In January and February, the Blakemore Trio presented concerts at the North Carolina School of the Arts Watson Hall Series, the Lenoir Rhyne College Concert Series in Hickory, N.C., the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and they closed their tour with a concert at the Blair School. The program included the American premiere of Trio, Op.44 by Alfonso Montecino, who attended the concert in Nashville.
Gregory Barz, associate professor of musicology (ethnomusicology), produced a CD for Lime Pulp Records (Nashville) titled God in Music City: Sounds of Religion in Nashville. The second edition of his co-edited volume of essays, Shadows in the Field: New Perspectives for Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology will be published by Oxford University Press this fall.
Mat Britain, adjunct instructor of music, can be heard playing steel drums and percussion on superstar Kenny Chesney’s latest release, Just Who I Am; Poets and Pirates. The album was number one on the Billboard Country Albums chart for a number of weeks, and the Calypso inspired song “Shiftwork” reached number 2 on the Billboard Country Singles chart. This is his fourth multi-platinum recording with Chesney, adding an island flair to hits such as “When The Sun Goes Down,” “Guitars and Tiki Bars,” and “Key Lime Pie.”
Joy Calico, associate professor of musicology, received two major fellowships for her monograph project Musical Remigration: Schoenberg’s ‘Survivor From Warsaw‘ in Postwar Europe. She will use a Howard Fellowship to fund archive research in Warsaw, Oslo, Prague, Paris and Vienna in summers 2008 and 2009. Thanks to an ACLS Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Newly Tenured Scholars, she will be in residence at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in academic year 2009-10, during which time she will devote her time to writing the book. This spring she published an article in Opera Quarterly and a book review in Modern Drama. She also presented papers at national meetings of the American Historical Association and the Modern Languages Association.
Allan Cox, professor of trumpet, and Lawrence Borden, associate professor of trombone, performed with Sonus Brass on the First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, Tenn., Concert Series in early March. Last summer Sonus finished recording its second CD, Naked Thunder, which is expected to be released prior to a featured performance by Sonus on the Second International Brass Chamber Music Festival in October, 2008, at the University of Louisville. Cox spent a week in mid-March at the University of Maine, where he performed a solo recital and two solo performances with the University of Maine Singers that included the world premier of Bess Wisemann’s On Time for flute, trumpet, piano and choir. He performed this and other works with the Maine Singers during a May tour to Sicily and Italy. In June, he attended the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Banff, Alberta, Canada.
Amy Dorfman, associate professor of piano, joined Edgar Meyer, adjunct associate professor of bass, in recitals at the Oberlin School of Music, the Southern Theater in Columbus, Ohio, at Florida State University College of Music in Tallahassee, and at the College of St. Benedict Fine Arts Series in Minnesota.
Jen Gunderman, senior lecturer in music history and literature, performed regularly this spring, including several shows with Peter Cooper, senior lecturer in music history and literature, in Washington, D.C., opening for Nanci Griffith. Guest lecturers in her History of Rock Music class this semester included rockabilly legend W.S. “Fluke” Holland, Johnny Cash’s only drummer and the man who played on Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes” and the Sun Records “Million Dollar Quartet” recording session, which featured Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.
Charlene Harb, senior lecturer in music theory, performed as pianist for the Classical Singer National Conference in New York in May. She will also perform as principal keyboardist with the Graz Festival Orchestra in Austria. where she also serves as coordinator of the piano faculty.
Carolyn Huebl, assistant professor of violin, in addition to her performances with the Blakemore Trio, gave the world premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano at the Blair School in April, along with Dean Mark Wait, piano, and Leslie Norton, horn. This summer she returned to the faculty of the Intermountain Suzuki Institute in Utah. She has also been appointed to the faculty of the Brevard Music Center as principal second violin.
Karen Ann Krieger, associate professor of piano and piano pedagogy, performed Rhapsody in Blue in March with the Huntsville Youth Orchestra. It was conducted by Joseph Lee, BMus’98.
Stan Link, associate professor of the philosophy and analysis of music, and Gayle Shay, associate professor of voice, appeared in a June concert at the Vancouver (Canada) International Song Institute performing Link’s composition, Groundswell. This piece for soprano, speaker and computer generated accompaniment features the texts of poet and Vanderbilt English professor Mark Jarman.
Jim Lovensheimer, assistant professor of musicology, was named the 2008 Winner of the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching at Vanderbilt.
Bradley Mansell, adjunct artist teacher of cello, served as a judge for the Young Texas Artists Competition in Conroe, Texas, in March.
Joshua McGuire, lecturer in aural studies, presented guitar recitals at Georgia College & State University and on the Sundays at Johns Concert Series (Charleston, S.C.) in February. In March, he read his paper, “Backwards & Forwards: Re-reading and Hearing Form in Late Villa-Lobos” at the Experiencing Villa-Lobos International Festival at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Carol Nies, adjunct senior artist teacher of conducting, conducted performances of Puccini’s La Boheme and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Rome Opera Festival in July in Italy. She also served as guest conductor for the Rome Festival Orchestra concert series in July and August.
Joe Rea Phillips, senior artist teacher of guitar, was a guest performer at the Tennessee Educators Association Convention as he appeared in a concert with the Tennessee All-State Women’s Chorale in Turner Hall of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in April.
Michael Slayton, assistant professor of music theory, had his piece Sonate “Droyßig” premiered in March at the Historic “Castle Droyßig” in Droyßig, Germany, by Ulrich Urban, distinguished professor of piano, at the Leipzig Conservatory. In June his work Le Soir Tombe was performed in Tours, France. In October the premiere performance of Sechs Miniaturen für Gitarre und Klavier will be performed in the Schumann Haus in Leipzig, Germany, by the German duo Soundways.
Deanna Walker, adjunct artist teacher of piano, had her song, “She’ll Believe You” recorded by Kenny Rogers for his upcoming greatest hits collection. Her song cycle for soprano and piano, Love Poems from God (text from Islamic saint Rabia of Basra), was performed at the UNK New Music Festival (a juried festival) at Kearney, Neb., in April.
Felix Wang, associate professor of cello, performed in several venues in addition to his duties in the Blair String Quartet and Blakemore Trio. In March he performed at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock with pianist Victor Asuncion, from the University of Memphis, and Dale Barltrop, principal second violinist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. In April he performed at the University of Louisville, playing in the premier of Aaron Jay Kernis’ Ballad for 8 Cellos. Performers included Paul York, professor of cello at Louisville, and Keith Robinson, cellist of the Miami Quartet. The piece was recorded the next day for release on Centaur Records. He also performed as principal cellist of the Iris Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, and with the Nashville Ballet Emergence series.
Taylor, Harb Retire
Bobby Taylor (left) enjoys his April retirement reception with Zaak Mostov, Leo Lichtman and Britt Coley. Taylor had been at the Blair School since 1969.
Charlene Harb (middle) at her retirement reception with Jessie Noble (left) and Sara Beutter Manus.