September 19, 2005
Naxos Streamed at UNI
Dr. Alan Asher, Art & Music librarian at UNI's Rod Library is delighted to announce an agreement with the major European recording label
"This effectively triples our current holdings," says Asher, "and gives both students and teachers an unrivaled resource of recorded classical music." "Actually in it's second year, student response to the program has been tremendous. We hope to keep the service for a long time." For additional information please visit the Art & Music web page at: http://www.library.uni.edu/artmusic/.
September 09, 2005
UNI Pre-All State Orchestra Clinic
The UNI School of Music, String Division is pleased to announce the 18th annual UNI Pre-All State Orchestra Clinic to be held on Saturday October 1, 2005 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the
String students in grades 9-12 will be coached in sectionals from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. and participate in a full orchestral reading of the All-State repertory in the afternoon from 1:30-3:00. Clinicians include: Mr. Frederick Halgedahl, violin, Dr. Julia Trahan, viola, Dr. Jonathan Chenoweth, cello and Joseph Klapper, bass. Dr. Rebecca Burkhardt will be conducting the orchestral sessions with the student participants and the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra in the afternoon.
This event has been extremely successful in the past and the String Division at UNI is looking forward to another productive and informative workshop this year. Email your registration information directly to Dr. Burkhardt at email@example.com. The workshop is FREE. Please send your students’ names and instruments by Monday September 26.
Registration will be held at room 30 in the GBPAC from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. on the morning of the clinic. Please have students bring a pencil, instrument and accessories and their all-state excerpts. Complete parts for the readings will be provided. Lunch for participants may be purchased at the Mauker Union or
September 02, 2005
Quartet Completes UNI's String Offering
Chenoweth, Trahan, Halgedahl, Fetter
UNI’s newest faculty ensemble, Quartet Northern Iowa
Quartet Northern Iowa, comprised of violinists Frederick Halgedahl and former Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony concertmaster Therese Fetter, violist Julia Trahan and cellist Jonathan Chenoweth, will debut on the School of Music’s 24th Annual Scholarship Benefit Concert, Friday, September 30. The quartet not only adds viabililty to the String Division’s latest emphasis in graduate chamber music, but completes UNI’s list of highly regarded faculty ensembles. “This is something we’ve needed for a long time,” says Trahan. “This is something we’ve wanted for even longer,” adds Halgedahl, “but it took Julia’s energy and pertainaciousness to make it happen.” “Pertain… what???” explodes the violist. “It’s a compliment,” mumbles Chenoweth.
“Perhaps an idea who’s time had come.” Fetter explains, “I knew last winter that last season was my final one with the Symphony—Fred and I have now each been concertmaster of the group for ten years’ time—and Julia was being wooed by a quartet in the Denver area. Jonathan was a member of the Dakota Quartet for a time, Fred had started a quartet in Seattle… Things just fell into place.”
Halgedahl Begins 20th Year at UNI
Frederick Halgedahl, String Division Chair and Associate Professor of Violin, begins his twentieth year of service to Iowa's string community this fall. A former orchestral musician who was a member of the National Symphony Orchestra and the famed Orchestra of the North German Radio (NDR), Halgedahl began his academic career at UNI in the mid 1970's. After teaching at the University of Oklahoma and Western Washington State University he returned to UNI in 1986 to chair the string faculty, accepting a post as Concertmaster of the Waterloo Cedar-Falls Symphony, as well. Since then, Halgedahl has served as concertmaster of the Cedar Rapids and Des Moines orchestras, and for a year was acting concertmaster of the Savannah Symphony.
His students have gone on to successful graduate careers at Indiana University, the Manhattan School, the Cincinnati College Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute and his alma mater, the Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, New York. But Halgedahl is especially proud of his graduates who are now making a significant difference in Iowa's schools. "Without naming names, " he says, "let me just say there are some pretty good young people out there shaking things up, and I'm proud of them."
Burkhardt Honored by Peers
Rebecca Burkhardt, Conductor of the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra and Associate Director, Graduate Studies in Music, is the recipient of the School of Music's John L. Baker Memorial Faculty Development Award for 2005. The cash prize of $500 honors a faculty colleague judged especially competent and hard-working, whose contributions to the School of Music further a sense of community and respect. A native of Texas, Dr. Burkhardt holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Horn Performance from Southwestern (TX) University, a Master of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas, and a Ph. D. from the University of Texas, Austin. Her dissertation discusses the music of the contemporary American composer, John Adams.
After a brief career in the public schools, having studied conducting with Murry Sidlin, Henry Charles Smith and Kenneth Kiesler, she came to UNI in 1988. Since that time she has led the Northern Iowa Symphony and UNI's Lyric Theater, and for years taught upper level music theory, as well.