Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, associate professor of Music, earned an invitation to the 2015 Mid-Missouri Composers Symposium. She is in residence at the Osage Arts Community, an arts retreat located in rural central Missouri, from July 15 to 22. She will be making a public presentation on her music, taking part in panel discussions and using the time to work on her current musical projects.
The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra’s 100-year collection of music scores will remain available for the community via UW-Green Bay’s David A. Cofrin Library on a limited basis. The music collection has been donated to the Cofrin Library and can be accessed by local music groups requesting the scores at the service desk on the library’s third floor. The historical documentation about the GBSO was donated to the library’s Archives and Area Research Center, on the library’s seventh floor.
“This substantial musical score collection will remain a community resource thanks to the generous donation by Dr. Herbert Coussons,” said Paula Ganyard, Director of the Cofrin Library.
Both the youth and orchestral music libraries were purchased and donated by Dr. Coussons (a Green Bay-area physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology) after the GBSO disbanded as a professional organization in the past year. The Youth Symphony, Civic Symphony and music programs at UWGB and St. Norbert College retain access to the collection that includes photos, news clippings, season program books and historic audio recordings of concerts.
“The UWGB Archives is pleased to add the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra historical records to its collections,” said University Archivist Deb Anderson. “The original documents date from the Symphony’s inception in 1913 to its final performance in 2015. Included in the collection are photographs, recordings, programs, and scrapbooks. The collection of Green Bay Symphony Orchestra records helps us preserve the rich musical heritage of the area.”
The Symphony records will complement the Green Bay City Band records also housed in the Archives Department.
Announced at the June 24 reveal, UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff will have center stage in the Weidner with main-stage performances of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” November 19-20. UWGB Music and Theatre programs are highlighted exclusively in a two-page spread in the Weidner’s 2015-16 season guide.
The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved promotions and tenure for UW-Green Bay faculty members during the board’s meeting June 4 and 5 at UW-Milwaukee. Those promoted from assistant professor to the rank of associate professor with tenure are:
• Tohoro Francis Akakpo, Social Work
• Hernan Fernandez-Meardi, Humanistic Studies
• T. Heather Herdman, Nursing
• Minkyu Lee, Art and Design
• Deirdre Radosevich, Human Development
• Courtney Sherman, Music
• Alison Stehlik, Art and Design
• Mussie Teclezion, Business Administration
• Gail Trimberger, Social Work
• Le Zhu, Human Biology
Sarah Meredith Livingston presented a lecture-recital with Professor Yuka Prado, U. of Sao Paulo-Ribeirao Preto and five student singers on Thursday, May 28, at the SENAC University, Ribeirao Preto, Brazil on American Music Theater. She also taught a half-day seminar on Friday, May 29 at SENAC to a group of Brazilian English teachers. Her topic was International Phonetic Alphabet: Vowels in American English. This is part of her 14-day visit on a Fulbright Grant to USP-RP, Brazil.
UW-Green Bay Music Prof. Sarah Meredith Livingston will be heading to the University of Sao Paulo-Ribeirao Preto Brasil, for her third Fulbright invitation to perform and teach on their campus May 22 through June 5. She will be presenting a lecture-recital on American music theater on Tuesday, May 27, at SENAC, a language school for 150 Brazilian students learning English, and also at the USP-RP campus on June 1. Her teaching responsibilities will include Italian, French, and German diction for singers with an emphasis on English Diction for Singers and vocal health. Meredith’s trip is being supported by the William J. Fulbright Commission, Washington, D.C.
The UW-Green Bay Chamber Ensembles will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 8 at the University Theatre in Theatre Hall on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.
The Chamber Ensemble groups performing are the UW-Green Bay Saxophone Quartet, directed by Associate Prof. John Salerno; the Brass Ensemble, directed by Associate Prof. Adam Gaines; the New Music Ensemble directed by Associate Prof. Eric Hansen; and UWGB Hand Drumming Ensemble, directed by Prof. Cheryl Grosso.
The UW-Green Bay New Music Ensemble opens the program with “SIM Card Sonata” by Associate Prof. Eric Hansen, which will be followed by “Morning Music II” by Brian Tayler. The group also will perform “Choose Your Own Path: A Musical Adventure” by UW-Green Bay student Kelsie Holtzheimer, and “Ping Pong Music,” a second composition by Hansen. New Music Ensemble personnel are: Kelsie Holtzheimer, Kailey Mucha, Beth Waldeck, Kait Francos, Cassie Germait, Sydney St. Clair, Nicholas Saldana.
The Saxophone Quartet will be the next to perform, beginning with “Sailors Hornpipe” by Henry Cowell and “Pizzicato polka” by Johann Strauss II. The group will then perform “Berceuse,” and “Seville,” both by Isaac Albeniz, and “Banana Rag,” by Christian Daguet. Saxophone Quartet personnel are: Kyle Hall, Kelton Jennings, Alex Munson, McKenna VanDerLeest.
The Brass Ensemble will then open with “Bravura Prelude,” by George Frederick McKay, followed by “Hungarian March from The Damnation of Faust,” by Hector Berlioz (arranged by James Haynor), and “Allerseelen,” by Richard Straus (arranged by Earl Irons). The group will conclude with Henry Purcell’s “Symphony from Fairy Queen.” Brass Ensemble personnel are: James Block, Amanda Cornette, Greg Koeller, Ryan Loining, Carl Onesti, Greg Sauve, Brandt Bailey, Molly Dederich, Jillian Patrick, Doak Baker, Bill Burroughs, Mike Hogan, Tim Kiefer, Cole Watkins, Paul Dugan, Joe Russett, Jamie Rodgers.
The Chamber Ensembles concert will conclude with the UWGB Hand Drumming Ensemble, performing three of Grosso’s original compositions — “Rhythm Chant 24,” “Rhythm Chant 16” and “Rhythm Chant 23.” UWGB Hand Drumming Ensemble personnel are: Owin Cantable, Laura Cortright, Roxanne Elsner, Lisa Ford, Anna Gribova, Michaela Hogan, Isaiah Hernandez, Kelton Jennings, Brittney Koerner, Adam LeGrave, Jamie Rodgers, Nora Thurber, Jack Van Beek, Thomas Zwicker.
UW-Green Bay is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu/music.
Four UW-Green Bay student groups will perform as part of the annual spring Chamber Ensembles Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday (May 8) in the University Theatre. Admission is free. The program opens with the seven-member New Music Ensemble under the direction of Associate Prof. Eric Hansen of Music. Three of the group’s four selections will be recent compositions by Hansen (“SIM Card Sonata” and “Ping Pong Music”) and student vocalist Kelsie Holtzheimer (“Choose Your Own Path”). Next up is the Saxophone Quartet, performing four pieces directed by Associate Prof. John Salerno. The 17-member Brass Ensemble led by Associate Prof. Adam Gaines will present selections including two movements from “Symphony from the Fairy Queen” by Henry Purcell. Closing the evening will be the Hand Drumming Ensemble, with the group’s 14 percussionists performing three pieces from the “Rhythm Chant” series written by their director, Prof. Cheryl Grosso.
A Student Convocation Recital will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Friday (May 8) in the University Theatre. The performances are free and open to all — if you have only a part of your lunch hour to share, feel free to stop by for only a portion of the program. Students taking part:
• Rebekah Erdman, clarinet Kyle Sweeney, piano; Canzonetta by Gabriel Pierné
• Ryan Dummer, baritone, James Letellier, piano; “See the raging flames,” Handel’s Joshua
• Jamie Rodgers, marimba, Lisa Ford, vibraphone; Light as a Feather by Roland Stolk
• Sydney St.Clair, soprano, Ryan Dummer, piano ; Se tu m’ami by Alessandro Parisotti
• Sabrena Koren, soprano, Grant Colburn, piano; If I Loved You, Carousel by Richard Rodgers
• Brittney Koerner, soprano, Grant Colburn, piano; Je Te Veux by Erik Satie
• Samantha Gulino, soprano, Grant Colburn, piano; The Daisies by Samuel Barber
There’s a vocal jazz scholarship concert taking place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (May 5) at the George Street Connection, 614 George St., De Pere. Performing will be the UW-Green Bay Vocal Jazz Ensemble with special guests the McNally Smith Contemporary Vocal Ensemble under the direction of UWGB Music alumna Jennifer (Scovell) Parker. Proceeds will benefit UWGB jazz scholarships. The suggested minimum donation is $5.