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December 16, 2013

Congratulations to the following Music Education graduate students for having their research studies accepted for presentation at the 2014 NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education Conference – April 10-12 in St. Louis, MO:  

Elizabeth Maughan (Ph.D. 2013)
Kathleen Taylor
Chris Barber
Lani Garner
Kelsey Appleby

The NAfME conference is a national conference that attracts the finest music education researchers throughout the nation.  Please join me in congratulating these individuals as they prepare to represent the University of Oklahoma at this prestigious event.

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December 4, 2013

Congratulations to Kristen Beeves, MM horn, for placing first in the Brass Division of the OMTA State Young Artist Competition.  She will compete in the Southwest Regional Division in January 2014.

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October 7, 2013

These videos are part of a collaborative project with Vic Firth and the OU Percussion Orchestra to feature music by an established percussion composer. The performance is combined with interviews with the composer about their music that would be informative and educational to other ensembles and students performing and studying their music. The current videos feature composer Dr. Nathan Daughtrey and four of his percussion works (one which was commissioned by OU!). The previous videos featured music from composers David Gillingham, Thomas Gauger and David Maslanka.

Visit www.vicfirth.com to view Dr. Nathan Daughtrey's Spun and The Cry videos.

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September 30, 2014

The Giulio Gari Foundation presents a lifetime achievement award to renowned Metropolitan Opera star baritone and OU Faculty member
Kim Josephson, Sunday, October 6, 2013 at the New York Athletic Club, New York City.

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September 16, 2013

Mathew Evans, DMA Horn student, has accepted a position as adjunct horn professor at Bethany Nazarene University.

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September 16, 2013

Evan Chancellor, DMA Horn Candidate, has accepted a position as adjunct horn professor at East Central Oklahoma State University in Ada, OK

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September 16, 2013

Eldon Matlick, Professor of Horn, was part of the distinguished panel of judges for the collegiate division of the International Horn Competition of America.  The event was held at the University of Louisville on August 28-Sept. 1.  Three Sooner hornists competed, Kristen Beeves (MM), Chandler Forrest (BME), and Melissa Byars (BM).

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July 19, 2013

Chase Ward, Violin Performance Major, was awarded a fellowship to the Marrowstone Music Festival this summer in Bellingham, WA.  Chase is one of six fellowship students  awarded full tuition to the university division of the Festival.  Other fellowship recipients this year are violin students from the New England Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music.

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July 18, 2013

Eldon Matlick, Prof. of Horn, has been selected to perform at the 2013 International Horn Society Symposium, July 29 – Aug.3.  Dr. Matlick will premiering Gina Gille's 'To the Seasons' and will be assisted by voice professor, Donna Cox.  In addition, Dr. Matlick has been charged with organizing an All-Star Horn Ensemble that will be featured on the concluding concert at the Symposium.

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July 2, 2013

Irvin Wagner, a School of Music faculty member at the University of Oklahoma received the 2013 Neill Humfeld Award at the International Trombone Festival held at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University.

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July 1, 2013

Adam Pajan was awarded the Firmin Swinnen 2nd Prize in the  Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition.

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June 19, 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Saltzstein on the publication of her new book The Refrain and the Rise of the Vernacular in Medieval French Music and Poetry, Gallica Series 30 (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2013)

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April 23, 2013

Congratulations to Adam Hall for receiving the American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship. Adam will spend a year in India studying Hindi as he begins work on his Masters in Musicology degree.

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April 22, 2013

Congratulations to Molly Lindsey on winning the Phi Kappa Phi Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Research for her presentation at Undergraduate Research Day.

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April 11, 2013

The University of Oklahoma’s American Organ Institute Archive and Library will preserve and provide public access to a unique organ recording collection with a first-ever grant from the GRAMMY Foundation. With this funding, the Institute continues its contribution to the legacy of organ music and the GRAMMY Foundation’s mission to preserve the nation’s vast recorded heritage.

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April 9, 2013

Congratulations to Beth Mattingly on winning a Fulbright grant to study in Hungary next year. The Fulbright Program provides participants - chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

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April 3, 2013

Congratulations to Delphine Piguet on being awarded the Cleo Cross International Student Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic excellence and service to the University community.

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April 2, 2014

Congratulations to Cindy Tseng for winning the Provost’s Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. The award recognizes and rewards outstanding performance by graduate students.

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March 28, 2013

Organ student Adam Pajan will be featured in the April 1 edition of American Public Media’s syndicated program Pipedreams.  It is broadcast locally on 90.1 FM (on Sunday mornings).

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March 28, 2013

Vic Firth has posted a performance of David Maslanka's "This is the World." Commissioned by OU percussion professor Lance Drege, and former piano pedagogy graduates Karen Beres and Chris Hahn, "This is the World" was featured on a CD released last fall through Albany Records. (www.vicfirth.com)

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March 12, 2013

The OU chapter of the National Association for Music Edcaution has won the 2013 NAfME Collegiate Chapter of Excellence Award for their submission on the Young Men’s Vocal Workshop. Congratulations to the entire board and the great future teachers in the membership.

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March 11, 2013

Melissa Byars (Sophomore BM, horn) won second prize in the collegiate brass and wind players division of the Ladies Music Club of OKC Performance Competition.

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February 13, 2014

Violinist Emily Bishop, MM-Performance, is the winner of the 2012 Oklahoma Community Orchestra Young Artist Competition.  Emily will be soloist with the orchestra and the award carries a cash prize as well.

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February 7, 2013

We are pleased to be able to announce that two of our doctoral students, Silviya Mateva and Adam Pajan, have been advanced to the semi-final round of the Longwood International Organ Competition.  Ten semi-finalists were chosen from a pool of 100 entries from around the world. The competition will take place at the Longwood Estate June 18-23, with the winner receiving the largest prize of any organ competition in the world, as well as a performance at Longwood and a contract with a concert management firm.

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February 5, 2013

The International Trombone Association has awarded their 2013 Neill Humfeld Award to OU trombone professor Dr. Irv Wagner for his outstanding and lasting contributions to the world of trombone performance and education. The Neill Humfeld Award recognizes outstanding trombone teaching while honoring the teaching excellence of the late Neill Humfeld.

For more information, please visit the International Trombone Association website at www.trombone.net.

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January 21, 2013

Congratulations to undergraduate students Sarah Langston and Kendell Workun who where both elected to leadership positions within the Collegiate Oklahoma Music Educators Association. Sarah is President Elect and Kendell will server as Editor.

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January 14, 2013

Congratulations to senior BME hornist Collin Findlay on being named alternate in the South Central Music Teachers National Association Competition "Young Artist Performance."

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January 8, 2014

Jeff Fair (BM 1999) has just been awarded the Principal Horn position of the Seattle Symphony. Jeff has been with the SS since 2006. He is also in his first year as Horn Professor at the University of Washington. Prior to Seattle, Jeff was Principal Hornist in San Antonio for three seasons.

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January 11, 2013

Horn Professor, Eldon Matlick, will be on the teaching faculty at the InterHarmony Music Festival to be held in Arcidosso, Italy from July 15-29, 2013.  This festival is an international music festival featuring orchestral, chamber, and solo performances. For more information, please visit http://interharmony.com.