Jim Daughters has stepped into the position of director of instrumental studies for the new school year. Daughters’ new position puts him at the head of ensembles such as the Xavier Pep Band and Symphonic Winds.
Dr. Richard Schnipke has taken over as the director for Xavier’s concert choir. Dr. Schnipke, who was initially hired as the director of music education, is in his second year at Xavier and is now the Director of Choral Activities. In addition to directing Concert Choir, Schnipke directs both the men’s and women’s choruses.
For 48 years Helmut Roehrig has led Musica Sacra in three concerts per year, without charge for admission. This month, Roehrig passed the baton to Brett Scott, associate professor of ensembles and conducting at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, who succeeds him as music director.
Under the tutelage of vocal instructor Harriet Beebe Arrasmith, the voices of sophomores Brandon Langjahr, Elizabeth Rancourt, Mary Bond and Griffith Bludworth pierced the night air with selections ranging from classical to contemporary songs. Each student sang a few songs that best fit his or her vocal range.
Since 2009, Scot Buzza has been researching unknown, unpublished, and unperformed works of Venetian sacred music from the 1700s. Most of these works exist only in a single manuscript copy, stored in archives and collections in Venice, Dresden, Paris, Munich, or Vienna.
The new organizers of the Xavier Piano Series – and the accompanying Guitar and Swing Series – hope to increase visibility by collaborating with other arts groups, using social media and by improving the experience for concert-goers and artists alike.
Matthew Phelps, Director of Concert Choir, is one of three finalists in the Rodgers National Classical Organ Performance Competition. Also, his premiere recording of Dan Locklair’s Trumpet of Light will be broadcast internationally on the NPR program “PipeDreams.”
Back in February, Xavier Piano Faculty member Sonya Szabo-Reynolds attended the International Janácek Festival and Conference at the university of North Texas. The event featured many distinguished Czech musicians, composers and scholars.
Adjunct Faculty member Kevin Ebert attended the International Conference on Heavy Metal and Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, April 4-7. He presented a session entitled "Bridging the Divide? Classical Music and Popular Culture in Symphonic Metal."