Lorie Hippen (BS 1978, violin/music education) welcomes students into her classroom at South High School in Minneapolis. It’s late May, and her string orchestra students unpack, assemble their instruments and music, and warm up.
History hasn’t always been kind to the University of Minnesota’s Aeolian-Skinner organ, built between 1932 and 1936. “It’s true that for decades the university spent very little money on the organ,” said Dean Billmeyer, an organ professor since 1982.
Many musicians agree that an organ in like one orchestra in itself with all sorts of capabilities. Now, what's old is new again. The talent of the Minnesota Orchestra is undeniable, but for U of M Professor of Music Dean Billmeyer, there's been something missing in recent years until now.
Amelia Smith (DMA, clarinet, student of Timothy Zavadil) recently completed a temporary teaching assignment at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS. She filled in for Dr. Michael Rowlett for 6 weeks during the beginning of the fall term. While there, Smith taught 12 clarinet students, clarinet studio, and a single reeds methods course.
Margaret McDonald (BM 1998/MM 2000, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) presented a master class and performed a duo recital with violist Erika Eckert at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL on October 11 and October 12, 2018.
Laura Hynes (DMA 2013, voice, student of Adriana Zabala) was a featured performer for Music and the Brain: A Conversation with Renée Fleming at the University of Calgary, where she is currently an assistant professor and head of voice.
Callie Cooper (BM, voice, student of Jean del Santo) will perform in Opera Susquehanna's Winners Recital on October 28 at 4 pm in Gettysburg, PA. She will sing a selection of opera arias and I hate music!: A Song Cycle of Five Kid Songs for Soprano by Leonard Bernstein.
Hannah Schendel (BA 2013, violin) was chosen to be a conducting fellow with the Allentown Symphony. The Allentown Symphony Conducting Fellows Program supports the opportunity for promising conductors to hone their craft and enrich their musical experience through mentorship and participation in the Allentown Symphony Association’s orchestral and community programs.