2011-12 School of Music News
Steven Zopfi Conducts the Oregon Symphony
Steven Zopfi, director of choral activities, 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.
Christina Kowalski Featured in Skagit Opera
Christina Kowalski, affiliate artist of voice, performed the lead role in Puccini's opera, Tosca.
Adelphian Concert Choir to Perform at WMEA Conference in February 2012
The Adelphian Concert Choir, conducted by Steven Zopfi, has been selected to perform at the Washington Music Educator's Association Conference in Yakima. This year's conference celebrates the 75th Jubilee of WMEA. More than 1,000 music educators from around the state are expected to attend. The convention will include 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 will be 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.
Two New Publications by Geoffrey Block
Geoffrey Block, professor of music history, has two publications appearing in October. "Integration," will be 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 will chair 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 titled, "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
Dorian Singers to 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, has been 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 make 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.
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.
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 21st 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, 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 18th 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 was re-elected chairman of the board and president of the corporation of the World Harp Congress.