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  • Mustang Band in San Francisco Again - 2015 Spring Newsletter - Music Department - Cal Poly
    city Last year the Pride of the Pacific was awarded first place in the category of college marching bands and drum corps The parade was enjoyed by more than one million attendees lining the parade route Tenor saxophone player Chloe Cruz political science a San Francisco native said of marching in the parade It definitely takes us out of our college bubble and our usual athletic support position and lets

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  • Chair Message - 2014 Fall Newsletter - Music Department - Cal Poly
    ubiquitous presence The playlist for our soundtrack comes not only from our changing and evolving musical tastes but also from places events and people An individual piece of music can bring back a sense of time place activity and emotion I have that association with a work by Brahms his Intermezzo in C sharp Minor Op 117 No 3 and with Bill Peterson our late Music Department alumnus article on In Memoriam page Bill was one of our first music majors and one of my first Cal Poly piano students He was bright creative enthusiastic open minded and had a wonderful laugh Even though he had little experience in classical repertoire he threw himself mightily into this piano playing challenge He brought great fervor imagination and musical integrity to the task He also brought injuries from roller hockey but that s another story I assigned the Intermezzo to Bill as a challenge piece and he rose to the occasion It is a complex work that requires subtle music making and a flexible piano technique Bill labored over this piece for many months and developed the technique and understanding to play it well His achievement with the Intermezzo remains a joyous

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  • Bach Week - 2014 Fall Newsletter - Music Department - Cal Poly
    Thomas Davies and David Arrivée established Bach in the Mission as an annual collaborative concert that would give Cal Poly student musicians the opportunity to rehearse and perform the vocal and instrumental music of Johann Sebastian Bach with faculty and local professionals Davies and Arrivée had long wanted to apply their shared interest and experience to such an educational project and since its inception Bach in the Mission has grown each year Starting in January 2015 Bach in the Mission will be complemented by additional events This new Bach Week will be devoted to the performance and exploration of the music of Bach Events will range from a chamber music performance incorporating period instruments to the collaborative performance of large vocal and instrumental works by students and professionals Free demonstrations and lectures will provide additional context for these performances The musicians of Mensa Sonora California will be the guest artists in residence this year They will perform a chamber concert in the mission on period instruments join our Bach in the Mission ensemble on modern instruments and give a lecture demonstration on the Baroque violin Below is the week at a glance For complete details please visit the Bach Week

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  • Vocal News - 2014 Fall Newsletter - Music Department - Cal Poly
    Oper Berlin the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall in New York Los Angeles Philharmonic Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris France Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona Spain Lyric Opera of Chicago San Francisco Opera New York City Opera Los Angeles Music Center Opera the St Paul Chamber Orchestra the Minnesota Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony The April 2015 co opera of Cal Poly s Student Opera Theatre and Opera San Luis Obispo is Lehar s The Merry Widow Your contribution to help put on this complete production is greatly appreciated Use the donation form or donate securely online by visiting our support page and select Student Opera Production Fund Kathleen Magee Querec Alumna Returns Cal Poly alumna and soprano Kathleen Magee Querec will return to her alma mater as guest artist in the Cal Poly Choirs Winter Concert at 8 p m Saturday March 7 in the Performing Arts Center Titled Romance and the Romantics the concert will feature works by Johannes Brahms Franz Liszt Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre In 1990 Magee Querec earned a Bachelor of Science in art and design with a concentration in graphic design and a minor in music She was active in the choirs since her first quarter and was encouraged by Director of Choral Activities and Vocal Studies Thomas Davies to pursue singing as a career In 1993 she earned a Master of Music in voice from Northwestern University in Evanston Ill At the age of 23 she was a regional finalist with special recognition in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions in Chicago Her first major role was Adele in Die Fledermaus with the Indianapolis Opera in 1996 She was accepted into Florida Grand Opera s Young Artist Program in 1999 and sang major roles including Gilda in Rigoletto In 2000 she was

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  • In Memoriam- 2014 Fall Newsletter - Music Department - Cal Poly
    and is remembered as a talented creative and passionate student and musician with a wonderful sense of humor and zest for life Bill enjoyed great success as a musician composer especially as a member of The Invincible Czars a popular and creative Austin band He was also a home automation professional with Dale Johnson Systems He enjoyed the variety of life s offerings and loved sharing them with others His passions were composing and playing music cooking and grilling gardening and traveling as well as creative endeavors like wearing funky socks He is survived by his partner James Canup and many relatives It is clear that Bill was much loved and made a positive impact on many lives he will be missed Jesse Edward Norris Jesse Edward Norris passed away on Aug 17 He was a Cal Poly graduate B S Animal Husbandry 1958 M A Education 1961 and a great friend of the Music Department He traveled with the Cal Poly Bands to Los Angeles and New York and on international trips to Austria Brazil Canada the Czech Republic Germany Hungary Ireland Switzerland and the United Kingdom On all of the trips Norris would help students who could not

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  • Faculty Activities - 2014 Fall Newsletter - Music Department - Cal Poly
    mark the beginning of a two quarter sabbatical Paul Rinzler Paul Rinzler director of the jazz studies program recently created and taught a new class titled Humanistic Values in Jazz The class is part of the Music Department s Music and Society series of classes that focuses on specialized topics and explores music historically and culturally The course is founded on Rinzler s most recent book The Contradictions of Jazz Scarecrow Press 2008 Rinzler s class examines how four pairs of humanistic values individualism and interconnectedness assertion and openness freedom and responsibility and creativity and tradition are expressed in jazz For instance individualism is expressed in jazz through the ever present improvised solo in which a single musician is given the task of improvising a melody At the same time individualism s complementary value interconnectedness is also common in jazz notably during an improvised solo when the rhythm section and the improvising soloist may engage in a musical conversation trading ideas back and forth even while the individual is still improvising Each pair of values is opposed in a central way For instance improvisers are expected to be creative to improvise something new and different The value of tradition however defines the opposite of creativity not what is new but what has already been successful and accepted in the past Jazz would not be a recognizable idiom without a tradition that defined it yet creativity is clearly a crucial value in jazz as well The course is open to music majors and non music majors and fulfills one of Cal Poly s general education requirements Woodruff betwen Rex Richardson and Anthony Plog Christopher J Woodruff Christopher J Woodruff was invited to participate in the second annual Dublin Brass Week hosted in July at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in

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  • Events - 2014 Fall Newsletter - Music Department - Cal Poly
    Fall Newsletter Message from the Department Chair Bach in the Mission Expands to Bach Week Vocal News In Memoriam Faculty Activities Calendar of Events Alumni Update New Music Majors Fall Dinner Photo 2013 14 Graduates Soundboard Newsletter 2014 Fall Calendar of Events Calendar of Events The 2014 15 season of events is posted on the Music Department Web Calendar CP Home CP Find It Get Adobe Reader Microsoft Viewers Last

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  • Alumni Update - 2014 Fall Newsletter - Music Department - Cal Poly
    about 1 500 all male students in 1958 The absolute highlight of my Cal Poly experience was my five years in the Men s Glee Club president in 1958 It took me an extra year to graduate because I was the only Cal Poly student to have polio There was fear of contagion throughout campus When I started having symptoms I believe my roommate Ed Slevin past student body president arranged through his uncle Julian McPhee Cal Poly s president at the time to have the campus doctor examine me He made the confirmation after a spinal tap I went home to San Diego for treatment I m now retired widowed and have one daughter I currently sing barbershop lead former tenor in the Las Vegas Silver Statesmen Barbershop Chorus the largest a cappella men s chorus in Nevada My career path spanned journalism public relations and association management My friend Dave Kennedy also a retired widower and I are known by our aliases the Great Geezer Getaway Guys Visit and enjoy our website geezergetaways org Dave and I are planning a California trip and we plan to visit my alma mater in the fall I haven t been on campus in decades MacKenzie on stage in Portugal Claire MacKenzie B A Music 2013 Arab Music Ensemble Early Music Ensemble PolyPhonics Student Opera Symphony Wind Ensemble I was An Absolute Artist in the 2014 Napa Music Festival where I collaborated with other young artists and specialists from the Metropolitan Opera San Francisco Opera and Merola to present a series of recitals and opera performances In the festival closing I made my debut as Mrs Herring Mum in Benjamin Britten s comic opera Albert Herring with full festival orchestra and staging I then went on to collaborate with musicians and directors

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