Greetings from the Department of Music at Towson University.
This semester has seen a flurry
of activity in the department as we have offered the usual exciting mix
of concerts, master classes, and lectures. We have greeted new friends,
and have renewed acquaintances with old
ones. At the same time, spring’s arrival means that we bid a quartet
of cherished faculty a fond adieu. You will want to join in wishing
Professors Reynaldo Reyes, Carl Schmidt, Dana Rothlisberger, and Gerald
Phillips the very best as they embark on the next
phase of their lives upon their respective retirements at the close of
February’s production of the American
Opera Symposium, entitled “Composing American Opera” was a resounding
success. The conference, organized by Drs. Carl Schmidt and Aaron
Ziegel, was capped by a production
of Randall Thompson’s Solomon and Balkis produced by Music for
the Stage. The renown scholar of choral music, Dr. Kirke Mechem,
provided the keynote address. In early April, we enjoyed a concert by
Professor Reynaldo Reyes, appropriately titled, Music for a Lifetime. The occasion of his last solo recital at
Towson University was deeply moving to all in attendance. Proceeds from
this event went to the Reynaldo Reyes Piano Scholarship Fund and to the
Guest Artist Fund, in his honor. We hope
that you will join us on May 6th for Professor Dana
Rothlisberger’s last program as Director of Bands. The Symphonic Band
will be joined by alums and guests for a celebratory tribute to his
career. Lastly, Dr. Gerald Phillips, a long-time member
of our Voice Division, has announced his retirement at the end of the
summer. Hats off to all of our faculty, but especially to our
colleagues who we are affectionately called the “Fabulous Four.” They
have contributed much to the Department and to Towson
Eileen M. Hayes, Chair
Quintigre in Concert
In the fall Quintigre performed works by Blumer, Steinmetz, and Piazzolla. From left to right, professors Terry Ewell, James Logan, Sara Nichols, Fatma Daglar, and Jason Ayoub.
Professor Lee Mills conducted the symphony orchestra in a rousing performance of Dvořák's New World Symphony. In spring 2014 the symphony collaborates with Music for the Stage for a performance of Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) by Mozart.
TU President Dr. Maravene Loeschke joins the Marching Band in Frisco, Texas for the Eastern Division Championship football game against the North Dakota State Bison in January 2014.
In 2013, conductor Arian Khaefi, Director of Choral Activities at Towson University, was named Artistic Director and Conductor of the Handel Choir of Baltimore, a chamber ensemble which frequently appears with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In December, the HCB performed Handel’s Messiah with period orchestra. Dr. Aaron Zeigel delivered the pre-concert lecture.
BSO Premieres Leshnoff's Guitar Concerto
Faculty and friends join Professor Jonathan Leshnoff for a
post concert reception following the performance of his
work at the Meyerhoff in Januaray. Leshnoff is joined by (from left to right) Bill Murray, Eileen M. Hayes, Stanley Max, Dean Susan Picinich, Carl B. Schmidt and Elizabeth Schmidt.
Poulenc's Babar and Carl Schmidt
In summer 2013, Carl B. Schmidt performed Poulenc’s Babar with pianist Sandrine Erdely-Sayo at theRichmond, VA Children’s Museum and for the Richmond Chamber Players’ Summer Interlude Series.One review noted that “Carl Schmidt was an avuncular storyteller in ‘Babar,’ and informative without getting too deeply into scholarly weeds in his introductions.” The Richmond Times Dispatchwrote: “The Babar set . . . proved especially illuminating. It was serious fun, with the composer capturing, invivid musical prose, the story’s sights and sounds.”
Professor Jim McFalls, trombonist, is featured on a recent recording of The New York Voices, a Grammy Award winning vocal quartet, which released its first holiday CD, titled Let It Snow, in October. McFalls was part of the big band that is featured on 4 of the 13 tracks on the recording.
Towson Faculty Brass Quintet
The Towson Brass Quintet presents a recital of exciting brass compositions on April 8, 2014. Performers include faculty members Luis Engelke and Rene Hernandez, trumpet; Jason Ayoub, horn; Natalie Manix, trombone; Michael Bunn, tuba. TU faculty regulary perform with the area's top ensembles.
The New Music Ensemble at Towson presented an evening of electro-acoustic improvisations by composer-improvisers Curtis Bahn and Thomas Ciufo in fall of 2013. This concert featured interactive electronic music performances by Bahn and Ciufo, who design, build, and perform on computer extended instruments. Custom instruments included the eSitar, eDilruba, the eighth nerve hybrid electric guitar, a collection of flutes and percussion instruments, as well as a prepared physical / digital piano.
Professor Dave Ballou (last row, third from left) performs with the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble at the Wien Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria in February 2014. The week long tour included concerts in Budapest, Hungary; Zagreb, Croatia; Munich, Germany; and Genova, Switzerland.
Dr. Patrick Roulet's collection Beatles for Vibraphone was recently published by Hal Leonard.
Professor Cecylia Barczyk premiered works by renowned contemporary Cuban composer, Jorge Lopez Marin, at Towson University and in Cuba with the Santa Clara Philharmonic Orchestra. In a recital held in January, she broke with the tradition and performed an enthusiastically received concert of classical music on an electric cello.
Department of Music
Center for the Arts, Room # 3095 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The U.S. News & World Report 2013 America’s Best Colleges guide ranks Towson University 10th in the Top Public Regional Universities (North) category.