The Department of

                                                                      Fall 2007

From the Chair                                      Department Highlights

T       his is an exciting opportunity to get in
        touch with alumni and friends. We have
        gone through many changes and the
most critical element has been the wonderful
commitment of faculty, students, and you,
                                                    M           any outstanding faculty have ar-
                                                                rived in the past six years, all of
                                                                them with national and inter-
                                                    national resumes: Ron Francois (violin),
                                                    Eric Hollenbeck (percussion), Wes Kenney
                                                                                                        of the Vaganova Curriculum, and our dance
                                                                                                        faculty travels the globe as invited teachers,
                                                                                                        choreographers, and performers.

daring to dream towards new heights of excel-       (orchestras), Chad Nicholson (bands), James         Faculty News
lence.                                              Kim (choirs), Janet Pollack (history), Chung
      Our programs and enrollments are grow-        Fu Chang (dance), Walt Jones (theatre), Peter             Robert Brewer (tuba/euphonium)
ing in quality, innovation, and quantity. We        Sommer (jazz/saxophone), Cindy McCaskill            performed at Ouachita Baptist University, Ar-
are fortunate to see a new University Center        (music education), Cynthia Vaughn (voice),          kansas Tech University, and the University of
for the Arts becoming a reality with state-of       and Joel Bacon (organ/liturgical studies).          Michigan for the Colorado Composers Project.
the-art facilities. Many new outstanding facul-           The department has attracted a strong               Chung-Fu Chang (dance) performed
ty have joined us and we are attracting highly      and committed group of new adjunct faculty          his solo dance Golden Heat in Athens, Greece;
talented and inspiring students. Our depart-        and staff: Susan Crabtree (theatre), Forest         will perform his solo dance Ash Wind and con-
ment has forged new links locally, nationally,      Greenough (string bass, theory, composi-            duct a workshop at the World Dance Forum;
and internationally.                                tion), Greg Harper (trombone), Wendy Ishii          performed for the American College Dance
      One of our defining moments, the              (theatre), Steve McNeal (music education and        Festival Association; conducted a residency at
construction of the University Center for the       orchestras), Margaret Miller (viola), Suzanne       Middle Tennessee State; performed with Shel-
Arts, is scheduled to be completed in fall 2008.    Morrison (jazz choirs), Silvana Santinelli          ter Repertory Dance Theater; and conducted
Due to more than $12 million in private fund        (piano), Matt Scheffelman (horn), Cory Sey-         choreography residencies at Chung-Hwa
raising and $30 million in student support,         mour (theatre), Pam Short (theatre), Michelle       School of Arts and National Tainan Chia-Chi
the UCA will unify the new School of the            Stanley (flute), Leslie Stewart (violin), Nicole    Girls’ School in Taiwan.
Arts, housing all music, theatre, and dance         Wilshusen (music therapy), David Wohl                     Laura Jones (theatre) and Wendy Ishii,
programs as well as a visual arts museum and        (composition), and Gina Cochran (technical          (theatre) presented a special lecture demon-
historical costume gallery.                         production).                                        stration addressing the challenges of perform-
      I want to express my deepest gratitude              Several valued faculty have left due to re-   ing Beckett’s female characters at the Univer-
in mentioning one historical moment, when           tirement or new directions, and we thank them       sity of Stellenbosch in South Africa for the
music alumni Sheryn and Stewart Golden in           for their visions, leadership, and contributions:   International Federation of Theatre Research.
2004 provided a $1.5 million endowed profes-        Bill Runyan, Morris Burns, Bob Nisbett,                   Wes Kenney (orchestras) won the Varna
sorship (the first ever in the College of Liberal   James McCray, Will Schwartz, Lee Egbert,            Conducting Competition in Bulgaria and will
Arts) to return our organ program to its            Annie and Barry Cleveland, and Bill Lueck.          guest conduct the Symphony of Southeast
historical significance and add new leadership            Our music education program now ranks         Texas and the Vallejo California Symphony.
with an innovative liturgical studies program.      as a leader in the state, and our music therapy           Janet Landreth (piano) was a guest artist
      We want to and can be the home for the        program is one of the best in the nation            and presenter at the International Festival and
best education, artistry, and research in the       and world. We also have one of the leading          Conference of Latin American Piano Music,
performing arts. For that, we need your tan-        research centers in music and neuroscience in       where she was elected U.S. representative
gible support. We deeply thank you for your         the world that receives substantial invitations     to the Association of Latin American Piano
many outstanding and sustaining gifts and           and grants as well as brings in many interna-       Teachers and Composers.
donations. Please continue or consider start-       tional students and scholars.                             Margaret Miller (viola) played recitals at
ing if you have not given in the past. Consider           Our theatre productions have received         Colorado College and Ft. Lewis College; pre-
investing with special gifts at a level you may     regional finalist awards in the National KCTF       sented at the Colorado Music Teachers Confer-
not have considered before. We have been and        competitions, and our program is internation-       ence; and serves as a judge and clinician for the
will continue to be most grateful and account-      ally recognized for its expertise in Beckett and    Pikes Peak Young Composers Competition.
able stewards of your support.                      contemporary theatre scholarship. Our stu-                Gary Moody (bassoon/oboe) performed
                                                    dent dance tour groups receive great acclaim,       and presented a master class at the Capital
Michael H. Thaut
                                                    coming from one of the few college dance            University Conservatory of Music and served
Co-Executive Director, School of the Arts
                                                    programs trained in the rigorous disciplines        as principal bassoonist of the National Breck-
Department Chair
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Faculty News, from Page 1
enridge Summer Festival Orchestra.
      J. Steven Moore (bands) presented at the
                                                      Student News
College Band Directors National Collegiate                 The 35-member Chamber Orchestra appeared at the National American String Teach-
Marching and Athletic Band Symposium at               ers Association Conference in Detroit, where more than 2,000 music educators gathered.
Michigan State University.                            They participated in the conductor’s seminar and served as a teaching vehicle. During the
      Janet Morrow King (voice) collaborated          conference, Wes Kenney facilitated a session called “Knowing the Score: The Conductor as
with David King, and Dana College profes-             a Reflection of the Music,” using the ensemble for demonstration purposes. In addition,
sor Peggy Holloway on the first recording of          through the arrangements of Steve McNeal, the group performed in the Detroit area.
composer Marion Bauer’s unpublished or                     Pianist Dawn Dalangin, a junior double major in engineering and music, won the Fall
out-of-print art songs.                               2006 concerto competition with a performance with the CSU orchestra of the Prokofiev First
      Janet Pollack (music history) presented         Piano Concerto.
research at the 18th International Congress of             Graduate student Quentin Oliver has been playing the viola with both the Cheyenne
the International Musicological Society.              Symphony and the San Juan Symphony this year.
      Eric Prince (theatre) was appointed chair            The band program continues to be recognized among the best evidenced by the unusual
of the Kennedy Center American College                accomplishment of having been asked to twice host the State High School Marching Band
Theater Festival National Playwriting Program         Championships as well as the Concert Band Championships.
(Region VII); presented at a conference ded-
icated to Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter; and
assisted Sir Tom Stoppard in hosting the
government repressed Theatre of Belarus.
      Matthew Scheffelman (French horn)
                                                    Alumni News
was appointed principal horn of the Colo-                  Cindy Lindeen Martin (B.M., M.M. CSU; D.M.A. Eastman School; Fulbright Study in
rado Springs Philharmonic and soloist for the       France) is director of music at Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver.
Colorado Springs Chamber Orchestra.                        Mira Mintcheva (M.M.), David McArthur (B.M., M.M.), and Chris Hatton (M.M.) are
      Jane Slusarski-Harris (director, Division     D.M.A. students at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and Heidi Sim (M.M.) is a D.M.A.
of Dance and Theatre) was a guest teacher           student at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
and had her choreography The Half-Moon of                  Husband and wife David McArthur and Mira Mintcheva were accepted to the Amalfi Coast
Serenity performed at the American College          Music and Arts Festival in Amalfi, Italy. Mintcheva was also accepted by audition into the Young
Dance Festival Association and conducted a          Artist Program that featured her in recitals in the city during the festival. McArthur received the
residency at the AIS Ballet in Osaka, Japan.        National MTNA StAR Award Studio Teacher Fellowship.
      Peter Sommer (saxophone/jazz studies)                Susan Spelius Dunning (M.M.) lives in Sun Valley, Idaho, and Peruglia, Italy, where she
performed at Middle Tennessee State Univer-         teaches and gives concerts.
sity, Western Oregon University, Portland State            Laurel Yost (M.M. CSU; D.M.A. studies Iowa University) is head of the piano department at
University, Southern Oregon University, The         Montana State University in Bozeman.
Jazz School, with pianist Art Lande, and with              Many graduates from the dance program are successfully pursuing careers in the field. Erica
the SRH Big Band in Heidelberg, Germany;            Juergens-Bow (2006) is on the faculty of the Diavolo Dance Company Educational Program in
was featured on the Chie Imaizumi Jazz              Los Angeles, and Kelly Reindel (2006) performs at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Kristen LeLoup
Orchestra’s debut CD; and will soon release         (2005) is on the event staff for Cirque du Soleil in Minneapolis, and Heidi Bosk (2005) works in
his second album.                                   the Tour Program at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
      Michelle Stanley (flute) released her first          Tiffany Pallotto (2002) is the associate director of education and outreach and Academy
CD; gave a solo performance at the Colburn          Children’s Program instructor for the Colorado Ballet. Kelly Loyd (2001) performs with 7 Dancers
School; and will perform at the National Col-       Dance Company in Denver. Eulanda Shead (2001) was a National Salsa Champion and is director
lege Music Society Conference.                      of dance at Eagle Crest High School in Aurora.
      Michael Thaut (professor, department                 Jocely Bober (1997) is a Guild-certified somatics teacher in the Feldenkrais Method and re-
chair, and co-executive director, School of the     ceived her Ph.D. from the Laban Center in London. Karen Cooper (1995) is a Pilates-based prac-
Arts) presented research at the University of       ticing physical therapist in Boulder, and Lena M. Line (1994) is the artistic director of the Murphy
Miami, Kurashiki Sakuyo Music University,           Repertory Company in Denver. Danielle Heller (1993) is the owner of Peak Dance Academy in
Yoshikawa Rehabilitation Hospital, Scripps          Evergreen.
Memorial Hospital, James McDonnell Re-                     Cindy (Watts) Hsu (1994) is in the arts management graduate program at American Univer-
search Foundation, and the World Congress of        sity, and Christina Holt (2001) is a doctoral student in physical therapy at Long Island University.
the Academy for Multidisciplinary Neurotrau-
matology, where he was elected a member;
served on the management committee of The
World Federation for Neurorehabilitation; and
received as co-investigator a $380,000 NIH
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