Federal report on major flood recovery projects generates statewide, congressional response


Iowa River floodwaters envelop Voxman Music Building, Clapp Recital Hall, Hancher Auditorium, and other UI campus buildings in June 2008. The Hancher-Voxman-Clapp complex has been closed the four years since, leaving arts programs scattered across temporary facilities.

By now, many of you have heard about the decision by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General to reverse funding to replace UI’s flood-ravaged buildings, including the Voxman Music Building and Clapp Recital Hall. The UI School of Music remains optimistic that this situation will resolve favorably for the school and the University of Iowa. UI officials, the Iowa Board of Regents, and Iowa’s congressional delegation have reacted strongly in favor of advancing our flood recovery efforts without further delay. Students, faculty and staff, donors, and potential donors to these projects can be assured of the determination of the UI and the State of Iowa to work through the challenges posed by the historic flood of 2008 and its equally precedent-setting FEMA response. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

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UI celebrates Voxman

Himie VoxmanThe University of Iowa will host a special Himie Voxman Celebration at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. Colleagues, friends, and students of the long-time director of the School of Music, will travel from near and far to pay tribute to Voxman, whose hundreds of publications made him famous among wind players the world over.

The legendary educator, administrator, pedagogue and clarinetist died in Iowa City in November 2011 at the age of 99.

Among his students who will speak and perform are:

—Bob Glidden former dean of the Florida State College of Music and president of Ohio University.

—Larry Mallett, director of the University of Oklahoma School of Music.

—Internationally famous saxophone virtuoso Eugene Rousseau, professor emeritus at Indiana University, and now professor of saxophone at the University of Minnesota.

—Larry Linkin, past president of the National Association of Music Merchants.

—Charles W. West, professor of clarinet at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Helen Chadima, a Department of Dance emerita and longtime friend of Voxman, will also speak. They shared a hometown, Centerville, Iowa, and her father, William Gower, was a long-time collaborator with Voxman on hundreds of important pedagogical publications.

Read about Voxman’s remarkable life and career, and the Himie Voxman Scholarship Fund here.

For additional information or accommodations for this event, contact the school at 319-335-1603. The School of Music is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The UI Alumni Association is sponsoring this celebration. Though free and open to the public, registration is preferred. To register in advance, visit iowalum.com/voxman/.

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Cellist Holman to join New York City Ballet

Hannah Holman, the former cellist of the Maia Quartet and lecturer in the School of Music in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, has won a position as a cellist for the New York City Ballet orchestra. Holman’s appointment with the New York City Ballet begins Sept. 1, 2012. She will divide her time between New York City and Iowa City.

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TubaHawks workshop presented at Kennedy High School

On April 18th, Professor John Manning and students in the tuba/euphonium studio presented a four-hour workshop for dozens of students and music educators from the Cedar Rapids area. The event was hosted by Chris Bird, at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, and included a warm-up class, a master class, free lessons, and a studio recital. With the assistance of Cedar Rapids School District Music Facilitator Melissa Summers, the event was a great success.

This marks the second year for what Professor Manning calls the “TubaHawks Workshop”. The workshop is designed to educate young students on improving their technique and musicality, as well serving as a community outreach and recruitment project. “We had a great  turnout,” said Manning, “I am very proud of my students, who each performed as either soloists, chamber musicians, and in Collegium Tubum. They sounded fantastic, and I think they made a very positive impression on the younger students. An added benefit, both for the attendees and my own students, was that private and group lessons were given in the middle of the day. I think it helped make the day more personal for the young students, and the members of the University of Iowa Tuba-Euphonium Studio gained valuable teaching experience.”

All participants received a free CD, a special “TubaHawks” stickers and information about the University of Iowa and the Hawkeye Marching Band. Last year, the workshop was presented in Des Moines, at the Palace of Fine Arts. Next year, Manning intends to hold the workshop in the Quad Cities. The “TubaHawks Workshop” was sponsored by the University of Iowa School of Music and Arts Share provided transportation.

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UI doublebass student performs for Edgar Meyer

UI doublebass student Patricia Silva participated in a double bass master class with Grammy-Award winning bassist Edgar Meyer on Friday, April 13 at the University of South Dakota Vermillion. Doublebass  studios from throughout the midwest were contacted to nominate an outstanding student from their studio to perform for Meyer. Silva was one of three students selected. She performed the prelude from Bach Cello Suite No. 3, receiving rave reviews from Meyer. A native of Brazil, Patricia is a doctor of musical arts candidate at UI and a section bass member of the Des Moines Symphony. Meyer, a recipient of the MacArthur Award and an Avery Fisher Career Grant, is hailed by the New Yorker as “…the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument.”

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UI Saxophone student wins MTNA Young Artist Performance National Competition

Nathan Bogert, saxophoneNathan Bogert, a doctoral candidate in music performance and a saxophone student of Dr. Kenneth Tse, has won the coveted first prize in Music Teachers National Association’s Young Artist Performance National Competition which took place in New York City on Saturday, March 24.

Moreover, the Harmonia Saxophone Quartet, members include Bogert, Kaelah Caldwell (MA). John Hallberg (MA) and James Skretta (DMA), is also one of six finalists in the MTNA Chamber Music Competition after being the winner at the state and division levels.

The previous week Bogert also won the first prize (out of the initial 89 contestants) in the prestigious North American Saxophone Alliance’s National Solo Saxophone Competition in Tempe, Arizona, marking the historic, second consecutive conference win for the University of Iowa saxophone studio. For both successes, Bogert was given cash and other prizes and performed in a winner’s concert. Bogert is currently a teaching assistant in the jazz area and was a member of the Axius Saxophone Quartet which also won several top national prizes in 2011 including the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition.

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Arts campus revival: Regents approve funding, designs for replacement buildings

by STEPHEN PRADARELLI, reprinted from IowaNow

The Iowa Board of Regents on Wednesday voted to approve schematic designs and funding to bring arts buildings destroyed by the 2008 flood back to life, a significant step forward in the campus recovery process.

After touring the arts campus, the board approved nearly $405 million in new construction for a new Hancher Auditorium, Art Building and School of Music replacement facility. It also approved designs for the projects (view schematics, models and renderings of the proposed buildings here).

Holding its monthly meeting in Iowa City Wednesday, the board approved $175.6 million to replace Hancher Auditorium, $152 million to replace the School of Music and $77.3 million to replace the Art Building.

The cost for the three replacement projects will be covered by a combination of insurance, funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, revenue bonds, and university gifts and earnings.

Regents President Craig Lang said during a news conference earlier in the day that the board is happy with progress on the projects so far. Patrick Hall, Recovery Bureau chief for the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, echoed the sentiment and said recovery from such a devastating flood is a complex process.

The new Hancher Auditorium is scheduled to open in late 2015, and construction on the new Art Building and School of Music should be completed in 2016. Demolition of the existing Hancher could begin this fall.

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