All eyes on Mike (Leckrone); Grad oboist joins Stuart Flack for final show (with cellphones!); Presenting bassoonist Midori Samson, competition winner

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

News and Events from the Mead Witter School of Music

University of Wisconsin-Madison
455 North Park Street, Madison Wisconsin 53706

Coming next week!
Choral Union – The Kodály Te Deum and The Duruflé Requiem – Ticketed
TWO DATES: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 8 PM, and Sunday, December 9, 7:30 PM.
Beverly Taylor, conductor.    Buy tickets here.

The Zoltan Kodaly Te Deum is a song of praise to God that ends with the words “Let me never be confounded.” Written in 1937, the work is about 20 minutes long and is wonderful for its many moods and styles in a short amount of time.The music begins heroically, grows quiet, turns slow and majestic, then darkly moody as the soloists sing long lines over chanted lines in the chorus. This middle section draws on Hungarian folktunes for its unusual scales. From this quiet, the music grows faster and stronger and breaks into a joyous fugue. Not to end there, the mood changes to quiet, with the chorus and soprano soloist singing unaccompanied by anyone except string basses and a few wind instruments.

The Duruflé Requiem by the French organist and composer Maurice Duruflé bears many things in common with the Fauré Requiem, in that the style is often flowing, chant-like (it is based on Gregorian chant), and with the warmth of late French Romanticism. Unlike the Fauré Duruflé orchestrated the work for full orchestra with wind instruments replacing the organ in the original (performed several years ago by my colleague Bruce Gladstone in Luther Memorial Church.) This colorful full version is performed for the first time at the UW-Madison, and will feature baritone soloist Michael Johnson and mezzo soloist Chloe Flesch. – Beverly Taylor.

All eyes on Mike:  Mike Leckrone’s final Camp Randall game as marching band conductor

Former drummer Meg Jones, a longtime reporter for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, was a fitting choice to write this farewell story about Mike.  “Before Leckrone there was no Fifth Quarter, no chicken dance, no “Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey”  repurposed with the team’s fight song as “Space Badgers.” No one sticking around after football games. No one shouting, ‘ When you say Wis-con-sin … you’ve said it all!’  In a way, the man has single-handedly changed football Saturdays in Madison.”

Photograph credits:  UW Communications.

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Did you know…. that members of the UW Marching Band are expected on the field at 7:00 AM, no matter what the weather?

From the Wisconsin State Journal: “Since his first day — Sept. 1, 1969 — six chancellors and two acting chancellors have come and gone. He’s on his ninth football coach and directed halftime shows for 50 of Camp Randall’s 101 years.” Read more in The final march: Mike Leckrone’s 50 years directing at UW-Madison football games nears end

Mike on Channel 3 News

“It’s something I love doing and I don’t want to necessarily leave it, but I think it’s probably time,” Leckrone said. “I think that 50 year benchmark, that helped me to get going.”  Watch TV interview here.

Bassoonist Midori Samson wins inaugural Wind Ensemble competition

Concert Sunday, February 17, 2:00 PM, Mills Hall

Midori Samson

Bassoonist Midori Samson, winner of the first Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition, will perform the Concerto for Bassoon by Frigyes Hidas with the UW-Madison Wind Ensemble in February as the winner of the first Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition.  Midori studies with Professsor Marc Vallon and is a Collins Fellow, performs locally with Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and Beloit-Janesville Symphony, and holds degrees from The Juilliard School and the University of Texas at Austin. Read more here.

Oboist Zachary Pulse joins interdisciplinary artist Stuart Flack for December 8 performance, capping a semester-long class

Graduate oboist Zach Pulse will be one of many performers in the capstone event of Stuart Flack’s residency, titled “Data Vaudevilles: Bits and Bytes.”  Flack is a playwright, producer, social entrepreneur, and policy researcher who explores incorporating complex data into live performance. Pulse studies with oboist Andreas Oeste.

Performance: Saturday, December 8, 2:00 PM, H.F. DeLuca Forum at the Discovery Building (330 N. Orchard Street, Madison) .

Zachary Pulse

“I decided to take this class to explore more interdisciplinary connections outside of my own field – especially while studying at an incredible research institution like UW-Madison. I was also drawn to Stuart Flack’s work specifically, as a creative producer, and performer of information sets. Outside of music, I have always been drawn to geography, maps, and how the concept of place defines the work we do, so I spent this semester exploring ways to turn geographic data into performance.

“My work, This Land is Your Land,  examines land usage in the United States. This complex, multi-layered set of information can be difficult to wrap one’s mind around, so I am curating a soundscape as an alternative way to process these numbers. This acoustic environment will be crafted both from pre-recorded media and live performance via the cell phone speakers of everyone present in the room (participation willing!). I have also collaborated with several of my colleagues in this class on their projects, and will take part in performances about segregation in Chicago, the U.S./Mexican border, and garbage distribution in China, among others. If any of these topics appeal to you, or if you’re curious to experience 665 cows moo-ing in surround sound, I highly recommend this one-of-a-kind concert experience!”

Pianist and partner win Ohio International Piano Duet and Duo Competition, artist division

Eric Tran

Eric Tran, a pianist in the studio of Professor Christopher Taylor, along with his piano partner Nathan Cheung, have won another piano duet competition, the Ohio International Piano Duet and Duo Competition. Their duo, Happy Dog Duo, has performed four-hands and two-piano repertoire together since they were in middle school. They won both first prize and the Abild American Music Award at the 2017 Ellis Duo-Piano Competition, hosted by the National Federation of Music Clubs. Recently, Happy Dog Duo was awarded first prize in the inaugural MTNA-Stecher and Horowitz Two Piano Competition 2018. Read more.

More end of semester highlights at the School of Music

Please click links to learn more and buy tickets. Check site for student recitals.

Guest Artist Master Class: Melinda Wagner, composer – Free
Friday, November 30, 11:45 AM, Morphy Hall.

UW-Madison/Metropolitan School District Jazz Fest Concert with guest trombonist Dave Stamps – Free
Saturday, December 1, 6:00 PM, Music Hall.

All-University Strings – Free
Two non-major orchestras.
Saturday, December 1, 4:00 PM, Mills Hall.

Guest Artists: Nicholas Photinos, cello and Cipher Duo (voice and violin) – Free
Sunday, December 2, 8:00 PM, Morphy Hall.

Two Winter Concerts at Luther Memorial Church – Good will offering appreciated
An annual holiday affair with six UW-Madison choirs. conducted by graduate conductors and Professor Beverly Taylor.
Sunday, December 2, 2:00 and 4:00 PM. 1021 University Avenue.

Faculty Recital: Timothy Hagen, flute and Martha Fischer, piano – Free
Saturday, December 8, 3:00 PM, Mills Hall.

Our Full Concert Calendar


The School of Music offers a smorgasbord of performances each year; we invite you to visit our website and click on our events calendar. We also publish a season brochure that is mailed every August. To receive the brochure, please send your postal address to the School of Music.

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Mimmi Fulmer, then and now; Livestreaming Update; Faculty Searches; Science & Music; Meet a Student

November 14, 2018

News and Events from the Mead Witter School of Music

University of Wisconsin-Madison
455 North Park Street, Madison Wisconsin 53706

Faculty searches in progress

The School of Music is now searching for qualified candidates for three professorships, one in music education (submit by Nov. 30); one in trumpet (submit by Dec. 7); and one in conducting (submit by Dec. 7). Visit Jobs@UW-Madison for full information.

Name-a-seat campaign enters final stretch!

Our seat-naming campaign for the  Hamel Music Center is in the final stretch; the deadline is December 31! We’ve received a wonderful response so far, and invite other supporters of music education, performance and scholarship at UW-Madison to join us. Click here to learn more.

Professor Mimmi Fulmer, then and now

Performing in Monteverdi’s Coronation of Poppea, 1989 and 2018

Prof. Mimmi Fulmer as Poppea and tenor Gregory Schmidt as Nerone, in 1989’s “Coronation of Poppea.” Image courtesy UW Archives.

Our recent Facebook post of Voice Professor Mimmi Fulmer performing as Poppea in University Opera’s 1989 version of “The Coronation of Poppea” by Monteverdi garnered many fond comments from alumni and students. Prof. Fulmer will also appear in this weekend’s production, this time as Nutrice. In 1989, the part of Nerone was acted and sung by tenor Gregory Schmidt, now a member of the Metropolitan Opera. To read all the comments, visit (and join!) our Facebook page.

The current production of “Poppea,” directed by David Ronis and conducted by Chad Hutchinson, starts this Friday. Read more and buy tickets here.

“Artemisia” in New York City

Last weekend’s production of Artemisia, the new opera by faculty composer Laura Schwendinger, featured Augusta Casso as the Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi and Daniel Foltz-Morrison as Augustino Tassi. Image by Leni Schwendinger.

Last weekend, the Center for Contemporary Opera at Symphony Space in New York City presented Professor Laura Schwendinger’s Artemisia, about the life of the great baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Artemisia will receive five performances this year, three in New York and two in San Francisco.

Watch concerts from the comfort of your couch!

School of Music to livestream two concerts this week

Music ed major Rebecca Compton-Allen tunes water glasses used in “blue cathedral” by composer Jennifer Higdon. UW-Madison Symphony, Thursday, Nov. 15. Image by Katherine Esposito.

Of course, we want you in our audiences, but if you can’t attend, please bookmark this link and check in one hour prior to concert start. (You can even set reminders!)

UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra, Thursday, Nov. 15, 8:00 PM, Mills Hall.
Click for program.

UW Concert Choir
Saturday, November 17, 8:00 PM, Mills Hall.
Click for program.

Young wind players, take note: Wind Ensemble and Winds of Wisconsin to hold joint concert of Bernstein works

Every year, the high school ensemble Winds of Wisconsin plans a joint concert with our college wind players in the Wind Ensemble. Both groups are conducted by Professor Scott Teeple. This year’s program, Sunday, Nov. 18 at 7:00 PM, is devoted to the music of Leonard Bernstein.

Prof. Scott Teeple conducting the high school group, Winds of Wisconsin. Image by Michael R. Anderson.

Meet a Student: Nicole Carrion Vaughn

Nicole is a flutist and a woodwind graduate assistant with the UW Marching Band, where she assist students learning drill for pregame and halftime, teaches music during sectionals, conducts on the field during pregame and halftime, and accompanies the band on away trips. She grew up in Alabama and transferred to UW-Madison last year.

Nicole Vaughn

“Going into middle school, I knew I wanted to be in the band, but I never wanted to be a flute player – I wanted to be a percussionist. My grandmother, on the other hand, didn’t want me making a ton of noise at home. So then I decided that I wanted to play the French horn, but my grandmother didn’t want drips on the floor.

“She asked me if I wanted to play the flute, and I quickly said no. But then she gave me an ultimatum: to play the flute or I couldn’t be in band. I didn’t have much of a choice!”
Read more about Nicole here.

Geoscience professor experiments with live music as way to convey science concepts

Stephen Meyers, Vilas Distinguished Professor of Geoscience, has been collaborating with faculty trombonist and Professor Mark Hetzler and his band, “Mr. Chair,” using music to convey scientific concepts to general geology students. “The result was Beginnings, a lecture in four acts: Expansion, Contraction, Catastrophe, and At Time’s Horizon. In Expansion, Meyers showed a video clip of Hetzler playing his trombone from the passenger seat of a car driving past a stationary camera. The changes in Hetzler’s B-flat note illustrated how the Doppler effect works – a sound coming toward you is always higher pitched than a sound moving away from you.” Meyers will repeat the class this semester, and also plans a second lecture-with-music, called “The Deep Groove.” Read the full story and watch a video from University Communications.

Additional fall concerts:

Please check our events website to view these and additional events, including student recitals.
Low Brass Ensemble
November 17 @ 4:00 pm – Free
UW-Madison Low Brass Ensemble features students from the trombone and tuba/euphonium studios. Tom Curry and Mark Hetzler, directors.

Fall Carillon Concert
November 25 @ 3:00 pm – Free
Performed by Lyle Anderson, carilloneur.

Opera Scenes – Fall
November 27 @ 7:30 pm- Free
Students in the UW-Madison Opera Workshop class perform a variety of scenes from opera and musical theatre, staged and with piano accompaniment.

Guest Artist Master Class: Melinda Wagner, composer
November 30 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm – Free
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Melinda Wagner will discuss her music in a master class, open to students and the public.

Jazz Standards Ensemble and Contemporary Jazz Ensemble
November 30 @ 8:00 pm – Free
Featuring John Schaffer and Jonathan Greenstein, directors, with special guest, trombonist Dave Stamps.

UW-Madison/Metropolitan School District Jazz Fest Concert with guest trombonist Dave Stamps
December 1 @ 6:00 pm – Free
The UW-MMSD Jazz Festival will feature a three-day residency with Dave Stamps, director of jazz studies and assistant professor of music at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota.

Our Full Concert Calendar


The School of Music offers a smorgasbord of performances each year; we invite you to visit our website and click on our events calendar. We also publish a season brochure that is mailed every August. To receive the brochure, please send your postal address to the School of Music.

You received this newsletter because you either signed up at or directly at this blog. You can also follow us on our very active Facebook page and hear our music on our SoundCloud page.