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Summer/Fall 2019 Boyer Faculty News

NORIKO MANABE (Music Studies/Theory) published her article, “We Gon’ Be Alright? The Ambiguities of Kendrick Lamar’s Protest Anthem,” in Music Theory Online 25/1 (May), 2019, and her article, “Chants of the Resistance: Flow, Memory, and Inclusivity,” in "Forum on Sound in the Women's March and Beyond,” in Music and Politics 13/1 (Winter), 2019. She gave conference papers at the Association for Asian Studies and IASPM International, and invited talks at the University of Arkansas, the Temple CHAT seminar and a keynote at CUNY Graduate Center. This fall, two edited books—Cornelius’s Fantasma and AKB48—will be published in October and November. She will also be presenting conference papers on Japanese-Brazilian music at the Society for Ethnomusicology, on contemporary political parody at the American Musicological Society, and on Japanese political parodies of Abbey Road at the University of Rochester, in addition to giving an invited talk at Louisiana State University.

Manabe continues to work on her monograph, Revolution Remixed, and her edited volumes, Oxford Handbook of Protest Music and Nuclear Music. She continues to serve as Treasurer and Board Member of the Society for Ethnomusicology and has been newly appointed to serve on the Publication Awards Committee for the Society for Music Theory, the Publication Committee for the American Musicological Society, and the editorial board for the Journal of the American Musicological Society. She also continues to serve on the editorial boards of Twentieth-Century Music, Bloomsbury Popular Music, SOAS Musicology Series, and Music and Politics; the advisory board for the International Council for Hip Hop Studies; and as series editor of the book series, 33-1/3 Japan from Bloomsbury Publishing.

JEFFREY SOLOW (Instrumental Studies/Cello)
April 28: Played a short recital program with Yoni Levyatov at Council Rock High School South’s Orchestra Festival in Bucks County while the judges were deliberating. (CRHS’s music director and the Orchestra Festival founder and director is a Temple alum and former student).

June 2: Played Bach Suites for the Swarthmore Horticultural Society's fundraising event at the historic garden of Hedgleigh Spring in Swarthmore.

July 3–16: Performed solo Bach, Beethoven’s Cello Sonata #4, Handel’s Sonata op. 2, #8, the Andante from Beethoven’s Piano Quartet Op. 16 (arr. for clarinet, strings and piano), Brahms Trio op. 114, Haydn-Piatigorsky Divertimento, and many short works for cello and piano at the Beethoven Festival in Park City and Moab, UT.  July 26: Played an unaccompanied recital that included Rozsa’s Toccata capricciosa (which he premiered in 1979) and Aaron Minsky’s Dead Cello (which he premiered in 2006) at the Music School of Delaware in Wilmington.  July 28: Solow gave an enthusiastically received lecture (“What Do We Really Know About the Bach Suites?”) and a master class at the legendary Meadowmount School of Music in Westport, NY.

July 30 - Aug 10: Taught private lessons, coached chamber music, presented two lecture/ master classes and performed Schumann’s Piano Quartet with Summit faculty artists and Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata (transcribed by Czerny and revised by Solow) with Yoni Levyatov.  August 4 and 11: For the 9th consecutive year, Solow performed the complete cycle of Bach's Suites for solo cello (with commentary) at NYC's popular floating venue Bargemusic.

August 12-17: Coached chamber music and performed atthe Lake Placid Institute Chamber Music Seminar in NY’s Adirondack region.  Aug. 18: At the Keene Valley Methodist Church’s summer chamber music series, he performed Schumann’s Piano Quintet and Bach’s C Major Suite.

November 6: Will perform a recital and give a master class at Texas Tech (other master classes are in the process of being scheduled). Dec. 7: Will perform works by Brahms, Zemlinsky, and Schumann with Sara Davis Buechner and distinguished clarinetist, Michael Webster in Rock Hall.

Publications: “Don’t Be An Urtext Victim” for the Spring issue of The London Cello Society.  Solow edited the two cello sonatas by Gabriel Fauré for the International Music Company, and IMC published his edition of 3 duos by J.J.F. Dotzauer, op. 114

SHANA GOLDIN-PERSCHBACHER’S (Music Studies/History) book, Queer Country and Trans Americana: Gender, Genre, and Sincerity in Contemporary Folk Music, the first book to address LGBTQ country and folk musicians, and one of the first book-length studies of transgender musicians of any genre, is under contract with the University of Illinois Press for inclusion in their Music in American Life series. Goldin-Perschbacher has been honored to speak about this project at peer institutions. She was the keynote speaker in Westminster Choir College’s 12th Annual Celebration of Student Research, and on September 24, she will be delivering a talk in Temple'sDance Studies Colloquium,“‘Stolen Song’: Appropriation, Essentialism, and Ownership in Transgender and Queer Country and Folk Music.”

As co-chair of the LGBTQ Study Group of the American Musicological Society, Goldin-Perschbacher has been busy organizing the 30th anniversary celebration, to be held at the national conference in November. Highlights include a multi-genre, intersectionally-diverse panel discussion she organized with Dr. Lauron Kehrer of Western Michigan University,“Still Here, Still Queer: Celebrating Three Decades of LGBTQ Scholarship at AMS” as well as her role leading adjudication of the 2019 Philip Brett Award, honoring exceptional musicological work in the field of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender/transsexual studies.

For the fall, she developed a new writing-intensive Music in History Course on the theme of“Current Topics in Music Studies,” developingstudents' criticalthinkingskills through key debates of the last thirty years in musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology and popular music studies.

PATRICIA CORNETT (Instrumental Studies/Bands)
In July Cornett traveled to Almería, Spain to teach at a conducting workshop (entitled Del Taller de Dirección de Orquesta, Banda y Wind Ensemble) at the Universidad de Almería. During her weeklong visit, she presented lectures and worked with conductors at all levels on the podium. Also in July, she was the guest conductor for the concert band at the Summer at Sem Music Festival for high school students, held at the Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pennsylvania. Throughout the summer she also served as an adjudicator for eight Music in the Parks festivals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

This fall, Cornett will present two concerts in TPAC with the Temple Wind Symphony (September 27 and November 22), and two concerts in TPAC with the Temple Concert Band (October 17 and November 21). In addition, the Temple Wind Symphony will present a Children’s Concert for third and fourth grade students in the Philadelphia public schools in October.

She will present a session entitled A Balanced Diet: Strategies for Creating Successful Concert Programs at the Delaware State Arts Conference in October. In December she will conduct the Baltimore County All Honors Band and begin her work as the conductor of the Philadelphia All-City Band.

LAURA KATZ RIZZO (Dance)  spent time in July at the Library of Congress in the archives of Bronislava Nijisnka preparing for the re-staging of the Nijinska/Stravinsky ballet Les Noces. Her dance film Takako Vs. Nine Lives screened at Los Angeles Dance Shorts Film Festival on June 29, andat the 16th Annual ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival on July 1. The film was also screened on August 23 at the Saint-Petersburg International Film Festival (SPIFF),August 26 at TheNew Renaissance Film Festival (London, UK), August 29 at the Los Angeles Experimental, Dance & Music Film Festival, and on September 4 at The Bucharest International Dance Film Festival.

On June 9, Katz Rizzo Laura performed her choreography in New York at the Queens Outdoor Dance Festival. On June 29, she performed in the C3 Core Choreography Competition Finalist Showing at Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in NYC. On July 18-21 she performed her choreography and taught a series of master classes as part of the Southern Vermont Dance Festival in Brattleboro, VT. Over the summer she curated, produced, created and rehearsed a new work for States of Matter, an evening of contemporary ballet, and part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. On November 10, Katz Rizzo will participate in the fall season of Artists in Motion, a new performance series taking place at Peridance in NYC. On November 20, she will lecture at the Pennsylvania Ballet panel event at PAFA's Rhoden Arts Center, discussing the history of The Nutcracker in the United States, particularly within the repertory of the Pennsylvania Ballet.

WENDY MAGEE (Music Therapy)
Invited International Keynote: Canadian Association of Music Therapy National Conference, Gatineau-Ottawa, Canada, May 25.

Invited presentations and trainings (lead trainer)
XIXthInternational Training Institute for the Music Therapy Assessment Tool for Awareness in Disorders of Consciousness(MATADOC). Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI, June 7-9.

XXthInternational Training Institute for the Music Therapy Assessment Tool for Awareness in Disorders of Consciousness(MATADOC). Spaulding Rehabilitation Center, Boston MA, Sept 26-28.

Invited speaker (Grand Round): Neurobiological and neurophysiological perspectives on Music Therapy with medical populations. Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX, October 2.

Research Masterclass, Center for Performing Arts Medicine, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX, October 3.

Peer reviewed publications
Bodine, C., Seu, A., & Magee, W.L. (Submitted for publication). Examining the functionality of the MATADOC with the CRS-R.

Pool, J., Siegert, R., Taylor, S., Dunford, C. & Magee, W.L. (Submitted for publication). Evaluating the Validity, Reliability and Clinical Utility of the Music therapy Sensory Instrument For Cognition, Consciousness and Awareness (MuSICCA)

Magee, W.L. (accepted for publication). Why include music therapy in a neuro-rehabilitation team? Advances in Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation.

Street, A.J., Fachner, J.C. & Magee, W.L. (2019). Arm rehabilitation in chronic stroke using neurologic music therapy: two contrasting case studies to inform on treatment delivery and patient suitability. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, published online

Peer reviewed conferences
Magee, W., Wegener, E., & Seu, A. (2019). Music interventions for Disorders of Consciousness: Providing treatment and measuring impact (oral symposium). In Program, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, November 5-8, Chicago, IL.

Magee, W. & Waldon, E. (2019). Developing Psychometrically Robust Measures for Assessment, Evaluation, and Research. In Programme, 11th European Music Therapy Conference: Fields of Resonance, June 26-30, Aalborg, Denmark (p. 4).

This fall, Magee will be working with colleagues from Music Education and Therapy, as well as from Tyler, School of Social Work, and Reference and Instructional Services as part of an Interdisciplinary Research Group CHAT grant for the topic: “Meeting Diversity for Inclusive Training of Caring Professionals in the Arts.” All faculty from Boyer are welcome to participate. She will also be working on the first stage of validating the MATADOC into Brazilian Portuguese.

DICK OATTS (Jazz Studies/saxophone)
Ongoing performances with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra at Village Vanguard, NYC

May  Artist-in-Residence series at the Amsterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands. Coaching jazz combos, Private lessons, Lectures, and Jazz improv masterclass; Promote Boyer’s Jazz Studies program with Terell Stafford in China. They taught  and performed at universities in Nanjing, Shanghai, Nanjing, and Gaungzhou. Presented 4 master classes with students and faculty.

June  Perform with the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center with Joey DeFrancesco under thedirection of Terell Stafford; Perform with the Garry Dial Trio at Maureen's Jazz Cellar in Nyack, NY; Teach Jazz improv, masterclasses, private lessons Jazz rehearse Jazz Combos at the Orlando Summer Jazz Workshop with Terell Stafford and Adam Nussbaum; Summer Jazz Workshop at the Amsterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands. Combo coaching masterclasses, performances and jazz improv sessions.

July/August  Masterclasses, Private lessons, Jazz improv at the Croatia Summer Jazz Camp; Perform, conduct, and rehearse the Western Australia Jazz Youth Orch. in Perth, Australia; Perform, conduct and rehearse at Queens College and Blackburn High School in Perth, Australia

September  Perform and teach at the Vail Summer Jazz Workshop and Vail Jazz Festival in Colorado;  Perform in Barcelona, Spain with the St. Andreu School of Music. Perform and Conduct the Berlin Youth Jazz Orchestra in Berlin, Germany

October  Rehearse, Performance, and recording with the Mike Holober Sextet at Aaron Davis Hall in NYC;  Perform with fellow jazz faculty, Terell Stafford, Bruce Barth, Tim Warfield, David Wong, Byron Landham at the Rite of Swing Jazz Cafe in TPAC / Music of Bruce Barth. Mosaic Concert, October 11 at TPAC

November  Dick Oatts Quartet performance in England;  Herbie Hancock Institute --- Artist in Residence series, teaching, masterclasses, private lessons and performance techniques at UCLA campus in Los Angeles

December  Amsterdam Conservatory Artist in Residence series. Masterclasses, private teaching and performance;  Perform at the Kimmel Center with the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (music of Duke Ellington); Perform/present with Boyer jazz faculty at the JEN Conference

JAN KRZYWICKI’S (Music Studies/Theory) Fête for string orchestra was performed by the Temple Youth Orchestra in Iceland on three occasions in June. His Fantasia for solo harpsichord will be premiered by Joyce Lindorff in November. Krzywicki will conduct Network for New Music in concerts in November.

PHILLIP O’BANION (Instrumental Studies/Percussion)
O’Banion spent May and June performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra 2001, the Princeton Baroque Orchestra and as principal percussionist for the Princeton Opera’s production of “Nixon in China.”

In July, he returned to the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Tennessee, teaching and coaching college percussion students from around the country. In August he gave a solo performance at the Barnes Foundation as part of the first annual Steve Weiss Mallet Festival and spent three weeks in Saratoga Springs with the Philadelphia Orchestra performing everything from Mason Bates to Harry Potter to Wynton Marsalis’ “Swing Symphony” with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

This fall he will perform with Network for New Music, Orchestra 2001, Chamber Orchestra First Editions, the Delaware Symphony and The Philadelphia Orchestra. O’Banion will direct the Temple University Percussion Ensemble in a program of chamber ensemble works with strings, winds and piano on, November 4 at TPAC. The program features works by Augusta Read Thomas, Steve Reich, George Crumb, Alejandro Vinao, Gabriella Ortiz and Toru Takemitsu.

O’Banion is also preparing a solo marimba recital on March 31, 2020 in the Chapel at TPAC, which will feature two world premieres as well as Jacob Druckman’s “Reflections on the Nature of Water.” He will repeat the program on tour across several states and record for future commercial release.

JOANN MARIE KIRCHNER (Keyboard Studies) presented a workshop for the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' National Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba in July. Also, in July, along with colleague Dr. Eunhaey Yun, Kirchner presented a session on 'Promoting Mindful Practice' at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago, IL. In October, Kirchner will deliver a paper at the National Conference of the College Music Society in Louisville, Kentucky. She will also adjudicate for the Dorothy Sutton Piano Festival for the Main Line Music Teachers Association in October.

MARCUS DELOACH (Vocal Arts/Voice and Opera) was a guest voice teacher and adjudicator at Seagle Music Colony in upstate New York where he worked with the Emerging Artists. This September he will appear in recital at the Cincinnati Song Initiative singing songs of Henri Duparc with pianist Marie-France Lefebvre. Later this fall, DeLoach makes his debut at Arizona Opera in Gregory Spears' acclaimed Fellow Travelerswhere he will reprise the roles he created: Sen. Joseph McCarthy/ Interrogator/ Estonian Frank.

JILLIAN HARRIS (Dance) completed a two-month teaching residency at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia as part of work on her current project, Mud: Bodies of History. Currently in post-production, Mud: Bodies of History is a web-based, interactive dance film piece shot in San Antero, Colombia. Using movement footage shot in collaboration with twelve Colombian artists, the experience expands traditional definitions of choreography and will premiere in late October. This past spring, her article “Creative Diplomacy in Action: An Interview with Jena Woodbury” was published in the American Book Review, vol. 40, issue 4. In October, she will lead three dance film panels as part of the 2019 Women in Dance Leadership Conference at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Also in October, she will present at the 2019 National Dance Education Organization Conference in Miami, Florida. Harris also looks forward to serving as a presenter for Temple Prof. Coover's VR and Multimodal Media Arts Project: The Virtual City course in collaboration with the Kimmel Center.

SHERRIL DODDS (Dance) published a new book, The Bloomsbury Companion to Dance Studies (2019), and a journal article, "On Watching Screendance" in the International Journal of Screendance. She continues to be an active b-girl in the Philadelphia breaking scene.

SARA DAVIS BUECHNER (Keyboard Studies) enjoyed a busy summer with recitals in Ames, Iowa; in New York City for the WQXR Pride Month Celebration; and at Philadelphia’s PYPA Festival, under the auspices of Boyer Keyboard adjunct, Ching Yun Hu. In June - July, Buechner appeared in a series of 8 concerts with the Tokyo Sinfonia, playing all 21 solo Piano Concertos of Wolfgang Mozart. She then gave master classes at the Orford Music Festival in Québec, and made a return appearance at Citifield Stadium in Queens NY for New York Mets Pride Night.

This fall she will perform Piano Concertos by Beethoven, Chopin and Schumann (Robert and Clara) on the west coast and in Hawaii; and perform a Trio Recital with fellow Boyer faculty member, Jeffrey Solow and guest clarinetist Michael Webster at in Rock Hall on December 7.

ALISON REYNOLDS (Music Education) was a guest of the Chinese Orff Schulwerk Association in Beijing (8/2-8/4) and Chengdu (8/8-8/10), teaching early childhood music workshops with daily demonstration classes for children from 6 months to 3 years old and their caregivers. In October, she gives a keynote speech at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music for the National Music Education Conference in China.

CYNTHIA FOLIO’S (Music Studies/Theory) composition, Winds for Change—a concerto for two flutes and flute choir (on the topic of climate change), continues to receive many performances by the flute duo, ZAWA! (Claudia Anderson and Jill Felber). It was performed at the University of Northern Iowa in May and at the XI Festival Internacional de Flautistas de Costa Rica in July at the University of Costa Rica, in July. Her flute choir commission, Between Angels, was premiered at the University of Iowa in May and performed at the National Flute Association in Salt Lake City in August, in addition to her piece for piccolo and piano, Philadelphia Portraits. The PANdemonium4 Flute Quartet will be performing her composition, Four ‘Scapes, on a tour this fall beginning at Bowling Green State University, the University of Akron and Oberlin College (all in September) and ending at Ashland University (in November). Her composition, When the Spirit Catches You… (on the topic of seizures), will be performed by the Rêlache Ensemble on December 1 at the American Epilepsy Society Conference in Baltimore.

In July, Folio served as Faculty Director and taught advanced theory and composition at the two-week Young Women Composer’s Camp, held for the second summer at Temple. The camp ended with 18 premieres by the young women, performed by three Philadelphia Orchestra members and the Splice Ensemble.

She  also wrote two essays that are due for release in books this fall: (1) an article about incorporating improvisation into the theory classroom in the Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy, ed. by Leigh VanHandel (Routledge) and (2) a personal statement in Visions: The Inspirational Journeys of Epilepsy Advocates (Oxford University Press), ed. by Steven Schachter, Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and a true leader in advocacy for the quality of life of people with epilepsy.

MARK FRANKO (Dance) received a Faculty Merit Award for Teaching Excellence for 2017-2018; during his Guggenheim Fellow year he completed his book manuscript, The Fascist Turn in the Dance of Serge Lifar: French Interwar Ballet and the German Occupation will appear at Oxford University Press in April 2020. He published Choreographing Discourses: A Mark Franko Reader (London: Routledge, 2019) co-edited with Alessandra Nicifero. His book Danzar el Modernismo/Actuar la Política (Buenos Aires y Madrid: Miño y Dávila) will appear in September. This revised version of Dancing Modernism/Performing Politics (1995) will be Franko’s first publication in Spanish. The book contains a critical introduction by the translator, Argentinian dance scholar Juan Ignazio Vallejos. Franko will participate in the book launch in Buenos Aires in September and has been invited to lecture at the University of Madrid and the University of Salamanca in November.

He is co-editor with Kate Van Orden (Music, Harvard) of a ‘virtual debate’ to appear in Perspective: actualité en histoire de l'artpublished by the Institut national d'histoire de l'art (INHA, Paris) on “The Musical and Choreographic Score” (forthcoming in December). He has also been working on two articles: “Parade as a Critical Concept in Interwar French Dance Theory”for Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics and “The Choreographic Imagination of Sophie Taeuber-Arp” for Sophie Taeuber-Arp, the exhibition catalogue for the Sophie Taeuber-Arp retrospective that MoMA, the Kunstmuseum Basel, and the Tate Modern are organizing for 2020-2021. Finally, Franko’s third season review of New York City Ballet for The Massachusetts Review appeared in May and he will continue to review this year. He edited and wrote the Editor’s Foreword for two books in the Oxford Studies in Dance Theory series, Lucia Ruprecht, Gestural Imaginaries and Rebekah Kowal, Dancing the World Smaller.

MARIA DEL PICO TAYLOR (Keyboard Studies) was invited again to teach for the Philadelphia International Music Festival at Bryn Mawr College in July, where she taught a delegation of students from Vietnam. The Taubman Seminar was well attended by pianistsfrom different areas including two Brazil. Dr.Myriam Avalos Teie,a Temple alumna who is a very active pianist in Washington DC, gave a recital dedicated to the late Professor Harvey Wedeen.  She is completing herTaubman certification studies at the Seminar. TheSeminar produced 8 excellent videos for YouTube with students and faculty demonsrations. Another tour of Brazil is in preparation for next summer at the request of last year's participants.

(Music Education) began a series of early childhood music program observations in May in the Musica early childhood music program, which operates throughout Belgium. She will continue observations this fall and next spring (2020), creating opportunities for future research collaboration and faculty/student exchange.

Bolton taught workshops by Skype to Musica in Culla Level 1 early childhood music students in Madrid (May) and Rome (July) and taught the elementary general music learning theory portion of the summer professional development course offered jointly by the Boyer College and the Gordon Institute for Music Learning. Overall, the summer GIML course attracted 34 students in early childhood and elementary general music, including international students from seven countries outside the United States.

She resented two sessions at the refereed international conference of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning in Chicago in July. The first session focused on Bolton’s original music compositions and the second on advancing Gordon’s music learning theory. Prior to the conference, she attended an early childhood music education faculty retreat to discuss curriculum revision. In late August, she served (by Skype) as opening speaker for the Musica in Culla association operators meeting in Rome, Italy. Her presentation provided information and encouragement as the association embarks upon new directions in teaching and expansion of community outreach throughout Italy and Spain.

In November, Bolton will present her work in Cyprus, Italy ad Germany. In Cyprus she will present theoretical frameworks of early childhood music learning at a two-day intensive course at the European University Cyprus and she will provide music education lectures for students at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. In Italy, she will teach the intensive weekend Level 1 early childhood music course for Musica in Culla. In Germany, she will provide an intensive 2-day course for musicians and music educators at the Hochschule für Musik und Theaterin Munich.

DAVID PASBRIG (Music Studies/Music Technology) was the recording and editing engineer for Constant Renaissance, a new release by the BCM&D label featuring Vince Mendoza, Terell Stafford, and Dick Oatts. He also recorded segments of The Blair Mountain Project, a new opera by Maurice Wright, Leonard Bernstein’s Halil, featuring Charles Abramovic, Mimi Stillman, and the TU Percussion Ensemble, and many live concerts.

NATHAN BUONVIRI (Music Education) finished his 16th 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. His second book, The Subtle Side of Teaching, will be published in December by Rowman & Littlefield Education, and his article, “Tips for Tempo Maintenance,” will be published in The Instrumentalist in October. Buonviri will present two invited sessions this fall, at the PMEA District 12 Conference in Malvern, PA in November and at the Delaware Music Educators Association conference in October.

LAMBERT ORKIS (Keyboard Studies)
June    Performance: Kennedy Center Chamber Players, Washington, D.C. (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts). Works: Poulenc: Sonata for Flute and Piano; Penderecki: Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano.

September   Jury Chairman, 10th Trondheim (Norway) International Chamber Music Competition 2019 for Piano Trios.

Performing Artist: Trondheim Chamber Music Festival. Works: Brahms: Sonata for Cello and Piano in e minor, Op. 38 with cellist Tanja Tetzlaff; George Crumb: A Little Suite for Christmas for solo piano and written for Lambert Orkis.
Master Class: Department of Music, Trondheim University, Trondheim, Norway.

November   Performance: Kennedy Center Chamber Players, Washington, D.C. (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts). Works: Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin in F Major, Op. 24, "Spring"; Sonata for Piano and Cello in F Major, Op. 5, No. 1; Stephen Jaffe, Sonata in four parts for Cello and Piano (2007) - written for David Hardy and Lambert Orkis.

November-December   Tour of Asia with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, recitals in Hong Kong; Seoul, South Korea; Kaohsiung and Taipei, Taiwan; Beijing, China. Works by Beethoven. Also in Beijing, concert including Beethoven's Triple Concerto, performed with Ms. Mutter and cellist Daniel Müller-Schott with the NCPA Orchestra, Manfred Honeck, conductor.

December   Private Concert with cellist David Hardy at the Cosmos Club, Washington, DC. Works by Beethoven, Stephen Jaffe, Shostakovich.

In addition, Orkis performs in concerts as principal keyboard of the National Symphony Orchestra in May, June, and November at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., and in May, also at the The Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. and in Carnegie Hall, New York, New York.

ALEXANDAR deVARON (Music Studies/Theory) is looking forward to performances of his work in September at Sky Lake retreat center in Rosendale New York, and then in October by the New England Conservatory Chamber Singers in Boston.

In May he led the workshops: "Mindfulness and Song," and "Sense Perceptions as the Basis of Creativity" in Washington DC.

Here in Philadelphia he will co-lead the workshop "Creativity and the Five Elements" in September, and will lead another, "The Cultivation of Panoramic Awareness" in October.

EDUARD SCHMIEDER (Instrumental Studies/Violin)
May 3-8: President of the Jury, Remember Enescu XXI International Violin Competition, Sinaia, Romania. May 11-13: Temple Unversity Rome/ exploratory visit for music program. Rome, Italy

June: Oversaw  production of  album “Pictures  of Exhibition”  featuring  LIVE iPalpiti concert from Walt Disney Concert Hall, released  in July on BCM&D Records.

July 7-20: Directed 22nd annual iPalpiti  Festival of International Laureates in Los Angeles, CA. 25 selected  musicians from 19  countries  were featured in 12 concerts,  culminating  at  Walt  Disney Concert  Hall.  Premiered two commissioned works:“Harmony” by  Franghiz Alizade for iPalpiti orchestra &  percussion  and  “ Fantasia Hungariana” by  Sergei Dreznin for Piano Trio Zadig & iPalpiti orchestra.  Also,  USA premiere of the String Symphony  after “Kreutzer” Sonata by  Beethoven.
Media: Feature “22nd iPalpiti Festival:Season of Unique Premieres,” Almanac Panorama (June19-25 issue). 7 Weekend Picks: Going on the High  Note“the popular iPalpiti Festival presents its  finale  concert,” LA Times (July 18)  . Feature: “Season of Premieres Highlights 22nd iPalpiti Festival”,  Valley Scene Magazine ( July  5-12 issue)

July  26 –August 7: Summit Music Festival, Purchase, NY.  Gave master class &lLecture.  Presented  doncert from the Class of  Prof. Eduard  Schmieder, featuring  five violinists from Boyer.

October  6-11: Conductor-in-residence,  Kazakh National University of Arts. October  11, Concert:  State Performing  Arts Center Samuel Nebyu,  his  student at Boyer is a featued soloist in  Shor’s Violin Concerto. Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. October  14 -19:  Conductor, east coast tour  of Eurasia Symphony Orchestra/Schlomo Mintz, soloist. October  14: Symphony Space, New York. October 16:  Carnegie Zankel Hall, New York. October 17:  Kraushaar Auditorium, Baltimore, MD. October 19:  Temple Performing Arts Center. October 29: Master  class,  LSU School of Music, Baton Rouge, LA

PAUL RARDIN (Vocal Arts) conducted Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia in the Philadelphia premiere of Tan Dun's Water Passion after Saint Matthew for the 2019 Chorus America national conference in June. In November he will lead the Concert Choir in a performance of music by Ted Hearne, Ruthie Foster, and Derrick Spiva at the 8th National Conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization.

Research Presentations and Projects: Graduate poster session and Editorial Board meetings at Society for Music Teacher Education (September); Scholar in Residence at Case Western Reserve University (November 2019); Solo monograph to be released February 2020, Adolescents on Music [Oxford University Press]. Projects in preparation: A Multiple Case Study of Two Inclusive Choirs with Dr. Bridget Sweet of University of Illinois, and A Choral World Without Hierarchy: A Case Study of Eisenhower High School with Dr. Marci Major of West Chester University. Data analysis ongoing: “Safe Space” within a Comprehensive and Inclusive Music Program with Dr. Bridget Sweet.

Conducting Engagements: Fifteenth Anniversary CD Recording Release and Spring Concerts Pennsylvania Girlchoir, May 2019; Commonwealth Youthchoir Performance at Chorus America National Conference, June 2019; Three-week tour to Western Australia with Pennsylvania Girlchoir, July-August 2019; Upcoming Winter Concerts with Pennsylvania Girlchoir and Commonwealth Youthchoir, December 2019 including commission from Evelyn Curenton Simpson.

Editorial Board: Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, International Journal of Research in Choral Singing.

Grants and Awards: Temple Internationalization Grant recipient 2019-2020; CHAT Interdisciplinary Research Grant with Drs. Wendy Magee and Helen Shoemark; Founders Award from Commonwealth Youthchoirs, June 2019.

ADAM VIDIKSIS (Music Studies/Music Technology) has been appointed by the National Endowment for the Artsand the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission as a Director of Arts Technology for a performance during the 2020 Olympics in Japan celebrating the first inclusion of karate in the games. He will be working with composer Gene Coleman to lead a team of American and Japanese artists and musicians to capture movement using sensors and generate original music and visuals. Later this fall, Vidiksis will be exploring the Mammoth Cave National Park with his electroacoustic trio, SPLICE Ensemble, and composer Paula Matthusen of Wesleyan University. With special permission of the National Park Service, they will hike instruments and gear over two miles into the caves for a recording session that captures the cave’s unique sonic characteristics through a technique of recursive processing. This research will culminate in a new work composed by Matthusen to be premiered by SPLICE. In early September, Vidiksis’s work will be seen on campus in a series of interdisciplinary performances, workshops, and an installation in the Tyler Lounge Gallery. This project, entitled kNots & Nests, is directed by choreographer Marion Ramirez in close collaboration with Vidiksis and Tyler faculty and glass artist Kris Rumman, as well as other faculty contributors and a host of student researchers.

This summer, Vidiksis recorded percussion and electronics music by Temple alumna Dr. Anne Neikirk for release on an upcoming album with Parma Records. The SPLICE Ensemble was a featured performer at the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival and International Computer Music Conference, where they played multiple concerts. He taught at the SPLICE Institute at Western Michigan University, where the trio performed a number of concerts, including a premiere by composer Brittany Green. Vidiksis also volunteered to teach at the Young Woman Composers Camp (in its second year), as well as directed and taught at the inaugural SPLICE Academy, a week-long music technology program for high school students, here at Boyer. In June, SPLICE Ensemble was endowed a Barlow Commissioning Award to work with composer Steve Ricks of Brigham Young University.

Vidiksis is currently completing the score for two short films, one with director Tetsuki Ijichi, as well as a VR film with CPCA’s own Rod Coover. Coover and Vidiksis’s work, Tidal Impacts, will be presented in a series of VR installations on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus in November, as well as in a live music performance with the film at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

A new theatrical work by Vidiksis and director Mike Durkin of the Renegade Company, called That Time We Talked About Spaceships While Recreating Matisse’s ‘Le Bonheur De Vivre’, will premiere this fall at the Barnes Foundation.

Quanta, Vidiksis’s recent new work for voice and electronics, will be performed this fall by bass baritone Nicholas Isherwood at Warsaw Autumn, the largest international Polish festival of contemporary music, Amsterdam’s STEIM, and the University of Birmingham, UK.

Vidiksis’s student music tech ensemble, BEEP, was invited by the American Composers Forum and Mural Arts Philadelphia to perform three concerts this fall on their upcoming music festival celebrating the opening of the new Rail Park, which will showcase newly commissioned sound art installations at sites throughout the park. At this festival, which features professional musicians from Philadelphia and across the world, BEEP is the only student ensemble to be invited to perform and is the only group to perform each night. Also, BEEP will premiere a new work based on commuter data released by SEPTA by Boyer PhD candidate Andrew Litts in two public performances in Suburban Station this fall.

KATHRYN LEEMHUIS (Vocal Arts/Voice and Opera) returned to Carnegie Hall in May to perform the mezzo-soprano solos in Mozart's Coronation Massand Vivaldi's Gloria with the New York City Chamber Orchestra. She will make her debut with Opera Delaware in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppeathis coming opera season.

KAREN BOND (Dance) published a book, Dance and the Quality of Life, and is beginning work for a monograph on the currently tentative subject of 'dance and the mirror: a Buddhist-Deleuzian perspective.' She finished her first year as department chair.