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Faculty NEWS James Daugherty, associate professor of choral/vocal pedagogy, recently presented refereed research at two international symposia. At the International Singing Network Symposium in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, he and Caitlin Teters (MME student) presented “Why am I crying? Analyses of reactions to the audition performance by Only Boys Aloud for Britain’s Got Talent”. With Alan Martin (PhD student) and Steve Scott (PhD student), he also gave a lecture-demonstration on “Pubertal changing voices: Making connections between research-based knowledge and pedagogical best practice in group singing contexts”. At the Pan-American Vocology Association Symposium in Greensboro, NC, Daugherty, with co-authors Cathy Crispino (Baker University) and Evan Edwards (MME student), presented “The effects of equidistant and unequal inter-singer spacing conditions on the long-term average spectra of an SATB Choir”. In addition, he presented with Dr. Jeremy Manternach (University of Iowa, KU PhD ‘12), “Effects of a

straw phonation protocol on acoustic measurements and singer voicing perceptions in an SATB chorus”.  MARIANA FAR AH, associate director of choral activities, was a guest clinician with the Kansas State Women’s Chorale and Concert Chorale on October 12.  Professor of saxophone VINCE GNOJEK’s fall sabbatical leave includes two international tours, during which he is teaching saxophone students, presenting clinics, coaching chamber music and performing solo recitals and solos with wind ensembles. His first tour started August 1 in Taouyuan, Taiwan, where he was one of several adjudicators for the 2015 International Wind Band Festival. Gnojek then went to Singapore, where he taught saxophone students at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and was a featured artist/ clinician at the Singapore Saxophone Symposium on August 15-16. He closed

the symposium as the final soloist on the Gala Concert with the Singapore Wind Ensemble Collective. On August 21 he went to Bangkok, Thailand and Mahidol University College of Music, where he performed a solo recital, gave a saxophone master class and two clinic presentations. Gnojek then traveled to Dalian, China on August 31, where he worked with the saxophone students at the Shenyang Conservatory-Dalian Campus. He gave daily master classes and clinic presentations and performed a solo recital. On September 6 he continued his Asian tour in Seoul, South Korea, where he presented a clinic, a saxophone master class with students from conservatories in Seoul, and performed a short recital. On September 13 he headed back toward the United States, with a stop in Honolulu, Hawaii to present two clinics for the Hawaiian Saxophone Foundation and perform as soloist with the Royal Hawaiian Band. Professor Gnojek’s tour has been a rewarding experience, establishing a circle of professional saxophonists, saxophone students, and friends around the globe. He is looking forward to his second sabbatical trip in November back to Bangkok, then to Costa Rica and Puerto Rico! 

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Cover Photo: The KU Men’s Glee Club performed the National Anthem at the Kansas City Royals Game on Sept. 24.

Kip Ha aheim, associate professor of music theory and music composition, was the featured mentor in October for the Center for Undergraduate Research.

the University, in which she gathered data on the process of elementary teachers’ selection of repertoire in teaching children to sing.  Chris Johnson, professor of music education and music therapy, received the Ella Scoble Opperman Citation for Distinguished Achievement from the Florida State University College of Music. 

Haaheim also performed for the Chancellor’s “Elevate: Innovation in Action” conference that took place on October 16 at the KU Edwards Campus. Undergraduate percussionist Cherys Eland and Haaheim performed the score live for the screening of his experimental film Transmitter. He was one of only six faculty members who were invited to present at the conference, which highlighted innovative research at KU.  Jeff Harshbarger, lecturer in jazz studies, performed in the world premiere of Ashley Miller’s Mirage °N at TEDXKC, held in Helzberg Hall at The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on August 29. He also premiered a set of new works for solo bass and voice, in collaboration with choreographer Jane Gotch, for her newest piece, Let It Fall. Additionally, Harshbarger performed with percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani’s Gong Orchestra in the opening concert of The 1900 Building, a new performance hall in Mission, KS. 

Margaret Marco, associate professor of oboe, and alumna Paulina Wu Leisring (DMA, piano) recently traveled to China, where they performed a recital on September 27 at Central Conservatory in Beijing, the top-rated music conservatory in the nation. In addition, Marco gave master classes at Central Conservatory and China Conservatory, also in Beijing.  On October 30 Scott Murphy, professor of music theory, gave two presentations on the program for the thirty-eighth annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory (SMT) in St. Louis, Missouri: “Tarnhelm + Tannhäuser = Tristan” on a session entitled Analyzing Opera, and “Impromptu Discernment of Canonic Potential” for the annual meeting of SMT’s Music Improvisation Interest Group. 

Deanna Hanson-Abromeit, assistant professor of music therapy and music education, has two recent publications in the open-access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. “Theory-guided Therapeutic Function of Music to facilitate emotion regulation development in preschoolaged children” is co-authored with her colleague Kimberly Sena Moore from the University of Miami. You can read the article here.  “Constructing optimal experience for the hospitalized newborn through neuro-based music therapy” is co-authored with Helen Shoemark of Temple University and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia, and Lauren Stewart from Goldsmiths, University of London and the Center for Music in the Brain in Aarhus, Denmark. You can view the article here.  Debr a Hedden, professor of music education and music therapy, recently returned from Lithuania, where she taught and conducted research at the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences in Vilnius. She worked with the undergraduate students in methods and pedagogy, demonstrating a variety of lessons to expand their repertoire. Her research study is in conjunction with Dr. Asta Rauduvaite, chair of the music department at

David Neely, director of orchestral activities, conducted a production of Jake Heggie’s operatic masterwork Dead Man Walking for the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater. A review from the Bloomington Herald-Times said “Visiting conductor David Neely, who recently led a Des Moines Metro Opera production of Dead Man Walking, made the Concert Orchestra in the pit an ensemble of motivated purpose and gave all those on stage, soloists and choristers, the guidance of an impassioned expert.” 

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Br ad Osborn, assistant professor of music theory, has been hired by W.W. Norton as a Contributing Author to the widely-used textbook The Musicians Guide to Theory and Analysis for the forthcoming 3rd edition. He will be developing online videos to illustrate and animate concepts in the textbook. 

pianist Martha Krasnican. In the Midst was also selected for inclusion in the SCI Journal of Music Scores, Volume 54.  Erin Wood, lecturer in harp, taught a master class and was the featured recitalist for the Kansas City Harp Weekend, sponsored by the Lyra Chapter of the American Harp Society. 

In October Paul W. Popiel, director of bands, conducted two concerts with the KU Wind Ensemble at the Lied Center, and a third at the Kauffman Center in Kansas City, as part of the Bernstein Festival with KU Opera. During the month, the Wind Ensemble hosted residencies with composers Aaron Perrine, Joni Greene, and Christopher Stark. The Wind Ensemble also recorded the first half of their next Naxos recording project, a CD entitled Into the Light. The CD will feature music of Joni Greene, John Mackey, Aaron Perrine, Joel Puckett, and James Barnes, with an expected release date in 2017. It will be the band’s sixth CD in the Naxos “Wind Band Classics” series.  University of Texas at Austin associate professor of horn, Patrick Hughes, just completed a one-week residency as part of the Big 12 Faculty Exchange program. Professor Hughes performed brilliantly on a joint recital with Paul Stevens, associate professor of horn, and Ellen Sommer, lecturer in collaborative piano, led the KU Horn Ensemble in an original composition based on music of Hildegard von Bingen, gave master classes and taught private lessons.  Assistant professor of music composition Ingrid Stölzel’s composition The More Things Change for clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion was performed by the Los Angeles-based new music ensemble TEMPO on October 4. Her chamber piece Barefoot for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion was performed by the Midwest Chamber Music Ensemble in Kansas City on October 11. Stölzel’s piano solo In the Midst was selected as part of the Indiana State University Music Now Call for Scores and was performed on October 23 in Terra Haute, IN by

On October 21 the Musicology Division started its 20152016 Milton Steinhardt Lecture Series with guest speaker Matthew Balensuela, professor of music at Depauw University. The title of his presentation was “Social Dancing and Jazz Debates in the 1920s–1930s: Race, Class, and Gender at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.” In the picture are Professor Balensuela (center) with musicology faculty and graduate students. 

Student NEWS Nathan Jones, 3rd year DMA student in composition, attended the premiere of a transcription of his choral work I would live in your love at Iowa State University on October 18. The performance was conducted by DMA in wind conducting student Steven Smyth. The original choral version will be performed in November as part of the Nebraska All-State Honor Choir program and will be conducted by Anthony Trecek-King. 


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Philip K aul, a senior music education major, has won one of the two Teacher of Promise awards from KU’s School of Education and will represent the KU School of Music at the state level at the Kansas Teacher of the Year event in Wichita on November 19. This is a prestigious honor for a student and recognizes both his outstanding work at KU and contributions to the University and community, as well as his potential as an excellent music educator.  Alan Martin, PhD student in vocal pedagogy, presented his research on “Dosimeter sound level measurements with singers in music school practice rooms” at the International Singing Network Symposium in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, October 1-4. 

Martins and the Coys.” 

Christy Miller, PhD candidate in musicology, presented a paper at the fall meeting of the Midwest chapter of the American Musicological Society in Chicago on October 13, entitled “‘Round and Round Hitler’s Grave’: Folk Music as Propaganda in The

Lisa Mullinger, PhD student in musicology, presented a paper entitled “Constructing Identity in Saint Petersburg: State Financing of Choral Composers” at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Central Slavic Conference at Saint Louis University, October 23-25. In the paper, Mullinger examined the influence of government institutions that financed the choral compositions of notable composers such as Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, showing that through its financial sponsorship of composers the Russian government intended to spread its ideologies concerning nationalism. Mullinger is working on her dissertation with Paul Laird, professor of musicology.”  Andy Newbegin, DMA trombone student, performed with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City/Kansas City Symphony in a performance of Mozart’ s Don Giovanni. 

K atherine Okesson, DMA student in violin, recently completed five months of teacher training programs. She attended institutes in Los Angeles, Chicago, Hartford, and Baltimore, and completed a longterm mentorship program with SAA teacher trainer Beth Titterington. Okesson is now certified to teach Suzuki Violin/Viola Books 1- 3 and is a registered teacher of the Sassmannshaus violin method. Finally, Okesson has renewed her contract with the Grammynominated ensemble, Santa Fe Pro Musica.  K ai Ono, junior piano performance and music composition student from Irvine, CA, was awarded the Rosalyn Tureck (First) Prize at the Fourth Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition in New York for his performance of Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue (category 6). Ono studies with Scott McBride Smith, professor of piano pedagogy.  The KU Men’s Glee Club sang the National Anthem at the Kansas City Royals game on Sept. 24. The group is led by Christopher Smith, DMA student in choral conducting. You can view the performance on Facebook here. They are pictured in the cover photo on page one of this issue of QuickNotes.  S. Thomas Scott, PhD student in vocal pedagogy, presented his research on “Acoustic characteristics of Xucurú vocal music” at the International Singing Network Symposium in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, October 1-4. 

Jackson Thomas, MM in choral conducting, was a guest clinician and conductor for the Chorus League Fall Concert at Wheatridge Middle School in Gardner, MO on October 20. Thomas worked with 75 middle school students and conducted their final concert. 

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Geoff Wilcken, doctoral student in composition, has completed a commissioned choral piece, In the Shadow of the Bars, for the East Hill Singers, the choral branch of the Arts In Prison Project. The piece, a setting of

inmate poetry edited by Arlin Buyert, was premiered first at the Arts In Prison’s 20th anniversary celebration and fund-raising gala on October 30 at the Ritz Charles facility in Overland Park, as well as on their first regular season concert on Sunday, November 15 at the Atonement Lutheran Church, also in Overland Park. Wilcken will conduct the premiere of a new choral work, Break Forth, as part of the first concert of the Songflower Chorale’s second season. The piece, an assemblage of verses from the Psalms, is an exploration of extended choral techniques in representing musical instruments in addition to the voice. Break Forth, along with Norman Dello Joio’s Jubilant Song, will serve as foils to the Four Hymns of Edvard Grieg at the concert, at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 22 at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village. 

the music faculty from 1934 to 1960. Chiapusso was an early teacher of the great Bach specialist Rosalyn Tureck. In her interviews and autobiography, Tureck identified Chiapusso as her greatest musical influence, as well as the teacher who inspired her to specialize in Bach. Snelling is pictured (on right) with his collaborator, Heidi Johnson, and pianist Angela Hewitt (left), who performed Bach’s complete Art of the Fugue for this event.  Br ad Walker, MM opera ‘13, spent the summer with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program for emerging artists. 

Alumni NEWS

Hugo Ver a, DMA voice ‘09, has recently joined Andy Stuckey, MM voice ‘94, as faculty members at the University of Arizona School of Music. 

Julie Maykowski, DMA voice ‘06, is now the director of opera at San Diego State University. 

KU MUSIC ALUMNI - SEND US YOUR NEWS! Martin Morley, BM piano ‘78, MM piano ’81, will be the featured soloist for Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto with the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, November 7 and 8. Martin is Director of Worship and Music at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lafayette, CA, and performs frequently as soloist, collaborative pianist, and duo-pianist in San Francisco and the East Bay. While at KU, he studied with Flora Chiarrapa Silini, Sequeira Costa and Richard Angeletti.  Br ad Snelling, KU alum ’89 and former piano student of Professor Emeritus Richard Reber, is a librarian at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. Snelling and his colleagues recently organized a recital and archival exhibit in honor of the Dutch-Italian pianist Jan Chiapusso, who taught at St. Scholastica in the early 1930s before coming to the University of Kansas to serve on

KU Music alumni, we would love to hear about the great work you’re doing in the world of music. Please send us your musicrelated news - jobs, awards, photos, etc. - to musicnews@ We would love to hear from you! 

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QuickNotes October 2015  

The KU School of Music monthly newsletter.

QuickNotes October 2015  

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