Monday, December 17, 2012

Music For Life Episode 26 - Holiday Edition - Readings and Carols

While DePauw students are away for Holiday Recess, we are pleased to share with you a special edition of Music For Life.

Please enjoy this Readings and Carols performance (program link) from Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 9, 2012, by DePauw's University Chorus and Chamber Singers, directed by Gregory Ristow, accompanied by John Clodfelter, organ and piano, and Amanda Hopson, piano.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Music For Life Episode 25 - In The Classroom, Flute Choir, Chamber Music Week, Remembering Vera Mae Farber

Vera Mae Farber
In our final episode of the semester...

We peek into the music education classroom with Professor Caroline Jetton...

We honor the passing of a beloved alum, Vera Mae Farber...

We abandon a French professor on a desert island with a 5 minute iPod...

We bring out some gems from the Producer's Vault...

And we recap some fine student performances from Chamber Music Week, which took DePauw by storm!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Music For Life Episode 24 - 2nd Annual Holiday Gala, University Orchestra, Grad School Auditions

This week, we preview our upcoming University Orchestra concert...

We send a graduating senior off to a desert island with a defective iPod...

We chat with students about the grad school audition experience...

We introduce two new segments: The Producer's Vault and The Student Corner...

And we chat with Janice Bagwell about the preparations for the 2nd Annual Holiday Gala, which is right around the corner!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Music For Life Episode 23 - Horn Ensemble, Alex Diaz, Scott Perkins, University Band, Percussion Ensemble

Scott Perkins
In this week's episode, we head full-steam into the final stretch of the Fall semester here at the School of Music...

We visit Thompson Recital Hall for a Recital Hour Spotlight featuring senior Alex Diaz...

We cruelly abandon faculty composer Scott Perkins on a desert island with malfunctioning electronics...

We review last week's visit by guest pianist Juyeon Kang...

And we talk with performers about upcoming concerts from the Horn Ensemble and the Trombone Choir, The Improvised Chamber Music Ensemble, The University Band, and the Percussion Ensemble.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Music For Life Episode 22 - The Crucible, NATS, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

In this week's episode...
David CryerWe discuss the upcoming National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition...
We review many of the highlight's of this year's ArtsFest at DePauw...
We chat with director Susan Anthony about the upcoming performances of The Crucible, featuring Broadway star David Cryer...
We bring back Music That Moves Me with Professor Nicole Brockmann...
And we preview the upcoming performance of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra here at DePauw!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Music For Life Episode 21 - ArtsFest, Juyeon Kang, University Chorus and Chamber Singers, Jazz Ensemble, Into The Classroom, Chamber Players

This week, we're back from fall break and previewing some exciting upcoming performances, including guest pianist, Juyeon Kang and the University Chorus and Chamber Singers...

We also chat with our Jazz Ensemble Director Dan Foster about what's up his sleeve for the upcoming concert...

We go Into the Classroom with Christopher Lynch to talk about music in New York City...

We have a profound 5-minute iPod with music/math double-major Stefan O'Neil...

And we talk with the DePauw Chamber Players about the music of Schumann, Clark and Larsen!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Music For Life Episode 20 - Fall Break Edition - Faculty Woodwind Ensemble, Vocal Chamber Music Recital, University Orchestra, VOCES8

DePauw Faculty Wind QuintetIn this week's special fall-break edition of Music For Life...

We look ahead to three great performances, including performances that are part of DePauw's ArtsFest... an orchestra concert, a faculty woodwind ensemble performance and a voice area chamber music recital...
We'll also review the great VOCES8 concert that took DePauw by storm!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Music For Life Episode 19 - Scotty Stepp, Carillon, Sara Scully, Mark Fadel, John Clodfelter, Glenn Gould, DePauwCappella, VOCES8

In this week's episode...

We preview Scotty Stepp's upcoming saxophone recital and review last week's faculty trombone recital by James Beckel...

VOCES8We chat with our student body president and vice president...

We remember the great pianist Glenn Gould, near his 80th birthday...

We strand a student on a desert island with a 5-minute iPod...

And we preview the upcoming performance of VOCES8 with their special guest, DePauwCappella!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Music For Life Episode 18 - University Chorus, University Band, Percussion at Peeler, George Wolfe, Greencastle Middle School

Today, we preview our upcoming Chorus and Band concerts...

We formally announce the adoption of the Greencastle Middle School music program by the DePauw School of Music...

We strand Rick Provine, our Director of Libraries, on a desert island with a 5-minute iPod...

And we welcome to the studio via Skype, George Wolfe... one of the most dangerous academics in America... who will be on campus this week for a series of events!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Music For Life Episode 17 - PROJECT Trio, Kerry Jennings, Misti Shaw, Peter Graham, Duane Skoog

This week, we take an in-depth look into our Music Library with librarian Misti Shaw...
We run off Into The Woods once again, but this time from a technical perspective with Technical Director Duane Skoog...
 We talk about Songfest and other summer opportunities for our students and faculty...
 We strand Creative Writing Professor Peter Graham on desert island with his 5-minute iPod...
And we bring into the studio The PROJECT Trio, fresh off their incredible performance in the School of Music on Wednesday night!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Music For Life Episode 16 - DePauwpalooza, Suzanne Hassler, Jim Beckel, Carla Edwards, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, First Year Experience, Audio Recording Services, Jazz and Orchestra Concerts

DePauwpaloozaToday, we preview our upcoming jazz and orchestra concerts...

We chat with students and faculty about everything from the First Year Seminar to music composition...

We introduce a new segment called Music That Moves Me...

We give you an inside-look into the recording technologies at the Green Center for the Performing Arts...

And we preview the upcoming DePauwPalooza II, the annual coming-together of the College of Liberal Arts and School of Music on the lawn of Bowman Park!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Music For Life Episode 15 - Into The Woods, Off-Campus Opportunities, Barbara Paré, Christopher Lynch, Anne Harris, Matthew Balensuela

Christopher Lynch
This week, we preview the upcoming vocal recital of faculty member, Barbara Paré...

We chat with students about their off-campus opportunities in Vienna and New York City...

We introduce you to new faculty member, Christopher Lynch...

We strand DePauw Art History Professor Anne Harris on a desert island with a 5-minute iPod...

We chat with Professor Matthew Balensuela and one of his students about the Beethoven Topics course...

And we go Into The Woods with Steven Linville and Emily Barnash as we chat about the upcoming musical!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Music For Life Episode 14 - May Phang, New Faculty, Guest Artist Series

Today, we chat with pianist May Phang about her upcoming recital...

We introduce you to two new faculty members in the School of Music: Scott Perkins in Composition and Theory and Dan Foster in Jazz Studies...

We chat with Scott Spiegelberg about what's on his 5-minute iPod...

And we conclude our preview of the upcoming Guest Artist Series, including Project, Time For Three and the incomparable Canadian Brass!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Music For Life Episode 13 - Welcome to an Exciting Year at DePauw!

This week, we preview upcoming performances throughout the semester and the year, in the Green Center for the Performing Arts, including our own ensembles, and a dazzling array of guest performers!

We'll be speaking with our ensemble directors about what they have in store for us this semester, and we'll chat with faculty members about the upcoming Guest Artist Series.

We're glad you could join us for a preview into some of the exciting concerts to come at DePauw's School of Music!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

While our episodes are on an academic-year hiatus, why not take a moment to like the Music For Life Page on Facebook?

Catch links to this fall's new episodes in your Facebook news feed!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Music For Life Episode 12 - Cassel Grubb, Brian Casey, Looking Ahead

This week is our final show of the semester, and we look both backward and forward.

The entire Music For Life staff gets together for a review of the year's highlights and a chaotic 5-minute iPod.

We remember former director, Cassel Grubb in a big weekend concert dedicated to him.

We have a great conversation with our university president, Dr. Brian Casey, about a fantastic year of events... and GCBs with Yo-Yo Ma.

And we look ahead, previewing an incredible set of events coming up next year!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Music For Life Episode 11 - Flute Choir, String Chamber Ensemble, Musical Theatre, Voice Faculty

Valentin LanzreinThis week, we look at this week's upcoming Flute Choir concert with the amazing contrabass flute, and we chat with our String Chamber Ensemble about their upcoming concert.
The Question You Never Asked answers "What is a concertmaster?"
Answering this week's 5-Minute iPod, we feature our choral conductor, Greg Ristow.
We speak with three of our seniors graduating from DePauw in May, and chat with Theatre Professor Tim Good about his work with the School of Music, producing Stephen Sondheim's Into The Woods this fall. And we talk to two of our voice faculty members, Pamela Coburn and Valentin Lanzrein, soloists in our final concert of the academic year!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Music For Life Episode 10 - Trombone Choir and Horn Ensemble, Musical Theatre Scenes, Percussion Competition

This week, we preview our upcoming Trombone Choir and Horn Ensemble recital with Professor James Beckel, and an exciting evening of musical theatre scenes here in the Green Center.
The Question You Never Asked answers "Why is it called a French horn?"
We also have an operatic 5-Minute iPod.
And we talk with Josiah Rushing about the pressures of competing at the international level in the Percussive Arts Society Solo Competition.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Music For Life Episode 9 - Barbara Paré, Carla Edwards, Jazz at the Duck

Barbara ParéThis week we preview some upcoming concerts, including an innovative improvised chamber music concert, and our vocal chamber music concert with Barbara Paré.
We talk about jazz performance outside the School of Music, but still on campus at The Fluttering Duck.
We answer the question: "Why are some singers called prima donnas?"
And we feature our organ professor Carla Edwards and her student Michael Conley, talking about some interesting things happening in and around the campus on organ.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Music For Life Episode 8 - May Phang, Dan Rizner, Thompson Recital Hall

In this week's episode, we speak to our violin professor Dan Rizner about his annual performances with the Grand Teton Music Festival.

We have our 5-Minute iPod and Question You Never Asked segments.

We review the amazing performance of The American String Quartet, and talk with piano professor May Phang about our upcoming piano competition.

Plus, we have thrilling news about a dramatic transformation of Thompson Recital Hall!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Music For Life Episode 7 - Student Opportunities, Bach's Birthday, Saxophone Studio

This week, we discuss an innovative celebration of J.S. Bach's 327th birthday with Professor Eric Edberg.

We chat with our Saxophone Studio about their upcoming recital.

We have our 5-Minute iPod and Question You Never Asked segments.

And we have remarkable student-interviews about opportunities auditioning for Chanticleer, performing non-classical music outside the Green Center, working with Saturday Night Live, and performing with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Friday, March 9, 2012

Music For Life Episode 6 - Shawn Salmon, Concerto Competition Winners, American String Quartet, Robert Danforth

This week, we chat with Dr. Shawn Salmon about the upcoming Jazz Ensemble concert.

We enter the Winners' Circle and speak with our Concerto Competition winners.

We preview the American String Quartet recital.

We have our 5-Minute iPod and Question You Never Asked segments.

And anticipating one of our biggest concerts of the year, DePauw French horn professor and Principal Horn with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Robert Danforth discusses the ISO's upcoming performance on Sunday March 18 at DePauw University.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Music For Life Episode 5 - Concerto Competition Winners, Craig Paré, Scotty Stepp, Gregory Ristow

This week, we talk to our band director, Dr. Craig Paré and his guest soloist Scotty Stepp, about an exciting new work they're bringing to the stage this week.

We interview three of our Concerto Competition winners and listen to some of their performances.

We speak to students about the conference that they organized for the National Association for Music Education.
We have our 5-Minute iPod and Question You Never Asked segments, and we speak to our chorus director, Dr Gregory Ristow about an upcoming concert that features some music you might be surprised to hear coming from our stage!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Music For Life Episode 4 - Joachim Schamberger, Reformation Arts Project, Ian Davidson, Vernon Jordan

In this episode of Music for Life we focus on our upcoming opera Albert Herring, including a conversation with visiting professor and director Joachim Schamberger.

We talk about an innovative way some DePauw students have chosen to share their music with prison inmates.

We speak with oboist Ian Davidson '80, as he stops by campus in the midst of a tour.

And we welcome back to campus an American hero and DePauw alum Vernon Jordan '57, as he discusses narrating New Morning of the World, as part of DePauw's Music of the 21st Century Festival.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Music For Life Episode 3 - Tony Weinstein, Winter Term, ISO, Joseph Schwantner

This week on Music for Life we talk with pianist Tony Weinstein about his upcoming recital. We talk to several students about their Winter Term experiences, including an innovative Dalcroze Eurhythmics movement course on campus, an internship with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and an amazing trip to New York City.

We continue with The Question You Didn't Ask, and introduce a new segment, The 5-Minute iPod.

We'll talk to former Concerto Competition winners and special guest, Grammy-winning composer Joseph Schwantner.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Music For Life Episode 2 - Joseph Schwantner, Faculty Woodwind Quartet, Craig Paré

This week, Music for Life showcases our Music of the 21st Century Festival and Pulitzer Prize winning guest composer Joseph Schwantner, who will be in-residence at the DePauw School of Music from February 15-19.

We will hear from the DePauw Faculty Woodwind Quintet, introduce a new segment, The Question You Never Asked.

We review two recitals from last week, and chat with our band director Craig Paré about how exciting it was to play for Bill Clinton last semester and how the band is working to welcome presidential adviser and civil rights legend Vernon E. Jordan '57 as part of DePauw's 175th Anniversary Celebration.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Music For Life Episode 1

The DePauw University School of Music is reaching out to the greater community MEC 064with an innovative new radio show, Music for Life, which debuted Sunday, February 5, on DePauw's student radio station WGRE.  The sixty-minute broadcast, which will be presented weekly, will feature members of the School of Music faculty and staff, as well as students and guest artists talking about upcoming performances, musical issues and the value of music in a life well lived.
 "The target audience is actually the College of Liberal Arts student who may have little interaction with our music offerings, as well as people in the community," says Mark McCoy, dean of the DePauw School of Music.  "The idea is to give them a glimpse into life in the School of Music and tell them about the upcoming events for the week, but more thanMEC 035 that, to tell them why this music is important and even how to listen to it. We hope to begin to explain the mysteries around music that has lasted hundreds of years and show why this music is so important. And, of course, the program will also serve to issue and reissue the standing invitation for all to come visit the Green Center for any number of these amazing performances."
 Music for Life has two meanings according to Dr. McCoy. He explains, "This is music for living but is also music for the entire span of your life -- once you hear it and feel it and understand it, it will be with you for the rest of your life.”
 The program airs Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. on WGRE, which broadcasts at 91.5 FM and can be heard worldwide via this link. It is also available as a podcast on the School of Music website and on iTunes.wgre feature 1
For more information contact the DePauw School of Music at or (765) 658-6732. 
One of America's first non-commercial, educational stations, WGRE signed on the air on April 28, 1949 and today broadcasts 24 hours a day when school is in session.