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August 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Chris Baumgartner, OU music education professor, whose article "Music Student Teachers' Perceptions of their Seminar Experience: An Exploratory Study" has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Music Teacher Education! Congratulations, Dr. Baumgartner!

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August 2019

Congratulations to OU School of Music voice professor Dr. Les Flanagan! Dr. Flanagan appeared recently at the Glebe Society Community Festival in Sydney, Australia, performing a program of traditional and contemporary Australian art songs. Congratulations, Les!

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August 2019

More accolades for OU School of Music alumnus Mr. Alex Purdy (B.M. Tuba, 2018, student of Professor Brian Dobbins)! Alex has just won 1st Place in the Artist Division of the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Competition! Congratulations, Alex!

 

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June 2019

It was a GREAT day for the OU School of Music, as several faculty members traveled to the Steinway factory in NYC to select two brand new 9-foot D model instruments (one for Sharp Hall & one for Pitman Hall). After an amazing factory tour, the group began the selection process. Just a few short hours later, the decisions were made, and these beautiful new pianos will grace our concert stages this fall!

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June 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Brian Wolfe, who has just returned to campus after delivering a presentation at the 2019 CBDNA National Athletic Band Symposium in Seattle, Washington!

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June 2019

Several OU School of Music students, graduates, faculty, and friends just returned from Poland, where they performed 8 concerts as members of the Zielinski Singers. Congratulations to Emi Bias, Ashley Carr, Claire Robinson, Audra Evans, Emma Bayne, Rachel Snapp, Cameron Currier, Jesse Stout, Katrina Randolph, Maddie Breedlove, Tarasina Compagni, Dr. Nicole Van Every, Cameron Johnson, Parker Millspaugh, Amanda Wilson, Lauren Garcia, Rebecca Harrison, Hayley Burgess, Joshua Tomlinson, Cale Smith, Jeff Welch, Charlie Burgess, Bill Renfroe, Cory Shoemaker, Scottie Brown, John Lauferweiler, Hunter Birkhead, John Morrow, Michael Stafford, Jadon Gaudin, Jake Fowkes, Vlad Markov, Chancelor Barbaree, Michael Pugh, Joel Mercer, Jacob Waters, Timo Sheridan, Nicholas Skotzko, and Dr. Rick Zielinski!

Here's a wonderful story in the Norman Transcript about the performance tour:

OU Singers Serenade Overseas

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May 2019

Congratulations to Alex Purdy, who has just won the Artist Solo competition at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference! Alex also received 2nd place in the Orchestra Excerpt Competition! Alex is a 2018 graduate of the OU School of Music, where he studied with Professor Brian Dobbins. Congratulations, Alex!

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May 2019

We are very proud to announce that former OU School of Music piano & piano pedagogy professors Dr. E.L. Lancaster and Dr. Jane Magrath have been named co-recipients of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy Lifetime Achievement Award! They will receive this award at the NCKP Conference in Chicago in late July. Congratulations, E.L. and Jane, on this outstanding honor!

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May 2019

Here's a great NewsOK/Daily Oklahoman article featuring OU School of Music violin professor Dr. Gregory Lee, who will be the featured soloist on the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's upcoming season finale!

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May 2019

Here's a great story from Voyage LA featuring Hayden Lane Purdum, a recent BM Composition graduate from the OU School of Music. Congratulations, Hayden!

Meet Hayden Lane Purdum

 

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May 2019

We are THRILLED to share the news that OU School of Music alumnus Eddie Walker has received one of this year's Regents' Alumni Awards!

Eddie earned his Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy from OU in 1989. He then accepted an internship with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, eventually became its executive director, and helped lead the Philharmonic into a long and flourishing period of financial and artistic success.

In April of 2019 Eddie became the executive director of Oklahoma Contemporary, a multidisciplinary arts organization providing opportunities for learning through internationally relevant exhibitions, performances and educational programs. Oklahoma Contemporary will open its new facility in downtown Oklahoma City in January of 2020.

Congratulations, Eddie! You have greatly enriched the musical tapestry of this state and region, you are extremely deserving of this tremendous honor, and we are very proud of you!

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May 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Konstantinos Karathanasis, recent graduate Ioannis Andriotis, graduate student Josh Tomlinson, and undergrad students Jacob Frost, Caleb Westby, and Ben Krumwiede! ALL SIX of these individuals will have their compositions performed at this summer's International Computer Music Conference & New York City Electronic Music Festival! Outstanding!

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May 2019

Congratulations to OU School of Music voice professor Dr. Mark McCrory, who was recently featured as a guest soloist with the Eastern New Mexico University choirs!

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May 2019

OU School of Music graduate voice student Thomas Cannon is performing the role of Porgy in Fort Worth Opera's current production of Porgy and Bess, and the critics have taken notice! Check out this review from the Texas Classical Review!

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May 2019

Congratulations to OU School of Music horn student Samanda Engels, who has recently been accepted into two summer study programs! Samanda has been invited to participate in the Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey, Michigan where she will participate in wind and brass chamber music performances, and has also received an invitation to participate in the Summer Orchestra Academy (Filarmonietta Praga) of the Ameropa Music Festival in Prague. Congratulations, Samanda!

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April 2019

Congratulations and welcome home to our Music Education faculty and graduate students Dr. Chris Baumgartner, Eric Pennello, Shaylynn Sienkiewicz, Griffin Maxwell, and Ryan Meeks! These individuals were invited to present their research at the international Research in Music Education conference in Bath, U.K.!

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April 2019

Congratulations to junior vocal music education major Dylan Madoux, who has been accepted as a Conducting Fellow in the 2019 Conductor's Institute of South Carolina, which is one of the nation's most comprehensive summer training programs for young conductors. Congratulations, Dylan!

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April 2019

Here's the OU Trumpet Ensemble reprising their NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP performance from the 2019 NTC Competition! Congratulations to Sarah Stevens, Jacob Merrill, Paxton Leaf, Michael Meier, Drew O'Dell, Austin Broadway, David Marvel, Josh Harney, arranger Jay Wilkinson, and OU trumpet professor Dr. Karl Sievers!

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April 2019

The OU School of Music is very proud to announce that composition professor Dr. Marvin Lamb has just been awarded a Henry Zarrow Presidential Professorship! Congratulations, Dr. Lamb, on this well-deserved honor!

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April 2019

Congratulations to our awesome voice students (and their outstanding teachers) on their performances at the 2019 Oklahoma NATS conference hosted at OU last Saturday! Here's a list of our finalists:

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April 2019

Congratulations to the h2 quartet on the release of their sixth recording, "Soul Searching." We are very proud to note that OU School of Music saxophone professor Dr. Jonathan Nichol is one of the members of this critically acclaimed and award winning quartet!

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April 2019

Congratulations to OU School of Music theory professor Dr. Jeff Swinkin! Intégral, Eastman's music theory journal, has recently accepted Dr. Swinkin's article, “Listening with Analytic Context: Beethoven’s Largo appassionato from Opus 2 No. 2.” The article will inaugurate the journal's new online/open access format. Additionally, Dr. Swinkin has just been invited to deliver a paper on Adorno's theory of performance at the Southampton Music Analysis Conference in England this summer. Congratulations , Dr. Swinkin!

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April 2019

Congratulations to the Fountain City Brass Band on winning the North American Brass Band Association championship last week! We are proud to note that OU School of Music tuba/euphonium professor Brian Dobbins is a member of this award winning ensemble!

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March 2019

Congratulations to OU School of Music DMA voice student Thomas Cannon! Thomas will sing the role of Porgy in Gershwin's Porgy & Bess with the Fort Worth Opera later this month, and will also perform several roles with the new American opera "Fellow Travelers" with Arizona Opera later this year. Congratulations, Thomas!

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March 2019

The OU School of Music was extremely well represented by our outstanding piano faculty and students last week at the 2019 MTNA convention in Spokane, Washington. Congratulations to Drs. Magrath, Ham, and Fast, and to DMA student Clara Boyett!

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March 2019

We are very proud to report that the International Trombone Association has awarded Dr. Irv Wagner its 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award! This award "recognizes people who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to the trombone profession over a long career." Congratulations, Dr. Wagner, on this outstanding honor!

Dr. Wagner recently returned from teaching masterclasses at the Paris Conservatory.

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March 2019

It is our honor to report that Dr. Jane Magrath has just received the 2019 MTNA Achievement Award! This prestigious award "is bestowed upon an individual who has made significant and lasting contributions to the music teaching profession." Congratulations on this well-deserved honor, Dr. Magrath!

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March 2019

Congratulations to OU Trumpet Ensemble members Jacob Merrill, Paxton Leaf, Sarah Stevens, Michael Meier, Drew O'Dell, Austin Broadway, David Marvel, and Josh Harney! The OU Trumpet Ensemble just won the ensemble competition at the 2019 National Trumpet Competition!

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March 2019

Congratulations to concurrent enrollment bassoonist Taylor Akin, who recently received the 1st Place award in the High School Woodwinds division of the annual Ladies Music Club Spring Scholarship Competition!

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March 2019

Congratulations to Evelyn Culver and Thomas Mondry, 1st and 2nd place winners in the Ladies Music Club of OKC Scholarship Competition!

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March 2019

Professor Rodney Ackmann and the Sooner Bassooners performed the National Anthem at an Oklahoma City Thunder game.

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March 2019

Congratulations to OU School of Music alum Jacob Chen! Jacob was named Mustang Public School's Rookie Teacher of the Year.

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March 2019

Congratulations to OU School of Music alum Tyler Overton! Tyler was named Norman's Rookie Teacher of the Year.

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March 2019

Congratulations to our 2019 Young Artist Competition winners!

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February 2019

Congratulations to our 2019 Benton-Schmidt Competition Winners! 1st Place: Alexander Purser, 2nd Place: Robert Hartfield, 3rd Place: Beatrice Kim, and 4th Place: Jacob O'Shea. Outstanding performances by outstanding musicians!

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February 2019

We are very excited to announce that Dr. Damin Spritzer, Assistant Professor of Organ at the University of Oklahoma, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Organ Media Foundation! The board oversees the operation of several projects, including organlive.com. Congratulations, Dr. Spritzer!

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February 2019

Congratulations to MM horn student Sonia Villaneuva, who has just returned from Washington, D.C., where she participated in the United States Air Force Collegiate Symposium. (photo courtesy of MSgt. Brandon Chaney)

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Feb 2019

Congratulations to concurrent enrollment bassoonist Taylor Akin! Taylor has won the Woodwind Division in the Oklahoma Community Orchestra Young Artists Competition, and is both the division winner and overall winner of the Oklahoma City Symphony Orchestra League's Young Artist Competition! Congratulations, Taylor, on these outstanding accomplishments!

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Feb 2019

Dr. Irv Wagner and the OU Trombone Choir performed the National Anthem at last Sunday's Oklahoma City Thunder game!

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Feb 2019

Congratulations to DMA trumpet student Ricky Spears, who has just finished a stint as lead trumpet for the touring company of "A Chorus Line" in China. Ricky has also played on the national tours of "A Christmas Story," "Elf," and "Beauty & The Beast," as well as an extended run in the lead trumpet chair for "Taboo," a Cirque du Soleil-style cabaret show in Macao, China. Congratulations, Ricky!

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Feb 2019

CONGRATULATIONS to 1st-year DMA piano & piano pedagogy student Hannah Roberts! Hannah is one of two winners of the Oklahoma Community Orchestra Young Artist Competition, and will be featured on their April concert. Brava, Hannah!

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Jan 2019

We are very excited to share the news that OU Music Education Professor Dr. Charlene Dell has been named Vice-Chair of the Editorial Committee for the American String Teachers Journal for 2019-2021, and will be Chair of the Editorial Committee from 2021-2023! Congratulations, Dr. Dell!

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Jan 2019

Congratulations to Dr. John Schwandt and Dr. Damin Spritzer! They have both been selected to perform at the 2019 American Guild of Organists SW Regional Convention in Denver, Colorado this summer. Congrats to these outstanding professors!

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Jan 2019

Congratulations to our OU School of Music trumpet students who have just been selected to the quarter finals of the annual National Trumpet Competition! Jacob Merrill has been selected as a soloist, and our trumpet ensemble consisting of Jacob, David Marvel, Michael Meier, Sarah Stevens, Josh Harney, Drew O'Dell, Paxton Leaf, and Austin Broadway has also been selected. Congratulations to these outstanding students!

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Jan 2019

Congratulations to OU School of Music composition student Tanner Harrod! His piece “Fiery Sea” has been selected for performance at the 2019 Region VI conference of the Society of Composers, Inc. at their conference at Texas A&M-Commerce in April. Bravo!

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Jan 2019

CONGRATULATIONS to OU School of Music composition students Ray Zepeda, Jacob Frost, Caleb Westby, Christopher McLaughlin, Joshua Tomlinson, Zachary Daniels, and Hayden Iskander! These students were recently selected to participate in a composer’s exchange recital hosted by the University of North Texas. They will travel to Denton to have their works performed on February 3rd and 4th by students at UNT and will then subsequently host UNT’s winning composers in a recital of our own on February 11th. While visiting Denton, OU’s composers will be invited to participate in master classes, discuss their music, and receive feedback from the UNT composition faculty.

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Jan 2019

Congratulations to OU School of Music faculty members Gregory Lee, Mark Neumann, and Jonathan Ruck, who recently performed on the Brightmusic Russian Romantics concert. (photo credit: Michael Anderson, performingartsphotos.com).

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Jan 2019

CONGRATULATIONS to our OU School of Music students who are participating in the 2019 OkMEA Intercollegiate Honor Band: Laura Amstutz, Cameron Dickey, Kayelin Fant, Taylor Gambill, Jacob Nance, Jacob Merrill, Jacob Howey, Eli Breon, Kyle Hamrick, and Aaron Smith! And, we can proudly report that 5 of these students (Laura, Cameron, Taylor, Jacob Nance, and Aaron) won principal chair positions! Congrats to all!

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Jan 2019

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Jeffrey Swinkin, Assistant Professor of Music Theory in the OU School of Music! The Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy has just published a positive review of The Norton Guide to Teaching Music Theory, which was co-edited by Dr. Swinkin. Congratulations!

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Jan 2019

CONGRATULATIONS to OU School of Music alum Matt Graves, who was recently named Teacher of the Year at Noble High School!

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Jan 2019

Taylor Akin, concurrent-enrollment bassoon student of OU SoM Professor Rod Ackmann, was recently featured on an episode of NPR's "From The Top." Based on the success of that episode, a crew has traveled to Oklahoma to film segments about Taylor for an upcoming documentary!

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Jan 2019

OU School of Music Interim Director of Percussion Activities Dr. Andrew Richardson presented a session at OkMEA convention titled "Classroom Warmups and the Percussion Section".

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Jan 2019

CONGRATULATIONS to OU School of Music Oboe Professor Dan Schwartz! “Echoes,” a collaborative art project created by Dr. Schwartz, Yona Verwer, and Katarzyna Kozera, has received a very nice write up in jewishweek.timesofisrael.com. Congratulations, Dr. Schwartz!