North Texas State University School of Music Newsletter, January 1974 Page: 3
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Band At Airport
Under the direction of Maurice McAdow, the NTSU Band was
featured at the recent dedication ceremonies for the new Dallas-
Fort Worth Airport. Diplomats from 55 nations participated in the
celebration and officials estimated attendance over 300,000 for the
NTSU President C.C. Nolen said, "We are honored to think the
finest marching and concert band in the North Texas area was asked
to fill the lead spot in the dedication ceremonies. Now, thousands of
area residents and others will know what we know so well about the
quality of this band.
"It is especially fitting at a time when Maurice McAdow has been
honored as Texas Bandmaster of the Year," he added.
Veteran professors in the School of Music have discovered that
the "now" generation includes "second" generation music majors.
Maurice McAdow conducts not only his son Scott on trumpet, but
also Christie Wood, piccolo, daughter of Mary Ellen (Stanley) and
Clarence Wood, Shreveport, La., both former band members, and
Amy Bourek, horn, daughter of Paul Bourek, Garland band direc-
or and former NTSU bandsman.
The Electronic Music Center, Mulberry Street, is working to
develop the fields of media art vehicles, computer applications to the
arts, and analogue synthesis of sound and light. New visual tools in-
clude laser beams and splitting of laser beams, a new light instrument
(designed and built at the Center), and 16mm movie abstractions of
design and color. A result of two years' work, the voltage controlled
light driver was completed under the main direction of research
assistant Bruce Ballentine. Assistant Dan Cody has successfully add-
ed to the Center's systems the RITOUT program for writing music
manuscript with a Calcomp plotter.
The Center is supported by NTSU Faculty Research grants and
directed by Merrill Ellis. Dr. Wayne Barlow, director of graduate
studies and the electronic music laboratory of the Eastman School
and George Crumb, Pulitzer Prize composer, were recent visitors
at the Center.
Electronic Music Studio B, Chilton Hall, has added the following
equipment: Teac 2340 4-channel tape deck; 2 Crown speakers; 2 Uni-
versal Tiger amplifiers; Moog low pass filter.
Two students have been awarded $500 in scholarship funds that
were presented to the School of Music last spring by Ed Shaughnes-
sy, drummer for the Johnny Carson NBC Tonight Show. Stephan
Wolkonowski, Denton sophomore, and Brad Bilhorn, junior from
Foster City, Cal., were chosen to receive the awards. Both are per-
cussionists in the Laboratory Dance Bands.
Chorus To Perform
In Washington, D.C.
By WILLI MOORE
North Texas Daily Reporter
The Grand Chorus will leave Jan. 19 to perform with the National
Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Per-
forming Arts in Washington, D.C., according to choir director Frank
McKinley of the music faculty.
"This is the longest trip any university group of this size has made
to perform with the National Symphony," McKinley said.
The 120-member choir will sing Jan. 22-24 under the direction of
Antal Dorati, who is in his third year as music director of the Na-
The Grand Chorus will perform Stabat Mater by Szymanowski
and Dies Irae by Penderecki.
Penderecki is known for his avant-garde music in Dies Irae. The
additions of the sounds of a siren and chains make up a work that is
"unusual, bold, perhaps even jarring at moments, and overwhelming-
ly dramatic," according to McKinley. The composer wanted to ex-
press his attitude towards the appalling crimes of Auschwitz, he said.
McKinley said that the Washington performance puts the image
of the university culturally in front of the Eastern critics.
McKinley said Dorati is making a definite effort to make Wash-
ington a cultural center. "He has the reputation of being an orches-
tra builder or orchestra rebuilder," McKinley said.
The Grand Chorus performed in Dallas with Dorati when he was
director of the Dallas Symphony in 1940. "I have stayed in touch
with him during the years," McKinley said.
Bice Sets Tempo
For NT Alumni
For two years, John Bice tried to set a date with the North Texas
State University A Cappella Choir and Boosey and Hawkes, inter-
national music publishers.
On Feb. 11 (1973), the meeting, and a five-hour recording session,
Such enthusiasm and diligence on Bice's part point out why the
NTSU Music Ex's Association just presented him the organization's
"outstanding alumni" award for 1973.
He was scheduled to receive the award at the convention of the
Texas Music Educators' Association in San Antonio the first of
February in San Antonio.
However, ice and snow interfered with travel plans, and Dale
Peters of the NTSU music faculty, president of the Ex's Associa-
tion, gave Bice the award Feb. 12 at the NTSU School of Music.
Bice, who received a master's degree in music at NTSU in 1952,
is a member of Boosey and Hawkes publications committee and con-
sultant on educational matters. He has been on the board of the
Music Teachers National Association and the board of the "Ameri-
can Music Teacher" magazine.
Presently involved with the publications of the Kodaly Musical
Training Institute of Wellesley, Mass., Bice visited Hungary in 1969,
by invitation of several music academies there. During the visit, he
presented his copy of the Dallas Symphony and NTSU A Cappella
Choir recording of Kodaly's Psalmus Hungaricus to the composer's
The 1948 recording with the DSO conducted by Antal Dorati, was
the first done of the work in the United States, and was released on
RCA's Red Seal label.
The new recording, planned by Bice and NTSU A Cappella Choir
director Frank McKinley and taped Feb. 11, will be released by
Bice's company in four-channel stereo.
The album will feature the recording premiere of three new works
by Gordon Binkerd, To Electra, Vision For Electra and Let Not Thy
"These are extremely difficult works, and these choir members
did a marvelous job," said Bice.
The 46-minute recording also includes new works of composer
Ned Rorem, including Canticle of the Land.
Bice had his company's recording equipment brought to NTSU
from the TMEA convention in San Antonio for the session.
According to Bice, the record will be a "performance" record,
distributed for the public. Boosey and Hawkes has offices in New
York City, where Bice is headquartered, and in London, Paris, To-
ronto, Bonn, Sydney, Gutenberg, Johannesberg and other parts of
GEORGE MOREY GALA PLANNED
(by Carol Reglin Farrar, Chairman,
George Morey Anniversary Committee)
Did you know that Dr. George Morey has been on the NTSU
School of Music faculty since 1947? Many of you have been under his
tutelage (flute, orchestra, graduate classes) and will want to take
part in recognizing his 25 years of distinguished teaching at NTSU.
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