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          newsletter                   July 2013             Volume 29  

A Life in Music: Sara Chiesa
Sara Chiesa is currently finishing up a D.M.A. in Collaborative Piano at Florida State University, but like many young people, she was not happy at the prospect of her first piano lesson. She says, "I cried on the day of my first piano lesson. I did not want to go. My mom said I had to try it for three months and then I could quit if I wanted to. After the very first lesson, I knew that it would not be my last."
Sara attended Fraser High School and graduated from OU (as Sara Young) with a B.M. in Piano Performance in 2007. Her piano teacher was Mary Siciliano, whom Sara is quick to credit with playing a major role in building the foundation of her success. "Every single lesson that Mary Siciliano teaches is focused and extremely productive. She insisted on holding at least one studio class (often two) each week so that we could all perform our pieces regularly; she was willing to give me extra lessons whenever I needed to get ready for an audition or competition.
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July News
Just in time to make it into this month's news, Chris O'Meara, theatre design and tech major, sent us an update about his internship with Glimmerglass Festival. Take it away Chris! "It's been quite busy over the last few weeks at the opera. Anyways, here's what I've been up to here in Cooperstown, New York: As an electrics intern I work with the rest of the lighting department to hang, focus and maintain a 400+ unit repertory light plot in preparation for and during the season, along with helping to run lighting during the shows. I've already learned so much from the people and the projects I'm working with, and every day is providing new opportunities to increase my knowledge of lighting and theatre in general. We're putting up three operas and a musical this season: The Flying Dutchman, King for a Day, Passions, and Camelot. Each show has its own set of challenges and opportunities from a lighting perspective.
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Alice Busch Opera Theater Glimmerglass Festival

A Life in Music: Ari Hajek
As a child, Ari Hajek (B.M. '09) thought he wanted to be a doctor, but at age14 he heard the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Brian Jones play timpani and Ari knew he wanted to be a musician.
Ari, a Rochester resident, had taken percussion lessons with Oakland University instructor Dan Maslanka since he was 10. He says, "In my opinion, Dan is the best freelance percussionist in Detroit." It was in order to continue studying with Maslanka that Ari enrolled at Oakland University. He was 16 at the time, and he completed his undergraduate degree in only three and a half years.
In addition to being able to work with Dan Maslanka, Ari says OU worked well for him because living at home allowed him access to the full complement of percussion instruments he had in his basement studio, and it allowed him to keep gigging in the area he was familiar with. These two things were always related for Ari. It was playing gigs that gave him the means to buy the equipment.
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Rochester, MI 48309-4401
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Upcoming Events


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

Oakland Symphony  Orchestra Season

Concert I

October 6, 2013 at 3 pm

Concert II

November 24, 2013

at 3 pm

Concert III

17th Annual David Daniels Young Artists Concert

February 16, 2014

at 3 pm

Concert IV

with the Oakland Symphony Chorus & Measure for Measure Men's Choral Society

April 16, 2014 at 7:30pm

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