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Mu Phi Epsilon Guest Composer
Picture to go here. Sterling Patron, Cr Chen Yi will be in attendance during the convention to serve as Composer in Residence. Dr. Yi will give the keynote address at the final banquet on Saturday evening. Prior to that, she will conduct a workshop focusing on her compositions and welcome Mu Phi members to participate by performing some of her works. Dr. Yi will also schedule 1x1 meetings with member composers looking for suggestions for their own compositions.

Chen Yi began studying piano at the age of three, heavily influenced by the music of Western composers such as Bach and Mozart. However, once the Cultural Revolution began in 1966, Western attitudes were severely shunned and arts were opposed. For ten years, education came to a halt and people were relocated to work in large communes in countryside. Chen's father and older sister were sent away, but she managed to stay in her hometown a while longer and continued to practice music, although she was forced to stuff a blanket inside her piano in order to dampen the sound and play her violin with a mute. When she was 15 years old, the family house was searched, all possessions were taken, and the rest of her family was dispersed to different locations to perform compulsory labor in the countryside.

Chen Yi used her time spent laboring in the countryside to learn and appreciate Chinese folk culture. Her connection with Chinese music would prove a useful tool in finding her own voice for her musical compositions in later life. At age seventeen, she returned to Guangzhou and began working as concertmaster in the orchestra of the Beijing Opera Troupe in Guangzhou. You’ll learn more about Chen Yi’s journey throughout the convention.
   
Foundation Guest Composer 
Picture to go here.  Having collaborated with other composers as a singer, (Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, Philip Glass and Gunther Schuller to name a few), Adrienne Albert (Phi Nu) began composing her own music in the 1990s. Her music has been widely performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, Australia, South America, Canada, Thailand, China and South Africa. The child of European trained professional violinists, Adrienne began studying the piano at age 4 and composition at 10. She had the good fortune to have had great teachers: for piano, Jacob Gimpel and Aube Tzerko in Los Angeles, Joanna Graudan at the Aspen Music School and early composition studies with Saul Kaplan and Leonard Stein. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in music performance and education. After enjoying a lengthy career performing other people’s music in Los Angeles and New York, she returned to L.A. to study composition with Stephen “Lucky” Mosko at CalArts and orchestration with Albert Harris.

Adrienne has been commissioned by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation to compose a small ensemble work for the 2014 Convention in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Foundation. She will be the featured speaker at the Foundation sponsored luncheon.
   

 

Workshop Presenters

 

What You Need to Know as a Music Major Graduate
Picture to go here. Andrew Cooperstock's (Mu Kappa) music career has made him somewhat of a globetrotter. As a piano soloist and chamber musician, he's spent time on six continents and has performed in nearly every state in the U.S. He has won numerous awards and has been described as a "technically impeccable and musically profound" pianist. Cooperstock, a professor of piano, has been at the University of Colorado Boulder's College of Music for 12 years. He is a graduate of the Julliard School and the Cincinnati and Peabody conservatories.

A workshop designed to help the young music student navigate through the process of applying for grants and scholarships and competitions, highlighting our own Foundation opportunities. What will it take to put you in the front of the pack?
   
Jumping Off a Cliff and Flying: My Mid-life Career Change (and Why Music Matters)
Picture to go here.  Julia Scherer’s (Alpha Kappa) great passion in life is connecting people with the joy of music. Her diverse music-related work has included Director of Development for a world-class chamber music presenter and Piano Specialist at Kansas City’s Steinway dealership. In 2012, she left her position at Schmitt Music to open Sheer Joy Piano Studio, where she and her students of all ages delight in connecting with their unique creativity through musical expression. A Certified Simply Music Teacher and Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, Julia also holds a master’s degree in piano performance. In her spare time, Julia is president of the Kansas City Alumni Chapter.

Do you ever wonder if live music is still relevant in a society where digital media have seemingly overtaken every aspect of our lives? Julia’s contention is that as we become ever more intertwined with technology, music is an even more vital means of connecting us with our humanity and with each other. She will share the ways that her students nurture and celebrate their individual creativity through music, including a ground-breaking way of teaching that was so profound it was the prime mover behind her decision to return to teaching. A multi-media presentation and live musical demonstrations at the piano will invite and encourage audience participation.
   

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