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Guest Artists James Mulholland and Mark Carlson
on Campus This Week at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: March 28, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — Two guest artists are visiting the music and theatre arts department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus this week, and the public is invited to attend any of the rehearsals, master classes and one concert being presented as part of their visits. All events are free.

James Mulholland
James Mulholland

Composer and conductor James Mulholland will be working with several of the university's vocal ensembles during their rehearsals and presenting a master class on composition. His compositions have appeared as required repertoire on more than 40 states' high school choral lists. In addition, they are performed regularly by universities and choral associations throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Mulholland has done commissioned works for many choirs throughout the world, including the Los Angeles Children's Choir, International Children's Choir Festival and American Choral Directors Association. A native of Laurel, Miss., Mulholland completed his bachelor's and master's degrees in music at Louisiana State University and has done doctoral work at Indiana University.

Today, Wednesday, March 28, Mulholland will work with the Concert Choir at noon, the Women's Concert Chorale at 2 p.m. and the Women's Chorus at 3:30 p.m. All ensembles will rehearse in Room 143 of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

On Thursday, March 29, Mulholland will again meet with Concert Choir at noon and the Women's Concert Chorale at 2 p.m. At 3 p.m. he will meet with The Singing Statesmen. Again, all ensembles meet in Room 143 of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

On Friday, March 30, Mulholland will present a master class at 10 a.m. in Room 105 of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The presentation is titled "From Pen to Podium: What a Composer Is Thinking and How the Conductor Interprets." At noon he will once again rehearse with the Concert Choir in Room 143.

Mark Carlson
Mark Carlson

Mark Carlson will give a euphonium recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Carlson grew up on a farm outside Macomb, Ill. During high school he studied euphonium with Dr. Bruce Briney and won Western Illinois University's Concerto Competition and appeared with their wind ensemble. He was named a Yamaha Young Performing Artist in 1999. Carlson studied with Rex Martin and earned a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in 2002, and in 2003, traveling as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, he earned an advanced degree in performance when he studied with Jukka Myllys in Oulu, Finland. In August 2004 he took second place in the Lieksa Brass Week Euphonium Competition, and in May 2005 he completed a master's degree in euphonium performance at UW-Madison, where he studied with John Stevens. In 2006 he was the winner of the UW-Madison Concerto Competition. He is currently a Paul Collins Distinguished Graduate Fellow in the second year of his doctoral program in musical arts at UW-Madison. Earlier this season, he was a finalist for both the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy bands.

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