Matthew Bribitzer-Stull's (music theory) book, Understanding the Leitmotif: From Wagner to Hollywood Film Music will be published in July 2015 on Cambridge University Press. "In eloquent prose, Dr. Bribitzer-Stull offers a fascinating interpretation of the structural and expressive roles of the leitmotif in Wagnerian opera and Hollywood film music. His attractive semiotic theory of associative meaning yields fundamental insights into how musical motives enhance meaning in intermedial contexts." – Robert S. Hatten, University of Texas, Austin
Kathy Saltzman Romey (choral) was honored by the Minnesota Chorale with a video celebrating her 20 years as artistic director.
Gabriel Quenneville-Bélair (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) made his debut with the Kenwood Symphony conducted by Yuri Ivan at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church (Minneapolis) on Saturday, May 16. He performed Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor, Op. 23.
G. Phillip Shoultz, III (DMA, choral, student of Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey) will guest conduct the VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! (I Will Sing!) Community Concert on May 21 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. He will conduct the VocalEssence Chorus with students from St. Paul’s Adams Spanish Immersion Elementary School, Minnehaha Academy Lower School, Richfield’s Partnership Academy, Youth Choir of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Blaine High School, Park High School, Cottage Grove, and Southwest High School, Minneapolis. More info.
Danielle Kuntz (PhD, 2014, musicology, student of Kelley Harness) is the Graduate School's 2015 Best Dissertation Award winner for the Arts & Humanities disciplinary area. Her dissertation is titled "'Appropriate Musics for that Time': Oratorio in the Exchange of Power at the Portuguese Court (1707-1807)." More info. Kuntz was a visiting lecturer at the U of M School of Music during the 2014-2015 academic year.
Andrew Staupe (MM, 2007, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) made his debut with the Colorado Symphony conducted by Bobby McFerrin at Boettcher Concert Hall (Denver, CO) on Saturday, May 16, performing Gershwin's Concerto in F.
Follow us on Facebook for a behind the scenes look into life at the School of Music. You'll find postings such as this video celebrating a wonderful gift. Thanks to an anonymous donor, Band Project apprentice teachers, Alec Paquin and Todd Peterson, presented a trombone to an especially dedicated second-year Band Project student and sixth grader at Folwell School, Performing Arts Magnet to have as her very own. We thank the anonymous donor for passing on the joy of music making! Special thanks also go to Band Director Heidi Boxrud Stodola and Fine Arts Coordinator Gabrielle Bliss for making this presentation so memorable and to DMA student Matt Carter and Professor Tom Ashworth for giving the trombone some TLC brass-style. U of M Band Project, under the leadership of Project Director, Professor Laura Sindberg, is now entering its fourth year. Watch the video that inspired the gift.