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Seven Marietta College Music Students Chosen for OPCICA Honor Band

  • September 2013

The Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music at Marietta College had seven student members of their Wind Ensemble selected to perform in the Honor Concert Band for the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association’s 24th annual Honor Band Festival, January 21-23, at Ashland University. The weekend was composed of rehearsals conducted by various directors from around Ohio. The festival concluded with a concert by the honor ensembles in the Hugo Young Theatre at Ashland University.

Marshall Kimball, Director of Bands at Marietta College, is President of the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association and serves as chair of the Honor Concert Band. Students chosen from Marietta College Wind Ensemble were; Jane Thomson’13 (Marietta, OH) French horn, Bridget Dean’12 (Rochester, MN) French horn, Greg Snyder’11 (Coolville, OH) alto saxophone, Caleb Drennon’14 (Parkersburg, WV) baritone saxophone, Ben Reese’13 (Marietta, OH) Clarinet, Hannah Tumolo’14 (Pittsburg, PA) trombone, and Peter Krutschnitt’12 (Brunswick, OH) Percussion. Students are nominated by their home college conductor.

Guest conductors for the honors ensembles are chosen from the participating institutions, thereby giving students an eclectic experience with conductors of different style, background, and technique. Peter Krutschnit, a music performance major, stated that the festival “was a great chance for us to meet other students and rehearse with several directors, all with different conducting styles. As a future professional percussionist, I try to learn as much from all of the people I meet at these events.” Guest conductors included: Robert Gibson, Ohio Dominican University, David Turrill, Muskingum University, Charles Bates, Ohio Northern University, Richard Elliott, The College of Mount St. Joseph and Brandon Jones, Wittenberg University

Marietta College Music Departments Celebrates the Legacy of J.S. Bach

  • September 2013

Regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time and a pillar of the musical era that became known as the Baroque, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) and his music helped to form the foundation of the today’s Western music and from February 21st to February 27th, the Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music and the Esbenshade Series at Marietta College holds a celebration of the music and influence of this pantheon of music history.

During the weeklong celebration, the department’s professors will be introducing work and projects about the music and life of Bach in their courses. “We hope this is the beginning of an annual event in which we explore and celebrate the music of a single composer across our curriculum,” says Department Chairman, Dr. Daniel Monek. “By its very design the week’s events lead students from study to performance and will help students not only experience all aspects of Bach’s music, but to see the many ways in which he still influences our music making today and to experience that music making with some of the world’s best performers.” The week will conclude with a series of concerts and masterclasses sponsored by both department and the Esbenshade series.

On February 24, the concert series begins with a performance by Tempesta di Mare (7:30pm in McDonough Auditorium). Tempesta di Mare performs baroque music on baroque instruments with what the Philadelphia City Paper describes as “zest and virtuosity that transcends style and instrumentation” and is the first and only American Baroque group to record with the prestigious British label Chandos. The group will present a program of instrumental works by Bach and his contemporaries.

On February 25 (7:30pm in McDonough Auditorium), Marietta College welcomes the return of soprano, Julianne Baird with harpsichordist, John Andrew Bailey. Dr. Baird has been hailed as a “national artistic treasure” (New York Times) and as a “well-nigh peerless performer in the repertory of the baroque,” and with over 130 recordings to her name is one of the world’s ten most recorded classical artists. Her recital, entitled Music for Hearth and Home: An Evening in the Home of J.S. Bach features music by Bach, his wife and sons and Bach’s most famous contemporary, Georg Frederic Handel.

On February 26 (10am in Hermann Fine Arts, room 217), Julianne Baird will present a masterclass with Marietta College’s vocal performance students on the music of Bach and his contemporaries.

On February 27 (7pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church) to celebrate the conclusion of the week, the Marietta College Concert Choir and Oratorio Chorus will join forces with the River Cities Symphony Orchestra to present an evening of music by Bach including two of his Brandenburg Concertos under the direction of RCSO music

Marietta College Collegiate Music Education Association Chapter Receives National Recognition

  • September 2013

Casey Mercer '11

"This recognition of the growth of our collegiate music education chapter represents more than just the continued expansion of our music education program,” says department chairman, Dr. Daniel Monek. “ It and the many Music in Our Schools months events organized by our students is an acknowledgement of the programs commitment to engage our students with their profession and to provide them with the tools necessary to become successful leaders in their profession."

The Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music at Marietta College is pleased to announce that MENC: The National Association for Music Education has recognized its Collegiate Music Education Chapter for Collegiate Membership Chapter Growth. In a letter from the National MENC President Barbara L. Geer and the organization's National Collegiate Chairperson Richard C. Sang, the chapter was applauded for demonstrating “a level of dedication to the benefit of its members' professional development.”

According to chapter advisor, Marshall Kimball, “This is the second time our chapter has been recognized having received a similar recognition in 2008. It says a great deal about the quality of our music education majors and their commitment to training for the profession and interest in music as it enriches the lives of students everywhere.

The month of March has been nationally designated as Music In Our Schools month and the department's chapter has several events planned for the month to make people more aware of the importance of music in the overall education of students. The month long celebration and advocacy for the music education began on March 16 with a music advocacy discussion event with Linda Collins, Executive Director of Ohio Alliance for Arts Advocacy. Marietta College CMENC chapter president, Casey Mercer (Music Education, '11) said, “We are excited about the growth of our chapter and the interest and activity level of all the members. Everyone takes a very active role and we are receiving great training for our future profession.”

“This recognition of the growth of our collegiate music education chapter represents more than just the continued expansion of our music education program,” says department chairman, Dr. Daniel Monek. “ It and the many Music in Our Schools months events organized by our students is an acknowledgement of the programs commitment to engage our students with their profession and to provide them with the tools necessary to become successful leaders in their profession.”