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Tutti: News About Faculty and Staff

Posted by on Thursday, September 8, 2011 in Articles, Fall 2011, Issue.

Gregory Barz, associate professor of musicology (ethnomusicology), gave a keynote address at Syracuse University’s Music and Conflict and Resolution symposium. He spoke on his recent research on music in post-genocide Rwanda. He spent the summer in South Africa and Lesotho continuing his work as senior research fellow at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein.

Emelyne Bingham, senior lecturer of the teaching of music, returned to Conroe, Texas, as artistic director of the 27th Annual Young Texas Artists Music Competition last March at Conroe’s historic Crighton Theatre.

Allan Cox, professor of trumpet, conducted a brass sectional for the Indiana All-State Orchestra in January in Fort Wayne. In early February he presented a weeklong brass seminar in San Jose, Costa Rica, for youth orchestra directors as part of the Costa Rican SiNEM and Blair School of Music educational collaboration. His trumpet and organ CD, Hymnus, recorded with his wife, Hildegard Holland Cox, was released in June by Mark Custom Recording Service in New York.

Jen Gunderman, senior lecturer of musicology and ethnomusicology, recorded extensively in Austin, Texas, and Nashville, including sessions with Lyle Lovett, Patty Griffin, Roseanne Cash, Rambling Jack Elliot, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Shawn Colvin and others for a Guy Clark tribute project. She also performed with Steve Cropper, Foster and Lloyd and other musicians at a Kick the Crap Outta Cancer benefit concert in Nashville, and welcomed members of Old Crow Medicine Show and Widespread Panic to her History of Rock Music class.

Jared Hauser, assistant professor of oboe, appeared as soloist with the National Music Festival Orchestra in June performing Blauth’s Concertino for Oboe and String Orchestra. He served as an oboe mentor and as principal oboist of the National Music Festival Orchestra in May and June and was oboe instructor at Interlochen Center for the Arts in July and August.

Karen Ann Krieger, associate professor of piano and piano pedagogy, was cited at the March 2011 MTNA Conference in Milwaukee for her contribution to the new pedagogy textbook Creative Piano Teaching by James Lyke (Stipes Publishing). Karen also spoke at a memorial held in Milwaukee to honor the life of piano pedagogue Robert Pace. In April, she judged the St. Louis Young Artists piano competition.
Valerie Middleton, adjunct artist teacher of piano, adjudicated students at the Tennessee Music Teacher’s annual conference in June.

Joe Rea Phillips, senior artist teacher of guitar, had his course Tai Chi for Musicians featured in an article that was published by, an online news publication.

Deanna Walker, adjunct artist teacher of piano, co-wrote (with Amanda Havard, BS’08, MEd’10) and produced a song for the release of The Survivors, the first in a five-book series of young adult books written by Havard. Chris Mann, BMus’04, was the artist. “Pretty Girl,” the first of several songs for the series, is on Chris’s YouTube channel and available on iTunes. The video was produced by Gaby Romanoski (BA’10).

Former students came from as near as Nashville and as far away as Afghanistan to celebrate with Jane (back row, fourth from right) and Frank Kirchner (back row farthest left) at the retirement reception held for them on May 14 in the lobby of the Martha Rivers Ingram Center for the Performing Arts at Blair.


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