The Crouse String Quartet has been selected as the 2014 fellowship quartet at the Faulkner Chamber Music Festival. The Festival runs from July 28- August 9. The Crouse String Quartet members all hold graduate assistantships at OU.
Composition graduate, Joe Hasper, is writing arrangements for upcoming Pops Concert given by the Coachella Valley Symphony, featuring lyric soprano Lisa Lindley. The music includes selections from La Boheme and Phantom of the Opera as well as pop and jazz standards from the Great American Songbook.
Congratulations to vocalist Jack Swanson on placing first in the 2014 Hal Leonard Vocal Competition. The Hal Leonard Vocal Competition is the only event of its kind for qualifying undergraduate singers up to age 23 for all of the U.S. and Canada.
Jennifer Saltzstein, Associate Professor of Musicology, was selected for a 2014 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends Award.
Congratulations to students Jake Johnson (MA in musicology from OU, 2009) and Kacie Morgan (BMA in viola, Spring 2014) on their admission to the PhD program in musicology at UCLA. The musicology program at UCLA was recently ranked the no.1 program in the country in the National Research Council Survey of PhD programs.
Davis Dorrough, MM Piano Performance/Pedagogy graduate received the 2014 Studio StAR Studio Teacher Fellowship Award, from MTNA at Music Teachers National Association Convention in Chicago.
Sophomore BME Student DJ Handy won first place in the Percussion Division of the Ladies Music Club (LMC) of OKC Music Scholarship Competition. 1st Alternate went to Jake McClendon, OU Junior BMA student and 2nd Alternate went to Devin Garza, OU Junior BME student.
Bassoon student Matt Matheny won first place in the Woodwind/Brass Division of the Ladies Music Club (LMC) of OKC Music Scholarship Competition. Matt and his accompanist, Anna Ho, delivered a first rate performance of the Devienne G minor Sonata (II) and the Pierne: Solo de Concert. This achievement marks the second solo competition that Matt has won in the past two weeks.
Freshman Bassoonist, Matthew Matheny was awarded First Prize in the Collegiate Division of the Midwest Double Reed Society's (MDRS) Young Artist Competition. MDRS encompasses a six state region and is the oldest of the regional double reed societies. The University of Oklahoma proudly hosted this year's competition.
Katie Acone won the Young Artist Competition of the Oklahoma Community Orchestra and will perform her Rachmaninov Concerto on April 15th with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra!
Percussionist Brandon Wong who was named as one of two over-all winners of the 2014 Young Artist Competition for the Oklahoma Community Orchestra! Brandon will perform the Gillingham Marimba Concerto on April 15 with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra and then will perform the Concerto on the OU Concerto Showcase concert on April 26th.
The Benton-Schmidt Competition was early February in the Reynold's Performing Arts Center. Darren Drone, Arkansas Tech, won 1st place. Olivia Vadnais, Carnegie-Melon, took 2nd, and 3rd was shared by Isaiah Feken, University of Tulsa, and Andrew Wannigman, New England Conservatory. Congratulations to all our winners!
Voice student Nicole Robertson DMA, won the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions and would be going forward to the Regional Auditions
Adam Pajan, student of Organ Professor Jeremy Wance, is featured on the nationally-syndicated “Pipedreams” from Minnesota Public Radio.
Saxophone profesor Dr. Jonathan Nichol's song Sparkle, a work recorded with Billband, made the NPR Music's top 100 songs of 2013.
Graduate student Cassie Keogh has been selected to participate at ClarinetFest 2014 this coming July.
Graduate Drew Mangus won the 2nd horn position
with the West Point Military Band.
Dr. Dan Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Oboe, performed a recital at the International Double Reed Society, held this year at the University of Redlands, California. Additionaly, his piece "Sonata for Oboe" was published and distributed through one of the largest purveyors of double reed music in the country.
Adam Pajan placed first by a unanimous jury decision at the prestigious Ruth & Clarence Mader National Organ Competition. Adam was one of three selected finalists, the other two hailing from Korea and China.
Justin Swift, a Junior Music Ed major, auditioned and won principal oboe of the National Intercollegiate Honor Band, held this year in Massachusetts.
Beth Mattingly of Norman, who is working toward a doctoral degree in music education with an emphasis in Kodály at the University of Oklahoma, has been awarded a Fulbright Grant to conduct research at the Kodály Institute in Hungary.
Kyle Vandenbur's electroacoustic piece, Blueprints of Eternity, has been accepted to the International Computer Music Conference 2013
Congratulations to the following Music Education graduate students for having their research studies accepted for presentation at the 2014 NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education Conference – April 10-12 in St. Louis, MO:
Elizabeth Maughan (Ph.D. 2013)
The NAfME conference is a national conference that attracts the finest music education researchers throughout the nation. Please join me in congratulating these individuals as they prepare to represent the University of Oklahoma at this prestigious event.
Congratulations to Kristen Beeves, MM horn, for placing first in the Brass Division of the OMTA State Young Artist Competition. She will compete in the Southwest Regional Division in January 2014.
Former graduate, Drew Mangus (BM 2011), recently won the 2nd horn position with the West Point Academy Band.
The Giulio Gari Foundation presents a lifetime achievement award to renowned Metropolitan Opera star baritone and OU Faculty member
Kim Josephson, Sunday, October 6, 2013 at the New York Athletic Club, New York City.
Eldon Matlick, Professor of Horn, was part of the distinguished panel of judges for the collegiate division of the International Horn Competition of America. The event was held at the University of Louisville on August 28-Sept. 1. Three Sooner hornists competed, Kristen Beeves (MM), Chandler Forrest (BME), and Melissa Byars (BM).
Chase Ward, Violin Performance Major, was awarded a fellowship to the Marrowstone Music Festival this summer in Bellingham, WA. Chase is one of six fellowship students awarded full tuition to the university division of the Festival. Other fellowship recipients this year are violin students from the New England Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music.
Eldon Matlick, Prof. of Horn, has been selected to perform at the 2013 International Horn Society Symposium, July 29 – Aug.3. Dr. Matlick will premiering Gina Gille's 'To the Seasons' and will be assisted by voice professor, Donna Cox. In addition, Dr. Matlick has been charged with organizing an All-Star Horn Ensemble that will be featured on the concluding concert at the Symposium.
Irvin Wagner, a School of Music faculty member at the University of Oklahoma received the 2013 Neill Humfeld Award at the International Trombone Festival held at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University.
Adam Pajan was awarded the Firmin Swinnen 2nd Prize in the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition.
Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Saltzstein on the publication of her new book The Refrain and the Rise of the Vernacular in Medieval French Music and Poetry, Gallica Series 30 (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2013)