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CWU Music Professors To Teach in China

Esteemed vocalist Gayla Blaisdell and musicologist Mark Samples, Central Washington University music professors, have each been accepted to teach two-week intensive courses beginning September 1 at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) in Nanjing, China.

"I am going to teach a two-week intensive seminar which will cover English Diction for Singers, and include an introduction to American and British Song Literature. It will also include a significant amount of individual musical coaching with the 18 singers in the class," enthused Blaisdell, professor and vocal area coordinator. "My course is a specialized course for vocalists and a professor from the NUAA Music Department, Professor Zhang, has helped to make the arrangements and prepare her students to work with me."

"I'm teaching Music in World Cultures," commented Samples, professor of musicology [musicology is the scholarly analysis and research-based study of music]. "It is a general education course in English, where students will learn about music from the US, Sub-Saharan Africa, Indonesia, and Eastern Europe. Students will also have an opportunity to investigate the music in their own lives and culture through ethnomusicological research."

Blaisdell has been on the CWU music faculty since 2008. She has a vibrant studio of aspiring singers and directs the nationally award-winning CWU Opera Ensemble. Blaisdell holds a PhD in Vocal Performance from New York University where she was a member of the NYU Adjunct Voice Faculty for seven years. She also trained at the Steans Institute at Ravinia, Tanglewood, Opera North, the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Italy, and Dorian Opera Theater.

Musicologist Mark C. Samples received his PhD in musicology from the University of Oregon, where he earned the University Outstanding Scholar in Music award in 2011. He is currently researching the role of commercialism in music after 1800, from Jenny Lind to Joan Baez, Tom Waits and Sufjan Stevens. Samples is also the co-founder and writer for the popular musicology blog, The Taruskin Challenge,

NUAA is one of China’s premier learning and research institutions offering courses taught in English. As one of the top 250 universities in the world, it is attracting increasing numbers of international students, and offers 46 undergraduate programs, 127 master programs and 52 doctoral programs.

Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,

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