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Halcyon Strings Music School is running their annual summer program in the Academy’s current home, St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Shoreline. Faculty members include local violinist Teo Benson, conductor and cellist Paula Nava Madrigal, originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, and our own Brianna Atwell, in charge of all orchestral coachings!
Brandon Derfler, former Associate Provost and fabulous faculty member of Academy until 2013, has been appointed Chair of the Music Department at Westminster College (Salt Lake City). He recently accompanied Metropolitan Opera tenor Hugo Vera in a solo recital, conducted the Utah premiere of Philip Glass’s multimedia piece The Photographer, and concluded an experimental course called “The Music of Two Ring Cycles: Wagner and Tolkien.” He will be taking a group of Westminster students to Italy for two weeks in May 2016 with a professor from the Art Department.
Faculty member Steve Creswell performed at University of Oregon’s Bach Festival in June, onstage with a very large band presenting Haydn’s “Creation” oratorio on period instruments. When Haydn premiered the work in 1798, there were 120 musicians and 60 choristers in the ensemble, with the orchestra split into 3 mini-orchestras that were phased in and out by Haydn to create suspense and deliver awesomeness.