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New Faculty Musicians
Bring Talent, Experience
MAILED: Oct. 17, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The department of music and theatre arts at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has three new faculty musicians this fall whose talent and experience will continue the university’s reputation for excellence in the performing arts.
The members of the music and theatre department are excited about the new faculty members, said department chairman David Baker. “They are experienced collegiate-level teachers and outstanding performers who will provide quality instruction and serve as exemplary artistic models for our students,” he said of the new faculty.
Dr. Alexandre Dossin, an international award-winning pianist, comes to UW-Eau Claire’s piano division as assistant professor from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he was assistant professor of piano.
A native of Brazil, Dossin gave his first public performance at age 7 and made his first concert tour at the age of 14. Acclaimed as the most talented artist of his age in Brazil, he has appeared on television, radio, newspapers and magazines throughout Brazil. In 1989, after participating in the First Brazil-Soviet Union Cultural Seminar in Rio de Janeiro, he received a full scholarship to study in the former Soviet Union. He studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and received a master’s degree in piano performance from the conservatory in 1996 and the Artists Diploma in 1997.
During his years in Moscow, he developed a large piano repertoire and performed in recitals and with orchestras throughout Russia. He also participated in international piano competitions and performed throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, South and North America.
In 1997, Dossin was one of 35 selected to take part in the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Texas. After his performance he was invited to pursue a doctorate in piano performance at the University of Texas at Austin. He moved to the United States in 1998 and completed the degree in August 2001. He keeps an active concert performance schedule in the United States, Brazil and Europe.
Dossin said he was attracted to UW-Eau Claire because of its reputation as an undergraduate music institution.
“I know that the music department plays an extremely important role in the community, and I love to be part of such efforts,” Dossin said. “I believe music should have a strong impact in the society, and UW-Eau Claire gives me the opportunity to do that. I was very lucky to be able to choose among several offers, and UW-Eau Claire stood up clearly as the best choice.”
Dossin believes it’s important to perform often. Comparing teaching and performing careers, he said, “In a way, teaching and performing are part of a constant learning process. I always tell my students that a piano lesson is a two-way process: student and teacher learn from each other. It is always a great discovery to find solutions for technical and musical problems. In the same way, each performance is a lesson; I am always a better musician at the end of a concert than I was at the beginning of it.”
Dossin will present his first faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The program is free and open to the public.
Also new to the faculty is Dr. Jeffery Crowell, director of percussion studies and assistant professor of music. He formerly was at Montana State University where he was adjunct assistant professor of music and assistant director of athletic bands.
“The job description was exactly what I was looking for — percussion and jazz band. The reputation of the music department is very good and the area of the country was really what I was looking for — sort of a win-win-win situation,” Crowell said of his move to Eau Claire.
Crowell holds a doctorate in percussion performance from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, a master’s degree in percussion performance from Eastern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from California State University, Fresno.
His performance credits range from orchestral, contemporary, chamber and jazz performances to theater and marching percussion. He was a percussionist for a central California performance with Henry Mancini and his Orchestra and was a tympanist for Fresno performances of Joan Rivers Comedy Show.
He will perform with the jazz bands Friday (Oct. 18) at the Big Band Event in Zorn Arena, playing vibraphone for a famous Lionel Hampton tune “Flying Home.” He’ll also perform a percussion concerto with the Wind Symphony and play a xylophone solo with the Indianhead Honors Band Nov. 2.
Soprano Mitra Sadeghpour joins the voice studies division as assistant professor. She was attracted to UW-Eau Claire by the collaboration of the music and theater areas. “It is rare to find the two in the same department and working together on productions, and I wanted to be a part of that,” she said.
Sadeghpour is a doctoral candidate in music at the Indiana University School of Music and will earn the degree upon completion of her doctoral document, “The English Songs of Charles Gounod.” She holds a master of music degree from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in music performance and theatre/dance from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.
Sadeghpour comes to Eau Claire from Luther College where she taught as an alumni lecturer in music. An experienced recitalist, she has performed numerous oratorio and opera including Nella in Gianni Schicchi and The Queen of the Night in “The Magic Flute.” Her musical theater roles have included productions of “Man of La Mancha,” “The Secret Garden” and others. Her theater roles included Titania in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and the lead role in “Antigione.”
She will be the soprano soloist for the Vivaldi “Gloria” with the Symphonic Choir Nov. 24 and in “Messiah” with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra Dec. 14.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: October 22, 2002