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fall 2007

CHORAL & music education areas offer clinic

The Third Annual High School Choral Clinic was held on campus in the UNM Center for the Arts on Friday, September 14.  This event is hosted by the Department of Music for local high school choristers and their teachers.  The aim is to help these young singers hone their vocal skills as they prepare to audition for the All-State choirs.  Nearly all the vocal, choral and music education staff were involved, presenting workshops on vocal technique, sight-reading and other topics.  Some two hundred students participated, making this a highly successful year for the program.

ghanaian musicians visit unm

Last spring, Dr. Steven Feld, Professor of Anthropology and Contemporary World Music, spent the semester for a third time in Accra, Ghana, recording, teaching, and performing with Accra Trane Station, a group that plays music inspired by John Coltrane on thirty-five African instruments, many of them unique inventions. The group toured in Italy in May and then came for a week of teaching and performance residency at UNM in October, sponsored by the College of Fine Arts and the Departments of Anthropology and Native American Studies.  During the residency, Ghanaian musicians Nii Noi Nortey and Nii Otoo Annan taught lessons on African jazz for Dr. Feld's Anthropology of World Beat class, did a musical encounter with Native American musicians and instrument makers in Prof. Maria Williams' Native American Music class, gave a presentation for the Jazz History class, and did a session with Prof. Scott Ney's percussion students.  Together with Dr. Feld, as the Accra Trane Station trio, they performed a concert at Albuquerque’s Outpost Performance Space to launch their new CD, Another Blue Train.

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trombone students have a busy semester

The trombone studio of Karl Hinterbichler has had a very busy semester.  Trombonist Michael Svoboda presented a masterclass and recital in November.  Michael is a trombone soloist and composer in Europe and has worked with some of the most noted musicians of our time, including Karlheinz Stockhausen.  Dr. William Stanley, Professor of Trombone at the University of Colorado at Boulder, taught a masterclass in October.  Alexei Dohovskoy, trombonist of the Empire Brass, also presented a trombone masterclass in October in conjunction with the Empire Brass performance in Keller Hall, and Dr. JoDee Davis, Professor of Trombone at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, gave a masterclass in November.  Dr. Maureen Horgan, Professor of Trombone at Georgia State College, will be presenting a recital and masterclass in January, and Weston Sprott, trombonist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City, will present a class in April.  Dr. Hinterbichler’s trombone students performed Keller Hall recitals of solo works in October and an ensemble program in November. The latter also featured the Ambush Brass, an adult amateur trombone choir in Albuquerque.

Davis masterclass
 
Students with Dr. JoDee Davis

string students attend masterclass

Violinist Hasse Borup and pianist Heather Connor of the University of Utah performed as guest artists in October in Keller Hall.  Their unusual program consisted of three sonatas by the Danish composer Niels W. Gade, and the performance was in preparation for an upcoming recording for Naxos.  Dr. Borup is the director of Music@Menlo’s Chamber Music Institute and was a founding member of the award-winning Coolidge Quartet.  Steinway Artist Heather Conner has a D.M.A. from the Manhattan School of Music, a Master of Music from the Yale University School of Music, and a bachelor’s degree in Music from the Curtis Institution.  Both artists gave masterclasses for music students in conjunction with their visit to UNM.

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FACULTY NOTES

 

Rahim AlHaj has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Traditional World Music Album (Vocal or Instrumental) for "When The Soul Is Settled: Music Of Iraq," recorded with percussionist Souhail Kaspar on the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label.  Mr. AlHaj teaches classes in Middle Eastern Music as part of UNM’s Contemporary World Music course offerings.  He recently released his fifth CD recording, “Home Again,” a compilation of new solo oud compositions about the longed-for journey that he undertook in February 2004 after the fall of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.  It was a journey back to his homeland of Iraq and to his family home after thirteen years of exile in Jordan, Syria, and the United States, and of coming “home again” to his dearly loved, newly-adopted home of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Professor Bradley Ellingboe has been selected to be this year's recipient from the College of Fine Arts of the University Libraries' Faculty Acknowledgement Award.  This program honors outstanding academic work by a member of the faculty from each college and school at the University.  Professor Ellingboe presented his work as Director of Choral Activities at a public reception on November 15th in the Willard Room of Zimmerman Library.

Dr. Steven Feld’s research and soundscape compositions about the sounds of water on four continents (New Guinea, Africa, Japan, Europe) was featured in recent concerts and lectures in the U.S. (at ASU and UWM), as well as in Norway, Denmark, and Italy.  Finnish radio will soon devote an hour program to his work on the sounds of Artic water melt and warming.

Falko Steinbach Falko Steinbach, Associate Professor of Piano. played two solo recitals in Albuquerque this fall at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and in UNM’s Keller Hall. He was also an adjudicator for the “Quarto Concorso Interna-tionale di Compositione Stefano Ferrari” in Italy and for the Concerto Competition at the University of Arizona in Tucson.  His book A Compendium of Piano Technique was also published in English by Verlag Edmund Bieler of Cologne.

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On September 9th, Tatiana Vetrinskaya, Instructor of Piano, and Steven Wiseman made their debut as a piano duo ensemble, performing music from France and Russia. The performance was in UNM’s Keller Hall, and the duo performed Saint-Saëns' Variations on a Theme of Beethoven, Poulenc’s Sonata, and Suite No. 2 by Rachmaninoff. Mrs. Vetrinskaya is the featured performer of three CD recordings:  Piano Compositions by John Robb, Russian Piano Music by Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, and Scriabin, and John Robb’s Piano Concerto, which she recorded with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.  Most recently, Mrs. Vetrinskaya performed and gave masterclasses at the Corsi Internazionali di Musica in Urbino, Italy.  In addition to serving on the UNM faculty, she is the founder and director of the New Mexico School of Music, a private music school in Albuquerque.  Steven Wiseman, former faculty member of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, is currently teaching privately in Corrales and serves as instructor and Chair of Keyboard Studies at the New Mexico School of Music.

Karl Hinterbichler is currently at work on a workshop/brochure for band directors entitled “Improving the Sound of Your Brass Section  (Marching and Concert).”  In October he taught at the University of Illinois.  Recent publications include arrangements for brass quintet of Three Spirituals, Bergamasca Variations by Samuel Scheidt and Marche des Gibaros, from Souvenir de Porto Rico, Op. 31 by Luis Moreau Gottschalk, all published by Cherry Classics Music (Vancouver, Canada, http://www.cherry-classics.com).  Dr. Hinterbichler has also written a forward to the orchestral score of La Jeunesse d’Hercule, by Camille Saint-Saëns, published by Musikproduktion Höflich in Munich, Germany. Dr. Hinterbichler continues to serve as Assistant Editor for the International Trombone Association Journal, with responsibilities for new literature and programs.  His reviews of Christopher Rouse's Artemis and Martin Rokeach's Ninth Ave. Hustle appeared in the October edition; he also contributed reviews of Virgil Thomson’s The Plow That Broke the Plain and John Frith’s Behind the Mask for the July edition.  He also continues to perform as principal trombonist for Opera Southwest.

Jacqueline Zander-Wall, Instructor of Voice, performed Henry Brant's Rainforest with Santa Fe New Music on October 10.  On November 11, she sang Brahms lieder with accompanist Louise Bass at St. John's United Methodist Church in Albuquerque.  Also in November, she performed Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Bernstein’s Make Your Garden Grow with the Valdosta Symphony and Valdosta State University Chorus in Valdosta, Georgia.  She also performed Vivaldi’s Gloria, together with Leslie Umphrey, Associate Professor of Voice, at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church on December 16th.
Soloists in Valdosta
 

Jacqueline Zander-Wall with fellow soloists in Valdosta
L to R:  Marc Schreiner, tenor; Jacqueline Zander-Wall, mezzo-soprano
Steven Pence, baritone; Mara Bonde, soprano


Jeff Piper and Maynard Ferguson's daughters Jeffrey Piper, Professor of Trumpet and President of The International Trumpet Guild, recently presented the guild's highest award to the late Maynard Ferguson.  The award was received by Ferguson's daughters, Lisa and Wilder.

Pamela Pyle, Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano, has had a busy semester of performances.  She was pianist for the third annual Robert McDuffie and Friends Fall Festival for strings at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Ms. Pyle also performed the world premiere of the piano sextet, Trotsky's Train, by David Avshalomov, with the Denali String Quartet and Nico Abondolo, bass, in Santa Monica, California.  She also performed two concerts in New Hampshire on the Sant Bani concert series with violinist Ittai Shapira.  At UNM, she performed recitals with Denise Reig Turner, Instructor of Bassoon, Richard White, Assistant Professor of Tuba, and Gabriel Gordon, violin, conductor of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony.     She was the pianist for the UNM Opera Theatre's production of “Mozart and Salieri” by Rimsky-Korsakov, and was a soloist with the Albuquerque Philharmonic for Beethoven's Triple Concerto.  She also organized the daylong series of performances by students from Music, Theatre and Dance for the President's Open House Weekend.

Maxine Thévenot, Director of Las Cantantes, was a featured artist in the Summer 2007 issue of Peaks and Plains, the in-flight magazine of Great Lakes Airlines.  The four-page article, entitled “Pipe Dream–Life Dream” was written by Kay Bjork and describes Maxine’s career and her philosophy about music.  Dr. Thévenot has performed throughout Europe, Great Britain and North America as a concert organist and choral director.  In addition to serving on the UNM music faculty, she is the Associate Organist-Choir Director at the Cathedral Church of St. John in Albuquerque and is the founding director of the professional vocal ensemble New Mexico’s POLYPHONY, an ensemble of professional singers who perform a widely varied, primarily a cappella repertoire.
Polyphony
 
Maxine Thévenot (bottom row, far right) with POLYPHONY

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The following Department of Music faculty have recently received
2007-2008 grants from the College of Fine Arts:

Christopher Shultis, Professor of Theory and Composition, was awarded a Research and Creative Work Grant of $1,000 toward expenses to guest lecture at the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut, Heidelberg.

Maxine Thévenot, Director of Las Cantantes, will receive a Research and Creative Work Grant of $1,000 toward production expenses for the choir’s third audio recording.

David Schepps, Associate Professor of Cello, was awarded a Research and Creative Work Grant of $930 toward the editing and organization of 30+ hours of recorded cello lessons, coaching and interviews with leading U.S. quartet cellists into a DVD for teaching purposes.

Regina Carlow, Assistant Professor of Music Education, will receive a Career Development Grant of $1000 toward travel to present a workshop at the International Society for Music Education conference in Bologna, Italy, in July 2007, and to meet with other contributors to an upcoming ISME book for which she has been invited to write a chapter.

Cármelo de los Santos, Assistant Professor of Violin, will receive a Career Development Grant of $224 toward registration fees for the 2008 American String Teachers Association National Conference in Albuquerque in 2008.

Kimberly Fredenburgh, Assistant Professor of Viola, was awarded a Career Development Grant of $418 for attending and presenting an educational session at the 2008 ASTA National Conference in Albuquerque.


 

STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS

Karl Hinterbichler reports that his graduate trombone student Lynette Zimmerman accepted a position last summer as Development Services Project Coordinator for the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Her duties will include working on the fundraising team for the orchestra. 

Lauren Anderson, senior piano major and student of Falko Steinbach, was the winner of the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico (PMTNA) Young Artist Competition in Piano, held in November at San Juan College in Farmington.  Lauren also won the Joyce Walker Young Artist Award, which is given to the best performer in New Mexico.

Michael Stokes, sophomore voice student of Jacqueline Zander-Wall, won first in state in the College Honors Voice Division of the MTNA conference in Farmington in November.  Rebecca Knack, also a sophomore and student of Ms. Zander-Wall, placed second in the competition.

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letter clipart ALUMNI UPDATE
Last July, Petra Polman (M.M., .2006) returned to New Mexico to teach piano at the Hummingbird Music Camp, where she also was the accompanist for the Children’s Choir (8-14 years old).  Back in the Netherlands, she works as a piano instructor at the Municipal Institute for Education in Music and Arts in Arnhem, teaching group and individual piano lessons for children, teenagers, and adults.  Petra performs in ensembles and as an accompanist, but also gives solo piano performances.  Last April, she accompanied songs by Koechlin and Verdi for a music theater production.  In June, she played the accompaniment to a number of Richard Strauss Lieder on a recital in the “Koepelkerk” in Arnhem.  During the Domenico Scarlatti Festival in Utrecht (September 1st and 2nd), she performed several Scarlatti sonatas.
Petra Polman

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Yuri Chayama (M.M., 2007), student of Falko Steinbach, won the Toru Takemitsu Special Mention for her interpretation of the composer’s Rain Tree Sketch III at the 2007 IBLA World Music Competition, held in Sicily for pianists, singers, composers and instrumentalists.

Donna Schmidt (M.M., 1995), former tuba student of Karl Hinterbichler, was a guest lecturer for the Music 155 (brass methods) class this past September.  She gave her insights on starting beginners on brass instruments and managing a beginning band program.  Donna currently teaches band at Desert Ridge Middle School in Albuquerque.

Pat Brothwell (B.M., 1979) is the owner and manager of Guitar Associates of Albuquerque, which is celebrating twenty years in business.  Originally founded in 1987 as a partnership with Paul Nielsen (M.M., 1982), Guitar Associates has grown from a one-room studio with two teachers to a full-size studio with seven instructors, offering all styles of guitar, plus banjo, bass and mandolin.  Pat performed for many years as the guitar half of a flute/guitar duo called The Rosewood Duo.  She conducted the Summer Guitar Workshop, offered through UNM Continuing Education, for sixteen years.  Currently she is the director of the Guitar Chamber Players, in addition to teaching classical guitar at the Studio.

Deborah Weagel (M.M. in Theory and Composition, 1997; M.A., French, 2001; Ph.D., English, 2006) presented the essay “Musical Qualities in Samuel Beckett’s En attendant Godot” at a conference in August for the International Association for Word and Music Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland.  She has published a variety of other articles as well: “Picasso, Rushdie, and the Fragmented Woman” in The Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics; “The Metaphor of Quilts and Quiltmaking in Bharati Mukherjee’s Jasmine” in the South Asian Review; “The Metaphor of the Quilt in Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance” in an anthology on Rohinton Mistry edited by Meena T. Pillai and Anjali Gera Roy; and “Elucidating Abstract Concepts and Complexity in Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine through Metaphors of Quilts and Quiltmaking” in the American Indian Culture and Research Journal (forthcoming).  A review of Weagel’s book, Interconnections: Essays on Music, Art, Literature, and Gender (2004), appeared in the December 2006 issue of New Mexico Woman Magazine.
Deborah Weagel
 
Deborah Weagel on Loch Lomond,
Scotland, 2007
Charles Atkinson Charles M. Atkinson (B.F.A., 1963), Professor of Musicology at Ohio State University, took office as the thirty-sixth President of the American Musicological Society at the Society's Annual Meeting, held in Los Angeles in November, 2006.  He gave a keynote address, "Musicology Today and Tomorrow," to the spring meeting of the Society's Midwest Chapter, held at Miami University in March, 2007.  His recent scholarly activities include the presentation of a guest lecture, "Alia via in Aliam musicam," at Rice University in February, 2007, an invited lecture, "Ars grammatica and the Ars musica in Carolingian Schools: Glosses on Martianus Capella and Boethius," presented at a symposium in honor of Margaret Louise Switten at Mt. Holyoke College in April, 2007, and the presentation of a paper, "From topos to eidos: Aristides and Ptolemy on the Identification of tonos," at the meeting of the International Musicological Society in Zurich, Switzerland, in July,  2007.  At the Zurich meeting, he also delivered the laudatiofor Michel Huglo, who was given Honorary Membership in the Society.

Andrea Kiesling (M.M., 2006) writes that she is leaving for Sarasota, Florida, from January through April, 2008 and has been accepted as an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera.  She will perform La Rondine, I due Foscari, and Così fan Tutte. The Apprentice Artists will also perform fully costumed and staged scenes from various operas.

Adam Hayes (M.M., 2004) has accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor at Berry College in Rome, Georgia.  His duties will include teaching studio trumpet and horn, directing the Berry Jazz Ensemble and Berry Trumpet Choir, and teaching freshman theory. He also teaches music education courses and supervises student teachers.

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