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UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
Submitted: April 1, 2011     Name:John GeigerHometown: Department: Music
News:John Geiger, French Horn performer in the music department won the following awards: Barry Tuckwell Scholarship-- $500 prize to attend any masterclass or workshop in the world-- he will use it to attend Marrowstone (if accepted there)-- he presented a CD of contrasting pieces and a written application with essay and recommendations. This is very prestigious, despite the relatively small amount. He also received the Paul Mansur Memorial Scholarship-- essay contest that entitles him to a free lesson with any Featured Artist at the symposium. He will have a lesson with Rick Todd of the LA film studios (now at U Miami). John is one of five finalists for the IHS Premier Solo Contest. He will perform/compete for the grand prize at the symposium, which is $1500 plus other benefits.
Submitted: February 2, 2011     Name:Daniel SchreinerHometown: Department: Music
News:Sophomore Music Education major Daniel Schreiner won the OPUS 7 Young Composer Contest sponsored by the Seattle based professional choir OPUS 7. Daniel studies choral composition/arranging and voice with faculty member Vijay Singh, and performs in the select Chamber Choir and Vocal Jazz 1 at CWU. Daniel's composition, titled "Cain", for a cappella voices was deemed as the first place winning composition of all entries submitted. Daniel's piece will be premiered at OPUS 7's "Northwest Composers" concert in late February. It should be noted that CWU students have won this award 3 times in the past four years (past CWU winners included Matt Woodard and Mark Weidenaar).
Submitted: January 20, 2011     Name:Daniel SchreinerHometown: Auburn, WADepartment: Music
News:Sophomore Music Education major Daniel Schreiner won the Opus 7 Student Composition Contest sponsored by Opus 7 (professional choir in Seattle area). Daniel's composition, "Cain", was selected as the winning piece from all submissions. Opus 7 will premiere "Cain" as part of their upcoming "Northwest Composers" concert in February 2011. Daniel studies voice and choral composition/arranging with Professor Vijay Singh, and is the third CWU student to win this award in the past four years.
Submitted: January 14, 2011     Name:Daniel SchreinerHometown: AuburnDepartment: Music
News:Daniel's composition "Cain" won the Opus 7 Student Choral Composition Contest sponsored by the Seattle professional choir Opus 7. The work will be performed at the Opus 7 Northwest Composers Concert February 26, 2011 in Seattle, WA. It is noteworthy to observe that Daniel is the third CWU student choral composer to win this contest in the past 4 years.....current CWU students Mark Weidenaar and Matt Woodard (also a Professor Singh student) also won this award recently.
Submitted: 11-24-2009     Name:Ben LundgrenHometown: Department: Music
News:Ben Lundgren, freshman, won first place in his division at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) regional competition in Spokane, WA nov. 14. 2009. Ben, a baritone and cellist, studies voice with Professor Vijay Singh and sings in University Chorale and plays in the CWU Orchestra. Ben won a cash award and aspires to be a professional musician.
Submitted: 11-24-2009     Name:Sasha RawlinsonHometown: Department: Music
News:Sasha Rawlinson, sophomore, won first place in her division at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) regional competition held in Spokane, WA Nov. 14, 2009. Sasha, a soprano vocalist, studies voice with Professor Vijay Singh and sings in the University Chorale, Chamber Choir, and Vocal Jazz 1. She won a cash award and aspires to be a professional singer. Sasha is the daughter of CWU faculty member and IT professor (and local rock star) Dave Rawlinson.
Submitted: 05-13-2009     Name:Hal OttHometown: Department: Music
News:Four flute students of Hal Ott competed in the Northwest Musicfest in Spokane. Holly Sayer received the silver medal for her second place finish, and Emi Ogawa won the gold medal and will perform the Reinecke Flute Concerto with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday, May 13 at the Fox Theater.
Submitted: 12-21-2006     Name:Mark BabbittHometown: Department: Music
News:On Novemebr 2, 2006 the CWU Trombone Choir (made up of 20 undergraduate students from the music department) performed at the Seasons in Yakima for the Yakima Music Club. The trombone is directed by assistant professor of trombone, Dr. Mark Babbitt.
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GRADUATE STUDENTS
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FACULTY MEMBER
Submitted: September 30, 2011     Name:Bret SmithHometown: Department: Music
News:Bret Smith, Associate Professor of Music, contributed a chapter entitled "Motivation to Learn Music: A Discussion of Some Key Elements" to the MENC Handbook of Research on Music Learning, published fall 2011 by Oxford University Press.
Submitted: May 3, 2011     Name:Vijay SinghHometown: Department: Music
News:Vijay Singh, Music, adjudicated concert choirs and jazz choirs at the Columbia Basin College Jazz Unlimited Festival April 22-23, 2011 in Pasco, WA. The 2 day event draws choirs from across the Northwest and features adjudications and clinics for all participants. CWU Music faculty members Chris Bruya, Mark Lane, and Larry Gookin also adjudicated at the CBC Jazz Unlimited Festival for Wind and Jazz Bands April 15-16, 2011.
Submitted: May 3, 2011     Name:Vijay SinghHometown: Department: Music
News:Vijay Singh, Music, premiered his new composition "Possum Gonna Play" with the combined McLoughlin Middle School and Enterprise Treble Choirs in Richland, WA April 15, 2011 at Hanford High School. The piece was commissioned through the third annual Commission Premiere Project which supports the commission of a new musical work composed specifically for middle school treble choirs in the Tri-Cities area. Singh was the featured composer and guest conducted the choirs as part of the day-long educational outreach program.
Submitted: April 1, 2011     Name:Vijay SinghHometown: Department: Music
News:Vijay Singh, MUSIC, conducted CWU's premiere jazz vocal ensemble Vocal Jazz 1 at the national American Choral Director's Association conference in Chicago, IL MArch 11, 2011. The group was one of only three university vocal ensembles in the country selected to perform at the conference (selected through "blind auditions" from over 600 submissions) and performed an entire program of vocal jazz arranged exclusively by CWU alumns, directors, and current students. The group received an instant standing ovation and thunderous applause from the 2000+ audience attendees and were one of the "buzz groups" of the entire conference. CWU students described their performance as "the best gig of my life!".
Submitted: April 1, 2011     Name:Bret SmithHometown: Department: Music
News:Bret Smith, Associate Professor of Music, recently participated in the String Project Consortium sessions at the national conference of the American String Teachers Association in Kansas City, where he presented model program information from the CWU Preparatory String Program, as well as contribute to the Editorial Board of the String Research Journal. He will present a research paper at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association summarizing findings relating to access and equity in the availability of arts instruction at the middle level in the era of No Child Left Behind.
Submitted: February 2, 2011     Name:Vijay SinghHometown: Department: Music
News:Professor Vijay Singh, MUSIC, performed as guest artist and adjudicator at the 38th annual University of Mary Jazz Festival is Bismarck, ND January 27-29, 2011. Other guest artists included CWU alum Michelle Weir, current Dave Matthews Band/Bela Fleck & the Flecktones reed player Jeff Coffin, and Yugoslavian piano phenom Vladan Milenkovic.
Submitted: January 17, 2011     Name:Vijay SinghHometown: Department: Music
News:Professor Vijay Singh, Music, will be a featured guest artist at the University of Mary Jazz Festival in Bismarck, ND January 27-29. Singh will perform with the guest artist combos and the University of Mary Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Over 50 high school bands and choirs will attend and perform for adjudication.
Submitted: 10-27-2010     Name:Vijay SinghHometown: Department: Music
News:Vijay Singh, MUSIC, guest conducted the North Central Honors Choir in Cashmere, WA Oct. 26th as part of the North Central Honors Music Concert. The 100 voice choir was comprised of students from 10 North Central WA high schools.
Submitted: 07-13-2010     Name:Vijay SinghHometown: Department: Music
News:Professor Vijay Singh, Music, has been nominated by the Washington chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) as "Washington's Outstanding Choral Director"; the new award, which will continue annually, was established to recognize top contributors to choral music in the state of Washington based on their continued record of excellence, high artistic standards, conducting, success of performance ensembles, and other contributions to the choral art and music education.
Submitted: 05-18-2010     Name:Bret SmithHometown: Department: Music
News:Bret Smith served as orchestra director, co-producer, and music arranger for Synergia Northwest 2010, a benefit concert at the Temple Theater in Tacoma May 15, 2010. The concert brought together prominent Northwest rock, contemporary, classical, and Native musicians to raise funds and awareness for youth music education. A highlight of the evening was the reunion after 30 years of the founding members of Heart, a Northwest band, as well as sets by Tracy Bonham, Geoffrey Castle, and Alan White of Yes. The orchestra was conducted by CWU's Dr. Nikolas Caoile; faculty Timothy Betts, Heather Netz, Curtis Peacock, student Lyndi Suydam, and alums David Drassal, Jeffrey Chapman, Bryce Van Parys, Chandra Rampersad, David Blink, and Steve O'Connell performed in the orchestra.
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