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, 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, 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."
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.