Greetings from the Department of Music at Towson University.
This semester promises an exciting mix of concerts, master classes,lectures, and demonstrations with something for everyone from eager beginning students to seasoned connoisseurs of music. The 2013-14 academic year marks a number of important events in the life of the department: the Baltimore Symphony premiered the Guitar Concerto by the American composer, Jonathan Leshnoff, in January, and our resident children's opera company, Opera in a Can, performed to delighted audiences throughout the state. We eagerly anticipate Music for the Stage’s production of The Magic Flute in April.
In fall 2013 we welcomed the arrival of assistant Professor Aaron Ziegel, musicologist and a specialist in American opera. At the same time, it is with a deep sense of gratitude for his many years of service that I inform you of the retirement of Dr. James M. Anthony at the end of spring 2014. You will want to join us in May for a celebratory concert in honor of Jim's dedicated service to Towson. Last but not least, put on your party hats and join us for the Baltimore Trio’s celebratory concert recognizing its 30th anniversary and 80th birthday of piano professor Reynaldo Reyes, later this semester. Please visit us often and send us your feedback about our programs and programming; I look forward to hearing from you.
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.
This spring the Handel Choir of Baltimore welcomed Dr. Arian Khaefi as its new conductor and artistic director. Khaefi assumes the post upon the retirement of the ensemble's previous director, Melinda O'Neal. Visit http://www.handelchoir.org for details about the 2013-2014 season.
In June, 20 students traveled to Oldenburg, Germany for an international exchange project called "Love Through Time." In September, students from Oldenburg University will be visiting Towson for two highly-anticipated performances in a unique combination of dancing, singing, and percussion. To claim your tickets for two limited shows, click "Events Calendar" above!
On October 12, 2013, the Department of Music will observe the 30th anniversary of Dr. Dana Rothlisberger’s tenure at Towson University. Please plan to join us for the commemorative event. Lunch tickets are $20.00 followed by the reunion concert of the Symphonic Band at 3:00 p.m., Kaplan Hall.
Professors Jeffery Howard, Cecilia Barczyk and Reynaldo Reyes regaled audiences with a performance of works by Mozart and Smetana in April, 2013. Reyes and Barczyk congratulate Dr. Howard on his promotion to Associate Professor.
Dr. Jonathan Leshnoff, professor of Music Theory, was joined by President Marvene Loeschke, Dean Susan Picinich and Dr. Eileen Hayes for the Spring awards event recognizing all Regent's Faculty awardees in the University system. The department anticipates the premiere of Leshnoff's Monica's Songs at Carnegie Hall in October. The song cycle is dedicated to soprano Jessica Rivera.
Senior Kellen McKay, was recognized in Spring 2013 at a special reception hosted by Dean Picinich for finalists in the Beullah Price Scholarship Competition. Congratulations, Kellen!
Senior Julie Houtz, was the 2013 recipient of the William A. Humbert Memorial Scholarship. As part of this award, she gave a solo performance of Strauss' 1st Horn Concerto (movement 1) alongside the Bel Air Community Band in June 2013.
Alumnus James Regan, former student of Dr. Kleinsasser will be attending USC's Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television graduate program this coming fall.
Alumna Corinne Winters will be featured in Wolf Trap's production of La Traviata, Summer 2013. Read more about her role in the Washington Times. (Photo from Washington Times.)
TU Foundation Scholars Luncheon
Department Tigers were honored at a special luncheon held on April 26, 2013.
Pictured left to right, front: Sarah Eastman, Kaitlyn Ferrell, Lindsay Spiegel, Ashley Ashman, donors Professor Barczyk and Frances Borowski; Professor Hayes;
Left to right, back: Kellen McKay, Christy Senita, Sarah Koogan, Mellonee Early, Scott Winter.
More than 50 music majors received scholarships during the academic year. Congratulations, all!
The Department of Music congratulates Professors Lonnie Hevia who recently received his DMA in Composition from the Peabody Conservatory, N. Scott Robinson who received his Ph.D. from Kent State University and Doug Buchanan who received his doctorate from the Peabody Conservatory.
Dr. Buchanan was recently awarded Honorable Mention in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer's Competition. He was also selected as one of the composers to participate in the St. Magnus International Festival in Orkney, Scotland, where he will work with Sally Beamish and Peter Maxwell Davies.
Kudos to Dr. Patrick Roulet whose collection Christmas Carols for the Marimba was recently published by Hal Leonard. Congratulations to Phillip Collister, musical director, Young Vic. In July, the community musical theatre company performed HMS Pinafore, a classic in the repertoire of Gilbert & Sullivan.
Staff member Debbie Walker, received her University Business Certificate in the spring. John Spivey represented the department this summer at the InfoComm 2013 Conference in Orlando, Florida.
In July, Michael Decker represented Baltimore at the Conference of Professional Musicians as well as the Triennial International Conference of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.
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.