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Awards Ceremony May 11; Hunt and Pro Arte Quartets team for final concert; An Inside Look at the Hamel Music Center

Thursday, May 3, 2018

News and Events from the Mead Witter School of Music
University of Wisconsin-Madison
455 North Park Street, Madison Wisconsin 53706

Graduation Ceremony; Students Win Awards; Pro Arte and Hunt Quartets team up at Chazen; Community Music Lessons to be featured on 1550 AM; New Hamel Music Center Photos

More acoustic circles, a defining feature of the new hall.

School of Music to celebrate graduates on Friday, May 11

You are invited to help us honor our 28 undergraduate and 54 graduate students receiving diplomas this spring, summer and next fall and to thank the donors who support our students.  And, of course, we recognize the many additional undergraduate and graduate students chosen to receive awards given throughout the years by our generous donors.

We’ll also feature music from a talented horn quartet.

Friday, May 11, 2:00-4:00 PM, Mills Hall. A reception will follow in the Humanities Courtyard; in case of inclement weather, we will hold it in Mills Lobby.

Congratulations to graduate cellist Kyle Price, undergraduate vocalists Claire Powling and Miranda Kettlewell, and graduate pianist Eric Tran

At the annual Schubert Club Student Scholarship Competition, held at Augsburg University in St. Paul this spring, graduate cellist Kyle Price won first place in the strings Level 4 category (ages 24 through 28); Claire Powling won first place in the voice category, level 1 (ages 18 throuhh 21); and Miranda Kettlewell won honorable mention in the same category. The competition awards a total of over $50,000 annually to young musicians to be used for further musical education. As a first prize winner, Price performed with other winners at the Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul in March. Price has studied with Professor Uri Vardi and will receive his DMA this summer. Powling and Kettlewell study with Professor Mimmi Fulmer.

In March, at the inaugural Music Teachers National Association–Stecher and Horowitz Two Piano Competition in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, pianist Eric Tran and his piano partner Nathan Cheung won first place, earning a prize of $5000 and a recording for New York City’s WQXR radio station, to be aired in July. The pair, who have performed for years as the Happy Dog Duo, also 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. Tran studies with Professor Christopher Taylor.

Pro Arte and Hunt Quartets team for Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet

On May 6 at 12:30 PM, the Pro Arte Quartet and the Hunt Quartet, the graduate string quartet of UW-Madison, will join at the Chazen Museum of Art to perform one of the best-loved works in the classical repertoire: Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat Major, op. 20.
The Pro Arte will also perform Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D. 887, op. 161. The Pro Arte Quartet is comprised of David Perry and Suzanne Beia, violins; Sally Chisholm, viola; and Parry Karp, cello.

The Hunt Quartet, 2017-2018. L-R: Kyle Price, cello.; Vinicius “Vinny” Sant’Ana, violin; Blakeley Menghini, viola; Chang-En Lu, violin. Photograph by Katrin Talbot.
The Pro Arte Quartet. L-R: Cellist Parry Karp; Violinist Suzanne Beia; Violist Sally Chisholm; VIolinist David Perry.

The Hunt Quartet is the graduate string quartet for the Mead Witter School of Music. As project assistants within the School of Music, the Quartet performs concerts at the School of Music, University events, as well as community outreach. Members work closely with faculty, including the Pro Arte Quartet, and with Professor Uri Vardi as their principal coach. The Quartet is also the integral part of the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s “Up Close and Musical” program, visiting area schools to teach students about fundamentals of music and the string quartet. The Hunt Quartet is generously sponsored by Dr. Kato Perlman and the Madison Symphony Orchestra.
This year’s members have been Kyle Price, cello; Vinicius “Vinny” Sant’Ana, violin; Blakeley Menghini, viola; and Chang-En Lu, violin. This marks the final appearance for Kyle, Vinny, and Blakeley, as they will receive their doctoral degrees.

Audio of the concert will be broadcast live over the Internet in cooperation with Audio for the Arts, and also supported by Dr. Kato Perlman. The concert is free and open to the public; Chazen Museum of Art members may call 608-263-2246 to reserve seating. Click here to access the live audio broadcast.

Sunday Afternoon Live at the Chazen is a monthly music concert performed in the museum’s Brittingham Gallery III on the first Sunday of every month excepting January. Performances begin at 12:30. The gallery seats approximately 100 people; admission is free and first-come, first-served. Please note that Gallery III and the adjacent Gallery II are closed on Sunday before the performances for setup and rehearsal.

Community Music Lessons holds recital of all-age students

On April 29, students taking private music lessons through the Community Music Lessons program joined together to give a one-hour recital showcasing their growth and achievement throughout the semester. Having a performance to work toward is so important as a growing musician because it gives the student a feeling of accomplishment and purpose. Eighteen students performed before a supportive and encouraging audience of over 50 people. — Cayla Rosché, coordinator, Community Music Lessons.

Community Music Lessons will be on the radio! On May 26, talk show host Carol Koby will host retired doctor and budding violinist Tim Shaw, his teacher Paula Su, and CML coordinator Cayla Rosché on her show, All About Living, a weekly interview program which airs Saturdays at 10 AM on AM 1550 and 97.7 FM (also streamlined online here).  Carol Koby is a former women’s director and reporter for WITI-TV Channel 6 in Milwaukee and consumer advocate for WKOW-TV in Madison. She also moderated the Picture of Health cable television series for University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

The Community Music Lessons (CML) program, founded in 1968 under the auspices of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music, provides college students with valuable experience teaching applied music lessons for children and adults. Lessons are provided by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the School of Music who are overseen by individual faculty members, an experienced graduate coordinator, and a staff supervisor. Lessons are taught on campus, in the Mosse Humanities Building.

The Hamel Music Center – on the INSIDE!

On April 25, Mead Witter facilities director Brian Heller, publicist Katherine Esposito and photographer Michael R. Anderson were ushered around the Hamel Music Center by project manager Tim Bizjak and project engineer Ben Sonnentag, both UW-Madison engineering graduates. (Sonnentag also played trumpet in several UW Jazz ensembles.) We hope you enjoy our gallery of brand-new photographs, which will also be uploaded to this site.  Many thanks to Tim and Ben for the tour, and to Brian for the precise captions.

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 newsletter editor..

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Hamel Music Center gets attention; Student News; “La Bohème” Feb 23-25; Flute & Keyboard Days

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

News and Events from the Mead Witter School of Music

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

“What are those crazy round windows in the Hamel Music Center? It’s a question Gary Brown has gotten a lot lately.”

To answer it, UW-Madison’s Käri Knutson wrote a story for Inside UW, the weekly e-newsletter of UW-Madison.

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“…They’re not windows, explains [Brown], the director of campus planning and landscape architecture. They’re sound chambers. And it’s just one of the features that will help the Hamel Music Center hit all the right notes. ‘It’s going to be amazing,’ Brown says. ‘The architecture and design is something we haven’t seen on this campus. It will really create a major gateway feature to campus.’ “

Read the full story here
View our ongoing construction photograph blog

Three-day “La Bohème” run at the Union’s Shannon Hall only three weeks away

The first University Opera production staged at the Union in 15 years, “La Bohème” features 56 cast members and a set designed by Madison’s dean of theater design, Joseph Varga.
In the Union’s “Green Room” blog, read Director David Ronis‘s description of his role as director: “What really interests me [in La Bohème] is seeing how the characters are changed from the beginning of the piece to the end,” Ronis writes. “They are forced to grow up; they become less self-involved; they learn about the fragility of life. Their sense of time changes – they won’t live forever – they learn the hard way how precious life and love are. For me, that’s the fundamental story we’re telling.”

The opera will be staged Friday, February 23, 7:30 PM start time; Saturday, February 24, 7:30 PM start time; and Sunday, February 24, 3:00 PM start time.

Buy tickets here

Fellowship string quartet and pianist heads to Florida

Once a year, a quartet or quintet comprised of graduate fellowship recipients travels to Florida to perform a private concert for  longtime School of Music donor Paul Collins. This year, they will perform works of Haydn, Beethoven, Manos Hadjidakis, Debussy, Liszt, Dvorak, and a passacaglia by Handel-Halvorsen.  Collins not only supports ten graduate students at the school, but also contributed $5 million toward the new Hamel Music Center. The new recital hall will be named for him.

Fellowship quartet
The 2017-2018 Fellowship String Quartet, L-R:
Ariel Garcia, viola; Kaleigh Acord, violin; James Waldo, cello; Richard Silvers, violin.
Pianist Anna Siampani

Harmony in performance: Violin Prof. Soh-Hyun Altino and cellist husband Leonardo Altino interviewed by the Wisconsin State Journal

“The Altinos, married in 2002, were born on opposite sides of the world. They had successful, growing, separate careers when they met and discovered two common languages between them: English and music.

Leo and Soh-Hyun Altino

“The couple came to Madison in 2015 when Soh-Hyun Park Altino was hired as assistant professor of violin at UW-Madison. Leo Altino now commutes from their West Side Madison home to Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, near Chicago, to teach three days a week.”

The Altinos were profiled by reporter Gayle Worland prior to their joint concert debut on January 26 with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.

Read the full story

Synching science and music

Luke Valmadrid. Photograph by Sarah Morton.

Double degrees are hard, but a triple degree?  “Luke Valmadrid has forged a rigorous path pursuing degrees in chemistry, biochemistry and violin performance — and the dedicated senior wouldn’t have it any other way.”  Luke studies music with Prof. Altino, above. Written by UW-Madison’s Katie Vaughn.

Read the full story

Polish your playing skills at our annual Flute or Keyboard Days

Flute Day,  Sunday, February 11, includes performances by guest artist, flutist George Pope, as well as by UW-Madison flute faculty Timothy Hagen and the UW-Madison Flute Ensemble. In addition, participants will be offered a brief seminar on making practicing more effective and enjoyable. Most importantly, there are opportunities for younger participants to perform in master classes and mock auditions in preparation for WSMA Solo and Ensemble Festivals and other solo performances.

Keyboard Day, Saturday, February 17, will include workshops by UW-Madison piano faculty, including Artistic Pedaling Techniques for the Developing Pianist and Poems at the Piano: How Songs and Poetry Help Us Understand  a Composer’s Mind, Heart and Fingers. Guest pianist Marina Lomazov (Friday, Februrary 16 concert in Mills Hall) will offer a master class.

Music TA wins campuswide teaching award

We congratulate choral conducting graduate student Chris Boveroux, one of only 15 UW-Madison teaching assistants (out of 2,000 total) to win a Graduate School CampusWide Teaching Award. Not only has Chris TA’d in music, but also in mathematics, political science, and integrated liberal studies.

Chris Boveroux

Hire a (Student) Musician!

Not sure where to look for that wedding string quartet, an Easter trumpeter, a church pianist, or maybe you need an arts intern? Post your request on our Hire a Musician blog, about two to four months prior to your event. Recent listings include a request for a quartet for a 50th anniversary party, summer internships available at Bravo! Vail music festival, and a jazz vocalist.

Selected Upcoming Events

  • Guest artists: Anna Hersey, soprano & Alan Johnson, piano. February 11, 1:30 pm, Morphy Hall.
  • Guest artist: Blaise Magniere, violin. February 11, 7:30 pm, Morphy Hall.
  • Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, contemporary classical works. February 15, 8:00 pm, Mills Hall.
  • Master class with Alban Gerhardt, cello. February 16, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Morphy Hall.
  • Guest artist: Marina Lomazov, piano. February 16, 8:00 pm, Mills Hall. Part of UW-Madison Keyboard Day.
    View full calendar for more events.
  • Graduate composer Nathan Froebe, composer winner of the 2016-2017 concerto competition, offers two performances in the next month. February 19: Lecture recital on Pierre Jalbert’s “The Invention of the Saxophone,’ based on the poem of the same name by Billy Collins. Nathan Froebe, narrator; Patrick Specht, alto saxophone; and Kyle Johnson, piano. March 3: “Addiction’s Actuality,” for trombone, piano, and pre-recorded sounds. “Addiction’s Actuality” explores the topic of alcohol and drug addictions, from a person’s descent into addiction, through recovery, and life after. Disclaimer: This piece contains mature themes and content. Nathan Froebe, composer/electronics; Thomas Macaluso, trombone; and Vincent Fuh, piano.

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 newsletter editor..

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