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Tuesday, June 7, 2011
By UST Music 

Denis Allaire served as an adjudicator for the 2011 University of Pennsylvania Jazz Festival in Mansfield, Penn. He also continues performing with Voice Trek, a Minnesota-based vocal jazz ensemble.

Dr. Paul Budde presented "Spectrographic Images and Audio Recordings as Teaching Tools" at the College Music Society National Conference in conjunction with the Association for Technology in Music Instruction, held in September in Minneapolis.  In addition, he presented two sessions, "An Analysis of Methodologies for Teaching Middle School Band Students to Articulate" and "Practice Room Grooves," in March at the Tubonium workshop in St. Peter, Minn. Additionally, Budde finished his Ph.D. in music education in June at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Vanessa Cornett-Murtada is the author of three chapters in the book Creative Piano Teaching, fourth edition, ed. Lyke et. al. (Stipes 2011). The chapters are “Performance Anxiety Management,” “A Short History of Piano Pedagogy in the United States” and “The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.” Creative Piano Teaching has been one of the most popular and respected piano pedagogy textbooks for more than 30 years.

Dr. Cornett-Murtada and Dr. Roxanne Prichard (Department of Psychology) are co-authors of a paper, “Music and the Mind: A New Interdisciplinary Course on the Science of Musical Experience,” published in the spring 2011 issue of the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education.

Dr. Bruce Gleason was one of six historians invited to speak at the Minnesota Civil War Symposium: America Marching to Civil War in 1861, held April 16 at Fort Snelling. The symposium commemorated the war’s 150th anniversary. Dr. Gleason’s presentation, “Civil War Cavalry Music,” addressed music within cavalry units throughout the war and, specifically, that of the Minnesota 2nd Cavalry.

David Jenkins performed organ works of Reger in a live concert at St. Mary’s Chapel aired on MPR on March 19. The concert, titled “Before Bach’s Birthday Bash 2011” was hosted by Michael Barone of Pipedreams, a nationally syndicated radio program produced by American Public Radio featuring music for the pipe organ. The live concert included local organists, along with instrumentalists from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Bach Society of Minnesota, and pianists from the University of Minnesota. The concert was the first in a series of concerts that day held in St. Paul churches and featuring the music of Bach and his 19th-century disciple Max Reger, whose birthday is March 19. The series was co-sponsored by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the Bach Society of Minnesota.

Dr. Shersten Johnson presented a paper, “Sound Gags: Mozart, Mirth, and Metaphor,” in September at the national conference of the College Music Society in Minneapolis. She will also present a paper based on sabbatical research on the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series titled “When Offstage Becomes Onscreen: Contested Spaces in the Met’s Simulcasts” at the Music and the Moving Image conference in May.

Dr. Douglas Orzolek published a peer-reviewed research article titled “An Exploration of a Means to Increase Performers Awareness of the Intonation Tendencies of Their Individual Wind Instruments” that has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. He also published an article titled "Keeping Tabs on the World of Education" in the December 2010 issue of The Instrumentalist. Recently, he has been working on a book related to curriculum development in music education and he has submitted an autoenthography about being a teacher educator for peer-review and publication. Dr. Orzolek was the guest conductor for the 2011 Mississippi 8 Conference Honor Band and the 2011 St. Paul Schools’ Ordway High School Honors Band. Dr. Orzolek continues to serve the profession through his participation on several boards and committees, guest conducting and curriculum consultation. He continues to serve as the chair-elect of the National Society for Music Teacher Education.

Dr. Sarah Schmalenberger performed the Mozart Horn Concerto #3 with the Capital University Symphony Orchestra held in April, in Bexley, Ohio.  She also performed as principal horn with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra for its final concert in May. She wrote the program/liner notes for a forthcoming audio CD recorded by Dr. Christopher Kachian and Dr. David Jenkins. Dr. Schmalenberger will be on sabbatical leave during the 2011-2012 academic year, continuing her research on the impact of breast cancer treatment on women musicians. In July she will present data from the first phase of this research at the annual meeting of the Performing Arts Medicine Association.