Music Faculty Fall 2014 Updates
Andy Carlson, professor of music, was the featured soloist with the Iowa City Community Orchestra in June 2014. He performed “Summer” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and his own arrangements: “Suite for Fiddle and Orchestra,” “Gold Rush,” and “Billy In the Lowground.” He was a featured performer on the main stage at the Iowa Arts Festival in Iowa City, IA in June 2014. Carlson served as a faculty member for the South Carolina Suzuki Institute held at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. in July 2014. The Andy Carlson Band was featured on the Lakeside Concert Series at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. in July 2014. In addition, Carlson served as the violin soloist with the Hendersonville, N.C. Symphony Orchestra for a concert titled “Crossroads: the corner of classical and bluegrass” in September 2014. The performance included Mark O’Connor’s fiddle concerto and an appearance by The Andy Carlson Band.
Wei Cheng, assistant professor of music, co-conducted with her former colleague Chen Qun, the Beijing International Children’s Chorus (China) at the 8th World Choir Games 2014 in Riga, Latvia July 2014. World Choir Games is a choral event with competitions, concerts, and workshops led by world-class musicians. More than 20,000 singers from 57 countries participated in this year’s event. The Beijing International Children’s Chorus participated in the Championship Competition – Young Children Category, and finished with a Silver Medal. In July and August 2014, Wei Cheng was selected from a global pool of applicants as one of ten conducting fellows at the Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop, Sarteano, Italy. The singers and conductors came from Canada, Finland, Croatia, Macedonia, Japan, U.K., Qatar, Ireland, Germany, Mexico, Australia, U.S.A., France and Italy. This workshop focused on a wide range of topics, including: vocal pedagogy using the Rohmert Method of Functional Voice Training, choosing quality repertoire, building group tone, conducting, kinesthetics as applied to choral performance, ensemble techniques, textual considerations and musical performance problem solving. The workshop concluded with a concert at Teatro di Sarteano.
HyeKyung Lee, associate professor of music and Christian Faur, director of collaborative technologies, premiered an hour-long collaborative project, “Dreaming in Colors,” at the Columbus Museum of Arts in October 2014. By uniting music, colored lighting and video projections, “Dreaming in Colors” aimed to blend live musical performance (performed by Canaletto ensemble) with visual elements. The work was commissioned by Sunday at Central and the Johnstone Fund for New Music.