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What's new at the School of Music...September 2016

Mon, Oct 03, 2016

Student News

Curt Armbruster (DMA Percussion) has been offered a one-year contract as Acting Associate Timpanist / Section Percussionist with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra for their 2016 / 2017 season. 

Robert Schroyer (DMA Percussion) has been selected as a finalist in the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) 2016 Marimba Solo Competition. Bobby was selected as one of four finalists to compete at PASIC in November 2016 where he will play before a panel of distinguished marimba soloists and percussion professionals from around the world. Schroyer was was also invited to join the Percussive Arts Society Contest and Audition Procedures Committee as a committee member.

Anto Meliksetian (BM Cello) and Brian Kim (BM Violin) performed Octavio Vazquez’s Guernica (UMD Alumni) during Califonia Summer Music at the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University on July 15th, 2016.

TEMPO completed their 72-Hour composition challenge thanks to the hard work of the composers and the musicians. They premiered their works on September 9th, 2016 at the NextNOW Fest.

Faculty News

William Robin's (Assistant Professor, Musicology) latest piece in The New Yorker discusses how San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refusal to stand for The Star-Spangled Banner " only the latest chapter in the anthem's long, polarizing history." Check out this fascinating article here.

Robin will also moderate a conversation with and performance by composer Philip Glass at the National Gallery of Art. It will take place at the East Building Auditorium at 2pm, as part of a weekend celebrating the reopening of the East Building galleries. This is a free event - more details here. 

Ken Elpus' (Assistant Professor, Music Education) latest research shows that music and theater students are bullied more than other students. Read more about Dr. Elpus' findings and his suggestions on how to remedy the problem. 

This summer, The Phoenix, an orchestral work by Mark Edwards Wilson (Associate Professor, Composition), was performed at the Chautauqua Festival (Chautauqua, NY), Timothy Muffitt, conducting. Earlier in May, Muffitt led the Lansing Symphony Orchestra in another performance of The Phoenix as part of the LSO's season finale.

Barbara Haggh-Huglo (Professor of Musicology), on leave in 2015/16 with an NEH Fellowship, presented four papers:

“How did Du Fay Compose Chant for the Recollectio festorum BMV and is there more?” (University of Würzburg, 8 March 2016)

“Recollecting the Feasts of the Virgin Mary across Five Centuries: Foundations, Manuscript and Printed Sources, and Transmission” (National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, June 2016)

“Music and Migration in Ghent as Opportunity,” Conference: Serendipia: Migración como oportunidad (Cologne, Germany, 31 July 2016)

“St. Hilary of Poitiers in Ireland and on the Continent” (Meeting of the IMS Study Group Cantus Planus, Dublin, Ireland, 3 August 2016).

She published two articles:

“The Participation of Townspeople Making Music in Public Events in the Low Countries in the Fifteenth Century,” in La voz del pueblo en el espacio cultural europeo: El pueblo y su identidad, ed. Christian Wentzlaff-Eggebert (Cologne: Arbeitskreis Spanien – Portugal – Lateinamerika, Universität Köln, 2015), 17-24.

“Libelli, Compilations of Hagiography, and Officia propria: Neglected but Useful Sources of Liturgy and Music,” in Ars musica and its contexts in medieval and early modern culture, ed. Paweł Gancarczyk (Warsaw: Liber Pro Arte, 2016), 153-169.

Plainsong and Medieval Music 25/1 (2016), a volume honoring the memory of Michel Huglo, was organized and its four articles edited by Haggh-Huglo, who also wrote the ‘Foreword’ and, with Zoe Saunders (Ph.D in Musicology, 2010), the ‘Bibliography of Michel Huglo, 2005-2012,’ included there.

Lee Hinkle (Lecturer, Percussion, Co-Director, Percussion Studies) and composer Andrea Clearfield have been selected as the winners of the Global Premiere Consortium Commissioning Project Round 1 Call for Proposals. Hinkle and Clearfield will collaborate to create a new piece for solo marimba and string quartet. Dr. Hinkle will lead a consortium of professional marimbists from around the world to deliver a series of performances of the new work. 

Chris Vadala (Director of Jazz Studies/Saxophone Professor) recently performed at the Honors College Convocation and on the Jazz Professors recital during the NextNow fest. He will also be a guest soloist with the Mighty Sounds of Maryland Marching Band during the halftime performance at the October homecoming game. His Eastern Standard Time Jazz Quartet is scheduled to perform at Blues Alley in December, he will also appear later that month with the White House Jazz Band. In addition to upcoming NSO Pops concerts this fall, Vadala will be a guest soloist/conductor at Anderson College (SC), Pensacola College (FL) and SUNY Fredonia (NY).

Eric Kutz (Assistant Professor, Cello) performed 28 concerts this past summer with the Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago. The Grant Park concerts are the nation's last free, municipally funded classical music festival. The orchestra performs at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Highlights of the season included Berlioz' Damnation of Faust and the world premiere of Michael Torke's Book of Proverbs. Kutz has performed with the orchestra since 1998.

In May and June, Irina Muresanu (Assistant Professor, Violin) soloed with the Oakville Symphony (Canada), Evanston Symphony (IL), Symphony-by-the-Sea (MA) and performed recitals in Kitchener-Waterloo (CA) and Cape Cod (MA). In July, she was a resident artist in the Newport Music Festival (RI), Halcyon Music Festival (NH) and Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival (VT). Her summer was rounded off by a few days of research at the Violin Society of America/H. Goodkind Collection, thanks to an Oberlin Archive Summer Research Grant.


Alumni News

Jennifer Hamady (BM Voice 1996) 's new book, "The Art of Singing Onstage and in the Studio" was released by Hal Leonard Publishing in April 2016 and remains one of their top sellers. Jennifer is a voice coach and board-certified therapist specializing in technical and emotional issues that interfere with self-expression. Her clients include Grammy and CMA award-winners, contestants on American Idol and The Voice, and performers in Emmy and Tony award-winning productions, as well as corporate and creative clients across an array of industries. Jennifer’s insights and experiences– she spent the early part of her career performing with many of music’s top names including Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Patti LaBelle, Def Leppard, as a backup singer on American Idol and with Cirque du Soleil– have been captured in her first book: "The Art of Singing: Discovering and Developing Your True Voice" (April 2009, Hal Leonard Publishing), heralded as a breakthrough in the psychology of musical and personal performance. Jennifer conducts workshops and lectures frequently around the world on matters of creative expression and writes regularly for "The Huffington Post," "American Songwriter" and "Psychology Today."

Ying (Emma) Diao (PhD Ethnomusicology 2015) was awarded a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, in Göttingen, Germany. Her dissertation is on the Christian hymnody of the Lisu people in Southwest China and Myanmar, and she will join the Institute’s Research Program on “Indian and Chinese Religious Networks in South-east Asia.

Zoe Saunders (PhD Musicology, 2010) has published two articles, one co-authored:

Zoe Saunders, “A Sixteenth-Century Example of Josquin Emulation: The Anonymous Missa Cueur langoreulx and its Source,” Journal of the Alamire Foundation 8/16 (2016): 92-139.

John Milsom and Zoe Saunders, “Who Composed the Missa Cueur langoreulx? The Case for Mathurin Forestier,” Journal of the Alamire Foundation 8/16 (2016): 139-64.

Zoe is also the mother of a baby boy, born on September 7, 2016

Jennifer Sterling Snodgrass (PhD Theory, 2002 under Dr. Laszlo Payerle) was named a finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award and was named Faculty of Distinction at Appalachian State where she is a Professor of Music.  Dr. Snodgrass has published numerous books and essays on the subject of music theory pedagogy (most recently with Oxford University Press) and is considered one of the leading experts in this field in the US.

Brendan Schnabel (MM Jazz Saxophone 2016) was hired as the woodwind instructor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, joining another UMD Jazz Studies alumnus on the faculty, Phil Ravita (MM Jazz Bass '11). 

The Inscape Chamber Orchestra premiered Dale Trumbore's (BM Composition 2009) "All the folded wings" at the NextNOW Fest on September 9, 2016.



Keila Rone (Musicology 2014) just received an MA in museum studies at George Washington University and is now an intern at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

Mandy Brown (MOS 2012) will be singing Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro with Washington National Opera's Emerging Artist Cast on Saturday, October 1st.

Kendra Browne (BM Voice 2014) was just awarded a fellowship as part of the Pipeline Project at Howard, providing her with full-time tuition and fees for the academic year! This fellowship is through a grant from the US Dept. of Education for training SLPs "to serve multicultural communicatively disabled children."