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Adjunct professor of music Aron Kallay was nominated, with Vicki Ray, William Winant, and Tom Peters, for a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, for a recording titled Cage: The 10,000 Things.
Donald Guy, director of production and assistant professor of theatre, recently served as the lighting designer and stage manager for the Festival Ballet Theatre’s production of The Firebird by choreographer Nikolai Kabaniaev and the world premiere of Texture in Time by choreographer Josie Walsh at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Texture in Time was a technical collaboration between lighting, projections, music, sculpture, and special effects. The special effects for the production were designed by Academy Award winner Jim Doyle. Professor Guy hired current Chapman Technical Theatre students Taylor Maurer ’16 and Nikolai Eiteneer ’15 to work alongside himself and other industry professionals during the production.
John Benitz, associate professor of theatre, will be directing a multi-media, readers theatre performance of Andrew Carroll's If All the Sky Were Paper at The WAMC Auditorium in Albany, NY. Special guest will be Andrew Carroll, performing the part of the Narrator, accompanied by 5 local professional actors. This performance was made possible by the generosity of the Department of Theatre, The College of Performing Arts, Chapman University and The National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, he will be directing the play Lines of Fire by Andrew Carroll at Union College in January.
Assistant professor of theatre Dr. Jocelyn L. Buckner published the essay “’Spectacular Opacities’: The Hyers Sisters’ Performances of Respectability and Resistance” in the peer-reviewed African American Review issue 45.3, subtitled “Special Issue: On Black Performance.” This essay analyzes the Hyers Sisters, a Reconstruction-era African American sister act, and their radical efforts to transcend social limits of gender, class, and race in their early concert careers and three major productions, Out of Bondage and Peculiar Sam; or The Underground Railroad, two slavery-to-freedom epics, and Urlina: the African Princess, the first known African American play set in Africa. At a time when serious, realistic roles and romantic plotlines featuring black actors were nearly nonexistent due to the country’s appetite for stereotypical caricatures, the Hyers Sisters’ positive (re)presentations of (African) American life and love were strategic, political acts of resistance against the rampant racism of Reconstruction-era America. Their pioneering productions enabled the sisters to create early opportunities for themselves and other black artists in a white, male dominated industry, and helped lay the groundwork for the growth and development of black theatre and popular entertainment in the decades to come.
Vera Ivanova, assistant professor of music, has won the 2013 Earplay Donald Aird Composers Competition with her composition for piano "Three Studies in Uneven Meters." The prize comes with a monetary award and a performance of the winning composition at the closing concert of the Earplay ensemble's 2013-2014 season on May 19th, 2014 at the ODC Theater in San Francisco, CA. "Three Studies," recorded with the pianist Mikhail Korzhev (CSUF faculty), is also scheduled for release on Navona Records' enhanced CD Allusions and for another performance at the "35th International Moscow Autumn Festival" on November 27th, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. Last year "Three Studies" was performed at the 16th Biennial Festival of New Music at the Florida State University and at the last two concerts of the Locrian Chamber Players ensemble's 2012-13 season in New York and Brooklyn. Vera also had two other pieces released on CD: "Aftertouch" for piano, performed and recorded by Bulgarian-American pianist Daniela Mineva (Humboldt State University faculty), was released on Nova with Navona Records, and "Mbira, or in Cage with Adams", for digitally retuned piano, composed for Aron Kallay (Chapman University's Conservatory of Music and USC faculty), who extensively performed it last year on his national tour "Beyond 12," was just released on his album of the same name with MicroFest Records. "Mbira, or in Cage with Adams," is not the only of Vera's recent compositions which refer to John Cage's centennial anniversary, widely celebrated in 2012; she was also selected on a competitive basis to contribute a short miniature to the collective composition CAGE 100 Party Pieces Project, which will be premiered on October 17th, 2013 at Miller Theatre in New York, NY. In Fall 2013, Vera started teaching music theory classes at the Colburn Young Artists Academy. And lastly, Vera's compositional project was selected on a competitive basis to be written in a residency at the MacDowell Colony in winter 2013-14.
Donald Guy, director of production and assistant professor of theatre, was featured in the August/September 2013 issue of Vanish International Magic Magazine. The 9-page article, titled “Bringing Magic to Light”, is an in-depth interview on his career as a professional lighting designer. He is one of the most prolific lighting designers for magic in the business and has had the pleasure of working with many of the greatest magicians on the planet. Later this fall, he will be designing/directing the lighting for large scale magic productions in Idaho, Wyoming, Kansas, Minnesota, and Germany.
Alicia Guy, associate professor of dance, was commissioned to choreograph a new piece for Studio C in Boise, Idaho. She choreographed a contemporary dance that was set on a cast of 16 female dancers that will perform her work throughout the country. Professor Guy was also selected as a judge for the Los Angeles Clippers Pro Dance Team NBA Finals. The 2 week final selection process included adjudication of individual technique, multiple routine styles, improv solos and interviews.
Donald Guy, director of production and assistant professor of theatre, recently served as the lighting designer/lighting director for Masters of Illusion - Live!. The production played to sold-out performances at the 5,000-seat Casino Rama Entertainment Center in Ontario, Canada. The production featured a cast of award-winning magicians, including Michael Giles, Farrell Dillon, and Michael Grandinetti. Masters of Illusion – Live! is currently the world’s largest touring magic and illusion show, with a cast and crew of more than 25. He also recently served as the lighting designer/lighting director for Carnival of Wonders. He designed/directed the lighting for sold-out performances at the 2,500-seat The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa in Palm Springs, CA. The production featured award-winning magicians: Mark Kalin, Jinger Leigh, and Jeff Hobson.
The Conservatory of Music Artist-in-Residence, mezzo-soprano Milena Kitic, will be the featured soloist for the Beethoven 9th Symphony at Walt Disney Concert Hall under conductor Charles Dickerson in a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
John Benitz, associate professor of theatre, was awarded a $10,000 Community Stories grant from Cal Humanities to travel throughout California with his production of If All the Sky Were Paper by Andrew Carroll. The staged readings will be presented in theatres and other venues throughout California and across the country. The grant will also allow the California War Letters Preservation Project to identify, film, and share the stories of California veterans. This grant is in addition to a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts received earlier this year for the project.
Robin Kish, assistant professor of dance, was invited as a guest faculty member for the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science course titled Healthy Dance Practice and Performance, and guest speaker at the preconference education workshop at the annual conference of the Performing Arts Medicine Association in Snowmass, CO, where she also presented original research.
Thomas Bradac, associate professor of theatre, directed Twelfth Night or What you Will and The Tragedie of Macbeth for the 22nd season of Shakespeare Orange County. The productions featured alumni Michael Fountain (’01) and Kevin Swanstrom (’13) in principal roles as well as current Chapman students Donathan Walters (’15), Jordan Goodsell (’15), Morgan Lauff (’15) and Sierra Stenzel (’14) and stage managers Kayla Hansen (’10) and Jenny Ludwig (’11).
Professor of theatre Michael Nehring assumed the reigns as Associate Artistic Director and the Director of Education for the Portland Shakespeare Project, teaching a master class for Portland actors titled "Michael Chekov Techniques for Building Shakespeare's Characters", and launching the first Portland Shakespeare Project High School Conservatory. He also directed a staged reading of Fletcher's The Tamer Tamed.
Associate professor of music Jeff Cogan attended the Guitar Foundation of America international convention and competition in Louisville, Kentucky and conducted research and interviews with Pepe Romero, Gaelle Soliel, and Zoran Dukic for the video presentation he is creating on renowned guitar builder Daniel Friederich.
Assistant professor of theatre Jonathan Pope Evans is the co-writer and associate producer for a feature film titled Neighbors, in development with two potential studios, and screenwriter for a feature film titled Under the Sun, which has been optioned by production company Pearl Street Films. His short film Sepulte "The Buried" continues to make the rounds of film festivals around the world.
Assistant professor of theatre Jocelyn L. Buckner presented a paper on a panel she coordinated titled “Play(s), Production, and Performance: The Temporality of Performance in Plays, Games, and Blogs” at the Performance Studies International conference in Stanford, CA. She also presented at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference in Orlando, FL.
Robert Becker, assistant professor of music, was invited to Cremona, Italy as a guest concerto soloist, chamber music artist, and string adjudicator for the International Music Competition and Festival.
Assistant professor of theatre Donald Guy and associate professor of dance Alicia Guy traveled with twenty-one students on a 23-day long journey through France, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City and Greece, touring ancient theatres, historical sites, and culturally significant museums.
Associate professor of music Peter Atherton joined the voice faculty of The University of Miami Frost School of Music Salzburg Program, where current student Kevin Gino (‘14) was a winner of the prestigious Schloss Mirabell Competition.
Grace Fong, director of keyboard studies, was a guest performer at the Callian Festival in France, and was thereafter the featured pianist at Festival Les Recontres de Moita in Corsica. In August, she was the guest performer at the Festival Musica in Collina, Lapedona, Italy.
Dean of the College of Performing Arts Dale Merrill taught a workshop at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München for student performers from the kids4kids World Foundation, which will culminate in a benefit performance in November supporting music therapy and abuse prevention programs for children.
Associate professor of music Jeffrey Holmes traveled to France for the premiere of his piece for violin and percussion, Nastrond (IV), by Ensemble Sound Initiative (Paris) at the Etchings Festival in Maulin a Nef, Auvillar.
Jessica Sternfeld, assistant professor of music, was selected to give a talk for the conference Song, Stage, & Screen in London in July, titled "Teaching Children to Teach the Community: Godspell in Texas”.
Assistant professor of music Nicholas Terry, as a member of the international percussion-orchestra Ensemble XII, performed Schallmachine Maximus at Agusta Raurica and returned to the Lucerne Festival to present two concerts, featuring a world premiere by composer Milica Djordjevic.
Director of choral activities Stephen Coker served as the headlining clinician for the choral festival VOCALIZZE held in Portugal under the auspices of the Instituto Piaget in Lisbon, where he taught conducting and conducted the Festival Choir.
Donald Guy, director of production and assistant professor of theatre, recently served as the lighting designer/lighting director for Masters of Illusion - Live! The production played to sold-out performances at the 2,900-seat Mabee Center in Tulsa, OK; the 2,000-seat Cowan Performing Arts Center in Tyler, TX; the 1,750-seat showroom at Winnavegas Casino in Sloan, IA; and the 3,500-seat Casper Events Center in Casper, WY. The production featured a cast of award-winning magicians including Rick Thomas, Michael Giles, Farrell Dillon, and Angela Acosta. Masters of Illusion – Live! is currently the world’s largest touring magic and illusion show, with a cast and crew of more than 25.
Alicia Guy, associate professor of dance, was hired to judge the Miss Dance Drill Team USA/International Pageant at the Bren Events Center in Irvine, CA. Dancers from around the world competed in a variety of divisions and genres. Professor Guy also taught a master class in contemporary jazz for the American College Dance Festival Association conference in Los Angeles, CA. Her piece “Changes” was performed in the informal concert by dance majors Chris Babcock (’14), Allison Burke (’14), Joe Chantry (’14), and Rachel Leitson (’14). She is also a board member for the Baja Region and served as a peer reviewer for the conference.
In March 2013, assistant professor of theatre Jocelyn Buckner presented the paper “’The History of America is the History of Private Property’: The Politics of Home, Humor, Hate, and History in Clybourne Park and A Raisin in the Sun,” and served as panel chair for “Staging the Nation: Three Centuries of Constructing National Identity in ‘American’ Drama and Performance” at the Comparative Drama Conference in Baltimore, MD. Professor Buckner also published a double book review of Second Skin: Josephine Baker & the Modern Surface by Anne Anlin Cheng and A Dangerous Woman: the Life, Loves, and Scandals of Adah Isaacs Menken, 1835-1868, America’s Original Superstar by Michael and Barbara Foster in the peer-reviewed journal Theatre Survey 54.2 (May 2013).
The Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music Artist-In-Residence, mezzo-soprano Milena Kitic, has signed a contract with LA Opera for the 2013-2014 season. She will perform the title role in Carmen on Sept 28, and will also appear in the run of Thais with Plácido Domingo as Athanael.
Donald Guy, director of production and assistant professor of theatre, recently served as the lighting designer and stage manager for the Festival Ballet Theatre’s production of the full-length ballet Don Quixote at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. For this production, he hired current Chapman students Sarah Stavich (’15) and Liliane Neubecker (’14) to serve as his assistants. The production featured American Ballet Theatre principal dancers Hee Seo and Cory Stearns.
Donald Guy, director of production and assistant professor of theatre, recently served as the lighting designer/lighting director for Masters of Illusion - Live! He designed/directed the lighting for sold-out performances at the 5,000-seat Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Ontario, Canada and the 2,096-seat Clowes Memorial Hall in Indianapolis, IN. The production featured a cast of award-winning magicians including Rick Thomas, Michael Giles, Farrell Dillon, Tom Burgoon and Angela Acosta. Masters of Illusion – Live! is currently the world’s largest touring magic and illusion show, with a cast and crew of more than 25. The month of April will feature productions in Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Wyoming.
William Fitzpatrick, adjunct professor of music, gave a master class in violin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on February 23. The class featured performances of pieces by Bach, Barber and Tchaikovsky. Professor Fitzpatrick also enjoyed visiting with former students from MusiShare and Chapman that are currently attending the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Alicia Guy, associate professor of dance, was hired to choreograph a new piece for Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. Her residency included teaching master classes in contemporary jazz technique and creating an original contemporary dance. Her piece was set on the dance department’s highly selective dance ensemble which consisted of 21 male and female dancers. Her choreography will be showcased in the dance department’s spring dance concert in May at the J. Scheidegger Centre for the Performing Arts.
As the winner of the 2013 Athena Festival Chamber Competition, Vera Ivanova, assistant professor of music, was invited to be in residence at the 2013 Athena Festival, where she gave master classes to composition students and a performance of her “Four Drinking Songs” for voice and piano. The “Four Drinking Songs” were commissioned by and first performed at the 2011 Staunton Music Festival, where Dr. Ivanova was an emerging composer-in-residence. Earlier this year, her composition “Aura” for clarinet solo was performed at the 34th Moscow Autumn International Festival and at the prestigious Moscow Philharmonic Chamber Hall, as well as at Chapman University and UC Berkley. Her “Three Studies in Uneven Meters” for piano was selected for performance at the 16th Biennial Festival of New Music at Florida State University and soon will be released on an enhanced CD with PARMA recordings.
Alicia Guy, associate professor of dance, and Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, recently took the dance tour ensemble on a backstage tour of Cirque du Soleil’s O at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. The dance tour student participants, directed by Professor Alicia Guy, were also invited by Cirque du Soleil to perform at their Las Vegas headquarters. Chapman dance majors Katy Talon (‘14), Caitlin Johnson (‘14), Gaby Longoria (‘14), Alexi Theodore (‘14), Natalie Iscovich (‘14), Molly Myers (‘14), Liz Holtz (‘14), Brit Rooney (‘14) and Taylor Greer (‘13) performed for Cirque du Soleil’s senior executives, dance and aerial casting directors, the company manager and the “Lads from Liverpool” dancers from the cast of The Beatles LOVE Cirque du Soleil show.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, recently served as the Lighting Designer for Saint Louis Ballet's newest production of Romeo and Juliet at the 1,625-seat Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis, MO. The production was choreographed by Artistic Director and former New York City Ballet soloist Gen Horiuchi. In May of 2013, he will serve as Lighting Designer for Saint Louis Ballet’s Contemporary Choreographer’s Series which features world premieres by renowned artist Christopher d’Amboise and Artistic Director Gen Horiuchi. The program will also feature a comedic duet to Rossini's William Tell Overture choreographed by Dance St. Louis' Artistic/Executive Director Michael Uthoff and Reflections by the Joffrey Ballet co-founder Gerald Arpino.
Dr. Janice Park, instructor of piano in the Conservatory of Music, was invited by the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings to perform in a concert with Thomas Hooten, the Principal Trumpet of Los Angeles Philharmonic, on January 4, 2013. The sold-out concert was held in Birmingham, MI. It was the second time Dr. Park was invited by Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings. Two years ago, she was featured as a soloist and a collaborator with a member of the Detroit Symphony.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, is currently Lighting Designer for the production of Chapter Two by Neil Simon at The Laguna Playhouse. Directed by Andrew Barnicle, Chapter Two is Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical comedy about George, a middle-aged writer who is trying to deal with life after his wife’s untimely death. The performances run until February 3, 2013.
Alicia Guy, associate professor of dance, and Don Guy, assistant professor of theatre, took a group of Chapman dance students and theatre technology students to a performance and special backstage tour of Iris at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The backstage tour included a Q&A with dancers from the cast, technical running crew and the department heads of wardrobe from the Cirque du Soleil resident shows of Iris and O in Las Vegas.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, will finish an already busy 2012 with a flurry of projects. Now that the College of Performing Arts 2012 production season is coming to an end, he has shifted his focus to serving as the Production Coordinator/Technical Director for the Festival Ballet Theatre production of The Nutcracker which is set to run at the Irvine Barclay Theatre from Dec. 14-24. This production will feature American Ballet Theatre stars Irina Dvorovenko, Maxim Beloserkovsky, Stella Abrera and Sascha Radetsky. He has also been commissioned by BRAVA to design the lighting for choreographer David Allan’s The Nutcracker at Landis Auditorium in Riverside, CA on Dec. 15-16. This production will feature Clara Blanco and Pierre-François Vilanoba from San Francisco Ballet. For both Nutcracker productions, Professor Guy employed two current Chapman students, Michael Lee (’13) and Steven Bravek (’13), to serve as his assistants and gain valuable experience working on professional productions. To cap off an already busy month, after his finals are complete, he will travel to Mt. Pleasant, MI to design the lighting for Carnival of Wonders at the Soaring Eagle Casino. This production will star multi-award winning magicians Mark Kalin, Jinger Leigh and Jeff Hobson. Finally, to ring in the New Year, he will travel to New York to design Magical Passion at Turning Stone Casino. This production will star multi-award winning illusionists Ayala and Tanya.
Dr. Nicholas Terry, director of percussion studies and assistant professor of music at Chapman University, is a member of the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, the acclaimed chamber percussion group whose latest recording, “Rupa-Khandha,” was nominated for three Grammy Awards, including the prestigious Best Small Ensemble Performance, Classical. Two Chapman faculty composers, Sean Heim and Jeff Holmes, contributed pieces to the album: Professor Heim wrote the title composition and Professor Holmes is represented with a work titled “Occasus.”
Dale Merrill, Dean of the College of Performing Arts, served on a panel of judges for the 15th Annual Choreography Festival in Palm Desert, CA. The panel included legendary dancers Donald McKayle, Jodie Gates and Larry Billman and pioneering talent agent Julie McDonald. The festival highlights new and exciting choreography, offers cash prizes to up and coming choreographers from around the country, and brings the experience of dance to the young people of the Coachella Valley.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, was recently commissioned to serve as lighting designer and stage manager for the Festival Ballet Theatre’s production of The Secret Garden & Mixed Repertory at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. The evening of dance featured: “The Secret Garden” by Josie Walsh (Joffrey Ballet and Zurich Ballet), the world premiere of “SAX-TET” by Jeroen Verbruggen (Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo), “Lemuria” and “Distorted” by Lillian Barbeito, and “Frescoes” by Marius Petipa.
Alicia Guy, associate professor of dance, was selected to judge the Los Angeles Clippers Spirit professional NBA dance team auditions. The highly selective panel of judges included Diane Bonds, choreographer for the LA Laker Girls; John Peters, choreographer for numerous NBA and NFL professional dance teams; LA radio host Brian Sieman; and the LA Clippers Dance Team Director, LA Clippers Director of Entertainment and LA Clippers administration. The intense three-day audition process began with over 300 dancers from across the country and abroad vying for one of the top 16 spots on the team.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre and production manager for the College of Performing Arts, recently served as the lighting designer/lighting director for the Midwest tour of Masters of Illusion - Live! He designed/directed the lighting for performances at Stephens Auditorium in Ames, IA; State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN; Midland Theatre in Kansas City, MO; Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, OK; and Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, IN. The production featured a cast of award-winning magicians including Farrell Dillon, Daren Romeo, James Brandon, Tom Burgoon and Michael Giles. The tour will continue with an East Coast swing from Vermont to Florida and a summer tour with stops in Guatemala, San Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, and Peru. Masters of Illusion – Live! is currently the world’s largest touring magic and Illusion show with a cast and crew of over 25 and two exotic white tigers, Mystic and Magic.
Backhausdance, the acclaimed Orange-County based modern dance company led by instructor of dance and alumna Jennifer Backhaus (’94), will receive the Arts OC “Outstanding Arts Organization” award at their annual arts awards on September 18. At the forefront of Southern California contemporary dance, this company is now in its 10th year and has performed extensively at venues and festivals including Fall for Dance and the Off Center Festival at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Studio SCR Series at South Coast Repertory, the INBOUND Festival at Joyce SoHo in New York, Laguna Dance Festival, the Los Angeles Arts Holiday Celebration held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and the Celebrate Dance Festival at the Alex Theatre. The Arts OC Orange County Arts Awards celebrate progress and achievements in the cultural life of Orange County and the people who make them happen.
Robin Kish, assistant professor of dance, co-chaired the program committee this summer for the 30th anniversary of the "Medical Problems of Performing Artists" symposium in Snowmass, Colorado. This international symposium had a record number of attendees, with presenters from all over the world. Honorees for this year included Jacques d'Amboise (a dancer with New York City Ballet and founder of National Dance Institute) and Cho Liang Lin (concert violinist). In addition to co-chairing this symposium, Robin mentored seven undergraduate research students who presented five unique research projects: Natalie Iscovich ('13), Kristen Robinson ('13), Molly Myers ('13), Emily Duncan ('13), Keila Halili ('13), Taryn Kau'iliani ('13), and Samantha Sobash ('12). Professor Kish also co-directed the 2nd Annual "Healthy Approaches in the Training of Dancers" conference, which was held at the Partridge Dance Center in August. Professor Kish and Janice Plastino, Ph.D., professor emeritus of dance at the University of California Irvine, brought in physical therapists, dance educators, a psychologist and a nutritionist to present. The keynote speaker, Bonnie Robson M.D., is an expert in dance psychology and has spent her career working with dancers in Canada. This year’s conference had more than 50 attendees and promises to grow into a larger event each year, possibly expanding the scope to include medical and training issues related to music and theatre.
Pamela Blanc, adjunct professor of the Alexander Technique in the Conservatory of Music, was honored to give the F. M. Alexander Memorial Lecture in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the American Society for the Alexander Technique. The AmSAT conference was held at the Juilliard School in Manhattan, and Ms. Blanc spoke in beautiful Paul Hall to more than two hundred fifty Alexander teachers from the U.S. and abroad. Ms. Blanc is a well established and respected Alexander Technique instructor who has taught the Alexander Technique in the performing arts for over thirty years and has been teaching at Chapman University since Fall 2006. Her talk titled “The Living Memory” will be published in the Alexander Journal, Fall 2012.
Alicia Guy, assistant professor of dance, and Don Guy, assistant professor of theatre, were invited by Chapman University Chancellor Daniele Struppa to be a part of the Chapman Visiting Scholars Series at the Nicholas Academic Center in Santa Ana. Their presentation on "The Art of Science" included a lecture and demonstration that featured dance majors Chris Babcock ('14), Joe Chantry ('14), and Rachel Leitson.
Dr. Grace Fong, director of keyboard studies in the Conservatory of Music, served as a faculty member and performer at various music festivals this summer, including the Innsbrook Institute of Music and the Missouri River Arts festival, performing a series of recitals and concerts, and serving as concerto soloist with the Missouri River Arts Festival Orchestra. Dr. Fong was also a faculty member and performer at the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy, and invited Chapman Conservatory piano students to participate as well. At the intensive three week festival, the students performed, attended master classes, and listened to concerts by the renowned faculty which included Vladimir Chernov, Vladimir Landsman, and Sergey Khachatryan, among others. The students also had the opportunity to visit the home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Salzburg.
Alicia Guy, assistant professor of dance, taught a master class for the American College Dance Festival Association at California State University, Dominguez Hills. She taught a commercial jazz cabaret heels class for college professors and students from California and Nevada. Professor Okouchi-Guy, who was elected to the Baja region board of directors for ACDFA, also attended the national board meeting and conference at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, recently served as the lighting designer/director for Masters of Illusion - Live! He designed to sold-out performances at the the MAX Pavilion Expo in Singapore and the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Manila, Philippines. The production featured a cast of award-winning magicians including Joaquin Ayala and Tanya, Mark Kalin and Jinger Leigh, Farrell Dillon, Daren Romeo and Kevin James. The 2012-2013 World Tour is currently in development for a September 2012 opening.
Alicia Guy, assistant professor of dance, was invited to speak on the Career Fest Visual & Performing Arts Panel held at the University of California, Irvine. The panel included professional artists and educators from all over Southern California. The panel spoke to an audience of both current and future undergraduate and graduate students from local schools on the importance of education for future professional artists. Professor Okouchi-Guy was also hired to judge the USA National All Stars Dance Competition and USA National High School Spirit Competition at the Anaheim Convention Center.
The Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO), led by assistant professor of music and director of the Chapman Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Alfred Wachs, had a successful and rousing debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles in July, attended by members of the Chapman Chamber Orchestra as well as the Chapman Percussion Ensemble led by Dr. Nicholas Terry.
As part of the 66th Ojai Music Festival, six members of the Chapman Percussion Ensemble and adjunct professor of music Dr. Justin DeHart joined 40 additional percussionists from Southern California in a performance of John Luther Adams' outdoor musical installation Inuksuit. The music featured a wide variety of exotic percussive music, including waves of thundering gongs, drums, and cymbals, as well as delicate bird calls, whirly tubes, and gently stirring maracas. The performance, led by percussionist and conductor Steven Schick (La Jolla Symphony, San Francisco Contemporary Players, University of California, San Diego), received rave reviews by the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Classical KUSC, and 89.3 FM KPCC, along with numerous local newspapers and online blogs. The Ojai Festival is widely recognized as one of the nation's premier summer music festivals, noted for presenting the most vibrant and relevant artists within the genre of contemporary classical music.
A crew of Chapman University faculty and alumni headed by associate professor of theatre, Thomas Bradac, staged Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis at The Prague Fringe Festival in the Czech Republic earning approving nods from the local media even before the show opened. A Prague Post theater preview admired the actors’ “fiery passion.”
Tamiko Washington, associate professor of theatre, directed the highly successful The Indian Wants the Bronx for the Hollywood Fringe Festival this summer with her company, the Actors Circle Ensemble. Read a review at Bitter Lemons.
The Buried, a film directed by assistant professor of theatre Jonathan Pope Evans, won the Best International Short Film Award at the Berlin International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. It also screened out of competition at Cannes Film Festival. Other screenings this year included Nashville Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Big Muddy Film Festival, Prague International Film Festival, and Atlanta Film Festival. The film tells the story of the brutal murder of Scotty Joe Weaver in rural Alabama on July 22, 2004 by his closest friend. One of most vicious and baffling hate crimes of the decade, the story of Weaver's murder haunted filmmaker Evans, a native of Alabama living in Los Angeles. After interviewing family members and meeting one of the murderers in an Alabama prison, Evans chose to make an experimental narrative about the crime, a fractured, stark, and startling re-imagining of the event looking into the root of “gay panic”. It is a taxing and confrontational film, investigating gender identification and violence against gay men. Acclaimed international filmmaker Nina Menkes said of the film, "Jonathan Pope Evans powerfully explores the territory where inner and outer realities tragically erupt in a surreal, yet also so very real, lonely landscape of the rural South."
Dale A. Merrill, Dean of the College of Performing Arts, was invited to serve as a guest instructor at a summer dance workshop for young dancers in Great Falls, Montana. This program attracted students from all over the state and featured other guest artists, Cheryl Johnson of SUNY Brockport and Jay Goodlett, formerly of the Cincinnati Ballet Company.
Daniel Alfred Wachs, assistant professor of music and music director and conductor of the Chapman University Chamber Orchestra and the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO), has been named a finalist for two American Prizes. The American Prize, founded in 2009, is an annual competition providing regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and soloists at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. Professor Wachs was nominated twice for the Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Programming, for his programming for the Chapman Chamber Orchestra and also for his programming for OCYSO, which is affiliated with Chapman. Finalists for the prizes are expected to be announced within the next few weeks. For more information on the American Prize visit www.theamericanprize.org.Alicia Guy, assistant professor of dance, was selected to teach a master class for the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance at the Pasadena Convention Center. She taught a contemporary jazz class to dance educators throughout California. She was also selected to have her choreography presented in the Dance Gala that was held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Her original choreography “Temporal” was performed by dance majors Jordan Krinke (’12), Sarah Sheade (12’), Brit Rooney (’13), Sami DeDolph (’13), Katy Talon (’13), Caitlin Johnson (’13), Rachel Leitson (’14), Allison Burke (’14) and understudy Alanna Seitz (’15).
Alicia Guy, assistant professor of dance, served as a respondent for Dance Raw Boise. The national dance convention and showcase was held at the Nampa Civic Center in Boise, Idaho. She was responsible for evaluating new choreographic work ranging from novice to professional. Professor Okouchi-Guy also was selected to judge the final round of competition for the MLS Chivas USA Professional Dance Team. The Chivas Girls serve as ambassadors for the organization and perform at the Home Depot Center. This highly selective panel of judges included the director of the LA Laker Girls, the director of the LA Clipper Girls and top LA industry professional choreographers.
Assistant professor of music Robert Becker, director of string studies, will be appearing at the Samueli Theater at the Segerstrom Performing Arts Center as a part of the Café Ludwig chamber series. He will be performing the Martinu Madrigals and Dvorak Piano Quintet with internationally recognized pianist Orli Shaham and the principal players of the Pacific Symphony.
Assistant professor of theatre John Benitz was invited to speak at the Saddleback Distinguished Guest Lecture Series in Laguna Woods. His talk "On the Day: An Actor's Revelation" is a discussion about the actor's process from script to performance.
Assistant Professor Daniel Alfred Wachs, director of instrumental studies in the Conservatory of Music, recently returned from a reengagement conducting the Monterey Symphony. In early May, he was invited by world renowned violinist Midori to serve as an adjudicator at USC’s Thornton School of Music Concerto Competition. He also adjudicated at the regional finals of the ASTA (American String Teachers Association) Competition which was held at Cal State Fullerton. Over spring break, Professor Wachs was invited to rehearse with the Hunter Symphony (City University of New York) and at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, recently served as the Lighting Designer for Saint Louis Ballet's production of Swan Lake at the 1,625-seat Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis, MO. The production was choreographed by Artistic Director and former New York City Ballet soloist Gen Horiuchi. For Saint Louis Ballet’s 2012 – 2013 season, Don has been commissioned to design the lighting for the full-length ballet Romeo and Juliet in February 2013 and the Contemporary Choreographer’s Series in May 2013. The Contemporary Choreographer’s Series production will feature world premieres by renowned artist Christopher d’Amboise and Artistic Director Gen Horiuchi. The program will also feature choreography by Michael Uthoff and The Joffrey Ballet co-founder Gerald Arpino.
Throughout the month of March, Dr. Nicholas Terry, assistant professor of music, performed at numerous music festivals and venues throughout California, including with the PARTCH Ensemble at the University of San Diego’s NWEAMO Electronic Arts and Music Festival and Davis Symphony Hall as part of San Francisco’s American Mavericks series. PARTCH’s “unforgettable performance” was hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as both “funny, moving, inventive and insanely theatrical” and a “highlight” of the series. Terry performed assistant professor of music Shaun Naidoo’s percussion opera, Nigerian Spam, at Cal State Fullerton’s 11th Annual New Music Festival. With the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, Terry gave two world-premiere performances at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles and on campus at the Conservatory of Music. As part of the famed Monday Evening Concert Series, he performed again at Zipper Hall with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the following evening at the San Diego Museum of Art with members of the San Diego Symphony as part of the Art of Elan chamber music series. He additionally recorded the music of David Rosenboom (Dean, Herb Alpert School of Music at the California Institute of the Arts) for an upcoming release on New World Records.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, was recently commissioned to serve as lighting designer and stage manager for the Festival Ballet Theatre’s production of the full-length ballet Sleeping Beauty at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. The production featured American Ballet Theatre principal dancers Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky.
Michael Nehring, professor of theatre, recently played Bottom in a 40-minute selection from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra in Florida. He and four other professional actors rehearsed for two days to perform several scenes placed within the orchestra's performance of Mendelssohn's interpretation of the play. Professor Nehring also has numerous activities lined up for the summer. He will be performing in the staged version of the Shakespearean poem Venus and Adonis with Shakespeare Orange County, directed by Thomas Bradac, associate professor of theatre, at the 2012 Prague Shakespeare Festival. He has also been cast in the leading role of Benedick for Shakespeare Orange County's summer production of Much Ado About Nothing under an Actor's Equity union contract. Finally, Professor Nehring has been hired by Portland, Oregon's "Portland Shakespeare Project", a production/education company that stages Shakespearean productions and holds a season of master classes each summer, to teach a three day master class titled "Personalizing Shakespeare: using text analysis to create intimate and emotionally powerful Shakespearean performances".
Tamiko Washington, associate professor of theatre, has received certification as an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, a select group of voice specialists that train actors in this highly respected vocal methodology. Fitzmaurice Voicework involves destructuring and restructuring vocal/body exercises which allow actors and singers to experience a healing response of the body, mind, and spirit through the release of breath and sound, enabling performers to effectively communicate the ideas, images, and words of a playwright and/or poet in performance.
Jeff Cogan, associate professor of music, was invited by the University of Texas, Dallas to give a lecture on the guitars built by French luthier Daniel Friederich. Professor Cogan purchased one of his instruments in 2005, leading to an ongoing relationship with the builder. He will give the talk again in Charleston South Carolina in June for the Guitar Foundation of America convention where Mr. Friederich is being honored for his lifetime of service. In addition to the presentation in Texas, Professor Cogan will perform a program of contemporary guitar music and serve as a judge for the 11th Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival.
Daniel Alfred Wachs, assistant professor of music, has been featured in a new book titled Odnalezc w sobie talent, which translates as “Find In Oneself Talent”, by Polish author Grazyna A. Kashdan. The book is described by the author as (translated from the Polish) “talent and personality, the book is an exploration of exceptional artists from various fields, how they flourished, some by coincidence, most born with a special gift.” The book will soon be translated into English.
Dr. Grace Fong, director of keyboard studies, has been invited to join the faculty of the prestigious 2012 Schlern International Music Festival. During the three-week festival in Völs am Schlern, South Tyrol, Italy, Dr. Fong will give performances, private lessons and master classes. Dr. Fong joins some of the classical world's most distinguished musicians on the faculty, including Abbey Simon, Zakhar Bron, Alexander Treger, Andre Emelianoff, Vladimir Landsman, Tamas Ungar, Anatoly Zatin, Eduard Kunz, Sergey Khachatryan, and Zvi Carmeli, among others.
Pianist Cheryl Lin Fielding, adjunct professor of music, was featured in a performance of Busoni's Piano Concerto in d minor with the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Other works on the program included music by Igor Stravinsky, Ernst Krenek, Arnold Schoenberg, and George Antheil. The program served to complement the exhibition Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928-1939. The Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra is internationally renowned for its innovative programming and vast repertoire. Under the direction of conductor Daniel Spalding, the 17-member ensemble presents a robust program of music from the Bauhaus period.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, was recently commissioned to serve as the lighting designer/director for the Masters of Illusion - Live! World Tour. The production is currently the largest touring magic show in the world. He designed sold-out performances at the Palace Theatre in Stamford, CT; New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ; McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ; and the Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, NY. The production featured master magicians including Joaquin Ayala and Tanya, Kalin and Jinger, Aaron Radatz, Farrell Dillon, Arthur Trace and Daren Romeo. This summer the tour will be making stops in Thailand, Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia.
Dr. Grace Fong, director of keyboard studies, recently returned from her performances as soloist and master clinician with the Williamsburg Symphonia, a performance at the Disney Hall, and a performance of Beethoven's Triple Concerto with Los Angeles Philharmonic member John Lee and principle cellist of L.A. Opera John Walz. She also performed a debut concert in Waterloo, Canada, which will lead into her Canadian performance tour in March 2012.
Dr. Nick Terry, assistant professor of music, was a featured soloist at the 2011/2012 Forte Awards, presented by Jacaranda Music. Dr. Terry's performance of Veronika Krausas' solo percussion composition Five Intermezzi received ovations from the audience, just prior to the presentation of the Forte Award to Los Angeles Philharmonic's Executive Director Deborah Borda. The award was presented by L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. The Forte Award honors those in the greater Los Angeles area who work to promote new and modern music.
Jeff Cogan, associate professor of music, will be the featured soloist for “Viva Espana” with the La Mirada Symphony Orchestra. He will perform the Fantasia par un Gentilhombre for guitar and orchestra by Joaquin Rodrigo.
Nina LeNoir, chair of the Department of Theatre, has been selected as one of the 2011 Excellence in Theatre Education Award Recipients from the Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival, Region VIII. This honor, given for the first time in 1997, recognizes faculty and staff in various universities and colleges throughout the region who go “beyond the call of duty” in devoting their time, efforts, talent, and energies on behalf of the students and in support of the other faculty and staff of their institution. The recipients of the Excellence in Theatre Education Award are individuals recognized by the Board of Governors of the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival, Region VIII for their unique commitment to their students, their colleagues, their institution, and their profession, honored for their vision, knowledge, high intention, and sincere effort in fostering, supporting and developing a greater respect and appreciation for theatre, theatre education, and all who participate in it.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, has been commissioned to serve as the lighting designer and production consultant for the 3rd International Magic Festival in Athens, Greece, February 8-12, 2012. The production, playing at the 2,500 seat Badminton Theatre, will feature six of the world’s top magicians and jugglers. The acts include Jeff Hobson (winner of 2009 Stage Magician of the Year and Best Comedy Magic), Michael Holly, Glenn Singer, Arkadio, Michael Giles and David Kaplan.
Teren Shaffer, adjunct professor of music, was recognized with a National Opera Association Award, third place across the United States in its category, for a production of Janacek's Cunning Little Vixen that he assisted and conducted last year at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, has been commissioned to serve as the technical director and production coordinator for Festival Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker, December 10-24 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Guest stars include: Gillian Murphy, Gennadi Saveliev, Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky from the American Ballet Theatre. He has also been commissioned by renowned choreographer David Allan to serve as lighting designer for a production of The Nutcracker featuring Principal Dancers Sarah Van Patten and Pierre-François Vilanoba from the San Francisco Ballet.
Dr. Grace Fong, director of keyboard studies and assistant professor of music, has recently returned from her debut performance tour of Shanghai, Beijing, Changsha, and Hong Kong to great acclaim. She also presented master classes and private lessons at select universities and conservatories. Upon returning, she performed a benefit recital for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Shakespeare Orange County, led by associate professor of theatre Thomas Bradac, has been chosen to bring their production of Venus and Adonis to the Prague Fringe Festival in 2012. Originally adapted from Shakespeare’s first published work in 2002 with undergraduate students at Chapman University, the production was staged in the Studio Theatre and was a participant in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. The following year, Shakespeare Orange County further refined the adaptation with several of the original cast members. The current cast includes Chapman alumni Amanda Zarr (’04), Misha Bouvion (’04), Mike Fountain (’00) and professor Michael Nehring, and was adapted, produced and directed by Thomas Bradac. Read more about the Prague Fringe Festival. In addition, Shakespeare Orange County won an OC Weekly “Best Of” award for 2011.
Alicia Guy, assistant professor of dance, was invited to teach a master class in Honolulu, Hawaii. She taught a contemporary jazz master class that included a commercial jazz combination and a lecture on the benefits of continuing dance in higher education.
Robin Kish, assistant professor of dance, mentored five students who attended the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science conference in Washington, D.C. from October 12-15, 2011. Dance majors Jordan Krinke ('12), Monica Mordaunt ('12), Elyse Frelinger ('12), Ben McDermit ('12) and athletic training major Bridget Thomson ('11) were five of only twelve undergraduate students accepted to the conference. Jordan Krinke (recipient of an Undergraduate Research Award from Chapman) tied for the President’s Award for Poster Excellence with her study "Dance Teaching Certifications: Why Teachers Choose Specific Certification Programs or None at All". In addition to Jordan's award, all of the students received praise from seasoned researchers for their work and created a great deal of conversation regarding their topics.
Alicia Guy, assistant professor of dance, was commissioned by So You Think You Can Dance finalist Caitlynn Lawson to choreograph her solo for the “Dance for Your Life” portion of the competition. It is during the “Dance for Your Life” segment of Fox’s hit television series that the contestants perform a solo routine to determine if they will be eliminated or continue forward in the competition. Caitlynn used the choreography to successfully dance her way into being one of the top six finalists for Season 8.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, has been commissioned to serve as the lighting designer and production coordinator for Festival Ballet Theatre’s production of Le Corsaire Suite & Mixed Repertoire on October 8-9 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Guest stars Jose Manuel Carreño, former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, and Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg, Miami City Ballet principal dancer, will perform the famous grand pas de deux in Le Corsaire Suite, which features the best-loved passages from this romantic adventure. The program also includes George Balanchine’s captivating Valse-Fantaisie and two new works by choreographers Andrea Schermoly and Kerry Nicholls.
Louise Thomas, associate professor of music, performed on September 18 with Elizabeth Pitcairn, who plays the iconic "Red Violin". The performance was primarily to benefit UCLA's Medical School and was held at what was once the Beverly Hills estate of Elvis Presley, now the residence of Redken co-founder Paula Kent Meehan. The event was co-hosted by Candy Spelling and attended by tennis stars Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, has been commissioned to serve as Lighting Designer for the production of Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell at The Laguna Playhouse. Starring Dee Dee Rescher and directed by Andrew Barnicle, this Tony Award-winning play is a hilarious, poignant and touching journey towards independence and self-discovery. Shirley Valentine ran from September 27 – October 23, 2011.
Michael Nehring, professor of theatre, appeared in Stephanie Fleischmann's new play What the Moon Saw, or 'I Only Appear to Be Dead' , which translates Hans Christian Andersen tales to a post-9/11 world, with the Son of Semele ensemble in Los Angeles, of which he is a founding member. The play was directed by alumnus Matthew McCray (’98) and also featured alumna Marissa Pistone (‘10).
Alicia Guy, assistant professor of dance, was invited to judge the 2011 – 2012 Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Professional NBA Dance Team auditions. The panel of judges included the Los Angeles Clippers Entertainment Teams Director, the Los Angeles Clippers Director of Game Entertainment, administrators from the NBA and professional athletes. The auditions were conducted over a three-day period with a total of six rounds of eliminations. The process of elimination included competitions in technique, choreography, improv and interview. Well over two hundred dancers from across the nation competed for the 16 coveted spots.
Nick Terry, assistant professor of music, recorded four compositions with his ensemble, the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, this August at Skywalker Sound (a Lucasfilm Co.) on the classical music label Sono Luminus. The recording, to be released in early 2012, is one of the very first 7.1 surround-sound recordings of percussion chamber music, and will be distributed internationally to over 60 countries via NAXOS, one of the world's largest classical music record labels. Two of the four works were composed by Conservatory of Music faculty members Jeffrey Holmes and Dr. Sean Heim (the latter composer's work was commissioned by the esteemed FROMM Music Foundation). The compositions will be played live at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles on September 10 at 8pm. Tickets are free to Chapman students (with valid ID), and $15 general admission.
Robin Kish, assistant professor of dance, presented on a professional panel titled “The Future in Dance and Music Medicine/Science” at the 29th annual symposium on Medical Problems of Performing Artists held July 21-24, 2011 in Snowmass, Colorado, sponsored by the international organization Performing Arts Medicine Association. The panel included well established professionals in the field of dance and music medicine, including Sang-Hie Lee Ph.D., Ed.D., M.M. from the University of South Florida, Janice Plastino, Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine, and Bonnie Robson, M.D. In addition, two undergraduate student projects mentored by Professor Kish were presented at this conference. Rena Nishijima (’12) presented her study on “Genu varum and genu valgum among Asian dancers in comparison to non-Asian dancers” and Whitney Kofford (’12) presented her study on “Healthy eating knowledge and habits among college dance and music majors.” Whitney’s study was the first to incorporate dance and music majors at Chapman in a study. Professor Kish also co-organized, with Janice Plastino, the inaugural “Healthy Approaches in the Training of Dancers” conference at Chapman University in conjunction with Performing Arts Medicine Association on August 14. Speakers included Nancy Kadel, M.D., an internationally recognized surgeon specializing in foot and ankle reconstruction in dancers, Chris Koutures M.D., FAAP, a pediatrician, sports medicine and performing arts specialist, and Desiree Robbins, a leading commercial industry teacher and choreographer.
Dr. Grace Fong, director of keyboard studies in the Conservatory of Music, recently returned from her performance as a soloist for An Evening in Olde Vienna with the Indianapolis Symphony, where music critic Tom Aldridge wrote: “With K. 271 she shared one of Mozart's supreme compositions, possibly as Mozart himself might have played it (or wished it done). Every note audible with perfect phrasing, clean articulation and delicate nuance—seemingly effortless passage and octave work in the difficult final movement.. one sits back and goes, wow! Each time she has mesmerized with her essentially faultless playing.” Next week, Oscar-nominated Mike Figgis' music video featuring Dr. Fong is premiering at the Royal Opera House, London, at the 2011 Deloitte Ignite Festival.
Alicia Guy, assistant professor of dance, has been elected to the American College Dance Festival National Board of Directors Baja Region. Professor Okouchi-Guy also attended the American College Dance Festival hosted by the University of California, Long Beach. She taught a master class in commercial jazz and presented two pieces of her choreography that were performed in the Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater.
Alicia Guy, assistant professor of dance, was offered an amazing opportunity from dance icon and living legend Donald McKayle to create the first ever Chapman/UCI Dance Exchange. Mr. McKayle, Artistic Director of UCI Etudes Dance Ensemble, invited her to coproduce an evening of concert dance hosted at UCI. This Chapman/UCI coproduced concert showcased a select group of dancers from the dance departments of Chapman University and the University of California, Irvine. The highlight of the concert was the first ever collaborative endeavor combining Chapman University dancers with UCI dancers to perform Mr. McKayle’s masterpiece “Rocks and Gravel” from Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder. This masterpiece was performed by seven male dancers and one female dancer. Chapman students included Chris Babcock (’14), Christopher Carvalho (’14), Joe Chantry (’14), Derek Nemechek (’13) and DJ Ortiz (’12).
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, has been commissioned to serve as lighting designer for the production Carnival of Wonders at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The show will feature Master Magicians Kalin and Jinger (two-time Magicians of the Year) and comedy magician Jeff Hobson.
Alicia Guy, assistant professor of dance, was selected by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to serve as a Peer Panelist for Small and Mid-Sized Dance Organizations. This elite panel of dance professionals meets in the Cultural Affairs building in Los Angeles to discuss and provide their individual recommendations for the allocation of grants. Professor Okouchi-Guy was charged with reviewing all eligible proposals, discussing project worthiness, making comments and assigning numerical scores. The Grants Administration Division awards approximately $3 million annually to nurture and support community service providers and community artists in Los Angeles.
Liz Maxwell, assistant professor of dance, recently spoke on a panel titled “Reconstruction by All Available Means” held in Seattle by the Dance Critics Association. Attending the conference were preeminent critics and dance historians from many publications, including the New York Times, Village Voice, Dance Magazine and others. Professor Maxwell then traveled to New York to deliver a research paper written in conjunction with Professor Robin Kish. This conference was hosted by the Dance Kinesiology Teacher’s Group and was focused on sharing teaching tools and practices in Dance Science and Somatics. Their paper, “Curricular Programming to Facilitate Somatic and Anatomical Awareness in Higher Education”, discussed the rationale for and successes and challenges of creating space within the College of Performing Arts curriculum for effective collaborative programming between dance science and somatics.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, recently served as the Lighting Designer for Saint Louis Ballet's production of Romeo and Juliet at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis, MO. The production was choreographed by Artistic Director and former New York City Ballet soloist Gen Horiuchi. In May, he also served as Lighting Director for Saint Louis Ballet’s performance of Tribute, by choreographer Christopher d' Amboise, which was presented as part of the Spring To Dance Festival 2011 sponsored by Dance St. Louis. The festival featured performances by numerous dance companies including Saint Louis Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem and The Joffrey Ballet.
Tamiko Washington, associate professor of theatre, is the Artistic Director of OC-Centric, Orange County's new play festival. Her inspiration to create the festival stems from the desire to support Orange County's playwrights with an emphasis on producing new plays. The debut festival will include the following plays: Do Hoosiers Go to Heaven? by Eric Eberwein, In Search of Reason by Gene Fiskin, The Myth of the Cubicle by Ken La Salle, and Sex, Love & the Premature Evacuation by Joni Ravena. The festival will feature Off-Broadway directors Ray Chao and Allison Mosier, Hunger Artists Theatre resident director Jill Johnson, and Professor Washington. The festival dates are August 19, 20, 26 and 28 at 8pm, and August 21 and 28 at 2pm in the Studio Theatre in Moulton Hall. Tickets are $15. For ticket reservations and information, call (714) 902-5715.
Dr. Robert Frelly, associate professor of music, will be presented with a 2011 Annual Achievement Award by Arts Orange County at the 12th Annual Orange County Arts Awards in September at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. In addition, following a two-year national search, Dr. Frelly has been selected as the new Music Director and Conductor of the La Mirada Symphony. This professional orchestra presents eight concerts per season with an average attendance of 2000 people. Dr. Frelly led the orchestra for five performances of the 2010-2011 season, and will now serve as the fourth music director in the organization’s 50-year history.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, has been commissioned to serve as lighting designer for a new production titled “The Magic of Paris”, which will premiere at the Paris Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip this June. The production will feature magician Stephane Vanel (2001 World Champion and former star of the Crazy Horse Paris show at the MGM Grand) and will be directed by Joanie Spina (Choreographer and Artistic Consultant for David Copperfield and Casting Director for Franco Dragone’s “Kung Fu Panda” live show). The electrifying production is scheduled for an open-ended run and will showcase magic, illusions, dance, comedy and variety artists.
Dr. Grace Fong recently returned as soloist with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, and Arizona Central music critic Richard Nilson said of her performance: "The program opened with the Grieg, and it was immediately a revelation. Not only did Fong play the music as lovingly as you might expect a Chopin nocturne...Fong gave us rhythmic variation as the core of her interpretation…beauty of her phrasing and the depth of her expression." This summer, Dr. Fong will also serve as a faculty member and performer at the Innsbrook Institute Summer Festival; she will be the soloist for "Evening in Olde Vienna" with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; and she has been invited to record in Italy at the home of recording artist Sting.
Thomas Bradac, associate professor of theatre, was invited to be a guest speaker at Whittier College for an interdisciplinary seminar titled Los Angeles Integrated Arts on the topic of “Producing Non-Profit Theatre Including My Life in Art -- Specifically Shakespeare”. Other speakers included representatives from the Getty Center, Los Angeles Opera and the Grammy Museum.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, was commissioned to serve as Lighting Designer and Production Coordinator for the Gala of the Stars Invitational Dance Festival, held at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on May 6th. The evening of dance featured performances by Danil Simkin (American Ballet Theatre), Lorena Feijoo (San Francisco Ballet), Vitor Luiz (San Francisco Ballet), Youth America Grand Prix award winners, and Festival Ballet Theatre.
Daniel Alfred Wachs, director of instrumental studies in the Conservatory of Music, has been elected to the Alumni Council at his alma mater, The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
Patrick Goeser, adjunct professor of music, has been chosen to receive the 2011 United States Presidential Scholars Program's Teacher Recognition Award. Each Presidential Scholar is asked to select his or her most inspiring and unforgettable teacher, and Mr. Goeser was nominated by his private voice student Daniel McGrew. He will receive recognition at the White House and a plaque as a memento of the honor in Washington D.C. His trip to Washington will include a Teacher Recognition Dinner on June 19, Teacher Excellence Seminars and Reception on June 20, and performance by the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Performing Arts, saluting the Scholars Class of 2011, on June 20 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall.
Tamiko Washington, associate professor of theatre, has founded a new independent theatre company, Actors Circle Ensemble (ACE). Company members include BFA theatre performance students Casey Jay Adler (’11), Sean Burgos (’11) and Andre Stojka (’11). ACE’s debut production will include two critically acclaimed one-acts: The Indian Wants the Bronx by Israel Horovitz and Tom & Jerry by Jim Geoghan. The performances will take place at the Ivy Substation in Culver City, May 25-28 at 8:00 pm. Actors Circle Ensemble seeks to inspire audiences to share and experience humanity through compelling storytelling and is dedicated to supporting this vision with a conviction to performing engaging moments on stage.
Assistant professor of dance Robin Kish was accepted to the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science conference in October 2011 in Washington, DC to present her study “Potential for noise induced hearing loss in dancers” as well as a study with Gary Galbraith, an MFA from Case Western Reserve and the Dancer Wellness Project, titled “A model for dance exposure data usage collected through an email based exposure tracking system”. She will also be presenting on a panel discussion focused on the future of arts medicine at the 29th annual Medical Problems of Performing Artists symposium of the Performing Arts Medicine Association.
Over spring break, Daniel Alfred Wachs, director of instrumental studies in the Conservatory of Music, served as Artistic Advisor to the Pacific Northwest Chamber Orchestra in Washington state.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, was recently commissioned to serve as the Technical Director and Lighting Designer for the Maple Youth Ballet production of Alice in Wonderland. The production, choreographed by former American Ballet Theatre soloist Charles Maple, debuted at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.
Dr. Grace Fong, director of keyboard studies in the Conservatory of Music, has recently returned from her third performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., this time sharing the stage with the National Symphony Orchestra. In addition, a music video filmed by Oscar-nominated director Mike Figgis featuring Dr. Fong was premiered at the 2011 Barbados Music Festival.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, has been commissioned to serve as lighting designer for Saint Louis Ballet’s Tribute to New York. The evening of dance will include: "Allegro Brilliante" by choreographer George Balanchine (© The George Balanchine Trust), "Tribute" by choreographer Christopher d' Amboise, a solo performed by Sokvannara Sar (star of the celebrated film Dancing Across Borders), and "Romantique" by choreographer and Artistic Director Gen Horiuchi.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, has been commissioned to serve as lighting designer and technical director for the Festival Ballet Theatre’s production of the full-length ballet Coppélia on March 26-27 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. The production will feature Megan Fairchild and Andrew Veyette of New York City Ballet.
Dr. Sean Heim, associate professor of music, and Nick Terry, assistant professor of music, recently returned from a performance tour of Taiwan and Hong Kong. Invited to participate in a series of concerts titled A Confluence of Cultures, Heim and Terry joined composers and performers gathered from across the Pacific Rim in presenting concerts at the National Concert Hall (Taipei) and Red Square Gallery (Hong Kong). Both sold-out performances featured music that explores the evocative, novel, and inspirational combination of Western & Eastern musical traditions.
Nick Terry, assistant professor of music, recently adjudicated and performed with his ensemble the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet at the Central California Day of Percussion, hosted by California State University Fresno, and presented by the Percussive Arts Society. Throughout the day, Terry and his ensemble gave multiple performances (including Occasus by assistant professor of music Jeffrey Holmes) and group master classes for approximately 300 percussion enthusiasts. Celebrating its 20th year, the Central California Day of Percussion is one of the oldest and largest percussion festivals in the western United States.
Dr. Grace Fong, director of keyboard studies in the Conservatory of Music, will be performing as a soloist with the Phoenix Symphony and giving a performance tour in Japan in the next few weeks. Of her recent performance on March 6 at the American Pianists Association's Grand Encounters Series in Indianapolis, Indiana, music critic Tom Aldridge raved: "Sunday afternoon’s IHC Basile Theater was nearly full for the American Pianists Association’s first Grand Encounter Series program of 2011. Even ISO conductor laureate Raymond Leppard was in attendance. And he surely couldn’t have been more gratified to be greeted by Grace Fong (she spoke, introducing us to the program before playing), the most startling pianistic talent to emerge as an APA Fellow (one of two in 2009) since the series relocated here from New York in the 1980s. Of her appearances here since her Fellowship award — one a solo recital at Butler, another a concerto performance with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra — she has continued to mesmerize us with her uncanny control of all facets of keyboard technique and musicianship. I’m always astonished to hear what Fong’s keyboard work gives to me: a perfect sense of touch, finger-work, trilling, chordal exchanges and pedaling, unimpeded by technical challenges or tempo limits to make it through obstacles without slips. Moreover, Fong senses what the music needs and it just happens...bring Fong back."
On March 10 and 11, 2011, the Monterey Symphony will present their annual Youth Concerts to 6,000 school children at the Steinbeck Institute of Art and Culture in Salinas. These performances mark the 37th year of this tradition which benefits fourth and fifth graders in Monterey and San Benito Counties. The Monterey Symphony educates and entertains the students about orchestral history and the instruments used to present symphonic music. This year’s program, titled “The Case of the Missing Pipe(s?)”, written and led by Daniel Alfred Wachs.
Alicia Guy, assistant professor of dance, was selected by a panel of dance adjudicators to have her choreography presented in the Pasadena Dance Festival Concert at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Her piece, “Interference”, was chosen to close the professional concert that included the world-renowned Mark Morris Dance Group from New York and seven other professional dance companies from Southern California. The festival was a three-day event that included master classes, an Emerging Choreographers Showcase, a Student Concert and a Professional Concert. The Pasadena Dance Festival was sponsored in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.
Daniel Alfred Wachs, director of instrumental studies in the Conservatory of Music, was invited by the music director of the Houston Symphony to serve as cover conductor February 11-13 for a program of music by French composer Maurice Ravel. The Houston Symphony is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected orchestras, with a history stretching back to 1913 and a list of conductors that includes Andre Previn and Sir John Barbirolli.
John Benitz, assistant professor of theatre, stars in an upcoming episode of the Discovery Channel’s Kidnap and Rescue series titled “Proof of Life”. Professor Benitz plays Thomas Hargrove, kidnapped for ransom and held for nearly a year before being released. The episode was filmed in August and airs February 19 at 10:00pm.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, has been commissioned to serve as lighting designer and production consultant for the 2nd International Magic Festival in Athens, Greece. The production, playing at the 2,500 seat Badminton Theatre, will feature master magicians Kalin and Jinger, illusionist Raymond Crowe, magician George Saterial and comedian/juggler Michael Goudeau.
Alicia Guy, assistant professor of dance, was selected to present her choreography in Ballet Etudes: 3rd Annual Invitational Winter Dance Concert and Choreographers’ Showcase at the Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center in Irvine, CA. Her piece, “Interference”, a men’s quartet, was performed by dance majors Christopher Carvalho, Joe Chantry, Derek Nemechek, Daniel Ortiz and Chris Babcock (understudy). The Invitational included legendary iconic dance choreography from Les Sylphides by Michel Fokine and Dances for Isadora by José Limón. Alicia was also invited to serve as an adjudicator for the 2011 High School Dance Invitational in Irvine, CA. She served as a respondent for twenty-five new works choreographed by faculty, students and guest artists from local Southern California high school dance programs.
Alicia Guy, assistant professor of dance, was recently commissioned by the Boston Celtics to serve as guest choreographer in Boston, Massachusetts for their professional NBA dance team the Celtics Dancers.
Over the winter holiday, Dr. Grace Fong, director of keyboard studies in the Conservatory of Music, did a performance tour with Sony Classical artist Gilles Apap of France, hailed by the late, great Yehudi Menuhin as "a true violinist of the 21st century." Dr. Fong was also a guest artist on Pink Martini's new album, which was internationally released in November and named the "pick of the week" in the New York Times, available at Starbucks nationwide, ITunes, and Amazon. Dr. Fong was also invited to adjudicate the Impressionist/Contemporary Music Festival Competition and the California Association of Professional Music Teachers Chamber Music Competition.
Daniel Alfred Wachs, director of instrumental studies in the Conservatory of Music, was invited to conduct the New York City Ballet production of The Nutcracker in three performances this month at Lincoln Center. Wachs also has a new CD available featuring him in concert with other orchestras as both conductor and piano soloist.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, is preparing for a busy month of December. He will serve as Production Supervisor for Festival Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. The production will feature American Ballet Theatre stars Gillian Murphy, Gennadi Saveliev, Irina Dvorovenko and Jose Manuel Carreño. He has also been commissioned by renowned choreographer David Allan to design a premiere production of The Nutcracker featuring New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Sterling Hyltin.
Liz Maxwell, assistant professor of dance, has published an article in the peer-reviewed International Journal of the Humanities Volume 8, Issue 8. Her article titled “Decisions in Art Making: An Illustration Through Dance” is the culmination of her research presented at the Eighth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities at UCLA this past summer.
Liz Maxwell, assistant professor of dance, presented a paper in November as a part of the Working Group at the joint conference for Congress on Research in Dance and the American Society for Theatre Research held in Seattle, WA. Her paper “The Relational Dialectic: Examining the Student/Teacher Dynamic Through Somatic Education” was a part of a larger discussion focused on the topic of performance as research. The Working Group, formed four years ago, encourages interdisciplinary dialogue between artists and scholars and is grounded in what anthropologist Dwight Conquergood calls “performance as a way of knowing”.
Daniel Alfred Wachs, director of instrumental studies in the Conservatory of Music, led the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg this month, and a writer for Dreh Punkt Kultur compared Wachs to no less than the famed Gustavo Dudamel. A highlight of the concert performed by the Mozarteum in combination with the Salzburger Landesjugendorchester (Salzburg’s leading youth orchestra) was the world premiere of a work by internationally renowned composer Toshio Hosokawa. The reviewer said Wachs was “an inspiring advocate, bringing out every detail of the score with precision.” And under Wachs’ direction the closing piece in the concert apparently rocked the famed Festspielhaus, home of the Salzburg Summer Festival. “The final work on the program was Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances” from the musical West Side Story which the composer himself arranged. Engaging, rhythmically inspired, precise in its execution, the “Mambo” was equal to a performance by Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra!” wrote reviewer Horst Reischenböck.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, recently served as lighting designer for the production The Magic of the Orient Express in Dallas, TX. The show featured Master Magicians Kalin and Jinger (two-time Magicians of the Year) and comedy magician John Cassidy.
Alicia Guy, assistant professor of dance, was invited to conduct a seminar on “Working as a Professional Dancer and Choreographer” to the faculty and students in the Department of Dance at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Dr. Janice Park, instructor of piano in the Conservatory of Music, recently performed in two separate world premiere performances, one in Paraguay and one locally in Anaheim. Dr. Park was invited by the National Symphony Orchestra of Paraguay to perform the piano solo movements of a world premiere ballet, commissioned by the government of Paraguay to celebrate the bicentennial of their country's independence. The piece was written by brother and sister Paraguayan composers Nancy and Daniel Luzko. In addition, Dr. Park was the featured pianist in a world premiere ensemble work with the Orange County Wind Symphony. The piece, Luz al Mar Oscuro, was written by American composer Joseph Cristina, and the concert was held at the Servite Theatre in Anaheim. This performance was part of the Music of Latin America concert and was presented with the support of Argentine Promotions Center of Los Angeles in celebration of Argentina’s bicentennial, which also is in 2010.
Daniel Alfred Wachs, director of instrumental studies in the Conservatory of Music, has been invited to conduct at two celebrated music houses in coming months, including for the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center. In early November Wachs will conduct the world premiere of a work by internationally-renowned composer Toshio Hosokawa with the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg and the Salzburger Landesjugendorchester at the Festspielhaus, home of the famed Salzburg Summer Festival. Wachs will be in residence for two weeks as conductor for a project called “2Orchestras,” which features commissioned pieces that can be played both by the Mozarteum and youth orchestras. The two-year-old “2Orchestras” project plans to commission several such works over the next few years. Last year’s piece by composer Kurt Schwertsik was performed at the Orange County Performing Arts Center by the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and the Orange County Youth Symphony, which Wachs conducts. Based on the success of that performance, which received sparkling reviews from local music writers, the Mozarteum invited Wachs to conduct this year’s program in Salzburg, for which Hosokawa composed Dances imaginaire II. In December Wachs will guest conduct The New York City Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker, at Lincoln Center. The NYCB visit is a return engagement for Wachs, who was artist in residence there in 2003-2004, following his graduation from The Juilliard School.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, has been commissioned to serve as the lighting designer and production coordinator for the Festival Ballet Theatre’s production of Firebird & Mixed Repertoire on October 15-16 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. This production features The Firebird choreographed by Nikolai Kabaniaev (Kirov Ballet), Intimate Conversations choreographed by Molly Lynch (Louisville Ballet), Oops! choreographed by Viktor Plotnikov (Boston Ballet) and Laurencia staged by Yuri Fateyev (Acting Director of the Mariinsky Ballet Company).
Dr. Grace Fong, director of keyboard studies, has recently returned from her performance with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and the review of her performance by Tom Aldridge of NUVO Weekly stated, “I can’t imagine more satisfaction at the opening of Indy’s classical-music season then hearing Grace Fong guesting with any series. A year ago, this 2009 American Pianists Association Fellow shared her near matchless talents as a recital soloist at Butler University. This time she appeared with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra in the IHC’s Basile Theater, playing the Schumann A Minor Piano Concerto. In both, her seemingly effortless touch in coaxing all the music inherent in her selections made two especially memorable evenings for this listener. Moreover, Robert Schumann was at the height of his musical inspiration with this concerto. Fong seems to evoke near perfection in revealing every note through a controlled legato, gliding over the most difficult passages as though child’s play…”
Dr. Grace Fong, instructor of music, has been invited by the Music Teachers Association, Long Beach Chapter, to present a lecture/recital on October 6, 2010, featuring the music of Franz Liszt. The lecture will focus on the various contributions to piano techniques and inventions by Liszt, followed by a recital of master pieces.
Alicia Guy, assistant professor of dance, and Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, recently produced, along with long-time friend and industry colleague Lloyd Reese, a documentary film showcasing the 20th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards Gala at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood, CA. The documentary will serve to educate and inspire the community while promoting arts education. Upon completion, the film will be submitted to documentary film festivals.
John Benitz, assistant professor of theatre, was cast in an episode of a new Discovery Channel series currently titled Hargrove. He appeared as the title character, Dr. Thomas Hargrove, a man who was captured by Columbian militants in 1994 and held hostage, under incredibly harsh conditions, in the Andes for 11 months. Hargrove kept, and smuggled out, a secret diary that became the book Long March to Freedom, which inspired the movie Proof of Life. The episode is planned to air in February.
Dr. Grace Fong, assistant professor and director of keyboard studies, has just returned from being faculty and guest performer at various music festivals, including the Innsbrook Institute Summer Festival in St. Louis, Mo., the Portland Chamber Summer Ensembles Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, and a Festival of Music in Tuscany, Italy. This season, Dr. Fong has been invited to be soloist with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Tucson Symphony, and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and will be doing a performance tour in Japan.
Chapman University Department of Theatre faculty members were very active at the annual Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference, held this year for the first time in Los Angeles. The ATHE Conference brought together over 900 theatre educators and artists from around the world from August 3-6, 2010. Department of Theatre Chair Dr. Nina LeNoir, who served as Vice President for Conference 2010 and was instrumental in planning and organizing this year’s conference, also presented during a panel on “Assessing The Student Actor: A Rubric for Defining Expectations When Teaching the Actor’s Art” and with fellow Theatre Assistant Professor John Benitz and several other theatre educators in a lively roundtable discussion titled “In a Multi-Media Marketplace, Are Our Traditional Acting Programs on a Path to Extinction?”
Liz Maxwell, assistant professor of dance, will be presenting an interactive workshop at the Eighth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities. Her presentation includes a paper discussing the ability to determine decision making style through movement behavior patterns. Expounding on the work of Rudolf Laban and Warren Lamb, Professor Maxwell has applied these ideas to the creative process in a presentation titled “Decisions in Art Making: An Illustration Through Dance.” The conference will be held at UCLA at the end of June.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, and Alicia Guy, assistant professor of dance, have been commissioned by the Operafestival di Roma as the lighting designer and the choreographer for the opera Die Fledermaus this July in Rome, Italy. Both professors will be bringing several of their Chapman students to work on and perform in this full-length opera. Professor Guy will be bringing technical theatre students Trevor Weil (‘12), Maisie Chan (‘12), Christine Wille (‘11), and Jenny Ludwig (‘11); and Professor Okouchi-Guy will be bringing dance majors Katy Grebing (‘10), Keely Misenhimer (‘12), Kylie Chilton (‘12), and Alexi Theador (‘13). The Chapman students will have the opportunity to collaborate with other students from around the world and study with an international faculty of professional artists. The three week residency will culminate with performances to be held in the historic Palazzo della Sapienza.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, was commissioned to serve as Lighting Designer and Production Coordinator for the Protégé & Stars Invitational Dance Festival, held at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on May 7th. The evening of dance featured performances by Ailey II, Houston Ballet II, Youth America Grand Prix, and Festival Ballet Theatre.
Nick Terry, assistant professor of music, recently performed at the Kyoto Laureate Symposium hosted by the University of San Diego. Renowned as the "Nobel Prize of Japan", the Kyoto Prize this year was awarded to Maestro Pierre Boulez, whom Professor Terry has performed with on multiple occasions.
Dr. Grace Fong, director of keyboard studies in the Conservatory of Music, has been asked by the U.S. State Department to represent the United States in a performance with the Orkestra Filamonica of Montevideo, Uruguay, this summer. In addition, Dr. Fong will perform a solo recital at the official residence of the ambassador. These events will all be sponsored by the U.S. Embassy. In addition, Dr. Fong just returned from a tour of performances, including: two solo recitals sponsored by the Chopin Foundation of the United States in Ft. Lauderdale and Coral Gables, Florida; a “Salzburg Soiree” concert for the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego; and collaborations with the Cleveland Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony orchestras. In the next month, Dr. Fong will continue performing concerts and giving master classes sponsored by Oregon Health and Science University and Portland State University, the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art, and the Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene, Oregon.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, has been commissioned to serve as the Lighting Designer for Saint Louis Ballet's World Premiere production of Swan Lake at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis, MO. The production is choreographed by Artistic Director and former New York City ballet soloist Gen Horiuchi.
Dr. Robert Frelly, associate professor of music and director of music education, acted as the Staff Conductor for the National High School Honors Orchestra in Santa Clara, CA in February. The National High School Honors Orchestra is comprised of the top 115 high school students representing 43 states.
Liz Maxwell, assistant professor of dance, was invited as a guest artist to California State University, Long Beach to present her lecture-demonstration titled “The Power of a Name” to 100 students and faculty members. Professor Maxwell created an interactive workshop, which along with a lecture and a performance of her solo Return, illuminated the connections between movement profiling systems derived from Rudolf Laban’s theories and the creative process.
This April, Daniel Alfred Wachs, director of instrumental studies in the Conservatory of Music, guest conducted the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra in South Carolina; was invited to lead the cello festival at Cal State Fullerton; gave a lecture-recital with the Chapman String Quartet on a Mozart piano concerto at the Covington, conducting from the keyboard; and flew to New York to hold master classes, discuss career development and hold an orchestra clinic at Hunter College in New York City.
Robin Kish, assistant professor of dance, will be presenting her research on “What Happened to the Left Leg?” to the 20th annual meeting of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, October 28-31, 2010. The conference is in Birmingham, UK at the Birmingham Hippodrome, hosted by the University of Wolverhampton and Birmingham Royal Ballet. In addition, Professor Kish’s advisees Elizabeth Nicks (’11) and Jacque Price (’11) will be presenting “Sleep Patterns in Collegiate Dancers” and Jenna Keiper (’10) will present “The Elephant in the Studi Performance Anxiety in College Dancers”.
Alicia Guy, assistant professor of dance, was invited to lecture on “Professional Careers in Dance” to the faculty and students in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. In addition, she recently taught a master class in contemporary jazz to the Department of Dance at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. While in Missouri, Professor Okouchi-Guy also arranged for a special audition for Katy Grebing (’10) for the St. Louis Ballet under the artistic direction of Gen Horiuchi, Balanchine protege and former principal dancer of the New York City Ballet.
Robin Kish, assistant professor of dance, will be leading a panel presentation and presenting on the topic "Creation, Development, Pitfalls and Running of Arts Medicine Clinics" at the 28th annual symposium of Medical Problems of Performing Artists from July 29-August 1, 2010 in Snowmass, CO. In addition, she will be presenting a workshop titled “Brain Gym™ to Optimize Technique, Performance, and Everyday Life”. Professor Kish’s student, Toni Caligiuri (’10) will be also be presenting her paper "The Domino Effect".
Dr. Sean Heim, associate professor of music, recently had his compositions featured on Thomas Buckner’s longstanding series of new music, Interpretations, at Roulette in New York City. Dr. Heim invited his mentor and friend, Chinary Ung, to share the concert and together they presented what was described as “an evening of challenging and deeply personal contemporary solo and chamber music from a distinguished and renowned elder composer and an acclaimed and equally commendable former protégé.” Also joining Dr. Heim from Chapman was Dr. Paul Sherman, director of the Chapman Wind Symphony, multitalented oboist, and member of the Los Angeles based new music group, Ensemble Green, who will perform Dr. Heim’s work Holomovements on May 8 at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Janice Park, instructor of piano in the Conservatory of Music, was invited by Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings to perform on March 26 in Detroit, MI. She performed chamber music as well as piano solo pieces to a sold-out audience. In addition, six of Dr. Park’s students were prizewinners in a piano competition sponsored by the Music Teachers' Association of California at Chapman University and were also selected to perform at the MTAC annual convention on July 2nd. Four of the winners are currently Chapman students: Theresa Silveyra (’11), Hunter Schmidt (‘13), Evan Roth (‘13), and Brian Jenkins (‘10).
Dr. Robert Frelly, associate professor of music and director of music education, gave a presentation at the International Arts and Humanities Conference in Honolulu, HI titled Leadership in Music Education: Interactive Teaching Program, based on a project developed within the Conservatory of Music, in January 2010. He was invited to present following a thorough peer-review process. The conference was attended by over 2,000 researchers and university professors representing over 40 countries.
Two adjunct faculty members from the Chapman Conservatory of Music — mezzo-soprano and vocal instructor Kristina Driskill and pianist and keyboard instructor Mark Robson — earned a rave review in the Los Angeles Times’ CultureMonster blog for their performance of the “Hollywood Songbook” of emigre German Jewish composer Hanns Eisler this past Saturday. They performed at the Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades, which hosted a day-long event devoted to Eisler. “A master of the swift stroke, (Eisler) could turn a tender song into a rant with a single acerbic note,” says the L.A. Times’ classical music critic, Mark Swed, in the review. “Driskill, who recently appeared in Long Beach Opera’s Cunning Little Vixen, captured these mood swings with wonderfully angry, challenging, pouty, seductive, decadently dreamy expressivity. Great baritones — first Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and recently Matthias Goerne — have been these songs’ most important advocates. But Driskill found Medea-like theatrical subtleties they missed, while Robson hammered everything home on the piano brilliantly. Were Driskill and Robson to add the remaining songs and find a strong director to stage them, they could be just the team we need to make the case for this curious but commanding composer.”
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, was recently commissioned to serve as the Technical Director and Lighting Designer for the Maple Youth Ballet production of Cinderella. The production, choreographed by former American Ballet Theatre (ABT) soloist Charles Maple, debuted at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.
Alicia Guy, assistant professor of dance, was hired to judge the 43rd Annual Miss Dance Drill Team USA International Pageant. The pageant and team competition included participants from across the nation as well as five international teams. The four day event was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the Bren Events Center in Irvine, CA.
Alicia Guy, assistant professor of dance, was invited to give a lecture presentation on “The Importance of Education and Training for a Professional Career in the Dance Industry” at the CAHPERD National State Conference. The California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance conference was held at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, CA March 3-7. She was also selected to have her choreography showcased in the 80th CAHPERD Gala. Her piece “Grace”, performed by Chapman University dance students, closed the show to a packed ballroom of educators attending the conference.
Nick Terry, assistant professor of music, recently performed with the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet as part of the Monday Evening Concert Series at Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School. Founded in 1939, the Monday Evening Concerts are one of the world’s most celebrated and longest running concert series devoted to contemporary music. In addition, the Percussion Quartet (founded and directed by Professor Terry) recently received a $10,000 Presser Foundation Award to support their upcoming tour of the western United States.
Alicia Guy, assistant professor of dance, was invited to have her work presented in the Ballet Etudes Choreographer Showcase at the Rose Center in Westminster, CA. Her piece “Grace”, originally choreographed for the Fall Faculty Dance Concert at Chapman University, was re-staged and included dance majors David K. Bagley, Derek Nemechek, Beth Nicks and dance minor Alexandria Green.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, has been commissioned by Famma Events, the largest entertainment company in the Caribbean, to design the lighting for a new Vegas-style circus production titled Magikus. The production is scheduled to open in San Juan, Puerto Rico in early March.
Alicia Guy, assistant professor of dance, was a respondent and director for the danceRAW workshop in Memphis, TN. Other faculty included Jaymz Tuaileva, who is currently dancing with Cher in Las Vegas, and Mark Meismer, who has danced with Celine Dion and Britney Spears. She was also hired as an adjudicator for the USA Collegiate Nationals Dance Competition that was held at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Donald Guy, assistant professor of theatre, has been commissioned to serve as the lighting designer and production coordinator for Festival Ballet Theatre’s production of Don Quixote on March 20-21 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. The production stars renowned ballet dancers Gillian Murphy and Marcelo Gomes from the American Ballet Theatre.
Dr. Janice Park, instructor of piano in the Conservatory of Music, was invited to judge the State Final Contemporary Piano Competition for the 2010 Annual Conference of California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT) on February 6, 2010. One of her Chapman piano students, Brian Jenkins, won first place in the State Final Honors Auditions during the conference. Also, at the same conference, Dr. Joseph Matthews, professor emeritus of music, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Liz Maxwell, assistant professor of dance, was recently published in the proceedings of the Society of Dance History Scholars conference titled Topographies: Sites, Bodies, Technologies. Her paper, “Random-Access Repertory: New Imperatives for Teaching Our Dance Histories in the Millennium” advocates the use of repertory as a teaching tool for dancers and for maintaining links to the lineage of dance artistry.
Daniel Alfred Wachs, assistant professor of music, was invited to serve on the panel “The Keys to Admission” at the Orange County High School for the Performing Arts. The discussion covered how to best prepare for a collegiate-level music program and included Dr. Robert Cutietta, Dean of USC’s Thornton School of Music, Kathleen Tesar, Associate Dean, the Colburn School Conservatory of Music, and John Carnahan, Director, Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, Cal State Long Beach.
Dr. Peter Atherton, director of Opera Chapman, will direct the main stage production of Die Fledermaus for Operafestival di Roma in July 2010.
Dr. Grace Fong, director of keyboard studies in the Conservatory of Music, recently performed in Mercy Corps' benefit concert "Songs for Haiti" at Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon, which raised over $150,000 for Haitian relief efforts.
Thomas Bradac, associate professor of theatre, joined delegates from over 150 Shakespeare-producing theatres and festivals from the USA and Canada at the twentieth annual conference of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America (STAA) this week at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. Professor Bradac, a founding member of STAA, is an ad hoc member of the Executive Committee as a past president and currently serves as a voting member of the Artistic Committee. Professor Bradac participated on panels dealing with artistic direction in Shakespeare production and organizational leadership for the association.
Dr. Sean Heim, associate professor of music, has received a 2009 commission award from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University. The commission, which is considered one of the most prestigious awards in composition, carries a $10,000 award. Professor Heim is one of only twelve composers honored this year and joins a list of prestigious previous awardees including Elliot Carter, Milton Babbitt, William Kraft, Chou Wen-chung, Gunther Schuller, Philippe Manoury and Luciano Berio. For the commission, he will write a new work for the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet to be premiered during their 2011 concert season. The Fromm Foundation has commissioned over 300 new compositions and their performances, and has sponsored hundreds of new music concerts and concert series including the Fromm Concert Series at Harvard University, the Paul Fromm Composer-in-Residence program at the American Academy in Rome and Tanglewood's Festival of Contemporary Music, annual Fromm Concert and Fromm Award for Composition.
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