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In the news - April 2011

All three of Deborah Mayer’s voice studio students, Lucas Miner, Dorea Britton and Min Ah Lee have been invited to join the Ezio Pinza Council of American Singers of Opera  (EPCASO) program for study this summer in Oderzo, Italy.

Congratulations Kaori Okada and Risa Okina for organizing a wonderful concert in support of the people of Japan. Special thanks to Jeremy Williams and Todd for their assistance in making this event possible.  Thank you also all the performers – Eli, Sam, Arthur, Anton, Leah, Kendrick, Mih Ah, Dimitry, Michael, Risa, and our Gospel Ensemble.

Ron Monsma will have three of his works in the INDA 6 Manifest Gallery International Drawing Annual; an international juried exhibition-in-print of works of contemporary drawing and writing about drawing.  Manifest's International Drawing Annual seeks to support the recognition, documentation, and publication of excellent, current, and relevant works of drawing from around the world, as well as understanding of how drawing is realized, discussed, and interpreted in contemporary society.

Ron has also been asked to teach a week long workshop in The City of Kemijarvi in Finland.

Alec Hosterman had the article "Superimposing Reality on Digital Spaces: A Search for Understanding, Explanation, and Questions" - published in the journal Analysis and Metaphysics (volume 9; 2010).

The Gospel Ensemble returned from a triumphal concert in Greenville, North Carolina.  They raised over $10,000 to undertake the concert tour.

On Sunday, March 20, 2011, John Mayrose’s chamber ensemble, Pulsoptional, premiered a new version of composer Marc Faris' "An Alternative Community" as part of the 2011 East Carolina University New Music Festival in Greenville, NC.  The hour long composition brings together performers of different musical background.  Joining the chamber group Pulsoptional were twenty-plus free improvisers, dancers, and a rock band containing six electric guitars, electric bass, and two drum sets.

Jeffrey Wright has completed an entry on "Samuel Barber" as part of Oxford University Press's Oxford Bibliographies Online project, which will be published next month.

Samantha Joyce has signed a contract with Lexington Books to write about the representation of Race on Brazilian TV. It is also a comparison between US and Brazilian representations of Race. The running title at this point is: Brazilian Black and White TV: Telenovelas and the Legacy of the Myth of Racial Democracy.

Jane Cera presented her research into Teacher Leadership in Art Education preparation at the National Art Education Association annual conference in Seattle Washington.

In January Ruby Jazayre’s master dance troupe presented a 90 minute performance in the concert hall of the Blue Chip Casino.  The theme of the gala was 1001nights.  On Feb. 12, 2011, she taught a three hour dance seminar on "Technique and Attitude", which included choreography to an Egyptian pop song at the Dance Life Multicultural Dance Center.

Her student performance troupe appeared on March 4 and 5, 2011 at the Battell Center Theatre.  Six IUSB students presented their own work with Stephanie Wickizer as the stage manager.    On April 10, 2011, she will perform in NYC at an event honoring her mentor, the late Ibrahim Farrah .  She was selected from his many students to present.  It is a three day event with participants from all over the world, as he had been quite influential during his career (google Ibrahim Farrah for more info if interested!). In May, she will be having Master Teacher, Ranya Renee from New York City, teach a seminar and perform in a dance concert, at the Battell Theatre. 

Jorge Muniz has been a very busy man.  He has been selected as a Grant Review panelist for the Indiana Arts Commission this year.  He will be reviewing applications in April and May.  Jorge was selected to represent the IU South Bend with four other colleagues from our campus in the AAC&U General Education Institute, to be held from June 4 until June 8 in San Jose State University, California. They will be traveling as a workgroup to discuss and learn new strategies in the development of General Education curriculum with colleagues from other universities in the country. Finally, he will travel to Spain for professional CD release of a new cantata he is presently composing now will be recorded June 13-15. The piece is for tenor solo, mixed chorus and orchestra (about 20 minutes) and it will be recorded with the Asturias Symphony Orchestra, the Prince of Asturias Choir and Joaquín Pixán, as the solo tenor. The premiere, also in Spain will hopefully happen in the Fall 2011.

Congratulations to Marjorie Rusche for a $3000 award in support of her Curriculum Development Project, Redevelopment of New MUS-K312 Instrumentation and Orchestra Course from the Research and Development Committee.

Jeffrey Wright will be presenting a paper entitled "Composing Your Way Home: Samuel Barber's Capricorn Concerto and a Reconsideration of Musical Nostalgia" at the Midwest chapter meeting of the American Musicological Society on Saturday.

Michael S. Wade, choral director, gave clinics to choirs at Concord Jr. High, Elkhart Memorial and Elkhart Central High Schools. He also served as a clinician for the Indiana Music Educators Association non-competitive festival in Middlebury and was an adjudicator for the Indiana State School Music Association Vocal Jazz competition. In late April he will adjudicate high school choral competitions in Lowell and North Manchester for ISSMA.

The Music Area has been approved to offer, starting in fall 2011, a new concentration in Jazz Studies for the Bachelor of Arts in Music. This concentration offers a balance of classical training with a strong emphasis on Jazz music, with applied jazz instrument lessons, jazz ensemble, and courses such as jazz improvisation, jazz class piano, jazz arranging, and history of jazz.

Rebecca Hovan appeared at Flute Festival Mid-South on Saturday, March 19 at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN.  She presented a clinic entitled "Strategies for Success with Beginners and Beyond" and also performed on the afternoon recital.  On Friday, March 25, Rebecca had the privilege of observing a rehearsal/coaching session with American composer, Joseph Schwantner at Northwestern University.  He worked with two flute quartets from the Chicago area on one of his newest works, Silver Halo, which is not yet published.

Undergraduate music composition student Anthony Cotto’s  paper “String Quartets of Penderecki: Analyzing Form, Harmony, and a Return to Tradition,” has been accepted for publication in the Undergraduate Research Journal. Cotto will present his paper on April 8, 2011 at the Undergraduate Research Conference.