March filled with great events
The month of March is filled with great things for the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts. However, there are several important accomplishments achieved by our students in February that I simply must share. I am pleased to announce the Toradze Studio once again distinguished themselves and IU South Bend. Toradze student Natasha Stojanovska won First Prize in the 2012 Indianapolis Matinee Musical Competition held on February 25, 2012. Part of her prize is to give a solo recital in Indianapolis in October this year. Second prize was awarded to Toradze student Dmitry Molkov. We are proud of both of them. There were 15 pianists in the category with the majority from IU Bloomington.
Lawrence Matthews, a student of Deborah Mayer, advanced to the second round for the Classical Singer Vocal Competition held in Chicago on May 25-26. If he advances to the semifinals round Sunday, May 27th, he will perform in the final concert that evening.
Several of our students auditioned with famed soprano teacher Claudia Pinza, daughter of the historic Basso Ezio Pinza, whom comes from a long line of great Italian singing. These auditions are in anticipation of several of our students being chosen to study in Italy this summer at her institute. February also brought to campus the accreditation team from the National Association of Schools of Music, a first for the School of the Arts. Our special thanks to Assistant Professor of Music Jorge Muñiz and music faculty for their preparation for that visit. The month closed with the debut of the new Woodwind Ensemble, a student group, led by new faculty members and Wind Ensemble Director, Dr. Ken Douglas.
As you can see, the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts is moving forward. March begins our participation in the entertainment component for “First Fridays” in downtown South Bend. We will be in six venues in dance and music. This will also be the debut of the new IU South Bend Dance Company led by Assistant Professor Carolyn Hine-Johnson. There will be the annual IU South Bend 2012 Flute Festival. We welcome special guest artists pulsoptional, which includes our own faculty member Assistant Professor of Music John Mayrose, for a spring music residency and concert.
There will be concerts by the IUSB Jazz Ensemble, Vocal and Piano Studio, and Flute and Guitar ensemble. The IUSB Communication Studies Forum features Associate Professor of Communication Studies Kembrew McLeod of the University of Iowa. He will present an in-depth discussion titled, “The New Market Affair: On Media, Pranks, and Pedagogy”.
We are a school on the move and we are so very proud of our students. We hope you are inspired as we aspire to greater things. Come and see us and be a part of this great celebration!