Welcome to the first issue of the Texas Tech University School of Music eNewsletter. Enclosed is the latest news and information about our faculty, students, and events.


School of Music Faculty Awards

Four School of Music Faculty have been chosen to receive Distinguished Faculty Awards for the 2014 academic year.

Professor Duane Hill will receive the Alumni Association’s New Faculty Award for the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Professor Gerald Dolter will receive the President’s Academic Achievement Award.

Dr. Susan Brumfield was named the Outstanding Researcher from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. She was also the official nominee for the Barnie E. Rushing Jr. Faculty Distingished Research Award.

Dr. Kevin Wass will receive the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

These faculty will be honored at the TTU Faculty Honors Convocation, held Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 in the Human Sciences building.


38th Annual Scholarship Concert

The Texas Tech School of Music will host its 38th Annual Scholarship Concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 26th at the Broadway Church of Christ.

This year’s concert includes Johannes Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, Op. 102 and Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem”. Each work will feature distinguished soloists from the School of Music faculty: Annie Chalex-Boyle, violin; Jeffrey Lastrapes, cello; Gregory Brooks, baritone; and Rebecca Wascoe, soprano. Seven ensembles will perform, including the University Choir, Lubbock Chorale, Women’s Chorale, Men’s Chorus, University Singers, the TTU Matador Singers, and the University Symphony Orchestra.

Written in 1887, the Double Concerto was Brahms’ final work. It was partially composed as a gesture of reconciliation toward Joseph Joachim, a Hungarian concert violinist and long-time friend who was on estranged terms with the composer. The work is also said to be indebted to Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. “Dona Nobis Pacem”, a cantata for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, is considered to be a plea for peace in the face of growing fears about World War II. Composed in 1936, it draws from a variety of textual sources, including the Mass, sections of the Bible, political speech, and the poetry of Walt Whitman.

Families are particularly encouraged to bring their children and attend the concert. Though the purpose of the concert is to raise scholarship funds, admission is free of charge. In a further effort to reach out to and engage with the Lubbock community, a dessert reception will follow the concert where attendees can meet performing musicians. For those unable to attend the concert, the final dress rehearsal will be open to the public as a come-and-go event on the evening of Thursday, April 24th, from 7 to 10 pm.

The choral portion of the concert is partly given in anticipation of a debut concert in Chicago. Hosted by Manhattan Events, the University Choir, Professor Richard Bjella, and voice faculty soloists will perform the Vaughan Williams with members of the Festival Chorus and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Symphony Hall.

The School of Music would like to recognize all faculty and graduate conductors contributing work in advance of the concert, including Professor David Becker, Professor Richard Bjella, Dr. Carolyn Cruse, Professor Karl Dent, Justine Halamicek, Dr. John Hollins, Barbara Lamont, Nathan Madsen, and Joseph Svendsen.

For more information, please contact the Office of Publicity at 806.834.4829 or email James Hodgins.

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