Faculty News: Fernando Meza's SONIC WAM! Ensemble, Adriana Zabala Performs with The SPCO
Fernando Meza (percussion), is the artistic director of SONIC WAM!, a new ensemble-in-residence presenting a series of contemporary music at the Weisman Art Museum. Their performance on April 24 included School of Music faculty members Paul Shaw (piano) and Maja Radovanlija (guitar); alumni Adam Rappel (DMA, percussion), Leah Siltberg (DMA, collaborative piano), Rachelle LaNae Smith (BM, cello); and current students Bethany Gonella (flute), Mary Alice Hutton (violin), Matthew Carter (trumpet), and Ernesto Estigarribia (viola, conducting). SONIC WAM! looks to bring together the art exhibits in the museum with related music. This past program was centered around the theme of water, given the recent addition of Frank Gehry's "Standing Glass Fish" sculpture to their galleries. Look for more from SONIC WAM! next academic year.
Adriana Zabala (voice) will join Christian Zacharias and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra at the Ordway Concert Hall May 6 and 7 for a program featuring works of Haydn, Gluck, and Mozart. Zabala will sing the role of Orfeo in Act III of Gluck's Orfeo et Euridice.
May 2nd, 2016
Alumni News: Pei-Lei Lin and Andrew Staupe's New Faculty Positions; Alumni Perform in Nooky Jones
Pei-Lei Lin (DMA, 2015, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) has accepted a piano teaching position at the University of Jinan School of Music in Shandong province, China. She will begin her teaching there in summer 2016.
Andrew Staupe (BM, 2005/MM, 2007, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) accepted a tenure-track assistant professor of piano position at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He will begin his teaching there in August 2016. On April 10, Staupe performed the Prokofiev Second Piano Concerto (under the direction of John Farrer) with the Galveston Symphony Orchestra (TX).
U of M School of Music alumni Adam Meckler, Ryan Christianson, Reid Kennedy, and Cameron Kinghorn are all members of Nooky Jones, a Twin Cities-based group. Nooky Jones recently paid a visit to the studios of Radio K on the U of M West Bank campus and performed several of their songs. Watch their performance. May 2nd, 2016
Student News: Solveig Mebust's Fullbright Fellowship and more
Solveig Mebust (PhD, musicology, advisee of Kelley Harness) has recently been awarded a Fulbright fellowship to pursue dissertation research in Norway for academic year 2016-17. Mebust's project is entitled “The Craft of Music: Norwegian Women and Music Patronage, 1870–1920.” She is also the recipient of a 2016-17 Torske Klubben fellowship, as well as a Hella Mears Graduate Fellowship for summer 2016, which will allow her to concentrate on one aspect of her dissertation, namely, the nineteenth-century Norwegian music activist Sofie Dedekam.
Lydia Michel (MM, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) was awarded a Schubert Club Special Grant to supplement her studies at the Brevard Music Festival and Institute this summer.
Soyoung Park (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) performed Haydn for the Golden Key Music Festival and International Piano Competition's Winners Concert at Weill Recital Hall (at Carnegie Hall), New York, on April 30.
Lindsay Schlemmer's (DMA, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova) proposal was selected to receive a 2016 Graduate School Summer Research Internship Award. Schlemmer will receive a $4,000 stipend to pursue her dissertation research on grant writing and entrepreneurship as an intern with the Artaria String Quartet during the summer of 2016.
G. Phillip Shoultz, III (DMA, choral conducting, student of Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey) will be a featured conductor in VocalEssence's ¡Cantaré! Community Concert 2016 at the Ordway on May 23. The concert will feature the music of our southern neighbors. More info.
Kendra Wheeler (BM, music education and saxophone, student of Preston Duncan and Dean Sorenson) presented her research "Intro to the Language of Jazz Improvisation," relating improvised jazz solos to young students at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at Coffman Memorial Union on April 29.
U of M School of Music graduate students Nai-Cha Chen, Maria Mannone, Nathaniel Akers, William Heinze, Yan Pang, Zack Pentecost, and Tim Buzza were featured in the Minnesota Daily article "Composing original classics." Left to right: Nai-Cha Chen, Maria Mannone, Nathaniel Akers, William Heinze, and Yan Pang.
Colleen Bertsch (PhD, ethnomusicology, advisee of Matthew Rahaim) and Maria Mannone (PhD, composition, advisee of Guerino Mazzola) received Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships from the University of Minnesota. Fellowships were awarded to 150 students from across the University.
Three U of M School of Music graduate students are recipients of the CLA Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP), which will allow them to partner with a faculty member to pursue a summer research project: Xinyue Le (music education, student of Akosua Addo), for her project "To Bring African and African Caribbean Music into the Chinese General Music Class: The Effectiveness of a Teacher Training Program"; Eric Selle (music therapy, student of Michael Silverman), for his project "Cardiovascular Patients' Perceptions of Music Therapy in the Form of Patient-Preferred Live Music: A Qualitative Study" and Amanda Weber (choral conducting, student of Kathy Saltzman Romey), for her project "Voices of Hope Arise: Structuring, Strengthening, and Evaluating the Choral Community at MCF-Shakopee." Left to right: Xinyue Le, Eric Selle, and Amanda Weber May 2nd, 2016
Faculty News: Fernando Meza's Latest Activities; Tanya Remenikova's Performances; and Adriana Zabala Performs at the University of Akron
At the invitation of Houston Symphony music director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Fernando Meza (percussion) will coach the percussionists of the Youth Philharmonic of Colombia for a recording and video production of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. Meza will conduct research on traditional Colombian music in May as part of an Imagine Grant and will then travel to Chile to participate in the 10th International Encounter of Percussion in Santiago. Later in the summer, Meza will travel to Estonia as a faculty member of the YOA-Orchestra of the Americas for a 12-day residency, and to Ecuador, where he will offer a seminar on percussion for members of the National Symphony Orchestra in Quito.
Tanya Remenikova (cello) performed chamber music at Bet Sheva Synagogue 's Chamber Music Series in Minnetonka on April 9 with Marylin Zupnik (former oboist, Minnesota Orchestra) and Cathy Schubilske (violin, Minnesota Orchestra). She also performed in a concert to benefit Safe Hands Rescue on April 17 with U of M School of Music alumni Natalia Moiseeva (violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) and Ivan Konev (piano, student of Alexander Braginsky). She will perform with the Hill House Chamber Players on April 25 and May 2 at the Hill House in St. Paul.
Adriana Zabala (voice) gave a recital celebrating National Poetry Month with her collaborator Gregg Kallor for the final program on the mainstage series of Tuesday Musical of Akron, Ohio. The recital took place in the EJ Thomas Concert Hall on the University of Akron campus, and featured works of Kallor's, as well as songs of Fauré and Wolf. Zabala and Kallor also engaged in a 3-day residency visiting 8 schools ranging from kindergarten to high school in the Akron area. April 25th, 2016
Student News: Lisa Perry to Play with North Carolina Symphony; Gabriel Quenneville-Bélair Wins Scholarship; and Ming-Hui Lin, Chia-Lin Ko, and Soojee Yoo Win Prizes at Upper Midwest Flute Association's Young Artist Competition
Lisa Perry (DMA, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) will play in the clarinet section of the North Carolina Symphony on their Classical Concert Series. The program includes John Adams' Absolute Jest and the Beethoven Violin Concerto with soloist Noah Bendix-Balgley (concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic)
Gabriel Quenneville-Bélair (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) was the recent recipient of a $6,000 scholarship from the Fondation de soutien aux arts de Laval (in Quebec, Canada). Along with the scholarship, the Laval Foundation will also sponsor Gabriel's debut solo CD, arrange a photo session and create a website for him.
Lindsay Lundeen (music education), Alex Lyren (music education), and Lydia Sadoff (clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) volunteered their time to play music for the children at the U of M Child Development Center during the Week of the Young Child (April 11-16). Education Director Sarah McKee describes their session as developmentally appropriate and engaging for the little ones.
Ming-Hui Lin, Chia-Lin Ko, and Soojee Yoo, all graduate students and members of Immanuel Davis' flute studio, won all the prizes at the Upper Midwest Flute Association's Young Artist Competition. Lin won First Prize, Ko won Second Prize, and Yoo won Third Prize.
Bravo! alumni violinists, all students of Sally O'Reilly, swept the top prizes in the state's string competitions on April 17. Cate Carson (8th grade student, Northfield) took First Prize in the Rochester Student Competition. Joyce Zhao (8th grade student, Edina) won First Place in the Junior Division of the Minnesota Sinfonia String Competition and Alison Inkyung Oh (senior, Shattuck-St. Mary's) won the Senior Division. Zhao and Inkyung Oh will appear with the Minnesota Sinfonia as soloists in December. April 25th, 2016
Alumni News: Haskel Black Selected to Participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young ProfessionalsHaskel Black (BM, 2015, music education) has been selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a year-long, federally-funded fellowship for study and work in Germany. Black was selected as one of 75 participants (from more than 700 applicants) for this unique fellowship program. Since 1984, more than 2000 Americans have been awarded this opportunity to gain cultural, academic, and practical work experience in Germany, and Black will be participating in the 33rd year of the CBYX program (2016-2017).Learn more. April 25th, 2016
Eugene Rousseau Scholarship FundMention the name Eugene Rousseau and musicians and audiences around the world will instantly envision the pioneer of modern classical saxophone as we know it. Ask them what they feel, and they will respond with stories of a genuine ambassador whose worldly grace and standard of excellence evokes the deepest level of respect and sincerity from whomever he encounters: students, performers, audiences and supporters.
It is with great affection and respect that his friends, former students, and colleagues announce the Eugene Rousseau Scholarship to support student excellence in the saxophone studio at University of Minnesota School of Music. Your gift will have an everlasting effect in carrying on Eugene Rousseau’s tradition of excellence from teacher to student for generations to come. Our goal is for the fund to become a fully endowed scholarship. Give now. April 18th, 2016
Student News: Jennifer LeDoux and Sullie Ojala-Helmbolt Sing on Minnesota Classical Public Radio; Zhen Tu Wins 2016 John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Profile in Courage National Essay Contest; and Margaret Wang Wins 1st Prize in Junior Division of 93rd Annual Schubert Club Scholarship Competition
Jennifer LeDoux (MM, voice, student of John De Hann and David Walsh) and Sullie Ojala-Helmbolt (BM, voice, student of Philip Zawisza and David Walsh) performed songs from Lady in the Dark on Classical Minnesota Public Radio ahead of University Opera Theatre's production of Kurt Weill's Lady in the Dark. The segment also features David Walsh (opera) in conversation with host John Birge. Listen to the segment.
Zhen Tu (PSEO, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) was selected as the winner for the 2016 John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Profile in Courage National Essay Contest. The Kennedy Library received 2,070 submissions this year. After three rounds of judging, the Profile in Courage Award committee selected Zhen's submission, "Howard Baker: The Great Compromiser" as the winning essay. Zhen will receive a $10,000 prize on April 30 at the JFK Library in Boston, MA.
Margaret Wang (Bravo!, student of Alexander Braginsky) was the 1st prize winner in the Junior Division at the 93rd Annual Schubert Club Scholarship Competition.April 18th, 2016
Alumni News: Regina Stroncek's Fulbright English Teaching AssistantshipRegina Stroncek (BM, 2015, voice, student of Wendy Zaro-Mullins) received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Brazil for the academic year in 2017. She will divide her time between teaching English, collaborating with local musicians, and researching Brazilian art song repertoire in her city of placement. Through the creation of a music series, Stroncek will foster cross-cultural connections by programming recitals featuring American and Brazilian music.April 18th, 2016
2016 Marvin O. Mechelke II Piano Award WinnersCongratulations to U of M School of Music students Isabella Jie (DMA, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) and Fanya Lin (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) who tied for the first prize at the 2016 Marvin Mechelke Piano Competition on Saturday. April 16. The competition was held at the Mechelkes' home. More information on the 2016 Mechelke Award. April 18th, 2016