Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Congratulations BUTI Workshop Students!

This past Saturday we said goodbye to our workshop students as they finished their 2-week programs with absolutely wonderful performances. Every student performed in an individual instrumental workshop recital, displaying all the hard work they have put in over the past two weeks! (Check back in soon to view photos from the student performances as well as from their intensive study throughout the workshop weeks!) In addition to being featured on this blog, these photos will be included in the annual Summerbook- BUTI's yearbook-like publication that includes individual student photos, student contact information to keep in touch, and fun photos from throughout the summer! This year we will also be selling a DVD Summerbook which will include video footage and fun extras (like the video below)! A great way to preserve your BUTI memories!

 If you didn't order your Summerbook while on campus, you can do so by calling the Student Life Office (413-637-2670). Students still on campus can order them from the SLO at any time in the coming weeks. Also, if students and/or parents have photos they would like to see featured on the blog or in the Summerbook, you can submit them to me, Kristen Seavey, at butipublications2012@gmail.com.

The last few days on campus for the workshop students included a variety of fabulous performances and activities. On Wednesday evening, Don Lucas, Director of the Trombone Workshop, gave a wonderful faculty recital with fellow trombonists Toby Oft, Robert Hoveland, and Gabriel Langfur. Shiela Kibbe and Ling Leng accompanied on piano. The program featured works by Jean Francaix, John Stevens, Tomaso Albinoni, Stjephan Sulek, Eddie Bass, Franz Cibulka, and George Gershwin.

Thursday night's recital featured the faculty string quintet coaches- Peter Zazofsky, violin; Edward Gazouleas, viola; Michael Zaretsky, viola; and Owen Young, cello- as well as Robert Merfeld on piano. The performance included Maerchenbilder for Viola and Piano, op. 113 by Robert Schumann and Serenade for String Trio, op. 10 by Erno Dohnanyi. Also on Thursday and Friday evening, the Mark Morris Dance Group performed at Ozawa Hall with TMC Fellows accompanying, and Phyllis Curtin and Mark Morris himself narrating.

During the workshop weeks, a competitive basketball tournament broke out between the dorms and after an exciting week of try-outs, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and a championship game, the residents of Lenox 2 earned the title of reigning basketball champions! We'll have to see how the large program students continue on in the league...
Click the link below to view photos from a few of the games!

On Friday night the Student Life Staff threw a big fiesta-themed dance for the workshop students complete with music & dancing, chips & salsa galore, and the limbo! The dance also marked the premiere of the music video project many of the students were involved in during their time here - Carly Rae Jepsen's hit, "Call Me Maybe" slowly but surely became the most-played song of the summer on the BUTI campus, and so we decided to put together our own version...

*a high-resolution version of the video will be available on the Summerbook DVD!

Remember to check back in soon to view more workshop photos, and a big CONGRATULATIONS to all the workshop students for all of your hard work and dedication to your musical studies here at BUTI. We will certainly miss you! Have a wonderful rest of the summer! :)

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