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Washington Post Reviews: "Cantate Chamber Singers honor Britten with strong 'Curlew River'"

March 25, 2014 - This past Sunday, Professor Gisèle Becker directed the Cantate Chamber Singers, with alumni Joe Deitrich ('08) (pictured below with Prof. Robert Baker) and junior Heather Gross in "Curlew River," in hour of composer Benjamin Britten's centennial -- and to a great result! Click here to read the entire Washington Post review.  

Prof. Robert Baker and Joe Deitrich

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Students Named Finalists in the Washington Women in Jazz Festival

March 17, 2014 - The Department would like to send a big shout-out to our own Samatha Law and Cati Sesana, for being named finalists in the Washington Women in Jazz Festival's Young Artist Showcase! Help cheer them on as they finish the competition this Saturday, March 22! Get your tickets here. 

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GW Resident Artist & Scholar, Sarah O'Halloran, to Present 'Stitching' this April

Lana and NanaStitching is a collaboration between composer and GW Resident Artist & Scholar, Sarah O’Halloran, and playwright, Colin Stanley Bell. It tells the story of Lana, a teenager, who has lived with her grandmother since her mother’s death. Isolated from their community, Lana and Nana share a highly imaginative world full of fantastic stories that protect them from harsh realities. Recently, Nana has become frail and her memory is failing, so Lana cares for her. Fearing being separated by the authorities, they have kept Nana’s problems secret, but people are starting to notice. Lana resolves to find Nana’s memories and keep them safe. This quest takes Lana on an interplanetary adventure through time and space. O’Halloran will be presenting Stitching in preview form for these April performances.

Stitching 
Date & Time: April 4 & 5 at 7:30 PM
Location: Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, 800 21st Street, NW
Free & Open to the Public

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Professor Ahlquist and Resident Artist Wade Participate in National Civil War Project

Wade & AhlquistAs part of GW’s ongoing participation in the National Civil War Project, Professor Karen Ahlquist and Resident Artist & Scholar Stephen Wade participated in An Evening Exploring American Cultural Life During the Years Before, During and After the American Civil War, an evening featuring a staged play, The Actor and the Assassin, and a facilitated discussion between Ahlquist, Wade and Prof. Richard Stoff.

Ahlquist and Wade brought insight into the origins and culture of music at the time around the Civil War. As GW Today reports, “Music is one of the areas where the South was on par with the North, especially with patriotic songs, or ‘munitions of war,’” Dr. Ahlquist said. “Flag songs and recruiting songs -- ‘when Johnny comes marching home again, hurrah, hurrah’ -- were incredibly popular.” 

To read more the GW Today article covering the event, click here.

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Our Faculty in Action

Professor Elizabeth Field was quoted in an Early Music America article about famous Rhode Island luthier, Karl Dennis. Click here to read the whole article. 

Professors Lora Ferguson (clarinet), David Jones (clarinet), Jeffrey Koczela (bass), Carole Libelo (oboe), Stephani Stang (flute), and Uri Wassertzug (viola) are performing in the orchestra of the Washington National Opera’s Moby Dick. Jake Heggie's new opera of Melville's literary masterwork is currently running at the Kennedy Center. For more about the opera, click here.

Professor and Deputy Chair Robert Baker traveled to Michigan to perform with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in multiple performances of Carmina Burana. The first night of the performances was live streamed so audiences everywhere could experience it. 

AMA Article

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Piano & Pizza Event Tuesday, February 2

Tuesday, February 4 at 6:00 PM in Phillips Hall 104, join Prof. Eugene Montague for a discussion "Agency in Piano Performance - A talk about who's in charge when we're playing the piano." Highlights include a 20 minute presentation, group discussion, FREE PIZZA, and the option to join an ongoing study on agency. RSVP to eugene_m@gwu.edu if interested. 

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New Steinway B Delivered to Post Hall

New PianoAt the end of January a new Model B Sampele mahogany grand piano was delivered to Post Hall on the Mount Vernon Campus! We are excited for the concerts and recitals that will benefit from this beautiful looking and sounding addition for our program!

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Spring 2014 Performance Calendar Announced!

Steven Hilmy

Camerata Recital - Featuring music from our premier vocal and instrumental students.
Date & Time: February 8 at 5:00 PM
Location: Phillips Hall, B-120, 801 22nd Street, NW
Free & Open to the Public

The Power of Spirituals - A program of spirituals, slave narratives and commentary created by Dr. Eileen Guenther.
Date & Time: February 23 at 3:00 PM
Location: St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 728 23rd Street, NW
Free & Open to the Public

Columbian Consort: Bringing New Age to the Old School - Including a computer & electronic music performance by Professor Stephen Hilmy, a new composition from Professor Nathan Lincoln DeCusatis, and a world premier from GW's Artist & Scholar in Residence, Sarah O'Halloran.
Date & Time: March 1 at 7:30 PM
Location: Hand Chapel on Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road, NW
Free & Open to the Public

Camerata Recital - Featuring music from our premier vocal and instrumental students. 
Date & Time: March 21 at 7:30 PM
Location: Phillips Hall, B-120, 801 22nd Street, NW
Free & Open to the Public

Student Recital: Rachel Bell & Ilyssa Weingarden, voice
Date & Time: March 22 at 7:30 PM
Location: Phillips Hall, B-120
Free & Open to the Public

Student Showcase Recital - A lunch break featuring both vocal and instrumental performances.
Date & Time: March 24 at 12:30 PM
Location: Phillips Hall, B-144, 801 22nd Street, NW
Free & Open to the Public

GW Musical: The Cradle Will Rock
Date & Time: 
March 27-29 at 7:30 PM, March 30 at 2:00 PM
Location: Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, 800 21st Street, NW
Open to the Public, $10 and $15 Tickets Available through MainStage

Stanley Yeskel Memorial Concert Series: Aeolus Quartet - Featuring chamber music from one of the finest young string quartets playing today.
Date & Time: March 28 at 7:30 PM
Location: Post Hall on Mount Vernon Campus, 801 22nd Street, NW
Open to the Public - Call 202-994-6245 for Tickets

Student Recital: Heather Gross, voice
Date & Time: March 29 at 3:00 PM
Location: Phillips Hall, B-120, 801 22nd Street, NW
Free & Open to the Public

Stitching - A collaboration between composer Sarah O'Halloran and playwright Colin Stanley Bell, Stitching tells the story of Lana, a teenager, who decides to rescue the memories of her aging grandmother, so they can keep their family together. Lana's efforts involve the local mailman, pigeons, knitting, space travel, and a little magic.
Date & Time: April 4 & 5 at 7:30 PM
Location: Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, 800 21st Street, NW
Free & Open to the Public

Student Recital: Leah Cozzi, cello
Date & Time: April 5 at 3:00 PM
Location: The United Church, 1920 G Street, NW
Free & Open to the Public

University Orchestra: Now for Something Different - Including the music from 'Orpheus' by Gluck, Riegger's 'Dance Rhythms,' and Tchaikovsky's  Symphony No. 2.
Date & Time: April 6 at 3:00 PM
Location: Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street, NW
Free & Open to the Public

Camerata Recital - Featuring music from our premier vocal and instrumental students. 
Date & Time: 

Free & Open to the Public

Student Recital: Stephanie Rosenblum, voice
Date & Time: April 11 at 7:30 PM
Location: Phillips Hall, B-120, 801 22nd Street, NW
Free & Open to the Public

Student Recital: Mike Adam, Erica Johnson, Floyd Jones, voice
Date & Time: April 12 at 7:30 PM
Location: Phillips Hall, B-120
Free & Open to the Public

Instrumental & Vocal Chamber Music Recital Featuring 'Love Song Waltzes'
Date & Time: April 13 at 3:00 PM
Location: Hand Chapel on Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road, NW
Free & Open to the Public

Student Recital: Max Schwager, voice
Date & Time: April 13 at 5:00 PM
Location: Phillips Hall, B-120, 801 22nd Street, NW
Free & Open to the Public 

Student Showcase Recital - Featuring both vocal and instrumental performances.
Date & Time: April 13 at 7:30 PM
Location: Phillips Hall, B-120
Free & Open to the Public

Student Showcase Recital - A lunch break featuring both vocal and instrumental performances
Date & Time: April 14 at 12:30 PM
Location: Phillips Hall, B-120, 801 22nd Street, NW
Free & Open to the Public

GW Bands: College Life - Including Robert Smith's 'Into the Storm,' Frank Ticheli's 'Wild Nights,' Robert Sheldon's 'Visions of Flight,' and Andrew Boysen's 'Joyride.'
Date & Time: February 23 at 3:00 PM
Location: St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 728 23rd Street, NW
Free & Open to the Public

Student Recital: Danielle Santilli & Rachel Weinstein, voice 
Date & Time: April 19 at 3:00 PM
Location: Post Hall on Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road, NW
Free & Open to the Public

Student Recital: Matthew Kalish, cello 
Date & Time: April 19 at 5:00 PM
Location: Post Hall on Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road, NW
Free & Open to the Public

Student Recital: Troy Gibb, guitar 
Date & Time: April 20 at 3:00 PM
Location: Phillips Hall, B-120, 801 22nd Street, NW
Free & Open to the Public

Camerata Recital - Featuring music from our premier vocal instrumental students.
Date & Time: April 23 at 7:30 PM
Location: Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, 800 21st Street, NW
Free & Open to the Public

Student Recital: Tasha Pulvermacher, violin & viola 
Date & Time: April 25 at 7:30 PM
Location: Post Hall on Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road
Free & Open to the Public

GW Jazz Festival 
Date & Time: April 25 & 26 at 7:30 PM
Location: Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, 801 22nd Street, NW 
Free & Open to the Public

Student Recital: Ariel Nathanson, piano 
Date & Time: April 26 at 7:30 PM
Location: Post Hall on Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road, NW
Free & Open to the Public

University Singers: Petite Messe Solennelle - Featuring Gioachino Rossini's 'Petite Messe Solennelle'
Date & Time: April 27 at 2:00 PM
Location: The United Church, 1920 G Street, NW
Free & Open to the Public

Camerata Recital - Featuring music from our premier vocal and instrumental students.
Date & Time: April 30 at 7:30 PM
Location: Phillips Hall, B-120, 801 22nd Street, NW
Free & Open to the Public

Student Recital: Greg Frering, voice 
Date & Time: May 1 at 7:30 PM
Location: Phillips Hall, B-144, 801 22nd Street, NW
Free & Open to the Public

Student Recital: Sam Game, voice
Date & Time: May 2 at 7:30 PM
Location: Post Hall on Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road, NW
Free & Open to the Public

Student Recital: Kevin Frey & Lindsay Martin, voice 
Date & Time: May 3 at 4:00 PM
Location: Phillips Hall, B-144, 801 22nd Street, NW
Free & Open to the Public

Student Recital: Haruka Nakagawa, voice 
Date & Time: May 3 at 7:30 PM
Location: Post Hall on Mount Vernon Campus
Free & Open to the Public

Student Recital: Jessica Rosenblatt, flute 
Date & Time: May 4 at 3:00 PM
Location: Phillips Hall, B-144, 801 22nd Street, NW
Free & Open to the Public

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Professor Karen Ahlquist Named Editor of "Journal of the Society for American Music"

Department Associate Professor of Music, Karen Ahlquist was named Editor of the Journal of the Society for American Music beginning in 2014. The Journal is the official publication of the Society for American Music, a non-profit scholarly and education organization and constituent member of the American Council of Learned Societies, founded in 1975, dedicated to the study, teaching, creation and dissemination of all musics in the Americas. 

Prof. Ahlquist has taught music history, literature, and ethnomusicology at GW since 1992 and chaired the Department from 2006 to 2010. She has published numerous articles in the Journal of American History, the Journal of the American Musicological Society, and the Journal of Musicological Research, among others, and she was a founding editor of Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture.

 

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GW Gathers to Celebrate Dean Roy Guenther's 40 Years of Service

Roy Guenther Concert Performers

As another semester at GW came close to an end, crowds gathered in Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre to attend Celebrating 40 Years of Service – A Roy Guenther Celebration, a concert honoring the service given to GW by CCAS Executive Associate Dean Roy Guenther.

Dean Roy Guenther began teaching in the Department of Music in 1974, and later served as Department Chair for 22 years, before rising to his current position of Executive Associate Dean of GW's largest academic unit, the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.  Formerly a trombonist with the United States Marine Band, Dean Guenther has performed as a soloist, and with chamber ensembles and numerous orchestras and opera houses. He is also an organist and pianist, and has served Resurrection Lutheran Church in Arlington, Virginia as its Organist/Choirmaster since 1969. He and his wife, organist Eileen Morris Guenther, have presented numerous recitals of music for organ and trombone in the United States, Germany, Sweden, The Netherlands, and Brazil.

A Roy Guenther Celebration featured some of Dean Guenther’s favorite works and composers, performed by esteemed GW faculty and visiting artists, many of which Dean Guenther had originally hired! Musical performances included Gabaye’s Boutade by Robert Birch, trumpet and Molly Orlando, piano; Parris’ Fantasy and Fugue, 1964 by Lori Barnet, cello; Debussy’s  Reflets dans l’eau and L’isle joyeuse by Malinee Peris, piano; Rachaninov’s Zdes Khorosho Op.21, No.7 and Ne poi, krasavitsa, prim mne Op.4, No.4, and Rimsky-Koraskov’s Na Kholmakh Gruzii Op.3, No.4 and Krasavitsa Op.51, No.4 by Millicent Scarlett, voice; Beginnings and Endings, arranged by Professors Peter Fraize, Steve Hilmy and James Levy; Tchaikovsky’s Lenksy’s Aria by Robert Baker, voice and Eileen Guenther, piano; and Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in g minor, Op.57 by the Aeolus Quartet and Jeffery Watson, piano.

Dean Guenther will retire at the end of 2013. The Department of Music cannot thank him enough for his excellent service not only to our Department but also to the whole GW community.  

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Department Faculty and Students Entertain at IMF Meetings

Faculty and Students at IMFAs world financial leaders and executives converged on GW for the Annual Meetings of the Work Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, the Department of Music was there to entertain. Faculty and students performed on the University Yard and outside IMF Headquarters over several days, showcasing the diversity and talent of the Department.  Professor Magdalena Duhagon, along with her student Troy Gibb, performed a set of acoustic guitar music for onlookers. Professor Millicent Scarlett, accompanied by Professor Jeffery Watson on piano, sang Songs of the World with students Chen Song, Floyd Jones and Haruka Nakagawa, and the Department’s weekly Jazz Jam moved to IMF Headquarters on the final day of the meetings to provide Latin Jazz for the crowds.

The Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) each year bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness. This years meetings took place on the campus of the George Washington University. 

 

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Department Alumn Shines at International Opera Competition

Department of Music alumni Zach Borichevsky was one of two third place winners of the 2013 Operalia competition. The World Opera Competition, or Operalia, was started 20 years ago by Plácido Domingo to discover and honor new rising opera singers.  Hosted this year in Verona, Italy, the event invites singers from all over the globe to compete for top prizes.  This year was particularly competitive, featuring 12 finalists instead of the usual 10.

Congratulations to Zach!

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Artist-in-Residence Stephen Wade presented with 2013 ARSC Awards for Excellence

Stephen Wade2013 Grammy nominee Stephen Wade, an Artist and Scholar in Residence at The George Washington University, has been selected as a 2013 ARSC Awards for Excellence recipient. A recognition given by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, Wade was awarded Best History in the category Best Research in Folk World, or Ethnic Music for his book The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience (University of Illinois Press). Founded in 1991, ARSC recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of recorded sound, encourages high standards and promotes awareness of superior works. Awards are presented to authors and publishers of books, articles, liner notes, and monographs, to recognize outstanding published research in the field of recorded sound.

Now in its fourth printing, The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience, is a product of Wade’s eighteen years of effort and near-lifetime involvement as a performer, researcher, and musician that presents the extraordinarily rich backstories of thirteen performances captured on Library of Congress field recordings between 1934 and 1942 in locations reaching from Southern Appalachia to the Mississippi Delta and the Great Plains.

Wade is currently acting as a GW Artist and Scholar in Residence. GW’s Artist and Scholar in Residence program strives to foster an interdisciplinary approach to creative research and scholarship over an intensive ten-month period by providing a physical and intellectual space for the development of meaningful artistic and scholarly linkages across the arts and other disciplines, both on and off campus. He will be performing at Jack Morton Auditorium on GW’s campus October 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm. The concert, The Beautiful Music All Around Us, is free and open to the public.

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Welcome Back Everyone, It's going to be an exciting Fall!  Department of Music Announces 2013 Fall Performance Schedule

Charles HuphriesBaroque Mosaics: The Columbian Consort Faculty Ensemble, Introducing Charles Humphries
Date & Time: September 28 at 7:30 PM
Location: Post Hall on Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road, NW
Free & Open to the Public

An evening of baroque music from Purcell, Handel and Vivaldi.

Cabaret Showcase
Date & Time: October 18 at 7:30 PM
Location: Phillips Hall, B-120, 801 22nd Street, NW
Free & Open to the Public

Students of GW Music & TRDA come together to showcase their vocal styles with cabaret numbers.

Camerata Showcase
Date & Time: October 19 at 3:00 PM
Location: Phillips Hall, B-120, 801 22nd Street, NW
Free & Open to the Public

GW Music students showcase their various instrumental skills on piano, strings, wind, brass and percussion instruments.

GW Bands: Verdi, Wagner, and the Big Screen
Date & Time: October 20 at 2:00 PM
Location: Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street, NW
Free & Open to the Public

Stephen WadeYeskel Visiting Artist Series: Stephen Wade, The Beautiful Music All Around Us
Date & Time: October 23 at 7:30 PM
Location: Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st Street, NW
Open to the Public

Spend the evening with folk artist, and GW artist-in-residence Stephen Wade. 

University Orchestra: Sound Travel
Date & Time: November 8 at 7:30 PM
Location: Lisner Auditorium: Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street, NW
Free & Open to the Public

Featuring the music of Sibelius, Corigliano, Dvorak and Saint-Saëns.

University Singers & Chamber Choir: The Voice of David, Psalm settings over the centuries
Date & Time: November 17 at 4:00 PM
Location: Western Presbyterian Church, 2401 Virginia Avenue, NW
Free & Open to the Public

Featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein, Johann Sebastian Bach, Lili Boulanger, Bobby McFerrin and more...

GW Opera: Amahl and the Night Visitors
Date & Time: December 6 and 7 at 7:30 pm
Location: Dorothy Betts Marvin Theater, 800 21st Street, NW
Open to the Public, Donations accepted for Toys for Tots

Gian Carlo Meonotti's one act opera - the story of a poor shepherd boy and his mother who are visited one night by three kings on their way to see baby Jesus in Bethlehem.

Celebrating Four Decades of Service - A Roy Guenther Celebration
Date & Time: December 9 at 7:30 PM
Location: Dorothy Betts Marvin Theater, 800 21st Street, NW
Open to the public with limited tickets available

In honor of his retirement, join the Department of Music as we say farewell through music with some of Dean Guenther's favorite composers and genres.

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