Geoffrey Block, Distinguished Professor of Music History, will be giving the preconcert talk "Beethoven at His Most Classical and Wittiest: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 8" for Seattle Symphony's Masterworks Series on September 22, 24, and 25. Dr. Block is the Author of two recent publications, Experiencing Beethoven: A Listener's Companion, published by Rowman & Littlefield, October 2016 and "Foreword" and Series Editor of Agnes de Mille: Telling Stories in Broadway Dance by Kara Anne Gardner, Oxford's Broadway Legacies, Oxford University Press, 2016.
On October 6, Gwynne Brown, Associate Professor of Music History and Music Theory, will be playing the piano for Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox's lecture-recital, "Singing the Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar" , supported by the Catharine Gould Chism Fund. This will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Kilworth Chapel. Free Admission. Dr. Brown will also be presenting as part of a panel titled "Experimenting with the Canon: New Approaches to the Music History Survey" at the national meeting of the American Musicological Society in Vancouver, BC on November 3.
Spring semester of 2016, J. Edmund Hughes, conductor of Chorale, adjudicated numerous Washington choral festivals, and directed both the Washington All-State Mixed Choir and the Arizona Regional All-State Choir. Dr. Hughes also had two compositions published, "They Little Ones" in both SATB and SA. This year he will again be adjudicating many Washington choral festivals and a four day choral festival in Clark County Nevada. In February he will be directing the Arizona Regional All-State Choir and in April he'll be directing "Requiem" by John Rutter in Carnegie Hall. In the spring he will have two compositions published, "Lullaby for a King" in both SATB and SA.
This summer Ryan Schultz, affiliate faculty artist, tuba and euphonium, attended the Carnegie Hall Music Educators Workshop in July. Over the course of four days, educators had the opportunity to engage with expert guest faculty on a range of topics including pedagogy and classroom practices. The Music Center sponsored Ryan's attendance for the workshop and he said "it was very worthwhile."
Judson Scott, affiliate artist, trumpet, will be conducting Brass Band Northwest at Old Town Park Tacoma at 4:30 on Saturday, September 17. He will also be performing the Capricorn Concerto by Samuel Barber with Shannon Spicciati, oboe, and Darrin Thaves, flute, accompanied by the Northwest Sinfonietta in concerts on November 11, 12, and 13.