Sound Cravings: University Ensemble Showcase

Sound Cravings: University Ensemble Showcase

October 25, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Winspear Centre

The University Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers unite for a showcase event at one of the finest performance venues in North America. Classics by Handel, Verdi, Fauré and more will be performed.

  • 1. Program

    Welcome - Dr. William Street, Chair, Department of Music

    Masters of Ceremonies - Dr. William Street and Peter Brown


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    Overture to La forza del destino (1862)

    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)


    University Symphony Orchestra

    Petar Dundjerski, conductor


    Pavane (1887)

    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)


    Va, pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Nabucco (1842)

    Giuseppe Verdi


    Zadok the Priest (1727)

    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)


    University of Alberta Concert Choir

    University of Alberta Madrigal Singers

    University Symphony Orchestra

    Petar Dundjerski, conductor



    - INTERMISSION -



    The Cloud (2013)


    Two excerpts from There is Sweet Music Here (1984)

        There is Sweet Music Here

        Piping Down the Valleys Wild

    Stephen Chatman (b. 1950)


    Concert Choir

    Madrigal Singers

    Leanne Regehr, piano

    Kara Loewer Gregson, oboe

    Sara Brooks, conductor


    Second Prelude (1927)

    George Gershwin (1898-1937), arr. Krance


    Symphonic Wind Ensemble

    Angela Schroeder, conductor


    Sleep (2015)

    Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)

    Concert Choir

    Madrigal Singers

    Symphonic Wind Ensemble

    Leonard Ratzlaff, conductor


    Theme and Variations, Op. 43a (1943)

    Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)


    Steampunk Suite Mvt. 4: Barnum and Tesla’s Tandem Bicycle (2017)

    Erica Svanoe (b. 1976)


    Symphonic Wind Ensemble

    Angela Schroeder, conductor


  • 2. University Symphony Orchestra

    FLUTE/PICCOLO

    Kendall Leighton

    Julian Salazar

    Emily Samson

    Alex Valle


    OBOE

    Kara Gregson

    Zofia Stefanicki


    CLARINET

    Meijun Chen

    Justine Dessnis

    Cristian Kasinski

    Elizabeth Smith

     

    BASSOON

    Pablo Montes
    Daryl Price

     

    HORN

    Juanita Hohm

    Kendra Montes

    Mitchell Semple


    TRUMPET

    Abram Meagher

    Kevin Yue

    Robin Doyon


    TROMBONE

    Thomas LaGrange

    Michael Buckler

    Benedikt Jansen, Bass Trombone

     

    TUBA
    Hailey Borys


    TIMPANI/PERCUSSION

    Martin Bui

    Jacob Kryger

    Simon Nahachewsky
    Benjamin Vanderkruk


    VIOLIN I

    Viktoria Grynenko, concertmaster

    Yanzhai Yang, assistant concertmaster

    Jennaie St. Hilaire

    Raphaelle Erdmann

    Theodore Chow

    Lara Hyrak

    Sophie Taylor

    Jinee Chong

    Keilin Morrison


    VIOLIN II

    Rafael Piesiur, principal

    Ivy Poon, assistant principal

    Isaiah Roemmele

    Jocelyn Joe

    Allison Lee

    Kathleen Pickford

    Ruixin Zhang

    Julia Zalkovic

    Cynthia Johnston


    VIOLA

    Jenna Sabolsky, principal

    Michele Moroz, assistant principal

    Mark Jackson

    Anna Schulz

    Ken Heise


    CELLO

    Conrad Sobieraj, principal

    Joshua Ching, assistant principal

    Gordon Giang

    Laura Wakeman

    Alfred Lam

    Joel Park

    Robert Szabo

    Zoe Kruschke


    BASS

    Mitch Rees, principal

    Evan Schollie, assistant principal


  • 3. University of Alberta Concert Choir

    SOPRANO 1
    Diana Benitez
    Elvira Garcia
    Megan Holt
    Sarah Hubert
    Elizabeth Ellehoj
    Cameron Blais
    Emily Konrad
    Caitlyn Breukleman

    SOPRANO 2
    Avery Johnson
    Chelsea Landry
    Margaret Giffen
    Ana Priolo-Marin
    Rebecca Friesen
    Naigel (Gloria) Liu
    Chenzhuohong (Raina) Qian

    ALTO 1
    Rebecca Rahn
    Michelle Marcos
    Brittany Mak
    Sara Bacon
    Caitlin Martin
    Jessica Baedke  
    Kate Xu
    Adrianna Stanski
    Vicki Kwong
    Helen Aquino
    Ani Brenton

    ALTO 2
    Meagan Grabia
    Naomi Chan
    Karmen Rempel
    Angela Park
    Shaughnessy O’Brien
    Elizabeth Flores
    Katy DeCoste

    TENOR
    Dongdong (David) Wei 
    Xiaowen(Jake) Fang 
    Alex McPhail
    Felipe Salas Noguera
    Qingquan Li 
    James Marquez 
    Anirudh Shankar

    BASS 1
    Luc Rosete
    Justin Powley
    Calvin Zhan
    Jasper Mckenzie-Hyndman
    Graeme Macdonald

    BASS 2
    Walter Ostrander
    James Quon
    Jerry Wang
    Ryan Miralles


  • 4. University of Alberta Madrigal Singers
    SOPRANO
    Olivia Albert 
    Lynnéa Bartel Nickel
    Caitlyn Breukelman
    Sonia Campbell
    Aanchel Gupta
    Katrina MacKinnon
    Aemilia Moser
    Abigail Penner

    ALTO
    Claire Daly
    Andrea Dumec
    Clair Gibson
    Alessandra Ianni
    Ciana Lybbert
    Kayla MacDonald
    Megan Nowlan
    Kayla Papaianni
    Katherine Tilbury 

    TENOR
    Ian Bannerman
    Armand Birk
    Samuel Esteban
    Dan Hall
    Laren Steppler
    Coleman Thompson

    BASS
    Jonah Dunch 
    Jasper McKenzie-Hyndman
    Michael Penney
    Nathaniel Shantz
    Tim To
    Anthony Wynne
     
  • 5. University of Alberta Symphonic Wind Ensemble
    FLUTE
    Kendall Leighton*
    Kirsten Lietz
    Alex McPhail
    Vanessa Pastor
    Emily Samson
    Alex Valle

    OBOE
    Kara Gregson*
    Zofia Stefanicki

    BASSOON
    Mary Kardash
    Courtney Schmidt*

    CLARINET
    Brianna Bolt
    Justine Dennis
    Meijun Chen
    Chelsea Goulet
    Patricia Gutierrez
    Adriana Jankovic
    Dylan Johns – bass
    Cristian Kasinski *
    Elizabeth Smith

    SAXOPHONE
    Holly DeCaigny *– alto
    Eugene Lee – bari
    Melodie Peet – alto
    Haley Spector – alto
    Ben Whittier – tenor

    PIANO
    Andrea Pedro

    TRUMPET
    Keala Banford
    Peter Lin
    Abram Meagher*
    Miguel Priolo Marin
    Katelyn Suteau
    Kevin Yue

    HORN
    Juanita Hohm*
    Alicia Krips
    Catherine Labbe
    Alex McNaughton

    TROMBONE
    Benedikt Jansen 
    Julian Eveneshen
    Thomas LaGrange*
    Olivia Menard
    Kristen Whitby

    EUPHONIUM
    Travis Kutz*
    Isye Morland

    TUBA
    Hailey Borys*

    PERCUSSION
    Martin Bui 
    Jacob Kryger
    Simon Nahachewsky
    Ben Vanderkruk*
    Rylie Spink

    DOUBLE BASS
    Mitch Rees

    GRADUATE CONDUCTORS
    Lindsey Kemp
    Holly DeCaigny


    *Denotes section leader.
     
  • 6. Biographies

    The University Symphony Orchestra is currently directed by Petar Dundjerski, a fierce advocate for music education. Petar was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia and has lived in Canada since 1994. He received his Master's degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Toronto and continued his studies at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen, Colorado and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. His principal teachers were Mark Gibson, Raffi Armenian and Earl Davey. Mr. Dundjerski has also studied with David Zinman, Jorma Panula, Boris Brott and Gary Kulesha.

    In 2002 he was the Assistant Conductor with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and in the summer of 2004 served as a Resident Conductor at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
    Mr. Dundjerski has received various awards including a 2003, 2006/08 Canada Council for the Arts Grants. He has worked with several distinguished instrumentalists including Shauna Rolston, Scott St. John and Jens Lindemann.

    Petar also teaches within Edmonton Public School Board Music Enrichment Program. Mr Dundjerski was the Assistant Conductor-in-Residence of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra 2006/08, under the mentorship of Music Director William Eddins. This was a two-year appointment, funded in part by the Canada Council for the Arts.


    The University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra (USO) was established in 1945 as a student orchestra which presented at least two major concerts a year.

    Decades of stellar performances, memorable collaborations, and fearless directors have seen the ensemble grow into Edmonton's premier community orchestra. Although membership is based around the Music Department at the University of Alberta, students from other faculties in the University and members of Edmonton's musical community also perform in the USO.

    The University Symphony Orchestra regularly gives up to six concerts a year and often participates in choral and operatic presentations. The repertoire performed ranges from the Classical period to present day. Although most concerts are held in the University's Convocation Hall, the USO also performs in Edmonton's renowned Winspear Centre for Music.

    The USO's mandate is to prepare the music students thoroughly for professional symphony orchestra life, by providing study and performance of the main symphony repertoire and preparation for the professional audition process through judicious choice of repertoire and individual and sectional excerpt coaching. Members also receive training in orchestral etiquette.

    Past conductors of the orchestra include G.T. Lindskoog, Arthur Crighton, Norman Nelson, Malcolm Forsyth and Tanya Prochazka.


    Sara Brooks is active throughout Canada as conductor, choral clinician, adjudicator, collaborative pianist and teacher. She holds degrees in piano performance from Acadia University (BMus) and the University of Ottawa (MMus), as well as a DMus in choral conducting from the University of Alberta.

    During her time in Edmonton, Sara has conducted numerous notable ensembles, including the University of Alberta Madrigal Singers, the Richard Eaton Singers and Pro Coro Canada. Sara is frequently called upon to serve as guest conductor and vocal clinician with a variety of ensembles in the Edmonton area.

    Sara is currently a sessional instructor at the University of Alberta teaching choral conducting and pedagogy and is the conductor of the University of Alberta Concert Choir. Her most recent area of research is the relationship between gender and gesture as it relates to choral conducting.


    Founded in 1970, the University of Alberta Concert Choir is a large ensemble of 50 singers from a variety of faculties across the University. Membership in the choir is open to students across campus through auditions held at the beginning of each year. Singers come from such diverse disciplines as business, sciences, education and the arts, as well as music itself.
    A wide variety of sacred and secular choral masterpieces are studied each year, ranging from motets, part songs and spirituals, to large works with orchestra. The University of Alberta Concert Choir has appeared with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, has performed at the Alberta Music Conference, been heard on national broadcast of the CBC, and been regular national semi-finalists in the CBC Amateur Choir Competition.

    Tours form an important part of the education and experience of these young singers. Over the 38-year history of the choir, travels have taken the ensemble to Europe, China and the United States. In recent years the choir has traveled to the east coast of Canada, southwestern Ontario, Vancouver Island, various parts of Alberta, Iceland, and most recently to Vancouver in 2014.


    Leonard Ratzlaff has been professor of choral music at University of Alberta since 1981. His duties include supervising the Department of Music’s graduate programs in choral conducting, and directing the Madrigal Singers, one of Canada’s pre-eminent university choirs, who have garnered national and international awards for their performances and recordings. He is also artistic director of the Richard Eaton Singers, Edmonton’s symphonic chorus, who in addition to their own series of concerts, are frequent guests of the Edmonton Symphony, Alberta Baroque Ensemble and Edmonton Youth Orchestra. His research interests span the entire gamut of choral music, but his focus on Canadian music has resulted in premieres of works by Archer, Bevan, Estacio, Fisher, Forsyth, Hatzis, Krapf, Henderson, Martin, Raminsh, Rolfe and Sirett. Honours include induction into the Alberta Order of Excellence, Order of Canada, and Royal Society of Canada. Most recently Ratzlaff received the University of Alberta’s Graduate Teaching Award, as well as Choral Canada’s Distinguished Service Award at its Podium 2018 conference in St. John’s NL.


    The University of Alberta Madrigal Singers, under the direction of Leonard Ratzlaff, is an auditioned choir of around 30 singers that has distinguished itself over three decades as one of Canada’s finest university choirs. The choir’s membership is comprised mainly of music students but is open to singers from across campus through auditions each September. The Madrigal Singers perform in Convocation Hall on campus, and at other venues in Edmonton, including Winspear Centre and various churches. They have sung frequently as guests of the Edmonton Symphony, Alberta Baroque Ensemble and Pro Coro Canada. 

    Beyond Edmonton, the choir frequently tours western Canada, and in recent years has participated in University Voices, a festival of Canadian university choirs held in Toronto. They have performed at the national conventions of Choral Canada and the American Choral Directors Association, as well as the Music Conference Alberta. Winners in the Canadian Competition for Amateur Choirs on four occasions, their international successes have included First Prizes at competitions in Germany and Ireland. The Madrigal Singers have released five recordings, two of which (Balulalow and The Passing of the Year) won the National Choral Award from Choral Canada for best Canadian recording. 


    A native of Alberta, Dr. Angela Schroeder completed undergraduate studies in Music at University of Calgary, majoring in Secondary Education, with performance studies in piano and trumpet. She also completed the Diploma of Fine Arts in Wind Band Conducting at University of Calgary under the supervision of Glenn Price. After several years of teaching at various secondary schools in the Calgary area, she entered the Long Term Residency program at The Banff Centre, where she studied and performed on piano, trumpet and as a conductor. Angela entered the Master's program in Wind Conducting at Northwestern University in 2002, where she studied with Mallory Thompson and earned the Master of Music in Conducting. In 2007, she completed the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Band Conducting at the University of North Texas, under the supervision of Eugene Corporon. 

    Dr. Schroeder is currently Associate Professor of Music in the Department of Music at the University of Alberta. She is the Director of Bands, the Area Coordinator for  Winds and Percussion, and conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Summer Band. Angela was awarded the 2017 Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by the University of Alberta. She teaches courses in conducting and music education, and works with Graduate students in instrumental conducting. She previously taught conducting at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Angela is the conductor of the St. Albert Community Band, an ensemble that is currently in their 48th concert season. She lead the ensemble on their first overseas tour in July 2015, performing in Austria and Germany, and will continue to conduct them into their 50th season in 2020.

    Angela Schroeder is well known in the Alberta music education community, not only through her teaching and conducting both in schools and in community music organizations, but through her involvement as an executive director of the Alberta Band Association for several years. Angela has performed on cornet with the Mill Creek Colliery Band and was the Principal Trumpet for the Concordia University Orchestra for seven seasons. Angela has guest conducted and adjudicated numerous school bands in festivals and clinics throughout Canada, the United States, Germany, Australia and Thailand. She is a contributor in eleven volumes of the Teaching Music through Performance in Band series, which profile wind literature for all levels of instrumental instruction, published by GIA. She is also joyfully married to husband Geoffrey and mother to her brilliant sons, Joshua and Jonah.


    The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is a group of 48 of the university's most talented wind and percussion musicians, directed by Dr. Angela Schroeder. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble performs the most serious and challenging wind band music available. With essentially one player to a part, the repertoire is largely music that was originally conceived for the wind band. Recognized in national festivals and internationally, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble performs four concerts a year and several performances away from the campus and for special events. 

    The ensemble has performed with notable soloists including Dr. Brian Bowman (euphonium), Jeff Nelson (horn), Jens Lindemann (trumpet), Dr. Matthew Coley (percussion), Jeff Campbell (clarinet), Lidia Khaner (oboe), Dr. Allison Balcetis (saxophone) and the Quatour International de Saxophones (saxophone quartet). The ensemble has hosted two Pulitzer Prize winning composers on campus - Michael Colgrass and John Corigliano - and performed the Canadian premiere performance of Corigliano’s Circus Maximus: Symphony No. 3 for large Wind Ensemble, under the supervision of the composer. In 2010, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble performed at the regional conference of the College Band Directors National Association in Reno, NV. Most recently the ensemble were invited performers at the Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival in Chicago, IL, and had the distinction of performing at Orchestra Hall – home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra – in March 2016. They have participated in numerous composition consortiums, including works by Jonathan Newman and Libby Larsen, and continue to program Canadian premiere performances annually.

    The Symphonic Wind Ensemble participates in the annual Department of Music Concerto Competition, offering students the opportunity to perform a solo concerto with the ensemble. In addition, the ensemble hosts the University of Alberta High School Honour Band each spring, inviting students from across the province to come to campus to work and perform with members of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble as well as our applied instrumental faculty. Alumni of SWE have gone on to positions with major orchestras, military bands – even the world-famous Canadian Brass! 

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