Music Department News


Dept. of Music Alumni Reception at MMEA

Friday, February 14, 5:30—7 p.m.
Hilton Minneapolis Hotel, 1001 Marquette Ave. So., Room: Directors’ Row 1
All Department of Music alumni, faculty and current students are invited to stop by. This is in conjunction with the MMEA Mid-Winter Clinic, but you do not need to be registered at the Clinic to attend this reception. Free and open to music students and alumni.

Piano Festival Competition Results:
Undergrads ages 19 and younger:
2nd place, Rudolph Heuer, student of Richard Lange
3rd place, Elizabeth Boggs, student of Barbara Rogers
Honorable Mention, Rachel Revennaugh, student of Richard Lange

Undergrads ages 20 and older:
1st place, Emily Baltzer, student of Richard Lange
3rd place, Kathleen Daugherty, student of Barbara Rogers
Honorable Mention: Bethany Pertzsch, student of Richard Lange 


Collegiate Piano Festival Results 

On Saturday, Nov. 23, University of Northwestern – St. Paul Department of Music hosted this first Collegiate Piano Festival. 17 students representing 3 collegiate schools [1 college, 2 universities] performed for three adjudicators, Dr. Herbert Johnson, Dr. Richard Lange and Dr. Barbara Rogers. The winners performed at the Honor Concert at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Congratulations to the following winners from Northwestern!

Piano Festival Competition Results:
Undergrads ages 19 and younger:
2nd place, Rudolph Heuer, student of Richard Lange
3rd place, Elizabeth Boggs, student of Barbara Rogers
Honorable Mention, Rachel Revennaugh, student of Richard Lange

Undergrads ages 20 and older:
1st place, Emily Baltzer, student of Richard Lange
3rd place, Kathleen Daugherty, student of Barbara Rogers
Honorable Mention: Bethany Pertzsch, student of Richard Lange
 

Music Chair Position Open
The UNW Department of Music is seeking a new Chair (beginning August 1, 2014). The current chair, Dr. Jeremy Kolwinska, has accepted another position on campus as Dean of Arts & Humanities. See job posting and application information.
 

NATS Singing Audition Results Fall 2013
On November 1-2, 2013, nineteen UNW singers participated in the Minnesota NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Student Auditions at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. UNW voice professors Carol Eikum, Doreen Hutchings and Catherine Larsen were audition adjudicators, attended the NATS State Annual Meeting, and supported the students. UNW faculty pianists Sonja Grimes, Barbara Rogers and Janet Scovill ably accompanied the students. We are grateful for the Christ-like loving support our students showed for each other, which was also noticed by Minnesota teaching colleagues and students. In the Final Round, the whole assembly heard some of the most inspiring and excellent singing in recent NATS Auditions memory. We are honored to have Northwestern singers counted among them!

Ten UNW singers were in the top 25% and advanced to the Semi-Final Round on Saturday morning. Five of those singers advanced to the Saturday afternoon Final Round. We are grateful to God for the results below, especially considering that the NATS participants include students from other excellent Minnesota music programs such as St. Olaf College, Concordia-Moorhead College and the University of Minnesota. In addition, a special commendation should be made for NATS Auditions students who also performed the same weekend in Oklahoma: Sharayah Bunce, Austin Lewis, Julia Pagh, Tony Potts and Brandyn Tapio.

More than anything, we are the most grateful for evidence of the Lord's work in the students' lives individually as they prepared for and responded to this intense and rewarding experience. Soli deo gloria! (To God alone be the glory!)

NATS AUDITIONS SEMI-FINALISTS:

MAGGIE BENHAM
(College Women – through age 19)
SHARAYAH BUNCE
(College Women – through age 20)
ALYSSA LAANSMA
(College Women – through age 20)
DAVID REEVES
(College Men – through age 18)
ERIKA SAWYER
(UNW PSEO Student; High School Girls – through age 18)


NATS AUDITIONS FINALISTS:

NICOLE MORAN, First Place
(College Women – through age 18)
GRACIE LUGO, Second Place
(College Women – through age 18)
TONY POTTS, Second Place
(College Men – through age 20)
JULIA PAGH, Third Place
(College Women – ages 21-25)
T. HASTINGS REEVES, Third Place
(College Men – ages 21-25)

Music Hall of Recognition

At the Showcase concert on September 27, we honored our 2013 Music Honorees: (read more)

Henry Charles Smith
Conductor & Trombonist

 

Terry Esau
Class of 1978 | B.A. in Music