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Sept. 27, 2010
Dr. Pamela Shannon, associate professor of music, and Dr. Ernest Kramer, professor of music, presented a lecture-recital on Debussy’s song cycle “Ariettes oubliees (Forgotten Songs)” at the 53rd National Conference of the College Music Society Sept. 27, 2010, in Minneapolis, Minn.
Shannon and Kramer gave the same program at the Great Plains Regional College Music Society Conference March 26, 2010, in Emporia, Kan.
Shannon presented a lecture that demonstrated the unique features of Paul Verlaine’s poetry and Debussy’s genius in setting the words to music. Shannon then sang the entire song cycle with Kramer playing the demanding piano accompaniment.
Kramer was one of the featured composers at the national conference, where his choral composition, “Ein Traum Ist Unser Leben,” also was performed. His numerous piano compositions have been published by Hal Leonard, Alfred, Myklas Music Press, and Seesaw Press. His research articles have appeared in Clavier Magazine, Clavier Companion, American Music Teacher and Teacher College Record.
Shannon’s article, “The Solo Songs of Gioacchino Rossini,” was published in the Journal of Singing. Six of her voice students – Stephanie Keen, Tamara Piper, Laura Hay, David Groth, Mikaela Zielke and Alycia Gilbert – gave outstanding senior recitals during the past year and have gone on to earn their degrees, student teach and find employment. Hay was a 2010 winning performer at the National Association of Teachers of Singing-Kansas City Chapter competition.
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