Da Capo 2018â€“2019 Alumni Magazine
Cover story on page 6
In this Issue 4 National composers prepare musicians of tomorrow 5 UofSC composer wins major commission
6 On southern monuments, myths and histories
Da Capo is the annual alumni magazine of the University of South Carolina School of Music.
7 British composer premieres opera at UofSC
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Red hot sun turning over, by composer David Garner, premiered at the Koger Center for the Arts in March with the University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble and mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway, led by conductor Scott Weiss. Story on page 6.
7 Alumnus on Broadway
12 Three generations together – Congaree New Horizons Band 13 Leading the way for 21st-century music schools 14 NEH supports research 14 Alumnus with World Percussion Group 14 Faculty retirements 15 Welcome new faculty 15 Outstanding faculty award 16 New endowed scholarship
Tayloe Harding, dean, executive editor Andrew Gowan, interim dean, 2019–2020 Tina Milhorn Stallard, associate dean/director undergraduate studies Clifford Leaman, associate dean/director graduate studies Laveta Gibson, executive assistant to the dean Ellen Woodoff, writer/editor/art director Polly Lafitte, School of Music director of development
17 Faculty news 19 Student news 22 Alumni news 23 Donors
Music-making and music-listening make life better and create better communities through a union of happier people. – Dean Tayloe Harding
A message from Dean Tayloe Harding Dear Friends: 2018-19 has been a great year for the University of South Carolina School of Music. The pages of this edition of DaCapo, and its online companion at sc.edu/edu will bear this out. Much has been accomplished and many new and innovative people and ideas have been empowered and delivered. I hope you are as inspired and proud of what is outlined here as we are, as these activities yet again affirm our mission and the great purpose of music to positively impact our lives and the world. The greatness of 2018-19 is characterized by the profound changes at our beloved Carolina as well. After 11 years of robust advancement and personal engagement, Harris Pastides retired as president. Our supportive and dedicated provost of the last four years, Joan Gabel, left for her own presidency at another institution, and other important university officials have moved on in recent months as well. Changes like these are often sad, but they almost always bring new opportunities to reconsider what we do and how we do it in order to be even better and more distinctive in doing it. In your School of Music, we embrace those challenges and it defines our greatness. More changes involve our School directly – new faculty replacing those who have retired happen most years and 2018-19 was no different. But beyond those, we have also had significant movement within the School – new direction of three of our largest and most impactful areas: choral studies, orchestras and UofSC Bands have transitioned from retirees to outstanding colleagues already in our midst for a number of years. Handling transitions in this way affords us the great luxury to be able to refresh in these areas vital to the School, and yet approach with an even greater confidence our ability to excel in doing so. I myself will be undergoing some change for 2019-20 as I step away from the Music Deanship for about a year to serve Carolina as its Interim Provost. Recently retired Executive Dean of the School, Andrew Gowan, graciously has offered himself to be the school’s interim dean during that time. As a result of these changes, there is significant trust in the School that 2019-20 will be a great year, and that our chance to count on different people in different roles will only serve to advance us, our mission and our impact even more. Keep an eye out for us and join us when you can. Forever to Thee,
Three national top-tier composers prepare the musicians of tomorrow “The indelible mark Gabriela Lena Frank, Nico Muhly, and Caroline Shaw left on our students will be felt for many years to come.” – Reginal Bain, professor of composition and theory
Gabriela Lena Frank
Jacob Wylie, second-year DMA student in composition, reflects, “The residencies of Gabriela Lena Frank, Nico Muhly and Caroline Shaw were eye-opening experiences. I found myself blown away not only by each composer’s technical mastery, but also by the depth of understanding they each demonstrated about other facets of music, academia and other art forms. It is easy to think of ‘composition’ as an archaic craft; an occupation of old governed by a bunch of old, dead white men. Frank, Muhly and Shaw show, on the contrary, that the pursuit of a career in composition is not merely an ancient artistic endeavor reserved for the few. Musical composition is a way of life. The experiences of working with these three composers during their residencies were invaluable. Frank, Muhly and Shaw were three perfect composers to show all students at the School of Music what it takes to build a successful career as a musician in today’s diverse and ever-changing socioeconomic climate.” Nico Muhly, a sought-after collaborator whose influences range from American minimalism to the Anglican choral tradition, is the recipient of commissions from the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Philadelphia Orchestra and others. He worked one-on-one with our composition students, looking over their scores, giving feedback, and talking to music students about their chosen field. Muhly premiered his work, Reliable Sources, with director of bands and orchestras, Scott Weiss and the UofSC Wind Ensemble. “The classical music world is definitely evolving, and our School of Music is all about creating diversely skilled musicians,” Scott Weiss says. “The skills required to bring Bach and Nico’s piece to life are similar but different — this gives them an outlook on making music that only happens when you are working with composers.” Grammy Award-winning composer Gabriela Lena Frank was included in the Washington Post’s list of the 35 most significant women composers in history. Born to a mother of mixed Peruvian/ Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, Frank explores her multicultural heritage most ardently through her compositions. Identity has always been at the center of her music. Frank is a musical anthropologist – traveling extensively throughout South America. Her pieces often reflect her studies of Latin American folklore, incorporating poetry, mythology and native musical styles into a western classical framework that is uniquely her own.
Frank is the subject of several scholarly books and PBS documentaries, including “Compadre Huashayo” about her work in Ecuador composing for the Orquestra de Instrumentos Andinos comprised of native highland instruments; and Música Mestiza, about a workshop she led at the University of Michigan composing for a virtuoso septet of a classical string quartet and a trio of Andean panpipe players. Músic Mestiza, created by filmmaker Aric Hartvig, received an Emmy Nomination for best Documentary Feature in 2015.
Fang Man wins commission for the San Francisco Symphony
Nico Muhly, Scott Weiss and the Wind Ensemble in rehearsal for the premiere of Reliable Sources.
Caroline Shaw doesn’t like to be called a “composer.” She’s more comfortable with just “musician.” Shaw is a New York-based musician – vocalist, violinist, composer and producer. She was the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013 for Partita for 8 Voices, written for the Grammy-winning, quirky a cappella group, Roomful of Teeth, of which she is a member. She’s contributed vocal tracks to songs by Kanye West and Nas, and recent commissions include new works for Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw with Sō Percussion and Gil Kalish, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with John Lithgow, Brooklyn Rider, the Baltimore Symphony, among others. She has upcoming works premiering by pianist Jonathan Biss with the Seattle Symphony, Anne Sofie von Otter with Philharmonia Baroque, the LA Philharmonic, and Juilliard 415. Shaw’s film scores include Erica Fae’s To Keep the Light, Josephine Decker’s Madeline’s Madeline, and the upcoming short 8th Year of the Emergency by Maureen Towey. Shaw studied at Rice, Yale and Princeton, currently teaches at NYU, and is a Creative Associate at the Juilliard School. “Going to a concert featuring music from these three composers was a great experience alone, but getting the opportunity to really speak to these composers, work with them, and realize that they are, in fact, real people who have some of the same problems and roadblocks we have as less experienced composers, was truly eye-opening. Getting a chance to learn from some of today’s most notable composers was already exciting, but I think one of the most valuable experiences we had with these composers was getting the opportunity to see the real possibility of ourselves ‘making it’ like they have. “ – Thomas Palmer, BM composition, senior
The esteemed League of American Orchestras has announced the winners of the 2018 Women Composers Readings and Commissions Program. Commission recipient Fang Man is one of three winners who received an orchestral commission as part of the 2018 Women Composers Readings and Commissions program, an initiative of the partnership with American Composers Orchestra (ACO) and supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Fang Man’s work will be premiered by the San Francisco Symphony. “Over the past five years, our Women Composers program has significantly expanded the repertoire, resulting in important new works by women being performed by orchestras across the country,” said Jesse Rosen, the League’s president and CEO. Hailed as “inventive and breathtaking” by The New York Times, UofSC assistant professor of composition Fang Man’s music has been performed worldwide by notable orchestras and ensembles – the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra New Music Group under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Basel Sinfonietta, Slovak Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestre de Lorraine, Minnesota Orchestra, Prism Saxophone Quartet, Dolce Suono Ensemble and Music from China, among others. She will be the composer-in residence with the Mannheimer Philhamoniker (Germany) in its 2019-20 season. Fang Man is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Koussevitzky Foundation Commission, an Underwood/ACO Commission, Toru Takemitsu Award (Japan), Opera America Discovery Grant, the National Endowment for the Arts Award, Siemens Berlin Music Foundation Commission, New Music USA Commission, 47th UWRF Commissioned Composer, UofSC Provost Grant, Bank of America Gallery Commission, the Darmstadt Stipend-Prize-Award, Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship, Frank Huntington Beebe Fellowship, among others. www.fangmanmusic.com
Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano Ian Jones, percussion
Red hot sun turning over On southern monuments, myths, and histories When he applied for a provost grant in creative and performing arts, David Garner planned to use his skills as a composer to create a concert-length piece for a wind ensemble. Garner was awarded the provost grant and began to envision a large-scale project that encompasses Southern history, Southern music and Southern themes. Then Charlottesville happened and Garner decided what to do with the project. Garner, assistant professor of composition and theory, had written music that took existing tunes or melodies and combined them into classical arrangements before. But this time he felt he needed to go beneath that surface engagement. “A tune is not just a tune; it represents so much more. The smallest little piece of music can have such a huge history,” Garner says. “So, I wanted to figure out a way to engage in that more directly.” Red hot sun turning over explores Southern monuments, myths and histories. Using music, sounds and images from the civil war era and the early 20th century, the music erects monuments and tears them down, writes and re-writes histories, exposes the complex web of southern myths, and confronts the nostalgia and pain surrounding Confederate monuments in the South. Garner’s approach is informed by research into Civil war history, the history of the South, African-American history, and through an exploration of the history of racism and whiteness, which are inextricably linked. Red hot sun turning over premiered at the Koger Center for the Arts in March with the University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble and mezzosoprano Rachel Calloway, led by conductor Scott Weiss.
“Ultimately, I hope this project will spark curiosity in listeners to investigate the complicated history of Confederate monuments in the South and take action to aid in the efforts to remove all Confederate monuments or accurately contextualize them and also to create new memorials to the history of white atrocities, slavery, reconstruction and Jim Crow laws that tell a more complete story of the South.” – David Garner, assistant professor of composition and theory davidkirklandgarner.com/redhotsun
Judith Weir’s North American premiere of Armida Opera at USC’s Lanny and Sidney Palmer One Act Series presents a free opera every spring. This year’s production was Armida, by British composer Judith Weir. The contemporary love story, set in a modern war zone, follows the passionate development of the relationship between two characters who are conflicted about love for peace and duty as a soldier and a journalist. “Judith Weir, first female master of the Queen’s music, was thrilled when I asked her for permission to produce the American premiere of Armida,” said director of opera studies, Ellen Douglas Schlaefer. “The piece was written for film and the challenges to bring it to the stage, especially in our Recital Hall, were great. I am very proud of the students and what they did to give this ancient, yet contemporary, story life.” Tori Woodcock, MM in opera theatre, said this about her role and experience, “Armida was a complicated piece of music both melodically and rhythmically. There are no previous recordings or videos of the opera available, so we had to come up with our own interpretation of the work. That being said, this was the first time I could really come up with my own authentic characterization without anyone in the audience comparing it to someone else they have seen play Ms. Pescado. As an opera singer, this was a challenge because when preparing other popular characters such as Despina in Cosi fan tutte by Mozart, there is a research aspect where a singer can watch others and form their own conclusions about the character they are preparing. This was not the case for my character Ms. Pescado in Armida. Ms. Pescado was not a character in the original text Jerusalem Delivered by Tasso nor was she Rossini’s version of the story. I really had to form my own characterization based on the libretto that Judith Weir had written. The music was quite difficult to learn but fortunately I had the most melodic parts. As the rehearsal process went on, I along with other cast members found ourselves humming parts of the opera, and that was surprising to me because in the beginning it was not necessarily easy to sing. Throughout my time with Armida, I grew to appreciate the music.”
Tori Woodcock performs as Ms. Pescado
Alumnus Nathan Koci in Oklahoma on Broadway
A Brooklyn-based musician originally from Charleston, SC, Nathan Koci is an advocate for music, dance, and theater by living artists, and he has premiered works by some of the top composers. He’s currently performing on Broadway in Oklahoma! Nominated for eight Tony Awards this year, the cast performed on the awards show in June with Koci conducting, playing drums and accordion. He is a music director, performer and composer across multiple media including folk music, contemporary classical music, dance and experimental musical theater. Alumnus Koci says, “I’ve always had a voracious musical appetite. USC was such a great balance of individual attention and widespread opportunity. Almost 20 years ago my days ran the gamut from early morning horn lessons with Professor Pruzin, to steel drum gigs with professors Jim Hall and Chris Lee, to jazz composition lessons with Bert Ligon, to Music Play sessions with Dr. Wendy Valerio, to all manner of social music making with my peers both on and off campus. Now my days consist of directing a Broadway musical, playing horn with new music ensembles, leading community choruses, and freelancing as an accordionist/pianist/hornist/ arranger in the bustling NYC music community. What’s even better is that I CONSTANTLY run into folks from Carolina. Claire Bryant, Andy Akiho, Ron Wiltrout, Baljinder Sekhon, Kenneth Salters, Michael Parker-Harley – the list goes on and on. My days at USC inform everything I do, from always being incredibly early for gigs (thanks Pruzin), valuing utter consistency and professionalism in my playing (thanks Pruzin), to listening harder and closer to all the sounds around me, to always valuing the PEOPLE around me doing this crazy music stuff, making good community while also making good music. Music has the wonderful ability to act as connective tissue – between people, between art-forms, between visual and emotional experiences, even between vast cultural differences. That connective tissue is where my musical practice most often resides. I strive to connect disciplines, connect people, and connect communities through performing music, teaching music, and facilitating the production of musical experiences.” Koci, 2003 BM with emphasis in performance, is most interested in how we engage with each other while we make art and receive art. It’s what drives him to compose brand new music, learn a hundred-year-old folk song, conduct a multi-generational amateur chorus, and teach budding music students how to write about their craft.
Sarah Williams’ NEH Award supports research at the Folger Shakespeare Library “The NEH is the brass ring for many humanities scholars. It’s an extremely competitive program and even the application process is fairly rigorous. But it is a huge honor that can lead to many more opportunities. Plus, the agency supports really exciting and innovative projects, particularly ones that engage with digital scholarship and ways to reach audiences outside the university. I’m proud to represent UofSC as part of this prestigious program.” – Sarah Williams, associate professor of music history National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences or both. After internal competitions, only two applicants from each institution are sent forward to the prestigious national fellowship program. Williams will use the funds to conduct research at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. A scholar of English popular song culture from Shakespeare through the early 18th century, Sarah Williams’ new book will examine the surviving music and descriptions of musical performance contained in forgotten entertainments and theatrical spaces including puppet theater, motion shows, communal ballad performance, and rare shows, or portable curiosity cabinets.
UofSC’s Top Awards John Caddell Arthur M. Fraser Award
Presented to the most outstanding graduating senior in the bachelor of arts in music or the BM with emphasis in performance, theory or composition.
Adam Rafferty Robert Van Doren Award
Presented to the most outstanding graduating senior in the BM program with emphasis in music education. The award is given in honor of Dr. Van Doren, who served as professor of organ and coordinator of music education from 1946-1978.
Bridget Piccirilli Robert Pruzin Music Leadership Award Given to the senior in the BM or BA programs who has demonstrated the most outstanding leadership skills in service, teaching, academic studies and music performance.
Maddie Johnston Cantey Award for Excellence
Presented to a rising senior music major who best exemplifies excellence in scholarship, musicianship and service.
Thomas Palmer Presser Scholar Award
Given by the Presser Foundation to recognize an outstanding music major at the end of his or her junior year. It is a prestigious award that recognizes not only the excellence of the student recipient, but the music unit as well.
Danielle Wood Magellan Scholar
György Ligeti’s Horn Trio: A New Era Mentor: J. Daniel Jenkins This program enriches the academic experience of undergraduates with research opportunities through the faculty mentoring relationship and professional research experience.
Just as Shakespeare’s contemporaries linked music to the arts of memory and the theatrical experience, Williams’ work approaches English music through disciplines like memory studies, musicology, performance studies and cultural studies, in order to expand our definition of “theatrical space” in 17th-century England. Her book will illustrate how we can view musical performance as a powerful tool that can uncover marginalized identities, street theater traditions, political intrigue and forgotten genres. Williams’ first book, Damnable Practises: Music, Witches, and Dangerous Women in Seventeenth-Century English Broadside Balladry (Ashgate 2015) was also supported in part by an NEH Summer Stipend, the American Musicological Society’s Jan LaRue Award for Travel to Europe, the UofSC Women’s and Gender Studies Josephine Abney Research Fellowship, and the UofSC Office of the Provost Humanities Grant. Dr. Williams is the coordinator of the Music History, Ethnomusicology and Experimental Music Area in the School of Music and teaches courses on English Tudor music, Baroque opera, music and magic, Renaissance music and Benjamin Britten.
Jeffrey Yelverton, MM candidate in music history, received the Walker Institute’s International Experience Scholarship to fund his trip to Vipiteno, Italy, this summer to present at the Institute for Russian Music Studies Annual Conference. He also was chosen to present his research on Romanticism and Glinka’s opera Ruslan and Lyudmila at Discover USC in April.
Fulbright Fellow Danielle Wood
Louie Hehman, Sunghun Kim, Verena Abufaiad, Juan Nicolás Morales
Piano Pedagogy Presenters Verena Abufaiad - The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Chicago Louie Hehman - SC Music Teachers Association state conference and the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Piano Pedagogy Symposium, James Madison University, VA. Sunghun Kim - Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Piano Pedagogy Symposium, James Madison University, VA. Huiyun Liang - The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and the Music Teachers National Association national conference, Spokane, WA. Juan Nicolás Morales - soloist with Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra for two performances of Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand.
Vocal Arts Honors Recital Winners Kiara Hayes, freshman Emily Wright, sophomore Catherine Howland, junior Natalie Gilbert, senior
Julia Woodward, MM Tori Woodcock, MM Christopher Moore, MM
Concerto Aria Competition Winners Undergraduate: Coleman Wright, saxophone Graduate: Ben Haimann, marimba At Large: Sabrina Raber, flute
School of Music International Travel Grants Katherine Eaton, oboe - 1st Place $2500 Study at the summer session of Domaine Forget in Quebec. Drew Preston, violin and conducting - 2nd Place $1000 Attend the International Conducting Workshop in Sophia, Bulgaria. Roya Farzaneh, flute - 2nd Place $1000 Attend Pender Island Flute Retreat, British Columbia. Johnnie Felder, voice - 3rd Place $500 Study at the Varna International Academy, Bulgaria. Hannah Thompson, voice - 3rd Place $500 Study at Varna International Academy, Bulgaria. Jantsen Touchstone, conducting - 3rd Place $500 Research the life and music of Cecilia McDowall in London. Ethan Dilley, saxophone - 4th Place $300 Study and research on trends of saxophone repertoire at two conservatories in Paris. Fiona McGowan, conducting - 4th Place $300 Research on the pedagogy, curriculum and structure of the German music education system. Diamond Tyler, voice - 4th Place $300 Varna International Academy study as an opera soloist and perform the role of Despina in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. Jeffrey Yelverton, musicology - 4th Place $300 Attend the annual conference of the Institute for Russian Music Studies in Vipiteno, Italy.
Are visual and digital guides and outreach programs crucial to understanding recent shifts in listening cultures? Fulbright Fellow, Danielle Wood, aims to find out at the University of Potsdam. Competitive Fulbright Fellowships have become among the most prestigious awards for graduate study abroad. Danielle Wood, 2019 bachelor of music in horn performance, has received the prestigious fellowship to study in Germany at the University of Potsdam during the 2019–2020 academic year. Fulbright Fellowships promote bilateral relationships with citizens and governments in other countries. Awards to study in Germany are among the most sought-after and are very difficult to get. Wood’s project, a comparative study of the performance of and audience appreciation for 20th-century music in Germany and the U.S., will be advised by the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Music Listening, Dr. Christian Thorau. “I plan to explore changes in the past 20 years of audience reception of classical music,” Wood said. She hypothesizes that numerous factors – including changes in technology, political climates, wealth distribution, foreign policy and demographics – have affected listening cultures over the past two decades in Berlin and Potsdam. These changes have potentially contributed to the class and ethnic makeup of concert audiences and the evolving listening culture. By extension, audience members may have come to rely on the extra musical literature provided to them such as written programs, pre-concert lectures and visualizations.” Such visual and digital guides are available through orchestra websites – the Berliner Philharmoniker and the audio guides of the Nikolaisaal and Kammerakademie in Potsdam. Alongside these concert aids, Berlin and Potsdam offer outreach programs such as “Give Something Back to Berlin,” that contribute to community interactions like communal events and orchestra programs for a variety of ages. Wood hopes to discover if these efforts are crucial to understanding the recent shifts in the Berlin and Potsdam listening cultures. In addition to examining contemporary practices in Potsdam and Berlin, Woods is looking at archive materials from the last two decades, building on skills she developed as a student at UofSC. “I was bitten by the Ligeti bug,” she said, referring to Hungarian composer György Ligeti. Wanting to study Ligeti sketches at the Paul Sacher Stiftung in Basel, Switzerland, she sought funding from a variety of UofSC entities. “Both Dr. Hubbert and Dr. Jenkins guided me through applications for the Magellan, the Ceny Walker Undergraduate Fellowship, and the School of Music Travel Grant. These awards enabled me to embark upon a three-week journey to Switzerland in the summer of 2018.”
Gail Barnes nationally recognized
Creativity in Music Awards Spark’s Creativity in Music Awards support students by giving them a framework for expanding boundaries, taking chances and discovering their personal voice.
1st prize Morgan Monty, Lucas Miller, Jackson Boatwright COMMUNITY TALENT SHOWCASE
Event to build partnerships that celebrate underserved communities through music and arts engagement activities.
Gail V. Barnes, professor of music education, was recognized with the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) 2019 String Researcher Award for Long Term Achievement. It was awarded to Barnes in recognition of her record of sustained engagement in research activities: publication in juried research journals, research presentations, professional service in string research, and support of other string researchers through mentoring, collaboration and supervision. In her speech at the ASTA conference, Barnes spoke of the need for collaboration among researchers. “In order for research to be relevant and applicable, it is important for us to remember our constituency. Our students and colleagues in the public schools may see research as something abstract and distant, but string education researchers are conducting studies in a variety of areas. Collaborating with our current students and public-school colleagues may offer opportunities for greater understanding on both sides of this imaginary dividing line.” Barnes also pointed out the need for all teachers to address social inequity. Barnes encourages her students not to conflate race and economic status although the rate of poverty in urban schools with high concentrations of black and Latinx students is six times higher than schools with high numbers of white students. Quoting Lorenzo (2012), “As citizens of a democratic nation, teachers may assume that all children have equal access to the arts, but in fact, America is not a nation of equal opportunity for all people.” She cited efforts at ameliorating this inequity: At the UofSC String Project, 25% of the current staff are either black or Latinx. The majority of string teachers, however, are white and middle class, so it is necessary for all teachers, particularly pre-service teachers to develop cultural responsiveness. Five years ago, String Project alumna and Joseph Keels Elementary principal, Alvera Butler, proposed a partnership. Students from Keels – a Title I school – accompanied by a teacher’s assistant, come to the program twice a week for lessons. The students get a head start on violin, and String Project undergraduate teachers learn to meet the musical and educational needs of students who have different backgrounds than their own. Dr. Barnes has served as director of UofSC’s String Project for 22 years.
2nd prize Deux Saisons Christopher Schoelen and Keri Lee Pierson MUSIC & MEDITATION
Live event focusing on health, wellness, meditation and music to create opportunities for heightened self-awareness of stress for university students.
3rd prize Jenny Davis IF.ELSE
Experimental music duo interested in creating opportunities for discovery and collaboration among everyone involved in a performance by blurring the lines between installation, performance and contingent events.
Finalist Chase Banks THE GREEN VIBES PROJECT
A commissioning initiative to promote recycling and green methods of instrument production and to create awareness for environmental issues focusing on the vibraphone as a featured instrument with other percussive instruments.
Finalist Sabrina Raber CHAMBER BREWSIC
Audience engagement initiative combining chamber music performance, non-traditional performance venues, conversation and beer from one of Columbia’s best brewing companies.
Creativity in Teaching Awards The Spark Awards aid in the development and implementation of creative elements in teaching – encouraging a creative musical culture, experimentation with new ideas, collaboration between faculty, positive impact on students, activities, and initiatives supporting the School of Music’s values.
Amanda Schlegel MORE MUSIC, MORE PEOPLE
Schlegel used funds to the attend the Modern Band Summit and Colloquium, held at Colorado State University, July 28–August 1. The intention of the summit and colloquium was to interact with K-12 teachers, music industry leaders, and music teacher educators who are interested in including a larger portion of K–12 students in active music making, often through popular music genres. Schlegel looks to create opportunities for music education majors to learn more about these approaches and will look to create additional music-making experiences for students and members of the Congaree New Horizons Band.
Michael Harley BASSOONS IN SCHOOLS
Bassoons in Schools, now in its second year, continues to offer free lessons to aspiring young bassoonists in Richland One public schools. This creates new connections in Columbia’s music community and enables many students to take lessons and participate in music who might not otherwise be able to. It also gives members of the UofSC bassoon studio valuable teaching experience.
Wendy Valerio CREATIVE MUSICING THROUGH CIRCLESONGS
Valerio used her award to attend “Circlesongs: It’s About Us,” in Rhinebeck, NY, led by Bobby McFerrin, Joey Blake, Judy Vinar, David Worm and Rhiannon. She will use the experience to foster music creativity in and among her students, infants through adults.
Jeff Vaughn BEYOND THE CIRCLE
Vaughn is working with recreational music advocates to gain instructional tools, operational insight and community building techniques using rhythm, sound and shared musical experiences. Key areas of interest: mindfulness through musical participation, emotional and physical wellness, community building, and advocacy for participatory arts experiences with underserved populations. Additional steps will be taken to identify opportunities where group rhythmic facilitation might enhance the process of reflection on integrative learning experiences for music students. Vaughn will work with the percussion studio and present findings from the process and will facilitate a public event during the academic year open to community members and music students, faculty and staff.
Christine Fisher outstanding alumna
In sixth grade Christine Fisher had already made up her mind. She wanted to be a band teacher. Fisher recently retired with numerous awards and accolades – she was twice awarded South Carolina Teacher of the Year – the only music teacher ever to hold the honor in the 41-year history of the Teacher of the Year program in the state. Her bands have earned 13 Outstanding Performance Awards, and she has written and received more than $75,000 in grant money for music programs. She retired from the Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project after spending nearly 20 years working to provide comprehensive arts programs in schools across the state. The S.C. Arts Commission awarded her the state’s highest arts award in 2006, the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts. She received the Winthrop University Medal of Arts in 2012. S.C. Arts Commission former executive director Ken May said of Fisher, “She has changed many thousands of young lives for the better. They, and we, owe her heartfelt thanks and praise for her life of unselfish, tireless devotion to arts education for everyone. We wish her nothing but the best in her retirement – and more time for music-making.” Fisher earned her master’s degree from UofSC and has since served on many local and state education committees, including the writing team for the state’s Visual and Performing Arts Frameworks and the music standards for Florence District One. She became director of the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project in 2001. S.C. superintendent of education Molly Spearman said, “Christine Fisher has spent her entire career being a tireless advocate and supporter of arts-based education in South Carolina. I am so appreciative of Christine’s leadership from being the only music teacher to be named our state teacher of the year to her service as the director of the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project where she has brought access to the arts to students across our state and shared her tremendous wealth of knowledge with countless educators.”
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Leading the way for 21st-century music schools
“I am particularly proud that UofSC has established itself as a national leader when it comes to meaningful progressive values and change.”
This January, 250 American music faculty and administrators across a wide range of disciplines and institutions travelled to Columbia for the Carolina/College Music Society Summit 2.0. Building on the success of a sold-out 2016 event, this experiential workshop featured a team-based, problem-solving “game.” Additionally, there were “BIG Idea” lightning talks, a keynote address, and lessons on cultivating high functioning teams. Attendees left inspired, armed with a flexible, transferrable step-by-step process for catalyzing positive change back home.
– David Cutler, professor of music entrepreneurship
Summit 2.0 was directed by UofSC’s professor of music entrepreneurship David Cutler, envisioned alongside a team of leaders including Dean Tayloe Harding. Cutler answers a few questions:
What was the premise of Summit 2.0?
College music schools have historically prioritized artistic excellence. But as the world changes exponentially, some new questions have become increasingly important in order to stay relevant and sustainable. These types of questions were at the heart of Summit 2.0: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
What additional skills and perspectives do 21st-century music students need? Which values make our school different from all others? How might we best emphasize those distinct priorities? Where can we find the time and resources necessary to do that? How can programs build consensus around such visioning?
How was it structured?
Summit 2.0 took place at the fictional “Heaven University.” Participants were divided into teams representing different “campuses” and degrees. Each campus chose two distinct values (e.g. career skills and community engagement). They determined which activities best impart such non-traditional priorities. But instead of inventing classes, the challenge required integrating lessons into traditional curricula. This stressed the opportunity – and responsibility – of core disciplines to work together and become interconnected parts of the solution. The hardest part wasn’t adding new elements, but rather determining how to make room. Teams stepped up and arrived at remarkable solutions.
How did the Summit culminate?
A Summit “gameboard” served as a planning tool for teams.
We ended with a public competition where each team pitched their innovations. But there was a catch…Judges were actual music students and parents. Rather than voting as a block, each determined which campus they would choose to attend. This was fun, but also instructive, emphasizing the value of clear messaging that stresses what makes your campus unique and necessary.
What were the big takeaways?
A lot. Attendees commented on the value of designing institutional priorities rather than working in silos. They learned strategies for collaborating on teams and loved interviewing actual students before making curricular decisions. The message of each program discovering a unique identity resonated. For me personally, I was inspired to be part of an educational community with so many dynamic, committed faculty. And I am particularly proud that UofSC has established itself as a national leader when it comes to meaningful progressive values and change.
Julie Hubbert awarded NEH Fellowship
Granted to scholars whose projects embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis and accessible writing, the National Endowment for the Humanities’ year-long fellowships are prestigious and highly sought after. Julie Hubbert, associate professor of music history, has been awarded a fellowship for 2019–2020. The award supports a year’s leave of absence from her teaching responsibilities to complete work on her book, Technology, Listening and Labor: Music in New Hollywood Film, an examination of Hollywood film music practices in the 1960s and ‘70s when filmmakers abandoned classical orchestral underscoring for a range of practices, especially “compilations” of commercially-recorded music. A scholar of film music, Hubbert holds appointments in both the School of Music and Film and Media Studies, and she is also an affiliate faculty member in the Global Studies program at UofSC. While most scholars have focused narrowly on the use of rock music in youth films or Stanley Kubrick’s appropriation of classical music, Hubbert’s study finds the use of recorded music significantly more wide-spread and the range of styles more eclectic than previously understood. It also examines how these changes in film music were made possible by the studios’ assault on union labor, the abandonment of magnetic sound in movie theaters, and by the wide-spread adoption of “high fidelity” and countercultural listening practices. Her study reexamines some of the most iconic film soundtracks from the period – 2001: A Space Odyssey, American Graffiti, The Godfather, Raging Bull and The Exorcist, but also brings new attention to less examined music soundtracks including Badlands, Last Picture Show, What’s Up, Doc? and Harold and Maude. Supported by an NEH Summer Stipend, a Provost’s Humanities Grant, and a Walker Institute Faculty Research Grant, Hubbert has conducted research for the book in film archives in Los Angeles, New York, London and Toronto. Dr. Hubbert is also an award-winning teacher, having won the Cantey Outstanding Faculty Award in the School of Music and a UofSC Mungo Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Alumnus Chase Banks tours with World Percussion Group
Chase Banks, MM percussion performance 2018 and certificate percussion performance 2019, was selected to tour with the World Percussion Group in Europe this spring. The World Percussion Group is an audition-based ensemble founded by the percussion duo Maraca2. Members are selected by audition from hundreds of applicants worldwide and represent the very best young percussion players.
Singing their way to new lives of retirement Professors Larry Wyatt and Walter Cuttino retired from their long and storied years at UofSC. Larry Wyatt was director of choral studies since 1987. He directed our premier choral ensemble, the Concert Choir, and began and supervised the doctoral and master’s programs in choral conducting. Under Wyatt’s direction, the Concert Choir performed at Lincoln Center, the American Choral Association conventions, and major churches throughout Europe. Wyatt commissioned The Passion of Our Lord According to St. Matthew by William Averitt, Tayloe Harding’s War Prayer, and co-commissioned The Martyrdom of Polycarp by J.A.C. Redford. Walter Cuttino, associate professor of voice, has also retired this year. After joining the UofSC faculty, Cuttino quickly got involved in the musical life of the community. He was director of music at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, directed the Palmetto Mastersingers, and was artistic director of the Palmetto Opera. Under his direction, the Mastersingers performed nationally and internationally, touring France and Germany, Russia, China and Canada.
Meet our new faculty BRUNO ALCALDE, assistant professor of music theory Bruno Alcalde’s main research interests are musical style and genre, hybridity in music, and communicational issues of 20th-century music. Other interests include topic theory, situated cognition, and the study of record production in popular music. His recent research develops an analytical framework for mixtures of style and genre in music. Alcalde’s main instrument is electric guitar, performing with rock, jazz and Brazilian music groups. As a composer, he has worked in a variety of styles and genres, embracing popular music, chamber music and soundtracks. CLAIRE BRYANT, assistant professor of cello Cellist Claire Bryant enjoys an active and diverse career as a performer of chamber music, contemporary music, and the solo cello repertoire. She is equally passionate and committed to her work as an educator and advocate for the inclusion of the arts in society. Bryant, a founding member of New York City-based chamber music collective Decoda, has collaborated with world-class artists and regularly performs with acclaimed ensembles in NYC. She is the 2010 recipient of the Robert Sherman McGraw Hill Companies Award for excellence in community outreach and music education, and the director of Decoda’s justice initiative, Music for Transformation, which brings collaborative songwriting workshops to correctional institutions. JABARIE GLASS, interim associate director of choral studies Jabarie Glass will conduct University Chorus, Women’s Chorus, and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and choral music education. His diverse conducting experiences have included working with university, secondary, community youth, festival and church choral ensembles. He maintains an active schedule of concerts, lectures, guest conducting and adjudication engagements throughout the U.S. Ensembles have received numerous honors and awards under his leadership, including invitational performances at the American Choral Directors Association Southern Division Conference and the Mississippi-ACDA State Conference. His research interests include conducting pedagogy, music literacy and pre-service teacher education. JAY JACOBS, associate director of bands/director of athletic bands Jay Jacobs is a recipient of the McNeese President’s Award for Outstanding Mentorship and was selected as the 2015 Faculty Member of the Year by the McNeese Student Government Association. Jacobs has served as clinician, adjudicator and presenter at professional conferences, and performed in and conducted ensembles internationally. His career in public education includes teaching in middle and high school, and he was associate professor of music and director of bands at McNeese State University in Louisiana.
Outstanding Faculty Kunio Hara
Kunio Hara, associate professor of music history, was awarded the Cantey Outstanding Faculty Award, presented to a faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary dedication to the School of Music in the areas of teaching, performance, scholarship and service.
“It is a great honor to be recognized by my colleagues for the work I do at the School of Music. I have always enjoyed the process of learning something new and exploring unfamiliar ideas. In my own teaching, I try to convey this sense of joy and excitement in seeing, understanding, and hearing the world around us in new ways. What I love about teaching music history is that it gives me opportunities to introduce students to music they’ve never heard before and to, together with them, explore new ways of listening to music that are already familiar to us.” Hara has also received a Global Carolina grant from the Office of the Provost to support travel to Paris, France, for the Transnational Opera Studies Conference.
Alumni and friends establish an endowed scholarship in honor of Jim Hall A group of alumni, colleagues and friends organized an effort to raise funds to establish the first endowed scholarship for percussion students and are naming it to honor retired faculty member, Jim Hall. Jim retired as Distinguished Professor Emeritus in 2001 after 22 years teaching percussion at UofSC. He served as principal timpanist with the South Carolina Philharmonic and the Columbia Lyric Opera Orchestra. In 1989 Jim founded the Palmetto Pans Steel Band, who continue to enrich the community today. “For many years, I’ve wanted to find a way to honor Jim Hall’s successful teaching career at USC. This scholarship provides the opportunity to recognize his long-standing legacy while providing financial assistance to future USC percussion students. I am so grateful to all of the alumni, friends and family who stepped up to make this scholarship a reality,” writes Scott Herring, professor of percussion and coordinator of percussion studies.
School of Music ALUMNI, we want to hear from you The University’s alumni giving call center is taking a break, but we want to keep in touch so we hope you will let us know where you are and what you’re doing. Did your home or work address change? Did you have a significant life event, or earn another degree? Have you received recognition or awards through your work, performances, service to the community, or other activities? Have an upcoming performance? Please let us know about your latest news!
Dick Goodwin says, “Jim Hall is one of the most complete musicians I know. The first time I heard him was with the famous North Texas One O’Clock band ... and I thought at the time that life would be good if I could, sometime, have a chance to make music with him. As it turns out, he and I were hired by the Austin Symphony to be featured in a piece by David Amram. Since then we have played and continue to play a lot of notes together -- so indeed, life has been very good.“ Two alumni who were instrumental in starting this scholarship effort, Andy Akiho and Baljinder Sekhon, acknowledge the impact Jim Hall had on their growth as musicians and composers. Both were featured in the last issue of DaCapo, archived at sc.edu/music. To join your fellow alumni and friends in honoring Jim, consider making a donation to the Jim Hall Scholarship Fund online at give.evertrue.com/sc/jimhallscholarship or call the Development Office at 803-777-4337.
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Faculty News REGINALD BAIN, professor of composition and theory, was the recipient of the Garnet Apple Award from the Center for Teaching Innovation. This annual award honors the University of South Carolina’s most exceptional faculty who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to best teaching practices and an ongoing record of developing innovative strategies to enhance student learning in their courses. GAIL BARNES, professor of music education, is the recipient of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) 2019 String Researcher Award: Award for Long Term Achievement. ASTA sponsors an annual award to recognize excellence in string research. The String Researcher Award is given to those whose work has contributed significantly to scholarship in string education and/or performance. It was awarded to Barnes in recognition of her established record of sustained engagement in the following research activities: publication in juried research journals, research presentations at professional meetings, professional service in string research, and support (mentoring, collaboration, supervision) of other string researchers. CHRISTOPHER BERG, Carolina Distinguished Professor, has published Practicing Music by Design: Historic Virtuosi on Peak Performance (Routledge). The book explores the relationship between the practices of legendary musicians of the past and modern research on the development of expert skill. PHILLIP BUSH, associate professor of piano, performed his solo program “PianoUSA1918” (featuring American piano music from the 1910s) in several locations throughout the 2018-19 season, including UofSC, Chicago, Seattle, University of Florida and University of Georgia. Chicago Classical Review picked the Chicago recital as one of the “Top Ten Classical Concerts of 2018” in its year-end review, calling it a “fascinating program” and citing Bush’s “unforgettable performance of Charles Ives’ Concord Sonata in which Bush was manifestly in touch with the inward Transcendentalist expression as well as the exhilarating bravura, bringing striking clarity to Ives’ densest contrapuntal thickets.” Spring 2019 saw the release of a disc of six 20th-century oboe sonatas with world-renowned oboist (and former Chicago Symphony principal) Alex Klein, on Cedille Records. Throughout spring 2019 Bush stayed busy with many chamber music projects in the Carolinas, including curating a February concert at the Columbia Museum of Art in which he and UofSC colleagues Ari Streisfeld, Rachel Calloway and incoming cello professor Claire Bryant collaborated on a program celebrating the reopening and re-configuration of the Museum’s galleries. Bush also collaborated with players from the Charlotte Symphony in chamber concerts at Davidson College and the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden; and in March joined violinist Aaron Boyd, violist Dimitri Murrath, and cellist Edward Arron in Beaufort for a chamber music program on the USCB chamber series.
CRAIG BUTTERFIELD, professor of double bass, received an artist fellowship for fiscal year 2020 from the SC Arts Commission board of directors. On June 30, 2019 Walt Disney World Florida commemorated the 45th anniversary of the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue at Pioneer Hall in the Fort Wilderness Campground. In attendance were five of the original 1974 cast members, including UofSC professor of tuba and euphonium RONALD DAVIS, who was the banjo player in the original production. The Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue opened in June 1974 and is now the longest running musical of all times, having surpassed the previous record of 42 years set by the original off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks. The Review show has been performed over 44,400 times and has been seen by over 12 million visitors. This event proved so popular that plans are already in place for both a 50th anniversary celebration in 2024, and for a documentary highlighting the history of Disney’s most long-standing production. FANG MAN, assistant professor of composition, was awarded a prestigious League of American Orchestra’s commission to write a new work for the San Francisco Symphony. americanorchestras.org/conducting-artistic-programs/womencomposer-readings-and-commissions.html KUNIO HARA, associate professor of music history, is the recipient of the 2019 Cantey Outstanding Faculty Award. In addition, he received a Global Carolina grant from the Office of the Provost to support travel to Paris, France, for the Transnational Opera Studies Conference. SERENA HILL-LAROCHE, instructor of voice, served as a master teacher for a master class held at the National Association of Teachers Singing (NATS). In addition, she was elected to serve as the next vice president of S.C. NATS. Following a two-year term as vice president, she will serve as president of S.C. NATS for two years. JULIE HUBBERT, associate professor of music history, was awarded the prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fullyear NEH Fellowship for 2019-20 to fund her project, “Technology, Listening and Labor: Music in New Hollywood Film (1968-1980).” BIRGITTA JOHNSON, associate professor of ethnomusicology, received a Walker Institute International Conference Travel Award for her presentation this summer at the Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives Conference at Rippon College, Oxford, UK. She presented “‘Hallelujah, Anyhow!’: Pioneering Gospel Choirs in Praise and Worship Music of the Late 20th Century.” She presented “Before There Were Praise Teams: Praise and Worship in Gospel Music of the Late 20th Century” at the International Council for Traditional Music in Bangkok, Thailand in July. Johnson was included in the documentary Charlie’s Place for SCETV that won an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Faculty News Southeast chapter. Charlie’s Place, produced by Betsy Newman and SCETV, was awarded an Emmy for Best Historical/Cultural Program from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Southeast chapter. Johnson was featured in the 2018 documentary about entrepreneur Charlie Fitzgerald and his segregation era nightclub and hotel that drew the biggest names in African-American popular music to Myrtle Beach, SC, and defied Jim Crow laws in the 1940s and 1950s. The documentary can be viewed at folkstreams.net/filmdetail.php?id=440 Additionally, Johnson was featured in a videocast for Vox with Estelle Caswell, “The Gospel According to Aretha Franklin.” Johnson was interviewed and her instrument collection was featured in a photo editorial for Columbia Metropolitan Magazine. “The Beat Goes On” columbiametro.com/article/the-beat-goes-on/ March 2019. Johnson contributed a chapter, “She Gave You Lemonade, Stop Trying to Say It’s Tang: Calling Out How Race-Gender Bias Obscures Black Women’s Achievements in Pop Music” for the edited book The Lemonade Reader: Beyonce, Black Feminism and Spirituality. (Routledge Press). Edited by Kinitra D. Brooks and Kameelah L. Martin. June 2019. BERT LIGON, professor of jazz, played concerts at UofSC, Coastal Carolina and Furman in spring 2019. The South Carolina Guitar Quartet specializes in the performance of jazz standards and original compositions exclusively written for four guitars and rhythm section. The group’s repertoire balances notated music alongside fiery and inventive improvisations. Members of the group are educators from all over the state – Dr. Tim Fischer (Coastal Carolina University), Bert Ligon (University of South Carolina), Monty Craig (Clemson) and Jim Mings (formerly University of South Carolina). The group was supported by the USC jazz faculty rhythm section of CRAIG BUTTERFIELD on bass and BRENDAN BULL on drums.
SCOTT PRICE, professor of piano and piano pedagogy and founder/ director of the Carolina LifeSong Initiative, was the invited keynote speaker and guest clinician at the Royal Conservatory of Music Teacher Education Summits in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada. He chaired and organized the Pedagogy Saturday Special Learners track at the Music Teachers National Association national conference, and also presented during the main conference. Price presented a webinar titled “Tone is Everything: Voice Usage and Vocabulary for Teaching Special Learners” for The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, and published articles in The piano magazine, Clavier Companion, and in The Inclusive Teaching Blog. He presented a 2.5 hour sensory-friendly solo piano recital featuring the large-scale works of Franz Liszt at the UofSC.
Student News VERENA ABUFAIAD presented at The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Chicago, IL. DMA piano pedagogy CHRIS AMICK, BEN HAIMANN and WILLIAM NEWTON attended the Chosen Vale Summer Percussion Institute in New Hampshire in summer 2019. Presidential Fellow KATHLEEN ARRASMITH and her mentor, David Garner, presented her research, “It Looks Like It Sounds: Transcribing Young Children’s Music Vocalizations,” at Discover USC. Arrasmith’s research has also been accepted for presentation at the Society for Music Perception and Cognition 2019 conference in NYC. Ph.D candidate AARON BUCK won a position with the Commandant’s Own (USMC) marching percussion unit. LOUIE HEHMAN presented at the South Carolina Music Teachers Association state conference and at the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Piano Pedagogy Symposium, James Madison University, VA. DMA piano pedagogy SUNGHUN KIM presented at the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Piano Pedagogy Symposium, James Madison University, VA. DMA piano pedagogy HUIYUN LIANG presented at The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and at the Music Teachers National Association national conference, Spokane, WA. DMA piano pedagogy JUAN NICOLÁS MORALES was soloist with the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra and guest conductor Christian Schulz for two performances of Maurice Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand, in May 2019. DMA piano pedagogy HANNAH THOMPSON is the recipient of International Travel Grant for study at the Varna International Academy, Bulgaria. Thompson is entering Varna as a Young Artist and performed the role of Suor Genovieve in the production of Puccini’s Suor Angelica. She sang in the chorus for Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, Bernstein’s, Candide, and in the Musical Theatre program with two recitals featuring German Lieder and American Song. “The Varna International Young Artist Program will enable me to take lessons from Master teachers, participate in stage combat classes, and study Italian in daily language courses.” DANIELLE WOOD has received a Fulbright to study at the University of Potsdam in Germany during the 2019-2020 academic year. Her project, a comparative study of the performance of and audience
appreciation for 20th-century music in Germany and the US, will be advised by Dr. Christian Thorau, editor of the Oxford Handbook of Music Listening. BM in horn performance JEFFREY YELVERTON received the Walker Institute’s International Experience Scholarship to fund his trip to Vipiteno, Italy this summer to present at the Institute for Russian Music Studies Annual Conference. He also was chosen to present his research on Romanticism and Glinka’s opera Ruslan and Lyudmila at Discover USC in April. MM candidate, music history Top Awards Presented at UofSC’s Award Day Arthur M. Fraser Award - JOHN CADDELL Robert Van Doren - ADAM RAFFERTY Robert Pruzin Music Leadership Award - BRIDGET PICCIRILLI Cantey Award for Excellence - MADDIE JOHNSTON Presser Scholar Award - THOMAS PALMER South Carolina Music Teachers Association conference presenters: MICHAELA BOROS DMA piano pedagogy JACOB JOSEPH MM piano pedagogy SUNJOO LEE DMA piano pedagogy JEONGSUN LIM DMA piano pedagogy ANNA BETH RUCKER MM piano pedagogy MENGYU SONG MM piano pedagogy NATSUMI TAKAI DMA piano pedagogy QIWEN WAN MM piano pedagogy UofSC Vocal Arts Honors Recital Winners The Honors Recital identifies outstanding singers across the voice department, promotes excellence and the art of the song recital, and encourages collaboration. The winners of the competition are celebrated in a formal recital that highlights excellence amongst singers at every stage of development. KIARA HAYES freshman EMILY WRIGHT sophomore CATHERINE HOWLAND junior NATALIE GILBERT senior JULIA WOODWARD MM TORI WOODCOCK MM CHRISTOPHER MOORE MM Concerto Aria Competition Winners Undergraduate: COLEMAN WRIGHT saxophone Graduate: BEN HAIMANN marimba At Large: SABRINA RABER flute
Student News School of Music International Travel Grants 1st Place $2500: KATHERINE EATON, oboe – For study at the summer session of Domaine Forget in Quebec, Canada. 2nd Place $1000: DREW PRESTON, violin and conducting – To attend the International Conducting Workshop in Sophia, Bulgaria. 2nd Place $1000: ROYA FARZANEH, flute – To attend Pender Island Flute Retreat, British Columbia, Canada. 3rd Place $500: JOHNNIE FELDER, voice – For study at the Varna International Academy, Bulgaria. 3rd Place $500: HANNAH THOMPSON, voice – For study at the Varna International Academy, Bulgaria. Thompson is entering Varna as a Young Artist and will perform the role of Suor Genovieve in their production of Puccini’s Suor Angelica. She will also sing in the chorus for Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, Bernstein’s, Candide, and in the Musical Theatre program with two recitals featuring German Lieder and American Song. “The Varna International Young Artist Program will enable me to take lessons from Master teachers, participate in stage combat classes and study Italian in daily language courses.” 3rd Place $500: JANTSEN TOUCHSTONE, conducting – To research the life and music of Cecilia McDowall in London, England. 4th Place $300: ETHAN DILLEY, saxophone – For study and research on the trends of saxophone repertoire at two conservatories in Paris. 4th Place $300: FIONA MCGOWAN, conducting – For research on the pedagogy, curriculum and structure of the German music education system. 4th Place $300: DIAMOND TYLER, voice – For study at the Varna International Academy, Bulgaria, as an opera soloist and to perform the role of Despina in their production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. 4th Place $300: JEFFREY YELVERTON, musicology – To attend the 2019 Annual Conference of the Institute for Russian Music Studies in Vipiteno, Italy.
LaDare Robinson Awards for Academic Excellence These awards are given annually to one undergraduate and one graduate student who demonstrate outstanding ability in the academic areas of music history and theory. This award, which is voted on by the faculty in those areas, celebrates students who exhibit intellectual curiosity and an interest in understanding the personal, political, and cultural contexts in which music exists. Awardees are selected for their ability to synthesize these intellectual interests into thoughtful, informed and self-motivated class work, research projects or lecture performances, and for the potential to incorporate these skills into their careers and lifelong learning processes. JOHN CADDELL Undergraduate Award DWIGHT DOCKERY Graduate Award SAI Scholastic Award JORAN FENNINGER SAI Honor Award OLIVIA JOHNSON Christopher Berg Guitar Award HANNAH HARRINGTON Cello Fund Award ROSE DAGRACA and LUCAS MILLER John and Lucrecia Herr Award for Composition THOMAS PALMER Pi Kappa Lambda Inductees ELIZABETH CHURCHYA JOHNNIE FELDER TE WEI HUANG REBECCA LOAR THOMAS PALMER CRAIG PRICE ALYSSA TAVARES HANNAH THOMPSON JANSTEN TOUCHSTONE JULIA WOODWARD
Student News President’s Honor Roll Fall 2018 Megan Balestrero Catherine Balsamo Catherine Black Kyle Bryant Sarah Cathcart Virginia Clyburn Sarah Connell Dana Crytser Rose DaGraca Kylie Dolbier Thomas Drummond Karly Fitch Emiko Fukuda Courtney Hight Catherine Howland Allison Johnson Chloe Johnston Ian Jones Matthew Jones Anna Kirkland Zachary Kusztos William Lynch Logan Lysaght Alice McCall Morgan McGee Liam Ross Montiel William Moon Samantha Newcomb Cecelia Ostapeck Zachary Parisher Bridget Piccirilli Emma Pittman Kelley Powell William Raine Sapaydia Rosales Jadon Schuler Caroline Scobee Melody Shaffer Morgan Skelley Morgan Soard Austen Speare Thomas Turner
Andrea Vogt Olivia Ward Michael Welsh Danielle Wood Shelby Worst
Dean’s List Spring 2018 (3.5 semester GPA; 3.25 for freshmen)
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Alumni News CHASE BANKS has been accepted into the DMA program at Florida State University for Fall 2019. He was selected to tour with the World Percussion Group in Europe this coming March/April. Banks, a classically trained percussionist, graduated with a master of music degree in 2018. He has played with many chamber ensembles and orchestras in the southeast including the South Carolina Philharmonic, Augusta Symphony Orchestra and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. In 2017 he won the UofSC Concerto Competition performing Ney Rosauro’s Concerto for Vibraphone. He holds a position on the PAS Music Technology Committee and has a video series with Peter Soroka on percussion and technology called “Tech Scene” published by Rhythm Scene! MM percussion performance 2018; certificate percussion performance 2019 AARON BUCK joins the USMC Commandant’s own Drum Corps playing marimba. He will embark on basic training this fall and be enlisted in spring 2020. BM with emphasis in music education (winds) 2019 ASHLEY COOK won a position in one of seven regional Air Force bands. While a student, she received a Leadership Scholars grant that funded her wind quintet’s monthly performances at the VA in Columbia. She received her MM from University of Texas at Austin where she studied on a fellowship. She has been performing and teaching in the Austin area and will be going through the Air Force basic training before joining her assigned ensemble. BM 2014 HANNAH CREVISTON presented at the Music Teachers National Association national conference, Spokane, WA. MM piano performance 2005, MME elementary music 2008 RAY DOUGHTY was named a Lowell Mason Fellow by the National Association for Music Education, class of 2019. BS music education 1958 NATHAN KOCI is performing on Broadway in “Oklahoma!” Nominated for eight Tony Awards this year, the cast performed on the awards show in June with Koci conducting, playing drums and accordion. He is a music director, performer and composer across multiple media including folk music, contemporary classical music, dance and experimental musical theater. BM performance 2003 JACK KOHL works as a pianist and author in New York and has published a new book of essays, “Bone Over Ivory: Essays from a Standing Pianist.” DMA piano performance 2000
JILL TERHAAR LEWIS was elected governor-elect of the MidAtlantic region of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and she served until July 2019, thereafter serving as the new region governor. Known for her beautiful timbre and musical
versatility, Terhaar Lewis is in demand as a full-lyric soprano. She has performed as a soloist with esteemed classical ensembles such as the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO), the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Orchestra and the Hilton Head Choral Society. In addition to her work as a classical soloist, she also has extensive experience with modern and contemporary styles and has performed with Charleston Jazz Orchestra and as featured soloist along with members of the Jazz Artists of Charleston in the HiHarmony concert at the Charleston Music Hall. She has been a recitalist on various prestigious concert series including several spotlight performances with the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Baker and Baker Recital Series, the CSO Magnetic South Series, and the Women & Concert Series. She is a frequent soloist and collaborator with the Charleston Southern Concert Singers and has traveled extensively with them performing throughout Europe, New York City and surrounding areas. DMA voice performance 2000 JOSÉ LEZCANO, professor of music, Keene State College, performed a concert of works for Guitar & String Quartet, in Nahant, Massachusetts, for the Ellingwood Concert Series in June. The program included works by Vivaldi, Paganini, Boccherini, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Lezcano’s original work, “Mojito, Guitar & String Quartet.” In June he also gave a lecture-recital for the Currier Gallery of Art on repertoire and the design of guitars included in their current exhibition, “From Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of the Guitar.” Additionally, he gave a lecture-recital, “The Guitar in Latin America,” at the Quincy Bog Natural Area, Rumney, NH, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council To-GO Lecture Series. MM guitar 1983 NOAH OCAIN has accepted the band director position at Lexington Middle School. BM with emphasis in music education (winds) 2019 LORI RHODEN presented at the Music Teachers National Association conference, Spokane, WA. DMA piano pedagogy 1998 PAUL RUCKER was a TED Talk presenter for TED2018. Described as a multidisciplinary artist and TED Fellow, Paul Rucker has developed his own style of cello; he puts chopsticks between his strings, uses the instrument as a drum and experiments with electronics like loop pedals. Moving between reflective storytelling and performance, Rucker shares his inspiration – and definitely doesn’t play the same old Bach. He creates art that explores issues related to mass incarceration, racially-motivated violence, police brutality and continuing impact of slavery in the U.S. Rucker is a former string project teacher, Guggenheim Fellow, and professor at VCU.
With Gratitude to Our Contributors The UofSC School of Music thanks the following donors for their generous support. Your contributions provide much-needed funding for scholarships, fellowships, worldrenowned guest artists, music rentals and many other items that support our programs. This list reflects gifts made between 1/1/19 - 8/22/19. $10,000+ Anonymous Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC Estate of Hellen H. PerMar Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin M. Gimarc Mr. and Mrs. Charles Randall Herald The Howard Gilman Foundation Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation Mr. and Mrs. Jyotindra M. Parekh Rice Music House $5,000 - $9,999 AgFirst Farm Credit Bank Anonymous Carolina Jazz Society Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Francis Dr. Harriet G. Williams and Mr. Gerald W. Hagenmaier Ms. Regina B. Moody South State Bank Mr. and Mrs. James A. Weiss $1,000 - $4,999 Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Ackerman Mr. and Mrs. Richard Scott Bagwell Dr. Suzanne R. Thorpe and Dr. John W. Baynes Mr. and Mrs. James L. Best Mr. and Mrs. Boyd C. Black Mr. and Mrs. Vince Bond Central Carolina Community Foundation Columbia Arts Academy LLC Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth M. Corbett Mrs. Barbara B. Darden
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