The members of the selection committee are highly skilled, respected and dedicated musicians, composers and educators who's
task is to evaluate submissions.
Rodger McDonald - Chair
ROGER McDONALD, University of Montana Professor Emeritus in Music, chairs ARS NOVA MUSIC’s Editorial Selection Committee. Professor McDonald, who taught music theory and woodwinds for 32 years at The University of Montana, had an outstanding international solo & chamber music career spanning nearly five decades as a concert oboist and classical saxophonist. He has concertized throughout The United States as well as in England, Germany, Italy and South America. Professor McDonald holds music degrees from The University of Oklahoma and Yale University; he currently resides in Missoula, Montana.
Dr. Stephen Kalm
Stephen Kalm has sung with many of America’s leading regional opera companies including the Houston Grand Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, Minnesota Opera, Connecticut Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and The Pennsylvania Opera Theatre. Internationally, He received critical acclaim for his solo’s in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Filarmonica de Bogota, and in the role of Franco Hartmann in Meredith Monk’s Atlas in Berlin, Paris and London. He has recorded that work for ECM, as well as Ben Johnston’s Five Fragments for New World Records, and the premiere recording of Harry Partch’s Seventeen Lyrics of Li Po for Tzadik Records.
Other engagements include Meredith Monk’s opera,The Politics of Quiet, for which he received a New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award . He has also been a featured soloist at The Next Wave Festival at BAM, The Lincoln Center Festival, The Knitting Factory, The European Cultural Capital Festival in Copenhagen, the Avignon Festival, the Spoleto USA Festival, and the Encontros Arcarte Festival in Lisbon. In the Northwest he has performed with the Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Helena and Missoula Symphony Orchestras, as well as the String Orchestra of the Rockies, the Missoula Childrens Theater and sang the role of Sumatsi in Poia in Great Falls for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial celebration. His other commercial recordings include Harry Partch’s The Wayward on Wergo Records, William Harper’s Snow Leopard, in which he plays role of the Potter, on CafePress Records, and the title role of Benjamin Franklin in John Carbon’s Benjamin on Zimbel Records. Recently,he gave perfomances of the Seventeen Lyrics of Li Po at the Bern Biennale in Switzerland and the Beyond Baroque concert series in Los Angeles. In summer of 2011, he will sing the role of the Count in Montana Lyric Opera’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.
Dr. Kalm has a B.M. in vocal performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, an M.A. from Queens College, and a D.M.A from The City University of New York. He currently serves as the Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at The University of Montana. He appreciates his wonderful family, which includes his wife Robin, his daughter Anna, and his son Evan, for their support of his singing habit!
Dr. James Randall
Dr. James Randall is Assistant Professor of Music History and serves as department coordinator of the Music History area. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in music research, music history and world music. Prior to his appointment at the University of Montana, he served as a visiting instructor in music history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
James earned his Bachelor of Music in performance at Ball State University, where he studied tuba with John Jones. His advanced degrees, a Master of Music and Doctor of Philosophy, were earned at the University of Illinois, where he studied historical musicology and ethnomusicology with Lawrence Gushee, Nicholas Temperley, Bruno Nettl, and Charles Capwell.
Dr Randall’s principal area of research is American music, with special interests in jazz and musical theater. His doctoral thesis, “Becoming Jerome Kern,” was a study of Kern’s early career and its importance to the development of Kern’s later musical style. Randall has presented his research at several national conferences.
In addition to his research interests in western music, Randall is also interested in the music of Southeast Asia. In the summer of 2000, he traveled with the University of Illinois gamelan beleganjur to the Center for World Music in Bali, where he participated in an intensive study of the music and culture of Indonesia funded by the Ford Foundation.
Current projects for Dr. Randall include a book on the early career of Jerome Kern and a performing edition of Jerome Kern’s first Broadway musical, The Red Petticoat
Dorothy Beck Peterson
Dorothy Beck Peterson
Dorothy is very active as a pianist and private piano teacher in the Missoula area. She has performed in many student, faculty, and guest artist recitals at the University of Montana and has played for numerous auditions, master classes, competitions, and local events. Dorothy serves as the accompanist and instructor for the University of Montana Music Camp and has performed in the Missoula Symphony and Chorale, the International Choral Festival, many High School AA and Treble Choir Festivals, and with the Missoula choral ensemble, Dolce Canto. Ms. Peterson holds degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Montana and Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.
DEAN PETERSON, Chorale Director
Dean Peterson is in his 9th year as Director of the Missoula Symphony Chorale. In 2011, he retired from his position as Director of Choirs at Hellgate High School, where he taught for 25 years. He served as interim Director of Choirs at the University of Montana for the 2011–2012 academic year, and has served three years as conductor of the Missoula Mendelssohn Club. He currently works with the College Music Society as Coordinator of Community Outreach and Careers.
Dean received his Bachelor degrees in Music Education and Piano Performance from the University of Montana, and his Masters degree in Music Education with Kodaly emphasis from Holy Names College in Oakland, CA. In 1987 he co-founded the Missoula Youth Choir and co-directed the group in all eight of their performances in the Missoula International Choral Festival.
In 1992 he was selected to sing in the Robert Shaw Choral Workshop and Performance of the Beethoven Missa Solemnis in Carnegie Hall. In 1997 he received a $25,000 National Milken Educator of the Year Award, and in 2004 his Hellgate Chevaliers were selected to perform at the Northwest Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Boise, Idaho
Dean was recognized by the National Federation of High Schools as the 2010-2011 Outstanding Music Educator for Montana and the Northwest region. In March 2011, he was named Missoula Arts Educator of the Year by the Missoula Cultural Council and he received the 2011 Distinguished Service Award for the Montana Music Educators Association. In March 2014, Dean was honored by the University of Montana in the annual Odyssey of the Stars. He is a member and past president of the Montana Choral Directors Association, a member of the Montana Music Educators Association, a member of the Board of Directors for the Missoula International Choral Festival. He and his wife, Dorothy have been very active musically in Missoula for over 30 years and are the proud parents of two children Ross, 26 and Elin, 20.