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Argenta Concert Series
Voices of their Lands
with Argenta Trio

Friday, February 5, 2016
7:30 PM
Nightingale Concert Hall

Rameau: Pieces de Clavecin en Concerts
Babadjanian: Piano Trio in F-sharp minor
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No.2 in E minor

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ARGENTA TRIO

The fifth of eight performances of the Argenta Concert Series presents University's own Argenta Trio (Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, violin; James Winn, piano, and a guest cellist Lachezar Kostov) in a program of works by composers add a deeply personal and unmistakable national flavor to their compositions. The colors and baroque grace of Rameau's France will provide an enchanting opening. The exoticism and oriental flavors permeate the Armenian folk traditions of the composition by Arno Babadjanian. The autobiographically charged and profoundly emotive Second Piano Trio by Dmitri Shostakovich will bring the evening to a close.

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Horn Day 2016
Special Guest Maria Serkin

Saturday, February 27, 2016
1:00 PM
Nightingale Concert Hall

UNR is proud to present Maria Serkin in a master class and recital featuring the UNR Horn Studio and the Community Horn Choir.

Maria Serkin is the new Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Previously, she was the Lecturer of Horn at the University of Virginia and the Principal Horn of the Charlottesville Symphony.


Dr. Serkin has also held the positions of Principal Horn with the Florida Grand Opera and Palm Beach Symphony, Horn Professor of the New World School of the Arts, Co-Principal Horn of the Sarasota Orchestra, and was a fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. 

Dr. Serkin earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Eastman School of Music and New England Conservatory, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA, National Repertory Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, and was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. She has also worked with the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Palm Beach Opera, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and is a founding member of the Virginia Sinfonietta. Her New York and Miami recording credits include work with The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park, Gloria Estefan, and ESPN. 

An avid educator, Dr. Serkin has taught horn master classes extending from the Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School, to the Crescendo Summer Institute in Hungary. Her doctoral research established a progressive method of transposition--a first in the advancement of horn methodology.

For more information, contact DeAunn Davis at deaunn@gmail.com.

 

 

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Flute Day 2016
Göran Marcusson

UNR is proud to present Göran Marcusson in a recital and master class. The recital on March 29, 2016 @ 7:30 P.M. will take place in UNR's Nightingale Concert Hall and feature pianist Hyeyeon Park in an eclectic program of sonatas and solo works, including both standard flute literature and music from Swedish composers. The master class on March 30, 2016, also in NIghtingale Hall, will start at 11 AM with a group warm-up and continue with UNR flute students and area high school students. The recital is $5 general admission, and free to University students. The master class is free and open to the public. Flutists are invited to bring their flutes for the opening warm-up.


Göran Marcusson burst onto the American flute scene in 1987 when he won First Prize in the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition. In 1992 he earned his soloist diploma from the Music Conservatory of Gothenburg. That same year, he won a prize at the Vienna Music Competition. Göran's debut CD, The Swedish Romantic Flute, received rave reviews and has been followed by six more albums. He can also be heard on YouTube and Spotify. Göran Marcusson has been guest principal flute with the London Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Cadaques, and Gothenburg Opera Orchestra. Currenty he is Principal Flute with the Gothenburg Wind Orchestra and also maintains a busy international schedule as soloist and clinician in the USA, South America, Asia, and throughout Europe. For the past 17 years he has joined the family of artists at the Newport Music Festival. 

Known for his inspirational and sympathetic teaching, Göran Marcusson offers highly effective master classes. Each June, he teaches at the Wildacres Flute Retreat in Little Switzerland, North Carolina. Göran Marcusson is a Miyazawa Artist.

For more information, contact Mary Miller at mvmiller@unr.edu

 

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Faculty Spotlight
  Will Plenk

Faculty Focus: One of our most visible faculty members is Will Plenk. “We are a large University in a small town, which makes everything we do important”, Athletic Bands Director William Plenk explained. Dr. Plenk came to the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011 from his post at UCLA. Since arriving in Reno, Dr. Plenk has more than doubled the membership of the Wolf Pack Marching Band, “The Pride of the Sierra”. Will is thoroughly engaged in the community and is recognized everywhere by UNR Football and Basketball fans alike.


“Dr. Plenk has taken the band to a new level of excellence”, according to trumpeter and past section leader Rachael Cowell, who is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Music Education. “His inspiring example has taught me so much about being a teacher”.

Will keeps busy as a world-renown clinician and adjudicator, in addition to his current post with the drum and bugle corps group “Phantom Regiment”. Dr. Plenk also serves as the Associate Director of Bands. Originally from Long Island, New York, Dr. Plenk feels at home in the west. "Reno is a gateway to so many wonderful places-in 30 minutes you can be hiking or skiing in the Sierras, or paddle boarding across the glassy surface of Lake Tahoe”.

 

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Student Profile:
 Julie Quinn Lenz

Julie Quinn Lenz, M.M. ’15, is a native of Reno, Nevada. This outstanding young soprano has already made several professional appearances with the Reno Philharmonic, Fresno Philharmonic, and the Reno Chamber Orchestra. “I first decided to go to UNR because most of my family went here. I have fond memories of going to see the swans in Manzanita Lake when I was a kid. After graduating with my Bachelor’s degree and studying in New York for a year, I decided to come back to pursue my master's degree because of the excellent quality of the vocal faculty and the support of the music department as a whole.”


Julie, a 2015 NATS National Semifinalist, credits Dr. Albert R. Lee with much of her success. “He demands a standard of excellence from his students that has resulted in the exponential growth of artistry, professionalism, and performance among the singers at UNR. I personally have never worked harder or achieved so much. Dr. Lee is truly the best thing that could have happened to the voice department and I am so lucky that I am able to work with someone who puts as much care into guiding his students as he does."

 

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Performers, Scholars, Educators

Offering Bachelor and Master degrees, the Department of Music has approximately 60 full- or part-time music faculty and over 200 student majors. Class sizes are small and the faculty is extremely accessible. The faculty is encouraged to maintain active performing careers which in turn provide inspiration for their students.

Music programs within the Department are dedicated to the professional training of students in music education, applied performance, and music history. The Department's dedication to student and faculty participation in ensemble performance reflects the belief that interactive rehearsals and live performances teach music students the technology and social dynamics of being a musician. It is in ensemble playing where musical ideas are animated individually, instrument by instrument, but shared as a collaborative experience with fellow musicians and with the listening audience.

The Department's facilities include the 615-seat Nightingale Concert Hall, housed in the Church Fine Arts building. Completed in 1987, Nightingale Hall is renowned for its excellent acoustics and intimate performance space.The Harrah Music Wing and the Clarence and Martha Jones Music Studio Center include classrooms, practice rooms, a recording studio, and several instrumental rehearsal facilities.

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The Department of Music is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). In addition, the Music Education program is a member of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


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Students receive private instruction, give solo recitals, attend classes with audition training, quartet coaching, teaching training.

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The program covers the great choral traditions from Renaissance and Baroque, to Classical, Romantic and 20th Century/Contemporary.

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    Our Mission

    The University of Nevada, Reno Department of Music provides education in the history, performance, theory, and pedagogy of music. Its mission is to help students acquire the skills and knowledge to enable them to successfully contribute as performers, scholars, and educators. At the same time, the Department stands committed to supporting the creative endeavors of its faculty, and to fostering a close relationship with the greater Northern Nevada community.

    To this end, and following the mission of the University as a whole, the Department of Music resolves to:

    • Provide high quality, accredited, undergraduate and graduate degree programs in music performance, education, and research.
    • Offer music courses, ensembles, and concerts that reflect the diversity and richness of the world's cultures.
    • Maintain a learning environment where student performers and scholars may regularly interact with professional teacher/mentors.
    • Encourage faculty to produce outstanding creative work in performance, composition, and scholarship.
    • Serve the University's College of Arts and Sciences by providing Core Curriculum courses and contributing to College committees.
    • Promote the musical life of the Northern Nevada community at large by participating in or sponsoring a broad array of concerts, workshops, course offerings, and performance institutions.

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