At the beginning of the week, Baylor University Music Education held an end-of-year dinner for students studying Music Education, and also gave out several awards! Congratulations, future music educators, on a great year! #baylormusic
At last week's Honors Convocation, many of our students were recognized for outstanding work, in different areas, in the School of Music! Congratulations to all award recipients, and thank you for your outstanding contributions to the school! #baylormusic
Outstanding Member of Baylor Opera Theater: Becky Armenta
Thomas Stewart Award in Voice: Megan Gackle
Outstanding Graduate Student in Voice: Becky Armenta
Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award: Kristen Jones
Graduate Academic Achievement Award: Zerek Dodson
Church Music Award: Joannie Fleischer
Ray Luper Church Music Scholarship: Joshua Kim
ACDA Outstanding Choral Musician Award: Helen McDaniel
Outstanding Music Educator Award: Ashley Reyes
Ken Howard Choral Music Education Award: Michael Isenberg
Bennett Award in Music Education: Ben Cantrell
Richard Floyd Band Music Education Award: Abby Barto
Robert Floyd Award for Leadership in Music Education: Helen McDaniel
Roger L. Keyes Award to the Outstanding Graduate Student in Piano: Jessica Suandrianna
Gladys Calder Stinson Award to the Outstanding Undergraduate Performer in Piano: Maria Terese Dell'Orefice
Elizabeth Brient Smith Award in Piano Pedagogy: Alexis LaRue Estrada
Donald I. Moore Outstanding Graduating Instrumental Performer Award: Nick Halbig
Daniel Sternberg Outstanding Graduating Instrumentalist Award: Josh Thaver
Larry Vanlandingham Outstanding Instrumental Graduate Student Award: Cameron Clements
Pi Kappa Lambda Initiates Martha Barkema Mu Phi Epsilon Scholarship Award: Felicity Fulton
Ruth Dean Morris Scholarship Award: Megan Green
Outstanding Senior Woman in the School of Music Award: Maria Dell’Orefice
Outstanding Senior Man in the School of Music Award: John-Micah Braswell
Bernard A. and Bessie Hess Smith Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement: Rebecca Bradley
Dean’s Award for Outstanding Performance: Matthew Newhouse
Presser Foundation Award: Hannah Grace Hyden
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Congratulations to alumnus Logan Tanner (BM Voice ‘13), countertenor, who has won an American Prize in Vocal Performance (for men in opera) in the Professional Division (The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards) for 2018-19! Logan “has been praised for his ‘striking musicality, clarity, and strong coloratura’ (Opera Canada, 2018). Mr. Tanner has been an award recipient in several competitions, including first place in both the New York Classical Music Society International Competition, and the Choralis Young Artist Competition. Recently, he was honored to be selected as the winner of the American Prize in the Opera division- a national competition. Logan has been engaged as a leading soloist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, the Axelrod Performing Arts Center, the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, Choralis, Chorus Austin, New York Chamber Choir, the Henry Purcell Society of Boston, La Fiocco, the Arcadia Players, Monmouth Civic Chorus, the Westchester Oratorio Society, and the Sparkill Concert Series.
“Equally comfortable in opera, Mr Tanner has performed on operatic stages throughout the United States and abroad. Recent roles have included Ruggiero with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as a professional fellow. In his international opera debut, he received critical acclaim for his interpretation and performance of Oberon, King of the Fairies, in Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream with Halifax Summer Opera Festival. An article in Opera Canada later praised Mr. Tanner as being a performer who ‘commanded the role of Oberon charmingly’ (Opera Canada, 2018). This summer, Logan looks forward to attending The Music Academy of the West as a vocal fellow, where he will work with internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors, and soloists, including famed mezzo-soprano, Marylin Horne.”
TOMORROW: Join us at Cultivate 7twelve: Art.Culture.Events on Tuesday, May 7th, at 7:00PM, to hear The Edward Taylor Sextet (led by Dr. Edward Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Music Theory)! The performance will feature Stephen Spink, Chandler Todd Davis, Cameron Clements, Chris Bandy, and Jonathan Keith. They will be accepting donations at the performance, and all proceeds go to Baylor Missions in support of the Baylor Jazz Ensemble's July 2019 mission trip to Peru!
Throughout the school year, we challenge and encourage students, faculty, and staff in the Baylor School of Music to give their best and persevere through their academic, performance, professional, and personal endeavors. As our academic year concludes, and final performances are coming to a close, we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge our STUDENTS, in particular, for a WONDERFUL year of learning, creating, sharing, and music-making! You have faced so much, persisted through many challenges and obligations, and risen to meet and vastly exceed our expectations. Your faculty and staff are so, incredibly proud of you and grateful for all that you contribute and all that you are. As you complete this final day of classes, we hope you also feel proud of your accomplishments! CONGRATULATIONS on another amazing year, and GOOD LUCK with your final exams and juries! We are blessed beyond measure to work, walk, and worship with you. Sic ‘em, Baylor School of Music students! #baylormusic 💚💛🐻🎶🎉
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We love that our colleagues in Baylor University's College of Arts & Sciences are also excited about composers and music! Check out this great article/audio feature from KWBU, called "David and Art," starring senior history Dr. David Smith:
Check out this great article about the Youth Chorus of Central Texas (YCCT), under the direction of School of Music Adjunct Lecturer in Music Theory, Florence Gassler Scattergood! "Community support has played a key role in the support of the Youth Chorus of Central Texas and the group’s spring concert on Sunday, “Be The Change You Want To Be,” will acknowledge those groups that work with the community."
YCCT's Spring Concert, "Be the Change You Want to Be," is Sunday, May 5th at 3:00PM at Austin Avenue United Methodist Church!
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Congratulations to BM Trumpet student Joey Tkach, who has been selected to perform in the Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg Competition semi-finals on May 30th (9 a.m.–4 p.m. at Stude Concert Hall at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music— free and open to the public)! Four finalists advance to perform with the Houston Symphony on June 1. The winner of the finals receives the Grace Woodson Memorial First Prize and a $25,000 award. Good luck, Joey, and sic ‘em! #baylormusic
CONGRATULATIONS to School of Music alumnus Bille Bruley (MM ‘14, BM Voice ‘11), who has been invited back to the Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist in the summer of 2019! “[He will] perform Benjamin in the world premiere of Poul Ruders’ The Thirteenth Child and cover of Laca Klemen in Jenufa. Next season, Mr. Bruley returns to Arizona Opera as Louis Sullivan in Shining Brow, Bern Venters in Riders of the Purple Sage, and Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos. He will cover Father Grenville & Howard Boucher in Dead Man Walking at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and make his debut at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Sam Polk in a new production of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah. He makes his New York City recital debut singing Janacek’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared at the 92nd Street Y.” Sic ‘em, Bille! #baylormusic
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Congratulations to alumnus Dr. Chris Knighten (BMEd '86), Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music in the University of Arkansas Department of Music, who has been elected to the American Bandmasters Association! "The organization honors outstanding achievement by invitation to membership and strives to enhance the concert band and its music by example and leadership. Some 300 conductors and composers throughout the United States and Canada are members." Sic 'em, Dr. Knighten! #baylormusic
Check out this great video, which includes School of Music alum Rebekah Marie Howell (BM '15), by Opera Colorado, about their current production, "The Marriage of Figaro"! Rebekah has been an Artist in Residence with Opera Colorado since September of 2018, and will be singing the role of Barbarina! Sic 'em, Rebekah! #baylormusic
Opera Colorado closes the 2018-19 season with Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro", in a production set among the courtly opulence of 18th century Seville and featuring a brilliant ensemble cast. The wily Figaro and his love, Susanna, are set to marry, but Count Almaviva is intent on seducing the bride-to-be—stoking not only the couple’s ire, but the frustrations of the long-suffering Countess. What unfolds is hilarious chaos set to a sparkling score.
May 4, 7, 10, 12 | 2019
The Ellie Caulkins Opera House
For information or to purchase tickets, visit operacolorado.org or call 303.468.2030.
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