May 2009 News

Posted by Erik Kibelsbeck on Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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!"