured in "5,618 miles for music" on the University of Minnesota's website homepage.

In the article he shares his thoughts on pursuing a career as a pianist, moving to Minnesota from Eastern Siberia, Russia, and studying with Professor Alexander Braginsky. Hear a Nikiforov's playing in a sound clip at the end of the article.

March 17, 2014

U of M School of Music Thursday Musical Young Artist Competition Winners 2014

U of M School of Music Thursday Musical Young Artist Competition Winners 2014

First place competition winners are recognized with a featured concert performance on April 3, 2014 at Concordia University in St. Paul. The U of M School of Music students placed in the competition.

COLLEGE STRINGS
Emily Saathoff, Second Place and Sila Gundiler, Honorable Mention (violin, students of Sally O'Reilly)

COLLEGE WINDS
Eric Schultz, First Place; Cole Hanson, Second Place; and Anastasiya Nyzkodub, Honorable Mention (clarinet, students of Alexander Fiterstein)

COLLEGE PIANO
Gabriel Quenneville-Belair, First Place and Pei-Lei Lin, Second Place (students of Lydia Artymiw)

COLLEGE INTERMEDIATE VOICE
Laura Modglin, Second Place (student of Adriana Zabala)
Robert Riordan, Honorable Mention (student of Philip Zawisza)

COLLEGE ADVANCED VOICE
Lauren Feider, Second Place (student of Wendy Zaro-Mullins)
Benjamin Dutcher, Honorable Mention (student of John De Haan)

U of M School of Music Schubert Club Student Scholarship Competition Finalists

The Schubert Club Student Scholarship Competition, held each spring, awards approximately $50,000 annually to young musicians. The finals will take place on March 28, 2014 at Landmark Center in St. Paul. The following U of M School of Music students placed in the finals.

COLLEGE PIANO
Osip Nikiforov and Samuel Rosenstone (piano, students of Alexander Braginsky)

COLLEGE/GRADUATE BRASS & WOODWIND
David Franzel and Kendra Wheeler (saxophone, student of Eugene Rousseau)
Eric Schultz and Parker Tweetum (clarinet, students of Alexander Fiterstein)

COLLEGE STRINGS
Melissa Deal and Emily Saathoff (violin, students of Sally O'Reilly)
Mary Alice Hutton (violin, student of Mark Bjork)

SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL STRINGS
Julian Maddox (violin, PSEO student of Sally O'Reilly)

GRADUATE VOICE
Joseph Okell and Sidney Walker (students of John De Haan)
Deaven Swainey (student of Jean del Santo)

ADVANCED VOICE
Sophie Amelkin and Brennan Blankenship (students of Adriana Zabala)
Shelley Mihm (student of Philip Zawisza)

March 10, 2014

Student News: Julie Yoonjeong Kim performs at the Before Bach's Birthday Bash Recital

Julie Yoonjeong Kim (DMA, organ, student of Dean Billmeyer) will perform J. S. Bach's Trio Sonata No. 1, BWV 526 at the Before Bach's Birthday Bash recital on Saturday, March 15 at 2 pm at the Church of St. John the Evalgelist (60 Kent St., St. Paul). To see a complete list of performers, visit the Twin Cities American Guild of Organists website.

March 3, 2014

Student News: Casey Clementson presents at Minnesota Music Educators Association's Midwinter Clinic

Casey Clementson (music education) presented a research poster at the Minnesota Music Educators Association's Midwinter Clinic. Her poster featured the quantitative data from her dissertation (in progress): "A Mixed Method Investigation of Flow Experience in the Middle Level Instrumental Music Classroom."

February 17, 2014

Video: Life as a Music Major

Kendra.pngExperience life as a music major at the University of Minnesota School of Music in the School of Music's new video featuring Kendra Wheeler (music education/saxophone, student of Eugene Rousseau).

Student News: Ryan Christianson and Angelika Strub perform

ryan1fc9f2.jpgRyan Christianson (trombone/music education, student of Thomas Ashworth) is a finalist in the International Trombone Association's Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Scholarship competition. Christianson competed with trombonists aged 22 and under from around the world and will perform on the Finalists' recital at the International Trombone Festival at the Eastman School of Music in June 2014.

Angelika_Strub446204.pngAngelika Strub (violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) performed the Bruch Concerto as soloist on tour in Germany with the Junge Waldorf Philharmonie in 2013. She performed the Bruch Concerto in Berlin, Hamburg, Kasse, and in the Liederhalle Beethovensaal in Stuttgart. Watch Strub perform the Bruch Concerto on YouTube.

February 10, 2014

PhD candidate Colleen Bertsch to give informational performance/workshop

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

2014 University of Minnesota Concerto Competition Results

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

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

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

February 3, 2014

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

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

January 27, 2014

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

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

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

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

January 13, 2014

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

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

December 16, 2013

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

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

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

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

December 9, 2013

SOM Students in U Winter Greeting

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

Students visit Irondale High School with Prof. Jean del Santo

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

December 3, 2013

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

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

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

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

November 25, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 11, 2013

2013 MNSOTA's Mary West Solo Competition Winners

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

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

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

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

2013 MN NATS Student Audition Winners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 4, 2013

Fall 2013 Choral & Voice Faculty Tour

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

October 28, 2013

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

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

Grad student duo releases new CD

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

October 21, 2013

New Course - Entrepreneurship & Musical Careers

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

A Fanfare for Northrop Competition

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

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

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

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

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

October 14, 2013

Students plant trees to prepare for recital

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

October 7, 2013

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

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

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

September 16, 2013

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

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

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

September 9, 2013

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

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

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

September 3, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

August 26, 2013

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

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

Student Zachary Saathoff concertmaster of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra

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

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

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

August 20, 2013

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

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

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

July 22, 2013

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

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

July 1, 2013

Students at Johanna Meier International Opera Institute

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

June 24, 2013

Student News: Melissa Deal wins Glenn Miller Competition, Seulgee Lee at Interlochen Center for Arts

Melissa Deal (PSEO, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) won the Glenn Miller Competition in the legendary bandleader's birthplace, Clarinda, Iowa on June 12. She received the $4,000 first prize and performed in the Festival held in Miller's honor on June 15, 2013.

Seulgee Lee (D.M.A. candidate, collaborative piano and coaching, student of Timothy Lovelace) will work as a collaborative pianist at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Traverse City, MI from June 21 to August 3, 2013.

June 4, 2013

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

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

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

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

May 30, 2013

U of M School of Music violin student Melissa Deal tours Cuba with pianist Nachito Herrera

SOM violin student Melissa Deal (student of Sally O'Reilly) recently returned from a ten-day concert tour in Cuba, which was sponsored by the Nachito Herrera Foundation. She performed with Nachito Herrera at the Cubadisco Festival. She also appeared as soloist with the Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional de Cuba in Havana playing Saint-Saens' "Rondo Capriccioso" in the Teatro Nacional. Herrera will join Deal in a recital on Saturday, June 1 in Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall. The program will feature works by Bach, Saint-Saens, and Wieniawski. Recital info.

May 28, 2013

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

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

May 13, 2013

Student Kelley Sundin leads lecture and concert

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

May 7, 2013

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

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

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

April 29, 2013

Student News: CDs, performances, and more!

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

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

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

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

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

April 22, 2013

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

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

PSEO Student Melissa Deal soloist with La Crosse Symphony Orchestra

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

April 15, 2013

U of M School of Music student Laura Hynes to be interviewed on Classical Minnesota Public Radio, 4/22

Laura_Hynes_color_cropped_small8e665d.jpgLaura Hynes (D.M.A candidate, voice, student of Adriana Zabala) will be on Classical Minnesota Public Radio on Monday, April 22 at noon with host Alison Young to discuss the upcoming recital performance Raise Your Voice: A Social Justice Recital Exploring Violence Against Women Through the Ages, which will take place on April 24. Raise Your Voice is sponsored by a Community Engagement grant through the U of M School of Music and by the Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education. Photo by Brooks Peterson.

Student Charles Asch selected to be Artistic Ambassador for MMTA

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

April 9, 2013

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

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

April 2, 2013

SOM winners of Schubert Club Scholarship Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 25, 2013

SOM winners of the 2013 Thursday Musical Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOM Faculty Judges
Julia Bogorad
Jean del Santo

March 18, 2013

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

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

March 11, 2013

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

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

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

Schubert Club Scholarship Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 4, 2013

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

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

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

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

February 28, 2013

School of Music graduate conducting student Matthew Olson to co-present SOJORN Songs Pondering Purpose with Classical MPR and 89.3 The Current

School of Music choral graduate conducting student Matthew Olson will co-present SOJORN Songs Pondering Purpose with Classical Minnesota Public Radio and 89.3 The Current on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis.

The concert, conducted by Matthew Olson, will feature the University Singers and the Sojourn Strings Orchestra performing the music of Kjartan of the Band Sigur Ros. The program will explore the bounds between classical and indie rock music through song and film. Tickets to Sojorn may be purchased at http://sojorn.org/ for $10 or $5 for students with a current ID. More info: Sojorn Press Release.pdf

February 27, 2013

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

February 18, 2013

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

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

February 14, 2013

Jing Chang wins 2013 University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition

Congratulations to U of M School of Music student Jing Chang (piano, student of Paul Shaw), winner of the 2013 University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Chang will perform Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major with the University Symphony Orchestra on March 4, 2013 at Ted Mann Concert Hall. Concert information.

February 4, 2013

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

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

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

January 22, 2013

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

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

January 3, 2013

University Singers sing in the Gopher Way

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

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

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

December 19, 2012

SOM students perform at St. Nikolaus Tag gathering

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

December 8, 2012

School of Music Choral Students Serenade U of M President Kaler

choral.jpegThese U of M School of Music choral students recently dropped by U of M President Kaler's office and serenaded him with carols. What talent!

November 19, 2012

DMA candidate Elizabeth Steffensen performs

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

November 12, 2012

SOM vocal student winners at Minnesota NATS student auditions

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

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

Finalists in their respective divisions included:

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

Student Rosalind Leavell won Mary West String Competition

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

November 8, 2012

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

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

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

November 5, 2012

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

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

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

October 22, 2012

Student winners for 2012 Thursday Musical Competition

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

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

October 17, 2012

University Symphony Orchestra wins award

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

October 1, 2012

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

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

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

September 4, 2012

Student News: Colleen Bertsch performed with Laurels String Quartet

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

August 30, 2012

SOM Composition Student Tiffany Skidmore Composes Music for U of M President Kaler's Welcome Film

Congratulations to SOM Tiffany Skidmore (Ph.D. candidate, composition, student of James Dillon), who composed the musical score to U of M President Kaler's welcome film, The First Year, "a romance of discovery," screened at the U of M Convocation for 5,500 first-year students on Thursday, August 30, 2012. Skidmore assembled a team of musicians, many of them U of M students, who recorded the music to the picture dada-style - they even named their group 'Insane Gopher Dada Orchestra.' Watch the film.

August 27, 2012

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

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

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

July 9, 2012

Student Ryan Thompson featured in "Game Informer" interview

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

June 26, 2012

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

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

June 13, 2012

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

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

June 11, 2012

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

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

May 21, 2012

Student News: Wei Zheng winner of NATS Artist Award

Wei Zheng (D.M.A. candidate, voice, student of Jean del Santo) is the North Central Region winner of the biennial National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award and will represent the U of M School of Music at the national NATS convention in Orlando this summer.

May 14, 2012

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

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

May 2, 2012

U of M School of Music Students Perform Tiny Desk Concerts

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

April 19, 2012

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

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

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

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

April 6, 2012

School of Music Piano Student Eun-Hye Grace Choi Featured on Naxos Recording

Eun-Hye Grace Choi's (D.M.A. candidate, piano, student of Timothy Lovelace) CD with Wonkak Kim (clarinet), François Devienne Clarinet Sonatas, was recently released on the Naxos label. Read more.

April 5, 2012

U of M School of Music Musicology Students Win Prestigious Awards

Congratulations to the following University of Minnesota School of Music musicology students on winning prestigious awards.

Lars Christensen (Ph.D. candidate, musicology, student of Gabriela Currie) has received a prestigious Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (Chinese) for the academic year 2012-2013.

Danielle Kuntz (Ph.D. candidate, musicology, student of Kelley Harness) has received two prestigious fellowships for the academic year 2012-2013: the Fulbright Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, and the Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship (Portuguese).

Joe Matson (Ph.D. candidate, musicology, student of Peter Mercer-Taylor) presented his paper "Ungrammaticality in the Music of Weezer" at the conference of the American Musicological Society--Midwest Chapter March 31, 2012. Matson was also named a winner of the 2012 President's Student Leadership and Service Award by University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler. Matson has accepted a position as instructional assistant professor of music at Illinois State University, to begin fall 2012.

February 28, 2012

Conductor Mark Russell Smith Interviewed on Classical Minnesota Public Radio

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

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

February 13, 2012

U of M School of Music Students Travel to Germany to Perform Britten's 'War Requiem'

U of M students and faculty leave on February 14, 2012 to perform Britten's War Requiem in Detmold, Germany at the Detmold Hochschule für Musik. Follow their journey on the Britten Peace Project Blog, Facebook, and Twitter. Don't miss out on photos and videos, blogging, and commentary on their travels.

December 14, 2011

U of M School of Music Composition Student Composes Music for the Kalers' Winter Greeting

U of M School of Music composition student Adam Zahller Brown (student of James Dillon) composed the music for the U of M presidential couple's animated seasonal ecard. Zahller Brown shared that the project got him to think about "how cool holiday music is as an abstract concept. Music can get people in touch with inexplicable things and bring people together." Hear Zahller Brown's beautiful work and find more about Zahller Brown.

December 1, 2011

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

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

September 23, 2011

U of M School of Music Super Fan of the Week: Kyle Hutchins

This week we meet SOM Super Fan saxophonist Kyle Hutchins! Kyle is currently a master's student studying with Professor Eugene Rousseau. He recently moved to Minnesota from Texas and he's already figured out where to find some of the best vegan food in Minneapolis.

1. Where are you originally from (hometown)?
Stephenville, TX

2. What instrument(s) or do you play?
Saxophone mostly, as well as flute and clarinet. I can also play some pretty sweet four-chord songs on the guitar.

3. Name the last live performance that blew you away.
A few summers ago I saw Coldplay perform live in Dallas. I had the cheap tickets, sitting on the lawn, but they did a set on mini-stage set up in the back, so my "cheap seats" became front row. It was just after Michael Jackson died, so they played a few covers of his music and it was fantastic!

4. Which musicians have influenced you the most?
My high school band director was a saxophone player, so I was raised the right way, listening to the greats like Cannonball, Bird, and Trane. The biggest moment for me though was the first time I heard Michael Brecker play "Delta City Blues" It was basically that moment when I decided that saxophone was what I was going to do with my life. Although I don't play much jazz anymore, I'm not sure I would be doing music at all if it had not been for jazz band in high school and my exposure to all those great musicians.

5. What do you like most about the U of M School of Music?
The tunnels! I am from Texas, we have to leave one building to get inside of another.

6. Name your favorite musical moment at the SOM (if you have one yet).
Well, I just started my Masters here, so I haven't heard or taken part in any performances yet... but so far I would say getting to hear Dr. Rousseau play in lessons and studio class. People all over the world have to settle for recordings and we get it live every week!

7. Where is your favorite place to eat/hang out on campus and/or the Twin Cities?
Hard Times Cafe!

8. What's most frequently on your playlist?
The Garden State soundtrack. It has lived in my car for the last 4 years.

9. What are the first three things that come to mind when someone mentions Minnesota?
"Dont cha know," "You betcha", and "Howya doin."

10. We hear you're vegan. What's your favorite vegan treat?
Cilantro-Lime Hummus!

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

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

September 22, 2011

New University of Minnesota President Kaler tours the U of M School of Music

kaler photo.jpgNew University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and his wife Karen Kaler toured the School of Music on Wednesday, September 21. They met School of Music students in practice rooms, including Sophie Christian (piano, student of Professor Artymiw), Andres Crovetti (percussion, student of Professors Meza and Sorenson), Cole Hanson (clarinet, student of Professor Fiterstein), Esther Peterson (violin, student of Professor O'Reilly), Joseph Welch (collaborative piano, student of Professor Lovelace), and Elizabeth Windnagel (voice, student of Professor Zabala).

They were also paid a visit to Professor Currie's World Music Ensemble rehearsal where they were treated to a Samba arrangement of "Luckenbach Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" by Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson. They visited with the University Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Mark Russell Smith and the orchestra treated President Kaler and his wife with a bit of Brahms's Symphony No. 1.

Check out photos of President Kaler's tour of the School of Music here.

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

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

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

September 9, 2011

U of M School of Music Super Fan of the Week: Brandon Miller

Brandon Miller.jpgThis week's SOM Super Fan is Brandon Miller (D.M.A. candidate, voice, student of Philip Zawisza). He's a familiar face in Ferguson Hall's Room 100 and his engagement work with homeless teens is currently featured in Tutti magazine. Let's meet Brandon!

1. Where are you originally from (hometown)?
Blacksburg, VA

2. What instrument(s) or do you play (or what voice type are you)?
Voice, baritone

3. What was the last live performance that blew you away?
The Minnesota Opera's production of Wuthering Heights.

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

5. What do you like most about the U of M School of Music?
I like how relaxed and at home I feel there. It's very welcoming.

6. Name your favorite musical moment at the SOM.
Maestra Marin Alsop at the SOM Fall 2009 Convocation...very moving.

7. Where is your favorite place to eat/hang out on campus and/or the Twin Cities?
In my cubicle: I'm there a lot.

8. What's most frequently on your playlist?
Feist: "I feel it all"

9. What is something you know about the voice program/music ed program that no one else does?
Some of the most talented singers are the ones who keep a low profile!

10. What are the first three things that come to mind when someone mentions Minnesota?
Outdoors, partying, biking.

July 28, 2011

U of M School of Music Super Fan of the Week: Christa Saeger

christa saeger.jpgThis week we meet Maple Grove native Christa Saeger (D.M.A., cello performance, student of Tanya Remenikova) who knows a good cupcake when she sees (tastes) one.

1. Where are you originally from (hometown)?
Maple Grove, Minnesota

2. What instrument(s) do you play?
Cello! (Piano only when forced and I can hack through Twinkle on any stringed instrument)

3. What was the last live performance that blew you away?

I was visiting SOM alum Brett Lewis at Indiana University and saw the group Time For Three perform. The energy they can create from the stage is so entertaining and inspiring.

4. Which cellists have influenced you the most?
Honestly, my peers in my cello studio. They constantly amaze me both in their musical and technical abilities, not to mention great friends and a MUCH NEEDED support system.

5. What do you like most about the U of M School of Music?
We are located in one of the best arts communities in the country. Very few places have two world-class, professional orchestras to both enjoy and collaborate. I have received some truly unique opportunities at the SOM because of this.

6. Name your favorite musical moment at the SOM.
Easy. Last year, the University Symphony Orchestra did a workshop with Baltimore Symphony Music Director Marin Alsop at Orchestra Hall on Mahler 3. Besides creating a sense of musical energy and cohesion I have never felt before, she gave a wonderful talk about the importance of education and community engagement in the arts.

7. Where is your favorite place to eat/hang out on campus and/or the Twin Cities?
Shout out for Cupcake on University Avenue near the Prospect Park Neighborhood. With 150 different kinds of cupcakes, who could go wrong?

8. What's most frequently on your playlist?
Time for Three, Chris Thile, Beethoven, Usher, and recently getting reunited with Nelly.

9. What is something you know about the SOM ensembles that no one else does?
University Symphony Orchestra Music Director Mark Russell Smith is a complete genius, but he sweats... a lot (can I say that on the internet?).

10. What are the first three things that come to mind when someone mentions Minnesota?

Minnesota nice, the movie Fargo (yeah, yeah, I know it's in ND), and crazy weather (have ya BEEN here this summer?).

July 18, 2011

SOM student Brett Wartchow wins U of M Graduate School's Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

brett wartchow.jpgBrett Wartchow (Ph.D. candidate, composition, student of Alex Lubet) won the University of Minnesota Graduate School's Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2011-12 for "Nexus: Composition for Mixed Ensemble and Interactive Electronics." The Fellowship is a non-service award that carries an academic year stipend of $22,500 plus tuition for thesis credits and/or required dissertation seminars during the academic year and subsidized health insurance. Doctoral Dissertation Fellows participate in a Research Showcase on April 17, 2012 in the Great Hall in Coffman Union.

July 1, 2011

U of M School of Music Super Fan of the Week: Jessica Narum

jessica narum.jpgThis SOM Super Fan Friday brings us current student and music theorist Jessica Narum. If you are interested in being a featured SOM Super Fan or would like to nominate a potential SOM Super Fan (SOM alumni, faculty, students, and staff), visit the SOM facebook page and leave a Super Fan comment.

Let's meet this week's SOM SUPER FAN!

Jessica Narum, currently pursuing a Ph.D. Music Theory, completed her M.A. in Music Theory (May 2011)

1. Where are you originally from (hometown)?
Fargo, ND

2. What instrument(s) do you play?
Piano and percussion, but recently I've taken up mandolin and ukulele, too!

3. What was the last live performance that blew you away?
Steve Schick visited the U last year and gave a really stellar performance of Psappha by Xenakis.

4. How do you view the role of classical music in today's culture?
I think there are important things that people can learn and experience through (and sometimes only through) classical music, and I feel really fortunate to live in Minnesota where the arts are highly valued. I would love to see increased focus on living composers and recent pieces because I also think we have a responsibility to support new music.

5. What do you like most about the U of M School of Music?
I am constantly impressed by my colleagues. They are thoughtful researchers, invested teachers, and just generally cool people.

6. Name your favorite musical moment at the SOM.
I love the everyday musical moments. For example, as an ear-training TA last semester I was the lone audience member for an ensemble of 32 students singing a three-part atonal warm-up that turned out to be really lovely.

7. Where is your favorite place to eat/hang out on campus and/or the Twin Cities?
Near campus I'd recommend Acadia or Town Hall, but when school's out it's hard to beat the riverside patio at Pracna.

8. What's most frequently on your playlist?
Andrew Bird, Inara George, John Vanderslice, and Regina Spektor.

9. How do you explain what a music theorist does to your family at Thanksgiving?
Music theorists try to figure out how music works. We try to figure out why a piece or even just a moment sounds right or weird or surprising or awesome.

10. What are the first three things that come to mind when someone mentions Minnesota?
I'd be lying if I didn't say "winters" first, but the other two are the Minnesota State Fair and "Minnesota nice."

June 25, 2011

U OF M SCHOOL OF MUSIC SUPER FAN OF THE WEEK: JOE HENRY

joe henry.jpgIt's SOM SUPER FAN Saturday! SOM Super fans are SOM alumni, students, faculty, and staff who are the fabric of our musical community. Follow the SOM on Facebook to find out how you can become a SOM Super Fan. Let's meet this week's SOM SUPER FAN, Bemidji native Joe Henry (M.M. organ performance, 2009; D.M.A. in progress; Dean Billmeyer, major teacher and advisor).

1. Where are you currently working (state, employer) or where is a favorite place where you have worked in the past?
Music director of Delano Catholic Community, adjunct Concordia University, St. Paul.

2. Where are you originally from (hometown)?
Bemidji, MN

3. What was the last live performance that blew you away?
University of Minnesota's performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony in Northrop Auditorium a couple years ago. I was surprised at how good it was.

4. Do you keep in touch with your U of M School of Music classmates and/or faculty mentor?
(Still a student, pursuing a D.M.A.) Yes, Dr. Billmeyer organ studio classmates all got together for lunch last week and we talked about Billmeyer!

5. What's your favorite thing about the U of M School of Music?
The quality of faculty members and students.

6. Where was your favorite place to eat/hang out on campus?
I never had time to eat.

7. What phrase do you still hear your mentor repeating over your shoulder?
Quit bobbing your head and relax- NOW!

8. What's most frequently on your playlist?
Western art-music (all of it)

9. What are the first three things that come to mind when someone mentions Minnesota?
1. Natural resources (water)
2. Friendly people
3. The arts

May 28, 2011

Congratulations to U of M School of Music McKnight Fellowship Winners

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

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

April 28, 2011

Festival of Community Bands featured in the Star Tribune

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

April 22, 2011

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

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

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

April 7, 2011

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

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

March 29, 2011

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

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

March 16, 2011

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

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

March 11, 2011

SOM's University Opera Theatre featured in Minnesota Magazine

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

February 3, 2011

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

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

November 19, 2010

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

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

November 18, 2010

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

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

November 11, 2010

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

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

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

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

October 26, 2010

U of M School of Music's Featured November Events

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

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

September 20, 2010

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

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

May 10, 2010

SOM Student Denis Evstyukhin Competing in International Chopin Competition in Warsaw

Denis Evstyukhin (D.M.A. candidate, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) is currently competing in the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, one of the oldest and most venerated piano competitions in the world. The competition began with 366 contestants. After surviving the initial cut, Evstyukhin traveled to Warsaw in April for the next selection by international jury where the number of contestants was reduced to 81. Evstyukhin will return to Warsaw in October with the other remaining contestants to continue the competition, with all expenses paid by the Polish government.

April 1, 2010

U of M School of Music students featured on KARE 11 News

School of Music students were featured on the April 1st 10 o'clock edition of KARE 11 News. View the news story here on the KARE 11 website.

February 22, 2010

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

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

February 16, 2010

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

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

February 11, 2010

Master's Student of Voice, Anna DeGraff featured in MN Daily article

Anna DeGraff, a second year master's student of voice (student of Jean del Santo) and the voice department, were featured today on the front page of the MN Daily. The article follows DeGraff through her Master's Recital and discusses the journey of a master's student at the SOM.
Read the article here and listen to some of her recital on the MN Daily's media page. (To get to the the media page from the article, click on the photo.)

December 23, 2009

SOM Alumna Abbie Betinis Featured on Minnesota Public Radio

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

SOM Composers and Faculty Featured in Minnesota Daily Video

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

December 3, 2009

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

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

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

University Opera Theatre Featured in Minnesota Daily Video

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

March 19, 2008

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

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

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

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February 27, 2008

Evstyukhin Wins 07/08 Concerto Competition

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

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

January 23, 2008

2008 Marvin O. Mechelke Piano Award Competition Cancelled

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

December 19, 2007

Congratulations Bojan Hoover

Percussionist Bojan Hoover was announced as the winner of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition on December 16, 2007. He performed the Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra by Ney Rosauro and will perform this work with the orchestra on February 16 and 17, 2008. Bojan is a student of Fernando Meza. (December 2007)

Congratulations Erik Rohde

Mark Bjork's student Erik Rohde (B.M., violin) was the first place winner in the senior division of the Mary West Solo Competition sponsored by the Minnesota chapter of the American String Teachers Association in October. In addition at the insistence of the judges a special award was created for Erik for the best performance of solo Bach. (December 2007)

Congratulations Denis Evstuhin

Denis Evstuhin (M.M., piano) won the 2nd Prize at the 13th International Piano Competition "Principat d'Andorra." He was also awarded special prize for best performance of Spanish music out of the 77 admitted contestants. Denis Evstuhin is a student of Alexander Braginsky. (November 2007)