Homecoming Choral Concert to Feature World Premiere
The Valparaiso University Homecoming Choral Concert will kick off the campus Reformation observance with the premiere of Into the Light by composer Jake Runestad, a choral and orchestral piece commissioned by the university. The program will also include a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata 80: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott.
The concert, at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 in the Chapel of the Resurrection, will feature performances by the Valparaiso University Chorale, Women’s Choir, Men’s Ensemble, and Bach Choir and Orchestra.
Into the Light was commissioned to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. “It is my hope that this new work Into the Light allows us to be immersed in the wisdom of some of the most important and influential reformers in history, and challenges us to consider how we can move beyond fear and onto a path of love, compassion and kindness,” Runestad said.
After its premiere at the university, this composition will also be performed by the Chorale during their 500th Anniversary of the Reformation tour in Germany this October.
Tickets for this performance are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and non-Valparaiso University students. The concert is free to Valpo faculty, staff and students. For tickets or more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 219.464.6950.
Gala Concert at Millennium Park
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German Organist to Offer Lunchtime Recital
Stefan Palm, the Recktor of the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik in Rottenburg-am-Neckar, will be in residence for three days at Valparaiso University, and conclude his visit with a lunchtime organ recital at the Chapel of the Resurrection at 12:30 p.m on Friday, September 22. All are welcome to this free afternoon performance.
The Hochschule für Kirchenmusik is one of three study abroad programs Valpo sponsors in the Germany, and provides church music students from either institution the opportunity for intensive study at the partner school.
Faculty Jazz Trio to Perform with Acclaimed Chicago Vocalist
The Faculty Jazz Trio will perform in the University Theatre on Wednesday, September 20, at 7:30 p.m. The program is free of charge.
Members of the trio include Jeffrey C. Brown (percussion), Alex Austin (bass), and Roger Harris (piano). The trio will be joined by guest vocalist Kimberley Gordon. Chicago native Kimberly Gordon has been a part of the national jazz scene for twenty-five years, playing top venues and receiving high acclaim from critics and musicians alike. During her five year stint in New York City, she was Artist in Residence at Smalls and Cleopatra’s Needle also singing at The Village Vanguard, Bradley’s, Sweet Basil and other top venues. Kimberly has shared the stage with Jazz legends such as Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Betty Carter, Roy Hargrove, Harry”Sweets” Edison, Marcus Roberts, Frank Hewitt, Barry Harris, Captain Jack McDuff, John Hicks, Von Freeman, and countless others. In her hometown, Chicago, Kimberly just finished up a 10 year run as Artist in Residence at the world renowned Green Mill Jazz Club.
Visiting Professor to Offer Multicultural Recital, Masterclass
The Valparaiso University Department of Music welcomes George Wolfe as Visiting Instructor in Music for Fall 2017. Dr. Wolfe is Professor Emeritus at Ball State University where he taught saxophone performance and chamber music for 32 years. He has performed extensively throughout the United States and has also concertized in Europe, Cyprus, Costa Rica, Canada, India, Korea and Japan.He holds a Performance Certificate from Indiana University where he studied with Eugene Rouseau and Daniel Deffayet. He has taught as an artist-in-residence at Arizona State University, Klagenfurt Conservatory (Austria), the University of Saskatchewan (Canada), and at the University of San Jose in Costa Rica.
He and pianist James Helton will give a program of multi-cultural music for saxophone and piano in Duesenberg Recital Hall at 2 pm on Sunday, September 24, to be followed by a clinic and masterclass for local saxophone students. Music on the recital is inspired by flamenco guitar, South Indian classical music, tangos from Argentina, Japanese Shakuhachi music, and American Jazz and ragtime.
Professor Receives International Award
Christopher Cock, professor of music, was awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany in recognition of the “exceptional service” he has rendered to German-American relations in the field of music.
This award was announced prior to the Fall 2017 tour of the University Chorale to Germany. The University Chorale has been invited as the only international choir to perform in 2017 in Wittenberg, Germany, at the 500th anniversary commemoration of the Reformation.
“The Valparaiso University Chorale is honored to accept the invitation to join in the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in the very spot where Martin Luther posted his 95 theses,” says Christopher Cock, Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Lutheran Music and director of the University Chorale. “Since 2004, the Chorale has sung in many historically significant churches in Germany, and our visit in 2017 promises an opportunity to showcase the excellence of the Chorale.”
Gaudete Brass Featured at Valpo in Recital
The Gaudete Brass Quintet will be performing a combination of classic and contemporary music in Duesenberg Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14.
The quintet is made up of Charles Roberts and Bill Baxtresser, trumpet; Philip Kassel,horn; Scott Tegge, tuba; and Paul Von Hof, trombone. They will be joined for this performance by Valparaiso University faculty member Ericka Tyner Grodrian, horn.
Their performance will include Joan Tower’s Copperwave, Francisco Guerrero’s Canciones y Villanescas espirituales, Paul Hindemith’s Trauermusik — Music of Mourning and Paul Von Hoff’s Fanfare on an English Tune for Brass Quintet. They will conclude with Stacy Garrop’s Legends of Olympus, which was commissioned by Gaudete Brass.
For more information about the Gaudete Brass Quintet, visit gaudetebrass.com.
Concert Season to Open with Faculty Artist Recital
Monday, August 28
Endless Opportunity: Valpo STEM Students Pursue Multiple Passions
Thanks to the tenacity of Alison Norris ’17, Valpo is home to a chamber music ensemble nicknamed the “STEM-quintet,” enabling a group of five individuals with varying interests to incorporate their love for music into their arduous academic schedules.
“I chose to attend Valparaiso University for countless reasons — my mother’s alma matter, premier engineering program, and endless opportunity,” Alison says. “At Valpo, I have not only been able to explore my interests, I have been encouraged and inspired to do so.”
Alison, who recently graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering, was a member of the Symphony Orchestra throughout her four years on campus. While Valpo’s music department offers an array of options for non-majors, when Alison sought to expand her musical involvement by joining a woodwind quintet, there were no openings for a flautist. Thus, with the approval of the music department, Alison took initiative to create an additional quintet.
“Many music departments are hesitant to allow non-majors to participate in their ensembles, but at Valpo, it is not only allowed, it is encouraged and supported by other departments and the University at large,” says Ericka Grodrian, D.M., associate professor of music. “Students here are inspired to create their own opportunities. When students take initiative, some truly incredible and fulfilling things can happen for them.”
Launched in fall 2015, the quintet is comprised of all STEM majors — Brian Thomson ’17, mathematics major, clarinet; Timothy Henderson ’20, engineering major, oboe; Sarah Kuchel ’19, electrical and computer engineering major, bassoon, Janelle Wigal ’18, electrical engineering major, French horn; and Alison, mechanical engineering major, flute. Read more…
Valpo Welcomes Visiting Faculty Organist
Valparaiso University is pleased to welcome Dr. Sunghee Kim as Visiting Assistant Professor in Music and the Interim Director of Chapel Music, beginning in Fall 2017. She will additionally serve as University Organist and conductor of the University Kantorei.
Dr. Kim holds degrees from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, the University of North Texas and Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea. An accomplished organist, she is a former first prize winner in the Fort Wayne National Organ Playing Competition. She comes to Valpo, having served in a faculty appointment at Pennsylvania Sate University at Abington and as Director of Music at Concordia Lutheran Church in Wilmington, Delaware.