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Brooke McCorkle - April 2018
April 2018

Dr. Brooke McCorkle

OU School of Music alum Dr. Brooke McCorkle will begin a tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment at the University of Vermont this fall, and has also published her first book, "Big Green Monsters: The Environmental Movement in Japanese Cinema," co-authored with Sean Rhoads. Congratulations, Dr. McCorkle!

Voice Students - April 2018
April 2018

Voice Students

CONGRATULATIONS to our voice students on their achievements at OK Chapter NATS this weekend! 23 of our singers made the finals, with 12 winning awards! Kudos to these outstanding students (and their professors)!

Freshman Women Classical:
Victoria Mulholland, 3rd Place (student of Joel Burcham)

Freshman Men Classical:
Braden Sayers, 1st Place, (Burcham)

Sophomore Women Classical:
Sarah Spurlin, 2nd Place, Burcham)
Ashley Carr, 3rd Place (Van Every)

Sophomore Men Classical:
Nick Skotzko, 1st Place (Josephson & Cobb)
George Soter, 3rd Place (Burcham)

Upper College Musical Theatre Women:
Katrina Randolph, 2nd Place Tie (Josephson & Cobb)

Junior Women Classical:
Bea Kim, 1st Place (Josephson & Cobb)

Senior Women Classical:
Maggie Armand, 1st Place (Flanagan)

Graduate Women Classical:
Jenna Black, 1st Place (Josephson & Cobb)

Graduate Men Classical:
Stephen Jones, 1st Place (Flanagan)
Jacob Fowkes, 2nd Place (Flanagan)

Mark Neumann - April 2018
April 2018

Dr. Mark Neumann

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Neumann is the School of Music's newest Presidential Professor! Dr. Neumann has just received the President's Associates Presidential Professorship, and we are extremely proud of him. Congratulations, Dr. Neumann!

Jack Swanson - April 2018
April 2018

Jack Swanson

We are extremely proud of OU School of Music alum Jack Swanson, who just received a Richard Tucker Career Grant! This is a $10,000 grant awarded to young singers who have already performed with professional companies. Congratulations, Jack!

Christina Giacona - April 2018
April 2018

Dr. Christina Giacona

Dr. Christina Giacona has been awarded the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Gladys Krieble Delmas Visiting Scholar award for this coming summer. Dr. Giacona will be conducting research at the Hall of Fame's library archives, using the museum's resources to collect information about Native American musicians in the music industry. Congratulations, Dr. Giacona!

Jonathan Nichol - April 2018
April 2018

Dr. Jonathan Nichol

A new CD titled Neon Flicker was just released by h2/4 duo. h2/4 is 2 of the 4 members of the H2 quartet, an internationally acclaimed saxophone quartet: our saxophone professor Dr. Jonathan Nichol, and Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert.

Chris Baumgartner - April 2018
April 2018

Dr. Chris Baumgartner

We are very excited to announce that Dr. Chris Baumgartner has been elected to the Chair-Elect position for the Music Teacher Education Special Research Interest Group of the Society for Research in Music Education! Congratulations, Dr. Baumgartner!

Damian Cheek - April 2018
April 2018

Damian Cheek

Congratulations to OU graduate saxophone student Damian Cheek, who was named the Grand Prize Winner in the national Naftzger Young Artist’s Competition! The competition is open to all instuments and voice types, and Damian is the first saxophonist ever to win this prestigious award!

Alex Purdy - March 2018
March 2018

Alex Purdy

Congratulations to senior tuba major Alex Purdy, who recently won First Place in the Solo Tuba Competition at the South Central regional division of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association! Great job, Alex!

Elysian Quartet - March 2018
March 2018

Elysian Quartet

The Elysian Quartet has been invited to compete in the live quarterfinals of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana.

March 2018

Jace Vickers and Haley Vickers at MTNA conference

The poster presentation by Jace Vickers and Haley Vickers entitled Interdisciplinary Approaches with Music: Using Opera in the ESL Classroom was presented at MTNA conference.

Clara Boyett  - March 2018
March 2018

Clara Boyett at MTNA

Clara Boyett's poster presentation entiled Managing Performance Anxiety: Contributors and Treatments was presented at MTNA conference.

Layla Butler - March 2018
March 2018

Layla Butler

Congratulations to M.M. Musicology student Layla Butler, who has been accepted into the prestigious Ph.D. Musicology program at Duke University, where she will begin her studies in August!

Christina Giacona - March 2018
March 2018

Dr. Christina Giacona

Dr. Christina Giacona authored the textbook: "The Indigenous Music of Turtle Island: Native American Music in North America". The textbook was published by Kendall Hunt Publishing. Congratulations, Dr. Giacona!

Distinction in Teaching - March 2018
March 2018

Provost's Certificate of Distinction in Teaching

Three OU School of Music graduate students — Hunter Birkhead, Ashley Green, and Ryan Meeks — have received the Provost’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching! Recipients of this award represent the top 10 percent of all graduate assistants across campus by student evaluations for courses taught during the Fall 2017 semester. Congratulations to Hunter, Ashley, and Ryan on this well deserved honor!

Chelssea Williams - March 2018
March 2018

Chelsea Williams

DMA composition student Chelsea Williams has been selected as a finalist in the Instrumental Chamber Music student division of the American Prize in Composition! The American Prize in Composition recognizes and rewards the best American composers of works for orchestra, chorus, concert band, chamber ensemble, pops, or theater music.

Elysian Quartet - March 2018 (2)
March 2018

Elysian Quartet

Continued Success For This Amazing Ensemble! The Elysian Quartet won the chamber music division at the national mtna competition in Orlando, Florida! Congratulations to Jared Waters, Spiro Nicolas, Evan Harris, and Damian Cheek on this tremendous accomplishment!

Young Artist Competition

Congratulations to the winners of our 2nd annual Young Artist Competition:

1st place
Jacob Nance

2nd place
Julianna Voelker

Honorable Mention
Zachary Lewis
Daniel Kavelman
Nathan Heim
Kirsten Hewes
Brady Williams
Emilia Ughamadu
Hunter Gross

These wonderful musicians will be featured in our inaugural Young Artist Honor Recital on Tuesday, April 3rd, at 8:00pm in Pitman Hall.

Hunter Gross - March 2018
March 2018

Hunter Gross

OU percussion student Hunter Gross received 1st Place in the Ladies' Music Club Competition in Oklahoma City.

Gabrielle Thng - March 2018
March 2018

Gabrielle Thng

Third-year BMA and pre-med student Gabrielle Thng won 1st Prize in the Hyechka Competition in Tulsa on Saturday and 2nd Prize in the Ladies' Music Club Competition in Oklahoma City.

Elysian Quartet - March 2018
March 2018

Elysian Quartet

Congratulations to the Elysian Quartet, winners of the 2018 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition!

Barbara Fast - March 2018
March 2018

Barbara Fast

OU Professor of Piano Dr. Barbara Fast has been elected as MTNA Director-elect of the South Central Division.

Chas Helge - March 2018
March 2018

Chas Helge

DMA cello student Chas Helge has been awarded an Edison Visiting Fellowship to pursue his research on the cellist Beatrice Harrison at the British Library in London beginning this Fall. Mr. Helge is a student of OU Cello Professor Dr. Jon Ruck.

Jeff Swinkin - March 2018
March 2018

Dr. Jeff Swinkin

Congratulations to OU Assistant Professor of Music Theory Dr. Jeff Swinkin! Dr. Swinkin is co-editor of the new text "The Norton Guide To Teaching Music Theory." Bravo!

Kathryn Vetter - January 2018
January 2018

Kathryn Vetter

Congratulations to OU School of Music graduate student Kathryn Vetter! Kathryn is one of the winners of this year's Oklahoma Community Orchestra Young Artist Competition! She will perform the first movement of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622 with the OCO on April 24th at 7:30pm.

Elysian Quartet
January 2018

Elysian Quartet

Congratulations to the Elysian Quartet on their first-place finish in the Chamber Music Wind division of the South Central MTNA competition!

Anthony Conroy
January 2018

Anthony Conroy

Congratulations to Anthony Conroy! Anthony won 1st Place in the Young Artists division of the national MTNA Composition Competition! Anthony's winning piece, "Only The Weak Get Burnt Out" will receive a performance at the national MTNA finals in Orlando, Florida later this spring.

OU Women's Chorus
January 2018

OU Women's Chorus

The OU Women's Chorus performed at OkMEA conference in Tulsa, under the direction of Dr. David Howard.