Dec. 13, 2013/For Immediate Release
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UNCSA MUSICIANS TO FOCUS ON WELLNESS AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Guest Artists for ‘Intensive Arts’ include two alumni of School of Music
WINSTON-SALEM – A Grammy Award-winning composer, a conductor, a trumpet player, a violinist, a violist, a vocalist and a performance anxiety coach are among the guest artists and lecturers this month at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) School of Music during Intensive Arts.
During the annual Intensive Arts mini-term (Dec. 14-21 this year), academic classes are suspended throughout the University, allowing the five arts schools (Dance, Design & Production, Drama, Film, and Music) to offer specialized programs to students. This year, Intensive Arts in the School of Music will focus on professional development and wellness for artists, according to Music Dean Wade Weast, who called it a “natural choice.”
“Our faculty does an excellent job of teaching our students to play and sing beautifully,” Weast said. “We must also teach them the skills necessary to have a long and successful career. Intensive Arts provides students with a week after they have finished their academic courses for the semester to intensely focus on such things as professional development and wellness. Both of these are essential for them to have long careers.”
Guest lecturers, as well as faculty and staff from around the University, will offer workshops that include wellness topics such as Tai Chi, Alexander Technique, yoga, improvisation, vocal health, exercise for singers, and nutrition, while guest artists will hold master classes for individual instruments.
Weast said guest artists scheduled for the week are leaders in their fields. “These musicians – including two of our alumni -- have performed with leading ensembles and orchestras across the country and around the world. Their experiences are a valuable supplement to the expertise of our resident faculty.”
The guest artists and lecturers include:
· Kathryn Dey is a violist and educator on the faculty of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. She has been recognized nationally for her interdisciplinary work in the fields of music, creative writing and acting. She will present an interpretive skills workshop from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16. This hands-on presentation will explore basic acting exercises and will present ideas for incorporating these exercises into rehearsals and performances for instrumentalists. Topics will include goals of actor and musician training, using acting techniques to master and deliver inspired musical performances, and an overview and demonstration of basic acting exercises addressing relaxation, body work, concentration and focus, imagination, sensory perception, intention and emotion.
· David Rudge, director of orchestras and opera at the State University of New York (SUNY Freedonia), has conducted orchestras on five continents. He also teaches free improvisation at SUNY Freedonia, and is the Founder of The Improv Collective, a unique performing ensemble dedicated to free improvisation for self-expression. He will offer a two-part workshop on improvisation for self-expression, Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 16 and 17, from noon to 2 p.m. each day. The art of music improvisation will be taught in a supportive, non-judgmental environment to give students the freedom needed to create music spontaneously. The voice is considered the primary instrument, but drums and other world music instruments may be used, allowing the freedom to improvise in any style. Students are encouraged to bring any and all instruments that they play.
· Steven Mackey, regarded as one of the leading composers of our generation, has won a Grammy Award, several awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and a Kennedy Center Friedheim Award. He is a professor of music and chair of the music department at Princeton University. Mackey will offer a question-and-answer session via Skype from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18. The session follows presentations on Mackey’s music on Tuesday, Dec. 17, by composition students, from 2 to 4 p.m.
· Helen Spielman is a flutist, author and acclaimed performance anxiety coach whose clientele includes musicians, speakers, dancers, actors, business professionals, and athletes. Her first book, “A Flute in My Refrigerator: Celebrating a Life in Music,” was published in June 2013. Her session with flute students is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
· Violinist Ricardo Cyncynates has performed extensively as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. He is assistant concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra. His master class is 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
· Vocalist T. Oliver Reid, a UNCSA alumnus and native of Gastonia, has performed on Broadway in Chicago, Kiss Me Kate, Follies, Thoroughly Modern Milllie, Never Gonna Dance, La Cage Aux Folles, The Wedding Singer, Mary Poppins, Damn Yankees and the 25th Anniversary concert of Dreamgirls. His master class, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, will share insights on interpretation of English art song and American musical theater selections.
· UNCSA alumnus Barry Baugess is one of North America’s most sought-after Baroque trumpet soloists and is principal trumpet of Apollo's Fire, Portland Baroque Orchestra, The Magnolia Baroque Festival, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, and Atlanta Baroque Orchestra. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UNCSA, and is the owner of The Baroque Trumpet Shop in New Bern. He will present a two-part workshop, Baroque Blast, on Friday, Dec. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon, and from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
From top to bottom: Barry Bauguess, Ricardo Cyncynates, Kathryn Dey, Steven Mackey, T. Oliver Reid, David Rudge and Helen Spielman
Faculty-artists from the School of Music, along with faculty and staff from other departments at UNCSA, will present workshops including restorative yoga, grace and greater ease in performing, vocal health, stage deportment, exercise for singers, college auditioning, the art of chamber music communication, and college teaching jobs.
About the guest artists
is one of North America’s most sought-after Baroque
trumpet sololists and is principal trumpet of
Portland Baroque Orchestra,
The Magnolia Baroque Festival,
Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, and Atlanta Baroque
Orchestra. He frequently appears as a guest artist with
many of today's finest period instrument ensembles
including Chatham Baroque, The Folger Consort, Tempesta
di Mare, The Washington Bach Consort, American Bach
Soloists, Tafelmusik, and was a member of Philharmonia
Baroque Orchestra from 1987 to 1999.
He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Teldec, Koch International, Conifer Classics, Nonesuch, Sine Qua Non, PBS and NPR and has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, and Japan
Violinist Ricardo Cyncynates has performed extensively as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. Mr. Cyncynates is Assistant Concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra and was appointed to this position by Mstislav Rostropovich following Mr. Cyncynates's tenure with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Since then he has appeared as soloist with the orchestra in concertos by Mozart and Vivaldi as well as in Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy, Saint-Saëns's Havanaise, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Sibelius's Six Humoresques and Paganini's 24th Caprice for solo violin on a program led by Music Director Leonard Slatkin for the League of American Orchestras’ National Conference Concert.
Mr. Cyncynates has performed as soloist with a number of other Washington area orchestras in concertos by Bach, Barber, Brahms, Busoni, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Paganini, Saint-Saëns, Sibelius, as well as in Bernstein's Serenade. He has also appeared as recitalist and chamber musician at the area's most prestigious concert venues.
In 1990, together with his wife, clarinetist Claire Eichhorn and pianist Anna Balakerskaia, he founded The Ensemble da Camera of Washington, today widely considered one of the premier ensembles in their instrument combination. Their national concert tours, radio broadcasts and several recordings for the Vernissage Records label have met with unanimous acclaim by audiences and critics alike. The Ensemble makes a point of performing and recording not only the famous trios for their combination but also solo and duo works, along with newly commissioned works..
Mr. Cyncynates was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After studying with his father, Felix Cyncynates, he made his debut at the age of eleven as the winner of Brazil's National Young Soloists' Competition. He completed his studies at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, Accademia Chigiana in Sienna, and at Indiana University studying with Arrigo Pelliccia, Salvatore Accardo and Franco Gulli.
In his native country, his extensive solo career and his position as First Concertmaster of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, (a position achieved at the age of 19) resulted in numerous awards including those given by the National Research Council of the Brazilian Government, Encyclopaedia Britannica , and the Schering Corporation.
Mr. Cyncynates is a renowned teacher with students receiving prizes in national and international competitions. Several of his former students are also members of major orchestras in the US and Europe. He has given masterclasses throughout the United States, Asia and South America.
Cyncynates performs on "The David" Jean-Baptist Vuillaume violin made in 1873 and his bow was specially made for him by the renowned French Archetier Benoit Rolland.
Originally from Lake Mills, Wisc., violist Kathryn Dey is active as a soloist and chamber musician and has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe. She is a Surdna Foundation fellow and was awarded a grant from that organization to study and perform works for unaccompanied viola by Lillian Fuchs. She performs regularly with organist David Turner as The Lila Duo and recent projects include performances at Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Va., and a series of recitals in France and Germany. Together the duo founded the Haiti Music Project, an outreach program connecting musicians in the United States and Cange, Haiti.
Active as an educator, her teaching has been recognized by the American String Teacher Association, Strings Magazine, Music Teachers National Association, the American Viola Society, the South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education, and the South Carolina Music Educators Association. Students from her studio are now performing and teaching around the world. Dey has given workshops to teachers and students throughout South Carolina and helped build rural string programs in Chester, Fairfield, Jasper, Laurens, and Pickens Counties. She is a frequent presenter at music teaching conferences and has been recognized nationally for her interdisciplinary work in the fields of music, creative writing and acting. Dey is on the faculty of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts, the Eastman Summer Viola Workshop and the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival. She earned degrees in viola performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a student of Sally Chisholm, and at the Eastman School of Music, where she served as teaching assistant to John Graham.
Steven Mackey is regarded as one of the leading composers of his generation and has composed for orchestra, chamber ensembles, dance and opera. His first musical passion was playing the electric guitar in rock bands based in northern California. He blazed a trail in the 1980s and 90s by including the electric guitar and vernacular music influence in his concert music. He regularly performs his own work, including two electric guitar concertos and numerous solo and chamber works. He is also active as an improvising musician and performs with his band Big Farm.
Mackey's orchestral music has been performed by major orchestras around the world, from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco and Chicago Symphonies, the BBC Philharmonic, Concertgebouw orchestra, and the Austrian Radio Symphony, to the Sydney Symphony and Tokyo Philharmonic. As a guitarist, Mackey has performed his chamber music with the Kronos Quartet, Arditti Quartet, London Sinfonietta, Nexttime Ensemble (Parma), Psappha (Manchester), and Joey Baron.
Stumble to Grace, his piano concerto for Orli Shaham, co-commissioned by the L.A. Philharmonic, the St. Louis and New Jersey Symphonies, and TONIC, an orchestral work for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia have recently premiered.
He was commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Nasher Museum in Dallas to write a piece for Brentano String Quartet commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. He is also working on a commission from the Aquarium Of The Pacific to celebrate the "Urban Ocean." Upcoming projects include a large multi-movement symphonic work for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a trumpet concerto for virtuoso Hakan Hardenberger commissioned by the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
Mackey has been honored by numerous awards including a
Grammy, several awards from the American Academy of Arts
and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship, Stoeger Prize from
the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Kennedy
Center Friedheim award and many others. He has been the
composer-in-residence at major music festivals,
including Tanglewood, Aspen and the Holland Festival.
There are a dozen CDs of Mackey's music and many other
CDs that contain individual works. Dreamhouse (2010) and
Lonely Motel: Music From Slide (2011) were each
nominated for four Grammy Awards. Mackey won a
Grammy for Best Small Ensemble Performance for Lonely
A native of Gastonia, T. Oliver Reid has been performing since he could walk and talk. The youngest of four children, he began singing in the choir of St. Stephen’s AME Zion church, as part of a very musical family. By the age of nine he had terrorized his family enough by singing the entire cast recording of Annie every afternoon and soon found himself on the stage of The Little Theater of Gastonia in the musical Shenandoah, thanks to Debbie Rhyne and George Gray, beginning a loving and nurturing relationship with performing that has lasted 30 years and is still going strong.
Reid performed throughout his childhood and adolescence, with the guidance of George Gray, Andrew Millard, Mark Hyde, Rebecca Rhyne, Debbie Rhyne and Trip McGill. After graduating from high school, he was awarded a talent-based scholarship to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. While studying music with a focus on vocal performance, he studied with Frederick Moses, Phyllis Tektonidis and Glenn Seibert, who taught not only technique but the artistry of good musicianship and self-preservation. At UNCSA, he also studied with Victoria Bussert, David Craig, Gerald Freedman, Matilda Nickel, Duncan Noble and Melissa Hayden.
Two days after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, he began work on the second national tour of Once On This Island. Reid subsequently performed in the second national tour of Guys & Dolls and in other regional theaters before making his way to New York City and Broadway. His Broadway credits include Chicago, Kiss Me Kate, Follies, Thoroughly Modern Milllie, Never Gonna Dance, La Cage Aux Folles, The Wedding Singer, Mary Poppins, Damn Yankees and the 25th Anniversary concert of Dreamgirls.
Reid has been lucky enough to work with some of the Great White Way’s brightest and best performers including… Chita Rivera, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jane Krakowski, Karen Ziemba, Blythe Danner, Judith Ivey, Marin Mazzie, Sutton Foster, and Robert Goulet. The list of Directors, Choreographers and Musical Directors he has had the great fortune to work with include the likes of Michael Blakemore, Kathleen Marshall, Rob Marshall, Rob Ashford, Casey Nicolaw, Matthew Warchus, Jerry Zaks, Ann Reinking, Jerry Mitchell and Sir Richard Eyre.
T. Oliver Reid is the winner of the Metropolitan Room’s “2010 Metrostar Challenge” and was also a featured artist in The 21st New York Cabaret Convention.
David Rudge, director of orchestras and opera at the State University of New York, and music director of the Orchard Park Symphony, has conducted orchestras on five continents to rave reviews. As director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Guatemala he was credited with the dramatic rebirth of that orchestra. Described as “dynamic” and “electric,” Guatemala’s Prensa Libre wrote “it has been many years since we have heard a symphony orchestra play with such inspiration.”
Rudge founded the Eastminster Chamber Orchestra, and was assistant conductor of the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra, the Columbia Lyric Opera and Ballet, and the South Carolina Philharmonic. During that time he was noted for his “Bernstein-like intensity” The State, Columbia, SC. He was chosen several times to prepare the Beethoven Chamber Orchestra for the International Workshop for Conductors in ZlÌn, Czech Republic. He has guest conducted the West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra in Mariánské Lázne, Czech Republic, and, as a two time winner of the International Opera Conductors’ Competition, he was invited to conduct a complete production of Rigoletto at the Silesian State Opera in the Czech Republic, and to lead the Vratza Philharmonic in Bulgaria.
In 1996, as an artistic ambassador for the State Department, he spent two months in Damascus, Syria conducting the National Symphony and Chamber Orchestra. He has conducted the opera and orchestra at the Rome Festival in Italy, and has guest conducted the Dialecto Urbano Chorus, Caracas, Venezuela, the Giurgiu Philharmonic (Romania), the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, the North Carolina Governor’s School Orchestra and the Poughkeepsie Chamber Orchestra.
Rudge has worked with some of today’s finest soloists, including Jeremy Denk, David Kim, Larry Combs, Carol Wincenc, Jeffrey Khaner, Gail Williams, Elizabeth Hainen, Jean-Luc Ponty, Mark O’Connor and Yo Yo Ma. His repertoire covers a wide range, including more than 20 operas.
Holding degrees from the Hartt School of Music, the University of Houston, and the University of South Carolina, Rudge has also studied conducting at the Dartington School, England, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Pierre Monteux School, the Aspen Music Festival, the National Conservatory of Romania, and the Conductors Institute with Donald Portnoy and Harold Farberman. He also worked with such notables as Charles Bruck, Max Rudolf, Gunther Schuller, and Maurice Abravanel. Violin study was with Yumi Ninomiya, Jascha Brodsky, Renato Bonacini, and Fredell Lack. Chamber music coaching has been with members of the Curtis, Cleveland, Kolisch, Amadeus, Portland, Razumovsky and Emerson String Quartets. He has also pursued baroque performance practice, as both a violinist and conductor, with the directors and members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
Rudge has taught at Oklahoma State University, the University of South Carolina, Colby College, the Hartt School of Music and the Omega Institute of Holistic Studies, New York. He has given classes in conducting at the Conservatorio Nacional, Guatemala; the Higher Institute of Music, Damascus, Syria; the National Taiwan Normal University, the ASTA National Conference, and as a faculty member of the Conductor’s Institute at Bard College. He has been coach and guest conductor of the Boston, Columbia, Houston and Costa Rican Youth Orchestras, as well as many student honor orchestras, such as the New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois All-State Orchestras. Dr. Rudge has played as both a violinist and violist with the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Tulsa Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica Venezuela, Charleston Symphony, Portland Symphony, and the Houston Grand Opera.
He was the first violinist of the Andrea String Quartet, and was invited to perform with the Portland String Quartet in their 25th Anniversary concert. At SUNY-Fredonia he also teaches free improvisation, and is the founder of The Improv. Collective, a unique performing ensemble dedicated to free improvisation for self-expression. He is a member of the teaching staff and Board of Directors of Music for People, an organization that advocates and promotes freely improvised music. Rudge was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship to return to the Middle East. As a Senior Fellow, he spent the summer months in Egypt conducting the Cairo Opera Orchestra, the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, and the Cairo Opera Chorus, and teaching at the National Conservatoire of Music. The Cairo press called him “a proper maestro. . . grandly expressive.”
Helen Spielman has an international clientele and presents workshops for a diverse population of stage performers. She is on the faculty of Wildacres Flute Retreat and the University of North Carolina Wellness Center where she teaches musicians, speakers, dancers, actors, business professionals, and athletes to perform with confidence, concentration, and consistency. Spielman has 30 years of experience in the fields of education, public speaking, and flute teaching, and is a nationally certified grief counselor. In July 2010 she was appointed as a Fulbright Senior Specialist.
Spielman synthesized her diverse backgrounds to encourage musicians to begin talking openly about performance anxiety and to learn how to perform confidently. Her work in the field of performance anxiety has been featured in Philadelphia Music Makers magazine, Flutewise magazine, The Flutist Quarterly, Pan (The Journal of the British Flute Society), Fluit (The Netherlands), Flote Aktuell (Germany), and Flute Focus. Ms. Spielman is a regular columnist for Flute Focus magazine, contributing the first and only column dedicated to performance anxiety in the flute world. Her additional articles about music making have been translated into four languages and published in Japan, Australia, Sweden, Great Britain, Poland, and the Netherlands, as well as in numerous publications in the United States. Her first book, “A Flute in My Refrigerator: Celebrating a Life in Music,” was released in June 2013.
Spielman has presented workshops on performing confidently in Italy, South Africa, Canada, Spain, The Netherlands and England and in 2010 she was awarded a Fulbright-Hayes Travel Grant to teach at the Latin American Festival of the Flute in Honduras. She has presented her popular workshops at Yale University School of Music, University of Maryland, The Colburn School for the Performing Arts (Los Angeles), 92nd Street Y (New York), the National Flute Association (New York City, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Columbus, San Diego, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Ahaheim, Charlotte and Las Vegas), British Flute Society and Spanish National Flute Association International Conventions, at the Hamilton, New Zealand Flute Festival (via Skype), as well as countless other universities, conservatories, and music festivals. She is a member of the National Flute Association, the British Flute Society, the Canadian Flute Association, and the Association of Flutists of Spain, and served on the board of directors of the Raleigh Area Flute Association.
From 1995 to 2005, Spielman was the assistant manager for FLUTE, an internet discussion group of 2,500 flutists from 45 countries. Her studio teaching career earned national attention with her innovative approach to music education, emphasizing the joy of music and its ability to enrich life.
As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.
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