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May 2022

Congratulations to freshman voice major Elayna Davidson! Ms. Davidson, who is a student of OU voice professor Robin Cotton Cobb, has been chosen as one of 14 singers who will compete in the Lower College Musical Theater Treble division at the National NATS competition in Chicago in early July!

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May 2022

Congratulations to OU School of Music student Micah Cheng, who has received the inaugural 2022 Provost’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Fellowship! Bravo, Micah!

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Congratulations to OU SoM clarinet student Tori Venske! Ms. Venske has been selected to perform on the Rising Artist Pre-Professional Showcase at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest conference this summer in Reno, Nevada!

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Congratulations to Mimi Zhang and David Mach! Mimi has just won 1st prize in the Orbetello International Piano Competition online division, and David has won 2nd prize! Congratulations to these two outstanding Piano Performance & Pedagogy doctoral students!

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Congratulations to Professor Rod Ackmann on a wonderful performance of Jerod Tate's "Ghost of the White Deer" with the OKC Philharmonic last night!

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May 2022

Congratulations to OU School of Music organ professor Dr. Damin Spritzer! Dr. Spritzer has recently joined the roster of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists. For more information, see this post.

https://www.facebook.com/truckenbrodconcertartists/posts/389486369851935

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April 2022

Congratulations to OU School of Music professor Dr. Chris Baumgartner, who is featured in an article titled "Developing Lifelong Musicians" in this month's digital edition of Teaching Music!

Teaching Music - April 2022

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Congratulations to PhD Music Ed candidate Joshua Chism, who will be joining the faculty at Whitworth University in August!

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April 2022

This evening at 7:00 central time there will be a very special livestreamed presentation of Lisa Neher's "No One Saves the Earth from Us But Us" in honor of Earth Day. Please tune in to see and hear this wonderful performance, which includes OU School of Music professor Dr. Liz Avery, who co-commissioned the piece. The presentation will include the performance plus a post-concert discussion session.

More about the piece

Performance Link

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April 2022

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Eve Georges Sada (DMA in Choral Conducting) has been selected as a recipient of the OU Provost’s Ph.D Dissertation Award. In her dissertation “ Assyrian- Syriac chants from the liturgy of the Church of the East,” Eve examined the earliest surviving chants and hymns composed by the Church of the East theologians and poets from the fourth through seventh centuries. Congratulations, Dr. Sada!

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April 2022

Congratulations to OU SoM alum Rob Bradshaw, who was named the Norman Public Schools Teacher of the Year at the NPS awards ceremony last weekend!

NPS names Rob Bradshaw 2022 teacher of the year

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Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Ellis! Dr. Ellis received the Regents' Award for Superior Professional and University Service and Public Outreach at yesterday's Faculty Awards and Honors Luncheon yesterday!

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Congratulations to Professor Rod Ackmann, who received the Irene and Julian Rothbaum Presidential Professorship at yesterday's OU Faculty Awards and Honors Luncheon!

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Congratulations to School of Music alumni Elvie Ellis and Brandon Wong, who are performing in the National Tour of Waitress in York, PA!

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Congratulations to OU SoM PhD Piano Pedagogy student Katie Ostrosky! Ms. Ostrosky's paper "The Pedagogical Music of Florence B. Price," recently presented at the Mid-Atlantic CMS conference, has been awarded the Ruskin Cooper Award for the Outstanding Student Paper! Katie will also be presenting this workshop as one of her 4 doctoral pedagogy workshops on April 15. Congratulations, Katie!

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April 2022

Congratulations to OU SoM alum Alex Purdy, who has just won the Principal Tuba spot in the Utah Symphony! Alex is a former student of OU tuba & euphonium professor Brian Dobbins.

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Congratulations to our voice students and their professors on their outstanding 2022 Regional NATS Competition performances this weekend!

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We are thrilled to report that the Sooner Bassooners have received an invitation to perform at this year's Midwest Band & Orchestra Convention! Congratulations to Professor Rod Ackmann and our awesome bassoon students on this well-deserved invitation! (And thank you to Erin Kuehn for creating this great poster!)

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The OU Jazz Ensembles performed at the first annual Jazz in Bloom festival.

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OU School of Music piano professor Dr. Barbara Fast is currently in the middle of a three-day guest residency at the University of Arizona's Fred Fox School of Music, hosted by U of A piano professor and OU SoM alum Dr. Lisa Zdechlik!

Piano Pedagogy Residency with Guest Lecturer: Dr. Barbara Fast

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April 2022

Congratulations to OU School of Music professors Liz Avery and Joel Burcham! Drs. Avery and Burcham have been invited to perform Ioannis Andriotis' "Earth Elements" at this summer's International Computer Music Conference in Limerick, Ireland!

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April 2022

Congratulations to OU SoM graduate student Parker Fritz! Mr. Fritz' composition Skyrunning has been chosen as the national winner of the MTNA Young Artist Composition Competition. Here is OU SoM piano professor Igor Lipinski performing this outstanding composition. Congratulations, Parker!

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=645802823189441

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April 2022

Congratulations to OU SoM undergraduate student composer Eric Davis, who has had a piece accepted for performance at the New York City Electronic Music Festival and the International Computer Music Conference in Limerick, Ireland!

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March 2022

Congratulations to OU SoM student Julianna Voelker, who has received the 2022 F. Donald Clark Award for Excellence in Fine Arts! Established in 1976 in honor of the former Dean of the College of Fine Arts, the F. Donald Clark award is given annually to the student who shows the highest level of scholarship and/or creativity in the Fine Arts. Congratulations, Julianna!

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March 2022

Congratulations to our 2022 Young Artist Competition Honors Recital Finalists and their outstanding teachers!

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Congratulations to OU SoM theory professor Dr. Matthew Schullman, who will be presenting a paper titled "The Collective Feature and Methods for Overall, Global Analysis" later this week at the South Central Society for Music Theory!

SCSMT - 2022 Program

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March 2022

Thanks to Doug Hill and the Norman Transcript for this great article about OU SoM alumna Jennifer Walschap and her Imagine Music and Arts teaching studio!

Norman studio Imagine Music and Arts develops talent

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March 2022

Congratulations to OU SoM organ professor Damin Spritzer! Dr. Spritzer performed as part of the Tuesday Music Club series at Trinity University in San Antonio!

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March 2022

Congrats to OU School of Music piano professor J.P. Murphy, who presented a webinar yesterday as part of the Frances Clark Center’s "From the Artist Bench" series! Dr. Murphy discussed and performed H. Leslie Adams’ Etude No. 1 in G Minor from 26 Etudes for Solo Piano.

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March 2022

Congratulations to voice students Alex Irwin, Elayna Davidson, and Joseph Nicholas on their NATS accomplishments! Alex won 5th place in the Upper College Men's division, Elayna took 4th place in the Lower College Women's division, and Joseph received 3rd place in the Lower College Men's group. All 3 are students of OU SoM voice professor Robbin Cotton Cobb and will advance to the National NATS rounds. Congratulations to all!

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March 2022

We are happy to report that Emi Bias, Master of Music in Choral Conducting (Fall 2021) and Bachelor of Music Education-Choral (Spring 2020), has accepted a secondary choral conducting position at the Modern English School (MES) in Cairo, Egypt, beginning this fall. Ms. Bias will direct the 8th grade choir, serve as Assistant Director of the MES high school choir, band and faculty choir, teach 7th grade general music and oversee other extracurricular Fine Arts activities. Congratulations Emi!

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March 2022

Congratulations to OU SoM professor Zoe Sherinian, whose documentary film Sakthi Vibrations recently won Best Documentary Feature at the Simply Indie Film Festival in Edmond! Here's a photo of professor Sherinian and festival director (and OU SoM alumna) Lynzi Carlson!

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March 2022

Congratulations to OU School of Music professor Melissa Baughman! Dr. Baughman, Bradley Regier, Alec Sherer, and Brian Silvey have just received word that their research study, "Undergraduate Choral Conducting Courses: Examining Students’ Practice Behaviors and Instructors’ Pedagogy" has been published in the Journal of Music Teacher Education. Fun fact: Dr. Regier is a graduate of our MME program and is now Assistant Professor of Music Education at Illinois Wesleyan University. Congratulations to all!

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March 2022

Congratulations to the Volante Quartet! These outstanding students (Matthew Floetter, Justin Evangelist, A.J. Nguyen, and Parker Fritz) have been accepted to the live rounds of the Coltman Chamber Music Competition!

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March 2022

Congratulations to the Sooner Bassooners, led by professor Rod Ackmann! The Bassooners performed the National Anthem at last night's OKC Thunder game!

https://www.facebook.com/OUCatlett/videos/696650751369213/

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Congratulations to OU SoM trumpet alum Jacob Merrill! Jacob just won the audition for the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado, for 2022. Jacob studied with Dr. Karl Sievers while at OU.

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March 2022

Congratulations to the OU Chorale! Led by OU School of Music professor Dr. Richard Zielinski, the Chorale and the Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra recorded selections to be included in the soundtrack of the movie "Cricket," currently in production. The session was held at Oklahoma Contemporary and was produced by the Onyx Lane Music Production Company (Christina Giacona and Patrick Conlon). Great job, all!

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February 2022

Congratulations to OU SoM voice student David Soto Zambrana! Mr. Zambrana won an encouragement award at the Regional Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions in Tulsa in January and will be entering the young artist program at Opera Colorado in Denver later this year as a studio artist, where he will appear in leading roles in several productions. David is a student of voice professor Leslie John Flanagan.

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February 2022

Here's a fabulous video featuring OU School of Music Coordinator of Jazz Studies Jay Wilkinson discussing and performing his composition "In Time of Silver Rain," based on a poem by Langston Hughes. Congratulations to Jay and all the musicians who brought this wonderful piece to life!

https://www.facebook.com/okcphilharmonic/videos/2776379862668546/

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February 2022

Congratulations to OU SoM voice professor Leslie John Flanagan! Dr. Flanagan has been invited by the Australia National Association of Teachers of Singing to present a History of Vocal Pedagogy lecture and masterclass plus a solo recital in Sydney this summer!

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February 2022

Congratulations to OU School of Music voice professor Célia Wollenberg, who has been invited to teach at the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy this summer!

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February 2022

Congratulations to OU SoM saxophone student Matthew Floeter! Matt has been selected to compete in the 2022 Naftzger Young Artists Auditions and Music Awards, to be held in Wichita, Kansas, in March! Mr. Floeter is a student of OU SoM saxophone professor Dr. Jonathan Nichol. Congratulations, Matt!

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February 2022

OU School of Music organ professor Damin Spritzer's busy performance schedule continues this weekend with a recital at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, Georgia!

https://www.cathedralatl.org/worship/music/concerts/recitals

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February 2022

Congratulations to OU School of Music graduate student Liana Muzik, who will be receiving the Provost's Certificate of Distinction in Teaching award! The recipients of this award represent the top 10 percent of all graduate assistants across campus by student evaluations for courses taught during the Fall 2021 semester. Congratulations, Liana!

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February 2022

We are very pleased to announce that Tobi Otekayi will be receiving the Provost's Certificate of Distinction in Teaching award! The recipients of this award represent the top 10 percent of all graduate assistants across campus by student evaluations for courses taught during the Fall 2021 semester. Congratulations, Tobi!

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February 2022

Congratulations to OU SoM graduate composition student Nikki Krumwiede! Ms. Krumweide's piece "The Naiad's Song" for improv ensemble and fixed media has been accepted for performance at the UNK New Music Festival in April! Also, her fixed media piece "The Language of Insects" has been accepted to Electronic Music Midwest in April! Finally, her piece "I've Stolen A Garden" for clarinet and narrator will be performed by Dr. Sarah Manasreh at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in May! Congratulations, Nikki!

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February 2022

Congratulations to our 2022 Benton-Schmidt Graduate Vocal Competition winners: Matt Corcoran-1st place, Olivia Yokers-2nd place, and Matt McKinnon-3rd place, and thank you to our judges: Lori Laitman, Beth Greenberg, and Arnold Rawls!

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February 2022

Congratulaations to Dr. Melissa Baughman! Dr. Baughman and her research colleagues Dr. Brad Regier (OU alum), Dr. Brian Silvey, and Dr. Alec Scherer have been selected to present their study, "Undergraduate Choral Conducting Courses: Examining Students’ Practice Behaviors And Instructors’ Pedagogy" at the 35th World Conference of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) this July!

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February 2022

OU School of Music saxophone professor Jonathan Nichol and the h2 saxophone quartet will be featured during the Red Note New Music Festival next week at Illinois State University!

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February 2022

Congratulations to OU School of Music alum Jared VanVickle! Jared, who is the Assistant Band Director at Norman North High School, recently received the Outstanding Young Band Director Award from Phi Beta Mu. Congratulations, Jared!

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February 2022

Congratulations to sophomore BMA violin student Henry Ingels, who is one of the winners of the 2022 Oklahoma Community Orchestra Young Artist Competition and will perform during the winner's concert in April. Mr. Ingels is a student of OU SoM violin professor Gregory Lee. Bravo, Henry!

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February 2022

Kudos to Dr. Barbara Fast, who presented a virtual workshop titled "Why We Don't Do What Works: Practice Tips Our Brains Like But We Avoid" for the University of Missouri-Kansas City Piano Pedagogy class on Monday!

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January 2022

Congratulations to senior BM piano performance student Evelyn Culver, who has just won the 2022 Oklahoma Community Orchestra Young Artist Competition and will perform during the winner's concert in April! Ms. Culver studies with OU SoM piano professor Jeongwon Ham. Congratulations, Evelyn!

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January 2022

Professor Rod Ackmann and our OU School of Music basson students harvested their very first crop of Arundo Donax last week in the south Catlett courtyard!

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January 2022

Congratulations to DMA viola student Qingyuan Fu, who has won the South-Central Divisional round of the MTNA Young Artist Competition! Qingyuan will now compete in the national finals, to be held during the MTNA National Conference in March. Ms. Fu is a student of OU SoM viola professor Mark Neumann. Congratulations, Qingyuan!

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January 2022

Congratulations to Matthew Crawford and Dr. Melissa Baughman! They have been invited to present their research, "Singing outside SATB: Teaching Countertenors in the Choral Classroom" at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) National Conference in Chicago in July. Mr. Crawford is a senior Vocal Music Education major, and Dr. Baughman is a member of our SoM Music Education faculty. Congratulations to both!

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January 2022

Congratulations to OU School of Music graduate trumpet student Drew O'Dell! Drew has been selected as 1 of 30 Semi-Finalists in the Graduate Solo Division of the 2022 National Trumpet Competition, to be held at the University of Delaware March 31-April 2. Mr. O'Dell is a student of OU SoM trumpet professor Dr. Karl Sievers. Congratulations, Drew!

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January 2022

Congratulations to DMA Composition student Parker Fritz!
Mr. Fritz has won the Music Teachers National Association National Competition in Composition with his "Skyrunning" for solo piano! Parker studies composition with Dr. Marvin Lamb, and saxophone with Dr. Jonathan Nichol. Congratulations, Parker!

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January 2022

Congratulations to second-year BA Piano student Devin Weckstein! Mr. Weckstein gave a presentation titled: "Why, What, and How: Applying Universal Design for Learning in the Piano Studio" at the 2022 virtual Collegiate Piano Pedagogy Symposium last week. Congratulations, Devin!

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January 2022

Congratulations to DMA Piano Performance & Pedagogy student Hayden Coie, who gave a presentation titled "Soundscapes: Experimenting with 20th Century Sounds Through Intermediate Repertoire" at last week's virtual MTNA Collegiate Piano Pedagogy Symposium! Congratulations, Hayden!

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January 2022

Congratulations to PhD Piano Pedagogy student Katie Ostrosky! Ms. Ostrosky was a plenary session presenter at the virtual MTNA Collegiate Piano Pedagogy Symposium, delivering a lecture "Playing to Our Strengths: Strategies for Students with ADHD." Congratulations, Katie!

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January 2022

Congratulations to the Sooner Bassooners and their director, Professor Rod Ackmann, on an outstanding performance at the OkMEA convention in Tulsa! Thank you to this fantastic ensemble for representing the OU School of Music with such class and professionalism!

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January 2022

Congratulations to DMA piano student Meldy Tanako! Ms. Tanako has just won the Grand Prize in the New York International Young Musicians Competition! Meldy studies with OU School of Music piano professor Dr. Igor Lipinski.

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January 2022

Congratulations to the Vento Aureo and Volante Saxophone Quartets! BOTH groups have advanced to the live rounds of the North American Saxophone Alliance quartet competition! Congratulations to Parker Fritz, AJ Nguyen, Justin Evangelist, Matthew Floeter, Anna Fitzgerald, Micah Cheng, Anthony Barcio, Jake Markman-Fox, and OU saxophone professor Jonathan Nichol!

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