Faculty Accomplishments 2010/2011

The School of Music warmly salutes the excellence and achievements of its outstanding faculty in the past academic year.

Michael Cain released the album “Solo” featuring compositions for piano and electronics and produced and performed on Ron Blake’s album “Shayari,” for Mack Avenue Records. This recording features Christian McBride, Jack DeJohnette, Regina Carter, and Gilmar Gomez.  Professor Cain also produced and performed on the album “Traverse” for Brian Landrus, a New York-based bari sax and bass clarinet player. This recording features Billy Hart on drums and Lonnie Plaxico on bass.

Pat Carrabré acted as an external evaluator for the Theatre and Music Performance programs at Mount Royal University and as a juror for the JUNOs.  Cellist Caroline Stinson premiered his new composition “Ancestral Drones” on the New Works Calgary series in March, 2012 and cellist Yuri Hooker performed his work “Twitch and Bow” during the 20th Anniversary edition of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival.  Dr. Carrabré was recently elected Vice-President of the National Council of the Canadian Music Centre.

Andrée Dagenais conducted workshops for conductors for the Association of Canadian Choral Communities, in  Halifax,  in September 2010.  Dr. Dagenais toured in Cuba with Brandon University  Chorale, in February 2011.   She guest conducted at the Music Center of CAMMAC, during the 2010 summer in Québec.

Kerry DuWors was on sabbatical in 2010-11, completing the first year of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY), studying with violinist Charles Castleman, the Ying Quartet, Dr. Jean Barr (collaborative piano), and musicologist Dr. Ralph P. Locke. She also joined The Knights, an ensemble based in New York City for performances with Yo-Yo Ma in New York (September 2010), a 6-concert tour of Germany (October 2010), and the world première of Yotam Haber’s New Ghetto Music with singer-songwriter Christina Courtin (January 2011), and was a featured artist at Prairie Scene at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa (May 2011).

Greg Gatien was one of the headline performers at  the Fox Jazz Fest in WI, and toured Western Canada with the Art Pepper + 9 Project, which included a national CBC recording and broadcast.  He was also a featured clinician and guest artist for the Chinook Jazz Festival in Calgary, AB.

Wendy McCallum served as the guest conductor of the 60th Annual Colorado High School All-State Concert Band at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado on April 7-9, 2011.  She was also the first Manitoban and first female to be elected President of the Canadian Band Association (for 2011-2012) and the lead writer selected to evaluate, revise, and write the Grade 9-12 Music Framework for the new Arts Education Curriculum for the Manitoba Instruction, Curriculum, and Assessment Branch.

Eric Platz performed at acclaimed Joe’s Pub in New York City at the beginning of April 2011 with his ensemble Asefa to celebrate the release of their new recording “Resonance” (recorded in December 2010 in NYC).  The event was a “Voice Choice” selection by the Village Voice.  While in New York, the group was also invited to perform at WNYC’s Greene Space as part of the “NEXT New York Conversation” Series hosted by Leonard Lopate. In June, Professor Platz performed at the 2011 Winnipeg Jazz Festival with Atlanta-based singer Jennifer Hanson.

David Playfair made his debut with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra singing Rossini’s famous aria from Il Barbiere di Siviglia Larga al Factotum and starred in Urinetown at Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon.  He will be touring Saskatchewan this October with Il Primo (3 baritones), also featuring Mel Braun, David Klassen and Laura Loewen.

Gordon Portman co-presented a paper entitled ‘Integrated Training for the Singing Actor” at the inaugural Lyric Canad conference at Brock University in St. Catharine’s, Ontario (October 2010).  He was also shortlisted (one of five out of over a thousand initial entries) for the prestigious CBC Literary Awards in the category of Literary Non-Fiction.

Sheila Scott worked with editors of international journals to revise two articles, accepted through a blind review process, that were published this August:  “Contemplating a constructivist stance for active learning within music education,” Arts Education Policy Review, and “Constructivist perspectives for developing and implementing lesson plans in general music,” General Music Today.

Alexander Tselyakov maintained his dual roles as Artistic Director of the Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival and the Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival.  He also recorded 2 Chopin CDs including Chopin’s 24 Etudes Op.10  and Op. 25, and toured throughout  BC, Ontario, Manitoba, Germany, and Mexico.

Leanne Zacharias toured the country this past year as leader of the Correction Line Ensemble, a collaborative initiative melding contemporary chamber music with narrative songwriting. She also participated in the On-the-Commons Research in
Culture residency at the Banff Centre for Arts, and was a featured performer in the International Cello Festival of Canada.


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