November News from the Chair's Desk

Thursday, November 10, 2011

First, I hope that you all enjoyed a fun and safe Halloween. As we turn the corner to head toward the end of the semester, it is time to reflect back upon the many fine Music Department events of this semester AND to look ahead and register for spring courses. So far this fall, we have enjoyed excellent performances of Mendelssohn trios by the faculty chamber ensemble (Angela Yeung, Alyze Dreiling, Linda Scott), new music for the guitar by Colin McAllister, and a mixed program, “Dances and Romances” by clarinet virtuoso, Robert Zelickman, and Stefani Whalens.

November events include the Medieval-Renaissance Concert by the USD Choral Scholars on Tuesday, November 8, in Camino Hall, Room 153 from 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.. This concert was scheduled in preparation for an important talk by our guest, Professor Susan Boynton, titled “Archbishop Cisneros and the Mozarabic Ritual in Renaissance, Spain,” later that evening (Tuesday, November 8) in Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, from  7 - 8 p.m. Both events are free. December events include concerts on December 2 (Lessons and Carols), 4 (Lessons and Carols), 6 (Choral Concert AND Chamber Music), 7 (Jazz), and 8 (Student Recital). We will have a very active close to this fall semester.

After midterms and Halloween, students sometimes relax and assume that they can take a break and wait to prepare for final performances, papers, and exams. But, I encourage you to stay focused at this time of the semester so that you don’t fall behind.  

Next spring presents some new courses and looks for music. For one, we will debut MUSC 157/357 Balinese Gamelan Ensemble; further, Drs. Pfau and Adler are each offering exciting MUSC 494 courses (Music and Faith, and Rhythm and Time, respectively); we are offering a new course, MUSC 340 (Topics in World Music); and lastly, we offer Opera Workshop, in addition to our normal slate of courses.


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