Meet the School of Music’s New Director
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4 Director’s Note
26 Thank You Donors
6 2016–2017 Events Calendar
30 U of M Awards Prince with Honorary Degree
9 2016–2017 Season Highlights
31 Student News
Lisa Marshall Editor and Writer
37 Faculty News
Kristine Porwoll Graphic Designer
42 In Memoriam
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10 Student Features 12 2016–2017 Student Scholar Profiles
14 Reflections on the St. Matthew Passion Project
43 Alumni News 47 See and Be Seen
16 Alumni Features 18 Roy Pienaar Introduces Band Program to Hmong College Prep Academy 20 Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Bands Photo by Tim Rummelhoff
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ON THE COVER: Katie Anne Kohler (flute); Teodoro Crespo-Carrion (violin); Cameron Longabaugh (saxophone); Jonah Heinen (voice); Director Michael Kim; Abigail Johnson (percussion); Jennifer Runck (clarinet); Brian Dowdy (orchestral conducting); and Lisa Perry (clarinet) in Ted Mann Concert Hall. Photo: Greg Helgeson
John Coleman Dean, College of Liberal Arts Michael Kim Director, School of Music
The School of Music The mission of the School of Music is to understand, share, and disseminate music through creation, performance, research, and education: • We embody and encourage creative and intellectual curiosity at the highest level of artistry and scholarship. • Our distinguished faculty inspires students to be global citizens and agents of transformation through music, realizing this educational work in an integrated and collaborative environment. • Our students develop the knowledge, attitudes, and professional skills to be successful while engaging with the richly diverse, urban, artistic communities in the Twin Cities and beyond. The University of Minnesota The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation and the world. The University’s threefold mission of research and discovery, teaching and learning, and outreach and public service is carried out on multiple campuses and throughout the state.
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University of Minnesota from Manitoba, Canada, where he has served as dean and professor at the Brandon University School of Music, and acting associate vice-president (external). Prior to that he was chair of the keyboard department and faculty associate to the president at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.
auditioned and was accepted at the famed Academy of Music program at Mount Royal University in Calgary. So much of what I learned came from observing Maestro Joo’s many rehearsals and performances as a pianist and conductor, and his direct training with Zoltan Kodaly and Jozef Gat. My professional debut performances with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra at the Banff Festival of the Arts, and on their subscription series in Calgary quickly followed.
U of M School of Music Director Michael Kim began his appointment on July 31, 2015. He’s had a little more than a year to get to know the U of M School of Music community. An accomplished pianist and chamber musician, Dr. Kim has appeared as a concerto soloist with symphonies internationally, from the Boston Pops to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. As a recitalist he has performed in cities throughout Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, South America, and Asia and has been a featured artist at major summer festivals, performing with James Ehnes, James Campbell, the New Orford and Cecilia String Quartets, and members of the Canadian Brass. He also performs frequently with his pianist wife, Dr. Kyung Kim.
Tell us about your own path to becoming a professional pianist. Music was the primary element in my environment for as long as I can remember. I was always fascinated and drawn to the piano— the seemingly endless nuance and color possibilities, the tactile thrill and sensation of manipulating multiple keys, its glorious repertoire. I wanted nothing more than to play the piano, but my parents would not allow me to take lessons (or even play the piano) for many years (in spite of the fact my father was a professional double bass player with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and my mother was constantly listening to classical music!). The major turning point for me came when I was 11 after hearing the great American pianist Byron Janis perform Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto in Calgary, Canada. I begged and begged my parents for lessons and they finally relented.
I received my bachelor of music degree in piano performance from the University of Calgary, where I studied with Marilyn Engle. It was under her tutelage and mentorship that I was able to garner grand prizes in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation National Radio and Canadian Music Competitions, which led to professional management and many notable performing engagements. I then went on to the Juilliard School, earning master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees studying piano with Herbert Stessin, and superb academic faculty such as Richard French, Robert Bailey, and Jane Gottlieb.
Dr. Kim is also a veteran academic administrator with a strong record of success in student recruitment, fundraising, and community engagement. He comes to the
Then conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Arpad Joo agreed to take me on as his piano student when I was 14, also teaching me orchestral conducting. I also
The University of Minnesota School of Music gratefully acknowledges program support from Schmitt Music. The School of Music is an All Steinway School.
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What drew you to the University of Minnesota School of Music? The School of Music has had longstanding, distinguished history and international reputation. Former students from my previous institutions spoke glowingly of their experiences studying here, and the excellence and dedication of their professors. All in all, the excellence and accomplishments of our students, faculty, and staff, the diverse curricular opportunities that
The more I listened and learned, the more astounded I became at all the School of Music has and continues to accomplish.
What was the most exciting part of your first year at the U of M School of Music? Most of my energy in my first year was dedicated to listening, and getting to know the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of my faculty, students, and staff, and many of our community partners. The more I listened and learned, the more astounded I became at all the School of Music has and continues to accomplish. Great potential and opportunity lie ahead for us as we look towards the future! Partnering effectively with our internal and external constituents in the Twin Cities, and within our great state will be essential to our continued success as we look to next steps. What are you looking forward to the most this year at the School of Music? Everything! I recently had the time of my life conducting the Marching Band at the TCF Bank Stadium. We are in the midst of outlining desired priorities for the School of Music, with the process evolving from consultation with students, faculty, and staff within the School of Music. Once established, these priorities will form a blueprint for the path ahead, and form a strong foundation for continued consultation and collaboration amongst the School of Music constituents and partners. Having learned more about the school, what are your dreams for the School of Music’s future? I envision a School of Music which will continue to be a superb, world-class model
With School of Music Director Michael Kim
our College of Liberal Arts offers, and the rich cultural environment and wonderful quality of life in the Twin Cities made this the opportunity of a lifetime for my family and me!
Michael Kim conducts the U of M Marching Band during the halftime show at TCF Bank Stadium.
for teaching and research excellence; that has strong synergy with, and support from our university and external partners; that trains and effectively prepares our young musicians for the rigors and demands of our musical profession, all within a dynamic and collaborative community that deeply cares about the needs of our students and constituents. Our College of Liberal Arts provides a fantastic environment for our students to develop the diversity of skills that they will need to be successful in the 21st century. The School of Music’s continuing ability to attract and leverage resources will be essential to maintaining this vision.
What would people be surprised to learn about you? I am devout addict and fan of the original Star Trek series! I own all 79 episodes, and know them inside out to the point of being able to name the exact stardates of any given episode. I find the imagination and vision of Gene Roddenberry truly compelling, and the symbolic unity and makeup of the crew that we see on Captain Kirk’s bridge, working collaboratively towards a common goal and shared sense of purpose is something that we can all can continue to aspire towards. Live long and prosper!
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The Chamber Music Society of Minnesota in collaboration with the U of M School of Music Present Legendary Pianist Leon Fleisher * Sunday, Oct. 9 µ 4 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
The program will include two works by Brahms: Liebeslieder Walzer, Opus 52a for Piano Four Hands with Katherine Jacobson Fleisher and the F minor Piano Quintet. School of Music violin professor and artistic director of the CMSM, Young-Nam Kim, will join Mr. Fleisher in the quintet along with other CMSM artists: Ariana Kim, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; and Wilhelmina Smith, cello. Tickets: chambermusicmn.org This event is free to U of M School of Music students, faculty, and staff.
▶ University Symphony
Orchestra Concert Friday, Oct. 14 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
Symphony No. 3 by Robert Schumann, Don Juan by Richard Strauss, and Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra by Francis Poulenc featuring Michael Kim and Kyung Kim. Mark Russell Smith and Chad Hutchinson, conductors.
▶ Maroon & North Star
Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change or cancellation. Events may be added during the course of the semester. This calendar does not list the numerous free student recitals presented each week. For directions and an updated and complete events calendar, visit music.umn.edu.
Campus Bands Concert Thursday, Oct. 20 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
Dennis Hawkins, Cassandra Bechard, Jonny Chao, and Lindsay Lundeen, conductors.
High School Honor Choir Concert Saturday, Oct. 22 µ 11 am Ted Mann Concert Hall
Featuring select members from the 2016 MMEA All-State Choir. Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey, conductors.
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▶ Event will be live streamed. Visit z.umn.edu/musicstream or page 8 for more information.
▶ University & Gold
Campus Bands Concert Monday, Oct. 24 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
Program to include Salvation is Created by Tschesnokoff/Houseknecht, Cichy’s Divertimento, Boysen’s Song for my Children, Mackey’s Aurora Awakes, and more. Betsy McCann, Cory Near, and Alec Paquin, conductors.
▶ Symphonic Band Concert:
American Moderns Wednesday, Oct. 26 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
Program to include William Schuman’s Chester, Eric Whitacre’s October, Vaclav Nelhybel’s Allegro marcato from Trittico, Concerto for Piano by Howard Hanson/F. Bencriscutto/J. Luckhardt, Vincent Persichetti’s Pageant, Aaron Copland’s Down a Country Lane, and Commando March by Samuel Barber. Michael Kim, piano. Jerry Luckhardt, conductor.
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Choral Concert: Gabriel Faure’s Requiem Friday, Oct. 28 µ 8 pm Gethsemane Episcopal Church, 905 S. 4th Ave, Minneapolis, MN
A semi-staged performance of Gabriel Faure’s Requiem, with singers from Minnesota Chorale in collaboration with narrator, Michael Dennis Browne, professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota. Suggested donation, $5. Katherine Chan, conductor.
Collage Concert Saturday, Oct. 29 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
Featuring more than 300 students and faculty in a non-stop concert showcase.
▶ Campus Orchestra Concert
Monday, Oct. 31 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
Brian Dowdy, Chad Hutchinson, Pamela Mayorga, and Ernesto Estigarribia, conductors.
▶ Jazz Ensembles
I & II Concert Wednesday, Nov. 2 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall Dean Sorenson, conductor.
Guest Recital: Stela Dinkova (guitar) Thursday, Nov. 3 µ 8 pm Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall
Bulgarian guitarist Stela Dinkova is known for her inventive performances and championing of Bulgarian composers who draw their inspiration from traditional Bulgarian music. Dinkova is a professor of classical guitar at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
▶ Choral Concert:
Global Voices Saturday, Nov. 5 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
Choral music reflects the diversity and richness of the world around us. Join the Campus Singers ensembles along with the University Men’s Chorus on a journey of song and celebration, which will take you around the globe! Matthew Mehaffey, Ahmed Anzaldua, Katherine Chan, and Amanda Weber, conductors.
▶ Choral Concert: Music
of Love and the Stars featuring Minneapolis Guitar Quartet Sunday, Nov. 6 µ 4 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
The University Singers, Chamber Singers, and Women’s Chorus present a program of a cappella and accompanied choral music in collaboration with the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet (MGQ) featuring the second performance of Jeffrey Van’s new work Music of Love and the Stars for Mixed Choir and Guitar Quartet based on the poetry of Jesus Silva. The MGQ commissioned this new work. Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey, conductors.
Jazz Combos Recital Monday, Nov. 7 µ 7 pm Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall ▶ University Symphony
Orchestra: Student Soloist Showcase Friday, Nov. 11 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
Students soloists perform arias, operas scenes, and movements from concerto repertoire. Brian Dowdy, Ernesto Estigarribia, Chad Hutchinson, and Pamela Mayorga, conductors.
Guest Recital: ASBDA Honors Jazz Ensemble Saturday, Nov. 12 µ 2 pm Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall University Brass Choir Saturday, Nov. 12 µ 4:45 pm The Basilica of Saint Mary Minneapolis, MN University Opera Theatre presents Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia * Thursday, Nov. 17 – Saturday, Nov. 19 µ 7:30 pm Sunday, Nov. 20 µ 1:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall Ronald Duncan, librettist. David Walsh, director. Mark Russell Smith and Brian Dowdy, conductors Tickets: tickets.umn.edu or 612-624-2345 $20/$5 U of M students and children. General admission. Two-for-one tickets for U of M faculty, alumni, retirees, and staff.
55th Annual University of Minnesota Marching Band Indoor Concert * Saturday, Nov. 26 µ 7 pm Sunday, Nov. 27 µ 2 pm Northrop, Carlson Family Stage
Join the Pride and Pageantry of Minnesota, and conductor Betsy McCann, for the 55th Annual Indoor Concert, celebrating the 125th Anniversary. Performances showcase music, tradition, and entertainment for the whole family. Tickets: northrop.umn.edu or 612-624-2345
▶ Jazz Ensembles
I & II Concert Tuesday, Nov. 29 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall Dean Sorenson, conductor.
▶ University Band Concert
Thursday, Dec. 1 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
Program to include Steven Bryant’s Wings That Work, Dello Joio’s Scenes from the Louvre, Daehn’s As Summer Was Just Beginning and Hanson’s Patapan. Featuring the music of Steven Bryant, composer-in-residence. Betsy McCann, conductor.
▶ Choral Concert:
Sounds of the Season Saturday, Dec. 3 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
The combined Campus Singers ensembles along with the University Men’s and Women’s Choruses ring in the holiday season with an eclectic program of seasonal choral music. Kathy Saltzman Romey, Matthew Mehaffey, Ahmed Anzaldua, Katherine Chan, and Amanda Weber, conductors.
Jazz Combos Recital Monday, Dec. 5 µ 7 pm Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall ▶ Campus Bands Concert
Monday, Dec. 5 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
Featuring Steven Bryant, composerin-residence. Dennis Hawkins, Cory Near, Cassandra Bechard, Jonny Chao, Lindsay Lundeen, and Alec Paquin, conductors.
▶ Symphonic Band:
Heaven and Earth Wednesday, Dec. 7 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
Program to include In This Broad Earth by Steven Bryant, Heart Songs by David Maslanka, Old Wine in New Bottles by Gordon Jacob, A Child’s Embrace by Charles Rochester Young, and Russian Christmas Music by Alfred Reed. Featuring the music of Steven Bryant, composer-in-residence. Jerry Luckhardt, conductor.
▶ Choral Concert —
Mary and Mother Nature: A Winter Devotional Thursday, Dec. 8 µ 7:30 pm Hamline United Methodist Church, St. Paul, MN
A program of both sacred and secular choral music with selections from Bruckner’s sublime Mass in E Minor, Marian motets from the Renaissance and Romantic Eras, Hindemith’s rarely performed Six Chansons, and a setting of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis by Stanford. Featuring the University Singers and Chamber Singers. Lukas Perry, Nick Chalmers, Matthew Mehaffey, and Kathy Saltzman Romey, conductors. Free will offering.
Fall Chamber Music Gala Concert Friday, Dec. 9 µ 7:30 pm Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall 2016 Have Brunch with General Music: Final Performance/Presentation Tuesday, Dec. 13 µ 10:30 am Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall ▶ Wind Ensemble Concert
Tuesday, Dec. 13 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
Program to include Mendelssohn’s Nocturno/Overture in C, Op. 24, Carter Pann’s The Three Embraces, Stravinsky’s
Concertino for 12 Instruments , Ecstatic Waters by Steven Bryant, and Concerto for Alto Saxophone by Charles Rochester Young featuring Preston Duncan, saxophone. This concert features a piece by Steven Bryant, composer-inresidence. Emily Threinen, conductor.
▶ Campus Orchestra Concert
Wednesday, Dec. 14 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
Brian Dowdy, Chad Hutchinson, Pamela Mayorga, and Ernesto Estigarribia, conductors.
SPRING 2017 Faculty and Guest Recital: Lydia Artymiw (piano) and Marcy Rosen (cello) Sunday, Jan. 15 µ 2 pm Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall
Lydia Artymiw and Marcy Rosen perform the complete cello/piano works of Felix Mendelssohn.
23rd Annual U of M High School Honor Band Concert Sunday, Jan. 22 µ 1:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
The upper Midwest’s finest young wind and percussion instrumentalists perform challenging wind music.
▶ University Symphony
Orchestra Concert Saturday, Jan. 28 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
Tasso, Lamento e Trionfo by Franz Liszt and Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2 by Maurice Ravel. Also featuring a performance by the University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition winner. Mark Russell Smith and Brian Dowdy, conductors.
▶ Wind Ensemble Concert
Wednesday, Feb. 15 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall Emily Threinen, conductor.
▶ University & Gold
Bands Concert Thursday, Feb. 23 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall Betsy McCann and Cory Near, conductors.
Choral Concert: From Silences into Light Sunday, Feb. 26 µ 7:30 pm St. Olaf Catholic Church Minneapolis, MN
The University Singers and Chamber Singers present a program of sacred and secular music, remembering the souls of the departed, while comforting and giving hope and light to us that are living. This concert will feature John Tavener’s Requiem Fragment, as well as works by Ēriks Ešenvalds, Pētris Vask, and Yehuda Yannay. Katherine Chan, conductor. Free will offering.
▶ University Symphony
Orchestra & Wind Ensemble Chamber Concert Friday, Mar. 3 µ 1:25 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
▶ University of Minnesota
Jazz Festival Concert Saturday, Mar. 4 µ 7 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
With guest artist Rex Richardson, renowned international trumpeter. Dean Sorenson, conductor.
▶ North Star & Maroon
Campus Bands Concert Monday, Mar. 6 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall Dennis Hawkins and Cassandra Bechard, conductors.
▶ Symphonic Band Concert
Wednesday, Mar. 8 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall Jerry Luckhardt, conductor.
▶ Campus Orchestra Concert
Wednesday, Mar. 22 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
Brian Dowdy, Chad Hutchinson, Pamela Mayorga, and Ernesto Estigarribia, conductors.
University Opera Theatre presents Giacomo Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi * Thursday, Mar. 30 – Saturday, Apr. 1 µ 7:30 pm Sunday, Apr. 2 µ 1:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall Giovacchino Forzano, librettist. David Walsh, director.
Tickets: tickets.umn.edu or 612-624-2345 $20/$5 U of M students and children. General admission. Two-for-one tickets for U of M faculty, alumni, retirees, and staff.
Choral Concert: Music for a Grand Space! Sunday, Apr. 2 µ 2:30 pm Cathedral of Saint Paul St. Paul, MN
The University of Minnesota Campus Singers Ensembles present their annual concert at the Cathedral of Saint Paul. The program will include a cappella choral music ranging from the Renaissance through the 21st Century, sacred song, folk music, and much more. This concert combines stunning music with grand architecture for a truly memorable experience. Matthew Mehaffey, Katherine Chan, Ahmed Anzaldua, Amanda Weber, Lukas Perry, Nicholas Chalmers, and Daniel Parks, conductors. Free will offering.
▶ Wind Ensemble Concert
Friday, Apr. 21 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall Jack Stamp, guest composer. Emily Threinen, conductor.
Thompson: Requiem Friday, Apr. 28 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
Featuring University Singers, Chamber Singers, and Oratorio Society of Minnesota. Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey, conductors.
▶ Spring Fling
Saturday, Apr. 29 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
Featuring Campus Singers, Women’s Chorus, and Men’s Chorus. Kathy Saltzman Romey, Matthew Mehaffey, Katherine Chan, Amanda Weber, and Ahmed Anzaldua, conductors.
▶ 125th Anniversary
Band Gala Friday, May 5 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
To conclude the celebration of the 125th Anniversary year, all School of Music concert bands, the Pride of Minnesota Marching Band, Alumni Band, and jazz ensembles will each perform select pieces to showcase the band program.
Spring Chamber Music Gala Concert Friday, May 5 µ 7:30 pm Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall
I & II Concert Monday, May 1 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall Dean Sorenson, conductor.
Choral Concert: ¡Cantaré! Community Concerts * Tuesday. May 2 µ 6 pm & 8 pm The Ordway, St. Paul, MN
Featuring VocalEssence Cantaré with Women’s Chorus. Kathy Saltzman Romey, conductor. Tickets: vocalessence.org
▶ Campus Orchestra Concert
Wednesday, May 3 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
Brian Dowdy, Chad Hutchinson, Pamela Mayorga, and Ernesto Estigarribia, conductors.
Tickets: 651-291-1144 or thespco.org
The SPCO Presents Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony * Sunday, Apr. 23 µ 2 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall Tickets: 651-291-1144 or thespco.org
The SPCO Presents Target Free Family Music — Family Concert: Musical Motivations * Saturday, Feb. 25 µ 9:30 am & 11 am Ted Mann Concert Hall
The SPCO Presents In Times of War * Sunday, May 21 µ 2 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
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Tickets: 651-291-1144 or thespco.org
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▶ Jazz Ensembles
The SPCO Presents Dvořák in America * Sunday, Jan. 29 µ 2 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
▶ Choral Concert — Randall
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Presents Through a Pet’s Ear: Music to Improve Animal Health and Behavior * Thursday, Oct. 27 µ 7 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall Tickets: z.umn.edu/petsear
Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus Presents TCGMC’s Gay Holiday Spectacular * Friday, Dec. 9 – Saturday, Dec. 10 µ 8 pm Sunday, Dec. 11 µ 2 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall
The SPCO’s Liquid Music Presents Sarah Kirkland Snider: Unremembered * Saturday, Mar. 11 µ 8 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall Tickets: 651-291-1144 or thespco.org
The Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus Presents Hand in Hand with the Heartland Men’s Chorus * Friday, Apr. 7 – Saturday, Apr. 8 µ 8 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall Tickets: 612-624-2345 or tickets.umn.edu
Tickets: 612-624-2345 or tickets.umn.edu
Live-Streaming of School of Music Concerts We're now live-streaming ensemble concerts from Ted Mann Concert Hall and select events from Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall. Visit z.umn.edu/musicstream to find out how you can watch & listen to School of Music ensembles from the comfort of your home.
The Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus Presents All You Need is Love, The Beatles, Vol. 2 * Friday June 16 – Saturday, June 17 µ 8 pm Sunday, June 18 µ 2 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall Tickets: 612-624-2345 or tickets.umn.edu
Photos (clockwise from left): U of M Marching Band at Northrop; Jazz Festival guest Rex Richardson; U of M Choirs at the Cathedral of St. Paul; University Symphony Orchestra performs at Collage (Photo: Greg Helgeson); Abigail Seaman and Samuel Baker in University Opera Theatre’s fall 2016 production of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah (Photo: Les Koob)
16th Annual Collage Concert Saturday, Oct. 29 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall The annual Collage Concert is a non-stop showcase, including performances by choral, orchestral, jazz, chamber, world music, and wind ensembles as well as solo performances by faculty and students. Come hear more than 300 students and faculty performing in this theatrical, musical extravaganza.
2016–2017 University Opera Theatre Season Don’t miss University Opera Theatre’s productions of Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (November 17–20) and Giacomo Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi (March 30–April 1) at Ted Mann Concert Hall. David Walsh, director. Tickets and information: 612-624-2345 or opera.umn.edu.
Choral Concert: Music for a Grand Space! Sunday, Apr. 2 µ 2:30 pm Cathedral of Saint Paul, St. Paul, MN Join the choral ensembles for their annual pilgrimage to the Cathedral of St. Paul in a celebration of song spanning the ages of time and history. Conducted by Kathy Saltzman Romey and graduate student conductors.
55th Annual Marching Band Indoor Concert Saturday, Nov. 26 µ 7 pm Sunday, Nov. 27 µ 2 pm Northrop, Carlson Family Stage Join the Pride of Minnesota for a concert experience you will never forget! The U of M Marching Band will put you in the middle of the show, performing favorite tunes from this year’s pregame and halftime shows. Come and be a part of the excitement and energy of the U of M Marching Band. Betsy McCann, director. Tickets and information: 612-624-2345 or tickets.umn.edu.
University of Minnesota Jazz Festival Concert Saturday, Mar. 4 µ 7 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall The annual U of M Jazz Festival returns with special guest Rex Richardson, renowned international trumpet player. Dean Sorenson, director.
125th Anniversary Bands Gala Friday, May 5 µ 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall A musical journey celebrating 125 year in music-making at the University of Minnesota. Emily Threinen, director.
2017 ALUMNI RECEPTION Come catch up with professors and former classmates, enjoy a variety of refreshments, and share stories of years past and recent! Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 µ 5 – 7 pm Clubhouse of Brit’s Pub µ 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN To request disability accommodations, please contact Brit's Pub at 612-332-3908.
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To Make Sure Voices Go Through Walls School of Music Students Receive Fulbright Awards
At various points along her path, Amanda Weber has found ways to
integrate social justice and goodwill into her work. Her latest effort has her behind the walls of the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee, leading a group of inmates in a spirited prison choir, and bringing U of M student choir members there to comingle talents. When Weber, a doctoral student in conducting, came to Minnesota she was introduced to Jim Verhoye, the education director at Shakopee and a U of M alumnus. Verhoye knew the power of music, having had a son in choir, and was looking for someone to work with a small group of inmates. Weber, coincidentally, had done research on prison choirs around the country as part of her master’s program. Kismet. She began weekly sessions with the new Voices of Hope choir in October. “Choir intrinsically has so much value in terms of building community and rehabilitating people,” Weber says. “You have to listen to other people. You have to evaluate yourself. … You’re going to make mistakes that other people will hear. And it’s not about the mistakes, but how do you recover from them?” A small community engagement grant through the School of Music’s Community Engagement Leadership Team (CELT) allowed her to bring students from her Campus Singers Maroon choir to visit the prison. As part of a final project in December, 15 students traveled to Shakopee, sat in a circle—with inmates in every other seat—and discovered a new community ground in music. “There was just the most incredible energy in that room for two hours. After every single song, everyone would clap and cheer for themselves,” Weber says, “Music is such a powerful way to communicate with others. It breaks down all barriers that we have between each other.” Weber’s students have written reflections on the experience, as have the Voices of Hope singers. “The best part about performing for them is that we were singing and dancing together,” says one student. “The worst part … maybe it should be the most regretful part, is that we could not give a hug to each other.”
The words of an inmate are even more poignant: “What took place for me personally in that two-hour period was nothing short of miraculous, for I was reunited with the girl I had lost somewhere along the broken road that brought me here. The girl who sings in the shower, the one who lets music crawl into her heart sending shivers up and down her spine, the girl who allows music and voice to fill the vast emptiness inside of her with hope.”
The School of Music’s Community Engagement Leadership Team awards Community Engagement Grants for projects developed by faculty and students. Visit our website to learn about engagement opportunities for teachers, students, arts or education professionals, and community members, as well as information on existing programs and volunteer opportunities. To find out how you can get involved with the School of Music Community Engagement program, contact Anabel Njoes at 612-624-2847 or [email protected]
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various playing techniques, she gathered information on Transylvanian folk violinists and the role of musical ornaments in identity performance. Bertsch received a BM in music performance from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) in 1997, a BM in music education from the U of M in 1999, and a MA in ethnomusicology from the U of M in 2012.
Solveig Mebust (PhD, musicology, student of Kelley Harness) was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to pursue dissertation research in Norway for academic year 2016–17.
Regina Stroncek (BM, 2015, voice, student of Wendy Zaro-Mullins and Adriana Zabala) received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Award to teach English in Brazil for the academic year in 2017. The ETA program places Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETA’s help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the US.
All that was on display again for Weber, her students, and a few selected guests at a special Shakopee graduation ceremony in January: the music crawling into hearts, the shivers up and down spines… and the hope.
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Colleen Bertsch (PhD, musicology/ethnomusicology, student of Matthew Rahaim) received a 2015–16 US Fulbright Student award to Romania. She spent nine months in the Transylvanian region conducting fieldwork for her dissertation, tentatively called “Transylvanian Folk Violinists and their Coarticulation of Embodied Musical Techniques and Identity Performance.” Through participant observation, video recordings, interviews, and learning
Mebust’s project is entitled “The Craft of Music: Norwegian Women and Music Patronage, 1870–1920.” She is also the recipient of a 2016–17 Torske Klubben fellowship, as well as a Hella Mears Graduate Fellowship for summer 2016, which will allow her to concentrate on one aspect of her dissertation, namely, the nineteenth-century Norwegian music activist Sofie Dedekam.
While in Brazil, Stroncek will collaborate with local musicians and research Brazilian art song repertoire. Through the creation of a music series, Stroncek will foster cross-cultural connections by programming recitals featuring American and Brazilian music.
STUDENT SCHOLAR PROFILES
JAMES SAMPLE CONDUCTING FELLOW MM, ORCHESTRAL CONDUCTING, STUDENT OF MARK RUSSELL SMITH HOMETOWN: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
Q. Any recent performance or research highlights? A. I was co-conductor of the University of Minnesota Summer Orchestra 2016. I conducted Verdi’s Nabucodonosor Overture and Strauss Jr.’s Emperor Waltz at Ted Mann Concert Hall.
Q. Why did you choose the University of Minnesota School of Music? A. The orchestral conducting program, the huge Twin Cities choral tradition, and the lovely city and its warm-hearted citizens.
Q. How has your music scholarship impacted your life? A. It has been an enormous help since I have been able to
pursue my studies without worries. It has given me the opportunity to focus entirely on my program and succeed in my academic goals.
H. ROWATT BROWN SCHOLAR BM, ORGAN, STUDENT OF DEAN BILLMEYER HOMETOWN: MINNETONKA, MN
Q. Any recent performance or research highlights? A. I recently performed at the Museum of Russian Art with my brother, guitarist Daniel Volovets, where we played a program of classical, flamenco, and jazz music. I also performed as part of Sunday service at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis.
Q. What repertoire/performance goals or projects are you most
excited for this coming academic year? A. I am most excited to continue my exploration of the pipe organ and harpsichord repertoire, focusing on music of Johann Sebastian Bach, while also expanding my horizons to more contemporary composers. I am also looking forward to the performance opportunities that will be available to me throughout my time at the University of Minnesota.
Q. How has your music scholarship impacted your life? A. My music scholarship helped me achieve the proper resources for my musical education. It also solidified my decision to attend the University of Minnesota, which will help me be a part of the local music community in the years to come.
CAROLYN BAILEY ARGENTO FELLOW DMA, VOICE, STUDENT OF JOHN DE HAAN HOMETOWN: ONALASKA, WI
Q. Any recent performance or research highlights? A. My involvement in University Opera Theatre’s production of
Susannah by Carlisle Floyd stands out in my mind. It is an amazing memory that I will always hold in my heart. Due in large part to the direction and support I got from those involved in the show, I feel that I was able to perform this role to the best of my ability. They gave me both the skills and confidence I needed to take on and rise to the challenge of singing such a challenging role.
Q. Why did you choose the University of Minnesota School of Music? A. My professor, John De Haan played a major role in my decision
to come to graduate school here. He has been on my side since the first time we met; teaching, guiding, and cheering me on. I almost came to the University of Minnesota as an undergraduate as well, but not for music. When I initially came to the University my intention was to be an architecture major. A tour of the School of Music’s Ferguson Hall with my dad changed my mind. As we walked down to the practice room area, I heard the familiar jumble of melodies and instruments floating out of the rooms. I turned to my father with a smile and said, “Ah, this feels like home.” I quickly realized that architecture wasn’t my thing and have been a music major ever since.
Q. How has your music scholarship impacted your life? A. I feel so honored to have received such a scholarship. I am humbled that someone believes in me enough to have fully
supported my education in the art form. While, a driven person in my own right, this scholarship motivates me to work hard and improve my skills to show appreciation for those who have supported me so much along the way. I can’t say thank you enough!
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KATHERINE AND GARDNER ROTH SCHOLAR BM, MUSIC THERAPY; TRUMPET, STUDENT OF DAVID BALDWIN HOMETOWN: DES MOINES, IA
Q. Any recent performance or research highlights? A. The last Symphonic Band recital was the highlight of this year
because it was Dr. Diem’s last concert that he conducted. He was always thoughtful and compassionate toward the music—every note was a gift.
Q. Why did you choose the University of Minnesota School of Music? A. The music therapy program drew me to the University, however it
was the kind faculty that drew me to audition and interview. The music therapy professors knew so much and I could not wait to work with them, which makes me so happy that I was accepted into the program.
Q. How has your music scholarship impacted your life? A. My music scholarship inspires me to work hard in my classes and
performances. I am fortunate to have this opportunity and I cannot wait to further my studies at the University of Minnesota School of Music. Music inspires me everyday and it is a gift to spend everyday surrounded by music.
Thank you to all who give to support our School of Music scholars and fellows.
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Student Reflections on the Saint Matthew Passion Project In March 2016, the U of M School of Music
completed the Saint Matthew Passion Project, the school’s second international collaboration with the Hochschule für Musik Detmold, Germany, spearheaded by Professors Kathy Saltzman Romey and Mark Russell Smith. Students and
faculty presented a rare staged production (David Walsh, stage director) of Johann Sebastian Bach’s masterpiece of sacred music, in collaboration with students and faculty from the Hochschule für Musik Detmold, Germany, and the Minnesota Boychoir (Mark Johnson, artistic director). Soloists included U of M School of Music faculty Adriana Zabala and Philip Zawisza, Jeffrey Martin (U of M School of Music student), Carine Tinney (Hochschule für Musik Detmold), and Florian Cramer. Performances took place at the School of Music’s Ted Mann Concert Hall and at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold in Detmold, Germany. This project was sponsored by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service) and the Center for German and European Studies and partially funded by a Grantin-Aid from the U of M Office of the Vice President for Research.
Mary Alice Hutton, BM, violin, student of Sally O’Reilly I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to travel to Germany to perform Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Collaborating with students from around the world as we learned and performed the piece, all while being able to immerse ourselves in German culture was so thrilling. The entire experience provided me with such a unique way to increase my knowledge of Bach. I now have a much better understanding of the style in which his music is to be performed and the history of how this particular work came to be. My favorite moment of the trip was visiting the Thomaskirche (Bach’s church) in Leipzig. It was a surreal moment as I entered the place that played such an important role in Bach’s own musical evolution. The church had an aura that can’t quite be explained with mere words, but I’m choosing to believe it was Bach himself still watching over his music and those who would perform it.
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Julie Aiken, MM, violin, student of Mark Bjork Just as Bach’s St. Matthew Passion is rife with multi-layered meaning, my experience as a learner and performer in the U of M's St. Matthew Passion Project proved to be a profound convergence of personal interests and passions. Our Germany tour was both a culmination of study—including a semester of Bach lectures, hours of rehearsal and practice, and independent German language learning—and a point of departure for future performances of Bach’s works. As a Bach-loving violinist, I was fascinated by the talks by visiting scholars and musical workshops by Baroque specialists. One musical highlight was developing greater versatility in Baroque Period performance practice under the expertise of German conductor Anna Kohler and violinist Liv Heym, as well as our own conductors. As an instrumentalist I was responsible not only for executing my own notes well, but also joining with the drama, expressing the text in my articulation and tone.
Brian Dowdy, DMA, orchestral conducting, student of Mark Russell Smith On our first morning in Leipzig, we visited two churches where Bach worked. To our surprise, someone began playing the Nikolaikirche organ as we sat in the pews, and later we happened upon a rehearsal of Bach’s St. John Passion in the Thomaskirche. To hear this music in the very spaces where Bach’s Passions first resounded was artistically humbling and acoustically enlightening. What’s more, looking upon the crucifix and stained glass of the Thomaskirche, sitting feet away from Bach’s tomb and hearing the St. John Passion echo in that sanctuary was a singular experience. It brought together the historical, musical, spiritual, and practical dimensions of our study in a moment, and I started to hear differently. Days later, as we rehearsed the St. Matthew Passion in the Hochschule’s state-of-the-art concert hall, I found myself listening for the Thomaskirche. I was listening differently to pacing, silences, balance, and quality of sound. I was also constantly scribbling notes into my score, so that when I conduct the piece, I can bring the lessons of Leipzig and Detmold with me.
Ernesto Estigarribia, MM, viola, student of Korey Konkol The Germany tour was an enriching experience not just as a result of the study and performance of the Passion, but also because we were able to walk on the streets and see the workplaces of all the great masters that we study all our lives. To be able to sense that these people were of skin and bones and see their world was a magnificent experience that surely will influence the rest of my life.
Above: Professor Kathy Saltzman Romey conducts Bach's St. Matthew Passion at Ted Mann Concert Hall in March. Left: J.S. Bach's gravesite at the Thomaskirche in Germany.
Anna Hashizume, MM, voice, student of Wendy Zaro-Mullins Germany was a wonderful cultural experience. The city of Leipzig was beautiful and so rich in history. Getting to see Bach’s gravesite was definitely a highlight. Before learning the St. Matthew Passion, I never really understood Bach’s work; however, upon diving deeper into the Passion I was blown away with this man’s artistry. Being able to see the church where he worked and sing at his gravesite is an experience I will never forget.
Students with Professor Mark Russell Smith visiting the Bach Museum in Leipzig, Germany.
Patrick Gallagher, BM, music education & viola, student of Korey Konkol When starting the St. Matthew Passion Project, I thought performing Bach was a straightforward task. After taking the St. Matthew Passion seminar and travelling to Germany to perform the piece, I realized the complexities and genius in its composition. This allowed me to dive deeply into the music and give more informed and involved performances. The enthusiastic classical music atmosphere of Germany allowed me to experience a different side to classical music performances: understanding. Being a music education major, I felt this emphasized the necessity for a strong music education program. I strive to create a music program and classrooms that emulates these values in my future teaching career.
Stuart Sutter, MM, oboe, student of John Snow The trip was a fantastic opportunity to immerse in German culture and history, as well as take part in a collaborative performance of a work of great complexity. As an oboist it was especially interesting to hear the German oboists, as the European style of oboe playing has a different aesthetic.
Martin Kapsch, BA, double bass, student of Chris Brown Beyond my performing activities, highlights of the trip included visiting the Bach Museum, seeing firsthand the St. Thomas Church where Bach served as Kappelmeister, interacting with the locals, and discovering German culture. These experiences offered me a glimpse into the life and mind of classical music’s most renowned composer. I am grateful to my colleagues for their hard work, to the many friends I made on this journey, and to Professors Kathy Saltzman Romey and Mark Russell Smith for their kindness and generosity.
Samuel Grace’s MPLS (imPulse) Reimagines Choral Music by Rilyn Eischens
G. Phillip Shoultz, III Wins ACDA National Student Conducting Competition, Named Associate Conductor of VocalEssence G. Phillip Shoultz, III (DMA, choral conducting, student of Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey) took first place in the Graduate Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Student Conducting Competition at the Spring 2015 ACDA National Convention in Salt Lake City out of 200 candidates worldwide. In addition to a cash prize, Shoultz won an all expenses paid trip to New York City to conduct The Manhattan Chorale in concert. In May 2015, Shoultz was announced as VocalEssence’s new full-time associate conductor beginning in July 2015. His official debut in the new position was the VocalEssence concert Dreams of the Fallen in October 2015.
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Bachelor of Music Samuel Grace (MM, 2014, choral conduct- music, from Scandinavian tunes to pieces ing, student of Matthew Mehaffey and Kathy Saltzman Romey) founded MPLS (imPulse), a unique 24-person chamber chorus, in 2014. He says that the Twin Cities area is already so well populated with established choirs that he knew he would have to come up with a new idea in order to be successful. “I really dug deep and started to think about what kind of need there is in the Twin Cities and what isn’t being fulfilled,” he explains. A careful examination of existing Twin Cities choirs led Grace to the concept for MPLS (imPulse), which is different than traditional choirs in many ways. It is project-based, meaning that the ensemble spends blocks of time rehearsing shortly before a performance rather than meeting weekly. Grace says this is important because the more flexible schedule allows people who want to participate in a choir but could not attend weekly rehearsals to be a part of MPLS (imPulse). In addition, the chorus performs primarily secular
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composed for the Temperance movement, and has held concerts in equally diverse spaces like the Landmark Center and the American Swedish Institute. Finally, Grace ensures that MPLS (imPulse) concentrates on the singers who participate. “We really wanted to focus on good experiences for the choral singers involved and make it a community-oriented choir,” he explains. So far, the experience has been overwhelmingly positive. The grassroots nature of the project presented him with a lot of challenges in the early stages, but Grace says it was exciting. “I believe so much in the mission, and I was really energized by the singers and their passion,” he explains. He says that audience response has also been very encouraging. Grace shares a favorite memory from the group’s second performance. “Someone came up to me and said, ‘Thanks for making choral music cool.’ That was a really great moment.” Seeing others excited by the project and having fun at performances makes it clear
that the ensemble is achieving its mission of creating meaningful experiences for all involved. Grace says that his experiences at the University of Minnesota School of Music were essential in making his dream a reality. “Everything about my education and the people involved here inspired me to do this and encouraged me to do this,” he says. He estimates that almost half of MPLS (imPulse)’s singers are people he met through his experiences in the School of Music who have a passion for music and were excited to put in the time and energy to make the choir a success. In addition, he shares that his Professors Matthew Mehaffey and Kathy Saltzman Romey were essential to the choir’s progress. “Both Kathy and Matt were really encouraging and checked in on me a lot to see how things were going. They really care about their students. They were fantastic mentors and continue to be inspiring in my life,” he explains. He says that as a whole, “the University was just really instrumental.”
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Left: Roy Pienaar conducts middle school band. Below: Roy Pienaar with Hmong College Prep Academy band students.
Alumnus Roy Pienaar Introduces Band Program to Hmong College Prep Academy by Rilyn Eischens
Two weeks after Roy Pienaar (BA,
2014 , music education, student of Laura Sindberg; trombone, student of Thomas Ashworth) graduated, many of his peers were unsure what their postundergraduate lives would look like. But Pienaar knew exactly where his career was headed. In the spring of 2014, just 14 days after his graduation, Pienaar was hired as a middle school band director at the Hmong College Prep Academy in St. Paul. He was tasked with an ambitious project: to create a band program in a school with no existing band and no instruments, where he and many students didn’t even speak the same language. But Pienaar was excited. “I looked at it as a really fun opportunity,” Pienaar says. “When else am I going to be able to build a whole band program from scratch?” And so he began his career at the Hmong College Prep Academy. Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, the academy is a public, K–12 charter school. Approximately 85 percent of its students are Hmong, Pienaar says.
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The school’s co-founders, Dr. Christianna Hang and Pao Yang, have a vision of watching the school’s marching band in the Minnesota State Fair parade one day. Pienaar explains that the idea of a marching band is appealing to the Hmong community, and families share Hang and Yang’s hopes. For now, the marching band is a work in progress. This dream will likely be realized in the next few years, according to Pienaar, as the school’s existing band program is just two years old and still growing.
While Pienaar faced many challenges in creating an all-new band, he didn’t have any trouble getting students interested in music. Fifteen 6th, 7th, and 8th graders came to class on his first day on the job; now 110 students participate in the middle school band. “There’s a lot of camaraderie,” he says. “Band is becoming a class that kids want to sign up for because all of their friends are in it and [because of] the fun times that they’re having.”
The biggest obstacle Pienaar faced is the language barrier as many students are still learning English, he says, but music has helped them overcome it. “The great thing about music is that it’s a universal language. Everyone can communicate through music,” he says, explaining that he uses a combination of visual cues, modeling, and body language to help students who may not understand English. The students are hard workers, and teaching them is the best part of Pienaar’s day. “They come in absolutely motivated. They just want to learn, and that makes my job easier and way more fun,” he says. Pienaar explains that because he is a first-time director, he’s still learning as he goes, but his education from the School of Music prepared him for the job. He developed skills as a musician that make him an effective hands-on teacher, and he gained valuable experience in conducting while participating in the marching band, he says. “I think in general the School of Music holds high expectations with all the students … so that work ethic that I’ve gotten used to helped carry me forward into my real job because that’s something that’s always important in whatever you do,” Pienaar explains. One of the reasons Pienaar wanted to work in the Twin Cities was the proximity to the SOM and the music community he belonged to, he explains. “The professors and teachers I had were incredible,” he says. “I still keep in contact with them and use them as resources if I ever need anything, and they’re happy to help.”
Joseph Peters Named Principal Oboist of Minnesota Orchestra Joseph Peters (BM, 2009, oboe, student
of John Snow) was named principal oboist of the Minnesota Orchestra in December 2015. He previously held the same post with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Peters’s School of Music mentor John Snow says, “I first met Joe Peters and began to teach him when he was a junior in high school here in Minneapolis. He then came to the University of Minnesota for his undergraduate degree. Joe is the most talented person I have ever taught. He is also the most competitive player I have been fortunate to mentor. Not only was he, at an early age, a skilled player with a beautiful sound, but also grew into a very creative and insightful musician. I have followed his career and was glad to see his talents being used and appreciated. I am proud that he won the position of principal oboe in the Minnesota Orchestra and that I can call him my colleague!” Peters first appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra at age 18 as a finalist in the Minnesota Idol competition, performing Mozart’s Oboe Concerto. As a soloist, he has also appeared with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, of which he is an alumnus. Peters is also active as a conductor and leads the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra in Branson, Missouri. He was music director of the SUNY Not only was Bu f fa lo St ate Philha rmonia he, at an early Orchestra and age, a skilled t he Say brook player with College Orchesa beautiful tra of Yale. He sound, but has led a variety of programs at also grew the New World into a very Symphony, increative and cluding a colinsightful laboration with musician. the Miami City
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Pienaar, who was in the University of Minnesota Marching Band for three years, says his UMMB experiences shaped his attitude as a director. “One thing that we always talked about is being a family, being one big community, and that concept I’ve definitely fostered … here at Hmong College Prep because band is such a cooperative thing,” he reflects.
Alumnus Joseph Peters (BM, 2009) joined the Minnesota Orchestra as principal oboist in December 2015.
Ballet; he recently conducted a performance of Henze’s Kammermusik  at Marlboro Music Festival. His conducting mentors include Michael Tilson Thomas, James Patrick Miller, and Toshiyuki Shimada. Peters, who has long been committed to teaching, was the oboe and conducting instructor at the SoBe Institute of the Arts, and he conducted side-by-side concerts for New World Symphony’s MusicLab program. An advocate of contemporary music, he premiered Aaron Jay Kernis’ On Distant Shores with New York’s RIOULT Dance Company, and he has been involved in numerous other premieres by composers including Jocelyn Hagen, Polina Nazaykinskaya, and Samuel Carl Adams. His oboe teachers include John Snow, Stephen Taylor, Julie Madura, and Marilyn Zupnik.
Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Bands at University of Minnesota
The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of new Director of Bands Emily Threinen, kicked off the 125th anniversary season by performing a program titled “Homages” that included Persichetti’s Symphony No. 6, a piece that was performed by the U of M Concert Band in 1969 while on their Soviet Union Tour. Other anniversary year highlights include the Symphonic Band performing a program of American Moderns under the baton of Associate Director of Bands Jerry Luckhardt on October 26, and the 55th Annual Indoor Marching Band Concert at Northrop on November 26 and 27 led by the new Marching Band Director Betsy McCann. Join us in this 125-year journey in music-making— connect with us on social media to share your memories and purchase custom anniversary gear to show your U of M Bands pride. We look forward to seeing you at bands events this season.
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Emily Threinen, former associate from the University of Michigan, a master of music degree in Far left: The University of Minnesota Marching Band in the 1965 Homecoming parade on Washington Avenue. Left: The 1985 U of M Marching Band. Photos courtesy of the University of Minnesota archives.
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professor at Temple University, is the new director of bands at University of Minnesota School of Music.
Visit z.umn.edu/125Bands for a complete list of anniversary events and to learn more about the 125th Bands Anniversary Gala on Friday, May 5, 2017.
Looking as Good as They Sound
New Marching Band Uniforms for 125th Season
The new uniforms debuted to audiences in Fall 2016, just in time for the Marching Band’s 125th Anniversary Season. UMMB member and apparel design major Elizabeth Bischoff (pictured right) helped to create the new design.
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After 23 seasons of use, U of M Marching Band uniforms were in need of replacement. 400 new uniforms needed to be ordered, at a cost of $1,000 each. Pride of Minnesota band members, UMMB alumni, and fans of the band rose to the challenge and gifts of over $300,000 were made. Leadership Gifts included the sponsoring of sections in the band by Jim and Carmen Campbell (clarinets), Jean McGough Holten (tubas and drum major), and Dr. Patrick Scott (drum line).
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Threinen back in Minnesota at the School of Music. She has proven herself to be an inspiring leader with a great wealth of experience, both nationally and internationally. She has a deep understanding of the importance of the legacy of the U of M Marching Band and Bands program in the state and beyond. She has a strong commitment to engagement and outreach at the community, state, and national levels. Her energy and vision for our Bands program will enrich the School as a whole and will advance its relationship to our community,” says Michael Kim, director of the School of Music. Threinen states, “It is an incredible honor to join the University of Minnesota faculty at the School of Music. Leading one of the finest band programs in the nation is a special opportunity; I am excited to work with the excellent students, faculty, and staff. As an alumna of the Bands Program and the School of Music, I am very proud to return to my alma mater and give back to the great state of Minnesota.” Threinen brings a wide array of experiences to the School of Music. She holds a doctor of musical arts degree in conducting
conducting from Northwestern University, and a bachelor of music dual degree in clarinet performance and K–12 instrumental music education from the University of Minnesota. Following her undergraduate studies, Threinen performed as a clarinetist in the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and semi-professionally in the Twin Cities area.
Minnesota native Elizabeth (Betsy) Kerns McCann is the
new assistant director of bands/director of marching and athletic bands at the University of Minnesota. McCann is the first female director of a marching band in the Big Ten Conference. McCann started with the U of M Marching Band in 2013 as assistant director. She previously directed bands at Watertown-Mayer High School (Watertown, MN), Waubonsie Valley High School (Aurora, IL), and Burnsville Senior High School (Burnsville, Minnesota). She holds a bachelor of music (flute performance and music education) from the University of Minnesota and a master of music (conducting) from Northwestern University. Director of Bands Emily Threinen shares, “We are thrilled to have Betsy McCann as Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Marching and Athletic Bands at the University of Minnesota. She has led the U of M Marching Band to new heights and we’re excited for the future of the Pride of Minnesota under her leadership.” School of Music Director Michael Kim says, “McCann’s appointment is truly a historic moment as she will be the first woman to lead the U of M Marching Band. She brings a wealth of experience, talent, enthusiasm, and Ski-U-Mah spirit to the team. Our students will shine brightly under her direction.”
Lydia Artymiw Recieves Prestigious University Teaching Award
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Lydia Artymiw (piano) is a 2015 recipient of the University of Minnesota’s Graduate and Professional Distinguished Teaching Award, selected by the Senate Committee on Education and administered by the Provost's office. This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by the colleges in their quest to identify excellence in graduate and professional education. As a recipient, Artymiw becomes a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and the title of “Distinguished University Teaching Professor” is conferred. U of M President Eric Kaler presents Lydia Artymiw with the Graduate and Professional Distinguished Teaching Award.
Discovering the World of Seventeenth-Century Horse Ballet
School of Music 2016–2017 Imagine Fund Annual Award Winners
What inspired you to begin researching this topic? Actually, this project began as an assignment of sorts: based on my earlier research on Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero, an opera-ballet (both human and equestrian) hybrid performed in Florence in 1625, a few years ago I was asked to give
The following School of Music faculty are recipients of U of M Imagine Fund Awards in support of research in the arts, design, and the humanities: » Akosua Addo (music education): International Artists and Pedagogues Nurture Teacher Candidates’ Active Intercultural Music Teaching » Gabriela Currie (musicology/ethnomusicology): Research and Conference Travel - Japan » David Damschroder (music theory): Harmony in Verdi » Sumanth Gopinath (music theory): Rethinking Reich: Minimalism Under the Microscope » Alex Lubet (creative studies and media): Without Borders » Guerino Mazzola (creative studies and media): Tri-Continental Blues Freeway » Matthew Mehaffey (choral): A Musical Journey Through the Greatest Generation » Matthew Rahaim (musicology/ethnomusicology): Writing Voice Cultures
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FACULTY FEATURES a talk at the MusikAkademie der Stadt Basel in Switzerland, in advance of a yearlong performance project undertaken by the academy’s early music division (Schola Cantorum Basiliense). The symposium’s organizer asked me to focus on the Florentine context of the balletto a cavallo (horse ballet). Upon embarking on the challenge, I realized that no scholar had yet written the history of this genre, although historians of seventeenth-century music have long known of its existence. Who or what is your research about? I’m looking at Medici-sponsored equestrian entertainments in Florence during the seventeenth-century, focusing mainly on balletti a cavalli (horse ballets), a genre that combined aspects of opera, staged battles, and ballets on horseback, all of it performed through music, both vocal and instrumental. These entertainments
began in 1608 and continued through around 1689, although by that time other sorts of entertainments had superceded them. I’m seeking to understand how these works communicated specific meanings (via sung texts) but also how participation in them demonstrated relationships among Florentine and foreign noblemen, as well as an individual’s relationship to the ruling Medici family. How long have you been researching it? On and off for five years. What is most important to know about your research? That I’m seeking to reintroduce sound and movement into a genre preserved almost completely in sources that privilege the visual. What survives are texts, descriptions, etchings, and lists of riders. In a few cases that information has allowed me to uncover at least some of the music used in individual performances. My hope is to be able to use software to animate the individual “snapshots” of the figures into a motion-filled performance (even if a digital one) so that modern audiences can get a sense of what Florentine audiences experienced in the seventeenth century. What is most interesting to you about your research? Two things, I guess. The first concerns the ways in which these events’ creators used sound and images to convey a sense of (continued on page 24)
Dominick Argento Honored in the Source Song Festival In collaboration with the University of Minnesota School of Music, the Source Song Festival (co-founded by U of M School of Music alumnus Mark Bilyeu) celebrated Pulitzer Prize winning University of Minnesota Regents Professor Emeritus Dominick Argento. The Source Song Festival featured Dominick Argento, Håkan Hagegård, Martin Katz, Maria Jette, Jesse Blumberg, Michael Slattery, and U of M faculty Adriana Zabala and Jeffrey Van. The program included interviews and performances with Argento and his artistic partners, showcasing the work and genius of Minnesota’s beloved composer. In honor of the Source Song Festival’s celebration of Argento, Governor Mark Dayton declared August 8, 2016 “Dominick Argento Day” in the state of Minnesota.
Left: Knights surround Columbus’ ship, earlier transformed into a whale by Neptune (background) then restored by Proteus (Stefano della Bella, 1652). Below: One of the staged battles in Guerra d'amore (Jacques Callot, 1616).
The second aspect of the project that interests me especially concerns its participants. Over 250 individual noblemen rode over the course of the century, and the printed libretti almost always recorded their names and titles (unlike the music, which was never published). This was crucial to those involved, because the public demonstration of equestrian skills was connected closely to the performance of nobility and masculinity in early modern Italy, but also because performances in these works allowed noblemen to confirm and maintain beneficial relationships with the Medici and with other leading families. How will the general public be able to access your research? I plan to publish a book on the entire history of the genre (hopefully with an accompanying website), but parts of my research have appeared in two articles: “Pageantry,” in The Routledge Companion to Music and Visual Culture, ed. Tim Shephard and Anne Leonard (New York: Routledge, 2014), 313–20; and “‘Nata à maneggi & essercizii grandi’”: Archduchess Maria Magdalena and Equestrian Entertainments in Florence, 1608–1625,” in «La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina»: Räume und Inszenierungen in Francesca Caccinis Ballettoper (Florenz, 1625), ed. Christine Fischer (Zurich: Chronos, 2015), 89–108. Kelley Harness is an associate professor of musicology.
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structure and meaning. All horse ballets tended to follow a similar progression of events, beginning with an elaborate parade on spectacular floats, leading to the emergence of some sort of confrontation, which escalated into a mock battle (on horseback and on foot and involving swords, pistols, and even metal balls!) until interrupted (aurally and visually) by a mythological deity on yet another elaborate float, which led to the concluding reconciliation, expressed visually by means of horses and riders executing complicated figures, all in time to the music. Music played an important role in each of these stages, with different types of activities accompanied by distinct instrument families (e.g., trumpets and drums for the battle; winds for the “interruption,” and large string bands for the ballet).
Preston Duncan Senior Lecturer, Saxophone
Kyung Kim Associate Professor, Piano
Preston Duncan is an internationally acclaimed performer and educator. He has performed on more than 65 occasions as soloist with large ensembles including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, La Grande Orchestre des Alpes de la Mer of Nice, the Bowling Green State University Philharmonic, and many others. He regularly performs as orchestral member with the Minnesota Orchestra. Duncan was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Paris, France where he studied with Jean-Yves Fourmeau.
Since making her professional debut at age 13 performing Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, Korean-American pianist Kyung Kim has performed widely to critical acclaim in concerto, recital, and chamber music performances throughout Asia, North America, and Europe.
Duncan has won numerous awards and prizes including 1st prize in the MTNA National Collegiate Woodwind Competition and was a finalist in 2014 for the prestigious McKnight fellowship. He was the featured performer and educator at the 1st Annual Taiwanese National Saxophone Festival, the 12th Annual Encuentro Universitario Internacional de Saxofón in Mexico City, and the Saxfest Costa Rica International Saxophone Festival. He was the featured guest at the 3rd International Saxophone Festival of Montevideo, Uruguay. He received a BM (saxophone) from Indiana University (Eugene Rousseau) and a MM (saxophone) from Bowling Green State University (John Sampen). He holds an artist diploma from the Boston Conservatory (Kenneth Radnofsky). He has premiered works by Bernard Rands, Ernesto Pellegrini, Joseph Dangerfield, Kenneth Fuchs, and others.
A popular clinician and adjudicator, she has presented master classes throughout the US, Canada, South Korea, and China. An avid chamber musician, Kim has collaborated internationally with such prominent musicians such as Paul Edmund Davies, Leone Buyse, and David Perry. Kim formerly served on the piano faculties of Lawrence University (WI), Brandon University (Manitoba), Beloit College (WI), Ripon College (WI), and as chamber music coach at the Green Lake Summer Music Festival. Recent performance highlights have included concerto appearances with the Winnipeg, Madison, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras, alongside repeated performances for University of Winnipeg’s Virtuosi Series, Wisconsin Public Radio’s Live from the Chazen, Chicago’s Live from WFMT, and a live national radio broadcast for CBC Radio. She holds a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is a graduate of Seoul National University.
It would not be an exaggeration to estimate that millions of people have lived a more musical life because of Mark Bjork’s (violin) influence and work as one of the nation’s most renowned Suzuki pedagogues. After starting and leading one of the nation’s first Suzuki talent education programs for 25 years at MacPhail Center for Music as a joint-faculty member with MacPhail and the University of Minnesota, he then joined the U of M School of Music full-time and developed one of the nation’s first Suzuki Pedagogy graduate programs, training hundreds of Suzuki teachers who have gone on to lead programs of their own. Bjork is a graduate of Indiana University where he studied violin under the renowned pedagogue Josef Gingold, and chamber music with David Dawson, Harry Farbman, and Janos Starker. Deeply committed to the study and performance of chamber music, he performed more than forty works with the LaSalle Trio in an annual concert series as well as in radio, TV, and tour performances.
Michael Cherlin (music theory and composition) began his tenure at the U of M School of Music in the fall of 1988. He specialized in the music of Arnold Schoenberg, with teaching and scholarship covering the period from Mozart to our contemporaries. Cherlin’s interest in Schoenberg is reflected in scholarly publications that have appeared in Music Theory Spectrum, The Journal of the American Musicological Society, Perspectives of New Music, The Journal of Musicology and in his book Schoenberg’s Musical Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2007). He served as editor of Music Theory Spectrum, the flagship journal of the Society for Music Theory from 2013–2015. His scholarly interests outside of music include philosophy, literary criticism, and poetry. He integrated ideas from these disciplines into his musical research and teaching. Cherlin received his PhD from Yale University in 1983.
Eugene Rousseau Saxophone Scholarship Fund Mention the name Eugene Rousseau and musicians and audiences around the world will instantly envision the pioneer of modern classical saxophone as we know it. Ask them what they feel, and they will respond with stories of a genuine ambassador whose worldly grace and standard of excellence evokes the deepest level of respect and sincerity from whomever he encounters: students, performers, audiences, and supporters. This unmistakable and uniquely Rousseau “presence” with which he moves through the world and through music emanates from his saxophone studio and from all those who have passed through it, creating a ripple of influence throughout studios and the profession world-wide. It is with great affection and respect that his friends, former students, and colleagues announce the Eugene Rousseau Scholarship to support student excellence in the saxophone studio at University of Minnesota School of Music in honor of his years at the U of M School of Music. Your gift will have an everlasting effect in carrying on Eugene Rousseau’s tradition of excellence from teacher to student for generations to come. Our goal is for the fund to become a fully endowed scholarship. Visit z.umn.edu/rousseau or call 612-624-2848 to support this fund. music.umn.edu
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Chris Allen (MM, trombone, student of Thomas Ashworth) appeared as the featured soloist at White Bear Lake Area High School (his alma mater) in November 2015. Allen performed Variations on Barnacle Bill, The Sailor with the Symphonic Band and Lawrence Wolfe’s Wildfire with the Wind Ensemble.
Charles Asch (DMA, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova) and Yukina Ono (BMus, violin, student of Sally O’Reilly) performed as The Prospect Strings at The School Yard during the U of M Farmers Market outside McNamara Alumni Center in August 2015.
I can think of no better way to express the University’s esteem for one of Minnesota’s own sons, and one of the most talented and influential performing artists of all time.
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U of M Awards Prince with Honorary Degree In June 2016, the University of Minnesota
Board of Regents voted unanimously to award Prince with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the College of Liberal Arts. Prince Rogers Nelson, a Minneapolis native and American singer, songwriter, musician, producer, and actor passed away on April 21, 2016. The degree will be formally presented to Prince’s family at a program later this year. Details will be announced at a later date. “As Minnesotans and people around the world continue to celebrate Prince's life and contributions to society, the University is privileged to award the honorary degree posthumously,” said President Eric Kaler. “Prince was transformational in American music and culture, and we are extremely
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proud of his many accomplishments, as well as his efforts to give back to his home state, a legacy we hope to continue.” Prior to his untimely passing, the University of Minnesota was in the process of considering a nomination to award Prince an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. In nominating Prince, the College of Liberal Arts sought to not only honor Prince’s transcendent talent as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, but also to highlight his remarkable contributions off stage: fostering musical talent, and supporting the local music industry, as well as his influence in the realms of gender identity, fashion, and socio-political activism.
“He changed the world’s view of what it meant to be Minnesotan,” says Michael Kim, director of the U of M School of Music. “He demonstrated that far from provincial and unassuming, Minnesota’s creative talents were cutting-edge and brilliant. I can think of no better way to express the University’s esteem for one of Minnesota’s own sons, and one of the most talented and influential performing artists of all time.” The honorary degree is the highest award conferred by the University of Minnesota, and may be presented to an individual who has achieved acknowledged eminence in cultural affairs, in public service, or in a field of knowledge and scholarship.
Joshua Bauder’s (MA, composition, student of Alex Lubet) work Sleep Softly, Lullaby (choral music with trumpet) was a winner of the VocalEssence and the American Composers Forum’s Welcome Christmas Carol Contest. His carol was performed by VocalEssence and recorded for national broadcast in 2016 via American Public Media. Bauder’s choral/organ octavo When in Our Music was commissioned by G. Phillip Shoultz III (DMA, choral conducting) for Good Samaritan United Methodist Church (Edina, MN) and premiered in May 2015. He wrote four choral pieces during his 2015–2016 composer residency at Grace University Lutheran Church (Minneapolis, MN). His work Five Solas (of the Reformation) was commissioned by the Brehm Institute for Christian Worship, Fuller Seminary. Prentice Hall published six of his octavos and his Abraham oratorio was recorded by Westmark and Deo Cantamus of Minnesota for album release in October 2016. Beth Bayley (DMA, voice, student of John De Haan) was accepted to the Operavision Academy (July 18–August 8, 2015) in Urbania, Italy, where she studied under Metropolitan Opera soprano, Aprile Millo, and had the opportunity to sing in a master class with bel canto master/ conductor Richard Bonygne. She performed in various concerts around Italy, including the Villa Puccini Museo (with the collaboration of Simonetta Puccini) and the Casa di Riposos - G. Verdi in Verdi, with a special emphasis on the bel canto repertoire. Andrew Bergmann (PhD, composition, student of Alex Lubet) is on the faculty of the University of Texas-San Antonio.
Spencer Brand (BM, trumpet, student of David Baldwin) was the co-organizer of the U of M Brass Symposium which took place at Alexandria Area High School in Alexandria, MN.
Colleen Bertsch (PhD, ethnomusicology, student of Matthew Rahaim) and Maria Mannone (PhD, composition, student of Guerino Mazzola) received Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships from the University of Minnesota. Fellowships were awarded to 150 students from across the University.
Katherine Chan (DMA, choral conducting, student of Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey) was one of five conductors invited to participate in the National Conductors’ Symposium, January 18–23, 2015.
Tim Buzza (PhD, music education), Soojin Lee (MA, music education), and David Sanderson (PhD, music education), presented a poster of their collaborative research “Where Did You Get That Idea? A Multiple-Case Study of Music Teachers’ Experience and Curricular Innovation” at the 2016 Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter Clinic. This past summer, Carolyn Cavadini (DMA, voice, student of John De Haan) performed the roles of Suzy (La Rondine) with Skylark Opera; Sylviane (The Merry Widow), Susannah (Susannah), and Agathe (Der Freischütz) in scenes with the Northern Lights Music Festival; and Alcina (Escape from Alcina’s Island: A Picnic Operetta) with Mixed Precipitation. She performed with the Minnesota Opera in their production of Carmen and with a select chorus for the grand opening gala performance of the new concert hall at the Ordway Center. In August 2015, Katherine Chan (DMA, choral conducting, student of Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey) attended the New Audiences and Innovative Practice (NAIP) Summer Institute in Den Haag, Netherlands, representing the U of M School of Music. Her article, “New
Audiences and Innovative Practice 2015” is now published in the Australia National Choral Association’s (ANCA) journal, Sing Out (Volume 32, Number 3, 2015). Wayne Ching (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) performed chamber music works of Fauré, Beethoven, and Schumann at the Kneisel Hill Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine in July and August 2015. This was his second summer at Kneisel Hall. Charles H. Eaton (MM, voice, student of John De Haan) was selected to be the baritone Resident Young Artist in Opera Colorado’s 2015–2016 season. He has been a participant in University Opera Theatre productions, singing the roles Micha (The Bartered Bride), The Forrester (The Cunning Little Vixen), Escamillo (Carmen) and Il Conte (Le nozze di Figaro). He is a member of the ECCO program (a partnership program for select students to receive training at Minnesota Opera), and recently participated in the chorus of the world premiere of The Manchurian Candidate. As winner of the senior division of the Minnesota Sinfonia’s 2015 Young Artist String Competition, Arjun Ganguly (BM, viola, student of Korey Konkol and Sabina Thatcher) soloed twice in November under the baton of Jay Fishman performing a transcription of the Rondo “La Campanella” from Nicolò Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 7 at the First Covenant Church in St. Paul and on November 28 at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. Tian Wei Gao (BM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) received honorable mention in the Music Teachers National Association - Minnesota State Young Artist Competition in the Senior Piano Division on November 14, 2015. Cecilia Garcia Gaul (DMA, violin, student of Sally O’Reilly) has been appointed concertmaster of the Kenwood Symphony for the 2015 summer season. She is a native of Argentina. Ines Guanchez (BM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) was invited to present a paper at the Midwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (MIDSEM) Convention at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. As the convention's only undergraduate, she
STUDENT NEWS Chad Hutchinson (DMA, orchestral conducting, student of Mark Russell Smith) was appointed assistant conductor of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and music director of the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra. He conducted pops, run-out, and family concerts for the South Dakota Symphony as well as leading four youth ensembles within the Youth Orchestra program.
On Math and Music Pianist Yan Pang (PhD, composition, student of Alex Lubet and Guerino Mazzola) went from despising math to writing a book with Guerino Mazzola and Maria Mannone (PhD, composition, student of Alex Lubet and Guerino Mazzola) about math and music. As a young student at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China, her focus was piano performance with no deep love of math. Discovering a passion for composition, she moved to the United States to pursue her studies in both areas. At the U of M School of Music, she enrolled in Professor Mazzola’s Music Informatics Seminar and her life changed. “There is a great deal of math and physics
presented her paper, “Visualizing Radiohead: A Fan-Made Video Goes Mainstream,” at the Filmic Ethnomusicology panel. The topic of the paper was the audiovisual effects of a fan made video by animator Gaston Vinas of the song 2+2=5 by Radiohead. Dennis A. Hawkins, Jr. (DMA, wind conducting, student of Craig Kirchhoff, Jerry Luckhardt, and David Baldwin) was selected to attend Encountering Music: A Forum for Conductors at the New England Conservatory in June 2015. Hawkins also had his research published by the International Women’s Brass Conference during the Spring 2015 semester titled, “Perceived Gender Associations and First-Hand Accounts of Gender-Atypical Trumpeters: A Summary
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in Professor Mazzola’s seminar. For the first time, I had to be academically brave. I couldn’t be shy. Professor Mazzola’s mantra is, ‘If you don’t understand, you have to ask. If you have questions, you are thinking. This is our goal.’” During the seminar, she started seeing music in different ways. Musical concepts that were one-dimensional became fourdimensional. Before she practiced technique, now she visualizes notes on the page as actions or gestures, like dancing feet. When composing, she started to view her work more logically and was thoughtful about her technique and motivation. This new way of thinking has not only found its way into her composition and playing, it
of a Qualitative-Based Study Concerned with the Musical Experiences of Three Female Undergraduate Trumpet Players at Youngstown State University.” Jonah Heinen (BM, vocal music education, student of Adriana Zabala and Matthew Mehaffey) was one of four undergraduates chosen to partake in the collegiate conducting master class at the Northwest American Choral Directors Association Conference in Seattle, WA (March 3–6, 2016). The master class was held by Scott Anderson, director of choral activities at Idaho State University. Po-Hsuan Ho (MM, voice, student of Wendy Zaro-Mullins) won third place in the Minnesota
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has become a part of her teaching. In her role as teaching assistant for the History of Rock course, she was able to connect with students with engineering backgrounds by speaking in a science-friendly way, such as sharing images of sound waves to explain complex musical concepts. After teaching and using Mazzola’s theories, Pang suggested that they write their own reader-friendly textbook that approaches musical topics in a mathematical light. The book combines traditional thinking and contemporary research. The book, Cool Math for Hot Music: A First Introduction to Mathematics for Music Theorists (Springer International Publishing), was published in August 2016.
National Association of Teachers Competition's Graduate Division in November at St. John's University in Collegeville, MN. Madison Holtze (BM, voice, student of Wendy Zaro-Mullins) was the youngest of six finalists competing in the College Division of Classical Singer’s National Competition held in Chicago. She was awarded a full scholarship to the Oklahoma City University Vocal Arts Institute. Holtze won first place in the Minnesota National Association of Teachers Competition’s Classical Division and first place in the Minnesota National Association of Teachers Competition’s Musical Theatre Division in November 2015 at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN.
Benjamin Klein (PhD, composition, student of Alex Lubet) is on the faculty of Lawrence University. Jennifer LeDoux (MM, voice, student of John De Haan and David Walsh) and Sullie OjalaHelmbolt (BM, voice, student of Philip Zawisza and David Walsh) performed songs from Lady in the Dark on Classical Minnesota Public Radio ahead of University Opera Theatre's production of Kurt Weill's Lady in the Dark in Spring 2016. The segment also features David Walsh (opera) in conversation with host John Birge. Soojin Lee (PhD, music education) presented a session “Bringing Korean Music to Your Classrooms” at the 2016 Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter Clinic. In her session, Lee provided diverse ideas for introducing Korean folk song arirang in American music classrooms. Lee also completed her Korean drum project at Bamber Valley elementary school in Rochester, MN that ran in October 2015. At the end of the project, she and 23 5th graders presented a concert of Korean drum music for the school and parents. Fanya Lin (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) performed a solo recital at the Eslite Concert Hall and presented a master class in Taipei, Taiwan in August 2015. Lin returned to Weber State University in Ogden, Utah where she performed a solo recital and presented master classes for the Carol Furst Master Class Series (March 14–16, 2016). Lin was invited to perform two solo piano recitals at the 2015 Rocky Mountain Audio Festival in October 2015. Each live performance was recorded by Sony for demonstrations on EMM Labs, Martin Logan, and Kimber Kable products. Lin, Gabriel Quenneville-Bélair (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw), and Kaitlin Lalmond (BM, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) each performed a solo program for the St. Anthony of Padua/ Catholic Eldercare in February and March.
Fanya Lin and Gabriel Quenneville-Bélair (DMA, piano, students of Lydia Artymiw) each performed a Bach Prelude and Fugue for the Bach’s Birthday Bash concerts hosted by Michael Barone of Classical Minnesota Public Radio. Quenneville-Bélair’s performance from the St. Paul Seminary was broadcast live on MPR on March 19, 2016. Ming-Hui Lin (DMA, flute, student of Immanuel Davis), Chia-Lin Ko (DMA, flute, student of Immanuel Davis), and Soojee Yoo (DMA, flute, student of Immanuel Davis) won all the prizes at the Upper Midwest Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition. Lin won First Prize, Ko won Second Prize, and Yoo won Third Prize.
2016 Marvin O. Mechelke II Piano Award Winners Congratulations to Isabella Jie (DMA, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) and Fanya Lin (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) who tied for the first prize at the 2016 Marvin Mechelke Piano Competition on Saturday, April 16. The competition was held at the Mechelkes’ home.
Kappa Alpha chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi wins Leadership Award The Kappa Alpha chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honorary co-ed band fraternity, has been honored with a Kappa Kappa Psi Leadership Award. This distinction allows the chapter to be one of a select few to compete for the William A. Scroggs Founder’s Trophy during the 2015 National Convention—an honor that is given to the nation’s top chapter. During the Spring 2015 semester the Kappa Alpha chapter was also one of a few regional chapters to host the 2015 Midwest District Convention, which brought more than three hundred members to the U of M Twin Cities campus.
Cameron Longabaugh (DMA, saxophone, student of Preston Duncan), Justin Sales (BM, saxophone, student of Preston Duncan), Hannah Hickman (BM, music education, saxophone, student of Preston Duncan), and Kurt Hattenberger (MM, saxophone, student of Preston Duncan) received Honorable Mention for their performance of Philip Glass’ Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra in the U of M School of Music University Symphony Orchestra 2015–16 Concerto Competition. Cameron Longabaugh (DMA, saxophone, student of Preston Duncan) presented a clinic session titled “Improving Your Woodwinds: Developing Technique & Critical Listening Skills” at the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA) In-Service Workshop on February 26, 2016 at the Century II Convention Center in Wichita, KS. Lindsay Lundeen (BM, music education), Alex Lyren (BM, music education), and Lydia Sadoff (BM, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) volunteered their time to play music for the children at the U of M Child Development Center during the Week of the Young Child (April 11–16, 2016). Education Director Sarah McKee describes their session as developmentally appropriate and engaging for the little ones. Lauren McNee (DMA, flute, student of Immanuel Davis) was published in the July 2015 issue of Flute Talk Magazine. Her article, “Mathieu Andrè Reichert: An Extraordinary Virtuoso,” is based on research conducted at Northwestern University under the advisement of Professor Drew Edward Davies. McNee’s flute and harp duo (harpist Keryn Wouden) was invited to perform for Northwestern University's dedication ceremony of the Bienen School of Music's new building, the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts. McNee received her master’s degree from Northwestern in 2014. Maria Mannone’s (PhD, creative studies & media, student of Guerino Mazzola) research “The Pianist’s Hand, the Conductor’s Baton, the Voice and Theoretical Physics—The Paradigm of String Theory in Musical Gestures of Performance and Composition” was featured in the University of Minnesota 2016 Doctoral Research Showcase on April 6, 2016 in the Great Hall at Coffman Union.
Maggie Matejcek (BM, voice, student of Jean del Santo) placed third in her division (7A) at the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition on November 6 at St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN. Lydia Michel (MM, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) performed the first movement of the Mozart Piano Concerto in B Flat Major, K. 450 with the Parnu City Orchestra (at the Parnu Concert Hall) with the SuveUni Orchestra on August 9, 2015 in Parnu, Estonia. Michel was awarded a Schubert Club Special Grant to supplement her studies at the Brevard Music Festival and Institute last summer. Zachary Miller (BM, music education, saxophone) performed Bernhard Heiden’s Diversion with the Owatonna High School Concert Band on November 17, 2015. Soyoung Park (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) received Honorable Mention in the 2016 Golden Key International Piano Competition & Festival. She performed Haydn in the winners’ concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in April 2016 and participated in the Golden Key International Festival in Vienna in August. Lisa Perry (DMA, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) played in the clarinet section of the North Carolina Symphony on their Classical Concert Series. The program included John Adams’ Absolute Jest and the Beethoven Violin Concerto with soloist Noah Bendix-Balgley (concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic). Neil Nanyi Qiang (DMA, collaborative piano, student of Timothy Lovelace) was accepted into
Centre d’Arts Orford’s Piano Trio Program, a two-week summer workshop coached by the Gryphon Trio in Quebec. He was also a collaborative piano fellow for the Music Academy of the West 2015 in Santa Barbara (June–August). Qiang was awarded the John Steele Ritter Scholarship to participate in SongFest 2016 at the Colburn School in LA (May 28–June 26, 2016). He was in the Professional Program for Collaborative Pianists led by Roger Vignoles, Margo Garrett, and Martin Katz. Gabriel Quenneville-Bélair (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) performed with the Kenwood Symphony (Minneapolis) in May 2015, at the Orford Contemporary Music Workshop and Festival (Orford, Canada) in August 2015, and at the opening concert of the Thursday Musical Concert Series in October 2015. Quenneville-Bélair was winner of the U of M School of Music University Symphony Orchestra 2015–16 Concerto Competition, and performed Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, with the University Symphony Orchestra in April 2016. He was the recent recipient of a $6,000 scholarship from the Fondation de soutien aux arts de Laval (Quebec, Canada). Maria Ritzenthaler (DMA, viola, student of Korey Konkol) was appointed principal violist with the Great Falls Symphony, Montana, and violist with the orchestra’s acclaimed Cascade String Quartet. Her tenure began with the 2015–16 concert season. Ritzenthaler formerly held positions in many orchestras including principal viola of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, assistant principal of the South Bend Symphony, and the South Dakota Symphony as well as violist with the Chicago-based new music ensemble
Anaphora. Ritzenthaler has taught students of all ages at the Merit School of Music as viola professor at Harper College in Palanine, IL. Lydia Sadoff (BM, clarient, student of Alexander Fiterstein) shared her thoughts on being a student ambassador for the Minnesota Orchestra in her essay Reflections on being a Student Ambassador on the Minnesota Orchestra website. She was instrumental in making the fantastic U of M Gopher Nights at the Minnesota Orchestra possible. Justin Sales (BM, saxophone, student of Preston Duncan) won the Yamaha Young Performing Artist National Competition. He won $2,500 in prizes and performed at the Music For All festival in Muncie, IN. Lindsay Schlemmer’s (DMA, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova) proposal was selected to receive a 2016 Graduate School Summer Research Internship Award. Schlemmer received a $4,000 stipend to pursue her dissertation research on grant writing and entrepreneurship as an intern with the Artaria String Quartet during the summer of 2016. Eric Schultz (MM, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) attended the international orchestral festival Prague Summer Nights last summer as a fellowship recipient. Schultz studied with Walter Seyfarth of the Berlin Philharmonic while in Prague. Schultz performed a major orchestral program for the Czech National Symphony’s Prague Proms Festival at Prague’s Smetana Hall, performed in Mozart's Don Giovanni, and performed in an orchestral program of orchestral works by Mozart at the Estates Theater, includ-
Iris Kolodji’s (BM, music education) article “University of Minnesota Music Education Students Pay it Forward” is in the Connections section of the National Association for Music Education's (NAfME) Music Educators Journal (June 2015). The article features U of M School of Music music education students Emily Curran (BM, music education), Iris Kolodji, and Sandor Miko (BM, music education) who delivered and donated instruments to the band at Underwood School in Underwood, Minnesota. The instruments were purchased through the fundraising efforts of the U of M NAfME Collegiate Chapter. Laura Sindberg (music education), U of M NAfME chapter advisor, drove the students to Underwood School. Left to right: Emily Curran, Iris Kolodji, and Sandor Miko en route to Underwood, MN.
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STUDENT NEWS ing the Symphony No. 38, “Prague,” and other works that Mozart himself premiered in Prague. Kevin Seal (MM, organ, student of Dean Billmeyer) and Stella Wiering (BM, piano, organ student of Dean Billmeyer) performed in a master class given by Bálint Karosi at St. Mary’s Chapel at the St. Paul Seminary in November 2015. Karosi is the Cantor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in New York City and is an awardwinning recitalist and composer. Seal performed the opening movement of J. S. Bach’s Trio Sonata No. 4 BWV 528, and Wiering performed Buxtehude’s Praeludium in g minor BuxWV 149. Rie Tanaka (DMA, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) won the Music Teachers National Association - Minnesota State Young Artist Competition on November 14, 2015. Tanaka won the West Central Division of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) in Wichita, Kansas and advanced to the finals. Ryan Thompson (PhD, musicology) was interviewed on Classical Minnesota Public Radio’s Top Score podcast with Emily Reese and discussed the growing field of Ludomusicology and gave a musicologist's take on Final Fantasy VI. Zhen Tu (PSEO, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) won the Minnesota Orchestra’s Young People’s Symphony Concert Association Competition and had eight total performances with the Minnesota Orchestra in October 2015 and February 2016. Tu won First Prize in the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra Rising Stars Concerto Competition on January 23. In addition to a $2,000 cash award, Zhen performed the first movement of Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra in February 2016. Tu was selected as the winner for the 2016 John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Profile in Courage National Essay Contest. Margaret Wang (Bravo!, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) was the first prize winner in the Junior Division at the 93rd Annual Schubert Club Scholarship Competition. Kendra Wheeler (BM, music education, saxophone, student of Preston Duncan and Dean Sorenson) presented her research “Intro to the Language of Jazz Improvisation,” relating improvised jazz solos to young students at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at Coffman Memorial Union on April 29, 2016.
Louisa Woodfull-Harris (BM, violin, student of Sally O’Reilly) performed with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in April 2016. Woodfull-Harris was the grand prize winner of the Minnesota String and Orchestra Teacher’s Association (MNSOTA) Mary West Solo Competition which was held in November 2015. These U of M School of Music graduate students are recipients of the CLA Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP), which allows them to partner with a faculty member to pursue a summer research project: Xinyue Le (MM, music education, student of Akosua Addo), for her project “To Bring African and African Caribbean Music into the Chinese General Music Class: The Effectiveness of a Teacher Training Program”; Eric Selle (MA, music therapy, student of Michael Silverman), for his project “Cardiovascular Patients’ Perceptions of Music Therapy in the Form of Patient-Preferred Live Music: A Qualitative Study” and Amanda Weber (DMA, choral conducting, student of Kathy Saltzman Romey), for her project “Voices of Hope Arise: Structuring, Strengthening, and Evaluating the Choral Community at MCFShakopee.”
ers were Anna Hashizume (MM, voice), Yun Kyong Lee (DMA, voice), Jennifer LeDoux (MM, voice), Abigail Seaman (DMA, voice), Jeffrey Martin (DMA, voice), Joshua Diaz (DMA, voice, student of John De Haan), and Laurent Kuehnl (DMA, voice, student of John De Haan), and musical coach and accompanist was Mijin Choi (DMA, collaborative piano, student of Timothy Lovelace). Director of Opera Theatre David Walsh launched the project to provide School of Music graduate voice students with training and performance experience as preparation for the type of educational outreach work they will be expected to undertake in opera young artist programs they join upon graduation. Nai-Cha Chen (DMA, voice, student of Jean del Santo), Maria Mannone (PhD, composition, student of Alex Lubet and Guerino Mazzola), Nathaniel Akers (MA, composition, student of Alex Lubet), William Heinze (PhD, composition), Yan Pang (PhD, composition, student of Alex Lubet and Guerino Mazzola), Zack Pentecost (PhD, composition), and Tim Buzza (PhD, music education, student of Keitha Hamann) were featured in the Minnesota Daily article “Composing original classics.”
Alastair Witherspoon (BM, violin, student of Sally O’Reilly), Nigel Witherspoon (PSEO, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova), Jason Shu, and Julian Maddox (PSEO, 2015, violin, Sally O’Reilly) performed U of M student Daniel Crawford’s “Planetary Bands, Warming World.” The video was featured in the New York Times’ article, “A Minnesota Quartet, Tuned to Temperatures from the Equator to the Arctic, Performs Global Warming.” The University of Minnesota Trombone Choir performed at the Upper Midwest Trombone Summit at UW-Eau Claire on October 18, 2015. They were led by conductors Thomas Ashworth and Jerry Luckhardt. The Choir included undergraduate and graduate students. University Opera Theatre’s new collaborative outreach project, in partnership with Skylark Opera, wrapped up with a final concert at the Landmark Center in Saint Paul on May 22, 2016. Sponsored by the Twin Cities Opera Guild and an U of M School of Music Engaged Department Grant, the Skylarkers project was a success, presenting an introduction to opera in ten area high schools and two seniors living complexes over the past month. The seven voice/opera sing-
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Thomas Ashworth (trombone) has created a new U of M Trombone Studio page. Visit z.umn. edu/trombone for more information. Lydia Artymiw (piano) served on the juries of the Juilliard Nordmann-Bachauer Pre-College Division Piano Competition; 2015 Van Cliburn Junior Competition, the Prokofiev Third Piano Concerto Competition (for the Juilliard PreCollege Division); the Juilliard College Division’s Mozart Piano Concerto Competition; the Juilliard Pre-College Division’s Mozart Piano Concerto Competition; and the Juilliard Bachauer Competition. Her extensive performing season included appearances at Music at Amherst (Amherst, MA); Fine Arts at Bethany Concert Series (Mankato, MN); University of Washington (Seattle, WA); Matinee Musicale Concert Series (Duluth, MN); and University of Texas at Austin. Artymiw performed selections from former School of Music composition faculty member Judith Lang Zaimont’s (composition) Jupiter’s Moons as part of Zaimont’s 70th birthday celebration concerts. She was the recipient of Thursday Musical’s 2016 Teacher of the Year Award. Her performance of the Dohnanyi 2nd Piano Quintet with the Miami String Quartet was featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today.
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Dean Billmeyer (organ) performed five recitals on historic and modern organs in Austria and Germany in June and July in the cities of
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“Thanks to the Pennock Family, the Minnesota Orchestra and University School of Music have continued to build a longstanding and rich relationship in which musicians from the University gain professional development from musicians of the orchestra. Opportunities throughout the year typically include sectionals, side by side rehearsals, and workshops — like last season’s timpani maintenance workshops led by Minnesota Orchestra percussionist Peter Kogan and U of M faculty member Fernando Meza. We look forward to continued collaboration with the University of Minnesota and for a new year of partnership in learning and music making.” —Jessica Leibfried, director of education and community engagement
Reutte (Austria), Leipzig, Callenberg, Nassau, and Blankenburg/Harz. Billmeyer’s programs included works by Buxtehude, Bach, Samuel Barber, Antoine Blanc, Gottlieb Muffat, and Mendelssohn. He is completing work on his edition of introductory organ works of Max Reger, to appear in the Reger centennial year of 2016, published by Wayne Leupold Editions. Billmeyer performed works of Georg Muffat, Samuel Barber, and J.S. Bach on the 1998 Casavant Frères organ at the Church of St. Louis, King of France, in St. Paul. Mark Bjork (violin and pedagogy) taught master classes, presented two weeklong courses for teachers, and performed in four faculty chamber music concerts in the Villar Performing Arts Center during June at the Colorado Suzuki Institute and Chamber Music of the Rockies. Julia Bogorad-Kogan (flute) and Lydia Artymiw (piano) repeated their April 17, 2016 Faculty Recital program (Telemann, Schubert, Martinu, Schiff, Bartok, and Taffanel) for the BargeMusic Masterworks Series on April 22 in Brooklyn, NY and for the Washington Conservatory's Concert Series at the Westmoreland Congregational Church on April 23 in Bethesda, MD. Alexander Braginsky (piano) presided over the summer International e-Piano Junior Competition held at the U of M School of Music’s Ted Mann Concert Hall with finals at Orchestra
Hall. Governor Dayton honored the competition by proclaiming June 16, 2015 e-Piano Junior Competition Day in Minnesota. Braginsky was on the faculty of International Music Festival at Castelnuovo di Garfagnana in Tuscany, Italy. He gave a master class at the Young Artist World Piano Festival (Bethel University, MN). He conducted five seminars on piano performance and gave master classes at the Summer Music Festival (Purchase, NY). He was on the jury of the the Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra's Young Artist Competition 2016 Finals at Orchestra Hall. He presented master classes in Shanghai at the Shanghai Conservatory Middle School. He was interviewed on Classical Minnesota Public Radio’s Chopin Series (October 2015). Steve Campbell (tuba) performed Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto in F Minor with the Minnesota Orchestra during its Sommerfest celebration. Campbell is principal tuba of the Minnesota Orchestra. Immanuel Davis (flute) was featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Learning to Listen in conversation with host Alison Young ahead of his September 2015 recital with pianist Timothy Lovelace (piano) celebrating Davis’ teacher Julius Baker. Davis performed at the Judith Zaimont 70th Birthday Celebration at Symphony Space in New York City in November 2015 with pianist Joanne Polk. Davis performed on the Midtown Concerts Series and the St. Urban Salon Series
Timothy Diem (marching band) stepped down as Marching Band director and assistant director of bands at the University of Minnesota and has accepted a position at Rockford Middle School in Rockford, Minnesota. U of M School of Music Director Michael Kim says, “We greatly appreciate all that Tim Diem has done in the past 16 years to move our program forward. He will always be a part of our musical community. On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff here at the University of Minnesota School of Music, we give Tim our heartfelt thanks for his service and dedication to our band program. We wish the best in his future ventures.” Craig Kirchhoff (bands) stepped down as director of bands at the U of M School of Music in spring 2015. Kirchhoff continues teaching at the School of Music. Prior to his appointment to the faculty of the University of Minnesota in 1993, Kirchhoff served in a similar capacity as director of bands at The Ohio State University for fourteen years. Special thanks to all who have made a tax-deductible gift or pledge to the Craig Kirchhoff Scholarship Fund at the University of Minnesota School of Music. This fund supports outstanding music education majors in the School of Music and honors the esteemed career of the U of M’s longtime director of bands, Craig Kirchhoff. To make a gift, call 612-624-2848 or visit music.umn.edu/give.
FACULTY NEWS Jean del Santo (voice) was invited to adjudicate and give master classes at the 2015 Annual Classical Singer International Vocal Competition and Masterclass Series at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. This series, created and sponsored by Classical Singer magazine, selected 12 schools of music to be part of this cultural exchange. Jean delSanto (first row, second from right) with representatives from other invited institutions at the Great Wall of China.
in November 2015 in New York City. He also performed at Amnesty International’s Benefit Concert: Frank Martin’s Sonnets to Cassandra. John De Haan (voice) taught lessons and master classes at La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy in July 2015. School of Music students Samuel Baker (DMA, voice, student of John De Haan), Mijin Choi (DMA, collaborative piano and coaching, student of Timothy Lovelace and John De Haan), Charles Eaton (MM, voice, student of John De Haan), Rob Riordan (BM, voice, student of Jean del Santo), Carol Schultz (MM, voice, student of John De Haan), and Sidney Walker (MM, voice, student of John De Haan) attended the opera training program and performed parts in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Rossini’s Italian Girl in Algiers, and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Preston Duncan (saxophone) performed as a featured guest artist at the 3rd Annual International Saxophone Meeting (Montevideo, Uruguay). He also taught several classes at the conference and the National Conservatory. He performed a concert and presented a master class at the New England Conservatory. Duncan performed at the Live at Michiko webcast concert series in New York City. He gave a class and concert at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He presented a class at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Duncan was invited to present a two week summer saxophone course at Ticino Music International in Lugano, Switzerland with Iwan Roth. He also held a mini-residency at SZWinds in Mexico City, Mexico. Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet) appeared in several leading chamber music festivals across North America, including the Montreal Chamber Music Festival in Canada, [email protected]
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in Maine, and Music Mountain in Connecticut. He performed with the Dover String Quartet, and with members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet. He replaced clarinetist Martin Fröst in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra concerts performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. Fiterstein served on the jury for woodwind auditions of Ensemble ACJW in Carnegie Hall, New York City. He performed as a soloist with the Kansas City Symphony, the program included Weber’s Concertino as well as traditional klezmer works. Fiterstein performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in Alice Tully Hall (New York) in a program titled Spring Winds.
As guest pianist in the Matisse Trio, Timothy Lovelace (piano) presented concerts with Katie Wolfe and Anthony Arnone (University of Iowa faculty) at the University of Iowa, Northwestern University, and the University of MissouriSt. Louis in November 2015. They performed Brahms’s Op. 99, Op. 100, and Op. 101.
Keitha Hamann (music education) hosted a panel at the College Music Society (CMS) annual conference in Indianapolis titled Graduate Students Do Engagement. Tyler Cessor (DMA, saxophone), Caroline Hand (DMA, 2015, conducting), and Marilyn K. Clark Silva (DMA, 2015, percussion) shared the projects that they completed with support from a Community Engagement Grant. Hamann is a member of the CMS Community Engagement Committee.
Alex Lubet (creative studies & media) performed premieres of 16 works for acoustic guitar as featured soloist in a concert on New York’s Composer’s Voice Series. He was a featured speaker at “Bob Dylan: Up Close and Personal,” at the Parkway Theater (Minneapolis, MN). Lubet was a contributor to the Star Tribune popular music critic Jon Bream’s new book, Dylan: Disc by Disc. Lubet presented on “Your Growing Audience of People with Disabilities,” at the Minnesota Arts Access Chautauqua. He was a guest recitalist in the Music at Midday Series (University of Manitoba). As a member of ensemble-MA, he performed as a guest of Winnipeg’s Japanese percussion group, Fubuki Daiko.
Michael Kim (director, piano) was interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio host Julie Amacher on Classical Minnesota Public Radio. They listened to a selection of Kim’s recordings, talked about the 21st-century musician, and discussed the skills the modern musician needs to be successful. Kim was a finals juror for Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg McLellan Concerto Competition with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra on April 22, 2016. Young-Nam Kim (violin) was featured in theStar Tribune article “Chamber Music Society of Minnesota stages a surprise tribute to YoungNam Kim.”
Caroline Lemen (horn), Norbert Nielubowski (bassoon), John Snow (oboe), and alumna Susan Billmeyer (DMA, piano) performed as The Musical Offering, the Twin Cities premier chamber ensemble, in February at Sundin Music Hall. The theme for the evening was Salon Parisien.
Guerino Mazzola (creative studies & media) gave the welcome address at the 5th Biennial International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music (Queen Mary University of London). He gave a talk with Maria Mannone (PhD, composition) on “Hypergestures in Complex Time: Creative Performance Between Symbolic and Physical Reality” at the conference. He was invited as a keynote speaker to the Porto International Conference on Musical Gesture as Creative Interface (2016) at the Universidade
Católica Portuguesa, Porto; he was invited to a give lectures in Zalamea’s Grothendieck Seminar (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota); he was invited be on a roundtable of Grothendieck and a Theory of Contemporary Transgression as part of a lecture series at the Graduate Program in Media Studies (Pratt Institute, New York). Mazzola was invited to be a reviewer for MIT’s Computer Music Journal. Matthew Mehaffey (choral) was interviewed on the podcast Choral History with Josh Bronfman and in the Star Tribune article “A church’s tradition of live music lives on” by Zoe Peterson. Mehaffey was named the new music director of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. Fernando Meza (percussion) returned from South America, where he spent time conducting research on the music of Colombia and Chile and meeting with composers in both countries as part of an Imagine Fund grant. Along with his research, he served as percussion coach for the Youth Philharmonic of Colombia in preparation for a recording and DVD production of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring under the direction of Houston Symphony music director Andrés Orozco-Estrada. In Chile, he performed and offered master classes for the 10th International Percussion Encounter hosted by Gerardo Salazar, principal timpanist of the National Symphony of Chile and the Foundation for Youth Orchestras of Chile. Meza travelled to Estonia, as part of the faculty for the YOA-Orchestra of the Americas’ Baltic countries tour, and also to Ecuador at the invitation of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador to conduct an advanced musicianship course for percussionists in the country. Meza is
artistic director and leader of SONIC WAM!, a new music ensemble that is presented at the Weisman Art Museum at U of M.
Guerino Mazzola (creative studies & media) has been recognized as a 2015–2016 University of Minnesota Outstanding Faculty Member by the Council of Graduate Students, Professional Student Government, and Student Conflict Resolution Center. He was recognized in a ceremony at Coffman Memorial Union.
David Myers’ (music education, creative studies & media) leadership for the College Music Society on transforming undergraduate curriculums has generated widespread interest, and, along with Ed Sarath (University of Michigan) and Pat Campbell (University of Washington), he has authored a book on the CMS Manifesto for curricular change (2014). He spoke and led a team on BA transformation at the national summit on 21st Century School of Music design, and he delivered two presentations for the International Society for Music Education in Birmingham, England, and Glasgow, Scotland. Earlier presentations included the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London) and the Sibelius Academy. He is an administrative consultant for Augsburg College and will consult on leadership and curriculum for the University of Richmond, as well as keynoting the International Conference on Lifelong Music Learning. He is a board member of the SPCO, MacPhail Center for Music,
Congratulations to Matthew Mehaffey (choral) on being a 2014–2015 recipient of the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts’ Arthur “Red” Motley Exemplary Teaching Award. This award recognizes faculty of the college who are outstanding teachers of graduate and undergraduate students. It acknowledges tenured or tenuretrack faculty who inspire and care, who make themselves approachable, who show an interest in individual students’ well-being and in programs for the benefit of students generally, who give of themselves generously in advising, counseling, and directing projects, and who create an active classroom atmosphere. The award is sponsored by a gift from the family and friends of College of Liberal Arts alumnus Arthur Motley and alumni of the College.
VocalEssence, the American Composers Forum, and McNally Smith College of Music. Maja Radovanlija (guitar) and Alex Lubet (creative studies & media) had a successful tour in Serbia performing as a duo. The tour was organized by the Guitar Art Festival Concert Agency in collaboration with the United States Embassy educational outreach program. Radovanlija and Lubet promoted music from their new CD and gave concerts in 11 cities in Serbia. Radovanlija and Lubet also performed an improvised music concert at Students’ Cultural Center (Belgrade) with several well known Serbian improvisers/ composers. Following the tour, Radovanlija performed concerts in Minnesota with the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet and flamenco dancer Sachiko Nishiuchi (MN Arts tour). Tanya Remenikova (cello) performed as a member of the Hill House Chamber Players playing their series at James J. Hill House in St. Paul, MN. She joined Denis Evstuhin (DMA, 2011, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky), Ivan Konev (DMA, 2009, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky), and Anton Melnichenko (DMA, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) for a recital at Sundin Hall at Hamline University. Remenikova and Natalia Moiseeva (DMA, 2010, violin, student of Sally O’Reilly) and Ivan Konev gave a trio recital at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI. Remenikova performed chamber music at Bet Sheva Synagogue’s Chamber Music Series in Minnetonka with Marylin Zupnik and Cathy Schubilske. She also performed in a concert to benefit Safe Hands Rescue with Natalia Moiseeva and Ivan Konev. Kathy Saltzman Romey (choral conducting) is featured in an interview on the Minnesota Orchestra’s website for her work as the Minnesota Orchestra’s choral advisor and as artistic director of the Minnesota Chorale. The interview was conducted by Emma Plehal (DMA, bassoon, student of Norbert Nielubowski). Romey is featured in the article A Local Choral Legacy: The WomanVoice Concert Returns to Ted Mann Concert Hall by Rachel Evans. The article explores the 20-year history of WomanVoice concerts in the Twin Cities and Romey's role as founder and director of this annual concert event. Rebecca Shockley (professor emerita, piano pedagogy) gave a presentation about the life, career, and teaching approaches of her mother, (continued on page 41)
Faculty Publications Dean Billmeyer (organ) is completing work on his edition of introductory organ works of Max Reger, to appear in the Reger centennial year of 2016, published by Wayne Leupold Editions. Matthew Bribitzer-Stull’s (music theory) book, Understanding the Leitmotif: From Wagner to Hollywood Film Music was published in July 2015 on Cambridge University Press. “In eloquent prose, Dr. Bribitzer-Stull offers a fascinating interpretation of the structural and expressive roles of the leitmotif in Wagnerian opera and Hollywood film music. His attractive semiotic theory of associative meaning yields fundamental insights into how musical motives enhance meaning in intermedial contexts.” —Robert S. Hatten, University of Texas, Austin Harmony in Beethoven, the fifth volume in David Damschroder’s (music theory) Harmony Project at Cambridge University Press, has recently been published. The next volume, Harmony in Mendelssohn and Schumann, is finished and currently under review with Cambridge, while his Tonal Analysis: A Schenkerian Perspective, already under contract at W. W. Norton, will go into production this summer. Damschroder's next volume will be Harmony in Verdi.
Alex Lubet (creative studies & media) and Maja Radovanlija’s (guitar) CD The Enchanted Guitar Forest was released on Big Round Records. Lubet’s article “The Bioethics of Music, the Music of Bioethics,” was published in Medical Problems of Performing Artists. His article “Social Confluence Theory, as Applied to Cases of Disability Status and Korean Identity” (co-authored with Hyangeun Kim, Kosin University, Korea) was published in The Review of Korean Studies. Guerino Mazzola (creative studies & media) released the DVD Imaginary Time, a concert video featuring Mazzola and musicians Heinz Geisser and Shiro Onuma in Japan (December 2014). Mazzola’s book Computational Counterpoint Worlds: Mathematical Theory, Software, and Experiments (co-authors Octavio Alberto, Agustín Aquino, and Julien Junod) was published on Springer International Publishing. An extended second edition of Mazzola’s book The Topos of Music was published, co-authors include Alex Lubet (creative studies & media), Matt Rahaim (musicology/ ethnomusicology), and Maria Mannone (PhD, composition). Mazzola’s book All About Music: Realities, Communication, Semiotics, Embodiment, co-authored with Maria Mannone (PhD, composition), Yan Pang (PhD, composition), Margaret
O’Brien (U of M undergraduate), and Nathan Torunsky (U of M undergraduate), was published as a part of Springer Press Computational Music Science series in fall 2016. David Myers’ (music education, creative studies & media) book Redefining Music Studies in an Age of Change: Creativity, Diversity, and Integration, co-authored with Edward W. Sarath and Patricia Shehan Campbell, was released by Routledge in September (2016). Myers has a number of journal articles in print, including a lead article on posing impactful research questions for the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. Dean Sorenson (jazz) released Colors of the Soul, his debut CD as a leader, featuring an all-star line-up of Twin Cities jazz veterans including Phil Hey (jazz) on drums. Sorenson contributed a chapter to the latest in the Teaching Music Through Performance series, published by GIA Publications.
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entitled “Dorothy Stolzenbach Payne: Remembering a Legendary Piano Teacher,” for the 2015 Minnesota Music Teachers Association annual convention in Plymouth, MN. Laura Sindberg (music education) presented “Video Clubs to Support Music Teacher Development: An Exploratory Case Study” at the Symposium on Music Teacher Education (SMT). David Sanderson (PhD, music education) joined Sindberg for a presentation at SMT, titled “Evolution of an After School Band Project: Toward A Richer Community for Preservice Music Teachers and Students in an Urban School.” Yolanda Williams (PhD, music education) also presented a poster at the SMTE. Sindberg presented research at the College Music Society National Conference (Indianapolis, IN) and also participated in a panel discussion. She presented at the 2016 Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter Clinic. The title of her session was “Nurturing Yourself in the First Year of Teaching: A Twelve-step Program for New Music Educators.” Sindberg presented “Thinking in Music from the Very Beginning” at the Meeting Society’s Grand Challenges through Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning Conference sponsored by the Office for Public Engagement of the U of M. Sindberg shared her work in Band Project, an after school partnership with the Minneapolis Public Schools. Dean Sorenson (jazz studies) performed with his Dean Sorenson Sextet as part of the Bridge Series at Jazz Central Studios. Sorenson directed the Texas All State Jazz Ensemble in San Antonio, TX. He is featured in the Minnesota Daily article “All that jazz: The University Jazz Ensembles play on Saturday as part of the School of Music’s Jazz Festival.” David Walsh (opera theatre) has worked on a wide range of summer projects. He spent his second annual week at Mallard Island on Rainy Lake developing the libretto for composer William Beckstrand’s chamber opera Atisokan about the life of Ernest Oberholtzer. He returned as a faculty member to Opera Viva, a summer training program in Verona, Italy. He worked in Turkey with students of the Istanbul State Conservatory, as well as planning his proposed project to produce the contemporary Turkish Opera, Ask-I Memnu, by Turkish opera director Selman Ada. Walsh’s Summer Music Theatre workshop, under the leadership of Bergen Baker (MM, voice,
2011, student of Jean del Santo), scored its greatest success with a showcase presentation by 20 high school students before a capacity audience.
Michael Silverman (music therapy) received the 2016 University of Minnesota Morse-Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Award. Each year since 1965, the U of M has recognized a select group of faculty members for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by colleges in their quest to identify excellence in undergraduate education. The Horace T. MorseUniversity of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education is made possible through generous support of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.
Angela Wyatt (saxophone) was a Schmitt Music Educator of the Year award winner in the Elementary category, teaching in the Rosemount, Apple Valley, and Eagan school district. Nominations for this award came from a six state area in the Upper Midwest. The Ancia Saxophone Quartet, featuring Angela Wyatt (saxophone) performed a program of music by women composers at Studio Z and at the Weis-
man Art Museum. A highlight of the concerts was the US premiere of Grammy Award-winning Libby Larsen’s (BA, MA, PhD, composition) Confluence, which was commissioned by the Ancia Quartet. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Adriana Zabala (voice) gave a concert of the songs of composer and pianist, Gregg Kallor, at Subculture in New York City. She performed the role of Paula in the Arizona Opera’s production of Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas. She was a guest artist in the Montclair State University Chorale’s presentation of Alzheimer’s Stories. She performed in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of Handel’s Messiah. Zabala was the alto soloist for Mahler’s Second Symphony with Quad City Symphony Orchestra. She sang the role of The Muse/Nicklausee in The Tales of Hoffmann with the Madison Opera. She gave a recital with her collaborator Gregg Kallor on the mainstage series of Tuesday Musical of Akron, Ohio. She joined the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra to perform the role of Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo et Euridice. Zabala created the role of Lucy Talbot in the upcoming world premiere of William Bolcom and Mark Campbell’s new opera, Dinner at Eight, with Minnesota Opera in 2017. Wendy Zaro-Mullins (voice) performed chamber music and taught at the InterHarmony International Music Festival held in Arcidosso, Tuscany, Italy.
Congratulations to Jerry Luckhardt (bands) and Laura Sindberg (music education) who have assumed leadership roles at the U of M School of Music. Luckhardt has been named director of graduate studies and associate director. Sindberg has been named director of undergraduate studies. We can look forward to hearing from our new leaders in the coming year.
In Memoriam Former U of M School of Music piano faculty member Thelma Hunter (piano) passed away on August 18, 2015 at age 90. Since joining the U of M School of Music faculty in 1947, Hunter maintained a close relationship with many music faculty and students. She was a member of the School of Music’s Advisory Council until 2014 and served on various committees on the school's behalf, including the committee that lobbied the state legislature to fund the construction of Ferguson Hall.
Professor Dwayne Jorgenson passed away on November 27, 2014 at the age of 80. He received his PhD from the U of M in 1975 and continued his service to our institution as a professor in the choral department of the School of Music until 1984. He taught music for 37 years, including elementary education through graduate school. He was also a choral conductor at Northeastern College (IL), Moorhead State University, and the University of St. Thomas.
Robert Tallant Laudon, professor emeritus of musicology and harpsichord, passed away on March 12, 2016 at the age of 95. Memorials, if desired, to the University of Minnesota Foundation, McNamara Alumni Center (200 Oak Street SE., Minneapolis, MN 55455) for the University of Minnesota School of Music Library.
Remembering Stephen Paulus Stephen Paulus (PhD, 1978, composition, student of Dominick Argento and Paul Fetler) passed away on October 19, 2014. Soon after graduation, he was commissioned by the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and went on to write 10 operas with many other opera companies. With 55 orchestral works to his credit, Paulus has been distinguished to serve as a composer in residence with the orchestras of Atlanta, Minnesota, Tucson, and Annapolis. Conductors who have premiered his works include Osmo Vänskä, Christoph van Dohnanyi, Kurt Masur, Sir Neville Marriner, and Leonard Slatkin.
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He was a prolific, internationally-acclaimed choral composer, having composed more than 150 works for this medium ranging from his Holocaust oratorio, To Be Certain of the Dawn (recorded by the Minnesota Orchestra on the BIS label) to the poignant anthem, “Pilgrims’ Hymn,” sung at the funerals of Presidents Reagan and Ford. His works have received thousands
of performances and recordings from such groups as the New York Choral Society, L.A. Master Chorale, Robert Shaw Festival Singers, VocalEssence, Dale Warland Singers, and countless others. In 1973, Paulus was a co-founder of the American Composers Forum (then the Minnesota Composers Forum) with School of Music alumna Libby Larsen. This organization has grown from an innovative regional initiative into one of the nation’s premier composer service organizations. In a 2002 interview in the School of Music publication Sounding: Conversations Across 100 Years of Music, Paulus provided his thoughts on his School of Music experience. What he learned from his composition mentors was that “Music isn’t just about putting black dots on a piece of paper; it is about being a good husband or father or enjoying a walk in the woods or looking at the ocean or the sunset.”
Libby Larsen (BA, 1971; MA, 1975; PhD, 1978, composition, student of Dominick Argento) is the 2016 recipient of the McKnight Distinguished Artist Award, the state’s highest cultural honor—for her decades of prolific creativity. The award comes with a $50,000 prize.
The Japanese fusion group ensemble-MA gave eight concerts at Twin Cities elder care facilities, sponsored by the MacPhail Center for Music. Members of the ensemble include School of Music alumni Iris Shiraishi (PhD, 1994, music therapy) leader, composer, multi-instrumentalist; Susan Tanabe (BM, 2005, percussion); and faculty member Alex Lubet (creative studies & media). _______________
Maria Schneider (BM, composition) released the album The Thompson Fields, a project that takes its tone and inspiration from her home state of Minnesota. She was interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered around the release of The Thompson Fields. Schneider also discussed her dynamic music career and creative process in An Evening with Maria Schneider at Erik’s Ranch & Retreats (Edina, MN) in October 2015.
Maria Schneider (BM, 1983, composition) and Stephen Paulus (PhD, 1978, composition) were among the honorees at the 2016 Grammy awards. Paulus, who died in 2014, won Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Prayers and Remembrances, a piece written for the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Paulus’ family received the award from fellow alumnus Maria Schneider. Schneider herself received her fourth and fifth Grammy awards for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for Thompson Fields (Maria Schneider Orchestra) and Best Arrangement, Instruments, and Vocals for Sue (Or In A Season of Crime), a collaboration with David Bowie from the album Nothing Has Changed (Legacy/Columbia). These winners are in addition to a nomination for Ryan Truesdell (BM, 2002, music education) for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, Lines of Color (Gil Evans Project).
David Evan Thomas’ (PhD, composition, student of Dominick Argento) work In the Blue Glen received its first commercial recording by the Debussy Trio (Marcia Dickstein, harp; Angela Wiegand, flute; and David Walther, viola) on the CD Three by Three on Klavier recordings. The CD was engineered by Grammy-winning Fred Vogler. Thomas received a 2015 Minnesota Sinfonia/ McKnight Foundation New Works Award for his Suite Populaire. The Neighborhood Music School (New Haven, CT) has awarded Thomas a Renée B. Fisher Composer Award for 2017. _______________
Jeri-Mae Astolfi (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) gave two lectures and concert performances of Canadian and American new solo piano music at the Ural State University in Yekaterinburg, (Sverdlovsk Oblast) Russia in November 2015. _______________
Christine Gangelhoff (DMA, flute) released a CD titled Tour de Force with her ensemble, C Force. With this release, C Force showcases Caribbean art music, featuring works of composers spanning more than three centuries. In this collection, C Force journeys throughout the Caribbean with musical renditions from Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad, Curaçao, the United States Virgin Islands, and The Bahamas. C Force continues in their commitment to the preservation and promotion of art music of the Caribbean region. In the 2014–15 season, Edie Hill’s (MA, 1992; PhD, 2002, composition) music was performed
from the Tapestry International Celebration of Women’s Choirs in Vancouver to Lincoln Center, to the Netherlands where her “Cancion de el alma” had its European premiere tour with the Nederlands Kamerkoor under the direction of Daniel Reuss. In August, she participated in the Source Song Festival, and in November 2015, her newest song cycle, Rincón del cielo, premiered at The Schubert Club by tenor Gary Ruschman and guitarist Kristian Anderson. She has just completed her 10th year as composer-inresidence at The Schubert Club where she runs the Composer Mentorship Program. _______________
Michael Heaston (MM, accompanying & coaching, student of Margo Garrett and Timothy Lovelace) was recently named one of Musical America’s 30 Professionals of the Year in their special report: The Influencers. He concurrently holds top leadership positions at two of the country’s most prestigious organizations: associate artistic director at the Glimmerglass Festival; advisor to the artistic director and director, Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Matthew McCright (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) released a recording titled Contemplations: The Music of Olivier Messiaen. On this recording, McCright paired music from two periods of Messiaen’s life that are linked by his association with pianist Yvonne Loriod. The Préludes were published in 1930 and show the early signs of Messiaen’s unique voice. The disc was released by Albany Records in January 2016 and is available on Albany Records, Amazon, or iTunes. McCright is on the faculty at Carleton College. _______________
Emily Autumn Deppa (BM, violin, student of Sally O’Reilly) has joined the Denver String Quartet. Oleg Levin (DMA, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) received a 2016 Artist Initiative Grant of $10,000 from the Minnesota State Arts Board. With this grant, Levin will advance the awareness of his work through both public
performances and his first professional solo recording of Russian piano music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Wonny Song (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) was named artistic director of the Orford Arts Centre in Quebec, Canada, beginning 2016. Song stated, “It’s a tremendous honor to be part of the Orford family, and I am pleased to be planning a musical program adapted to this magnificent location. It gives me great pride to take on the challenge of moving forward with the Orford Arts Centre’s mission, and promoting the excellence of the Orford Festival and Academy. I also look forward to continuing to promote the Orford Arts Centre in the international arena.” Nicole Sutterfield (Swanson) (BM, viola, student of Korey Konkol) was appointed assistant principal viola (second chair) with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) under the direction of Dutch music director Edo de Waart. Sutterfield, a former Miss Minnesota (2006) and winner of numerous competitions including top prizes in the Chicago Viola Society, Thursday Musical Young Artist, and Schubert Club scholarship competitions, began her tenure with the MSO in October 2015. _______________
Aaron Perrine’s (MEd, music education) composition Only Light was the winner of the 2015 American Bandmasters Association Sousa/Ostwald Award. Perrine’s composition was performed during the 2016 annual American Bandmasters Association Convention, which was held in San Luis Obispo, CA, March 2–5, 2016. Only Light was also performed by the U of M Symphonic Band this past spring. _______________
Composer Patrick Crossland (DMA, trombone, student of Thomas Ashworth) was in residency at the U of M School of Music the week of February 8, 2016. He presented a solo recital of theater works, discussed his experiences as an entrepreneur in Europe and the US, and worked with U of M composition students on new solo works they had composed for him. He presented an improvisation master class with the Symphonic Band, coached U of M trombone students on solo repertoire, and led the Trombone Studio in an improvisation session.
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Seongwon Han (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) performed works in October by Korean composers in the annual Contemporary Korean Piano Music Society Concert in Taegu, South Korea, as well as in the annual Piano Ensemble “Hwa” Concert in Andong, South Korea. In December, she was piano soloist with the Korea Soloists Orchestra in Seoul performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Andrew Staupe (MM, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) performed with the Colorado Symphony (CO), the Lawton Symphony (OK), the Tallahassee Symphony (FL), the Lubbock Symphony (TX), the Galveston Symphony Orchestra (TX), and on the Abbey Concert Series at St. Martin’s Abbey in Lacey, Washington. Staupe was the featured artist on the American Public Radio Custom Travel cruise Waltz Down the Danube with Performance Today host Fred Child (April 28–May 9, 2016). Staupe accepted a tenure-track assistant professor of piano position at the University of Utah (Salt Lake City).
Denis Evstuhin (DMA, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) and Anthony Ross (principal cellist of the Minnesota Orchestra) performed music by Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninoff as part of the Music at the Museum Concert Series in September 2015 at the Museum of Russian Art, MN. Evstuhin also performed with Osmo Vänskä (clarinet) and Erin Keefe (violin) in a program titled Russian Souvenir at the Museum of Russian Art in June. The program included music by Johannes Brahms, Sergei Prokofiev, Igor Stravinsky, and Piotr Tchaikovsky. Loren Fishman (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in three concerts titled A Tribute to Thelma Hunter with the Minnesota Sinfonia (Jay Fishman, conductor) in January 2016. Pianist Thelma Hunter taught at the U of M School of Music and was a former advisory board member. _______________
Anna Hersey (MA, musicology, student of Kelley Harness; MM, 2007, voice, student of Lawrence Weller) was recently named editor-inchief of VoicePRINTS, the peer-reviewed journal of the New York Singing Teachers’ Association. Eric McEnaney (DMA, collaborative piano, student of Timothy Lovelace and Noriko Kawai) recently accepted a position as principal pianist and coach at Florentine Opera Company in Milwaukee, WI, where he worked on productions of Madama Butterfly, Three Decembers, and Die Fledermaus during the 2015–16 season, and also served as coach to the members of the Studio Artist Program. McEnaney continues to share an association with Minnesota Opera as both a master coach and as director of the ECCO Program between the opera and the U of M School of Music. Hannah Murray (BM, violin, student of Sally O’Reilly) was named associate principal violin II of the Tulsa Symphony in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Woobin Park (DMA, student of Lydia Artymiw) performed in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center in August 2015. She performed works by Martin, Ravel, and Liszt. The concert was broadcast live on 98.7 FM in Chicago.
Orin Larson (BM, trombone, student of Thomas Ashworth) performed with the Chicago-based Axiom Brass during their residency at the 2015 Tanglewood Music Festival. Larson has been appointed principal trombonist of the Rochester Symphony Orchestra (MN) and will perform as a substitute musician with the Minnesota Orchestra. Andrea Myers (BM, flute, student of Immanuel Davis) is the managing director and Brianna Farah (BM, 2010; MM, voice, student of Lawrence Weller, Philip Zawisza, and John De Haan) is the executive director of Hopewell Music Cooperative North. Established in 2012, Hopewell is a non-profit music school whose mission is to enable students from the underserved community of North Minneapolis to develop musically, academically, socially, and emotionally, primarily through the study of classical and contemporary music. _______________
Kate Yeonjoo Bae (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) was offered an adjunct professor of piano position at the University of MinnesotaMorris beginning January 2016. Mark Bilyeu’s (MM, vocal coaching and accompanying, student of Timothy Lovelace) Source Song Festival returned for a second year with a mix of workshops, master classes, and
ALUMNI NEWS recitals. Artists on the roster included alumni Libby Larsen, David Evan Thomas, and more. Seth Bovis (BM, voice/music education, student of Philip Zawisza and Adriana Zabala) was music director of Bloomington Public Schools Summer Musical: Grease. Performances took place during summer 2016 at Kennedy High School Auditorium (Bloomington, MN). William Bryan (MM, voice, student of Philip Zawisza and Jean del Santo) joined Opera Colorado (Denver) as a Young Artist in summer 2016. Bryan also performed the role of Guglielmo in Mozart's Così fan tutte with Opera Wilmington (NC) in summer 2016. In the summer of 2015, he participated in the Utah Festival Opera, followed by a current Young Artist contract with Opera Colorado. He advanced to the Regionals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Rocky Mountain Region. In fall 2016, he joined the Minnesota Opera as a resident artist. Lauren Feider (BM, music education, voice, student of Wendy Zaro-Mullins) was Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finalist. She performed in the National Council Grand Finals Concert featuring host Deborah Voigt and guest artist Eric Owens on March 13 at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Michael J. Krajewski (DMA, guitar) presented a lecture entitled “Creating Interactive Course Materials with iBooks Author” at the 2015 Guitar Foundation of America Convention and Competition in Oklahoma City, OK. Krajewski is currently assistant professor of music industry and guitar studies at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Brent Nolte (DMA, organ, student of Dean Billmeyer) was named assistant professor and college organist at Talladega College in Talladega, AL, where he will teach music courses and serve as organist for convocations and graduations. Nolte continues an active career as an organ recitalist, having presented a program featuring the music of Maurice Duruflé in August 2015, as well as performing for the 35th Anniversary Gala of the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, for which he played the Passacaglia by J.S. Bach. Jeremy Orosz’s (PhD, music theory, student of Matthew Bribitzer-Stull) article “John Williams: Paraphraser or Plagiarist?” (Journal of Musicologi-
cal Research, Volume 34, Issue 4, 2015) was cited in Alex Ross’s article “Listening to ‘Star Wars’” in The New Yorker magazine. Orosz is currently on faculty at the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. Sarah Porwoll-Lee (MM, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) was a fiscal year 2015 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Her album, History is going to change, was released in fall 2015. The album featured a collection works for clarinet and bass clarinet by Minnesota composers including Joshua Clausen (MM, composition), Libby Larsen (BA, MA, PhD, composition), and features James DeVoll (DMA, flute), Jeremy Johnston (DMA, percussion), Ben Osterhouse (MM, cello), and Jerrod Wendland (MM, DMA, piano). Porwoll-Lee was awarded a 2016 McKnight Artist Development Grant from the MacPhail Center for Music. During the grant year, Porwoll-Lee will collaborate with composer Clausen and emcee Joe Horton to create and perform a set of new pieces. Patrick Terry (BM, voice, student of Adriana Zabala) received a fantastic review on schmopera.com for his performance in the Royal Academy Opera’s production of Monteverdi’s L’ incoronazione di Poppea. From the review: “Patrick Terry showed a delicious countertenor sound as Ottone; the low role brought out the best of his smooth sound, full of liquid legato and tragedy.” Ishaya Yarison (PhD, composition, student of Alex Lubet) is on the faculty of University of Northwestern. _______________
Ye Chen (DMA, voice, 2014, student of Philip Zawisza) performed the role of Hagen in Wagner’s Gotterdämmerung at the Chinese National Opera House in Peking. Chen is also teaching voice at a conservatory in Peking. Casey Clementson (PhD, music education) and Scott Lipscomb (music education) presented the results of their research at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Research and Teacher Education National Conference in Atlanta, GA. Their presentation, “Redefining community music-making: An exploratory study of a musical playground installation,” described a project completed in partnership with the
City of Lakes Rotary Club, the organization that provided a $40,000 grant to support the installation of a musical playground in Jackson Square Park in northeast Minneapolis. Danielle Kuntz (PhD, musicology, student of Kelley Harness) is the Graduate School’s 2015 Best Dissertation Award winner for the Arts & Humanities disciplinary area. Her dissertation is titled “‘Appropriate Musics for that Time’: Oratorio in the Exchange of Power at the Portuguese Court (1707–1807).” Kuntz was a visiting lecturer at the U of M School of Music during the 2014–2015 academic year. Eric Olson (DMA, violin, student of Sally O’Reilly) received seven grants for fall semester 2015 for guest artist residencies, performances, master classes, educational outreach, and other activities at Bemidji State University. Olson was the director of Bravo North at Bemidji State University in summer 2016. Olson also accepted the position of director of the preconservatory program at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, MN. Dallas Petersen (BM, trombone, student of Thomas Ashworth) joined Princess Cruises as a staff musician, sailing to ports including Costa Rica, Columbia, and Aruba. Erik Rohde (DMA, conducting, student of Mark Russell Smith; BM, 2008, violin, student of Mark Bjork) accepted a tenure-track position as an assistant professor of music at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN. He serves as the director of string activities and orchestra. Emily Rolka’s (DMA, violin, student of Mark Bjork) doctoral dissertation project was a systematic review on music and dyslexia. The article, “A systematic review of music and dyslexia,” was published in The Arts in Psychotherapy Vol. 46, November 2015, Pages 24–32. Michael Silverman (music therapy) is the co-author. Ting Ting Yen (DMA; MM, student of Sally O’Reilly and Timothy Lovelace) took a year-long leave of absence from the New Mexico Philharmonic to take the staff accompanist position at Washington and Lee University in Virginia. ________________
Haskel Black (BM, music education) was selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag
Ryan Christianson (BM, trombone, student of Thomas Ashworth) was selected as the new trombonist in the Dallas Brass. Founded in 1983 by trombonist and Minnesota native Michael Levine, the Dallas Brass maintains a busy schedule of national touring and recording projects. Christianson has also toured with pianist Lori Line and in a wide variety of professional ensembles during his years at the University of Minnesota. Joseph Curiale (PhD, composition) conducted the Czech National Symphony Orchestra on April 19, 2016 in a concert devoted entirely to his music. The concert featured music from his CDs, Awakening and The Music of Life. These CDs were recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and
the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. He was interviewed on the topic of building a successful career as a professional musician on Channel News Asia. He is currently leading the popular music program at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore, where he teaches music production, music business, music performance, and the history of popular music. Kate Jarvis (MM, student of Sally O’Reilly) won the associate concertmaster position of the Boise Philharmonic (Idaho) for the 2015–16 season. Pei-Lei Lin (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) accepted a piano teaching position at the University of Jinan School of Music in Shandong province, China. She began her teaching there in summer 2016. Shelley Mihm (BM, voice, student of Philip Zawisza and Jean del Santo) was cast in title role of Savitri by Holst at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Teng-Kuan Wang (DMA, piano, student of Timothy Lovelace) was appointed staff accompanist of Truman State University (Missouri) beginning fall 2016.
Adam Meckler (MM, 2012, trumpet, student of David Baldwin), Ryan Christianson (BM, 2015, trombone, student of Thomas Ashworth), Reid Kennedy (BM, music education, percussion, student of Fernando Meza and Phil Hey), and Cameron Kinghorn (BM, 2013, trumpet, student of David Baldwin) are all members of Nooky Jones, a Twin Cities-based group. Last spring, Nooky Jones visited the studios of Radio K on the U of M West Bank campus and performed several of their songs. Jeffrey Erbland (MM, 2011, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova), Erika Hoogeveen (MM, 2004, violin, student of Sally O’Reilly), Valerie Little (DMA, 2010, viola, student of Korey Konkol), and Huldah Niles (MM, 2006, violin, student of Sally O’Reilly) are members of the Mill City String Quartet (MCSQ). In addition to their series of 11 concerts in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Mill City String Quartet performed on the Sioux City Chamber Music Series and for the Rochester Music Guild. The MCSQ recorded local composer Tom Patterson’s String Quartet No. 7, and performed three outreach concerts for inmates at Minnesota Correctional FacilityFaribault and Shakopee.
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Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a year-long, federally-funded fellowship for study and work in Germany. Black was selected as one of 75 participants (from more than 700 applicants) for this unique fellowship program. Since 1984, more than 2,000 Americans have been awarded this opportunity to gain cultural, academic, and practical work experience in Germany, and Black will be participating in the 33rd year of the CBYX program (2016–2017).
SEE & BE SEEN 1. Students get a break from finals stress at the Mutts, Muffins, and Music! event presented by Kappa Kappa Psi, Pet Away Worry And Stress (PAWS), and the Music Therapy Club. 2. Jennifer LeDoux performs as Liza Elliott during University Opera Theatre’s production of Kurt Weill’s Lady in the Dark. 3. Susan Botti, Libby Larsen, and Lucy Shelton celebrate after a successful Wind Ensemble concert celebrating Craig Kirchhoff and Eugene Rousseau. 4. The U of M Marching Band practices at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL. 5. Professors Laura Sindberg and Dean Sorenson laugh with Goldy after the 2015 Spring Convocation. 6. Professor Fernando Meza and students perform at the 2015 Collage Concert. 7. Lu Zang gets prepped by make-up artist
Aidyl Fonseca for the University Opera Theatre’s production of W.A. Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. 8. Former Director of Bands Craig Kirchhoff poses with long time colleague, and former Ensemble Supervisor, Susi Wagner. 9. The Trombone Studio celebrates a Minnesota spring at Ferguson Hall's outdoor amphitheatre (Thomas Ashworth, director). 10. Allie Bruns, a business information systems major in Political Science and Social Justice, studies for
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