CWUNews FeedNews Feed Percussion Ensemble to Perform Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, 13 May 2019 13:40:01<p>The Central Washington University Percussion Ensemble will perform Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians on May 28, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Jerilyn S. McIntyre Music Building.</p><p>Reich’s grammy-wining composition, Music for 18 Musicians, is a landmark composition that features intricate melodies, in-depth textures, and rich harmonies that cultivated his music for decades to come.</p><p>A performance of Music for 18 Musicians lasts approximately one hour and serves as a true endurance test for its performers.</p><p>“People need to see this concert,” said Mark Goodenberger, Director of Percussion Studies at CWU.&nbsp; “Reich created one of the masterpieces of the 20th century. Due to the work’s intense complexity, the demand on its performers, and the rarity of it being performed live, this is a special occasion, not to be missed!”</p><p>The ensemble for Music for 18 Musicians is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from the percussion ensemble, as well as faculty members and professional musicians in the community.</p><p>“It is a humbling experience performing with such a wide variety of musicians,” said Kylle Strunk, a graduate music student at CWU. “It’s a truly unique piece that not only provides extraordinary sonic depth for its audience, but gives students a chance to perform with professionals.”</p><p>The concert will also present the premiere of Strunk’s composition Echo, commissioned by graduating percussionist Bobby Odle. The composition features Odle as a marimba soloist, accompanied by a percussion sextet.</p><p>Admission to the concert is free.</p><p>The CWU Department of Music is committed to preparing students for careers in music, providing them with the skill to become knowledgeable and confident music educators, performers, and practitioners, enabling them to enrich the lives of the communities in which they live and serve.</p>CWU Kairos to Perform with Duane Funderburk, 30 Jan 2019 10:48:58<p>Kairos, string chamber ensemble-in-residence at Central Washington University, will present a concert on Monday, February 11 in the McIntyre Music Building Recital Hall at 8 p.m. Duane Funderburk, world renowned pianist from Southern California will join violinist Carrie Rehkopf Michel and cellist John Michel in presenting works by Bridge, Berofsky, Ravel, and an arrangement by Funderburk of the hymn ‘Let All Things Now Living’, based on the Welsh song ‘The Ash Grove’. Tango-inspired favorites by Piazzolla and Schoenfield will bring the concert to a fiery close. Admission is free.</p>CWU Music Presents Two Concerts to Raise Your Spirits this Halloween Season, 23 Oct 2018 15:48:44<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 475px; height: 316px;"></p><p>‘Tis the season of ghosts and goblins—and symphony orchestras and tubas! Once again, Central Washington University’s Department of Music will present the Halloween Concert and Octubaween, two concerts that celebrate moody and macabre music</p><p>The annual Halloween Symphony Concert—replete with performers and conductors in costumes—will be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 25, in the McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall. The musical program includes spine-chilling favorites such as the themes from <em>Indiana Jones</em>, <em>Star Wars</em>, and <em>Harry Potter</em>. Tickets for the concert are $14.00, and may be purchased at</p><p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 168px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;">Octubaween is a long-standing tradition that never fails to delight. The thunder roars when 14 tubas and euphoniums bellow the “Tuba Tiger Rag,” or travel south of the equator to visit locales such as “Brazil” or “Africa.” Octubaween will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, in the McIntyre Music Building Recital Hall.</p><p>Octubaween is free and open to the public.</p><p>Parking is free in CWU lots after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in specially designated spaces and residence hall lots.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br>Musica Antiqua Presents “Handel vs. Porpora on the London Stage”, 07 Sep 2018 11:19:22<p>The CWU Department of Music will present the first of this year’s Musica Antiqua concerts on Friday, September 21 at 7 PM. This hour long free program, to be held in the McIntyre Music Building Recital Hall, will focus on musical events in early 18th century London, specifically on the competition between composers G. F. Handel and Nicola Porpora. This was a time when Italian opera was the hot ticket in London, and Handel was the reigning composer, at least until an anti-Handelian clique established the "Opera of the Nobility" and hired the most famous Italian opera composer of the day, Nicola Porpora, to mount competing performances.</p><p>Handel's Ariodante opened on January 8, 1735 at Covent Garden, followed closely by Porpora's Polifemo, which opened Feb 1, 1735 at King's Theater. Then, as now, opera was a risky business and both companies closed within a year. But from these operas we have some extraordinary music that remains in contemporary concert repertory. In this program, you'll hear the signature arias from each of these operas: Handel's "Scherza infida" and Porpora's Alto Giove, with mezzo-soprano Melissa Schiel as soloist in both. Orchestral works on the program will show the unique elements of each composer's compositional style. Joining Ms. Schiel and director Margret Gries on stage will be performers from CWU music faculty, students and alumnae.</p>CWU Alumnus Wanz to Perform in "Porgy and Bess" with Seattle Opera, 10 Aug 2018 15:32:00<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">It was the breakout hit for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, but the hit song “Thrift Shop” featured the unique voice of Seattle resident Michael “Wanz” Wansley.</p><p>This weekend, his vocal talents will support a completely different company of singers: the Seattle Opera.</p><p>“Wanz” is part of the company for the opera’s production of “Porgy and Bess."</p><p>See more of this story on <a href="" target="_blank">KING-5 News</a>.</p>CWU Music Alumna Could be Next Miss Washington, 25 Jun 2018 15:18:38<p><img alt="" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 475px; height: 267px;"></p><p>Four years ago, Hannah Mowry didn't think she would step onto the Miss Tri-Cities stage.</p><p>The Hanford High School graduate and self-described band nerd didn't think the program had anything to offer her.</p><p>Three years, and one Miss Tri-Cities crown later, the 21-year-old music education grad takes to a bigger stage June 29-30 at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien in hopes of being crowned Miss Washington.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Tri-City Herald</a>.</p>Experience the Majesty of Vivaldi and Other Masters of the High Baroque April 20, 16 Apr 2018 07:50:52<p><img alt="" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 300px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;">Revel in the musical opulence of the high Baroque era with chamber musicians Byron Schenkman and Friends. The group, featuring renowned harpsichordist Schenkman, will present the chamber works of Vivaldi, Bresciannello, de Boismortier, and more.</p><p>Byron Schenkman and Friends will perform at 7:00 p.m. on April 20 in Central Washington University’s McIntyre Music Building Recital Hall. General admission is $12.00; for seniors, alumni, and CWU students with ID, tickets are $7.00. Tickets may be purchased at</p><p>Schenkman, with Joshua Romatowski, flute; Debra Nagy, oboe; Anna Marsh, bassoon; Ingrid Matthews, violin; and Nathan Whittaker, cello, will play a full program of unique baroque gems, including Vivaldi’s Sonata in D Major for flute, violin, and continuo; and Anna Bon’s Sonata in C Major for harpsichord. The concert ends with Vivaldi’s rousing Concerto in D Major (Il Gardellino), for flute, oboe, violin, bassoon, and continuo.</p><p>Byron Schenkman has recorded more than thirty CDs of 17th- and 18th-century repertoire, including recordings on historical instruments from the National Music Museum, Vermillion, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.</p><p>A recipient of the Erwin Bodky Award from the Cambridge Society for Early Music “for outstanding achievement in the field of early music,” he was voted “Best Classical Instrumentalist” by the readers of Seattle Weekly in 2006, and his piano playing has been described in The New York Times as “sparkling,” “elegant,” and “insightful.”</p><p>Photos<br>Bryon Schenkman, harpsichordist</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></br>CWU opera production breaks down barriers, 05 Apr 2018 15:23:16<p><img alt="" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 450px; height: 304px;"></p><p>For Central Washington University voice instructor Tor Blaisdell, this weekend’s series of one-act performances put on by CWU Opera have a very specific goal: busting myths.</p><p>Tor, along with his wife and associate professor of music Gayla Blaisdell, senior voice lecturer Mia Spencer and Adrienne Shields helped to put on this year’s program, which consists of a series of one-act operas, two of which are directed at children. The programs debut this weekend at Hertz Hall and three of the productions are sung in English, one in Spanish and none of them feature a big lady in a viking helmet.</p><p>“We’re all about busting opera myths,” Tor Blaisdell said. “Opera is for everyone.”</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Daily Record</a>.</p>CWU Alumna Elevates Jazz Classics in "The Pink Room", 23 Mar 2018 08:03:12<p><img alt="" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">Singing jazz wasn't vocalist Rondi Marsh's start into music, but she found it while performing and investigating her range as a singer. Her fourth studio recording, The Pink Room, shows she is in full command of the reins as a jazz singer.</p><p>Whether she is dipping in the pools of torchlight ambiences or festive romps, she shows an acute understanding of her craft. Displaying a finesse that only a seasoned artist could manage, she has found her niche. Comprised of 10 American Songbook standards and one original track, Marsh's release is a burst of refreshing interpretations on modern jazz.</p><p>Read more of this review in the <a href="">Seattle Post-Intelligencer</a>.</p><p>Friday, March 23, 2018</p><p>&nbsp;</p>CWU Professors Inducted into Washington Music Educators Hall of Fame, 01 Mar 2018 08:04:02<p>Citing their "exceptional support, inspiration and outstanding contributions" professors Jeffrey Snedeker and Leslie Schneider were inducted into the Washington Music Educators Hall of Fame. The Central Washington University professors received their awards at the at the opening of the state conference on February 15.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 267px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">Horn professor Jeffrey Snedeker has taught in the Music Department since 1991. During his time at CWU, he has taught horn, music history, and brass literature and pedagogy, among many other courses. He has also performed various faculty groups and directed the CWU Brass Choir and CWU Horn Ensemble. The CWUHE maintains an active outreach program for public schools, and has been an invited performing ensemble at numerous horn and music educator conferences, including international workshops of the International Horn Society.</p><p>Snedeker is a CWU Distinguished University Faculty for Service, and has served as associate chair of the Music Department, chair of CWU's Faculty Senate, and interim associate dean for the College of Arts and Humanities, as well as numerous department, college, and university committees.</p><p>He has received recognition for his teaching, scholarship, and service, including 2006 CWU Faculty Member of the Year, 2008 CWU Phi Kappa Phi Scholar of the Year, 2012 Washington Music Educators Association Higher Education Music Educator of the Year, 2014 Washington State Representative Timm Ormsby Faculty Citizenship Award, and the 2014 National Phi Kappa Phi Artist Award.</p><p>"This is a humbling and truly wonderful honor. WMEA is all about music education in the schools, so when university faculty are recognized, it not only a testament to the impact we at CWU have on music education, but also a singular personal career honor," Snedeker said. "I am proud to join the many CWU alumni and faculty already recognized in the Hall of Fame."<br><br><img alt="" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 303px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;">Music education adjunct professor Leslie Schneider also teaches music full-time at Valley View Elementary. She has worked in the Ellensburg School District for 22 years, and at CWU for five years.</p><p>Schneider received her BA and MA in Music Education from CWU. She was elected as a member of Pi Kappa Lambda in 1995. In 2002, her third-graders won a $10,000 contest from Oscar Mayer that helped stock her music room instruments, technology, and materials. She was named Ellensburg's Teacher of the Year in 2006. In 2012, she was selected as WMEA's Elementary Music Educator of the Year.&nbsp;Schneider served as Curriculum Officer East on the Washington State Music Educators Board from 2012-2016.&nbsp; For the past several years, she has worked with Quaver Music to give a free year of the Quaver Curriculum to CWU students in her general music methods classes.</p><p>At least one of her Valley View music students have been accepted into the Washington State Youth Honor Choir every year since its inception. And for the past several years, she has worked with Music Express Magazine and the Hal Leonard Company as a Star Teacher.</p><p>Her performance groups have been featured in MENC's World's Largest Concert twice, and once at the WMEA Yakima Conference. She worked with ESD 105's Artfusion project as a trainer for the state music CPBA's and has donated her music composition unit lessons to ESD 105 for their training sessions.</p><p>"I am extremely honored and excited to be a part of the Hall Of Fame. Many of the educators included have been mentors, friends and heroes of mine for a long time," Schneider said. "It has also been such a great blessing to have been educated, enriched, and nurtured by the strong and excellent music program at CWU. I have never questioned my ability to reach students through music because of the strong foundation and great educational experience I received at Central."</p><p><strong>WMEA Hall of Fame</strong><br>The Washington Music Educators Hall of Fame was established by the WMEA Board of Directors to give recognition for exceptional support, inspiration and outstanding contribution to the growth and development of music education, both public and private, in the state of Washington.</p><p>In June 2011 the WMEA Hall of Fame Wall of Recognition was dedicated in the Jerilyn S. Mcintyre Music Building at Central Washington University. The wall was funded by Ted Brown Music of Tacoma and supported with materials from Manhasset Specialty Company of Yakima.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br>