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the official publication of LSU's College of Music & Dramatic Arts Vol. 1 Issue 1: Spring 2010

M&DA Building Rededication 4 CMDA Names First Distinguished Visiting Artist 5 Theatre takes Antigone Overseas 8 Tiger Band Marches Toward Construction 13

Letter from the Dean

As the new Dean of the College of Music & Dramatic Arts I am both humbled and energized by the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for all of us. While we have entered into a new era—in terms of state-of-the-art facilities, we must all be in tune with societal, cultural and economic changes that are redefining the role of performing artists, educators, scholars and creatives in an intended future. We all need to be aware of the transformation from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age — where an entirely new set of standards for working, thinking, creating and doing seems to be emerging. This transition has already taken place — yet much of the recent public conversation about PK-20 (pre-school through graduate school) education is rooted in concerns of the past and present — limiting Louisiana to a “default” future of incremental societal, cultural and economic improvement. In a recent New York Times Op-Ed piece, author Thomas Friedman stated, “So our schools have a doubly hard task now — not just improving reading, writing and arithmetic but entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity.” Those latter three qualities are becoming essential ones for music and theatre students to succeed and for the United States to advance in the global market place. Entrepreneurism and innovation were known as business/economic concepts—but are used routinely now in many discussions about the necessary qualities for creating an intended future through the arts to lift and sustain the United States out of the current economic crisis. There are some serious consequences we will face as a society if we do not learn more about right brain thinking, recognize the passing of the Information Age into the Conceptual Age, and unleash student creativity and potential in school programs at all levels. According to futurist Daniel Pink, knowledge workers of the Information Age needed to analyze, assess, identify, connect and understand — the jobs in the Conceptual Age will require right brain/creative skills that cannot be automated or outsourced. Pink’s work centers on encouraging the use of the whole brain — rather than just certain parts. The Information Age has come and gone—and sustaining educational models for careers that can be outsourced or automated will limit the incredible potential of our young people. Louisiana and all states will benefit by embracing active learning and the transferable skills of performing artists, scholars, educators and creatives that will open doors to all students through entrepreneurism, creativity and innovation.

Laurence Kaptain Dean and Penniman Family Professor of Music College of Music & Dramatic Arts (CMDA) Louisiana State University


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6 re•imagine serves as the official magazine for LSU’s College of Music & Dramatic Arts. We want to share the fantastic progress we’ve made here at CMDA as well as take a look at what the future holds. The performing arts at LSU are a solid and ever-present piece of our University. These are exciting times for LSU's CMDA! With more than a dozen performing spaces we use throughout the greater Baton Rouge area, you can catch one of the more than 350plus theatrical and musical performances produced here annually. Actually, you don’t even have to be in our state to see some of what we do. This semester alone, our students and faculty will travel more than 500,000 miles showcasing their skills in 6 countries and nearly every state in the USA. Our students and faculty, both current and past, are among the best and most skilled in the country. So, take a moment to enjoy this “snapshot” of talent and progress. Should you have any questions or ideas concerning our publication, please send them to Sincerely, Pamela Matassa CMDA Communications Director ∙ Editor, re•imagine Editor Pamela Matassa Creative Directors/Publication Design Timothy Little ∙ Sydney Nakashima Contributing Writers Jacquelyn Craddock ∙ Andreas Giger ∙ Michelle Guidry ∙ George Judy ∙ Linda Moorhouse ∙ Jeffery Perry ∙ Vastine Stabler ∙ Kristin Sosnowsky Contributing Photographers Timothy Little ∙ Eddy Perez ∙ Frank Phillips ∙ Jim Zietz Special Thanks The Advocate & Robin Miller Robin Miller attended LSU and graduated with a B.A. in journalism and was a member of the LSU Tiger Marching Band. She is now the arts writer for The Advocate in Baton Rouge.



2 Upcoming Events 4 News 4 8 10 12 13 14

CMDA Department of Theatre Swine Palace School of Music Tiger Band LSU Opera

16 Faculty 16 17 19 20

New Faculty Retirements Returning Faculty News

22 Students 22 23

Spotlight Updates

24 Alumni 24 25

Spotlight News

26 About Us 27

Admissions & Degrees

28 In Memorium

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Welcome to Audience Services Curtis Adamson is the newest member of the Communications Team at CMDA. He is both rising countertenor and an experienced arts administrator. His mission is to make sure your overall experi­ ence with any of our performances is enjoyable. By blending traditional customer service with a fresh and contemporary approach, Curtis is eager to meet the needs of arts patrons. From the moment you purchase your ticket, until you arrive for the performance, through intermis­sion and until you leave, Curtis is here to ensure you are given personal attention. In addition to box office and ticketing Curtis also makes sure all-important, behind-the-scenes matters are tended to. Look for him the next time you attend a show, recital or performance.

Recent Changes · Tickets for our major events and performances can be purchased online at · Look on the back of your ticket for the latest news on CMDA and upcoming events. · Don’t let the bad weather keep you away! We will have ushers ready to assist you to the entrance of our performance spaces. · If you have a group who would like one-onone attention about our offerings, just call Curtis. For example, he recently visited some of our favorite patrons from St. James Place in Baton Rouge to give them a personal opportunity to purchase tickets directly (and to get to know him).

If you have any questions or concerns about CMDA Audience Services and ticketing, please contact Curtis at 225.578.3925 or send an email to, Attention: Curtis.


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Events Calendar Spring 2010

LSU Symphony Concert School of Music March 3 First Baptist Church This concert showcases J. Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 and two other beautiful works performed by three outstanding soloists from the LSU School of Music faculty: Eugene Bozza’s Ballade for trombone and orchestra with Jeannie Little, trombone, and W.A. Mozart’s Concerto for flute and harp with Katherine Kemler, flute, and Kimberly Houser, harp.

Self Defense (or death of some salesmen) Swine Palace March 17-28 Studio Theatre Self Defense or death of some salesman is Carson Kreitzer’s third play in her ‘Women Who Kill’ series, and based on the story of Aileen Wuornos, who became known as The First Female Serial Killer. Wuornos’ justification? Simple — “self defense.”

Roméo et Juliette LSU Opera March 25-28 Claude L. Shaver Theatre The Capulets and Montagues clash once again when LSU Opera presents Charles Gounod’s French classic. This is one of the most popular of all 19th-century operas. Once again, the creative team of McDonough and Borowitz will lead LSU’s talented singers in performances sung in the original French with English supertitles. This beautiful, timeless tale will be a youthful and fresh treat for audiences in the Shaver Theatre!

Upcoming Events

Philip Glass Performing Arts Series April 12 Claude L. Shaver Theatre Philip Glass is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Juilliard School. In the early 1960s, Glass spent two years of intensive study in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and earned money by transcribing Ravi Shankar’s Indian music into Western notation. Glass has expanded his repertoire to include music for opera, dance, theater, chamber ensemble, orchestra, and film. His scores have received Academy Award nominations (Kundun, The Hours, Notes on a Scandal) and a Golden Globe (The Truman Show). Glass’ latest symphonies, along with Waiting for the Barbarians, an opera based on the book by J.M. Coetzee, premiered in 2005. In April 2007, the English National Opera, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Opera, remounted Glass’ Satyagraha, which appeared in New York in April 2008. Glass’ recent opera, based on the life and work of Johannes Kepler premiered in September 2009 in Linz, Austria and in November 2009 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Mr. Glass will present a masterclass and a performance.

So Percussion Performing Arts Series April 13 Claude L. Shaver Theatre Since coming together at the Yale School of Music in 1999, So Percussion has been creating music that is at turns raucous and touching, barbarous and heartfelt. Realizing that percussion instruments can communicate all the extremes of emotion and musical possibility, it has not been an easy music to define. Called “astonishing and entrancing” by Billboard Magazine, “brilliant” by the New York Times, the Brooklyn based quartet’s innovative work with today’s most exciting composers and their own original music has quickly helped them forge a unique and diverse career.

A Cry of Players Department of Theatre April 28-May 9 Reilly Theatre A Cry of Players is a speculative story of William Shakespeare’s last three days in Stratford as he wrestles with the gutwrenching decision of whether or not to follow a band of traveling players to London and a life in the theatre, or remain with his family.

LSU Dance Concert Department of Theatre May 1 & 2 Claude L. Shaver Theatre The annual LSU Dance Concert brings excitement and drama to the stage as it showcases approximately 100 student dancers in innovative, new choreography and in excerpts from the classics. Student choreographers are selected each year to create contemporary works for the LSU Dance Ensemble, a select group of LSU dancers. In addition, dance faculty members stage works to showcase the culmination of a semester’s work. Directed by Molly Buchmann with faculty members Susan Perlis and Christine Chrest, the concert also features guest dancers from across the campus.

LSU Wind Ensemble School of Music The Final Concert of Frank Wickes, Director of Bands May 3 First Baptist Church Featuring Edvard Grieg’s Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 with Dr. Willis Delony, piano and The Alumni Wind Ensemble. Expect several surprise performances as LSU pays tribute to Frank Wickes, retiring after 30 years at LSU as Director of Bands. A reception sponsored by the LSU School of Music will conclude what should be a very special evening.

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News ∙ College of Music & Dramatic Arts

The Official Ribbon Cutting (left to right) Keith Steger, Provost Astrid Merget, CMDA Dean Emeritus Ronald Ross, Chancellor Mike Martin, Christel Slaughter, Carly Zimmerman, Gresdna Doty, CMDA Dean Laurence Kaptain, Jane Cassidy

Music & Dramatic Arts Building Rededication On September 20, 2009, the College of Music & Dramatic Arts held a Rededication Ceremony and Open House. This celebratory day marked the conclusion of 4.5-years, $22 million construction project. Dean Laurence Kaptain hosted the ceremony with special presenters, including LSU Chancellor Mike Martin and Provost Astrid Merget, LSU President Emeritus William Jenkins, CMDA Dean Emeritus Ronald Ross, LSU Theatre Emerita Gresdna Doty, Swine Palace Board Chair Christel Slaughter, architect Keith Steger, and Carly Zimmerman, President of CMDA’s College Council. Support for the Rededication, Open House, and other associated activities generously provided by John Turner & Jerry Fischer, Kay & Bob Hawthorne, HMS Architects, Tipton Associates, Percy J. Matherne, BAI, Morphy Makofsky, AST Engineers, IMC Consulting Engineers, Theatre Consultants Collaborative, and Downtown Duplicating.


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BE CENTER STAGE, NAME A SEAT TODAY Play an important part in CMDA’s campaign by naming your seat in the Shaver Theatre for $500. By doing so, a gold plaque bearing the name of the person you wish to honor will be attached to a chair. These plaques will recognize your generosity for years to come. To name your seat today or learn about other naming/ giving opportunities with the College of Music & Dramatic Arts, please contact Jacquelyn Schulz Craddock at 225.578.9277 or

The Open House showcased the state-of-the-art facilities with unique performances and demonstrations throughout the building. The renovation not only consisted of an exhaustive infrastructure upgrade, but the addition of 20% more space, including state-of-the-art smart classrooms, practice rooms, teaching studios, and production shops to provide students with the most up-to-date training available. At the center of the renovation is the beautifully restored Claude L. Shaver Theatre, featuring a 1930’s tropical Art Deco design, which combines elements of classical, exotic, contemporary, and avant-garde motifs. The Shaver provides seating for 420 patrons to enjoy theatre productions, music performances, opera, and dance. It is fully handicapped accessible, with state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, and is fully wired with Ethernet ports to control advanced moving lights fixtures and special effects units.

While state funding covered the cost of basic construction, additional funding is needed to properly complete, equip, and furnish the new building. For additional information about naming or giving opportunities with the College of Music & Dramatic Arts, please contact Jacquelyn Schulz Craddock at 225.578.9277 or Upper Left Assistant Professor of Theatre Nick Erickson directs aerial work with theatre student Directly Above (from left to right) LSU President Emeritus William Jenkins, Jane Ross, CMDA Dean Emeritus Ronald Ross, Peggy Jenkins ∙ Professor Steve Beck creates digital music ∙ M.F.A. Theatre student Katie Johnson demonstrates stage makeup application Photography by Jim Zietz

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Christopher O’Riley with piano in the newly renovated Claude L. Shaver Theatre. Photograph by Eddy Perez

CMDA Names Christopher O’Riley as First Distinguished Visiting Artist The LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts is proud to announce its collaboration with internationally renowned pianist and media personality Christopher O’Riley as its first Distinguished Visiting Artist from 2010 to 2013. The announcement came during a press conference held Wednesday, December 9, in the newly renovated Claude L. Shaver Theatre in the LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts. O’Riley hosts From the Top, the award-winning NPR and PBS classical music series that has become the preeminent showcase for young musicians over the past decade. “I am honored to be working with the LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts. I look forward to collaborating with faculty and students as well as bringing From the Top to communities in Louisiana,” Christopher O’Riley said. As part of O’Riley’s appointment, From the Top will record an episode on the LSU Baton Rouge campus and collaborate with the university for a two- to three-year series of community engagements, partnerships, arts leadership and communication activities. This partnership will enhance performing arts programs in the community as well as encourage student participation and skill building in the performing arts. “As the dean of the College of Music and Dramatic Arts at LSU, I’m very proud that we will be starting a three-year association with piano artist Christopher O’Riley, as well as the popular NPR program From the Top,” said Laurence Kaptain, dean of the LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts. “He comes to us as someone who has stepped beyond the traditional role of a concert artist sequestered on the stage. He has embraced technology, media and popular culture while retaining his high artistic values. The residency of Christopher O’Riley as a performing artist and media personality demonstrates the new linkages that LSU must make with national media as well as popular culture.”


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Christopher O’Riley plays at the CMDA press conference announcing the partnership of CMDA with O’Riley and From the Top. Photograph by Eddy Perez Above (clockwise from top left) Producer David Balsom with Christopher O’Riley after Hailie Silverman welcomed him with an LSU sweatshirt ∙ Christopher O’Riley answers post-conference questions ∙ Dean Laurence Kaptain with David Gordon of WRKF Baton Rouge, NPR affiliate. Left (pictured from left to right) Hailie Silverman, master of music student in trumpet performance who performed on From The Top; Christopher O’Riley; Astrid Merget, LSU Provost; Laurence Kaptain, Dean of CMDA. Photography by Timothy Little

O’Riley’s Residency will have Three Components Live Events Live tapings of From the Top showcasing musicians from the local area and across the country are communitybuilding events for local families, groups and civic organizations, and are produced in partnership with the state’s arts presenters. Through demonstrations before and after the concerts, children and adults meet and learn about music and the young performers on the show. Through award-winning NPR and PBS programs, online media, a national tour of live events and education programs, From the Top shares the stories and performances of pre-collegiate musicians with millions of listeners and viewers each week. In all, 2,000 artists ages eight to 18 from nearly all of the 50 states have been featured on the From the Top radio and television programs. The LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts will serve as the program’s major sponsor during the residency, along with Baton Rouge-based Lamar Advertising. NPR affiliates WRKF-FM Baton Rouge and WWNO-FM New Orleans will begin broadcasting From the Top next year. For more information about this partnership, please visit

Arts Leadership Training The residency will include events outside the concert hall that expose local youth to From the Top peer role models age nine to 18. From the Top’s Arts Leadership program enables young artists to recognize and articulate their unique talents and perspectives and return to their communities empowered as cultural leaders. Community Outreach Residency activities conducted in the community and in school and after school settings include education programs, live Arts Leader performances, Web-based activities and discussion forums. The flexibility in programming allows From the Top to reach the entire school-age population. In keeping with the belief that all children need active exposure and involvement in the arts to fully develop their potential, the show’s education initiatives reach young people from a range of backgrounds, including those with the fewest resources.

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News ∙ Department of Theatre

Anitigone Photography by Eddy Perez

LSU Theatre takes Antigone to South Korea LSU Theatre has been invited to bring their recent mainstage production of Antigone to participate in the theatre festival ( in Seoul, South Korea in the summer of 2010. Students and faculty will be in residence at Koookmin University. Directed by Michael Tick, Professor and Chair, this production moves the action from ancient Thebes to the punk subculture of the early 1980s. LSU Theatre will bring approximately 30 undergraduate students and six faculty members to Seoul for a three-week run in July, 2010.

Assistant Professor of Theatre, EunJin Cho is a native of Seoul, South Korea and the driving force behind LSU Theatre’s international exchange with South Korea. This prestigious festival has a long tradition with more than 40 universities from all over South Korea engaged to perform. Historically, there have been very few U.S. universities that have been invited to participate. For the summer 2010 festival, LSU will be the only U.S. university involved. About the project, Tick says “Having the opportunity to perform in Korea, especially after our successful tours to China and Scotland, will strengthen further the Department’s focus on globalization in support of our academic degree programs, both undergraduate and graduate.” This year marks LSU’s 150th anniversary with a salute to LSU Serves the World. In this monumental year, LSU plans to emphasize the “Big Three: Big Science, Big Arts and Humanities, and Big Coastal Studies.” In celebration of this event, LSU Theatre will host Kookmin University to integrate their production into LSU’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

Notes Doug Varone and Dancers performed as part of LSU’s Performing Arts Series on November 20, 2009. Over 40 students had the opportunity to participate in a Master Class conducted by company member Natalie Desch as part of the residency.


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Students in the LSU Theatre program participated in a Stage Combat Workshop May 11th-23rd, 2009 taught by Payson Burt, a master teacher and member of The Society of American Fight Directors. They all received certification in Rapier and Dagger, and Unarmed Combat from adjudicator and member of The Society of American Fight Directors, Dale Girard.

The Actors Theatre of Louisville visited the LSU Department of Theatre November 11-16, 2009, to workshop The Cherry Sisters Revisited, a new play by Dan’OBrien. Sarah Smith, a second year M.F.A. student, performed with ATL in the reading on November 16. In spring of 2010, the M.F.A. class will visit ATL to see the final presentation at the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

Left Femi Euba and Louise Kinney Photograph by Eddy Perez

Kinney Family and ExxonMobil Establish New Professorships “I think the arts, in particular the performing arts, are very important. We are happy to be a part of the cultivation of the appreciation of theatre and opera at Louisiana State University through the Louise and Kenneth L. Kinney Professorship.” — Louise Kinney

On April 20, 2009, Roger Rees performed his one-man show, What You Will, a “90 minute gallop through all things Shakespeare” as part of the Performing Arts series at LSU. In addition, he taught an acting workshop in Shakespeare for the M.F.A. students in the Professional Actor Training Program.

A longtime supporter of LSU College of Engineering, Louise Kinney and her late husband, Kenneth L. Kinney, a life-long employee of ExxonMobil, decided in 2000 to expand their giving to a department that often gets overlooked — the LSU Department of Theatre. “We often hear about the accomplishments of athletics and other departments at LSU. We wanted to draw attention to the excellent theatre program available to students and the community. We have always enjoyed live theatre and opera, so Kenneth and I established two professorships to draw attention to and support the work being done in the arts at the university level.” Louise and Kenneth L. Kinney’s generous donations, along with leveraged matching funds from ExxonMobil and the State of Louisiana, allowed the first Louise and Kenneth L. Kinney Professorship to be awarded in 2007 to Professor Emeritus F. Nels Anderson (Scenic Design). Upon Anderson’s retirement, the Professorship was awarded to Professor Femi Euba (Black Drama and Playwriting). Professor Patricia O’ Neill (Voice) in the School of Music holds the Louise and Kenneth L. Kinney Professorship in Opera. “My Louise and Kenneth L. Kinney Professorship is an affirmative projection of LSU Theatre’s recognition of my stature, as a veritable artist and scholar, among my theatre peers, nationally and internationally.” — Femi Euba If you would like to join Louise Kinney in supporting the performing arts at the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts through a named gift or donation, please contact Jacquelyn Schulz Craddock at 225.578.9277 or

Swine Palace produced the world premiere musical Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost (pictured right), April 15-May 3rd, 2009, adapted and directed by Associate Artistic Director George Judy, with music and orchestrations by nationally renown composer, John Franceschina.

Photograph by Eddy Perez

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News ∙ Swine Palace

Talking with Joanna Battles Asisstant Theatre Professor Joanna Battles, Voice/Speech; Acting; Co-Head Undergraduate Theatre, is directing Swine Palace’s production of Self Defense, or death of some salesmen by Carson Kreitzer. She recently sat down with 2nd year M.F.A. student Michele Guidry to discuss the production. J I jumped at the chance to direct this show because the relationships are so compelling. The playwright paints a fascinating picture of the protagonist, Jolene Palmer, who is based on the real life serial killer, Aileen Wuornos.

Love Still Unrequited performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival In August of 2008, Assistant Professor of Theatre Nick Erickson took 21 LSU students to Scotland on an Academic Program Abroad, to perform an original physical theatre piece, Love Still Unrequited, in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Love Still Unrequited retells Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and sets it in post-Katrina Louisiana. The name Love Still Unrequited (or LSU) was chosen to sell the show in the largest international arts marketplace in the world. (After all, everyone in the world knows the LSU Tigers!) Once the students were in Edinburgh, they pounded the pavement and pitched the show with flyers and spontaneous street performances. At the end of the trip, they had performed the show eleven times to very appreciative audiences. They also saw over 20 different productions. Upon their return, the LSU students involved in the production remarked that they now have the knowledge and experience to compete on the global stage. Each student had an unforgettable experience that will last them a lifetime. Follow LSU Theatre on Facebook and Swine Palace on Facebook and Twitter (


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M What do you feel can be explored about the modern world by examining the story of a serial killer? J America has a fascination with serial killers, so much so that we have turned them into celebrities. It’s rather telling of modern society to be as enthralled by these horrific killings, and yet demonize the criminal who perpetuates the crime. I often wonder if many of these individuals aren’t encouraged by the amount of attention they receive. M Does this play have a message about feminism? J Definitely. Aileen Wuornos has been deemed as the “first female American serial killer,” which is misleading. There were other women who killed multiple times, however the way that Wuornos went about killing people was more masculine in nature. The idea that she didn’t follow the rules made her more threatening to modern society. M The script has been criticized by some for humanizing and, possibly, even defending Aileen Wuornos. How would you respond to these critics? J I’m not interested in defending her innocence. It’s clear from the top of the play she is guilty of these heinous crimes. However, I do believe the playwright is trying to humanize her. She is not just a stereotype...a monster. She was in love and she lost love. She was trying to survive. I hope by the end of the play, the audience is able to find some compassion for Wuornos and to see her as a three-dimensional person. M Aileen Wuornos was sentenced to death and later executed. Do you feel this play has a message about capital punishment? J Although I don’t think the play is really for or against capital punishment, I do feel it speaks to government sanctioned killing. After Aileen testified about the first murder and was found guilty, she gave up and used the system in order to commit suicide. This is not the intent of capital punishment, and therefore I feel the system is antiquated. M Given the subject matter of the play, there may be people who are hesitant to see the show. What would you tell them about the play that would surprise them? J The script is fast moving, and is surprisingly funny. So despite the dark subject matter, I think that much of our audience may find themselves laughing.

A Day in the Life of George Judy The talented faculty and staff of the College of Music & Dramatic Arts often begin their days at the break of dawn and end them as the clock strikes twelve. They are teachers, artists, scholars as well as parents, spouses and community leaders. “A Day in the Life of...” will provide a small glimpse into these complex and exhilarating lives. We followed Professor Judy as he went through his day a week before the opening of a production of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House for Swine Palace. For this show he is not only the director and adapter of the script, but is also the parent of one of the children in the play (his son, Ethan, is a member of TEAM 1.)

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6:05 am Up, shower and get ready 6:20 am Wake Ethan! (my seven year old) 6:30 am Fix breakfast for Ethan while

he watches his first Pokemon of the day. Pancakes and sausage (microwaved of course) with milk and fruit 7:00 am Ethan finishes breakfast and Pokemon, brush the teeth, put on the clothes, pack the school bag...(finish the homework!) 7:30 am Arrive at the University Lab School, second grade! Drop off 7:40 am Arrive at M&DA Building and the office, check email, rehearsal reports from A Doll’s House, respond to mail and calls. Prep for class. 8:30 am Check in on Daily Practice to see all my M.F.A. students are there and working with my colleague, Nick Erickson. All on Board! Yea! 9:05 am Head to class, write review notes on whiteboard for Directing Class and reading assignments 9:10 am M.F.A. Acting Studio. Do check in. Introduce commedia masks and material. Work monologue and scene assignments for Commedia unit from Lovers and other Liars. A tired but willing group today 10:40 am Directing Class. Finish the one minute movie pitch assignment to highlight dramatic structure. Divide into teams to read one page plays entitled The Confession written by each student. Some great original work. Good Class. Nick Rhoton, M.F.A. sitting in on this class. A big help!

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Noon Office hour. Return final projects from play analysis and make calls for search at University of Nebraska. Respond to emails from tech rehearsals for A Doll’s House 1:00 Pm Quick run home for lunch and start this journal. Write notes for A Doll’s House based on last night’s run and send to Karli to forward to actors. Write technical notes 2:30 Pm Head to University Lab School to pick up Ethan, sit in carpool line reading assignments from class, resume materials from potential M.F.A.s we are recruiting and notes on possible projects for next fall 3:00 Pm Ethan in the car and on the road! Good day at school. Yea! 3:30 Pm Meet Vastine at M&DA building for Swine Palace session with Kristin 3:45 Pm Meet with Robin in the costume shop. Check out costumes for A Doll’s House. Entire staff and students at work on costumes. WOW! 4:00 Pm Head over to Reilly Theatre to see how technical work is coming 4:30 Pm Prepare for rehearsal, finish last notes and send to Karli. Review scenes in need of attention. 6:00 Pm Actors called for rehearsal; in rehearsal clothes and microphones. 6:15 Pm Work through scenes with kids, team 2 tonight: Holden and Madelyn. They are amazing!

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6:30 Pm Begin Run through adding sound and props. Ken White is lighting over and EJ Cho adjusting sound levels and placement 9:00 Pm Work notes with cast. Our best run yet and solid way to begin tech week 10:00 Pm Rehearsal ends. Notes with Karli and staff. Check notes from Joanna Battles (vocal director) 10:30 Pm Head home. Review text and notes for tomorrow. Kathy (my wife) fills me in on her day at the Department of Education and struggles with Ethan. She is the best. Watched taped episode of Fringe. Weird science 11:45 Pm Read essay for M.F.A. Performance Theory class with Dr. Wade 12:30 Am Bedtime...toss and turn 6:00 Am ALARM! Groan. George Judy, Associate Professor of Acting & Directing; Head of M.F.A. Acting; and Associate Artistic Director of Swine Palace, had already made a name for himself as an actor, educator, director and writer before Michael Tick lured him from Florida State University to LSU in the Fall of 2007. He has worked in various capacities with the Royal National Theatre Studio, London, the Asolo Theatre, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Pennsylvania Centre Stage, and twelve seasons with the Tony award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival. In the Fall of 2008, he succeeded the legendary John Dennis as the head of the acclaimed M.F.A. Professional Actor Training Program at LSU.

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News ∙ School of Music

 SU Horn Studio travels to the L Southeast Horn Workshop The LSU Horn Studio traveled to Western Carolina University for the 2009 Southeast Horn Workshop. The group performed for a crowd of enthusiastic players when they opened the concert on the second day of the workshop with Kerry Turner’s Farewell to Red Castle. Students competed in a variety of competitions, including mock auditions and the Horn Quartet Competition, with Master of Music student, Dan Callaway, earning runner-up in the Low Horn Competition. The participants had a chance to sample a variety of horns, participate in master classes and attend recitals featuring Jeff Nelson and Roger Kaza. The final performance was an arrangement of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, with LSU Associate Professor of Horn, Seth Orgel, and his colleagues from around the country.

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News ∙ Tiger Band

Tiger Band Marches Toward Construction With major financial commitments lined up from the state, LSU Athletics, and philanthropists, the construction plans for the new Tiger Band Hall are moving forward. Only two years after the fundraising campaign for the building was publicly launched during the annual Band Alumni Reunion in September 2007, enough resources were garnered from both public and private sources to ensure the project will move forward. An initial goal of $10 million was deemed necessary to allow the College of Music & Dramatic Arts to move into an “official” design phase. To help meet that goal quickly, the Louisiana Legislature, through the leadership of state senator Robert Adley of Benton, LA, committed $5 million in matching funds to encourage contributions. LSU System President John Lombardi, in conjunction with then Athletic Director Skip Bertman, announced a $4.5 million commitment to the project from football ticket sales. Nearly $2 million has been pledged or donated by alumni and fans to date in the fundraising campaign, which is a part of the university’s $750 million Forever LSU campaign. The scope of the complete project is estimated to be $14 million, which means the Tiger Band is about $2.75 million short of its goal of having a new place to call home and fundraising activities continue at full pace. Steve Covington, Director of Development for the College of Music & Dramatic Arts, is especially eager to present donors with key naming opportunities associated with the facility. Proposed naming opportunities include $5 million for the Tiger Band Hall itself, or $2 million for the adjacent Conductors’ Suite, which will contain faculty studios and a visitors’ welcome area. Named donor opportunities go all the way down to $200 for an engraved brick in a plaza, he notes. “Now’s the time for our most generous alumni and fans to step forward with donations that will directly affect the Tiger Band and LSU for generations to come.” To make a gift, call Steve Covington at 225.578.9268 or email at Ground Breaking Ceremony to be Announced Soon

Help the Tiger Band stay Golden forever through your donation of a Band Hall Brick! Donations will help meet the ongoing needs of the Tiger Band, including the construction and maintenance of a new Tiger Band Hall. Visit to choose your brick today! Tiger Band Photography by Timothy Little

Spring 2010


News ∙ LSU Opera

LSU Opera Brings New Life to A Little Night Music Moonlit romance, wit, and enchantment reigned when LSU Opera opened its 2009-2010 season with one of the most beloved and celebrated of all American musical theater classics, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s A Little Night Music. Not only did this popular work mark a kind of repertoire departure for LSU Opera, it was the first of the group’s many upcoming productions in the “new” Claude L. Shaver Theatre in the university’s beautifully renovated Music and Dramatic Arts Building. A Little Night Music opened on Thursday evening, November 5, 2009 and ran for three more sold-out performances through Sunday, November 8. Suggested by Ingmar Bergman’s comic film Smiles of a Summer Night, A Little Night Music combines the urbane wit and pathos of Wheeler’s book with some of Sondheim’s loveliest melodies and smartest lyrics. In New York, A Little Night Music won the coveted Tony Award as Best Musical in 1973, and although it originated on Broadway, the show has more recently enjoyed celebrated successes in several American opera companies, including New York City Opera, Central City Opera, and, for this coming summer season, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.


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A Little Night Music Photography by Timothy Little

LSU’s flowingly beautiful production was directed by Mary Barrett Fruehan Associate Professor and LSU Opera Artistic Director Dugg McDonough and was conducted by the College of Music and Dramatic Arts’ new Assistant Professor and Principal Opera Coach Michael Borowitz. The featured cast, ranging from undergraduates to doctoral students was marvelously rounded out by Dr. Loraine Sims of the LSU Voice Faculty, who portrayed Madame Armfeldt. The production team included Set Designer G. Alan Rusnak, Costume Designer Robin L. McGee, Lighting Designer Ken White, and Choreographer Susan Perlis. The spring season will be a celebration of Shakespearean operas, starting with Charles Gounod’s sumptuous Roméo et Juliette on March 25-28, in the Shaver, and The Twelfth Night Project on April 23 and 24, a staging of David Amram’s opera in the M&DA Building’s Studio Theatre. The Amram production will be filmed as part of a documentary video celebrating the composer’s 80th birthday.

LSU Students Advance at Metropolitan Opera Auditions The Metropolitan Opera (MET) scours the countryside each year looking for the next generation of opera stars. The annual competition which found its start in 1954, is administered by the Metropolitan Opera National Council. Singers audition first at the District level and the winners advance to the Regional level. There are 15 regions and some 45 districts within these two countries. Those winners of the Regional competition advance to the National Semi-Finals which are held in New York City on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. Approximately ten young singers are chosen as Finalists and participate in the Grand Finals. LSU is proud of its long history with singers advancing to the Grand Finals from which only five are selected as Grand Prize Winners and our most recent winner from LSU was Lisette Oropesa in 2005. On October 24, 2009 the process started over again at Dixon Hall on the campus of Tulane University in New Orleans where 31 young opera singers competed for nine advancing places in the New Orleans-Shreveport-Mobile District auditions. We are proud at LSU that three of our students advanced to the Gulf Coast Regional auditions to be held at Roussel Hall on the campus of Loyola University in New Orleans on January 17, 2010. Our advancing MET singers are Maria Thomas (soprano), Jin Hin Yap (tenor) and Terrance Brown (baritone). Grand Prize Winners are awarded approximately $15,000 plus admission to the MET’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. We congratulate our students on their hard work and wish them luck in the next phase of the competition.

Above (from left to right) Maria Thomas, soprano • Jin Hin Yap, tenor • Terrance Brown, baritone

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Faculty ∙ New Faculty

Sarah Bartolome Assistant Professor Music Education

Joanna Battles Assistant Professor Voice/Speech and Acting

Dr. Inessa Bazayev Assistant Professor Music Theory

Michael Borowitz Assistant Professor Opera Coach

Szu-Feng Chen Professional-in-Residence Scenic Design

Robert A. DiLutis Associate Professor Clarinet


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Billie Jo Fisher Professional-in-Residence Costume Shop Manager

Dianne Frazer Professional-in-Residence Collaborative Piano

Richard Holden Assistant Professor Acting and Directing

Espen Lilleslatten Associate Professor Violin

Robin L. McGee Professional-in-Residence Costume Design

Carlos Riazuelo Associate Professor Director of Orchestral Studies

Faculty ∙ Retirements

After a 51-year teaching career, with 30 of those at LSU, Frank Wickes will retire in May. Before coming to LSU, Wickes served as Director of Bands and saxophone professor at the University of Florida, Director of Bands at Fort Hunt High School (Virginia), and Director of Bands at Alexis I. Dupont High School (Delaware). His bands at Fort Hunt High School have been recognized by the John Philip Sousa Foundation as among the “nation’s most outstanding bands” from the decades 1960-1980.

Photograph by Timothy Little

LSU Wind Ensemble Concert The Final Concert of Frank Wickes. Featuring Willis Deloney and the Alumni Wind Ensemble. Reception to follow. May 3 ∙ 8 pm First Baptist Church Downtown Baton Rouge

Wickes has served as President of the National Band Association, the American Bandmasters Association, and the Southern Division of the College Band Directors National Association. He has been featured in The Instrumentalist magazine, and holds several honors and awards from many music organizations. Most recently he was inducted into the National Band Association Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts, the Louisiana Music Educators Association Hall of Fame, and the National Band Association Hall of Fame of Distinguished Conductors. Plans are taking shape for a very special retirement celebration weekend on the LSU campus May 1-3, 2010. “We’re expecting friends, family, colleagues, students and alumni to be with us for the weekend,” says Associate Director of Bands Dr. Linda Moorhouse. As part of the weekend’s festivities there will be a Saturday evening banquet. “We are also doing our best to put together a very special Alumni Wind Ensemble comprised of students from Frank’s first group in the fall of 1980 to recent graduates. It will include many musicians who are still playing professionally. It’s going to be terrific, and the alumni are just as excited to come back and play.”

Distinguished Musicologist Jan Herlinger will retire from LSU in May. He came to LSU as Associate Professor in 1984, having previously taught at the University of Chicago and at Duke University. He was promoted to Professor in 1990 and was named Derryl and Helen Haymon Professor in 1999. Herlinger’s reseach has focused on medieval music of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, especially mensural notation, counterpoint, musica ficta, and manuscript transmission. His findings have been published in four books and numerous articles, book chapters and encyclopedia entries. Herlinger’s interests go far beyond the Middle Ages. Trained as a flautist and a composer, he developed a passion for the twentieth-century avant-garde and has supervised the School of Music’s Collegium Musicum. Herlinger is a successful teacher and scholar and has been highly respected far beyond LSU, having been named to the Board of Directors for the International Machaut Society (1996-1999), Editor-in-Chief of the College Music Symposium (1986-1988) and Secretary of the American Musicological Society. “Herlinger’s retirement will leave a big hole among the faculty of the School of Music. He has been a firstclass mentor to his younger colleagues, never imposing his ideas but offering sage advise to those who sought it. “ — Andreas Giger “My early years at LSU were shaped in large part by Jan’s example, advise and collegiality. Over red beans and rice or gumbo, in colloquia, in faculty meetings or in the classroom, Jan led by example in setting a tone of courtesy, loyalty, professionalism and rigor.” — Jeffery Perry

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Faculty ∙ Retirements

Professor Emeritus John Dennis, after 18 years as Head of the M.F.A. Professional Actor Training Program at LSU, retired in spring of 2008. John came to LSU after working for eight years as the Artistic Director of the Resident Ensemble of the Mark Taper Forum Theatre, Los Angeles, CA. In 1980, Gresdna Doty, then current Chair of the Department of Theatre, invited John to create a Master’s Program in Theatre for LSU, and his legacy continues to this day. Many of his former students have gone on to successful stage and film careers across the country, and keep in touch with their former mentor. John has directed over fifty professional productions at regional theatres nationwide. His favorite productions at LSU include: Fool for Love, The Balcony Scene, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, which were all chosen by the national committee of the American College Theatre Festival to be performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., where he also received Directing Honors. At LSU, he received the LSU Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award in 1991 and the Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award in 1996, and The Tiger Athletic Foundation Teaching Award, 2003. John continues to teach, offering this advice to the next generation of LSU theatre students, “Look for people to tell you the truth and challenge you as artists. Take advantage of all that’s offered to you. Be real, and live in the moment.”

Dr. Katia Madsen has served as Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education for over five years at LSU. She served as the director of the LSU Women’s Chorus, taught undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, and was a recipient of the Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2009. Katia Madsen has multiple publications in premier research journals in music education and has presented her research in conducting and teaching effectiveness nationally and internationally. She has served her profession as Chair of the Learning and Development Research Interest Group for MENC and currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Music Teacher Education. Madsen was a faculty senator representative for the School of Music & Dramatic Arts and has provided service throughout the state of Louisiana through forming partnerships with community schools, coordinating state-wide vocal music events for the Louisiana High School Rally Association, and directing honor choirs at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Madsen has resigned from LSU effective May 2009 to relocate with her husband and family to North Carolina.

Dr. Cornelia Yarbrough, Derryl and Helen Haymon Professor of Music, was awarded Professor Emeritus after 22 years of service to LSU. Dr. Yarbrough is one of the country’s leading figures in music education. Her research has been published in all the top journals, and she has written two books. She was awarded the Outstanding Researcher Award by MENC: The National Association for Music Education, and the Distinguished Researcher Master Award for Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at LSU. Her vision and leadership at LSU have resulted in a nationally respected music education program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The LSU School of Music wishes her well in her future plans posted on the door to her office — “Gone Fishin’.”


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Faculty ∙ Returning Faculty

SCHOOL OF MUSIC Bands Roy King Assistant Director Linda Moorhouse Associate Director Brass Brett Dietz Assistant Professor (Percussion) Jeannie Little Assistant Professor (Trombone) Seth Orgel Associate Professor (Horn) Brian Shaw Assistant Professor (Trumpet) Joseph Skillen Professor (Tuba/Euphonium) ∙ Coordinator James West Associate Professor (Trumpet) Choral Studies Kenneth Fulton Earleene Noland Sanders Alumni Professor ∙ Coordinator Composition Stephen David Beck Derryl and Helen Haymon Professor ∙ Interim Director of CCT ∙ Composition and Computer Music Dinos Constantinides Ph.D ∙ Boyd Professor ∙ Coordinator Jazz Studies Willis Delony School of Music Aloysia Landry Barineau Memorial Endowed Professor ∙ Coordinator William Grimes E & D White Professor (Music) Brian Shaw Assistant Professor Keyboard Willis Delony Barineau Professor (Keyboard Studies) ∙ Coordinator Jan Grimes Professional-in-Residence (Collaborative Keyboard) Michael Gurt Paula G. Manship Distinguished Professor (Piano) Pamela Pike Assistant Professor (Piano Pedagogy) Gregory Sioles Assistant Professor (Piano) Herndon Spillman Carolyn Botkin Mattax Endowed Professor & Herndon Spillman Professor in the School of Music Music in General Studies Willis Delony Coordinator Alison Nikitopoulos Instructor (Music Appreciation) Music Education James Byo Carl Prince Matthies Memorial Professor ∙ Chair Jane Cassidy Roy and Margaret Gianelloni Alumni Professor (Music) Evelyn Orman Associate Professor Musicology Brett Boutwell Assistant Professor Andreas Giger Associate Professor Alison McFarland Associate Professor Music Theory Robert Peck Associate Professor Jeffery Perry Professor David Smyth Galante Professor ∙ Chair

Strings Matthew Daline Assistant Professor (Viola) Lin He Assistant Professor (Violin) Kimberly Houser Professional-in-Residence (Harp) Dennis Parker Professor (Cello) ∙ Coordinator Yung-chiao Wei Associate Professor (Double Bass) Voice Lori Bade Neil S. and Boyd H. McMullan Distinguished Professor Sara Baker Opera Production Manager Robert Grayson Edith Kilgore Kirkpatrick School of Music Endowed Professor Dennis Jesse Assistant Professor Dugg McDonough Mary Barrett Fruehan Associate Professor ∙ Director of LSU Opera Patricia O’Neill Louise and Kenneth L. Kinney Professor Everett Parker Director of Gospel Choir Terry Patrick-Harris Professional-in-Residence Loraine Sims Associate Professor ∙ Coordinator Woodwinds Gabriel Beavers Assistant Professor (Bassoon) Griffin Campbell Julian R. and Sidney Nicolle Carruth in College of Music & Dramatic Arts (Saxophone) ∙ Chair ∙ Coordinator Katherine Kemler Charles and Mary Barre Alumni Professor (Flute) James Ryon Associate Professor (Oboe) DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE Patrick Acampora Associate Professor (Technology) ∙ Facilities Manager F. Nels Anderson Professor Emeritus Molly Buchmann Professional-in-Residence ∙ Head of Dance Jim Bussolati Professional-in-Residence ∙ Props Master EunJin Cho Assistant Professor (Sound) ∙ Associate Head of M.F.A. Design and Technology Christine Chrest Adjunct (Dance) Leigh Clemons Gresdna A. Doty Professor (Theatre History, Literature, Theory, and Criticism) Gresdna A. Doty Alumni Professor Emerita Nick Erickson Assistant Professor (Movement, Acting) ∙ Associate Head of M.F.A. Acting Femi Euba Louise & Kenneth Kinney Professor (Black Drama and Play Writing) John Fletcher Assistant Professor (Theatre History) George Judy Associate Professor (Acting, Directing) ∙ Head of M.F.A. Acting ∙ Associate Artistic Director of Swine Palace James L. Murphy Associate Professor (Technology) ∙ Production Manager ∙ Head of M.F.A. Design and Technology Susan Perlis Instructor (Dance) Kristin Sosnowsky Associate Professor ∙ Associate Chair (Arts Administration) ∙ Managing Director of Swine Palace Michael Tick Professor ∙ Chair ∙ Artistic Director of Swine Palace Les Wade Billy J. Harbin Professor (Literature, Theory, and Criticism) ∙ Head of PhD Program Ken White Associate Professor (Lighting Design)

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Faculty ∙ News

College Celebrates ‘Rainmakers’ Each year, LSU celebrates the accomplishments of 100 outstanding research and creative faculty designating them Rainmakers. CMDA has had exceptional representation with nine faculty named as Rainmakers since the program’s inception in 2008. The metaphorical Rainmaker, a term borrowed from the business parlance, is one whose special skills and efforts bring welcome resources or respect to an organization. In the university context, Rainmakers are those who are nationally and internationally recognized for innovative research and creative scholarship, who compete for external funding at the highest levels and who attract and mentor exceptional graduate students. Among this year’s round of award recipients are faculty from all disciplines on the LSU campus. The nomination process is repeated annually, giving opportunity for recognition to all faculty who demonstrate exceptional academic productivity in a given year. Nominees are eligible regardless of their tenure at LSU and may include both emerging and well-established university scholars.

Wickes Inducted into the National Band Association Hall of Fame

Rainmakers 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 (from left to right) Back row Frank B. Wickes, Andreas Giger, Les Wade Center row Michael Tick, Jan Herlinger, Laurence Kaptain Front row Katherine Kemler, Stephen David Beck, Kristin Sosnowsky Photograph by Timothy Little

On February 6, 2010 the National Band Association (NBA) presented the nineteenth induction ceremony of the NBA Hall of Fame of Distinguished Conductors. The two newest inductees included William Moody, University of South Carolina Dean Emeritus, and Frank Wickes. After a special luncheon, the inductees were presented and their Hall of Fame portraits revealed. The special ceremony was closed to friends and family members of the inductees. The National Band Association established the Hall of Fame of Distinguished Conductors in 1979; the first ceremony took place in 1980. The Hall of Fame is housed in a building made available by Troy University through the efforts of Dr. John Long, Emeritus Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, and Dr. Ralph Adams, former President of Troy University. The NBA Hall of Fame building is open to visitors without charge daily from 9:00 to 4:00 p.m. It is also open prior to and immediately following concert events on the Troy campus. Nomination to the Hall of Fame is open to all persons who have reached the age of 65 and who have particularly distinguished themselves as conductors in the band field. The National Band Association is the largest national band director organization in the world with members teaching at every level of the profession.

Linda Moorhouse and Frank Wickes


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Some of the fifty-plus members in the NBA Hall of Fame include Glenn Cliffe Bainum, Col. Harold Bachman, John Philip Sousa, Arthur Pryor, Herbert L. Clarke, William Revelli, James Neilson, Col. George S. Howard, Mark Hindsley, Leonard Falcone, Frederick Ebbs, Frederick Fennell, Paul Yoder, Col. Arnald Gabriel, Harry Begian, James Croft, Karl King, A.A. Harding, Edwin Franko Goldman, Col. John Bourgeois and Henry Fillmore.

Faculty ∙ News

Lori Bade Nell S. and Boyd H. McMullan Professor of Music performed the Brahms’ Requiem with the LSU Symphony Orchestra, was mezzo soprano soloist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra in their performance of Handel’s Messiah; and presented a guest artist recital at the University of Miami in February of 2010. James Byo Carl Prince Matthies Professor of Music Education, with doctoral students Amanda Schlegel and Alan Clark, addressed aural discrimination and instrumental pedagogy at the International Symposium on Research in Music Behavior and the LMEA Convention. EunJin Cho Assistant Professor of Theatre Sound Design recently served as Associate Sound Designer at Playmaker’s Repertory Theatre and the hERE Theatre, as well as Associate Production Manager at Shakespeare and Company. Leigh Clemons Associate Professor of Theatre History, Literature, Theory and Criticism was awarded an LSU Council on Research Summer Stipend for her book, Breath of Life in a Troubled Time: A History of Serbia’s DAH Teatar. Nick Erickson Assistant Professor of Movement recently trained in Commedia Dell’arte with Teatro Punto, an Italian theatre company in residence in Anherm, Holland at Generale Oost. The final week was in Amsterdam performing at the Fijnhout Theater. Femi Euba Louise and Kenneth Kinney Professor of Black Drama and Playwriting spent a semester, at Kalamazoo College, directing the Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman. This summer, he was invited, as usual, to present a paper at the biennial International Colloquium of the Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem. John Fletcher Assistant Professor of Theatre History/ Women’s and Gender Studies presented a lecture at Texas A&M University on the “ex-gay” movement. His article on activist performance appears in the Fall 2009 Text and Performance Quarterly. Kenneth Fulton Sanders Alumni Professor of Choral Studies guest conducted all-state choruses in Alabama and Florida; honor choirs at both the high school and collegiate levels in five states; and presented master classes and clinics across the country. In March of 2010, he will conduct the Brahms Requiem for the President’s Concert of the Regional ACDA Conference in Memphis, Tennessee with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Jan Herlinger Derryl and Helen Haymon Professor of Musicology received an ATLAS grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents for research in libraries in Venice and other Italian cities.

Katherine Kemler Charles and Mary Barré Alumni Professor of Flute performed and taught eight masterclasses in Australia and performed at the National Flute Association Convention in New York City with James Galway. James L. Murphy Associate Professor of Theatre Technology was the Set Designer for the LSU Theatre production of Antigone this fall as well as Lighting Designer for Playmaker’s summer production of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Seth Orgel Associate Professor of Horn and member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet, performed at Boston University, Saint Mary¹s College of California and as guest soloist at PASIC with the LSU Percussion Ensemble, Hamiruge. Evelyn K. Orman Associate Professor of Music Education presented research papers at international conferences held in Porto, Portugal; Bologna, Italy; and the United States. Robert Peck Associate Professor of Music Theory is co-editor of Journal of Mathematics and Music. He presented research this year at SMT and SMCM, and in the LSU Mathematics Department and CCT. Pamela Pike Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy presented papers at recent International Society for Music Education, Music Teachers National Association and National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy conferences. David Smyth Edward and Catherine Galante Professor of Music Theory will present recent work on Wagner at an international conference on Music and Gesture in Montreal in March 2010. Michael Tick Professor and Chair; Artistic Director, Swine Palace recently directed Swine Palace’s Satellites and LSU Theatre’s Antigone, a production that will tour Korea in 2010; he was elected to ATHE’s Nominating Committee. Yung-Chiao Wei Associate Professor of Double Bass performed as guest soloist in Okinawa and Taipei in 2008. In addition, solo recitals and master classes were given at Interlochen Arts Academy, Eastern Michigan University, and the University of Michigan. Les Wade Billy J. Harbin Professor of Theatre History, Literature, Theory and Criticism was named an LSU “Rainmaker” (100 notable professors for 2008). His “Postmodern Ethics in the Plays of Mark Ravenhill,” appeared in Drama and the Postmodern. Ken White Associate Professor of Lighting just returned from designing the lighting for Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s productions of Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew and The Producers.

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Students ∙ Spotlight

Sara Harris Baker is a second-year Ph.D. student in Music Education. She has been the Production Manager for LSU Opera since 2008 and became Production Manager for the Natchez Festival of Music in May 2009. She worked with Dugg McDonough to produce the LSU Opera mainstage presentations of Orféo ed Euridice, The Rape of Lucretia, and A Little Night Music. Before coming to LSU, Baker was an award-winning junior high school Choir Director in Texas and worked as a Director/Musical Director of many youth theatre productions, including the Central Texas premieres of several of MTI’s Broadway Junior series. She has also appeared onstage in many memorable character roles including Annelle in Steel Magnolias, Eulalie Shinn in The Music Man, Joy in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and Clara in the TEXAS Musical Drama in Palo Duro Canyon. Baker holds an Undergraduate Degree in Voice Performance from Southwestern University, and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Boston University. Her areas of research interest are Fine Arts Teacher Training and Administration. 


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Michele Guidry is a second-year M.F.A. student in LSU’s Professional Actor Training Program. She appeared in LSU’s studio productions of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and in Swine Palace’s production of Satellites, Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Royal Family. She will next appear in the Swine Palace production of A Doll’s House in Spring 2010. Guidry has been a member of the Actors’ Equity Association since 2000, and worked as a professional actor in Philadelphia for 15 years with theatres such as The Wilma, The Walnut, Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, Brat Productions, Lantern Theatre Company and 1812 Productions. Guidry also served as an assistant director for Interact Theatre Company, taught playwrighting for the Philadelphia Young Playwright’s Festival, and was an apprentice for the Arden Theatre Company from 1993-94. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Theatre from Pennsylvania State University in 1992.

Kathleen McMurray graduated

in May with a concentration in Theatre Studies. A student in the Honors College, she graduated summa cum laude with full college honors and was recognized as a Chancellor’s Medalist. McMurray has participated in 16 LSU theatre productions in various capacities. She was involved with Women and Wallace, Tennessee Williams, In Quarter Time, Lorca in a Green Dress, Marriage-Go-Round, Zink, The Merchant of Venice, The Living and Sound of a Voice, to name a few. McMurray used her directing talents for two LSU studio shows: Laundry and Bourbon in 2008 and The Sleeper in 2009. She has been heavily involved as a volunteer in the Baton Rouge community, including The Wesley Foundation at LSU, where she currently serves as president of the leadership council. McMurray also interns at The Wesley Foundation and plans to pursue a career as a Methodist minister.

Students ∙ Updates

Photograph by Timothy Little

Music Education Majors Become Reading Buddies

Freshman Music Education majors are already getting the chance to step outside their own classroom. These LSU students are working with second, third and fourth graders at University Terrace Elementary through Volunteers in Public Schools’ EveryBody Reads program. During fall semester, Music Ed majors meet weekly with at-risk children–those who are reading below grade level and performing poorly on standardized reading tests. As “reading buddies,” the Music Ed students work with them to improve the children’s reading, comprehension and vocabulary. The program continues through the spring semester, when the children will write an illustrated book (just in time for Mother’s Day). “It is a way for the Music Education students to see themselves in a teaching role rather than just being a student,” says Dr. Jane Cassidy. Perhaps equally important is establishing a mentorship situation where the children have an opportunity to view reading as a fun activity at which they can find some success. The buddies will apply teaching strategies (such as flash cards) they have learned in training sessions to help the children sound out words, work on comprehension, recognize sight words and increase vocabulary. In the end, these preservice teachers begin to develop a sense for being “on the other side of the desk,” and the children gain some needed individual attention with reading. It is a win-win community service project. For more information about the program, visit:

Notes Master of Music student in Organ Performance, Jacob Benda, was selected one of two winners (the second winner, a student at Yale University) of the “Young Organist Virtuosi” competition – a national competition. As a result of this outstanding accomplishment, Jacob will present recitals at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut (February 2010) and in Seattle, Washington (March 2010). The recitals will be a highlight of the “Young Organist Virtuosi” festival. Jacob is a student of Dr. Herndon Spillman, Mattax Professor of Organ Studies.

LSU Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Brett Dietz (Assistant Professor of Percussion), was the featured ensemble at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana. The student ensemble performed World Premiers of a number of new works, as well as performed with guest artists from Sweden and across the United States. The concert was the featured performance at which approximately 2,000 members were in attendance.

Trumpeter, Bill Gibson, Bachelor of Music student in Brass Performance won first place at the International Trumpet Guild solo Competition in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. At the competition, Bill performed Persichetti’s Parable for Solo Trumpet as we ll as Eino Tamberg’s Concerto for Trumpet, Op. 42. Bill is a student of James West, Associate Professor of Trumpet.

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Tony Marble featured in Swine Palace’s The Royal Family Photograph by Eddy Perez

Tony Marble holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies and a M.F.A. in Acting from the LSU Department of Theatre. In his first year after school, Tony appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream under the direction of Barry Kyle in the Swine Palace’s inaugural production at the renovated Reilly Theatre. He recently was a part of the first production in the newly renovated Shaver Theatre, Swine Palace’s The Royal Family, under the direction of Professor Emeritus, John Dennis. A member of Actors’ Equity and SAG, Tony has resided in New York City since September 2003, while working steadily in regional theatres around the country. He originated the role of Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice under the direction of John Jory, former longtime producing director of Actors Theatre of Louisville and founder of the famed Humana Festival of New American Plays. Follow LSU Theatre Alumni on the LSU Theatre Alumni Facebook page


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Daniel Adams B.M., 1978 served as a Composer in Residence in May for the Leechburg Pennsylvania Area High School Music Division. The Leechburg Area High School Percussion Ensemble performed the world premiere of Adams’ Concerto for Euphonium and Percussion Quintet, a work commissioned by the school’s band director and percussion ensemble conductor Rob Reams. The performance featured Slippery Rock University faculty member Dr. Brian Meixner, who performed the solo euphonium part. Dr. Adams presented lectures and conducted a music composition tutorial during his residency. Ronn B.M., 1962 and Sylvia Boyd 1960, B.M. 1962, M.M. are retired from Washburn University in Topeka where Ronn served as Associate Chairman of the Music Department while also teaching Bassoon and Theory. Sylvia taught Flute at Washburn. Ronn and Sylvia also performed as principal bassoonist and flutist, respectively, in the Topeka Symphony Orchestra. Sarah Bacot B.A. in Theatre, 2008 is participating as one of four interns in the Julliard costume shop which supports 50 productions in Drama, Dance and the Vocal Arts Divisions of Juilliard. She works as Assistant Costume Designer for five productions and is the Wardrobe Head for two productions. Amy Cuomo Ph.D. in Theatre, 1999 (pictured above) is an Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of West Georgia, where she recently directed a production of Lady Windermere’s Fan. This summer she had the privilege of presenting at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education with LSU Theatre alumni Mark Zelinsky, Wendell Stone, and Stephen Berwind. Last January, her ten-minute play, Viva Las Vegas, was produced as part of the annual Chester Horn Festival in NYC.


Luke Fleming B.M., 2003 (pictured above) has played the viola in venues both stateside and abroad and made his New York debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in April. In addition, he was awarded a fellowship to perform at the Marlboro Music School and Festival this past summer and has performed for the past three summers at the Thy Masterclass Kammermusikfestival in Denmark. He is currently a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at Juilliard, studying with Samuel Rhodes. Adam Hose M.F.A. in Acting, 2003 (pictured above) appeared in Altar Boyz and The Miss Firecracker Contest at The Tent Theatre in Springfield, MO. Firecracker was directed by LSU alumni Kurt Heinlein, and also starred LSU alumnus Patrick Bynane. Hose also performed in the Regional Premiere of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical Rent at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY. He reprised the role at the John W. Engeman Theatre on Long Island. James Hubbard B.M., 2008 won an honorable mention in the 2009 International Trombone Association’s Carl Fontana Jazz Competition. Sharon London M.F.A. in Theatre, 1995 (pictured above) recently finished filming several projects: I Love You Phillip Morris, Patriots, Mardi Gras, Snatched, The Chameleon and Monster Wolf. She is currently filming a piece about Hurricane Katrina, titled Flood Streets, and continues to audition and teach acting classes in New Orleans.

Melissa Miller B.A. in Theatre, 2004 is currently working as the stage manager for the world-premiere production of Idiot Savant, directed by Richard Foreman and starring Willem Dafoe, at the Public Theatre, NYC. She will be returning to the Actors Theatre of Louisville to stage manage a production for the Humana Festival, where she has worked on 21 productions over three seasons. Lt. Col. Alan C. Sierichs B.M., 1978 (pictured above) was recently named the new commander and music director of the U.S. Air Force’s premier band program at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. The trumpeter has served the Air Force for more than 25 years as a performer, conductor and commander. His wife, percussionist Bettye Abat Sierichs, was also a music major at LSU. Chaney Tullos M.F.A. in Acting, 2005; B.A. in Theatre 2002 has performed with the American Shakespeare Center in Virginia, and this past February appeared in the world premiere production of The Heavens Are Hung In Black commissioned for the celebration of the grand reopening of Ford’s Theatre, and the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth (including a special presentation for President and Mrs. Obama). In the D.C. area, he recently performed in a staged reading of Holiday with the D.C. Actor’s Salon, a newly formed group of professionals who perform a monthly reading of American classics. Philip Wade B.M., 1985 premiered his musical The Philippian Fragment at Cypress Baptist Church in Benton, La., in May. The musical is based on a book of the same title written by Dr. Calvin Miller, who is currently on staff at Samford University in the Beeson School of Theology. Wade is a professional composer/arranger and musician who has published numerous works.

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The College of Music and Dramatic Arts trains, cultivates, prepares and rewards excellent artists, scholars, educators, and performers — fostering passion for the arts, collaboration, and the creation of new works. The music and drama units at LSU are a Louisiana resource with a national presence and international reach.

Newly renovated building with state of the art equipment for teaching, production and research


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Above Left Guests experience high-tech equipment in the new piano lab Above The new dance studio located in the newly renovated Music & Dramatic Arts Building Photography by Jim Zietz (this page) • Eddy Perez (facing left upper and lower) ∙ Frank Phillips (facing center upper and lower) • Fred Buchmann (facing right upper)

Dept of Theatre: Antigone

One of sixteen universities in the country to support a year-round professional, Equity Theatre.

LSU Dance Concert 2009

Swine Palace: The Royal Family

LSU Opera: La Travita

Degree Offerings Bachelor of Music Concentrations Brass Composition Harp Organ Strings Percussion Piano Piano Pedagogy Voice Woodwinds Bachelor of Music Education Concentrations Instrumental Vocal Bachelor of Arts Music Bachelor of Arts THEATRE Concentrations Arts Administration Literature, History & Theory Performance Technology and Design Theatre Studies

Master of Fine Arts Specializations Acting Costume Technology & Design Properties Technology Scenic Technology & Design Master of Music Specializations Collaborative Keyboard Composition Conducting Jazz Studies Music Education Music Theory Musicology Performance Piano Pedagogy

Doctor of Musical Arts Specializations Conducting Performance Doctor of Philosophy in Theatre Specializations Theatre History Dramatic Literature Dramatic Theory & Criticism Doctor of Philosophy in Music Specializations Composition Experimental Music & Digital Media Music Education Music Theory Musicology For More Information, Contact Brantley Stephens 225.578.4517 or visit

Spring 2010


In Memorium

Michael Beagle B.A. Theatre was a tremendously dedicated force in the Department and will never be forgotten. He was a beautiful lightintg designer with a big heart and the most wonderful sense of humor. He never stepped away from a challenge and literally would not sleep until a project was not only finished, but also perfected. He was not afraid to push the envelope in his field of study as well as in his life, and he will forever be admired and loved for his ability to make us all feel comfortable and safe. He was an amazing man who left us much too early, but not without imprinting a ton of laughs and memories that only he could light.

Lynea Hambrice, Coordinator of Graduate Student Services in the School of Music, unexpectedly passed away in July of 2009. Lynea was employed by the School of Music for a little over a year and was a real source of delight and energy in the office. Her friendly and helpful guidance for both our graduate students and faculty permeating all she did in the office. Lynea was loved and respected by all who crossed her path. We remember her today and deeply miss her presence in the office.


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John Lombardi President Mike Martin Chancellor Astrid Merget Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Laurence Kaptain Dean of the College of Music & Dramatic Arts Jane Cassidy Associate Dean & Interim Director of the School of Music Michael Tick Chair of the Department of Theatre Kristin Sosnowsky Managing Director of Swine Palace Curtis E. Adamson, Jr. Director of Audience Services Ruth Alise Secretary to the Dean Dawn Arevalo Business Manager Lori Bade Director of Graduate Studies Michael Bassford Theatre Accounting Michael Bellinger Director of Operations Judy Collins School of Music Administrative Coordinator Steven Covington Director of Development Jacquelyn Craddock Director of Development for Swine Palace-LSU Theatre Karli Henderson Swine Palace Stage Manager Bill Kelley Recording Technician Carol Larsen Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies Timothy Little Graphic Designer Pamela Matassa Communications Director Patricia McGrew Accounting Technician

Sydney Nakashima Webmaster Carol Newman Associate Development Director David Rodriguez Theatre Administrative Coordinator Linda Saucier Department of Bands Administrative Coordinator Brad Smulyan Research Specialist ∙ Scenic Tech Bradley Snook Piano Technician Vastine Stabler Marketing & Public Relations Brantley Stephens Coordinator of Graduate Student Services, School of Music Mark Vandermark Instrument Repair Technician Joey Watson CxC Representative Chip Zoller Information Technology p 225.578.3261 ∙ f 225.578.2562 w LSU IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/ACCESS UNIVERSITY

The CMDA Communications Team

Back row (left to right) Michael C. Bellinger, Director of Operations; Joey Watson, CxC Representative; Curtis E. Adamson, Jr, Director of Audience Services; Vastine Stabler, Marketing & Public Relations Front row (left to right) Sydney Nakashima, Webmaster; Timothy Little, Graphic Designer; Pamela Matassa, Communications Director Photograph by Jamie Phillips

The CMDA Development Team

Left to Right Carol Newman, Associate Director of Development; Steve Covington, Director of Development; Jacquelyn Craddock, Director of Development for Swine Palace-LSU Theatre Photograph by Timothy Little

Spring 2010


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Reimagine: S10: LSU CMDA Newsletter  

The LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts Newsletter provides updates and information about upcoming projects and events, past accomplishment...

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