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UA Music Department graduate Dr. Barrett Ashley Johnson has written and published a book titled Training the Composer: A Comparative Study Between the Pedagogical Methodologies of Arnold Schoenberg and Nadia Boulanger, published through Cambridge Scholars Publishing and available at the publisher's website.
Dr. Johnson will be at Nightbird Books on Saturday April 16, 2011 at 3 P.M. for a book signing. Nightbird Books is located at 205 W. Dickson Street. For his research, Dr. Johnson has had in his possession many original letters and manuscripts that formerly belonged to the composers, including the last letter that Arnold Schoenberg wrote. Some of these items may be on display at the book signing.
Dr. Johnson describes his efforts:
"While many teachers of music composition have influenced both the aesthetic and eventual success of their students, few have equaled the contributions of Arnold Schoenberg and Nadia Boulanger in the twentieth-century. A larger volume of a more comprehensive collection including all music composition teachers of the era would serve a certain purpose. However, the unique aspect of the current text examines, in detail, and herein presented for the first time in print, many of the teaching materials and approaches of these two famed musicians.
"In making the case for both Schoenberg and Boulanger, the Author has chosen two differing philosophies of music education practice of the late twentieth-century and early twenty-first century: those of Bennett Reimer and David Elliott. Among the subjects discussed: the nature of musical creativity, the process and methods of teaching creativity/music, and the teacher/student dynamic, to name a few.
"In closing, the Author has presented his own suggestions for teachers, or would-be teachers, of music composition in a seven-step process leading to an effective pedagogy of the subject."
Dr. Johnson was born in Neuilly (Paris), France in 1960. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in composition from Baylor University in 1983 where he studied with Dr. Richard M. Willis and received the Master of Music degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in 2001, studying with Dr. Robert Mueller. Johnson received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy with a major in music composition and a minor in music education in December 2007 from The Louisiana State University Agricultural and Mechanical College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, studying with Dr. Stephen David Beck, Dr. Dinos Constantinides, and Dr. Jane Cassidy.
The BBC hails Marcel Rominger's playing as "equally polished, considered and characterful" and New York Concert Review described it as being with "poise and elegance" when he made his Carnegie Hall debut in January 2009.
Mr. Rominger won the 2001-2002 Crane Concerto Competition and 2002-2003 North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Concerto / Aria Competition and is the recipient of the Rose L. Greenblatt Award in Piano. He was also named the 2003 MTNA Arkansas State Winner of the Young Artist Category. In 2005, Mr. Rominger was awarded an Honorable Mention at the William Garrison Competition in Baltimore, Maryland. He was selected as the recipient for the Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island 2007 Excellence in the Performing Arts Award, and was awarded a grant in 2009 to perform a recital on Staten Island. Mr. Rominger is a supporter of new music and has participated in the New York City Electroacoustical Music Festival. In addition to being a soloist, Mr. Rominger has appeared with the Potsdam Symphony Orchestra and the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. His music has been featured on the radio station WDAV in Charlotte, NC and BBC's World Update on World Service Radio. He continues to give performances throughout the U.S., Europe and South America.
Mr. Rominger obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education and Piano Performance from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York in Potsdam. His teachers included Olga Gross and Paul Wyse. He received his Masters of Music from the University of Arkansas studying under acclaimed concert pianist Jura Margulis where he held an assistantship in accompanying. Of his time at UA Mr. Rominger remarks: "The University of Arkansas provided the ideal setting for my graduate studies in piano. I was free to study and practice as needed in an easy-going yet committed environment." Mr. Rominger has also studied with Hugo Goldenzweig at Mannes College of Music in New York and has been coached by Seymour Bernstein and Leslie Howard.
In addition to performing, Mr. Rominger actively gives masterclasses throughout the world. He has given special lecture-recitals on "The Lives and Music of Frederic Chopin and Franz Lizt" and "Children's Music Through Time", in 2011 at the St. George Theater. He is currently the Director of Performing Arts at the Staten Island Conservatory of Music and has been on the faculty since 2005 (additionally he designed and maintains the conservatory website). Mr. Rominger has also taught at Baruch College and The College of Staten Island. Active as a performer, teacher and scholar, Mr. Rominger is the recent recipient of the CUNY Chancellor's Fellowship Award. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at The City University of New York, Graduate Center.