Student News: Samuel Rosenstone, Erik Schee, and Matt McIntyre Perform as Mill City Jazz Trio; Tian Wei Gao, Po-Hsuan Ho, and Madison Holtze Place at CompetitionsMill City Jazz Trio, featuring Samuel Rosenstone (BM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) and School of Music alumni Erik Schee (BM, percussion, student of Fernando Mezza, Phil Hey, and Peter Kogan), Matt McIntyre (BM, bass, student of Chris Brown), will perform at the U of M Campus Club every other Tuesday (November 24, December 8, and December 22) during Happy Hour from 5 to 7 pm. Enjoy great jazz and Happy Hour in Coffman Memorial Union in the Lounge Corridor (4th Floor).November 23rd, 2015
Tian Wei Gao (BM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) received honorable mention in the Music Teachers National Association - Minnesota State Young Artist Competition in the Senior Piano Division on November 14.
Po-Hsuan Ho (MM, voice, student of Wendy Zaro-Mullins) won third place in the Minnesota National Association of Teachers Competition's Graduate Division on November 7 at St. John's University in Collegeville, MN.
Madison Holtze (BM, voice student of Wendy Zaro-Mullins) won first place in the Minnesota National Association of Teachers Competition's Classical Division and first place in the Minnesota National Association of Teachers Competition's Musical Theatre Division on November 7 at St. John's University in Collegeville, MN. She will go on to compete at the National finals in July.
Alumni News: Jeffrey Erbland, Erika Hoogeveen, Valerie Little and Huldah Niles's Recent Mill City String Quartet PerformancesJeffrey Erbland (MM, 2011, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova), Erika Hoogeveen (MM, 2004, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly), Valerie Little (DMA, 2010, viola, student of Korey Konkol), and Huldah Niles (MM, 2006, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) are members of the Mill City String Quartet. In addition to their series of 11 concerts in Minneapolis and St Paul, Mill City String Quartet performed on the Sioux City Chamber Music Series and for the Rochester Music Guild. Also this fall, MCSQ recorded local composer Tom Patterson's String Quartet No. 7, and performed three outreach concerts for inmates at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Faribault and Shakopee. November 23rd, 2015
Faculty News: Guerino Mazzola and Fernando Meza Invited to International ConferencesGuerino Mazzola (creative studies & media) has been invited as a keynote speaker to the Porto International Conference on Musical Gesture as Creative Interface, March 17-19, 2016 at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto. He will present The Mathematical Theory of Musical Gestures.
Fernando Meza (percussion) presented his lecture/demonstration "Are you REALLY ready for the call?" at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the largest gathering of percussionists worldwide, in San Antonio, Texas on November 14. Meza also performed Osvaldo Golijov's "Mariel" for marimba and cello, with Pitnarry Shin of the Minnesota Orchestra, at MacPhail Center for Music's Antonello Hall during the Bakken Trio series on November 22.November 23rd, 2015
Faculty News: Featuring Lydia Artymiw, Keitha Hamann, Timothy Lovelace, Alex Lubet, Maja Radovanlija, and Adriana ZabalaLydia Artymiw (piano) performed selections from former School of Music composition faculty member Judith Lang Zaimont's Jupiter's Moons for solo piano as part of her November 1 recital at Bethany Lutheran College's Trinity Chapel, in Mankato. Minnesota. She repeated the program on November 9 at Brechemin Auditorium in the Music Building on the campus of University of Washington in Seattle. These performances are part of Judith Lang Zaimont's 70th birthday concerts taking place around the world.
Keitha Hamann (music education) hosted a panel at the College Music Society (CMS) annual conference in Indianapolis titled "Graduate Students Do Engagement." The panel featured School of Music students and alumni Tyler Cessor (DMA, saxophone), Caroline Hand (DMA, 2015, conducting), and Marilyn K. Clark Silva (DMA, 2015, percussion) sharing the projects that they completed with support from a Community Engagement grant. Hamann is a member of the CMS Community Engagement Committee.
As guest pianist in the Matisse Trio, Timothy Lovelace (piano) will present concerts with Katie Wolfe and Anthony Arnone (University of Iowa faculty) at the University of Iowa, Northwestern University, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis November 16 through 19. They will perform Brahms's Op. 99, Op. 100, and Op. 101.
Alex Lubet (creative studies & media) and Maja Radovanlija's (guitar) performance of Lubet's composition, Eliyahu Hanavi, a track from their forthcoming CD, The Enchanted Guitar Forest (Big Round Records), is available online. The CD will be released February 12, 2016.
Adriana Zabala (voice) is performing the role of Paula in the Arizona Opera's production of Daniel Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas. The opera is inspired by the magical realism in the stories of Gabriel Garcia Márquez and was the first Spanish language opera commissioned in the U.S. in 1996. Florencia en el Amazonas ran from November 13 to 15 at Phoenix Symphony Hall and will run from November 21 to 21 at the Tucson Music Hall. The Arizona Republic said of Zabala's performance, "Adriana Zabala is a standout as Paula for her melancholy mezzo, along with her wonderful comic chemistry with Levi Hernandez as Álvaro." November 16th, 2015
Student News: Rie Tanaka Wins Music Teachers National Association - Minnesota State Young Artist CompetitionRie Tanaka (DMA, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) won the Music Teachers National Association - Minnesota State Young Artist Competition on November 14. Tanaka will advance to the division competition where she will compete against the state winners from West Central, which will be held in Kansas on January 8. November 16th, 2015
Alumni News: Oleg Levin Receives Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant
Oleg Levin (DMA, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) received a 2016 Artist Initiative grant of $10,000 from the Minnesota State Arts Board. With this grant, Levin will advance the awareness of his work through both public performances and his first professional solo recording of Russian piano music of the 20th and 21st centuries.
November 16th, 2015
MNSOTA Mary West Solo Competition WinnersCongratulations to the following U of M School of Music students who placed at the Minnesota String & Orchestra Teachers Association’s (MNSOTA) Mary West Solo Competition on November 8 at Augsburg College.
Grand Prize - $250 Gift Certificate from All Strings Attached and
Concerto Performance with the Bloomington Symphony (MN):
Louisa Woodfull-Harris, violin (BM, student of Sally O’Reilly)
Alexis Cheng, violin (Bravo!, student of Sally O’Reilly)
Arjun Ganguly, viola (BM, student of Korey Konkol and Sabina Thatcher)
Benjamin Osterhouse, cello (MM, student of Tanya Remenikova)
Alastair Witherspoon, violin (BM, student of Sally O’Reilly)
Nygel Witherspoon, cello (Bravo!, student of Sally O’Reilly)
All String Attached Gift Certificate Prize – Intermediate:
Katia Tesarczyk, violin (Bravo!, student of Sally O’Reilly)
All String Attached Gift Certificate Prize – Junior:
Sofia Schutte, violin (Bravo!, student of Sally O’Reilly) November 9th, 2015
Faculty News: Featuring Thomas Ashworth, Dean Billmeyer, Immanuel Davis, Preston Duncan, Alexander Fiterstein, Young-Nam Kim, Alex Lubet, and Laura SindbergThomas Ashworth (trombone) has created a new U of M Trombone Studio page.
Dean Billmeyer (organ) will perform works of Georg Muffat, Samuel Barber, and J.S. Bach on the 1998 Casavant Frères organ at the Church of St. Louis, King of France, in St. Paul. The recital begins at 12:35 pm, and is open to the public. There is no charge. Directions to the church may be found on the church website, as well as information about the organ.
Immanuel Davis (flute) performed at the Judith Zaimont 70th Birthday Celebration at Symphony Space in New York City on November 7 with pianist Joanne Polk. Other New York City performances include in a duo baroque flute recital on the Midtown Concerts Series, a weekly early music series at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, on November 12. He will also perform Ravel's Chanson Madecasses at the Tenri Gallery with the St. Urban Salon Series on November 13. On November 14, Davis will perform at Amnesty International's Benefit Concert: Frank Martin's Sonnets to Cassandra.
Preston Duncan (saxophone) gave a class and concert at the University of North Carolina Greensboro on November 6. He will also present a class at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on November 20.
Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet) will replace Swedish clarinetist Martin Fröst this month in some St. Paul Chamber Orchestra concerts. Fröst’s St. Paul concerts, which were to include the American premiere of his ambitious, illuminating “Genesis” project, have been replaced by performances of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto by Fiterstein. Find out more in the MinnPost.
Young-Nam Kim (violin) is featured in The Star Tribune article "Chamber Music Society of Minnesota stages a surprise tribute to Young-Nam Kim." Read the article.
Alex Lubet (creative studies & media) was a guest recitalist on October 23 in the Music at Midday Series at the University of Manitoba, playing works written by him and for him. He also gave a master class. As a member of Ensemble Ma, directed by Iris Shiraishi (PhD, 1994), he also performed as a guest of Winnipeg's Japanese percussion group, Fubuki Daiko.
Laura Sindberg (music education) presented research at the College Music Society National Conference and also participated in a panel discussion, The 1965 and 1973 Seminars on Comprehensive Musicianship: Their Relevance as a Foundation for Music in Higher Education. The conference took place in Indianapolis, IN.
November 9th, 2015
Student News: Chris Allen Performs at Minnesota High School, Soo Jin Lee Leads Korean Drum Project, G. Phillip Shoultz, III Leads Fox Cities High School Choral FestivalChris Allen (MM, trombone, student of Thomas Ashworth) will appear as the featured soloist at White Bear Lake Area High School (his alma mater) on Monday, November 23 (7 pm, South Campus, 3551 McKnight Road, White Bear Lake). Allen will perform "Variations on Barnacle Bill, The Sailor" with the Symphonic Band and Lawrence Wolfe's "Wildfire" with the Wind Ensemble. Shannon Anderson will conduct both ensembles.
Soo Jin Lee (PhD, music education) successfully finished her Korean drum project at Bamber Valley elementary school in Rochester, MN that ran from October 19 to October 23. Lee taught pungmul nori (Korean drumming) to 23 5th grade students. On the last day of the project, Lee and participating students held a concert in the school cafeteria and all 5th graders and parents of participating students attended and enjoyed Korean drum music. It was a wonderful opportunity for both participating students and the audiences to experience Korean music. This project was made possible by a U of M School of Music Community Engagement Leadership Team grant.
G. Phillip Shoultz, III (DMA, choral conducting, student of Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey) spent two days last week leading the 12th Annual Fox Cities High School Choral Festival at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, WI. He worked with 160 students from three schools. Shoultz served as the guest clinician conducting the mass choir in rehearsals and performances. He also gave each school a one-hour master class on their solo repertoire, led a teacher development session, and coached two singers in a public master class. Read a Green Bay CBS affiliate's review of the Choral Music Festival. November 9th, 2015
Alumni News: Andrew Staupe and Seongwon Han's Recent and Upcoming ConcertsSeongwon Han (DMA, 2007, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) performed works in October by Korean composers in the annual Contemporary Korean Piano Music Society concert in Taegu, South Korea, as well as in the annual Piano Ensemble "Hwa" concert in Andong, South Korea. On December 10, she will be piano soloist with the Korea Soloists Orchestra in Seoul performing Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue."
Andrew Staupe (MM, 2007, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) performed Gershwin's Concerto with the Lubbock Symphony (TX) under the direction of David In-Jae Cho on November 7. Read a review of Staupe's performance in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
November 9th, 2015