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Soprano Martha Dinklaker wasn’t the world’s greatest singer, but there was one thing she could do that never failed to flabbergast her fans: shatter glass with her voice. The conditions for this musical parlor trick were actually pretty simple: take one singer with perfect pitch and a large lung capacity ( i.e., Martha); add a crystal glass whose natural frequency of vibration is a high E (1318 Hz); then have her sing that pitch. Forte! The glass will resonate and, eventually, shatter. But it wasn’t just glass that Martha’s vocal pipes could obliterate, which, to her immense dismay, she found out one day while taking a break from ice skating on a pond of frozen toxic waste tailings in order to belt out a little ditty for some onlookers that featured one earsplittingly high E.

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Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Announcing results: Fifteen Minutes of Fame
with Bruce Curlette In Memoriam: D. Stanley Hasty

Vox Novus called for one-minute pieces composed for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Bruce Curlette, Bb clarinet to be premiered on March 9, 2014 for the Composer’s Voice concert series at the Jan Hus Church in New York City. The theme of this call is: In Memoriam: D. Stanley Hasty. Some reference to D. Stanley Hasty (see below) or to the legacy of teachers who have impacted our lives is strongly encouraged but not required. Stanley Hasty was a Professor Emeritus of Clarinet at the Eastman School of Music. He distinguished himself internationally as a pedagogue as well as a performer.

The composers and works selected for this Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame include:
Rodrigo Baggio's Behind His Words,
Erik Branch's A Teacher Affects Eternity...,
Nicole DeMaio's A La Deen,
Mathieu Dumont's Water & Oil,
Antonio Galanti's IMDSH,
Philippe Gatien's Elegie,
Fermino Gomes's Clarendon Gorge,
David Heinick's dolce espressivo,
Sigeru Kan-no's Mini-werk XII,
Vladimir Karpenko's The teacher and the pupil,
Steven H. Markowitz's Fantaisa on 'HASTY',
William Price's Sojourn,
Kevin Scott's Soliloquy for Solo Clarinet,
Paul David Thomas's Beyond the Break, and
Benjamin Williams's Fantasy In Memoriam

Bruce Curlette

Dr. Curlette is an active performer who has been featured on national venues such as the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium and the national conference for the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors. Dr. Curlette has also taught the clarinet studio at The Ohio State University while its current professor, James Pyne, was on sabbatical. Prior to his tenure at Cedarville, Dr. Curlette was a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra. He received his M.M. degree in clarinet performance from Eastman School of Music in 1981 and his D.M.A. degree in clarinet performance from The Ohio State University in 1991. Dr. Curlette has studied with James M. Pyne, D. Stanley Hasty, Gervase de Peyer, and Carl H.C. Anderson and has been on the Cedarville music faculty since 2001.

In Memoriam: D. Stanley Hasty

My teacher, D. Stanley Hasty distinguished himself internationally as a pedagogue as well as a performer. From 1943-68 he held the position of principal clarinet in six major orchestras: the National Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also on the faculty of a number of the nation’s premiere musical institutions including the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Peabody Institute. His success as a pedagogue is substantiated by his students, many of whom occupy a multitude of distinguished positions in symphony orchestras and on university and conservatory faculties throughout the United States. Stanley Hasty, Professor Emeritus of Clarinet at the Eastman School of Music, died Wednesday, June 22, 2011. He was 91 years old. “It is a unique legacy we honor, intensely rational yet beautifully free; always in touch with that lyric beauty that so moves the soul.” –James M. Pyne

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Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: West Winds

Deadline: January 25, 2014

Vox Novus is calling for one-minute pieces for Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon composed for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: West Winds to be performed in conjunction with Living Arts in Tulsa for May 22, 2014.

This Fifteen Minutes of Fame call for "West Winds" is looking for works inspired by the folk music of the composer's current country of residence or his/her nationality. The one-minute pieces are to be written specifically for this project, which will be performed by West winds

The selected pieces will be announced Spring of 2014 and the selected composers will be contacted via email. The results will be posted on the Vox Novus website: and through the NM421 newsletter.

Dayna Smith holds a Bachelor of Music and a Masters in Business Administration degrees from Oklahoma City University , and continued her study in bassoon performance at Baylor University . A native of Lawton , Oklahoma , she has played the bassoon for over 25 years, performing in chamber groups, orchestras and professional bands. In addition to performing with the West Winds, Dayna also performs with Chamber Music of Tulsa, Starlight Bands, and Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra. Other recent performances include concerts with the Jackson Bay Quintet, Signature Symphony and the Tulsa Community College Orchestra. Dayna studied under Betty Johnson, Eric Arbiter and Dr. Kent Moore. Dayna also teaches bassoon privately in the Tulsa area.

Kristi Sturgeon holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Tulsa and a Master of Music from the University of Oklahoma where she studied with Dr. David Etheridge. During her career, she has performed with many area ensembles, including the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Signature Symphony, the Starlight Band, and in various venues in the Tulsa area as a freelance musician. Since 1993, Kristi has maintained a private studio at Owasso High School . In 2000, she joined the Ft. Smith Symphony in Ft. Smith , Arkansas as the group’s bass clarinetist and can be heard playing on three of the cds the orchestra has recorded on the NAXOS label. Kristi joined the faculty of the University of Tulsa as clarinet professor in 2010. When not playing, she can be found knitting or spinning yarn, arranging and composing, gardening, or enjoying life with her husband and two sons.

For over forty year, Mark Watson has been an active horn player in the Tulsa Area. He has been a member of the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Signature Symphony and the Starlight Band. Additionally, he has performed in the pit for Tulsa Opera, Tulsa Ballet Theatre, and many Broadway shows. Other musical activities have included numerous chamber music performances, church services and the occasional big band or solo performance. When he is not playing the horn, Mark is an information systems analyst support Maintenance and Engineering Systems at the American Airlines Maintenance Base in Tulsa . He enjoys fishing and camping and his life with his wife, Margaret, and their West highland Terriers

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