2016-17 School of Music News

Spring and Summer 2017 Activities of School of Music Faculty

Geoffrey Block, Distinguished Professor of Music History, will be a guest on KING-FM's "Musical Chairs" hosted by Michael Brooks on February 3 at 7:00 p.m., after which it will be permanently archived on KING-FM.org. The subject will be Professor Block's recent book, Experiencing Beethoven: A Listener's Companion. The book received a full page review in the Tacoma News Tribune on October 28, 2016 and was also reviewed in the Seattle Times on December 25, 2016. In late February, Dr. Block's book "Schubert's Reputation from His Time to Ours, Monographs in Musicology series" by Pendragon Press will be published. Dr. Block will also be on the After-Show Talk on Gypsy at the Tacoma Little Theatre at 8:00 p.m.

Karla Flygare, Affiliate Artist, Flute and Piccolo, has been asked to teach at the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy this summer. Karla accepted this festival because she will work with students of her own choosing for lessons, masterclasses and chamber music, as well as interacting with the other teachers who will be there. She will be teaching in Session Two, in Acqui Terme, Italy along with some other exciting teachers.

The Puget Sound Trio: Maria Sampen, violin; Alistair MacRae, cello; Tanya Stambuk, piano will be  performing on the Second City Chamber Series on February 17 at 7:30 p.m. in The Great Hall of Annie Wright School, Tacoma. The Trio will be performing the works by Mendelssohn and Shostakovich as well as a former student, Alexandra ("Lexi") Bryant who was a music major and a violin student at Puget Sound.

School of Music Hosts Tahoma Chapter NATS

On, Saturday, January 28, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) student auditions were held on campus. There were 204 entries in 19 divisions ranging from high school classical and musical theatre to collegiate classical and musical theatre and adult divisions. 12 Puget Sound Students entered, and 9 of them either won or placed in their divisions. Congratulations to: 1st Place Winner's Patrick Zimmerman, Hailey Hyde, Michael Stahl, and Melissa Young; 2nd Place Winner's Max Tapogna and Emily Laliotis; 3rd Place Winner Danielle Rogers; and Honorable Mention to Mandy Apa and Sheri-Ann Nishiyama.

Faculty Involvement Summer and Fall 2016

Geoffrey Block, Distinguished Professor of Music History, is the Author of two recent publications, Experiencing Beethoven: A Listener's Companion, published by Rowman & Littlefield, out in 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 November 29 Dr. Block will be serving as a Kluge Fellowship Panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities at the Library of Congress.

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.

Gerard Morris, Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music, was recognized with the Exemplary Teacher Award by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church. Dr. Morris was also the recipient of the President's Excellence in Teaching Award. Earlier this fall he completed a residency at the American Community School, Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (taught ensembles, offered two lectures, and hosted a conducting clinic).

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.

Keith Ward, Director of the School of Music, will be a co-presenter this November in a workshop for new music administrators at the national meeting of the National Association of Schools of Music, this year to be held in Dallas, Texas. He recently completed eleven months of service as part of the national search committee seeking a new executive director for the College Music Society.