NEWS

09.12.2005
I continue to live a blessed life and am looking forward to many exciting opportunities in the near future.

I have been selected as the F. Ralph Swanson and Mary A. Swanson Artist-in-Residence for 2005 at the University of Richmond (VA) - November, 2005

I will be guest conducting at the following festivals:

  • Florida 9th/10th Grade All-State Band- January, 2006
  • Delaware All State Band - February, 2006
  • Grand Valley State University Honors Band (MI) - February, 2006
  • Belmont University Wind Ensemble Composer Residency (TN) - February/March, 2006
  • North Central CBDNA Intercollegiate Band (Conference at Northwestern University (IL) - March, 2006
  • University of Texas - San Marcos Composer Residency - April, 2006

Recent premieres include:

  • North Dakota All State Band - March, 2005
    Blue Sky Day
  • Laurens High School Orchestra (SC) - May, 2005
    Carolina Folk Dream
  • Calvin College Concert Band (MI) - May, 2005
    Mountain Prayers
  • Northfield 6th Grade Band (MN) - May, 2005
    Uncle Lumpy's Garage (co-composed with Jenna Mahr)

I will premiere new works as follows:

  • Northfield High School Concert Band (MN)- November, 2005
    Pride, Promise and Progress (a work commissioned by St. Olaf College in observance of the Sesquicentennial of the City of Northfield)
  • Lake Conference Band Consortium (MN) - spring, 2006
    in progress

I have also contracted commissioned works with the following ensembles:

  • MMEA All-State Band Audition Etudes(MN) - spring, 2006 and spring, 2007
  • Shakopee High School Wind Ensemble (MN) - spring, 2007
  • The University of Iowa Symphony Band (IA) - spring, 2007
  • Lawrence University (WI) - fall, 2007
  • Bowling Green High School (OH) - spring, 2008

The St. Olaf Band will tour through Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, Montana and North Dakota in February. The following link will provide more information on what promises to be an amazing experience. St. Olaf Band web site

Conductor/composer Dr. Jack Stamp from Indiana University of Pennsylvania will be our guest clinician for the St. Olaf Festival of Bands in November, 2005 during which we will perform a number of his works. Dr. Elizabeth Jackson, '83, will return to campus as a guest conductor for our Homecoming Collage Concert in October, 2005. She is presently an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Minnesota.

The Minnesota Symphonic Winds will have a great season of concerts marked by interesting programming performed well.

Everyday Hero is now available from Kjos Music and Hey! will be released soon. Two works (Mourning Dances, Noble Element) are contracted with Kjos Music and are currently in production.

Two works I co-composed with my daughter, Jenna (currently in 7th grade), are also contracted with Kjos Music within their Standard of Excellence series. Bridge Square March (grade 1) had just been released and Uncle Lumpy's Garage (gr 1+) is in the final stages of publication. Both were written for and premiered by the 5th and 6th grade bands respectivley here in Northfield, of which Jenna was a member of the percussion sections.

I have been creating transcriptions lately, finding it to be a very fruitful study of another composer's work. My transcription of the second and third movements of Tchaikowsky's Concerto for Piano was premiered by pianist Glenn Harman with the Amboy Wind Ensemble (MN) in April, 2004. This same pianist premiered my transcription of the finale to Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 1 for Piano in April, 2005 with the Minnesota Symphonic Winds.

St. Olaf College presented an Honorary Doctorate to composer Dominick Argento in October, 2003. At that time, I discussed with him the possibility of transcribing the third variation, Burlesca, of his Variations for Orchestra (The Mask of Night). He agreed and I received a faculty development grant from St. Olaf College for the summer of 2004 to create this transcription, which the St. Olaf Band premiered on its February, 2005 Texas tour. This is the first of Argento's works made available to the band world. If all goes well, the transcription will be published by Boosey & Hawkes.

     
Dr. Timothy Mahr, Professor of Music, Conductor of the St. Olaf Band
Music Department, St. Olaf College, 1520 St. Olaf Avenue, Northfield, MN 55057

© 2004 Katherine U. Singer.

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