Welcome to the 2014-15 school year!! Enclosed is the latest news and information from the School of Music. Read below to find out just how busy our faculty and students have been during the summer months and look ahead to our upcoming events for the end of October and first half of November.


University Symphony Orchestra Hauntcert

The University Symphony Orchestra will perform a special Hauntcert on Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. in Hemmle Recital Hall. This Halloween Celebration is fun and free for the whole family!

Before the show, children are invited to the Instrument Petting Zoo where they will have the opportunity to touch and play the instruments they will see in concert. There will also be a costume contest, and winners will join the orchestra during the concert as soloists and guest conductors. Both events start at 6:10 p.m

Musical highlights of the concert include:

Berlioz, March to the Scaffold from Symphonie Fantastique

Ives, The Circus Band

Wagner, Highlights from the Ride of the Valkyries

Rossini, Finale to the William Tell Overture

Fight, Raiders, Fight

Mussorgsky, Baba Yaga from Pictures at an Exhibition

Smith, The Belligerent Bluejay

Khachaturian, Galop from the Masquerade Suite

Haydn/L. Mozart, Toy Symphony

Williams/Lavender, Tribute to John Williams (Star Wars, Jaws, Superman, Harry Potter, Raiders March, and ET)

J. Strauss Jr., Thunder and Lightning Polka

The concert features David E. Becker, Director of Orchestral Studies; Ross Thomas Ipsen, DMA Teaching Assistant and Associate Conductor; and Tonatiuh Garcia, MM Conducting Major and Assistant Conductor.

Featured guests include Professor Jenny Dees, Concert Host; the Texas Tech Masked Rider; the TTU Caprock Morris, with guest conductor William Ballenger; Gustavo Steiner Neves, Tenor; and a special performance by the TTU String Project, Second Year Student Orchestra.


ThumbnailGuest Artist: Eugenio Zapata

On October 23rd, Dr. Eugenio Zapata, along with Russian dancer Yelena Konetchy, will present “Fantasies and Illusions” at 6:00 pm in Hemmle Recital Hall of the TTU School of Music.

The multimedia performance integrates music, dance, video, and photography and includes music by Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Chopin, Gershwin/Wild, Bolcom, Beach, and Smith.

Prior to his music studies, Zapata trained for fifteen years in ballet, jazz, and modern techniques, but felt that his music and dance were too separate from one another. He entered the interdisciplinary doctoral program at TTU to explore ways to better integrate dance and music. He says, “With the support of music, dance, and theatre faculty… I discovered that I could have a more powerful connection with audiences by communicating through more than one [medium].” Zapata subsequently began exploring the use of photography and video in his performances and has now been creating collaborative shows for over ten years.

The show “Fantasies and Illusions” presents a broad range of composers and musical styles; the first half features European composers, while the second half focuses on American composers. Each piece is designed as an independent “world”. Some have a specific storyline, while others simply suggest an “environment” meant to awaken emotions and ideas in viewers. Zapata also draws from sources besides each musical work to generate a set of aural-visual experiences for his audience.

Dr. Zapata is a native of Colombia and completed his undergraduate studies at the Andes University in Bogota under Karol Bermudez. He began his graduate studies at Penn State under the guidance of Marylene Dosse before pursuing his doctorate at Texas Tech. He is currently on the piano faculty at the Orpheus Academy of Music in Austin, Texas, where he teaches piano and chamber music. Yelena Konetchy is an Austin-based dancer with a professional background including early modern, ballet, and contemporary works. She has performed with the Illinois Ballet and Charleston Ballet Theatre, and holds certification in Vaganoza ballet pedagogy and Beginner Lester Horton modern dance technique. Ms. Konetchy is currently Company Manager and Artist of Thel Dance Theatre, performing original Duncan repertory and new works, and also teaches at Tapestry Dance Studios and Dance Discovery.

Choral Concert

On Saturday, October 26th, the University Singers, Women’s Chorale, and the University Choir will present a concert at 3:00 pm in Hemmle Recital Hall of the TTU School of Music.

The concert will feature a number of works and composers, including: Geistliches Lied (Brahms), Kas Tie Tadi (arr. Sametz), Gloria (Haydn), Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down (Caldwell & Ivory), Pseaume 96: Chantez a Dieu (Sweelinck), To the Mothers in Brazil: Salve Regina (Jansson/arr. Eriksson), Cheres Fleurs (Massenet), and Domine, ad adjuvandum me (Martini).

The University Choir will also perform the world premiere of Levente Gyöngyösi’s Regnavit Dominus. Born in Cluj Napoca in 1975, Gyöngyösi was admitted to the Béla Bartók Secondary Music School at the age of 14, and his first individual composer’s concert took place in 1992. He also studied composition with György Orbán at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. He currently performs as continuo-player of the Orfeo Orchestra and is an assistant professor in music theory at the Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary.

Conductors are Richard Bjella (University Choir), Sarah Cohen (University Singers), Carolyn Cruse (Women’s Chorale), and Justine Halamicek (University Singers). Guest musicians also performing are Ross Ipsen (viola), Kughwa Lee (piano), Marissa Merritt (cello), Fagner Rocha (violin), and Felicia Rojas (violin).


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