Performance

Classical Guitarist, Alan Goldspiel Returns To American Village Independence Day Celebrations

4th July, 2018

Classical guitarist, Alan Goldspiel, was invited to perform at The American Village in Montevallo for the third year in a row. The performances were part of American Villages annual Independence Day celebrations and required Goldspiel to return to his role as an 18th Century Spanish guitarist.

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Goldspiel in character as an 18th Century Spanish Guitarist

As an 18th Century Spanish guitarist, Goldspiel was required to wear a period-specific costume despite the soaring July temperatures and humidity. He was also asked to perform three concerts (1:00pm, 2:30pm, and 4:00pm) of music from the 18th Century while engaging with the audience in character. Dr. Goldspiel, Music Department Chair and Professor at the University of Montevallo, was a perfect candidate for the part.

A natural performer and educator, Goldspiel mesmerized and entertained the attentive audiences with his skillful playing, sense of humor, and tales of the composers whose pieces he performed. Much to the delight of the crowd, Goldspiel delivered the content as though the composers themselves could walk into the Colonial Chapel performance at any moment.

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Goldspiel performed works that were roughly composed during the last part of the 18th century and early 19th century. Selecting the repertoire for these performances was a particular challenge due to the nature of the classical guitar literature at that time. The program included many works from composers who are not as familiar with audiences today, transcriptions of classical period composers such as Franz Joseph Haydn, and some early works of Fernando Sor.

When asked how he got involved in the yearly celebrations at American Village and what these performances meant to him, Dr. Goldspiel stated “It has become such a nice yearly experience to bring live classical guitar music to audiences attending the festivities at the American Village. Where else can my performances be included between a cornamuse-playing consort and the “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech by Patrick Henry, himself!”

For more information about American Village click here.

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Awards and Recognition, Teaching

NAMM GenNext, Nashville – June 28-30, 2018

Dr. Alan Goldspiel traveled to Nashville, TN to attend 2018 Summer NAMM as a 2018 NAMM Foundation/CMS GenNext Fellow. Goldspiel was awarded The NAMM Foundation-College Music Society Grant back in May as one of fourteen music faculty members nationwide chosen to participate in the CMS-NAMM Summer Fellows Program for Music Faculty.

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Dr. Alan Goldspiel with the rest of the NAMM Foundation/CMS GenNext Fellows

The CMS-NAMM Summer Fellows Program for Music Faculty began on June 28th with a Breakfast Session that included an amazing performance by Alison Brown and her band. After breakfast and the musical treat, the 2018 NAMM Foundation/CMS GenNext Fellows attended sessions on subjects ranging from ‘The Multi-faceted Music Industry’ to ‘Leadership from Within.’ The schedule encompassed discussions and workshops focusing on analytics regarding the music industry, social media, and higher education’s role in guiding future 21st century musicians.

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Exploring the trade show exhibit hall

The session-packed 3-day agenda was not without some fun as well as the Fellows were taken on a Nashville Industry Tour that included visits to UNIVERSAL, SESAC, FLYTEVU, and a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry. These tours were both educational as well as entertaining as the Fellows were informed about some of the intricacies involved with many of the professions involved in the Music Industry.

Throughout the event the Fellows had opportunities to learn from Music Industry experts as well as others in attendance. An important part of the experience was exploring the trade show exhibit hall. Goldspiel was able to meet with representatives from many of the companies whose products he uses and recommends. “It was a great experience to talk to and to learn from the product experts and see all the new gear available.”

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Manhattan Transfer and Chick Correa

During the event Goldspiel and the other Fellows were given VIP seating for The National Music Council’s 35th Annual American Eagle Awards where they were able to witness the Manhattan Transfer and Chick Correa receive their honors and an impromptu performance of Gershwin’s Summertime by the awardees joined by presenter Hubert Laws. For more about The National Music Council’s 35th Annual American Eagle Awards click here.

When asked about his attendance at the event, Dr. Goldspiel stated “I am so pleased to have been able to attend such a wonderful conference and to learn much more about the work of NAMM, its advocacy, and programs. This look inside the industry has been fascinating and it is one that I will take back to the university and share with my students. And, I got to meet so many wonderful new colleagues.”

For more information about The College Music Society GenNext click here.

Composition, Performance

NACUSA New Music Through The South Tour 2018

The National Association of Composers, USA – Mid-South Chapter inaugural New Music through the South Tour took place during the week of June 18, 2018. Composers represented in this series of week-long concerts were Alan Goldspiel, Joe L. Alexander, Ken Davies, Richard Montalto, David R. Peoples, William Price, Lori Ardovino, Biraj Adhikari, Pam Asberry, and Mark Prince Lee.

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Joe L. Alexander and Alan Goldspiel pose for a picture while rehearsing for tour

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Performance, Teaching

Young Musicians’ Camp 2018

June 10-15, 2018

On June 10th the Department of Music at the University of Montevallo celebrated the 15th annual week-long Young Musicians’ Camp. Each year the camp provides young musicians between the ages of 11-18 years old the opportunity to create and perform music on a university campus while working directly with professional faculty artists.

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Dr. Goldspiel with this year’s young musicians ready to get started learning.

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Awards and Recognition, Teaching

Dr. Alan Goldspiel Awarded 2018 NAMM Foundation/CMS GenNext Fellow Grant

On May 7th, 2018, Dr. Alan Goldspiel was awarded The NAMM Foundation-College Music Society Grant. The grant designates Goldspiel as a “2018 NAMM Foundation/CMS GenNext Fellow. Goldspiel was selected as one of nine music faculty members nationwide chosen to participate in the CMS-NAMM Summer Fellows Program for Music Faculty.

The program is designed to introduce music faculty to professions in the music industry, giving them background to better prepare students for careers as 21st-century musicians. The NAMM Foundation College Music Society Fellows Award seeks to support individuals who exhibit commitment and aptitude for developing curricula related to business leadership and innovation in the music products industry.

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Goldspiel composing in his studio

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Awards and Recognition, Teaching

Dr. Alan Goldspiel Inducted Into International Music Fraternity

On April 28th, 2018, Dr. Alan Goldspiel, Chair and Professor of Music at the University of Montevallo was inducted into Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity as a Distinguished Member-Friend of the Arts.

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Composition, Performance

Goldspiel Honored To Be Music Director at 2018 Holocaust Remembrance Concert Held At Temple Emanu-El

On Saturday, April 13th, Dr. Alan Goldspiel was honored to be the Music Director and one of the performers for the 2018 Holocaust Remembrance held at Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham. The concert and worship service was presented by the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center, Birmingham Jewish Federation, Knesseth Israel Congregation, Temple Beth-El, Temple Emanu-El, and Violins of Hope.

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Jeanette Hightower, Alan Goldspiel, and Pei-Ju Wu performing with Violins of Hope

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Composition, Performance

NACUSA Conferences Highlight March Perfomances

Sunday, March 11th, 2018 – The NACUSA Mid-South Regional performance at LeBaron Recital Hall, University of Montevallo saw Dr. Alan Goldspiel perform repertoire in preparation for his performance at the NACUSA National Conference. Earlier in the year Goldspiel’s composition Yom HaShoah was selected for the national conference.

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Goldspiel performing at Gano Chapel, William Jewell College

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