Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw on Juilliard Bachauer Competition Jury; Matthew Mehaffey Named New Music Director of Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh; Adriana Zabala Creates New Role for "Dinner at Eight" with the Minnesota Opera
Lydia Artymiw (piano), along with pianists Orli Shaham, Jeffrey Biegel, and Ann Schein, was on the jury for the Juilliard Bachauer Competition on May 25.
Matthew Mehaffey (choral) was named the new music director of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP). Robert Moir, a member of the MCP search committee, says “...with overwhelming support from the choir members, the Committee and Board of Directors unanimously agreed that Pittsburgh native Matthew Mehaffey was the best candidate to lead the Mendelssohn Choir into its next era." Read the complete press release.
Adriana Zabala (voice) will create the role of Lucy Talbot in the upcoming world premiere of William Bolcom (composer) and Mark Campbell's (libretto) new opera, Dinner at Eight, with Minnesota Opera in spring of 2017. The opera is an adaptation of the 1932 play by George Kaufman and Edna Ferber. The workshop and public reading took place on May 13 at the Minnesota Opera Center.
May 23rd, 2016
Faculty & Student News: Guerino Mazzola Publishes Book with Students; David Walsh's Collaborative Outreach ProjectGuerino Mazzola (creative studies & media) and School of Music graduate students Maria Mannone and Yan Pang, along with undergraduate students Margaret O'Brien and Nathan Torunsky, recently completed a book titled All About Music: Realities, Communication, Semiotics, Embodiment. All About Music will be published as a part of Spring Press's Computational Music Science series in fall 2016. This book is the result of Mazzola's course "How to Write a Scientific Music Book."
University Opera Theatre's new collaborative outreach project, in partnership with Skylark Opera, wrapped up with a final concert at the Landmark Center in Saint Paul on May 22. Sponsored by the Twin Cities Opera Guild and an Engaged Department Grant, the Skylarkers project was a success, presenting an introduction to opera in ten area high schools and two seniors living complexes over the past month. The seven voice/opera singers were Anna Hasizume, Yun Kyong Lee, Jennifer LeDoux, Abigail Seaman, Jeffrey Martin, Joshua Diaz, and Laurent Kuehnl and the musical coach and accompanist was collaborative piano student Mijin Choi. Gary Ruschman programmed and arranged the presentations. Director of Opera Theatre David Walsh launched the project to provide School of Music graduate voice students with training and performance experience as preparation for the type of educational outreach work they will be expected to undertake in opera young artist programs they join upon graduation. May 23rd, 2016
Faculty News: Alexander Braginsky Gives Master Classes in Shanghai; Alexander Fiterstein Performs at Lincoln CenterAlexander Braginsky (piano) recently returned from Shanghai where he spent a week presenting master classes and holding discussions with the leaders of Shanghai Consevatory's Middle School.
Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet) performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in Alice Tully Hall (New York) in a program titled Spring Winds on May 15.
May 16th, 2016
Alumni News: Denis Evstuhin to Perform with Osmo Vänskä and Erin Keefe in Event at the Museum of Russian ArtDenis Evstuhin (DMA, 2011, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) will perform with Osmo Vänskä (clarinet) and Erin Keefe (violin) in a program titled Russian Souvenir at the Museum of Russian Art on June 12. The program will include music by Johannes Brahms, Sergei Prokofiev, Igor Stravinsky, and Piotr Tchaikovsky. More info.
May 16th, 2016
Congratulations Music Graduates
May 9th, 2016
Stanisław Skrowaczewski in "Legacy""Young musicians today have opportunities to acquire knowledge and experiences in ways that were impossible until recently. They should take advantage of travel, mentoring, and contact with great orchestras." – Maestro Stanisław Skrowaczewski
May 9th, 2016
Celebrating Mark Bjork's Retirement
We celebrated Professor Mark Bjork's (violin) years of service last week at his retirement celebration. It would not be an exaggeration to estimate that millions of people have lived a more musical life because of Bjork’s influence and work as one of the nations most renowned Suzuki pedagogues. After starting and leading one of the nation's first Suzuki Talent Education programs for 25 years at MacPhail Center for Music as a joint-faculty member with MacPhail and the University of Minnesota, he then joined the U of M School of Music full-time and developed one of the nation's first Suzuki Pedagogy graduate programs, training hundreds of Suzuki teachers who have gone on to lead programs of their own. We're going to miss you, Professor Bjork! May 9th, 2016
Faculty News: Angela Wyatt Performs With the Ancia Saxophone Quartet, and moreThe Ancia Saxophone Quartet, featuring Angela Wyatt (saxophone) will perform a program of music by women composers on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 pm at Studio Z and on Sunday, May 15 at 4 pm at the Weisman Art Museum. A highlight of the concerts will be the U.S. premiere of Grammy Award-winning and U of M School of Music alumna Libby Larsen's Confluence, which was commissioned by the Ancia Quartet. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The Weisman concert is free and open to the public.
The Minnesota Bach Ensemble, featuring John Miller (bassoon) andBasil Reeve (oboe), presents internationally acclaimed tenor Nicholas Phan on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 15 at 3 pm at MacPhail Center for Music. Tickets: $2 adults, $10 students. More info.
May 9th, 2016
Alumni News: Eric Olson's New PositionEric Olson (DMA, 2014, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) has accepted the position of director of the pre-conservatory program at Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Faribault, MN.
May 9th, 2016
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