The Cardinal Singers were named best choir at the June 11-17 Yeosu International Choir Competition in Yeosu, South Korea, and went on to earn four gold awards plus the top prize overall at the June 19-23 International Hoi An Choir Competition in Vietnam. Conductor of the 33-member Cardinal Singers and Director of Choral Studies Kent Hatteberg earned the best conductor award at the South Korean competition. Among choirs competing internationally the Cardinal Singers are currently ranked second in the world by Interkultur/Musica Mundi.
The UofL Wind Ensemble and Chamber Players were featured in July’s Jungfrau Music Festival in Switzerland. The instrumentalists were featured in two evening concerts and served as the symphonic performing ensemble for the International Conducting Masterclass led by Maestro Douglas Bostock. The intensive Festival masterclass featured twelve international conductors selected by competitive audition. Maestro Bostock currently serves as principal Conductor of the Aargau Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland and Guest Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts.
Professor of Classical Guitar Stephen Mattingly and UofL student members of the guitar studio served as the local hosts for the national meeting of the Guitar Foundation of America that took place in Louisville in late June. This meeting brought together more than 700 classical guitarists from around the world to enjoy recitals and masterclasses from some of the most preeminent musical artists in the profession, collaborate in guitar ensemble programs, and conduct annual competitions which featured some of the finest young guitarists in the world. Members of the UofL Guitar Ensemble, including Alberto Abril, Timothy Blunk, Alexander Edwards, Michael Kagan, Jamie Monck, Ray Powell, Christopher Roseland, Justin Sierkowski, Parker Scinta, and Stuart Wicke were featured in an evening concert in a work composed by GFA featured composer Gerald Garcia.
The city of Louisville and the School of Music provided facilities for 75 college and professional hornists in the International Horn Competition, with Professor of Horn Bruce Heim serving as the local host. This event in early fall will be followed by yet another opportunity to host the music profession in Louisville when the school and organizing host Professor of Piano Krista Wallace-Boaz invite the Southern Division of the Music Teachers National Association for their biannual meeting in January of 2014.
Professor of Jazz Studies John La Barbera and conductor of the UofL Jazz Ensemble I will be leading a sold-out concert tour in Japan of the La Barbera Brothers Big Band during a seven-day September tour of that country. One of the field’s premiere jazz composers and arrangers, John’s GRAMMY® nominated Big Band CD, “On The Wild Side” (JC 1007) and “Fantazm” (JC 1011) on the Jazz Compass label have received critical acclaim in every major jazz journal. In November, Professor La Barbera will release a new CD, “Caravan”, featuring his music performed by the John La Barbera Big Band.
During his seven-year tenure as Jazz Editor of the International Trumpet Guild, Mr. La Barbera’s interviews with the world’s leading jazz trumpet artists were a regular feature of the ITG Journal. A charter member of the Jazz Education Network, he serves as an expert advisor in the big band category. Mr. La Barbera is a two time recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts award for Jazz Composition, and his published works distributed by Kendor Music, Hal Leonard, Walrus Music, and others, are considered standards in the field of jazz education.
Jamey Aebersold, the celebrated jazz performer and pedagogue, for whom the Jazz Studies program at UofL is named, has been designated by the National Endowment for the Arts as an NEA Jazz Master Fellow, the highest honor in the field of jazz performance and teaching bestowed in the U.S. Mr. Aebersold is joined in the class of 2014 Jazz Masters by Keith Jarrett, Richard Davis, and Anthony Braxton.
Jamey has produced 133 volumes of jazz recordings and books, along with various supplemental items, almost singlehandedly developing a new avenue for jazz education. In 1962, he graduated from Indiana University with a master’s degree in saxophone. The inspiration to create the first Play-A-Long recording came in 1966 while assisting at a workshop in Connecticut. A student requested a recording of his piano accompaniment, with which he could then rehearse and improvise at home. That first volume, titled How to Play Jazz and Improvise, has since been translated into six languages and is sold all over the world. The series features such well-known jazz musicians as Kenny Barron, Randy Brecker, Dave Brubeck, Ron Carter, David Liebman, Mulgrew Miller, Jimmy Raney, and Cedar Walton, in addition to many local jazz musicians and members of the UofL Jazz Studies faculty members.
Dr. Timothy (Terry) Durbin, Director of the Suzuki String Program in the Community Music Program and faculty member for the School of Music program in Suzuki Teacher Training, was recently named the 2013 American Suzuki Institute Suzuki Chair Award recipient at the ASI at Stevens Point, WI. His teaching career in Suzuki pedagogy includes more than 800 workshops and institutes, while his violin performance and teaching career stretches across the United States and Canada into Bermuda, Germany, Italy, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. His recent summer travels and teaching responsibilities extended over nine weeks and 24,000 miles.
Dr. Durbin holds a DMA in orchestral conducting from Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles, a master’s in violin performance from the University of Illinois, and an undergraduate degree in violin performance from the University of Alabama. Dr. Durbin is an active instructor of Suzuki violin students through the Community Music Program and teaches in the school’s Weisberg String Program at Sanders Elementary School.