October 9, 2018
News and Events from the Mead Witter School of Music
University of Wisconsin-Madison
455 North Park Street, Madison Wisconsin 53706
Student Focus: O’Shae Best, Graduate Assistant Conductor
O’Shae Best hails from Laurinburg, North Carolina, and entered UW-Madison as a master’s student in the fall of 2017 to study wind conducting with Professor Scott Teeple. We asked him a few questions about his background and plans.
“I attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina and obtained a bachelor’s degree in music education with K-12 licensure. I spent three years teaching middle school band. Currently, I am studying wind conducting with Professor Scott Teeple as well as orchestral conducting with Dr. Chad Hutchinson, trombone with Professor Mark Hetzler and euphonium with Dr. Tom Curry.”
What drew you to this area of study? And why UW-Madison?
“The ability to connect with students and work collaboratively to express music. And, there are opportunities presented through the Mead Witter School of Music that most other graduate programs couldn’t offer. Especially with such a world class mentor as Professor Teeple.”
“Being in Madison has increased my enjoyment of nature and being outside. I love the summers here!”
Community, dedication, music: Retiring UW Band director Michael Leckrone’s legacy lives on
After 50 years as the UW band director, Leckrone looks back on the defining moments of his music career
By Angela Peterson, Badger Herald
He incorporated rock’n roll into the classics, so the band would appeal to all generations. He shortened “On Wisconsin” so it could follow every touchdown. He finally got to the Rose Bowl after 25 years at UW. He was married for 62 years. Who are we talking about? Who else, but Mike Leckrone? Read full story here.
Left: The combined UW-Madison and Nebraska marching bands, Camp Randall Stadium, October 6, 2018. It was the first time in 20 years that an entire visiting band has attended a game in Camp Randall. Photographs by Gary Smith.
Alumni News — Erin Murphy
Erin Kendall Murphy (DMA flute performance, music theory minor ’13) was recently appointed as assistant professor of flute at Oklahoma State University. In addition, she performs frequently across the country with her chamber music ensembles Lakeshore Rush and the Analogue Duo. Erin studied with now-retired Professor of Flute Stephanie Jutt and Conductor James Smith and with theory and composition Professors Lee Blasius, Brian Hyer, and Laura Schwendinger. Earlier, she studied flute with Walfrid Kujala at Northwestern University, Trevor Wye in England, and Lorna McGhee and Amy Porter at the University of Michigan.
More information: www.erinkmurphyflute.com
We would like to hear from more alumni! Please send stories to the newsletter editor.
Teryl Dobbs appointed to College Music Society board
We congratulate Professor Teryl Dobbs, recently appointed to the board of the College Music Society as the national rep for music education. The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education. https://www.music.org/
Adding a Beat to Brass: Added percussion opens new vistas for Wisconsin Brass Quintet
Adding percussion allows a brass quintet to diversify its music both culturally and musically, says Daniel Grabois, horn professor at the School of Music. Grabois came to UW-Madison from the Meridian Arts Ensemble in New York City, and continues to perform with them. “Meridian’s idea was to continue to branch out into different styles: not just early music and contemporary music, but jazz, rock, various ethnic styles, and often new amalgams of all of these,” he says. “In this case, the percussionist becomes not an add-on but an actual sixth member of the group. Meridian has created a vast repertoire of music for quintet and percussion. Now, the Wisconsin Brass Quintet will start to experiment with these new styles of music.”
Concert: Thursday, October 25, 7:30 PM, Mills Hall. Tickets: $7/$17, music majors/music faculty & staff admitted free. Buy online here; also sold at the door.
Below: The Gaudete Brass Quintet plays Michael Tilson Thomas’s “Street Song.” The WBQ has added percussion to provide an extra dimension of sound.
University Opera announces fall production, “The Coronation of Poppea”
This fall, University Opera immerses itself in the seventeenth century, presenting three performances of Claudio Monteverdi’s masterpiece, The Coronation of Poppea, written in 1643. November 16 at 7:30 PM, November 18 at 2:00 PM, and November 20 at 7:30 PM. David Ronis, director of University Opera, will direct, and Chad Hutchinson, interim director of orchestras, will conduct. Musical preparation will be by UW-Madison vocal coach Daniel Fung. Guest artist Christa Patton will lead the continuo and serve as Baroque style coach for the production.
Pro Arte Quartet earns praise
“The Pro Arte Quartet opened its season with a superb concert at Mills Hall that included works from three different centuries, showing the ways composers have stretched and extended the quartet form.”
Hire a student musician
Need a musician or two or three for your party, or a wedding, or perhaps a teacher for your child or school? The Mead Witter School of Music provides a “gigs blog” where you can list your request. Our student musicians are more than happy to help! https://wiscmusiccareer.wordpress.com/
Faculty Ronis and Hutchinson earns awards from The American Prize
Chad Hutchinson, interim director of orchestras, assistant professor of conducting and conductor of University Opera, won three awards from The American Prize.
First Place: The American Prize in Opera Conducting for 2017-2018, for “Suor Angelica,” by Puccini. University of Minnesota Opera Theatre.
Second Place: The American Prize in Orchestral Conducting for 2017-2018, for University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra.
Third Place: The American Prize/Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming for 2017-2018, South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestras.
David Ronis, director of University Opera, won second place in The American Prize in Directing, the Charles Nelson Reilly Prize.
Awards were announced over the summer.
Selected upcoming concerts:
UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra
Friday, October 12 @ 8:00 pm, Mills Hall – Free
With Conductor Chad Hutchinson and Graduate Conductor Ji Hyun Yim.
Overture to ‘The School for Scandal’- Samuel Barber (1931)
Symphony No. 1-‘Afro American’- William Grant Still (1930)
Symphonic Suite from ‘On the Waterfront’- Leonard Bernstein (1954)
Wisconsin Science Festival: EARS (the Electro-Acoustic Research Space) Open House
Saturday, October 13 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. 2401 Humanities. – Free
Faculty Recital: Parry Karp, cello
Saturday, October 13 @ 8:00 pm Mills Hall – Free
Featuring Parry Karp, violoncello; Frances Karp, piano; Thomas Kasdorf, piano.
Granville Bantock, Hamabdi (Hebrew Melody) for Cello and Piano (1919)
Jesse Benjamin Jones, Phantasma for Solo Cello (2006)
Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonata in A Major for Piano and Violin, Op. 30 No. 1 (1801-2)
transcribed for piano and cello by Parry Karp
William Walton, Cello Concerto (1956)
Sunday, October 14 @ 2:00 pm, Mills Hall – – Free
With Darin Olson, O’Shae Best and Cole Hairston, conductors. Click here for full program: https://www.music.wisc.edu/event/university-bands-3/
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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