Members of the Music and Theatre Arts Department at UW-EC, including both faculty and students, have created a project entitled "A Year of Inclusivity," which will highlight the contributions of underrepresented composers and other musicians in the programming and curriculum of the department. The term "underrepresented" has been selected because of its inclusive nature which is open to interpretation, raising such issues as gender, racial or cultural background, and sexual orientation. Exclusionary historic traditions surrounding many types of music are still highly valued today creating a culture in which many individuals are marginalized. The world of Classical music, for example, by its very nature is defined by historic traditions in which the contributions of men have predominated and have been held up as models, and as a result, only a handful of compositions by women have appeared annually on departmental programs among hundreds of compositions by men. A central goal of this project is to increase the number of compositions involving underrepresented composers and musicians in the programming for the Music and Theatre Arts Department 2013-14 Season, and in so doing, raise consciousness of this phenomenon and its ramifications and have a positive impact on future programming. The project will involve performances and presentations by faculty, students, and guests.
Underrepresented Composers in UWEC Music Programs
Libby Larson - Composer-in-Residence
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Highlighted Upcoming Events
Jazzmeia Horn, jazz vocalist: February 21, 7:30 pm, Phillips Recital Hall
Piano Trios by Louise Dumont Farrenc: February 26, 5 pm, Phillips Recital Hall
Louise Farrenc(1804-75) was a pianist, teacher, editor of an historical anthology of keyboard music, and composer of whom the French were proud. Born into along lineage of artist-sculptors, Louise's prodigious musical gifts in both piano performance and composition were nurtured from an early age and further developed by pianist-composer Johann Nepomuk Hummel and composer Anton Reicha. Both her marriage to music publisher Aristide Farrenc and her long tenure as music professor at the Paris Conservatoire provided support and incentive for performances of her work. Her only daughter, Victorine, an accomplished pianist herself, championed her mother's compositions by frequently programming them alongside works by Viennese Classical composers Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. Given these accomplishments, it is noteworthy that contemporary female pianist-composer Clara Schumann has remained in the mainstream while Mme. Farrenc has drifted into relative obscurity.
Two of her piano trios will be performed on a recital by visiting artists. Pianist Mary Ellen Haupert spreads her musical abilities between her roles as Music Director for Roncalli Newman Parish and as a tenured Associate Professor of Music at Viterbo University, where she teaches music theory and history courses. Violinist, Nancy Oliveros, is a founding member of the critically acclaimed Artaria String Quartet and a 2004 McKnight Fellow and has performed at renowned venues in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Chicago, and throughout the United States and Europe. Artaria cellist, Laura Sewell, is a seasoned chamber musician who has been mentored by and performed with some of the most distinguished artists of our time. As a student she studied chamber music with members of the Juilliard, Tokyo, American, Guarneri and Budapest Quartets, as well as with Felix Galimir, Josef Gingold, James Buswell and Timothy Eddy. Farrenc's music is rarely programmed, and so this recital will be an important opportunity for faculty and students to hear this repertoire live.
Faculty Recital, Aurelian Petillot, viola: March 13, 7:30 p.m., Gantner Concert Hall
Guest Artist Recital, Gail Robertson, euphonium: March 30, 7:30 p.m., Gantner Concert Hall
Robertson currently serves as part-time Lecturer-Artist/Teacher of Tuba/Euphonium at Eastern Michigan University. She has taught on the faculties of the University of Central Florida, Bethune-Cookman University, the University of Florida, Valencia, and Seminole Community Colleges and remains active as a teacher, adjudicator, composer, arranger and free-lance artist, both nationally and internationally. She has recently resumed her doctoral studies as a University Distinguished Fellow at Michigan State Univeraity. She is also the Chair of the Tuba and Euphonium Press Committee, and serving on the Board of Directors of the Leonard Falcone Tuba and Euphonium Festival and the International Women's BrassConference (IWBC). She has also served on the Board of Directors and as Euphonium and Membership Coordinator of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association (ITEA) and was the featured artist on the cover of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association Journal (Volume 38, Number 1, Fall 2010). In addition, she has served as President, Vice President and Personnel Manager of the Brass Band of Central Florida.
One issue being addressed during "A Year of Inclusivity" is the patterns of gender continuing to surround particular musical instruments. Lowbrass continues to be an area where women are markedly underrepresented. In 2009, for example, only one woman held a tuba position in major orchestras in the United States. Gail Robertson serves on the Board of Directors for the International Women's Brass Conference and has served as President of the IWBC and as a conference host in 2010 and 2006. This organization exists to "educate, develop, support & inspire all women brass musicians." Another issue to be addressed during "A Yearof Inclusivity" is the gender patterns surrounding jazz. Throughout the history of the jazz program at UW-EC, the participation has been predominantly male. For example, Jazz I has averaged one female each year out of an ensemble of twenty-five musicians. Gail Robertson is a jazz musician, and during her visit to UW-EC, she will provide a euphonium recital of both traditional and jazz music.
Guest Artist Recital, Cynthia Green Libby, oboe: April 6, 5 p.m., Phillips Recital Hall
An advocate of works by women, Dr. Green has had nearly twenty oboe pieces dedicated to her by such composers as Libby Larsen, Joan Tower, Barbara Harbach and Gwyneth Walker, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Alliance of Women in Music. Her solo recital tours of music by American women have been presented to audiences across the USA and Canada, as well as in Europe, Scandinavia and the former Soviet Union. Also active as a critic and writer, Libby's articles have been published in Women of Note Quarterly, The International Alliance of Women in Music Journal, The Journal of the International Double Reed Society, the Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers and the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Cynthia Green Libby serves as professor of oboe at Missouri State University, the Missouri Fine Arts Academy, and as principal oboe of the Springfield (MO) Symphony Orchestra. She studied at the Hochschule fuer Musik in West Berlin, the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts in Canada and earned a DMA and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. A Michigan native, she also earned the MM & BMA from the University of Michigan.