Please join us in celebrating the life and musical career of Dwayne Jorgenson on May 30, from 1-3 pm in the Ted Mann Concert Hall Lobby. No RSVP necessary. Professor Dwayne Jorgenson passed away on November 27, 2014 at the age of 80. He received his PhD from the U of M in 1975 and continued his service to our institution as a professor in the Choral Department of the School of Music until 1984. He taught music for 37 years, including elementary education through graduate school. He was also a choral conductor at Northeastern College (IL), Moorhead State University, and the University of St. Thomas.
Jean del Santo (voice) was invited to adjudicate and give master classes at the 2015 Annual Classical Singer International Vocal Competition and Masterclass Series at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. This series, created and sponsored by Classical Singer magazine, selected 12 schools of music to be part of this cultural exchange. Photo: Jean del Santo (first row, second from right) with representatives from other invited institutions at the Great Wall of China.
On April 28, Adriana Zabala (voice) and baritone Matthew Worth gave a concert of the songs of composer and pianist, Gregg Kallor, at Subculture in New York City in celebration of National Poetry Month. Zabala sang the set of Dickinson songs that she and Kallor recorded to critical acclaim and premiered at Weill Hall in New York City. This program included many new settings of the poetry of Teasdale, Crane, and Twain. The event was listed on The New Yorker's website.
Charles H. Eaton (MM, voice, student of John De Haan) was selected to be the baritone Resident Young Artist in Opera Colorado's 2015-2016 season. He has been a participant of the last four University Opera Theatre productions, singing the roles Micha (The Bartered Bride), The Forrester (The Cunning Little Vixen), Escamillo (Carmen) and Il Conte (Le nozze di Figaro). He is a member of the ECCO program (a partnership program for select students to receive training at Minnesota Opera), and recently participated in the chorus of the world premiere of The Manchurian Candidate.
Ines Guanchez (BM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) was invited to present a paper at the Midwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (MIDSEM) Convention at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. As the convention's only undergraduate, she presented her paper, "Visualizing Radiohead: A Fan-Made Video Goes Mainstream," at the Filmic Ethnomusicology panel. The topic of the paper was the audiovisual effects of a fan made video by animator Gaston Vinas of the song 2+2=5 by Radiohead. More info.
Eric Schultz (MM, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) will attend the international orchestral festival Prague Summer Nights this summer as a fellowship recipient. Schultz will study with Walter Seyfarth of the Berlin Philharmonic while in Prague. This festival includes coaching and master classes from principals and members of major orchestras and ensembles of the Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria. Schultz will perform a major orchestral program for the Czech National Symphony’s Prague Proms Festival at Prague’s Smetana Hall, perform in Mozart's Don Giovanni, and perform in an orchestral program of orchestral works by Mozart at the Estates Theater, including the Symphony No. 38, “Prague,” and other works that Mozart himself premiered in Prague.
Anna Hersey (MA, 2009, musicology, student of Kelley Harness; MM, 2007, voice, student of Lawrence Weller) was recently named editor-in-chief of VoicePRINTS, the peer-reviewed journal of the New York Singing Teachers' Association. The press release and full announcement may be found in the May-June Issue of VoicePRINTS.
This spring, Erik Rohde (DMA, 2014, conducting, student of Mark Russell Smith; BM, 2008, violin, student of Mark Bjork) accepted a tenure-track position as an assistant professor of music at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN. He will serve as the director of string activities and orchestra, a position he held as a lecturer for the past academic year.