Kappa Kappa Psi - Kappa Alpha Chapter is hosting Maestro: Leadership in Music at TCF Bank Stadium (Marching Band facilities) on Sunday, April 19 at 1 pm. This event is an opportunity to engage with experts in the business of leadership and music. Dr. Alicia Neal, Dr. Peter Haberman, Professor David Hellstrom, and Professor Jerry Luckhardt will discuss music, leadership, and how they affect each other in today's world, with School of Music Interim Director Scott Lipscomb as emcee. More info.
The University of Minnesota acquired a gift of more than $4 million in support of the arts and the U's cultural history. The generous donation from late U of M alumnus Dr. Roger Anderson will enable the renovation of Northrop's historic pipe organ and groundbreaking for the new Bell Museum. Read more at the U of M's Discover webpage or in the MinnPost article, "$4 million gift to U sounds the return of Northrop's pipe organ."
Guerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) was invited to be a keynote speaker at the International Seminar on "Science of Music" in Kottayam, Kerala, India. The event, organized by the Inter University Centre for Science of Music, will take place September 25 - 27, 2015. Mazzola was also invited to participate in a lecture series at the Pratt Institute (in association with New York University): Grothendieck and a Theory of Contemporary Transgression. Mazzola's theory will be featured in a lecture (Topos and a theory of gestures) on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, and he will participate in the final round table on Saturday, October 24, 2015.
Colleen Bertsch (PhD, musicology/ethnomusicology, student of Matthew Rahaim) received a 2015-16 US Fulbright Student award to Romania. She will spend nine months in the Transylvanian region to conduct fieldwork for her dissertation, tentatively called "Transylvanian Folk Violinists and their Coarticulation of Embodied Musical Techniques and Identity Performance." Her activities will include interviewing, recording, and learning various playing techniques from Hungarian, Romanian, and Roma folk violinists.
Samantha Cho (DMA, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Kenwood Orchestra on March 26 and 27. Before the last performance, she was interviewed live by Minnesota Radio Host Steve Staruch. As a first prize winner of American Protege's International Concerto Competition 2015, she is also scheduled to play at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall on December 19, 2015.
Jennifer Hawkinson (PhD, music education) has accepted the assistant professor of music education position at the University of Central Arkansas. In this position, she will also serve as the coordinator for instrumental music education. Hawkinson is currently completing her dissertation on nonparticipation in school music programs and constraint negotiation theory, focused on student populations currently underserved by music education.
Osip Nikiforov (BM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) has been invited to perform in The International Music Foundation's Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series in Chicago on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. More info.
Rie Tanaka (MM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) placed first at the Thursday Musical Young Artist Scholarship Competition held on March 7 and played at the winners concert on March 26. Also, as a winner of 17th Annual Masters Concerto and Aria Competition, she performed Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra on March 28. Photo: T&N Photography by Nino