Student News: School of Music Students Perform as Mill City Jazz at The School Yard on October 7, 2015
Mill City Jazz, featuring Andrew Tomten (saxophone), Jack Hessburg (saxophone), Alex Brown (trumpet), Sam Rosenstone (piano), Matt McIntyre (bass), and Erik Schee (drums), will perform at The School Yard at the U of M Farmers Market at McNamara Alumni Center on Wednesday, October 7 from noon to 1:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Mill City Jazz combines classic standards with modern flavor. With soulful rhythm and screaming horns, Mill City Jazz creates a sound unlike any other.
Faculty News: Alexander Braginsky featured in MPR's Chopin Series, Guerino Mazzola's New Course and RoundtableAlexander Braginsky (piano) is interviewed on Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Chopin Series that will be broadcast October 12 through October 16. The series will air twice a day on Minnesota Public Radio at 11 am and 9 pm (Central Time). Stations across the country will carry the series and can be streamed here.
Guerino Mazzola (creative studies & media) will teach an honors course open to graduate and undergraduate students titled "How to Write a Scientific Music Book" in Spring 2016. In collaboration with School of Music graduate students Maria Mannone and Yan Pang, Mazzola will lead the class in the writing of a small book on the course topic to be published in Summer 2016 by Springer. Mazzola was also invited to be part of a Roundtable on "Grothendieck and a Theory of Contemporary Transgression" as part of a lecture series with philosopher of mathematics Fernando Zalamea at the Graduate Program in Media Studies at the Pratt Institute in New York City on Saturday, October 24. October 5th, 2015
Alumni News: Will Bryan, Ye Chen, Shelley Mihm, Maria Schneider, and Andrew Staupe's Upcoming Events
Will Bryan (MM, voice, 2013, student of Philip Zawisza and Jean del Santo) will join Opera Colorado (Denver) as a Young Artist in summer 2016. Bryan will also perform the role of Guglielmo in Mozart's Così fan tutte with Opera Wilmington (Wilmington, North Carolina) in summer 2016.
Ye Chen (DMA, voice, 2014, student of Philip Zawisza) will perform the role of Hagen in Wagner's Gotterdämmerung at the Chinese National Opera House in Peking. More information. Chen is also teaching voice at a conservatory in Peking.
Shelley Mihm (BM, voice, 2015, student of Philip Zawisza and Jean del Santo) was cast in title role of Savitri by Holst at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Maria Schneider (BM, 1983, composition) will discuss her dynamic music career and creative process in An Evening with Maria Schneider at Erik’s Ranch & Retreats (Edina, MN) on Friday, October 23 at 6 pm. Schneider is a three-time Grammy Award-winning jazz composer and big band leader. Tickets and information.
Andrew Staupe (MM, 2007, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) was the featured soloist for the opening concert of the Tallahassee Symphony's 2015-16 season on September 26, 2015. Staupe performed Liszt's Totentanz with Darko Butorac conducting. He will also perform a solo recital for the Abbey Concert Series at St. Martin's Abbey in Lacey, Washington on October 17, 2015.
September 28th, 2015
Student News: Lauren McNee's Duo Performs
Lauren McNee's (DMA, flute, student of Immanuel Davis) flute and harp duo (harpist Keryn Wouden) was invited to perform for Northwestern University's dedication ceremony of the Bienen School of Music's new building, the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts. McNee received her master's degree from Northwestern in 2014.
September 28th, 2015
Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw's Performances, Alex Lubet's Talks, Fernando Meza's Activities, Laura Sindberg presents at SMTELydia Artymiw (piano), violinist Erin Keefe, and cellist Wilhelmina Smith will open the Music at Amherst concert season with a trio program (works by Beethoven, Schoenfield, and Brahms) on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at Amherst College (MA). More information.
Alex Lubet (music theory/composition) will give the pre-concert talk at the performance of the Klezmatics at Orchestra Hall, sponsored by the Minnesota Orchestra. More information. Lubet presented on "Your Growing Audience of People with Disabilities," at the Minnesota Arts Access Chautauqua, sponsored by VSA Arts.
Fernando Meza (percussion) was at the Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia, from September 21-27, offering a weeklong percussion seminar for students of this school, the National University and the Youth Philharmonic of Colombia, with whom he has been associated since its inception in 2010. He presented five separate master classes and conducted a percussion ensemble concert with more than 35 percussion students. Earlier this summer, Meza joined the Minnesota Orchestra on their historic tour to Havana, Cuba, and traveled to Cali, Colombia for the TAMBORIMBA Festival, to Canada as percussion coach for the YOA-Orchestra of the Americas, and to Costa Rica for the 4th International Festival of Percussion Ensembles.
Laura Sindberg (music education) presented "Video Clubs to Support Music Teacher Development: An Exploratory Case Study" at the recent Symposium on Music Teacher Education (SMTE). Dave Sanderson (PhD candidate, music education) joined Sindberg for a second presentation at the Symposium, titled "Evolution of an After School Band Project: Toward A Richer Community for Preservice Music Teachers and Students in an Urban School." Yolanda Williams (PhD candidate, music education) also presented a poster at the SMTE.
September 28th, 2015
9/25 Listen to the Wind Ensemble Concert via Live StreamListen to the Friday, September 25 Wind Ensemble Concert on Live Stream.
September 25th, 2015
Alumni News: Eric McEnaney, Sarah Porwoll-Lee, and Nicole Sutterfield's new positions, David Evan Thomas's latest premiereEric McEnaney (DMA, 2009, collaborative piano, student of Timothy Lovelace and Noriko Kawai) recently accepted a position as principal pianist and coach at Florentine Opera Company in Milwaukee, WI, where he will work on productions of Madama Butterfly, Three Decembers, andDie Fledermaus during the 2015-16 season, and will also serve as coach to the members of the Studio Artist Program. McEnaney continues to share an association with Minnesota Opera as both a master coach and as director of the ECCO Program between the opera and the U of M School of Music.
Sarah Porwoll-Lee (MM, 2013, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein)presents the premiere of three newly commissioned works by Minnesota composers Katherine Bergman, Joshua Clausen (MM, composition), and Daniel Nass on October 3 at 7:30 pm at Studio Z in St. Paul. She will be joined by Jeremy Johnston (DMA, percussion), marimba and Jerrod Wendland (MM, DMA, piano), piano. More information. Porwoll-Lee is a fiscal year 2015 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Nicole Sutterfield (Swanson) (BM, 2005, viola, student of Korey Konkol) was appointed assistant principal viola (second chair) with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dutch music director Edo de Waart. Sutterfield, a former Miss Minnesota (2006) and winner of numerous competitions including top prizes in the Chicago Viola Society, Thursday Musical Young Artist, and Schubert Club scholarship competitions, will begin her tenure with the MSO in October 2015.
David Evan Thomas (PhD, 1996, composition, student of Dominick Argento) received a 2015 Minnesota Sinfonia/McKnight Foundation New Works Award for his "Suite Populaire." The Neighborhood Music School (New Haven, CT) has awarded Thomas a Renée B. Fisher Composer Award for 2017. September 21st, 2015
Faculty News: Immanuel Davis on Classical Minnesota Public Radio, Preston Duncan featured at the 3rd Annual International Saxophone MeetingImmanuel Davis (flute) was featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Learning to Listen in conversation with host Alison Young ahead of his September 23 recital with pianist Timothy Lovelace (piano) celebrating Davis's teacher Julius Baker. Listen to the interview.
Preston Duncan (saxophone) performed as a featured guest artist at the 3rd Annual International Saxophone Meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay on August 14. He also taught several classes at the conference and the National Conservatory. September 21st, 2015
Alumni News: Emily Autumn Deppa, Kate Jarvis, and Ting Ting Yen's New PositionsEmily Autumn Deppa (BM, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) has joined the Denver String Quartet.
Kate Jarvis (MM, 2015, student of Sally O'Reilly) won the associate concertmaster position of the Boise Philharmonic (Idaho) for the 2015-16 season.
Ting Ting Yen (DMA, MM, student of Sally O'Reilly and Timothy Lovelace) has taken a year-long leave of absence from the New Mexico Philharmonic, to take the staff accompanist position at Washington and Lee University in Virginia. September 14th, 2015
Student News: Carolyn Cavadini performs with Mixed PrecipitationSeptember 14th, 2015