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Opera program selected to compete in national competition

Ann Marie Daehn, Opera Theater DirectorWritten by guest blogger Dr. Ann Marie Daehn, Opera Theater Director

The Little Opera that Could!

I am so excited to tell you that our opera program was selected by a jury of experts to compete at the National Opera Association (NOA) National Convention Scenes Competition! Six students will represent us in front of directors from opera companies and university programs across the country and around the globe. Serving as Opera Director, I have selected a cross section of our student singers. They include senior performance major Brittany Griffin, senior music education/performance major Tyler Schlesselman, senior music theater major Alex Baylard, junior music theater major Adam Grimes, FRESHMAN voice performance major Aiyana Williams, and master’s student in piano performance, James Benecasa. They will compete in Greensboro, North Carolina, on January 8th and then get to enjoy the many master classes and networking opportunities of the convention.

Pirates of Penzance performance in Craig Hall's Coger Theatre
Pirates of Penzance performance in Craig Hall’s Coger Theatre

Opera has become a vital and collaborative opportunity for students of many majors. These living, learning opportunities have spanned the gamut from outreach at Robberson Elementary, collaboration with Art and Design to make Ellis Hall shine in Magic Flute, work with Theatre and Dance on last season’s hit show, Pirates of Penzance , and the troupe transported us back in time with Purcell’s chamber opera, Dido and Aeneus.

I bet you’re wondering where you can see them perform? Well, tickets will be available in January for the operetta, Die Fledermaus – a wonderful grand ball to take place in Springfield’s very own Savoy Ballroom on April 17th and 19th. “Like” MSU Opera Theater on Facebook and we’ll make sure you have a chance to get to know these singers, see behind the scene updates on their work and that you’ll never miss a performance.

Go Bears!!!

— Dr. Ann Marie Daehn

P.S. Students are raising funds for their travel expenses to the national competition. You can help by donating to their crowdfunding project: http://www.missouristatecrowdfunding.org/dreamdetails/Details/17


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19th Annual Fite Family Young Artists Piano Competition set for April 2015

The 19th annual Fite Family Young Artists Piano Competition is April 19, 2015. The contest is open to pianists between ages 14 and 18. PianoKeyboard

The preliminary round of the Young Artist Competition will be conducted by mail. The semi-final and final rounds will be held on Saturday, April. 19, in Ellis Recital Hall on the campus of Missouri State University. Applicants will be informed by mail of their acceptance into the competition and of their performance times in the semi-final round. Contestants should register with the competition coordinator one hour before performance time.

The adjudicators of the competition this year are Joel Hastings (Florida State University), Hye-Jung Hong and Wei-Han Su (Missouri State University).

The application deadline is March. 20, 2015. All applications must include the following:

  • Audition recording clearly labeled with name of applicant and repertoire.
  • Proof of age (photocopy of birth certificate, drivers license or passport).
  • A photograph suitable for the program booklet. (An electronic version may be sent to the Competition Coordinator.)
  • A non-refundable check for $25 made out to: MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION

For more information please contact Dr. Peter Collins, competition coordinator, by email at PeterCollins@MissouriState.edu or by phone at 417-836-5548.


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Recording arts teacher wins Posi award

Darcy StevensRecording arts educator Darcy W. Stevens has won an emPower Posi award for his music video, “It’s All Good.” This is a second Posi win for Stevens, who teaches Intro to Audio Techniques, Advanced Audio Recording Techniques and Recording Arts Practicum.

About emPower

EmPower Music & Arts is a community dedicated to creating positive global change through music, writing and the spoken word. Members include musicians, song writers, artists, authors, performers, ministers and music directors. The company has been awarding Posi’s for 10 years.

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Opera students help MSU earn Presidential Honor Roll award

MSU_Music_-Magic-Flute_3The service-learning efforts of students in music and theatre and dance have helped Missouri State earn a spot on the 2014 Presidential Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in the General Community Service category.

Robberson Community School project

Over 60 students in opera and theatre, as well as math, Spanish, reading, criminology and the sciences,  joined the citizen and service-learning office in the 2012-2013 school year to provide educational opportunities to more than 300 students at Robberson Community School, where many families fall below the poverty line.

Other projects submitted

During the 2012-2013 academic year, a total 6,854 Missouri State Springfield students and student volunteers contributed 386,508 hours of service to communities — locally, nationally and globally. Along with the Robberson outreach program, the University submitted two additional service-learning projects to be considered for the Honor Roll. Those included the Diversity Pep Talk program, led by Dr. Adena D. Jones with a team of psychology service-learning students, and spring immersion trips to New Orleans, Dallas and Chicago, where volunteer students worked to address problems in those communities.

About the 2014 Presidential Honor Roll

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships.

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Students, professor compositions will be performed at Society of Composers conference

MSU-Music_logoTwo undergraduate composition students and a music professor have had their compositions selected for performance at the Society of Composers, Inc. 2015 Region VI conference, to be held at Henderson State University in Arkansas, March 6-8, 2015.

Selection process

Pieces by Dr. Michael F. Murray and his students Tyler Durham and Jeremy Cuebas were chosen after a highly competitive selection process.

Student compositions

The Henderson State University Wind Ensemble will play Durham’s concert band composition “Flight of the Monarchs,” and six Missouri State undergraduates will perform Cuebas’ song cycle “Clare Songs” for baritone, clarinet, violin, and cello.

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Double Reed Day returns in 2015

Double Reed Day ProfesssorsCome to a fun-filled Saturday workshop, on February 7 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.,  for oboe and bassoon players in grades 7-12. Missouri State Professor Cynthia Green Libby (oboe) and Leigh Miller Muñoz (bassoon) will provide students with  informative advice on playing oboe and bassoon, and coach district contest solos. The workshop will be held in Ellis Recital Hall.

  • Double reed ensemble performances will be held at 2PM.
  • Lunch will be supervised in the Plaster Student Union.
    • Bring at least $6 for lunch.
  • All parents and the public are invited.

To reserve a place for your student, please complete and submit the registration form by February 2.

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Free holiday concert Dec. 2 at Hammons Hall

MSU_OrchestraAndChoir_HolidayConcertThe Missouri State Symphony Orchestra will join the Grand Chorus tonight at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts to present their free Holiday Celebration Concert, featuring “Hodie” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Each group will also perform pieces of its own. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact music professor Robert Quebbeman by email or at 417-836-5729.

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