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In February, 2017, at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, opera alumnus James Kryshak (M.M., 2009) will premier the role of Lightborn, the murderer of Edward the Second, in a new work by Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini. The opera is based on Christopher Marlowe’s 1593 play, “Edward II. The Troublesome reign and lamentable death of Edward the second, King of England, with the tragical fall of proud Mortimer,” as well as on the Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland (Ralph Holisheds). The opera was commissioned by Deutsche Oper Berlin.
In 2009, James represented the university in the semi-final round of the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions in New York. He was an Apprentice Artist at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and a recipient of the Voice Excellence Distinguished Graduate Fellowship.
William Wielgus (BM ’80, former student of Marc Fink) recently performed a solo recital “Oboe Music from Peru and the United States” at the 45th Annual Conference of the International Double Reed Society in Columbus, Georgia. In addition, he performed on the recital of Peruvian music of the Bulgarian-Peruvian bassoon virtuoso Toma Mihaylov. Mr Wielgus is presently involved in a project to commission, perform, and record oboe music from Peru. In August he presented two recitals, “Panorama del Peru” at the Lima Conservatory, and “Musica de Trujillo y Otros Importantes Centros Musicales” at the Conservatorio Carlos Valderrama in Trujillo. These performances included premieres by Teofilo Alvarez, Fernando Munoz, Victor Hugo Marchand, and Seiji Asato.
This November he will present some of this material in several recitals of the “Musica no Museo” series in Rio de Janeiro.
Wielgus has been a member of the oboe section of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C . since 1990 and will tour Russia in March 2017. He also serves as woodwind coach of The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestra and as Artistic Coordinator of Teatro Lirico of D.C., an organization which promotes the performance of Hispanic music in the nation’s capital.
Christian Elser (BM ’94) is currently Associate Professor of Music at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. He is the Voice Division Director and Director of the PC Opera & Musical Theatre program. Christian is also the founder and Executive Director of Glow Lyric Theatre in Greenville, South Carolina’s only professional opera company. With Glow he recently music directed and conducted the orchestra for both Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette and Bernstein’s West Side Story as part of their highly successful 2016 festival season. Recent singing engagements have included performances with the Hilton Head Symphony, Florence Symphony and LOOK Musical Theatre. Upcoming projects include recording seven songs by Russian composer Sergei Tanayev as part of a new double CD release, and as a soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Augusta Choral Society.
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia has hired William Rhoads (B.M. 1996) a rock/jazz guitarist and administrator from New York’s Orchestra of St. Luke’s to be its next executive director.
Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia board president Susan Schwartz McDonald called Rhoads “dynamic, deeply knowledgeable about music and arts management, brimming with ideas and energy, and very personable.” She said what sealed the deal was his experience in artistic collaboration. “That’s going to be a mantra for us in the coming years, and Bill has a track record for engaging creatively and productively with other groups and various stakeholders to advance common artistic and audience development goals,” she said. “You’ll hear the theme of ‘connectivity’ quite a lot from us, and it has multiple meanings – intimate audience engagement, creative partnerships, and genre linkages where they can enhance the musical experience. Bill clearly understood our vision from the start and was excited about it.”
Rhoads previously served as director of concert music at publisher Carl Fischer Music. As head of his own marketing, production and publishing company, Bill Rhoads & Associates, he represented the likes of Frank Zappa, John Zorn, Ornette Coleman, C.F. Peters Publishing and Arabesque Recordings.
Kimberly Dunn Adams (DMA 2011 in Choral Conducting, student of Beverly Taylor) is currently the Director of Choral Activities at Western Michigan University, where she directs the University Chorale, Collegiate Singers, Grand Chorus, and graduate program in choral conducting. She also co-directs the Collegium Musicum and teaches choral literature, choral conducting, and advanced conducting. She has released two recordings with the WMU Chorale in the past two years. In 2014, Adams conducted the premiere of Paul Lansky’s choral cantata, Contemplating Weather, which was subsequently recorded and released on the Bridge Records label in the spring of 2015. In spring of 2016, the WMU Chorale independently released their latest album, Ex corde, which is available for sale through iTunes, Amazon, and other international retailers. During the 2015-16 school year, the WMU Chorale was selected to perform at the regional convention of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) in Chicago, IL. They were also selected performers at the Michigan ACDA State Convention and the Michigan Music Conference. This past year, Adams was named a Conducting Fellow in the International Conductors Exchange Program and traveled abroad to work with several Swedish choirs and present at the Nordic Choral Conference. She is scheduled to present at the 2017 World Choral Symposium in Barcelona, Spain. This coming year, her choirs will be featured performers at the National SCI Conference in Kalamazoo.
Dr. Merrin Guice is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Vocal Studies at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Dr. Guice and the Buena Vista University Concert Choir most recently won first place in the mixed repertoire and second place in the sacred category at the Riva Del Garda International Choir Competition in Riva Del Garda, Italy. She also performed in Sarteano, Italy with the Sarteano Choral Festival, where she was invited to perform as a full conductor and singer, working with Simon Carrington, professor emeritus of Yale University and Brian O’Connell of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
In March, Dr. Guice will make her Carnegie Hall conducting debut in March with her choir, which was invited to perform in a debut spotlight series with Manhattan Concert Productions. She has performed in recital and operas with The Sounds of South Dakota Opera Company in Sioux Falls and will be singing with composer, Stacey Gibbs and the Stacey Gibbs Chorale at Carnegie Hall in the Spring.
Dr. Guice is the Iowa representative of the National Collegiate Choral Organization.
Soprano Christina Kay (MM Vocal Performance, 2014) recently received 2nd prize in the Handel Aria Competition, held in Madison on July 8, 2016. The preliminary round drew nearly 100 applicants from around the country, and the seven selected finalists presented two contrasting arias by George Frideric Handel, accompanied by the Madison Bach Musicians.
Since graduating in 2014, Christina has appeared with many local groups, including the Madison Choral Project, Fresco Opera Theatre, and Present Music’s Hearing Voices. In addition to performing, she has maintained voice and piano studios at the Madison Music Foundry, Beloit College, and privately around the city. Christina’s particular enthusiasm for early music has taken her to various summer festivals, mostly notably three summers at Madison’s own Early Music Festival, and two at the Queens College Baroque Opera Workshop. In August 2016, Christina will spend two weeks at the American Bach Soloists Academy, then relocate to New York City to continue pursuing performance.
In 2015, Paul Bhasin (DMA 2010, conducting, student of Prof. Scott Teeple) joined the faculty of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, as Director of Wind Studies. In this capacity, he conducts the Emory Wind Ensemble, directs all aspects of Emory’s wind, brass, and percussion program, and teaches conducting. He previously served for four years as Director of Bands at the College of William & Mary. Bhasin’s upcoming 2016-17 projects include premieres by composers James Syler, Richard Prior, and Geoffrey Gordon, a 2017 collaboration with celebrated filmmaker Nikoloz Kevkhishvili (featuring a newly commissioned film score performed live during Kevkhishvili’s feature film premiere), and projects with Atlanta Symphony soloists Emily Brebach (oboe) and Michael Tiscione (Trumpet). His most recent CD recording as a conductor features commissioned works of composer Brian Hulse was released on the Centaur Label in 2016 and features the principal players of the Virginia and Richmond Symphonies. Bhasin also joined the Emory Youth Symphony’s conducting staff in 2016. In 2015 Bhasin composed and conducted the score to 9:23 Films’ motion picture, Hogtown (official selection, Berlin and Calgary International Film Festivals, and Cannes Festival Marché du Film). Michael Phillips of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that the film was “…scored beautifully by composer Paul Bhasin…better than the entirety of the last few features I’ve seen, period.” The film receives its New York, Paris, and Washington DC premieres in late 2016.
Matthew Mireles (DMA, euphonium, 2013) has recently accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Instrumental Studies at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. He will begin in August 2016. Dr. Mireles’ duties will include leading the Wind Ensemble and Athletic Band and teaching conducting. Dr. Mireles is in high demand as a performer, conductor, clinician, and educator. Prior to this appointment, he was the Director of Bands at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. He is also a member of the Boreas Quartet, which won the 2016 Roger Bobo Award for excellence in chamber music recording.
Claire Hellweg (BA, horn, 2005) is now principal horn in the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra in Mexico and teaches at the University of Guanajuato and in a private music program for low-income kids called Orquesta Trinitate. Recently, she was interviewed for the online website, “James Boldin’s Horn World–Thoughts on Teaching and Playing the Horn.” Read the full interview here.
Since completing his doctorate in 2006 with Professor Martha Fischer, pianist Eli Kalman has been teaching piano and chamber music at UW-Oshkosh, navigating the intricacies of a teacher-artist career and the comforting closeness to Madison. As a performer, his passion for chamber music with strings has been featured the Weill Hall at the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C., on “San Francisco Performances” and “Tuesday Evening Concert Series” in Virginia, on the Emmanuel Music-Schumann Chamber Series in Boston, the Connoisseur Series at Wichita State University, the Myra Hess Series in Chicago, the Sylvia Adalman Artist Recital Series at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, “Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen” live on NPR, WFMT in Chicago, Farley’s House of Pianos Series in Madison, and Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, in addition to other venues. He was an enthusiastic artist-in-residence at the Chamber Music Festival at Banff, Canada, and a guest artist for five years at the Token Creek Festival directed by celebrated American composer John Harbison.
Kalman partners regularly with Pro Arte Quartet’s inspiring cellist Parry Karp from UW-Madison on recitals within the UW system and beyond – a genuine journey of friendship of their cello and piano duo. As a recording artist, he offers Robert Schumann’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano with violinist Rose Mary Harbison (2006) and “The Jewish Soul” CD with cellist Amit Peled from the Peabody Institute on Centaur Records (2009). His very latest recording entitled Homo Ludens on Centaur (2015) honors solo piano music of Russian-American pianist-composer, poet and visual artist-extraordinaire Lera Auerbach. The musical journey recorded on this CD reflects on Auerbach’s borderless creativity in music, poetry and visual arts mirrored in three of her strikingly different works for piano written around 2000: Images from Childhood, 24 Preludes Op. 41 and Ten Dreams. These are short musings, “which remind us that music need not be grand to be great” (Tom Strini). As a scholar, Dr. Kalman’s research interests focus on neglected repertoire for strings and piano, the compositions of Romanian pianist Dinu Lipatti and Israeli composer Erwin Junger, as well as on unpublished chamber works by Ottorino Respighi. His research in the field has led to the world premiere publication of Respighi’s first violin and piano sonata (1897), published on A-R Editions/Special Publications, 2011. As an educator, Dr. Kalman spends his summers on the piano faculty at the Young Artist Seminars at Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado, combining his teaching and music making with his love of mountains.
In February, violist Danny Kim, BA 2012, won a spot in the viola section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Since leaving Madison, Danny received his master’s degree at The Juilliard School with violist Samuel Rhodes, joined the Senza Misura Quartet, performed at the Marlboro Festival for three summers, and has been a member of the New York City’s Ensemble ACJW for two years. He has performed with pianist Mitsuko Uchida, cellist Peter Wiley, clarinetist Anthony McGill, cellist Marcy Rosen, and the Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Madison audiences will remember him as a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and winner of the UW-Madison Concerto Competition.
On March 9, 2016, alumnus Elias Goldstein will be the first violist to perform all 24 caprices by Niccolo Paganini in a live recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Goldstein is a top prizewinner at the Primrose, Bashmet and Lionel Tertis International Viola Competitions, is currently Professor of Viola at Louisiana State University. In 2011, Elias received his DMA from UW-Madison where he was a Collins Fellow and a student of Prof. Sally Chisholm, violist with the Pro Arte Quartet.
When asked why he chose to perform the Caprices, he said, “I have resisted for several years in embarking on performing all 24 Caprices by Paganini on viola, largely because they are so difﬁcult and require such ﬂexibility of mind-set and hand position. At the urging of several colleagues, students and my grandfather in particular, I applied for and received a generous grant from my university to record for Centaur Records, publish an edition and perform the Paganini Caprices in entirety at Carnegie Hall in March of 2016. This was made ﬁnancially possible because of the Manship Fund For Excellence at the LSU School of Music to which I am very grateful.”
Jonathan Posthuma (MM Composition, 2015) recently received 3rd Prize in the Karol Szymanowski International Composers Competition in Katowice, Poland. The awarded composition, “Fili di Perle” (Strings of Pearls) for large orchestra, was composed specifically for the competition in Fall 2015 and will be premiered by the Karol Szymanowski Academic Symphony Orchestra in their 2016 – 2017 season in Katowice, Poland. The work explores and builds upon musical ideas extracted from a work completed in Madison the same year for his master’s thesis: The God of Material Things, a song cycle for narrator, singers, chorus, and orchestra. Other recent large ensemble works include An Isthmus Aubade, dedicated to Scott Teeple and the UW-Madison Wind Ensemble and premiered in April 2015 and Concerto Grosso No. 1 for strings, percussion, and piano, commissioned and premiered by the Madison Area Youth Orchestra and Clocks in Motion in June 2015. Jonathan currently lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota as a freelance composer but also sings in VocalEssence and Kantorei, two auditioned choirs in the Twin Cities.
Nathaniel Wolkstein (BA, violin 2013) has been a member of the New World Symphony Orchestra for two years, where he co-founded the alt Default, comprised of Nate on violin, Hannah Rose Nichols on viola & voice, and Dave Connor, acoustic and electric bass. The alt Default is an an eclectic trio that plays everything from Nathaniel’s alternative and rock influenced original songs to Dave’s arrangements of classical and jazz tunes to Hannah’s unique interpretations of folk music from all over the world. Nate writes, “Upon arriving in Miami to play in the New World Symphony violin section, I quickly started playing jazz, rock and folk music with other NWS Fellows. I started to write my own music when I began to work with recording software, which allowed me to start layering in the many different musical ideas that I’ve had running through my mind for the past ten years. I started playing a lot of guitar with a fantastic bass fellow at the NWS, David Connor. From there, we began to collaborate with many different NWS fellows, and have created more than two albums worth of my original music in 18 months. Our band, The alt Default, has recently won a matching grant from the Knight Foundation. Our project will be teaching a songwriting workshop to middle schoolers in a K-8 school in Miami.”
Composer Filippo Santoro (DMA, 2014) recently placed third in The American Prize, a series of new, non-profit, national competitions in the performing arts recognizing and rewarding America’s finest performing artists, ensembles and composers—in schools and churches, and at community and professional levels. He won for Duplum, which was a commission from the Madison based percussion ensemble “Clocks in Motion” and is featured in Clocks in Motion first album Escape Velocity.Duplum was premiered at the UW-Madison School of Music in 2013.
Santoro writes: “The idea for this work arose some time ago while I was studying Berio’s Sequenzas and the musical vocabulary of the works of Franco Donatoni. The word Duplum carries multiple connotations that transcend its primary meaning, i.e., adding one voice to another that already exists. Duplum is semantically connected to the Latin word duplicare (meaning “to duplicate”). Through this meaning it also conveys the idea of something in nature that grows, proliferates, and changes into something else but maintains structural relation with its origin. Duplum is conceived in sections which I refer to as panels. In each panel there is a reiteration of “figure” (figures), that are characterized by sound, rhythmic articulation and gesture and that are passed from one instrument to another, eventually evolving into other figure. The way in which panels follow each other with relations of either similarity or opposition shapes the form of this work. This principle can be understood as analogous to modularity in painting, which some describe as integrations of partially independent and interacting units.”
You can also read more about Filippo in a May, 2014 article in our newsletter, A Tempo!
Sean Greene (MM ’02, DMA ’05) has been elected Jazz Chair by the membership of the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association for 2016-2018. As jazz chair, Sean will coordinate high school jazz clinic and work with the membership to provide professional development opportunities for teachers as well as promote jazz education in East Tennessee.
Sean has also been named an artist/clinician for Eastman Music Company, based in Pomona, California. Sean performs on Andreas Eastman brass instruments and teaches clinics, workshops and offers input on instrument design and development.
Sean is currently the band director at Robertsville Middle School and assistant band director at Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife Melissa and their two daughters. In his spare time, Sean enjoys composing and arranging for school bands, and restoring his ’85 Camaro Z28.
Bass-baritone Benjamin Schultz, who received his DMA from the School of Music in 2012, has published a book, Singing in Polish: A Guide to Polish Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire, which “stands as the first book-length resource for non-Polish speaking singers, voice teachers, and vocal coaches that offers the essential tools to learning how to sing in Polish. Scholar and singer Benjamin Schultz offers a rich repertory of works virtually unknown outside of Poland, providing a unique catalyst for the introduction of Polish vocal music into the English-speaking world of performance. Never before has Polish vocal music been made so accessible to the musical world.” Learn more at the website of his publisher, Rowman & Littlefield. Ben currently serves as the Assistant Director of the School of Music.
Maureen O’Brien (BA, 2003, Music & French) has accepted a new position in Miami as Senior Vice President for Development with the New World Symphony.
Mili Chang, DMA Flute, 2015, took third prize in the Baroque Flute Young Artist Competition at the annual convention of the National Flute Association in August in Washington, DC. Dr. Chang studied Baroque flute with Prof. Jeanne Swack and modern flute with Prof. Stephanie Jutt. This fall,Dr. Chang began a graduate program in Early Music Performance at McGill University.
“Hill’s Angels” Regroup in Los Angeles
In August, twenty alumni horn graduates from the UW-Madison were invited to serve as Guest Artists, Participating Artist, Performers or Presenters for the 47th International Horn Symposium at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. Daren Robbins, a DMA graduate now the head of the brass area at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand, decided to group these individuals together to form a horn choir that someone, long ago dubbed the “Hill’s Angels.” Emeritus Professor Douglas Hill (1974-2011), the major professor for each of these graduates, conducted three of his own original compositions and an arrangement of one of his early duets done by MMus Graduate Patrick Hughes, Professor of Horn at the University of Texas-Austin.
The early morning post-rehearsal photo. Front row, left to right: Gina Gillie (Pacific Lutheran University), Jeffrey Snedeker (Central Washington University), Lydia Van Dreel (University of Oregon), Peggy DeMers (Sam Houston State University), Katie Johnson (University of Tennessee-Knoxville), Catherine McCarthy (Chicago Freelance), Leelanee Sterrett (New York Philharmonic, Ghengis Barbie), Kristina Mascher-Turner (Luxembourg Philharmonic, American Horn Quartet), Patrick Hughes (University of Texas-Austin), Steve Becknell (University of Southern California, Studio Freelancer). Back row, left to right: Douglas Hill (Emeritus University of Wisconsin-Madison), Jessica Valerie (San Francisco Symphony), Lin Foulk (University of Western Michigan), Nancy Sullivan (Northern Arizona University), Rose Valby (DMA, TA at University of Texas-Austin), Claire Hellweg (Orquesta Sinfonia de la Universidad de Guanajuato), James Boldin (University of Louisiana-Monroe), Tim Thompson (University of Arkansas), Kristin Thelander (University of Iowa), Amanda Skidmore Farasat (Illinois Center for Aston Patterning), Daren Robbins (Mahidol University, Thailand).
After earning degrees in composition from the University of British Columbia (MM, 2007) and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (DMA, 2011), Nebojsa Macura (BM, composition, 2005) moved back to the Madison area, where he currently works as a freelance composer. His latest work, Symphony No. 1, was commissioned by a consortium of 15 high school, college and university wind bands, including the UW-Madison Wind Ensemble, who will perform it during the 2015-16 season.
SoundCloud page: https://soundcloud.com/nebmacura
Christopher Van Hof (DMA, trombone, 2013). Former student of Mark Hetzler.
I am finishing my first year as the tenure-track Assistant Professor of Trombone and Euphonium at Colorado State University. Since moving to Colorado in 2013, I have been featured twice as concerto soloist with CSU ensembles (the Symphonic Band and the Symphony Orchestra) and I will be soloing with the Wind Symphony in 2016 on a new concerto for trombone and band that we helped commission from composer Dana Wilson. I have also been active as a freelancer, performing with the Cheyenne, Wyoming Symphony and the Fort Collins Symphony, as well as chamber music performances along the Front Range. This school year I also hosted UW-Madison trombone professor Mark Hetzler as a guest artist and clinician. And just this past month, I have become an official Performing Artist for S.E. Shires instruments out of Boston and Facet Mutes out of Castle Rock, Colorado.
David Glickstein (B.A., music performance and political science, 2014). Former student of Les Thimmig.
David began his studies at UW-Madison in 2010 and declared majors in political science, music performance, and Latin during his first semester. As a music major, David studied under saxophone professor Les Thimmig, performing in his studio, the UW Wind Ensemble, and a saxophone quartet. Additionally, he played clarinet in the UW Concert Band for several semesters.
Shortly after graduating in May 2014, David accepted a position in the development department of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, one of the nation’s foremost lobbies that advocates for strong relations between the United States and Israel. In the position, David facilitates donor relations and helps manage mass communications, including most of the organization’s email blasts to donors and other constituents.
After internships with the Wisconsin Legislature and the White House, David decided to pursue an internship more closely aligned with both his music and nonprofit interests, securing an internship with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. In that position, David conducted analyses of businesses and executives to determine their giving potential, which resulted in new financial opportunities for the organization.
Conductor/composer Daniel Black recently received a 2015 Career Assistance Award from the Solti Foundation U.S., a charitable foundation established by Sir Georg Solti and his wife, Valerie, which annually recognizes exceptional young American conductors. Daniel was one of ten conductors across the country to receive this award in 2015.
Currently the Assistant Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Oshkosh Symphony, Daniel was also recently named Director of Instrumental Music at the new Wildwood Academy of Music and the Arts in Little Rock, Arkansas. Daniel has been a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, the Cabrillo Conducting Workshop, and the Brevard Music Festival. He has also participated in masterclasses with Edo de Waart and Kurt Masur.
As a composer, Daniel was a finalist at the 2008 International Prokofiev Composition Contest, and in 2014 was the Composer-in-Residence of the Southeast Horn Workshop. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in music composition from the UW-Madison, Daniel has a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the Eastman School of Music, an artist diploma in orchestral conducting from the St. Petersburg (Russia) Conservatory, and has finished coursework for a doctorate in conducting from Northwestern University.
Daniel resides in Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife Marie-Sonja Cotineau.
Bassoonist Sergio Acosta recently won an audition to become a member of The United States Army Field Band, a premiere wind ensemble based in Fort Mead, Maryland. He soon realized with performing with a military ensemble means more than just music.
“After winning the audition in September, 2014, I was not sure if I had made the right decision,” he writes. “It’s at least a four-year commitment, starting with Basic Combat Training, and it is an elite organization where you are first and foremost a soldier. Besides the physical fitness training, the early mornings, long days and even weapons training, I learned about discipline and the sacrifices needed to pursue my dream. I began to appreciate all of the privileges and freedoms that I had before basic training. There were many difficult times but I knew that after a few months, I would be lucky to have one of the best careers waiting for me.
“On February 19, 2015, I graduated from Basic Combat Training and was off to Maryland to join the U.S. Army Field Band. This was probably the hardest transition. I knew that basic training was temporary, but Maryland was the real deal. It was a permanent change. It was very shocking in an overwhelming, but also relieving kind of way.
“Since joining the band, I have been provided with the greatest opportunities. I have worked with some amazing people, made great friends and am in the best shape of my life. I have been part of a recording project and will be going on my first tour this summer. I get the chance to work in the chamber music programs, such as the woodwind or brass quintets. I will be playing with the Opera Scenes programs where I’ll have the privilege to work with artists from the Washington National Opera and perform at venues like The Smithsonian Institution and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts . I have also performed with the United States “Pershing’s Own” Army Band Concert Band and the Pershing’s Own Contemporary Music Ensemble.
“I am very excited for my future with the United States Army Field Band. I get to perform all over the United States visiting places I never thought I would, as a soldier and musician. I am truly honored to be part of The U.S. Army and the Field Band.”
This fall, Jamie-Rose will join the faculty of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst as Assistant Professor of Voice after serving this past year as Visiting Assistant of Voice at Illinois-Wesleyan University.
“While at UW-Madison, I served as the voice area teaching assistant, and was the first recipient of the Collins Fellowship during my doctoral degree. I know it was my education and training at UW that helped me begin my professional singing career. After completing my doctorate I transitioned smoothly into the Merola Young Artist Program at San Francisco Opera, which spring-boarded my professional career. Since leaving UW-Madison, I’ve sung on the stages of Los Angeles Opera, Minnesota Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Chicago Opera Theater, Utah Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Madison Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, the Santa Fe Symphony, and many others.
“This career trajectory would not be possible without the vocal training, mentoring, and guidance I received as a student of Professor Doing. I hope to continue this legacy of inspiring and educating my students as they pursue their musical aspirations.
“My path continues to take me back to Wisconsin: in May of 2016 I will be returning to the Florentine Opera of Milwaukee to sing the role of Adele in Die Fledermaus!”
SOM alumnus Ben Davis is now working on a master’s degree in music composition at DePaul University in Chicago, where he studies with Christopher Wendell Jones and Seung-Ah Oh. This August, he’ll participate in the Summer Academy for Young Composers at Akademie Schloss Solitude, a biennial event in Stuttgart, Germany, where the permanent faculty (Chaya Czernowin and Steven Kazuo Takasugi) will be joined by Rebecca Saunders. The participants, who were selected from a pool of close to 270 applicants, represent Australia, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the U.S.A. Each participant will have a piece performed by the Freiburg-based Ensemble SurPlus and will give a 90-minute presentation on their music.
In January, Ben finished DAY, a large-scale piece for the Madison-based, UW-Madison alumni-composed percussion ensemble Clocks in Motion. In February, his percussion duo Sketches was premiered by Sam Moon and Sean Kleve and THIS IS DAVIS, a piece for electronics and video projection, was premiered in March at DePaul. (Please note: Ben created a crowdfunding site to help him participate in the Schloss Academy. Click here to help and learn more: http://www.gofundme.com/p6uu6s/)
I currently serve as Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the University of Missouri, where I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in piano pedagogy and wellness, and applied piano. I coordinate the Group Piano Pedagogy program as well as Experiencing Piano, a community program offering group and private instruction for young and adult beginners. I continue to research developing techniques for injury-prevention through creative movement and yoga. I also perform with alumnus and husband Jonathan Kuuskoski as a member of the New Muse Piano Duo.
While in Madison I was always very busy not just with my coursework and practicing, but also with many extra-curricular activities. I was very lucky to have an advisor, Jessica Johnson, who valued experiential learning and fostered an environment in which students could develop their interests and grow. I served as President for the UW-Madison Collegiate Chapter of the Music Teachers National Association, where we created self-sustaining, pedagogical events that brought the UW campus and the community music teachers together. We held fundraising concerts at the Steinway Piano Gallery (School of Music board member Grant Billings was incredibly supportive!), and then we funded our events. We put together an event called Piano Day @ UW in which younger piano students from the community came to campus for master classes with graduate students and faculty. Another event was Musicians’ Wellness Day in which we invited guests to present workshops on topics such as Feldenkrais and Yoga.
While a doctoral student, my assistantship involved coordinating Piano Pioneers. This was an incredible program funded by the Ira and Ineva Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment. The program targeted at-risk youth offering scholarships for piano lessons as well as free pianos for them to practice at home (again, through the extremely generous support of the Steinway Piano Gallery in Madison!).
Another project I initiated was a contemporary ensemble called New Music Everywhere. I started this along with two other graduate students, Jonathan Kuuskoski and Jerry Hui. The idea behind this project was to perform music by living composers in unconventional venues. We performed in places like the Madison Children’s Museum, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Plan B nightclub, and the Madison Farmer’s Market.
In some ways I feel like I’ve had a very traditional trajectory. I did all my degrees without a break and got a job while writing my dissertation. A year later that job became tenure-track and I’m lucky to be serving in this position. I love that I have been able to turn my passion into my profession. What is particularly meaningful to me is that I am constantly discovering new ways of teaching, allowing myself to be creative every single day, learn from my students, and go with them on their own journey of self-discovery.
At the University of Missouri School of Music (a/k/a “Mizzou”), I am the Director of Entrepreneurship and Community Programs, where I direct Community Music @ Mizzou, a set of community programs that employ more than 50 Mizzou music students and reach more than 2,000 community members annually. These programs form the backbone of Mizzou’s Music Entrepreneurship program, the first of its kind in the region, offering practical modules on arts marketing, entrepreneurship principles, community engagement, a music industry survey, not-for-profit management, and grant writing. This uniquely integrated approach, designed specifically for music students, helps them develop the personalized vision, skills, and network they need to succeed in the 21st century.
My time in Madison really set the stage for my work here at Mizzou. Through my work with Arts Enterprise, as the coordinator of the UW-Madison Piano Outreach Series (now Performance and Education Outreach) and as a co-founder of New Music Everywhere, I came to understand my goals as creating meaningful community-focused arts events. I truly believe that such events are the key to creating sustainable arts ventures. My primary mentor, Jessica Johnson, was instrumental in shaping my student-centered philosophy and encouraged me to find unique pathways to marry my interests in music and enterprise.
Most artists today craft a “portfolio career,” incorporating multiple roles (e.g. performer, teacher, advocate, manager, publicist, composer/arranger, etc.) rather than pursuing one narrowly defined career path. The interest in expanding our offerings to reflect this reality led me to design 12-credit Music Entrepreneurship certificates at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, the first certificates available at both levels concurrently in the nation. They feature courses addressing a broad variety of issues related to crafting a sustainable arts career. The curriculum blends semester-long courses with shorter modules that explore the development, business, and publicity aspects of a musical career. We also host monthly co-curricular workshops featuring arts professionals from throughout the country, and general career services.
We deliberately integrate our community programs into learning laboratories for students to develop a vision, holistic skills, and a professional network. This is modeled in the “Missouri Method,” made famous by the Missouri School of Journalism. These programs are 100% revenue-based, essentially modeling a sustainable arts business. The programs allow us to pay music students for their work every year, where they learn the ins and outs of building and sustaining private studios, gain hands-on teaching experience, and apply the organizational skills. Through Hire a Musician we book more than 120 paid performances every year, translating into more than $30,000 worth of music income for our student performer roster. These programs provide students the chance to earn part-time income as teachers, performers, and mentors — offering a slice of the life for which they are preparing.
Beyond this work, I play actively in the New Muse Piano Duo (a spin-off of New Music Everywhere) with my wife Paola Savvidou (profiled above). Over the last two years we have performed through the U.S. and in Norway, Greece, and Cyprus, premiered works by Amy Williams, Stacey Barelos, Jeffrey Hoover, and Mizzou students, and will record our first CD this fall. These interests stem from my study with Christopher Taylor and participation in the UW-Madison Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.
Julia Marion (BM, bassoon performance 2008). Former student of Marc Vallon.
Julia Marion graduated with a bachelor’s degree in bassoon performance from the UW-Madison School of Music in 2008. She began her undergraduate studies in modern bassoon in 2004 in the studio of Professor Marc Vallon, who also introduced her to the baroque bassoon and historical performance practice, which then inspired Julia’s career choices. Next, Julia completed her Master of Music at The Juilliard School as a member of the inaugural class of the Historical Performance Program, and upon graduation, she moved to Basel, Switzerland, where she completed post-graduate studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and at the Conservatorio Giusepe Verdi in Milan.
Currently residing in Basel, Julia works as a freelance historical and modern bassoonist, performing in both Europe and the United States. Julia appears regularly with orchestras in Germany and Switzerland, including both of Basel’s professional period orchestras, La Cetra and Capriccio Basel, the latter of which recently invited her to perform as concerto soloist. On CD, she may be heard as bassoon soloist with the Zürcher Barockorchester. On this side of the Atlantic, Julia has performed and recorded with Tempesta di Mare, baroque orchestra of Philadelphia, and last summer recorded works by Vivaldi with Rachel Barton Pine in Evanston, Illinois.
As a native of Madison, Julia has performed with the Madison Bach Musicians, where she first experienced and found her passion for playing Bach while an undergraduate. She loves sharing both known and lesser-known works with audiences and is fascinated by the unifying nature of making and sharing music with people of different cultures and backgrounds.
Scott Gendel (DMA 2005) lives in Southwest Virginia, working as a freelance composer, pianist, and vocal coach, as well as raising his two girls, Twyla and Lotte, ages 4 and 6. Scott’s art song, “At Last,” is featured on AN AIDS QUILT SONGBOOK: Sing For Hope, performed by soprano Camille Zamora, renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and Scott at the piano. Recent commissions include the song cycle “I’m Afraid It’s You” commissioned by Virginia Tech and tenor Brian Thorsett, and a choral cycle with cello and piano commissioned by Santa Clara University and Dr. Scot Hanna-Weir (MM in choral conducting from UW-Madison). Last year, Endstation Theatre premiered Scott’s full-length theatrical work UNEARTHED, which blends Appalachian folk music, operatic gestures, and musical theatre styles. As a pianist, Scott frequently collaborates with singers and instrumentalists on recitals, and is the official pianist and vocal coach for Madison Opera, where he works three times a year. As of this year, Scott’s vocal works are published by Classical Vocal Reprints. Other works are available from ECS Publishing and the Tuba/Euphonium Press, while recordings of Scott’s music are available on Naxos, Albany, and GPR Records.
Ten current and former students of the graduate program in music theory gave papers at the joint meeting of the American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Theory at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, November 6-9, 2014.
Alumni presenting at the conference were Amy Bauer (MM, currently Associate Professor of Music University of California at Irving), “Ideology Compositional Process, Optics, and Form in Georg Friedrich Haas’s In vain,” William O’Hara (MA 2010, currently completing a PhD at Harvard University), “Possible Mozarts: Recomposition and Counterfactual Logic,” Joseph Salem (MA 2007, currently completing a PhD at Yale University), “Boulez Revised: Pragmatism in the Composer’s Formative Works,” August Sheehy (MA 2008, currently completing a PhD at the University of Chicago), “‘I Know What I Love in My Mozart’: Gottfried Weber and the Problem of Judgment,” and Allison Wente (MA 2011, currently completing a PhD at the University of Texas at Austin), “Stockpiling Memories: The Player Piano, the Phonograph, and Bergson’s Two Modalities of Memory.”
Recent PhDs giving papers were Christopher Barry (PhD 2013), “Song Analysis Beyond Representation: Inner Worlds in Mahler’s Second Kindertotenlied,” Jeffrey DeThorne (PhD 2010, currently teaching at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater), “Ionizing Timbral Agents through Prismatic Dispersion in Varèse’s Hyperprism (1924),” and Anders Tobiason (PhD 2012), “Rotational Form and the Price of Assimilation in Schubert’s ‘Sei mir gegrüßt.”
Two current PhD candidates also gave papers: James Bennett (currently teaching at Northern Iowa University), “Badiou, Music, and Music Theory,” and Garreth Broesche (currently teaching at the University of Houston), “Glenn Gould, Musical Ontology, and the Filmmaking Analogy.”
Steven Morrison (MM 1988) serves as Editor of the Journal of Research in Music Education. Steve is Professor of Music and Chair of Music Education at the University of Washington where he is also Director of the Laboratory for Music Cognition, Culture and Learning and conductor of the UW (the other UW) Symphonic Band.
Scott Roeder (DMA 2008) teaches Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Texas-Pan American and recently was promoted to Associate Professor and awarded tenure. This past year Scott was a featured artist at the 2104 International Tuba Euphonium Conference at Indiana University. In 2013 Scott was invited to be an adjudicator at the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Competition at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
Warren Gooch (DMA 1988) has received multiple awards as a professor of music theory and composition at Truman State University in Missouri. His most recent awards include the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013, and he was named the Truman State University’s Educator of the Year in 2012.
Paula Matthusen (BM 2001) was recently awarded the 118th Rome Prize in Musical Composition by the American Academy in Rome. Recipients of this award are given the opportunity to travel to Rome for as little as six months to two years with a stipend, studio, and room and board.
Gina Rivera (BM 2002, MM 2004) completed her PhD at Harvard University. Her dissertation was a study of the dancers and actresses at the Paris opera in the 1700’s. Dr. Rivera is currently writing a book on the moralistic roots of Enlightenment opera criticism in the French sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Brad Carman (BM 2004) works as a freelance educator specializing in saxophone fundamentals, improvisation, and jazz. He has worked with the UW-Madison High School Honors Jazz Ensemble, UW Summer Music Clinic, Madison Music Foundry, and several other local student jazz groups. Brad can be heard on several recordings which include albums by The Big Payback, Quattro Formaggi Saxophone Quartet, Roundtree Wind Ensemble, and others. He will be speaking about the importance of improvisation in mainstream music education at the 2014 Wisconsin Educators’ Convention and hopes to publish his own improvisation method in the coming year.
Graduate Alexander Norris (BA, 2012) (second from left) is now second violinist with the Permian Basin String Quartet in Midland, Texas. He received a master’s degree in violin performance from Texas Tech in Lubbock.
News from F. Gerard Errante, MM 1964.
“I’m writing to you to let you know of my recent CD release on Ravello Records titled The Lyric Clarinet. This recording is a bit of a departure from my previous more contemporary ventures as it contains my transcriptions of French, German, as well as North and South American Art Songs.”
“Errante’s playing here is superb … There are twenty-one short little gems in this recital and this represents some beautiful and relaxing listening for anyone, I should imagine. For serious clarinetists, here is another look – perhaps that ‘rediscovery’ – at one of the country’s great players and whose artistry we should all emulate.” Audiophile Audition
Kent Eshelman (MM 2004) teaches tuba and euphonium at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He and his wife, released their newest album, Flavors, with Equilibrium®, available now on iTunes and Amazon. The CD features many unrecorded works by artists such as Bruce Broughton, Frank Lynn Payne, and Anthony Plog, as well as transcriptions of works by Schubert, Bozza, and Telemann.
Scott Brickman (BM 1987) composed his second album, Dear Darwin, with Ravello Records. The album sets twenty-six poems by Kathleen Ellis and explores many of Charles Darwin’s studies. Brickman is currently professor and chair of the Arts and Science Division at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.
Tubist Eugene Anderson (BM 1968) remains active after sixty years as a performer and composer. Among his many accomplishments, Eugene has released more than 150 compositions for tuba, band, orchestra, musical theatre and more. Recently, Anderson was one of 80 nominees for the 2014 Governor’s Arts Award, a prestigious award presented by the Arizona Citizens for the Arts, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the Office of the Governor.
The Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra begins its 2014-2015 season with many UW-Madison School of Music Alumni (from left to right): Jim Kowalsky (BM 1957, MM 1963), Bob Olson (BM 1976), and Karl Knapp (MM 2002, PhD 2005), as well as (not pictured) Jane Aspnes (MM 1966) and John Aspnes (BS 1963, BM 1965). The late Gordon Wright (MM 1961), who also founded the touring Arctic Chamber Orchestra, conducted the FSO for twenty years.
Peter Wood (MM 1991) is an associate professor of trumpet at the University of South Alabama in Mobile and the ITG Publications editor, where he edits the International Trumpet Guild Journal and oversees all online and print publications.
Sean Greene (MM 2002, DMA 2005) lives in Knoxville, Tennessee where he teaches tuba and composition at Carson-Newman University. He is also the band director at Robertsville Middle School in Oak Ridge and the artistic director for the annual Calvin Smith Brass Quintet competition in Knoxville. Greene also composes and arranges for many bands and orchestras, including the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.
David Rentz (MM 2002) lives in Southern California teaching at Scripps and Pomona College and serving as the music director of the Orange County Symphony. He is also the choir director at the First Congregational Church of Riverside, California.
Thompson Brandt (PhD 1985) published The Influence of Don R. Marcouiller with Bookstand Publishing as a tribute to Don R. Marcouiller, the UW-Madison Marching Band Director and Assistant Director of Bands from 1951-1955. The book also promotes funding to the Don R. Marcouiller Endowment for Band Excellence at Drake University.
Rebecca Stidolph (BM 1989), as a member of the Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble, was awarded the Chorus America/ASCAP Alice Parker Award for a performance on March 31, 2012. The “In Remembrance” concert featured “The Unutterable” by Robert Kyr, a work originally performed by the Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble.
Kathleen Theisen (MM 1996) is the current president of the Connecticut State Music Teachers Association, Inc., and has served in national offices of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). Theisen is also an independent piano and voice teacher, as well as a free-lance pianist and vocal performer.
Dr. Bruce Wood (MM 1980, PhD 2002) has worked to improve several states’ strings programs. Most recently at Texas Tech University, he was awarded with over $65,000 in teaching and research grants for multiple projects, including the Texas Tech String Project. His studies can be found in many strings-related magazines.
Brian Hughes (DMA 2014) currently directs two musical groups—the Bettendorf Park Band and the Quad City Wind Ensemble (QCWE) of Davenport, Iowa. Hughes and the QCWE were recently invited to play at the 87th Iowa Bandmasters Association (IBA) conference in Des Moines.