• Clouds of Forgetting, Clouds of Unknowing, composed by John Luther Adams, associate professor of composition, was released in 1998 to enthusiastic reviews. His work was explored in "Sonic Geography of the Arctic," a feature article in the Spring 1998, issue of Musicworks. Adams's In the White Silence, performed by the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble and directed by Timothy Weiss, associate professor of wind conducting, received its world premiere at the Conservatory in November, and his Strange and Sacred Noise was performed in Warner Concert Hall in November by The Percussion Group-Cincinnati. Clouds of Forgetting, Clouds of Unknowing will be performed this summer at the 1999 Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC.


Brian Alegant, associate professor of music theory, received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to examine the organizing principles of Luigi Dallapiccola's 12-tone music. Alegant aims to unveil the salient characteristics and techniques of Dallapiccola's works and provide the first in-depth study of the compositional language and harmonic logic of the composer, who lived between 1904 and 1975.


David Breitman, assistant professor of historical performance, was invited to discuss and play Haydn's F minor variations as part of a Haydn conference in March at the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York, sponsored by the Orchestra of St. Lukes. Other participants included noted Haydn scholar Elaine Sisman, professor of musicology at Columbia University, James Keller ('75) of The New York sponsored by the Orchestra of St. Lukes. Other participants included noted Haydn scholar Elaine Sisman, professor of musicology at Columbia University, James Keller ('75) of The New Yorker. In the fall, Breitman performed a program of all American songs with Sanford Sylvan in Hertz Hall at the University of California-Berkeley. His spring concert activities included a recital of American songs with baritone Sanford Sylvan at Alice Tully Hall, and two Mozart concerti with the Tulsa Philharmonic. The first-ever recording of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas on original instruments includes Breitman as one of seven fortepianists. The Complete Piano Sonatas on Period Instruments/Ludwig van Beethoven, a 10-CD set, was released on the Claves label in September 1997.

• Performance and publication activities of Paul Cohen, teacher of classical saxophone, include the following:

Solo performances: Wayne Chamber Orchestra, Philip Glass Facades (soprano saxophone); Syracuse Symphonic Winds, Dahl Concerto for Alto Saxophone; Juilliard Dance Theater (Lincoln Center) and Wallach Glancing Below (sopranino, soprano and baritone saxophones).

Orchestra appearances: Long Island Philharmonic (Music of Bernstein); Ohio Chamber Orchestra (Music of Milhaud, Gershwin, Ives); Oregon Symphony (special guest for Slow Dance, a new contemporary work with solo saxophone by David Schiff).

Concerto performance: the New Hudson Saxophone Quartet (NHQ), which is comprised of Cohen and two Oberlin grads Tim Ruedeman and Noah Getz, performed Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra by former Con student Calvin Hampton, with the Metamorphosis Orchestra.

Cohen's feature articles "Grainger and the Intimate Saxophone" was published in the February 1999, Instrumentalist magazine. His "Cohen's Quartet Arrangement of Copland's 4 Piano Blues," "A Gift to be Simple" and "Suite from Our Town" were published in Boosey & Hawkes&emdash; (spring/summer, 1999).

Recordings: Soundtrack for an independent film The Ugliest Man in the World. He performed on a recording of American music for the Allegro label, slated for a spring 1999 release.


• Harmonia Mundi France has issued a new CD by Lisa Crawford, NEA Conservatory Challenge Professor of Harpsichord, and her former student Mitzie Meyerson '79. Le Roux: Piéces de calvecin is music for two harpsichords by Gaspard Le Roux. Crawford and Meyerson made the recording on antique harpsichords in Edinburgh. The album received a five-star review from Le Monde de la Musique. Crawford performed three two-harpsichord concerts with Meyerson in January and February. The first concert, in Edinburgh, Scotland, was performed for the Georgian Concert Series, a series which uses the antique instruments from the Russell Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments at the University of Edinburgh. Concerts were performed in the18th century St. Cecilin's Hall. The second concert was hosted by the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society, where the artists also offered a master class for the University of Iowa. The third concert was hosted by the Cleveland Museum of Art.


• Professor of music theory Warren Darcy '68 presented a paper entitled "Rotational Form, Teleological Genesis, and Fantasy-Projection in the Slow Movement of Mahler's Sixth Symphony" at the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory, held in December in Chapel Hill, NC.


• In December 1998, professor of pianoforte Monique Duphil released a CD for Electra of solo piano pieces by Venezuelan composers entitled Venezuela. In January 1999, she performed the Grieg piano concerto with the Tupelo Symphony Orchestra in Mississippi, under conductor Louis Lane.

Kay Edwards, visiting assistant professor of music education, presented a two-day workshop in July on "Multicultural Music in the Curriculum" at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her article "Multicultural Music Instruction: What Can Be Achieved?" was published in The Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. It includes Edwards' qualitative research in the elementary schools. Another article focusing on Edwards' quantitative research regarding cultural perceptions and music stereotypes of fourth-grade students, was published in the Southeastern Journal of Music Education Research. In November, Edwards presented a music workshop in Oberlin entitled "Multicultural Songs, Games and Stories for the Elementary Classroom" for area music teachers.

• Professor of violin Taras Gabora offered an all-Brahms recital at the University of North Texas in April 1998, a July 1998, recital during the "Oberlin at Casalmaggiore," Italy, and an August 1998 recital "Victoria Summer Festival," in Victoria, Canada. He offered a three-day master class in Athens, Greece, in November, and attended the Salzburg International Mozart Competition, January 8&endash;22, 1999. In April, he will serve as a member of the jury for the Yfrah Neaman International Violin Competition in Mainz, Germany.

Herbert Henke '53 emeritus professor of Eurythmics and music education, presented two sessions at the Alabama Music Educators Conference in January, and also served as artist-in-residence at the University of Alabama.


• Professor of viola Jeffrey Irvine taught a December master class at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Irvine says an Interlochen viola teacher, David Holland, is the father of Jennifer Holland, one of Irvine's freshman students at Oberlin. Last summer, Irvine taught technique classes, a formal master class and private lessons at Interlochen. He also performed in concert, Lament for Two Violas by Frank Bridge, with Laura Kuennen-Poper, Conservatory associate dean/ director of career development. Last summer marked Irvine's seventh summer at Bucknell, where he taught viola and chamber music with the Quartet Program, June 21 through mid-July. Following that season, Irvine resigned to take a position at Encore School for Strings in Hudson, Ohio. In December, Irvine (along with teacher of viola Lynn Ramsey) performed with the Amici String Quartet at Gray's Armory in Cleveland. The concert was a benefit for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (presented by the Association of Cleveland Firefighters).

• Publishing and performance highlights of Jody Kerchner, assistant professor of music education, include the following. Her article "Teaching Ideas" was published in the December 1998, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Guide for Teachers, educational materials designed to prepare teachers and students to attend the CSO Youth Programs at Orchestra Hall. Kerchner's "A Model for Educational Partnerships" was published in the fall issue of Journal of Music Teacher Education. The fall issue of the Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education featured "The Effect of Music Performance on Music Listening," which was co-written by Kerchner and J. Kjelland. Kerchner's performances as a professional choir member include two August concerts: the Robert Page Cleveland Singers at the Hinshaw Publisher Music Workshop at Chapel Hill, N.C., and the Robert Page Cleveland Singers, Chautauqua Music Festival, Chautauqua, N.Y. As conductor of the Oberlin Youth Chorale, she performed with the Chorale Holiday Concert in December at the United Methodist Church in Oberlin, and with other choirs of the Oberlin Choristers at the Stocker Center on Valentine's Day.

John Knight, professor of music education and chair of the division of conducting and ensembles, was guest conductor of the All-County Symphonic Band at Long Island University in January. The concert was sponsored by the New York Music Educators Association. The all-county band personnel were chosen by auditions for 153 members from 83 participating high schools in Long Island. In March, Knight was guest conductor of four honor bands in Kansas City, Mo. In April, he will conduct the Elkhart (Indiana) High School orchestra and wind ensemble. In addition to his guest conducting, Knight is consulting editor of The Instrumentalist magazine where he had the following articles published in 1998: "Lessons from Hemingway: The Eloquence of Simplicity" (November), "Lessons from Otto Klemperer" (October), "An Interpretive Analysis of H. Owen Reed's LaFiesta Mexicana" (September), "The Night We Found Nimrod" and "Elgar's Majestic, Lyrical 'Nimrod'" (July), "Refining the Preparatory Beat" and "A Conducting Analysis of Selected Band Repertoire" (May), and "Learning the Art of Conducting" (January). Knight's 1999 Instrumentalist features have included "Tyranny on the Podium, An Interpretive Analysis of George Szell Conducting Dvorak's Symphony #9 in E Minor" (January). Knight is writing two conducting textbooks for teachers of band and orchestra. The band textbook will be devoted to the conducting pedagogy needed for interpreting the major concert band repertoire, and the orchestra textbook, Legacy of the Maestros, will compare and contrast interpretive practices of the great conductors of the past.

• Ocora (Radio France) has reissued a 1971 production by Roderic Knight, professor of musicology. Gambie'L'Art de la kora: Jali Nyam Suso is a CD version of the vinyl recording Gambie: Mandinka kora par Jali Nyama Suso. The CD includes three new songs, and Knight has updated the liner notes.


• Numerous compositions by Wendell Logan, professor of African-American music and chair of the jazz studies program, have received performances. These include "Moments," performed by the contemporary group Thamyris at the National Black Arts Festival (Atlanta, July 1998) and by Oberlin alums eighth blackbird (Oberlin, February 1998). Excerpts from the opera Doxology were also performed at the National Black Arts Festival with Logan conducting. "Roots, Branches, Shapes and Shades" for piano and chamber orchestra, was performed by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony in April 1998 with Neal Creque, teacher of jazz piano, as guest soloist, and Edwin London conducting. Logan's "Tin Tin Deo" was performed by the Jazz Heritage Orchestra (November 1998). He performed with Oberlin Jazz Ensemble (OJE) at the Notre Dame, Ohio State and Tri-C Jazz festivals. The ensemble received outstanding ratings at all of the festivals. Logan played in concert at the Diamondback Brewery in Cleveland (March 1998) with the OJE. The Oberlin Jazz Septet was the title for the group's December release. Logan also performed with a group of jazz studies majors at Grafton State Prison.

Recordings of his work include: "Roots, Branches, Shapes and Shades" by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony; "Runagate, Runagate" for tenor and orchestra, recorded by the Czech National Symphony with William Brown, soloist and Paul Freeman, conductor; and "Afro-Blue" (an arrangement) by the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble. Logan received the Vladimir and Rhoda Lakond Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters at a June meeting of the academy, and an ASCAP award for composition. He appeared on "Around Noon," on WCPN radio, Cleveland's NPR affiliate, and on a December WRUW radio round-table discussion "Why Duke?" as a part of the "Everything Ellington" celebration.

• Recent performances for Michael Lynn, associate professor of recorder and associate dean for facilities and technology, include a September performance for the Northern Ohio Live Awards. Lynn is a member of Apollo's Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, that won the Classical Music Award and played at the State Theater ceremony. The ceremony and performance were broadcast live on WCLV. In November, Lynn performed Monteverdi's Vespers with Apollo's Fire at Rocky River, Akron, Cleveland Heights and Cleveland (which was broadcast on WKSU). Also in November with Apollo's Fire, Lynn performed "Candles and Carols from the Olde World" in Akron, Cleveland and Westlake. The Cleveland concert was recorded and distributed nationwide as part of National Public Radio's special holiday offerings. Lynn's performance with the Stan Hywet Series, along with fellow professors Lisa Crawford and Kathie Lynn, was broadcast in February on WKSU. In January, Lynn performed "Concertos from Zimmerman's Coffeehouse" in Rocky River, Cleveland Heights, Pittsburgh (broadcast live on WQED), and Akron (recorded for broadcast by WKSU). Lynn, with Apollo's Fire, performed in a Fox 8 TV morning broadcast, and performed at First Waltz, Cleveland, in January. Lynn also played six concerts in five months with the Irish band, Turn the Corner. Kathie Lynn, visiting teacher of baroque flute and recorder, Conservatory harpsichord tuner, and also a member of Apollo's Fire, performed at all the above-mentioned events except the Carols Concerts.

• Professor of singing, Daune Mahy, was honored by the city of Urbania, Italy, for her direction of the Oberlin In Italy Program. A plaque was presented to commemorate the decade of co-operation between Urbania and Oberlin.

Approximately 35 students participated this year and presented two in-house concerts, an evening of chamber operas, a double bill of Rita by Donizetti and La Cantarina by Haydn, and a final gala concert. The evening of chamber operas was presented in the theater in Novafeltira, and the opera scenes evening was presented in Fermigniano. Four students, Rhiannon Giddens (Mellon Fellowship), John Rodgers, Michael Preacely and Maleata Carson, also worked on their research projects at the Rossini Foundation in Pesaro.


• While on a fall semester sabbatical, professor of violin Marilyn McDonald played in the Renwick Gallery Series (affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution), with the newly formed Axelrod Quartet, in Washington, D.C. and Little Washington, Va., and with the Castle Trio in Houston, Texas. These two groups are in residence at the Smithsonian. The quartet is named after Herbert Axelrod, who donated the Stradivarius instruments on which they performed. McDonald recorded Mozart and Beethoven string trios for an AT&T Labs experimental project with Conservatory engineer Michael Schulze. McDonald's sabbatical project involved the solo sonatas of J.S. Bach. She performed at Baileys Harbor, Wisc., and at Lawrence University, Appleton, where she also offered a master class. In March, she performed a concert in Boston's Jordan Hall with the Boston Baroque, an original instrument orchestra, of which she is concertmaster. She also performed as soloist with orchestra at the Hardin-Simmons University of Abilene, Texas.

• In January, Catharina Meints, teacher of viola da gamba and baroque cello, traveled for a two-week tour of the Canary Islands, Spain (Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia) and Paris with the Cleveland Orchestra. She was interviewed about the tour for a February 2, Cleveland Plain Dealer feature story. Later that week, she presented a program of baroque style cello and viola da gamba for the Cleveland Cello Society, which included a master class with and performance by several young cellists. Meints, on cello, performed in a November faculty recital in Kulas Recital Hall, with David Breitman, on piano. She performed again with Breitman for a March concert of early 19th century music (with Breitman's replica of an 1824 Graf piano), at Harkness Chapel of Case Western Reserve University. The instrument collections of Meints and James Caldwell, professor of oboe, were featured in the Winter 1998-1999 issue of Early Music America (including the cover shot of the couple's Johann Tielke (c.1680) gamba. The article included an extensive interview about the couple's private collection of antique musical instruments. Meints was featured in Channel 19 news coverage during a second grade classroom visit to Margaret Ireland School in Cleveland. Meints teaches at the school eight times a year as part of the Learning Through Music Program, established by the Cleveland Orchestra.

• Winter term was an exciting month for Richard Miller, professor of singing/director of the Otto B. Schoepfle Vocal Arts Center. He presented master classes in technique and literature coaching at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and at Brigham Young University at Provo. Miller also presented a workshop in systematic technique and literature coaching for Australian Operatic Productions and Opera Auditions, Ltd., at the Melba Conservatorium, located in Melbourne, Australia.

Gary Lee Nelson, professor of electronic and computer music, was featured in a January, Discovery Channel online feature article: "The Sound Of Chaos: The Music Makers." The piece highlighted composers (including Nelson), offered audio clips and visual clips, and invited readers to "take a fantastic voyage," "create your own chaos" and "try your hand at creating a fractal tune."

• A September performance by professor of composition Pauline Oliveros and her Deep Listening Band was reviewed in The New York Times. In "When the Audience is Asked to Listen in a Different Way," Anthony Tommasini wrote: "At 65, Ms. Oliveros still seems to have a hold on young people, for on three nights this past weekend, the Deep Listening Band, an ensemble she has headed for 10 years, drew standing-room-only crowds to the Low Library Rotunda at Columbia University. The idea is to listen, as the title of the ensemble suggests, in a deep manner, not intellectually deep, but spiritually and intuitively. Occasionally, those in the audience not attuned to such deep listening grabbed their backpacks and fled. But most were at least curious, and many seem transfixed."


• In September, professor of musicology Stephen Plank offered a preconcert lecture before each of the Apollo's Fire performances of Henry Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas at the Cleveland Museum of Art. He talked about Henry Purcell and the Dido tapestries on view in the museum's Armor Court. The lectures and concerts celebrated the reopening of the newly restored court.

• In mid-May 1998, Paul Polivnick, music director of the Oberlin Orchestra and the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, traveled to Kiev in the Ukraine to record a CD of the music of the contemporary Viennese composer, Alexander Blechinger with the Kiev Camerata. During the summer, Polivnick completed his seventh season as Music Director of the New Hampshire Music Festival, a six-week orchestral and chamber music festival in the beautiful Lake District of central New Hampshire. During those six weeks, he conducted 17 concerts of masterworks and premieres. In October, he guest conducted two concerts with the Vermont Symphony in Burlington, with music by Tchaikovsky, Plaine, Saint-Saens and Gershwin. In November, Polivnick guest conducted seven concerts with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Virginia. The diverse repertoire included work by Bartok, Beethoven, Wagner, Schubert, Peck, Plaine, Larsen, Faure, Grainger, Bach, Handel and Rossini. One of the concert venues was a Richmond rock club. In January, Polivnick made his French debut with L'Orchestre National de Lille for its annual Recontre Internationale Robert Casadesus. He conducted seven piano concertos with three 1998 winners of international piano competitions.


Richard Povall, director of the division of contemporary music and chair of TIMARA, will be resident composer within the Choreographic Research and Development Programme at Firkin Crane, Cork, Ireland. Firkin Crane is Ireland's leading center for the development of contemporary dance. Povall was co-production resident composer at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada in January, and will return in August and September.

He presented his work with Jools Gilson-Ellis (who visited Oberlin for a fall residency) at numerous conferences and workshops, including the International Dance & Technology 1999 conference at Arizona State University, the annual conference of the International Association of Word and Image in Claremont, Calif., and the California Institute for the Arts. He will also present current research at the Digital Creativity 99 conference in England in April.

Povall was awarded a
$12,000 grant from the Irish Arts Council, in support of his current collaborative work with Gilson-Ellis, The Secret Project, which is co-produced with Firkin Crane and the Banff Centre for the Arts. It will premiere in Canada in September 1999, then tour Ireland and the United Kingdom for the remainder of the year. The work makes use of motion sensitive haptic boxes that contain a number of different sound environments. Povall also continues work on The Dartmoor Project, a major digital project involving experimental interactive interfaces. This work is slated for a September premiere, and will continue through 2001 when the final exhibition will take place.

• In June, George Sakakeeny, associate professor of bassoon, performed Blechinger's Bassoon Concerto at the International Double Reed Society conference in Tempe, Ariz., with the Phoenix Symphony. The concerto was written for him. Also appearing on the program were the principal oboists of the Cleveland and Chicago symphonies and the principal bassoonist of Orpheus. In March, Sakakeeny performed the world premier of Peter Shickele's bassoon concerto with the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, at the Southern Theatre in Columbus. The concerto was commissioned by Pro Musica and was written especially for Sakakeeny. In June, he will perform a concerto at the Bluebird International Music Festival in Near Budapest, Hungary, and in August, he will offer a repeat performance of the Shickele bassoon concerto at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. Sakakeeny's recording of the Blechinger bassoon concerto was released by Harmonia Classica Records in June. It was recorded with the Kiev Camerata, with conductor Paul Polivnick. It is available through Forrests Music: 1-800-322-6263 or www.forrestsmusic.com


Robert Spano, associate professor of conducting and music director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, conducted a November performance that was reviewed in The New York Times. In "Brooklyn Orchestra Takes on Avant-Garde,"Allan Kozinn wrote: "In his first two seasons as music director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Robert Spano has had a revitalizing effect on the freelance players who make up the ensemble. But as telling as his work has been in programs that have danced around the periphery of the standard repertory, the assurance, solidity and polish these players brought to a difficult program of contemporary works on Saturday evening gave the impression that the orchestra had reached a new level." The concert, which opened the orchestra's 45th season, was also part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, and was called "AB&C" after its three composers, John Adams, Luciano Berio and Elliott Carter.

Haskell Thomson, professor of organ and chair of the division of keyboard studies, performed a concert at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Valentine's Day. The program showcased piano works by Franz Liszt, and organ works by J.S. Bach, Olivier Messiaen and Vincent Persichetti.

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