Todd Goranson performed a series of New Year's concerts as guest principal bassoonist
Todd Goranson, Associate Professor of Music, performed a series of New Year's concerts as guest principal bassoonist with the Huang He (Yellow River) Symphony in Zhengzhou, China from December 29-January 6. While in China, he also performed in a chamber concert with members of the MasterWorks Festival faculty from the U.S.
Todd's chamber ensemble, Trio Atlantis (with Swedish musicians Erik Hagstrom and Britta Holger), was the subject of a feature article in the February 2017 issue of Umgås Magazine, a publication that focuses on the intersection of Swedish and American cultures. A digital version of the article can be found at http://www.umgasmagazine.com/trio-atlantis-classical-swedish-music/
Congratulations to the Messiah College Trumpet Ensemble
Congratulations to the Messiah College Trumpet Ensemble as they have advanced to the Semi-Final round of competition in the National Trumpet Competition. They will be traveling to Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia in March.
Congratulations to Alumni Stephen Lias
Recently the National Endowment for the Arts announced their “Imagine Your Parks” grants, and among the 33 recipients, was the Boulder Philharmonic. Boulder Philharmonic's grant will be used to commission Mr. Lias for a major new orchestral work that will be premiered at Washington D. C.’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2017.
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Congratulations to Janine Shuey
Messiah College Department of Music is proud to Congratulate Janine Shuey who placed second in American Choral Directors Association of Pennsylvania's conducting competition
Janine placed second in the ACDA-PA conducting competition held on Oct 30 at Susquehanna University. There were five other students competing, from Mansfield, Dusquesne, Temple, Kutztown, and Indiana, PA. Congrats to Janine for a job well done!
Messiah College's own Dr. William Stowman's debut performance in Carnegie Hall
The Messiah College Department of Music Congratulates Dr. William Stowman on his Carnegie Hall Debut! Dr. Stowman will be performing with Tromba Mundi, an ensemble comprised of six professional trumpeters from across the United States. The members of Tromba Mundi are Bryan Appleby-Wineberg, Scott Belck, Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski, John Marchiando, William Stowman and Joey Tartell. The group will present a varied program including three World Premieres as well as two of Dr. Stowman's original compositions written especially for Tromba Mundi. The concert is Wednesday, October 7 at 7:30 PM.
MESSIAH COLLEGE CONCERT CHOIR, CHORAL ARTS SOCIETY, AND SUSQUEHANNA CHORALE PERFORM "ELIJAH" WITH HARRISBURG SYMPHONY TO RAVE REVIEWS
Photo by Abby Madden '13
The Messiah College Concert Choir, Choral Arts Society, and Susquehanna Chorale, under the direction of Linda Tedford, performed Felix Mendelssohn's masterwork oratorio, "Elijah," with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra to rave reviews on April 11, 12, and 13. The April 11 performance, which took place on campus in the "beautiful design and exquisite acoustics" of Parmer Hall, was described by reviewer David Dunkle of the Carlisle Sentinel as " a thrilling aural experience, without the acoustical cross-currents so common in most auditoriums." Kari Larsen of the Patriot-News reviewed Saturday evening's performance at the Forum Auditorium with equal praise, describing the performance as "awe-inspiring," and calling the choirs an "elemental force." Full reviews of both Friday and Saturday's performances are available online at the Carlisle Sentinel and the Patriot-News.
MESSIAH COLLEGE CONCERT CHOIR TO EMBARK ON 9-DAY TOUR TO ITALY
MESSIAH COLLEGE WIND ENSEMBLE RELEASES NEW ALBUM WITH COMMISSIONED WORK
The Messiah College Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Bradley Genevro, recently released their newest album, Stained Glass Windows (Klavier label K11198; also available on NAXOS). One track from the album, Luminosity, is a new work that Dr. Mike Harcrow and the Messiah College Brass Choir, in conjunction with Murray Library, commissioned from composer Anthony DiLorenzo for the opening of Parmer Hall. The recording is by BrassCross, the large faculty-student brass ensemble at Messiah College, conducted by Dr. Brad Genevro. The entire album is available for purchase on iTunes or by contacting the Department of Music at (717) 766-2511, ext. 3310.
FACULTY BRASS QUINTET PERFORMS ACROSS MIDSTATE
On Sunday afternoon, November 24, 2013, the Messiah College Faculty Brass Quintet played their much-anticipated return performance at the Trinity Episcopal Church Concert Series in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. The program was an eclectic mix of music from Gabrieli to the Beatles, and it also included Dr. Mike Harcrow's fantasia setting of "Immortal, Invisible." Dr. Bill Stowman's witty repartee kept the time between pieces lively, and the audience was wonderfully enthusiastic.
Other Messiah College faculty past participants in this series have included the Mendelssohn Trio with artists-in-residence Ya-Ting Chang, Peter Sirotin, and Fiona Thompson, as well as voice professor Damian Savarino.
The Messiah College Faculty Brass Quintet is [photo L-R] Mike Harcrow (horn), Drew Wolgemuth (Messiah College senior music major, trombone, substituting for Professor Michael Clayville who was performing in Germany at the time), Melanie Hess Miller (trumpet), Eric Henry (tuba), and Bill Stowman (trumpet and MC).
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MC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND WIND ENSEMBLE SELECTED TO PERFORM AT PMEA CONVENTION
The Messiah College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Timothy Dixon, and the Messiah College Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Bradley Genevro, have been selected to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association state convention next spring. This is an honor reserved for the finest performing ensembles in the state, and it will allow both groups to perform to an audience of music educators and student musicians. Congratulations to both ensembles and to their outstanding directors!
CONCERT CHOIR PERFORMS AT AMERICAN CHORAL DIRECTORS STATE CONFERENCE
The Messiah College Concert Choir, under the direction of Linda L. Tedford, was selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association Pennsylvania conference at Millersville University in October. The group was chosen as a featured ensemble from hundreds of college choirs across the state and performed to great acclaim. This honor falls on the heels of a successful alumni reunion concert in the new Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts over Homecoming Weekend. The choir was happy to welcome back old friends and introduce them to a new space!
The Concert Choir is also planning its third international tour, traveling to Italy in May, 2014. The group will travel to Rome, Florence, Assisi, and San Gimignano for nine days, and will perform in historic venues around the country.
NAVY BAND BRASS QUINTET VISITS CAMPUS
On Wednesday, September 11, the Navy Band Brass Quintet visited campus, performing in the new High Foundation Recital Hall. Students had the opportunity to interact with the world-class ensemble, and the recital was standing room-only.
Since 1971, the Navy Band Brass Quintet has performed at libraries, museums, colleges and high schools throughout the National Capital Region, including performances as part of the Navy Band’s Music In The Schools program. In 1992, the Brass Quintet appeared at the Navy Band’s 15th International Saxophone Symposium at George Mason University, the Armed Forces School of Music Clinic and Recital and a special worship service at Washington National Cathedral honoring the Navy’s 216th birthday. The group also performed at inaugural events for President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney in 2000 and 2004.
The quintet’s repertoire includes works from the 16th through the 20th centuries, with many of the compositions arranged by its members. Directed by Chief Musician Christopher Sala, trumpet, the quintet includes Musicians 1st Class Brandon Almagro, trumpet; Musician 1st Class Jason Ayoub, horn; and Musicians 1st Class Colin Wise, trombone and James Hick, tuba. Brass Quintet members are often featured soloists with the Concert Band and perform in Navy Band recitals.
HORN STUDIO PERFORMS AT INTERNATIONAL HORN SYMPOSIUM
The 2012-13 Messiah College Horn Studio spent July 29-August 3, 2013, at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee, for the 45th Annual International Horn Symposium of the International Horn Society. Nearly 700 professional players, teachers, and students from all over the world were in attendance for a week of outstanding performances, workshops, masterclasses, and competitions.
Members of the Messiah College Horn Studio attending were [photo L-R] Linnie Hostetler (Class of 2013), Bethany Franklin (2016), Mary Grace Friedell (2014), Edward House (2013), Jairo Meza (2014), and Garrett Krohn (2014). This talented group entered the IHS Large Ensemble Competition held on Wednesday, July 31, and, against some excellent groups, won second place. A very strong and deserving ensemble from the Queensland (Australia) Conservatory took first.
The day before, on Tuesday, July 30, at the Lunchtime Concert Series in the college cafeteria, the Studio also performed a full 30-minute program consisting of seven works for six horns. Three of these pieces were world premieres of compositions commissioned by horn professor Dr. Mike Harcrow and the Messiah College Department of Music for the Studio especially for this event. These premieres included Sextet No. 2 by Matthew McLaughlin, Mountain Spires by 5-time Emmy-award winning composer Gary Kuo, and Fanfare by Messiah College composition instructor Bruce Yurko.
Winners of all this year's competitions have been officially announced at http://www.hornsociety.org/home/ihs-news/719-competition-winners-at-ihs-45.
Congratulations to the horn studio!
PROFESSOR MIKE HARCROW PREMIERES NEW COMPOSITIONS
This summer, the Greater Harrisburg Concert Band under the direction of Dr. William Stowman premiered two new works by Dr. Mike Harcrow, Messiah College professor of horn and music theory. Castle Hill March was written for the band's performance in Parmer Hall on the occasion of the appearance of guest conductor and renowned British cornettist Neil Jowett. Maestro Jowett was presented a score and a full set of parts to perform in England with his group, the Huddersfield Wind Band.
Cumberland Crossings was commissioned by a retirement center in Carlisle and dedicated to local musician Janet Clark, a resident there, and premiered during a performance this past July. Afterwards, Dr. Harcrow presented Mrs. Clark with a signed copy of the score (photograph L-R, Mrs. Janet Clark, Dr. William Stowman, Dr. Mike Harcrow), and the Greater Harrisburg Concert Band encored the piece at the end of the concert.
Another of Dr. Harcrow's recent works, Classical Variations on "For the Beauty of the Earth", was recorded last summer by the Greater Harrisburg Concert Band on their CD World Winds, released this summer, as well as on the soon-to-be-released Messiah College Wind Ensemble CD.