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Prof. Tim McAllister Stars on GRAMMY-Winning Album


SMTD students, faculty, staff, and alumni celebrated Associate Professor Tim McAllister on Sunday, February 8 when it was announced that John Adams’s album City Noir (Nonesuch) won the GRAMMY Award for Best Orchestral Performance for conductor David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony. McAllister is the alto saxophone soloist on both the album’s title work and its second piece, Adams's Saxophone Concerto, which was written for and dedicated to McAllister. Also performing on the album is David Halen, SLS concertmaster and professor of violin at SMTD.

Tim McAllister (BM '95, MM '97, DMA '02) joined the SMTD faculty last fall, filling the spot vacated by retiring professor Donald Sinta, McAllister's former teacher and mentor. McAllister has been described by the New York Times as "one of the foremost saxophonists of his generation." Since the world premiere of Adams’s Saxophone Concerto in 2013, the work has been celebrated internationally, with reviewers hailing McAllister's performance as "astonishing," "sizzling," "amazing," "gorgeous" and "outstanding," among many other superlatives. 

Also receiving a GRAMMY Award was SMTD alumnus Richard Perry (BM ’64), a legendary record producer, who was presented with the GRAMMY's Trustee Award, recognizing outstanding artistic contributions in areas other than performance.

One of the most successful producers in music history, Perry has produced classic albums and singles with a who’s who of contemporary pop, rock, R&B, blues, and jazz artists including Rod Stewart, Ray Charles, Pointer Sisters, Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Ringo Starr, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Harry Nilsson, Julio Iglesias/Willie Nelson, Art Garfunkel, The Temptations, Leo Sayer, DeBarge, Pattie LaBelle, Manhattan Transfer, Neil Diamond, Randy Travis, Martha Reeves, Captain Beefheart, Jeffrey Osborne, Fats Domino, and Ella Fitzgerald. He has had albums in the top 10 in every decade since the 1960s and was named Producer of the Year multiple times by Billboard Magazine.

SMTD had two other connections to GRAMMY winners in 2015: T.J. Troy (BM '99, percussion) is featured on the Best Classical Compendium album, Harry Partch: Plectra & Percussion Dances (Bridge Records) and Ashley Blanchet (BFA ’09, musical theatre) sings on the original cast recording of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Ghostlight/Razor & Tie), which won the GRAMMY for Best Musical Theater Album.  

SMTD students and faculty were also well represented at the GRAMMY Awards through the nomination for Best Opera Recording for the album L'Orestie d'Eschyle (Oresteia of Aeschylus) by Darius Milhaud. Released on the Naxos label in September, the performance, conducted by Professor Kenneth Kiesler, features the University Symphony Orchestra and a 320-voice choir comprising the UMS Choral Union and SMTD's Chamber Choir and Orpheus Singers (directed by Professor Jerry Blackstone and Assistant Professor Eugene Rogers), the SMTD Percussion Ensemble, and nine professional vocal soloists. The recording engineer was Jason Corey, associate professor and chair of the Department of Performing Arts Technology.



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Students Present "Wall-to-Wall Theatre Festival" 03/27/2014

First-Ever SMTD Chamber Music Competition Launches April 5 03/27/2014

Doctoral Fellow Named MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year 03/26/2014

Theatre Student Lands Major TV Role 03/25/2014

Elizabeth Batiuk (ethnomusicology) has been chosen as a fellow at the Sweetland/Rackham Dissertation Writing Institute for spring 2014 and James McNally (ethnomusicology) received a summer and academic year FLAS for the study of Portuguese.    03/17/2014

Musicology graduate student Elizabeth McLain has been awarded a prestigious Lurcy Fellowship for research in France during the 2014-2015 academic year.   03/14/2014

December 2013

SMTD students Zoe Kumagai, Stephanie Aboukasm, and Adam DesJardins are among students profiled in an LSA article about the "Michigan in Washington" program, in which students intern at various Washington, DC organizations and businesses, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center, and the Washington Performing Arts Society.    12/10/2013

October 2013
August 2013

Evan Zegiel, a sophomore who studies with Fritz Kaenzig, was the First Place winner in the Tuba Student division of the 2013 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium & Tuba Festival.     08/21/2013

July 2013

Professor Ashley Lucas and three Theatre & Drama students are engaged in an intensive exchange program with UniRio in Rio de Janiero, Brazil this summer, where they are blogging about their experiences in UniRio's prison arts program and more.   07/12/2013

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