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Music provides comfort for preteens and teens on the Seacoast - The Union Leader

Music provides comfort for preteens and teens on the Seacoast - The Union Leader

Music provides comfort for preteens and teens on the Seacoast - The Union Leader

Posted: 02 Feb 2021 06:45 PM PST

Students on the Seacoast are participating in music lessons using different formats this year but say the healing power of creating art is helping them through the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Song is definitely helping people a lot this year," said 13-year-old Sophie Cosgrove.

Cosgrove is a student at Portsmouth Middle School, where she is in choir with Choral Director Olin Johannessen.

Typically, the choir is singing all of the time in preparation for performances, but this year Johannessen is taking his students on a different journey.

Johannessen is focusing on using music as a means of helping students process current events. Topics include civil and racial unrest, climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, perseverance and youth empowerment.

"I can show them the ways music helps us understand and reconcile a lot of things that are happening in society right now," Johannessen said.

Johannessen has students use news articles, famous quotes and songs to create videos, new song lyrics, poems, essays and paintings.

"I say there's no right answer. There's no wrong answer. You need to find your way into things and show then how they relate to each other," Johannessen said.

Cosgrove said having the skill sets Johannessen is teaching gives her a different perspective and will enhance her in-person performances in the future.

"It's definitely going to help, having a variety of tools I can use on a song," Cosgrove said. "It will help us grow as a choir."

Cosgrove also takes voice lessons virtually at Portsmouth Music & Arts Center on Islington Street. PMAC attracts students from throughout the Seacoast area.

Andy Messier, 16, is a student at Exeter High School who has been studying at PMAC for four years. He enjoys playing the guitar and uses BandLab to collaborate with his peers.

"I think it's a good way to take your mind off some of the hard things that are happening in today's world," Messier said of making music online.

"Being able to use the internet allows you to be able to relax. I'll be more relaxed and I think that helps people during a pandemic."

Virginia Macdonald is a music therapist and teaching artist at PMAC who has her masters degree in music therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass.

Macdonald has some advice for parents. She suggests incorporating music into the lives of preteens and teens to help them get through this year.

Working in a group to create music builds empathy, she said.

"They have shown that we build empathy because we are, in essence, being in this thing where you have to listen to one another and care for each other," Macdonald said.

Macdonald teaches clarinet and piano. Once a week she is in-person with students at the arts center, but all of her clarinet classes are still virtual because no wind instruments are allowed in the building.

Other instructors at PMAC are also offering hybrid lessons, including Nick Phaneuf.

Phaneuf is a string instructor who teaches guitar, electric bass, ukulele and recording technology. He directs the rock band program.

Phaneuf said being able to connect with preteens and teens, even virtually, is a stabilizing and grounding force for those students.

"I think that for my students, having another adult in their life outside the home is valuable in itself," Phaneuf said.

Last week, Gov. Chris Sununu announced that he is fully funding the Art Council's Public Value Partnership operating grant program for Fiscal Year 2021.

Due to COVID-19 budgeting concerns last year, Sununu authorized just 60% of the awards. Now the state is fully funding the remaining 40% of grants.

This brings the state's general fund up from $180,660 to $301,100, according to a news release.

The federal portion of this program will be fully funded and totals $46,200, according to a news release.

The Public Value Partnership grant program provides unrestricted operating support to 27 nonprofit arts organizations throughout New Hampshire. PMAC in Portsmouth is one of them.

PMAC offers tuition aid for students in need. For more information, visit

MSUFCU Jazz Artist in Residence program to feature renowned trombonist - MSUToday

Posted: 02 Feb 2021 01:10 PM PST

Music lovers of all persuasions can enjoy a special video presentation of jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon as the famed musician caps off a two-day remote residency with a virtual performance through the eighth annual MSU Federal Credit Union Jazz Artist in Residence Program. 

Gordon's performance is free to the public at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19 on the MSU College of Music Livestream Channel. The virtuoso trombonist will solo and perform virtually with MSU Jazz Orchestras — three big bands from the MSU College of Music who play the repertoire of the great jazz masters and a range of soul, swing, blues and gospel.  

Groups and individuals can also partake in Gordon's two-day residency Feb. 3–4 through webinars and discussions that feature streamed performances, video conferencing and interactive virtual workshops. The remote sessions are tailored for different audiences that include MSU Jazz Studies students, high school students, students at the MSU Community Music Schools in East Lansing and Detroit and the general public. 

Gordon is the fourth guest in the lineup of working musicians, educators and composers conducting multi-day residencies focused on jazz music and performance through the MSU College of Music. MSU Associate Professor of Jazz Trombone Michael Dease praised Gordon's mastery, and said his residency is emblematic of the jazz tradition of experienced artists mentoring and passing on insights to aspiring musicians. 

"Wycliffe is a dedicated and inspirational educator on top of being a living legend of jazz trombone," said Dease. "It's an amazing opportunity for students to learn from a renowned working musician and to hear what it's like to work with some of the greatest musicians on the scene today. As one of his former students, I'm especially excited to see his presence at the College of Music." 

The 10-time "Trombonist of the Year" by the Jazz Journalist Association, Gordon has many top honors to his name. Among those is the "Louie Award" which honors Gordon's dedication and commitment to the music of Louis Armstrong. Leader of his own quintet, Gordon tours regularly, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout the world. A persuasive and committed music educator, Gordon serves as Artist in Residence at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia.  

The MSUFCU Jazz Artist in Residence series is made possible through an endowment from the MSU Federal Credit Union. Since 2013, the program has attracted high-level talent and serves as a model for jazz studies programs nationwide. All combined, the residencies of the 29 artists to-date included workshops, concerts, events and outreach to more than 37,000 students and adults at non-profit organizations, middle and high schools and communities across Michigan.  
Gordon is part of a dynamic line-up of MSUFCU Jazz Artists in Residence currently scheduled for the 2020–21 season. He was preceded by bassist Marion Hayden in November, guitarist David Stryker in December and will be followed by saxophonist Charles McPherson in March. The series kicked-off in September with jazz trumpeter Terell Stafford. Performances and activities are taking place virtually, mirroring MSU's switch to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Patrons and donors who have enjoyed the talents of faculty, students and visiting artists are encouraged to show their support of music during this challenging time. Please consider donating what you would have spent for season tickets or to attend a concert by clicking here to submit your secure online gift
For more information about donating or sponsoring events this winter and spring, email or call the College of Music Advancement Office at 517-353-9872.  

Moores student Alisiya Boiko adjusts to playing in pandemic - The Cougar - The Daily Cougar

Posted: 02 Feb 2021 03:11 PM PST

Piano performance junior Alisiya Boiko has spent the pandemic adjusting to online classes and rehearsals. | Courtesy of Alisiya Boiko.

Piano performance junior Alisiya Boiko has spent the pandemic adjusting to online classes and rehearsals. | Courtesy of Alisiya Boiko

Piano performance junior Alisiya Boiko had a passion for music long before she stepped foot on the UH campus. 

Born and raised in Ukraine, Boiko began playing piano at age three with her mother's encouragement. Listening to her mother, a music teacher, play music and teach her classes laid the foundation for Boiko's love for playing piano. 

Music and the arts have grown to become part of Boiko's lifestyle. She spent her childhood taking music classes, as well as art and theatre lessons. 

Pursuing higher education

Boiko moved to Poland at age 12, where she met several other Ukranians studying music. They urged her to pursue a music career at the Moores School of Music, where several of their friends studied, citing that they loved the faculty and had ample opportunities for financial aid. 

"(My friends) told me all about how UH is a great school with great people and is based in a diverse city," said Boiko. "Houston is a great place to show your talent, to gain experience. A great place for opportunity."

She notes that the opportunity to study at Moores comes with a rigorous practice schedule. 

"We don't just have classes, we have additional rehearsals too," Boiko said. "All free time, if we have any, is spent practicing." 

Outside of class, Boiko practices piano for annual competitions held by the Moores School of Music and sings with the Concert Chorale choir. She won the Moores School Concerto Competition last year for her playing of Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major. 

Adapting to the new normal 

When the pandemic shifted classes online in Spring 2020, Boiko transitioned to playing the upright piano in her home. But the pivot to online learning was not without challenges, such as the alteration of sound on virtual platforms, which can create hindrances in receiving feedback for her work. 

"It was a huge emotional and motivational challenge. I'll be brave enough to say that it impacted everyone in the music industry, not only negatively, but it did impact everyone," Boiko said. "We are so used to human contact, to rehearsals, to concerts, to face-to-face classes." 

When Hy-Flex course options became available in Fall 2020, Boiko returned to in-person classes and rehearsals. Students and professors wore masks and engaged in social distancing in classes where sharing instruments and working in enclosed spaces to optimize acoustics was the norm. 

Boiko also reunited with the Concert Chorale choir during the fall semester, donning a unique face mask to avoid sounding muffled while singing, while also preventing the spread of coronavirus through aerosols. 

Boiko plans to pursue a masters degree in piano performance following graduation, but also hopes to explore other genres in music. 

"I'm really thankful I came to Houston," Boiko said. 

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Two MSU music students advance to national competition - Montana State University

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