2011-12 School of Music News

Music Student to be Featured in a Movie

Grace Youn ’13, a violin performance major, will have her violin cover of Katy Perry’s “Part of Me” featured in the new movie Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D that will be released July 5. To listen to Grace's other covers, please visit her YouTube Channel.

Happy 80th Anniversary, Adelphians!

The Adelphian Concert Choir, Puget Sound’s renowned choral ensemble, celebrates its 80th Anniversary during Homecoming & Family Weekend Oct. 26–28, 2012. All Adelphian alumni are invited to return to campus for a weekend of reminisces, rekindled friendships, and glorious music making. The choir’s alumni will be able to participate in a memorable concert with current Adelphians on Sunday, Oct. 28. Rehearsals will be held throughout the weekend, beginning on Thursday, Oct. 25. Join fellow Adelphians for this exciting reunion! The preregistration deadline has been extended to Sept. 1! Register now to ensure music packet, t-shirt, and brunch.

Philip Cutlip '88 Praised for Outstanding Performance

Alumnus Philip Cutlip received a positive review by Steve Smith in the February 13 edition of the New York Times.  Smith praised Cutlip's performance of Splendiano in a concert version of George Bizet's one-act opera, Djamileh with the American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein.  Cutlip “brought a robust voice and substantial charisma to the role…Liberties were taken in the translation, some of them positively wince-worthy.  Still, when Mr. Cutlip brightly proclaimed, ‘For once, the baritone is going to get the girl,’ it felt charmingly in character.”   

Requiro Pursuing an Active Performance Schedule

Cellist David Requiro, the Cordelia Wikarski Miedel Artist in Residence,  has enjoyed an active Spring performing in many venues and concert series nationally.  In February he played in two concerts by the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York City and, as part of the Rob Kapilow series, “What Makes It Great,” the Mendelssohn Octet with Concertante in Cerritos, California.  March took him back to the East coast for more performances with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, a performance with Concertante in Wilton, Connecticut (Schoenberg, Elgar, and Brahms), another of the Beethoven “Triple” concerto with the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra, participation in the Bach Cello Suite Marathon in Seattle, and a performance of the Brahms “Double” Concerto with the Canton Symphony Orchestra in Ohio.  April brings more concerts in New York with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, a performance in the Puget Sound Piano Trio at the Second City Chamber Music Series in Tacoma, a performance of the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, and performances of Saint-Saens’s A minor Cello Concerto  in Seattle, Tacoma, and Puyallup with the Northwest Sinfonietta.  In May he will be performing the Schubert Cello Quintet with the Alexander String Quartet in San Francisco, will participate in more concerts by the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York, and perform the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Christie Expands Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival

Tim Christie, affiliate artist of violin and Founder/Artistic Director of the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, expanded with tremendous success this year from its sixteen-day summer season to include a four-day Winter Chamber Music Festival in January, this year featuring Brooklyn New York's PROJECT Trio and Maria Sampen, Associate Professor of Violin, and Tim Christie.  A total of six events were scheduled over the four days of the festival.  All the performances were sold out, including those at the new Power House Theatre, a turn of the century gas works reborn as a replica of the Blackfriars Theatre in London. Total attendance of the four-day Festival topped 1,500.  In 2012 the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival enjoys its fifth successful season of programming.  This year the annual June Festival will run from June 7-22, 2012 and will feature 28 performances over 16 days. Tickets went on sale to the general public in March.

Faculty Active as Clinicians

In addition to active performance schedules, Puget Sound music faculty are in frequent demand as clinicians, master teachers, and adjudicators.  Four recent examples include Professors Maria Sampen, violin, Tanya Stambuk, piano, Dawn Padula, voice, and Gerard Morris, band. Sampen was a judge in the American String Teachers' Association (ASTA) Washington State Competition, the Music Teachers' National Association (MTNA) Competition in Alaska, and the King County Orchestra II Festival at Interlake High School.  She was the First Violin Coach for the Washington Music Educators Association Alll-State Symphony Orchestra at this year's WMEA convention in Yakima, and she gave master classes at the Univeristy of Alaska and for both the Snohomish and Clark County chapters of MTNA.  Stambuk gave master classes in Vancouver and Squamish, British Columbia, and is scheduled to give master classes in late April as part of the Finisterra trio's concerts in Seattle and their upcoming tour in California.  Padula presented a master class focusing on presentation, diction, musicality at California State University-Bakersfield.  She also adjudicated the biennial National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award (NATSAA) Regional Finals held at the University of Washington.  This May she will present her lecture entitled, Discovering a Language of Communication Between Female Voice Teachers and Male Students Regarding Registration Negotiation and Passaggio, to the Puget Sound Chapter of NATS. In addition to more than half of a dozen clinics on campus, Morris has given clinics at Stadium, Peninsula, Mount Tahoma, and Ballard high schools.  He also has adjudicated at the Snohomish-King County Band Festival, Valley Region High School Large Group Festival, Commencement Bay Music Educators Assoc. Band Festivals high school and middle school), Commencement Bay Music Educators Assoc Band Festival, and Northlake Band Festival.

Students Awarded Summer Research Grants

Three Puget Sound music majors were named Chism Research Scholars for summer 2012. These competitive awards are given to students through a process that includes a thorough review process by a faculty committee.  This year approximately half of the applicants received an award. The three winners from the School of Music are Jillian Andersen, Mark Janzer, and Joseph Bozich.  Their topics, respectively, are “Questions of Authorship in Josquin and Mozart: Documentary versus Stylistic Evidence,” “Uncharted Progress: A Musical Analysis of the Elements and Evolution of Rap,” and “Electric Horizons: Advancing the Wind Band in Art Music.”

Lo Còr de la Plana Visits Campus

On Tuesday, March 20, Professor Brown’s Music of the World’s Peoples course was visited by Lo Còr de la Plana, a five-manmusical group from the southern French town of Marseille. They performed half a dozen songs in the regional language of Occitan, accompanying their exciting vocal polyphony with drums, tambourines, clapping, and stomping. In between songs they answered questions from students and shared insights about French culture beyond Paris.  That evening they gave a public performance to a wildly enthusiastic crowd in Schneebeck Concert Hall. 

Puget Sound Vocalists Winners of Tahoma NATS College/Adult Adjudications

Eight students from the vocal studio of Dawn Padula, Director of Vocal Studies, took away honors at the Tahoma NATS College/Adult Adjudications on March 3, 2012. First Place winners included John Lampus, Madison Genovese, and Shani Cohen for College I Male Classical, College I Female Musical Theater, and College II Female Classical, respectively.  Patrick Schneider took Second Place in College II Male Classical, and Brian Hoffmeister and Ariel Downs placed third in their divisions (College II Male Classical and College II Female Classical).  Genovese took a second honor with Fourth Place in College II Female Classical.  Jordon Eade took Fourth Place in College I Female Classical, and Sam Faustine placed fourth in the College II Male Classical division.

Students Win and Place in Competitions

Puget Sound students have been garnering awards recently in local and national competitions.  Chet Baughman, saxophone, and Grace Youn, violin, took first and second in the Beatrice Herrmann Young Artist Competition.  Baughman, along with Joseph Bozich, were two members of a saxophone ensemble from Puget Sound that took third in the national finals of the Music Teachers National Association chamber music competition, this year held in New York City. 

Performances of Hutchinson Compositions

Robert Hutchinson had four performances, including two residencies, this spring. His “Blues and Rhythm Changes” for alto saxophone and bassoon was performed at Pacific Lutheran University on February 27 by members of their faculty. On March 4, the Tacoma Youth Symphony and violinist Maria Sampen premiered the orchestral version of his “Concerto for Amplified Violin and Orchestra.” Later in March, Hutchinson was composer in residence at California State University at Bakersfield, where “As the Blue Night Descends Upon the World” for wind ensemble was performed, and in April he was composer in residence at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where “The Slow Voyage Through Night” for symphonic band was performed.

Smokestack Arias, composed by Wayne Horvitz featured, at ACT Theatre.

Smokestack Arias, a song cycle composed by Wayne Horvitz, jazz band director, with text by Robyn Holcomb, was performed February 2 through 12 at Act Theatre in Seattle.  Inspired by historical events in Pacific Northwest history, the song cycle featured soprano voice, piano and electronics.

Puget Sound Hosted a Conducting Symposium, with Special Guest, Allan McMurray.

Held from January 13 through 16, the Puget Sound Conducting Symposium brought together music educators from the region to work with guest clinician Allan McMurray (University of Colorado) and Gerard Morris, Director of Bands at Puget Sound.  

Christina Kowalski Performs with Skagit Opera.

Christina Kowalski, Affiliate Artist in Voice, performed lead role in Skagit Opera's production of Elixir of Love, February 3 through 5 at McIntyre Hall in Mount Vernon, Washington.  Christina also performed the lead role in Puccini's opera, Tosca, with the Skagit Opera.  For a review, please see Entertainment News NW.

Libby Quam Featured in Final Round of the Classical Singer Magazine Vocal Competition

Puget Sound alumna Libby Quam '11 won the first round in the Classical Singer Magazine Competition at Portland State University, graduate category.  She will perform in the final round of the competition on Friday, May 25 in Chicago.

Brown Awarded Summer Research Grant

Professor Gwynne Brown was awarded a Martin Nelson summer research award from Puget Sound.  She will conduct research in the William Levi Dawson Collection at the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Books Library at Emory University.  She is in the process of writing the first scholarly monograph on Dawson (1899-1990), a composer Brown describes as "a marvelous and highly influential African-American composer and choir director, notably at the Tuskegee Institute."  Brown also wrote an essay on the Gershwin opera, Porgy and Bess, for a collection titled Blackness in Opera.  The collection will be available from the University of Illinois Press in March.

Latif Bolat Visits the School of Music

Latif Bolat, a gifted performer and expert on ancient Turkish mystic devotional music, visited campus on November 16. After delivering guest lectures in music history and religious studies classes during the day, he gave an evening performance that included singing, instrumental music, poetry, dance, storytelling, audience participation, and visuals from his native Turkey

Performance Faculty Active as Studio Musicians

In addition to being members of professional ensembles in the Puget Sound region, such as the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera orchestra, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, affiliate artists are also active broadly in the vibrant musical life of the Seattle-Tacoma region.  Their activities include work as studio musicians, as in the recording of the twenty-fifth anniversary of music from the video game, The Legend of Zelda.  In this clip see Rodger Burnett (horn), Paul Rafanelli (bassoon), Dan Williams (oboe), and Gunnar Folsom (percussion). 

Dawn Padula Featured in Concerts and Events

Dawn Padula, Director of Vocal Studies, was the featured mezzo-soprano soloist in both Vivaldi's Introduzione et Gloria, RV. 639 and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with the Seattle Bach Choir on Sunday, November 20, at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Seattle. Professor Padula also performed a solo recital in celebration of the Cabaret with pianist Denes Van Parys on the Second City Chamber Series Spotlight Concerts on Sunday, January 8 at the First Lutheran Church of Tacoma.  More information may be found at Second City Chamber Series website.  Finally, Professor Padula presented a lecture to the Tahoma chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) on Saturday, November 19, on the Puget Sound campus (music building, room L6).  Her lecture was titled “Discovering a Language of Communication Between Female Voice Teachers and Male Students Regarding Instruction in Registration Negotiation and Passaggio.”

Adelphian Concert Choir Perform at WMEA Conference in February 2012.

The Adelphian Concert Choir, conducted by Steven Zopfi, was selected to perform at the Washington Music Educator's Association Conference in Yakima.  This year's conference celebrates the 75th Jubilee of WMEA. The convention included more than 100 educational sessions, 30 performing groups, 80 exhibitors, and more than 1,600 students in the WMEA All-State honor groups.  The Adelphians were chosen by audition and were featured on Saturday's 4:15 concert hour.  The Adelphian Concert Choir was founded in 1932 and has been recognized as one of the most acclaimed ensembles in the Northwest.

Steven Zopfi Conducts the Oregon Symphony.

Steven Zopfi, Director of Choral Activities, recently conducted the Oregon Symphony and the Portland Symphonic Choir in a performance of Igor Stravinsky's iconic, Symphony of Psalms.  The performance also featured Stravinsky's little-known Chorale Variaton's on Bach's Von Himmel Hoch, Beethove's Choral Fantasy, and Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 1.  This is the second time Zopfi has been invited to conduct the Oregon Symphony.  He is the first Portland Symphonic Choir director to be invited to conduct the orchestra.  Read about the performance in Oregon Music News.

Two New Publications by Geoffrey Block

Geoffrey Block, Professor of Music History, had two publications appear in October. "Integration," was published in The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical, edited by Raymond Knapp, Mitchell Morris, and Stacy Wolf. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. "Is life a cabaret? Cabaret and its sources in reality and the imagination," will be published in Studies in Musical Theatre 5/2 (2011). To learn more about these and more of Dr. Block's publications, visit his blog.

Professor Block also chaired a panel on "Researching Broadway Legacies" at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in San Fransisco on November 11, 2011.

Pat Krueger Contributes a Chapter to the Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music

 Pat Krueger, Professor of Music Education, is contributing a chapter entitled, "Doing Ethnographic Research in Music Education" for the 2012 publication of the Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music, Colleen Conway, Editor.

Music Education Graduates Placed in School Districts

The music education program enjoyed another year of placing all of its graduates into jobs.  All music education students who completed the Bachelor of Music in Music Education/Master of Arts in Teaching program during the past two years have full-time, permanent positions.  They include Justin Ehli, Peninsula High School (band); Chris Burns, Bethel Schools, Grades 5-12 (orchestra); Jessica Harris, Mt. View Middle School (band); Max Karler, Mount Tahoma High School (band); and Kevin Shintaku, Gregory Heights Elementary School.

Dorian Singers Perform at ACDA Northwest Regional Convention

The Dorian Singers, an auditioned, all-female chamber choir and one of four choral ensembles in the School of Music, were selected to perform at the Northwest Regional American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Convention in Seattle in March 2012. Conducted by Dr. Anne Lyman, The Dorians made their first ACDA appearance as the only collegiate female choral ensemble chosen from the state of Washington.  Now in their second decade, the Dorians are engaged in many activities on and off campus, including serving as hosts of the annual Northwest High School Women’s Choral Festival. In recent years they have participated in exchanges with area colleges, and in 2010 they were featured on the Society of Composers Regional Conference.

Judson Scott Appointed Position of Artistic Director for Brass Band Northwest

Judson Scott, affiliate artist in trumpet, has been appointed the position of Artistic Director for Brass Band Northwest, a Bellevue, Washington-based community ensemble which performs five concert cycles each season.  Brass Band Northwest also hosts the Northwest Brass Band Festival, an international event which brings together bands from Vancouver to San Francisco to work with brass giants such as Allen Vizzutti and Sam Pilafian.  In November the ensemble will release a new CD of Christmas music under the direction of Dr. Scott.

Students Complete Summer Research Projects

Three School of Music students are completing projects that were funded by Puget Sound summer research grants. These competitive awards offer students the opportunity to engage in independent research projects during the summer that are supported by faculty mentoring. This past summer Lukas Perry, working with Professor Geoffrey Block, undertook a project titled "From Modality to Tonality: The Reformulation of Harmony and Structure in Seventeenth-Century Music," in which he explored the origins of tonality. Joe Bozich, under the guidance of Professor Robert Hutchinson, pursued a project titled "The DH and the Orchestra:Fusing Art Music and Popular Music," in which he wrote and orchestrated a concerto for baritone saxophone, small orchestra, and DJ.  Matt Zavortink  undertook a project titled, "The Influence and Application of Eastern Philosophy in the Western Musical Tradition."  Matt's research focused on the connection between the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer and the composer Richard Wagner, as is evident in Wagner's opera, Tristan und Isolde.  He also composed a work for the University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble related to this research.

Faculty Return after Busy Summers

Rodger Burnett, Affiliate Artist in horn, performed in the orchestra in the Bellingham Festival of Music and also in the summer series of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Christophe Chagnard, Orchestra Conductor, formed a new Gypsy Jazz Quartet, "Panache," and prepared revisions to his composition, Opre Roma!, which will be featured on a tour of Cuba by the Northwest Sinfonietta in January 2012 as well as in a Lake Union Civic Orchestra (LUCO) concert in February 2012.

Gunnar Folsom, Affiliate Artist in percussion, was on the faculty of the Marrowstone Music Festival.

Pat Krueger, Professor of Music Education, is contributing a chapter entitled, "Doing Ethnographic Research in Music Education" for the 2012 publication of the Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music, Colleen Conway, Editor. She volunteers at the Grant Elementary School for the Performing Arts, 2008-11, serves on the editorial board for the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, and serves on the selection committee for the annual Outstanding Dissertation Award in American Music Education.

Anne Lyman, Choral Conductor, presented a paper, "The Pious Mr. Philips and the Court of Albert and Isabella", at the conference, Musical, Cultural, and Religious Networks in Early Modern Europe: In Celebration of Peter Philips's 450th Anniversary, held at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.  She also recently won a grant through the Tacoma Arts Commission to produce the "Tacoma Early Music Media Project," a collaborative early music concert, which will be performed in Tacoma in September 2012.

Gerard Morris, Director of Bands, was a guest conductor for the Bethel School District Band Festival. Also this Summer, he taught in a summer music camp for the Denver Metro Area, and he represented Puget Sound at the Aspen Music Festival College Day. At the end of September, Mr. Morris was a guest lecturer at the University of North Carolina New Music Festival; he gave a presentation on the life and work of Edgard Varese, as well as a masterclass on conducting Varese's works to the undergraduate and graduate conducting studios.

Jennifer Nelson, Affiliate Artist in clarinet, played bass clarinet and tenor sax in the Seattle Opera's production of Porgy and Bess

Elizabeth Paterson, Instructor in bassoon, became a member of the Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra in Portland.  She also now serves as Treasurer for the Tacoma Alumni chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, the professional music fraternity.

Joyce Ramee, Affiliate Artist in viola, presented her twenty-first Max Aronoff Viola Institute Music Festival in June.  Ms. Ramee co-founded the Max Aronoff Viola Institute (MAVI) with Puget Sound graduate Charles Noble ‘90.  The annual MAVI Festival draws viola students from throughout the United States to the Pacific Northwest for a study retreat and professional concert series given by Festival faculty.  Since the first MAVI Festival in 1991 more than 850 musicians have trained at MAVI.

David Requiro, the Cordelia Wikarski Miedel Artist in Residence in cello, was an artist faculty member at five different music festivals: Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, Center Stage Strings Music Camp in Three Rivers, California; Crowden Summer String Program in Berkeley, California; Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, and the Olympic Music Festival in Olympia, Washington. 

Douglas Rice, Affiliate Artist in guitar, adjudicated regional and state solo and ensemble contests for Washington Music Educators’ Association.  

Maria Sampen, Associate Professor of Violin, and Tim Christie, Affiliate Artist in violin, completed their fourth summers on the faculty of the Brevard Music Center.  Christie also enjoyed his fourth successful summer as founder, artistic director, and performer in the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival.  Other faculty participating in the festival were Maria Sampen and David Requiro

Ryan Schultz, Dan Williams, and Gunnar Folsom, Affiliate Artists in tuba and euphonium, oboe, and percussion, respectively, were members of the faculty at the Midsummer Musical Retreat in Walla Walla, Washington. 

Tanya Stambuk, Professor in Piano, was an artist teacher for the Perugia Music Festival in Perugia, Italy.

Denes van Parys, Staff Accompanist, completed his eighteenth summer as Musical Director for Camp Starlight in Starlight, Pennsylvania. 

Fred Winkler, Affiliate Artist in saxophone, was a guest soloist with the Seattle Chamber Players.  He also premiered the alto saxophone concerto, “Bat Out of Hell,” by Paul Richards with the Tacoma Concert Band and performed in the pit orchestra in a production of Wizard of Oz by the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater

Pat Wooster, Affiliate Artist in harp, served as judge for the Young Professional and Intermediate II divisions in the American Harp Society’s National Harp Competition.  At the World Harp Congress meeting in Vancouver, Canada, she chaired meetings of the Corporation and its Board of Directors, the Congress Exhibitors, and the general membership meeting.  She also was re-elected Chairman of the Board and President of the Corporation of the World Harp Congress.