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Vocal Performance Student to Study in England

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After auditioning, Mandy Baker (Vocal Performance major, Antrhopology minor - May, 2014) was accepted to attend the 2014 Cornish-American Song Institute in England.

This Institute offers a three-week intensive study of Shakespearean Art-Song for vocalists, pianists, and composers in Oxford, England and Falmouth, Cornwall.  Mandy will receive applied lessons, English music courses, musical coachings, and collaborative recitals throughout her trip.  

She will preform in a variety of venues including beautiful subtropical gardens to grand hotels overlooking the sea;  beautiful century-old churches to Oxford colleges; and even a yacht-club on the River Fal. Mandy will be staying in a host home to fully experience the culture of the locals.

Student Profile: Cullen Sutherland, Department of Music

Cullen Sutherland

Cullen Sutherland
It is difficult to miss Cullen Sutherland. His six-foot, six-inch frame, spectacular baritone voice and enthusiastic smile captivate a room.
The oldest of six children, Cullen grew up in Wausau and dreamed of going to an East Coast school. But the music kept leading him to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
“There are so many opportunities here, you just have to be open to them and go for it,” says Cullen, who spent a semester studying in London, took an audition master class with a famed opera coach and will spend this spring break singing with the UW-Stevens Point Concert Choir in Italy.
Cullen hopes to become a university professor, a trail he is blazing now.
While pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree in vocal performance and choral music education, with minors in German and international studies, Cullen teaches piano lessons and is the apprentice conductor for UW-Stevens Point’s Choral Union, an ensemble of about 90 singers. In 2013, he was the co-choirmaster for a university Opera Workshop production of L'enfant et les Sortilèges, and in 2010 the assistant musical director of Wausau East High School's production of SHOUT!
He also serves as the president of the music fraternity Delta Omicron, is in a student managerial position at the Dreyfus University Center, works as an intern in the International Programs office on campus and is a waiter at a local restaurant.
Not surprisingly, his most difficult class was also his favorite—tap dancing. “I saw Singing in the Rain on stage in London, and I was determined to learn.”
With all the activities and opportunities, one aspect of his experience at UW-Stevens Point stands above the rest.
“My professors have always expressed an interest in me as a person,” Cullen says. “I have always been more than just a voice to them.”
Pointers are creative. Pointers are determined. Pointers are trailblazers.​
Lawrence Appointed to Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program

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Assistant Professor Patrick Lawrence was recently appointed as a member of the 2014-15 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program. Members of this group are selected from among the University of Wisconsin System faculty and academic staff on the merit of their outstanding teaching. The experience gives participants at different points in their careers the opportunities to contemplate the nature of their own teaching and their students' learning, and to develop a network of gifted teacher-scholars throughout the UW System.

In addition to attending several Office of Professional and Instructional Development events, participants are expected to complete a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project, maintain an online poster of the project throughout the year, participate in a public presentation of the project at the annual spring conference and complete a final report/evaluation.

UWSP Horn Newsletter - Fall 2013

​The latest edition of the UWSP Horn Newsletter can be viewed online by clicking here.

Very Young Composers Program Receives Creative Sparks Award

Wisconsin Music Educators Association has awarded the 2013 Melvin F. Pontious Creative Sparks in Music Education award to the Very Young Composers of Central Wisconsin. The WMEA will showcase the VYC program in a future newsletter as well as a Wisconsin School Musician issue. Congratulations to Robert Rosen on this award! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ce1g2d4PwDw

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