2010-11 News

Puget Sound Choirs and Orchestra Perform Beethoven

The combined Puget Sound Choirs and Symphony Orchestra perform the finale of of Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with student vocal soloists, professor Duane Hulbert, pianist, and conductor Steven Zopfi.

View a video of the performance.

Geoffrey BlockGeoffrey Block Interviewed on Australian Radio

On March 17, 2011, Professor Geoffrey Block was interviewed on Margaret Throsby’s live weekday morning music and arts program broadcast nationally on ABC (Australian Broadcast Corporation) Classic FM, Australia’s premier radio network.  The interview appeared in connection with a forthcoming national Australian tour of the music of the popular British musical theater composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, and The Phantom of the Opera).  In the interview Block discusses the reasons behind Lloyd Webber’s controversial critical status and his place in the Broadway pantheon. Block explores his ideas on Lloyd Webber further in a new chapter on the composer in the second edition of Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from “Show Boat” to Sondheim and Lloyd Webber (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Dr. Block's March 17, 2011 interview on Andrew Lloyd Webber on ABC Classic FM (Australian Broadcast Corporation).

Puget Sound Saxophone QuartetPuget Sound Saxophone Quartet Competes in MTNA Chamber Music Competition

The Puget Sound Saxophone Quartet featuring Chet Baughman '11, Joe Bozich '13, Michael Volz '12, Laura Strong '13 and Thomas Crouch '11, competed in the national finals for the MTNA Chamber Music Competition on March 26th in Milwaukee, WI. The ensemble won state competition and then won the regional competition that sent them to Milwaukee to compete against top students in the nation. It was a great honor and achievement for the group and their coach, Professor Fred Winkler.

Margaret Shelton '11Music Student Margaret Shelton Awarded Prestigious Watson Fellowship

A trip around the world—to pursue the true story of the harp and to explore the art of human contortionism—is what lies ahead for two talented young women emerging from studies at University of Puget Sound. Margaret Shelton ’11, a senior student, and Jacqueline Ward ’10, a recent graduate, have been awarded the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which will give them each $25,000 to pursue 12 months of travel and independent research starting this summer.

Shelton and Ward are among 40 awardees nationwide, chosen from 148 finalists nominated by select private liberal arts colleges and universities. Puget Sound was one of only two colleges in the Northwest to see its students honored with the award, and one of only three from the West Coast.

Read more about the two awardees and the Watson Fellowship.

David RequiroDavid Requiro to tour with Antipodes String Trio in New Zealand

Artist in Residence David Requiro will be touring with Antipodes String Trio in New Zealand March 12-20. The tour opens in Warkworth followed by recitals in Waikanae, Gisborne, Whakatane, Putaruru, and Tauranga.

For more information check out the tour website.

Geoffrey BlockGeoffrey Block, Series Editor for Oxford's "Broadway Legacies"

As Series Editor for Oxford University Press’s new series Broadway Legacies, Distinguished Professor of Music Geoffrey Block wrote Forewords to the three inaugural volumes. The first two appeared in July 2010: Jim Lovensheimer’s “South Pacific”: Paradise Rewritten and Charlotte Greenspan’s Pick Yourself Up: Dorothy Fields and the American Musical. The third volume, Philip Lambert’s To Broadway, To Life!: The Musical Theater of Bock and Harnick, was published  in November 2010.  For the past seven years Professor Block has also served as General Editor for the Yale Broadway Masters series and most recently wrote the Foreword for Larry Starr’s George Gershwin, the seventh volume in the series, also released in November 2010.

Dawn PadulaDawn Padula teaches in China in August 2011

Dawn Padula, Director of Vocal Studies, will serve on the faculty of the China Yunnan Opera Festival in Kunming City, China in August of 2011.  The two-week intensive vocal program will prepare both graduate and undergraduate students via private lessons, master classes and staging rehearsals for opera scenes performances with orchestra at the close of the Festival.  Joining her will be other faculty from the University of Notre Dame, The Ohio State University, Wheaton College, Trinity University, TongHai University, the Yunnan University of Arts (China), and the Univ. of Texas at San Antonio.