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Tutti: News About Faculty

Posted by on Thursday, August 6, 2009 in Articles, Fall 2009.

Joy Calico, associate professor of musicology, delivered a paper at the “Music in Poland since 1945” conference in Canterbury, England, in May and then conducted archival research in Vienna, Austria; Leipzig, Germany; and Prague, Czech Republic, for a month. This spring she published a book review in Journal of Interdisciplinary History and joined the international board of the Journal of the Royal Musical Association.

David Childs, associate professor of choral studies, attended the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) national conference, held in March, where his work The Choir Invisible, commissioned in memory of past ACDA Executive Director Gene Brooks, was premiered by the Soprano Alto Tenor Bass (SATB) Honor Choir at the final concert. He also directed the Mississippi SATB All-State Honor Choir in April and was guest composer-in-residence at Wichita State University in April, where he attended the premiere of Of Fire and the Rose, his unaccompanied SATB setting of T. S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding.” In June, he conducted his Requiem in a world premiere performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He was guest speaker and clinician at Perspectives Choral Music Conference in Santa Fe, N.M., in July.

Jen Gunderman, senior lecturer in music history and literature, performed an accordion/ukelele duet with Michael McDonald (formerly of the Doobie Brothers) at the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame induction ceremony and performed at Warren Haynes’ 20th Annual Christmas Jam in Asheville, N.C., benefitting Habitat for Humanity. Recent recording projects include a Vedic chant album with a woman who worked with the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a rock album with an Irish musician and a country album for a real-life Iranian princess. Guest speakers in her classes included multiple Grammy winner Ashley Cleveland and members of the musical groups Old Crow Medicine Show and Widespread Panic.

Connie Heard, Valere Blair Potter Professor of Violin, presented violin master classes in Irvine, Calif., in January and Wilmington, Del., in early May, where she also judged a competition at the Music School of Delaware.

Karen Ann Krieger, associate professor of piano and piano pedagogy, judged the 2009 Fletcher and Nell Morris Piano Competition in February with Jon Nakamatsu and Witold Turkiewicz in Birmingham, Ala. In April, Krieger performed as accordionist with the Battle Ground Academy middle school choir in Franklin, Tenn.

Melanie Lowe, associate professor of musicology, read three papers on Haydn this spring and summer at Princeton University’s Musicology Colloquium Series, at the York University (Toronto) conference titled “Haydn: His Times and Legacy,” and at the Haydn Society of North America conference in Boston.

Valerie Middleton, adjunct artist teacher of piano, performed a lecture recital on Mendelssohn’s intermediate repertoire in January for the National Guild of Piano Teachers, Nashville chapter. She also performed for the Nashville Piano Study Club in February.

Marianne Ploger, senior artist teacher and director of the musicianship program, during a three-day residency at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in December taught classes, met with composition students, coached a saxophone quartet and attended final rehearsals for the premiere of her composition Passacaglia and Fugue, commissioned by the university’s wind ensemble. In January, she conducted a lecture-workshop on aural training for the faculty and graduate teaching assistants at the College of Music, University of Colorado, Boulder. In January, she served as clinician in advanced aural skills for orchestral conductors at the International Academy for Advanced Conducting Workshop. She also served a residency at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., conducting classes in music perception and cognition for the conducting participants who came from the United States, France, Italy and Taiwan, and also taught classes and presented a lecture for music students and faculty.

Michael Alec Rose, associate professor of composition, had Everything Under the Sun: Four Seasons for Two Violins given its world premiere in May at Wilton’s Music Hall, which commissioned the work for its series of concerts in the heart of London. In June, Rose’s The Periodic Table served as the inaugural work for the four-day International Piano Festival at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with the festival’s director, Aaron Shorr, featured as piano soloist. A Tree of Life: Fantasy for Clarinet, Cello and Piano was selected for “Music in Our Time: 2009,” the June concert of the American Society for Jewish Composers at the Center for Jewish History in New York City.

Agnes Wan, adjunct artist teacher of piano, in May performed a solo piano work by composer Pui-Shan Cheung at the 10th Feminist Theory and Music conference, held at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In June, she performed a solo recital on the Brio Concert Series in Weaverville, N.C. This fall, she will perform her debut solo recital at Blair and will also perform at Christ Church Cathedral in Louisville, Ky., and in a solo performance on Live in Studio C on WPLN-FM, Nashville Public Radio.

Felix Wang, associate professor of cello, appeared in concerts as principal cellist of the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis. In April, he gave a master class at Western Kentucky University, where his former Blair student, Sarah Boronow, is on faculty. In February, Felix and his wife, Carolyn Huebl, assistant professor of violin, welcomed their third child, Louisa Xin-Ying Wang, to the Blair family.