Christopher Trevino Receives Gilman Scholarship

Gilman ScholarshipFive Tech Students Win International Scholarships

Four Michigan Tech undergraduates applied for Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships this year, and all four received the competitive awards.

Sound design major Christopher Trevino received a Gilman Scholarship for international study.

The Gilman Scholarship program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad by supporting undergraduates who otherwise might not participate in international study due to financial constraints. The grants to Michigan Tech students total $18,000.

Read more at Tech Today.

Service Recognition for Beckwith and Bruch

Michigan Tech Employee Service Recognition Event

On May 15, faculty and staff members, along with their guests, gathered at the Memorial Union Ballroom for an awards dinner recognizing 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of service to Michigan Tech.

Associate Professor of Theatre Debra Bruch was recognized for 25 years of service.

Emeritus Professor of Art Mary Ann Beckwith was recognized for 40 years of service.

Read more at Tech Today.

Michigan Tech Concert Choir Tour 2013

Concert Choir Bosnia 2013The Michigan Tech Concert Choir is currently touring the Dalmation Coast.

Watch a video of the Concert Choir in Bosnia. (Video courtesy of Debra Bruch.)

T.V. coverage of Monday’s choir concert (MICHIGAN TECH CONCERT CHOIR – KONCERT U SABORNOM HRAMU U TREBINJU 13. MAJA 2013.) includes a playlist of choral segments:

Dean’s List Fall 2012

Fall 2012 4.0
Johns, Lindsey L SR SFSD
Nanney, Matthew S SR SFET
Rautiainen, Lotta M SU SFAT
Schumaker, Courtney L JR SFSD

Fall 2012 3.99-3.50
Borel, Corinne P JR SEMP
Guess, Austin B JR SFET
Koch, Anthony K FR SFSD
McCloskey, Luke T FR SFSD
Nellis, Daniel S FR SFAT
Putzig, Renata M SR SFAT
Rocco, Jacqueline M JR SFET
Scott, Jason A SO SFET
Stack, Victoria M SO SFSD
Trevino, Christopher A SR SFSD
Villa, Andrew B JR SFSD

REF for Kalen Larson

Kalen LarsonResearch Excellence Fund Awards Announced

The vice president for research is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Research Excellence Fund Awards, and would like to thank all of the review committee members for participating in this important internal award process.

In the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Kalen Larson received a Scholarship and Creativity Grant.

Read more at Tech Today.

Springtime Voices with Concert Choir and conScience

Springtime Voices2012-13 Concert Season finishes with “Springtime Voices”

The first half of the concert will feature the Chamber Choir, “conScience,” a 12-member, student-only, auditioned ensemble, and focuses on what director Jared Anderson calls “Aspects of Imagination.”
The chamber choir’s selections will include the six chansons of Paul Hindemith, “staples of the chamber choir repertoire,” according to Anderson.

The second part of the concert will feature the Concert Choir, an 85-member group split about equally between students and community members, and will feature “a real eclectic mix” of songs. The first set is a “mystical kind of set,” including “Lion of the Heart,” another setting of a Rumi text composed by J. David Moore, as well as a piece called “Past Life Melodies” by Australian composer Sarah Hawkins.

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

Welcome Spring with “Springtime Voices” at the Rozsa!

According to Jared Anderson, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Michigan Tech, “…the concert will include both sacred and secular music from peoples and places around the globe–with a mix of traditional classical standards to more contemporary music for the stage and concert hall.”

From Tech Today.

A Beautiful Intensive Workshop

A Beautiful Intensive WorkshopA BEAUTIFUL INTENSIVE: 3-Week Aerial, Dance & Flying Intensive Workshop is an elite experience in dance, aerial arts, and performer flying effects held at Michigan Tech University that will culminate in showcase performances as part of FinnFest 2013 of a new show called BEAUTIFUL: A Cirque-Tale of how the butterfly grew her wings.

Program Dates: May 28 – June 21, 2013

The application deadline for the 2013 program is MAY 1st.

Learn more about A Beautiful Intensive.

Fiddler Takes the Stage

Fiddler Rehearsal


The Tech Theatre Company and Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra present one of the most-loved Broadway musicals of all time, “Fiddler on the Roof,” this Thursday, April 18th through Saturday, April 20th, at 7:30 PM, in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts at Michigan Technological University. “Fiddler on the Roof,” is a timeless tale of a father trying to maintain traditions at odds with modern culture. “Fiddler” features music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in Tsarist Russia in 1905. It is based on “Tevye and his Daughters “(or “Tevye the Milkman and Other Tales”) by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives.

According to Director Roger Held, “Economic depression, threats of war, ethnic hatred and violence grab at Tevye’s shirt sleeve as he makes his way through the world caring for his family and horse, seeing his children married well, and dreaming of a better life. Tevye is “every man,” every one of us who share hope, joy, and heartache.” Local radio personality Mark Wilcox makes his Tech Theatre Company debut in the lead role of Tevye. The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, had the first musical theatre run in history to surpass 3,000 performances.

By Bethany Jones.

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at the Rozsa Center

To put it simply, “Fiddler” tells the story of Tevye, who, in order to make his five daughters happy, foregoes tradition and allows them to marry the men they choose, with unforeseen consequences. On top of this, Tevye must also deal with antisemitic threats.

Director Roger Held said “Fiddler on the Roof” is a show that’s been talked about being performed in this area for a while but hadn’t had the opportunity to get it off the ground until now.

Read more at Mining Gazette, by Scott Viau.

“Fiddler on the Roof”
Classical musical to be performed on the Rozsa stage next week

Renowned as one of the world’s favorite musicals, “Fiddler on the Roof” brings to life a story about the goodness and oddness that life has to offer.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Lode, by Travis Pellosma.

Kalen Larson Publishes on Theatre Techniques

FauxberglassAssistant Professor Kalen Larson (VPA) published articles in two journals in March. “Impaled by a Sword,” co-authored with VPA student Matt Willett, was published in Tech Expo 2013, a juried journal produced by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. An article titled, “Fauxberglass: An Inexpensive Alternative to Fiberglass,” appeared in Technical Design Solutions for Theatre, published by Focal Press.

From Tech Today.

An Homage to Water

An Homage to WaterSymphony and Concert Band Present a Concert Inspired by Water!

Is water important in your life? This Friday, April 5, at 7:30 PM, The Michigan Tech Superior Wind Symphony and Campus Concert Band will present, “An Homage to Water,” at the Rozsa Center. The concert will be directed by Mike Christianson and the SWS will perform original works inspired by: oceans, ice, rain, rivers, glaciers, ships and sailors, by great composers such as George Friederich Handel, Clare Grundman, John Mackey, George Gershwin, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Robert Russell Bennett.

Tickets are $12.75 for adults, and free for Michigan Tech Students. To purchase tickets, call 7-2073, go online at , or visit Ticketing Operations at Michigan Tech’s Student Development Complex. SDC box office hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Please note the Rozsa Box Office is closed during regular business hours, and will only open two hours prior to show times.

From Tech Today.

Superior Wind Symphony to welcome pianist Cameron Kardel, Campus Concert Band and Sax Quartet for final concert of the season.

On Friday, April 5, the MTU Superior Wind Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Mike Christianson, will present their final concert of the season. The concert is entitled: “An Homage to Water”, and almost all of the music has been composed in tribute to water, and what happens in and around it. The Concert is at 7:30PM at the Rozsa Center for Performing Arts, Houghton, MI. The admission is $12.75 but is free for Tech students.

The program will consist of:

Campus Concert Band
William Latham: Brighton Beach
Clare Grundman: Fantasy on American Sailing Songs
Frank Ticheli: Shenandoah
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Sea Songs
John Mackey: Undertow

Sax Quartet
John Mackey: Strange Humors

Superior Wind Symphony
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, Cameron Kardel, Piano solo
George Frederick Handel: Water Music Suite
Robert Russell Bennett: The S.S. Eagle March

Cameron Kardel is a senior Chemical Engineering major at Michigan Technological University.

The Superior Wind Symphony is the premier wind band at Michigan Technological University. It is an auditioned ensemble that performs multiple concerts and tours yearly.

Campus Concert Band is a non-auditioned ensemble that meets and performs in the spring.

The Saxophone Quartet is: Randall Bufanda, Matt Kiekinveld, Claire Allison, and Danielle Terry, with special guest Matthew Jones on percussion.

From Mike Christianson.