School of Music News

Student, Faculty, and Staff Accomplishments - August 2017

Judith Beale

  • Judith Beale presented two two-hour sessions at a Preschool Training Conference on August 4th in Marietta.

Edward Eanes

  • Edward Eanes was selected as the COTA representative to the KSU Faculty workshop on sustainability in Otzenhausen, Germany.

Kayleen Justus

  • Played tenor pan on Pan Rocks! album and documentary film project recorded at Ocean Studios, in Burbank, California in May 2017. This most recent Pan Rocks! project was produced by Tracy Thornton and Matt Starr (Mr. Big) and featured drummer Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction, Porno for Pyros, The Panic Chanel), guitarist Tracii Guns (Guns N’ Roses, L.A. Guns, Quiet Riot, Brides of Destruction), and bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, UFO, The Winery Dogs), as well as two dozen pan players and steel band directors from around the US and Canada. The album and documentary, both of which feature several covers/arrangements of heavy metal classics as well as original tunes by Thornton, are set to release in early 2018.
  • Traveled to Laborie, St. Lucia from July 8 – 16th to rehearse and compete with the Laborie Steel Band for the 2017 St. Lucia Panorama Competition. Kayleen joined more than 20 other foreign players from throughout the Caribbean and North America who were personally invited to compete with the band. The Laborie Steel Band is directed by Quill Barthelmy, band captain Joshua Mathurin, and arranger Andrius Edwide and is comprised of several dozen Lucian players. The band earned second place in the 2017 Panorama competition on July 14th after performing an arrangement of the 2003 Invader soca tune, “Beh Le Lesh.”

Brian Hecht

  • Featured Artist at the 2017 Jinbao International Music Festival in Tianjin, China.

Douglas Lindsey

  • Led the KSU Summer Music Intensive
  • Attended the International Festival of Collaborators, Composers, and Conductors (IFC3) at Indiana University, PA
  • Participated in the first annual World Adult Wind Orchestra Project at the Mid-Europe Festival in Schladming, Austria.
  • Worked as a trumpet tech at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp - Session 3
  • Ran two well attended KSU Trumpet camps. 

Laurence Sherr

  • Sherr was the featured composer on the July 7 Performance Today national radio program. Host Fred Child profiled Sherr’s work, the performance of Sherr’s cello sonata from the Red Lodge Music Festival was broadcast, and Sherr is the pictured musician at the PT website for that show.
  • Forfest Festival, Kromeriz, Czech Republic
    • June 18: European premiere of Nocturne for piano
    • June 19: World premiere of new work for bassoon and cello
    • June 20 lecture: “International Engagement Through Holocaust Remembrance Events”
    • Hudební rozhledy, the Czech national music magazine, highlighted Sherr’s participation, and features a photo of him with Czech pianist Sare Medková
  • July: a dozen broadcasts and YouTube posting of the hour-long AIB TV program produced from Sherr’s 2017 KSU concert “Songs Not Silenced: Music Forbidden in the Holocaust.” Featured KSU performers are soprano Jana Young, bass-baritone Oral Moses, and pianist Judy Cole, with commentary by Sherr and David Green, grandson of forbidden composer Ignatz Waghalter.
  • Late June-July: music research at Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and at Auschwitz camp locations, Poland

Paula Thomas-Lee

  • Paula Thomas-Lee completed the ORFF Post Level III Masterclass for Orff-Schulwerk Training this summer. 

Debra Traficante

  • Taught at 4 international Yamaha conferences (1 month) and conducted 2 concerts in Germany, France, and Italy with Yamaha Bläsorchester
  • Taught 320 high school and college students at Smith Walbridge Drum Major Clinic for 8 days in Charleston, Illinois
  • Nominated for and won National Outstanding Collegiate Band Director Award, in the name of Paula Crider, for Tau Beta Sigma at the Biennium National Conference

Ben Wadsworth

  • Presented at the Pedagogy into Practice conference at Lee University in Cleveland, TN on June 2.
  • Article “Schenkerian Analysis for the Beginner” was accepted for the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, and should be in print by September. The article covers the steps toward making an analytical graph, as well as special consideration for teaching Schenker to undergraduates. It originated in my teaching at KSU. I’m appreciative of Stephen’s support in helping defray the costs of getting permissions from publishers.
  • Music Theory Online gave the go-ahead to review an upcoming textbook on Schenker by David Damschroder. This review will still need to pass peer review.
  • The conference paper, “Perceiving the Mosaic: Form in the Mashups of DJ Earworm,” has been accepted at the Popular Music Interest Group meeting at the Society for Music Theory (Jeff Yunek is the principal author; Simon Needle, a BA Theory major, is the third author). 
  • The South-Central Society for Music Theory now has a new and improved website (http://www.scsmt.org/conferences/scsmt_2018/2018_cfp/) thanks to the efforts of Trevor Declercq, who teaches at Middle Tennessee State.  
  • Had a fun time teaching at the SAI. I taught high schoolers how to create their own variations on a tune and harmonic skeleton. Some of them then performed the variations. 
  • Form and Analysis was offered this summer for the first time. Everyone in the course made it through with at least a B and admitted that they enjoy summer classes.
  • Spent a lot of time in May (and now in August) substituting for different organists and choir directors. An especially enjoyable church to play at was St. Luke’s Presbyterian church in Dunwoody.

Jeff Yunek

  • This summer, Jeff spent three weeks in Moscow studying Scriabin’s manuscripts and compositional notebooks at the Glinka Museum of Music’s archives and teaching a summer abroad course on Russian music.
  • In conjunction with Ben Wadsworth and Simon Needle (KSU student), my research on form in the mashups of DJ Earworm was accepted to both a national and international conference (Society for Music Theory and Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie respectively).
  • A separate, musicology-focused paper on mashups was accepted for the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for American Music. 
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