CWUNews FeedNews Feed"Ode to Joy" Peace Concert Celebrates Humanity at CWU May 25, 23 May 2016 15:10:33<p><img alt="" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; margin-left: 7px; margin-right: 7px; float: left;">An unconventional concert to celebrate all that is good in human hearts will be held at Central Washington University at 2:30 p.m. on May 25. Music department faculty, students and alumni will gather on the SURC lawn to perform Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and other anthems of peace and brotherhood.</p><p>“After witnessing some ugly racist behavior&nbsp; . . . that seems part of the general tenor of this campaign cycle this year, I wanted to shine a little light into our community,” said Denise Dillenbeck, CWU violin instructor and Yakima Symphony Concertmaster.</p><p>Nik Caoile, director of Orchestras, will be conducting, and he and Gary Weidenaar, director of choirs have used their orchestra and chamber choir rehearsal time to prepare for the concert. Weidenaar, Gayla and Tor Blaisdel, and Melissa Schiel will sing the solo parts. The Ellensburg Women’s Choir will also participate.</p><p>In addition to “Ode,” the blues/rock group Vincent Mark n Jay have signed up to perform songs in the same spirit.</p><p>“This is an event by and for the community,” said Dillenbeck. “We hope that this will bring people together in a spirit of hope and optimism.”</p><p>The Peace Concert is free and open to the public. The SURC lawn is located on the east side of the Student Union Recreation Center.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>Experience Bella Notte 2016 on May 7, 03 May 2016 09:31:58<p>Prepare for an evening of gustatory and auditory delights at Bella Notte 2016, featuring an Italian dinner, music and silent auction. The event, sponsored by Central Washington University’s student chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (SNATS) will begin at 6:00 p.m. on May 7 at Gallery One, 408 Pearl St. in Ellensburg.</p><p>There will be a fabulous Italian dinner catered by Yellow Church Cafe as well as a brilliant program of Italian song, performed by CWU student vocalists. Tickets are $30, and may be purchased online at (Tickets will not be sold at the door.)<br><br>The proceeds of the event will benefit the CWU vocal students pay for competition/travel fees for the annual NATS voice competition, support visiting clinicians and help fund the CWU Opera Ensemble.</p><p>May 3, 2016</p></br></br>The Beauty of Brass: NW Horn Symposium April 15-17 at CWU, 12 Apr 2016 07:57:08<p><img alt="" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin: 5px; float: right;">More than 100 French horn players from all over the Pacific Northwest will descend on Ellensburg April 15-17 for the 2016 Northwest Horn Symposium. Professional performers, teachers, university and high school students, and avid enthusiasts will enjoy concerts, master classes, and clinics featuring world-renowned guest artists of the French horn.</p><p>The general public will be able to enjoy the rich sound of the horn at four distinctly different concerts, at 7:00 p.m. April 15; 1:00 p.m., April 16; 7:00 p.m., April 16; and the Gala Concert at 3:00 p.m. April 17. All events will be held in the McIntyre Music Building; parking in CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in specially marked spaces and in residence hall lots.</p><p>In addition to these concert offerings, there will be a very special appearance by Adam Wolf and the Rock Horn Project, at 9:00 p.m. on April 16. The Rock Horn Project is a rock/classical/pop/jazz/metal fusion ensemble, using the horn as a solo instrument, with electric guitar and bass, drums, piano and string quartet.</p><p>Admission for each concert is $10 general admission, $7 for seniors/students. Admission to the Rock Horn Project on Saturday is free to ticket-holders of the 7:00 p.m. concert, or $5 general admission. Tickets may be purchased through Wildcat tickets,, or at the door. A schedule of events and more detailed descriptions of the concerts can be found at</p><p>The symposium features guest artists Gail Williams, professor at Northwestern University and a unique and gifted musician; Paul Basler, professor at the University of Florida and prolific composer for the horn; and Lowell Shaw, revered composer of music to generations of French horn players.</p><p>The symposium will cover everything from technique to technology and horns past, present, and future. For example, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, in “Talking to the Cows: The Life of an Alphorn Player,” musicians Cynthia Hutton and Mark Eliot Jacobs of Southern Oregon University, will take the audience on a journey from the pasture to the concert hall.</p><p>At 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, there will be a special performance that features a violin-horn duo with computer-realized surround-sound, by Ewa Trębacz, with Josiah Boothby on horn and Ewa Trębacz on violin. Boothby and Trębacz improvised several musical phrases, which were recorded in a full surround-sound technology called ambisonics. These materials were later used to create series of soundscapes. The live performance will create a dialog with those soundscapes.</p><p><br>Horn ensembles from CWU, Oregon State University and Utah Valley University will be performing as well.</p><p>For more information about this symposium and its events, contact symposium host and organizer Jeffrey Snedeker at 509-963-1226, or go to</p><p>Snedeker is the associate chair of the Music Department and professor of horn at Central Washington University. He has received recognition for his teaching, scholarship, and service, including 2012 Washington Music Educators Association Higher Education Music Educator of the Year, 2012 CWU Distinguished University Faculty for Service, and the 2014 National Phi Kappa Phi Artist Award.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>4/12/16</p></br></br>CWU Alumnus Enjoys Second Year as Cle Elum-Roslyn Music Director, 06 Apr 2016 07:42:39<p><img alt="" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 445px; height: 300px;"></p><p>Nick Maupoux is a man on a musical mission.</p><p>His quest? To share his love of music and his passion for performing it well with as many students as possible.</p><p>Maupoux, now in his second year as band and choir director at Cle Elum-Roslyn High School and Walter Strom Middle School, is succeeding, and there's good reason.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p><p>4/6/16</p>CWU Trombone Choir performs in the D.C. area, 04 Apr 2016 07:55:35<p><img alt="" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 444px; height: 250px;"></p><p>Twenty members of Central Washington University’s Trombone Choir traveled last month to Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va., to perform at the prestigious American Trombone Workshop.</p><p>The American Trombone Workshop is one of the largest annual events for trombone in the world, and draws performers and attendees from all over the country.</p><p>Central’s group performed a full length recital on March 9 at the workshop, held at Brucker Hall, the U.S. Army Band’s headquarters and performance center located on historic Fort Myer in Arlington.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p>CWU music student to compete on 'American Ninja Warrior', 21 Mar 2016 08:06:57<p><img alt="" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 449px; height: 300px;"></p><p>Central Washington University senior Lucas Simpson is going to compete in a challenging obstacle course that will test his strength, determination and training on the television show "American Ninja Warrior."</p><p>The action-packed series follows competitors from around the nation as they take on a series of challenging obstacle courses.</p><p>Simpson, 21, has seen every episode of the show, which is entering its eighth season in the U.S., and started training for it before he was a senior in high school.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p><p>3/16</p>“Firefighter’s Creed,” a Tribute to Men Lost in the Twisp Fire, Debuts in Seattle, 04 Mar 2016 14:43:51<p><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="//" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></p><p>A powerful musical tribute to the firefighters lost in the 2015 Twisp fire will debut in Seattle this Saturday. The Central Washington University Men’s Choir will perform <em>Firefighter’s Creed</em>, an original work by CWU professor of music and renowned composer Vijay Singh. Singh wrote it in honor of firefighters Tom Zbyszewki, Andrew Zajac, and Richard Wheeler who were killed near Twisp, Washington in August 2015.</p><p>The CWU Men’s Choir will perform <em>Firefighter’s Creed</em> on Saturday, March 5, at 10:30 a.m., at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle. The concert is part of the 2016 American Choral Directors Association Conference.</p><p>“I have written pieces on many subjects, but the idea that resonated most was the ongoing battle our firefighters fight every summer,” Singh said. “These heroes endure grueling conditions and often risk their lives to save our natural resources. I wanted to compose a piece that would honor and dignify these firefighters and their brother- and sister-hood.”&nbsp;<br><br>While the piece is emotionally moving to hear, the members of the Men’s Choir found it equally moving to perform. Many had members of their family or friends who were firefighters, and had been exposed to the devastation of wildfire in the region.</p><p>The 2015 wild fire season was the worst in Washington State history. More than one million acres were burned, and more than 3,000 firefighters were deployed. The Okanogan Fire Complex&nbsp; (which included Twisp) was the largest fire complex ever recorded in the state.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The 60-member Men’s Choir is one of the most dynamic performance groups at CWU and is open to any man who likes to sing, with no audition necessary. As with all CWU choirs, the Men’s Choir emphasizes building musicianship, learning about the voice, and furthering one’s individual skills.</span></p><p>As director of the CWU Men’s Choir, Peterson has more than the tripled number of singers since 2012. Peterson holds a DMA in conducting from the University of Washington and is past president of the Northwestern Division of ACDA. He teaches a choral literature techniques course in the CWU summer graduate offerings for the masters of music education degree. Peterson also currently conducts Canticus, a new chamber choir in the Yakima area.</p><p>Singh is an active performer, composer, teacher, conductor, and clinician.&nbsp; He has gained international attention for his eclectic musical compositions, performances, workshops, and conducting appearances. As a composer, he writes for both the classical choral and jazz idioms. His compositions (more than 170 currently in print) are widely available and he often writes on commission for some of North America’s finest ensembles. His “MASS with Orchestra” received its world premiere at Lincoln Center in New York City in 2011.</p><p><br><em>CWU’s Department of Music is one of the largest departments of music in Washington State. The department offers a wide variety of degrees including bachelor’s degrees in music performance, music education, composition, music and jazz.</em></p><p><em>Housed in the Jerilyn S. McIntyre Music Building, students are able to practice and perform in a world-class concert facility. The premiere 600-seat concert hall provides an unparalleled acoustical environment for musical performances. In addition, the 150-seat recital hall offers an intimate space for performances and rehearsals. The recital hall was built around a Coulter 22-rank pipe organ which graces the stage and is the visual focal point of the space.</em></p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></br></br></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></br>Wind Ensemble Concert to Be Shown Live on CWU TV, 01 Mar 2016 10:01:33<p>CWU’s renowned Wind Ensemble’s concert tonight, March 1, will be videostreamed live on the university’s new CWU-TV, at The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. Use the search feature to find the streaming video on the website.</p><p>The Central Washington University Wind Ensemble has gained the reputation as being one of the nation’s outstanding undergraduate wind ensembles, performing at state, regional, and national conferences.</p><p>The CWU Wind Ensemble performs contemporary and traditional literature, seeking a balance between transcriptions, marches and original wind ensemble compositions. The ensemble is frequently involved in new composition consortiums for wind band, including composers David Maslanka, Roger Cichy, Gregory Youtz, Thomas Sleeper, Shelley Hanson, David Gillingham, and Mark Camphouse.</p><p>March 1, 2016</p><p>&nbsp;</p>Faculty Horn Recital at CWU, 14 Jan 2016 10:01:46<p>On Wednesday, January 20, at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the McIntyre Music Building, CWU faculty member Jeffrey Snedeker will present a unique program of music titled “The Jazz-y Horn,” a celebration of the French horn in jazz-styled context.&nbsp; Snedeker will be joined by pianist Marilyn Wilbanks for three jazz-styled works by American composers Alec Wilder, Douglas Hill, and Paul Johnston, and then the CWU Little Big Band will present a Jazz Symphony by noted jazz hornist from the 1940s and 50s, John Graas.<br><br>The works for horn and piano will include Wilder’s stylish Sonata No. 3 from 1970, the world premiere of Hill’s Three Jazz Fantasies for Horn and Piano, and Johnston’s award-winning Mountain Sketches, which won the 2015 International Horn Society Composition Contest.&nbsp; Graas’s symphony was composed in the mid-1950s and exists in two versions, one for a nine-piece jazz band, and a second version for full symphony orchestra and jazz soloists.&nbsp; The version heard on January 20 will be the jazz band version, which has only recently been re-constructed by Snedeker—as a result, this may be the first live performance of the entire piece in over 60 years.&nbsp; Members of the CWU Little Big Band for this concert include student, faculty, and alums: CWU alum Frank Seeberger, faculty John Harbaugh, John Neurohr, Adam Pelandini (also a CWU alum), Clem Ehoff, and students Drew Baddeley, Austin Hass, Kandin Neri, and Conor Jonson.<br><br>The French horn has a surprising heritage in the field of jazz, even though it is over-shadowed by others.&nbsp; This recital will provide some interesting perspectives on the horn’s capabilities.&nbsp; And if you like jazz, it will be FUN!!!!<br><br>For more information about this free recital, contact Jeffrey Snedeker at or 963-1226.</p></br></br></br></br></br></br>Maria Newman comes to Central Washington University in January of 2016, 31 Dec 2015 08:52:51<p>On January 7, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the McIntyre Music Building Recital Hall CWU presents Dynamic Duos: Music of Maria Newman. A free concert featuring the music faculty of Central Washington University and Maria Newman.<br>American composer and violinist, Maria Newman, was born in 1962 into one of the most famous and influential musical families in Hollywood. The youngest daughter of nine-time Academy Award-winning film composer, Alfred Newman (1900-1970), who was also the celebrated conductor of the original Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Maria Newman has been highly honored as a concert composer in her own right, continuing to garner recognition from performers, audiences and critics alike. NPR’s Jim Svejda hails Newman as, “…hugely musical, bewitching, charming…one of the most distinguished composers of her generation.”</p><p>Maria Newman has been a Featured Composer and Composer-in-Residence at major International Music Festivals including the Des Moines (WOW) Wonder of Words Festival (2012), the Brevard Center for the Arts (2004), Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival (1995-2004), Songfest (2003 &amp; 2004), the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society (1995 &amp; 2006), the Kairos Festival and Lyceum (2005-2007), the Azusa Pacific Grand Orchestra Festival (2000), the Malibu Coast Music Festival (2005-2011), the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival (2000-2003), the Dorian Festival at Luther College (2003-present), the Old Pasadena Film Festival (2009 &amp; 2010), the Malibu Film Society (2009 &amp; 2010), Sundays Live at LACMA, the Malibu Celebration of Film Festival (2003), Rancho Camulos Ramona Days Festival (2010 &amp; 2011), Cinecon Festival Hollywood (2000), and Chamber Music Unbound (2009 &amp; 2010). She has served as long term Composer-in-Residence with the Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra (2005-present), the Sierra Symphony Chamber Orchestra (2004-2012), the Malibu Coast Children's Choir (2007-present), the Malibu Coast Chamber Ballet (2007-present), the Icicle Creek Festival Orchestra (2000-04) and the Omaha Conservatory Festival Orchestra at the University of Nebraska and Creighton University (2009-2013).</p></br>