2009-10 News

Finisterra TrioTanya Stambuk performs at Nordstrom Recital Hall

Tanya Stambuk’s Finisterra Trio performs Sunday February 20 at 5 p.m. in Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall in Seattle for the “Winter Nights 2011” concert. For more information visit the Russian Chamber Music of Seattle's facebook page.

Maria Sampen and Tim ChristieViolin Professors Featured in Tacoma News Tribune

Professors of Violin Maria Sampen and Tim Christie were featured in The News Tribune's Soundlife sharing the value of a husband-and-wife team working at home and on stage.

Maria SampenPerformances by Maria Sampen

Professor of Violin Maria Sampen performed in December with the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis, Tennessee.  In January she will be one of the guest artists as a member of Brave New Works, a new music ensemble that will be in a week-long residency at Oklahoma State University.  This March Brave New Works also will be the guest ensemble for the Tutti Festival at Denison University in Ohio.

Daron Hagen albumTanya Stambuk Recording on NPR “5 Best” List

NPR has named their "5 Best American Contemporary Classical Albums Of 2010," including one featuring Professor of Piano Tanya Stambuk and her Finisterra Trio performing Daron Hagen's "Complete Piano Trios." Read More

Dawn PadulaDawn Padula to Perform at Trinity University

 Dawn Padula, Director of Vocal Studies, will return to Texas this December for a series of performances and a master class at Trinity University in San Antonio.  In addition to being a featured visiting artist for their annual Christmas Vespers performance, she will also sing a joint recital with Dr. Chia-Wei Lee, baritone, Associate Professor of Voice at Trinity, and will give a master class for the vocal majors.  Dr. Lee will then join Dr. Padula on the Puget Sound campus for a joint recital on January 28, and a master class for the voice majors on January 26.  Later in December, Dr. Padula will return to Houston, Texas, where she will be the alto soloist in three performances of Handel’s Messiah at the Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Wind EnsembleWind Ensemble to tour Colorado

The University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble, conducted by Gerard Morris, is touring Colorado Jan. 9-13 giving a series of public performances in six different cities. The ensemble and smaller student chamber groups will be performing repertoire including Shostakovich's "Festive Overture," Wagner's "Trauermusik," Milhaud's "Suite Française," Verne Reynolds' "Scenes," Carter Pann's elegant "Bach Buch," and the scintillating "Las Vegas Raga Machine" by Alejandro Rutty, first performed by the wind ensemble during the Society of Composers Conference at Puget Sound last March. Admission is complimentary.

Tour Schedule
Sunday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m. Summit High School. Frisco, Colo.
Monday, Jan. 10, 7 p.m. Arvada West High School. Arvada, Colo.
Tuesday, Jan. 11, 8 a.m. Cherry Creek High School. Greenwood Village, Colo.
Wednesday, Jan. 12, 11:25 a.m. Cheyenne Mountain High School. Colorado Springs, Colo.
Thursday, Jan. 13, 12:30 p.m. University of Colorado. Boulder, Colo.
Thursday, Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m. Loveland High School. Loveland, Colo.

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Gwynne BrownGwynne Brown Presents Paper to American Musicological Association

Gwynne Brown, Assistant Professor of Music History and Theory, presented her paper, "Keeping the Spirituals Alive: Eva Jessye and Jester Hairston," at the national meeting of the American Musicological Association in Indianapolis. Recently, Dr. Brown also contributed a revised entry on Eva Jessye for the second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music, a scholarly reference resource accessible via Oxford Music Online.

Keith WardNew Book by Keith Ward Published

For the Parlor and the Concert Stage: A Guide to Recent Collections of American Piano Music from the Classic and Romantic Eras, by Keith Ward, Director of the School of Music, has been published by Pendragon Press. 

A review in January 2011 in Choice magazine notes that Professor Ward “has expertly assembled the piano literature of notable American composers and their works, from Colonial times through the 19th century.” It describes the book as “an important work for anyone researching and studying early American piano music.”

Duane HulbertDuane Hulbert to Perform

Professor of Piano Duane Hulbert will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #4 with the Tacoma Community College Symphony under John Falskow on Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. at Tacoma Community College. He will also be performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Puget Sound Trio (Maria Sampen (violin), David Requiro (cello), and Duane Hulbert (piano)) and the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Christophe Chagnard on Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Schneebeck Concert Hall.

Tanya StambukTanya Stambuk Premieres Hagen Piano Concerto

Professor of Piano Tanya Stambuk will premiere Daron Hagen's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with the Yakima Symphony on Oct. 16, 2010. Stambuk has a longstanding collaboration with the composer, having recorded all of his piano trios with the Finisterra Trio for the Naxos label. Additionally, the Finisterra Trio will be performing new works and standards from the repertoire at The Seasons Fall Festival in Yakima.

David RequiroDavid Requiro Performs with the Seattle Symphony

Artist in Residence David Requiro will perform Osvaldo Golijov's Mariel for cello and orchestra with the Seattle Symphony on Oct. 22, 2010.

Caminos del Inka: A Musical Journey Through the Inca Trail

Wayne HorovitzWayne Horvitz Joins Puget Sound as Director of Jazz Band Fall 2010

Wayne Horvitz, acclaimed composer, pianist, and keyboardist, who has performed around the globe and collaborated with some fo the top names in jazz, joins Puget Sound School of Music as director of the Jazz Band Fall 2010. Appearing on more than 50 recordings, Horvitz is a prolific artist who has performed with, recorded with, or produced records for musicians including Billy Bang, Marty Ehrlich, Bill Frisell, Carla Bley, Robin Holcomb, Butch Morris, Bobby Previte, Michael Shrieve, Eddie Palmieri, John Zorn, Elliott Sharp, the World Saxophone Quartet, Human Feel, and The Living Daylights.

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David Requiro joins Puget Sound Faculty Fall 2010

David Requiro, a celebrated young American cellist with a string of international awards to his name, joins Puget Sound as the Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel Artist in Residence with the School of Music Fall 2010. Requiro (pronounced Re-keer-oh) was the recipient of the first prize in the 2008 Walter W. Naumburg INternational Violoncello Competition in New York City. He took the top honor in the National Symphony Orchestra Young Soloists' Competition in Washington, D.C. (2008), and the Washington International and Irving M. Klein International string competitions (2006), among others. In Japan he captured a top prize at the Gaspar Cassado International Violoncello Competition, and was recognized for giving the best performances of works by Cassado.

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Four Music Students Awarded 2010 Summer Research Awards

Four music majors won summer research awards this year. Puget Sound offers these competitive awards so that selected students may undertake a research project under the mentoring of a faculty member. This year the music students who won awards include Joseph Bozich '13 (project title: "The Relevant Jazz Band: Advancing the Big Band for All People in the Modern Age"), Jay Herman '11 ("White Christmas': A Jewish Songwriter's New Approach to Ethnicity and the Beginning of a New Genre in Popular Music"), Elizabeth Newton '11 ("Between the Bars: Exploring the Musical Language of Elliott Smith"), and Melanie Reiff '12 ("A Study of Political Theory and Jazz History through the Music of Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, and Charles Mingus").  The students will present the results of their research to the campus community in the fall.

Tribute to Retiring Faculty Member Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel

The 200th anniversary of the birth of Robert Schumann will be celebrated with a Jacobsen Concert at University of Puget Sound, featuring fourd distinctive works by the German composer. The public concert is a tribute to Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel, the German-born cellist, who has dazzled audiences worldwide and has given the Northwest some of its most memorable performances over the past three decades. Wikarski-Miedel will retire from her position as Northwest Artist in Residence at the University of Puget Sound at the end of the school year in May. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 9, in Schneebeck Concert Hall. More information

Dawn PadulaDawn Padula to perform in Cleveland's Severance Hall

Director of Vocal Studies Dawn Padula will perform the mezzo-soprano solos in Mozart's Requiem at Cleveland's Severance Hall with the Kent State University Chorale and Orchestra this upcoming May. The performance will be under the direction of Scott MacPherson, Director of Choral Activities at Kent State University. Prior to the Severance Hall performance, there will also be a performance on the Kent State University campus' Carol A. Cartwright Hall.

Rob HutchinsonPuget Sound to Host SCI Conference

Under the direction of Professor Rob Hutchinson, The School of  Music hosted the 2010 Society of Composers, Inc., Region VIII Conference.  Seven concerts were held during the two-day conference on March 5-6. Forty-two composers throughout the nation had compositions selected for performance by University of Puget Sound students and faculty. Compositions ranged in size from solo pieces to full orchestra. Participating University of Puget Sound ensembles include the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Adelphian Concert Choir, Dorian Singers, Percussion Ensemble, and Clarinet Choir. Composer Carter Pann from the University of Colorado was the featured guest composer, whose residency is supported by a Matthew Norton Clapp Visiting Artist grant. The guest ensemble was the Brave New Works String Quartet, featuring Puget Sound’s own Maria Sampen and Tim Christie.

Gwynne BrownBrown recipient of Mellon Junior Sabbatical Fellowship

This spring, as a recipient of a Mellon Junior Sabbatical Fellowship, music history and theory professor Gwynne Brown is working on a book exploring how African-American choral directors arranged, performed, and interpreted black spirituals in the 20th century. Her research will take her to archives and special collections at the University of Michigan, Emory University, and the Library of Congress. There she will investigate published and unpublished scores, correspondence, and other writings by musicians including Eva Jessye, the first choral director for George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, and Jester Hairston, the composer of "Amen".

AdelphiansAdelphian Concert Choir Heads to the Golden State

The Adelphian Concert Choir is touring California March 13-17, giving a series of public performances in three cities. The ensemble will present a collection of classic masterpieces and contemporary compositions at venues in Los Altos Hills, Santa Barbara, and Newport Beach. Admission is complimentary.

The Adelphian Concert Choir, led by conductor Steven Zopfi, is composed of vocally talented Puget Sound students, many of whom anticipate careers in music. The 2010 spring tour will include folk songs such as Nelly Bly, religious and gospel works by Morten Lauridsen, Charles Wood, and Trond Kverno, the Scottish lullaby Hush-a-ba-birdie, arranged by Lee Kessleman, and master works by Felix Mendelssohn and Wolfgang Mozart. The performers will be accompanied by Puget Sound piano student Lindsay Fuson.

Tour Schedule
Saturday, March 13, 7:30 p.m. Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Avenue, Los Altos, Calif.
Monday, March 15, 7 p.m. First United Methodist Chruch, 305 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, Calif.
Tuesday, March 16, 7:30 p.m.  St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 2200 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Newport Beach, Calif.


Zopfi CD

Steven Zopfi Releases CD with Portland Symphonic Choir

The Portland Symphonic Choir released its 3rd recording, Rachmaninoff’s “All Night Vigil,” in 2009. Steven Zopfi, who has directed the choir since 2004, directs the mysterious and rich a capella Vespers, often called Rachmaninoff’s finest work. The CD is available through the Portland Symphonic Choir office at 503.223.1217, and at performances throughout the season. The choir, founded in 1945, is the resident choir for the Portland Symphony and has toured extensively, performing in Belgium, Germany, France, Estonia, Russia, Australia, and the Czech Republic.

Teaching MusicPat Krueger Interviewed in Teaching Music

Pat Krueger, Professor of Music Education at the University of Puget Sound was interviewed by editor Mac Randall about professional development for music teachers for an article in Teaching Music, January, 2010, 17(4), 39-41, a publication of Music Educators National Conference.

Maria SampenMaria Sampen Concerto Performance

Maria Sampen performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Southwest Washington Symphony on January 24 at 3 p.m. at the Rose Center for the Arts in Longview, Washington. Professor Sampen will perform the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Washington-Idaho Symphony on April 10 and 11.

Geoffrey BlockNew Edition of Block's Acclaimed Books on Musicals

The second edition of Geoffrey Block's Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from "Show Boat" to Sondheim and Lloyd Webber was released in October by Oxford University Press. The second edition of this critically acclaimed work includes a greatly expanded chapter on Sondheim, a new character on Lloyd Webber, and two new chapters on the film adaptations of the main musicals featured in the text. Also discussed are Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, Carousel, and Show Boat.

School of Music Faculty and Alumni in Seattle Opera's Production of Wagner's Ring

Every four years the Seattle Opera mounts a summer production of the Ring der Niebelungen, Richard Wagner's remarkable four-opera cycle and definitive work in the transformation of nineteenth-century opera. The Seattle Opera is one of the few opera companies in the nation able to perform the complete, 15-hour cycle. As in the past, members of the School of Music community are part of the successful production. Faculty members Karla Flygare (flute), Dan Williams (oboe), Jennifer Nelson (clarinet), Paul Rafanelli (bassoon), and Rodger Burnett (horn) are members of the orchestra. Alumni Kyung Sun Chee '91 (violin) and Ryan Bede '05 (chorus) also are part of this year's performance.

Maria SampenTwo Puget Sound String Faculty Active as Recording Artists, Artists in Residence, and Entrepreneurship

A new recording released last Fall by the contemporary ensemble Brave New Works of quintets by William Bolcom and William Albright include Maria Sampen, Associate Professor of Violin, and Timothy Christie, Affiliate Artist in Violin. Sampen and Christie also are returning to the Brevard Music Center in 2009 for a second summer as resident faculty. In addition to teaching high school through post-graduate violinists from all over the world, they performed last year with many great artists including Yo Yo Ma, Bill Preucil, Keith Lockhart, and Leila Josefowitz. Tim Christie will begin his summer as the executive and artistic director of the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, a non-profit organization he founded that produces 16 days of chamber an concerts as well as educational programs in the heart of Washington's wine country. Professor Sampen will be one of the featured performers.

Dawn PadulaDawn Padula to Join Music Faculty in Fall

Mezzo soprano Dawn Padula joins the School of Music faculty in 2009-2010 as Director of Vocal Studies. Ms. Padula was chosen from an outstanding pool of applicants in an exhaustive national search begun in Fall 2008. She completed both a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication at Trinity University, a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Houston, where she focused in her dissertation on pedagogical issues with the male voice, particularly registration negotiation and passaggio. As a performing artist she is active in opera, oratorio, and on the concert stage. She has performed many of the major mezzo roles, has been a soloist in such oratorios as Handel’s Messiah and Israel in Egypt, and requiems by Mozart and Durufle, and she has a concert repertoire ranging from Baroque to Broadway. She also is an experienced director, leading productions of Into the Woods, The Pirates of Penzance, Gianni Schicchi, and others. She brings to Puget Sound a devotion to teaching, a dedication to performance, and a passion for music. “I am looking forward to collaborating with such an accomplished faculty,” says Padula, “to having the opportunity to work with the very talented student body, and to being a part of the extremely special community that is the University of Puget Sound.”

Brendan Faegre '07 Wins Awards

Composer and percussionist Brendan Faegre '07 has won a BMI Student Composer Award for Tihai, a composition for percussion ensemble. He also was named this year's ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Fellow for study this summer with Don Freund and David Crumb at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. His composition for piano trio, Circular Ruins, received First Prize in the Beethoven Club 2009 Student Composition Contest and will be performed at the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival in Memphis, Tenn. this June. Brendan recently finished his first year as an associate instructor at Indiana University. He is one of several Puget Sound students who have recently pursued graduate study in composition, including Scott Ordway '06, who received his master's degree from the University of Oregon and will begin PhD studies at the University of Pennsylvania this fall; David Roberts '05, who also completed his master's degree from the University of Oregon and will begin a doctoral program at Indiana University this fall; Greg Simon '07, who is currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Colorado; and Carmen Caruso '04, who completed a master's in electro-acoustic music at Dartmouth. All are former students of Robert Hutchinson.

Brianna Richardson's Research Cited in the Strad

Brianna RichardsonSenior Brianna Richardson's research in musician's health has been cited in Strad magazine. Part of her senior thesis, "Searching for the Perfect Set-Up", included a survey of 250 violinists and violists. Her findings on the chin rest and its importance in the comfort of the set-up was one of the news items appearing in the April edition (page 11). For the past three years Brianna has been involved in exploring issues on musician's health. In addition to her thesis, she has produced a brochure on musicians' health resources in the Seattle/Tacoma region that is used extensively on campus and has done presentations in both classes and ensembles. Following graduation in May she plans to apply to graduate programs in physical and occupational therapy so she can work with injured musicians and continue to promote musician's health.

Steven ZopfiSteven Zopfi Presenting at ACDA, Conducting the Portland Symphonic Choir

Steven Zopfi, Director of Choral Activities, recently presented his edition of "Deal Gently With Thy Servants, Lord" at the American Choral Director's Association's Nation Convention in Oklahoma City. His edition was one of 13 Compositions chosen nationally for the College and University Reading Session. Dr. Zopfi also conducted the Portland Symphonic Choir in a masterclass with the internationally acclaimed choral ensemble, Chanticleer, this past February on music by Rachmaninov, Mozart, and Clements. The choir also performed Mozart's Requiem, Kyrie in D Minor, KV 341, and "Ave verum corpus" in March at the Arlene Schnitzler Concert Hall in Portland.

Concert Choir Tour...Going for a Song

The Adelphian Concert Choir, conducted by Dr. Steven Zopfi, brought its acclaimed 48-voice ensemble to four cities across Washington on a spring tour that mixed classic masterpieces with contemporary and folk songs. The University of Puget Sound Adelphians gave March performances on stage in Tacoma, Wenatchee, Spokane, and Walla Walla. The concert tour was as follows:

  • Saturday, March 7th, 7:30 p.m. - Annie Wright School, 827 N. Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma, WA
  • Thursday, March 12th, 7:30 p.m. - First United Methodist Church, 941 Wenatchee Street, Wenatchee, WA
  • Friday, March 13th, 7:00 p.m. - University High School, 12420 E. 32nd Avenue, Spokane, WA
  • Saturday, March 14th, 7:30 p.m - Pioneer United Methodist Church, 209 E. Birch Street, Walla Walla, WA.

Dan Goodrich Advances to Finals

Saxophonist Daniel Goodrich ’09, a senior in music education and student of Fred Winkler, won at the state and regional levels of the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist competition. He will represent Puget Sound in the national finals in Atlanta in March. He is the most recent Puget Sound student to enjoy success in this competition. Justin Ehli (euphonium, student of Ryan Schultz) advanced to the regionals in 2006, as did George Woodward (piano, student of Tanya Stambuk) in 2007 and Luke Borsten (saxophone, also a student of Fred Winkler) in 2008. Brian McCarthy (piano, student of Tanya Stambuk) advanced to the nationals in 2008.

Composition by Professor Robert Hutchinson Performed at Multiple Conferences.

As the Blue Night Descends Upon the World by Professor Robert Hutchinson was performed at the Society of Composers Region VIII Conference at California State University Stanislaus in October of 2008 and has been selected for performance at the Society of Composers Region VI Conference at Oklahoma City University in February of 2009. As the Blue Night Descends Upon the World was commissioned in 2007 by the Tacoma Concert Band, directed by Professor Emeritus Robert Musser. A revised version was subsequently performed in 2008 by the University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble, directed by Professor Rob Taylor, a video of which can be found on YouTube.

Three School of Music Faculty Win University Awards.

The School of Music was duly proud this Fall when three of its faculty were given prestigious university awards. Recognizing his achievements both on campus and in his field of musicology, Professor Geoffrey Block was given the title of Distinguished Professor, and Professors Robert Taylor and Maria Sampen both won Tom Davis Teaching Awards. For Professor Sampen, it was her second award in four years for teaching excellence. Another faculty member, Professor Robert Hutchinson, won a Tom Davis Teaching Award in 2007. Professor Duane Hulbert was appointed Distinguished Professor in 2005.