Announcing the new Schubert Club Composer-in-Residence: Reinaldo Moya plus two additional financial awards for Minnesota composers

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Announcing the new
Schubert Club Composer-in-Residence: 

Reinaldo Moya

plus two additional financial awards for Minnesota composers

St. Paul, MN (Wednesday, June 7, 2017) — Schubert Club announced today at its Annual Luncheon the appointment of Reinaldo Moya as its new Composer-in-Residence beginning September 1, 2017. Moya will serve a two-year term in this position.

The role of the composer-in-residence is to create music, to participate in education and community programs, to advise and to advocate on behalf of Schubert Club. The position was specifically created with flexibility to allow the composer to shape residency activities to fit the individual’s strengths and interests. Reinaldo Moya’s residency plans include writing a chamber opera, introducing a composition element to Schubert Club’s KidsJam workshops and other programs, and providing mentorship to local young composers.

Schubert Club Artistic & Executive Director Barry Kempton said of the appointment: “The strong compositions submitted as part of Reinaldo’s application together with his compelling vision for his residency make Reinaldo an ideal composer-in-residence to follow in the path blazed previously by David Evan Thomas, Edie Hill and Abbie Betinis. I look forward both to supporting Reinaldo in his residency and to the benefits his creative mind and musical sensibilities will bring to Schubert Club. My overriding hope is that during his two-season residency, both he and Schubert Club will learn and develop from one another.”

Reinaldo Moya stated:  “I’m beyond excited to be joining the Schubert Club team. Through my compositions, educational activities and role as an artistic advisor, I hope to contribute to the Schubert Club’s mission. One of my goals is to bring awareness to the role that Latin American immigrants have played in our state, both historically and in the present.”

In addition, Schubert Club announced financial awards to support the creation of new works by two other Minnesota-based composers, deVon Russell Gray and Tiffany Skidmore.  Both composers were identified during the Composer-in-Residence search process.

About the Selection Process
Minnesota composers were invited to submit an application in early 2017. There were 33 candidates in total. The search committee comprised Artistic & Executive Director Barry Kempton together with composers Clarice Assad and Patrick Castillo.

About Reinaldo Moya
Reinaldo Moya is a graduate of Venezuela’s El Sistema music education system. Through El Sistema, he had access to musical training from an early age and was a founding member of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra touring throughout Europe, North and South America. A graduate of The Juilliard School and a participant in the prestigious John Duffy Composers Institute and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Conce Composers Institute, Moya now lives in Northfield, and is Associate Professor of Composition at Augsburg College.  Reinaldo Moya is the recipient of the 2015 McKnight Composers Fellowship, the Van Lier Fellowship from Meet the Composer and the Aaron Copland Award from the Copland House.

About deVon Russell Gray
deVon Rusell Gray, multi-instrumentalist, is best known as dVRG in the acclaimed live hip hop band, Heiruspecs. Lesser known are his classical and chamber music works, film scores, experimental collaborations (SPCO Liquid Music Series), arranging credits (Poliça, The Cloak Ox, Allan Kingdom), session work, and production. Gray, has studied orchestral conducting with world renowned artists Manny Laureano (MN Orchestra) and Donald Palma (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra); and composition with Lee Hyla, & Michael Gandolfi, to name a few.  Redefining versatility, dVRG draws inspiration from an enviable record collection, from Claudio Monteverdi to Shuggie Otis, and communicates through nuanced sounds; a musical polyglot disguised as a lone star…ready to super nova. 

About Tiffany Skidmore
Tiffany M. Skidmore holds degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Composition from Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, and the University of Minnesota. She has studied with Scottish composer James Dillon, Chaya Czernowin (head of the Music Composition department at Harvard University), Jonathan Middleton, and J. Kevin Waters. Her work has been featured in master classes with Brian Ferneyhough, Chaya Czernowin, and Julio Estrada. She has been a featured composer in the Hildegard von Bingen Festival of Women in the Arts and the Rimon Artist Salon, and her work has been performed throughout Europe and the United States by the CSU Stanislaus Concert Chorale, the EWU Concert Chorale, Opus7 Vocal Ensemble, the Kiev Philharmonic, Duo Gelland, Peter Wright (principal clarinetist for the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra), the Hark Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, Jeffery Kyle Hutchins, Nanyi Neil Qiang, Without Fear of Wind or Vertigo, and the Strains New Music Ensemble, among many others. She is a member of the American Composers Forum and a founding member of the Minneapolis composer collective, 113.

About Schubert Club
For over 135 years, Schubert Club has invited the world’s finest recital soloists and ensembles to the Twin Cities and promoted the finest musical talents of our community through performances, education, and museum programs. It has secured a prominent and distinguished reputation among musical organizations nationwide, and is one of the first arts organizations in the country.

The Schubert Club’s International Artist Series has presented virtually all of the world’s great recitalists including Jascha Heifetz, Arthur Rubinstein, Cecilia Bartoli, Beverly Sills, Leontyne Price, Yo-Yo Ma and Renée Fleming to name a few. In 2014, Schubert Club introduced Schubert Club Mix, its convention-breaking performance series in nontraditional venues. Additional series include Music in the Park Series (chamber music concerts in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood), a free weekly lunchtime Courtroom Concerts series in downtown St. Paul, Accordo, and the Hill House Chamber Players.

The Schubert Club is committed to music education and reaches hundreds of children and young adults annually through family-friendly concerts, workshops, music lessons and scholarships.

The Schubert Club Museum located in historic Landmark Center holds a world-class collection comprised of historic keyboards, instruments from around the world, and original letters and manuscripts by famous composers.

For more information visit schubert.org.
 

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Now Hiring: Museum Guide

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Job title: Museum Guide

Part-time Museum Guide, responsible for augmenting and improving our museum visitor’s experience through descriptions that illuminate the collection and share the role of the Schubert Club as a cultural gem of our community. The Schubert Club Museum is one of only a few music-focused museums in the country, showcasing a diverse collection of historical instruments and replicas, and original autographed composer letters.

Requirements:
*Enjoy interacting and meeting with people from a variety of ages and backgrounds
*Able to speak comfortably before groups of people
*Able to work independently
*Able to accept supervision
*Able to be enthusiastic and flexible
*Honor time commitments for any scheduled assignments, including regular museum hours and special events or programs
*Provide great customer service by creatively solving problems and responding to visitor questions and concerns
*Capable of learning new material rapidly and willing to spend time and expend the effort necessary to study The Schubert ClubMuseum collection. Reading material includes The Schubert Club Museum Interpretive Plan.
*Extensive prior knowledge of music history and repertoire is not required but a prospective guide should have a working knowledge of music and a desire to learn
*Physically able to lead tours around the museum

To apply:  Send a cover letter and resume to Kate Cooper at kcooper@schubert.org

Competition Finals Schedule for Sunday, March 12

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The Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson 2017 Student Scholarship Competition Agenda

Finals Round, Sunday March 12 – St. Catherine University

Piano Finalists, Recital Hall, 9:30 – 4:45

Piano Level II (Grades 10-12), 9:30 – 10:30

Piano Level IV (Age 24-28), 11:00 – 12:00

Piano Level III (College Freshman-Age 23), 1:00 – 3:15

Piano Level I (Grades 7-9), 3:40 – 4:40

 

String Finalists, Rehearsal Hall (M12), 9:30 – 4:15

Strings Level III (College Freshman-Age 23), 9:30 – 10:30

Strings Level IV (Age 24-28), 11:00 – 12:15

Strings Level II (Grades 10-12), 1:10 – 2:25

Strings Level I (Grades 7-9), 3:10 – 4:10

 

Winners Recital, Concert Hall,Saturday, March 25, FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC            

Ordway Center, Saint Paul, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

 

Please regard the following courtesies in the competition rooms:

  • Enter and exit only between performances
  • No photography or recording allowed in the performance rooms
  • Turn off all cell phones and pagers

Results will be posted near the registration table approximately 30 minutes following each category end time or follow the results on Twitter and InstaGram:  @schubertclub #sccompetition

Thank you and enjoy this great day!  Plan to come back for the closing Winners Recital on March 25 to hear these talented students perform!  All are welcome – free admission!   Tickets available at the Registration Table or at the door on the concert day.

Now Hiring: Museum Music and Technology Intern (Paid)

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Title:   Museum Music and Technology Intern

Duties:  

  • Assist Director of Museum with audio/visual project to enhance the Gilman Ordway Manuscript exhibit located in the Schubert Club Museum.
  • Review and select written historical content for presentable audio and visual clips for exhibit.
  • Research and understand copyright-related practices and work with Schubert Club staff to verify copyright laws are being adhered to.  Obtain copyright permissions as needed.
  • Lead the audio recording process of selected clips read by Schubert Club artist or narrator.
  • Assist Director of Museum in selection/purchase of audio video equipment and in the work with a contractor to install equipment.
  • Work with Director of Marketing in conversion of audio materials and narrative to a rich and meaningful digital experience on the Schubert Club website.

Skills and Competencies:  Solid understanding of technology especially in video recording and audio/visual equipment. Working knowledge and/or strong interest in music and music history, not necessarily key area of study. Self-disciplined, independent, coachable worker with excellent communication skills.

Qualifications:  High school diploma and enrolled in a college or higher education program. Previous experience working in an arts organization, museum or specific project work in technology is preferred but not required.

Internship Project Dates:

  • Beginning on or near January 3, 2017.  
  • Estimated total project hours:  120-150 hours.  Hours per week and days of work are flexible but to be scheduled during regular business hours, Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30
  • Project to conclude no later than March 1, 2017

Report to Kate Cooper, Director of Museum and Education

kcooper@schubert.org

Salary:  This is a paid internship at a rate of $10/hour

To apply:  Send a cover letter and resume to Kate Cooper at kcooper@schubert.org

Schubert Club presents Songs for the Season by Minnesota Composers

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“Songs for the Season” featuring carols by Minnesota composers has become the most popular program in our free weekly noontime Courtroom Concert series. Because of its popularity, we’ve added an encore performance at the Twin Cities Public Television Street Space in Lowertown, St. Paul this year. This encore performance will also be free and will be live-streamed online. 

Schubert Club presents Songs for the Season by Minnesota Composers

December 15, 2016
12pm Courtroom Concert at Landmark Center
7pm Encore performance at Twin Cities Public Television and streaming live online at schubert.org/songsfortheseason

Featuring music by local composers: Abbie Betinis, Timothy C. Takach, Linda Kachelmeier, Neal Hagberg, Joan Griffith, Ann Reed, Bob Dylan, Prince, among others.

Performed by: Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano; Laura Betinis Healy, alto; Nicholas Chalmers, tenor; Timothy C. Takach, bass, Zacc Harris, guitar, and Audrey Slote, cello. 


Both concerts are FREE, and we expect both concerts to reach capacity.
The 12pm performance will be first come, first served. We are no longer accepting reservations for the 7pm concert, though if you are interested in attending the concert, walk-ups are welcomed at the door.

 

Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition – Now Accepting Applications

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The Schubert Club Student Scholarship Competition, held each spring, awards a total of over $50,000 annually to young musicians to be used for further musical education.

New format for 2017: Starting this year, the Competition will be spread across two weekends and two locations. Brass, Woodwinds, Voice, and Guitar will compete at Augsburg College on Saturday, March 4, and Finals will be held the following day, Sunday, March 5. Piano and Strings will compete at St. Catherine University on Saturday, March 11, and Finals will be held the following day, Sunday, March 12. 

Learn more and apply online at schubert.org/competition

Courtroom Concerts Resume Oct 13

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Courtroom Concerts feature local artists of the highest caliber from the Twin Cities and surrounding area, as well as occasional musical newcomers to Minnesota. Highlights in the 2016-17 season include Flying Forms Baroque Ensemble, Elkina Sisters piano duo, Artaria String Quartet, Ladyslipper Ensemble, Laura Caviani Jazz Trio, and the Lux String Quartet. This season will continue the tradition of highlighting music by Minnesota composers including Jeffrey Van, Linda Kachelmeier, Patrick O’Shea, Abbie Betinis, and Edie Hill, along with the return of the ever-popular “Songs of for the Season, by Minnesota Composers” concert in December.  The Courtroom Concerts will also feature winners–past and present–from the Schubert Club’s Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition. 

View the entire season

KidsJam Receives Arts Access Grant

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The Schubert Club has been awarded an Arts Access grant from the State Arts Board specifically to support KidsJam in various Twin Cities community centers. KidsJam, first introduced in the spring of 2014 is designed for kids ages 5-14 to play, listen, learn and create with music. Throughout the 75-minute workshops, children get involved through creative activities and movement, and learn about the people, cultures, and sounds behind the music. This is the first time we’ve received an Arts Access award from the Arts Board! Learn more about KidsJam

October 5 to be named “George Reid Day” in the City of St. Paul

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Mayor Christopher Coleman will proclaim thiscoming Wednesday (October 5) as George Reid Day in recognition of the many contributions he has made as a trustee, educator, artist and friend of the Schubert Club, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, Public Art Saint Paul and many other arts institutions around the Twin Cities.  We are proud to celebrate this extraordinary community leader.

Announcing the 2016-17 Courtroom Concert Season

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Announcing the 2016-17 Courtroom Concert Season
(Free weekly noontime concerts at Landmark Center)

SAINT PAUL, MN (September 15, 2016) —The Schubert Club’s popular Courtroom Concert Series, hosted by Composer-in-Residence Abbie Betinis, opens its 24th season of free weekly concerts on Thursday, October 13 at noon. Courtroom Concerts are held most Thursdays, October 13 through April 27, in Courtroom 317 of Landmark Center. They are free and open to the public. The Courtroom Concert Series is co-sponsored by Minnesota Landmarks and the Schubert Club.

Courtroom Concerts feature local artists of the highest caliber from the Twin Cities and nearby surrounding area, as well as occasional musical newcomers to the area. Highlights in the 2016-17 season include Flying Forms Baroque Ensemble, Elkina Sisters piano duo, Artaria String Quartet, Andrew Lovato, baritone, Ladyslipper Ensemble, Laura Caviani Jazz Trio and the Lux String Quartet. This season will also continue the tradition of highlighting music by Minnesota composers including Jeffrey Van, Linda Kachelmeier, Patrick O’Shea, Abbie Betinis, and Edie Hill, along with the return of the ever-popular “Songs of for the Season, by Minnesota Composers” concert in December.  The Courtroom Concerts will also feature winners–past and present–from the Schubert Club’s Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition.

These one-hour concerts often reach capacity. Complimentary coffee is served.
About the Host:
Composer Abbie Betinis writes music called “inventive, richly melodic” (The New York Times), “superb, whirling, soaring” (Tacoma News Tribune), and “the highlight” of the program (Boston Globe).  With over 50 commissioned works for ensembles such as Cantus, the New England Philharmonic, and The Rose Ensemble, Abbie has been awarded a McKnight Composer Fellowship, grants from the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, and Jerome Foundation, and was recently listed in NPR Music’s Top 100 Composers Under 40.  A resident of Saint Paul, she is adjunct professor of composition at Concordia University and composer-in-residence with the Schubert Club.

Courtroom Concerts 2016-2017 Schedule

October 13
Samuel Calvo Rosenstone, piano; Keith Yánes, bass; Tarek Abdelqader, drums

October 20
I. Dolce Wind Quintet
II. Christopher Atzinger, piano

October 27
Francesca Anderegg, violin; Brent Funderburk, piano

November 3
Belka Quartet

November 10
I. Mimi Tung, piano
II. Aura Duo: Laura Sewell, cello; Ora Itkin, piano

November 17
Andrew Lovato, baritone; Mary Jo Gothmann, piano

December 8
Imuka Singers

December 15
Songs for the Season by Minnesota Composers
Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano; Laura Betinis, alto;
Nicholas Chalmers, tenor; Timothy C. Takach, bass

December 22
Laura Caviani Jazz Trio

January 5
I. Ian Snyder, violin; Susan Garrelts, piano
II. Charles Asch, cello; Ann DuHamel, piano

January 12
I. Eric Broker, baritone; Lara Bolton, piano
II. C.J. Longabaugh, saxophone; Justin Sales, saxophone; Casey Rafn, piano

January 19
I. Academy of Voices
II. Nancy Oliveros, violin; Mary Ellen Haupert, piano

January 26
Hannah Peterson Green, flute; Joe Trucano, piano

February 9
Irina and Julia Elkina, duo piano

February 16
Music of Minnesota Composers Linda Kachelmeier and Patrick O’Shea:
Alan Dunbar, baritone; Meredith Mihm, piano

February 23
I. Nirmala Rajasekar, veena
II. Flying Forms: Marc Levine, baroque violin; Tulio Rondón, baroque cello; Tami Morse, harpsichord

March 2
Artaria String Quartet

March 9
Ladyslipper Ensemble:
Sahar Hassan, mezzo soprano; Phil Rukavina, theorbo; Paul Berger, lute; Ginna Watson violin; Mary Burke, viola da gamba

March 23
Music of Minnesota Composer Abbie Betinis

March 30
Brannon Cho, cello

April 6
Music of Minnesota Composer Jeffrey Van:
Jeffrey Van, guitar; Brenda Mickens, violin; Clara Osowski, mezzo soprano

April 13
Musicians from Lakes Area Music Festival

April 20
Music of Schubert Club Composer Mentorship Students
Lux String Quartet

April 27
Music of Minnesota Composer Edie Hill
Linda Chatterton, flute; Kristian Anderson, guitar

Schedule subject to change. 
For more information and detailed program information, please visit schubert.org/courtroomconcerts.