Save the date: Concert Choir and University Singers is Oct. 18

UW-Green Bay Music presents Concert Choir and University Singers on Oct. 18, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cofrin Family Hall in the Weidner Center. Conducted by Randall Meder, Concert Choir is the premier choral ensemble of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The University Singers, conducted by Sarah Meredith Livingston, includes quality singers from all over campus. Both choirs perform repertoire drawn from a wide variety of periods and styles, from Bach to traditional folk tunes. Information and tickets.

UW-Green Bay alumnus works with music educators in India | WSU Insider

Dean Luethi, UW-Green Bay alumnus and associate professor and director of the School of Music, traveled to India in early August to provide education to music teachers. In December, Luethi will be bringing his educator’s spirit to Guangzhou, China. He will also be conducting an alumni choir from his alma mater, UW-Green Bay, while touring central Europe next summer. See more via WSU professor works with music educators in India.

UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus West Shore Chorale to begin rehearsals | Eagle Herald Extra

UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus and the Office of Continuing Education and the West Shore Chorale are seeking and welcoming new community members to join the West Shore Chorale. The West Shore Chorale has been performing on the UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus for several decades, and has a unique dynamic which connects across all age and ability levels. Cost to participate is $20 for the semester. Interested participants may visit their website or call 715-504-3351 to register. More information via Eagle Herald Extra.

American International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition is Oct. 11 to 13

UW-Green Bay Music presents American International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition from Oct. 11 to Oct. 13 at Fort Howard Hall in the Weidner Center. The competition features a first place prize of $5,000. More information can be found here, as well as the application form. Admission is free. The deadline for sending the application form is Monday, September 23, 2019. Questions can be directed to Prof. Sarah Meredith Livingston at meredits@uwgb.edu. If you are willing to host one of the performers, please contact Meredith Livingston.

Pro Arte Quartet

6:30 Concert Series returns Sept. 16 with Pro Arte Quartet

Green Bay, Wis.—On Sept. 16, 2019, Pro Arte Quartet, one of the world’s most distinguished string quartets, kicks off the first featured event of the 2019-2020 6:30 Concert Series. The 6:30 Concert Series at the Weidner Center is an exploration of music featuring composers, performers and special guests. All performances start at 6:30 p.m. and last between 60 to 90 minutes. Events are free (except the December swing concert) and are open to public.

Founded by conservatory students in Brussels in 1912, Pro Arte Quartet become one of the most celebrated ensembles in Europe in the first half of the twentieth century. The quartet was performing in Madison, Wis. in May 1940 when Nazi forces invaded Belgium. The University of Wisconsin responded to the emergency by offering the quartet a permanent campus home, the first such arrangement at a major American university. Current PAQ members, together since 1995, are David Perry and Suzanne Beia, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; and Parry Karp, cello. See the full 6:30 Concert schedule.

Donations accepted. Proceeds from this ticketed event support the yearlong free 6:30 Concert Series.

Additional performances in 2019:

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American International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition Returns to UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center

Green Bay, Wis.—The American International Czech and Slovak The American Czech/Slovak International Voice Competition returns to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Weidner Center, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 11-13, 2019. Each day’s performances begin at 10 a.m. in Fort Howard Hall, and are free and open to the public. This is the only voice competition featuring Czech and Slovak vocal repertoire in North America.

The international competition is hosted every two years since 2003 with the support of producer Sharon Chmel Resch, Sharon Resch Foundation (Green Bay, Wis.); Timothy Cheek, pianist and Czech music expert, University of Michigan; and UW-Green Bay Prof. Sarah Meredith, founder and artistic director.

The competition started as a collaboration with Alain Nonat, Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20, Montreal, Canada, but now takes place only in the United States.

Approximately $15,000 in prize money is awarded at each competition. Every competition invites an international jury of esteemed judges, including singers, teachers, opera directors and conductors from the Slovak Republic, Czech Republic and the United States, who adjudicate each round. Past judges have included Maestro Gildo Di Nunzio of the Metropolitan Opera, in New York City; Mr. Alois Ježek, artistic director and founder of the Dvorak International Voice Competition—the oldest voice competition in the world—in the Czech Republic; Prof. Eva Blahová, mezzo-soprano and voice professor, of Bratislava, Slovakia; and Prof. David Adams, of the Cincinnati Conservatory.

Support for the competition also comes from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor and Provost’s Offices, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Czech Consulate (Chicago), and various Green Bay community donors.

Free housing in private homes is arranged for those singers who request it, promoting Green Bay community involvement, while helping singers with their expenses.

“I founded the competition in 2003 after having spent 2001-2002 as guest professor at the Academy of Music and Dance in Bratislava, Slovakia,” Meredith said. “I was astounded at finding such beautiful vocal music
by Slovak and Czech composers that were not known to singers in the United States. I realized an international voice competition was the best way to promote the Czech and Slovak vocal repertoire to young singers.”

Meredith says the competition builds bridges between young American and European singers, creating unique performing opportunities and furthering their artistic growth.

“It also is a way to keep alive and spread music that was repressed during the communist era and create a spirit of internationalism,” she said.

The competition has received international recognition. Chmel Resch, producer of the voice competition and a former Broadway dancer who is of Czech heritage, was the recipient of the prestigious Trebbia Foundation Award in 2017, for her work with the Czech/Slovak Voice Competition. She was honored at a celebration and dinner at Prague Castle in March of that year, which was televised live on Czech national television.

For more information or to host a competitor, please contact Meredith at meredits@uwgb.edu or call 920-465-2637.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

About the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. The Weidner Center is home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance programs, community events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. Beyond the large-scale touring productions that grace the stage, the Weidner Center also focuses on scholastic development, programming and an impactful education series — Stage Doors. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, call 920-465-2726 or 800-895-0071, or follow ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).

Faculty note: Prof. Meredith Livingston publication

UW-Green Bay Prof. Sarah Meredith Livingston (Music/Women and Gender Studies) was invited to write an article that is published in the SUMMER, 2019, SLOVO JOURNAL. This is a journal published in English by the National Czech/Slovak Museum and Library located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It highlights various aspects of Czech and Slovak history and culture. The article features the upcoming American Czech/Slovak International Voice Competition that will be held at the Weidner Center, and on the Green Bay Campus for the ninth time, October 11, 12, and 13, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. (Free admission) Producer, Sharon Chmel Resch, Green Bay and founder/artistic director, Sarah Meredith, have collaborated to sponsor this event since 2003. Approximately $12,000 prize monies are awarded to the winning singers and help support them on their journey in the performing arts.

UW-Green Bay Provost Michael Alexander announced as conductor for Copland piece, Weidner Philharmonic Concert

Pre-Concert Dinner added to evening line-up. Tickets on sale, now!

Green Bay, Wis. — Michael Alexander, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s new provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, will conduct the first piece of music to be played by the Weidner Philharmonic at its inaugural concert, Sept. 28, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. The piece is Aaron Copland’s inspiring “Fanfare for the Common Man.”

A pre-concert dinner has been added to the evening’s events. The dinner will be held in the Weidner Center’s Fort Howard Hall at 6 p.m. More information, including dinner and dessert choices, can be found when purchasing the tickets online at www.weidnercenter.com. Tickets for the dinner and the performance are sold separately.

Provost Alexander is also a featured guest in the new episode of the “Bird in the Wings” podcast hosted by Weidner Center Executive and Artistic Director Kelli Strickland. Strickland sits down with Alexander to discuss his journey to becoming the provost along with his experience in conducting and his love for music. Listen to the podcast.

Alexander comes to UW-Green Bay having served as director of the School of Music at the University of Northern Colorado. He has also served as the interim director of the School of Music at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. The Grand Island, NY native lived in Wisconsin from 1995 to 2004. He earned his master’s degree at UW-Milwaukee and his doctorate at UW-Madison.

Buoyed by the strong community response to the orchestral concert that opened its 25th anniversary season in 2018, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay music faculty and UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, announced in May the establishment of the Weidner Center Philharmonic Orchestra. According to UW-Green Bay Music Program Chair and Associate Prof. Randy Meder, the Weidner Philharmonic will showcase the talents of UW-Green Bay music faculty, as well as other accomplished orchestral musicians who live and work in the region, in the outstanding acoustical environment of Cofrin Family Hall.

The Weidner Philharmonic inaugural concert, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 will consist of the following selections:

The New World Symphony for a New Symphony

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man (Alexander)
Barber:
Overture to The School for Scandal (Yampolsky)
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise featuring Courtney Sherman (Meder)
Márquez: Danzón No. 2 (Collins)
Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World” (Yampolsky)

Featured Guest Artist:
Victor Yampolsky, Conductor

Featured Artists:
Michael Alexander, Conductor
Kevin Collins, Conductor
Randy Meder, Conductor
Courtney Sherman, Soprano

Tickets for The New World Symphony for a New Symphony with the Weidner Philharmonic at UW-Green Bay are available by calling Ticket Star at 800-895-0071, online at www.WeidnerCenter.com and in person at all Ticket Star locations.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

About the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. The Weidner Center is home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance programs, community events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. Beyond the large-scale touring productions that grace the stage, the Weidner Center also focuses on scholastic development, programming and an impactful education series — Stage Doors. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, call 920-465-2726 or 800-895-0071, or follow ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).

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Beloit Daily News – Alumnus gets promotion at Rock County Sheriff’s Office

JANESVILLE – Sheriff Troy Knudson recently announced the promotions and hirings of deputy sheriffs for the Rock County Sheriff’s Office. UW-Green Bay alumnus Luke DuCharme ’03 (Music) will be promoted to detective on Sept. 3. DuCharme currently serves as a deputy assigned to the patrol bureau. He is the leader of the honor guard. More via Beloit Daily News – Living, Rock County Sheriff’s Office announces new deputy sheriff hirings, promotions.