CWUNews FeedNews Feed Farrell Fine Arts And Research Scholarship, 24 Oct 2014 11:18:13<p>This scholarship is available to Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students at Central Washington University who are pursuing a fine arts project in Art, Music, Theater, or Creative Writing, or who are pursuing a research project pertaining to the History, Geology, Archeology of Kittitas Valley. This scholarship provides one year of in-state tuition, $200 book allowance, and project costs. Please see their website for more information.</p><p><a href="/music/sites/">C. Farrell Fine Arts and Research Scholarship</a></p><p>This scholarship is not distributed by the Department of Music.&nbsp; Please see the website for deadlines, requirements, and eligibility.&nbsp;</p><p><br><a href="/music/sites/ Description Guidelines and Application (2).doc"><img alt="Musician Scholarship" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 345px;"></a></p>Guest Pianist to Perform at CWU, 20 Oct 2014 12:55:28<p>Pianist, Ning An will give a guest piano recital on October 22, at 7 p.m. in the McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall.&nbsp; A world renowned pianist, Ning An will perform a demanding program of works by Beethoven, Berg, Rachmaninoff and Chopin.&nbsp; His New York recital was praised in the New York Concert review for “the almost sculpted clarity of his playing, and his ability to maintain balance and tension in large-scale dramatic forms.” The event is free and open to the public.</p>CWU Musicians Help Raise Money for Charity, 26 Aug 2014 16:31:59<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 480px; height: 278px; margin: 5px;"></p><p>Concertgoers donated money to support hungry children and to fund music education at two benefit performances in Seattle over the weekend that featured musicians from Central Washington University.</p><p>More than $1,000 was raised at the first ever <em>Seattle Sings for Hunger</em> concert in which CWU’s director of orchestras Nikolas Caoile conducted a performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, “The Choral.”</p><p>The concert was in partnership with the Northwest Mahler Festival and Northwest Harvest. The money will pay for more than 4,000 meals for hungry children in the Seattle area through the Kid Friendly Meals Program.</p><p>CWU voice professor Melissa Schiel performed as the alto soloist and CWU alumna Eleanor Stallcop-Horrox was the soprano soloist. Many CWU alumni were part of the orchestra and choir. The event was Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church of Seattle, and organizers plan to make it a yearly concert.</p><p>CWU musicians also performed at <em>Get Back</em>, a sold-out tribute concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles in Seattle. CWU's professor of music education Bret Smith conducted the Synergia Northwest Orchestra which featured CWU music professors Curtis Peacock, tuba; John Michel, cello; Carrie Rehkopf, violin; Tim Betts, viola; Gayla Blaisdell, voice and opera; and Tor Blaisdell, voice. Several CWU students and alumni also performed in the orchestra Saturday at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall.</p><p>Funds raised at the concert will support Northwest Choirs, Seattle Music Partners, Washington Music Educators Association, Music Matters through Music Aid Northwest, the Vera Project, the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Music Works Northwest.</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.4;">Photo:</strong><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Musicians from CWU helped raise money at </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">Seattle Sings for Hunger</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Back row: </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> alumni Ryan Harris, Josh </span>Gianola<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, Aaron </span>Julyan<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, and Bruce Walker; </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> professor of voice Melissa </span>Schiel<span style="line-height: 1.4;">; graduate student Sam Booth; and alumnus </span>Dannel<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Fischer. Front row: </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> alumnus and grad student James Pham; alumna Sara Carroll; </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> director of orchestras </span>Nikolas<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> </span>Caoile<span style="line-height: 1.4;">; and alumna Kelsey </span>Jobst<span style="line-height: 1.4;">. (Haley Holmes Photography)</span></p><p><em>August 26, 2014</em></p>Cellist, Alumnus Alex Abrams and band to release album, 31 Jul 2014 12:24:32<p><img alt="" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 229px; height: 320px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Alex's story is one of contribution. He has taken his time, energy and talent and used them to share his music with us all. He took his diploma from Blaine High School in 2005, after contributing to the school’s wind ensemble for four years.</span></p><p>After graduating from Whitman College with a degree in cello performance, he obtained a masters in music from Central</p><p>Washington University (CWU), where he performed as principle cellist in the CWU Orchestra and chamber orchestra. He has played with the Walla Walla Symphony, Mid-Columbia Symphony and Newport Symphony.</p><p>Alex’s present activities show his true range as a musician. He gives private cello lessons at the John G. Shedd Institute of the Arts and at the same time is a member of the post-rock band This Patch of Sky, which will release an album on iTunes and on vinyl sometime in August.</p><p>Read more of this story in <a href="">The Northern Light</a>.</p><p>Story by Kitty King</p>String Theory: Kairos Quartet Lyceum Begins July 10, 08 Jul 2014 07:45:03<p><img alt="" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 480px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Once again, the Central Washington University campus will be filled with the sounds of 101 strings—and more—as music students from all over the Pacific Northwest attend the annual Kairos Lyceum. The Lyceum is a ten-day, residential, chamber music institute for dedicated high school and college-aged string players and pianists. The Lyceum begins on July 10.</p><p>Hosted by the Kairos String Quartet—renowned for their exciting performances and commitment to education—the Lyceum has provided an intimate and inspirational chamber music experience to students from the Pacific Northwest and beyond for a decade. The Kairos Quartet and visiting guest artists will mentor five chamber ensembles with students from Washington, Oregon, Montana and California as they engage with challenging and rewarding masterworks of the string quartet repertoire.</p><p><strong>Free Concerts July 12, 16, 18, 19</strong><br>Kairos Lyceum faculty and students will present four free concerts in conjunction with Lyceum. The Lodge at Suncadia will host two concerts at 7:00 p.m. on July 12 and 18. The July 12 program will feature selected “greatest hits” movements from the chamber music repertoire including works by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Prokofiev, performed by the Kairos Quartet with guest pianist and Lyceum faculty member, Peter Longworth of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. The July 18 concert will feature the Kairos Lyceum Chamber Orchestra, directed by Nikolas Caoile, performing Barber's haunting “Adagio for Strings” and selections by Vaughn Williams and Tchaikovsky. The concert will close with a performance of Robert Schumann's monumental Quartet for Piano and Strings.</p><p>The Lyceum student chamber ensembles will present concerts at noon on July 16 at the Hal Holmes Center, and at 2:00 p.m. on July 19, at the CWU Recital Hall. The young artists, under the mentorship of the Kairos Quartet, will interpret and perform works by Schubert, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Brahms and Boccherini.</p><p><strong>About the Kairos Quartet</strong></p><p><strong><img alt="" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 488px; height: 320px;"></strong><br>Comprised of violinists Carrie Rehkopf and Denise Dillenbeck, violist Tim Betts, and cellist John Michel, the Kairos String Quartet is recognized as one of the premier chamber ensembles in the Pacific Northwest. The quartet holds an endowed residency at Central Washington University where all four members also teach. The ensemble maintains a busy schedule, regularly touring and performing throughout the region and making national/international appearances. The quartet is well known for its commitment to education and community service, conducting clinics and making dozens of appearances at schools, youth symphonies, community centers, retirement communities, and institutions of higher education each year. “Kairos” is the Greek word for non-chronological time: those special moments experienced by children at play, reunited friends, or artists absorbed in their work. The Quartet hopes to create many such moments.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>Father-son Clarinet Duo Share the Stage, 11 Jun 2014 15:06:22<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Joseph and Jeff Brooks" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 480px; height: 323px; margin: 5px;"></p><p>By MICHAEL GALLAGHER, Daily Record</p><p>Sons have been known to follow in their father’s footsteps, but Joseph Brooks will be the first to tell you he may now be the one a step behind.</p><p>“It’s a son-father act,” Brooks said.</p><p>Brooks, a Central Washington University clarinet professor, performed Sunday with his son, Jeff, also a clarinetist, with the Central Washington University Orchestra.</p><p>Jeff, an Ellensburg High School and Central Washington University graduate, is finishing up his doctorate degree at Florida State University.</p><p>Read <a href="" target="_blank">more about the musical pair</a>, and their long professional and personal relationship, in the Daily Record.</p><p><em><strong>PHOTO: </strong>Joseph Brooks and his son Jeff perform an impromptu clarinet concert in the rotunda of Central Washington University’s music building. (Brian Myrick / Daily Record)</em></p><p>June 11, 2014</p>High School Choirs Join CWU Singers for Performance of Vijay Singh Compositions, 19 May 2014 13:51:39<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="CWU Chamber Choir" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 470px; height: 311px; margin: 5px;"></p><p>Four Central Washington University choirs and two of Washington state’s finest high school choirs will sing the musical compositions of Vijay Singh, an acclaimed composer and professor at CWU.&nbsp;</p><p>Guest choirs from Walla Walla High School and Union High School in Camas are joining CWU choirs for a free concert 7 p.m. Friday, May 30 in CWU’s McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall. The six-choir company is made up of eight conductors and 250 singers.</p><p><img alt="Vijay Singh" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 150px; height: 225px; margin: 5px; float: right;">Singh’s compositions are performed the world over. He recently received his 13th American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) award and is rapidly gaining international attention. Singh’s “MASS with Orchestra” had its world premiere at New York City’s Lincoln Center in 2011.</p><p>“Vijay is a prolific composer,” says Dr. Gary Weidenaar, a CWU music associate professor and director of choral studies. “With over 200 compositions for choir, he has a very&nbsp;wide range of subject, style, and difficulty, always finely crafted and some as challenging as anything a choir can tackle.”</p><p>Weidenaar adds the school is proud and pleased to present the high school choirs—some of Washington state’s finest—singing Singh compositions. The CWU choirs will be singing West Coast premiers, such as <em>Oft Have I Vowed; Adonai </em>(in Hebrew); and <em>Lord’s Prayer </em>(influenced by Messian’s <em>O Sacrum Convivium</em>). The complete 29-piece repertoire can be found on Facebook at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p><strong>CONTACT: </strong>Gary Weidenaar | 509-963-1616 | <a href=""></a></p><p>May 19, 2014</p>CWU’s Grand Production of Les Misérables Premiers May 9, 06 May 2014 13:58:56<p><img alt="" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 256px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Epic and inspiring, Les Misérables has thrilled audiences all over the world. One of the most popular musical productions in the world, Les Misérables will be performed by Central Washington University’s Central Theatre Ensemble, accompanied by the CWU Orchestra, beginning May 9.</p><p>The classic story of human frailty and triumph, set against the background of the political upheaval of 19th century France will be brought to life by CWU’s David Brown, musical director and conductor; Terri Brown, stage director, and Anneliese Childress, choreographer. A 40-plus-member cast and crew features Ellensburg brothers Ben Sasnett as Jean Valjean and Joseph Sasnett as Javert, and includes an irresistible cadre of child actors from local elementary schools.</p><p>“This is one of our most ambitious productions,” said Scott Robinson, theatre arts chair and professor. “Our students have really pushed their personal and professional boundaries to create an exceptional work of theatre.”</p><p>A short video of a Les Miserables rehearsal can be viewed at</p><p>The show will also feature a 140-pound Vietnamese potbelly pig. Princess Buttercup is a Vietnamese potbellied pig who is the Sasnett family pet. Although there isn’t a real pig in the original story, Princess Buttercup will be used to underscore the unseemly traits of one of the characters.</p><p>Tickets are $15-$20 for general admission, $12-$18 for seniors and students without ID, and $7 for CWU and EHS students with ID. Special dinner and show packages are also available through production partner Dakota Café.&nbsp; Tickets are available at, the CWU Welcome Center or at the Wildcat Shop. The musical will run May 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17 at 7:30 p.m., and May 11 and 18 at 2:00 p.m. at the McConnell Auditorium.</p><p>Les Miserable is made possible by a generous contribution from Knudson Lumber of Ellensburg, Washington and support from</p><p>The group photo of Les Miserables cast is courtesy of Scott Robinson.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>Bella Notte Promises an Evening of Italian Delights, 30 Apr 2014 08:13:27<p>Prepare for an evening of gustatory and auditory delights at Bella Notte, featuring an Italian dinner theatre and silent auction. The event, sponsored by Central Washington University’s student chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) will begin at 7:00 p.m. on May 3 at Gallery One, 408 Pearl St. in Ellensburg. There will be a fabulous Italian feast catered by Wineworks, as well as a brilliant program of Italian song, performed by CWU student vocalists. Tickets are $30, and may be purchased online at</p><p>The many musical selections include Puccini’s “Quando men vo” from La Boheme, sung by Brittany Stahley; Mozart’s “Come scoglio” from Cosi fan Tutte, sung by Alix Deenin; and Rossini’s “Ai capricci della sorte,” from L’Italiana in Algeri, performed by Christian Reed and Marija Bosnar.</p><p>The proceeds of the event will help CWU vocal students pay for competition/travel fees for the annual NATS auditions. This year, the club will also donate funds to the CWU Opera Ensemble for their spring production.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>Jeffrey Snedeker Named National Phi Kappa Phi Artist, 28 Apr 2014 12:02:58<p><img alt="Jeffrey Snedeker" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 150px; height: 225px; margin: 5px; float: right;">Jeffrey Snedeker, professor of music at Central Washington University, has been selected as the 2014-2016 Phi Kappa Phi Artist by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The award is in recognition of his accomplishments as a musician, professor, and campus leader.</p><p>“Dr. Snedeker has had a sustained career as one of the foremost proponents of the historical importance of the natural horn. His extensive range of performances, compact discs, journal articles and presentations at international conferences have garnered widespread accolades throughout his impressive career,” said Dr. David Northington, chair of the Phi Kappa Phi Artist selection committee.</p><p>Snedeker has been a performing artist and scholar for more than 25 years. He’s played concertos, recitals, and natural horn and jazz performances throughout the world. He has released two critically acclaimed solo recordings featuring the horn in a jazz setting and two solo recordings of the natural horn.</p><p>Snedeker has received numerous performance and teaching awards; most notably, first place in the Natural Horn Division of the 1991 American Horn Competition. He also holds the 2012 Washington Music Educators Association Higher Education Educator of the Year and the 2014 Washington State Ormsby Award for Faculty Citizenship.</p><p>Since 1991 Snedeker has been at CWU where he teaches horn, music history, and brass literature and pedagogy. He was the 2012 CWU Distinguished University Professor for Service, and the 2008 CWU Phi Kappa Phi Scholar of the Year.</p><p>“What the artist award represents to me is a wonderful acknowledgement of day-to-day work and taking risks. It’s really nice to get a pat on the back,” said Snedeker, whose decision to pursue a career in music came later than many musicians.</p><p>“I wanted to be a baseball player,” Snedeker said. “Basically, when the obvious shortcomings on my part finally ran their course, I was looking for something that would sort of resemble that. And the act of practicing music, making music, has an athletic approach to it.”</p><p>Playing an instrument and performing took the place of his athletic ambitions. Sports have an artistic aspect, says Snedeker, who sees music as a worthy alternative to baseball.</p><p>“I don’t have rotator cuff problems and knee problems and I still play every day,” he said with a laugh.</p><p>First presented in 1983, the Phi Kappa Phi Artist Award recognizes the achievements of those who, in addition to their outstanding scholarship, have displayed talents in the broad realm of the arts—creative, graphic, performing, visual, and fine arts, according to a Phi Kappa Phi news release. The award is given once every two years. Recipients receive a $1,000 honorarium, a life membership, and a trip to the society’s biennial convention on August 9 in St. Louis, MO, where the award officially will be presented.</p><p>Snedeker is the first person from CWU to be awarded the national Phi Kappa Phi Artist Award.</p><p>“I still have much to learn, and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead,” Snedeker said. “I pride myself on my versatility, but as much as I want people to appreciate the wide range of possibilities of the horn, I also know that any musical instrument is limited first by the performer, and I embrace my responsibility in pursuit of my goals.”</p><p>For more information on Phi Kappa Phi, call 800-804-9880 or visit</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,</p><p>April 28, 2014</p>