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Horn Alumni Day

The past weekend, UConn Music alumna Hilarie Clark Moore hosted a “Horn Alumni Day”. They spent the day making music, performing horn quartets and sextets. Below are a few pictures, including one taken during the 1982-1983 academic year (Back: Bill Nemeth, Lois Mann, Hilarie Clark Moore, Karen Baird, Sue Johnston, and Sarah Horton; Front: Bill Shea, Kurt Scimone, Edgar Miller, and Doug Divis). What a great way to spend a weekend!

Richard Danielpour, Composer in Residence

This past weekend, UConn’s Department of Music hosted award-winning composer, Richard Danielpour. Danilepour, a faculty member of UCLA and the Curtis Institute of Music, kicked-off the weekend with a Five Things I Wish I Knew as a College Student seminar at convocation, followed by a piano masterclass on Friday night. On Saturday, composition students worked with him on their own pieces, followed by a symposium on his works. This Sunday, September 24th, Dr. Angelina Gadeliya gave a stunning recital at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts featuring the music of Danielpour, Bach, Liszt, and Beethoven. This recital also served as the premiere of Danielpour’s work, “The Four Elements”, commissioned by the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts Dean’s Grant, and Doucet and Stephen Fischer for Angelina Gadeliya.

Above: Richard Danielpour and Angelina Gadeliya
Below: Richard Danielpour works with UConn composers.



Singing Shakespeare at the Benton

UConn students will be singing Shakespeare this Friday at the Benton!  Highlights of the evening will include Collegium Musicum performing part of “Shakespeare’s Songbook” and “Spem in alium,” a 40-part vocal composition by Thomas Tallis.

Date:  Friday, September 23, 2016
Time:  8:00 pm
Location:  William Benton Museum of Art

For more information, visit the First Folio website or Kenneth Best’s article in UConn Today.

Brass and Percussion Day



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UCONN Brass and Percussion Day for Students and Teachers
Saturday, September 10th, 2016
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Department of Music – University of Connecticut-Storrs

Click here – Schedule

Featured Clinics for Students Include:

Preparing and Performing your CT All-State and Regional Audition Repertoire (instrument specific)
Warm-Up and Technique Master Classes (all participate)

Brass Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble Reading Sessions – for Students

Featured Clinics for Teachers Include:
Warm-Up and Technique Master Classes (all participate)

Informal Q& A with UCONN Faculty on Teaching and Performance Techniques

Featured Clinics and Performances for Participants Include:

Preparing your CT All-State and Regional Audition Repertoire (instrument specific)
Warm-Up and Technique Master Classes
Brass Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble Reading Sessions
UCONN Faculty Concert featuring the CT All-State Solos


russoMatthew Russo: UCONN Adjunct Faculty (Trombone) – Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, CT Freelance

mcewan_r2Robert McEwan: UCONN Adjunct Faculty (Percussion)


Also Featuring:

Robert Hoyle: UCONN Faculty (Horn) – Springfield Symphony and CT Freelance
James Jackson III: UCONN Faculty (Euphonium) – United States Coast Guard Band
Gary Sienkiewicz: UCONN Faculty (Tuba) – Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Jeffrey Renshaw: UCONN Faculty (Conducting) – UCONN Wind Ensemble
UCONN Percussion Ensemble & UCONN Brass Ensemble

Registration Fee: Free

Corporate Sponsors
Conn-Selmer (Bach)

UCONN Department of Music & School of Fine Arts

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For more information contact:

Matthew Russo (Brass)

Expect the Unexpected at ‘Roomful of Teeth’ Performance

Kenneth Best – UConn Communications

When the award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth performs in J. Louis von der Mehden Recital Hall on Feb. 10 at 8 p.m., it will be as unique an experience for the group as for the audience.

Roomful of Teeth is both a Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning group of classically-trained musicians who perform unconventional music. They will perform with UConn students in the Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony, completing a Sackler Artist-in-Residency that began last fall when the group met with music and art students on the Storrs campus.

“This is probably more involved than we’ve ever been at a single institution,” says Brad Wells, founder and artistic director of Roomful of Teeth, who is also director of the choral program at Williams College in Massachusetts. “Usually we work with composers or singers [on a campus]. To have this kind of rich, multifaceted, and multipart residency is very rare and exciting.”

In addition to meeting with students in Department of Music classes taught by Jamie Spillane ’87 MM, director of choral studies; Kenneth Fuchs, professor of music composition; and Jeffrey Renshaw, coordinator for conducting and ensembles; and with Harvey Felder, director of the Symphony Orchestra, the vocalists also met last fall with a painting class taught by Kathryn Myers, professor of painting, whose Aqua Media class this semester is creating paintings inspired by the music of Roomful of Teeth.

The student art will be on display in the Arena Gallery in the Art and Art History Department building behind von der Mehden on Feb. 10. The performance will also include a work written by a student in Fuchs’s music composition class.

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Hansel & Gretel Opera a Very Modern Fairy Tale

Staging a centuries-old Germany fairy tale about the journey of a brother and sister through the woods to a house made of candy inhabited by a fearsome witch, requires as much imagination from the performers on stage as it does from a 21st-century audience.

The UConn Opera Theater production of “Hansel & Gretel” on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. at Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts is a modern interpretation of the Brothers Grimm story that in recent years has been used as the basis for films such as the 2013 horror tale “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” and M. Night Shyamalan’s 2015 film “The Visit.”

“The Harry Potter films showed a generation that witches can look like they stepped out of a Renaissance fair, off a rugby field, or from behind an office desk,” says Michelle Hendrick, stage producer for the opera. “The pointy-hat, broom-riding, cackling crone is a Halloween costume and not the witch of this story. We wanted to make choices that were true to our place and time.”

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UConn String Bass Instructor, Gregg August, Receives Two Grammy Nominations

It has been a gratifying week for our string bass instructor, Gregg August. JD Allen’s record, on which he received a 4.5 star rating in DownBeat Magazine, and he received two Grammy nominations for his work with Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Congrats Gregg!

There is a terrific story behind the Arturo O’farrell album which appeared on NPR this summer: