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Department of Music

Composer's Workshop IX 2012-13


General Information
Western Oregon University presents its annual Composer's Workshop that features guest composers & performers throughout the academic year. The workshop aims to foster the creation, growth and appreciation of contemporary music in the University's local and regional communities by providing a forum of composition-related topics, presentations, and performances for the following clientele: Composers of any age who are at the early and formative stages of their creative activities; Studio and classroom music teachers engaged in teaching beginning composition techniques; Western Oregon University students and faculty; and Community members.

Workshop IX Featured Guest Artist Ensemble:

October 4, 2012

Anna Marie WytcoAnna Marie Wytko's artistry has been described by distinguished Paris composer-pianist Roger Boutry as "brilliant - great sensitivity - exceptional color and vivid contrasts." She is the Assistant Professor of Music at Kansas State University where she teaches saxophone, chamber music, and music theory. A Yamaha Performing Artist-Clinician, Dr. Wytko has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Mexico. She has presented guest artist concerto performances with orchestra throughout England and Scotland and has performed as guest soloist with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony of the West Valley (AZ), the Tempe Symphony Orchestra, the American Band College Band (OR), the Encore Wind Ensemble (MN), the North Suburban Concert Band (MN), the Mesa State College Wind Ensemble (CO), the Kansas State University Orchestra, and the Kansas State University Wind Ensemble and Concert Band. Anna Marie is a former winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition and the Symphony of the West Valley 25th Annual Jennings Butterfield Young Artist Competition. Dr. Wytko has performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance and World Saxophone Congress events, and at the Congreso Internacional de Clarinete y Saxophón (Acapulco, Mexico). She is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she also earned her MM and DMA degrees. A student of Eugene Rousseau and recipient of the prestigious Berneking Fellowship, Dr. Wytko also served as Saxophone Instructor (elective studio instruction) at the University of Minnesota.


Joseph WytcoSaxophonist Joseph Wytco, recent visiting Professor of Music (Saxophone) at the University of Georgia, has been described by the San Francisco Chronicle as a performer with "astounding musicianship — virtuoso playing — a winner," while the New York Times credits him with "vivid projection — effortless precision — charm and savoir—faire." The Arizona Republic states simply, "flawless." A past recipient of the prestigious Solo Recitalist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Joseph Wytko has performed solo recitals in Carnegie Recital Hall and San Francisco's Herbst Theater, and has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, the World Saxophone Congress Orchestra (Minneapolis), and orchestras in Europe and Mexico. He serves as orchestral saxophonist with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed as guest orchestral saxophonist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Grant Park Orchestra of Chicago, and the Chicago Civic Orchestra. Solo performances and master classes have been presented in Poland, France, Italy, Belgium, Canada, Mexico, Guam, and in Los Angeles and New York, and throughout the United States. As a result of a Senior Scholar Grant from the International Research and Exchanges Board in Washington, D. C., Dr. Wytko presented solo concerts, guest artist concerto performances, and master classes/seminars in Macedonia in 1994.


Walter CosandWalter Cosand, pianist, keyboard area coordinatoer and Professor of Music at Arizona State University, studied at Eastman School of Music with Cecile Genhart and Barry Snyder. He also studied with Joerg Demus in Europe. He has won several significant awards, including the Eastman Concerto Competition, the grand prize from the International Piano Recording Competition, and grants from the National Endowement for the Arts. He has performed over 30 concertos, including newly commissioned works from William Albright, William Bolcom, David Diamond, and Rodney Rogers. He has performed throughout the United States, China, Korea, Canada, Central America, Russia, and Europe. He can be heard on ACA Digital, Advance, ARF, Canyon, Centaur, DPS, JIGU, Koch, and Summit recordings. Mr. Cosand is a member of the international roster of Steinway artists.



Thursday, October 4, 2012 - All sessions are free and open to the public

  • Session 1: Masterclass - Saxophone & Piano - 11:00 AM-12:50 PM, Smith Hall 121
  • Session 2: Masterclass - Composition - 2:00-3:50 PM, Smith Hall 123


Workshop IX Featured Guest Artist & Composer:

Andrew York
October 13, 2012

Andrew York



Andrew York Andrew York is one of today's most visible and innovative classical guitar composers, winning a GRAMMY with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet during their sixteen-year partnership. Andrew's discography includes "California Breeze," a recording for Sony Japan, three solo CD's for the GSP label, ten CD's with the LAGQ on Delos, Sony and Telarc labels, as well as inclusion on Rhino Records "Legends of Guitar" and numerous other compilations. In film, Andrew shares the stage with artists Eric Johnson, Albert Lee, Doc Watson, and Mason Williams in the documentary "Primal Twang," written and hosted by eminent musician and storyteller Dan Crary. For the last decade, Andrew's concert touring schedule has spanned more than thirty countries. Recent concerts include Bogotá Columbia, Ankara Turkey, Czech Republic and Andrew's eleventh tour of Japan. In 2006 Andrew recorded and performed with the Atlanta symphony for the opera "Ainadamar" by Osvaldo Golijov. The recording of "Ainadamar" (Deutsche Gramophone) won two GRAMMY awards. York's compositions have been recorded by guitar luminaries John Williams and Christopher Parkening, and Japanese pianist Mitsouko Kado. As a published composer, York's works appear in print worldwide through Alfred Publications, Hal Leonard, Mel Bay Publications, Guitar Solo Publications, Doberman-Yppan in Canada, Ricordi in London, and Gendai in Japan.



Saturday, October 13, 2012 - Masterclass session is free and open to the public

  • Session 1: Masterclass - Composition - 11:00 AM-12:50 PM, Smith Hall 121


Workshop IX Featured Guest Artists:

Halcyon Trio Oregon
May 24, 2013

Halcyon Trio Oregon


HALCYON TRIO OREGON, composed of soprano Jackie Van Paepeghem, trumpeter Joan Haaland Paddock and pianist/organist Debra Huddleston, is a versatile chamber music ensemble formed in October of 2005. These engaging performers bring to life music written by composers world-wide, spanning the eleventh through the twenty-first century.  The ensemble has premiered several commissioned works from composers in the United States and Canada.  Recent engagements include the Ewell Concert Series at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and the Windsor Hall Concert Series in Cumberland, Maryland. Previous concert tours have included Oregon, Washington and California. By special invitation, Halcyon Trio Oregon performed in the culminating concert for the Tenth Anniversary Celebration of the West Norway Emigration Center in Sletta (Bergen), Norway in July of 2007, during a three-week, ten concert tour of the country. In 2006, the trio earned the distinguished Neskowin Chamber Music Fellowship for new, developing chamber ensembles in the Pacific Northwest.


Jackie Van Paepeghem, acclaimed lyric soprano, has an expressive, colorful voice and is known for her interpretation skills, especially in the modern repertoire. An avid recitalist, she has presented several solo recitals across the country, and has frequently appeared as soloist with Pacific Northwest choirs. She holds vocal performance and music education degrees from Boise State University and DMA vocal performance studies from West Virginia University. Also a symphonic percussionist, Van Paepeghem has performed and premiered several works for percussion and soprano. Her teaching credentials include West Virginia University, Point Park College of Pittsburgh, Marylhurst University, and George Fox University. Van Paepeghem has an active voice studio in McMinnville, and continues her own work in vocal pedagogy and performance with Nancy Olson-Chatalas of Portland and diction coach Rolf Kristian Stang of New York. As Adjunct Professor of Music at Linfield College from1996 - 2010, Van Paepeghem taught primarily Applied Voice, Voice Class and Class piano. Ms. Van Paepeghem is Minister of Music at St. James Catholic Church in McMinnville.


Joan Haaland Paddock is Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Activities at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. Originally from Minot, North Dakota, where she began trumpet studies with Gary Stenehjem, Paddock is the first woman to receive a doctorate in trumpet performance from Indiana University, where she studied trumpet with Charles Gorham and conducting with Fred Ebbs and Ray Cramer. From I.U. Paddock received the prestigious Performer's Certificate. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Norway, and studied at the Norwegian State Academy of Music with trumpet soloist, Harry Kvebæk. Paddock has performed throughout the Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Paddock received an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences for original music written and performed by her for a television documentary in 1992. An active adjudicator, guest clinician, soloist and conductor, Paddock has conducted bands in Alaska, Canada, Israel, Jordan, and Mexico. As a Bach Trumpet Clinician for the Selmer Music Corporation, Paddock has performed as cornet and trumpet soloist with school and community bands throughout North America. A longstanding member of Oregon's Britt Festival Orchestra trumpet section, Paddock also performs as an 'on call' trumpeter with the Oregon Symphony and the Portland Opera. A founding member of Halcyon Trio Oregon, Dr. Paddock is currently on the Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster for the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.


Debra Huddleston is one of the most sought-after accompanists in the Pacific Northwest. Educated at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, Connecticut, Huddleston has expertise in performance practice on piano, organ, and harpsichord. From the Hartt School of Music, she received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in organ and liturgical music, and piano accompanying. Debra is Adjunct Professor of Music in accompanying at Linfield College. Huddleston is the collaborative pianist for several area voice studios, statewide and regional vocal and instrumental competitions, and for the Willamette Master Chorus. In addition to Halcyon Trio Oregon, Debra is a member of Trio Demika (piano, violin and cello). She directs the Salem Madrigal Singers, the Silvertones mixed community chorus, and is Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church in Woodburn. She is past Dean of the American Guild of Organists, both in Hartford and in Salem, and is a Bösendorfer Educational Artist.



Friday, May 24, 2013 - Masterclass session is free and open to the public

  • Masterclass - Composition - 4:00 PM-5:30 PM, Smith Hall 121
  • Performing in Joshua Humlie's Senior recital - 7:30 PM, Smith Hall 121




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