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Oakland University Music, Theatre and Dance
      Newsletter           March 2014          Volume 35  
Chamber Music Guests Enhance Student Learning
When Duo Sonidos, the acclaimed guitar and violin duo, play in Varner Recital Hall on Sunday, March 16, the first season of the Chamber Music Society of Detroit at Oakland University series will be successfully completed. In addition to bringing the finest in chamber music performances to the Varner audience, our guests have provided our music students with some unique educational opportunities.
In October, Kaitlin O'Connell, a music performance major who plays flute and studies with Sharon Sparrow, attended the workshop on improvisational techniques offered by our first guest performers, Classical Jam. Kaitlin said she doesn't have much experience in jazz, but she knows improvisation is at least as old as Baroque fugues. The workshop was open to anyone playing any instrument. Classical Jam would play a rhythm or melody call and invite the participants to respond with a version of what they had heard. Kaitlin said, "I think improvisation is a great skill to cultivate because it works your knowledge and concepts of rhythm and key."
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Kaitlin O'Connell

Music, Theatre and Dance Alumni Win MaTilDa Awards
Every year we recognize three distinguished alumni with a MaTilDa award. This year's music recipient is Kerstin Allvin who has a busy career as a harpist. When a second harp is needed, she performs with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and also plays with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. She freelances as a performer and as a recording artist while maintaining a successful private teaching studio and teaching harp students at OU, as an adjunct and in Music Prep.
We would have to look very hard to find someone who spent more years under the influence of the OU music faculty. Kerstin's father, Raynold Allvin, was chair of the department for a time, and Kerstin said, "I was always running around the corridors and going to the concerts." She began taking university music classes before she left high school, and she also played with and sang in Meadow Brook Estate, the show choir her father directed. From the age of 14 or 15, she played in what was then the Pontiac Oakland Symphony, under the direction of now Professor Emeritus David Daniels. Kerstin said, "He's just so wonderful. He has been such a mentor. I regard him very highly."
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Kerstin Allvin

March News
On any given day in Varner Hall, there is so much going on that anyone walking the corridors will sense the hum of artistic industry. We would love to have you visit us, but if you can't, follow this link to view a photo album that will give you some sense of a typical Day in the Life of OU Music, Theatre and Dance. We're only sorry we can't bring you the accompanying sounds.
It was a special day when Avner Eisenberg, stage name Avner the Eccentric, was in town. Not only did he give a performance of his celebrated show "Exceptions to Gravity," he worked with our theatre students and he also dropped in to the Fox morning news studio downtown. You can view that appearance on Fox news here.
Some of those theatre students, along with their acting partners, took part in the recent Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Audition. Stacey Fleming, Rachel Hull, Bianca Keitel, Nathan Larkins, Anna Marck, Lindsay Maron and Melissa Perry were all invited to compete based on a performance in a recent show.
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A Day in the Life:
At Work in the Costume Shop


Music, Theatre, and Dance

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Upcoming Events


Saturday, 3/8
Sunday, 3/9
Senior Dance Concerts

Sunday, 3/9
Dance Day

Monday, 3/10
Oakland Chamber Players
with Jeffrey Heisler &
I-Chen Yeh

 Thursday, 3/13
OU Brass Band

Sunday, 3/16
Duo Sonidos
Chamber Music Society
of Detroit at OU

Tuesday, 3/18
Saxophone Studio Recital

Thursday, 3/20
Studio Recital

Thursday, 3/20-
Sunday, 3/30
Sweet Charity

Monday, 3/24
Percussion Ensemble Concert

Tuesday, 3/25
OU Chamber Orchestra
First Annual Keyboard
Concerto Competition

Thursday, 3/27
Faculty Collaborative featuring Provost
James Lentini

Friday, 3/28
Saturday, 3/29
University Chorus &
Oakland Chorale

Monday, 3/31
Guitar Ensemble Concert

Tuesday, 4/1
Wind Symphony &
Symphonic Band

Friday, 4/4
World Music featuring Etienne Charles

Saturday, 4/5
Pan Jazz & OU Jazz Band with Etienne Charles

Sunday, 4/6
OU Chamber Ensembles Concert

Sunday, 4/6
OU Brass Band &
Five Lakes Silver Band

Sunday, 4/6 -
Wednesday, 4/9
Meadow Brook Estate Nightclub Cabarets

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