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December 2015

OU Alumn Chosen to Give Oklahoma Premiere of Nationally Co-Commissioned Violin Sonata

Catherine Rinderknecht, a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma, will perform the Oklahoma premiere of composer Stephanie Ann Boyd’s new work for violin and piano in the spring as part of the 50 State Sonata Project. This project is a co-commission involving one violinist in every state, and is Part I of a two year project celebrating the life and work of John Kendall, a pedagogue who helped to bring the Suzuki teaching method to America. 

December 2015

OU Concerto Competition Winners

Congratulations to the following 2015 OU Concerto Competition winners:

  • Undergraduate Division
    • Ian Jett, violin
    • Peter Folkins, oboe
  • Honorable mention:
    • Kevin Cantu, clarinet
  • Graduate Division
    • Ruirui Ouyang, piano
    • Chris Madden, piano
  • Honorable mention:
    • David Cook, clarinet
November 2015

American Musicological Society

Graduate student, Delphine Piguet, presented her research on "MUSIC APPRECIATION TEXTBOOK COMPARISON: Chronological Aspect versus the Experiential One" at the Regional Meeting of the American Musicological Society at Texas State University.

November 2015

Oklahoma Music Teachers Association Solo & Chamber Music Competition and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artists Solo and Chamber Music Competition

OU Saxophone and Bassoon student participated in the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association Solo & Chamber Music Competition and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artists Solo and Chamber Music Competition on Novemver 6. The Saxophone studio received a 1st alternate and honorable mention in the chamber division and two honorable mentions in the solo division. The Bassoon studio was represtented by Freshman, Jared Shay who won 1st Place in the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association Solo Competition, Sophomores, Mackie Thomas, Courtney Clear, and Kayla Smith who won 1st Place in the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association Chamber Music Competition. Additionally, Jared, Mackie, Courtney and Kayla will be invited to perform at the OMTA Conference next June at the University of Central Oklahoma, where they will also receive a cash award.

November 2015

Music Student Teaching Seminars: An Examination of Current Practices Across the United State

Music Education faculty member Dr. Chris Baumgartner's article "Music Student Teaching Seminars: An Examination of Current Practices Across the United State" has been publiished in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. The purpose of this study was to examine the structure and content of music student teaching seminars at 4-year, degree-granting institutions accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music across the United States. A secondary purpose was to determine how these seminars (a) addressed perceived needs of student teachers and beginning teachers when reflecting on their student teaching experience and (b) met those needs through course structure and content. Though variability existed in frequency and length, most seminars (n = 95, 77.86%) were taught in the music department. Participants (N = 205; 42.71% overall response rate) indicated that teacher responsibilities, job searching, and behavior management were the most frequently addressed topics in their seminars; creating résumés, lesson planning, and peer discussions represented the most common activities. Data suggest variability in both structure and content of seminars, as well as a discrepancy between perceived student teacher needs and seminar content.

October 2015

National Conference of the College Music Society

Graduate student, Delphine Piguet, presented her research on "How to Develop and Sustain an International Career as a Professional Musician: The Case of Fabrice Millischer, French Trombone Player" at the National Conference of the College Music Society in Indianapolis.

October 2015

Provost’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching

Jennifer Koljack, Rebecca Little, Silviya Mateva and Zack Smith will be receiving a recognition that has been created to honor the hard work and dedication of outstanding graduate students who teach at OU:  The Provost’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching.  The recipients represent the top 10 percent of all graduate assistants across campus by student evaluations for courses taught during the Spring 2015 semester.  

October 2015

OU Music Education at the 2015 Symposium on Music Teacher Education

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Music Education faculty members Dr. Melissa Baughman and Dr. Christopher Baumgartner, along with current graduate student (MME) Bradley Regier recently presented at the 2015 Symposium on Music Teacher Education at the University of North Carolina–Greensboro. 

Drs. Baumgartner and Baughman joined six other collaborators to present their research examining beginning music teacher mentoring and induction programs across the US. As a result of these findings, Dr. Baughman is co-leading a follow-up project with Bryan Koerner (Ph. D candidate, University of Colorado-Boulder) to be presented at the NAfME Biennial Research Conference in Atlanta, April of 2016.

August 2015

2015 Texoma Artist Series

The “Langston Hughes in Poetry and Song" Recital has been accepted for performance at NATS Texoma Conference and Competition November 2015. NATS will take place at Oklahoma City University this year.

Dr. Donna Mitchell-Cox, soprano and Lorne Richstone, pianist will be presenting at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Texoma Region Conference November 11-14, 2015 at Oklahoma City University

August 2015

Dr. John E. Clinton Scholarship for Artistic Excellence

Harding Charter Preparatory High School graduate, and current OU Student, Allegra Knight of Oklahoma City has been name the 2015 Dr. John E. Clinton Scholarship for Artistic Excellence recipient by the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras. The scholarship is named for Dr. John Clinton who served over 21 years as conductor of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras prior to his retirement.

August 2015

Percussive Arts Society All-Star International Percussion Ensemble

Three OU Students have been selected for the inaugural Percussive Arts Society All-Star International Percussion Ensemble, scheduled to perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in San Antonio, November 12-14, 2015. Seniors Devin Garza (BME) and Micheal Barnes (BM) and Junior Charlie Mogen (BM) were selected through a national audition process to be members of this first-of-its-kind all-star percussion ensemble. The ensemble will be featured in a showcase concert as part of the special 40th anniversary celebration of the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. The ensemble will be directed by Michael Burritt, Professor of Percussion at the Eastman School of Music.

May 2015

OU London Summer School of Voice

The University of Oklahoma London Summer School of Voice was launched by Co-Founder Dr. Donna Mitchell-Cox providing an study abroad learning experience for three OU students; Nathaniel Catasca (tenor), Marcy Gonzales (mezzo soprano), and Ekaterina Kotcherguina (soprano).

May 2015

Great Plains Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference

In May, the Tuba and Euphonium Studio went the Great Plains Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference. Alex Purdy Won the Mock Band Tuba Competition and was a finalist in the Solo Competition. David Humphreys was a Finalist in the Mock Band Euphonium Competition. The OU Tuba Quartet won the ensemble competition. This conference included schools from Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas (including North Texas).

March 5, 2015

2015 Oklahoma City Ladies Music Club Competition

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OU Percussion students were awarded First and Second Place prizes at the 2015 Oklahoma City Ladies Music Club Competition this past weekend. Micheal Barnes (left, Jr. BM) was awarded first place with his performance of True Colours by John Thrower and the Prelude from Bach Cello #2. Michael Morrow (right, Soph BMA) received a 2nd place award with his performance of Character No. 5 by Casey Cangelosi and the Prelude from Bach Cello Suite #1 in G Major. Both students will perform their marimba selections at the LMC Competition Winners Recital on Wednesday, March 11th in Oklahoma City. Congratulations to both students!

March 2, 2015

2015 Oklahoma City Ladies Music Club Competition

Congratulations to Chase Ward on winning 2nd Prize in the Ad Astra String Competition this past weekend.  The competition was sponsored by the Oklahoma City Ladies Music Club. Chase is a violin student of Professor Hal Grossman.

March 2, 2015

2015 Oklahoma City Ladies Music Club Competition

Congratulations to Chase Ward on winning 2nd Prize in the Ad Astra String Competition this past weekend.  The competition was sponsored by the Oklahoma City Ladies Music Club. Chase is a violin student of Professor Hal Grossman.

March 2, 2015

2015 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival

Congratulations to composition student Kenn McSperitt on having his first acousmatic composition Study No. 1 accepted for performance at the 2015 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. NYCEMF is the finest international electroacoustic music festival organized in the US.

February 20, 2015

Tribeca New Music Young Composer Competition

Congratualtions to freshman composition student Jordan Burdick for receiving Honorable Mention in the 2015 Tribeca New Music Young Composer Competition. The Honorable Mentions category recognizes the top tier of composers who were in contention to win.

February 16, 2016

SERENITY PRAYER

OU student Elizabeth Monzingo's SATB version of the SERENITY PRAYER will be published by Paraclete Press, a major church music firm & religious materials publishing house. Elizabeth is an Honors student in composition.

February 15, 2015

2015 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival.

Congratulations to composition student Ioannis Androitis for having his piece Shades of Life: Negative Space selected for performance at the
2015 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. The festival will take place June 22-28, 2015 at the Abrons Arts Center in New York City.

January 31, 2015

2015 National Young Artist Competition

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OU Percussion students Micheal Barnes (Jr. BM) and DJ Handy (Jr. BME) were both invited to compete in the 2015 National Young Artist Competition Finals sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra. Both students submitted video auditions for the first round of the competition in November. The top entrants were invited to perform in the Concerto Finals on Saturday, January 17, 2015 in Spokane, WA. Michael Barnes received a 2nd place medal in the division of Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion. Competitors in this division came from schools across the United States including Oberlin Conservatory, Boston University, University of North Texas, Michigan State, University of Texas and the Eastman School of Music.

Pictured is OU Percussion Student Micheal Barnes with his second place medal along with the winner and 3rd place competitors from University of Washington and the Eastman School of Music. Congratulations to both Micheal and DJ for representing the University of Oklahoma School of Music in this national competition.

January 30, 2015

Provost’s Certificate of Distinction for Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching

Christopher Ganza, Megan Ward, Ivan Hurd, Jennifer Kiljack, and Shane Holmquist will be receiving a recognition that has been created to honor the hard work and dedication of graduate students who teach at OU:  The Provost’s Certificate of Distinction for Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching.  The recipients represent the top 10 percent of all graduate assistants across campus by student evaluations for courses taught during the Fall 2014 semester.  The students  will be recognized  at a special reception honoring their outstanding teaching performance on February 12, 2015 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm at the Crawford University Club.

January 26, 2015

Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions

Patricia Westley MM (most recently heard at OU as Sandrina in our production of Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera)sang this weekend at the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions inTulsa.
She competed with 36 singers from across the United States. She won the Trudy Oliphant Sundgren Young Singer Encouragement Award. Congratulations Patty!

January 10, 2015

Society for ElectroAcoustic Music in the US National Conference

Kyriakos Tsoukalas's work "Norman Whispers," has been accepted for presentation at the Society for ElectroAcoustic Music in the US National Conference in March. Tsoukalas is a graduate composition student of Konstantinos Karathanasis.

January 5, 2015

New York City Electroacoustic Music Society

Ioannis Andriotis, graduate composition student of Konstantinos Karathanasis, had a composition selected for the February concert at Spectrum NYC. The New York City Electroacoustic Music Society is a very dynamic group of electroacoustic composers who organize the New York City Electronic Music Festival, one of the most important annual events in the field.