Congratulations to Adam Hall for receiving the American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship. Adam will spend a year in India studying Hindi as he begins work on his Masters in Musicology degree.
Congratulations to Molly Lindsey on winning the Phi Kappa Phi Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Research for her presentation at Undergraduate Research Day.
The University of Oklahoma’s American Organ Institute Archive and Library will preserve and provide public access to a unique organ recording collection with a first-ever grant from the GRAMMY Foundation. With this funding, the Institute continues its contribution to the legacy of organ music and the GRAMMY Foundation’s mission to preserve the nation’s vast recorded heritage.
Congratulations to Beth Mattingly on winning a Fulbright grant to study in Hungary next year. The Fulbright Program provides participants - chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Congratulations to Delphine Piguet on being awarded the Cleo Cross International Student Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic excellence and service to the University community.
Congratulations to Cindy Tseng for winning the Provost’s Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. The award recognizes and rewards outstanding performance by graduate students.
Vic Firth has posted a performance of David Maslanka's "This is the World." Commissioned by OU percussion professor Lance Drege, and former piano pedagogy graduates Karen Beres and Chris Hahn, "This is the World" was featured on a CD released last fall through Albany Records. (www.vicfirth.com)
The OU chapter of the National Association for Music Edcaution has won the 2013 NAfME Collegiate Chapter of Excellence Award for their submission on the Young Men’s Vocal Workshop. Congratulations to the entire board and the great future teachers in the membership.
Melissa Byars (Sophomore BM, horn) won second prize in the collegiate brass and wind players division of the Ladies Music Club of OKC Performance Competition.
Violinist Emily Bishop, MM-Performance, is the winner of the 2012 Oklahoma Community Orchestra Young Artist Competition. Emily will be soloist with the orchestra and the award carries a cash prize as well.
We are pleased to be able to announce that two of our doctoral students, Silviya Mateva and Adam Pajan, have been advanced to the semi-final round of the Longwood International Organ Competition. Ten semi-finalists were chosen from a pool of 100 entries from around the world. The competition will take place at the Longwood Estate June 18-23, with the winner receiving the largest prize of any organ competition in the world, as well as a performance at Longwood and a contract with a concert management firm.
The International Trombone Association has awarded their 2013 Neill Humfeld Award to OU trombone professor Dr. Irv Wagner for his outstanding and lasting contributions to the world of trombone performance and education. The Neill Humfeld Award recognizes outstanding trombone teaching while honoring the teaching excellence of the late Neill Humfeld.
For more information, please visit the International Trombone Association website at www.trombone.net.
Congratulations to undergraduate students Sarah Langston and Kendell Workun who where both elected to leadership positions within the Collegiate Oklahoma Music Educators Association. Sarah is President Elect and Kendell will server as Editor.
Congratulations to senior BME hornist Collin Findlay on being named alternate in the South Central Music Teachers National Association Competition "Young Artist Performance."
Horn Professor, Eldon Matlick, will be on the teaching faculty at the InterHarmony Music Festival to be held in Arcidosso, Italy from July 15-29, 2013. This festival is an international music festival featuring orchestral, chamber, and solo performances. For more information, please visit http://interharmony.com.
Jeff Fair (BM 1999) has just been awarded the Principal Horn position of the Seattle Symphony. Jeff has been with the SS since 2006. He is also in his first year as Horn Professor at the University of Washington. Prior to Seattle, Jeff was Principal Hornist in San Antonio for three seasons.
Rod Ackmann, Professor of Bassoon, presented the World Premiere and European Premiere of Awatovi for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano, by Daniel Baldwin, last summer at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain and the Assisi, Italy Music Festival, respectively. The piece was also recently performed at the Midwest Double Reed Society's (MDRS) Eleventh Annual Double Reed Festival at the University of Kansas.
Sophomore Bassoonist Kevin Jones, recently won First Place in the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association (OMTA) Collegiate Woodwind Solo Competition at Oklahoma State University. As winner, he will be featured in a solo performance next June at the OMTA Conference, hosted by the OU School of Music, as well as receive a financial award.
Percussion Professor Lance Drege released a percussion CD in August entitled "This is the World."
The CD was the culmination of a project began several years ago with the commissioning of a new work from noted composer David Maslanka for two pianos and two percussion. The commission was undertaken by Lance Drege and the CanAm Piano Duo, whose members include Dr. Karen Beres (University of North Carolina School of the Arts) and Dr. Christopher Hahn (University of Montana) - both OU alums in the DMA Piano Performance and Pedagogy program. The forty-six minute, five movement composition "This is the World we know, the world of air and breathing and sun and beating hearts" was premiered here at the University of Oklahoma in February 2010, and through support of the University of Oklahoma Research Council, was recorded here at the University of Oklahoma School of Music, Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall in June 2011, with the composer present and serving as producer. Other works on the disc include Libby Larsen's Gavel Patter and Witold Lutoslawski's Paganini Variations for Two Pianos and Percussion with percussion parts added by Marta Ptaszynska. The recording is distributed and available through Albany Records.
Music professor Dr. Ken Stephenson's third book "Guido's Rhythmic Rules: Medieval Fundamentals of Music Theory in Verse Form" has been published by the Medieval Institute of Music
Faculy member Jennifer Saltzstein has had her article "Cleric-trouvères and the Jeux-partis of Medieval Arras" published in the peer-reviewed journal Viator.
Music Student Collin Findlay won the Brass Division of the MTNA Young Artist Competition held Nov. 3rd in Stillwater, OK. He will move on to compete in the Regional Division of the MTNA Competition.
Vocal department and OU Opera Theater alumnus Julie Davis made her international debut this past season with Staatstheater Darmstadt in the title role of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. She is currently featured singing the tour de force of all four female roles in Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann in Darmstadt's new production of the opera. Ms. Davis is also accumulating many other performances and attracting attention in other German opera centers, notably Mannheim.
DMA Composition student Joseph Hasper has been awarded the 2012-2013 Beatrice Carr and W. Ray Wallace Scholarship.
DMA student Chris Westover has been selected as one of twelve finalists for the Junior Fellowship in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. The position includes work with the renowned Halle Orchestra, which is based in Manchester.
Graduate Piano Student Jessica Nilles has been named the winner of the Graduate Division of the Oklahoma Music Teachers State Piano Competition.
Freshman Violinist Dominique Hammons, freshman performance major, performed with the Houston Symphony October 13, 2012 as the winner of the Houston Symphony Young Artist Competition on their Lunada concert.
OETA provided a showcase for the OU Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band during the 2011 "Bedlam Week." Viewers were able to see what goes into the preparation and design of marching band shows, how the bands get in "game mode" before they take to the performance field, and special small HD cameras will gave viewers the visual perspective of being IN the band.
The nomination is in the “Sports Special” category for the Heartland region of the Emmy Awards. The winner will be announced the evening of Saturday, July 21, 2012.
OU music technology and composition student Kyle Vanderburg's composition, Creatures from the Black Bassoon, has been selected for performance by the 2012 International Computer Music Conference. The ICMC is the largest and most prestigious electroacoustic music event in the world.
OU music composition student Dex Ford's composition, Barbershop, has been chosen as the winning work in the 2012 The University of Louisville Young Composer Competition for New Electro-acoustic Music.