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A year celebrated and one anticipated

May 23, 2012

We have now closed the books on the 11/12 academic year. What an amazing year it was. Yo-Yo Ma, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the American String Quartet graced our stages and our campus; a fun musical and a challenging opera were mounted; dozens of fine ensembles and chamber groups performed and we had so many remarkable solo recitals– a banner year indeed.  This year also saw us come together to build stronger and deeper connections– to our school, to each other and to our art. The beginning and end of year picnics, the freshman convocation dinner, the new radio show and the weekly recital–each served in its own way to make us us. As dean, I am most proud of these connections and of the remarkable growth of our students under the direction of our talented and dedicated faculty.  This is a year to be celebrated.

And now a year to be anticipated! There are so many exciting things in store, some announced here for the first time. Of course we’ll see DePauwpalooza II and the regular recital hour continue. We will also see our choirs touring domestically and our orchestra in Europe.  We will be introducing some new events including the first annual DePauw University Honor Band for high school students. We will implement the adoption of the Greencastle Middle School music program by the School of Music. An amazing array of guest artists will come to campus to perform and give master classes. These artists have been chosen for their musicality and virtuosity, for their appeal to a wide range of audiences and perhaps surprisingly, for their youth. We have intentionally invited younger artists to campus so that they can interact with our students and discuss life after college  with them. How did they progress from a seat in the audience to a place on the stage? This will be just one of many subjects discussed in their master classes and student interactions.

These artists include (click on the link to see and hear more about each one):

Wednesday, September 19 – Project Trio

6:00 pm                                    Master Class          Thompson Recital Hall

7:30 pm                                    Concert                      Kresge Auditorium

Wednesday, October 10 – Voces 8

7:30 pm                  Concert                                     Kresge Auditorium

TBD                        Master Class

Monday, March 11 – Time for 3

7:30 pm                                    Concert                    Kresge Auditorium

TBD                                         Master Class

Friday, April 12 – Canadian Brass

7:30 pm                                    Concert                    Kresge Auditorium

TBD                                          Master Class

We also have the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra coming not once, but twice! And we are thrilled to announce a special masterclass with one of the greatest baritones in the world today, Thomas Hampson. Note that the Saturday night performance of this spectacular concert is not in Indianapolis– it is in Greencastle!

Sunday, November 11 – ISO

3:00 pm                                    Concert                    Kresge Auditorium

Saturday, February 23 – ISO with Special Guest Thomas Hampson

7:00 pm                                    Concert                    Kresge Auditorium

Sunday, February 24 – Thomas Hampson Master Class

11:00 am               Master Class          Thompson Recital Hall

We will also take part in the campus-wide discussions on the Salem Witch Trials and The Crucible, mount productions of Into the Woods and Die Fledermaus and feature Libby Larsen in our Music of the Twenty-First Century Festival. 

This has indeed been a banner year for the DePauw School of Music and we wish the class of 2012 godspeed and great fortune in their careers. We hope all of our alums will come back to campus, soon and often, and that they continue to make us proud as we continue to strive to make them proud of their alma mater.  2012/13 promises to be an incredible year for us all. Have a great summer and be prepared for the wonderful opportunities in store.

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