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Alumni Profiles – Amanda Bruneau-Schroeder (CMU ’11)

YouTube Preview ImageThis video features Amanda Bruneau-Schroeder at In Gratitude, April 16, 2011, a graduation weekend event that celebrates CMU graduates by inviting class members to share their experiences through spoken word or musical performance. The event brings together family members, graduates, students, faculty, and staff.

Amanda Bruneau-Schroeder, soprano with Rachelle Reinhart, piano
The Girl in 14G Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan
Bachelor of Music, Concentrations: Performance, Music Education

Video Production: Laura Tait, Communications & Media Student (2011)

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Alumni Profiles – Joel Peters (CMU ’11)

YouTube Preview ImageThis video features Joel Peters at In Gratitude, April 16, 2011, a graduation weekend event that celebrates CMU graduates by inviting class members to share their experiences through spoken word or musical performance.  The event brings together family members, graduates, students, faculty and staff.

Joel Peters, organ
Trivium Arvo Pärt
Bachelor of Music, Concentration: Performance

Video production by Laura Tait, Media Workshop student.

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CMU Co-sponsors New Rosamunde Summer Music Academy

Canada’s Newest Summer Strings Program Features Top Instructors

Music students of all ages have the opportunity this summer to study with some of Canada’s finest string teachers at CMU as it hosts the inaugural Rosamunde Summer Music Academy, Canada’s newest summer music program. RSMA, which will run from August 21 to 26, 2011 is the brainchild of Yuri Hooker, Artistic Director, and Elation Pauls, Managing Director.

“I have always wanted to offer Manitoba’s aspiring string players an opportunity to learn in an intense and supportive program,” says Hooker, who also serves as Principal Cellist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. “I’m very excited about the possibilities that our partnership with CMU will inspire.”

RSMA is attracting students from across the country, Hooker says.  It is the first program of its kind in Winnipeg, emphasizing each student’s individual growth with an eye to inspiring them with new ideas and approaches as well as setting them on a good path for their year of musical study. Qualities that make the program unique are its inclusiveness and its holistic philosophy to music making.

The RSMA offers programs for string players of all ages and skill levels, from young ones just starting out through to advanced teenagers and university age students all the way to keen adult amateurs.

“I love the idea of young kids being mentored by the older students, and the mutual inspiration that will be sparked between the more mature and the younger students,” says Pauls, Assistant Principal Second Violin in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

“I want students to see how music can be an integral part of their daily lives, regardless of whether they choose to pursue it as a career,” she says. “Often times, young kids and adults don’t get the opportunity to study with performers/teachers at the top of their career—when I’ve seen it happen it has invariably sparked a greater joy in their music making as well as a depth and freshness of experience that they can then take back to their studies with their primary teachers.”

Pauls and Hooker believe music should flow as an outpouring of each individual’s daily experience. For that reason, they’ve devised a schedule that will emphasize the development of music as a natural part of daily life, as an infectious expression of the soul. Before the official start each morning, drop-in yoga classes will be offered on campus.

Hooker enthuses: “Yoga helps people to get in touch with what is essential: breathing well, moving through space thoughtfully, thinking clearly, observing oneself objectively. At RSMA, students will have an opportunity to begin each day meditatively with a progression toward the more interactive large ensemble rehearsal at the end of the day.” Hooker notes that individual study can often be an isolating experience, and the work alone is essential, but adds, “What we’re aiming to do is to bind everyone’s solo efforts together in music-loving community throughout each day of study.”

The overall program structure is based on the model that Hooker refined during the four years of his Winnipeg Summer Cello Institute, which RSMA now replaces. Each student will have the opportunity to participate in daily technique and master classes, a generous amount of private lesson time, accompanying sessions with experienced coaches, chamber music and string orchestra rehearsals, and Alexander technique sessions.

“Having performed and taught at summer music festivals around the world, I am a great believer in their power to inspire students to new heights of music making and give them a great head start on their studies,” says Gwen Hoebig, one of RSMA’s faculty members and Concertmaster of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. “I am thrilled to see the establishment of the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy here in Winnipeg and I’m excited to be a part of this new project!”

“A week of intensive study in this kind of nurturing environment can really fire up a student’s interest and commitment level, sustaining them throughout the year,” adds Pauls. “The rate and quality of improvement during one intense week is often miraculous.”

Out of town students will stay at CMU’s excellent dormitory facilities. The week will kick off with a faculty recital on August 21 and culminate with a student recital on August 26.

RSMA 2011 Faculty (See online biographies at www.rosamunde.ca)

Elation Pauls, Violin/Managing Director Assistant Principal Second Violin, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Gwen Hoebig, Violin Concertmaster, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Daniel Scholz, Viola Principal Viola, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Yuri Hooker, Cello/Artistic Director Principal Cello, Winnipeg Symphony Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Andrea Bell, Cello Cellist, Rembrandt String Quartet

Meredith Johnson, Double bass Principal Bass, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Michelle Mourre, Conductor/Collaborative Piano & Ensemble Coordinator Former Conductor-in-Residence, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

The vision of the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy is:

tune: to tune in, tune the body, tune the instrument, fine-tune abilities, harmonize musical and interpersonal relationships

train: to be afforded the opportunity to learn with innovative teachers at the top of their careers who are dedicated to the development of the whole musician

try: to gird up each student as they try out new ideas, letting them fail or succeed in a supportive, non-competitive environment, finally enabling each student to

“Tear It Up!”

Visit www.rosamunde.ca

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) is a Christian university in the Anabaptist tradition, offering undergraduate degrees in arts and science, business and organizational administration, communications and media, peace and conflict resolution studies, music and music therapy, theology, and church ministries, as well as graduate degrees in Theological Studies and Christian Ministry. Located in Manitoba, CMU has over 1,700 students at its Shaftesbury Campus in Southwest Winnipeg, at Menno Simons College in downtown Winnipeg, and enrolled through its Outtatown discipleship school. CMU is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC).

For RSMA information, contact: info@rosamunde.ca

For CMU information, contact:
Nadine Kampen, Communications & Marketing Director
nkampen@cmu.ca

Tel. 204.487.3300  Ext. 621
Canadian Mennonite University | 500 Shaftesbury Blvd. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3P 2N2

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Talented CMU Choirs on the Road in April

CMU Chamber Choir, CMU Singers Performing on Tour

Choral music lovers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario, and parts of the United States have an opportunity this April to participate in worship concerts provided by Canadian Mennonite University’s (CMU) talented choir ensembles during year-end performance tours.

During its April 2011 tour, the 18-voice CMU Chamber Choir, under the direction of CMU Assistant Professor of Music Janet Brenneman, will visit churches and schools in North Dakota, Minnesota, Ontario, and Manitoba.  CMU’s Cheryl Pauls, Associate Professor of Music, will accompany the tour as a guest speaker.

The CMU Singers, a 37-voice choir under the direction of CMU Associate Professor of Music Rudy Schellenberg, will visit schools and churches in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Guest speaker, CMU Vice-President (External) Terry Schellenberg, is travelling with the Singers.

“Martin Luther’s statement, that ‘next to theology there is no art which is the equal of music,’ frames the discipline and art of music-making at CMU,” says CMU Dean of Music Dietrich Bartel. “It is with great delight that we are able to send two of our choirs on the road, giving us an opportunity to share some aspects of CMU’s art of music-making with the broader community.”

Bartel notes that approximately a quarter of CMU students, though coming from a wide variety of disciplines and degree programs, are involved in one or another form of musical activity at CMU: singing in one of CMU’s five choirs, playing in instrumental ensembles, participating in music dramas, being involved in worship bands, or taking individual applied lessons.

The CMU Choirs are auditioned, mixed ensembles whose members are selected for their high levels of vocal proficiency.  Each year, CMU choirs study and perform a challenging body of choral repertoire chosen from a variety of genres and styles, providing opportunity for advanced students to strengthen and increase their musicianship. CMU choirs perform regularly in concert and in worship throughout Manitoba and on yearly tours across Canada and Northern U.S.A.

In addition to tour performances, CMU choirs collaborate and perform with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at its internationally recognized New Music Festival, most recently performing the Canadian premiere of The Seven Gates of Jerusalem by the contemporary Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki.

Chamber Choir Conductor Janet Brenneman, a native of Ontario, holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from Michigan State University.  Brenneman has conducted choirs at all levels in Ontario, Michigan, and in Manitoba, and is also a conductor for Pembina Trails Voices, where she works extensively with boys’ choirs.

CMU Singers Conductor Rudy Schellenberg teaches in the areas of choral music, conducting, and church music.  In addition to choral and orchestral study and conducting at Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie, Detmold, Germany, Schellenberg did his doctoral studies in Choral Conducting at the University of Cincinnati.  He also co-conducts the 100-voice Mennonite Festival Chorus that performs regularly with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Since opening in 2000, CMU has continued to build on the venerable musical legacy of two of its founding colleges, Concord College (MBBC) and Canadian Mennonite Bible College. In addition to continuing those strong programs in choral music, music performance, and music ministry, CMU’s music education program is attracting an ever increasing number of students, as is the unique CMU Music Therapy program. Through all of these activities and programs, lives of students are being transformed through and with music, as they are being nurtured to transform the lives of others through this gift of God.

Chamber Choir Tour

Monday, April 18 | 7 PM
Lakeview Mennonite Church
4635 78th St • Wolford, ND

Tuesday, April 19 | 7 PM
Strawberry Lake Mennonite Church
33068 County Highway 34 • Ogema, MN

Wednesday, April 20 | 7 PM
Rainy River Evangelical Covenant Church
303 Broadway Ave • Rainy River, ON

Thursday, April 21 | 7 PM
Maundy Thursday Service
First United Church
23 Van Horne Ave • Dryden, ON

Friday, April 22 | 7 PM
Red Lake Mennonite Church
100 Hammell Rd. • Red Lake, ON

Saturday, April 23 | 7 PM
Grace Mennonite Church
430 Third St  • Steinbach, MB

Sunday, April 24 | 10:30 AM
River East MB Church
755 McLeod Ave  • Winnipeg, MB

CMU Singers Tour

Monday, April 18 | 7 PM
Brandon, MB
Grace Mennonite Church

Tuesday, April 19 | 7:30 PM
Joint concert with Rosthern Junior College
Osler, SK
Osler Mennonite Church

Wednesday, April 20 | 7 PM
Coaldale, AB
Coaldale MB Church

Thursday, April 21 | 7 PM
Lethbridge, AB
Lethbridge Mennonite Church

Friday, April 22 | 10 AM
Calgary, AB
Bethany Chapel

Saturday, April 23 | 10 AM
Edmonton, AB
Lendrum MB Church

Saturday, April 23 | 7 PM
Edmonton, AB
First Mennonite Church

Sunday, April 24 | 10:30 AM
Edmonton, AB
Lendrum MB Church

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) is a Christian university in the Anabaptist tradition, offering undergraduate degrees in arts and science, business and organizational administration, communications and media, peace and conflict resolution studies, music and music therapy, theology, and church ministries, as well as graduate degrees in Theological Studies and Christian Ministry.  Located in Manitoba, CMU has over 1,700 students at its Shaftesbury Campus in Southwest Winnipeg, at Menno Simons College in downtown Winnipeg, and enrolled through its Outtatown discipleship program. CMU is a Member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC).

For information, contact:
Nadine Kampen
Communications & Marketing Director
nkampen@cmu.ca; Tel. 204.487.3300 Ext. 621

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Verna Mae Janzen Competition Features Outstanding Musical Talent

Becky Reesor, Pianist, Wins Top Prize
This year’s Verna Mae Janzen music competition at CMU welcomed both vocalists and musicians to the stage. Previously a competition for vocalists only, this year the steering committee headed up by Henriette Schellenberg, Assistant Professor of Music at CMU, opened the competition to those with majors in instruments or voice.

Competitors in this year’s finals were Ashley Fredette, soprano; Joel Peters, organ; Courtney Dugan, mezzo soprano; Theo Dyck, baritone; Chelsea Froese, mezzo-soprano; Becky Reesor, piano; and Rebecca Hill, soprano.

l. to r.: Joel Peters, Becky Reesor, Peter Janzen, Rebecca Hill

Reesor won first place honours, claiming a prize of $700, while competition jurors William Baerg and Irmgard Baerg, deciding that Hill and Peters deserved to share the second-place honours, awarded Peters and Hill each $400.
The response from the audience to this year’s expanded program was positive, Schellenberg said. “They really loved the variety, especially this year because of the different instruments.”

One thing that has not changed from previous competitions is the excellent performances of the competitors, especially those who reach the competition finals.

Said Schellenberg, who was pleased with the high calibre performances from CMU students and proud of the efforts that went into preparing, “The Verna Mae Janzen competition helps students prepare for all aspects of their public performances.”

The Verna Mae Janzen Competition sponsor and donor of the prizes, Mr. Peter Janzen from Deep River, Ontario, again travelled to Winnipeg for the three-day competition, as he has been doing for all six years that the competition has been held.  Janzen established the competition in memory of his wife, Verna Mae, who died of cancer in 1989 at age 53 and who shared the joy of singing with her husband.

“We are so pleased to have Mr. Janzen as founder here to attend these competitions,” says Schellenberg. “I know that he particularly enjoys seeing the students, their parents, CMU faculty, and friends and relatives who come out to support this project.”

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) is a Christian university in the Anabaptist tradition, offering undergraduate degrees in arts and science, business and organizational administration, communications and media, peace and conflict resolution studies, music and music therapy, theology, and church ministries, as well as graduate degrees in Theological Studies and Christian Ministry. Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CMU has over 1,700 students at its Shaftesbury Campus in Southwest Winnipeg, at Menno Simons College in downtown Winnipeg, and enrolled through its Outtatown discipleship school. CMU is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)

For information, contact:
Nadine Kampen, Communications & Marketing Director
nkampen@cmu.ca
Tel. 204.487.3300  Ext. 621
www.cmu.ca

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Crystal Arnold – Alumnus Reflects on Faith and Music-making

Crystal Arnold
CMU Alumnus
Interview Date: October 31, 2010

In this interview, Crystal speaks with David Balzer – host of Sunday@CMU radio, about the role CMU played in her journey to find faith, meaningful Christian community and her identity as a musician and teacher.

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Rebecca Reesor – An Unexpected Musical Journey

Rebecca Reesor
 CMU Music Major, Piano
Interview Date: September 21st, 2010

In this interview, David Balzer – host of Sunday@CMU radio, catches up with Rebecca to discuss her unexpected musical journey and her first performance with a full orchestra.

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Cheryl Pauls – Piano Performance as Worship

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“Music performance as worship”

Dr. Cheryl Pauls is Associate Professor of Music and incoming President of CMU.  She  joined David Balzer on the Sunday@CMU radio program in June 2010 for a conversation about music theory, faith and teaching.

Cheryl holds a doctorate in piano performance from the University of British Columbia. She completed undergraduate degrees in Religious Studies and Music at Concord College, University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba and a Master of Music degree at the University of British Columbia. At UBC she studied extensively with Jane Coop, Douglas Finch, John Roeder and Robert Silverman.

Cheryl and her husband, Bryan Harder, are kept busy with their two young sons, Nicholas and William. Cheryl is also actively involved in music and worship at her home congregation, River East Mennonite Brethren Church in Winnipeg.

Contact: cpauls@cmu.ca