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          newsletter                   June 2013             Volume 28  

And On to Grad School
The Oakland University music program offers an impressive and diverse array of graduate degrees. Nevertheless, we are always delighted when our newly minted graduates spread their wings and accept places to study at other universities. This fall, four music grads will take up places to do just that.
Two voice students have been accepted at prestigious institutions. Constantine Novotny, will attend Witchita State University in Kansas as the recipient of the Samuel Ramey Opera Award. Lindsay Terrell will also pursue a voice performance master's degree. She will attend College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Two of our new alumni will attend graduate school to study music theory. Amanda Brewer will attend Michigan State University on a full assistantship for graduate studies in music theory. Stephen Komer, will attend Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
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Stephen Komer

June News
Leslie Littell recently heard from Jamie Clausius, a theatre design and tech alum (B.A. '05). Jamie completed a scenic painting intensive at the Cobalt Studio in New York and some of the work she did there is featured in the third edition of Scenic Art for the Theatre, a college level textbook widely recognized by scenic artists. Jamie is currently the scenic charge artist for the Children's Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin. See examples of Jamie's work on her website.
As a result of the OU senior showcase trip to New York this past April Sam Rohloff (B.F.A. '13) successfully auditioned for the role of Baby John in the national tour of West Side Story. He will join the cast in November. During that trip, the students took a workshop through Actors' Connection. David Vogel (B.F.A. '13) sang during that workshop for Jason Styres, a casting director from Binder Casting, an important New York casting agency. Through that connection, David won an audition, and finally an offer, to sing in shows on Carnival Cruiselines.
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David Vogel

Committed to Children's Theatre: Anansi
Every year the Oakland University theatre program finishes its season with a children's production. Several performances are scheduled in Varner Hall, but the show also goes on the road. The production is designed to facilitate touring. Kerro Knox 3, director of the theatre program says, "It's important for our students to experience this very different kind of audience and for us to give children a real theatrical experience. I think we have a responsibility to develop the audience of the future and perhaps even to inspire a future performer."
This year's show was Anansi, an original production based on West African stories and incorporating music and dance from that region. Anansi was directed by Professor Knox and Mark Stone, our World Music program coordinator.
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Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance

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2200 North Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
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Upcoming Events


Monday, 6/17-
Friday, 6/28
Theatre Arts Workshops

Thursday, 6/20
World Music Summer Concert

Monday, 6/24-
Friday, 6/28
Strings Camp

Monday, 7/8-
Friday, 7/19
Great Lakes Dance Festival

Monday, 7/15-
Friday, 7/19
Theory & Composition Workshop

Monday, 7/15-
Friday, 7/19
Computer Music Workshop

OU Theatre Season

Carrie - The Musical
October 10-20, 2013

Blithe Spirit
November 14-24, 2013

Under Milk Wood
February 6-16, 2014

March 20-30, 2014

Freckleface Strawberry
May 16-18, 2014
Touring May and June

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