Composition/Theory faculty member Dr. Adriana Verdie gave lectures in Argentina in August. She gave a talk called “Raices” to composers and music theory students at the University of La Plata, emphasizing the value of theory in musicians’ formative years and the importance of counterpoint for all music degrees. She also spoke about graduate studies in the US. She presented four of her compositions, and donated scores and recordings for their archives.
Dr. Verdie worked on a new ballet, “Aconcagua,” with a librettist in Mendoza. While in Mendoza, she presented her music in a series of workshops sponsored by the Masters in Interpretation of Latin-American Music of the XX Century. Additionally, she met with faculty at the College of the Arts at the National University of Cuyo. She was subsequently invited to present a composition workshop there in March, 2013, and also to work with the Choir of the City of Mendoza: a prestigious choral ensemble. While she is there, they will present a concert featuring her music, and she will start a collaborative work for the 2014 music Festival. They have requested she apply for a Fulbright grant to give lectures in the Musicianship, Choral Conducting and Composition of the Music Department at UNCuyo.