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Tutti: News About Faculty and Staff

Posted by on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 in Articles, Fall 2010.


The Blakemore Trio (Carolyn Huebl, violin; Felix Wang, cello, and Amy Dorfman, piano) gave their New York debut at Merkin Hall in March. They also appeared on two concerts in North Carolina at Chamber Music Wilmington and The American Music Festival, and on series in Knoxville, Sewanee and Pickwick, Tenn. The trio also received a Faculty Development Award from Vanderbilt.

Gregory Barz, associate professor of musicology (ethnomusicology), gave the annual James Moore endowed lecture at Millikin University in the spring, focusing on his research on music and HIV/AIDS in Africa. He gave presentations at the 2010 TEDx Nashville event as well as at Indiana University. He continued his latest research during the summer in Rwanda, conducting fieldwork on the role of music in the genocide of the country. In addition, he served as a Franklin Fellow in Global Citizenship in Lugano, Switzerland, for the second year in a row.

Joy Calico, associate professor of musicology, published a chapter on Joachim Herz’s film version of Der fliegende Holländer in the collection Wagner and Cinema (Indiana University Press) and a chapter about Schoenberg as teacher in The Cambridge Companion to Schoenberg. She gave invited colloquia for the Opera Studies Forum at the University of Iowa and the music departments of Columbia University and Tufts University. She also delivered a paper at the International Eisler Conference at the University of London and conducted four weeks of archival research in Berlin for her current Schoenberg reception project.

Kirsten Cassel-Greer, adjunct artist teacher of cello, taught at the Tennessee Cello Workshop, a national event in Knoxville, last February.

Karen Clarke, adjunct professor of violin, gave a master class and recital at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas in March. She was also a soloist with Atlanta Baroque Orchestra in the Bach Double Violin Concerto with guest baroque violinist Dana Maiben. She continues to perform regularly with the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.

Dale Cockrell, professor of musicology, in March gave the keynote address on his notion of a “public musicology” and presented a paper on “Music, Memory and Autobiography” at the Society for American Music conference in Ottawa, Canada. At that conference he was honored with the Society’s Distinguished Service Award. In early April, he opened the conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music in New Orleans by presenting some of his recent research on American music and prostitution. He journeyed to Slovenia in mid-April as a guest of the U.S. Embassy to give concerts and talks on “Pa’s Fiddle Project.” In Pittsburgh he spoke about the audiences for blackface minstrelsy at a symposium on Stephen Foster. In July he assumed a joint position with the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University as its interim director. In July, he also went to Minnesota for a conference (and a paper) and to Pittsburgh, where he was an instructor in an NEH Summer Institute on “Dvorak in America.” In August, Pa’s Fiddle: Charles Ingalls, American Fiddler, a CD he co-produced with Matt Combs, adjunct instructor of fiddling, and Joe Weed, was released. The Ingalls Wilder Family Songbook also was published in August by the Music of the United States of America project.

Cynthia Cyrus, associate professor of musicology and associate dean, will become Vanderbilt University’s associate provost for undergraduate affairs in January. She is also a co-editor and contributing author of the book Music Education in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (Indiana University Press).

Amy Dorfman, associate professor of piano, returned this summer for her sixth season as guest artist and teacher to the 2010 Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts.

Elizabeth Eckert, adjunct artist teacher of piano, was featured on “Live from Studio C” on Nashville’s WPLN in February. Her EP Bloomington was featured in the Indiana Daily Student and Bloomington Herald-Times and can be found on CDbaby or iTunes.

Jared Hauser, assistant professor of oboe, performed solo recitals at the National Theater of Costa Rica, National Museum of Costa Rica and at Lipscomb University. He performed with Music City Baroque and the Nashville Symphony last spring and gave master classes at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Louisiana State University. This summer, he taught at and was a soloist with the Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra and at Interlochen Center for the Arts. He also performed at the International Double Reed Society conference recital.

Laura Hauser, adjunct artist teacher of bassoon, completed the doctor of musical arts degree from Louisiana State University in December and performed on the Gateway Chamber Ensemble’s CD Wind Serenades released on Summit Records.

Michael Holland, adjunct assistant professor of percussion, performed at Indiana University in conjunction with the biannual conference of the Magic Lantern Society of the United States and Canada in May. Playing percussion with acclaimed silent film accompanists Phil Carli and Don Livingston, and supporting a group of vocal soloists, he performed vintage percussion and sound effects for 30 popular songs from the early 20th century. All of the songs featured rare illustrated song slides that were commonly used in early movie houses and vaudeville from about 1895 to 1917.

John Johns, associate professor of guitar, last March performed solo recitals in New York City at the Caedmon School of Music; in Springfield, Ill., for the Springfield Guitar Society’s spring concert series; and two solo recitals for guitar classes at Independence High School in Thompson’s Station, Tenn. Johns participated in an interview and question-and-answer session conducted by Charlie Anderson, BMus’02, faculty member at Independence High.

Karen Ann Krieger, associate professor of piano and piano pedagogy, presented a pedagogy workshop to the Bowling Green Kentucky Independent Music Teacher’s Association at Royal Music
in April.

Melanie Lowe, associate professor of musicology, served as guest editor for a special Haydn issue of the Journal of Musicology, to which she contributed the introductory article “The Art of Transition: After Haydn Year 2009.” Her latest meditation on teaching, titled “Teaching Music History Today: Making Tangible Connections to the Hear and Now,” appeared in the inaugural issue of the new Journal of Music History Pedagogy, and her review of Sean Gallagher and Thomas Forrest Kelly’s edited volume The Century of Bach and Mozart appeared in Notes. She also presented her paper “Difference and Enlightenment in Haydn’s Oxford Symphony” at a musicology conference at Smith College, her undergraduate alma mater.

James Maiello, senior lecturer in music history and literature, published an article titled “On the Manufacture and Dating of the Pistoia Choirbooks” in the April issue of Journal of the Plain Song and Medieval Music.

Joshua McGuire, senior lecturer in aural skills, gave the American premiere of Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph’s Five African Sketches for solo guitar at the Heidelburg New Music Festival in Tiffin, Ohio, in March.

Valerie Middleton, adjunct artist teacher of piano, performed miscellaneous pieces by Samuel Barber for the Nashville Piano Study Club in May.

Joe Rea Phillips, senior artist teacher of guitar and assistant dean, gave a self-defense presentation on campus in March at the Highland Quad with members of the Vanderbilt University Kung Fu Club for which Phillips has served as faculty advisor and instructor for 20 years. The presentation and demonstration was sponsored by the Vanderbilt Office of Housing and Residential Education.

Crystal Plohman, senior artist teacher of fiddle, and her husband, William Wiegman, are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter Kelsie Julianna Wiegman, born November 25 and weighing 7 pounds.

Jonathan Retzlaff, associate professor of voice, and pianist Jennifer McGuire, lecturer in opera and vocal coaching, presented a guest artist recital at Towson University in Baltimore in March. Their program of Purcell, Ravel, Griffes and American song was followed by a day of master classes and coaching with Towson graduate and undergraduate students. Retzlaff and McGuire returned this summer to teach and coach on the faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies Festival in Graz, Austria.

Melissa Rose, associate professor of piano and assistant dean, will assume the title of associate dean in January. She will be responsible for academic matters in the collegiate program.

Michael Alec Rose, associate professor of composition, gave a retrospective concert last November of his first two Viola Sonatas with John Kochanowski, associate professor of viola. In May Peter Sheppard Skaerved performed Palimpsest for solo violin at the British Museum, London, as the inaugural concert of the British Museum Project, and in August Wege durch das Land was performed by Skaerved at the Literature and Music Festival in Westphalia, Germany. Rose’s book, Audible Signs: Essays from a Musical Ground, was released recently by Continuum Books, and in September, Rose will be the featured author at the Carmel Authors & Ideas Festival in California in support of the book. He will be the featured lecturer in October for One Day University in New York City on “The Beatles, Shakespeare and Beethoven:  Hearing the Connections.” New works in progress include Piano Quartet (2010), based on three paintings by Hans Hofmann, and Fourth Viola Sonata (2010) for three violists (Kathryn Plummer, professor of viola, John Kochanowski and Maria Lambros).

Marian Shaffer, adjunct professor of harp, attended the American Harp Society national conference in Seattle in July. She was also a guest artist instructor at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in July.

Carol Smith, senior artist teacher of violin, was a clinician and teacher trainer at Ithaca College Suzuki Institute in Ithaca, N.Y., for two weeks in July.

David Binns Williams, lecturer in musicianship and aural studies, director of the Vanderbilt Community Chorus and Vanderbilt University Concert Choir, served as clinician for the Iola, Wis., High School Choir while on tour to Nashville in March. He was also a clinician with the St. Charles High School Choir of St. Charles, Minn., in early August.


Carol Dunne, collegiate registrar, and her husband John, traveled to Ethiopia in January to bring their son, Binyam Fisher Dunne, home to Tennessee.

Adam Michael, assistant director of development, and his wife, Susan, announce the birth of their daughter, Avery Frances, on July 13, weighing 8 pounds, 2 ounces.

In Memory

James Griggs, BMus’94, of Nashville, July 23, 2010. He was a 1989 graduate of Franklin Road Academy and a magna cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt majoring in music with a minor in computer science. He had been employed by Aspect Software of Brentwood as a principal software engineer since 1998.