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Beth Crisler Wins 2017 Shambarger Competition For Singers At Ouachita, Kacy Earnest Spears, Ouachita News Bureau 2017 Ouachita Baptist University

Beth Crisler Wins 2017 Shambarger Competition For Singers At Ouachita, Kacy Earnest Spears, Ouachita News Bureau

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– Beth Crisler, a soprano and senior vocal performance major from Bella Vista, Ark., won first place in Ouachita Baptist University’s recent Mary Shambarger Competition for Singers. She was one of five students were recognized for their performances in the annual competition.

Crisler earned first place and $500 for her performance of Gian-Carlo Menotti’s “To this we’ve come” from The Consul. Crisler is a student of John Alec Briggs and has been working with him from the start of the fall semester on this piece.


Departmental Assembly, Department of Music 2017 Andrews University

Departmental Assembly, Department Of Music

Concerts and Events 2016-2017

Students of the department of music featuring works by Smetana, Debussy, Chopin, Caldara, Haydn and Verdi.


Women With Addictions: Music Therapy Clinical Postures And Interventions, Susan Gardstrom, Maria Carlini, Jessica Josefczyk, Amy Love 2017 University of Dayton

Women With Addictions: Music Therapy Clinical Postures And Interventions, Susan Gardstrom, Maria Carlini, Jessica Josefczyk, Amy Love

Susan Gardstrom

Like men, women have been using alcohol and drugs since ancient times; yet we are just beginning to uncover important information about women's unique trajectory to and through addiction. Straussner and Brown (2002) write, “There is little or no denial left today: Women can be and are addicts at alarming rates” (p. 34). Close to 15% of the members of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) report working with clients who have addictions (AMTA, 2011). It is likely that some of these members work with women who struggle with addictions, and it seems feasible that some would work predominantly ...


The Effect Of Pre-­Meal, Vocal Re-Creative Music Therapy On Nutritional Intake Of Residents With Alzheimer’S Disease And Related Dementias: A Pilot Study, Larisa McHugh, Susan Gardstrom, James Hiller, Megan Brewer, Wiebke S. Diestelkamp 2017 Bethany Village

The Effect Of Pre-­Meal, Vocal Re-Creative Music Therapy On Nutritional Intake Of Residents With Alzheimer’S Disease And Related Dementias: A Pilot Study, Larisa Mchugh, Susan Gardstrom, James Hiller, Megan Brewer, Wiebke S. Diestelkamp

Susan Gardstrom

Singing has long been credited with a wide variety of physical, mental, and social health benefits (Hunter, 1999). Recent scientific inquiry points to the efficacy of singing toward enhanced cardiovascular and pulmonary performance (Bonilha, Onofre, Vieira, Prado, & Martinex, 2009), verbal communication (Wan, Ruber, Hohmann, & Schlaug, 2010), and immune functioning and attendant affective states (Kreutz, Bongard, Rohrmann, Hodapp, & Grebe, 2004; Kuhn, 2002; Unwin, Kenny, & Davis, 2002).

Among older adults, singing has been linked with improved mood, better quality of life, greater happiness, stress reduction, and emotional well-being (Clift et al., 2010).

In our own work, we have noticed repeatedly the benefits of singing with older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). Individuals who show signs of hyper-arousal (i.e., restlessness ...


Undergraduate Music Therapy Students’ Experiences As Clients In Short-Term Group Music Therapy, Nancy A. Jackson, Susan Gardstrom 2017 Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne

Undergraduate Music Therapy Students’ Experiences As Clients In Short-Term Group Music Therapy, Nancy A. Jackson, Susan Gardstrom

Susan Gardstrom

This report highlights a collaborative, phenomenological study undertaken by two faculty researchers from different undergraduate music therapy training programs in the Midwest. A total of nine junior and senior music therapy students from both programs (five from one, four from the other) were involved in short-term group music therapy, participating in three two-hour sessions during the course of an academic semester. Sessions were facilitated by the researchers, both of whom were board-certified music therapists. To ensure ethical treatment, each researcher led sessions with the students from the other university, with whom they had no dual relationships. Student participants were involved ...


The Impact Of Group Music Therapy On Negative Affect Of People With Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders And Mental Illnesses, Susan Gardstrom, Jacklyn Bartkowski, Joy Willenbrink, Wiebke S. Diestelkamp 2017 University of Dayton

The Impact Of Group Music Therapy On Negative Affect Of People With Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders And Mental Illnesses, Susan Gardstrom, Jacklyn Bartkowski, Joy Willenbrink, Wiebke S. Diestelkamp

Susan Gardstrom

The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of group music therapy on levels of self-reported negative affect (NA) among men and women on a residential unit of an integrated dual diagnosis treatment program.

More specifically, we sought to determine if and to what degree engagement in composition, receptive (listening), re-creation (performing), and improvisation experiences would result in a shift—namely, a decrease—in the intensity of self-reported NA.

Participants were adults in residential treatment who had been diagnosed with co-occurring substance use disorders (SUDs) and mental illnesses (MIs), predominantly mood and anxiety disorders. Twenty group-music-therapy sessions were ...


Personal Therapy For Undergraduate Music Therapy Students: A Survey Of Amta Program Coordinators, Susan Gardstrom, Nancy A. Jackson 2017 University of Dayton

Personal Therapy For Undergraduate Music Therapy Students: A Survey Of Amta Program Coordinators, Susan Gardstrom, Nancy A. Jackson

Susan Gardstrom

The primary purpose of this study was to gather information in order to understand if and how various modalities of personal therapy are employed with undergraduate music therapy students in the United States, AMTA degree program coordinators were asked about 3 therapy modalities, in particular: verbal therapy, music therapy, and expressive arts therapy (excluding music therapy). It was predicted that less than a quarter of the respondents would indicate that personal therapy of any modality was required in their undergraduate curricula, but that a larger percentage would indicate that it was encouraged. Both hypotheses were supported, with just over 14 ...


Adjudicated Adolescents, Susan Gardstrom 2017 University of Dayton

Adjudicated Adolescents, Susan Gardstrom

Susan Gardstrom

This chapter highlights music therapy practice with adjudicated adolescents, also referred to as juvenile offenders or delinquents.

In 2008 alone (the most recent year for which statistics are available), juvenile courts in the U.S. took action on more than 1.6 million petitions of delinquency. Some of these cases were dismissed; some were waived to adult, or criminal, court; still others resulted in adjudication (a determination of guilt) with subsequent dispositions of community service, restitution, fines, probation, and/or mandatory placement in treatment programs of varying levels of security (National Center for Juvenile Justice, 2009).


Music Therapy Within The Context Of Psychotherapeutic Models, Mary Scovel, Susan Gardstrom 2017 Western Michigan University

Music Therapy Within The Context Of Psychotherapeutic Models, Mary Scovel, Susan Gardstrom

Susan Gardstrom

Music therapy clinical practice occurs at various levels. Wheeler (1983) has classified the treatment of adults with mental disorders into three types: music therapy as an activity therapy; insight music therapy with re-educative goals; and insight music therapy with reconstructive goals.

Activity-based therapy is aimed at helping the client reach observable, measurable goals through various forms of music experiences. In contrast, the two remaining levels focus on facilitation of change through personal insight gained via musical experiences and verbalization about those experiences. Insight-based music therapy processes are ordinarily more intense and prolonged, in that deep emotions are evoked, and in ...


Ouachita Wind Ensemble To Present Spring Concert On March 7, Sarah Davis, Ouachita News Bureau 2017 Ouachita Baptist University

Ouachita Wind Ensemble To Present Spring Concert On March 7, Sarah Davis, Ouachita News Bureau

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Ouachita Baptist University’s Wind Ensemble will present its spring concert on Tuesday, March 7. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Performing Arts Center on the Ouachita campus. It is free and open to the public.

“The Wind Ensemble is the premier instrumental ensemble at OBU and the concert will feature outstanding wind and percussion music,” said Dr. Craig Hamilton, Ouachita’s Lena Goodwin Trimble Professor of Music and director of bands.


The Elias Duo, Carlos Elias, Andrea Arese-Elias 2017 Cedarville University

The Elias Duo, Carlos Elias, Andrea Arese-Elias

Carlos Elias, M.M.

No abstract provided.


Ouachita To Present Joint Concert Featuring Ouachita Sounds And Jazz Band Feb. 28, Katie Smith, Ouachita News Bureau 2017 Ouachita Baptist University

Ouachita To Present Joint Concert Featuring Ouachita Sounds And Jazz Band Feb. 28, Katie Smith, Ouachita News Bureau

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Ouachita Baptist University’s Department of Music will present a joint concert featuring Ouachita Sounds vocal ensemble and the OBU Jazz Band on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The concert will be held at 8 p.m. in Jones Performing Arts Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Jazz Band will perform “Come Out Swinging” by Larry Neeck, “Smooth” by Rob Thomas and Itaal Shur, “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing” by Stevie Wonder and “The Best of Sly and the Family Stone” by Silvester Stewart. The Jazz Band will also perform two songs by Sting, “Wrapped Around ...


Enrique Sandoval, Department of Music 2017 Andrews University

Enrique Sandoval, Department Of Music

Concerts and Events 2016-2017

Enrique Sandoval featuring works by Boccherini, Mertz, Britten, Barrios, Coste, Villa-Lobos and Tarrega. Also accompanied by String Quartet: Carlos Lozano, Tiffany Steinweg, Jesse Gray, Jeremy Ahn.


Ouachita To Host Pianist Cole Burger In Concert March 2, Haley Wilkerson, Ouachita News Bureau 2017 Ouachita Baptist University, Staff writer for the Signal

Ouachita To Host Pianist Cole Burger In Concert March 2, Haley Wilkerson, Ouachita News Bureau

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Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host pianist Dr. Cole Burger in concert on Thursday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. in McBeth Recital Hall in Mabee Fine Arts Center. The recital, which is part of Ouachita’s Guest Artist Series, is free and open to the public.

Burger is an instructor in the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University, where he teaches and coordinates class piano and piano pedagogy. He holds degrees in piano performance and economics from Northwestern University and the University of Texas.


Ouachita To Host Percussionist Richard Henson, Jr. In Concert Feb. 27, Hannah Hines, Ouachita News Bureau 2017 Ouachita Baptist University

Ouachita To Host Percussionist Richard Henson, Jr. In Concert Feb. 27, Hannah Hines, Ouachita News Bureau

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Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host percussionist Richard Henson, Jr. in concert on Monday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s W. Francis McBeth Recital Hall on the Ouachita campus. It will feature world percussion and hand drums from around the globe.


Ouachita To Host Shambarger Competition For Singers Feb. 21, Kacy Spears, Ouachita News Bureau 2017 Ouachita Baptist University

Ouachita To Host Shambarger Competition For Singers Feb. 21, Kacy Spears, Ouachita News Bureau

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Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host the 19th annual Mary Shambarger Competition for Singers Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m. in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall. This year’s competition features arias from opera and oratorio, and the performances are free and open to the public.

The Shambarger Competition is an opportunity for Ouachita students studying vocal music to expand their repertoire and gain experience auditioning in a professional setting. The event was founded by Mary Shambarger, Ouachita professor emerita of music. Shambarger served on Ouachita’s music faculty for 32 years ...


God With Us - A Vespers In Music And Poetry, Department of Music 2017 Andrews University

God With Us - A Vespers In Music And Poetry, Department Of Music

Concerts and Events 2016-2017

A collaboration between the Department of Music and Department of English presenting a fusing of music and poetry.


Seven Ouachita Students Selected For 2017 Arkansas Intercollegiate Band, Sarah Davis, Ouachita News Bureau 2017 Ouachita Baptist University

Seven Ouachita Students Selected For 2017 Arkansas Intercollegiate Band, Sarah Davis, Ouachita News Bureau

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Seven Ouachita Baptist University students recently were selected for the 2017 Arkansas Intercollegiate Band (AIB). They will perform Friday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. in Hot Springs, Ark. The concert is free and open to the public.

The AIB is an honor band composed of students who represent college and university bands across Arkansas. Band directors submit nominations, and a selection committee chooses students based on instrumentation needs. The band will meet on Thursday, Feb. 16, for the first time to rehearse and will present the concert on Friday. The rehearsal and concert are presented in conjunction with the ...


"Performance Practices In Johannes Brahms's Chamber Music" By Clive Brown, Neal Peres Da Costa, And Kate Bennett Wadsworth, Michael Musgrave 2017 The Juilliard School

"Performance Practices In Johannes Brahms's Chamber Music" By Clive Brown, Neal Peres Da Costa, And Kate Bennett Wadsworth, Michael Musgrave

Performance Practice Review

Michael Musgrave discusses Clive Brown, Neal Peres da Costa, and Kate Bennett Wadsworth's 2015 work.

Brown, Clive, Neal Peres da Costa, Kate Bennett Wadsworth. Performing Practices in Johannes Brahms's Chamber Music. Kassel, Basel, London, New York, Praha: Bärenreiter, 2015 [2nd printing 2016].


Codex: Embodied Communication In Richard Barrett’S Scores For Improvisation, Hannah Reardon-Smith 2017 Edith Cowan University

Codex: Embodied Communication In Richard Barrett’S Scores For Improvisation, Hannah Reardon-Smith

Directions of New Music

This paper examines the process of preparing Barrett’s codex V (2007) and codex XV (2015) and their performance on Saturday 18 June, 2016, as part of the Ghent Advanced Master in Contemporary Performance Practice (ManaMa) academy examinations in Brussels, Belgium. This project involved the development of deep collaborative relationships with a number of other performers, the study and interpretation of alternative notational practices, and the invention of a variety of ad hoc solutions to issues of coordination and ensemble unity, with a particular focus on clear physical communication. Reflections on my own process of preparation and rehearsal are supplemented ...


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