In the News

The Euclid Quartet performed a series of concerts around the Los Angeles area for The Music Guild on February 11, 12, & 13. This organization is one of the region's most successful and long-running chamber music series. The quartet also performed in local elementary schools and gave a masterclass at California State University Northridge. In between these events, the members were treated to the full Southern California experience: beautifully mild temperatures and ugly traffic jams.

Area Coordinator of Integrated New Media Studies and Professor of Mass Communications Michael Lasater will have a number of pieces running in a solo show presented by Gallery Tenemos, May 1-31, curated by WMU artist Adriane Little. His work will also be shown at art:screen fest on tour 2013, Vetland Museum, Vetlanda, Sweden, March 9-April 21, and at CologneOFF 2013 India, Sattal Estate, Bhimtal, Uttarakan, India, February 22 - 24, curated by the Cologne Art & Animation Festival 2013.  Other exhibitions this year in which his work has been included are: 700IS Experimental Art Festival, Nordic House, Reykjavik, Iceland, February 8-10, and Give Us Your Best Shot, a national juried show of photography and video at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, California.

Dance Instructor Kelly Morgan led an African Dance Workshop at The Century Center for the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 21st. The IUSB African Dance Troupe also performed a selection. They troupe performed 2 selections including the African Celebration Dance Lamba at Laymen's Chapel Church in South Bend  in February for their Old Ship of Zion Program. They performed 3 West African Dances including Yankadi and Makuru, at Mary Beck Elementary School in Elkhart, Indiana for their Black History Month Assembly, which featured several of the female students. They continued their performances at  Notre Dame's Stepan Center for the Department of Central and International Services 2nd annual Black History Month Luncheon. 

Senior Lecturer in Communication Arts Kevin Gillen attended the Advance College Project (ACP) Public Speaking Review Seminar at IU Bloomington this week. There are six northern Indiana High Schools who teach S121 for college credit, all of which Kevin conducts site visits to, to assure that IU Bloomington's standards of the course are being met. Kevin has been the Communication Studies Faculty Liaison representing IU South Bend since 2007.

Flute Instructor Rebecca Hovan presented a clinic entitled "Where's the Beat? Making Sense Out of Complex Rhythms" at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair in Reston, VA in February.

Senior Lecturer in Communication Arts Alec Hosterman has returned from his triumphal visit to the White House during the State of the Union speech. It was recently promoted on the "Inside IU" email to all IU faculty. In total, 2000 people applied but only 100 were chosen to attend the special viewing of an enhanced State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 12. Participants came from as far away as Kentucky, Alabama, and even California. They convened in an auditorium in the Eisenhower Administration Building on the White House grounds (mere feet away from the President's office in the West Wing). While President Obama gave address, they watched and engaged their social networks--furthering the conversation with themselves and their followers. After the address ended, participants took part in a panel discussion with administration policy officials from education, commerce, state, etc. It was broadcast online and they took questions both from the participants and from online viewers. 

Dean of the School of the Arts Marvin Curtis was awarded a grant of $5,000 from the 2013 tourism marketing grant process for the Fine Arts Weekend in April. The grant will allow the school of the Arts to place billboards in 5 counties to promote the event. 

Assistant Professor of Music Education Kenneth Douglas has been elected President of the board of directors of The Music Village in South Bend.

Vocal Instructor Deborah Mayer served as an adjudicator for the "Auditions Plus Vocal Competition" for the Classical Singer Magazine's regional round which took place on February 9th on the campus of Notre Dame. Although three of her students were chosen as winners, Mayer abstained from voting for their advancement. Two of her students, Lauren Desrosiers and Dorea Britton, were winners in the first round of the "Auditions Plus Vocal Competition" on February 9th. The singers were chosen to advance to the next round of the competition which will take place at the Classical Singer's Convention in Boston May 24-26th. Mayer also appeared in the Notre Dame newspaper, The Observer, concerning her singing debut with the Metropolitan Opera in April.

In February, Toradze Piano Studio alumni Vakhtang Kodanashvili and Edisher Savitski performed “Rachmaninoff for Two Pianos” in concert. They performed the same program at the Rachmaninoff Festival in Milan in March.

Assistant Professor of Music Geoffrey Duce returned from a trip to Washington State, where he gave piano recitals as part of the Academy Artists Present series at the Academy of Music Northwest in Seattle, and for the Second City Chamber Series in Tacoma. He also taught piano masterclasses for the Washington State Music Teachers Association (Tacoma Chapter), and for the Academy in Seattle. He was also a guest teacher at The Olympia Studio in Olympia, WA.

Estampas, by Associate Professor of Music, Composition, and Theory Jorge Muñiz premiered in February as part of the “Tutti” New Music Festival at Denison University, Ohio. The work included tenor, chorus, and piano, featuring tenor Kevin Wines. Muñiz was invited for a residency in late February at the University of Missouri, Columbia to coach his new work "Duende" with the Mizzou New Music Ensemble, which premiered in March. He will also be giving a lecture on his music to the composition students.

Associate Professor of Fine Arts Ron Monsma is judging the figure and portrait category of The Artist’s Magazine’s 2013 annual competition. Submissions represent artists from around the world. Jurying will begin in April and the winners will be announced in the December issue.

Associate Professor of Fine Arts Dora Natella was featured in an article about the best figurative schools in the U.S. in Sculpture Review Magazine published by the National Sculpture Society, New York, NY. The article is posted on the board outside of the arts office.