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Dylan Madoux - April 2019
April 2019

Dylan Madoux

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!

April 2019

OU Trumpet Ensemble

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!

Dr. Marvin Lamb - April 2019
April 2019

Dr. Marvin Lamb

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!

April 2019

OU Voice Students

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:

OU Voice Students at NATS - April 2019
H2 Quartet - April 2019
April 2019

Dr. Jonathan Nichol

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!

Jeff Swinkin - April 2019
April 2019

Dr. Jeff Swinkin

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!

Fountain City Brass Band - April 2019
April 2019

Brian Dobbins

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!

Thomas Cannon - April 2019
March 2019

Thomas Cannon

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!

March 2019

Piano Faculty and Clara Boyett

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!

Piano Department - March 2019
Irv Wagner - March 2019
March 2019

Dr. Irv Wagner

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.

Dr. Jane Magrath - March 2019
March 2019

Dr. Jane Magrath

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!

OU Trumpet Ensemble - March 2019
March 2019

OU Trumpet Ensemble

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!

Taylor Akin - March 2019
March 2019

Taylor Akin

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!

Evelyn Culver, Thomas Mondry - March 2019
March 2019

Evelyn Culver and Thomas Mondry

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

Sooner Bassooners - March 2019
March 2019

Sooner Bassooners

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

Jacob Chen - March 2019
March 2019

Jacob Chen

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

Tyler Overton - March 2019
March 2019

Tyler Overton

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

Young Artist Competition Winners - March 2019
March 2019

Young Artist Competition

Congratulations to our 2019 Young Artist Competition winners!

Benton-Schmidt - Feb 2019
February 2019

Benton-Schmidt Winners

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!

Dr. Damin Spritzer - February 2019
February 2019

Dr. Damin Spritzer

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 Congratulations, Dr. Spritzer!

Sonia Villanueva - February 2019
February 2019

Sonia Villaneuva

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)

Taylor Akin - Feb 2019
Feb 2019

Taylor Akin

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!

OU Trombone Choir - Feb 2019
Feb 2019

OU Trombone Choir

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

Ricky Spears - Feb 2019
Feb 2019

Ricky Spears

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!

Hannah Roberts - Feb 2019
Feb 2019

Hannah Roberts

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!

Dr. Charlene Dell - Jan 2019
Jan 2019

Dr. Charlene Dell

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!

Dr. Schwandt and Dr. Spritzer - Jan 2019
Jan 2019

Dr. Schwandt and Dr. Spritzer

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!

Jacob Merrill - Jan 2019
Jan 2019

Jacob Merrill and OU Trumpet Ensemble

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!

Tanner Harrod - Jan 2019
Jan 2019

Tanner Harrod

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!

Jan 2019

Composition Students

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.

Brightmusic Russian Romantics - Jan 2019
Jan 2019

String Faculty

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,

OkMEA Intercollegiate Honor Band - Jan 2019
Jan 2019

OkMEA Intercollegiate Honor Band

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!

Dr. Jeff Swinkin - Jan 2019
Jan 2019

Dr. Jeffrey Swinkin

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!

Matt Graves - Jan 2019
Jan 2019

Matt Graves

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

Taylor Akin - Feb 2019
Jan 2019

Taylor Akin

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!

Dr. Andrew Richardson - Jan 2019
Jan 2019

Dr. Andrew Richardson

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".

Dr. Dan Schwartz - Jan 2019
Jan 2019

Dr. Dan Schwartz

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 Congratulations, Dr. Schwartz!