Under artistic director Steven Zopfi, the Portland Symphonic Choir's recording of the Rachmaninov Vespers is being featured on America Public Media's "Performance Today" on March 28.
Dawn Padula, Director of Vocal Studies, will be the mezzo-soprano soloist for Rossini's Stabat Mater with the St. Martin's University Chorale, Olympia Chamber Orchestra and Opera Pacifica on February 24. She will then perform the role of Siebel in Gounod's Faust with Opera Pacifica in June. In addition, she is also set to perform the world premiere of Robert Hutchinson's song cycle The House of Life in London this June along with Vaughan Williams' cycle of the same name and Libby Larsen's Love After 1950 as part of the Song in the City Recital series.
Puget Sound School of Music students Jinshil Yi, Faithlina Chan, and Jonathan Mei performed in the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin Chamber of Music Festival, January 29th-February 3rd at San Francisco State University. See more here.
Distinguished Professor of Music History Geoffrey Block’s most recent publications include a review of the recording Midnight Frolic: The Broadway Theater Music of Louis A. Hirsch in the Journal of the Society for American Music 6, no. 4 (November 2012) along with a review-essay of three recent books on Franz Schubert in Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 69, no. 2 (December 2012).
Cellist David Requiro, the Cordelia Wikarski Miedel Artist in Residence, has been busy this year doing performances with Concertante in Houghton, NY and Dayton, OH in October. In November he had performances of Brahms Sextets in PA and NY with the Alexander String Quartet and Tobey Appel. December brings performances with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in NY. The New Year brings even more performances for David. The end of January and the beginning of February David will be a guest artist at the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Festival in San Francisco, CA plus a recording project of the Brahms Sextets with the Alexander Quartet and Tobey Appel; David will perform Elgar Cello Concerto with the Olympia Symphony conducted by Huw Edwards in Feburary as well.
This spring on April 14, 2013, the Seattle Bach Choir, conducted by Anne Lyman, will be collaborating with Seattle's Octava Chamber Orchestra for a performance of Bach's Magnificat, Haydn's Te Deum, and selected Handel's Coronation Anthems. The concert will be conducted by both Anne Lyman and Octava's director, Johan Louwersheimer.
Anne Lyman, Choral Conductor, will be touring with the Seattle, professional early music ensemble, the Tudor Choir beginning at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC on Friday, December 14, then on to the historic Christ Church in Philadelphia, and Elizabethtown, PA December 15 & 16. The concert is entitled "American Folk Holiday" and features primarily music from 18th and 19th century colonial America, fa-so-la tunes, and Shaker music. For more information click here.
Huw Edwards will be the guest conductor for the December 16 concert presented by Orchestra Seattle & the Seattle Chamber Singers. The concert includes music by Vivaldi, Vaughan Williams, a Bach "Christmas Cantata" and, as the concert takes place on his birthday, the Symphony No. 1 by Beethoven. This is Huw's debut with this orchestra, the concert is at 3 PM on December 16 at the First Free Methodist Church, 3200 3rd Ave West in Seattle.
Joe Bozich '13 won the Wasington STate MTNA solo winds competition and will be completing at regionals in January at PLU. In addition, the uget Sound Saxophone Quartet has advanced to the MTNA National competition, which will be held in Anaheim, CA this spring.
Joyce Ramee, Affiliate Faculty in Viola, recently completed a recording of music by Northwest composters Lawrence Ebert (1932-2000), former Professor of Composition at Puget Sound and Dell Wade. The CD includes Dr. Ebert's Suite for Two Violas (1988) and In Memoriam A.L.R. (1997). Collaborating on the CD was Puget Sound Staff Accompanist Sandra Bleiweiss and violist Michael Watson.
Professor Robert Hutchinson's "Blues and Rhythm Changes" for alto saxophone and bassoon was published by Alry Publications this past spring. More recently, Hutchinson composed a choral piece which was premiered at the Adelphians' 80th Anniversary concert in October 2012.
Huw Edwards, Orchestra Conductor at the University of Puget Sound, directed his final performance with the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra in May, 2012. James Bash stated “Through his leadership for the past 12 years, Edwards has been credited with improving the ensemble’s sound and opening it to a diverse symphonic repertoire.” Edwards has been named Conductor Emeritus & Principal Guest Conductor and will return in May 2013 to conduct a performance by the ensemble.
On July 10 Edwards conducted rehearsals and was a guest clinician with all three string orchestras at the Portland Chamber Camp held at the University of Portland. Also in July he conducted the Olympia Symphony in their sixth annual “Concert at the Capitol” before an audience of 3,000 people. This performance, preceded by Governor Christine Gregoire reading a Proclamation recognizing the orchestra, kicked-off the ensemble’s sixtieth anniversary. Edwards also led the OSO in a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on Sunday, October 15th for the orchestra's "Anniversary Celebration." The performance included many Puget Sound alunni in the orchestra; two of the four vocal soloists, Christian Kowalski and Michael Delos, are fellow Puget Sound affiliate faculty members.
Steven Zopfi recently conducted international recording artists Richard Zeller and Dominique Labelle in a performance of the Brahms Requiem with the Oregon Symphony. Zopfi led the orchestra, the Portland Symphonic Choir, and soloists in a performance of the Requiem at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland on September 29th. Zopfi also collaborated with soprano, Labelle,and the symphony, on J.S. Bach's solo cantata, Jauchzet Gott In allen Landen. A review of the concert can be found at Oregon Music News at http://oregonmusicnews.com/2012/10/05/brahms-requiem-served-up-by-portland-symphonic-choir-and-oregon-symphony-a-pleasure-to-imbibe/
Dawn Padula, mezzo-soprano (Director of Vocal Studies) recently returned from Atlanta and Macon, GA where she collaborated with Russell Young, piano (Kennesaw State University) and Richard Kosowski, tenor (Mercer University) on a joint recital featuring works by Handel, Fauré, Rossini and Verdi. The recital was performed on all three professors' respective campuses, including Puget Sound on October 7. Dr. Padula also gave a vocal master class at Mercer University to undergraduate and graduate students.
Karla Flygare, Affiliate Artist in Flute, recently performed with Astronaut Col. Cady Coleman recreating a duet Col. Coleman performed from the International Space Station with Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull. This performance was part of a multi-media program titled “Celebrate Seattle,” which involved many NASA participants and featured the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. The event celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Space Needle and the 40th Anniversary of the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Other Puget Sound faculty members participating included Jennifer Nelson (clarinet), Gunnar Folsom (percussion), Rodger Burnett (horn), Dan Williams (oboe), Joyce Ramee (viola), Stephen Schermer (bass), and Ryan Schultz (tuba).
Tim Christie, Affiliate Artist in Violin, and Maria Sampen, Associate Professor of Violin, will perform on KING FM's Northwest Focus Live on Friday October 5 at 8PM. Music will include the Mozart Duo in G Major for violin and viola, K. 423 (Tim and Maria) and the Debussy Sonata for Flute, Harp and Viola (Tim). Tim and Maria also will appear as members of the newly created Icicle Creek Chamber Players. They will perform in Leavenworth at the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts on Sunday October 7, 2012. In addition to the aforementioned works, Maria will perform the monumental Franck Sonata for violin and piano with Oksana Ezhokina.
Tim Christie has been elected to the Board of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, where he will serve as Chair of the Classical Music Subcommittee, which formerly existed as the Tacoma Philharmonic. The Tacoma Philharmonic’s legacy as the leader in classical music presenting in the South Sound extended back to the 1930s. It was folded into the non-profit structure of the Broadway Center in May 2012.
Christina Kowalski, Affiliate Artist in Voice, is currently singing Nedda in the Skagit Opera’s production of Pagliacci, by Ruggero Leoncavallo, September 21th, 23th, 28th and 30th at McIntyre Hall, Mount Vernon, Washington. Through the end of September and the beginning of October Christina also will be singing Leonore in the Seattle Opera Guild’s Preview programs for the Seattle Opera’s production of Fidelio, Ludwig van Beethoven’s only opera. On October 14th Ms. Kowalski will be the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Olympia Symphony Orchestra at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia, Washington.
In a concentrated stretch of five months, Puget Sound faculty and alumni are enjoying a plethora of accomplishments in music research. The most recent and next issue of the Journal of the Society for American Music will have publications by three faculty: Gwynne Kuhner Brown, Assistant Professor of Music history, has an article, “Whatever Happened to William Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony?” Keith Ward, Director of the School of Music, and Geoffrey Block, Distinguished Professor of Music History, have compact disc reviews (Piano Music of Ricky Ian Gordon and Midnight Frolic: The Broadway Theater Music of Louis A. Hirsch, respectively). As noted in summer activities of faculty, Professor Block also has a review-essay for Notes (November 2012) of three recent books on Schubert: Analyzing Schubert by Suzannah Clark, Vanishing Sensibilities: Schubert, Beethoven, Schumann by Kristina Muxfeldt, and Schubert’s Fingerprints: Studies in the Instrumental Works by Susan Wollenberg.” Two books in the Broadway Legacies Series published by Oxford University Press, for which Professor Block is the Series Editor, will have reached print by this Fall as well.
At the national conference of the American Musicological Society, a conference for which only one out of four proposals is accepted, Paul Harris, Visiting Assistant Professor, will be reading a paper, “Arcadelt's Bemban Legacy: ‘Quand'io pens' al martire.’" Two alumni also will be presenting their research: Esther Morgan-Ellis ’06 and currently a doctoral student at Yale University will be reading her paper, “Picture Palace Community Singing and the ‘Class House,’” and alumnus Matthew Franke ‘07, a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will be presenting his paper, “‘How is it possible to speak ill of a Frenchman’s work?’ The Reception of Massenet’s Thaïs in Milan, 1903.” Professor Block also will be active at the AMS conference, serving on a panel devoted to Charles Ives’s Fourth Symphony and chairing a session on the Broadway Musical.
The Summer of 2012 included articles highlighting the accomplishments of two Puget Sound seniors. Violinist Grace Youn was featured in an article by Katy Evans in Post Defiance on her burgeoning career as a crossover artist (“Tacoma’s Own Firework: Grace Youn: A Local Violinist Is Giving Off Sparks on the Big (and Little) Screens”). Saxophonist and composer Joseph Bozich was cited in a music review by Ted McIrvine in the CVNC Online Arts Journal: “Fourteen World Premiers by Young Composers.” Bozich was one of two composers chosen to be highlighted out of fourteen studying at the Brevard Music Center.
This Fall the School of Music welcomed two new conductors to its faculty and a new member to its professional staff. Huw Edwards, conductor of the Olympia Symphony, is the new conductor of the orchestra. In addition to his professional conducting experience in the United States and the UK, he comes with substantial experience working with student orchestras that include guest conducting appearances with youth orchestras in Australia and New Zealand, All-State orchestras in Utah and Texas, and in past positions as music director and conductor for the Portland Youth Philharmonic and the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. Tracy Knoop joins the faculty as the new director of the jazz band. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Knoop is one of the best-known jazz artists and teachers in the region. After graduating from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, he joined the world-famous Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and toured with them for ten years. He has performed with such greats as Louis Bellson, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Bernadette Peters, Buddy Rich, and Mel Torme. He also has performed with the Temptations, Four Tops, and the Seattle Symphony. He can be heard on commercial recordings by the Charlie May All-Star Big Band, Keith Henson, Octet, Pony Boy All-Star Big Band, and the Tracy Knoop Quartet. Leah Vance is a new member of the professional staff in the music office. Leah comes to the School of Music following previous roles on campus in Academic and Career Advising and Career and Employment Services. In addition to her excellent administrative skills, she also is active professionally in music, originally as the music director at her church for many years and now as its choral conductor.
School of Music faculty members returned to campus this Fall after very productive summers. Some of the highlights include:
Geoffrey Block, Distinguished Professor of Music History, wrote a review-essay on three new books on Schubert for Notes as well as several chapters of his own book on the reception of Schubert’s music from his time to ours. This summer also saw the appearance of a book on My Fair Lady, the fifth book in Oxford’s Broadway Legacies, a series for which Professor Block serves as the Series Editor. A sixth volume on Show Boat is scheduled for the Fall.
Gwynne Brown, Assistant Professor of Music History, undertook four weeks of archival research in the William Dawson Collection at Emory University. She completed an article, “Whatever Happened to William Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony?” which will appear in this Fall in the Journal of the Society of American Music. She also completed a book proposal on William Dawson for the University of Illinois Press.
Timothy Christie, Affiliate Artist in Violin, was in residence at Ohio University, performing in a premier of a work by Yotam Haber as well as giving a master class and performing with Maria Sampen, Associate Professor of Violin. He served as the Executive and Artistic Director of the two-week Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival (Washington) in which he also performed in a number of the concerts. He was a faculty member at the Brevard Music Festival (North Carolina), where he also was featured as a lecturer in two pre-concert lectures on Gustav Mahler’s Sixth Symphony and Jean Sibelius’s Second Symphony. He also performed, conducted, and served as the Master of Ceremony for a special event called “A Night in Vienna,” in which he performed in costume as Johann Strauss II!
Karla Flygare, Rodger Burnett, Jennifer Nelson, and Gunnar Folsom, Affiliate Artists in Flute, Horn, Percussion, and Clarinet, respectively, performed in Seattle Opera’s production of Tourandot, by Giacomo Puccini.
Duane Hulbert, Professor of Piano, performed as soloist and accompanist in three chamber recitals as part of the “Listen Live at Lunch” music series at the First Lutheran Church in Tacoma. For the month of July he and his wife, Judy Carlson Hulbert, were Artists in Residence at the Brush Creek Ranch (Wyoming). There Professor Hulbert composed the music for Pecos Bill, a twenty-minute piece for chamber ensemble and narrator.
Pat Krueger, Professor of Music Education, completed a book chapter, “Doing Ethnography in Music Education” for Qualitative Research in Music Education, a collection of scholarly articles edited by Colleen Conway and forthcoming from Oxford University Press. She also worked on the editorial board of the Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education.
Anne Lyman, Conductor of the Dorian Singers and Chorale, finished three articles: “John Corigliano’s Of Rage and Remembrance: Community and Ritual in the Age of AIDS” (forthcoming in the Fall edition of the American Choral Review), “The Pious Mr. Philips at the Court of Albert and Isabella,” to be published as part of the conference proceedings celebrating the 450th anniversary of the birth of Peter Philips (15612-1628), and an article on the New York Pro Musica Antiqua, to be published in the next edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music. She also became a regular contributor to the sound recording reviews in the Choral Journal as well as a regular member of the Tudor Choir, Seattle’s professional early music choral ensemble.
Gerard Morris, Director of Bands, continued his research on Kurt Weill’s concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra. He attended the Grand Teton Music Festival, taught wind pedagogy at the summer camp at Arvada West High School (Colorado), and spent time developing the “Living Composers Project,” which will bring living composers to ensemble rehearsals via live internet feeds.
Jennifer Nelson, Affiliate Artist in Clarinet, was interviewed and was one of the featured artists on KUOW-FM (Seattle) on “Weekday” with Steve Scher that featured British composer Christopher Hobbs’s “Seventeen One-Minute Pieces for Bass Clarinet and Casio Keyboard.”
Dawn Padula, Director of Vocal Studies, portrayed the principal role of Domina in a four-week run of Steven Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Lakewood Playhouse.
Joyce Ramee, Affiliate Artist in Viola, directed the twenty-second annual Max Aronoff Viola Institution Festival, a festival for which she is the founder.
David Requiro, cellist and the Cordelia Wikarski Miedel Artist in Residence, co-directed the inaugural Monterey Chamber Music Workshop as a member of the Baumer String Quartet. He was an artist faculty member at the Center Stage Strings (California), Crowden Summer Chamber Music Program (California), and the Bowdoin International Music Festival (Maine). He also performed in recital with Cullan Bryant at the Shandelee Music Festival (New York).
Maria Sampen, Associate Professor of Violin, was in residence at Ohio University, performing in a premier of a work by Yotam Haber and giving a master class as well as recital along with Tim Christie, Affiliate Artist in Violin. She was one of the featured performers in the two-week Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival (Washington) and was a faculty member at the Brevard Music Festival (North Carolina). She also premiered a work by Marilyn Shrude at the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Tanya Stambuk, Professor of Piano, performed at the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival as well as at the Pasadena Conservatory (California).
Denes Van Parys, Staff Accompanist, spent his eighteenth summer directing the music program at Camp Starlight (Pennsylvania). This summer the Camp honored him with a special weekend celebrating his 100th show at the Starlight Playhouse.
Keith Ward, Director of the School of Music, began his three-year term on the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Music, which meets twice annually in June and November.
Fred Winkler, Affiliate Artist in Saxophone, performed in productions of Hello Dolly! and Spamalot, produced by the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre (Idaho). He was a guest clinician for the Mountlake Terrance Summer Music Workshop.
Steven Zopfi, Director of Choral Activities, served on the screening committee for the American Choral Directors Association national convention.