Professor Donn Schaefer had an exciting summer of performing and recording . . .
Recordings included a soundtrack for the upcoming movie "Bad Samaritan" and a new studio album with the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra. Live gigs included The Beach Boys, Eddie Daniels, Lee Musiker, Patti Austin, Vegas staple Bob Anderson, several shows with the Utah Symphony Orchestra, and playing in the house band for the Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival.
Tom Call, Jazz Trombonist and 2017 U of U graduate . . .
is headed to New York for graduate school. He will study at NYU with Elliot Mason and Alan Ferber. During Tom's senior year at the U, he composed the music for two CD projects and recitals. He is hosting a jazz festival on August 9.
Mark Davidson and Donn Schaefer hosted the first annual MountainWest Trombone Workshop . . .
at the University of Utah School of Music. This action packed day of music making included masterclasses, trombone ensemble rehearsals, group sessions, and a recital by Utah Symphony Principal Trombonist, Mark Davidson. Year two will be even bigger!
Professor Donn Schaefer, trombone performed with the orchestra in Utah Opera's production of Turnadot in March 2014.
DeAunn Davis performed with Fifth House Ensemble
DMA Horn Performance student DeAunn Davis performed with the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble at the New England Conservatory in September 2013.
Nick Burnham performed with the Utah Symphony
MM Trombone performance student Nick Burnham performed with the Utah Symphony several times during its 2013-14 season.
Seretta Hart appointed as instructor of trumpet at Utah Valley University
Alum Seretta Hart, DMA trumpet performance, was appointed as instructor of trumpet at Utah Valley University, in addition to teaching at Brigham Young University.
Jon Klein appointed as Assistant Professor of Horn at BYU Idaho
Alum Jon Klein, DMA horn performance, was appointed as Assistant Professor of Horn at Brigham Young University-Idaho.
Jonathan Allen appointed as primary trombone instructor for the University of Iowa
Alum Jonathan Allen, MM trombone performance, was appointed as primary trombone instructor for the University of Iowa.
Tully Cathey invited to play at Sun Valley
Faculty member Tully Cathey was invited to play Orfaly's Cowboy Bill at the Sun Valley Summer Symphony concert in August 2012, conducted by maestro Alasdair Neale.
Tully Cathey performed at Moab Music Festival
Tully Cathey performed at the 2012 Moab Music Festival, playing banjo in faculty member Jerry Elias's chamber work Conversations with Essie.
Devin Maxwell had a work for full orchestra performed . . .
at the inaugural concert of the Ostrava Days Festival in the Czech Republic and a work for electronics performed at the Transmission Festival in Karlsruhe, Germany. Igor Marques will have a work performed later this year at a festival in Brazil.
Xingzimin Pan’sThree American Paintings . . .
will be performed at a new music festival in Birmingham, Alabama in October. His work Dandelion was performed in June at the 21st Zoltan Kodaly International Children’s Choral Festival in Komlo, Hungary.
Morris Rosenzweig has commissions . . .
from the Shapiro Foundation and Chamber Music America. His recent performances include Heard Through Mixtful Eyes at the CRAC Center for Contemporary Art in Lamezia Terme, Italy; and the premiere of a work for chamber orchestra at Miller Theatre in New York.
Matthew Durrant composition premiered by the Tempo Ensemble
Ph.D. in composition student Matthew Durrant had his composition The Land of Standing Rocks: Three Southern Utah Landscapes premiered by the Tempo Ensemble at California State University, Northridge, in February 2014.
Devin Maxwell composition performed by Dedalus Ensemble
Composition Ph.D. student Devin Maxwell had his composition 40º 44' 5.82" N, 74º 1' 38.53" W performed by the highly regarded French-based Dedalus Ensemble in New York City in September 2013.
Haruhito Miyagi and Devin Maxwell string quartets premiered at Deer Valley
Composition PhD candidates Haruhito Miyagi and Devin Maxwell had their string quartets premiered at the Deer Valley Emerging Quartets and Composers Music Festival in summer 2013.
Jeremy Spindler received visiting Teaching Fellowship at Harvard
Master of Music in Composition alumnus Jeremy Spindler (Ph.D. 2011, Brandeis University) received a visiting Teaching Fellowship at Harvard University for 2012-13.
Devin Maxwell awarded grant from New Music
PhD student Devin Maxwell has been awarded a Commissioning Music/USA grant from New Music USA to write original music in collaboration with choreographer Jessica Gaynor for the 2013 season of the New York-based contemporary dance company Jessica Gaynor Dance.
Robert Balwin to conduct Arizona All-State Orchestra
Professor Robert Baldwin will conduct the Arizona All-State Orchestra in Tempe, Arizona in April 2014.
Larry Spell named Music Director/Conductor of Wasatch Symphony
DMA orchestral conducting student Larry Spell was named Music Director and Conductor of the Wasatch Symphony in 2013.
DMA conducting student Lawrence Spell's research published
DMA conducting student Lawrence Spell's research on conducting pedagogy and Laban technique was published in the fall 2012 Journal of the College Orchestra Directors Association.
The School of Music hosted its first Conductors Symposium
The School of Music hosted its first Conductors Symposium in January 2013, presented by percussion faculty Michael Sammons and Doug Wolf and featuring faculty guest speakers Robert Baldwin, Scott Hagen and Brian Sproul.
Congratulations, Dr. Bae!
In May 2013, Jong-hun Bae became the first person to earn the DMA in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Utah. Congratulations, Dr. Bae!
Larry Spell appointed Assistant Conductor for the Wasatch Symphony
Larry Spell, DMA student in Orchestral Conducting and Assistant Conductor for the Salt Lake Symphony was appointed Assistant Conductor for the Wasatch Symphony in spring 2013.
Robert Baldwin blog featured on the U's Redthread
Director of Orchestras Robert Baldwin blog Before the Downbeat: http://beforethedownbeat.wordpress.com/ was featured on the U's Redthread, featured on Salt Lake City View and WordPress' Freshly Pressed page.
Sang-Wook Sim secured a position at Chunnam Provincial College
Recent MM instrumental conducting graduate Sang-Wook Sim has secured a position at Chunnam Provincial College in the Republic of South Korea.
Jong-hun Bae selected as finalist for the Aurora Symphony Orchestra
DMA student Jong-hun Bae was selected as a finalist for the Aurora Symphony Orchestra in Colorado and will conduct the orchestra on October 19, 2012. http://aurorasymphony.org/events/music-director-search-2
Denson Angulo earned a DMA in bass performance and jazz studies
In May 2013, Denson Angulo became the first person in Utah to earn a DMA in bass performance and jazz studies.
Gordon Goodwin's Band performed on campus
In February 2012, Grammy Award-winning Gordon Goodwin's Little Phat Band performed on campus. Gordon Goodwin received three Emmy Awards and 13 Grammy nominations for his instrumental arrangement of "Incredits" for the movie "The Incredibles."
Jazz Ensemble I and Hot Club of Zion earned perfect scores
Jazz Ensemble I and the school's combo Hot Club of Zion stole the show by earning perfect scores at the UNC Greeley Jazz Festival in May 2012.
Scott Embley, Matt Weidner and Nate Ashbaugh received awards
At the 2011 Reno Jazz Festival, students Scott Embley, Matt Weidner and Nate Ashbaugh received awards for compositions, and all our soloists received Outstanding Soloist awards.
Karen Willie and Brittany May Presented their Research
Karen Willie and Brittany May, PhD students in music education, presented their research by invitation at the Utah Music Educators Association Conference in St. George in January 2013. Music Education faculty Mark Ely and Joelle Lien also presented their research at this conference.
Michael Mills named national winner of the ACDA Brock Student Commission
Choral music education student Michael Mills was named the national winner of the ACDA Brock Student Commission for his composition Raising the Bar, which was performed twice at the 2011 American Choral Directors' Conference in Chicago.
Heath Wolf earned Sudler Cup for 2012
Music Education alum Heath Wolf, director of the successful Farmington Jr. High band program, earned the coveted Sudler Cup for 2012, awarded by the John Philip Sousa Foundation for excellence in school band programs.
Student and teaching news . . .
Darlene Castro attended the Historical Notation Bootcamp at Yale University; with support of a University Teaching Grant, Dr. Elizabeth Craft brought composer Jeremy Howard Beck to campus in conjunction with Utah Opera’s performance of The Long Walk
Faculty presentations . . .
Dr. James Gardner participated in a week-long seminar on the aesthetics of Dietrich von Hildebrand; Dr. Jane Hatter and Dr. Pamela Jones presented papers at the Rocky Mountain Scholars Conference; Dr. Hatter also presented her work at the Renaissance Society of America conference; and Dr. Elizabeth Craft co-organized a panel at the Society for American Music conference
Faculty publications . . .
Dr. Catherine Mayes’s co-edited book Consuming Music: Individual, Institutions, Communities, 1730–1830 was published in the Eastman Studies in Music series; and Dr. Elizabeth Craft’s op-ed “Politics Invades the Theater? It’s Always Been There” was published in the Salt Lake Tribune and reprinted in the American Musicological Society’s blog Musicology Now
Briawna Anderson presented at the American Musicological Society's Regional Conference
Musicology Area student Briawna Anderson presented research at the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Musicological Society's Regional Conference in April 2013.
Dr. Catherine Mayes joined the U's faculty as an assistant professor of musicology
Dr. Catherine Mayes joined the U's faculty in fall 2012 as an assistant professor of musicology, after teaching at Cornell and the University of Notre Dame.
Three students presented at the American Musicological Society Conference
Three students, Briawna Anderson, Isabella Campos and Zachary Millman, presented papers by invitation at the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Musicological Society's 2012 Regional Conference.
Alumna Melanie Randall (2011) was named guest organist at the Tabernacle at Temple Square and performed her first recital in March 2014.
Dr. Linda Margetts gave a lecture BYU
Dr. Linda Margetts, adjunct assistant professor, gave a lecture on "The French Classical Organ" at Brigham Young University's 2012 Church Music Workshop.
The U held its first Summer Organ Workshop for young people
The U held its first Summer Organ Workshop for young people with intermediate piano skills to learn about the organ in August 2012.
Professor Doug Wolf received the 2014 Utah Percussive Arts Society (PAS) Service Award.
Dr. Sammons Joins the U's Faculty
Dr. Michael Sammons joined the U's faculty as assistant director of percussion in fall 2012; his successes include national appearances as a guest artist and clinician; various orchestra positions; founding the USA Steel Band and World Music Group; and serving as Director of Percussion at the University of South Alabama.
Heath Wolf earned the coveted 2012 Sudler Cup
Percussion alum Heath Wolf, who directs the successful Farmington Jr. High band program, earned the coveted 2012 Sudler Cup, awarded by the John Philip Sousa Foundation for excellence in school band programs.
DMA student Lindsey Wright was featured in the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute's 2014 Innovation Report.
Professor (Lecturer) Jeffrey Price was recently appointed as a Steinway Artist.
Xiaoyang Zhou placed second in the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition
Senior piano performance major Xiaoyang Zhou, student of Ning Lu, placed second in the College Students/Professional Category of the prestigious 2014 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition.
Matthew Weissman invited to Horowitz International Competition
DMA student Matthew Weissman was invited to the Horowitz International Competition for Young Pianists in Keiv, Ukraine in April 2014.
Josh Wright took first place at the Heide Hermann International Piano Competition
Alumnus Josh Wright took first place at the Heide Hermann International Piano Competition in Westport, CT in November 2013. He will perform a recital in Carnegie Hall in New York City with pianist Mary Anne Huntsman in February 2014.
Lenora Brown chosen as Hall of Fame recipient
Professor Lecturer Lenora Brown was chosen as the Clearfield High School Alumni Organization Hall of Fame recipient for 2013-2014.
Heather Bosshardt named Piano Area Chair at Snow College
Alumna Heather Bosshardt (2008) was named Piano Area Chair at Snow College in 2013.
Professor Myron Patterson appointed as Director of Music & Organist
Adjunct Associate Professor Myron Patterson was appointed as Director of Music & Organist at Holy Family Catholic Church in South Ogden in 2013.
Michael Stewart won first place
BM student Michael Stewart won first place in the 2012 American ProtÃ©gÃ© International Concerto Competition, winning the opportunity to perform in New York's Carnegie Hall.
Josh Wright made it to #1 on the Billboard Classic Traditional Chart
Recent MM graduate Josh Wright made it to #1 on the Billboard Classic Traditional Chart, beating out Andrea Bocelli, in April 2011.
Alumni harpist, Madison Harding . . .
recently won the principal harp position with Walt Disney World's Candlelight Orchestra. This is a full-time orchestra position.
The Graduate String Quartet won the national MTNA Chamber Music Competition for 2014, held in March in Chicago, IL.
Professors Hasse Borup, violin, and Heather Conner, piano, have just released their CD of 20th century American Composer Vincent Persichetti works (Naxos).
The Graduate String Quartet won first place
The Graduate String Quartet won first place at the MTNA Regional Chamber Music Competition in January 2013, allowing them to continue to the national finals in Chicago in March.
The Graduate Quartet attended the Robert Mann String Quartet Seminar
The Graduate Quartet attended the prestigious Robert Mann String Quartet Seminar by invitation with four other university quartets at the Manhattan School in New York City in January 2013.
Naxos American Classics Will Release Recordings By Associate Professor Hasse Borup, Violin, And Professor Heather Conner, Piano
In February 2014, Naxos American Classics will release Associate Professor Hasse Borup, violin, and Professor Heather Conner, piano, world premiere recordings of the 20th century composer Vincent Persichetti. It includes Sonata for Violin and Piano, op 14, which was rediscovered by Borup after being lost for over 70 years.
Danielle Lewis received an honorable mention
MM Violin student Danielle Lewis received an honorable mention in the Solo Division at the MTNA Regional Competition in January 2013.
Leslie Henrie appointed director of Bruin Chamber Orchestra
Alumna Leslie Henrie (2013) was appointed director of the Salt Lake Community College's new Bruin Chamber Orchestra in 2013.
Eugene Dyson performed in the Festival of Color
Undergraduate violist Eugene Dyson performed in the Festival of Color in South Carolina in October 2013.
Denson Angulo selected as principal bass for the Salt Lake Symphony
Assistant Professor Lecturer and Alumnus Denson Angulo (2013) was selected as principal bass for the Salt Lake Symphony in fall 2013.
David Yavornitzky selected to perform Henze Concerto for Contrabass with Utah Symphony
David Yavornitzky, adjunct professor of double bass, was selected to perform the Henze Concerto for Contrabass with the Utah Symphony, in February 2013; its first performance by a major American orchestra since the premier by the Chicago Symphony in 1967.
The Graduate String Quartet attended the Julliard Quartet Seminar
The Graduate String Quartet attended the prestigious Julliard Quartet Seminar in summer 2013 in New York City.
Hasse Borup and Heather Conner will make a world premiere
Faculty violinist Hasse Borup and Pianist Heather Conner will make a rare world premiere of a lost 70-year-old sonata by one of the most prolific and important American artists of the 20th Century, Vincent Persichetti, on September 30, 2012.
Utah Chamber Music Competition gave $2k in cash and scholarship prizes
Our student-run 2012 Utah Chamber Music Competition attracted 21 student ensembles from the west and gave out $2k in cash and scholarship prizes.
Honors String Quartet toured England
Members of the Honors String Quartet toured England with the Utah Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra in 2012, receiving rave reviews.
Kimberly Cannady received a tenure track position
Alumna Kimberly Cannady (2006) received a tenure track position in Ethnomusicology at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, NZ in 2013.
Associate Professor Lecturer Bruce Quaglia Presented Paper At The Society For Music Theory National Meeting
Associate Professor Lecturer Bruce Quaglia presented the paper "An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning and its Application to the Music Theory Classroom and Curriculum" at the Society for Music Theory National Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina in fall 2013.
Theory Area hosted guest scholar Dr. Gary Karpinkski
The Theory Area hosted guest scholar and aural-skill specialist Dr. Gary Karpinkski in September 2013.
Michael Chikinda presented at the Rocky Mount Society of Music Theory
Assistant Professor Michael Chikinda presented the paper "A Re-examination of Persichetti's Early Works with a Focus on the Violin Sonata, Op. 15, No. 1? " at the Rocky Mount Society of Music Theory at Northern Arizona in April 2013.
Pamela Jones presented at the Utah Music Teachers Association
Assistant Professor Pamela Jones gave the lecture presentation "Carl Czerny and the Internet: Two Resources for Speeding the Learning Process of Adult Beginner" at the Utah Music Teachers Association State Convention in October 2013.
Dr. Quaglia Commissioned by Music Theory Spectrum
Dr. Bruce Quaglia's article "Intertextual Relationships in Wuorinen and Late Stravinsky" appeared in the journal Theoria, and he was commissioned by the journal Music Theory Spectrum to review Joseph N. Straus' recent book "Extraordinary Measures" for a forthcoming 2012 issue.
Dr. Michael Chikinda published in Perspectives of New Music
Dr. Michael Chikinda's article on a composition by Arvo PÃ¤rt, "PÃ¤rt's Evolving Tintinnabuli Style," was published in Perspectives of New Music in 2011.
DMA student Melissa Heath will sing the soprano solo for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's sold-out concert of the Messiah on April 18 and 19, 2014.
Six students won major awards at the Western Region National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition in March 2014
In their divisions, Michelle Dean, Amber Stachitus, and Clara Hurtado Lee placed first, Melissa Heath, second; Mackenzie Matthews, third; and Ærin Loizons won an honorable mention.
Alumna Jill Dewsnup (2007) sang in the chorus for The Metropolitan Opera's 2013-14 production of Prince Igor.
DMA student Melissa Heath won the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artists Award (NATSSA) for the Utah Region in February 2014.
Alumnus Christopher Clayton (2002) sang the role of Tonio in Opera Birmingham's production of Pagliacci in March 2014.
Jessica Nápoles will conduct the Honor Choir for ACDA
Associate Professor Jessica Nápoles will conduct the Honor Choir for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Southern Division Conference in Jacksonville, Florida in March 2014.
Melissa Heath sang Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 3
DMA student Melissa Heath sang Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 3, Sinfonia espansiva, with the Utah Symphony in November 2013.
Robert Breault featured on a 2013 MSR Classics recording
Professor Robert Breault was featured on a 2013 MSR Classics recording of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with the Martingale Ensemble. In summer 2013, he sang with the Rundfunkorchester for the world premiere of Gerd Kühr's Messe.
Robert Breault sang the role of Narraboth in Utah Opera's fall 2013 production of Salome
Professor Robert Breault sang the role of Narraboth in Utah Opera's fall 2013 production of Salome; the Salt Lake Tribune praised his "outstanding performance." Vocal students Gretchen Windt and Tyler Oliphant joined him as members of the chorus.
Celena Shafer, Megan Cash, and Kirsten Gunlogson performed Fatal Song
Alumnae Celena Shafer (1999) and Megan Cash (2010) and Associate Professor Kirsten Gunlogson performed in the operatic play Fatal Song with Utah Opera in November 2013 at The Rose Wagner Theater.
Clara Hurtado Lee sang the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor
Alumna Clara Hurtado Lee (2003) sang the title role in Donizetti's opera, Lucia di Lammermoor in Italy in summer 2013.
Heidi Adair launched an opera series
Alumna Heidi Adair (2004) launched an opera series, Oper im Park, in St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria in 2011.
Sidnei Alferes launched FIO Americas Festival of International Opera
DMA student Sidnei Alferes launched FIO Americas Festival of International Opera in 2013 in Brazil.
Alumni Perform In Ohio Light Opera
Alumni Andrew and Olivia Maughan (2013), Alexa Butler (2013), Tara Sperry (2005), Nathan Brian (2004), and Stefan Gordon (2008) performed in the Ohio Light Opera 2013 summer season, along with Professor Julie Wright Costa, Associate Director and 25-year veteran.
Robert Breault sang the lead role of Tamino in Utah Opera's "Die Zauberflote"
Director of Opera Robert Breault sang the lead role of Tamino in Utah Opera's "Die Zauberflote" in March 2013, sharing the stage with DMA voice student Tyler Oliphant, who sang two smaller roles, offering a unique opportunity for professional collaboration between faculty and student.
Jessica Napoles conducted the Utah Women's Honor Choir at Abravanel Hall
In January 2013, Women's Chorus Director Jessica Napoles conducted the Utah Women's Honor Choir at Abravanel Hall. View video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkfYF7LkC7U
Julie Wright Costa was featured on the cover of Patter magazine
Voice faculty Julie Wright Costa was featured on the cover of Patter magazine (fall 2012, vol. 3) and in the issue for her work as a performer, stage director and associate artistic director of the Ohio Light Opera.
Michelle Alexander won first place
BM soprano Michelle Alexander won first place in the University Division of the 2012 Classical Singer Magazine Competition, besting 1,500 singers.
BM soprano Ruby White took first place
BM soprano Ruby White took first place in the vocal division of the Utah Conservatory's 2012 Con Brio Music Festival/Competition in Park City. BM soprano Alexia Butler won Best Communication award in the vocal division.
Melissa Heath and Emily Nelson won the district level competition of the 2012 NATSAA
DMA soprano Melissa Heath and DMA soprano Emily Nelson won the district level competition of the 2012 NATSAA District Vocal Competition.
DMA student Henry Caceres was featured in the U College of Fine Arts 2014 Studio Magazine.
U of U Clarinet Quartet invited to give a recital in Assi, Italy
The U of U Clarinet Quartet, which includes students Henry Caceres and Katty Marin and recent graduates Nick Morandi and Milagra McGee, was invited to give a recital at the International Clarinet Convention in Assi, Italy, in July 2013.
Scott Hagen conducted the Utah Wind Symphony
University Wind Ensemble Director Scott Hagen conducted the Utah Wind Symphony in February 2013 at the concert of the Utah Music Educators Association Conference in St. George, Utah, which featured special guest trumpeter Allen Vizzutti.
U Clarinet Quartet selected to perform
The U Clarinet Quartet was selected from hundreds of entries to perform at the International Clarinet Convention this August 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska, as well as to perform in a live broadcast on KBYU FM 89.
The alumni trio attended by invitation the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival
The alumni trio, Trio de Bois, attended by invitation the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival at the Juilliard School in summer 2012. Trio de Bois formed in 2011 of members Lori Shepherd, clarinet, Nicole Marriott, oboe and Elizabeth Ball Crawford, bassoon
Adam Snider and Cynthia Chen won $1,500
Two students - Adam Snider, tuba, and Cynthia Chen, flute - won $1,500 in the 2012 Utah Wind Symphony Students Concerto Competition.