Faculty Notes

A compilation of recent news, accomplishments, and publications of School of Music faculty.

Posted by Erik Kibelsbeck at 1:35PM

Brian DeMaris (opera/musical theatre) has accepted a position on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado, where he will be a vocal coach.  He will also continue with the Opera Theater of St. Louis.

Richard Faria (clarinet) was reviewed in Fanfare magazine for his performance of Stephen Hartke’s The Horse with the Lavender Eye: "The performance here is of the very highest standard. The clarinetist, Richard Faria, a professor at New York’s Ithaca College, stands out in his supreme command of his instrument, his clear identification with the projection of disjunct lines, and his sheer control."  Faria also participated in Ensemble X performances including the 60th birthday concert for Steven Stucky at Cornell, gave a solo recital at the Garth Newel Music Center during their summer festival, and joined IC faculty colleagues in a summer trio performance at Cornell’s Schwartz Center. He participated in a new interpretation of music for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, and a trio performance in New Bedford (MA). Faria also recently served as soloist with both the Ithaca College Concert Band and Chamber Orchestra.

This fall, Janet Galván (women’s chorale, chorus, music education) conducted the Alaska all state mixed chorus, the Mad River Festival in Dayton, Ohio, the collegiate/high school festival at the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee, and the North Carolina Treble Festival. She will take the Ithaca College Women's Chorale to ACDA Eastern Region in February. In the spring she will conduct the Hawaii Choral Festival and the New Hampshire Mixed Chorus All-State Chorus. In the summer of 2010, she will be the guest conductor for the Rhapsody Choral Festival which will be in Prague, Salzburg, and Vienna.

Nathan Hess (piano) judged the New York State Music Teachers National Association competitions for Junior Piano and Senior Piano at the fall state convention, held at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.  He will present a recital and piano masterclass at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center. In February he will play a solo piano recital at Mansfield University in Mansfield, PA, as part of their "Keyed Up" Recital Series.

Dan Isbell (music education) spoke the 6th International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education. University of Limerick, Ireland. He presented a study of undergraduate music student socialization with Dr. Josh Russell, University of Hartford. His dissertation was picked up by VDM Publishing House, Ltd. and published as a book. He also completed a chapter in the recently published book: Collaborative Action for Change: Selected proceedings from the 2007 symposium on music teacher education.

Emily Mason (music education) presented a research paper at the 2010 Biennial Music Educator National Conference on Research in Music Education and Music Teacher Education in Anaheim, California. She presented a paper titled Preservice Teachers' Perceptions of and Preference for Kodaly or Orff Methodologies Used in Teaching Elementary General Music.

Sally Lamb McCune (composition) was among five local artists receiving $1,000 each as part of the “CAP Stimulus Awards for Individual Artists.” These special grants from the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County (CAP) were created to encourage local artists to not only advance their own careers, but also take part in re-invigorating the local economy. The creation of these awards came fresh on the heels of news that CAP had received one of the 27 American Recovery & Reinvestment Act Grant Awards through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)

Jean Radice (organ) coordinated a joint performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, performing along with Mark A. Radice, Mary Holzhauer, M.M. '08, '09, Josh Oxford, '07, and Elena Nezhdanova M.M.’10

Deborah Rifkin (theory) presented at two conferences this semester: “A New Taxonomy for Learning in the Music Classroom,” International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning” and “The Post-Tonal Quick Switch in the Aural-Skills Classroom,” The Musical Ear, Indiana University. She also joined the editorial board for Music Theory Online, the electronic journal of the Society for Music Theory.

Lee Goodhew Romm (bassoon) attended the Amherst Early Music Festival in July and will play baroque bassoon in two performances at Cornell in the spring. On modern bassoon she recently performed the Strauss Duo Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon, Strings and Harp with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra.

Nicholas Walker (double bass) played a series of jazz festivals across Canada, including Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Victoria, and Montreal. He also played in Allentown, Syracuse, and many performances around Ithaca. He was featured in three sessions at the International Society of Bassists conference: Close Encounters with Historical Double Basses; and Nicholas Walker: It’s Not About Rules - Playing Baroque transcriptions on the Modern Double Bass, plus a concert Frescobaldi and the music of the viola bastarda. He did early and contemporary music performances at Cornell, as well as a concert with Tango Da Camara at the Guitar Foundation of America conference at Ithaca College.

Posted by Erik Kibelsbeck at 9:34AM

Frank Gabriel Campos (trumpet) has been engaged to play principal with the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra for the 2010 summer season. He is currently recording a solo CD.

Julie Carr (music education) is conducting the Nassau and Suffolk county junior high Long Island String Festival Association festivals. The Strings Off And Running (SOAR) program now has 43 students, many of whom are taught by the junior string education majors.

In October, Kim Dunnick (trumpet) began his term as Vice-President/President-Elect of the International Trumpet Guild. The ITG is an organization of trumpet professionals, students and enthusiasts from more than 60 countries.

Mark Fonder (music education, concert band) wrote seven entries on subjects in American music education commissioned by New Groves Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition. He also gave a presentation "Responsible Literature Selections for the Developing Band" at the International Conference of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles and guest conducted the Zhong Zheng Junior High School Band from Taiwan as the demonstration ensemble.

Tom Killian (jazz) played the Syracuse Jazz Festival with the John Stetch Trio (which includes fellow faculty members pianist John Stetch and bassist Nicholas Walker) this past summer, and is the house drummer at the Carriage House Café.

Jeffery Meyer (orchestra) continues as music director of the Water City Chamber Orchestra, with which he conducted five concerts in 2009. His St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic gave three concerts under his direction during the calendar year, and will embark upon a recording project with them for Harmonia Mundi in December, which will encompass three new song cycles based on Russian, French and English poems. In April he organized the Ithaca International Conducting Masterclass with Alexander Polishchuk of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. During the summer he led the FILharmoniKA Orchestra, Manila, Philippines in concert, and directed the orchestra at the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival. In October he conducted the Syracuse Symphony’s Halloween Family Concert. As a pianist, Meyer has concertized extensively with the “Strike” piano and percussion duo, as well as a recording project with Strike, and performing with fellow faculty members in recital.

Margaret Reitz (piano) performed with the Glickman Ensemble in Birmingham, UK, at the International Double Reed Society conference. She was a guest recitalist in Grenada, Spain for Interpretation of Spanish Song 2009.

Gregory Rudgers (music education) has three compositions for concert band being published by Carl Fischer. “Gilgamesh” was written for and dedicated to former bassoon professor Ed Gobrecht. “Night Fantasy” was written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first commission by the Ithaca High School Band under the direction of Frank Battisti. “Central Park Sketches” will be published by Manhattan Beach music; it was commissioned by and dedicated to the community Ithaca Concert Band, and includes an homage to its longtime conductor Henry Neubert.

Dana Wilson (composition) has had many performances of his music throughout the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Far East, including at festivals in Portugal, China, Germany, and Iceland. His chamber works--including Sing to Me of the Night—was featured on different programs of the NPR-syndicated program "Classical Guitar Alive!" He has published a chapter in the book "A Composer's Insight", edited by Timothy Salzman, "Colorado Peaks" published by Boosey and Hawkes, and an article on composing in the "Kansas Music Review." Recordings of his music to be released soon include: "Concerto for Trumpet and String Orchestra" by Rex Richardson, trumpet, and the Appassionata Ensemble of Montreal; "Musings" recorded by Gail Williams and Jennifer Hayghe; "Shallow Streams, Deep Rivers" recorded by the Chicago Chamber Musicians; Horn Concerto by hornist Adam Unsworth (formerly of the Philadelphia Orchestra) and the University of Michigan Symphonic Band; "Liquid Ebony" recorded by clarinetist Jana Starling and pianist Gail Novak; and "Calling, Ever Calling…" (concerto for oboe and wind ensemble) recording by oboist Mark Hill and the University of Maryland Wind Symphony; "Come Out and Play" recorded by the clarinet quartet of the West Point Band.


Posted by Erik Kibelsbeck at 8:38AM

Frank Campos (trumpet) was featured recently on NPR's Performance Todayplaying an original solo piece he performed on a Syracuse Society for New Music concert.

Richard Faria (clarinet) had a recording of music by Stephen Hartke listed in the San Jose Mercury News article on "Recommended Summer Listening."  The reviewer wrote "The performances here, by the Los Angeles Piano Quartet, clarinetist Richard Faria, violinist Ellen Jewett and pianist Xak Bjerken, are exceptional; they breathe this music."

Jeffery Meyer (orchestra) recently appeared in the Hermitage Theatre with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic ( in the opening concert of the 14th International Musical Olympus Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, featuring young international prize winners as soloists, including the principal bassoon of the Kirov Orchestra. Other orchestras represented in the festival include the Mariinsky Orchestra and St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Later in the summer he will appear for the second time in Manilla, Philippines with the FILharmoniKA Orchestra in an all-American program supported by the US Embassy with works by Copland, Barber, Bernstein and Dello Joio.

Deborah Rifkin (theory) will present a paper on "The Post-Tonal Quick Switch in the Aural Skills Classroom" at the Musical Ear Conference to be held at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana on Sept. 25, 2009. Also, her essay, "Telling a Textured Tale: A Narrative Music Analysis of Jennifer Higdon's blue cathedral," was accepted for inclusion in a book titled Analytic Essays on Music by Women Composers.

Lee Goodhew Romm (bassoon) is continuing her study of the baroque at a baroque bassoon workshop in NYC during June and at the Amherst Early Music Festival in July.

Dana Wilson (composition) had the following works recorded: "Concerto for Trumpet and String Orchestra" by Rex Richardson, trumpet, Montreal, Canada.  "Musings" recorded by Gail Williams and Jennifer Hayghe.  "Shallow Streams, Deep Rivers" recorded by the Chicago Chamber Musicians.  Horn Concerto by hornist Adam Unsworth (formerly of the Philadelphia Orchestra) and the University of Michigan Symphonic Band  "Liquid Ebony" (concerto for clarinet and wind ensemble or orchestra) by John Parrette and the U.S. Military Band at West Point.  "Calling, Ever Calling…" (concerto for oboe and wind ensemble) recording by oboist Mark Hill and the University of Maryland Wind Symphony.  His chamber music was the topic of a doctoral dissertation at the University of Minnesota and featured at the doctoral recital; and "Masks" was the topic of a DMA thesis at USC.

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Posted by Erik Kibelsbeck at 9:50AM

The Ithaca Wind Quintet (Wendy Herbener Mehne, flute; Paige Morgan, oboe; Michael Galván, clarinet; Lee Goodhew Romm; and Alex Shuhan, horn will be performing works by Dana Wilson, Rob Paterson, and Kenji Bunch at the National Flute Association Convention in New York City on August 15, 2009.

Brian DeMaris (opera/musical theatre) will be serving as principal coach at Opera Theater of St Louis.

The International Trumpet Guild has recently elected Kim Dunnick (trumpet) as Vice-President/President-elect. Dunnick’s term as Vice President begins October 2009, and he will become president for two years beginning October 2011. The ITG is an organization of nearly 7,000 trumpeters from over 60 countries. The organization publishes an academic quarterly journal, hosts an annual conference, commissions music, sponsors international competitions and provides various types of support for trumpeters throughout the world.

Richard Faria (clarinet) perfomed in Merkin Hall and the Eastman School of Music as a guest artists with the Zephyros Wind Quintet, as a soloist in Stravinsky’s Ebony Concerto with the Cornell University Wind Ensemble, and at Cornell University’s first annual Mayfest Music Festival, where he gave a performance of György Kurtág’s Hommage à R. Sch., op. 15/d with Cynthia Phelps, principal viola of the New York Philharmonic. He also performed a series of concerts of the Mozart and Brahms clarinet quintets themed Klarnet Aşkına (for the Love of Clarinet), with a string quartet comprised of Turkish and American performers, touring Didim, Bodrum, and Kapadokya, Turkey. During that summer, he also performed at the Garth Newel Music Festival in Warm Springs, VA, and with the Syracuse Society for New Music’s summer festival “Cazenovia Counterpoint” in Cazenovia, NY. This past winter, Richard performed with and conducted the Ithaca College faculty/student contemporary chamber ensemble Kulmusik, in their winter tour of Ithaca, Syracuse, Rochester and St. Petersburg Russia.

In February, the Center for Music Education Research awarded Dan Isbell (music education) the "Outstanding Emerging Researcher Award" for the Seventh Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium. At the symposium, he shared some of his recent research on Role Model selection and Career Commitment among music education undergraduate students. In April, he presented the findings from a study conducted with students at Ithaca College, University of Arkansas, and University of Colorado at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting in San Diego, California.

The Board of Trustees of Ithaca's Cayuga Vocal Ensemble is pleased to announce the appointment of Carl Johengen (voice) as its new music director.  Comprised of sixteen classically trained musicians, the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble performs a wide range of choral repertoire from the middle ages to the present, and has collaborated with many local regional arts organizations including the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the New York State
Baroque Orchestra, and the Ithaca Opera. In addition to his activities as a conductor, Johengen has sung recently with the Hamilton College and Community Oratorio Society, and with the Burlington VT Choral Society.

Timothy Johnson (theory, chair of graduate studies) will present a paper on "Portraits of the Chinese Landscape in John Adams's Nixon in China" at the Second International Conference on Minimalist Music at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, September 2-6, 2009. Presently, he is working on a book on this opera.

Jenine Lawson (theory) will deliver two presentations at the Society for Music Perception and Cognition conference, which will take place August 3-7 in Indianapolis. The presentations are titled "The Perception of Predominant Chords," and "Hearing Interval Patterns in Atonal Melodies."

Wendy Herbener Mehne (flute) gave a masterclass and performed a recital with Andrea Merrill and Christine Gustafson at East Carolina University and on the Raleigh Flute Association's Collaborations Concert March 28 & 29, 2009. She will be performing as a guest artist with the Oakwood Chamber Players on their 25th Anniversary Concerts in Madison, Wisconsin May 30 & 31, 2009. She will also be performing George Crumb's Vox Balaenae with Diane Birr and Heidi Hoffman at the National Flute Association Convention in New York City on August 16, 2009.

This spring Steve Peterson (wind ensemble) conducted honor bands in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, as well as the Colorado and Kentucky All State Bands. He also travelled to Doha, Qatar to conduct an international honor band comprised of students from 45 different countries.

Jean Radice (organ and harpsichord) organized a performance of the entire Well-Tempered Clavier Book II of J. S. Bach on the School of Music’s Hubbard and Dowd harpsichords. She shared the stage with three harpsichord students: Mary Holzhauer MM ‘08, MM ‘09, Nicholas Place ‘09, and Jonathan Riss ’09. To celebrate the acquisition of a new continuo organ Radice was joined by faculty colleagues Deborah Montgomery, Kim Dunnick, Randie Blooding, and Paige Morgan, with a student chamber orchestra conducted by Kevin Ryan MM ’09 for a recital of Bach solo cantatas and a Handel organ concerto. The continuo organ, built in 2008 by David Leach of the UK, is a single rank instrument with four stops, suitable for all forms of continuo playing, small organ concertos, and accompaniment. It is capable of being played at both A440 and A415, making it ideal for early music ensembles.

Margaret Reitz (piano) will be one of two pianists playing at the Barcelona International Festival of Song and will be a guest artist collaborating on vocal recitals in Granada, Spain week of July 16-23.

Gordon Stout (percussion) was guest artist at the Mid-Missouri Percussion Arts Trophy festival in Lebanon, MO in March. Also in March, he appeared at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA. He gave a masterclass and recital at Central Washington University for the Washington State Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion, and was featured guest soloist at The Northwest Percussion Festival 2009 at the University of Oregon. Stout had a new composition premiered in Toronto by the percussion group Nexus in April at the Glenn Gould studio in the CBC building for Radio-Canada. He performed the opening night concert of the Fingerlakes Environmental Film Festival 2009 on with IC faculty members Susan Waterbury and Patrice Pastore, guest artist Dane Richeson and IC student Colleen Clark. He was also guest artist at the Pennsylvania Day of Percussion 2009 in Pottstown, PA on April 18, 2009.

Dana Wilson (composition) has had many performances of his compositions lately. The Northeast Horn Workshop devoted the final evening concert to his horn music. His Concerto for Trumpet and String Orchestra was performed in Montreal, Canada by Rex Richardson and Ensemble Appassionata in February. “Shallow Streams, Deep Rivers” was performed for the second time by the Chicago Chamber Musicians on NPR's Performance Today and was performed live on WFMT in Chicago, and aired nationally on NPR in March. The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra performed his bassoon concerto "The Avatar," with soloist Lee Goodhew Romm, "To set the darkness echoing…" was featured at the University of North Texas Conductors Collegium, June '09.Four chamber works--Sing to Me of the Night, Kundalini, Shakatong, and Luminescence (along with an interview)--featured on four different programs of the NPR-syndicated program "Classical Guitar Alive!"


Posted by Erik Kibelsbeck at 3:16PM

Frank Gabriel Campos (trumpet) presented two days of performances and master classes at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston as part of the Tenneco Lecture Series. In February, Campos' music will be featured in a concert by the Society for New Music in Syracuse, NY. In March, he will play the Concerto for Trumpet by Robert Russell Bennett with the Cornell University Wind Ensemble.

Richard Faria (clarinet) and his newly formed chamber group Trio Volans toured Europe last spring, with performances in Italy, the Netherlands, and Germany. Faria also visited Turkey this summer for series of performances and was awarded an IDF grant to study traditional Turkish clarinet in Istanbul with the Turkish clarinet virtuoso Serkan Çağrı.

Steven Mauk (saxophone) was a featured guest artist at the Eugene Rousseau Celebration conference October 3-5, 2008, at the University of Greensboro, in Greensboro, North Carolina. He performed, presented a master class, and served on a panel discussing Dr. Rousseau's legacy to the saxophone profession. Mauk recently concluded a concert tour of colleges and universities in Ohio and Michigan in November by Remeleixo (duo for soprano saxophone and guitar with Mauk and Cohen). Mauk also wrote the foreword for new book, Larry Teal: There Will Never Be Another You, a biography of Teal, the first full-time saxophone professor in the United States who taught for many years at the University of Michigan. He has been commissioned write a book, entitled Master Classes, with Steven Mauk to be published by Kendor Music.

Wendy Mehne (flute) recently concluded the fifth Ithaca Flute Institute, a week of master classes, workshops, and concerts given by Mehne and Ithaca native Leone Buyse, professor of flute at Rice University and former acting principal flute of the Boston Symphony; and Claudia Anderson and Jill Felber -- the dynamic flute duo ZAWA!

Lee Goodhew Romm (bassoon) received a summer research grant from Ithaca College to study the baroque bassoon with Paul Carroll in London. She will be a featured guest artist at the Schedectady Community College Double Reed Day on March 28, where she will perform and present several master classes.  Lee is playing Dana Wilson's Bassoon Concerto "The Avatar," with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra on April 4.

Gordon Stout (percussion) traveled to Australia to perform, conduct master classes, and judge the Australian International Marimba Festival, which will take place at the Australian National University in Canberra.


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