April 2018 Faculty Notes

CSU’s Director of Strings Ron Francois and Silvana Santinelli won two Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising Silver Medals for Outstanding Achievementat the Global Music Awardsfor their CD, Mexico City Blues. The Duo Francois placed in both the DUO and the EMERGING ARTISTS categories. The CD, which was released on the Itinerant Classics label last fall, features compositions for violin and piano written by Juno award winning Canadian composer Andrew Paul MacDonald, ASCAP award winning American Composer and CSU Composition Professor Jim David, and Pulitzer nominated Mexican composer, Juan Trigos. The Global Music Awards is a well-known international music competition that celebrates independent musicians and is widely recognized by industry insiders as giving legitimacy to highly talented artists. ‘Global Music Awards is recognized as music's golden seal of approval.’ duofrancois.com

In Jan., Flute Professor Michelle Stanley released Nouvelle Vie: A Rediscovery of French Flute Music, recorded with pianist Margaret McDonald. The new album on Navona Records includes previously unrecorded French flute works from the late 19thand early 20thcenturies. The duo breathe new life into classic compositions as they dream up new interpretations of both familiar French favorites as well as words by lesser known composers. The selections were written either for the Paris Conservatory Flute Studio as year-end projects or as small concert pieces. The album is reminiscent of the opera-like qualities of that era, a time when the flute became the star instrument.

In a Q&A with PARMA Recordings, Stanley said, “As a professor, I love exposing new music to my students and this album does that. It also feeds my total obsession with French flute music. There were so many early 20th Century French composers who were masterful in their writing for the flute. The use of color, time, and expression are not only totally fun to play, but they are great learning tools for my students. I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to share this new music with my students and flute players everywhere.” Read the Q&A to find out who was Dr. Stanley’s favorite musician growing up. Stanley will perform works from Nouvelle Vieat her recital on Monday, April 30, 7:30 p.m. in the Organ Recital Hall.

Last Aug., Dr. Stanley took the flute studio to the 45thannual National Flute Association convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The association encourages a higher standard of artistic excellence for the flute, its performers, and its literature, members include leading soloists, orchestral players, jazz and world music performers, teachers, adult amateurs, and students of all ages. (www.nfaonline.org) At the convention, the CSU Flute Choir performed several times and premiered “Uplift” by Mark Connor. Watch a video of the performance.

The CSU music therapy faculty and students were very active at the conference of the Midwestern Region of the American Music Therapy Association, held in Iowa City, Iowa, March 16-18.

Faculty Activities:

  • Lindsey Wilhelm
    • Wilhelm presented with Dr. Carolyn Moore: The Ethics of Self-Care: A Primer for Students
    • As CSU is the host university for the American Music Therapy Association archives, Dr. Wilhelm also serves as the archivist for the Midwestern Region (MWR) and for the Association.
  • Andrew Knight
    • Knight presented two sessions: Our Littlest Sounders and Movers: Supporting the Infant-Parent Relationship; and Music Therapy Interventions to Support Social Development in Early Childhood Inclusion Classroom
  • Knight also serves as the current president of the MWRKnight and Dr. Blythe LaGasse sit on the Assembly of Delegates of the AMTA


Student Activities:

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Daniel Goldschmidt, MT-BC
    • Presented with Dr. Knight: Utilizing Music Cognition Research for Music Therapy Practice
    • Presented with CSU graduate student Zach Kritzer: Advanced Guitar Skills for Music Therapists
  • Undergraduate student Ryan Smith
    • Was elected as president-elect of the MWR student board
    • Presented: An Individual With ______: Discussing Diagnoses in Music Therapyat the student-led “Passages” portion of the conference.
  • Undergraduate student Naomi Davis was elected as MWR student treasurer
  • Graduate equivalency student Jackie Hanson was selected as the winner of the 2018 MWR student scholarship
  • Online master’s student Mia Iliopoulos presented Wind Instruments for the Winded


Alumni Activities:

  • Yue Wu, MM, MT-BC (’16) and Anastasia Canfield, MM, MT-BC, RP (’16) presented a Continuing Education session: Cultivating Cultural Awareness and Competency in MusicTherapy
  • Anastasia Canfield presented a Continuing Education session: Combating the “Impostor Syndrome” in Music Therapy Professionals
  • Amanda Sciarabba, MT-BC (’17) serves as the social media coordinator on the MWR Board of Directors
  • Yen-Po Lai (’17) presented Land, People, and their Music: Music Therapy in Multicultural Environments

The Music Therapy Student Association of CSU presents:
3rd Annual Jammin' Ram Run
Saturday, April 14, 7:30 a.m.
Held on the CSU Oval, the annual prediction race supports Foundation Music School in Fort Collins. This race’s twist: even if you are the slowest runner you can still win by having the most accurate prediction! Registration: jamminramrun.com.