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The University Chorus has endowed another choral scholarship, this one named for Professor Emeritus John Clark.  The John Clark Choral Scholarship will be awarded for the first time in the Fall of 2007.


Prof. Bradley Ellingboe, our Director of Choral Activities who has led the UNM Women's Chorus "Las Cantantes" since founding it 14 years ago, has stepped back from those duties.  We are happy to announce that Dr. Maxine Thévenot has been hired to take over leadership of the group.

Dr. Thévenot has extensive choral experience, including leading the women's chorus at the Manhattan School of Music, where she earned her doctorate.  She is also Associate Director of Music at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John in downtown Albuquerque.  Besides her work as a choral conductor, Dr. Thévenot is active nationally and internationally as a concert organist.  This summer she will be performing concerts in the Stratford Summer Music Festival in Stratford, Ontario, and in England at Westminster Abbey, St. George’s Chapel, Salisbury Cathedral and Canterbury Cathedral.

Since its inception in 1993, Las Cantantes has achieved national acclaim, including recording two CDs being heard on National Public Radio and singing for such luminaries as Dave Brubeck, Moses Hogan and Alice Parker.

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Bradley Ellingboe &
Maxine Thévenot

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Las Cantantes enjoys the spring weather in the
Center for the Arts courtyard.


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A memorial concert for George Robert was presented by Department of Music faculty and guests on May 19 in Keller Hall.  Mr. Robert, former professor of piano for many years, passed away in February, 2006.  Faculty performers for the concert were Keith Lemmons, clarinet, David Schepps, cello, Falko Steinbach, piano, Kim Fredenburgh, viola, and Kevin Vigneau, oboe.  Guests included pianists Maribeth Gunning, Stephen Montoya and Craig Brown, violinist Phil Coonce, and speaker Artemus Edwards, professor emeritus of bassoon.  Highlights of the concert were recordings of live performances featuring George and his colleagues from the Seraphin Trio–Leonard Felberg, violin, and Joanna de Keyser, cello–and a tape of the Allegro movement from his solo performance of the Mozart Piano Concerto in G, K.453, with the Albuquerque Civic Symphony in 1964.


From July 29 to August 7 this summer, UNM will host the Alessi Seminar V, featuring Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic and faculty member at The Juilliard School.  This prestigious annual ten-day event alternates between Italy and the U.S., and the UNM Wind Symphony became the accompanying ensemble for the U.S. event in 2005.  The seminar attracts trombonists who are selected by audition from all over North America, and is open to UNM trombone students for free as auditors.  It includes daily masterclasses for the participants led by Mr. Alessi and Peter Ellefson, Professor of Trombone at Indiana University, and a number of performances that are open for free to the public.  These include a solo recital by Mr. Alessi on Monday, July 30, at 7:30 p.m., and a participant recital on Saturday, August 4, at 7:30, both in Keller Hall.  In addition, there will be a concert by the UNM Wind Symphony on Friday, August 3, in Rodey Theater at 7:30, featuring soloists Westin Sprott, (Metropolitan Opera), Steve Lange (St. Louis Symphony), Peter Ellefson, and Paul Compton (Professor at Oklahoma State University), as well as a final concert featuring a massed trombone choir on Sunday, August 5, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

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Last October, the UNM Department of Music hosted masterclasses with legendary violist Joseph de Pasquale in Keller Hall.  Mr. de Pasquale had a stellar career that spanned more than three decades and included holding principal positions in the Boston Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra and serving on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music. 

Kim Fredenburgh, Assistant Professor of Viola at UNM, writes, “The first masterclass was coaching on standard orchestral repertoire excerpts.  Rochelle Brown (cello) began the class with the first page of Strauss’ Don Juan.  Mr. de Pasquale had many insights to share with Rochelle regarding style and even suggested fingerings and bowings! He was very demanding, as he certainly has the Philadelphia Orchestra sound in his ears.  The next performers were UNM viola students with excerpts from Berlioz and Brahms.  Once again Mr. de Pasquale held them to the highest standard, not allowing any deficiencies in intonation or rhythm to go unnoticed.  He was very tough, but the students rose to the occasion.

“In the second masterclass, we heard several important works for viola including the Stamitz and Walton concerti.  Mr. de Pasquale was, of course, very familiar with the works, having performed them with major orchestras.  He was very specific about his preferred bowings and fingerings and also encouraged the students to produce the biggest sound from their instruments.  He also shared with the students changes that William Primrose had made in the Bartók, which add clarity to certain passages.

“Mr. de Pasquale closed with a question and answer session. The students and audience members were able to enjoy his candid reminiscences about some of the famous conductors and soloists of the last century.  He also shared his opinions and insights on major orchestral and viola repertoire.”

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Distinguished clinician Winifred Crock will conduct a workshop for string teachers and music educators June 5-7.  Ms. Crock is the orchestra director at Parkway Central High School and maintains a private violin studio in suburban St. Louis.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and has a Master of Music from Kent State University.  She has studied pedagogy with John Kendall, Kent Perry and Ma Si-Hon, and earned Kodály Certification from the Kodály Center of America in Boston.  In addition, she is a graduate of the Suzuki Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan, and has studied “Colourstrings,” the Kodály-inspired method of string teaching adopted by the Finnish government.
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"A Choral Workshop with Jim Marvin," June 11-13, with clinician Jameson Marvin, Harvard University.

"Exploration, Creativity, and Improvisation in Early Childhood Music.” June 18-20, with clinician Butch Marshall, University of Michigan.

"Strategies for Success with Special Learners in the Elementary Music Classroom,” June 20-22, with clinician Alice Hammel, James Madison University.

"Improvisation and Rhythm Section Techniques for the School Jazz Band Director,” June 25-27, with clinician Glenn Kostur, University of New Mexico.


written by Marcio Rodrigues, graduate student in viola

New Mexico had the honor of hearing one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles, the Emerson String Quartet, performing with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra from April 13th to the 15th.  As part of my UNM/Kurt Frederick Assistantship position, I had the privilege to perform with the NMSO in those concerts.  Two weeks before the rehearsals began I thought, “Could we have a masterclass with Emerson violist Lawrence Dutton?”  I immediately posed this question to my teacher, Professor Kimberly Fredenburgh.  She was also hopeful that this could be arranged, and immediately sent an e-mail to their manager.  After NMSO's first rehearsal with the Emerson, she met with Mr. Dutton and he agreed to teach a masterclass at UNM the very next day.

Mr. Dutton shared many technical insights with those present.  The audience included student teachers from Susan Kempter’s UNM String Pedagogy program and members of Professor Fredenburgh’s UNM String Methods class, as well as several private string teachers.  I was the first student to perform, and I felt very nervous.  I began to play the first movement of the Viola Concerto by William Walton.  After three pages he stopped me and said, “You can play anything, but you need to have more variation in your bow speed and your vibrato.  In general, violists have fear of using too much bow, as they may lose the contact of the bow on string, but you can help the right arm by using different vibrato speeds also.”  Mr. Dutton changed several bowings in the first phrases of the music and said, “Start with a slow bow and vibrato and increase both at the same time.”  The difference was obvious to the audience.  Overall he worked on these two aspects with me, and in a few minutes he changed the way I was playing the Walton Concerto.  Then, Mr. Dutton worked with Rafael Howell, who performed the first movement of Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Viola.  Mr. Dutton told us about Bartók’s research into Hungarian folk music, saying that for him, personally, the viola introduction is reminiscent of a wooden folk instrument improvising far away in the mountains. This improvisatory character requires great variety of vibrato, bow speed and shifting technique, which he then coached Rafael into displaying.

Finally, the Abe Franck graduate string quartet [Roberta Arruda, Rafaela Copetti, violins, Rafael Howell-Flores, viola, and Sandro Francischetti, cello] performed the second movement of Debussy’s Quartet. Mr. Dutton helped develop their understanding of the characteristics of Impressionism (dynamic contrasts, vibrato, color of the sound, etc).  He worked on some solo viola and violin moments and gave specific advice about fingerings and bowings for these passages.

Overall, it was a wonderful class.


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kim fredenburgh and david schepps perform

Kim Fredenburgh & David Schepps


Scott Ney in performance

scott ney in performance


For upcoming events, contact the Keller Hall office at (505) 277-2131 or see the online Events Calendar.


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Sam Shepperson, Lecturer in Voice, was the tenor soloist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in February in a performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

Dr. Karl Hinterbichler, Professor of Trombone, continues to serve as assistant editor for the International Trombone Association Journal, with responsibility for quarterly columns on programs, announcements and premieres.  This year he organized masterclasses by several clinicians, including Bruce Nelson, author and former bass trombonist of the Chicago Lyric Opera and Grant Park Symphony, Steve Wilson, Professor at University of Texas El Paso, Kenyon Wilson, composer and tubist at the University of Tennessee, and Jeremy Van Hoy, bass trombonist of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.  Dr. Hinterbichler also composed and performed a work (Fanfare for Abbie) for former UNM student Abbie Conant, and presented a lecture on Czech music for the MBA Program in preparation for their trip to the Czech Republic. Dr. Hinterbichler adjudicated the low brass for the 2007 All-State bands and orchestras and did brass sectionals for the All-State Symphony Orchestra. He also served as a judge for the Albuquerque Youth Symphony trombone and tuba auditions, as well as for the AYS concerto contest, and judged a solo and ensemble contest for NMMEA.  Campus service activities included attending an all day workshop sponsored by the English Department on new teaching strategies, and serving as a coach for the UNM Mediation program.



Jeffrey Piper, Professor of Trumpet, toured Australia from March 26 to April 6 presenting concerts, masterclasses, and lectures at the Tasmanian Brass Institute, Melbourne Conservatory of Music, Canberra Trumpet Festival and Sydney Conservatory of Music.

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Jeff Piper with students of Sydney Conservatory &
Andrew Evans, Professor of Trumpet (on right)


Jacqueline Zander-Wall joined the faculty this year as Lecturer in Voice.  Raised in Albuquerque, she has returned after many years of singing nationally and internationally.  After receiving three degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara, she studied vocal pedagogy through an international Rotary Scholarship at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg, and was in the lied class of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau at the Hochschule in Berlin.  She received a diploma as a fellow from the Opera Institute in Boston University, where she studied with Phyllis Curtin.  She has also been a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, the Ost West Musik Akademie, the Britten-Pears School in Alteburg England, the Vienna Meisterkurs, the Vocal Institute in Santa Barbara, and the Music Academy of the West.

Ms. Zander-Wall’s fifty-plus recital credits include programs for the Hamburg Opera, the Hamburg Kammerspiel, the Mahler Verein and the Hugo Wolf Academy Gesellschaft in Stuttgart, the Villa Lobos Ensemble, the Goethe Institute in Boston and Moscow, the Gardner Museum in Boston, the New York Skaneateles Music Festival and locally with Opera Unlimited and the Bosque Chamber Music Society.  At UNM this year she has performed with the Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and in Bizet’s Carmen, and with the Concert Choir in its performance of Brad Ellingboe’s Requiem and on its new CD.

A proponent of new music, Jacqueline has premiered pieces with the Hamburg Opera, Chaosma in Moscow and Hamburg, “L'art pour L'art” in Frankfurt, “Scala” in Hamburg, Harvard University, the Warebrook Music Festival in Vermont, and the Taiwan Contemporary Ensemble. She has performed with the Boston Lyric Opera, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Arizona Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Utah Festival Opera, Emerald City Opera, and Opera Southwest.  Recently performing the title role in Carmen with the Duluth/Superior Symphony, she has also been a soloist with the New Haven Symphony, the Asian American Symphony, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra X in Houston, the Konzertante Oper Hamburg, and Durango's “Music in the Mountains” festival.  She will perform Carmen again with the Santa Fe Community orchestra on June 3.

Jacqueline is married to UNM music alum Kent Wall (M.M., 2001) and they are the proud parents of five-year-old Annelise.

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Doug Geist, instructor in recording techniques and owner of the Santa Fe Center Studios in Albuquerque, has recently worked on several films from Sony pictures, Lions Gate and more.  Also, Santa Fe Center Studios has been nominated sixteen times for this year’s New Mexico Music [MIC] Awards in a wide range of styles, including world music, country rock, Latin, and indigenous music.  The MIC Awards will be announced on May 20th at the 20th Annual Banquet and Awards Show at the Marriott Pyramid in Albuquerque.

Arlene Ward, Lecturer in Group Piano, performed Handel's Organ Concerto, Op. 4 No. 5, three times this spring with the Symphony Orchestra of Albuquerque.  Ms. Ward’s CDs of organ music, featuring UNM's Holtkamp organ in Keller Hall, are now available at the UNM Bookstore.  The titles are Music of J. S. Bach, Organ Music of Spain and Spanish America and Organ Music from the Low Countries.

Michael Chapdelaine, Professor of Guitar, has been active performing around the country and abroad this spring.  He has given concerts for the Southwest Guitar Festival in San Antonio, at the Northwest Guitar Festival in Spokane, for the Swallow Hill Music Association in Denver, for the Bermuda Guitar Festival in Hamilton, Bermuda, for the Fraser Valley Guitar Festival in Langley, Canada, for the Wichita Guitar Society in Wichita, Kansas, and for the Cibola Arts Council in Grants, New Mexico.  Other performances took him to Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, to Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Austin, and to California, New York and North Carolina.
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Michael Chapdelaine in concert

Falko Steinbach, Associate Professor of Piano, gave a lecture-recital for the series “Symphony 101” in the Recital Hall of Robertson & Sons Violin Shop with his recently published 17 Choreographic   Etudes.  From March 10-17 he gave an international mastercourse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and a recital in the German Embassy in Kuala Lumpur for the Diplomatic Corps in Malaysia, celebrating “50 Years of German-Malaysian Diplomatic Relations.”  He also played a recital in the “Seri Pacific Concertante Series” in Kuala Lumpur. At this event and at the final student recital, Malaysian Television and the secretary of the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia were present.  Later in March, Prof. Steinbach gave an International Mastercourse and two recitals in Heek, Germany.  Students came from Germany, Japan, the U.S., South Korea, Holland and Russia to participate in the event.  Prof. Steinbach also gave a masterclass and a recital at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana as part of the “Piano Series International.”  He is also happy to report that his private student Thomas Allen, age 14, won the 2007 Grand Prize in the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.

Dr. Steven Feld, Professor of Anthropology and Music and a self-described "anthropologist of sound," has produced a CD entitled Por Por: Honk Horn Music of Ghana to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Ghana's independence in March 2007.  The CD features the unique combination of drums, singing, bells and squeeze-bulb horns.  Dr. Feld has spent three years recording the sound of the horns, known in the West African nation as por por horns because of the sound they make.

Christopher Shultis, Professor of Theory and Composition, reports that from mid-February through mid-April, Encounter, a collaborative installation by him (poetry, sound) and Hee Sook Kim (painting, video), was on display at the UNM Art Museum.  The first movement of his planned four-movement work entitled Openings was premiered by the UNM Wind Symphony under the direction of Eric Rombach-Kendall as part of the John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium (for which Prof. Shultis serves as Artistic Director) in March.  In May, Prof. Shultis was also a guest lecturer at Princeton University for the Music Colloquium series, jointly sponsored by the musicology and composition areas of the department.  His lecture, "The Dialectics of Experimentalism," was drawn from his most recent work comparing musical experimentalism on the American and European continents.  He gave the same lecture at the University of California, San Diego, in February, and also was a participant in “Roots and Rhizomes: Seventy-Five Years of Percussion Music,” a conference held at UCSD and organized by percussion professor Steven Schick. At the conference, Shultis and composer Julio Estrada (a former guest professor at UNM and featured composer at the John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium) discussed Estrada's composition for percussion ensemble, eolo'oolln, a work Shultis researched in collaboration with the composer in Mexico in the 1980s.  Shultis's ongoing research on the Edwin A. Fleisher Collection at the Philadelphia Free Library was featured in a paper, "A New Deal for American Composers:  How the WPA Music Copying Project added American Orchestral Music to the Edwin A. Fleisher Collection," given at this year's Society for American Music National Convention in Pittsburgh in March.  That research also landed him a guest appearance on the radio station WRTI in Philadelphia in "Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection," with the collection's director, Kile Smith, serving as host.  This hour-long program featured the percussion music found in the Fleisher Collection that first attracted Shultis's attention to the collection beginning in the late 1970s.  Many of the recordings included on the program were performances by the UNM Percussion Ensemble under his direction, dating from the 1980s and ‘90s.  Shultis's essay "Saying Nothing: John Cage and Henry David Thoreau's Aesthetics of Co-existence,” was translated into German (“Beide(s):  John Cage and Henry David Thoreaus Aesthetik der Koexistenz”) by Dutch composer Konrad Boehmer and published in the famed journal founded by composer Robert Schumann, the Neue Zeitschrift fuer Musik (2007, Issue 1).

Patricia Repar, Assistant Professor, gave a concert-presentation in Keller Hall in March called “Ridin' the Wave:  Perspectives on Composition, Sound, and Healing.”  Dr. Repar teaches composition and technology-related courses and directs the arts-in-medicine program at The University of New Mexico Hospital.  This fall she will be offering an interdisciplinary course in the College of Fine Arts entitled Arts-in-Medicine, the first in a series of service-learning courses exploring connections between creativity and the healing process.  It is designed for healthcare professionals, community members, educators, nursing and pre-med students, musicians, dancers, actors, and artists who are interested in exploring the transformative power of the creative process as it relates to their own physical and mental health as well as the health of others.  Topic areas include aspects of expressive art therapies, communication/conflict resolution; ethics/professionalism; energy awareness; physiology/pain; social issues around health and illness, healthcare systems, death, and dying.  There will also be presentations by guest artists and scientists, creative reflection and art-making, service-learning opportunities, and independent research projects. 

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We are sorry to report that Susie Fritts, Assistant Professor of Horn, will be leaving UNM very soon.  Ms. Fritts recently won an audition for Second Horn with the Kansas City Symphony. Under the direction of maestro Michael Stern, the Kansas City Symphony serves a metropolitan population of 1.8 million people.  During its forty-two week season, the Symphony performs a wide variety of subscription, educational, touring, and outreach concerts, and in addition performs for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Ballet.  Susie has been with the Department of Music since the fall of 2004.  She earned her degrees from St. Olaf College and Northwestern University and taught previously at Montana State University, University of Montana, University of Northern Florida, and Metro State College in Denver.

Brady McElligott, Lecturer in Theory and Composition, will be leaving UNM to do free-lance work in Tulsa.  Brady came to the Department of Music in 1994 to work as staff accompanist and vocal coach with the UNM Opera Theatre, directed by Prof. Marilyn Tyler.  He joined the adjunct faculty in 2002, teaching sophomore aural skills for the theory area.  Brady most recently was in Opera Southwest’s production of La Bohème, singing the roles of Benoit and Alcindoro, as well as serving as chorus master.  Earlier this season, he served as chorus master for Opera Southwest’s production of Rigoletto. Brady will certainly be missed in the department, but we wish him well in his new endeavors.

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Tubist Paul Carlson, who will be graduating this spring with a Master of Music, has been accepted into the D.M.A. program at Indiana University.

Bass trombonist Jason Sulliman, another spring graduate from the master’s degree program, will also enter Indiana’s D.M.A. program, after first taking part in the Broadway show BLAST, which will be touring Japan in the fall. 

Trombonist Lynette Zimmerman has been accepted at Drexel University in Philadelphia to work on a graduate degree in arts management.  Drexel has one of the premiere arts management programs in the nation. 

After nationwide auditions, sophomore trombone major Tony Rinaldi has been accepted into the Eastern Music Festival for this summer. 

Trombonist Joe Reyes, master’s student, won a position in this summer's Texas Music Festival in Houston.

Falko Steinbach reports that his piano student Lauren Anderson was a winner in the Creative Presentations Category in the UNM Undergraduate Research & Creativity Conference held on April 3, 2007. Her subject was the order of the piano keyboard.

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letter clipart ALUMNI UPDATE

Ryan Hatch, (B.M.E. and B.A. in Music, 2004), is one of only three applicants from across the nation who was accepted to the graduate program in choral conducting at UCLA under the direction of Dr. Donald Neuen.  Since graduating from UNM, Ryan has kept himself busy as a choral clinician for Large Group festivals and Solo and Ensemble festivals.   Ryan taught choir one year in Texas, and for the past two years has been the choral director at Cibola High School in Albuquerque, where he has expanded the program from approximately 80 students to nearly 300 and also added two new classes in the choral department.  Ryan is proud that for the past two years, all Cibola choirs that have participated at festival have earned superior ratings.

Cammy (Woods) Cook (B.M., 2005), a former student of Sam Shepperson, has received a full teaching assistantship in voice and opera at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she has been accepted into the master’s degree program.

Dr. Brad Holmes (B.M.E., 1978; M.M., 1981), a former graduate conducting student of John Clark (Professor emeritus), and now Director of Choral Activities at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, led his choir in a featured concert at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors four-day convention, which took place in Miami in March of 2007.

Alexis Velázquez (M.M., 2006) writes that he and Gretchen O’Mahoney (M.M., 2006), both former violin students of Cármelo de los Santos, are doing great in Puerto Rico.  Gretchen is teaching at a Fine Arts School and keeping busy with local ensembles and orchestras.  She is also very busy taking care of their new puppy, "Lupita,” a miniature Chihuahua who enjoys chewing on anything and everything she can get her paws on.  Alexis is playing second violin in the Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico.  He says that his experience has been a great one so far and he is very pleased to announce that he has already been offered tenure in the orchestra.

claire kuebler Claire Kuebler (M.M., 1995), a Yamaha Performing Artist, is Term Lecturer in Flute & Music History for 2006-2007 at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  She is an active clinician and performer across the Midwest with her recent interactive "Power Practicing" classes.  In addition, Dr. Kuebler can be heard on the Miami Lights recording featuring works of Gordon Wright.  Claire continues to serve on the faculties of Southeastern Illinois College and John A.  Logan College.

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