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What a Summer!

August 18, 2015
     We have had a remarkable summer here in the DePauw School of Music. We hosted the first ever Global Musician Workshop with the Silk Road Ensemble and Yo-Yo in the first week of June. It was remarkable. You can read about it herehere and here. Yo-Yo not only cut the ribbon for the grand opening of Music on the Square, but also graciously offered to perform. You can see it here and here.  This new downtown space, Music on the Square, opens for business with a host of amazing performers and we just announce a grand season of Green Guest Artists. Our new website at 21CM.org continues to develop and improve, sharing much with the world of, about and for 21st-century musicans. 
     We hosted our first 21CM Advisory Board meeting which Yo-Yo chaired.  Members included Zach De Pue, formerly of Time for Three, Peter Seymour of Project Trio, Paul Smith of Voces 8, Judd Greenstein of New Amsterdam, Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw of Roomful of Teeth, Joe Horowitz, Greg Sandow, Dileep Gangoli, Orcenith Smith, Eric Edberg, Scott Spiegelberg, Steven Linville, Brooke Addison, Elleka Okerstrom, Mark Rabideau and Judson and Joyce Green.  (Ayden Adler of New World Symphony, composer Libby Larsen and Melissa Snoza of Fifth House are also on the board but could not make it). Greg Sandow’s comments about it are here
     Speaking of Peter Seymour… Peter is now the Bass professor here at DePauw and will travel from NYC each week. With degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Shepherd School of Music and performance experience as a regular member of the Cleveland Orchestra and Project Trio, Peter brings a wealth of experience to 21CM and our bass studio.
     We also welcome Terry Langdon as a one-year sabbatical replacement; Steve Prescott and Pat Wiehe join our music ed faculty as part-time faculty members, as will Ed Staubach in the Spring; we welcome Laura Brumbaugh as vocal coach and accompanist; Allen Otte will join our faculty for a bit this semester; Thomas King will be teaching vocal lit and diction courses for us this year; Kristina Boerger returns as director of choirs; Jennie Smith joins us in Music Theory; and we welcome tenure Elissa Harbert in Music History and Tarn Travers on Violin. We also welcome staff members Mark Rabideau as Director of the 21st Century Musician Initiative, Brooke Addison as the 21CM Graduate Intern, and Toni Robinson as the Associate Director for Music Admission.
     We received an NEA grant to help sponsor our Artists-in-Residence, Decoda; we found sponsors for the String Program for Putnam County that provides a free violin and 10 days of in-class instruction plus after school opportunities for all Tzouanakis 4th Graders; we received a $1M endowment bequest for our opera program and sponsors for our first pillar ensemble — the Asbury String Quartet. We have now achieved the $22M dollar mark in our $25M campaign for the School of Music. In all, a very busy and very successful summer.
     We now await the arrival of a new class of students and another amazing year. So much to look forward to.
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