Showing posts from July, 2011

Clarinet Professor Making International News

Gregory Barrett, Professor of Clarinet in the NIU School of Music, has several great news items to share this summer:

The internationally-recognized music publisher Gérard Billaudot Éditeur of Paris, France is publishing Greg"s "24 Clarinet Etudes from the World." On August 5th Greg will be judging the final round of the International Clarinet Association's High School Competition at ClarinetFest 2011 in Los Angeles. On August 11, 12, and 13 Greg will present performances at FinnFest 2011, being held in San Diego, California. Greg will be performing the United States premiere of Aki Yli-Salomäki's Clarinet Concerto and participating in two chamber music concerts including a performance of Jean Sibelius/Gregory Barrett En Saga Septet.

Printmaking Graduate Student's Work on Cover of Major Journal

The current issue of Graphic Impressions, the newsletter of Southern Graphic Council International, features cover art as well as a second piece inside the publication by Jessica Robles, a third-year MFA student in Printmaking in the NIU School of Art.

With its beginnings at the University of South Carolina, the Southern Graphic Council International has continued to grow and after first branching out across the United States, is now considered the main international organization for printmakers.

Please check out Jessica's website for more images and information. Congratulations, Jessica!

Visual Artists - Please View Our Call for Entries

The Jack Olson Gallery in the NIU School of Art is hosting a Call for Entries for an upcoming exhibition entitled The Arts Converge: Contemporary Art and Asian Musical Traditions. The Olson Gallery has a website where interested artists may read more about the exhibition and find the instructions related to submitting work.

According to the Call for Entries website, "We wish to celebrate interactions between cultural traditions and the individual modern artist, and betweeen music and the visual arts by presenting a variety of contemporary artists' reactions to traditional music sounds or traditional cultural soundscapes."

Community School of the Arts' Opera Camp Featured

NIU's Community School of the Arts recently hosted an Opera Camp for children ages 7 through 15. Our friends at NIU Today wrote an excellent story and produced a tremendous video about the experience - please check it out here!

Art History Professor Receives International Grant


Vocal Alumnus Earns Spot in International Workshop

Stephen Yeseta, a 2008 graduate of the NIU School of Music who majored in vocal performance, has been accepted to participate in an music study intensive with the noted early music ensemble Sequentia. The workshop takes place August 1 - 12 in Vancouver, BC, and is titled "Cantigas de Santa Maria." This workshop features the devotional songs from the court of Alphonso el Sabio, the King of Castille and León in the 13th Century.

Congratulations, Stephen!

Time Arts Professor Gains National Exposure

Bart Woodstrup, visiting professor of Time Arts in the NIU School of Art, will have his new animation "Animalia" featured on the PBS television program TVfILM in upstate New York on Sunday, July 24th @10:30p.m. The animation is a collaboration with inter-disciplinary artist C. Ryder Cooley, and was inspired by Ryder's intermedia performance of the same name.

Animalia is also touring film festivals throughout the country including a local screening at the Sycamore Film Festival in September 2011.

Animalia is an inter-species fairytale about a girl who is disenchanted with the world and wishes she could fly. She joins the circus only to discover it is a secret military operation. She then runs away to the woods and falls under the spell of a mystical deer. When she becomes an antlered deer-creature, she finally achieves flying powers and enters an ethereal world of hybrid creatures.

Bart is also one of 150 artists included in the forthcoming book TRANSMISSION ARTS: Artists an…