School of the Arts

In the news - April 1, 2010

Ron Monsma appears in the April 2010 Pastel Journal. The article includes an image of his painting Apples on Stone and a discussion of the criteria he used to jury the still life category of the magazine's Pastel 100 competition.

The Euclid Quartet performed the final concert of their NEA grant program for public schools at IU South Bend on March 12. The concert was the culmination of the Q.S.I. (Quartet Scene Investigators) program built around music of American composers from different cultural backgrounds. Members of the Quartet are Jameson Cooper, Jacob Murphy, Luis Vargas, and Si Yan Darren Li.

Thirty two IU South Bend students, faculty, and guests went on a whirlwind trip to New York City March 4-8. Michelle Johnson, a senior theater major, was chosen out of a crowd at Rockefeller Center and received a make-over on the Today Show. The group attended a performance of the Tony award winning show, Billy Elliot, where they met the conductor, Joseph Joubert. The group also watched Alexander Toradze perform with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center on Sunday, March 7th.

Jorge Muñiz traveled to Oviedo, Spain during spring break where he took part in the International New Music Festival 2010- Music Across the Atlantic, hosted by the Conservatory of Asturias. The Raclin School of the Arts has collaborated with the Conservatory in past years with exchanges of faculty thanks to IU South Bend and an International Exchange Affiliation grant. At this year’s festival Muñiz gave composition masterclasses, lectures, and participated on a panel on new directions in music composition. He also coached  final concert, which will included works by four IU South Bend composition students (European Premieres): Ethan Kampa, Paul Herman, Drew Stoltzfus, and Patrick Ressler.

Five IUSB Printmakers; Kevin Rudynski, Greg Fry, Kara Martin, Alan Larkin, and Ellen Ridenour exhibited their work  in Full Circle: A Retrospective at New Galleries of Lincoln Way during March.

Celia Weiss presented a program of Irish piano music for the Four Arts Club at the Christiana Creek Country Club in Elkhart on March 1, 2010.

South Bend Chamber Singers sang Darrel Tidabeck's "Every Time We Say Goodbye" at their March 20th Concert JAZZ SINGS at Saint Mary’s College.

The South Bend Symphonic Choir, IU South Bend Chorale, and the Gospel Ensemble performed their second annual concert “Lift Every Voice…Celebrating the African American Spirit” on February 27. The concert presented the traditions of Western classical music and African American music together. Six internationally known African American musicians brought their talents to our stage for the concert. IU South Bend students Stephanie Berry and CreAnne Mwale were soloists.

The Children’s Show, Alice in Wonderland, was a huge hit. Michele Morgan-Dufour, Outreach Manager, announced that the show earned $8,602 to fund theatre scholarships while entertaining 8100 children, teachers, and parents. The production was directed by Randy Colborn with set design by Inseung Park, sets built under the direction of Tim Hanson, and costumes design by student Zach Hickle and crafted by Jennifer Fry. Over 40 students were involved in various aspects of this production. 

Dean Marvin Curtis was elected a trustee of the Northern Indiana Historical Society (The Center for History).

Michael S. Wade adjudicated district solo/ensemble festivals for the Indiana State School Music Association in Lafayette and Muncie and the state level adjudication in Indianapolis during February. He also adjudicated the district vocal jazz contest in Laporte. In February he did clinics with the Elkhart Central High School and Edison Middle School choirs.

Students Jeremy Ong and Jordan Cavitt were members of the prestigious College Band Directors National Association Intercollegiate Band 2010 held at Illinois State University February 25-27. Instructor Patricia Childress said, “They performed exceedingly well and we should be very proud of them. For me it was a wonderful time of networking and reconnecting with my former colleagues here in the upper Midwest. As a result I have been asked to guest conduct for Michigan State, Otterbein, and do a clinic in the St. Louis, Mo. area. The sessions as well as the concerts were top rank and our students attended all concerts. It was very enriching for all.”

Ketevan Badridze performed Marjorie M. Rusche’s latest composition “Eclipse” for solo piano on Wednesday, March 3rd in the Campus Auditorium.
The IU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Darrel Tidabeck, performed in the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival.

The Euclid Quartet performed at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio on February 28. They also gave a masterclass with chamber music students from OSU.

Ketevan Badridze, Edisher Savitski, Nikita Abrosimov, Ketevan Kartvelishvili, and Toradze Piano Studio alumnae Alexander Korsantia, Vakhtang Kodanashvili and David Machavariani performed works of Rachmaninoff from February 25-27, live on WFMT in Chicago.

Omar Cherry (piano) Misun Moon (piano), Sam Que (saxophone), Dorea Britton (voice), and the IU South Bend Gospel Choir directed by CreAnne Mwale, performed before 1,400 students at Clay Performing Arts High School on Wednesday in a Black History Month program. Dean Marvin Curtis was the keynote speaker and Michele Morgan-Dufour coordinated the program.

The Debate team coached by Julie Allie took third place in parliamentary debate the Central Michigan University tournament held at Bowling Green. Two IU South Bend teams advanced to quarter final rounds.  One team was Angela Santos and Zion Castor. The other was Cory Gilmartin and Luis Hernandez.  In addition Zion Castor was ranked 6th, Angela Santos 10th, Jacob Jones 12th, Cory Gilmartin 17th, Josh Law 18th, and Luis Hernandez 19th in speaker points at the tournament in parliamentary debate. Sixteen schools competed.

Trisha Miller, Raclin School of the Arts staff member, performed in this year’s Michiana Monologues. The Michiana Monologues is a locally produced version of the Vagina Monologues. The monologues submitted are personal stories from woman of the Michiana community. A silent auction each night of the IU South Bend performances raises money for various local organizations that help women in crisis. The proceeds help the YWCA, SOS of the Family Justice Center, St. Margaret’s House and the Elkhart County Women’s Shelter.

The Euclid Quartet performed on Valentine’s Day at Trio’s restaurant, raising $2,012 for string scholarships.

Micheline Nilsen received a grant of $600 from the  Overseas Conference Fund.

 The South Bend Symphonic Choir, Marvin Curtis-conductor, and the IU South Bend Chorale, Michael Wade-conductor, performed with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra in their Broadway Rocks Concert at the Morris Performing Arts Center. The concert featured soloists Capathia Jenkins, Julia Murney, and Gary Mauer, three of Broadway’s best vocalists.

Ketevan Badridze performed the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Saint Saëns with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in February.

Dora Natella had sculptures included in the January Chautauqua National Juried Exhibition," Creative Inquiries," at Eastern Kentucky University.

Deborah Mayer (lecturer in music-voice) is the winner of the 2010 Wagner Liederkranz Competition in New York City. She sang in the Winner's Concert on March 20, 2010 at Carnegie Hall. The competition included 250 singers. Mayer prepared five Wagnerian arias for the competition. The judges asked for Brunnhilde's Immolation Scene, and  Brunnhilder's entrance call "Hojotoho" from Die Walkuere off her prepared list.

Alec Hosterman was published in Intercom: The Magazine for Technical Communicators. His article, "Tools of the Trade: Getting Technical about Twitter", discussed the practical and professional uses for the popular social media, micro-blogging tool Twitter. Hosterman was also interviewed by Diane Daniels from WSBT regarding the use of social media as a part of the mourning process.

 The IU South Bend Chorale conducted by Michael Wade, theGospel Ensemble conducted by CreAnne Mwale, and the South Bend Symphonic Choir conducted by Dean Marvin Curtis performed in the South Bend Symphony’s Martin Luther King Jr. concert. Two students from the IU South Bend Jazz Ensemble played with the orchestra and as well as pianist Omar Cherry and David Brennan. Dean Curtis conducted three selections on the concert including two with the South Bend Symphony.