2016-17 School of Music News

School of Music Faculty Summer Events

Geoffrey Block, Distinguished Professor of Music History, will be publishing an article of his, "Disney as Broadway Auteur: The Disney Versions of Broadway Musicals for Television in the Late 1990s and     Early 2000s," in The Disney Musical on Stage and Screen: Critical Approaches from "Snow White" to "Frozen" (Bloomsbury Metheun Drama, 2017). It will be coming out later this May or next month at the latest.

Catherine Case, Affiliate Artist, Harp, will be performing at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong this July. Catherine will be playing a world premiere chamber piece by a local Tacoma composer, Greg Youtz. She will also be giving a recital of works for Flute, Viola and Harp for the Second City Chamber Series on June 22 at the Lakewold Gardens in Lakewood, WA.

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.

Tracy Knoop, Director of Jazz Orchestra, will be performing with the Keith Henson Octet every 1st and 3rd Thursday at the B Sharp Coffee House from 8:00 to 10:00. On May 24 Tracy will be performing with Pete Christelieb Big Band at the B Sharp Coffee House.

Dawn Padula, Director of Vocal Studies, has advanced to compete in the National round of the Emerging Professionals category at the Classical Singer competition in Chicago, this May. While there, she will participate in a College Expo representing University of Puget Sound School of Music and will also give a master class to high school singers from around the country. Later in June, Dr. Padula will be the mezzo-soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with Varna International in concerts in Bulgaria with an international orchestra and a chorus comprised of members of the Adelphian Concert Choir and the Portland Symphonic Choir.

Keith Ward, Director of School of Music, will be attending college fairs in North Carolina and Michigan and will continue his service as President of The College Music Society.

Steven Zopfi, Kathryn Lehmann, Dawn Padula and Ryan Bede will be traveling to Bulgaria this summer to perform the Mozart Requiem with a professional orchestra. Steven, the conductor for this project, and members of the Portland Symphonic Choir and Adelphians from UPS will join with members of the choir from Liberty University in Virginia.  Kathryn is the Assistant Conductor and Dawn Padula and Ryan Bede will be soloists for this performance.  The Requiem will be performed in both Varna and Sofia, Bulgaria.

School of Music Student News

Members of the University of Puget Sound Flute Studio have been admitted to many summer programs and will study with flute professors from all over the country this summer:

  • Performance Majors Megan Reich '17, Chloe Upshaw '19, and Colin Babcock have been admitted to Professor Amy Porter's Anatomy of Sound Flute MC at the University of Michigan. 
  • Colin Babcock  '18 and Megan Reich '17  have been admitted to Jim Walker's Beyond the Masterclass in California.  
  • Performance Majors Emma Lenderink '20, Megan Reich '17 and Colin Babcock '18 have been admitted to several sessions of the Aria International Summer Academy in Massachusetts, and will be working with flutists Alexa Still, Bonita Boyd, Judith Mendenhall, Tara Helen O'Connor, Linda Toote, Marianne Gedigian, Jonathon Keeble, Donna Shin, and John Thorne. 
  • Chloe Upshaw '19 is planning on attending Boise State Passion Flute Masterclass with Professors Nicole Molumby, Jill Felber, Angelita Floyd and Claudia Anderson.   
  • Many members of the flute studio are planning on attending the National Flute Convention in Minneapolis.   Emma Lenderink '20, Megan Reich, '17, Chloe Upshaw '19 plan to join Meadow Poplawsky '19, who will be performing in the Collegiate Flute Choir, as winner of that competition.

Congratulations to all!

Melissa Meharg, ’17, music education, has won a Fulbright. Melissa will be teaching English in Hamburg Germany as well as hoping to combine some music-making/teaching into her activities there. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Megan Reich, ’17, flute performance and biology, being selected as the 2017 recipient of the President's Award for Academic Excellence.

Spring 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.

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.