Music Department News

Thursday Musical First Place Winner in the Young Artist Scholarship Competition

The Department of Music congratulates Anthony Potts, baritone, for winning First Place in the College Intermediate Voice Division of Thursday Musical's 2014 Young Artist Scholarship Competition. The public is invited to a Thursday Musical Winners Concert on Thursday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at Concordia University in the Buetow Music Auditorium (located in the Herbert P. Buetow Music Center), 300 Hamline Avenue North, St. Paul.


MPR Varsity Competition Finalist

Caroline Donaldson, pedal harp (PSEO student at Northwestern) is one of 13 finalists for Minnesota Public Radio's Minnesota Varsity, a showcase for top high-school musical talent in Minnesota. The music students are invited to submit a recording of an instrumental or vocal performance of a classical or musical theater work, for evaluation by a panel of MPR judges. Caroline, a harp student of Catherine Victorsen, was one of thirteen students chosen to be Featured Round artists. On March 31, four of the Featured Round Artists will be selected as Showcase Artists by a panel of celebrity judges, and March 24 -30 by an online Audience Vote. The Showcase Artists will perform on stage at the Fitzgerald Theater on Sunday, May 4th in a live radio broadcast.


MN NATS Music Theater Audition Finalist

We are pleased to announce that Sharayah Bunce, soprano, was selected as Second Place Finalist in the College Age Women division of the first 2014 MN-NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Music Theater Online Auditions. Sharayah is a theatre major and a voice student of Doreen Hutchings here at Northwestern. Sharayah will now advance to the regional online audition, and winners of regionals will advance to the live finals in Boston this July.


Concerto-Aria Competition Winners Announced 

The Department of Music is proud to announce Emily Baltzer and Anthony Potts as winners of the 2013-14 Concerto-Aria Competition. They were among the 12 contestants that participated in the annual event held Saturday, February 1, 2014, in Nazareth Chapel.

Emily Baltzer, piano, won the Concerto division with her performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, accompanied by Richard Lange, piano. Emily, a senior at University of Northwestern – St. Paul, studies piano with Dr. Richard Lange and is pursuing a Music Performance degree.

Anthony Potts, won the Aria division with his performance of Mozart's "Bravo, signor padrone…Se vuol ballare" from Le nozze di Figaro. Tony, a junior at Northwestern, studies voice with Carol Eikum and is pursuing a Music Performance degree.

The results of the competition were announced during a reception that followed in the Blue Room. Lauren Anderson, clarinet, and Rachel Bauske, flute, were recognized with Honorable Mention for their Concerto performances, and Brandyn Tapio, tenor, received Honorable Mention for his Aria performance. Guest adjudicators for this event were Dr. Henry Charles Smith (international conductor, Grammy-winning and orchestral trombonist), Dr. Christopher Wallace (pianist, organist, chamber musician, church music director), and Dr. Wendy Zaro-Mullins (opera, musical and concert vocalist, associate professor at University of Minnesota).

Emily Baltzer and Anthony Potts will perform as featured guest artists with the University of Northwestern Orchestra, under the direction of David Kozamchak, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in Maranatha Hall, on the campus of University of Northwestern – St. Paul.

Collegiate Piano Festival Results
On Saturday, Nov. 23, University of Northwestern – St. Paul Department of Music hosted this first Collegiate Piano Festival. 17 students representing 3 collegiate schools [1 college, 2 universities] performed for three adjudicators, Dr. Herbert Johnson, Dr. Richard Lange and Dr. Barbara Rogers. The winners performed at the Honor Concert at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Congratulations to the following winners from Northwestern!

Piano Festival Competition Results:
Undergrads ages 19 and younger:
2nd place, Rudolph Heuer, student of Richard Lange
3rd place, Elizabeth Boggs, student of Barbara Rogers
Honorable Mention, Rachel Revennaugh, student of Richard Lange

Undergrads ages 20 and older:
1st place, Emily Baltzer, student of Richard Lange
3rd place, Kathleen Daugherty, student of Barbara Rogers
Honorable Mention: Bethany Pertzsch, student of Richard Lange

NATS Singing Audition Results Fall 2013
On November 1-2, 2013, nineteen UNW singers participated in the Minnesota NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Student Auditions at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. UNW voice professors Carol Eikum, Doreen Hutchings and Catherine Larsen were audition adjudicators, attended the NATS State Annual Meeting, and supported the students. UNW faculty pianists Sonja Grimes, Barbara Rogers and Janet Scovill ably accompanied the students. We are grateful for the Christ-like loving support our students showed for each other, which was also noticed by Minnesota teaching colleagues and students. In the Final Round, the whole assembly heard some of the most inspiring and excellent singing in recent NATS Auditions memory. We are honored to have Northwestern singers counted among them!

Ten UNW singers were in the top 25% and advanced to the Semi-Final Round on Saturday morning. Five of those singers advanced to the Saturday afternoon Final Round. We are grateful to God for the results below, especially considering that the NATS participants include students from other excellent Minnesota music programs such as St. Olaf College, Concordia-Moorhead College and the University of Minnesota. In addition, a special commendation should be made for NATS Auditions students who also performed the same weekend in Oklahoma: Sharayah Bunce, Austin Lewis, Julia Pagh, Tony Potts and Brandyn Tapio.

More than anything, we are the most grateful for evidence of the Lord's work in the students' lives individually as they prepared for and responded to this intense and rewarding experience. Soli deo gloria! (To God alone be the glory!)


(College Women – through age 19)
(College Women – through age 20)
(College Women – through age 20)
(College Men – through age 18)
(UNW PSEO Student; High School Girls – through age 18)


(College Women – through age 18)
GRACIE LUGO, Second Place
(College Women – through age 18)
TONY POTTS, Second Place
(College Men – through age 20)
JULIA PAGH, Third Place
(College Women – ages 21-25)
(College Men – ages 21-25)

Music Hall of Recognition

At the Showcase concert on September 27, we honored our 2013 Music Honorees: (read more)


Henry Charles Smith
Conductor & Trombonist


Terry Esau
Class of 1978 | B.A. in Music