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Faculty NEWS The West African Percussion Ensemble, directed by lecturer Dylan Bassett, performed for the American Music Therapy Association’s national conference in November. They also performed as part of the gala concert for the Percussive Arts Society’s Kansas Day of Percussion in April.  Sar ah Frisof, associate professor of flute, performed in Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Concert Series on April 27. The concert was broadcast live on WFMT, Chicago’s classical radio station.  Michael Kirkendoll, assistant professor of piano, performed to a full house at Bargemusic in New York City as part of a concert series celebrating

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renowned composer Frederic Rzewski. Kirkendoll performed two monumental works for speaking pianist, Marriage and De Profundis, each more than 30 minutes in length. Kirkendoll was one of four pianists featured in the series, along with Rzewski, Jerome Lowenthal and Ursula Oppens. Critics from the New York Classical Review called Kirkendoll’s performances “tours de force of skill, comprehension, and energetic, intelligent theatricality.”  Christopher Johnson, professor of music education and music therapy, was awarded an $18,500 grant from The Grammy Foundation for the research project “Evaluation of the Impact of Participation in Music Programs on Students’ School Engagement and Academic Success in Northeastern Kansas: A Comprehensive Test of Pathways and Contextual Factors.” Also, Johnson along with Beth Wheeler, PhD ‘16 in music education; and Eugenia Hernadez-Ruiz, PhD student in music education; presented on “Research Productivity in Music Education/Therapy: Update of Publication Records from 1993-2013” at the 2016 National Association for

Music Education’s Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference in Atlanta.  In May, Paul Laird, professor of musicology, presented the paper “The Sid Ramin Collection at Columbia University and the Study of Broadway Orchestration” at the Putting It Together: Investigating Sources for Musical Theatre Research Conference at Sheffield University in the United Kingdom. Although unable to attend the conference, due to his daughter Caitlin Laird’s graduation from the KU School of Music that weekend, Laird sent his paper as an iMovie and took part in the discussion thereafter via electronic communication.  In April, Scott Murphy, professor of music theory, presented the paper “NonDiatonic Scales of Screens Past, Present, and Future” at Voicing the Soundtrack, a conference that brought together 19 internationally renowned scholars to

Cover Photo: KU Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Dan Gailey, performed April 12 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s The Appel Room. The performance featured Kansas City vocalist Deborah Brown. Photo credit: Dan Storey, KU Alumni Association

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honor the scholarship of David Neumeyer. Neumeyer is a pioneering scholar in film music who recently retired from the University of Texas at Austin, where the conference was held. In citing examples from mid-century French cinema and Hitchcock’s oeuvre to recent Pixar offerings, Murphy finds an uncannily close connection between how both academic researchers and film/TV composers interpret the use of nondiatonic scales in early twentieth-century art music. In May Murphy presented the talk “A Remarkable NonDuplication of Stretto in J.S. Bach’s The Art of Fugue” at the University of Arkansas, as part of the annual meeting of Music Theory Midwest. His presentation repurposed a neglected idea by the late music theorist David Lewin to more fully recognize the extent of Bach’s creative prowess in Contrapunctus VII, one of his most complex fugues.  Matt Otto, assistant director of jazz studies, was featured on the cover of May’s Jam Magazine. He also released the CD Soliloquy. 

Dina Pannabecker Evans, assistant dean for student opportunity, and Paul Tucker, director of choral activities, have been retained as the co-directors of the music ministry for the Country Club Christian Church in Kansas City, MO. Since August, Evans and Tucker have served as interim co-directors of music following the retirement of Rev. David Diebold. Evans and Tucker will continue to share responsibilities as they have during the interim period. They will plan worship services and select music. Evans will administer the music budget, coordinate with guest artists, and engage other outside music resources as needed. She will also meet with couples and families regarding music for weddings and funerals and will schedule musicians for these services. Evans will serve as liaison to lay ministry and music teams. Tucker will lead and oversee the music program. He will rehearse and conduct the Chancel Choir, Country Club

Singers and Jubilee Ringers. Tucker is also charged with developing and promoting strategies for revitalizing the children and youth music programs, and recruiting new members to the adult choirs.  Paul W. Popiel, director of bands, traveled to Oskaloosa, Blue Valley and Lawrence Free State high schools to give clinics to area bands. He also led the KU Wind Ensemble in recording sessions for their upcoming compact disc on the Klavier label, slated for a November 2017 international release. In April, the Wind Ensemble commissioned, premiered and recorded a new work for winds and solo flute by composer Joel Puckett for KU associate professor of flute Sarah Frisof. In May, Popiel learned that the KU Wind Ensemble was one of nine college ensembles to be chosen to perform at the College Band Directors National Association biennial conference next spring. The conference is March 15 through 18 in Kansas City, MO. The students will perform at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.  Colin Roust, assistant professor of musicology, gave the talk “World War I as Artistic Crucible: The Early Music of Georges Auric” for the KU Libraries’ Gallery Lecture Series. As part of the presentation, Amelia Lawson, master’s student of voice; Neal Long, master’s student of voice; and Wen-Ting Ong, DMA student in piano performance, performed Auric’s Huit Poèmes de Jean Cocteau. In addition, Raffaele Cipriano, DMA student in orchestral conducting, provided interactive supertitles using new software that he designed over the course of the semester.  Matthew Smith, associate director of bands, shared the podium during the Lawrence Community Orchestra’s “Russian Masters” program. Smith led the orchestra’s collaboration with Steven Spooner, associate professor of piano, who performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor.  Assistant professor of music composition Ingrid Stölzel’s wind ensemble composition Panta Rhei was selected as the winner of the RED NOTE Composition Competition from a field of 427 anonymous submissions from 27 nations. On April 3, the Illinois State University Wind Ensemble, led by Martin Seggelke, performed Panta Rhei as part of the RED NOTE New Music Festival.

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In April, Stölzel was also a guest composer at Western Michigan University, where her compositions were featured in a concert by the “Birds on a Wire” new music ensemble. On April 7, the Contemporary Directions Ensemble, conducted by Oriel Sans at the University of Michigan, performed Stölzel’s chamber composition, The More Things Change. Stölzel’s new composition With Eyes Open for alto saxophone and piano was premiered by Keith Bohm and John Cozza on April 28 for the New Millenmium Concert Series at Sacramento State University.  In May, Roberta Freund Schwartz, associate professor of musicology, presented the paper “Mama Do That Rag: The Rag in the Early Recorded Blues” at the 50th annual meeting of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections in Bloomington, IN.

Stephanie Zelnick, associate professor of clarinet, was a headline performer at the Festival International de Clarinetes at the University of Costa Rica in San Jose. While there, she also taught a master class and gave a solo recital, which included the premiere of “Castle Creek Run,” a work by Forrest Pierce, associate professor of music composition. Also during the spring semester, Zelnick performed at the University of Missouri, Truman State University, University of New Mexico and the San Francisco Conservatory.  The KU School of Music will host ClarinetFest 2016, the annual conference of the International Clarinet Association. More than a thousand artists from around the world, many of whom are renowned performers, will be on campus for this prestigious international music festival. The event will be held from Aug. 3 to 7 and will feature daily and nightly performances at the Lied Center, Crafton-Preyer Theatre and Swarthout Recital Hall. Previous locations for the event have included Madrid, Tokyo, Stockholm, Paris and Chicago. Dean Robert Walzel and Stephanie Zelnick are the artistic team hosting the event. Along with Zelnick and Walzel, other faculty performing during ClarinetFest include Julia Broxholm, Brandon Draper, Danny Embrey, Sarah Frisof, Dan Gailey, Vince Gnojek, Jeff Harshberger, Michael Kirkendoll, Phil Kramp, Margaret Marco, David Neely, Véronique Mathieu, Richard Ryan, Ellen Sommer and Paul Stevens. Works by Forrest Pierce and Bryan ‘Kip’ Haaheim will also be performed. 



Student NEWS Brian Allred, DMA student in flute, won first prize in the South Carolina Flute Festival Young Artist Competition. In addition to a cash prize, Allred will perform as a guest artist at the 2017 South Carolina Flute Festival. 

Miriam Br ack Webber, PhD candidate in music composition, received the Carlin GTA Award in April through the KU Graduate Studies Office. She was also selected to participate in the Hall Center’s Applied Humanities Bootcamp in May. The bootcamp is designed to provide practical advice, intensive training, hands-on experience and professional networking opportunities to humanities and social sciences graduate students who are considering the pursuit of careers outside the professoriate. 

Five music therapy undergraduate students - Alyssa Ott, Jamie Venzian, Shelbi Polasik, Rebecca Kurtz and Megan McCluskey - received strong reviews and won the poster presentation at KU’s Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 23 for the study, “They did what? A Systematic Review of Music Intervention Reporting in Healthcare Research.” The KU project team also includes PhD candidate Eugenia Hernandez-Ruiz and Deanna HansonAbromeit, associate professor of music education and music therapy. This research project is an interprofessional education experience with the Indiana University School of Nursing. The team is pictured above. Over the last year and a half, undergraduate students from each school have worked in dyads to identify and code articles to identify the quality of intervention reporting for music interventions in health care settings. The team also presented at the American Music Therapy Association national conference in November on the interprofessional education experience. The project was selected by competitive review to represent the Indiana School of Nursing at the Midwest Nursing Research Society annual conference in March. The study has been completed and the team is currently working on the manuscript for publication submission by the end of the summer.

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Other undergraduate students presenting research at KU’s Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 23 were: Hannah Stevens, Quinton Buckhold, Erin Funk, and Philip K aul, who were mentored by Martin Bergee, professor of music education and music therapy, presented their research on “Effects of Pullout Interventions on Beginning Band Students’ Range, Embouchure Development, Breath Support, and Articulation: A Multiple Baseline Study.” Mentored by Michael Vitevitch, professor of psychology, Joshua Mendoza presented his research on “Making Music Speak: Stimulated Cochlear Implant Sounds and the Speech-to-Song Illusion.” A poster presentation was given by Halle Nick, who was also mentored by Vitevitch, on “The Influence of Word Overlapping on the Speech-to-Song Illusion.”  K atherine Okesson, DMA student in violin performance, has been accepted as an orchestral apprentice for the 2016 Hot Springs Music Festival. She has also been offered a teaching internship at the 2016 Sewanee Music Festival and a merit award for the 2016 SoCal Music Festival in Los Angeles. The three positions include full tuition scholarships valuing $7,600.  K ai Ono, junior piano and composition major, received DownBeat magazine’s Outstanding Composition award in the category of undergraduate composition for large ensemble. Ono’s original work was titled “Everybody is with Everybody Else.” Ono was recognized in DownBeat magazine’s June edition. Under the direction of Dan Gailey, the KU jazz studies program has received 23 DownBeat Student Music Awards since 1992.  Christy Miller, PhD candidate in musicology, is a recipient of the 2016 Graduate Research Competition Awards for her paper “After the End: The Chisholm Trail as Metaphor for Postwar Alliance.” Miller was also awarded a Summer Research Fellowship from the Office of Graduate Studies. 

Graduating Student NEWS John Heaver, BME ‘16, accepted a job as the divisional music and gospel director for the Salvation Army.  Andre Silva, BME ‘16, has accepted a job as director of bands at Andale High School.  Christopher Smith, DMA ’16 in choral conducting and student of Paul Tucker and Mariana Farah, will be the new director of choral activities and assistant professor at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe starting in fall 2016. He has also been appointed the conductor of Allegro con Spirito, a high-school men’s chorus that is part of the Allegro Choirs organization in Kansas City, beginning this fall. 

Alumni NEWS Kristee Haney, DMA ’14, signed her first artist contract with the Metropolitan Opera beginning this fall. 

Geoffrey Ward, DMA ‘06, has been named the organist and choirmaster of All Saint’s Chapel at Sewanee: The University of the South, beginning on July 1. 

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Gr ant Morgan, a junior education major and bass trombone performance major, won third place in the North American Brass Band Association’s “Low Brass Slow Melody” solo competition, which was held in Fort Wayne, IN in conjunction with the NABBA Championships. 

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