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    Mariam Adam, ClarinetJay Anderson, Bass Betsey Biggs, ComposerBlakemore TrioThe Butterfat TrioCarl Cafagna, SaxophoneFrank Carlberg, Piano Regina Carter QuartetKevin Cole, PianoEvan Conroy, Bass TromboneJonathan Cook, PianoChristine Correa, VocalsRichard Danielpour, ComposerMatthew Dine, OboeDither QuartetDavid Douglass, StringsAmy Dorfman, Chamber MusicBilly Drewes, SaxophoneEnsemble Dal Niente Sarah Frisof, FluteFelipe Garcia, FluteGaudete Brass QuintetSara Gazarek, Jazz VocalsZofia Holowka Glashauser, Violin

    Alvaro Gomez, ViolinChristine Guter, Jazz VocalsDavid Haglund, TrumpetEllen Hargis, SopranoJennifer Parker Harley, FluteFred Hersch TrioAleksandra Holowka, ViolaCarolyn Huebl, ViolinPaul Hunt, TromboneYeshwua Israel, PercussionJonathan Keeble, FluteRouta Kroumovitch-Gomez, Violin Jane Lindamood, EducatorJoe Lovano, SaxophoneSusan Lyle, Mezzo-SopranoJeffrey Lyman, BassoonJohn Mackey, ComposerManiacal 4 Trombone QuartetKevin McNaughton, PercussionEdgar Meyer, Double BassMidori, ViolinAndre Mika, EntrepreneurMirror Image Horn DuoJames Mobberley, Composer

    Josh Nelson, PianoNorthstar JazzOrpheus Chamber OrchestraShane Parus, Percussion Denise Root Pierce, HornJim Pugh, TromboneGilad Rabinovitch, Piano Michael Rickman, PianoJohnny Rodgers, Jazz VocalsStewart Rose, HornNick Schwartz, Bass TromboneRebecca Sherburn, Soprano Johnandrew Slominski, PianoAdam Smale, GuitarKatarzyna Sokol-Borup, ViolinSphinx VirtuosiSuch Sweete MelodieMarjorie Bennett Stephens, SopranoJack Unzicker, BassMartha Walvoord, ViolinFelix Wang, CelloSamuel Wells, Composer/TrumpetJeremy Wilson, TromboneMark Wolbers, Clarinet 20

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    PUBLISHED BY THE WMU SCHOOL OF MUSICDavid Colson, Director | Kevin West, Editor

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    SCHOOL OF MUSIC FACULTY & STUDENTS FEATURING: SOLOISTS CHAMBER ENSEMBLES LARGE ENSEMBLES: THE UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA UNIVERSITY SYMPHONIC BAND UNIVERSITY CHORALE CANTUS FEMINA UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA GOLD COMPANY 300-MEMBER BRONCO MARCHING BAND

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    Having worked at numerous institutions, I can say that the WMU School of Music has some unique characteristics not often found at other places. For example, the faculty generally like each other (unusual) and the students are intelligent, interesting, and respectful peoplealso special. The staff members have a remarkable commitment to the program and remain un-phased by the large volume of requests and expectations put upon them every day. Its hard to think of another regional university in the country that has such a standout music programvery few, I think.

    In a recent Visitors Report as part of a 10-year National Association of Schools of Music accreditation cycle, many strengths were cited in the School of Music including:

    Highlyqualified,dedicated,andeffectivefaculty;

    Talented,inquisitive,andengagedstudentbody;

    Highqualitylargestudentensembles;

    Positiveatmosphereandexcellentstudent-facultysenseofcommunity;

    Outstanding administrative leadership from the director, graduate coordinator, andothers;

    Dedicatedandefficientprofessionalsupportstaff;

    Excellentstudentadvisingsystemandinfrastructure;

    Diverseandabundantopportunitiesforexperientialstudentlearning;and

    An atmosphere of forward thinking with regard to music teaching and music making in the 21st Century.

    WMUs School of Music has a long track record of achievement from both faculty and students, including national recognition and leadership within the profession. I have every confidencewewillcontinuethisupwarddirectionformanyyearstocome.

    Its time for me to do something else, so I am stepping down as director and will return to teaching in September. The faculty and staff have accomplished much in the past seven years, and its been satisfying for me to be a part of the team. I look forward to supporting our new director, Brad Wong, who has been on the faculty here at Western for more than 30 years.

    David Colson, Director

    Dear Friends:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Whats New ................................................. 4New Faculty & Staff ................................... 12100 Years Reflected ................................... 14 New CDs & Publications ............................ 22Student Achievements .............................. 25Faculty News ............................................. 36

    Retirements ............................................... 42Alumni News ............................................. 43Remembering ............................................ 48Bullock Performance Institute ................... 49Honor Roll ................................................. 50Guest Artists .............................................. 56

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    The University Jazz Orchestra has worked closely with John Clayton, Alon Yavnai, Jamey Haddad, Tim Hagans, and Billy Drewes over the past two years. The ensemble released a new CD, Travel Notes, on the BluJazz label, at the Chicago Jazz Showcase in April 2014. This is the first time a collegiate band has been released by this label. The CD includes works by Yavnai, Hagans, and John Clayton, who recently composed a new arrangement of Knifics Siena, which was premiered during the spring semester. The CD also includes the premiere of Mike Crottys arrangement of Tom and John Knifics That Day In May. The Jazz Orchestra was featured at The 56th annual Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival where it won perfect scores from all five judges and pocketed Outstanding Band and four Outstanding Soloist awards.

    Whats New

    Joe Lovano, saxophone

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    Western Michigan Universitys School of Music presented saxophone legend Joe Lovano as part of its Jazz Masters Series. The Jazz Masters Series, now in its fourth season, brings the greatest artists of the genre to Kalamazoo. Past artists include saxophonist and composer Paquito DRivera, vocalist and composer Kurt Elling, and vocal ensemble The New York Voices.

    Lovano performed with the University Jazz Orchestra and the faculty ensemble Western Jazz Quartet. It was a thrill to work with the Western Michigan University Jazz Orchestra. I perform all over the world in various settings, and I will have to say this ensemble was simply one of the very best Ive encountered. The program and faculty are at the top of the heap in the jazz educational world, says Lovano, the Gary Burton Chair of Jazz Performance at Berklee College of Music.

    The Western Michigan University Chorale, directed by Kimberly Dunn Adams, captured second place in the college and university choral division of the 2013 American Prize competition. Chorale was announced as runner-up in the national contest after judges spent the summer reviewing recorded performances submitted by applicants from across thecountry.JudgespraisedChorale,WMUsflagshipchoralensemble,inlargepartforitstechnical expertise. They made comments such as: a very solid series of live performances thatshowsafinesenseofgoodvocalproduction,excellentattentiontovowelunification,and good musical shape.

    In the spring 2014 semester, the choral program hosted Andrew Clark, Director of Choral Activities at Harvard University, for a three day residency that culminated with Clark guest conducting the Southwestern Michigan Vocal Festival. During the residency, Clark gave several conducting master classes and private coaching sessions.

    The School of Musics Steve Wolfinbarger, professor of music, was named the 2013 Michigan Professor of the Year. The announcement was made Nov. 14 in Washington, D.C., by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) as part of the annual U.S. Professor of the Year Program. The awards program, created in 1981, is the only national initiative specificallydesignedtorecognizeexcellenceinundergraduateteachingandmentoring.

    Thisisawell-deservedawardforDr.Wolfinbarger,saidWMUPresidentJohnM.Dunnofthe news. He is an incredibly inspirational teacher in our College of Fine Arts and School ofMusic,whichinturnareamongthejewelsofouracademicofferings.Hisstudentsfindsuccess in the most competitive environments.

    In the fall 2013 semester, the choral program hosted Alice Parker, a world-renowned American composer and arranger, who is best known for her arranging collaborations with conductor Robert Shaw. Their spiritual and folk song arrangements are regularly performed by choirs around the globe and have been established at the core of American choral music. During the residency, Parker gave several choral workshops, and led a reading session, a composition lecture, and career-related discussion sessions.

    Kimberly Dunn Adams and Alice Parker

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