The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Department of Music ended the spring semester on a high note, with both students and faculty earning honors and awards for vocal and instrumental achievements.
· Cullen Sutherland, Wausau; Kirstin Stangel, Kaukauna; Ian Johnson, Stevens Point; and Dana Carlson, Somerset; were accepted into the Ameropa Solo and Chamber Music Festival held in the Czech Republic in July and August. The voice students will study and perform in and around the city of Prague during the three-week festival. Assistant Professor of Voice Matthew Markham will also return as a resident artist and will perform as well as teach.
· Markham and Susan Bender, associate professor of voice, were accepted for two of the ten spots available at the prestigious Summer Voice Institute at Northwestern University.
· Brendan Caldwell, assistant professor and director of bands, recently completed his dissertation work to earn his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting Degree from the University of Minnesota.
· Sophomore and voice major Elizabeth Smith, Merrill, will spend her summer performing several of Mozart’s Italian arias with the Waupaca Area Orchestra.
· Marisa Nelson, Ellsworth, a soprano, was chosen to tour this summer performing with KIDS from Wisconsin, a summer show-choir group made up of 20 singers/dancers and a 13-person live band. Nelson will spend the summer touring with the group throughout Wisconsin, performing between 65 and 70 shows.
· Junior Mandy Baker, Oconomowoc, was accepted to the prestigious and highly selective Torggler Summer Vocal Institute at Christopher Newport University. She will study and perform art song and operatic literature as well as participate in scene and character study, master classes and lessons with renowned voice teachers from across the United States.
· Katie Anderson, Waupaca, a junior in the voice program, was cast as Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre in the Waupaca Community Theatre’s summer production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
· Voice major Natalie Trumm, Madison, was selected to perform in the state’s National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)-sponsored masterclass for Stephen F. Austin. She also was selected by voice teachers from across the state to win first place at the NATS annual state meeting.