In Fall 2014 bassoonist Francine Peterson will be joining the School of Music faculty, succeeding Paul Rafanelli, who has been on the faculty since 1998. “Paul has done outstanding work over the past fifteen years,” says Keith Ward, Director of the School of Music. “I am grateful for his dedication to teaching and mentoring our students. He will be missed. With his departure, we could not be more fortunate to have Francine succeed him.”
Francine Peterson received a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance and Music Education from San Francisco State University and a Master of Music from the University of Washington. She is one of the most recognized bassoon teachers in the Pacific Northwest with students and chamber groups consistently placing or winning in the annual WMEA state solo competition. Other noteworthy accomplishments of her students include being a finalist in the Young Artist Competition of the International Double Reed Society, acceptance to summer music festivals such as Roundtop, National Repertory Orchestra, Blossom, Aspen, Eastern, Interlochen, and the Colorado Music Festival, and positions in the Oregon Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Buffalo Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Santa Barbara Symphony. For more than twenty years she has been associated with the Seattle Youth Symphony, serving as its bassoon coach, an artist teacher in its summer Marrowstone Music Festival, and teaching in the Orchestra’s Endangered Instrument Program, which starts middle school children on the bassoon. She also has taught at the Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg and InterHamony International Music Festival in Italy.
In addition to her many accomplishments as a teacher, Peterson is in demand as a performer in the region. She is the principal bassoonist for the Northwest Sinfonietta, and she plays as an extra for the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, 5th Avenue Theater, and, as contrabassoonist, the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and the Auburn Symphony.
“I'm really looking forward to joining the wonderful faculty at University of Puget Sound in the Fall of 2014,” says Peterson. “I have always respected their faculty and music department.”
As part of its annual faculty review process, the university recognizes faculty whose work is deemed exceptional through a series of awards. This year three School of Music faculty members were award recipients.
Geoffrey Block, Professor of Music History, was one of four faculty members to receive a Distinguished Professorship, the highest honor bestowed upon Puget Sound faculty. In her remarks recognizing him for this award, Dean Kristine Bartanen noted Professor Block earns the recognition of his colleagues as “the leading academic authority on the American musical.” Students, remarked Dean Bartanen, describe him as “the most inspiring teacher [they] have ever had at this school, in any department.” Professor Block is also praised for his generosity in advising students, whether for academic planning, theses, summer research, or theme house mentorship, and for the numerous contributions to the community that include a range of talks both on campus and in the greater Puget Sound region.
Gwynne Brown, Associate Professor of Music History, was presented with the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Established in 1997 by Hal and Jacque Eastman, this award recognizes faculty who demonstrate exceptional teaching skills independent of accomplishments in scholarship, research, or publication. The criteria for the award include a genuine passion for teaching, an ability to inspire students to learn, a capacity to challenge students and to motivate them through high expectations, a respect for students as individuals, and an enduring intellectual curiosity as well as the capacity for growth, change and vitality. Only one award is given annually. President Thomas described Professor Brown as exemplifying all these qualities as well as the “the innovative character of Puget Sound’s best teaching: building a strong community of learners in the face-to-face classroom; incorporating digital technologies; enriching her classroom with guests and fieldwork; and developing students’ talents through thorough, constructive feedback on their writing.”
David Requiro, cellist and the Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel Artist in Residence, was one of four recipients of the Thomas A. Davis Teaching Award. This honor, named after Thomas Davis, who served as Dean of the University from 1973 to 1994, recognizes selected faculty for teaching excellence. Mr. Requiro was singled out by Dean Bartanen for the breadth and depth of his teaching and mentorship of students, his ability to instill in them an inspiring balance of discipline for and love of musical performance, his emphasis on clarity in feedback to students, and by his impressive professional performance record that sustains the strength of his teaching.
Greg Simon '07 was interviewed in the July 21 Columbia Daily Tribune of Missouri about a composition he will premiere at the Mizzou International Composers Festival. http://www.columbiatribune.com/arts_life/ovation/composers-at-mu-festival-share-narratives-that-explain-and-emerge/article_1defc8b2-f0ca-11e2-8c6e-10604b9f6eda.html
School of Music faculty members returned to campus this Fall from productive summers. Some of the highlights:
Affiliate artists Rodger Burnett (horn), Karla Flygare (flute), Jennifer Nelson (clarinet), and Paul Rafanelli (bassoon) were members of the orchestra in the Seattle Opera’s three performances of Richard Wagner’s epic four-part music drama, Der Ring des Niebelungen.
Geoffrey Block, Distinguished Professor of Music History, wrote four publications in addition to continuing his research on composer Franz Schubert. His essay, “Kurt Weill’s Johnny Johnson,” will appear in the Kurt Weill Newsletter 31/1 (Spring 2013). Two reviews are forthcoming, one of Stuart J. Hecht’s book, Transposing Broadway: Jews, Assimilation, and the American Musical, in H-Judaic, H-Net Reviews (June 2013), the other a review of Howard Pollack’s book, Marc Blitzstein: His Life and Work, to be published in Notes (November 2013). An article, “From Screen to Stage: Transforming Smiles of a Summer Night and Passione d’Amore,” will appear in The Oxford Handbook of Sondheim Sturdies, ed. by Robert Gordon (Oxford University Press, forthcoming in fall 2013 or spring 2014). Finally, Professor Block was elected to a three-year term on the Council of the American Musicological Society (2014-16).
Gwynne Brown, Associate Professor of Music History, served on the Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award Committee for the Society for American Music. Other time was spent on the book she is writing on the life and work of William L. Dawson, to be published by the University of Illinois Press. She also had a poster session accepted for the national meeting of the Society for American Music, to be held in Lancaster, PA in March 2014, on the tour of Spain undertaken in 1956 by African-American choral director and composer William L. Dawson.
In May, Huw Edwards, Director of Orchestras and a noted champion of the music of Anton Bruckner, was a guest clinician with the Portland Youth Conservatory Orchestra and worked on Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7. He was also a guest conductor at the Portland Chamber Music Camp in July, held at the University of Portland. Mr. Edwards conducted the Olympia Symphony Orchestra in the Governor’s Capitol Campus Concert, by the Capitol Dome, on July 28, before 3,000 people. In August he recorded some “performer insights” at Classical King FM radio in Seattle, to be aired throughout the year. In September he travels to Knoxville where he will be a guest conductor with the University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra and will also be a guest lecturer in a music history and conducting class.
Pat Krueger, Professor of Music Education, completed a book chapter, "Doing Ethnography in Music Education," in Colleen Conway (ed.), Qualitative Research in Music Education. New York: Oxford, (in press, Dec. 2013). She also worked on the editorial board of The Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, and read and commented on several articles for this publication.
Gerard Morris, Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music, completed his Doctor of Music degree at Northwestern, defending his dissertation that focused on the Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra by Kurt Weill. He also completed research on music which he will conduct in October at a concert of contemporary music at Iowa State University. Part of his visit to ISU will include completion of a recording of a composition featuring international percussion artist Matthew Coley.
Dawn Padula, Director of Vocal Studies and Associate Professor of Voice, gave a solo concert in London, England, entitled "The House of Life and Love" as part of The Song in the City concert series in the Hall of St. Botolph-without-Bishopsgate Church. She collaborated with Puget Sound alumna Soojeong Joo '05, piano, now at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, performing Libby Larsen's Love After 1950, in addition to two cycles entitled The House of Life, one by Ralph Vaughan Williams and the other a world premiere composed for her by Robert Hutchinson, Professor of Theory and Composition.
Joyce Ramee, Affiliate Artist in Viola, directed and performed at the 23rd Max Aronoff Viola Institute Festival and Concerts, one of which featured affiliate artist Rodger Burnett, horn. Her Cathedral Trio (viola, flute, and harp) gave two concerts, one featuring Gwynna, a composition by David Volpe in which the harpist also sings, the flutist additionally plays rain stick and finger cymbals, and the violist serves as a Mark-Tree percussionist.
Maria Sampen, Director of Strings and Associate Professor of Violin, and Tim Christie, Affiliate Artist in Violin, performed at the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival from June 4-30. Mr. Christie is also the founder and artistic director of the festival. In May, they performed at the Icicle Creek Music Center as part of the Icicle Chamber Players and in July as part of the Noon Recital Series at Tacoma's First Lutheran Church. Professor Sampen also gave a duo recital (violin and cello) at Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, Michigan in July.
Staff Accompanist Denes Van Parys spent his summer running the Music Program at Camp Starlight, where 550 teenagers in the program presented five shows in six weeks. He has worked at Camp Starlight since 1994. This Fall he will be active as both Chorus Master in two productions and one as conductor for the Tacoma Opera.
Keith Ward, Director of the School of Music, continued his service as a commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Music. He also continued his work from his sabbatical in Spring 2013 on American music.
Fred Winkler, Affiliate Artist in Saxophone performed with the Seattle Symphony in On the Waterfront (Leonard Bernstein) and Bolero (Maurice Ravel). He joined the Northwest Sinfonietta's in a recording session in a composition by pianist Joel Fan, and he will be featured in an upcoming by saxophonist and Puget Sound alumnus Erik Steighner ’03. He was a guest clinician for Mountlake Terrace High School summer camp, and he performed with the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theater.
Pat Wooster, Affiliate Artist in Harp, served as the Chairman of the Corporation and Board of Directors of the World Harp Congress, Inc. and had a major role in planning both the 12th World Harp Congress, to be held in Sydney, Australia, in July 2014, and the 13th in Hong Kong in July 2017. In June of this year Pat attended the American Harp Society Summer Institute in Los Angeles where in June, she is the Chairman of the Nominating Committee. In July she was a Guest of Honor at the USA International Harp Competitin, held at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music.
Steven Zopfi, Director of Choral Activities, was hired to be the guest conductor for the Archdiocese of Seattle's Annual Choral Festival to be held on February 9th and 10th. The festival involves over 750 high school singers from Catholic High schools in the Seattle area and culminates in a public performance in Benaroya Hall on the 10th.
Puget Sound faculty lead active performance careers. Below is a partial list of their performances in October through December:
Affiliate Artist Faculty, Violin, Timothy Christie visits the islands and the mountains during Fall 2013 with performances at the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts Chamber Music Series in Leavenworth, Washington October 18 and November 23. Timothy will perform with the Seattle's Tudor Choir December 28.
Huw Edwards, Director of Orchestra, will be conducting the Olympia Symphony Orchestra on October 6 and November 10.
Julio Elizalde, Visiting Assistant Professor, will be performing with cellist Bonnie Hampton at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on October 13. He will also be doing tour recitals with violinist Ray Chen, winner of the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, in Wilmington, North Carolina, Charlottesville, Virginia, Greenwood, South Carolina, Oxford, Ohio, and Santa Barbara, California
Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music, Gerard Morris, will appear as a guest artist in residence at Iowa State University from October 20-26. During his residency, Morris will also appear as guest conductor with the ISU faculty.
Dawn Padula, Director of Vocal Studies, will be performing the role of Ruth in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance with Tacoma Opera, October 25 and 27. In addition, she will perform a solo concert with Denes Van Parys, piano, for the Classical Tuesdays in Old Town on December 10th.
David Requiro, cellist and the Cordelia Wikarski Miedel Artist in Residence, will perform on October 5 & 6 with the Baumer String Quartet for the MasterGuild series of Holy Names College in Oakland, California and the Sundays@4 series at the Crowden Music Center in Berkeley. He also will be giving a master class at the Crowden School. From October 26 through November 3 he will be on tour with a cello quartet performing in Connecticut and South Carolina. As a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players he will be giving concerts in New York City on November 11 and December 9.
On October 18, Maria Sampen, Director of Strings and Associate Professor of Violin, will be performing at Bowling Green State University New Music and Art Festival in Ohio. David Requiro, cellist and Tim Christie, Violinist, will be joining Dr. Sampen on November 12 at the Classical Tuesdays in Old Town. On November 23 in Leavenworth, Washington, she will be performing with the Icicle Creek Chamber Players.
Tanya Stambuk, Professor of Piano, will be a featured soloist with the Olympia Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Huw Edwards, on November 10. Tanya will be performing at Seattle University on December 6 & 7. On December 16 she and Dr. Sampan will be performing at a fundraiser for the Tacoma Symphony.
Trio Searphin (Jennifer Nelson, clarinet, Christina Kowalski, soprano, and Keith Ward, piano) will perform at the Second City Chamber Series, October 11 at Annie Wright School in Tacoma. They will also perform at the Horizon House in Seattle on November 6.
Patricia Wooster, harpist will perform at the 2013 SAI NW Province Day in Seattle, on October 5, 2013. Thursday,
December 5, Patricia will present a two hour lecture/performance titled “The Harp-From hunter’s bow to concert hall”, for the LIFE organization, based at Pacific Lutheran University.
In addition to these events, many faculty perform in professional ensembles that include the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Sinfonietta, Olympia Symphony Orchestra, and Auburn Symphony Orchestra.