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Faculty Update: Summer 2018

Edmond Agopian took the Calgary Youth Orchestra (CYO) on tour to Hungary, Austria and Poland in July. The repertoire included some of Agopian’s own arrangements, as well as an orchestra work he commissioned from Calgary composer and CYO alumnus Scott Ross-Molyneaux. The CYO includes a number of UCalgary students who are also part of the UCalgary Orchestra.

Jeremy Brown performed in The Relief Band, a 17 piece orchestra led by Tim Tamashiro, during the Calgary Stampede. This was the first year in many that the Grandstand Show scored the music for a jazz band. Brown played tenor saxophone.

This summer, Christine Brubaker worked on new play developments. Together with co-writer and MFA candidate Constantine Anastaskis, as well as a cast of ten actors and dramaturg Sarah Stanley, Christine workshopped HenryG20. The play will have a staged reading this fall. 
Christine also participated in scripts workshops for The Life and Death of Ana Petrovna with playwright Hannah Rittner, and the  The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis, adapted for the stage by Anna Chatterton for the 2019 Shaw Festival. Christine thanks the CFRA for assistance with funding this research.

Laura Hynes presented ConcerT: Testosterone and the Transgender Singing Voice at Symposium II in St. John’s, NL in July. She also taught masterclasses and lessons to visiting students from China during the Global Voices program hosted at Mount Royal University (thumbnail photo), and masterclasses in French mélodie and opera arias for the Cowtown Opera Summer Academy.

Melanie Kloetzel traveled to Malta in July to participate in a panel called Contra Rhythms and Contra Flows: Dance, Site and Urban Resistance as part of the second annual Dance Studies Association conference. Dance sessional Alen Chaudhry and dance alumnus Rufio O. Rodriguez (BA'15) were also there to present a lecture-demonstration fusion entitled Coalescence of Disparate Dances: Conflict and Creativity.