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                  MTD's January 2012 newsletter                   Volume 11                                                                                              
The Show is Going On!
  The day after final exams are completed the atmosphere of the university changes completely. The hallways are quiet and the phone rings far less frequently. Faculty and staff take the opportunity to catch up, and they rejoice that they are able to find a parking space really close to their building!
  But there are always some students who continue to come to campus. Presumably OU athletes were hard at work over at the O'rena, and here in Varner some of our arts professionals in training were also still working, despite the break in the academic calendar. The demands of the performance calendar must also be met, and with an opera scheduled in January and a Shakespearian comedy planned for early February, of necessity, some students are in rehearsal throughout the Holiday recess.
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MTD January News
   Some of the news we have for you this month is timely, but some of our other bits and pieces are items that have slipped by unnoticed . . . until now. Our faculty, students, and alumni are busy and accomplished, and they are often too engaged with "the doing" to find time for "the telling."
   Kenneth Kroesche, Associate Professor of Low Brass, is a featured euphonium soloist on Christmas Cards, a holiday CD recently released by the Five Lakes Silver Band where he serves as principal euphonium. Ken is also conductor of the Capital City Brass Band, which also recently released a Holiday CD, Christmas Through the Ages. This past April, the group was the Third Section Winner at the 2011 North American Brass Band Championships in Grand Rapids. And the Band was chosen through a national selection process to perform at the Association of Concert Bands National Convention in Muskegon, Michigan last May.
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Voice and Instrumental Intensives
   High school musicians and singers will fill the halls of the Music, Theatre and Dance Department this January and February, as they visit Varner to sample the OU experience. Faculty and staff have planned intensives that will allow young people to expand their musical horizons and experience music in a university setting. Each of the workshops will feature distinguished musicians and educators who will work with students, individually and in groups, to provide an inspirational learning experience.
  First up will be Woodwinds Day, with flute and clarinet master classes on Saturday, January 7. The event will be hosted by OU Associate Professor of Clarinet George Stoffan, who will be joined by Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians Sharon Sparrow, principal flute; Jeffery Zook, piccolo and flute; and Shannon Orme, bass clarinet. Special guest will be Christopher Hill, principal clarinetist of the South Dakota Symphony, clarinetist with the Dakota Woodwind Quintet and renowned clarinet mouthpiece designer.
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Marvin "Doc" Holladay : A Life in Music
   From 1972 until 1988, the music program at OU was enhanced by the skill and experience of a jazz musician who, in a decades-long career as a professional musician, had played with many of the "greats." He performed or recorded with Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Billy Eckstine, Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, and countless others. He toured worldwide with the Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and JC Heard Orchestras. This musician, Marvin "Doc" Holladay, was the first director of jazz and world music studies at OU and as such, he was the founder of the first jazz program in Michigan. Within a few years of his arrival, the program was offering both a bachelor and master's degree in Jazz, but as he makes clear in his fascinating and candid autobiography, Life, On the Fence, Holladay's years at OU were not always wonderfully happy.
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Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance

207 Varner Hall
2200 North Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
(248) 370-2030
Upcoming Events


Saturday 1/7, 9am Workshop
8pm Concert
Woodwind Day featuring Christopher Hill, Clarinet

Thursday 1/12, 6pm
Friday 1/13, 8pm
Saturday 1/14, 8pm
Sunday 1/15, 2pm
Cosi fan tutte

Saturday 1/14
Voice Day

Thursday 1/26, 6pm
OU Percussion Faculty

Saturday 1/28 10am
Percussion Day featuring
Joe Reilly

Saturday 1/28 8pm
Sing for Mother Earth
Voices of Native American Music with Joe Reilly

Sunday 1/29 5pm
Meadow Brook Music Society
Oakland Chamber Players with Bret Hoag, guitar

Thursday 2/2, 8pm
Friday 2/3, 10am & 8pm
Saturday 2/4, 8pm
Sunday 2/5, 2pm
Thursday 2/10, 6pm
Friday 2/11, 10am & 8pm
Saturday 2/11, 8pm
Sunday 2/12, 2pm

Much Ado About Nothing

Saturday 2/4
Piano Day

Thursday 2/9, 7pm
OU Chamber Orchestra

Sunday 2/12, 3pm
Oakland Symphony Orchestra

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