On July 31, Dr. Danijela Zezelj-Gualdi performs music by Piazzolla, Leisner, Turina, Bogdanovic and Villa Lobos with Croatian guitarist Melita Ivkovic at the prestigious 54th Donat Musical Evenings festival in Zadar, Croatia.
Dr. Helena Spencer Joins the Department of Music faculty
Helena Kopchick Spencer is Assistant Professor of Music History in the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Prior to her appointment at UNCW, she taught for seven years on the faculty of Willamette University (Salem, Oregon) as an instructor of applied bassoon, chamber music, aural skills, and music history. She also taught courses in Western music history, history of the blues, and music and gender at the University of Oregon, first as a Graduate Teaching Fellow and later as an adjunct instructor. Her academic classroom teaching has been recognized by a 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance.
Dr. Spencer received her PhD in musicology with a supporting area in bassoon performance from the University of Oregon in 2014, where she was named Outstanding Graduate Scholar in Musicology and University Outstanding Scholar in Music. Her PhD dissertation, “TheJardin des Femmesas Scenic Convention in French Opera and Ballet,” was advised by Marian Smith and supported by a Graduate Research Award from the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance. Her research interests include landscape, place, and gender in nineteenth-century Parisian music theater; musico-theatrical conventions and interchanges among grand opéra, opéra-comique, vaudeville, and ballet-pantomime during the long nineteenth century; Marian devotional polyphony in sixteenth-century Tudor England; and the cultural arts of Scandinavia. Within the American Musicological Society, she is a member of the Music and Dance Study Group and the Ecomusicology Study Group.
Dr. Spencer’s chapter on Danish identity in the August Bournonville’s 1836 version of the balletLa Sylphideappears in the volumeLa Sylphide—Paris 1832 and Beyond, edited by Marian Smith and published by Dance Books in 2012. She has also published an article on art song settings of Henrik Ibsen’s “Spillemænd” in the Norwegian musicology journalStudia Musicologica Norvegica. She has presented papers at both national and regional Annual Meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Biennial International and North American Conferences on Nineteenth-Century Music, and specialized conferences on the music of Giacomo Meyerbeer, Edvard Grieg, and Franz Liszt. Presentations of her research have been supported by grants from the American Musicological Society, the University of Oregon Center for the Study of Women in Society, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the United States Embassy in Norway. She is also the recipient of travel and study grants from the University of Bergen, the Friends of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Oregon, and the Humanities and Arts Research Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Equally active as a performer, Dr. Spencer received her Bachelor of Music in bassoon performance with academic honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music (2005) and Master of Music in bassoon performance from the University of Oregon (2006), where she was named Outstanding Graduate Performer in Woodwinds and University Outstanding Graduate Performer in Music. Her bassoon teachers have included Steve Vacchi, Barrick Stees, and Michael Danis. As the recipient of a three-year fellowship in contrabassoon at the Aspen Music Festival & School, she also studied with Per Hannevold and Steven Dibner.
Dr. Spencer has held a wide variety of orchestral positions, from contrabassoon of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra to second bassoon of the Eugene Opera Orchestra to principal bassoon of the Oregon Mozart Players and Salem Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed as substitute contrabassoonist with the Oregon and Colorado Symphony Orchestras and as section bassoonist with the Cabrillo, Astoria, and Oregon Bach Festival Orchestras. Dr. Spencer’s historical woodwind performance experience includes concerts with the Oregon Bach Collegium, the Case/CIM Baroque Orchestra, and collegia musica at the University of Oregon and Case Western Reserve University. As a chamber musician, she has been a guest artist with the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival (Corvallis, Oregon) and Music By the Sea (Bamfield, British Columbia). She is a founding member of the Blue Box Ensemble, an Oregon-based chamber music collective that designs interactive concerts in collaboration with visual art exhibitions and contemporary music festivals. Her premiere performances include Alejandro Enrique Planchart'sFantasiafor solo bassoon, Mei-ling Lee'sJiu Gefor bassoon and electronics (supported by the Benton County Foundation's Paul & Lillian Petri Award), and two ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award-winning woodwind quintets: Xinyan Li'sMo Suo's Burial Ceremonyand Judah Adashi'sSongs and Dances of Macondo.
UNCW Music Alumnus A.J. Reynolds releases debut album
A.J. Reynolds '13 (B.M. in Music Education), saxophonist for Wilmington hip-hop band Temple5, announced the release of the band's EP The Bap is Eternal (The Argument). While at UNCW, Reynolds was a member of Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Combo, Saxtet, Wind Symphony and Chamber Winds, and was a saxophone student of Frank Bongiorno.
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Department of Music student Beth Stovall Named Miss North Carolina
Beth Stovall, a senior pursuing a B.M. in vocal performance, was crowned Miss North Carolina during the state pageant on June 21 at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. She was one of 34 young women vying for the title.
Stovall's recent performances include the role of Anne in Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor (shown above) for UNC-WOOP!'s Evening of Opera Scenes (under the direction of Nancy King); a featured soloist in the UNCW Chamber Choir and N.C. Baroque Symphony Orchestra's performance of Bach's St. John Passion (under the direction of Joe Hickman); and the Mozart aria “Ach, Ich Fühls” for the UNCW Honors Recital. She is a member of the UNCW Chamber and Concert Choirs. Stovall has twice traveled to St. Pölten, Austria, where she attended the Laudate Dominum conference, singing Bruckner's Mass in D Minor and Mozart's Missa solemnis in C under the baton of Erwin Ortner.
Stovall competes in the Miss America Pageant this September. Check your local listings.
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