2014-15 School of Music News

Concerto/Aria Winners 2014-15

Congratulations to the three winners and to all of the contestants for their wonderful performances! This years winners are:  Clara Fuhrman, violin; Stephen Abeshima, euphonium; Brady McCowan, saxophone. The runner-up was awarded to Will Spengler, cello. Honorable mention: Minna Stelzner, saxophone and Keenan Brogdon, voice.

Recent and Upcoming Accomplishments by Puget Sound Music Faculty - Fall 2014

Joyce Ramee, Affiliate Artist, Viola paired up with Stephen Schemer, Affiliate Artist, Bass performing solo pieces for a concert with the Tacoma Community College orchestra featuring late classical and early romantic Viennese masterworks on November 21.

Members of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, Karla Flygare, Affiliate Artist, Flute and Piccolo and other affiliates of the university (Jennifer Nelson, Clarinet, Rodger Burnett, French Horn, and Tim Christie, Violin) performed in the Ballet’s opening season Rep and which received a wonderful review from the New York Times. They stated “The lustrous playing of the company orchestra did honor to Faure, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky.” Also, “The company’s orchestra, surely the best ballet band in the country.”

Christina Kowalski, Affiliate Artist, Soprano, will make her debut with the Tacoma Opera performing  the role of 1st Lady in The Magic Flute October 31 and November 2. Christina will be involved in a Masterclass during Serious about Singing (an intensive, one-day workshop for top regional high school singers dedicated to expanding and improving their classical training) on November 8. On November 23 Ms. Kowalski will be making her singing debut with the Thalia Symphony Orchestra performing Siete Canciones Populares by De Falla. The Tacoma Symphony Chorus will be performing the Messiah on December 18 and 19 featuring Christina, soprano soloist.

Cellist and the Cordelia Wikarski Miedel Artist in Residence David Requiro attended the Xi’an-Bowdoin International Music Festival  which took place over two weeks at the Xi’an Conservatory. As faculty, David gave ten cellists multiple lessons for two weeks, as well as giving masterclasses for cello and chamber music. He coached three different chamber groups on a regular basis preparing them for performance. David also performed solo and chamber works in all three faculty concerts.

Ryan Schultz, Affiliate Artist, Tuba and Euphonium had a big part of putting together The Romantic Bass Trombone and Friends Jacobsen that took place in October. Ryan, like many other music faculty, is a member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. Ryan has been invited to perform at the International Tuba and Euphonium Association’s NW Tuba and Euphonium Conference and to submit a lecture proposal.

Faculty members Rodger Burnett, Gunnar Folsom , Judson Scott, and Fred Winkler who perform with the Northwest Sinfonietta appear on a CD called Dances for Piano and Orchestra – JOEL FAN – Northwest Sinfonietta released this month by Reference Recordings.

Keith Ward, Director of School of Music, will be a respondent to the paper, “The DMA at Sixty,” at the national conference of the College Music Society, meeting in St. Louis, Missouri in October. He will also be in Scottsdale, Arizona in November serving as a member of the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Music.

Early October Meta Weiss, Cellist and the Cordelia Wikarski Miedel Artist in Residence, did a Lecture Performance  - “Music, Language, and the Brain: The String Quartets of Vissarion Shebalin” at The Juilliard School. On October 12 Meta performed (click here) with Maria Sampen, Tim Christie, and Oksana Ezhokina at the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. October 18 & 19 she was at the New York City Center “Fall for Dance” Festival performing music by Stefan Levin, Choreography by Pontus Lidberg, Dancers: Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside from American Ballet Theater in NYC. On October 25 Meta performed with Sir James Galway in Toronto, Canada at the Season Gala Concert for the Royal Conservatory. She was a guest Lecturer for “Music and Medicine” course at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine on October 28. In November 8 and 9, she will perform at SubCulture in NYC with “cello rock” group Break of Reality. On November 16, Meta will perform with duoW on the “Sundays at Four” Series hosted by the Crowden School in Berkeley, CA.

Congratulations to Puget Sound's Opera Theatre

“The Pirates of Penzance," directed by Professor Dawn Padula and performed in 2012, was awarded 3rd Place by the American Prize in Opera Performance. A judges comment, stated: “What a rollicking good time these young singers had in this entertaining production!”

Faculty Return After A Busy 2014 Summer

Distinguished Professor of Music History, Geoffrey Block, presented the keynote address for the international conference, Stagestruck! Broadway Meets Hollywood at the University of Sheffield. The title of the talk was "Restaging the Song: Adapting Broadway for the Silver Screen." Dr. Block had the essay, "From Screen to Stage: A Little Night Music and Passion," published in The Oxford Handbook of Sondheim Studies, edited by Robert Gordon (Oxford University Press, 2014). Also, the publication of the "Foreword" to Carol J. Oja's Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War (Oxford University Press, 2014). This is the seventh volume published in Oxford's Broadway Legacies, Series Editor, Geoffrey Block. Dr. Block was also contracted to write Experiencing Beethoven: A Listener's Companion (The Scarecrow Press), a volume in The Listening's Companion series.

This summer Gwynne Brown, Associate Professor of Music History and Music Theory, served on the committee for the Society for American Music that annually chooses the winning dissertation on American music for the Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award. One of the finalists was a Puget Sound alum and a substantial percentage of the dissertations cited Geoffrey Block's scholarship as a source. In July Gwynne enjoyed conducting a long phone interview with William Krasilovsky, a lawyer who did pioneering work in the music business field and who was the longtime attorney for, and friend of, the great American composer and arranger William Dawson. During Mr. Krasilovsky's long career he also worked for Ira Gershwin. In August Gwynne played the piano in a recital organized by Miriam Chong '95 to honor the retirements of Professors Bryan Smith and Tim Hoyt.

 In June, Rodger Burnett, Affiliate Artist, French horn, was Principal horn in the national touring production of the Gershwin family sanctioned Broadway version of Porgy and Bess. In July he played third horn in the Bellingham festival: Schumann 3, Brahms 4, Freischutz Overture and Brahms Second Orchestral Serenade. Rodger played with the Seattle Opera, along with Karla Flygare and Jennifer Nelson, for the International Wagner Festival and the Speight Jenkins farewell gala. This summer marked 35 years of playing with the Seattle Opera for Rodger.  Also, Rodger and three other Wagner tuba players played for a nationally broadcast story on NPR featuring the Wagner tuba.

Gerard Morris, Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music, produced an audio recording (CD) for The City of Tomorrow Woodwind Quintet, the only wind quintet to win a gold medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in over ten years.

Dawn Padula, Director of Vocal Studies, was on the teaching faculty for the Interharmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso (Tuscany), Italy in early July. While there, she taught lessons, gave a master class and coached chamber music ensembles. She had the opportunity of working with students and faculty from prestigious music programs across the United States. On the Interharmony Faculty Recital Series, she performed Frank Bridge’s Three Songs for Mezzo-soprano, viola and piano with Jana and Yuri Gandelsman, faculty from Michigan State University. The trio also performed Johannes Brahms’ Zwei Gesänge at the Montebelli Azienda Agricola. Later in July, Dr. Padula joined the Rob Hutchinson Band as the featured vocalist for their Jazz Under the Stars performance at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.

During the summer 2014, Jooeun Pak, Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano, joined Steans Institute of Ravinia Festival as a collaborative pianist, working with many young promising vocalists under the director, Kevin Murphy. Her collaborative works were heard during the coachings, concerts and masterclasses with Kiri Te Kanawa, Cori Ellison, Patricia McCaffrey, Heidi Grant Murphy and Steven King.

Affiliate Artist, Viola , Joyce Ramee directed and performed at the 24th Annual Max Aronoff Viola Institute in June. While there she performed Chamber Music with with Violist and Fiddler Ellen McGlone, (Washington DC) and Violinist Nancy Roth (Los Angeles). In August Joyce was Viola Techniques Clinician for the Birch Bay String Teachers' Workshop giving master classes, lectures and technical seminars for public school music educators.

Ryan Schultz, Affiliate Artist, Tuba and Euphonium, was the coordinator and Principal Tubist and Rodger Burnett was the Principal Horn for the Auburn Symphony's "Fun Brass" concert this summer. Ryan and Rodger were also involved with recording and working with Hummie Mann's film score students at Studio X. Ryan, Dan Williams, and other faculty members performed at the Midsummer Musical Retreat. Ryan and Dan are both faculty members there and Dan is the Brass-Wind-Percussion area coordinator.

News from the Studio of Dawn Padula, Director of Vocal Studies

Freya Scherlie ’16 was a finalist in Portland Summerfest’s NW Young Voices Competition Finalist (2014) and performed in the finalists concert in August, 2014.

Keenan Brogdon ’16, is currently portraying the lead tenor role of Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance (Sullivan) for five weekends of performances at the Western Washington Center (through early September) for the Arts in Port Orchard, WA, summer 2014.

John Lampus ‘15, Jordan Eade ‘15 and Keenan Brogdon ’16 participated as students at the Interharmony International Music Festival, July 2014. Each performed solo and chamber works. Keenan was also featured on a student showcase concert reserved for prize-winning performers. 

Hailey Hyde ’17, portrayed Edith in a concert version of The Pirates of Penzance with Opera Coeur d’Alene in Coeur d’Alene, ID, July 2014; She also was a guest artist with Saint George’s Symphonic Choir in a performance at Disneyland, summer 2014. In August 2014, she was a featured soloist with Coeur d’Alene Symphony at Hayden Lake Country Club, and will perform with them once more for their Labor Day Concert in the Park. 

Studio alums Madison Genovese ’13 and Sam Faustine ’13 performed in professional productions of South Pacific (Nellie Forbush) at the Foothill Musical Theater, Los Altos, CA and The Pirates of Penzance (Frederic) for the Lamplighters Music Theater company in San Francisco, CA