Brian Messier, DMA conducting student, has created a Murder Mystery Concert. The University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Craig Kirchhoff, will perform a "Murder Mystery Concert" in Ted Mann Recital Hall on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013. The U of M/ Guthrie Theatre BFA Actor Training Program will provide the dramatic talent, animations to advance the plot between musical selections will be made by Luisa Levine of Oberlin College, and a U of M jazz ensemble will provide the leitmotifs for the characters and suspects. Audience members will take part in the performance as active witnesses of this dramatic staged murder mystery concert.
The Cantus-University of Minnesota Residency Program is an innovative collaboration with the School of Music that integrates the teaching artistry of Cantus Vocal Ensemble with the University's instructional and community engagement initiatives. The focus of this program is to train and mentor future performers and music educators using the unique approach Cantus brings to collaborative music making.
As an ensemble, Cantus works without a conductor, rehearsing and performing as chamber musicians. This method allows Cantus to be more flexible and adaptive, and fosters its ability to embrace new ideas in the areas of programs, commissions and performance presentation. The School of Music recognizes this model as a methodology that can benefit both performance and music education students in their growth as versatile teaching artists of the 21st Century.
Integral to the Cantus mission is its commitment to preserve and deepen music education within schools. The Cantus-UMN Residency Program is an extension of the award winning High School Residency Program, which targets inner city, suburban and exurban high school choirs in the Twin Cities for one year of sustained coaching and rehearsals with members of Cantus. The tiered connection between high school and collegiate singers with the members of Cantus allows young adults at every stage of development to receive important training in skills that inform their individual and collective musicianship within educational and performance settings.
Cantus and the University of Minnesota School of Music are mutually committed to an ongoing, sustained partnership, which provides singers of all levels with meaningful opportunities for artistic growth and educational exchange.
In collaboration with the Minnesota Concert Opera and the Wagner Society of the Upper Midwest, the School of Music's vocal department will celebrate and experience the artistry of the Wagner's cycle in an abbreviated four hour orchestrated version by David Seaman. Selected students will be invited to observe all rehearsals and work with the artists. There will also be a master-class led by Jane Eaglen.
This performance will be presented on September 13 & 15, 2013, at The Cowles Center, Minneapolis.
This summer, some of the School of Music's graduate students will bring their talents to seniors. The goal of the Arts Connection Recitals is to bridge the gap between college-aged musicians and the elderly through two performance opportunities, increasing the quality of life for seniors through interpersonal relationships and live music performance and creating opportunities for students to study and perform additional repertoire, in the context of building relationships with senior citizens.
Laura Hynes turns her D.M.A. recital into a unique performance titled Raise Your Voice, exploring issues of Violence Against Women through the ages via art song, text, dance and staging. The event was sponsored by a Community Engagement grant through the School of Music, and by the Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education.
Singers Laura Hynes, Beth Bayley, Elizabeth Windnagel, Sara Yoder, and Lauren Feider were joined by dancer Samantha Phillippi - the currently reigning Miss Minneapolis, guitarist Maja Radovanlija, and pianist Mijin Choi.
Repertoire includes songs by Libby Larsen, David Evan Thomas, William Bolcom, Kurt Weill, Leonard Bernstein, Germaine Tailleferre, Benjamin Britten, Jake Heggie, Aaron Copland, Ben Moore, and Reynaldo Hahn.
This new residency is an innovative collaboration with the School of Music that intersects the teaching artistry of Cantus with the University's instructional and community engagement initiatives. Our focus is to train and mentor future performers and music educators using the unique approach Cantus brings to collaborative music making.
We recognize the Cantus programming model as something that can benefit both performance and music education students in their growth as versatile teaching artists of the 21st Century. This exciting residency provides singers of all levels with meaningful opportunities for artistic growth and educational exchange. For more information about the Cantus Residency and related activities, please contact Kathy Romey.
From April 19-22, 2012, University Opera Theatre will present Robert Aldridge's Parables for chorus and orchestra featuring librettist, Herschel Garfein. With text by Herschel Garfein, direction under David Walsh, and conducting by Kathy Salzman Romey, Parables aims to engage university, religious, civic, and school partners in community-building workshops centered on the backlash against non-Christian-based religions after the events of 9/11.
Interactive workshops and concerts will challenge participants to examine, explore, and reflect on their attitudes toward critical issues, as well as to encourage and promote thoughtful dialogue about our rich cultural heritage. An integral part of the project will be to showcase the positive role of the arts, particularly music, in expanding our imaginative response to religious and cultural difference - the 'other' - in our society.
Through a series of school-based lessons, performances, informal discussions, and a Parables Forum, this project is bound to make an important mark on engagement efforts around the Twin Cities metropolitan region. Partners in the critical and collaborative discussion include: high school partners, religious and ethnic cultural groups, and the University Opera Theatre, U of M School of Music, Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, Department of Art, Department of Anthropology, and the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature.
Those interested in being a part of this community engagement project may participate in a springtime forum slated to take place in early April as well as the performances. Visit music.umn.edu for complete details.
Kinh T. Vu, Assistant Project Director
David Walsh, Project Director
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The School of Music is partnering with the Augustana College Choir, Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Boy Choir , Gutersloh Boy Choir, and the Detmold Hochschule fur Musick in Germany to perform Benjamin Britten's stirring War Requiem. Students are studying the work's historical and artistic relevance through their coursework, dialog, rehearsal, and performance. Performances will take place on February 18 and 19, 2012 in Detmold, Germany, March 1, 2012 at our own U of MN, and March 4, 2012 in the Quad Cities. Read more at War Requiem Handout v4.pdf
This spring, U of MN Opera's David Walsh is taking on religion, culture, and art in our society. Partnering not only with surrounding U departments such as the Center for Jewish Studies and Classical and Near Eastern Studies, he is also working with the surrounding public schools and community organizations including the American Composer's Forum and the Confederation of Somali Community to foster significant artistic and community dialog. The Parables oratorio will be work-shopped with our students and in performance and field visits, it will be book-ended by the music of diverse religious cultures.
The Community Engagement Leadership Team (CELT) calling for proposals for grant funding to support projects that integrate community engagement into the curriculum, creative activities, and research of the School of Music. Projects can be student generated, faculty generated, or (ideally) collaboratively designed. All ideas are welcome. The CELT will assist with refining ideas you might have.
Each proposed project is eligible for up to $500 in support for travel, expenses, and equipment necessary for the successful implementation of the project. Projects will be assessed according to how well the following questions are addressed.
* How does this project use community engagement to contribute to the stated mission of the School of Music?
* How does this project impact the curriculum in the School of Music? The committee is especially interested projects that enhance learning and teaching opportunities for members of the School of Music community.
* What will "success" look like for this project?
* How will that success be assessed? Assessment can include measurement or narrative. We just want to know how you will know that the program has been successful and how you will evaluate the success.
* What are the benefits to the various constituencies involved in the project: students, faculty, and community partners? Of importance in assessing this category are the concepts of mutual contribution and mutual gain.
* How could this project serve as a model to others interested in community engaged scholarship and teaching?
* To what degree is this project sustainable?
Please use the form, Community Engagement Grant Application, which can be found on the Engagement page of the SOM website.
If you have any questions, please contact any member of the Community Engagement Leadership Team or Team Leader, Keitha Hamann.