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Release: April 19, 2002
School of Music will honor outstanding students and retiring faculty May
The University of Iowa School of Music will honor students who have received
named scholarships for the 2001-02 academic year, along with the retiring
faculty members and graduating students from the same period, at its annual
Honors Concert, at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 2 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI
campus. The concert is free, and the public is invited to attend.
Mark Weiger, associate director of the School of Music and the coordinator
of the Honors Concert, commented, It's a great pleasure for us to provide
a showcase for our outstanding students. Its an opportunity to recognize
the great contributions they make to the school, to share their talents with
the public, and at the same time to provide them with another step toward
their development as professional musicians.
The concert program will feature the two student concerto competition winners:
Joan Blazich, a winner in the 2001-2002 All-University Concerto/Aria Competition,
will play Aaron Coplands Clarinet Concerto with the University Chamber
Orchestra, conducted by UI graduate student Lucia Matos; and Tim Owen, a winner
in the Band Concerto Competition, will perform the last movement of Robert
Muczynskis Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Band, with the Concert Band
conducted by faculty member Kevin Kastens.
The band will also play Cyrus the Great, a circus march by Iowan
Karl L. King, and Morton Goulds Jericho Rhapsody, a musical
setting of the familiar Old Testament story of Joshua at Jericho.
Faculty members who are retiring at the end of the current academic year
are Richard Bloesch in choral conducting; Lowell Cross with the UI Recording
Studios; Kenneth Phillips in music education; and Carole Thomas in piano.
They will be honored by Weiger and School of Music Director Kristin Thelander.
Blazich is currently pursuing a masters degree as a student of Maurita
Murphy Mead while serving as a performance associate with the UI Center for
New Music. Blazich was first prize winner in the 2002 James F. Jakobsen Graduate
Forum Humanities Division for research papers, and won first prize in the
1997 Durham Symphony Young Artists Concerto Competition. She completed her
undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
receiving a bachelors degree with honors. Her principal teachers include
Mead and Donald Oehler.
Lucia Matos was born in Ourinhos, S.P, Brazil. She received a bachelors
degree in music from the University of Campinas, Brazil. From 1997 to 1998
she worked as assistant conductor at the Campinas Symphony Orchestra and University
of Campinas Symphony Orchestra. In 1998 she was awarded with a Brazilian scholarship
from CAPES for continuing her studies. She received a masters degree
in orchestral conducting from the UI, and she is currently completing the
requirements for a doctorate as a student of UI Symphony conductor William
LaRue Jones. She has conducted the Des Moines Symphony, Americana Symphony
and Campinas Symphony Orchestra.
Owen is a doctoral degree candidate in saxophone performance. Before coming
to Iowa he performed and taught actively in Utah while studying at Brigham
Young University, where he earned both bachelor's and master's degrees. He
has also performed at numerous conventions and other venues in Eastern Asia
and the former Soviet Union, as well as the eastern United States.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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