Faculty Notes

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

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.


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