Gabriel Quenneville-Belair Wins 2016 University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition
Congratulations to Gabriel Quenneville-Belair (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw), winner of the School of Music University Symphony Orchestra 2015-16 Concerto Competition, playing Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, to be performed with the University Symphony Orchestra on April 22, 2016.
February 1st, 2016
Student News: Cameron Longabaugh, Justin Sales, Hannah Hickman, and Kurt Hattenberger Receive Honorable Mention in Concerto CompetitionFebruary 1st, 2016
Faculty News: Guerino Mazzola Invited to Porto International Conference on Musical Gesture as Creative Interface; Maja Radovanlija and Alex Lubet Tour Serbia
Guerino Mazzola (creative studies & media) was invited to give a keynote talk titled "Mathematical Theory of Musical Gestures" at the Porto International Conference on Musical Gesture as Creative Interface (March 17-19, 2016). Mazzola and School of Music graduate student Maria Mannone will also give an invited talk titled "Physical String Theory for Creative Gestural Performance and Composition in Music."
Maja Radovanlija (guitar) and Alex Lubet (creative studies & media) had a successful tour in Serbia performing as a duo. The tour was organized by the Guitar Art Festival Concert Agency in collaboration with the United States Embassy educational outreach program. Radovanlija and Lubet promoted music from their new CD and gave concerts in 11 cities in Serbia. Radovanlija and Lubet also performed an improvised music concert at Students' Cultural Center (Belgrade) with several well known Serbian improvisers/composers. Following the tour, Radovanlija performed concerts in Minnesota with the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet and flamenco dancer Sachiko Nishiuchi (MN Arts tour). February 1st, 2016
Alumni News: Brent Nolte Named Assistant Professor and College Organist at Talladega College; Mill City Quartet Profiled in the Twin Cities Arts Reader Spotlight
Brent Nolte (DMA, 2013, organ, student of Dean Billmeyer) has been named assistant professor and college organist at Talladega College in Talladega, AL, where he will teach music courses and serve as organist for convocations and graduations. Nolte continues an active career as an organ recitalist, having presented a program featuring the music of Maurice Duruflé in August 2015, as well as performing for the 35th Anniversary Gala of the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, for which he played the Passacaglia by J.S. Bach.
The Mill City Quartet, featuring Valerie Little (DMA, viola, student of Korey Konkol), Huldah Niles (BM/MM, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly), Jeffrey Erbland (MM, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova), and Erika Hoogeveen (MM, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) are profiled in the Twin Cities Arts Reader Spotlight. February 1st, 2016
Student News: Arjun Ganguly Wins Minnesota Sinfonia's 2015 Young Artist String Competition, Zhen Tu Wins First Prize in the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra Rising Stars Concerto Competition
As winner of the senior division of the Minnesota Sinfonia's 2015 Young Artist String Competition, Arjun Ganguly (BM, viola, student of Korey Konkol and Sabina Thatcher) soloed twice in November under the baton of Jay Fishman performing a transcription of the Rondo "La Campanella" from Nicolò Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 7 on November 27 at the First Covenant Church in St. Paul and on November 28 at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis.
Zhen Tu (PSEO, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) won First Prize in the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra Rising Stars Concerto Competition on January 23. In addition to a $2,000 cash award, Zhen will perform the first movement of Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Alexander Platt at Viterbo College in La Crosse, WI on February 6. January 25th, 2016
Faculty News: Tanya Remenikova Performs with the Hill House Chamber Players
Tanya Remenikova (cello) is a member of the Hill House Chamber Players and will be performing two recitals with them on February 1 and February 8 at the James J. Hill House (St. Paul). Program to feature Jeffrey Van's Fantasma De Falla De Camera for Guitar and Strings, Mendelssohn's Trio, Op.66, and Elgar's Sonata for Violin and Piano. Performers include Cathy Schubilske (violin), Thomas Turner (viola, Minnesota Orchestra), Jeffrey Van (guitar, former U of M School of Music faculty), Tanya Remenikova (cello), and MaryJo Gothmann (piano, U of M School of Music alumna). Tickets and more information. January 25th, 2016
Alumni News: Hannah Murray's New Position with the Tulsa Symphony, Andrea Myers and Briana Farah's Hopewell Music Cooperative North Fundraiser Invitation, and Jeremy Orosz's Article Cited in 'The New Yorker Magazine'
Hannah Murray (BM, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) was recently named associate principal violin II of the Tulsa Symphony in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Andrea Myers (BM, 2012, flute, student of Immanuel Davis) is the managing director and Brianna Farah (BM, 2010/MM, 2012, voice, student of Lawrence Weller, Philip Zawisza, and John De Haan) is the executive director of Hopewell Music Cooperative North. Established in 2012, Hopewell is a non-profit music school whose mission is to enable students from the underserved community of North Minneapolis to develop musically, academically, socially, and emotionally, primarily through the study of classical and contemporary music. The U of M School of Music community is invited to Hopewell's February Fiesta fundraiser on Saturday, February 20 from 5 to 7 pm at North United Methodist Church (4350 Fremont Ave North, Minneapolis, MN 55412). Tickets include entertainment by Mariachi Linaje Escojido and dinner prepared by Jaime Sierra from St. Anthony Main Event Centre. More information.
Jeremy Orosz's (PhD, 2013, music theory, student of Matthew Bribitzer-Stull) article "John Williams: Paraphraser or Plagiarist?" (Journal of Musicological Research, Volume 34, Issue 4, 2015) was cited in Alex Ross's article "Listening to 'Star Wars'" in The New Yorker magazine. Orosz is currently on faculty at the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. January 18th, 2016
Faculty News: Dean Sorenson Contributes to 'Teaching Music Through Performance' SeriesDean Sorenson (jazz) contributed a chapter to the latest in theTeaching Music Through Performance series, published by GIA Publications. He will be going to San Antonio, TX in February to direct the Texas All State Jazz Ensemble.
January 18th, 2016
Alumni News: Loren Fishman Performs in A Tribute to Thelma HunterOur Friends at the Minnesota Sinfonia are holding a concert honoring Thelma Hunter on January 15, 16, and 17. The concert features School of Music alumnus Loren Fishman (student of Lydia Artymiw). See the Minnesota Sinfonia's website for concert and ticket information.Since joining the U of M School of Music faculty in 1947, Hunter maintained a close relationship with many music faculty and students. She was a member of the School of Music’s Advisory Council until 2014 and served on various committees on the school's behalf, including the committee that lobbied the state legislature to fund the construction of Ferguson Hall.January 12th, 2016
Student News: Katherine Chan Attends NAIP Summer Institute and Publishes Article in 'Sing Out,' and Rie Tanaka Wins MTNA West Central DivisionIn August 2015, Katherine Chan (DMA, choral conducting, student of Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey) attended the New Audiences and Innovative Practice (NAIP) Summer Institute in Den Haag, Netherlands, representing the U of M School of Music. Her article, "New Audiences and Innovative Practice 2015" is now published in the Australia National Choral Association's (ANCA) journal, Sing Out (Volume 32, Number 3, 2015).
Rie Tanaka (DMA, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) won the West Central Division of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) in Wichita, Kansas and has advanced to the finals.
January 11th, 2016