A jazz quartet composed of two Jazz Studies professors (Stefan Karlsson, piano and Ed Soph, percussion) and two Jazz Studies students (Brian Clancy, saxophone and Asher Barreras, bass) visited Stockholm, Sweden and Jakobstad and Vaasa, Finland. e quartet performed at schools, clubs and concert halls as well as presenting workshops at three institu- tions. As a result of the visit, two new exchange programs are being established with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Stockholm and Novia University in Jakobstad, Finland to begin in Spring 2011.
Bedřich Smetana’s opera Prodaná nevésta (e Bartered Bride), usually sung in English for American audiences, was pre- sented by College of Music faculty and students in its original language – Czech. Faculty member Stephen Morscheck (bottom picture, standing middle) sang the principal role of Kecal, and students learned their parts in Czech with coach Jiří Petrdlík, a conductor from the Czech Republic. In addi- tion to four performances in the Lyric eater of the Mur- chison Performing Arts Center, the group went on a “Texas Tour” performing in Temple, College Station, Houston, and Austin during March 2010.
Since 2001, Graeme Jenkins, music director of the Dallas Op- era, has led College of Music faculty and students in presenta- tions of Handel's oratorios. Students have performed along- side such internationally renowned singers as tenor Richard Croft, professor of music, and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Lane, associate professor of music. e rst in the series, Israel in Egypt, was presented in collaboration with Fort Worth Early Music and the Helios Ensemble of Dallas, and featured faculty members and guest soloists. ephtha followed in 2004 in partnership with the Dallas Bach Society, featuring the UNT Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers. Samson was presented in 2006 in conjunction with the Southern Meth- odist University Meadows Chorale and Texas Choral Artists. Most recently, Saul was performed (2009) with UNT student ensembles and faculty soloists. is performance was made possible through the generosity of College of Music donors and a combination of grants. As an additional collaboration, UNT and Jenkins plan to present eodora in 2012.
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