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Faculty member Jonathan Kramer receives Raleigh Medal of Arts

Celebrating 50 years of Grains of Time Reconnect with music at NC State



Alumni magazine of the North Carolina State University Department of Music Volume 1, Issue 1 Spring 2019


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hen I arrived at NC State in the summer of 2016, I was inspired by the abundance of amazing events, performances, research and creative work taking place in the music department. Every day the department lives its mission—to provide educational and performance opportunities for students and community participants through a variety of musical experiences and academic courses—in unique and inspiring ways. Every day we generate stories that need to be shared. A wolf tone is a sympathetic overtone produced when the note you play matches the natural resonant frequency of the body of a musical instrument. Our wolf tones are stories produced by successfully carrying out our mission, and I am pleased that we have returned to the tradition of sharing them with you. I hope you will enjoy the stories in this inaugural issue. We look forward to hearing more from you, our alumni and supporters, and learning how your musical experiences at NC State continue to resonate in your lives. All of us have stories of how our music making molded us into who we are, and we invite you to share those with us. The future of the Department of Music is an exciting one as we reach out to our students and community in new ways and explore further the intersections of innovation, technology, entrepreneurship and creativity in our curricula. We look forward to sharing more of those wolf tones with you in issues to come.

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Spotlight on alumnus Jason Horne and current student Dylan Misenheimer

Department programs reach out and bring the community in to experience music at NC State


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National professional association for arts entrepreneurship education names research award after Gary Beckman

World music scholar Jonathan Kramer receives the 2018 Raleigh Medal of Arts

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Darrick King Dr. Anatoly Larkin Keenan McKenzie Dr. DeMar Neal John Pederson Dr. Robert Petters Jonathan Randazzo Amanda Roediger Marching Band, Dance Team Bethany Schreiner Marching Band, Majorettes Darrell Thompson Dr. Kristen Turner Phyllis Vogel Lin-Ti Wang Melanie Wilsden


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Three new endowments pave the way for music technology innovation and academic success MUSIC OF THE STARS Check out the spring 2019 #creativestate magazine to read about the making of Director of Piano Studies Olga Kleiankina’s “Our Passage to the Stars...” concert (pictured above) and her upcoming performance at the ACCelerate Festival in Washington D.C. Visit

ON THE COVER Music department faculty member Jonathan Kramer performs during a memorial concert for faculty member Randy Foy in September. Kramer was honored with the Raleigh Medal of Arts in November (pg. 8). Photo by Teresa Moore Photography.

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Jason Horne and fellow trombone section members from the mid-1990s Power Sound of the South marching band. Photos courtesy of Jason Horne.



B.S. Mathematics Education, 1996 M.S. Engineering, 2000


ou don’t have to major in music to experience lasting benefits from continued music studies. Just ask Jason Horne, an NC State alumnus who participated in the marching band while studying mathematics education. He now works as a principal enterprise architect for SAS and serves on the Friends of Arts NC State Board of Advisors. “In many ways, my experiences in the NC State music department set the stage for my life after graduation,” said Horne. “My professional work is as an enterprise architect, which requires lateral thinking and a willingness to lead others toward a ‘better way’ of doing business. Such leadership skills and creativity are exactly the traits that students of the arts develop. Furthermore, I now have leadership roles in community nonprofit music groups that improve quality of life throughout the Triangle. I don’t believe these organizations would be a part of my life without my musical experience at NC State.” The impact of that experience led Horne to become an annual donor. “I am excited to see the program grow and impact even more students, perhaps setting the stage for their own lives after college, and I am excited to give to the program to make that happen,” said Horne. There are big and small ways to give back, and every gift to the Department of Music provides courses, ensembles and enrichment opportunities to students who, like Horne, see the importance of music in their lives. Visit to learn how you can support music at NC State.





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B.S. Electrical Engineering, 2020

“I think I’ve improved personally as a musician since I came to State, through the different ensembles and working with the faculty here.”

laying the saxophone is in Dylan Misenheimer’s blood. Counting him, there are six saxophonists in his family. For as long as he can remember, they’ve gotten together as an ensemble around the holidays to perform together. “Typically, at Christmas we do a 10-piece concert series, so we invite four other people to come and be a part of that and we perform in the Cabarrus and Randolph County area,” Misenheimer said. “We have soprano all the way down to bass saxophone. It’s been different variations on the same ensemble, and it’s also changed as we came of age and learned to play saxophone. It’s like a rite of passage for our family.” That family tradition led Misenheimer, a junior majoring in electrical engineering, to continue participating in music once he arrived at NC State. In addition to serving as a saxophone section leader for the marching band, Misenheimer has participated in the wind ensemble, pep band and Raleigh Civic Symphony at NC State. “I think I’ve improved personally as a musician since I came to State, through the different ensembles and working with the faculty here,” said Misenheimer, who is this year’s recipient of the Toni Christine Masini Memorial Scholarship, the Department of Music’s largest scholarship for a leader in the marching band. “But also, just working together with people and all the leadership experience, that’s invaluable stuff that’s applicable to most scenarios and jobs.” The application for the Masini scholarship asks students to write an essay on leadership, which gave Misenheimer a chance to consider not only his experiences in marching band, but also his own strengths and weaknesses as a leader. “It gave me the opportunity to reflect on what I’ve been able to do here and also where I could go and what I could do more productively. So, it was kind of an opportunity to critique my own self,” Misenheimer said. “[Being a section leader] is definitely a test in working with other people...But that’s been a big lesson that I’ve worked with, finding that balance of, ‘Oh, I’m your friend, but also we have to get this done.’” In addition to honing skills, participating in ensembles has given Misenheimer the chance to experience several firsts, such as his first time running onto the field at Carter-Finley Stadium in front of 60,000 people, and his first time flying when he traveled to Italy with the wind ensemble. Performing outside St. Paul’s Basilica in Rome is another first that he’ll never forget. As someone with music in his DNA, seeing people from another country appreciating music in the same way resonated with him. “It was really cool to see how people [in Italy] responded to music, because they love music. You had old people walking up to us like, ‘Oh, do you know this tune?’ They really enjoyed it, especially when we played more familiar stuff.” Misenheimer performs with the NC State Wind Ensemble on March 5 and April 23. For more info and tickets, visit music.arts.ncsu. edu/events.


The Masini family, with Arts NC State Executive Director Rich Holly, Department Head Daniel Monek and Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations Benny Suggs, presents Dylan Misenheimer with the Toni Christine Masini Memorial Scholarship. Photo by Dan Jahn.



Grains of Time, North Carolina’s oldest all-male collegiate a cappella group, celebrated their 50th anniversary with a concert on Dec. 1. Grains alumni dating all the way back to the original 1968 members, including founder Milton Bliss, reunited to perform with the current generation. If the Grains of Time impacted your life, consider a gift to the A Cappella Enhancement Fund to ensure the next 50 years of Grains at Photos by Erin Zanders.






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GIVING THE WORLD TO HIS STUDENTS Jonathan Kramer has shaped students’ worldviews for decades by sharing his passion for ethnomusicology. Last fall, his legacy was recognized with the 2018 Raleigh Medal of Arts.


ne almost needs a diagram and a globe to untangle the busy career of Jonathan Kramer. He’s moved around a lot, traveled a lot and worn several increasingly demanding hats, shedding layers of workload here or there to keep the balance right but always going where his curiosity takes him. Despite—or perhaps because of—all its twists and turns, his convoluted path led Kramer to receive the 2018 Raleigh Medal of Arts in November for his achievements as a musician, ethnomusicologist and educator in the Raleigh community over several decades. This journey really began in 1969, when high school senior Kramer passed on his admission to Julliard in favor of a liberal arts education from Wesleyan University, where he continued his cello instruction at nearby Yale University. Serendipitously, this decision landed Kramer in one of the top schools for ethnomusicology at a time when the discipline was just starting to burgeon. Ethnomusicology, or the anthropological study of music as it relates to and informs world cultures, was typically approached at the time with the belief that to understand music of another culture you needed to study it as a native performer would, which took years - much longer than a typical doctoral program. “UCLA was the big center of ethnomusicology and the program was led by a man named Mantle Hood,” said Kramer. “There was a problem inherent in the discipline, so his idea was to bring the musicians to UCLA. So we have master musicians from India, China, Native Americans, and they make this community of world musicians.” This approach allowed students to learn directly from masters about a wide variety of world music styles and instruments without the need to spend years embedded in another country. A student of Hood’s named Robert Brown was later hired to develop an ethnomusicology program at Wesleyan. “They gave him a fortune and said replicate it,” said Kramer. “So I’m a naive undergraduate and I look at MUSIC.ARTS.NCSU.EDU

the course catalog and you can take lessons on sitar and oud, and I thought all universities had this.” Forging a path around the globe This is the part where it gets complicated, for by the time Kramer ultimately completed his Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from New College of California in 1983, he had already been employed as a cellist with both the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Opera and Ballet Orchestras. It’s an astonishing achievement for a young musician, but Kramer shrugs and says simply, “You could do that then.” Upon completing his degree, with his passions for ethnomusicology and cello performance stoked and ready for a new challenge, he embarked on a Senior Fulbright Fellowship to India. There, his interests collided as he worked to adapt the cello to the traditional music of Northern India. Kramer had ERIC WARREN ‘97 been studying the music of India since 1967 and made the most of this opportunity to learn from a master teacher. When he returned to the states, he joined the N.C. Symphony as a cellist and served as a musician-in-residence at NC State. When NC State added a visual and performing arts requirement to the general education requirements for students, the Department of Music hired Kramer to teach newly added sections of MUS 200: Understanding Music. Before long he took over conducting the Raleigh Civic Symphony in addition to teaching the western

“He’s an artist on the stage, but he’s also an artist in the classroom. He ignited something in me and it stayed with me for my life.


and world music tracks of the curriculum. Somehow, while juggling all of that, he earned a Master’s degree from Duke University and began his doctoral studies. Then, disaster struck. Kramer is matter-of-fact about it now. “This was the very early days of home computing,” he said. “I had a Tandy computer made by Radio Shack. I was probably the first generation to write a dissertation on computers, and the thing failed. I lost the whole dissertation.” Kramer made the most of every graduate student’s worst nightmare, taking advantage of the opportunity for a fresh start. He had been invited by the government of South Korea to attend a summer program for academics to begin introducing the music of Korea to the world following the 1988 Olympic Games. He then went back to South Korea on his second Fulbright Fellowship to study traditional Korean music under a master teacher, focusing on the haegeum, a twostring instrument similar to the cello. Based on this experience he completed his new dissertation on the acquisition of bi-musicality, the learning of a second musical language. Bringing the world to NC State Over time, Kramer’s interest in world music began to seep into his curriculum at NC State. “How do you understand music if you’re only listening to the aristocratic music of 19th century Europe? I started slowly incorporating more world music and less western classical music and the subject matter began to morph more and more as I developed a curriculum,” said Kramer. In sharing his passion with his students, Kramer himself left a lasting impression on them. Charlotte-based sports medicine physician Eric Warren ‘97, a music minor, remembers his favorite teacher fondly. “I have always loved music and I’ve always played an instrument but I had no plans when I came to State to get a minor in music,” said Warren, who came to NC State for engineering but ultimately transitioned to pre-med. He took one of Kramer’s courses to meet a general education requirement and it quickly became his favorite class. “He painted a picture of the history of music and it was so unreal. I loved it so much, so toward the end of the semester I said I had to take another one [of his classes]. It created this appetite. I had no interest before in music of non-western cultures, but I wanted to take what he was teaching. Before I knew it he said, ‘You’re one credit away from getting a minor, why don’t you finish it out?’” What in the world is music? The biggest project of Kramer’s career to date is an interactive e-textbook which he co-wrote with Alison Arnold, who also teaches the Understanding Music course and is his officemate. The two also collaborate in planning the department’s annual Price Music Center Lecture Series, which 10 NC STATE MUSIC ALUMNI MAGAZINE


brings guest musicians and music scholars to the university to share their expertise and perspective with NC State students and the community. They were inspired to write What in the World is Music? by both the shift toward online courses and the evolution of their shared course syllabus to include more world music. “We really like our approach to teaching this subject and thought it would be nice if others could use it too,” said Arnold. “It falls through the cracks of how music is taught in universities. The approach is typically either starting with medieval music and moving forward through time, or it’s geographical. We cover the whole of the world and use a case study approach.” The textbook merges the study of western music tradition with the ethnomusicological approach to non-western music and explores how humans experience sound and the contexts in which music takes place. Kramer and Arnold wanted to present it in a way that allowed students to draw connections between the role of music in other cultures or time periods and the ways that music affects their own lives. “Looking at commonalities across different cultures - why do people have music, what does music do - they’re doing the same things,” said Kramer. “They’re having rituals, getting married; they have all the commonalities of musical experience, where music is the ingredient that makes it special.” Kramer and Arnold were pioneers in the e-textbook sphere, among the first to incorporate live links to videos into the online versions of their textbook. They worked on the book for 14 years, traveling to many of the over 30 countries represented. The book was published in 2015 and Kramer is already writing his next. A world of good, recognized While juggling his lives as research academic and performer, Kramer has always been a student-centric teacher. In addition to his courses, he has also taught his own studio of private cello students and takes the university’s Caldwell Fellows on service learning trips abroad. “I know he’s an artist on the stage, but he’s also an artist in the classroom,” said Warren. “He ignited something in me and it stayed with me for my life. In terms of medicine, he’s helped me to realize that art and humanity side of what otherwise could be just a purely science-based profession. I’ve certainly had great success as a physician and I think that’s a big part of it. “I wish there were more professors as gifted as he is, and I wish everyone could have one semester with him.” Kramer’s excellence as a teacher is the heart of what earned him the Raleigh Medal of Arts in 2018. It’s an honor not frequently bestowed upon collegiate academic types - a fact not lost on Kramer as the ceremony approached. “The university is a bit of a world unto itself in relationship to the community at large, and the Medal of Arts is mostly MUSIC.ARTS.NCSU.EDU

Kramer and his cello photographed by Dr. Frank Hammond in 1985 when he was the department’s musician in residence. Photo courtesy of North Carolina State University, Division of Student Affairs, Department of Music Records, UA 016.014, Box 26, Folder 1.

for people who are involved in the arts in the community,” said Kramer. “As I think Mark [Scearce, former department head] said in his nominating letter, people who teach aren’t in the limelight. Everything I do is in the classroom. You’re not out in front like a conductor. I don’t get my name on a lot of things. But I’d like to think what I’ve done in the vineyard of the arts is valuable, and it’s nice to be recognized. It’s a wonderful thing.” Warren’s wish that every student could have a semester with Kramer may get a little closer to coming true in the near future. Kramer hopes to pursue a third Fulbright Fellowship to teach in India and Uganda, sharing his passion for the world’s music with students across the globe.



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COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS Music department outreach and extension programs pave pathways for community members to be part of music at NC State

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ngaging with and serving the community has always been core to NC State’s land-grant roots, and the music department offers community members a wide variety of ways to connect with music at NC State. These outreach programs also provide academic enrichment for the more than 6,000 students who take music department courses, enroll in ensembles or attend performances each year. “The core of our mission is to serve our students” said Department Head Daniel Monek. “Whether that’s through our academic courses and ensembles or providing opportunities to learn side-by-side with amateur or professional musicians from outside the university, it’s about providing the best music education possible to the students at NC State and opening the door to lifelong music making. And a big part of that is cultivating a music community that informs, enriches and supports our academic mission.” For the young musician

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Part of building that community is inspiring the next generation of student-musicians. The marching band’s annual March with the Pack event invites high school students to spend a day immersed in marching with a Division I collegiate band, including a rehearsal and lunch with the full band, tickets to the football game and a half-time performance on the field at Carter-Finley Stadium. A highlight of the experience for both the high schoolers and the band members is the chance to interact with one another and share the energy of game day. Sophomore trombonist Sammy Penninger, a computer science major, felt that his decision to attend NC State was influenced by the enthusiasm of everyone he met in the marching band. “All the members of the band were so excited; they did everything 100 percent and they all had fun,” Penninger said. “The game day atmosphere was great. Seeing so many people at a football game, and when the band marched out on the field—at the time, I didn’t know what it was called,



Assistant Director of Bands Chris Branam conducts the NC State Marching Band and hundreds of high school participants during March with the Pack in Sept. 2018. Photo by Erin Zanders.

but—‘The Dirty Shuffle’ was the coolest thing I had ever seen from a marching band. And I was like, ‘Man, I would just love to be a part of this.’ They really made us feel welcome at lunch and it was just a great experience overall.” March with the Pack is a key recruitment tool for the marching band, but it’s more than that to Assistant Director of Bands Chris Branam. “We’re trying to make them lifelong learners and continue with music education when they go to college, wherever that might be,” said Branam. “They’ve invested an enormous amount of time through their developmental years in middle and high school, to then let their talents erode at the college level is a shame. Because that’s the payoff. They get to be at the games and be a huge part of the esprit de corps.” The music department also offers summer camps and plans to expand its offerings over the next few years. This summer, high school students can attend a new Music Technology Camp or the Drum Major Leadership Camp. The department’s resources and course offerings in the field of music technology have expanded over the last few years, and the Music Technology Camp is the latest foray into preparing students for careers in this multi-billion dollar growing industry. Camp faculty will work with each student in hands-on, inquiry-based projects to learn concepts and skills including songwriting with digital audio workstations, audio engineering, acoustics, music theory and keyboard skills. The Drum Major Leadership Camp focuses on MUSIC.ARTS.NCSU.EDU

the various aspects of field conducting and leadership in both competitive and non-competitive marching bands for students who are preparing to be drum majors or section leaders in their high school bands. Camp director Branam’s vision is eventually to offer camps that specialize in the same areas as each of the department’s ensembles, and broaden to include camps for middle schoolers. For the lifelong musician The music department’s Raleigh Civic Symphony and Chamber Orchestra have included community musicians in their ranks since their origin in 1967, and even further back to earlier incarnations of the orchestra program at NC State. Under the direction of Peter Askim, the two orchestras are split roughly 50/50 between students and community players. Similar to how the other curricular ensembles and music offerings in the department provide students with opportunities to continue learning and playing their instrument, the civic hybrid ensembles open those opportunities to a broader audience. Askim thinks the hybrid is mutually beneficial for the students and community players. It also provides some continuity and institutional memory for the ensemble, since most students are only involved for up to four years and some community members have been in the orchestra for as long as 20. “The community players are people who’ve been playing for many years and have lots of different life experience,” said Askim. “So both in terms of NC STATE MUSIC ALUMNI MAGAZINE 13

TOP: Peter Askim conducts the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra in the world premiere of the first bluegrass viola concerto at its November concert, Music of the Mountains. Photo by Erin Zanders. ABOVE: Chris Branam leads a conducting exercise with high school students in the 2018 Drum Major Leadership summer camp. Photo by Robert Davezac.

Visit to learn more about these programs and how you can get involved.

life and musical experience it adds another dimension to what we do. There’s no delineation; everybody’s sitting next to each other, learning from each other, making music together. And the community players love working with the students and being in an academic atmosphere. There’s a sense of discovery and experimentation and a love of making music that unifies everybody.” The newest addition to the department’s hybrid ensembles, the African American Choral Ensemble, gives people of all backgrounds, experience levels and ethnicities the chance to learn and perform music of the African diaspora. This collection of music—including spirituals, folk forms, gospel, works by composers of African descent and contemporary music from the African American culture—tends to be underrepresented in traditional choral repertoire. Choir director Darrick King hopes to build a community through the ensemble, connecting students and non-students around the understanding that all kinds of music are for all people. “I think it’s important to have students and community members just to emphasize that this is music that’s out there for everyone,” said King. “There’s no real requirements or skill level necessary, so I think having community members will help promote that sense of everyone’s welcomed and we’re all connected.” For the music lover The Price Music Center Lecture Series, organized by department faculty Jonathan Kramer and Alison Arnold, brings scholars and musicians from different cultures to campus to share their music in performance and speak on how it fits and functions within a given society. The lectures enhance music’s curricular offerings, and provide learning opportunities for anyone with an interest in the cultural context of music.


The 2018-19 series centers around the theme of women in music, with upcoming talks focusing on post-colonial Korea and the vocal technique called ululation. The lectures are free and open to the public. For those with an interest in musical performances, all departmental ensembles perform at least one concert each semester. During the 2017-18 season, more than 8,000 people attended music department events and 55 percent of audience members were non-students. NC State’s student-musicians are pursuing a variety of majors but they all invest the time and energy required to audition, practice and rehearse because music is an important part of their lives. For Kelly Yuengel-Ploch, whose daughter Cassidy Ploch ‘18 played in the marching band and wind ensemble, attending concerts at NC State gave her many fond memories and “proud momma bear moments.” She said prior to attending NC State, Cassidy fought hard in their small town of Bath, NC to hold together enough students in her marching band so she would have somewhere to play. “The first time I watched her and the wind group play I was moved to actual tears,” said Yuengel-Ploch. “The sound, the music, it was real. The pride and joy these young adults had was overwhelming. Not to mention the bond they had together. These concerts not only gave me unbelievable joy but I understood for the first time what she was fighting so hard for. The music.” Concertgoers can find something for everyone in the season lineup, with concert bands, orchestras, jazz bands, choirs and student-led a cappella groups. Several concerts also feature panel discussions to dig deeper into the themes of the music. “I will come to see your concerts still, but I will miss seeing the joy in [Cassidy] when she shares her gift,” said Yuengel-Ploch. “But I do know that each and everyone in that band has the same passion and joy as my Cassidy, and that’s what makes your concerts and marching the best show I’ve ever seen.”



CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The Symphonic Band performs Fillmore’s Americans We in November; all three NC State choirs perform with members of the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra during their holiday concert in December; guest violist Ralph Farris of ETHEL performs the world premiere of the first ever bluegrass viola concerto, written by Donald Reid Womack, with the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra during their Music of the Mountains concert in November; percussion performance minor Alex Hornaday performs “Fly Me to the Moon” during his applied recital in October; students from the NC State Dance Program perform choreography inspired by the art of Gustav Klimt to Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 with the Raleigh Civic Symphony; saxophonists in the Jazz Ensemble I perform during the Jazz and Wind Ensemble holiday concert in December; vocal performance minor Rachel Harris sings with fellow members of Wolfgang A Cappella, a music department-affiliated student organization, in December.



HONORING AN INNOVATOR The only professional organization in the field of arts entrepreneurship names its leading research award in honor of faculty member Gary Beckman, a pioneer in the discipline by Tahirah Siddiqui


ary Beckman of the arts entrepreneurship program, based in the Department of Music, has been a pivotal and influential figure in his field for over a decade. Beckman is the most frequently cited researcher in arts entrepreneurship, and his dedication to constant growth and innovation has helped shape the future of the emerging field. While pursuing his doctoral degree in musicology at the University of Texas at Austin, Beckman began to notice a trend amongst his fellow graduate and undergraduate students. “There was so much great art being created, but most students did not have a knack for the financial side of things,” said Beckman. This realization led him to begin exploring opportunities to marry the two worlds. “I wanted to help artists succeed, and help get some better art into the world.” After completing his Ph.D., Beckman began teaching at the University of South Carolina’s School of Music where he helped to found the first music entrepreneurship minor in the country. In 2011, when he started teaching at NC State, he worked to develop the nation’s second arts entrepreneurship minor. The minor was fully approved and began enrolling students in 2012. Even before the development of the minor was fully complete, Beckman noted students were eager to participate. The minor helps emerging arts entrepreneurs leverage a broad knowledge base to create successful arts ventures. The innovative classroom experience in combination with a focus on informed decision-making and a cutting-edge curriculum helps to ensure the minor is not only the most comprehen-

“I wanted to help artists succeed, and help get some better art into the world.”

sive program of its kind in the country, but also the largest, with over sixty active students participating. Beckman’s impact on the field of arts entrepreneurship extends beyond the Wolfpack community as well. He edited the field’s first essay collection Disciplining the Arts: Teaching Entrepreneurship in Context, co-founded and co-edited the first academic journal on arts entrepreneurship education, and founded and serves as executive editor for several industry journals. Beckman also co-founded the field’s only professional organization, the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education (SAEE), in 2014 with the goal of advancing formal training and high educational standards for arts entrepreneurship education. In October at its fifth national conference, SAEE announced that it was naming its research award after Beckman. The Gary D. Beckman Research Award in Arts Entrepreneurship is the top scholarly research award in the emerging field. President of SAEE Josef Hanson noted that the society “sought to recognize pioneering research that embodied his rigorous, thought-provoking approach” in naming the award in Beckman’s honor. When asked for his reaction to receiving the honor, Beckman stated, “I’m still in shock; as a graduate student I had never imagined my research would be this beneficial.” However, his colleagues like NC State arts entrepreneurship professor Kathryn Brown were not as surprised by the honor. “I have always been inspired by his stewardship of knowledge, and his ability to combine his professional and life experiences with his academic background in order to help others,” Brown said. Regarding his contributions to the NC State community, Brown further notes that “Dr. Beckman has done a beautiful job designing a curriculum that allows us to teach entrepreneurship in an arts context, specifically.” At the same conference in October, two Miami University faculty members, Todd Stuart and



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Tuning up for a marching band reunion

Gary Beckman performs as a member of NC State faculty rock band The Quadrivium Project in August 2017. Photo by Robert Davezac.

Willie Caldwell, were the first to be awarded the Beckman Research Award for their work developing an arts management and entrepreneurship curriculum at Miami University. Currently, Beckman is writing a new textbook, which will be the third in the arts entrepreneurship field. He has also been working to develop his own pedagogical approach to decision making in the arts known as the entrepreneurial ecology of the arts. Beckman has dedicated his teaching career to trying new approaches and integrating what works into his classroom. Developing his pedagogy has required him to become well-versed in business research as well as the ever-changing arts industry in order to better understand the needs of his students and the entrepreneurial world. Beckman encourages students to think and learn broadly and adds, “in many respects the broader view you have of how the arts and larger economy works, the more prepared you are to make better decisions.� Along these lines, he appreciates the diversity of majors within the arts entrepreneurship minor, noting he has students from every college within NC State. Beckman finds this inspiring as he credits his students as his driving force to do more in the field.

For more information on the arts entrepreneurship minor, visit Tahirah Siddiqui is a sophomore majoring in business administration, and is a University College marketing intern.

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f you ask Bill Gardner what music has meant to his wife, Miriam Bailey Gardner, he may show you a scrapbook. After his wife was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Bill assembled a scrapbook of her life, so that their children would more fully understand Miriam’s personal and professional accomplishments. In the process, Bill learned more about his wife’s early life, including the fact that her lifelong love of music was ignited while a student at NC State. Miriam, a native of Rowan County, was the ideal college student. She excelled academically and was involved in various extracurricular activities. Miriam graduated from the College of Natural Resources with a degree in conservation and pursued a successful, trailblazing career at the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Though Miriam’s career was in agriculture, music was a vital source of joy, expression and community. For as long as she was able, Miriam served as a prominent figure in her local music community, participating in both choirs and ensembles and performing regularly. At NC State Miriam participated in numerous activities, including the marching band, choirs and ensembles. She also played the Belltower’s carillon and accompanied musical theatre performances. Daniel Monek, head of the Department of Music, and several of his colleagues provided direction for the Gardners about the programs, priorities and challenges for current and prospec-

tive students who have talents and interests in the performing arts. As a result, Bill and Miriam chose to establish the Miriam Bailey Gardner Music Scholarship Endowment. This endowment will honor Miriam and provide four-year renewable merit-based scholarships to music students in perpetuity. Providing renewable scholarships to music students is a strategic priority of the department, according to Monek. “Students are faced with a lot of choices as college gets more expensive, and often have to decide between a job and an ensemble. Scholarships like Miriam’s give them back the time needed to forge their own indelible experience with music at NC State, like the one that had such an impact on Miriam.” Through this scholarship, Miriam’s legacy will live on in generations of NC State students who, like Miriam, may find their professional homes elsewhere but will always be musicians.

remember Habets and his love of music, and presented a check to fund the endowments. This gift supports the department’s strategic focus on building infrastructure in the field of music technology. Current and future courses will prime students for careers in a multibillion dollar industry where employees with music and technical skills are in high demand. The department houses three digital audio workstation (DAW) labs and one eight-station computer classroom equipped with a variety of music software and hardware at each workstation. Instructor Aaron Keane, a 20-year veteran of the music industry with a background in audio engineering and several professional recording credits, teaches the DAW courses. Thanks in part to this support, the department is launching a new Music Technology Summer Camp to teach high school students the basics of audio engineering and digital composition.

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he Department of Music has two new endowments – one for a four-year renewable music scholarship and one for initiatives that promote the intersection between music and technology – thanks to a $200,000 gift from Waste Industries. The endowments are named in memory of the late Harry M. Habets, who retired from Waste Industries in 2013 as president and COO. In a special event with Chancellor Woodson and other university leaders in December 2017, representatives from Waste Industries and the Habets family gathered to


MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS • Miriam Bailey Gardner Music Scholarship • Harry M. Habets Music Scholarship • I.T.G./Norma Ausley Memorial Scholarship • Mu Beta Psi Honorary Music Scholarship • Reynolds Music Performance Scholarship • Bruce T. Brown Marching Band Scholarship • Margaret Price Corcoran Marching Band Scholarship • Dewey M. Griffith Scholarship • Jim Marchman Marching Band Scholarship • Toni Christine Masini Memorial Scholarship • Alby Rose Marching Band Scholarship • Curtis R. Carver, Jr. Clarinet Scholarship • Amelia E. Hunter Choral Leadership Scholarship • NCSU Pipes and Drums Scholarship


Department of Music Price Music Center 2620 Cates Ave Campus Box 7311 Raleigh, NC 27695-7311

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The Singing Statesmen, the music department’s tenor-bass choir, perform during the Fall Choral Collage concert in Oct. 2018. Photo by Erin Zanders.

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