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Dale Warland

Distinguished Alumnus Dale Warland Receives 2021 American Prize National Award for...

Distinguished School of Music alumnus Dale Warland (MA, theory and composition, 1960, DHL, 2004) is the 2021 recipient of the American Prize National Award for Lifetime Achievement. We honor his successful career and contributions to the wider Minnesota, national, and international music communities. To read more on this exemplary honor, visit this article from YourClassical MPR.
Graduate Summer Fellowship Recipient Shekela Wanyama

Learning From the Community Practices of BIPOC Arts and Music Organizations

How have the leaders of local BIPOC arts organizations sustained or deepend ties to their BIPOC communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder? Shekela Wanyama (DMA, choral conducting) examines this question as part of her final recital project, “Our Magnitude and Bond: Working Practices of BIPOC Performing Arts Leaders in the Twin Cities". Wanyama received a 2021 School of Music Graduate Summer Fellowship for her project and discusses the inspiration and questions guiding her research. Her project will culminate in a community-based and interdisciplinary concert. Wanyama was inspired by the “incredibly vibrant and diverse arts scene” in the Twin Cities, but decided to focus on less prominent programs instead of the larger arts institutions which receive more attention.
Professor Sumanth Gopinath

Professor Sumanth Gopinath Discusses the School of Music’s Support of New Music

As the field of music composition is continuing to innovate and evolve, School of Music faculty member Professor Sumanth Gopinath is leading support of new music in the Twin Cities community, an important part of the School’s mission. The School of Music is co-sponsoring the presentation of a new film featuring Steven Takasugi’s The Flypaper, part of 113 Collective’s Twin Cities New Music Festival, on Friday, July 2 at noon in the St. Paul Campus Student Center. We spoke with Gopinath to discuss the piece and his interest in connecting the School of Music community with new music. 
Carol Barnett

A Twin Cities Composition Career With Alumna Carol Barnett

Alumna and composer Carol Barnett (BA, music theory and composition, 1972, MA, music theory and composition, 1976) has spent her storied career contributing new compositions to the local music scene while living in the Twin Cities community. This summer, a local quintet featuring Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis musicians, including School of Music alumna and Student Services Specialist Rachel Hest (BM, flute performance, 1984) will perform Barnett’s piece “Shaker Suite: Canterbury” outdoors at the Milwaukee Avenue Historic District Park on July 1 at 7:00 pm. 
Peer Advisors Katira Lutterman and Matt Healy

Peer Advisors are Ready to Help

We are thrilled to introduce the School of Music’s Peer Advisors, Matt Healy (BM, tuba performance) and Katira Lutterman (BM, music therapy). This summer, they will be working in professional duties around the School of Music and in the fall they will assist advisor Erica Evilla in helping guide their fellow students on their journey through the School of Music’s curriculum. Healy is involved in the University Wind Ensemble, Jazz I, Jazz Combos, and Brass Quintet. Lutterman currently participates in the University Singers and has also been a member of the Women’s Chorus and Gospel Choir in the past. 

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