Rozsa, VPA Announce 2012-13 Season

Rozsa 2012-13
Rozsa 2012-13 Season

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts announce their 2012-13 season.

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts will produce five plays, capping the year with a production of “Fiddler on the Roof” in April.

Subscription sales begin the first week of August. Single ticket sales begin the first week of September. To purchase tickets, contact Ticketing Services at 487-2073, or go online at rozsa.tickets.mtu.edu .

Read more at Tech Today, by Bethany Jones.


Dean’s List Spring 2012

4.0 Students (SFAT, SFSD, SEMP, SFET)
Doerr-Newton, Collin K JR SFSD
Johns, Lindsey L SR SFSD

3.50-3.99 Students (SFAT, SFSD, SEMP, SFET)
Borel, Corinne P JR SEMP
Goddard, Russell J SR SFAT
Gray, Kevin R JR SFSD
Grietsell, Alec M JR SFET
Hammersley, Jess M SR SFAT
Hunter, Nathan SR SFAT
Kirby, Paul R JR SFSD
Laban, Chloe A SR SFSD
Olsen, Zachary L SR SFET
Palma, Alex F SR SFSD
Pittsley, Alison M SR SFAT
Prusi, Grant D SR SFAT
Putzig, Renata M JR SFAT
Schumaker, Courtney L SO SFSD
Trevino, Christopher A SR SFSD
Williams, Dmitri SO SEMP


Director of Bands Vacancy

Title: Instructor or Visiting Assistant Professor/Director of Bands

Department: Visual and Performing Arts (www.mtu.edu/vpa/)

Status: Full-time/Non-tenure Track

Description: Michigan Technological University seeks a dynamic conductor-educator to fill the position of Director of Bands for an annual appointment renewable for up to two additional years beginning August 2012.  The position entails directing a growing and innovative band program with a 250-member pep band, an auditioned wind symphony, and a non-auditioned concert band.  Other activities include coaching chamber ensembles, advising student organizations, and participating in yearly regional tours.  The successful candidate will demonstrate a high level of conducting ability, thorough knowledge of the band repertoire, significant experience in recruitment and retention, proven ability to innovate and grow a successful band program, and a strong commitment to music education.

Teaching Responsibilities: Conduct Superior Wind Symphony, Campus Concert Band, and Huskies Pep Band.  Teach music theory and other music courses.

Required Qualifications: Masters degree in music completed by July 2012.  Evidence of successful teaching and conducting experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Doctoral degree in music.  Experience teaching academic music courses at the university and/or secondary level.  Advanced skills on a band instrument.

To Apply: Screening begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Candidates will email: 1) letter of application, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) phone and email for five references, and 4) video clip (preferably YouTube) of representative conducting in both performance and rehearsal to jbneves@mtu.edu.  Questions may be referred to Dr. Joel Neves, Search Committee Chair, via this email or phone (906-487-2859).

Other Information: The Visual and Performing Arts Department—comprised of visual art, theatre, sound, and music divisions—is one of the most innovative and successful arts organizations in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Michigan Technological University (www.mtu.edu), established in 1885, is a nationally recognized research university and a leader in science and engineering education. Michigan Tech ranks in the top tier of national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest edition of America’s Best Colleges. Michigan Tech is located in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula, on the south shore of Lake Superior.  Houghton and the surrounding Keweenaw Peninsula are well known for natural beauty and abundant outdoor activities in all seasons.  Recently, Houghton was ranked in “The 100 Best Small Towns in America.”  Houghton provides a unique setting where natural beauty, culture, education and the diversity of residents from around the world come together to provide a superb living experience.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/ Equal Opportunity Employer.

Director of Bands Vacancy – VPA – Michigan Tech (PDF)


Kalen Larson Involved in Off-Broadway Production

Assistant Professor Kalen Larson (VPA) is helping to prepare the world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ play, “In Masks Outrageous and Austere,” for its off-Broadway opening in New York.

The play runs from April 23 through May 26.

Award-winning actress Shirley Knight stars, and David Schweitzer directs.

The production includes a video system, 60 LED panels and 11 projectors. Larson is involved in the production process through The Culture Project.



Spring Choral/Orchestral Concert “Dona Nobis Pacem”

Dona Nobis Pacem, an emotional experience for all

Both the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Concert Choir finished their 2011-12 concert seasons on Saturday, April 14 with a joint concert, Dona Nobis Pacem. The concert, which ran for a little less than two hours, was divided into three parts. In the first part, the KSO performed Camille Sant-Saëns’ “Bacchanale” and Claude Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” under the direction of Dr. Joel Neves. In the second, the Concert Choir performed Jonathan Dove’s “Ring Out, Wild Bells” and Concert Choir founder Milton Olsson’s “Moments” under the direction of Dr. Jared Anderson. Following an intermission, the KSO and Concert Choir combined under Dr. Anderson for the featured performance of Dona nobis pacem, with Lara Neves as mezzo-soprano and Nathan Herfindalh as baritone soloists.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Lode, by Nick Blecha. Note: The captions and photos for Joel Neves and Jared Anderson are switched.

An exciting two days of music at Michigan Tech

The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra rehearses Friday at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts for its concert with the Michigan Tech Concert Choir at 7:30 p.m. today at the Rozsa.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Stacey Kukkonen.

Dona Nobis Pacem. “Grant Us Peace”

The main piece of the upcoming Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Tech Concerts Choir concert has a rich history behind it. Vaughan Williams, the composer, wrote this song based on the poetry of Walt Whitman. Both men served the wounded in war, Williams in the trenches of World War I and Whitman in a Washington D.C. hospital during the American Civil War.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Lode, by Nick Blecha.

Orchestra, Choir Present “Dona Nobis Pacem” and More

The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra and the Concert Choir will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams” war cantata, “Dona Nobis Pacem,” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 14, in the Rozsa Center.

Conductor Jared Anderson states, “Vaughan Williams’ orchestral colors and lush instrumentation make this piece a real pleasure to perform. We are excited to have two first-rate soloists join us in this monumental work. The singers and instrumentalists from Michigan Tech have been working very hard to make this performance an experience to remember.”

Soprano Lara Neves and baritone Nathan Herfindahl will join in the performance of this gripping portrait of warfare and heartfelt plea for peace.

Read more at Tech Today, by Bethany Jones.



Spring Revels

Spring Revels concert is a foot-tapping good time

A standing ovation met Enz as he stepped from the conductor’s stand, as were two bouquets to add to that given him already by the concert band. Small speeches of great thanks were given right before the symphony burst into a well-known pep band melody in farewell. Enz stepped up to the stand to conduct them for possibly the last time. Nicholas Enz will pursue his doctorate in conducting at Ohio State University this fall.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Lode, by Abigail Dillon.

Director Nick Enz to Conduct Anticipated Spring Revels Concert

With a portion of the soundtrack from the Original Star Wars Trilogy being performed by the Superior Wind Symphony, it was easy for him to point out examples of how the music is played is just as important as what note is played when. Each piece has its own “note shape” that evokes certain emotions. For “The Battle in the Forest,” a piece from Return of the Jedi, the sound of the music was to be crisp, each note sharp like an explosion, the entire song rhythmically driven. In contrast “The Imperial March” has an ominous sense to it, lent by the drawn out notes.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Lode, by Abigail Dillon.

“Superior Winds: Spring Revels,” Saturday in the Rozsa

The Rozsa Center and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts present “Superior Winds: Spring Revels,” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 31.
The event will showcase an evening featuring the music of John Williams, from the original Star Wars Trilogy, and a new arrangement of a work by renowned contemporary composer Eric Whitacre. There will be performances by both the Superior Wind Symphony and the Campus Concert Band, conducted by Nicolas Enz, director of bands.

The Rozsa Center and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts present “Superior Winds: Spring Revels,” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 31.
The event will showcase an evening featuring the music of John Williams, from the original Star Wars Trilogy, and a new arrangement of a work by renowned contemporary composer Eric Whitacre. There will be performances by both the Superior Wind Symphony and the Campus Concert Band, conducted by Nicolas Enz, director of bands.

Read more at Tech Today, by Bethany Jones.


Kilpela Awarded at Great Lakes Showcase

Great Lakes Showcase exhibit in Rozsa Gallery continues through March 30

Artist Susanne Kilpela, winner of the Best of Show award in the three-dimensional category at the Great Lakes Showcase exhibit, is pictured here with her porcelain sculpture, “Temporal Touchstone,” in the Rozsa Gallery during the opening reception March 12. Kilpela also won a third place award in the 3D category for her piece “Communciation Issues.” (Photos by Keweenaw Now)

Read more at Keweenaw Now.

Lecturer Susanne Kilpela (VPA) received two awards at the recent Great Lakes Showcase at the Rozsa Center: Two of her porcelain creations earned best of show in 3–D and third place in 3–D. In all, 14 artists received awards.