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Stanisław Skrowaczewski Endowment in Conducting Fall 2013 | Volume 15 | Number 1


IN THIS ISSUE Tutti. (Italian) all. every musician to take part.



Tutti is the yearly magazine of the University of Minnesota School of Music. It supports the school’s community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends by providing information that highlights events, developments, and trends within the school, connects the school’s many constituencies, and celebrates the achievements of the school’s community. Raymond D. Duvall Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts David E. Myers Director, School of Music




4 Honoring a Classical Legend: Stanisław Skrowaczewski

15 Joint Master Program for New Audiences and Innovative Practice

6 Claire Chase to Keynote 2013 Fall Convocation

16 2013/2014 Events Calendar

7 2013/2014 Season Highlights

18 2012/2013 Season Highlights

8 Faculty Updates and Publications

19 The Helen Rice and Arnold Walker Scholarship in Voice

10 Great Collaborations: U of M School of Music and VocalEssence

Photos: Jeff Corney, Greg Helgeson, Les Koob, David Michalek, and Lisa Miller.

11 Collaborations and In Remembrance 12 New Lighting in Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall and Course News 13 Alumni Updates 14 Music in the Environment: Harnessing the Power of Music

20 Introduction to the Friends of the School of Music 21 Songs Across Minnesota: First U of M Choral Tour a Big Success 22 Thank You Donors 26 School of Music News 39 See & Be Seen

ON THE COVER: Russell Adrian, (DMA candidate, choral conducting, student of Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey); Melissa Deal (BM candidate, violin performance, student of Sally O’Reilly); Benjamin Klemme (DMA candidate, orchestral conducting, student of Mark Russell Smith); Maestro Stanisław Skrowaczewski; Megan Poppe (BM candidate, violin performance, student of Sally O’Reilly); Rachelle Smith (BM candidate, cello performance, student of Tanya Remenikova); and Pei-Lei Lin (DMA candidate, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw). Cover photo: Greg Helgeson. Cover inset photo: David Michalek

Lisa Marshall Editor and Writer Jennifer Schmitt Graphic Designer Modern Press Printing The School of Music The mission of the School of Music is to create and perform music and to apply and impart musical knowledge in all its diverse forms. We are committed to excellence in all scholarly, creative and pedagogical endeavors. We seek to provide the highest quality of professional training in music to students pursuing a broad variety of careers and offer artistic, cultural and intellectual enrichment to the community within and beyond the University of Minnesota. The University of Minnesota The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation and the world. The University’s threefold mission of research and discovery, teaching and learning, and outreach and public service is carried out on multiple campuses and throughout the state. %# !

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Photo: Greg Helgeson

Honoring a Classical Legend

Stanisław Skrowaczewski

The University of Minnesota School of Music is celebrating composer and conductor Stanisław Skrowaczewski’s remarkable contributions to music and Minnesota with a new endowment in his name. School of Music director David Myers shares, “We are thrilled to recognize Maestro Skrowaczewski with an endowment for the education of conductors who will further his lasting artistic impact by advancing music in communities and society for years to come. This endowment will secure Skrowaczewski’s legacy by creating distinctive bedrock programs uniquely available to U of M School of Music conducting students.” The Stanisław Skrowaczewski Endowment in Conducting will foster innovative research and creative opportunities for students and faculty in music leadership, master classes and residencies, conferences and competitions for promising young conductors, learning collaborations between the School of Music and the area’s world-class music organizations, engagement opportunities for student conductors, entrepreneurship possibilities, laboratory ensembles with regular rehearsal sessions, and additional financial support for School of Music conducting students with great promise. About Stanisław Skrowaczewski Conductor laureate of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1979, Skrowaczewski began his tenure with the Minneapolis Symphony in 1960. He has been a consistently committed resident of the Twin Cities community since that time.


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Widely heralded as the preeminent living Bruckner interpreter, maestro Skrowaczewski has recorded all of Bruckner’s symphonies and earned the Gold Medal of the MahlerBruckner Society. He made his American conducting debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at the invitation of George Szell in 1956. In addition to conducting, he is a widely recognized composer who has had his music performed by major orchestras in the U.S. and abroad. Today, maestro Skrowaczewski maintains an active conducting schedule across the globe. Maestro Skrowaczewski has generously promised access to his professional papers and recorded performances through the University of Minnesota Archives, offering an incomparable resource for study by U of M students and by conductors and researchers from around the world. In addition, our beautiful Green Room for Ted Mann Concert Hall will be named in the Maestro’s honor as part of this endowment. Celebrating Skrowaczewski To announce the endowment, midsummer soirees were held in Skrowaczewski’s honor at The Marsh in Minnetonka and the home of Garrison Keillor in St. Paul. Skrowaczewski was in attendance and spoke passionately on the importance of educating the next generation of conductors. Graduate student conductors and SOM faculty were on hand to give the attendees lessons on wielding the baton.

Skrowaczewski’s Legacy

The SOM Graduate Student Conductor Experience Sergey Bogza, orchestra The University of Minnesota conducting program is a dream come true for a young professional conductor. Throughout any given week, the amount of repertoire and the variety of ensembles one will stand in front of is astounding. This type of experience is paramount in shaping the versatility of an orchestral conductor. Being an artistic director, administrator, and season planner for three ensembles and a full-time doctoral student has taught me to be highly efficient and organized; I’m developing my conducting, interpersonal, and administrative skills. The orchestral program at the U of M is doing everything I can ask for in preparing me for the highly competitive field of conducting. Samuel Grace, choral The choral conducting program provides me with the opportunity to conduct rehearsals, coaching sessions, sectionals, and performances with the University’s choral ensembles. My advisors offer me additional opportunities to conduct with their civic ensembles and spend a generous amount of time with me, offering private lessons and professional advice. I am part of a team of student conductors who have influenced my success and who provide feedback, criticism, and support. They are not only a professional resource, but also a community of friends who have been a tremendous help during my studies. Caroline Hand, orchestra The U of M conducting program is diverse in opportunity and rich in experience. The program provides amazing mentorship opportunities with Craig Kirchhoff and plenty of podium time with bands to practice conducting. In addition to my wind conducting experiences in the Chamber Winds Lab, a campus band I administer, and several guest conducting opportunities, there are learning experiences outside my primary

Campaign Goal Two million dollars to establish the Stanisław Skrowaczewski Endowment in Conducting, the return on which will fund activities and programs. Funding from the Stanisław Skrowaczewski Endowment in Conducting will be shared among the three areas of choral, orchestral, and wind band conducting.

field. I studied Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Wagner’s Die Walküre in Orchestral Seminar with Mark Russell Smith. Thanks to a collaborative conducting course, I observed rehearsals of the Minnesota Opera, Vocal Essence with Helmuth Rilling, and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with Maria Schneider and Dawn Upshaw. Next year, I look forward to studying choral conducting with Kathy Saltzman Romey and presenting a choral recital. Benjamin Klemme, orchestra Collaborations are among my most valuable experiences in the School of Music. They allow me to apply techniques I’m learning under maestro Smith’s tutelage, develop ways to motivate and inspire the musicians, and experiment with strategies to engage our audience. Another remarkable component of my study at the University is the experience of serving as assistant conductor for the University Opera Theatre productions. The opportunity to work with the singers and director – especially conducting a production from its very start through its four performances – has kindled a new passion within me for the exciting world of opera conducting, and is preparing me for future collaborations with the stage. Ingrid Martin, bands While there are many skills common to conducting any ensemble regardless of experience or ability, one of the most interesting issues has been learning what must be done differently to contribute to rewarding and successful rehearsals and performances across varying contexts. Discovering how to interact with accomplished musicians and allow them to bring their creativity and expression to the table while still working towards a cohesive musical vision for the ensemble has been a new and exciting challenge for me. Learning how to coax impassioned playing from less experienced performers while still giving them the direction they need has also been a difficult but rewarding journey.

For More Information or to Make a Gift Contact: Joe Sullivan, College of Liberal Arts, Development Officer for the Arts, University of Minnesota, 220 Johnston Hall, 101 Pleasant St. S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 612-624-8573 or Make a gift online:


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Claire Chase to Keynote 2013 Fall Convocation

Members of International Contemporary Ensemble in Residence at the School of Music

Claire Chase, soloist, collaborative artist, curator, arts entrepreneur, and founder of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) will give the University of Minnesota’s School of Music Fall Convocation program keynote address in Ted Mann Concert Hall on Thursday, September 26 at 3 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Claire Chase’s convocation keynote will address entrepreneurship, artistry, and engagement and touch upon her experience in founding ICE. School of Music director David Myers looks forward to Chase’s keynote, “Chase is an eloquent advocate for musician entrepreneurship, collaborative engagement, and the belief that every artist is an educator. Her address will inspire students, faculty, and the community alike.” Chase and her ICE colleagues Rebekah Heller (bassoon) and Jacob Greenberg (piano, ICE director of educational programs) will perform at Convocation and will be in residence at the School of Music from Thursday, September 26 to Friday, September 27. Their residency will include a workshop and dialogue with School of Music students and faculty. Chase is rapidly emerging as one of the most innovative artists of her generation and has been declared “indefatigable” by Time Out New York and praised in The New York Times for her “extravagant technique, broad stylistic range and penetrating musicality.”


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Over the past decade Chase has given world premieres of more than 100 new works for solo flute, many of them written for her, and has produced and curated more than 500 concerts of contemporary music. First Prize Winner of the 2008 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Chase has recently given solo recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and throughout the U.S. She released her debut solo album, Aliento, in October 2009 on the New Focus Recordings label featuring world premieres by emerging composers. Her most recent solo album, Terrestre, was released in 2012. Chase founded International Contemporary Ensemble in 2001 and has served as ICE’s executive director since its inception. ICE consists of a flexible roster of 33 leading instrumentalists performing in forces ranging from solos to large ensembles. ICE functions as performer, presenter, and educator, advancing music by developing innovative new works and pursuing groundbreaking strategies for audience engagement. In an era of radical change, ICE redefines concert music as it brings together new work and new listeners. In 2011 ICE launched ICElab, a program that places teams of ICE musicians in collaboration with six emerging composers each year to develop works that push the boundaries of musical exploration. ICElab projects are featured in more than 20 performances each season and documented through the online venue DigitICE. ICE’s commitment to build a diverse, engaged audience for the music inspired their creation of The Listening Room, an educational initiative targeting public schools

whose music programs have been cut in the recent recession. Using team-based composition and graphic notation, ICE musicians lead students in the creation of new musical works, nurturing collaborative creative skills and building an appreciation for musical experimentation. Under Chase’s leadership, ICE was awarded the 2010 Trailblazer Award from the American Music Center, and the organization has garnered two ASCAP/Chamber Music America Awards for Adventurous Programming, in 2005 and 2010. In her capacity at ICE, she has produced and overseen eight large-scale ICE new music festivals and released seven acclaimed commercial recordings with the ensemble on the Tzadik, Bridge, Mode, Kairos, Nonesuch, Naxos, and New Focus labels. Chase and her ICE compatriots will illuminate the U of M School of Music community through examples of their collaborative process and creative endeavors. Join us for Convocation and hear the artist who Mikhail Baryshnikov calls “a visionary, pure and simple.” Learn more about Chase and her ICE colleagues at

School of Music Fall Convocation

Thursday, September 26 3 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall Free and open to the public

Photo: Greg Helgeson

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Clockwise: Andreia Pinto-Correia, WindSync, and U of M Wind Ensemble

2013/2014 Season Highlights Murder Mystery Concert U of M School of Music graduate conducting student Brian Messier’s Elastic Bands is teaming up with the U of M Wind Ensemble to present The Musical Clue: A Murder Mystery Event on Tuesday, November 26 at 7:30 pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall. This audience engaging performance brings music, dramatic theatre, and animation together all on one stage. Featuring members of the U of M/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program, original animations by Luisa Levine, and the U of M Jazz combo performing new music by U of M student Riley Helgeson. Caroline Hand and Andrew Pettus, conductors.

Wind-Songs: New Music for Solo Voice and Winds School of Music bands professor Jerry Luckhardt is leading Wind-Songs a new commissioning consortium designed to engage composers in the creation of new wind works. The consortium will provide opportunities for the collaboration of composers (established and emerging), conductors, instrumentalists, vocalists, and poets. Each commission will include multiple performances, composer residencies, and recordings. The first commission, Olhos, espelho e luz (Eyes, mirror and light) by Andreia Pinto-Correia will receive its world premiere on December 4 at Ted Mann Concert Hall. Pinto-Correia will be in a joint residency with the School of Music and Portuguese/Spanish Studies Department, December 1-4.

WindSync in Residence Houston based chamber wind quintet WindSync, will be in residence at the U of M School of Music on Saturday, February 22 in collaboration with the Schubert Club/Music in the Park. WindSync is known for playing exclusively from memory and creating dramatic musical interpretations with costumes, masks, and choreography. Critics and audiences alike rave about WindSync’s performances that expand the wind quintet repertoire to include newly commissioned works written for the group and a wide array of original arrangements of classical masterworks. Visit for information on WindSync concerts in the Twin Cities.

Live-Streaming of School of Music Concerts The School of Music is excited to announce that it will be live-streaming select ensemble concerts this season. Visit for a complete list of concerts and to find out how you can listen to School of Music ensembles from the comfort of your home.


Professor Sumanth Gopinath’s Ringtone Research School of Music music theory professor Sumanth Gopinath’s book The Ringtone Dialectic: Economy and Cultural Form was recently released on The MIT Press. In The Ringtone Dialectic, Gopinath charts the rise and fall of the ringtone economy and assesses its effect on cultural production. Mark Katz, chair of the Department of Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says, “Why should we care about ringtones? As The Ringtone Dialectic makes clear, we have good reason to care. In this perceptive and provocative study, Sumanth Gopinath uses the ringtone to offer fresh perspectives on the creation and consumption of music, the evolution of digital technologies, and the global trade of information. Full of fascinating case studies and insightful analysis, The Ringtone Dialectic probes the profound and lasting consequences of the short-lived multibillion-dollar industry built on 30-second clips of music.”

Faculty Publications David Baldwin ¦ trumpet • Performer, Renaissance and Romance, Summit Hill Brass Quintet Matthew Bribitzer-Stull ¦ music theory • Author, “From Nibelheim to Hollywood: The Associativity of Harmonic Progression,” The Legacy of Richard Wagner, Brepols Publishers Michael Cherlin ¦ music theory • Editor, Music Theory Spectrum, Society for Music Theory David Damschroder ¦ music theory • Author, Harmony in Haydn and Mozart, Cambridge University Press • Editor, Harmonologia: Studies in Music Theory, Pendragon Press Immanuel Davis ¦ flute Timothy Lovelace ¦ piano • Performers, Philippe Gaubert: On a Clear Morning - Music for Flute, Cello & Piano; Debussy: Syrinx, MSR Classics

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David Grayson ¦ musicology • Author, “L’édition scientifique de Pelléas et Mélisande,” “Pelléas et Mélisande” cent ans après: études et documents, Symétrie • Author, “Les premiers enregistrements de Pelléas et Mélisande,” Regards sur Debussy, Fayard Kelley Harness ¦ musicology • Editor, Journal of the SeventeenthCentury Music, Society for Seventeenth-Century Music Scott D. Lipscomb ¦ music education • Co-editor, The Psychology of Music in Multimedia, Oxford University Press, UK • Editor, Journal of Technology in Music Learning, Music & Arts Publications Alex Lubet ¦ creative studies & media • Performer/writer, Spectral Blues: New Music for Acoustic Guitar, PARMA Recordings, Naxos • Author, “Listening to Bob Dylan,” Cognitive Critique • Author, “Losing...My Religion: Music, Disability, Gender and Jewish and Islamic Law,” Music and Identity Politics, Ashgate Glenda Maurice ¦ voice • Author, Finding Vocal Artistry, Xlibris books

Matthew Mehaffey ¦ choral Kathy Saltzman Romey ¦ choral • Authors, “A Multiplicity of Voices: Choral Music in the United States,” The Cambridge Companion to Choral Music, Cambridge University Press David Myers ¦ director/music education • Author/co-editor, “Adult Music Learning in a Lifespan Context,” The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Oxford University Press Karen Painter ¦ musicology/ ethnomusicology • Author, “Depoliticizing America’s Wagner in the Nazi Era” The Legacy of Richard Wagner, Brepols Publishers Matthew Rahaim ¦ musicology/ ethnomusicology • Author, Musicking Bodies: Gesture and Voice in Hindustani Music, Wesleyan University Press Eugene Rousseau ¦ saxophone • Author, Saxophone Artistry in Performance and Pedagogy, Jeanne Inc. Adriana Zabala ¦ voice • Performer, Exhilaration: Dickinson and Yeats Songs, GKM Records

Kelley Harness Receives Arthur “Red” Motley Exemplary Teaching Award Congratulations to School of Music musicology professor Kelley Harness on being a recipient of the 2012-2013 College of Liberal Arts’ Arthur “Red” Motley Exemplary Teaching Award. This award recognizes faculty of the college who are outstanding teachers of graduate and undergraduate students. It acknowledges tenured or tenure-track faculty who inspire and care, who make themselves approachable, who show an interest in individual students’ well-being and in programs for the benefit of students generally, who give of themselves generously in advising, counseling, and directing projects, and who create an active classroom atmosphere. The award is sponsored by a gift from the family and friends of College of Liberal Arts alumnus Arthur Motley and alumni of the College. Harness will be recognized and invited to make a brief speech on the importance of great teaching at a special College of Liberal Arts event in the coming academic year.

Adriana Zabala Performs in Minnesota Opera’s World Premiere of Doubt School of Music voice professor Adriana Zabala performed the role of Sister James in the Minnesota Opera’s world premiere of Douglas J. Cuomo’s Doubt, based on the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play by John Patrick Shanley this past winter.

Cuomo’s Doubt was well received. The New York Times said of Zabala’s performance, “Adriana Zabala, with a light, clear mezzo soprano, made both Sister James’ almost comically sweet innocence and her late acquisition of backbone believable.” Zabala also performed the role of Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro with the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee in May 2013.

Photo: Doubt, 2013 © Michal Daniel for Minnesota Opera

On the experience of appearing in this operatic adaptation of Doubt, Zabala shares, “Working as a part of this creative team, with the great playwright and composer especially, on such a powerful piece was one of the most satisfying and beautiful experiences in my artistic life. I love the character of Sister James, I will always treasure the first iteration of the opera, and dearly hope that I will get to perform the role again.”

2014 U of M Brass Symposium: Building Musical Bridges

On April 4-6 the School of Music will host the 2014 University of Minnesota Brass Symposium. The Symposium, directed by professor Thomas Ashworth, will include Friday and Saturday evening concerts in Ted Mann Concert Hall featuring the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band, the U of M Trombone Choir & Jazz ’Bones, the Copper Street Brass Quintet, the Lake Wobegon Brass Band, and others. Guest high school and college brass ensemble performances as well as panel discussions on the topics of outreach and community engagement will take place on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Participants in the Symposium will engage in outreach concerts at area schools, nursing homes, and hospitals. The event is made possible by a College of Liberal Arts Imagine Grant for Special Events.

For more details on the 2014 U of M Brass Symposium, contact professor Thomas Ashworth at or visit


Photo: Bruce Silcox, courtesy VocalEssence


U of M School of Music and VocalEssence This past season, the University of Minnesota School of Music teamed up with VocalEssence on two exciting projects that took place at Ted Mann Concert Hall. The first project, English Garden, was a concert of folk music by Percy Grainger in March 2013. VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle said, “It was a great honor and delight for the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and Chorus to team up with the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble and professor Craig Kirchhoff for an all-Percy Grainger program this past spring. The University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble is a gem – without a doubt one of the finest, if not the finest, wind ensembles in the U.S.A.! And, of course, Craig Kirchhoff is known internationally for his conducting of wind ensembles everywhere. I am happy that this concert could help spread the word to many more people of this jewel in the School of Music’s crown. We are all so fortunate to have an ensemble and conductor of such a high level.”

Professor and director of University Bands Craig Kirchhoff also shared, “It was a special honor and privilege to join forces with VocalEssence and Philip Brunelle to bring the music of Percy Grainger to life in Ted Mann Concert Hall to an audience largely unfamiliar with the musical genius of this great Australian composer. It is my hope that the overwhelming success of the concert and the meaningful collaboration between these two ensembles will result in future joint artistic endeavors. A special thank you and note of appreciation must be extended to Philip for his kind invitation for us to be a part of this project, and for his boundless enthusiasm and passion for the musical art.” In the second project, U of M School of Music students Jennifer Olson and Richard Joseph (DMA candidates, voice, students of Adriana Zabala), along with alumnus Robb Asklof (MM, 2004, voice, student of Barbara Kierig) performed roles in VocalEssence’s production of Benjamin Britten’s operetta Paul Bunyan in April 2013. School

of Music professor emeritus Vern Sutton directed the production. Jennifer Olson, who performed the role of Paul Bunyan’s daughter, Tiny, said of the experience, “It was an honor to be featured as a soloist with VocalEssence. For me, Britten’s Paul Bunyan was deceptive; it sounded simple but was difficult to perform. Mr. Brunelle’s clarity of vision and deep knowledge of the work led us through the most difficult passages and made it an enjoyable experience. What impressed me most about VocalEssence was the quality of sound they achieved. Instead of a group of people trying to sound alike, I heard a group of individuals who were able to combine their own unique voices into a powerful force. The talent, professionalism, and creative power of VocalEssence continues to inspire me. I had a wonderful time throughout the entire process and can honestly say Paul Bunyan has become one of my favorite operas.”

Visit for news on future collaborations.


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Minnesota International e-Piano Junior Competition at the U of M School of Music The U of M School of Music teamed up with the 2013 Minnesota International e-Piano Junior Competition to bring the competition and finals to Ted Mann Concert Hall in July 2013. School of Music piano professor Alexander Braginsky founded the Minnesota International e-Piano Competition more than ten years ago. Braginsky currently serves as the artistic director of the eCompetition. Finalists performed concertos with the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra under the direction of School of Music orchestral conducting professor Mark Russell Smith. School of Music director David Myers has expressed confidence in the quality of work e-Competition is doing to advance the cause of classical music, utilizing the latest developments in music technology. Visit for information on next year’s competition.

Collaborations with MacPhail Center for Music Professor Mark Bjork Rejoins MacPhail Center for Music Suzuki Program School of Music violin and pedagogy professor Mark Bjork will rejoin the MacPhail Center for Music faculty with a focus on teaching advanced Suzuki violin students. This will complement the relationship that has long existed for School of Music students in Suzuki pedagogy classes doing observations and practicums with the MacPhail Center for Music Suzuki Program. 2013-2014 Chamber Music Series Following up on last year’s successful series, the U of M School of Music will continue to collaborate on a music performance series featuring students and faculty from the School of Music and MacPhail Center for Music. Performances will take place at MacPhail’s Antonello Hall in Minneapolis at 8 pm. The series will feature an evening of voice on October 25, piano on November 22, woodwinds on February 6, and string chamber music on April 11.

In Remembrance U of M School of Music professor emeritus Paul Haack, nationally recognized figure in the field of music education, passed away on April 24, 2013. In 1988, Haack joined the U of M School of Music faculty, where he served as head of the Music Education/Music Therapy Division for 15 years. His teaching fields included instrumental, general music, and related arts methods and the psychology, sociology, and aesthetics of music. In 2002, he was inaugurated into the Minnesota Music Educators Association Hall of Fame. Haack was coauthor of Principles and Processes of Music Education and published several textbook chapters and over 150 articles in professional journals. He served on the steering committee of the International Foundation for Music Research. U of M School of Music professor Barbara Kierig passed away on May 21, 2013. Kierig studied vocal music at the University of Illinois and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria on Fulbright Scholarship. As an opera singer, Kierig played opposite Samuel Ramey and others. She performed at the Vienna Volksoper and throughout Austria, Germany, and Italy, appearing with Reri Grist, Erich Kunz, Ileana Cortubas, and more. She taught at Pretoria College (South Africa), Eastern Kentucky, and Washington State University. Kierig joined the U of M School of Music faculty in 1983. She was a sought-after judge of District and Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions. Fluent in German and the Viennese dialect, she was the Minnesota Opera’s German language coach. U of M School of Music voice professor emerita Glenda Maurice passed away on April 16, 2013. Professor Maurice retired from the School of Music in 2010. After recording “Cry Me a River” at the age of sixteen, Maurice secured a spot on Pat Boone’s television show. She attended Texas Wesleyan University where she encountered classical vocal music. In 1988, Maurice joined the faculty of U of M School of Music. Her vocal students have gone on to win the national Metropolitan Opera auditions, sing with the New York Metropolitan Opera, and win first place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Auditions. Her book Finding Vocal Artistry (Xlibris) is available through Xlibris, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.


Experiencing the World Through Music

School of Music Staff Member Jessica Solinsky Brings New Lighting System to Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall Two years ago, School of Music staff member, theater technician, and lighting designer Jessica Solinsky spearheaded a project to replace the old incandescent lights in Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall with color-emitting LED spotlights, funded by a College of Liberal Arts Office of Information Technology grant. The brand new LED lights from Gopher Stage Lighting open up the chance for the School of Music student musicians to experiment with color and explore new creative opportunities. “We’ve never lit the whole stage,” shares Solinsky, “it was always a limited sort of wash. Now the entire stage can go blue or red or purple or green.”

If you are interested in hearing world music and seeing ethnomusicologists in action, look no further than the School of Music, where world music concerts, guest musicians, symposia, talks, and courses abound. The School of Music’s Music and Sound Studies Group hosts a range of internationally renowned speakers who give dynamic talks about musics from around the world. You can study North Indian vocal music with Matthew Rahaim, Javanese Gamelan with Joko Sutrisno, West African drumming with Sowah Mensah, Afro-Brazilian music with Eliezer Freitas Santos, and world music with Scott Currie.

U of M School of Music and Carlson School of Management Offer New Collaborative Courses This spring, the School of Music will partner with the U of M Carlson School of Management to offer courses in teaching artistry, taught by School of Music professor Keitha Hamann, and entrepreneurship for music majors, taught by Carlson School of Management professor Harry Sapienza. The purpose of this partnership is to teach music and business students new ways to approach their respective areas of study. Music students will learn business skills essential to navigating the world as a 21st century musician and Carlson students will be tasked with thinking artistically when facing business challenges. These unique course collaborations will benefit music and business students alike. School of Music director David Myers says, “We are thrilled to offer University of Minnesota students these additional courses as they will prepare our students to think creatively and strategically.”


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Alumnus David France Founds Revolution of Hope U of M School of Music alumnus David France (MM, 2003, violin, student of Sally O’Reilly), was featured on NBC Nightly News’ Making a Difference segment for founding Revolution of Hope, an inner-city after-school youth orchestra program, in Roxbury, MA. NBC correspondent Chelsea Clinton interviewed France and his students. In the interview, France shared that Revolution of Hope was patterned after El Sistema, the Venezuelan musical youth development program/orchestra. He also shared, “My dream is to open up the door for other dreamers. I provide the skills, I provide the instruments, I provide the platform, and then they take themselves wherever they want to go.” Revolution of Hope students are working hard to make their dreams come true by practicing five days a week for three hours a day. Watch the NBC segment and find out more about David France and Revolution of Hope at

Alumnus Ryan Truesdell Wins Grammy Award

Alumni Q & A

Jocelyn Hagen MA, 2007, composition, student of Judith Lang Zaimont

What are your favorite venues for music in the Twin Cities? I love to attend concerts at Orchestra Hall, and there are so many wonderful choirs in the Twin Cities that perform at beautiful churches. I’m also really enjoying the Liquid Music Series through The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra – fascinating music and interesting venues.

School of Music alumnus and composer/producer Ryan Truesdell (BM, 2002, music education) won a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for “How About You” from Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans (ArtistShare). His record was nominated in three categories and was developed from Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project.

What drew you to choral composition? I think we begin by writing what we know. I’ve been a choral musician since I was in grade school. It has been a natural fit. I’ve always been a singer and a pianist, and therefore I really enjoy writing for that combination of instruments. At least 75% of my catalog is music for the voice: art song or choral music.

The Gil Evans Project was born out of Truesdell’s desire to restore and perform Gil Evans’ music directly from Evans’ original manuscripts. His research led him to the discovery of more than fifty new Evans compositions and arrangements. Truesdell recorded ten of these works for his Grammy Award-winning album.

What projects are you working on and where can we find out more about your work? I’m so very excited to be starting my first opera, Test Pilot, next month! It is a collaborative work with choreographer Penelope Freeh. We are telling the story of the birth of flight through the voice of Katharine Wright, sister of the Wright Brothers. It will premiere in September 2014 at The O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul, as part of their Women of Substance series.

Truesdell reflects on his time at the School of Music and shares, “I credit my experiences at the School of Music with my fearless approach to new things. Professor Dean Sorenson encouraged me to pursue my interest in jazz.”

What advice would you give to current music students? Make a lot of friends. Make as much music as you can. That’s the incredible thing about school — everyone’s there for the experience. Devoting your life to the arts is not an easy path — it takes determination, talent, a lot of ambition and quite a large dose of stubbornness. But I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I love what I do.

He also recalls, “At the School of Music there was support and nurturing for what I wanted to do and there was a real life aspect to it. You have to have real life experiences away from a practice room to really grow as a writer.”



Harnessing the Power of Music

This fall the School of Music is heading to the University of Minnesota’s Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in East Bethel, MN, to bring together a collaborative team of faculty, staff, and students for an artistic venture. Improvising Ecosystems: Sounds and Visions of Cedar Creek will foster an interdisciplinary conversation between creative artists and environmental researchers. This project is made possible by a Mini Grant from the U of M Institute on the Environment. The School of Music is spearheading this project, and put together a creative team comprised of Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, College of Biological Sciences education coordinator Mary A. Spivey, School of Music faculty Scott Currie (creative studies and media) and Maja Radovanlija (classical guitar), School of Music technology/media lab specialist Michael Duffy along with students from the School of Music and Department of Art. The team will spend September 22 and September 23 at Cedar Creek working on a collaborative creative project expressing and evoking aesthetic impressions of the sights and sounds unique to the Cedar Creek environment. Members of the team will draw on nature for their creative inspiration. Musical participants will compose pieces that incorporate the sounds of Cedar Creek, while visual artists will create mixed media works that reflect Cedar Creek’s vistas. The works will express perspectives on environmental topics such as climate change, carbon cycling, nitrogen enrichment, and water issues.


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The project will culminate with an hour long interdisciplinary performance/installation that will be presented at Cedar Creek as well as Ferguson Hall and other University of Minnesota locations. The performance/installation will advance awareness of environmental issues by harnessing the affective power of music and visual arts. School of Music faculty member Scott Currie says, “It is our hope that this project will develop and demonstrate the potential impact of an ongoing creative research program, capable of playing an integral role in cross-disciplinary course offerings associated with the School of Music’s New Audiences and Innovative Practice Curriculum Initiative.” Rhapsody in Green: Our Ancient Love of Trees and Passion for Nature in Song, Poetry and Surprising Acts of Expression School of Music voice professor Adriana Zabala’s studio will present Rhapsody in Green: Our Ancient Love of Trees and Passion for Nature in Song, Poetry and Surprising Acts of Expression on Thursday, October 24 (location and time to be announced). The program will bring together student instrumentalists – including a string quartet, a folk trio, and a percussion ensemble – as well as faculty from the U of M Department of Forest Resources, and a representative from the Tree Trust of the Twin Cities. The show will feature music by Handel, Schubert, Schumann, Finzi, Vaughan Williams, Esperanza Spalding, and David Byrne (Talking Heads). The weekend prior to the performance, Zabala’s studio will plant trees with members of the Tree Trust of the Twin Cities.

Photo: Jeff Corney

Improvising Ecosystems: Sounds and Visions of Cedar Creek


The Joint Master Program for New Audiences and Innovative Practice In August 2012, U of M School of Music creative studies and media professor Scott Currie and graduate student in choral conducting Kelley Sundin traveled to Sigtuna, Sweden to take part in the Summer School for the Joint Music Master for New Audiences and Innovative Practice. This trip marked the School of Music’s first involvement with the Joint Master Program for New Audiences and Innovative Practice (NAIP). The School of Music will become the first school in the U.S. to join the ranks of this consortium of schools from Northern Europe as an associate partner with the program. NAIP is designed to prepare students for a rapidly changing world where careers in music demand broader international perspectives and greater professional responsiveness to diverse contexts than ever. Participating European NAIP con-

servatories include Iceland Academy of the Arts (Reykjavik, Iceland), Royal College of Music (Stockholm, Sweden), Prince Claus Conservatoire (Groningen, Netherlands), Royal Conservatoire (The Hague, Netherlands), and the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland). The NAIP Summer School left a lasting impression on School of Music student Kelley Sundin. She shared, “Experiencing such intentional teamwork with international colleagues while developing new musical programs with the Swedish community of Sigtuna heightened my awareness and reiterated just how powerful and positive music making can be on a community when artistic engagement is deeply embedded in the process. High quality, collaborative music making left a lasting impact on all who participated in the Summer School.

Opportunities such as this equip students with the necessary tools to continually grow and adapt to the challenges of the 21st century–to not only share music within our community but also engage the community through music making in a sustainable manner. This program is another indication of the University’s commitment to global citizenship–expanding the institution in ways, which will promote student success beyond the academy.” In August 2013, School of Music professors Scott Currie and Maja Radovanlija (guitar) traveled with graduate conducting students Ryan LaBoy (choral) and Brian Messier (bands) to the NAIP Summer School in Suðureyri, Iceland to participate in the NAIP Summer School program.

Above photo: Sunset in Sigtuna, Sweden. Bottom photos: Stills from a YouTube video of a NAIP flash mob in Sigtuna, Sweden to promote a performance of Gatan Över Det Hela in August 2012 at Sigtuna Folkhögskola, Västersalen.


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All- School School of Music Convocation: Keynote Speaker Claire Chase Thu., Sept. 26 • 3 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall More info on page 6.

Collage Concert

Sat., Oct. 19 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall Featuring more than 300 students and faculty in a non-stop concert showcase!


Symphonic Band: Wind-Songs

University Band and Gold Campus Band

Featuring the premiere of Andreia PintoCorreia’s Olhos, Espelho e Luz (Eyes, mirror, and light) with John De Haan (tenor). Jerry Luckhardt, conductor. More info on page 7.

Timothy Diem and Caroline Hand, conductors

University Band and Gold Campus Bands

Wed., May 7 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Wed., Dec. 4 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Thu., Dec. 5 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

20th Annual High School Honor Band Concert Sun., Jan. 26 • 1:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Craig Kirchhoff, conductor

The upper Midwest’s finest young wind and percussion instrumentalists perform challenging wind music.

Maroon and North Star Campus Bands

Wind Ensemble

Wed., Oct. 16 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Ingrid Martin and Andrew Pettus, conductors

University Band and Gold Campus Band Thu., Oct. 17 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Caroline Hand and Brian Messier, conductors

Tue., Feb. 18 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall Craig Kirchhoff, conductor

Symphonic Band

Wed., Mar. 5 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall Featuring Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with wind orchestration by John Boyd. Jerry Luckhardt, conductor

Symphonic Band

University Band and Gold Campus Band

Featuring masterworks from the wind band repertoire. Jerry Luckhardt, conductor

Timothy Diem and Caroline Hand, conductors

Marching Band Indoor Concert

Maroon and North Star Campus Bands

The Pride of Minnesota performs half-time favorites and more. Visit for ticket information.

Ingrid Martin and Andrew Pettus, conductors

Wed., Oct. 23 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Sat., Nov. 16 • 7 pm Willmar High School, Willmar, MN

Wind Ensemble: Murder Mystery Concert

Thu., Mar. 6 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Mon., Mar. 10 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Wind Ensemble

Tue., Apr. 1 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Tue., Nov. 26 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Craig Kirchhoff, conductor

Brian Messier, producer. Caroline Hand and Andrew Pettus, conductors

Wind Ensemble

Maroon and North Star Campus Bands

Craig Kirchhoff, conductor

Mon., Dec. 2 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Ingrid Martin and Andrew Pettus, conductors


Maroon and North Star Campus Bands Ingrid Martin and Andrew Pettus, conductors

Caroline Hand and Brian Messier, conductors

Wind Ensemble

Tue., Oct. 8 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Thu., May 1 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Tue., Apr. 29 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Symphonic Band

Wed., Apr. 30 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall Featuring Fernando Meza’s percussion studio performing Karel Husa’s Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble. Jerry Luckhardt, conductor

Choral A Choral Kaleidoscope Sat., Nov. 9 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

A concert of diverse repertoire featuring the University Singers, Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus, and members of the School of Music voice faculty. Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey, conductors

Global Voices

Sun., Nov. 10 • 3 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall The Campus Singers ensembles light up the stage with repertoire from around the world. Conducted by U of M graduate students.

Sounds of the Season Sat., Dec. 7 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

The Campus Singers ensembles and Men’s and Women’s Choruses delight audiences with a wide array of seasonal favorites. Kathy Saltzman Romey, Matthew Mehaffey, and graduate students, conductors

University Men’s and Women’s Choruses with the Encore Wind Ensemble Thu., Feb. 13 • 7 pm Minneapolis Convention Center, Ballroom A

The University Men’s and Women’s Choruses (Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey, choral directors) in collaboration with the Encore Wind Ensemble perform Howard Hanson’s Sea Symphony (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) at the 2014 Minnesota Music Educators Association State Convention. Registration information:

Music for a Grand Space

Sun., Mar. 30 • 2:30 pm Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul, MN Annual concert featuring the University Singers, Campus Singers, and Men’s and Women’s Choruses. Kathy Saltzman Romey, Matthew Mehaffey, and graduate students, conductors. Free will donation.

Spring Fling!

Sat., Apr. 26 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall The Campus Singers ensembles and friends present their annual concert program. Russell Adrian, Andrew Morgan, Phillip Shoultz, Samuel Grace, and Ryan LaBoy, conductors

Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 Sat., May 3 • 7:30 pm Northrop

University Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the University Singers, Women’s and Men’s Chorus, and members of the Minnesota Chorale. Adriana Zabala, mezzo soprano. Mark Russell Smith, conductor. Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey, choral directors.

Jazz Jazz Ensemble I: Home Grown

Thu., Oct. 10 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall A concert featuring original student works with special guest Joe Curiale, arranger for The Tonight Show band, film, and television. Dean Sorenson, director

Jazz Combos: Originals and Standards for Small Group Mon., Oct. 14 • 7 pm Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall

Jazz Combos I, II, and III. Phil Hey, director

Jazz Ensemble II: A Big Band Odyssey Mon., Oct. 21 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall Dean Sorenson, director

Jazz Combos: The Art of the Solo

Mon., Nov. 11 • 7 pm Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall Jazz Combos I, II, and III. Phil Hey, director

Jazz Combo I with the Minnesota Band Directors Association Honor Jazz Band

Sat., Nov. 16 • Time TBA Discovery Auditorium, 214 First Ave NE, Buffalo, MN

Jazz Ensembles I and II: The Music of Mike Titlebaum Mon., Dec. 9 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Featuring guest saxophonist and composer Mike Titlebaum. Dean Sorenson, director

Jazz Festival Concert Sat., Mar. 1 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Featuring Jazz Ensemble I and special guests. Dean Sorenson, director

Jazz Ensembles I and II Mon., Apr. 28 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Orchestra University Symphony Orchestra Fri., Oct. 11 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Program includes Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Weber, Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8. Mark Russell Smith and Benjamin Klemme, conductors

Maroon and Gold Campus Orchestras Wed., Oct. 30 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Program to include Saint-Saëns’ Suite Algerienne, Verdi’s “Triumphal March” from Aïda, Prelude to Act I from La Traviata, and Márquez’s Danzón No. 2. Russell Adrian, Sergey Bogza, Benjamin Klemme, and Erik Rohde, conductors

University Symphony Orchestra Children’s Concert Tue., Dec. 3 • 10 am & 11:30 am Ted Mann Concert Hall

Graduate conducting students Sergey Bogza, Benjamin Klemme, and Erik Rohde conduct and host the University Symphony Orchestra’s first children’s concert. Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra will introduce children to the unique and colorful world of the symphony orchestra. Attendance is free, but pre-registration is required. Visit for registration information.

Campus String Orchestra

Fri., Dec. 6 • 7:30 pm University Lutheran Church of Hope, Minneapolis, MN Program to include Sibelius’ Andante festivo, Vivaldi’s “Autumn” from The Four Seasons, Mahler’s “Adagietto” from Symphony No. 5, and Grieg’s Holberg Suite, Op. 40. Sergey Bogza, conductor

Maroon and Gold Campus Orchestras Wed., Dec. 11 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Program to include Rossini’s Overture from The Barber of Seville, Saint-Saëns’ “Bacchanale” from Samson and Delilah, and Kalinnikov’s Symphony No. 1. Sergey Bogza, Benjamin Klemme, and Erik Rohde, conductors

University Symphony Orchestra Wed., Mar. 12 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Featuring the American premiere of Michel Merlet’s Moirures, Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, and a performance by the University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition winner. Mark Russell Smith and Erik Rohde, conductors

Maroon and Gold Campus Orchestras Thu., Mar. 13 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Program to include Berlioz’s “March to the Scaffold” from Symphonie Fantastique, Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9. Sergey Bogza, Benjamin Klemme, and Erik Rohde, conductors

Campus String Orchestra

Faculty & More A Blast of Trumpets Mon., Sept. 16 • 7:30 pm Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall

Featuring duets with 11 of professor David Baldwin’s former students with professors Timothy Lovelace (piano) and Fernando Meza (percussion). Featuring music by Arban, Bach, Broiles, Charlier, Gibbons, Paganini, Vivaldi, and Stravinsky. Preconcert panel discussion in Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall at 6:30 pm.

Collaborative Voice Recital Fri., Oct. 25 • 8 pm Antonello Hall, MacPhail Center for Music

Featuring School of Music faculty, MacPhail teaching artists, and students. This event is part of a concert series by MacPhail Center for Music and the U of M School of Music.

Fri., Apr. 25 • 7:30 pm University Lutheran Church of Hope, Minneapolis, MN

Guest & Faculty Concert: Zagreb Saxophone Quartet and Lydia Artymiw, piano

Program to include Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Bartók’s (arr. Willner) Rumanian Folk Dances, Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 9 in C major (“Swiss”). Erik Rohde, conductor

Program to include two piano quintets.

Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 Sat., May 3 • 7:30 pm Northrop

See Choral event listing for description.

Maroon and Gold Campus Orchestras Fri., May 9 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Strauss Jr.’s Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437 (Emperor Waltz) and Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé Suite. Russell Adrian, Sergey Bogza, and Benjamin Klemme, conductors

Opera Theatre University Opera Theatre presents Bedřich Smetana’s The Bartered Bride

Thu., Nov. 21 – Sat, Nov., 23 • 7:30 pm Sun., Nov. 24 • 1:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall Karel Sabina, librettist. David Walsh, director. Sergey Bogza, Erik Rohde, Benjamin Klemme, conductors Tickets: $20/$5 U of M students and children. General admission. Two for one tickets for U of M faculty, alumni retirees, and staff. 612-624-2345 or

University Opera Theatre presents Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen

Thu., Apr. 10 – Sat., Apr. 12 • 7:30 pm Sunday, April 13 • 1:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall Libretto adapted from a novella by Rudolf Těsnohlídek and Stanislav Lolek. David Walsh, director. Mark Russell Smith, conductor Tickets: $20/$5 U of M students and children. General admission. Two for one tickets for U of M faculty, alumni retirees, and staff. 612-624-2345 or

Thu., Nov. 7 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

A Celebration of the Music of Steve Heitzeg and Eric Stokes Tue., Nov. 12 • 7:30 pm Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall

Featuring Immanuel Davis (flute), Maria Jette (soprano), Timothy Lovelace (piano), and John Snow (oboe).

Guest Recital: duoARtia Sun., Nov. 17 • 2 pm Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall

duoARtia, pianists Jeri-Mae Astolfi (SOM alumna) and Holly Roadfeldt, perform works by Béla Bartók, Witold Lutoslawski, Joseph Koykkar, James Leatherbarrow, Ed Martin, Kirk O’Riordan, Robert Paterson, James Wilding, and Yehuda Yannay.

Collaborative Keyboard Recital

Fri., Nov. 22 • 8 pm Antonello Hall, MacPhail Center for Music Featuring School of Music faculty, MacPhail teaching artists, and students. This event is part of a concert series by MacPhail Center for Music and the U of M School of Music.

Collaborative Woodwinds Recital

Thu., Feb. 6 • 8 pm Antonello Hall, MacPhail Center for Music Featuring School of Music faculty, MacPhail teaching artists, and students. This event is part of a concert series by MacPhail Center for Music and the U of M School of Music.

Guest Recital: Arditti Quartet

Fri., Mar. 28 • 7:30 pm Antonello Hall, MacPhail Center for Music Program featuring Brian Ferneyhough’s Dum Transisset, Helmut Lachenmann’s Grido, Elliott Carter’s String Quartet No. 5, and SOM composition professor James Dillon’s String Quartet No. 4.

Faculty & Guest Recital: The Artymiw-Keefe-Smith Trio Sun., Mar. 30 • 2 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Professor Lydia Artymiw (piano) performs with Erin Keefe (violin) and Wilhemina Smith (cello).

2014 U of M Brass Symposium Concert: The Copper Street Brass Quintet and the Lake Wobegon Brass Band Fri., Apr. 4 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

This event is made possible by a College of Liberal Arts Imagine Grant.

2014 U of M Brass Symposium Concert: U of M Trombone Choir, U of M Jazz ’Bones, and the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band Sat., Apr. 5 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

This event is made possible by a College of Liberal Arts Imagine Grant.

Collaborative String/ Chamber Music Recital

Fri., Apr. 11 • 8 pm Antonello Hall, MacPhail Center for Music Featuring School of Music faculty, MacPhail teaching artists, and students. This event is part of a concert series by MacPhail Center for Music and the U of M School of Music.

Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute

Cellotone 2014

A program of the U of M’s Office for Equity and Diversity and the School of Music.

A cello extravaganza featuring students of Tanya Remenikova.

Sun., Jan. 19 • 4 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Sun., Apr. 27 • 2 pm Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall

Bergen Woodwind Quintet Tue., Feb. 4 • 7:30 pm Ted Mann Concert Hall

Leading Scandinavian chamber music group returns to the School of Music.

PLEASE NOTE: Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated. Events are subject to change or cancellation. Events may be added during the course of the semester. This calendar does not list the numerous free student recitals presented each week. For directions and an updated and complete events calendar, visit music. or call 612/62-MUSIC.

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Photos (clockwise from left): Convocation honoree Maria Schneider speaks to students. ¦ Special guest Dominick Argento addresses the audience at the 2012 Collage Concert. ¦ School of Music students Ingrid Martin and Russell Adrian greet Fifth House Ensemble member Eric Snoza after a workshop. ¦ The University Symphony Orchestra performed with the Joffrey Ballet at the Orpheum Theatre. ¦ School of Music students Stephen Cunningham, Lauren Lammers, and Jason Hernandez perform in the University Opera Theatre’s production of Verdi’s Falstaff.

Alumna Maria Schneider Honored Last fall the U of M School of Music conferred an honorary doctorate on SOM alumna, Grammy winning composer, arranger, and big band leader Maria Schneider at the U of M School of Music’s Fall Convocation at Ted Mann Concert Hall. Schneider was also in residence and conducted a composer master class, gave a talk on Building a Music Career, and engaged in open and side-by-side rehearsals with SOM jazz ensembles.

Fifth House Ensemble Residency The Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble, known for versatile and dynamic performances, was in residence at the U of M School of Music in March 2013. The ensemble members gave a concert and presented student workshops and roundtable discussions on topics such as Arts Start-Up, Putting Your Audience Center Stage, Curriculum-Integration on Stage and in the Classroom, and Transitioning from College to Career.

Dominick Argento Celebrated The 2012 U of M School of Music Collage Concert honored Dominick Argento, America’s preeminent composer of lyric opera and U of M Regents Professor Emeritus. The Collage Concert featured a selection of Argento’s works from throughout his distinguished career.

University Symphony Orchestra Performed with the Joffrey Ballet The University Orchestra performed Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ballet’s premiere, with the Joffrey Ballet, America’s premier ballet company, at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis in February 2013. The


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University Orchestra performed under the baton of School of Music professor Mark Russell Smith. University Opera Theatre Season U of M School of Music’s University Opera Theatre presented Guiseppe Verdi’s Falstaff in fall 2012 and Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in spring 2013. University Opera Theatre director David Walsh directed both productions. Falstaff was presented under the baton of School of Music Mark Russell Smith; A Midsummer Night’s Dream was conducted by School of Music orchestral conducting graduate students Sergey Bogza, Benjamin Klemme, and Erik Rohde.

Above: Arnold and Helen Rice Walker in their home. Right: Helen Rice’s publicity photo, 1964.

The Helen Rice and Arnold Walker Scholarship in Voice They met at a choir rehearsal in Minneapolis in 1944. With a common love for music and song, Helen Rice and Arnold Walker became partners – not only as singers on the stage, but through 57 years of marriage. Helen Rice Walker died at the age of 89 in April 2012, and many memorial gifts were made in her honor to the School of Music. These memorials, combined with a generous donation by her family, have created a new, permanently endowed scholarship for voice and/or opera students at the University of Minnesota. Helen enjoyed a wonderful life, filled with activities she loved including spending time with her family, music, and community service. Helen graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1945 with a

degree in sociology. Shortly afterward, she moved to New York City where she enjoyed considerable success as a singing actress, appearing in the original Broadway productions of Kiss Me, Kate, Dear Judas, and Wonderful Town. Helen appeared in a revival of Gershwin’s Of Thee I Sing and gave a recital at Carnegie Hall to rave reviews. She also sang in ensembles and recordings for Louie Armstrong and Edith Piaf. Returning to Minneapolis in 1954, Helen served for 20 years as soprano soloist at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church. She appeared in numerous recitals across the Twin Cities and appeared as soloist 20 times with the Minneapolis/ Minnesota Orchestra and was a featured soloist with the Center Opera Company (now the Minnesota Opera). Helen’s special

interest was introducing audiences to new music through recitals and commissions to Minnesota composers, including Dominick Argento, Paul Fetler, and Erik Stokes. Arnold Walker was also a concert singer and appeared with Helen many times. As an associate professor of continuing education at the University of Minnesota, Arnold served as a radio and television program producer for the University for 35 years and, together with Helen, was a founding member of the Center Opera Company. Special thanks to Arnold Walker who, along with his children, Anne Marie Walker Langaard and Adam Rice Walker, established this new music scholarship to honor forever Helen and Arnold’s lifelong love of, and contributions to, vocal music.

Would you like to establish a scholarship fund? For more information, contact Joe Sullivan at 612-624-8573 or


With this issue of Tutti, we are proud to announce the creation of the Friends of the School of Music. Becoming a “friend” is incredibly easy — and rewarding, too! Friends of the School of Music are individuals who make an annual contribution. Their combined gifts help defray the costs of presenting high-quality concerts, recital events, and special learning opportunities for School of Music students. A portion of the gifts to Friends supports music scholarship students. Your gift to the Friends of the School of Music affirms your belief in the value of music education and music-making in Minnesota and beyond. Please check the “Sustaining Membership” box on the pledge envelope, and your membership in the Friends of the School of Music will be renewed automatically each year. Thank you!

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Gifts at any and all levels are most appreciated. There are many opportunities within the School of Music to make a major gift – including naming options to honor a loved one or a musician who profoundly and positively impacted your life – through an endowed scholarship. This is a wonderful and inspiring gesture!

M EM BER S H I P We offer annual membership levels designed to meet your needs and interests: $25 – Student and Young Alumni University of Minnesota graduate within the last ten years $50 – Friend $100 – Supporter $250 – Patron $500 – Benefactor $1,000 – Golden Gopher BEN EF I T S Benefits for all Friends of the School of Music members include: Ostinato – a weekly e-newsletter featuring School of Music events Tutti – recognition as a donor (or anonymous donor) in Tutti, the annual magazine featuring School of Music alumni, faculty, and staff news Collage Concert – invitation to the VIP pre-concert reception at the annual fall showcase of School of Music programs

Photo: Friends of the School of Music enjoying a pre-concert reception.

Receptions/Special Events – invitation to Friends of the School of Music receptions at SOM ensemble performances and special events, both on and off campus

If you are considering a high impact gift to the School of Music, please contact Joe Sullivan, development officer for the arts, at 612-624-8573 or You can make a notable difference!

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Songs Across Minnesota First U of M Choral Tour a Big Success BY JOE SULLIVAN

Over the weekend of April 25-27, a bus headed west out of Minneapolis, filled with 60 choral music students, graduate choral music conductors, voice faculty, and U of M School of Music choral music conductors, Kathy Romey and Matthew Mehaffey. First stop on the tour? Osseo High School, where 90 students in Osseo’s choir participated in workshops, coaching, and master classes. In the evening, a community concert took place, featuring the U of M choral students and the Osseo choral students singing together on stage for an audience of 150. Back on bus – next stop? Brainerd High School. One of the largest choral programs in the state, Brainerd’s 225 choral students enjoyed singing side-by-side with the Uni-

versity singers and the opportunity to improve their skills through master classes. An enthusiastic community concert was held in Brainerd that evening. Back on the bus, again. Final stop? Cambridge High School, where 80 high school chorus students enjoyed a similar day of camaraderie, learning, and solidarity. The community concert at Cambridge had the largest audience of over 200 people. Funded by a multi-year gift from a generous anonymous donor, the U of M’s first Choral Tour had as its goals: to inspire high school choruses, to provide collaborative concerts, to sing and hear excellent quality choral music, and to encourage college-bound students to consider the U of M School of Music.

W H AT DI D W E L E A R N? The School of Music learned that there are wonderful high-school choral singers all across the great state of Minnesota! We encouraged them to consider the University of Minnesota, and we debunked myths that the campus is too large and impersonal. The solidarity of the University singers gave witness to the tightly-knit student body that characterizes the U of M School of Music. We are proposing a fall 2013 choral tour to Albert Lea, Austin, and Rochester, MN and a spring 2014 choral tour to Buffalo and St. Cloud, MN. We will reach out to the U of M Alumni Association members in southern and central Minnesota and invite them to the community concerts that cap each of the choral tours.

YOU R H EL P I S N EEDED The Choral Tour has long been a dream of the School of Music, made possible only now through the generosity of an individual donor. Additional donors are needed once the seed funding for the tour program runs out. Interested? Please contact Joe Sullivan at 612-624-8573 or



DONORS Recognizing gifts made from June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013

We make every effort to properly acknowledge our donors, but occasionally a name is misspelled or omitted. Please let us know your preferences by contacting Joe Sullivan at 612-624-8573 or We’ll correct it in future versions—thank you!

$10,000+ Theodore Blong Judy W. Dayton Cy & Paula DeCosse Fund-Minneapolis Foundation Cy & Paula W. DeCosse Harvey V. Berneking Estate Andrew J. Holewa Jean McGough Holten The James Ford Bell Foundation Gregg M. & Lisa F. Larson Hella L. Mears & William F. Hueg, Jr. Dennis W. & Pamela D. Schulstad Arnold W. Walker

$1,000 – $9,999 Anonymous Donors 3M Foundation Inc. Kenneth J. & Janet E. Albrecht Nina M. & John W. Archabal Lydia Artymiw & David Grayson Russell W. Burris Louis A. & Joan R. Cecil Margot H. & David S. Chatterton Mark D. Chatterton & Julia U. Halberg Shirley I. Decker Wendell J. & Marjorie J. De Boer Robert B. Firing Gerald B. & Catherine L. Fischer Flekkefest Committee


General Mills Foundation George W. Patton & Mary Burnham Patton Foundation Stanley M. & Luella G. Goldberg Dalos W. Grobe Mary Kay Hicks Hormel Foods Corp. Carol Oversvee Johnson J.S. Holmes Fine Violins LLC Bonita M. Kozub-Frels Wendell Maddox Michael W. McCarthy Nancy W. McLean David E. & Judy L. Myers Bruce K. Nelson Jon D. Nelson John R. Perkins Carol Pierce TCF Foundation Twin Cities Opera Guild Inc. Lori A. Vosejpka Phyllis L. Wagner Wal-Mart Foundation Curtis D. Weyrauch

$250 – $999 Peter R. Bjornberg Alexander & Caitlin Cecchini Helen P. Chatterton D. & P. Schulstad FundFid Char Gift Fund Norma I. Danielson Andria R. Fennig Susan K. Fisher

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Lydia Artymiw (piano) performed at WGBH’s Fraser Performance Studio and a Music For Food fundraiser at the New England Conservatory and gave solo recitals/master classes at Valley City State University (ND), Capital Normal University (Beijing), Shanghai Normal University, and the Shanghai Conservatory (China). She performed at the Colonial Church of Edina Chamber Series and with the Hill House Chamber Players (St. Paul). She joined Kim Kashkashian for duo recitals at Queens College (NY), Sacramento State University (CA), and Jordan Hall (Boston), appeared with cellist Peter Wiley and violist Steven Tenenbom for the MATI Series (NY), performed Stravinsky’s Les Noces and chamber concerts at the Virginia Arts Festival (Norfolk), was in residence at the Foulger International Festival (Ogden, Utah), and performed Mozart with the Gwangju Symphony Orchestra (Gwangju, South Korea). Thomas Ashworth (trombone) performed with a tuba/euphonium quintet on American Public Media’s A Prairie Home Companion in February. David Baldwin (trumpet) attended the International Trumpet Guild Conference (Grand Rapids, MI). He has two CDs issued by this organization that feature his interpretation of the etudes of Theo Charlier, Reginaldo Caffarelli, Jean Baptise Arban, and Marcel Bitsch. Baldwin was a founding member of the International Trumpet Guild and has been secretary and a long-time board member. His new Christmas carol arrangements are being published by Theodore Presser Co.: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, We Three Kings, and Carol of the Bells. Dean Billmeyer (organ) toured Germany (summer 2012), giving concerts at the Bartholomäuskirche in Blankenburg am Harz, the Heilig-Geist Kirche in Schorndorf, the Propsteikirche in Recklinghausen, and the Wallfahrtsbasilika in Werl. Billmeyer lectured in Eisenach at “Hundert Jahre Heinrich Fleischer,” an exhibition in honor of the 100th anniversary of Fleischer’s birth. His second European concert tour of 2012 included performances at the Basilika St. Mang (Füssen, Germany), the New Cathedral (Linz), and the Pfarrkirche (Hofkirchen, Austria). He was a guest lecturer at

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the Anton Bruckner University (Linz), presenting a class on American organ literature of the 20th and 21st centuries. Mark Bjork (violin and pedagogy) presented a talk “Now go Home and Practice, But How?” to the fall clinic of the Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association in October 2012. He was guest clinician for a workshop for students in the Suzuki program associated with Centenary College (Shreveport, LA) and presented master classes in February. This summer he taught at the Colorado Suzuki Institute and Chamber Music in the Rockies, presenting master classes for advanced students and teacher training for teachers working with advanced students. In August, he did the same at the American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. Bjork was interviewed in the “Ask the Teacher” column in The Strad Magazine (September 2013). Julia Bogorad-Kogan (flute) performed Edgard Varese’s Density 21.5 for solo flute in The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Ordway and Ted Mann Concert Hall series in May. Of this performance, the Star Tribune’s Larry Fuchsberg wrote, “Julia Bogorad-Kogan, the SPCO’s exceptional principal, offered both high drama and a remarkable range of timbres. Written for a platinum flute, the music seemed to deepen in color by being played on Bogorad-Kogan’s gold-copper-silver instrument” in his article “Juxtaposing Mozart with modernist by SPCO.” The St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Rob Hubbard called the performance “a tour de force” in his review “Mozart and modernist match up in SPCO concert.”

Associativity of Harmonic Progression” and Karen Painter’s (musicology/ethnomusicology) article “Depoliticizing America’s Wagner in the Nazi Era” appear in The Legacy of Richard Wagner, edited by Luca Sala and published by Brepols Publishers. Christopher Brown (bass) gave a seminar and recital at BASS2012, the biennial European double bass convention. BASS2012 promoted the development of double bass playing and its network of amateurs, students, professors, performers, educational establishment, bass makers and manufacturers of accessories. There were more than 150 bass events at the convention, including competitions, recitals, master classes, seminars, showcases, and open stages for classical and jazz bass music. David Damschroder (music theory) is working on the fourth volume of his Harmony Project, Harmony in Chopin, which formed the basis for “Formal/Harmonic Conflicts in Chopin’s Mazurkas,” a lecture delivered at the 17th Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, Edinburg, during June. Damschroder has been appointed as series editor for Harmonologia. The first volume under his editorship, an annotated translation of a basso continuo treatise by Heinichen, was recently published; and a second volume, an analytical study of Mendelssohn’s instrumental music, is forthcoming.

Alexander Braginsky (piano) was interviewed in International Piano magazine’s September/ October 2012 education issue in the article “Teaching at the top Part 1” and in the November/December 2012 issue in the article “Teaching at the top Part 2.” His private student Henry Wang (Rochester, MN) won the MTNA Junior Division at the regional level (Lawrence, KS). Wang moved on to MTNA Finals in Anaheim, CA in March.

Immanuel Davis (flute) was featured on the cover of the New York Flute Club newsletter in the article “Eclectic Flutist Immanuel Davis Has His Cake and Eats it Too!” He performed with Timothy Lovelace (piano) and Bradley Brookshire (harpsichord) in December 2012 in a recital at Baruch Performing Arts Center. Davis and Lovelace performed with Käthe Jarka (cello) in an evening of works by Philippe Gaubert with the 1899 Erard piano from the Schubert Club Collection and the 1865 Louis Lot flute. The concert celebrated the release of their On a Clear Morning CD. Davis discussed the album on Classical Minnesota Public radio with host Alison Young.

Matthew Bribitzer-Stull’s (music theory) article “From Nibelheim to Hollywood: The

The final part of James Dillon’s (composition) 3 Triptych’s, the “New York Triptych,” commis-

sioned by the Fromm Foundation, Harvard University received its world premiere by New York’s Talea Ensemble in July at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik. Dillon was invited to the 2013 Ferienkurse as a composition artist/ professor. Talea Ensemble gave the U.S. premiere of “New York Triptych” in September at the Bohemian National Hall (NY). In June the Holland Festival presented a performance of Dillon’s work Nine Rivers, performed by three ensembles from the Netherlands and percussionist and conductor Steven Schick. Alexander Fiterstein’s (clarinet) recording of “Nocturne” by Ronn Yedidia from his recent CD Impromptu, Nocturne and World Dance was featured on American Public Media’s “Performance Today.” He recently performed concerts with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as soloist in Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto (Thomas Dausgaard, conductor). He received positive reviews in the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press. He performed the same concerto with the University of South Carolina Symphony (Columbia, SC). Fiterstein was interviewed on Classical Minnesota Public Radio in February and was featured in the MPR article, “Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein concertizes the Midwest.” David Grayson (musicology) presented papers at four international conferences celebrating Claude Debussy’s 150th birthday: in Paris, London, and Montreal, and at the Eastman School of Music, where he also led “A Conversation with P. Craig Russell” for the Comic Book Debussy session. He published two articles: “Les premiers enregistrements de Pelléas et Mélisande,” in Regards sur Debussy (Paris: Fayard) and “L’Édition scientifique de Pelléas” in “Pelléas et Mélisande” cent ans après: études et documents (Paris: Symétrie). He gave pre-concert talks for The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and lectured on Debussy and Chopin at the Shanghai Conservatory and Shanghai Normal University. Keitha Hamann (music education) presented “Teacher Evaluation – What’s Coming in Minnesota?” as part of MMEA’s Teacher Evaluation Task Force (which she co-chairs) at the MMEA Midwinter In-Service Clinic. Phil Hey (jazz) was celebrated at the Artists’ Quarter in May 2013. The concert marked his 60th birthday and included a variety of performers. Craig Kirchhoff (bands) will give a workshop as part of the December 2013 Midwest Clinic

titled The New Frontier: Music, Multimedia and Audiences in the Digital World. He also led the U of M Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a performance of Jeffrey Brooks’ Dreadnought (recorded in 1997) on American Public Media’s Composer’s Datebook. Scott D. Lipscomb (music education) presented a session at the annual MMEA Midwinter InService Clinic titled “Mobile apps are all the rage: You too can create music-based apps for your classroom (and beyond!).” Lipscomb demonstrated how free tools for iPhone, iPod, and iPad application development greatly simplify the process of creating professional mobile applications. After introducing the tools, he demonstrated how to create an application that responded to user button clicks by playing a musical tone and showing the same note on a musical staff. Lipscomb and Dee Lundell (Learning Through Music) received a grant from the Twin Cities Opera Guild to support the 4th Grade Opera program at Folwell School, an urban, K-8 fine arts magnet in south Minneapolis. Timothy Lovelace (collaborative piano) performed in the 2012 Alexandria Festival of the Lakes at the United Methodist Church (Alexandria, MN). Lovelace was featured in the Pioneer Press article “Orchestra review: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra thinks small - and that’s a very big thing” for his performance in a Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Neighborhood Series event. Alex Lubet (creative studies and media) was interviewed for a Star Tribune article on tributes to Bob Dylan in his native North Shore. Lubet’s album Spectral Blues: New Music for Acoustic Guitar (Ravello) was released on the PARMA label and distributed by Naxos. The album contains two suites for acoustic guitar performed by Lubet. It was ranked number two in downloads among Modern & 20th Century recordings on in January and named one of its Hot New Releases. The album was positively reviewed on and The American Record Guide. Jerry Luckhardt (bands) was a band clinician at the Rocky Mountain Music Festival (Banff, Canada) in April 2013 and at the Alberta Band Association Provincial Festival of Bands (Red Deer, Canada) in May 2013. He participated in the Compass Brass Recording Project (Minneapolis, MN) in June 2013. Luckhardt will give a workshop as part of the December 2013 Midwest Clinic titled The New Frontier: Music, Multimedia and Audiences in the Digital World.

Other upcoming projects include guest conducting the Alberta Band Association Honor Band (Alberta, Canada) in November 2013, presenting at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic (Chicago, IL) in December 2013, guest conducting at the Asia Pacific Activities Conference Honor Band (Daejeon, South Korea) in February 2014,

MMEA Midwinter In-Service Clinic The School of Music was well represented at the Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter In-Service Clinic. SOM professors Akosua Addo, Keitha Hamann, Scott Lipscomb, Michael Silverman, and Laura Sindberg presented sessions. SOM music education graduate students Kinh T. Vu and Casey Clementson presented a poster session hosted by Keitha Hamann. The U of M Trombone Choir (pictured above) performed selections by Grieg, Gabrieli, Saint-Saëns, Mahler, and Haydn. The Jazz ’Bones performed music by Hoagy Carmichael and professor Dean Sorenson. U of M alumnus and member of the U.S. Army Blues Victor Barranco was guest soloist and professor Jerry Luckhardt and Henry Charles Smith served as guest conductors. The following School of Music performance and music education students performed in the Intercollegiate Band: Lindsay Cox, Haley Cramer, Camille Galles, Jennifer Minor, Drew Morrisette, Roy Peinaar, Brianna Preblich, Robert Reeve, and Michelle Robertus. SOM student teacher Cameron Kinghorn conducted a segment of a concert presented by his elementary school students. School of Music staff Anne Barnes, Laura Krider, and Anabel Wirt were in attendance representing the SOM.


and guest conducting appearances include the Association for Music in International Schools Honor Band (London, England) in March 2014. Professors Guerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) and David Walsh (opera theatre) held a workshop of Mazzola’s opera Apocalypse - Now and Then (Manuela Kererk, composer), supported by CLA’s Grant-in-Aid program. Mazzola was invited to give talks on musical creativity in Paris in October at IRCAM and Ecole Normale Superieure. He gave the William Poland Lecture in Music Theory at Ohio State University. He was a guest at the MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology in May. Mazzola, who is president of the Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music, gave talks at the 4th International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music (Montreal). Matthew Mehaffey (choral) hired a chamber orchestra and 16 Twin Cities vocalists to present a professional production of George Frederic Handel’s iconic oratorio, Messiah, at Central Presbyterian Church in December, sponsored by the Oratorio Society of Minnesota. Mehaffey was featured on’s “Whole Note” podcast and discussed the concert and the University of Minnesota’s approach to choral education. Fernando Meza (percussion) was percussion faculty for the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. In January he performed with percussionist Pedro Carneiro and offered a clinic for the Minnesota

Percussion Association’s Day of Percussion. In March he performed as principal timpanist for the Santo Domingo Music Festival (Dominican Republic) and judged the final round of the Chicago Symphony Youth Competition. In May he performed as soloist with the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra and with the Costa Rica-UNED Percussion Ensemble for the 3rd International Festival of Percussion Ensembles. Meza gave master classes at the National Center for Music (Costa Rica) and the University of Costa Rica. He performed in the 11th International Patagonia Percussion Festival (Argentina) and was in residence as percussion faculty for the Youth Philharmonic of Colombia. David Myers (music education, director) was a featured speaker at the Yale University Symposium on Music Education in June. In March, he was a program consultant for the University of Connecticut Music Department. Upcoming speaking engagements include national meetings of the Society for Music Teacher Education, the College Music Society, the National Association of Schools of Music, and Music Learning Live! Asia, an all-Asia conference in Singapore that he helped organize. Myers recently served as author and co-editor for “Adult Music Learning in a Lifespan Context,” a seven-chapter section of the The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, published by Oxford University Press Sally O’Reilly (violin) was interviewed for the article “3 Steps Along the Road Toward Greater Musical Confidence” in the November issue

of Strings Magazine. She was invited to give a master class at the Liszt Academy in Budapest in mid-December. Karen Painter (musicology) discussed Mahler’s song cycle Kindertotenlieder on Public Radio International’s The World in December during the segment titled “Mahler’s Songs on the Death of Children.” Maja Radovanlija (guitar/creative studies and media) joined the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet and is touring and performing with the ensemble. Radovanlija is the first woman to join the quartet, which was founded in 1986 and is one of the few guitar ensembles in the U.S. Radovanlija performed with Horse Aquarium (SOM students Joey Crane, Adam Zahller, and Andrew Bergmann) at the U of M Institute on the Environment’s Commons Gallery Opening Reception for the exhibit “Downstream/ Upstream - A Journey Through the Urban Water Cycle” in February. Matthew Rahaim’s (musicology/ethnomusicology) book Musicking Bodies: Gesture and Voice in Hindustani Music is available on Wesleyan University Press. He received a Grant-In-Aid for his project “Voice Cultures: Indian Vocal Technique and Ethical Power,” a residential fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study, the 2012 Klaus Wachsmann Prize for Advanced and Critical Essays in Organology for “That Ban(e) of Indian Music: Hearing Politics in the Harmonium,” and a 2012 American Musicological

STAFF NEWS Michael Duffy (staff member/MA candidate, composition, student of James Dillon) was one of six composers chosen to work with Ensemble Dal Niente (winners of the 2012 Kranichstein Music Award for interpretation), composer Hans Thomalla, and cellist Lucas Fels of the Arditti Quartet, in a two-part composition workshop culminating in July 2012 at the 46th International Summer Music Courses in Darmstadt, Germany.

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John Marks (audio engineer) collaborated with the local experimental rock trio, Brute Heart on an original score to the German Expressionist film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The score was commissioned by the Walker Art Center, and the ensemble performed it live to the film in August 2012 in the finale presentation of the WAC’s 2012 Movies and Music Series. The Star Tribune reported on the composition in their article, “Local music: Brute Heart’s somnambulist blues.”

Anabel Wirt (recruitment and community engagement coordinator) is one of the musicians featured on the album Minnesota Fiddle Tunes Project. Supported by an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the project is a collaborative effort to revive Minnesota fiddle music. Wirt joined the Board of Directors of Keane Sense of Rhythm, a non-profit dance company. Wirt will lead recruitment and marketing efforts for the organization under the leadership of artistic director Ellen Keane, adjunct faculty of the University of Minnesota Department of Theater and Dance.

Society Publication Award for Young Scholars for his book Musicking Bodies: Gesture and Voice in Hindustani Music. Faculty member Tanya Remenikova (cello) and alumnus Denis Evstuhin (DMA, 2011, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) gave a recital in July at The Museum of Russian Art. The program included works by Grieg, Tchaikovky, and Rachmaninov. The duo performed in July in the opening concert of the International Cello Academy “Cello: An American Experience” at Urness Hall, St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN). The program included sonatas for cello and piano by Bach, Barber, and Mendelssohn. Kathy Saltzman Romey (choral) was featured on 830 WCCO Radio’s Steele Talkin’ with Jearlyn Steele in October to discuss the 2012 Collage Concert which celebrated Dominick Argento (composition). Steinway artist Paul Shaw (piano) brought a case study to life when he was invited to assistant professor Enno Siemsen’s Global Operations Strategy class for the Carlson School of Management. Shaw was featured in the Carlson article and video “Quality You Can Hear.” Rebecca Shockley (piano) gave a presentation on Mapping Music at the College Music Society’s 55th Annual National Conference in San Diego in November. She gave a similar presentation on Mapping Music for the Music Teachers National Association annual conference in Anaheim in March. Her co-presenter for both events was Dr. Melissa Colgin, associate professor of flute at the University of Texas at El Paso. Laura Sindberg (music education) conducted the International Wind Ensemble and Mountie/ Ranger Bands at the 2012 International Music Camp, held at the International Peace Garden. She presented a session on the rehearsal planning process as a vital component of effective teaching at the MMEA Midwinter In-Service Clinic. She presented at the 2013 Instrumental Music Teacher Educators Colloquium at Deer Creek Resort (Mount Sterling, OH). Her session, From Teaching Plan to Curriculum Development— Incorporating Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance into the Instrumental Methods Course and Student Teaching, included an examination of philosophical and practical implications for music teacher pedagogy. Mark Russell Smith (orchestra) was named artistic advisor and symphony conductor for

the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies; he served as interim artistic advisor and symphony conductor for its 2012-13 season. He was interviewed in the Star Tribune article “Joffrey Ballet at the Orpheum Theatre Feb. 26” on why the performance was important to School of Music students. Dean Sorenson (jazz) was a 2012 ASCAP Plus Award recipient. These awards, made by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, reflect their continuing commitment to assist and encourage ASCAP composers. Awards are granted by an independent panel and are based upon the unique prestige value of each writer’s catalog of original compositions as well as recent performances in areas not surveyed by the Society. Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein’s Parables, directed by David Walsh (opera), was broadcast on Twin Cities Public Television in the fall. Lawrence Weller (professor emeritus, voice) returned to the School of Music in 2012-13, for 13 weeks, substituting for professors Jean del Santo, Adriana Zabala, and Barbara Kierig. He was soloist in two Thursday Musical Artist Series events, in recitals at College of St. Benedict and Hill House in St. Paul, and with the Winona Oratorio Chorus. He was guest conductor with the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra. Weller served as judge for both the MacPhail and Kenwood Symphony concerto auditions and for several vocal competitions. He presented master classes at Northwestern College and at the MMTA convention with a session on singing in German. The Ancia Saxophone Quartet—which includes Angela Wyatt (saxophone)—performed at Augsburg College as well as with the Wayzata Symphony at the Wayzata Community Church in October. The quartet performed at Studio Z as well as the Weisman Art Museum in May. Some of these concerts were made possible in part by a grant through the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. The quartet was featured in Chamber Music America magazine. Adriana Zabala (voice) was featured in the following articles around her appearance in Douglas Cuomo’s opera Doubt: “A New Opera Center, for Practicing as Well as Performing” and “‘Doubt,’ Adaptation Performed by Minnesota Opera” (New York Times), “Minnesota Opera premieres ‘Doubt’” (Star Tribune), “Complex Minnesota Opera production is simply impressive” (Pioneer Press), and “New opera’s success is

Committee on Inter-Institutional Cooperation Faculty member Scott Lipscomb (music education) traveled with six music education doctoral students to attend the annual meeting of the Committee on Inter-Institutional Cooperation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Four research posters were presented by U of M music education doctoral students: Casey Clementson “The quest for quality: Multicultural repertoire for instrumental music” John Stewart “Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance in the high school band: A case study” Kinh Vu “Music in our schools: Sexual orientation and curriculum” Multiple authors “Two-year college music programs in Minnesota.” The co-authored poster represents a collaborative research project completed as part of their doctoral seminar, which was coauthored—under the supervision of all music education faculty—by John Stewart, Yolanda Williams, Kinh Vu, Tracey Collins, Casey Clementson, and David Berberick, with valuable assistance from Jennifer Hawkinson and David Rolandson.

beyond ‘Doubt’” (Associated Press). Zabala and Philip Zawisza (voice) performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra in December at Ted Mann Concert Hall. Zabala and composer/pianist Gregg Kallor performed songs from their album Exhilaration: Dickinson & Yeats Songs at Ted Mann Concert Hall. 29



Charles Asch (DMA candidate, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova) won the Dorothy J. Oestreich Concerto Competition, held by the Concord Chamber Orchestra (Milwaukee, WI) in December 2012. He performed Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D Major with the Concord Chamber Orchestra. He was selected to be an artistic ambassador for the Minnesota Music Teachers Association. As artistic ambassador, Asch toured Bemidji in April and gave five concerts in schools and in the community. The program included Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestuecke and the fourth movement of Cesar Franck’s Sonata for Violin. Bethel Balge (DMA candidate, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) performed the Overture from the Fourth Partita by J.S. Bach for the Bach Birthday concert organized by MPR host Michael Barone at the Luther Seminary in March. Her performance was broadcast live on MPR. She performed Brahms’ Intermezzi, Op. 116, No. 3 and 4 for a master class with Alessio Bax in Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall in May. Colleen Bertsch (MA, 2012/PhD candidate, ethnomusicology, student of Gabriella Currie) performed with the Laurels String Quartet for MN Music On-a-Stick, a Grandstand concert sponsored by 89.3 the Current at the Minnesota State Fair. The quartet collaborated with local singer and songwriter Jeremy Messersmith, as well as the internationally acclaimed headliner

Kappa Kappa Psi Chapter Leadership Award The University of Minnesota honorary band service co-ed fraternity Kappa Alpha Chapter won a 2011-2013 Kappa Kappa Psi Chapter Leadership Award for outstanding contributions to band programs. Kappa Alpha presented their work at the Kappa Kappa Psi National Convention and was eligible for the William Scroggs Founders Trophy.

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Semisonic for the event. Bertsch was awarded a 2013 Artist Initiative grant by the Minnesota State Arts Board. She will create a video reference library of her Transylvanian field recordings of traditional fiddle music and give an informational performance and workshop on this topic in early 2014. Lars Christensen (MA, 2010/PhD candidate, musicology and ethnomusicology, student of Gabriela Currie) was awarded an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship to work on his dissertation, “Song Dynasty Musical Thought and the Development of Early Modern China,” in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study during the 2013-14 year. Melissa Deal (BM, violin, student of Sally O’Reilly) appeared as soloist with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra (WI) in April, performing Saint-Saëns’ Rondo Capriccioso. Deal was the winner of the orchestra’s 2013 Rising Star Competition. In addition to the solo appearance, she received $2,000 in prize money. Michael J. Krajewski (DMA candidate, guitar, student of Maja Radovanlija and Jeffrey Van) accepted two positions teaching guitar at colleges in Minnesota. In fall 2012, Krajewski began teaching full-time as assistant professor of music heading the guitar studies program at Minnesota State University Moorhead and revitalized the guitar program at St. Cloud State University teaching as an adjunct instructor. Dale Kruse (DMA candidate, voice, student of John De Haan) was the children’s chorus master for the Minnesota Opera productions of Doubt and Turandot this season. He is also the music director for the Minnesota Opera: Project Opera, a three-tiered training program for students grades four through twelve. Project Opera presented three fully staged one-act operas: The Shoes for Santo Niño by Stephen Paulus (MA, 1976/ PhD, 1978, composition, student of Dominick Argento), Down in the Valley by Kurt Weill, and Noyes Fludde by Benjamin Britten in February. Rosalind Leavell (DMA candidate, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova) won the grand

prize at the Mary West String Competition in November. She was a soloist in Dvorak’s Concerto with the Bloomington Symphony in spring 2013. Leavell performed at the Winners Recital in November. Pei-Lei Lin (DMA candidate, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) was the 2013 winner of the Suji Lee $2,500 Scholarship award sponsored by the Taiwanese Association of America, Minnesota Chapter. She performed for the Andrew Cooperstock master class in Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall in April. Duo Miric (Darka and Tanja Miric, DMA candidates, guitar, students of Maja Radovanlija and Jeffrey Van) was selected to take part in the Ensemble Showcase Concert at the 2013 Guitar Foundation of America Convention (Louisville, KY). Miryana Moteva (MM candidate, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) performed the first movement of Brahms’ Clarinet Trio for the Jeongwon Ham Piano master class in Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall in March. Composer, pianist, and instructor at McNally Smith College of Music, Dan Musselman (PhD candidate, composition, student of Alex Lubet) has created a jazz trio/quartet CD of original compositions based on books of the Bible, specifically Genesis, Job, Luke, Acts, and Revelation. The project, Devotion, is a synthesis of his jazz, classical, and popular music training. The CD release took place in June at McNally Smith College of Music. Half of the CD sales benefitted Feed My Starving Children. Gabriel Quenville-Belair (DMA candidate, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in June with the Orchestre Symphonique de l’Isle under the direction of Cristian Gort in Oscar Peterson Concert Hall (Montreal, Canada). Erik Rohde (BM, violin, student of Mark Bjork/ MM, 2011, conducting/DMA candidate, conducting, student of Mark Russell Smith) performed a recital entitled Road Music as part of

the 2012 Italy & USA Alba Music Festival. The recital included American music for violin and piano, including the Violin Sonata of alumnus Elliott Miles McKinley (PhD, 2008, composition, student of Doug Geers and Alex Lubet). Samuel Rosenstone (BM candidate, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) was the winner of the 2013 Marvin O. Mechelke II Piano Award. The 2013 Mechelke Scholarship Competition was open to undergraduate piano majors and was held at the Mechelke home in April. Professor Akosua Addo, Mary Goetz, and Elizabeth Wolff served as judges. Megan Ruan’s (PSEO, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) live recording of Stephen Paulus’ Piano Prelude No. 4 was selected for the finals of MPR’s Minnesota Varsity Competition. Ruan was one of five finalists (out of more than 100 applicants) and appeared in the showcase concert at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul in April. Tiffany Skidmore (PhD candidate, composition, student of James Dillon) composed the musical score to U of M president Kaler’s welcome film, The First Year, “a romance of discovery,” screened at the U of M Convocation for first-year students in August 2012. Skidmore assembled a team of musicians, dubbed the Insane Gopher Dada Orchestra, to record the score dada-style. Patrick Terry (BM candidate, voice and music education, student of Adriana Zabala) was one of ten singers invited to attend the 8th Residential Michael Chance Summer Music Academy in Candili, Euboea, Greece in July. The week included master classes, lessons, and concerts with countertenor Michael Chance. Ryan Thompson (MA, 2013/PhD candidate, musicology, student of Peter Mercer-Taylor) was interviewed by Game Informer about ludomusicology: the study of video game music.

Celebrating Twenty Years of Ted Mann Concert Hall Ted Mann Concert Hall, the School of Music’s world-class concert auditorium, opened its doors in 1993. Overlooking the banks of the Mississippi River, the hall has hosted 20 years of performances by School of Music ensembles, faculty, and guest artists. Ted Mann Concert Hall has welcomed such notables as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Bobby McFerrin, Lila Downs, Gwen Ifill (Washington Week), Dave Brubeck, Garrison Keillor (Prairie Home Companion), Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Herbie Hancock, Margaret Atwood, Joshua Bell, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Ornette Colman, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, the Schubert Club, VocalEssence, and Bill Moyers. For a complete Ted Mann Concert Hall calendar, visit

Nathaniel Yaffe (DMA candidate, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova) won a cello section position with the North Carolina Symphony. He was selected from a pool of 140 candidates.


Raise Your Voice A Recital for Social Justice Laura Hynes (DMA, 2013, voice, student of Adriana Zabala) turned her DMA recital into Raise Your Voice, a unique performance exploring issues of violence against women through the ages via art song, text, and dance. The event was sponsored by a Community Engagement grant through the School of Music, and by the Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education. Performers in Raise Your Voice included vocalists Laura Hynes, Elizabeth Windnagel, Sara Yoder, Lauren Feider, and Beth Bayley with Mijin Choi (piano), professor Maja Radovanlija (guitar), and Samantha Phillipi (dance). Hynes said that the event was one of the most challenging and stimulating projects she has ever completed.

Cantus Residency Program Coordinated by Kathy Saltzman Romey

Engagement News

The Mill City Summer Opera (MCSO), Karen Brooks (founder) and David Lefkowich (artistic director), features a Studio Artists Program that was conceived and directed by professor Adriana Zabala (voice). Mill City Summer Opera partners with the University of Minnesota’s School of Music and the Lundstrum Center for Performing Arts. The Studio Artists Program includes educational engagement, master classes, main stage chorus, and a showcase performance that takes place in the Mill City Ruin Courtyard.


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With the help of a University of Minnesota public engagement grant, and under the direction of Community Engagement Leadership Team, School of Music faculty and students coordinated projects within the past year, including: Afro-Brazilian Carnaval Coordinated by Scott Currie with community partner Eliezer Freitas Santos

Hynes and professor Keitha Hamann (music education) collected data from the event and are preparing a paper based on their research.

The interdisciplinary graduate student group Music and Sound Studies received a grant to host music presentations at the University of Minnesota. School of Music students Eloise Boisjoli, Joe Matson, Laura Schmitz, and Etha Williams were active in securing this grant. From a field of 31 applications, Music and Sound Studies was selected as one of 12 Research and Creative Collaboratives that the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) will support in 2013-2014. Music and Sound Studies is the only IAS Collaborative led by graduate students, and its aim is to connect different areas of research through its presentations. All events are free and open to students, faculty, staff, and community members. Professor Sumanth Gopinath (music theory) advises the group.

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School of Music voice students took part in the MCSO Studio Artists Program. The U of M Trombone Choir (students of Thomas Ashworth) shared their talents at the Johanna Shores Retirement Community in Arden Hills and at the Eagle Crest Retirement Community in Roseville. U of M School of Music choral students (students of Kathy Saltzman Romey) brought holiday music and smiles to Children’s Hospital and U of M Amplatz Children’s Hospital during the holiday season. Patients listened and joined in on the fun, making for a rewarding musical experience for all. The spring 2013 Band Project Showcase took place in Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall. Faculty member Laura Sindberg (music education) and several music education students welcomed Corey Needleman (BM, 1999, percussion, student of Fernando Meza) and 36 of his students from Folwell Performing Arts Magnet School for an end-of-the-year concert. The event celebrated the musical achievements of young band students and their apprentice teachers, who participated in an after school instructional program.

Lebun und Lieder Coordinated by Wendy Zaro-Mullins with community partner Walker Methodist Independent Living for Seniors Music, Movement, and Sign Language Coordinated by Matthew Mehaffey with community partner Young Dance Company Music on Campus Coordinated by Laura Sindberg and Anabel Wirt with community partner Minneapolis Public Schools To find out how you can get involved with the School of Music Community Engagement program and for information on other engagement projects, contact Anabel Wirt at 612-624-2847 or


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Dale Warland (MA, composition) was included in the American Classical Music Hall of Fame’s class of 2012. Warland founded the acclaimed Dale Warland Singers and is a champion of contemporary American composers of choral music. _______________

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David Zinman (MA, composition) was included in the American Classical Music Hall of Fame’s class of 2012. He is the former music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and former director of the Aspen (Colo.) Music Festival. He is a noted mentor and teacher of conductors, and his recordings have won five Grammy Awards. _______________

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Carol Barnett’s (BA, 1972/MA, 1976, student of Paul Fetler and Dominick Argento) The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass, with libretto by Marisha Chamberlain, was performed at Carnegie Hall in February 2013. Nancy Menk, member of the choral faculty at St. Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN) led singers from around the country, accompanied by Monroe Crossing, who premiered the work with VocalEssence in January 2006. _______________

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Libby Larsen (BA, 1971/MA, 1975/PhD, 1978, composition, student of Paul Fetler and Dominick Argento) was featured in the Minnesota Women’s Press article by Anne Hamre, “Boulevard blazer - Not just a path blazer or a trailblazer, Libby Larsen carves out a wide swath for women in music.” _______________

1984 _______________

Nanette de Jong’s (BM, flute) book Tambú: Curaçao’s African-Caribbean Ritual and the Politics of Memory was published on Indiana University Press.


1983 _______________

Maria Schneider (BM, composition) was featured in the Star Tribune article “Maria Schneider ready to make a big splash” and was the subject of The New York Times article “Prairie Jazz Companion.” _______________

1988 _______________

Sondra Wieland Howe (MA, 1985, musicology, student of Donna Cardamone-Jackson/ PhD, 1988, music education, student of Charles Furman) presented a research poster, “Rediscovering the Muses—Mentors from the History of Women in Music Education,” at the 30th International Society for Music Education (ISME) World Conference, held in Thessaloniki, Greece (July 2012). _______________

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Lynn L. Petersen (PhD, music theory/composition, student of Dominick Argento) was promoted to full professor at Carroll College (Helena, MT) where she teaches keyboard and composition classes and directs the jazz ensemble. Lynn M. Sargeant (BS, music education, student of Charles McDonald), associate professor of Russian history at California State University, Fullerton, was awarded the 2012 Béla Bartók Award for outstanding ethnomusicology book from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers for her book, Harmony and Discord: Music and the Transformation of Russian Cultural Life (Oxford University Press, 2011). Her work on the history of Russian music and music education has appeared in a variety of journals, including Russian Review, Music and Letters, Nineteenth-Century Music, History of Education Quarterly, and Paedagogica Historica. _______________

1993 _______________

Hyun Soo Cho (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) performed a solo recital at the Seoul Arts Center Recital Hall in March. Cho continues as tenured professor of piano at Myongji University in Seoul.


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Iris Shiraishi (PhD, music therapy), artistic director of Mu Daiko, was a winner of a $10,000 2013 Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Initiative Grant. She was featured in the Minnesota Women’s Press article by Katie Hae Leo, “Fearless drummer - Iris Shiraishi makes her statement with a big Japanese drum.” _______________

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Julie Bamberger (Roubik) (BM, viola, student of Korey Konkol) was appointed Suzuki violin and viola teacher at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music (Milwaukee, WI). Her viola students have been awarded prizes in the Ruggiero Ricci and Conservatory scholarship competitions. In addition to her teaching position, she performs with Festival City, Kenosha, and Racine symphonies. _______________

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John Gilbert (DMA, violin, student of Sally O’Reilly), professor of violin at Texas Tech University and concertmaster of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra (LSO), worked with cellist and composer Yo-Yo Ma who performed with the LSO in September. Gilbert performed on the album Weill, Ibert, Berg: Concertos with Timothy Muffitt, the Baton Rouge Symphony Chamber Players, George Work, and Dmitri Schteinberg on the Sono Luminus label. The album received a rave review in the January 2013 edition of Gramophone. David Evan Thomas’ (PhD, composition, student of Dominick Argento) oratorio The First Apostle premiered at Houston’s Christ Church Cathedral in November. A work Thomas composed was featured on the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet’s album, Thrum (Innova 858). Thomas was awarded a 2013 McKnight Composer Fellowship of $25,000. 33


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Susan Billmeyer (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) appeared as guest pianist for the Hill House Chamber Players Series at the James J. Hill House in St. Paul in April. She performed a trio concert with Osmo Vänskä (clarinet) and professor Thomas Turner (viola) for the Matinee Musicale Series at the College of St. Scholastica (Duluth, MN) in March. Billmeyer appeared with The Musical Offering at Hamline University’s Sundin Music Hall in March. Alejandro Cremaschi (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) continues as tenured associate professor (piano/piano pedagogy) and chair of the Piano Pedagogy Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He champions solo piano and chamber works by Carlos Guastavino, Luis Jorge Gonzalez, Luis Gianneo, Ernesto Nazareth,

and Juan Jose Castro through his performances in the U.S. and South America, as well as numerous published articles. Amy Hamann (BM, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw, Paul Shaw, and Alexander Braginsky) and Sara Hamann’s (BM, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw, Paul Shaw, and Alexander Braginsky) record Beethoven: Complete Piano Duets was released on Naxos’ Grand Piano label. Jennifer Needleman Muniz (BM, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) completed her first year as assistant professor of piano at Central Methodist University in Columbia, Missouri. She was offered a tenure-track position as assistant professor of piano at the University of Indiana at South Bend and began her new job in August 2013. _______________

Talle Family Scholarship Recipients The first cohort of ten Talle Family Scholarship recipients includes three School of Music students: Reuben Verdoljak (BM, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova); Emma Childs (double major in French and Italian with BM, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova); and Elisa Horning (majoring in Psychology with a music minor, violin, student of Mark Bjork). The purpose of this CLA-wide scholarship program is to inspire, reward, and support the academic excellence. The scholarships are awarded to students who show exceptional achievement in their major fields and will cover the full cost of a year’s tuition and fees for students in their senior year. Photo: Talle Family Scholars (listed from left to right), pictured with Ken Talle (center)—Reuben Verdoljak, Zachary Montgomery, Johnathon Walker, Soumitra Shukla, Colin Wendt, Christopher Hammerly, Elisa Horning, Emma Childs, and Rebecca Whitmore.

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Young Kim (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor at the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY in spring 2013. Kim performed solo and chamber music recitals in Albany and Troy, NY, and Great Barrington, MA in 201213. Kim gave the world premiere of Michael White’s Cello Sonata with cellist Michael Bebe at Juilliard’s Morse Hall in November 2012. Kim performed solo Schumann at Steinway Hall, NY in April 2013. Aimee Tsuchiya (BM, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) performed solo piano music by John Cage for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra’s (Hamilton, Ontario) Festival of New Music in April 2013. She continues to perform duo recitals and chamber music concerts with her husband, James Somerville, principal horn of the Boston Symphony and music director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (Ontario). Tsuchiya teaches piano and chamber music at the Winchester Music School, MA.

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Margaret McDonald (BM, 1998/MM, 2000, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) continues as assistant professor of collaborative piano at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She holds the Thomson Family Chair in Collaborative Piano at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA where she teaches and performs every summer. She performed a duo recital with violist Geraldine Walther (Takacs Quartet) at the University of Colorado, Boulder in November.


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Jeri-Mae Astolfi (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) presented recitals with pianist Holly Roadfeldt (duoARtia) at Denison University, University of Akron, and Kent State University in Ohio, and the U of M. Her album Here (and there) for the Innova label was released in January 2013, followed by a solo recital tour (music for solo piano and electronics composed for Astolfi) at Lawrence University (WI); University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and Oshkosh; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Illinois State University; Butler University; Oberlin Conservatory; Ohio State University; and the College of Wooster. Astolfi is on the board of directors of the Piano Arts Piano Competition in Milwaukee and is tenured associate professor of piano at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. Shannon Loehrke (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) continues on the piano faculty at Century College (St. Paul, MN). Loehrke performed duo recitals with violist Coca Bochonko at St. Cloud State University and at the University of Minnesota, Morris in September 2012.

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Rachel Drehmann (BM, French horn) performed on The Colbert Report in November with David Byrne and St. Vincent. You can also see Drehmann with her chamber ensemble Genghis Barbie, which performs horn arrangements of pop music. Matthew McCright (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) performed with Ensemble 61 at the SPCO Center, St. Paul; in New York Mills, MN; and in Rochester, MN. He performed on a solo/duo recital tour with flutist Linda Chatterton (MM, flute) in Ireland and the U.K. in March 2013. Performances were in London, Dublin, and Cork. He had CD releases of solo piano works by Justin Rubin and Justin Merritt. McCright is curator/director of the Open Doors Music Series and of The Composer’s Project, presenting new works by emerging composers. He continues as piano faculty at Carleton College (Northfield, MN).

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Corey Hamm (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) created the New Piano/Erhu Project with Nicole Li. More than 30 new works for piano and erhu have been written for the HammLi Duo by Canadian and Chinese composers. He performed solo recitals at Northwestern

State University (LA), University of Victoria (BC), Western Washington University (WA), University of Illinois-Chicago, and in Seattle. Hamm continues as tenured associate professor of piano at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Kurt Miyashiro (PhD, composition, student of Alex Lubet) will leave his position at Southeastern Illinois College to become associate professor of music at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. He will teach composition and upper-division music theory, and serve as director of instrumental music (orchestra and band). Benjamin Polk (MM, trombone, student of Thomas Ashworth) won the bass trombone audition for the Airmen of Note, the U.S. Air Force’s premier jazz ensemble. Based in Washington D.C., the ensemble frequently performs at the White House and around the nation. Polk completed his graduate artist certificate at the University of North Texas. He is a former member of the Baton Rouge Symphony and was adjunct faculty at Western Kentucky University. Wonny Song (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) continued his duo recital collaborations with Alexandre da Costa in Terrebonne, St. Jerome, Ottawa, Montreal, and the Orford Festival in Canada and the Villafranca Festival in Spain. He performed Tchaikovsky’s First Concerto with the Trois-Rivieres Orchestra (Quebec) in February. He performed with the Trio Fibonacci in Montreal and Toronto and continues teaching at the Lambda School, Montreal.

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Soo-Hyun Cho (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) performed a solo recital at the Sejong Cultural Palace Recital Hall in Seoul in January. Cho continues as assistant professor of piano at Kyungnam University (Masan, South Korea). Nicole Schwartz Navratil (BM, vocal and choral music education) performed with Americana band Sonic Love Child at Hell’s Kitchen Restaurant in Minneapolis. They performed Americana, folk, vintage pop, classic country, and originals. _______________

2007 _______________

Composer Abbie Betinis (MA, composition, student of Judith Lang Zaimont) appeared on Minnesota Public Radio and performed the premiere of her The Mirthful Heart! (a Burt

Before Bach’s Birthday Bash U of M School of Music students performed in the Before Bach’s Birthday Bash concert on March 16 in celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday at the Chapel of the Incarnation, Luther Seminary (St. Paul). This event was presented in cooperation with the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Minnesota Public Radio, and American Public Media’s Pipedreams. The first hour of the performance was broadcast live on MPR. SOM student performers included: Bethel Balge and Pei-Lei Lin (piano, students of Lydia Artymiw); Benjamin Alle (trumpet, student of David Balwin); Eric Bigalke, Aaron Hirsch, Julie Kim, and Phillip Radtke (organ, students of Dean Billmeyer); David Cherwien, Laura Edman, Nils Halker, Joseph Henry, and Mary Newton (alumni, organ, students of Dean Billmeyer); and Nathaniel Yaffe (cello, student of Tanya Remenikova).

Family Carol and a Minnesota holiday tradition). Musicians included altos Laura Krider (BM, 2005, music education/choral, student of Jean del Santo and Keitha Hamann) and Vicki Peters, as well as J. David Moore on the bodhran. Christopher Brody (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) began a two-year position as visiting assistant professor of theory and post doctoral scholar at Indiana University, Bloomington in August 2013. He earned his PhD in music theory from Yale University in 2013. Heath Mathews (PhD, music composition, student of Alex Lubet) received the 2012 Jerome Fund for New Music JFund Award, funded by the Jerome Foundation in partnership with the American Composers Forum. JFund supports the production of new musical works by emerging composers. Composers apply in conjunction with an ensemble or presenter. Mathews received funds to compose a new work for the Minneapolis group Duo Zeno. Elliott Miles McKinley (PhD, composition, student of Alex Lubet) was appointed to the faculty in the department of theory/composition at the University of Tennessee School of Music. He will teach theory, composition, and music technology starting fall 2013. He is currently visiting assistant professor of theory and composition at Washington and Lee University. Don Running (PhD, music education, student of Scott Lipscomb) presented a workshop titled “The Breadth of Breath: Conducting Gestures with expression and specificity” at the 30th International Society for Music Education World

Conference, held in Thessaloniki, Greece (July 2012). Andrew Staupe (BM, 2005/MM, 2007, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) was signed by Gingrich Arts Management (John Gingrich), New York in fall 2012. He was one of five finalists (received $10,000) for the American Pianists Award Competition in Indianapolis, April 2013. He performed Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony in April. He gave a solo recital tour in the Czech Republic and Moravia (Prague, Unicov, Javomik, and Pisek) in June 2013. He will perform Brahms’ First Piano Concerto with the Rochester, MN Symphony (Jere Lantz, conductor), in October 2013.

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Angela Schmidt (BM, voice, student of Jean del Santo and John De Haan) was part of “Classical Classroom,” a new radio series on Houston Public Radio’s Classical 91.7 FM. She discussed bel canto opera on the program.

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Eric McEnaney (DMA, collaborative piano, Timothy Lovelace and Noriko Kawai) joined the music staff for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ 2013 Summer Festival, where he worked on productions of Pagliacci, Il Tabarro, and Smetana’s The Kiss. In April, McEnaney completed his final season as resident artist coach/accompanist with the Minnesota Opera, having worked on 20 productions, including two world premieres: the Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night and Doubt. 35

Woobin Park (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) was a finalist for the Rising Stars Competition of Howard County, Maryland in March 2013. She recorded a dozen solo piano works by Bach, Chopin, Liszt, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and Scriabin for a series of lectures: The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works presented by professor Robert Greenberg, PhD, UC Berkeley in June 2013. Park performed her third solo recital at the Seoul Arts Center in July 2013. She accepted a one year position as visiting professor of piano at Winona State University, MN in August 2013. Allison (Buivid) Schardin (MM, voice, student of John De Haan) appeared in Minnesota Opera’s world premiere production of Doubt at the Ordway Center. She was cast as one of the nuns of St. Nicholas parish. Schardin performed in the Minnesota Opera’s production of Turandot and was featured in Elyse Kaner’s ABC Newspapers article, “Two local singers win roles in Minnesota Opera’s ‘Turandot’.” Tyler Wottrich (BM, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) continued performing as a member of Ensemble ACJW (The Academy) at Weill Hall (Carnegie Hall) and Trinity Church (Wall Street) in New York City and at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY. Wottrich’s performances included Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, Poulenc’s Sextet, and Carter’s Triple Duo. He completed his DMA in piano performance at Stony Brook University with Gilbert Kalish. _______________



Obed Floan (MM, voice, student of John De Haan) received an encouragement award from the Richard Wagner Society of New York and scholarships from both the Richard Wagner Society of New York and the Boston Wagner Society to participate in the Wagner Intensive at Baldwin Wallace University. As a participant, he worked with Jane Eaglen and Timothy Mussard and sang the roles of Tannhäuser and Siegfried at their staged scene performances. Floan was one of two featured singers at the intensive in a documentary celebrating the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner. The documentary will be broadcast throughout Germany next year. Ian Hodges (DMA, guitar, student of Jeffrey Van) spent a week in July teaching and performing at the International Music Camp in North Dakota, where he worked with students and faculty from throughout North America. This was followed by a week-long guitar camp at the

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Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts in Winnipeg. Justin Knoepfel (DMA, viola, student of Korey Konkol) accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. He will act as head of the string area, teach applied viola and violin, and conduct the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra. Knoepfel has been in this position as a visiting professor the past several years and was hired after an extensive national search. Megan Wagner (MM, voice, student of John De Haan) received a scholarship from the Wagner Society of Ohio to participate in the Wagner Intensive at Baldwin Wallace University. The intensive helps launch careers into the Wagnerian repertoire and is led by renowned opera singers and teachers Jane Eaglen and Timothy Mussard and coach/conductors Eric Weimer and William Vendice. As a participant, Wagner performed the roles of Irene from Rienzi and Elsa from Lohengrin at their staged scene performances in July. _______________

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Carolyn Cavadini (MM, voice, student of Jean del Santo and David Walsh) performed the role of Mrs. Bent in Skylark Opera’s production of Mademoiselle Modiste in June. Performances took place at the E.M. Pearson Theatre at Concordia College. Loren Fishman (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) accepted a piano teaching position at Carleton College beginning in August 2013. Rolf Haas (BM, violin, student of Sally O’Reilly) performed the Berg Concerto with the EUphony Orchestra (Oswald Sallaberger, conductor) in March. The concerts took place in Zagreb (Croatia) at Lisinsky Hall and in Budapest (Hungary) at the Palace of Arts. Haas is studying with professor Yair Kless at the Universitat fur Musik in Graz, Austria and returned to the SOM as faculty for the Bravo! Summer String and Keyboard Institute. Aja Majkrzak (BM, violin, student of Mark Bjork) placed in the top ten in the Miss Louisiana Scholarship Pageant (part of the Miss America Organization). At Miss Louisiana, Majkrzak represented Miss Holiday in Dixie, a local title she earned in January 2012. She was awarded the Bronze medal for her achievement through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program, a charity in Scotland. She currently attends Louisiana

State University at Baton Rouge where she is pursuing a MM in violin performance. She volunteers as a teacher with Kids Orchestra and has raised money to support Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Lauren McNee (BM, flute, student of Julia Bogorad-Kogan) was published in the September issue of Flute Talk magazine. The article featured excerpts from her larger work, “The Evolution of Rubato,” written as an honors thesis to fulfill summa cum laude graduation requirements. McNee is currently a MM student at Northwestern University as a student of John Thorne. Joshua Musikantow (PhD, composition, student of James Dillon) was awarded a 2013 McKnight Composer Fellowship of $25,000. Sharri Van Alstine (PhD, music education, student of Akosua Addo) presented a paper titled “Preservice Elementary Education Teachers: An Internationalized Approach to Music Methods Coursework” at the 30th International Society for Music Education World Conference, held in Thessaloniki, Greece (July 2012). _______________

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Alex Adams-Leytes (MM, voice, student of Philip Zawisza) completed a production of The Barber of Seville with Los Angeles’ Pacific Opera Project, in which he sang the role of Dr. Bartolo. This summer he returned to Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar, Germany to sing Leporello and Masetto in Don Giovanni. Last summer at Lyric Opera Studio he performed Bartolo, the Count, and Antonio in alternating casts in Le Nozze di Figaro. Janalyn Bump (MM, voice, student of John De Haan) was a featured soloist in the Mississippi Valley Orchestra and Chorus Polaris presentation of Karl Orff’s Carmina Burana in June 2012. Paula Gudmundson (DMA, flute, student of Immanuel Davis) and Leah Siltberg (MM and DMA, collaborative piano, student of Timothy Lovelace and Noriko Kawai) were featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio in July. Gudmundson, visiting assistant professor of flute (U of M, Duluth), received a 2013-2014 Minnesota State Arts Board Community Partnership Grant to record her CD, ¡Viva La Flauta! She received a 2011-2012 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina. She presented programs throughout the Midwest featuring works from Argentina.

COMPETITION WINNERS Schubert Club Competition Preliminaries

Schubert Club Competition Finals

Minnesota National Association of Teachers of Singing

Graduate Piano Jing (Jenny) Dou (Alexander Braginsky)

Hunter/Schubert Club Prize Beth Bayley, soprano (John De Haan)

Semi-Finalists Julia Ennen (Jean del Santo)

Pei-Lei Lin (Lydia Artymiw) College/Graduate Strings Emily McIntyre, violin (Sally O’Reilly) Angelika Strub, violin (Sally O’Reilly) College/Graduate Brass & Woodwind Spencer Brand, trumpet (David Baldwin) James Hodges, clarinet (Alexander Fiterstein) Ariel Pry, clarinet (Alexander Fiterstein) Kendra Wheeler, saxophone (Eugene Rousseau) Intermediate Voice Lauren Feider, soprano (Wendy Zaro-Mullins) Joanna Griffith, soprano (Barbara Kierig) Shelley Mihm, soprano (Philip Zawisza)

College/Graduate Brass & Woodwind James Hodges, clarinet, first place (Alexander Fiterstein) Kendra Wheeler, saxophone, second place (Eugene Rousseau) Graduate Piano Pei-Lei Lin, honorable mention (Lydia Artymiw)

Laura Modglin (Adriana Zabala) Seth Bovis (Philip Zawisza) Kristin Elliott (Adriana Zabala) Finalists Benjamin Dutcher (John De Haan) Stephanie Broussard (Jean del Santo)

College/Graduate Strings Angelika Strub, violin, first place (Sally O’Reilly)

Shelly Mihm (Philip Zawisza)

Intermediate Voice Tim Murray, baritone, first place (Jean del Santo) Shelley Mihm, soprano, second place (Phillip Zawisza)

Advanced Voice David Kent Morgan, tenor (Jean del Santo)

Lauren Feider, soprano, honorable mention (Wendy Zaro-Mullins)

Graduate Voice Beth Bayley, soprano (John De Haan)

Advanced Voice David Kent Morgan, tenor, first place (Jean del Santo)

Sidney Walker, mezzo (Jean del Santo)

Tim Murray (Jean del Santo)

Senior High Strings Melissa Deal, violin, second place (PSEO - Sally O’Reilly)

Tim Murray, baritone (Jean del Santo)

Cassandra Koob, soprano (John De Haan)

Renee Ullrich (Jean del Santo)

Shelby Joy Adams (Jean del Santo)

David Morgan (Jean del Santo) Brennan Blankenship (Adriana Zabala) Robert Riordan (Philip Zawisza)

2013 Thursday Musical Young Artist Scholarship Competition Piano (College Level) Hyun Jin Cho, first place (Paul Shaw) Pei-Lei Lin, second place (Lydia Artymiw) Strings (College Level) Angelika Strub, violin, honorable mention (Sally O’Reilly) Advanced Voice (College Level) Johna Miller, soprano, honorable mention (Lawrence Weller) Intermediate Voice (College Level) Lauren Feider, soprano, first place (Wendy Zaro-Mullins) JoAnna Griffith, soprano, honorable mention (Barbara Kierig) Benjamin Dutcher, baritone, honorable mention (John De Haan) Winds (College Level) Kristina Meanley, clarinet, first place (Alexander Fiterstein) Anastasiya Nyzkodub, clarinet, second place (Alexander Fiterstein) Jenifer Minor, flute, honorable mention (Immanuel Davis) SOM Faculty Judges Julia Bogorad Jean del Santo

Graduate Voice Sidney Walker, mezzo soprano, honorable mention (Jean del Santo)

SOM Faculty Judges Gary Bordner, trumpet Immanuel Davis, flute Rebecca Shockley, piano


Gudmundson presented a lecture recital at the College Music Society International Conference (Buenos Aires, Argentina) in June 2013. Jiye Kim (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) and Min-Sun Kim (DMA, 2011, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) performed Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos, K. 365 with the Slovak Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Danel Ewald at the Chung Mu Art Concert Hall in Seoul in April. The concert was presented by the Slovakian Embassy. Kim also presented a solo recital in Seoul in July. As a winner of the 2012 Kenwood Symphony Competition, Min Jung Kim (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) performed the third movement of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Kenwood Symphony under Yuri Ivan in February. Kim was a semi-finalist for the Ima Hogg Competition in Houston, TX, winning the Bronze Medal and Third Prize ($5,000)

in the finals of the Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg Competition. She performed Mozart’s Concerto in d minor, K. 466 with the Houston Symphony. Adam Meckler (MM, trumpet, student of David Baldwin) performed with his Adam Meckler Orchestra, an 18-piece band, in June at Northrop Plaza as part of Northrop’s Summer Music Festival. The concert featured all original compositions and arrangements by Meckler. The instrumentation was traditional jazz big band, influenced by modern pop, rock, and gospel. Jeremy Wagner (PhD, music composition, student of James Dillon) was one of five composers selected to participate in the 2012 Académie Acanthes Manifeste Arditti Workshop, held in June and July at IRCAM Centre Pompidou, Paris, France. Working with the Arditti String Quartet and composers Phillipe Manoury (UCSD) and Luca Francesconi (Rotterdam Conservatory), Wagner prepared the premiere of his latest string quartet Pléonasme pour Quatuor à Cordes. The work was premiered by the Arditti Quartet at Espace de Projection, IRCAM Centre Pompidou, Paris in June. _______________

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Ramiro Alvarez (MM, 2009/DMA, 2013, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova) was appointed principal cello of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra starting this fall.


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Carrie Beisler (MM, violin and Suzuki pedagogy, student of Mark Bjork) was appointed to the faculty of the Suzuki program at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Laura Hynes (DMA, voice, student of Adriana Zabala) was awarded the National Association of Teachers of Singing scholarship to attend SongFest as part of the Mentor Program in Los Angeles, CA. Linh Kauffman (DMA, voice, student of Lawrence Weller and John De Haan) performed with the Minnesota Bach Ensemble in its debut concerts in January at Sundin Music Hall (Hamline University). The Minnesota Bach Ensemble includes SOM faculty Thomas Turner, John Snow, John Miller, and Basil Reeve. Christa Saeger (MM 2010/DMA, 2013, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova) was featured on Connie Evingson’s CD Sweet Happy Life

in the song “Adventure.” Saeger was awarded the Finlandia Foundation National Grant to continue her research on unknown works for cello by Finnish composers in Europe for summer 2013. She was nominated for the FFN’s Performer of the Year program by the Finlandia Foundation-Twin Cities Chapter. Elizabeth Steffenson (MM, 2010/DMA, 2013, voice, student of Wendy Zaro-Mullins) sang the role of Belinda with the Minnesota Oratorio Society conducted by Matthew Mehaffey. Steffenson performed with the University Symphony Orchestra in November as winner of the SOM’s Concerto Competition. She performed Samuel Barber’s Summer of Knoxville: 1915. Steffenson sang in the Mill City Opera’s production of Pagliacci in July. Kelley Sundin (MM, choral conducting, student of Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey) was awarded the Hildegard and Gustav Must Graduate Fellowship in Estonian American Studies from the U of M’s Immigration History Research Center (IHRC). She conducted research, “Estonian Choral Music for the Female Voice: the dissemination of culture, traditions, and stories,” on unpublished Estonian choral music for women’s chorus found in the IHRC’s Estonian American collection. The University Women’s Chorus premiered the scores in November 2012. Joseph Welch (MM, 2011/DMA, 2013, collaborative piano, student of Timothy Lovelace) performed and arranged the musical score for U of M president Kaler and Karen Kaler’s holiday greeting, which was shared with U of M faculty, staff, students, campus neighbors, Board of Regents, legislators, donors, UMAA board, and friends. Jordan Werre (BA, student of Sumanth Gopinath) and U of M Marching Band member Jason Gades were commissioned by the MarcyHolmes Neighborhood Association to compose short works for an innovative music festival in Southeast Minneapolis. The festival, underwritten by a grant from the University’s Good Neighbor Fund, celebrated the traditional role that bells have played in calling communities together. Adam Zahller (MA, composition, student of James Dillon) and Joey Crane’s (PhD candidate, composition, student of Alex Lubet) group The Degenerate Music Club was featured on Minnesota Public Radio’s Art Hounds in March.




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1. Ebenezer Keane-Rudolph performs in the spring 2013 University Opera Theatre production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 2. Guests learn the art of conducting at a Midsummer Soiree in July 2013 at The Marsh in Minnetonka. 3. Choral students surprised University president Eric Kaler with holiday carols. 4. College of Liberal Arts director of development and alumni relations Mary Hicks celebrates with 2012 Collage Concert attendees. 5. The University Symphony Orchestra and University Choral Ensembles perform the finale of the 2012 Collage Concert. 6. Students from Folwell School take part in the School of Music’s Band Project final concert. 7. Choral director Kathy Saltzman Romey catches up with Dale Warland at the 2012 Collage Concert. 8. A student quintet performs on Ted Mann Terrace. 9. Staff member scottie hall poses with Goldy Gopher. 10. A Bassoon Quintet filled the Ferguson Hall lobby with holiday music. 11. Maria Schneider celebrates her honorary doctorate, conferred at the 2012 School of Music Convocation. 12. Choral students pose for a photo while on tour. 13. University Opera Theatre presented Verdi’s Falstaff in fall 2012.






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