Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Students Awarded $125,000 in Success Fee Grant Proposals

Students Awarded $125,000 in Success Fee Grant Proposals

Introduced in 2014, SDSU Student Success Fee awards are dedicated to supporting enhanced student success at the college level through expanded academic-related programs. This year, the School of Music and Dance was awarded over $125,000 in Student Success Fees. Here’s a preview of what you can expect from these student projects in Spring 2018:

Factory Seconds Brass Trio
May 1, 2018

The Factory Seconds Brass Trio is comprised of Jack Sutte, trumpet; Jesse McCormick, horn; and Rick Stout, trombone. Each musician is also a member of the Cleveland Orchestra, dubbed “America’s finest orchestra” (New York Times). Factory Seconds will come to SDSU’s campus to work directly with students in both instrumental masterclasses and ensemble settings. Select students will rehearse with Factory Seconds on a piece to be performed for a public audience. The experience will provide students with invaluable feedback and insight from successful professional musicians in a truly once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity.

American College Dance Association Regional Conference
March 6-10, 2018

The American College Dance Association (ACDA) was founded in 1971, and supports dance in higher education through regional conferences, the adjudication process, and national festivals. ACDA’s regional conference will provide SDSU Dance majors essential enrichment to their degree through dialogue, exposure to multiple ways of choreographing, and networking. The structure of the conference is rigorous, resembling the training and performing regiments of professional dancers. SDSU Dance majors will have the opportunity to perform work for and receive feedback from adjudicators who are nationally recognized dance artists. The top ten dances are selected to be performed again at the Gala Concert—an honor that SDSU dances have earned in the past—which provides excellent exposure for the Division of Dance.

Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival Mini 2018 - Career Workshop
January 2-7, 2018

While most piano festivals offer lessons, masterclasses, and performance opportunities, Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival Mini seeks to help pianists make a successful and profitable transition from student to pedagogue-performer. This career boot camp will help participants develop a resume and cover letter, experience the application process, learn contract negotiation tips, and many more professional skills. Six piano majors in the School of Music and Dance will apply for and attend the festival, which will help achieve their eventual goals of pursuing a life-long career in music.

SDSU Connection - Great Wall String Quartet
April 2-10, 2018

SDSU Connection is a week-long music festival which provides students access to the internationally-acclaimed Great Wall String Quartet for a series of masterclasses, lectures, and performances. After a successful pilot year in 2017, the students working on this music festival seek to recreate and improve elements of the experience. SDSU Connection will bring Wei Lu, Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster; Qi Zhou, Principal Second Violinist of the Munich Philharmonic; Shengnan Hu, international percussion soloist; and Lijuan Hu, pianist, to SDSU. Additionally, the Great Wall String Quartet will perform with the SDSU Symphony Orchestra at SDSU Live! at Jacobs Music Center on April 8, 2018. Students will come away from the SDSU Connection experience with a plethora of new knowledge and inspiration.

Campanile Music Festival
April 24-28, 2018

The Campanile Music Festival continues to bring extraordinary artists to SDSU each year, providing students with a rare opportunity to collaborate with working performers who have achieved success in their fields. This year’s Campanile Music Festival will host the Formosa String Quartet, winner of both First Prize and Amadeus Prize at the London International String Quartet Competition. Students will engage with the artists in a series of masterclasses, chamber music readings, open rehearsals, and concerts—experiences that can only be gained through a unique opportunity like Campanile Music Festival.

Artist to Artist Studio Exchange
February-May, 2018

Artist to Artist Studio Exchange will bring visiting dance artists to SDSU one Friday per month in the Spring 2018 semester. Each artist will teach a two-hour movement technique class focusing on difference dance genres, which will expand students’ repertoire, problem-solving skills, and knowledge of the dance form. The visiting artists will also share their research and Dance field experience during lectures, which are open to the public. This series of masterclasses and lectures will provide the rich and condensed experience of deep learning in social and historical implications of various dance forms directly to students.

San Diego Guitar Festival
April 20-29, 2018

The San Diego Guitar Festival will enhance academic and professional experiences for a multidisciplinary team of students who collaborate to produce the festival, featuring performances by world-class concert artists, masterclasses, workshops, and lectures. The festival supports hands-on work internships for a diverse group of students through Faculty-Student mentoring, working on a range of components including videography, graphic design, marketing, education, and community outreach. The 2018 San Diego Guitar Festival will bring globally recognized guitarists to SDSU, including Shin-Ichi Fukuda, the Beijin Guitar Duo, Marek Pasieczny, Andrea Gonzalez Caballero, and Kiko Loureiro. Guitar students will learn from these artists in masterclass settings and can apply the overall experience to their resumes.

Alexander Technique Workshop
Spring 2018

The Alexander Technique Workshop will benefit all students in the School of Music and Dance by raising awareness of body use and injury prevention as performers. The Alexander process shines a light on inefficient habits of movement and patterns of accumulated tension, and has a long history of helping instrumentalists perform with less stress and likelihood of injury. Eileen Troberman, Alexander Specialist, will teach a series of four workshops through the Spring 2018 semester. Additionally, two guest lecturers in two Dance courses will give dance students (and some music students) the opportunity to incorporate Alexander Technique into everyday life as performers. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in one-on-one sessions with Ms. Troberman.

Keep an eye on for updates and more information on all of these upcoming events.

The content within this article has been edited by Lizbeth Persons.

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