Saxophone Doctor of Music Arts (DMA) alumnus, Tyler Cessor, partnered with the Bedlam Theatre and Twin Cities artists of diverse disciplines to produce “Shifting Perspectives” a series of thought-provoking performances pieces that brought to light ideas and conversations on race, gender, ethnicity, and art. Tyler received a community engagement grant to cover the costs of video documentation and promotional materials.
Integrating Tai Chi Principles into Piano Playing
Jing Chang, alumna of Professor Shaw’s piano studio, partnered with the Stirling Tai Chi Society and Master Stirling Levine to explore, in the form of a seminar, how the principles of Tai Chi of phrasing, breathing, internal energy and mental harmony apply to piano performance. Jing Chang used her community engagement to travel to Chicago for the seminar and defray the cost of equipment.
DMA Voice Candidate, David Kozisek, partnered with teachers at Westview Elementary School to design SingOut!, a classroom vocal music curriculum designed to expose middle school students to the vocal arts while teaching them phrasing, breathing, internal energy and mental harmony, and emphasizing the importance of a music as a lifelong endeavor. David’s community engagement grant covered the cost of the pianist and quartet honoraria for the live pilot of the program, as well as travel to and from the middle school.
Performer’s Role in New Music
Jeremy Johnston (percussion DMA) partnered with Chicago flutist, Stefanie Abderhalden, to perform as the Apollo-Duo, presenting their recently-commissioned contemporary pieces followed by Q&A sessions to high school music classes across the mid-west. The community engagement grant defrayed the cost of travel and lodging.
Start Up Steel
As part of her doctoral thesis Marilyn K. Clark Silva (percussion DMA) partnered with the music teacher at New Prague High School to write a book for beginning steel band for students and teachers who have no prior teaching experience, creating a fun, accessible and affordable music experience for students who may not have access to more traditional school ensembles. Marilyn’s community engagement grant covered the cost of the truck rental for transporting instruments to and from the school for weekly instruction.
Inclusive Environments for People with Learning Disabilities
Caroline Hand (conducting DMA alumna) partnered with Opportunity Partners to perform a chair-and-stick and small wind ensemble for people with learning disabilities and members of the University Wind Band at the final concert in Ted Mann Concert Hall. Caroline’s engagement grant covered the cost of percussion instruments, parking and milage.
Twin Cities Sambistas United
Professor Scott Currie partnered with Batacuda del Norte to bring community expertise to the world music ensemble,preparing them to march in the Minneapolis May Day parade. Professor Currie’s engagement grant covered the honoraria for community instructors.
High School Partnership
Professor Jean del Santo partnered with Osseo High School Choir director, Andrew Beard, to bring a series of art song performances and pedagogy by U of M voice students for Osseo High School.
R-Word Campaign Concert
DMA conducting alumna, Caroline Hand, partnered with Blaine High School to launch an "R-Word Campaign" concert that featured an inclusive group of the high school choir and the special education students, who were supported by a chamber group of music education and music therapy majors. Caroline received a community engagement grant to defray the cost of commissioning a new piece of music that intentionally included all performers in the score and parts. The funding also defrayed the cost of transportation.
Music on Campus
Professor Laura Sindberg, Music Education, partnered with the Minneapolis Public Schools to bring high school music students to campus for a day of mini-classes and seminars, showcasing the opportunities awaiting students at the college level.
Professor of Trombone, Tom Ashworth, partnered with brass ensembles from across Minnesota and the Midwest to host a weekend-long symposium of performances, workshops, and events.