Announcing the World Premiere of John Harbison’s Viola Sonata

December 17, 2018

News and Events from the Mead Witter School of Music

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

Composer John Harbison pens new composition for Pro Arte Quartet violist Sally Chisholm

New strings scholarship also created

Composer and music educator John Harbison, winner of both a MacArthur Fellowship “genius” grant and a Pulitzer Prize in composition, has created a new work for Sally Chisholm, violist with the University of Wisconsin’s Pro Arte Quartet.

Sally Chisholm
John Harbison

The composition, tentatively entitled “Sonata for Viola and Piano,” will receive its world premiere with Chisholm and Minnesota pianist Timothy Lovelace at a special concert on the UW-Madison campus February 17, 2019, 7:30 PM, as part of a yearlong celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday. Across the world in 2018 and 2019, the celebration includes two other world premieres, over a dozen new recordings, a first book and many performances.

In tandem with the concert, the Mead Witter School of Music announces the Dr. Stanley and Shirley Inhorn Strings Scholarship, initiated with a $10,000 gift from the Inhorns, to be augmented with ticket proceeds from the concert. The scholarship will be awarded in the fall of 2019, and is available to both graduate and undergraduate strings students.

“As the cost of higher education increases dramatically, we recognize that the availability of more scholarships will greatly enhance the ability of the Mead Witter School of Music to attract both in-state and out-of-state strings students,” said Stanley Inhorn.

Susan C. Cook, director of the School of Music, expressed her thanks to the Inhorns. “Stan and Shirley Inhorn have been great and generous friends to the Madison music community. Their ongoing support of the Mead Witter School of Music will ensure that our wonderful students can realize their musical dreams.”

Harbison has known Chisholm for many years. “I have been aware of Sally’s extraordinary playing for quite some time,” says Harbison, whose actual 80th birthday is December 20, 2018. “She performed my composition called ‘The Nine Rasas,’ about an ancient Indian theory of states of being that were both interesting and refined. Sally was quite remarkable.”

The first half of the School of Music concert will feature the Pro Arte Quartet (with Chisholm, violinists David Perry and Suzanne Beia, and cellist Parry Karp) performing Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76, No. 4, known as “Sunrise,” and Harbison’s “Four Encores for Stan,” an homage for string quartet and narration to Polish composer Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, former director of the Minnesota Orchestra.

The program’s second half will include solo performances by Lovelace, followed by Chisholm, who will play selections from Harbison’s “The Violist’s Notebook,” dedicated to fellow violists Kim Kashkashian, Marcus Thompson and James Dunham. Harbison’s new composition, written specifically for Chisholm, will close the program.

Harbison will be present for the premiere.

The performance will take place at 7:30 PM in Mills Concert Hall in the George L. Mosse Humanities Building, 455 N. Park St., on the UW-Madison campus. Tickets are priced at $25 and are available online.

Harbison currently teaches musical composition and arrangement in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s jazz division. He has composed for the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, as well as scores of other large and small ensembles. His catalog includes three operas, six symphonies, twelve concerti, a ballet, five string quartets, numerous song cycles and chamber works, and a large body of sacred music that includes cantatas, motets, and the orchestral-choral works Four Psalms, Requiem and Abraham. His music is widely recorded on leading labels.

He also is a part-time Madison resident who, with his wife Rose Mary Harbison, each summer over Labor Day weekend hosts the weeklong Token Creek Music Festival, which features classical chamber pieces and jazz.

In 2014, Harbison was one of five composers commissioned by the Pro Arte Quartet to compose a piece commemorating the quartet’s 100th anniversary. His String Quartet No. 5 joined compositions by William Bolcom, Walter Mays, Paul Schoenfield and Benoit Mernier, both in performance and on a Pro Arte Quartet Albany Records recording.

Besides serving as violist for the Pro Arte Quartet, Chisholm was a founder of the Thouvenel String Quartet and the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. She was a finalist at the Naumburg Chamber Music Competition and first prize winner in the Weiner International Chamber Music Competition.

Timothy Lovelace chairs the collaborative piano program at the University of Minnesota and performs all over the world. He and Chisholm have previously premiered works by Andrew Imbrie for the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, and have performed frequently with many of this Society’s guest artists such as Nobuko Imai, Pete Wiley, and Robert Mann. “His musicianship gives freedom, imagination, and a purity that is beloved. When I see Tim’s name in concert programs at the Kennedy Center and throughout New York City, I think, ‘They are so lucky!’ “ says Chisholm.

Chisholm believes the new sonata will become an “instant classic.”
“After glimpsing just the first two movements, I recognize how wonderfully he writes for viola,” says Chisholm. “The opening measures are the heart of the viola sound, with brilliant expression and interplay with the pianist.”

The new composition departs from the standard sonata structure of three to four movements to include five and perhaps six shorter movements in its initial draft, Chishom says. The same style follows in many of Harbison’s other compositions, although not necessarily that of his prior viola sonata.

“Compared to Mr. Harbison’s Solo Sonata for Viola, written in 1961, the new Sonata for Viola and Piano is centered in the heart of the viola sonority and soulfulness,” Chisholm explains. “The composer comes through so clearly in both, but the geography in the first few movements of his latest work is more compact. We have not yet seen all movements, and are expecting surprises.”

Harbison is still putting the finishing touches on Chisholm’s sonata which he sees as more of collaborative piece and less of a virtuosic work, if only due to the nature of the instrument and its performers.
“Violists form a close community with a special temperament, which influences what I write for viola,” Harbison says. “Violists understand what they play, and that they share the musical texture with other performers.

“I am hoping for a certain type of musical character,” he adds. “Schuman wrote music for cello and violas called ‘fantasy pieces’ that have more informal characters,” he adds. “I believe my approach is more like that.”

In 2016, Chisholm was appointed to a Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation professorship which she named to honor Germain Prévost, violist with the Pro Arte Quartet from its inception in 1912 through 1947. The appointment included $75,000 in research support from WARF over five years. That, plus an unspecified amount from an anonymous admirer of John Harbison, will fund the commission and additional expenses.

Provisions of the commission required that the work be premiered during the composer’s 80th birth anniversary year and that those performances include premieres on either coast. According to Chisholm, former Juilliard String Quartet violist Samuel Rhodes and pianist Robert McDonald will perform the work’s New York premiere March 19 at The Juilliard School. Subsequent performances will include those by Kronos Quartet violist Hank Dutt in San Francisco, Rice University violist James Dunham at the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado, as well as violists Richard O’Neill, Marcus Thompson, and Kim Kashkashian.
The anonymous benefactor also has requested premiere performances in London and Berlin, both of which have yet to be arranged.

Says Chisholm: “We are all so grateful to the WARF Professorship that enabled this commission to be seriously pursued. Funding enables the premiere to be performed at UW-Madison, for the consortium to be formed with world famous violists, the underwriting of our guest pianist Timothy Lovelace, the composer John Harbison in attendance, and a great new work to be added to the viola repertoire.”

Other Harbison-related events scheduled in February include a Madison Symphony Orchestra performance of his work “The Most Often Used Chords” ; a UW-Madison Memorial Library exhibit on his music; and a performance of the Grammy Award-nominated Imani Winds Wind Quintet in Shannon Hall at the Wisconsin Union Theatre. Other area ensemble tributes and musical activities are still in the planning stages.

Tickets ($25.00) may be purchased from Campus Arts Ticketing. All seats are general admission.
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About the Inhorns:
Stanley and Shirley came to Madison in 1953 – Shirley from Iowa to attend graduate school in biochemistry, and Stan from Columbia Medical School to become an intern at the Wisconsin General Hospital. Shirley is a pianist, and she also played the marimba in the University of Iowa band. Stan is a violinist who played in a string quartet in college and also started one in medical school. Stan courted Shirley by taking her to the Pro Arte Quartet concerts on campus, and soon they married and settled down to raise a family of three children. After he completed his training, Stan stayed on at the UW School of Medicine. One day, a neighbor, who happened to be the orchestra conductor at West High School, mentioned that he was going to audition for the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Stan joined him and subsequently played in the orchestra for several years until his academic responsibilities became too demanding. Their three children all took piano lessons, and in elementary school, each chose to play a string instrument – a violin, a cello, and a viola. Thus, the Inhorn String Quartet was created. Soon the children all joined the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, in which both Shirley and Stan became life trustees. They also became board members of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the MSOL for which they received the first John DeMain Award. They have also been supporters of the Pro Arte Quartet and other programs at the Mead Witter School of Music. More recently Stan has been a board member of the Oakwood Chamber Players. The Inhorns appreciate the vibrant music scene in Madison and are pleased to be able to contribute their time and resources to these organizations.



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.
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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.

Trouble in First Century Rome; Meet Katie Anderson, soprano; Livestreaming this fall; Faculty News

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

News and Events from the Mead Witter School of Music

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

Student Focus: Waupaca native Katie Anderson, master’s candidate, voice

Katie performed as Musetta in last spring’s production of Puccini’s La bohème,  as the Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (spring 2017), and sang the national anthem at spring 2018 commencement at Camp Randall Stadium.

What drew you to this area of study? I’ve always loved singing. My parents were singers, and my grandmother loved opera. I explored opera and art song in college and found there was nothing I loved more than singing and being on stage.

Katie Anderson at UW-Madison’s spring 2018 commencement, singing the National Anthem. Photograph by Bryce Richter.

What colleges did you previously attend, and what are your degrees?    University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, bachelor’s degree in vocal performance, now finishing my master’s degree in vocal performance at UW-Madison.

What classes are you enrolled in? Are you taking lessons, and with whom? I am taking one last music history course before I graduate. During my time here, I have studied voice under Professor Mimmi Fulmer.

Give us a fun fact or two about yourself. I played the clarinet from 6th grade and continued into my undergrad. I also teach private voice in the Madison area.

Why did you choose UW-Madison? I felt welcomed to this campus, and I knew I had found a great teacher when I met Prof. Fulmer. I was given many performance opportunities, as well as a teaching assistantship and scholarship. Everything made sense to choose UW-Madison.

Do you have a particular goal this year? My goal this year is to keep finding opportunities to perform, and to prepare auditions for Young Artist Programs.

Livestream Concert Alert!  UW-Madison Symphony and Concert Choir

Thursday, November 15, 7:30 PM: UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra with conductor Chad Hutchinson and graduate conductor Michael Dolan. On the program: Blue Cathedral by Jennifer Higdon and Symphony No. 5 in e minor by Tchaikovsky.

Saturday, November 17, 2018, 8:00 PM: UW Concert Choir, with conductor Beverly Taylor and graduate conductor Michael Johnson. On the program: Hymn to St. Cecilia (Benjamin Britten); The Lamentations of Jeremiah (Alberto Ginastera); and more.

Check back for livestreaming details. Watch earlier videos on our YouTube channel.

If you thought you had problems, try living in 1st century Rome

That’s the conclusion of Thomas Aláan, who shares the role of Nero in University Opera’s upcoming performance of The Coronation of Poppea, written by Claudio Monteverdi. The show is loosely based on the historical marriage of the brutal Roman emperor Nero to the manipulative Poppea, the banishment of his wife Ottavia, the forced suicide of Seneca, and the attempted murder of Nero by Poppea’s former lover, Ottone and his new partner in crime, Drusilla. Ouch.

Bust of Nero at the Capitoline Museum, Rome.

Both Thomas and Benjamin Hopkins, his alter-Nero, wrote a few words about the opera and the painstaking work that goes into their roles. Says Thomas: “Learning the music is like the kitchen prep before you actually start cooking the meal. First, I pull out my cutting boards (I print the music) and I break out my cookbook (translate the text from Italian to English). Then, I cut up all the vegetables and other ingredients (I break down the music into its basic components — rhythms, notes, and language — and practice those individually and in combination). Finally, I try to familiarize myself with the cooking instructions so I can start cooking (I memorize all the music).”  Read the full interview here.

Benjamin Hopkins
Thomas Aláan

Artemisia to receive five performances in 2019-2020

Faculty composer Laura Elise Schwendinger‘s opera Artemisia, about the life of the great baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi, will receive five performances this year, three in New York and two in San Francisco. The opera tackles Gentileschi’s struggles and triumphs as she battles inequality and reveals hidden stories.

The first of these performances will occur Nov. 3, 2018 at Symphony Space, Thalia Theater in New York City, by the Center for Contemporary Opera, with an all-star cast featuring Augusta Caso, mezzo soprano, as Artemisia Gentileschi.

Then in March, the award-winning Trinity Wall Street Novus will present a partly staged production of Artemisia. Trinity’s Time’s Arrow Festival, taking place this season from March 5-9, 2019, is conceived as a unique combination of Baroque and contemporary works united by a common theme. The performances by Trinity Wall Street were featured in the New York Times Fall Preview.

In June, the award-winning Left Coast Ensemble will present the fully staged chamber music version of Artemisia. They will focus on the art and milieu of Gentileschi as well as Depression era photographer Dorothea Lange, in two chamber operas with projected images that come to life.
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Johannes Wallmann releases new quintet album, Day and Night

In November 2018, Mead Witter faculty pianist-composer Johannes Wallmann will release a new quintet album, Day and Night, on Shifting Paradigm Records. Grammy-award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch, saxophonist Dayna Stephens, bassist Matt Pavolka, and rising star drummer Colin Stranahan join Wallmann for a collection of original compositions and re-imagined jazz standards. The CD may be pre-ordered now.

With this quintet, Wallmann revisits musical connections established over more than two decades in the jazz world. Day and Night is Wallmann’s eighth album as a leader, but the first to focus as extensively on his interpretations of the standard jazz repertoire. Wallmann has previously recorded seven critically acclaimed albums as a leader, including The Johannes Wallmann Quartet (1997), Alphabeticity (2003), Minor Prophets (2007), The Coasts (2010) and Always Something (2015). His 2015 quintet album, The Town Musicians, was named an Editors’ Pick by DownBeat Magazine.

Read these and other stories on our Faculty News Page

Veteran jazz pianist and UW alumnus Ben Sidran donates personal archives to Mills Music Library

Talk about a sweet sound. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries are excited to announce the recent acquisition of Ben Sidran’s extensive personal archives. The nearly 100 boxes of materials include everything from personal and professional correspondence, music manuscripts and drafts of song lyrics, master tapes, unedited radio interviews, and photographs and posters. Sidran is a 1967 UW-Madison alumnus and longtime city resident.

“We are delighted to welcome Ben Sidran’s collection into the UW-Madison Libraries,” said Jeanette Casey, director of Mills Music Library. “This a fabulous addition to the Wisconsin Music Archive. Ben’s materials also open an amazing door of potential when it comes to research and performance studies. His success and dedication to music bring entertainment and educational power.” –
UW-Madison Libraries

Last but not least: The Mead Witter School of Music Board of Advisors met last week and received a tour of the Hamel Music Center. Front row, L-R: JoAnne Krause, Martha Casey, Jun Lee, Sandy Lee, Chun Lin, Pamela Hamel, and Diane Ballweg. Back row, L-R: Director Susan C. Cook, Kathy Harker, Linda Graebner, Bob Graebner, Peter Lundberg, and Assistant Director Benjamin Schultz-Burkel. Photograph by Michael R. Anderson.

Selected upcoming concerts:

UW Concert Band – Fall Concert
TONIGHT! October 24 @ 7:30 pm. Scott Teeple, Carrie Backman, Ross Wolf, and O’Shae Best, conductors.

ADDING A BEAT TO BRASS: Wisconsin Brass Quintet with Anthony DiSanza, professor of percussion
Thursday, October 25 @ 7:30 pm – $7 – $17. Click here to purchase tickets. Free to music majors, staff and faculty.

Guest Artist Residency and Recital: Clive Greensmith, cello
Friday, October 26, 3 – 6 PM: Cello and chamber music master class. Morphy Hall.
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2:30 – 4:30 PM: Presentation for strings: “The artistic use of vibrato,” Mills Hall.
Sunday, Oct. 28, 7:30 PM: Concert with Clive Greensmith and Christopher Taylor, piano; Uri Vardi, cello; and the UW-Madison Cello Choir.

Pro Arte Quartet
Saturday, October 27 @ 8:00 pm.

UW Wind Ensemble
Sunday, October 28 @ 2:00 pm. Scott Teeple, Cole Hairston, and O’Shae Best, conductors.

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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Student Focus; Leckrone Legacy; Brass Quintet adds percussion, Opera returns to 17th century

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

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 LeckroneRead 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:

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.

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.

Read a background Q&A on the history of the WBQ and the reasons to add percussion.

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.

Read full news release.
Buy tickets.

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!

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)

University Bands
Sunday, October 14 @ 2:00 pm, Mills Hall – – Free
With Darin Olson, O’Shae Best and Cole Hairston, conductors. Click here for full program:

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.

Meet a Student; Faculty Music Coming Your Way; Brass Fest V announces schedule; more upcoming concerts

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

News and Events from the Mead Witter School of Music

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

Ellen Cook

Student Focus: Meet Ellen Cook, Music Ed Freshman

“My name is Ellen Cook, and I am a freshman studying music education. I am from Stoughton, where I was involved in the high school’s orchestra program, played bass in the jazz ensemble, and was a member of a variety of small ensembles.  I was also a member of Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras for three years, which helped me learn more about UW-Madison, and was an important factor in my decision to come here.

“I chose to major in music education because I want to share the joy and relationships I’ve found through music with generations to come. I decided to come to UW Madison because it offered me a variety of top-notch performance and educational opportunities, both of which are extremely valuable in preparing me for my future as a teacher and musician.

“I am studying with Professor Uri Vardi, and am a member of the UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra. I’m also enrolled in Musica Practica (our music theory course), Cello Pedagogy, Spanish, and Ancient Mediterranean History. One thing I appreciate about the School of Music is the opportunity to get involved beyond the classroom and rehearsals. I’m getting involved by working as an usher and as a member of the stage crew. All these experiences, and the people I share them with, will prepare me for a successful future in the classroom, and a fulfilling life.” Welcome, Ellen!

New Hamel Music Center construction images

Our website photography gallery, begun in March of 2017, is now updated with fresh images taken on a recent tour of the under-construction Hamel Music Center. On hand was the architect Malcolm Holzman, founding partner of the architectural design firm Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture of New York, and architects from Strang and engineers from JP Cullen. Images by Michael R. Anderson.
Click to view full gallery; newest images are at bottom

More images can be found here:   Images by Jeff Miller; story by Käri Knutson.

Wisconsin Brass Quintet, the Pro Arte Quartet, and the Wingra Wind Quintet coming to your neighborhood this fall

We like to call this “the Wisconsin Idea at its most audible.” Our three faculty quintets travel all over Wisconsin and frequently beyond, to both entertain and inform. A sample of upcoming dates include Fond du Lac, Rhinelander, and Baraboo (click here for full schedule). If you’d like to bring them to your community at some future date, contact

An addendum to our note about LunART, the all-women’s art festival held last July, founded by Iva Ugrcic (SOM DMA). Co-organizer Laura Medisky (SOM DMA) was inadvertently omitted from our publications.

“Dr. Laura Medisky and I joined forces back in October 2017, at the very early stage of LunART Festival planning. I have known Laura for couple of months at that moment and had a huge respect for her. She is a strong and independent woman with an amazing work ethic, and is extremely passionate about LunART’s mission. Her contribution to the festival was immense, and I could have not imagined a better ally with whom to undertake this journey. I am more than grateful to have found someone that I enjoy working with and who became my very close friend.”—Iva Urgcic.

Read about LunART in the Wisconsin State Journal

Elliott & Fry [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Edvard Grieg Society of Great Lakes to hold concert

Professor Mimmi Fulmer on its board
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) was the first Norwegian composer to achieve international stature. A consummate master of both melody and harmony, intimately familiar with the idiosyncrasies of Norwegian folk music, he created works that struck his hearers as fresh, charming, even exotic, music that was strangely and interestingly different from anything they had heard before.

Join us in Morphy Hall on Saturday, September 22 at 4:00 PM for a free concert of Grieg music, with performers Gregory Martin and Luke and Mary Rose Norell  on piano; with Mimmi Fulmer and Anna Hersey, sopranos; and Alan Dunbar, baritone.

Download program and information here

Brass Fest V ready to rock

The School’s fifth BRASS FEST offers two days of free master classes, open rehearsals, and concerts with distinguished alumni: Amy Schendel, associate professor of trumpet at the University of Iowa; Adam Unsworth, professor of horn at the University of Michigan; Patrick Pfister, principal trombone of the Omaha Symphony; and Kent Eshelman, associate professor of tuba and euphonium at Baylor University. Brass alumni are especially encouraged to attend!


Friday, Sept. 28
10 – Noon:  Brass Ensemble rehearsal — Room 1321
2:25-4 PM: Trumpet, trombone, horn and tuba master classes with alumni–  Rooms 1321, 2411, 2441 and Music Hall
8 PM Alumni Concert — Mills Concert Hall

Saturday, Sept. 29
10 – Noon: Brass Ensemble rehearsal — Mills Concert Hall
4-5 PM: Master Class/Open Rehearsal — Mills Concert Hall
8 PM Brass Ensemble Concert — Mills Concert Hall
Read about our guests, and download program and schedule

New Yorkers, take note

Professor of Viola, Sally Chisholm, in New York premiere of John Harbison trio
On Saturday, September 29, at 7:30 PM, Professor Sally Chisholm, violist with the Pro Arte Quartet, will perform “Nine Rasas” with clarinetist Charles Neidich and pianist Mohamed Shams, as part of a birthday celebration of composers John Harbison and Joan Tower. The performance will take place at the Tenri Cultural Institute as part of the WA Concert Series.  The Institute is located at 43A West 13th Street, New York City.   Click for ticket information.

Selected upcoming concerts

Pro Arte Quartet
Friday, September 21,8:00 PM, Mills Hall. Free admission. Featuring David Perry and Suzanne Beia, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; and Parry Karp, cello. Works of Haydn, Shostakovich, and Beethoven.

Guest Artist Recital: Violist Elias Goldstein and pianist Angela Draghicescu
Tuesday, September 25, 7:30 PM, Morphy hall. Free. Violist Elias Goldstein (DMA 2011) and pianist Angela Draghicescu will perform works from their upcoming CD, including a transcription of the Enescu Third Sonata, which will be released in fall 2018.

For many more events, please see our full calendar.

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.

Name a Seat Campaign in Full Swing; Leckrone to step down after 50th year; New Faculty; Bernstein Tribute Concert

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

News and Events from the Mead Witter School of Music

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


New opportunity, ending December, 2018: Name a seat in the new Mead Witter Foundation Concert Hall!

From individual chairs and sections of chairs to educational venues and prominent gathering spaces, opportunities remain to support the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music’s Hamel Music Center, pictured above. Join us as we usher in a new era of music at UW-Madison.
Click here to learn more!

Please note: Our annual print brochure was mailed mid-August. If you are not already on our mailing list and you’d like to receive a copy, click here to send your snail mail address.

Special announcement: UW Band Director Mike Leckrone announces upcoming season will be his last

Mike Leckrone.

Michael Leckrone, 82, longtime marching band director has announced that he will step down at the end of the 2018-19 academic year, which will be his 50th season. Leckrone made his decision several weeks ago but delayed sharing it publicly until he could meet with students. “I wanted the band to know first,” he says. “Any other talk, any other planning — that came second.” The university will conduct a national search for a new director.
Read the full story here.


Nadia Chana

In January, after serving as the inaugural winner of the Robert Walser and Susan McClary Fellowship, Nadia Chana will join the school of music as assistant professor of ethnomusicology.  The award is given to Ph.D. candidates, seeking to diversify the field of scholars working in American music. She writes: “I grew up in Edmonton/Amiskwaciwâskahikan singing in choirs (and everywhere else), a context that directly shapes my work, however invisibly. My current research focuses on climate crisis and relations among Indigenous activists, non-Indigenous settlers, and nonhuman actors in Northern Alberta and the California Bay Area. Fuelled by the urgency of climate crisis, I ask: what can healthy relationships between humans and the more-than-human world – plants, animals, water, land – look and feel like? And what role do practices like listening, walking, and even singing play in transforming these relationships?” Read about Nadia.

Margaret Butler joins the school of music as visiting associate professor of musicology. Most recently, she was associate professor of musicology at the University of Florida. Her research on eighteenth-century opera explores a range of top including theatrical production practices and administrative models, stylistic fusion and reform,exoticism, and iconography.
Read about Margaret.

More new faculty

Andreas Oeste, assistant adjunct professor of oboe
Julia Rottmayer, adjunct professor of voice
Trevor Baca, visiting assistant professor of musicology
Read about all our current and new faculty here.

Meet Brian Heller, new facilities director
L-R: Brian Heller, new School of Music facilities director; Ben Sonnentag, JPCullen project engineer; and Tim Bizjak, JPCullen project manager.

In February, Brian Heller joined the Mead-Witter School of Music as facilities director.  Most recently, he was director of the Clemens Fine Arts Center at a college in Paducah, Kentucky, and has held a number of positions in non-profit theaters and arts centers in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Washington D.C. and Minnesota. He is a 1998 graduate of the Bolz Center at the Wisconsin School of Business.



(Right: A horn quartet performed at the Mead Witter Graduation, Hooding & Awards Celebration in Mills Hall, May 11, 2018. L-R; Rachel Feit, Spencer Koscik, Patrick Hines, Dayfdd Bevil.)


“Music despite pain”: Doctoral pianist perseveres through tough odds
Kangwoo Jin, a student of Professors Jessica Johnson and  Christopher Taylor, was diagnosed with hemophilia when a child in South Korea, and must inject himself with blood-clotting protein several times a week. He’s managed to win ten piano competitions nonetheless. Read full story in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Alumnus winner
Matthew Lee, a 2017 graduate from the studio of violinist Associate Professor Soh-Hyun Park Altino, was a winner of the 2018 Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition at Brevard Music Center. Matthew was the only violinist winner in this year’s competition, which included a performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto, first movement, with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra on July 29. Matthew is currently pursuing a masters degree of music in violin performance at University of Texas at Austin.

Women Took Center Stage
LunART, an arts festival centered on women, was held in Madison in late June to great success. The founder was Iva Ugrćič (above), a DMA graduate in flute. Both the Wisconsin State Journal and Isthmus weekly ran preview stories about the event, which drew hundreds of patrons and featured composers, musicians, dancers, actors, and more.


The Chicago Composers’ Consortium offers a fresh selection of compositions at a concert on September 23, 3 PM, at North Shore Baptist Church, 5244 N. Lakewood Avenue, Chicago.
(Suggested donation: $15 accepted at the door.) One of these, The Violinists in my Life, was written by faculty composer Laura Schwendinger and will be performed by alumna Eleanor Bartsch.


Please note: to buy tickets at the door, day of show, please arrive early to prevent long lines!

Music of Leonard Bernstein – A 100th Birthday Tribute

Saturday, September 15 @ 8:00 pm – $7 – $17
Celebrating the music of Leonard Bernstein in this 100th anniversary year of his birth. With Martha Fischer and Bill Lutes, piano and voice; Paul Rowe, baritone; and Cheryl Bensman-Rowe, soprano. Featuring the Arias and Barcarolles for two singers and pianists as well as songs from the Broadway and art song repertoires.
Learn More/Buy Tickets

39th Karp Family Opening Concert
Tuesday, September 4 @ 7:30 pm – Free
Featuring Parry Karp, violoncello; Christopher Karp, piano; Frances Karp, piano; Alicia Lee, clarinet; Suzanne Beia, violin; Katrin Talbot, viola.

Faculty Jazz Sextet
Thursday, September 6 @ 7:30 pm – Free
Featuring Alex Noppe, trumpet; Les Thimmig, saxophones; Louka Patenaude, guitar; Johannes Wallmann, piano; Nick Moran, bass; Matt Endres, drums.

Faculty Recital: Soh-Hyun Altino, violin
Sunday, September 9 @ 3:00 pm – Free
This concert will feature works for violin and piano by women composers, including Beach, Chaminade, Clarke, and L. Boulanger. With pianist Jeannie Yu.

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.

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