FRIENDS AND ALUMNI OF MUSIC AT MSU DENVER
FALL NEWSLETTER 2013
Friends and Alumni Fall Celebra on Concert CelebraƟng the Past, Present, and Future The new semester is well underway and a er a quiet summer, music once again fills the halls of the Arts building. The sounds of rehearsing ensembles are faintly audible through closed doors, and mix with the classical guitar students praccing in the hallway. Solfege syllables emanate from studios and lab rooms, and drums cks click against walls as percussion students walk by. Faculty, staﬀ, and students are back on campus and although space remains an issue, the department has a bit more room with the addi on of four new faculty oﬃces and six new teaching studios. We are also thrilled that plans are under way for 14 new prac ce rooms located on the first floor of the King Center! We are pleased to announce that the music department has begun oﬀering courses in our new performance degree concentra on: Bachelor of Music in Jazz and American Improvised Music, and we are eagerly awai ng
final degree approval from NASM in December. There have been some significant changes in personnel with our former chair, Dr. Michael Kornelsen, becoming the new Associate Dean of the Arts, and Dr. Larry Worster assuming the du es of Chair. We are looking forward to an exci ng and rewarding semester. As always, our success would not be possible without the generous and ongoing support of our wonderful donors and friends. We are deeply grateful to each and every one of you. Please join us on October 19 for a gala performance celebra ng our Past, Present, and Future! This year’s Friends and Alumni of Music at Metropolitan State University Concert will focus on our alumni and current students, who represent both the past history of our department and the future of music in our world. The event will open at 6:00 with a recep on featuring light snacks and desContinued on Page 2
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Outstanding Accomplishment: Ackler Scholarship Awardee Receives High Honor
"Samantha Terry is a senior music student earning a degree in music educa on and performance. Samantha was awarded a fellowship to a end the University of Minnesota's "Art of Wind Band Teaching Symposium" held annually in July. The symposium oﬀers an intensive focus on conduc ng skills and educa on methods. As one of only thirty fellowship recipients from around the country, Samantha conducted graduate-level music students while receiving live cri ques from interna onally renowned conduc ng pedagogues. To prepare for the fellowship, Samantha studied conduc ng for two semesters with Dr. David Kish, Director of Bands at MSUDenver, and she conducted a composi on with the MSU-Denver Symphonic Band last spring."
Kornelsen Named Associate Dean of the Arts Michael Kornelsen has been appointed to the new posi on of associate dean of the arts in the School of Le ers, Arts and Sciences. His appointment starts Aug. 12, 2013. “This is a fantas c opportunity to help forge a vision and strategic plan for the arts at MSU Denver, and to work on facilies issues for art, music and theatre,” says Kornelsen, who has been chair of the Department of Music since 2008. “Dr. Kornelsen has done an outstanding job taking the Music Department to the next level,” says LAS Dean Joan Foster. “He has overseen reaccredita on by the Na onal Associa on of Schools of Music, a 15 percent increase in credit-hour producon, improvement of teaching facili es and the hiring of many outstanding faculty. He also founded the department’s fundraising campaign, Friends of Music at MSU Denver, which, combined with other giving, enabled the department to raise more than $60,000 last year.” In his new posi on, Kornelsen will lead an eﬀort with the
chairs and faculty of the Art, Theatre and Music departments in developing a proposal for a School of the Arts and possibly a College of the Arts, depending upon on the recommenda on of the Transi on Task Force. “The three arts departments at MSU Denver are remarkable examples of outstanding educa on, and it is easy to be a cheerleader for the arts at our ins tu on,” says Kornelsen. “The chairs of the Art and Theatre departments are remarkable individuals, and the faculty members in all three departments possess a deep dedica on and commitment to quality arts educa on for our students.”
Worster Named Music Department Chair
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With Michael Kornelsen’s promo on to associate dean, Larry Worster was named interim department chair for the 2013-2014 year. Worster joined the MSU Denver music faculty as a musicologist in 1988, became full- me in 1995, received tenure in 2000, and was department chair from 2000 to 2003. He brings a tremendous amount of experience to the posi on, having served as director of student services technology and assessment from 2006-2008 and faculty senate vice-president from 2010-2012. He helped coordinate last year’s Na onal Associa on of Schools of Music accredita on self-study for the department. According to Worster, “it was a real pleasure to work on the self-study with the department’s faculty. Having coordinated the previous selfstudy in 2003 gave me an incredible perspec ve on how much the department has grown and matured in the last ten years. We have over 50% more faculty and students, two new degree programs (composi on and jazz), renovated and added spaces for faculty teaching studios, and so much more. A new suite of prac ce rooms is due to come online in the spring. Exci ng mes!” Worster plans to con nue the focus on developing the department’s scholarship program, an ini a ve that he started when he was chair previously and one which was a primary concern of his predecesors. “Since I was department chair previously, private funding for our scholarship program has grown tenfold thanks to our generous donors, both in annual dona ons and endowments. This is not only of utmost importance to the finances of our students, to help oﬀset the decrease is state support, but it sends a powerful message to them that someone believes in them.”
serts and a silent auc on with a wide array of trips, gi items and services. Alumni gathering staons will be organized by major areas of study, just like the performance classes when you were students. Take the opportunity to connect with your friends via our new Facebook site before the concert and meet in your area to catch up in person. The concert will feature current students and outstanding alumni from all areas including our own alumni choir, the Denver Pro Chorale. A central event of the concert will be performances on the Van Cliburn piano, making a Denver stop on its coast-to-coast tour. The piano will be available for playing a er the concert. A second “pay-forplay” marathon will be hosted at the King Center on Sunday 1:00 pm—5:00 pm in the King Center Concert Hall.
Visiting Artist Series Tuesday, September 10: Christina Howell, soprano, 7:30 pm Friday, September 13: Boulder Brass, 7:30 pm Wednesday, September 18: Rich Charluce, saxophone, 3:00 pm Monday, September 23: Martha Masters, classical guitar, 2:00 pm Wednesday, September 25: Nels Cline, jazz guitar, 3:00 pm Friday, September 27: The Tiptons Saxophone Quartet, 7:30 pm Wednesday, October 2: Allison Miller, drums, 3:00 pm
Monday, October 7: Rajeev Taranath, sarod, 7:30 pm Wednesday, Ocotber 9: Ivy Street Ensemble, 7:30 pm Friday, October 11: Paul Galbraith, classical guitar, 7:30 pm Saturday, October 12: Ricardo Iznaola, classical guitar, 9:30 am Wednesday, October 30: Dave Devine, jazz guitar, 3:00 pm Saturday, November 9: Boulder Brass, 7:30 pm Monday, November 18: Ai Kuwabara Trio Project, 7:30 pm
Roberts Joins Tenure‐track A er a na onal search to fill a new tenure track posi on for Director of Opera Theatre, MSU Denver’s own Gene Roberts was awarded the posi on beginning this fall semester. Roberts joined the Metro music faculty in the fall of 2002, shortly a er returning from years of living and working in Europe. Most widely known throughout con nental Europe for his portrayal of roles on the musical theatre stage, Roberts dreamed as an undergraduate of one day teaching voice and direc ng opera at the collegiate level. A post graduate appren ceship with Des Moines Metro Opera, as well as the opportunity to work in St. Louis for a short me with Bri sh opera director Colin Graham, solidified this dream. Having been hired ini ally to teach a few applied voice students, Roberts was asked in his second semester if he would be interested in direc ng and extra-curricular opera scenes program. He jumped at the opportunity, and the past decade has seen Opera grow into one of MSU Denver’s many exci ng ensembles, with an opera scenes produc on every spring, and a fully produced opera each fall. Roberts credits the constant support of his colleagues in the voice area, and the department as a whole for the con nued growth in Opera. In addi on, exci ng collabora ons have added to growth in Roberts’ opera ensemble. The fall of 2010 marked the first collabora on between the MSU Denver Opera Theatre and Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Brandon Stephen Ma hews, in the produc on of Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Together with this produc on of Schicchi Ma hews and Roberts finally christened the King Center Concert Hall orchestra pit, which had not previously been used. Since then, MSU Opera Theatre fans have marked the weekend before Thanksgiving break on their calendars, knowing the halls of the King Center will ring in the holiday season in opera c fashion! This fall’s opera sees another exci ng collabora on, this me between Opera and the Early Music ensembles, under the direcon of Peter Schimpf and MB Krueger, and with the assistance of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado. Opera Theatre has just begun rehearsals on Cavalieri’s Rappresentazione di anima e di corpo. The work is considered the first opera – a sacred opera. In his pursuit of educa ng MSU Denver’s voice students in a way that would prepare them for life as singers a er Metro, Roberts has sought since the beginning to program a wide and relevant variety opera c works. “In my travels to summer opera fes vals, and regional opera companies, I see the trend toward early operas in the last decade. This is the reason I didn’t hesitate when Dr. Schimpf suggested this collabora ve project.” Performances of the Cavalieri will take place November 22nd and 23rd in the King Center at 7:30 p.m. This year, in addi on to his responsibili es at MSU Denver, Roberts is the guest of Webster University in St. Louis, where he spends winter break direc ng an opera scenes program. June will see him, for the third year in a row, at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University as a guest of the Naked Voice Ins tute, where he serves as ac ng teacher and opera scenes director to young professional opera singers.
Music at MSU Denver presents A Holiday Card to the City We hope you will join us at the annual Holiday Card to the City concert on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at 7:30 pm. We welcome our tradi onal host, Dr. Stephen Jordan, president of MSU Denver, and guest conductor Dr. Michael J. Kornelsen, Associate Dean of the Arts. This year’s program features our four choral ensembles – Chorale, Women’s Chamber Choir, Men’s Choir, and Women’s Choir – with conductors MB Krueger, Miles Canaday, and Jay Dougherty, performing tradional winter favorites such as Sleigh Ride and Winter Wonderland, as well as celebra ons of Hannukah and Christmas from around the world. Our special guest group is the Wind Ensemble, conducted by Del Brickley, who will delight us with a taste of Mannheim Steamroller. As has become our tradi on, a new holiday arrangement by the music department’s own RJ Miller will be premiered. We also feature an appearance by Sol Phase, our vocal jazz ensemble, under the direc on of LaDamion Massey. Other surprises are yet to be revealed, so reserve your ckets early for this thrilling holiday extravaganza!
A Holiday Card to the City Friday, Dec. 6, 7:30 pm Saturday, Dec. 7, 7:30 pm Tickets: $20, $18, $15 Box Oﬃce: 303‐556‐2296 h p://www.ahec.edu/kingcenter/boxoﬃce.htm www.msudenver.edu/music/events Follow Us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MusicAtMSUDenver