2015-16 School of Music News

Summer Activities of School of Music Faculty: A Sampling for 2016

Gwynne Brown, Professor of Music History, will be spending the summer completing her book on the life and works of William L. Dawson for the University of Illinois Press’s American Composers Series.  

Catherine Case, Affiliate Artist in Harp, will be co-directing a Youth Harp Ensemble at the American Harp Society Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on June 30-July 3. Students age 6-14 from across the country will perform works by living composers. http://ahsconference.org/youth/youth-ensemble/.  She also will be performing as part of the Tacoma Symphony Chamber Series at Morso Wine Bar in Gig Harbor on July 24: Music for Flute, Harp and Viola. http://www.morsowinebar.com/music/tsochamberevents.html.

The Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival (WWCMF), founded and directed by Timothy Christie, Affiliate Artist of Violin, will be held the full month of June. Participating will be Puget Sound School of Music faculty members Maria Sampen (violin), Steve Schermer (double bass), Rodger Burnett (horn), Dan Williams (oboe/English horn), and Christie.  The Festival will also collaborate with Puget Sound's Director of Theatre Production, Kurt Walls, and his wife Patty Mathieu of Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle, on the annual WWCMF Collage program. At least one Puget Sound faculty member will perform on each of the 35 public events over the course of the 24-day Festival in Washington's beautiful wine country.

 Christie also will join the prestigious artist faculty at the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival and Institute June 27-July3, 2016. He will coach a talented group of young musicians from around the world and perform with the internationally acclaimed faculty.

Professor of Theory and Composition Rob Hutchinson will be joining Keith Ward, Director of the School of Music, at a summit organized by the College Music Society on designing the twenty-first century music curriculum, a three-day conference to be held at the University of South Carolina in June.  Ward also will be joined by Affiliate Artist Christina Kowalski, Soprano, in performing a benefit concert for the Second City Chamber Music Series in August. 

Affiliate Artist Jeff Lund, Percussion, conducted two concerts with the Rainier Symphony as a finalist in the ensemble’s search for a new Music Director position.  He also will be the faculty of the Northwest Mallet Festival and the Evergreen Music Festival, both in June.  Finally he will play principle percussion at the Lake Chelan Bach Fest in July.

Alistair MacRae, Cellist and Artist in Residence, will be on the faculty of the six-week Brevard Music Festival in Brevard, South Carolina.  He also will be performing at selected festivals in June. 

Dawn Padula, Director of Vocal Studies, will be performing as La Prieure (Madame de Croissy) in a preview for Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites for Vashon Opera’s annual fundraiser in June. 

Judson Scott, Affiliate Artist of Trumpet, will be directing Brass Band Northwest this summer. On Saturday, June 18 they present "Walking with Heroes," their last formal concert of the season. The concert features music celebrating diverse heroes, with music ranging from the "Theme from Superman" by John Williams to "Fanfare for a Learned Man," by Libby Larsen.  It continues with summer pops concerts at Yarrow Point (July 4), Epiphany Parish, Seattle (July 8), Westlake in downtown Seattle (August 24), and Old Town Park in Tacoma (September 17).  The Band will also be featured on "Northwest Focus" on KING-FM. Friday, July 1.  A sextet from the band will perform the Sextet by Oscar Boehme live on Northwest Focus in a diverse program that also includes local composers William Bergsma, Jeffrey Taylor, and Christophe Chagnard. This program will have additional connections to Puget Sound. Current student Zane Kitsner ’17, euphonium, will perform "Pantomime" by Philip Sparke, and alumnus Peter Nelson-King will perform as a member of the ensemble. Dr Scott will appear on "Musical Chairs" on Friday, August 12 to preview the upcoming concert season of Brass Band Northwest. 

A Farewell Concert for Duane Hulbert

On April 15 Duane Hulbert, piano, will be giving his final performance as a faculty member at the University of Puget Sound with the Puget Sound Piano Trio. Dr. Hulbert will be retiring at the end of spring semester after teaching, composing, and performing at the university for 30 years. "The Grammy-nominated musician and recording artist, and longtime head of the piano department has helped countless students rise to the height of their talent, while sharing a remarkable artistry and love of music with the Tacoma community. Dr. Hulbert plans to pursue creative music projects of his own.

Activities Featuring Puget Sound Music Faculty - Spring/Summer 2016

 Affiliate Artists Rodger Burnett (Horn), Tim Christie (Viola), Karla Flygare (Flute), Jennifer Nelson (Clarinet), Francine Peterson (Bassoon), Joyce Ramee (Viola), Stephen Schermer (Bass), Ryan Schultz (Tuba), and Dan Williams (Oboe), all members of the Pacific Northwest Ballet (PND) Orchestra, will be part of the PNB tour to New York City at the end of February. 

This concert season Distinguished Professor of Music History Geoffrey Block has been invited to give the pre-concert talks for two Seattle Symphony Orchestra concerts featuring Seattle premieres.  In November he spoke on the event of the SSO’s first complete performance of Mahler’s Tenth symphony, “‘The Stage the Work Had Reached When Mahler Died’: Deryck Cooke’s Performing Version of Mahler’s Tenth.”  In February he prepared audiences for another historic premiere with his talk, “Luciano Berio’s Homage to Samuel Beckett and Gustav Mahler: The Sinfonia for Orchestra and Eight Amplified Voices (1968).”

Professor Block has also been invited back to deliver the keynote address at the second international conference on the American musical in Sheffield, England in May.  The theme of this year’s conference is “Putting It Together”: Investigating Sources for Musical Theatre Research,” and title of Block’s keynote is “‘He Used to Be in Beethoven’: One Scholar’s Journey from Beethoven to Broadway.”

Catherine Case, Affiliate Artist in Harp, will be leading a youth harp ensemble at the American Harp Society National Conference in Atlanta this June for students ages 6-14.

Edmund Hughes, Conductor of the Chorale, presented sessions at the Arizona Music Educator’s Association Convention in January.  He will be the director of the Washington All-State Choir (7-8 Grade) at the Washington Music Educator’s’ Association (WMEA) Convention in Yakima in mid-February as well as Director of the Arizona North Central regional All-State Choir in late February.  The Spring he will continue to serve as an adjudicator for various choral festivals with upcoming dates in Washington, Arizona, and California.  Later this Spring two new choral arrangements of his will be published by Walton Music.

In December, Professor of Composition Robert Hutchinson had two string orchestra pieces performed by the Tacoma String Symphony and the Tacoma String Philharmonic, part of the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association. The compositions, The River At Dawn and Nightscape, were commissioned by Max Karler, Director of Instrumental Music at Bremerton High School.

In February and March, Hutchinson’s Sittin’ In A Tree for flute and bassoon will be performed by Hannah Hammel and Benjamin Roidl-Ward in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Richmond VA, and Oberlin OH.

 Dawn Padula, Director of Vocal Studies, sang the role of Maddalena in a production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto with Lyric Opera Northwest at the Moore Theatre in Seattle in December. In January, she gave a concert at Central Washington University with CWU faculty members Melissa Schiel, mezzo-soprano and Nikolas Caoile, piano/conductor. While there, she also gave a lecture on training the male voice from the female perspective to their undergraduate and graduate students. She will present a lecture on the same topic at the Art and Science of the Performing Voice Symposium in Seattle in April. On February 19, she will sing Maurice Ravel’s orchestral song-cycle Shéhérazade with the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Wesley Schulz in Schneebeck Concert Hall. In May, she will make her debut with the Seattle Opera Chorus in their production of Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. 

On April 22 the Puget Sound Piano Trio (Duane Hulbert, piano; Maria Sampen, violin; Alistair MacRae, cello) will be performing on "Northwest Focus Live" on KING FM, Seattle's classical music station.  The trio also will be featured on April 15 on campus in Duane Hulbert's final concert as a faculty member at Puget Sound.  Professor Hulbert will retire this year after a remarkable thirty-year career at the university.

Joyce Ramee, viola, will be team-teaching a series of seminars and master classes on Saturday, April 2nd in Fairfax, Virginia. The focus of the day will be on teaching methods of Max Aronoff (1906-81), violist and teacher at the esteemed Curtis Institute of Music. Joyce will be joined with Ellen McGlone (both graduates of Max Aronoff's studio), Shenandoah Conservatory Professor Doris Lederer and collaborative pianists Bonnie Shuen and Paula Fendler.

Maria Sampen, Professor of Violin, will be performing on the Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Series at the Slavonian Hall on February 9, where she will be joined by Tim Christie, Affiliate Artist of Violin, and Alistair MacRae, cello and Artist in Residence.  This same trio also will be performing as part of the Icicle Creek Chamber Series in Leavenworth, Washington in March.  Also in March she will be performing at the College Music Society Northwest Regional Conference, held this year at Pacific University in Forest grove, Oregon.  She will be the featured artist in the May 6 broadcast, "Northwest Focus Live," on Seattle's classical radio station, KING FM, performing music by William Bolcom.  In June she will be one of the artists featured in many concerts during the three-week Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival.  The executive and artistic director of this renowned festival is Affiliate Artist Tim Christie.

In late February both Sampen and Christie will be performing with the Sarasota (Florida) Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Neeme Jarv.  Professor Sampen also will be performing with the Seattle Bach Choir in March at Seattle’s Trinity Parish.

Dr. Sampen did a performance playing David Glenn's Sculpture Garden on Northwest Public Radio's podcast series, "De-Composing." The link, http://nwpr.org/post/de-composing-sculpture-garden?nopop=1, features Dave Glenn speaking about his piece, which was composed for Maria, Tim Christie and the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival. Oksana Exhokina, piano, Jennifer Caine, violin, and Sally Singer, cello joined Maria, violin and Tim Christie, viola.

Affiliate Artist Ryan Schultz will be in residence at Lower Columbia College in early March and will be performing the Gregson Concerto.  He also will be joining the faculty of an Italian Festival this summer, July 12-24.

Keith Ward, Director of the School of Music, will be a panelist on university music curricula at the WMEA conference in February.  This Spring he will lead an accreditation team for the National Association of Schools of Music in the on-site visit to the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.  This calendar year he serves as President-Elect of the College Music Society.

Puget Sound Music Faculty Summer/Fall 2015 Activities

A sampling of some of the activities of Puget Sound Music faculty:

On November 14, 15, & 16 the School of Music hosted the MTNA Competition. Two students of Maria Sampen, Director of Strings, Associate Professor of Violin, received honors. Clara Fuhrman '16 won the Washington MTNA Competition, "Young Artist Performance" in Strings. Clara will go on to represent Washington at the Division Competition in Montana this January. Eunmin (Esther) Woo '19 was selected as the runner-up (first-alternate). Congratulations to both.

Distinguished Professor of Music History, Geoffrey Block, recently published "Kiss Me, Kate" and 'The Bard of Stratford-on-Avon': Shakespeare's Play is Still the Thing," in The Shakespeare Theatre Company's GUIDE TO THE SEASON PLAYS 2015-1016. In addition Dr. Blocks "Refashioning Roberta: From Page to Stage to Screen," in The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Adaptations, ed. by Dominic McHugh, Oxford University Press has been accepted for publication. On November 19, 20, 21, 2015 Dr. Block will be doing a Pre-Concert Talk for Seattle Symphony Orchestra performance "Mahler Tenth Symphony".

Catherine Case, affiliate artist, harp, has been invited to step in as principal harp for a week with San Diego Symphony, with concerts Oct. 23, 24, and 25. They'll be playing Harmonielehre by John Adams, with Edo de Waart, conductor.

Pat Krueger, Professor of Music Education, is currently serving on the editorial board of the journal, Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, University of Illinois. Professor is also completing credits to renew her Washington State teaching license in K-12 Music for the next five years.

Dawn Padula, Director of Voice Studies, will portray the role of Maddalena in three performances of Giuseppe Verdi's Italian opera Rigoletto at the Moore Theatre in Seattle on December 12 and 13 with Lyric Opera Northwest. In January 8, Dr. Padula will present a recital and on January 9, a master class at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. Later in January, she will host the Tahoma NATS Student Auditions on the Puget Sound campus.

On November 20, 21 and 22 Joyce Ramee, affiliate artist, viola, will be performing in the Auburn Symphony Chamber Music Series, Brahms Quintet and Tchaikovsky Souvenir of Florence. Ms. Ramee, Co-Director of the Max Aronoff Viola Institute (MAVI), has been invited to present seminars and master classes in Fairfax, Virginia, in April 2016. This MAVI Festival Day is sponsored by a grant from the Virgina chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Teaching with Ms. Ramee will be Washington DC violist Ellen McGlone and Shenandoah Conservatory faculty violist Doris Lederer. (www.viola.com/aronoff).

Ryan Schultz, affiliate artist, tuba and euphonium, lead a session this summer about career paths for aspiring low brass musicians at the 2015 Northwest Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference at Boise State University. This presentation was especially helpful for the college music majors in attendance. Ryan is starting his 16th season with the nationally acclaimed Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. In February they will be returning to City Center in New York city. This also marks the start of his 16th season with the critically acclaimed Auburn Symphony Orchestra. Ryan continues to work with the Seattle Youth Symphony in the schools and is also active at the Lakeside School. He has submitted two proposals to the International Tuba and Euphonium Association. One is for Ryan to present on Life Paths in Music and the other is for two of his current students, Stephen Abeshima '16 and Zane Kistner '17 to perform a duet.

Judson Scott, affiliate artist, trumpet, was appointed interim principal trumpet of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra for the 2015-16 season. Dr. Scott has performed as principal trumpet intermittently throughout his 15 year tenure with the orchestra.

Keith Ward, Director of the School of Music, will be one of three presenters in the conference session, "An Evolving Curriculum for the 21st Century: Innovation, Transformation, Adaptation." at the annual meeting of the National Association of Schools of Music in St. Louis, Missouri this November. At that same meeting he will be one of the presenters and facilitators for the pre-meeting workshop for new music administrators in higher education.

This past summer, Fred Winkler, affiliate artist, saxophone, performed William Walton's "
Facade" with the Bellingham Music Festival. In October he'll be performing with the Seattle Symphony on Kodaly's "Balletmusik" and in December he'll be performing with the Tacoma Youth Chorus. Here are three reviews that Fred was included in with the Seattle Symphony and Tacoma Symphony:  http://www.thenewstribune.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article37820271.html; http://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/augustin-hadelich-delivers-a-gilded-evening-with-sso/; and http://www.sgn.org/sgnnews42_51/page27.cfm

"10 Questions: An Interview with Joe Miller" by Director of Choral Activities, Steven Zopfi, has been accepted for publication in The Voice, official journal of chorus America. It will be published this Fall and an extended version of the article with interviews of conductors Grant Gershon, Craig Hella Johnson, and Ragnar Bohlin will be available on the Chorus America website. Steven "continues to bring excellence and energy" to the Portland Symphonic Choir, noted Oregon Artswatch in an Oct. 15 story about the choir's 70th anniversary reunion concert.

Kristen Murphy named to Collegiate Divisional Steering Committee

Kristen Murphy, the Director of Community Music, has been named as a member of the Collegiate Divisional Steering Committee by the National Guild for Community Arts Education.  The Collegiate Divisional Steering Committee is composed of a core group of leaders in the field who support the Ambassadors in selecting topics and planning activities for the network throughout the year. She was selected as a member who embodies "the vision and values of the Guild" and who has "the ability to serve as a leader and connector among peers."

Congratulations are in order

Ryan Schultz has been appointment to the position of Director of Educational Outreach and Partnershipswith the Music Center of the Northwest. Congratulations, Ryan!

Congratulations, Steven! This past summer Steven Zopfi was presented with the 2015 Outstanding Choral Director Award from the Washington state ACDA chapter. Steven was recognized for his work in "maintaining high performance and literature standards and for promoting choral music in the community."

School of Music Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

The School of Music welcomed a total of eight new faculty and staff this Fall:

Catherine Case, Affiliate Artist in Harp, completed her degrees at Oberlin (Bachelor of Music) and Rice (Master of Music).  She is Principal Harp for the 5th Avenue Theatre and substitute harpist for the Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Tacoma Symphony. 

Coltan Foster, Adjunct Instructor in Double Reed Techniques (Bassoon), is a recent graduate of Western Washington University.  In addition to being a freelance artist in the region, he is active in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras organization. 

Ellen George joins us as an Adjunct Instructor in Aural Skills.  She completed a Bachelor of Arts in piano performance at Wheaton College, Master of Arts in music ministry from Western Seminary, and a PhD in church music: musicology from the Southwestern School of Church Music. 

Rachel Hanusa is our new Music Admission Coordinator.  Her music degrees are from the University of Miami: Bachelor of Music in music business & entertainment industries and jazz trumpet, and a Master of Music in music education with a certificate in higher education administration/enrollment management. 

Jeff Lund is our new Affiliate Artist in Percussion.  His degrees are from Central Washington University (Bachelor of Music) and Central Michigan University (Master of Music).  Jeff also is an active freelance artist in the Pacific Northwest as well as a sponsored teacher and performing artist for the Marimba One Company.

Alistair MacRae, Artist in Residence in Cello and Chamber Music, has a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton, a Master of Music from Manhattan, and currently is ABD at the CUNY Graduate Center.  During summers he is on the faculty at Brevard.  His performing career has taken him throughout North America as well as to Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East. 

John McDonald will be teaching Music Recording Techniques (MUS 250).  John has a BA in English literature from Syracuse University and a specialized Associate degree in recording engineering from Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts.  Currently at Worktank Enterprises in Seattle, he has been active in the recording industry for twenty-four years.  In 2000 his work in sound mixing for Spin City earned him a Prime Time Emmy Award nomination. 

Wesley Schulz is the new Director of Orchestra.  He earned a Bachelor of Music from Ball State, a Master of Music from the University of Texas at Austin, and also a PhD from UT Austin.  He most recently was the conducting fellow at the Seattle Symphony.  In addition to his work at Puget Sound, he is the Music Director of the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle Festival Orchestra.  He also teaches at the Seattle Conservatory of Music.