Sunday, March 4, 2012

UW Alumni in Concert at UW!

Greetings from the Concert Office!

Three concerts are coming up that feature School of Music alumni. All should be awesome! And all are free :)

This Sunday, February 26 at 12:30 pm in the Chazen Museum: Kangwon Lee Kim, violin (DMA 05) and Eli Kalman (MM 03, DMA 06), in Sonata for piano and violin in D major, Op. 12, No. 1 by Beethoven; Sonata for violin and piano by Ravel; and Piano Quintet in C minor, Op. 1 by Dohnanyi, with violinist David Rubin, violist Matthew Michelic and cellist Janet Anthony.

Saturday, March 10 at 3 pm in Morphy Hall: Hein Jung, soprano (MM 03, DMA 07) and Grigorios Zamparas, piano, in works by Handel, Liszt, Chopin and Mozart.

Monday, April 9 at 7:30 pm in Morphy Hall: Mark Carlson, euphonium (MM 05, DMA 08) and Kirstin Ihde, piano; program TBA.

For More information please go to the UW School of Music Website:

2010 Alum Jennifer Sims writes for Opera Pulse

A native of Lockport, NY, Jennifer Sams recently received her DMA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Voice Performance and a minor in Opera Production. She completed her Master’s Degree as a member of the Knoxville Opera Studio with the University of Tennessee and her Bachelor’s Degree from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music. Equally at home in opera and musical theater, Jennifer has performed a wide variety of roles - 'Mrs. Lovett' in Sweeney Todd to directing and starring in the role of ‘Ethyl Wormvarnish’ in the world premiere of Jerry Hui’s opera Wired for Love. Last summer, Mrs. Sams studied baroque gesture and performance as a participant in Early Music Vancouver’s Compleat Singer Baroque Vocal Programme. She has been a participant, soloist and teacher with the Madison Early Music Festival for the past 3 consecutive years, and as a soloist with the Madison Early Music Festival’s performance of Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610. Mrs. Sams teaches privately in Madison, Wisconsin and at Beloit College.

Jennifer wrote an article "Grammy Worthy: Why We Love Joyce DiDonato" for the online opera magazine, Opera Pulse. To view the article, please click here:

Grammy Worthy: Why We Love Joyce DiDonato

St. Norbert's Faculty Focus - Dr. Yi-Lan (Elaine) Niu

Dr. Yi-Lan (Elaine) Niu completed her master's degree in voice at the Eastman School of Music and her doctoral degree in vocal performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Throughout her academic career, Dr. Niu has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including the Joyce and William Wartmann Scholarship, UW-Madison Opera Props Award, and scholarships to the Hot Springs Music Festival, the Madison Early Music Festival, and the Vancouver Early Music Festival.

Dr. Niu joined the music faculty at SNC in 2007. During the past five years, she has taught applied voice, vocal diction and pedagogy, vocal literature and the general education class Introduction to Opera. Dr. Niu is a passionate educator and enjoys preparing courses and helping students. In addition to teaching, Dr. Niu performs both nationally and internationally; her performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio in both the United States and Taiwan. She actively premieres new works written for her and regularly collaborates with professionals in different artistic fields to create unique performance experiences.

Dr. Niu just recently completed her faculty collaborative project "The Shape of Words" with Professor April Beiswenger from Theater Studies in which they combined the art of vocal music and costume design. Past projects have included "Image & Sound: A Reproduction" (2011) in which Dr. Niu and Professor Brian Pirman explored the possibilities of using photography to add meaning to musical text, and "Turning Old Pages, Singing New Notes" (2009) in which Dr. Niu collaborated with Norbertine priest Father James Neilson in the presentation of new music and book art.

As an advocate of new music, Dr. Niu has premiered the epic "Requiem" for solo voice and orchestra and "A Star" for voice and guitar by Alexander Nohai-Seaman and the Chinese "Yuan Songs" for soprano and guitar by Jerry (Chi-Wei) Hui. As an early music enthusiast, Niu has performed masterworks by J.S. Bach, J. Dowland, H. Sch├╝tz, C. Monterverdi, B. Strozzi, and A. Scarlatti. Her numerous operatic roles have included Clorinda in "Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda," Costanza in "La Griselda," Serpina in "La Serva Padrona," and Papagena in "The Magic Flute."

Dr. Niu is very happy to be part of the SNC family, a place she calls "her second home." In addition to her busy teaching schedule, Dr. Niu's scholarship activities and projects include two recitals in Iowa and South Dakota this spring, an early music concert in the fall, and a New York concert series during the spring of 2013.

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