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Faculty Update: May 2019

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Music faculty members Allan Gordon Bell and Laurie Radford, alumna Carmen Braden (MMus'15) and community partner Land's End Ensemble have been nominated for the 2019 Western Canadian Music Awards

Allan Gordon Bell will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree from the University of Alberta on June 13.

Val Campbell received a Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award. She was nominated by her DRAM 500 students. 


Sarah Kenny has been invited to speak at the annual symposium of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine held in Vancouver, May 16-18. She will be joined by Dr. Laura Cruz to highlight the needs of dancers from the sport medicine perspective.

Melanie Kloetzel's new film, Dance of the Puppets, received a Best Cast Award at Toronto’s Alternative Film Festival. It has been competitively-selected to be included in EnCore Dance on Film Festival in Atlanta and as part of Barnstorm Fest in Houston. In March, Kloetzel's other new film, Room, received a Creativity Award at the A Show for Change Film Festival, a socially conscious film festival in Los Angeles.

Wojciech Mochniej premiered his work Intercepted in Poland. The work—commissioned by Kielce Dance Theatre and featuring new music composed by Wojciech Frycz—is produced by Kielce Dance Theatre and W&M Dance Projects and supported by the Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw. His other work, Weselle—developed and presented as a work-in-progress for ProSeries 2018— has begun its spring/summer tour of Poland. Alumna Odessa Johnston (BA'17) joined the cast as rehearsal assistant (for both Intercepted and Weselle) and performer. The film Unframed, choreographed by Wojciech Mochniej, has been accepted to multiple festivals abroad, including Scotland, Greece and France with others still coming.

The Flow Festival, an international contact improvisation festival based in Warsaw, celebrates its 10th anniversary in July this year and has commissioned Melissa Monteros to create a new work for this event. Also in July, Monteros and Mochniej will begin a new work commissioned by Marie France Forcier with support from the Canada Council. Work will begin in Poland and continue in Calgary.

Sessional instructor Ralph Maier contributed a chapter to The Cambridge Companion to the Rolling Stones, entitled "The Rolling Stones’s Sound: At the Crossroads of Roots and Technology". The book will be available online in September, and in print later this year. Earlier in April, he conducted a graduate seminar and performance workshop on the song repertory of Renaissance Spain, entitled Music of 16th-Century Spain: The Vihuela in Twenty Songs at Boston University.