Dana happenings: Musicology, new music, wind ensemble, concert band and Octubafest

The Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University presents the upcoming events:

Musicologist lectures this week

Kevin Korsyn

The Dana School of Music presents a lecture by noted musicologist Kevin Korsyn at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in Bliss Recital Hall. The lecture is titled “Reception History and the Trauma of Real History:  Decoding the Pantomime in Haydn’s ‘Farewell’ Symphony.”

The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Wick Avenue parking deck for a nominal fee.

Haydn’s incorporation of a pantomime into the finale of the “Farewell” Symphony constitutes as radical a violation of generic expectations as Beethoven’s introduction of a chorus in the Ninth Symphony, yet until now no one has analyzed the pantomime or decoded its meanings.

Korsyn is professor of Music Theory at the University of Michigan. His book, “Decentering Music: A Critique of Contemporary Musical Research” (Oxford University Press, 2003), has been the subject of critical symposia in the journal “Theory and Practice” and in the recent book “Approaches to Musical Research:  Between Practice and Epistemology.”  Korsyn received the Emerging Scholar Award from the Society for Music Theory and the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Michigan Association of Governing Boards. He was elected to the Michigan Society of Fellows in 2003. His articles and reviews have appeared in a number of leading journals, including “JAMS,” “Music Theory Spectrum,” “Music Analysis,” “Beethoven Forum,” “Intégral,” “The Musical Times,” “Theoria,” “Notes,” and elsewhere.

Musicology Guest Lectures are sponsored by the Dana Research Society, a student organization devoted to the promotion of student research in music. In addition to hosting guest lectures by distinguished musicologists, the group meets regularly for film screenings and music discussions. For more information about the program, email Ewelina Boczkowska at eboczkowska@ysu.edu.

New Music Society and Composers Ensemble

The Dana New Music Society and the Dana Composers Ensemble open the 2012-13 season by presenting world premieres at their annual Fall Concerts.

Concerts include Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 12:15 p.m. in the Butler Institute of American Art, and Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. in Bliss Recital Hall. The concerts are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee. For more information, call 330-941-3636.

Carol Ann Smolka

The concerts feature senior composition major Carol Ann Smolka performing her song cycle “War Poems,” based on poetry about World War I. Caitlin McCoy will accompany on alto flute. All the texts are from poems written about World War I. Also, Smolka’s song “Love Never Fails” for voice and piano will be premiered.

Chris Nutter, clarinet, and Jason Volovar, piano, will premiere “Of Wizards and Dragons” by another senior composition major, Samantha Hogan. The composition is inspired by the mythology of video games. Freshman Colton Randall will join with Hogan, Jon Kurish and Mike Lynch in the first performance of his “Freshman for Trombone Quartet.” 

“Sonata for Viola and Piano” in three movements by Richard Zacharias, a local composer and a member of the New Music Guild Inc., will be presented by guest artists Natalie Sahyoun, viola, and Alison Morris, piano.

Dana faculty member Robert Rollin will play his “Welsh Song” for violin and piano with his wife and Dana faculty member, Gwyneth Rollin.

Concert Band and Wind Ensemble

The Youngstown State University Concert Band and Wind Ensemble present “Horns A Plenty” concert 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in Stambaugh Auditorium on Fifth Avenue in Youngstown. The groups include 107 woodwind, brass and percussion students in the Dana School of Music at YSU.

The concert begins with the Concert Band performing Maslanka’s “Mother Earth Fanfare.” The band will also play: “Hounds of Spring,” conducted by second year graduate conducting student Eric P. Bable; “Florentiner March; Air for Band” and “Incantation and Dance.” The Concert Band will close its performance with Gustav Holst’s classic “Suite in F.”

Stacie Mickins

The Wind Ensemble opens its program with Saint-Saens’ “Marche Militaire Francaise.” Then the group will feature new Dana faculty member Stacie Mickens, assistant professor of Music and instructor of Horn, on “Concerto for Horn and Wind Ensemble.” Mickins is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, where she received her DMA in horn performance. She also holds a MM degree in horn performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA degree in music and English from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. While in Michigan, Mickens was a member of the Lansing Symphony, the Dearborn Symphony and the Southwest Michigan Symphony, as well as a substitute player for the Detroit Symphony and the Detroit Chamber Winds. In March 2012, Mickens was featured as a soloist at the Kennedy Center in Washington, representing the University of Michigan on the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project series. Mickens served on the faculty of Luther College and Winona State University (Minnesota) for five years, where she taught horn, brass methods, aural skills and coached chamber groups. She traveled to Denmark in August 2012 for her second year as a participant in the Thy Chamber Music Festival, a two-week chamber music series featuring international musicians.

The Wind Ensemble, which just recently released its second CD, “Old Wine In New Bottles,” with NAXOS Inc., the world’s largest classical music online distributor and producer, will follow with a Sousa march written by the march king for the 311th US Cavalry. The concert will close with Percy Grainger’s wind band classic, “Lincolnshire Posy.”

Tickets for the concert will be on sale at the door only at $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free with a valid YSU ID.


In recognition of Oktoberfest, Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music presents “Octubafest” with a variety of performances featuring the tuba and euphonium.

“Octubafest” was established in October 1973 by Harvey Philips, professor emeritus of Indiana University School of Music, to showcase the solo and ensemble repertoire for tuba and euphonium.

The YSU “Octubafest” includes the following performances featuring Brian Kiser, assistant professor of Tuba and Euphonium, and his students.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 17, Tuba and Euphonium Studio Recital, 8 p.m., Bliss Recital Hall.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, Music at Noon. Tuba/Euphonium Recital, 12:15 p.m., Butler Institute of American Art. 
  • Tuesday, Oct 30, Tuba and Euphonium Studio Recital, 8 p.m., Bliss Recital Hall.

For more information, contact Kiser at 330-941-1837 or bdkiser@ysu.edu. All concerts are free and open to the public.