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Boyer College Faculty News
Summer/Fall 2017

Matt Brunner (Instrumental Studies/Athletic Bands) taught at the prestigious Smith-Walbridge Drum Major Clinic in July. Smith-Walbridge is the oldest Drum Major academy in the country, serving over 1,000 high school and college student leaders from around the country.He presented a session at the CBDNA Athletic Band Symposium in Amherst, MA as part of a panel discussion on "High School Band Days" at college football games.

The Diamond Band's Panic! At the Disco show was named as one of the "Top 10 Favorite Moments of 2016" by The video on YouTube was the "most-watched college marching band show of the year." It surpassed the 1,000,000 view mark on August 12. The Diamond Band is now one of only 10 college marching band programs to have a show surpass the million view mark.

Christine Bass (Vocal Arts/Choral Activities) has published her book on rehearsal technique: Front-Loading Your Choral Rehearsal: Constructing for Success, distributed by Hal Leonard in hard copy and ebook. The book contains over 60 video clips of initial rehearsals with multiple choirs (and levels) demonstrating the Front-Loading concepts in real time. Watch promo video. More information at

Maurice Wright
(Music Studies/Composition) completed his Flute Sonata, which premiered at the Philadelphia Ethical Society in July, followed by three performances in Virginia and a recording session in Philadelphia. The program included his Sonatina for Piano, composed in 1967, which was given its professional premiere. The sonata was commissioned by flutist Chelsea Meynig and pianist Siang Ching Ngu.

His Der Brunnen (The Well), a visual music work, enjoyed its second New York City performance at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, on a concert at National Sawdust curated by the Association for the Promotion of New Music. Der Brunnen is also a jury selection of the 2017 STUDIO 300 Digital Art and Music Festival at Transylvania University this October in Lexington, Kentucky.

Wright’s Concerto for Trombone, Strings and Harp, recorded by Haim Avitsur and the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra led by Ovdiu Marinescu, opens a two CD set titled Neue Kraft Fuhlend / With Renewed Strength (Trombone Masterworks).

Violinist Hirono Oka will perform his concerto, Wissahickon Scenes, at the December concert of Boyer’s Music Prep Youth Chamber Orchestra, led by Aaron Picht.

Merián Soto (Dance), is conducting a project titled, How does this body want to move? which looks the work of Judson Dance Theater co-founder Elaine Summers. The project will include a series of Master Classes at Temple Dance by choreographers Patti Bradshaw and Noemí Segarra, and the creation and performance of Elaine in the Air and Me, a program of works by Soto, Bradshaw, and Segarra to be presented at the historic Friday at Noon series at the 92nd St Y Harkness Dance Project in NYC on Oct 20. In addition, Soto has been awarded a Rauschenberg Foundation Captiva Residency in December.

Wendy Magee (Music Therapy)
Summer 2017 Presentations:
Invited speaker and panelist: Music and the Mind. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and National Institutes of Health, Washington D.C., June 2 – 3.

Invited speaker and panelist: Music and the Mind, Mainly Mozart Festival. Talk: Therapeutic applications of music technologies in health and education settings across the life span. Panel topic: Bridging the Disability Gap with Music Technology. San Diego, June 9-11.

Lead trainer: Training for the Music Therapy Assessment Tool for Awareness in Disorders of Consciousness: Audobon Hospital, Louisville, KY

Temple Summer Research Award tour of Asia with workshops, seminars, grand rounds and public lectures given at: Taipei Veterans Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan; Coma Research Group, Institute of Neuroscience, Guangzhou General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Command of People’s Liberation Army, Guangzhou, China; China Rehabilitation Research Center, Beijing, China; and Chiba Ryogo Center for Disorders of Consciousness, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

One oral paper, one poster and one workshop at 15th World Congress of Music Therapy, July 4 – 8, Tsukuba, Japan

Fall 2017 Invited speaker: Mozart & Science Congress, IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems, Austria, Nov 10-11.

Invited speaker and panelist: Spotlight on Music Therapy at “Creative Forces Clinical Research Summit,”National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Depts. of Defense and of Veterans Affairs, Sept. 18-19, National Academies for Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, D.C..     

Street, A.J., Magee, W.L., Odell-Miller, H., Bateman, A., Parker, M., & Fachner, J.C. (2017). Home-based neurologic music therapy for arm hemiparesis following stroke: results from a pilot, feasibility randomized controlled trial. Clinical Rehabilitation. First published date: June 23, 2017.

Other media:
Magee, W.L. (2017, July). Music interventions for acquired brain injury: a Cochrane Review [Audio podcast].

Jeffrey Solow
(Instrumental Studies/Cello) had his usual busy summer. He gave a lecture and presented a chamber music master class at Maria Taylor's Taubman Seminarat Temple on May 23. Between June 23-28 he lectured and performed at the Paul Rolland Workshop at the University of Illinois in Champagne-Urbana. For the seventh consecutive year he played the cycle of Bach's cello Suites (with commentary) at NYC's popular floating venue, Bargemusic: July 2 (Suites #1-3: two performances 2pm and 4pm) and July 23 (Suites #4-6: two performances - 2pm and 4pm). In between his Bach recitals, Solow taught and performed in Utah at the Beethoven Festival in Park City and the Beethoven Festival Young Artists Institute in Midway (midway between Park City and Provo).

The first two weeks of August found him at the Summit Music Festival in Purchase NY, where he ran the Intensive Cello Seminar and performed Brahms' Trio in B Major, the "Arpeggione" Sonata by Schubert (both with Yoni Levyatov), and Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time." This was directly followed by the Lake Placid Institute Chamber Music Seminar for Adults and a chamber music performance at the Keene Valley Congregational Church, which included 3 movements of Bach's 6th Suite, Brahms' Piano Quartet in G minor, and Cafe' Music by Paul Schoenfield. On August 27 he performed 3 movements from Bach's Suite #6 at Cello Bash IX at the Philadelphia Yacht Club in Bristol, PA. A highlight of his summer was spending a few July days in Laguna Beach, California, where he played Bach Suites #4-6 in a private recital and snorkled with his sister Benida.

Lambert Orkis (Keyboard Studies)
Three festival concerts with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter: Lübeck, Germany (Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival); Gstaad, Switzerland (Gstaad Menuhin Festival); Salzburg, Austria (Salzburg Festival). Program: works by Currier, Mozart, Poulenc, Ravel, Saint-Saëns.

Collaborative Piano Master Class, The Juilliard School of Music, New York, New York.

Performance: Kennedy Center Chamber Players, Washington, D.C. Works by Copland, Schumann.

European tour with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter: concerts in Berlin, Dresden, Bremen, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Germany; Barcelona, Spain. Programs: trios by Shostakovich, Previn (Berlin only - with cellist Daniel Müller-Schott), works by Brahms, Penderecki.

In addition, Orkis performs in concerts as principal keyboard of the National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., in September and November.

Kathryn Leemhuis (Voice and Opera) most recently performed Suzuki in Puccini's Madama Butterfly with Annapolis Opera in Maryland, as well as the mezzo-soprano solo in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Boise Philharmonic. This fall, she will sing the role of Emilia in Verdi's Otello with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Robert Spano. Additionally, she will return to perform in November with professional choral group Gloriae Dei Cantores as Madame Bubble in Vaughan-William's The Pilgrim's Progress. Leemhuis will also make her company debut with the Annapolis Chorale, where she will sing the mezzo-soprano solo in Handel's Messiah.

At Temple University this fall, Leemhuis will join her colleagues in a performance of Brahm's Six Quartets Opus 112 in October. In November, she will join Temple University's Concert Choir and Project HOME Choir to perform the mezzo-soprano solo in a performance of Corigliano's Fern Hill.

Deb Confredo (Music Education) was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal for Band research. Her term begins in September 2017. This fall, she begins her second season as conductor of the Philadelphia All-City High School Band. Auditions take place in October and the band is seated for the first rehearsal in early December.

The summer saw the continuation of the development of the online MM in Music Education, overseen by Confredo. Music Education faculty worked together to create online versions of three additional courses in the MM curriculum. Curriculum development continues through the fall.

As Chair-Elect for the Executive Committee for the Society for Research in Music Education and Program Chair for the 2018 NAfME Biennial Inservice Conference, Confredo worked during the summer with colleagues from across the US in preparation for the biennial. Submissions are currently being collected; vetting and selection take place in October.

In September she travels to NY to serve as guest lecturer in Music Education at Ithaca College and Syracuse University. In October, she will serve as music education evaluator at the Penncrest High School Marching Band Festival. In November, she will conduct a new band literature reading session at the PMEA District 11 Professional Development Conference.

The Temple University Night Owls Campus Community Band, under Confredo’s direction, performs on Sunday, December 3 at 4:00 p.m. in TPAC. Band and choir students from the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts will join the Night Owls for a few selections in a side-by-side appearance.

Cynthia Folio (Music Studies/Music Theory)had several performances of her compositions this summer and will have one premiere this fall and two works recorded for CD projects. Works performed include: a new arrangement of Winds for Change for two solo flutes, flute choir and percussion, performed at the Festival Internacional de Flautistas in the Teatro Politécnico, Quito Ecuador (June 10); Philadelphia Portraits for piccolo and piano, performed at the National Flute Association Convention in Minneapolis (Aug. 10) and at the Northwest Flute and Piccolo Forum at Seattle Pacific University (July 25); Café au Triolet for flute, violin and harpsichord, performed by Ensemble Triolet (Wendy Stern, Shelby Yamin, and Joyce Lindorff) on the Music at Fishs Eddy Concert Series (Aug. 27).

The latter work was recorded by David Pasbrig for the ensemble’s upcoming CD. Cynthia completed a commissioned work this summer from Network for New Music, between the road and railroad track for violin solo, which will be premiered on a NNM concert at the Print Center by Hirono Oka (Nov. 12). On the day after the premiere, Cynthia will travel to Havana Cuba with PARMA records to oversee the recording of her composition for women’s choir, At the Edge of Great Quiet, performed by the Vocal Luna Cuba Choir, for an upcoming compilation CD.

Margaret (Peggy) Tileston (Music Therapy) was invited to present Laughter Yoga with Music at the Integrating Yoga Into Mental Health Care Conference at Misericordia University in Dallas, PA this past July. The groundbreaking event was the first major conference in the U.S. focusing on the topic of yoga and mental health care. It was designed for mental health and rehabilitative health professionals as well as yoga teachers and therapists. This fall she will join forces with an art therapist and a dance-movement therapist to provide monthly workshops in Creative Approaches To Self Care for Jefferson University students, as part of the Dr. Yoshihisa Asano Humanities & Health Series certification program.

Noriko Manabe (Music Studies/Music History) launched the 33-1/3 Japan book series at Bloomsbury Publishing, for which she is series editor. The first book,Supercell ft. Hatsune Mikuby Keisuke Yamada, about the vocaloid phenomenon and the fan culture that surrounds it, was published in August 2017. The second book,Yoko Kanno's Cowboy Bebop Soundtrackby Rose Bridges, about the music for the popular animation series, will be published in November 2017. These constitute the first books in Bloomsbury’s 33-1/3 Global Series, which will include separate series on Brazil, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Oceania.

This fall, Manabe will speak at the Society for Ethnomusicology conference in Denver at the roundtable, “This is What Democracy Sounds Like: Sound, Music, and Performance at the Women's March on Washington and Beyond.” She will also chair the session,“Alternative Public Spheres: Musical Reframing of Political Positions in a Networked Asia,” featuring authors from the forthcomingOxford Handbook of Protest Music,which she is co-editing with Eric Drott. She will also give invited talks this fall at the University of Pennsylvania (once at Wolf Humanities Forum, once in Asian Studies), Queensborough Community College, and Bard College.

She gave interviews to BBC (on Japanese popular music, to be published in October 2017) and the German magazineSpex: Magazin für Popkultur,No. 375 (July/August 2017), “Schwerpunkt: Wut & Widerstand: Anger Is an Energy,” by Dennis Pohl. She also joined theeditorial board for the SOAS Musicology Book Series at Routledge; she already serves on the editorial boards ofTwentieth-Century MusicandMusic and Politics,and is a contributing editor of theAsia-Pacific Journal.

Her last advisee at Princeton,Christopher Gupta, defended his doctoral dissertation in popular music theory in May 2017. She is currently advisingJoshua Jenkins ’18 as a Diamond Scholar in Cubanbatádrumming.

Cynthia Folio (Chair, Music Studies/Theory) had several performances of her compositions performed this summer and will have one premiere this fall and two works recorded for CD projects. Works performed include: a new arrangement of Winds for Change for two solo flutes, flute choir and percussion, performed at the Festival Internacional de Flautistas in the Teatro Politécnico, Quito Ecuador (June 10); Philadelphia Portraits for piccolo and piano, performed at the National Flute Association Convention in Minneapolis (Aug. 10) and at the Northwest Flute and Piccolo Forum at Seattle Pacific University (July  25); Café au Triolet for flute, violin and harpsichord, performed by Ensemble Triolet (Wendy Stern, Shelby Yamin, and Joyce Lindorff) on the Music at Fishs Eddy Concert Series (Aug. 27). The latter work was recorded by David Pasbrig for the ensemble’s upcoming CD. Folio completed a commissioned work this summer from Network for New Music, between the road and railroad track for violin solo, which will be premiered on a NNM concert at the Print Center by Hirono Oka (Nov. 12).  On the day after the premiere, she will travel to Havana Cuba with PARMA records to oversee the recording of her composition for women’s choir, At the Edge of Great Quiet, performed by the Vocal Luna Cuba Choir, for an upcoming compilation CD.

Mark Franko (Interim Chair, Dance) finished editing The Handbook of Dance and Reenactment this summer, which will appear momentarily at Oxford University Press. He held seminars on interwar French dance theory at Oxford University (Dansox) and the Freie Universiteit Berlin. He awaits the early publication of his article, “Serge Lifar and the Question of Collaboration with the German Authorities under the Occupation of Paris (1940-1949),” in Dance Research.

Two of his articles have been published on line:

“The Conduct of Contemplation and the Gestural Ethics of Interpretation in Walter Benjamin’s ‘Epistemo-Critical Prologue’” in Performance Philosophy [special issue on the ethics of gesture edited by Lucia Ruprecht] Volume 3, No. 1  (2017): 92-107, and “La Danse et le Politique: des états d’exception,” translated in French by Agnès Benoit-Nader French in the Journal of the Association des Chercheurs en danse.

This fall he will speak at the Seminario Internacional de História da Dança (Brazil) at the Visual Culture Colloquium at Bryn Mawr College, at Swarthmore’s Dance Department, at the 13e Académie & Cénacle fontenaisien sur "l'art ménétrier" (Tours, France) and will participate in the jury d’habilitation of Frédéric Pouillaude in the Department of Philosophy of the Sorbonne (Paris).

Terell Stafford
(Chair, Instrumental Studies/Director, Jazz Studies/Trumpet)
Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia - Hershey, PA
Terell Stafford Quintet, CT and CA
Lean Medical Conference, CA
Legacy of Lee Morgan at the Burns Film Center, NY
Willie Jones III Group, Washington, DC
Jazz at Lincoln Center Workshop, NY
Terell Stafford Quintet, Skidmore College
Jazz at Lincoln Center Band Director Academy, NY

Willie Jones III Group, Washington, DC
Clayton Brothers, Mexico
Tritone Jazz Fantasy Camp, WI
New Alchemy Jazz Orchestra, NY
Central Jazz Port Townsend, WA
Celebrating Nat King Cole, JALC, NY

Lafayette Harris w/Lonnie Plaxico, NY
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, NY
George Burton Quartet, NY
Vail Jazz Foundation, CO
Terell Stafford Quintet, CA

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, NY
Terell Stafford Quintet, PA and MA
Clayton Brothers, South Africa

Oct - Nov: TBA
Temple University Jazz Band, Annual Mosaic concert at TPAC (Oct. 13)

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia celebrates the music of Thelonious Monk (Kimmel Center, Dec. 2)
Temple University Jazz Band with Sean Jones at TPAC (Dec. 7)
Temple University Jazz Band, annual holiday concert at TPAC (Dec. 8)

Joann Marie Kirchner (Keyboard Studies) presented a workshop on musical performance anxiety for Jacob's Music in Ephrata, Pennsylvania in June. In August, she was invited by the European Piano Teacher's Association to deliver a lecture-recital on duet repertoire for their annual conference held at the Helsinki Conservatory of Music in Helsinki, Finland.

In the fall, Kirchner will adjudicate for the Dorothy Sutton Piano Festival, sponsored by the Philadelphia Music Teachers Association and the Annual Achievement Awards for the Lehigh Valley Music Teachers Association. In addition, she will present a workshop for the Capitol Area Music Teachers on musical performance anxiety and flow.

Nate Buonviri (Music Education) just finished his 14th season with the orchestra of Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater this summer, where he also gave a continuing education class at the Utah Festival Academy. Two of his articles will be published this fall: “Effects of Two Listening Strategies for Melodic Dictation,” in the Journal of Research in Music Education, and “Successful AP Music Theory Instruction: A Case Study,” in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. He will present a session at the PMEA District 12 Conference in Kennett, PA in November and an invited workshop for the arts faculty at Washington Township Schools, NJ, in September.

Dick Oatts (Jazz Studies/Saxophone)
May / June
Dick Oatts Quartet performs at Slippery Rock University
Week seminar at UCLA with the Monk Institute and Herb Alpert School of Music
Blue Whale Jazz Club with Bob Mintzer / Dick Oatts Quintet in Los Angeles
Perform with Jazz Ambassadors in Baltimore
Perform at the International Trumpet Guild with Jazz Orch. of Philadelphia Perform at the Kimmel Center with the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia
Perform at the Village Vanguard with Vanguard Jazz Orchestra every available Monday
Summer Jazz Workshop at the Conservatory of Amsterdam

July and Aug
Jazz Workshop at Skidmore College in Saratoga, NY
Perform Monday nights at the Village Vanguard in NYC with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

High Coast Jazz Festival and Workshop in Harnosand, Sweden

Sept./ October
Perform at Vail Jazz Festival as guest artist
Record with the Brian Eisenberg Jazz Orch. in Los Angeles
Perform music for 1928 Silent Film (Pandora's Box) at Lincoln Center playing the music of Jonathan Ragonese.
Perform at the Village Vanguard on Monday nights in NYC with the VJO

Amsterdam Conservatory presents Tribute to Cannonball Adderly. Will perform and teach for a 6 day seminar with Terell Stafford.

12 day tour with doing performances and seminars with several high school and College jazz bands in Japan for International Music Productions for Performing Arts

Perform with Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center.
Perform at the Village Vanguard on Monday Nights in NYC

Steven Zohn (Music Studies/Music History) has organized the international scholarly conference “Georg Philipp Telemann: Enlightenment and Postmodern Perspectives,” to be held at Temple from October 12–14 in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death. This conference will bring together twenty musicologists from the USA, England, Germany and Japan to examine a variety of issues pertaining to Telemann’s musical legacy. The event is funded in part by a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and is at the center of the Philadelphia Telemann Festival (October 11-16), which includes a live interdiscplinary talk show and two concerts by Tempesta di Mare, a concert by Night Music at the historic Powel House, a masterclass and recital by German viola da gambist Thomas Fritzsch in Rock Hall, and a recital of keyboard works and Lieder by Boyer faculty Lawrence Indik and Joyce Lindorff. Zohn will present a paper, “Sehet an die Exempel der Alten: Telemann’s (Pre-) Enlightenment Rhetoric,” at the conference, and will perform in three concerts during the festival.

Also organized by Zohn is the opening concert of the festival. On Wednesday evening, October 11, an orchestral-choral concert of Telemann’s music at the Independence Seaport Museum will feature the “Boyer Baroque” orchestra of students, faculty and alumni performing on period instruments—the first such ensemble ever assembled by the college. The orchestra will perform a concerto and suite before being joined by the Concert Choir (under the direction of Paul Rardin) and vocal soloists (including Marcus DeLoach) in a performance of Telemann’s grand motet Deus judicium tuum.

This past June, Zohn presented a paper, “Telemann’s Fantaisies pour la basse violle(Hamburg, 1735) and the Fantasia Principle,” at the conference “Extravaganz und Geschäftssinn: Telemanns Hamburger Innovationen” at the Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky. He also saw the release of a new CD, In Sara Levy’s Salon (Acis Records), on which he plays chamber music by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Johann Joachim Quantz. This fall he continues his work as co-editor of the journal Eighteenth-Century Music (published by Cambridge University Press) and will appear in Philadelphia concerts with Night Music and Choral Arts’ Bach@7 series.

Eduard Schmieder (Instrumental Studies/Violin)
May 2-7: President of the Jury.  Remember Enescu International Violin Competition, Sinaia, Romania.
May 7: Advisor/Performer. Bucharest, Atheneum Theater, Showcase of Romania’s musical talents in support of eradication of abandonment and orphans globally.
May 9-12: Master classes, Lectures. Music Academy of Krakow, Poland.
May 31-June 2: University of New Mexico Summer Music Institute, Albuquerque. Special FeaturedArtist: lecture/master class and conducted Festival orchestra.
June: Oversaw production of iPalpiti’s “Life Cycles” CD from LIVE performance of 2016 at Walt Disney Concert Hall, released on BCM&D label.
June 13 -25: Member of the Jury: The X AnniversaryInternational Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians,held in the Capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the city of Astana. Master class.
June 26 - July 6: International Academy of Music Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Italy. Chamber music & individual coaching. Two Boyer students from Schmieder class featured in solo recitals: Samuel Nebyu and Xian Shirley Yao.
July 11-30: directed 20th annual iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates:  23 selected musicians from 18 countries featured in 18 concerts. Festival opened with Virtuosi series featuring six internationally selected soloists in solo/chamber daily concerts at the Encinitas Library - a 6th season of sold-out concerts in San Diego County. iPalpiti Soloists series followed by a week residence of the iPalpiti orchestra at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Orange County. Under Schmieder direction, iPalpiti orchestra gave the following concerts during the festival (each with a different program):
July 29: grand-finale at Walt Disney Concert Hall (sold-out, 2,160 seat hall). Violinist Samuel Nebyu (Schmieder student at Boyer) was a featured soloist in Mozart’ Sinfonia Concertante along with iPalpiti alumnus Juan-Miguel Hernandez (violist with the Fine Arts Quartet and Professor  at Royal Music Academy, London);
July 25: Rolling Hills United Methodist Church Concert Series;
July 20: Soka Performing Arts Center – 1050 seat concert hall in Aliso Viejo. Featured soloist:  violinist Kazuhiro Takagi (former student of Schmieder, Laureate of Queen Elisabeth International Competition, Concertmaster Tokyo Symphony 2007-2013, concert soloist);
July 19: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Encinitas, CA.

August 1-August 6:  Artist-in-residence at the Summit Music Festival in New York.
Work with festival chamber orchestra, teaching.
August 14-17: iPalpiti orchestra is a guest artist of the Mozarteum Salzburg. Conducted two concerts at Solitär Saal  -Viennese programs of Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven. World premiere of select Schubert songs arranged for baritone and string orchestra, with famous Wolfgang Holzmair as featured soloist. Concerts were broadcast live-stream from Salzburg.
August 14-25: Faculty, Mozarteum Summer Academy, Salzburg, Austria. Two-week master course in violin and chamber music. Prepared select students for the Academy Recitals at Solitar and Wiener Saal, and produced two class recitals at Bosendorfer Saal.
August 30-September 3: V New Docta International Music Festival, Cordoba, Argentina. Jury member, Festival’s String Competition. Masterclass/Lecture.

Los Angeles Times, July 19, 2017 “iPalpiti fest beats strong” by Rick Schultz
    Stellar showcase of elite young  musicians turns 20.
Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2017 Pick of the Week  by Matt Cooper.
The week ahead in L.A. classical music, July 23-30: The 20th iPalpiti Festival (included complete listing).

The 20th edition of the iPalpiti Festival for rising classical musicians from around the world continues with events at several area venues, including a gala concert at Disney Hall. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times).
Panorama Almanac Weekly, July 24, 2017: “iPalpiti Jubilee” by Alexandra Sokolovskaya – 2 page feature.
Valley Scene Magazine, July 5, 2017: iPalpiti festival is super cool! By Pam Froman

Cheryl Dileo
(Music Therapy) gave invited workshops at the Central Conservatory of Music and MinZu International University in Beijing, China in June.

She gave two refereed lectures at the World Congress of Music Therapy in Tsukuba, Japan in July:

Her co-authored article was published in the Nordic Journal for Music Therapy

Thompson, S., Grocke, D. & Dileo, C (2017). The use of group descriptive phenomenology within a mixed methods study to understand the experience of music therapy for women with breast cancer, Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 26(4), pp. 320-327.

She has been invited to lecture in the following venues this fall:

Continuing Music Therapy Education Course at the Charles E. Braswell Memorial Symposium, Loyola University, New Orleans.

2 Keynote lectures at the Federal University of Goias, Brazil

Workshop: Chulalongkorn University Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand

Keynote lecture and workshop: Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo, Norway
Medical Music Therapy course: Institute of Music, Art and Prcess, Vitoria, Spain
Keynote and 4 workshops, Association of Italian Music Therapy, Bologna, Italy
Lecture, Aalborg University PhD program, Aalborg, Denmark
Keynote, International Music Therapy Conference, Istanbul, Turkey (to be confirmed)

She continues to oversee the music therapy program for homeless persons at Broad Street Ministry in collaboration with the Philadelphia Orchestra. There are plans to expand this model to work with veterans this fall.

Sara Davis Buechner (Keyboard Studies) received a review in the June 3 issue of The New York Timesby Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim for her recital at Carnegie Recital Hall, a Japanese-themed program with both solo works and a choreographed traversal of Jacques Ibert's Histoires, danced around the piano by Noh/Kabuki mime dancer Yayoi Hirano. The newspaper version had a nice photo of Buechner on stage next to Temple grad student Risa Okina, who turned pages.

On the strength of the review, she has been booked to repeat the program in Victoria B.C. and also at the Freer Gallery in Washington D.C. next season.

This summer, Buechner also played and gave master classes at the Newport Festival and at the Orford Arts Centre in Quebec. This fall, she’ll appear with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, play a recital at Mills College in Oakland, and play the première of a new work by Curt Cacioppo, with Charles Abramovic, in Haverford on December 3.

Patricia Cornett (Instrumental Studies/Bands)
Temple University Wind Symphony in TPAC, “Classic Structures,” – Conductor

Temple University Wind Symphony in TPAC, “Inspiration from Nature,” – Conductor

Contributing author for Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Vol. 11; Published by GIA, available this December.

Jillian Harris (Dance) participated in the Creative Tech Week Conference (NYC) in May and traveled to Cartagena, Colombia to begin the pre-production process for a new dance film project tentatively scheduled for shooting in Fall 2018. In August, she presented at the New York University IMPACT Conference on her interactive installation piece INVASION. She will represent Temple at the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) and Congress of Dance Administrators Conference in Arizona in September. In October, she will participate in the Future of Storytelling Festival in Staten Island, NY to explore new content creation for virtual reality, augmented reality, and interactive platforms. At the end of November, Harris will travel to Bogotá, Colombia to host a master class and audition for the dance film project at Pontifica Universidad Javeriana.

Helen Shoemark (Music Therapy) continued threeservice delivery development projects over the summer with music therapy teams in acute healthcare settingsin Indianapolis and Melbourne Australia. She presented her own research, and research with colleagues in four papers/ workshops at the World Congress of Music Therapy in Tsukuba, Japan. In the fall she is completing qualitative analysis for research with colleagues in London, and writing up clinical projects.

Joyce Lindorff (Keyboard Studies) and ten Boyer student players repeated their February Rock Hall Bach concerto program this past June to a full house in the Zuckermann Harpsichord Exhibition at the Boston Early Music Festival, where she and Boyer graduate students Silvanio Reis, Hanbyeol Lee, Anna Kislitsyna and Benjamin Katz also performed solo recitals. In July she toured historical keyboard collections in the UK, including St. Cecilia’s Hall in Edinburgh, Stenton House in London and Bate Collection in Oxford. While there she conducted research on historical leather plectra as part of her participation in a project involving the reproduction of George Washington’s 1793 harpsichord at Mount Vernon. In August Lindorff directed and performed in Music at Fishs Eddy, a summer concert series in the western Catskill Mountains. Musicians included alumnus Carlos Ramirez and Ensemble Triolet. This fall she is looking forward to participating in the Telemann Festival as continuo player, recitalist and conference presenter, and later in October, as harpsichordist in the Concert Choir’s performance of Handel's DixitDominus.

Adam Vidiksis (Music Studies/Composition/Music Technology) joined the Boyer College full-time faculty this year as Assistant Professor in Music Technology and Composition. He recently traveled to Beijing and Shanghai, China for concerts, lectures, and the premiere of two new electroacoustic works. There, he performed a concert of his music and lectured on composing for data-driven instruments at the Miraphone Summer Festival as the featured guest composer. Other recent performances include the Rutgers Camden Electric Café, Cybersounds, the SCI National Conference, the SEAMUS National Conference, The Fire, New Music Gathering, and the National Opera Center.

Vidiksis was commissioned to compose original music for Diageo’s Les Diners de Dali, an evening dinner party and theatrical experience at the renowned Le Cheri, based on Dali’s surrealist cookbook. As a performance and composition faculty of the SPLICE Institute, Vidiksis taught classes in music technology and composition this summer at Western Michigan University, and performed three concerts of electroacoustic music there with his trio, Splice Ensemble, as well as a solo faculty recital. Vidiksis is currently completing an electroacoustic work for allendance company based on the teachings of Alan Watts for Philadelphia’s Fringe Festival this fall. His chamber work, entitled “Local Equilibrium Dynamics,” will be released on an album this September by SEAMUS/New Focus Records. He is currently serving as the ACF Steven R. Gerber Composer in Residence for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for their 2017-2018 season.

Marcus DeLoach (Vocal Arts/Voice and Opera) made my debut with On Site Opera as Figaro in the American premiere of Milhuaud's La mere coupable. He is singing the Second Armored Man in Opera Philadelphia's Magic Flute for their O17 festival and will give a recital with the American String Quartet as well as a masterclass at Ithaca College, which will be repeated at Temple. DeLoach will sing Messiah with the Tucson Symphony and stage direct a tour of the Beggar's Opera to Colonial Williamsburg with Prof. Steven Newman and TU Opera singers as part of a Presidential Humanities and Arts grant.His student, Frances Collins was a winner in the finals of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions in Boulder, CO this summer.

Media coverage from On Site Opera:

"Marcus DeLoach's buoyant Figaro gave us a fun, rousing account of the jig-like number at the end of Act 1 declaring, "I'm getting the spring back in my feet." At that point, it was exactly what the audience needed." -Opera News, Joshua Rosenblum, September 2017

"As Figaro Marcus DeLoach added a handsome clarity to the unbridled scurrying." -Musical America WorldwideBruce Hodges,6.23.17

"Musically, the performance was remarkably good on Thursday night, with a strong cast: Marcus DeLoach as Figaro;..."-The New York Times, JamesOestriech, 6.23.17

"Lenormand ... and veteran baritone DeLoach both elevated the music to its full sonorous potential."-Parterrebox, Joel Rosen, 6.21.17

David Pasbrig (Music Studies/Music Technology/Composition) recorded and engineered CDs for Samuel Nebyu [Music by Composers of African American Descent; BCM&D Records] and Sandrine Erdaly-Sayo and Carl Schmidt [Poulenc – Babar the Little Elephant]. He also recorded for Matthew Greenbaum, Illumine Trio, Edward Kalandarova, Lyric Fest of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble, Rafaella Lo-Castro, and many others.

In addition, he co-produced a short film on Robert Page, recorded and edited sound for the film My Sister Hali, and ran Ansel Adams’ AMERICA production for Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, MI.

Alison Reynolds (Music Education)
Reynolds, A. M. (2017, July 17). Gordon Institute for Music Learning: Early Childhood Level 1. Guest observer and workshop clinician. Temple University Center City, Philadelphia, PA.

Valerio, W. H., & Reynolds, A. M. (2017, August 2). Children’s music behaviors: What can we do with what parents know? Mini session (30 minutes) accepted for presentation at the 6th International Conference on Music Learning Theory: Continuing the Legacy of Audiation, Chicago, IL.

Reynolds, A. M., Valerio, W. H., & Taggart, C. C. (2017, August 2). Jamming and creating with Music Play II: Celebrating extended preparatory audiation practices and contributions from MLT practitioners. Session (1 hour) accepted for presentation at the 6th International Conference on Music Learning Theory: Continuing the Legacy of Audiation, Chicago, IL.

Reynolds, A. M., & Waters, H. D. (2017, October 19-21st, date TBAssigned). Children’s compositions, performances, and interactions initiated through play. 90-minute pre-formed panel accepted for presentation at the 1st International Conference Music for and by Children: Perspectives from Children, Composers, Performers and Educators (musichildren’17) at the University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Reynolds, A. M. (2017, October 27th). Workshop, Topic/Title To Be Determined. Workshop and lecture for music psychology and music education students, New University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Reynolds, A. M. (2017, October 28th). Guest Lecturer, Title of Talk To Be Determined. Half-hour talk invited for attendees at the VII International Colloquium on Arts for Infancy, held by Gulbenkian, Helena Rodriguez da Silva, organizer, at the New University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Reynolds, A. M. (2017, November 7). Getting started with research. Presentation for PMEA District 11, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA. Reynolds, A. M., & Dansereau, D. R. (2017, November 13). Promoting equity, community, and culture among our youngest musicians: Music engagement connecting research with practice. One-hour workshop session accepted for presentation at the 2017 NAfME (National Association for Music Education) National In- Service Conference, Dallas, TX. (Underlying messages same as NAEYC presentation; in the NAfME session, the focus and expectations for engagements designed for attendees with music education backgrounds.)

Dansereau, D. R., & Reynolds, A. M. (2017, November 17). The food of love: Music engagement to promote equity, community, and culture. 1.25-hour workshop session accepted for presentation at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 2017 Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. (Underlying messages same as NAfME presentation; in the NAEYC session, the focus and expectations for engagements designed for attendees with early childhood education backgrounds.)

Lawrence Indik (Vocal Arts/Voice and Opera) 
Highlights of summer and fall activities include concert and scholar in residence at Temple Shirat Hayam Beth Judah and Emeth Shalom in Ventnor, a master class at the International Philadelphia Music Festival, recording with Boyer colleague Charles Abramovic of Boyer alumnus David Carpenter song cycle, "Fromthe Valley of Baca," performance of Telemann songs with Boyer colleague Joyce Lindorff at Telemann symposium hosted by Boyer colleague Steven Zohn, performance of Brahms songs with Boyer colleague Jean-François Proulx, word premiere of songs on texts by Yehoshua November by composer William Vollinger.

Christine Anderson (Vocal Arts/Voice and Opera) gave two master classes (high school and university) on audition preparation at the Classical Singer Convention in Chicago, IL in May. She also served as adjudicator for the final rounds of both the University Classical Singer Competition and all levels of the Musical Theater CS Music Competition (high school through pre-professional). In August, she gave a presentation on Contemporary American Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-first Century at the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm, Sweden. In October, Anderson will give a pre-concert lecture for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

Phillip O'Banion (Instrumental Studies/Percussion) had students win both divisions of the 10th annual Modern Snare Drum Competition in Cleveland Ohio this past May. Former student Daniel DeSimone (BM 2014) also placed 2nd in the Tromp International Percussion Competition in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

O'Banion had numerous new literature reviews published in Percussive Notes over the last several months, performed often with the Philadelphia Orchestra and played timpani and percussion on a NAXOS release of music by English composer James Whitbourn. He has also recently performed with theBay-Atlantic Symphony, Ocean City Pops, Delaware Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, and the Princeton Arts Festival.

He continues work as a committee chair for the Percussive Arts Society, and will moderate a panel discussion this November at PASIC 2017 in Indianapolis, IN. On November 6th, the Temple University Percussion Ensemble will collaborate with Charles Abramovic and his doctoral students in a performance and recording of George Antheil’s Ballet Mécanique at the Temple Performing Arts Center.

Beth Bolton (Music Education) was a guest of the Korean government in May, serving as one of four keynote speakers in the arts at the annual Korean Arts and Cultural Education Services conference in Seoul.  Bolton’s keynote presentation was titled “Musical Engagement:  Sound, Imagination, Emotion, and Artistry.”  The other keynote presenters were Anna Cutler (Art and Art Education, Tate Galleries, UK), Chen Jeong Myeong (Theater and Theater Education, Korea), and Alvaro Restrepo (Dance and Dance Education, Colegio del Cuerpo, Columbia).  The presentation was attended by several Boyer College alumni who live and teach in Korea. While in Korea, Bolton visited Seoul National University and Ewha Women’s University and met with music administrators to discuss potential partnerships between Temple and their university.  She also visited two highly ranked arts high schools in Seoul, Deokwon and Kaywon Arts High Schools, and met with students, faculty, and administrators. 

This fall, her book of original music and teaching guidelines, L’Albero delle Canzon (The Tree of Songs), will be published in Italy by Orff Schulwerk Italiano.  The book will be available in English and Italian.      

In October, Bolton will present her work at the Musichildren17 inaugural conference at the University of Aveiro in Portugal and the VII International Colloquium Arts for Childhood and Social and Human Development in Lisbon.  While in Portugal, she will also lecture at the University of Aveiro and the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.  In early December, she will teach an intensive weekend workshop in the Musica in Culla Italian didactic course in early childhood music in Rome.