An Evening With Lucretia and James A. Garfield – May 17

May 15, 2012

Emerita professor of music Damaris Peters Pike has portrayed many historical women through her “Women of Note” program, which fuses history and music, but her upcoming performance has a special connection to Hiram College.

The Hiram Historical Society is presenting “An Evening with Lucretia & James Garfield” at 7:30 p.m. on May 17, 2012, at Koritansky Hall, formerly the Garfield Meeting House, at Hiram College. Peters Pike will portray Lucretia Garfield, the former First Lady, and Jack Warren will portray former President Garfield, who also served as President of Hiram College during its days as the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute.

The event is free and open to the public.


Music Professor Selected to Participate in National, International Events

April 5, 2012

Assistant Professor of Music Dawn Sonntag has been selected as one of 10 professional conductors from the U.S., Europe and Australia to participate in the Sarteano Choral Festival Workshop this summer in Sarteano, Tuscany, Italy. The participants will conduct professional singers and conductors in rehearsals at the Società Filarmonica and in a concert at the Teatre de Sarteano.

Sonntag has also been selected as a composer for the American Choral Director’s Association Choral Composers’ Forum at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa., in June. During the symposium, which runs from June 23 – 30, a group of professional composers will compose new works for the renowned Princeton Singers, a professional choir based in Princeton, N.J. The works, which will be composed in a few days’ time, will be premiered at Lehigh University and performed June 30 in Washington D.C. at the National Symposium on Choral Music.

Further activities this summer include commissions to compose and perform a recital of art song for the 2013 Constance Fenimore Woolson conference in Atlanta, Ga., and an extended sacred work for Valparaiso University Concert Choir in Valparaiso, Ind.

Band To Toast Fleming

March 12, 2012

“Practice, Practice Practice!”

That was one of the most frequent “podium rants” heard by Hiram musicians during the years 1984-93 that Professor Robert Fleming taught music and directed the concert bands at Hiram.

The rants must have worked, because the Hiram College Concert Band, including alumni band members who were his students and some high school players, will dedicate a portion of its March 28th spring concert to Fleming, who died Christmas Day, 2011. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in Hayden Auditorium.

“He was tough,” said Rolf Remlinger ’85,  one of Fleming’s former students, and now music director for the Delaware (OH) City Schools. “If you weren’t prepared, or or messed up, he definitely had no trouble letting you know about it in front of the entire band. It made you work harder and try to be the best you could.”

Ken Young, current interim director of bands for Hiram, and also a former student of Fleming’s when he led the ensembles at Youngstown State University, agreed. Young will lead the augmented concert band in the March 28th performance, and said the second half of the show will be music that Fleming loved and often had the bands perform when he held the baton.

“He loved Hoagy Carmichael, and so we’ll be doing a few tunes like ‘Stardust,’ and ‘The Nearness of You,’” he said. “He also loved marches, and would feature medleys of marches in his programs, so we’ll be doing marches too.”

All alumni of the band and students of Fleming are invited to join the concert band for the second half of the spring concert, and are invited to contact Young at if they want to participate. Alumni will rehearse at 6 p.m., with the concert to follow.  The first half of the show will feature high school musicians from Lakeview, Cortland and Warren City Schools playing with the Hiram students.

“I suspect I wouldn’t be in the place I am now, had it not been for him (Fleming),” Remlinger said. “He was what Hiram needed at the time, and his tough attitude made you player harder. I got so much from him that I wanted to come back as an adjunct and taught for a while.”

Photo: A band concert from 2008, by Kasey Samuel Adams

Bach Recital – Jan. 22

January 17, 2012

The Bach Recital: Masterworks of J.S. Bach in Transcription

Sponsored by: Hiram Community Trust and Department of Music

When: 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012

Where: Frohring Recital Hall

Michael Sponseller, harpsichord, and Douglas Kelley, viola da gamba, will play a program of works by J.S. Bach.

Sponseller is recognized as one of the outstanding American harpsichordists of his generation. Since his training at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, Mr. Sponseller has had a highly diversified career which brings him to festivals and concert venues all around as recital & concerto soloist, and partner to several of today’s finest musicians. He appears regularly as harpsichordist and continuo organist with several of American’s baroque orchestras and chamber groups such as Bach Collegium San Diego and Les Délices. He is heard on many recordings from Delos, Centaur, Eclectra, Vanguard Classics, RMAP and Naxos.

Kelley has performed on viola da gamba throughout Europe from Amsterdam to Zagreb, and has made numerous tours in Asia including award-winning performances at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition (Japan). He has taught at summer courses in Italy and for the German, Austrian and Swiss viola da gamba societies (Viola da gamba-Gesellschaft), and was teaching assistant at the Vienna Musikhochschule. In 2000, he was awarded a career grant by Early Music America. He is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and returns to his alma mater as a member of the Oberlin Consort of Viols. Since 2009, he has made his home in rural Connecticut, which allows him to be closely involved with projects in both Boston and New York City, as well as further afield.

‘Messiah’ Community Sing – Dec. 4

November 28, 2011


Sponsored by: Department of Music, Hiram Christian Church and the  Hiram Community Trust

Who: Hiram students, faculty, staff and community members

When: 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4

Where: Hiram Christian Church (6868 Wakefield Road)

Rehearsals for the community sing will take place Wednesday, Nov. 30 and Thursday, Dec. 1 from 5:30-7 p.m. in Frohring Music Hall.

Sunday’s community sing will be conducted by Dawn Sonntag, assistant professor of music and director of choral ensembles at Hiram College. It will be accompanied by a professional string quartet with adjunct faculty Sandra Tittle and Rebecca Oliphant on organ and adjunct faculty Paul Dreisbach on bassoon.

No professional choral experience is required to participate. Music scores will be provided, though anyone who owns a score of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” is encouraged to bring it.

Hiram College Choral Concert – Nov. 18

November 15, 2011

Hiram College Choral Concert

Sponsored by: Department of Music

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, 2011

Where: Hayden Auditorium

The Hiram College Choral Concert will feature the following music ensembles:

  • Chamber Singers (Dawn Sonntag, Director)
  • Women’s Chamber Singers (Dawn Sonntag, Director)
  • Hiram Women’s Chorus (Damaris Peters Pike, Director)
  • Hiram Men’s Chorus (Jose Gotera, Director)

Study Abroad Fair – Oct. 6

October 4, 2011

Study Abroad Fair

Sponsored by: Study Abroad Office

Who: Students interested in Hiram study abroad and exchange programs

When: 11:40 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 6

Where: Under Hinsdale Arch

Information will be available on upcoming faculty-led programs, exchange/partner programs, and non-Hiram programs abroad. The following trips are taking place through 2013:

  • Galapagos Islands – Sponsored by Biology Department, Fall 2011 3-Week
  • Peru – Sponsored by Spanish Department, Spring 2012 12-Week
  • Japan – Sponsored by Art and Communication Departments, Spring 2012 3-Week
  • United Kingdom – Sponsored by English Department, Spring 2012 3-Week
  • Bhutan – Sponsored by Religious Studies and Environmental Studies Departments, Spring 2012 3-Week
  • Dominican Republic – Sponsored by Nursing, Science and Sociology Departments, Summer 3-Week
  • Zambia – Sponsored by Nursing Department, Fall 2012 3-Week
  • Caribbean Sea – Sponsored by Foreign Languages and History Departments, Fall 2012 3-Week
  • China – Sponsored by Management and Communication Departments, Spring 2013 3-Week
  • Italy – Sponsored by Art Department, Spring 2013 3-Week
  • Ireland – Sponsored by Music Department, Spring 2013 3-Week

Take this Study Abroad survey to weigh in on programs you’d like to see.

Ascending the Abyss of Eternity: American Poetry in Song, May 6

May 5, 2011

Join Dawn Sonntag, assistant professor of music; Jonathan Kolm, a rising composer of American music; and Willard Greenwood, chair and associate professor of English, in a night of “Ascending the Abyss of Eternity: American Poetry in Song,” on Friday, May 6, 7:30 p.m. in Hayden Auditorium. Admission is free.

Music Department to Honor Outstanding Performers

April 30, 2011

On Monday, May 2, the music department will honor its outstanding student performers at the Spring Honors Recital. This event will be held in Hayden Auditorium at 8 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

The following performances will take place:

Bobby Noel ’14, alto saxophone, Dis Alyscamps L’amo Souspire by Paul Maurice (1910-1967)

Alexis Alvarado ’14, mezzo-soprano, Sebben Crudele by Antonio Caldara (1670-1736) and Nel cor più non mi sento by Giovanni Paisiello (1740-1816)

Christopher LaBenne ’12, piano, Confirmation by Charlie Parker (1920-1955)

Angela Savinda ’11, mezzo-soprano, Lascia ch’io pianga by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Alexander Gill ’12, trombone, Blue Trane by John Coltrane (1926-1967)

Tomoyuki Fujimoto ’14, piano, Rhapsody in G minor, Op. 79 by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

The following students were recognized, but will not be appearing due to a previous commitment:

Jasmine Marks
Molly Morgan
Eileen Russell
Brian Shivers
Leslie Borton

Professor to Portray Dolores Hope in Trumbull Lecture Series

April 12, 2011

One of Hiram’s own will be taking the stage tomorrow at W.D. Packard Music Hall in Warren. Damaris Peters Pike, professor emeritus of music, will perform “Thanks for the Memories – A Visit with Dolores Hope,” the final installment of the2010-11 Trumbull Town Hall lecture >series.

Pike, who is the founder of “Women of Note,” a speaking series that dramatizes the lives of women in music, will be portraying Bob Hope’s wife, Dolores, in tomorrow’s piece. Dolores Hope, who is currently 101 years old, was a singer and philanthropist; Pike’s dramatization will include songs and stories about her husband’s rise to becoming a Hollywood star.

Pike has been portraying women in music through “Women of Note” since 1988. She has performed in front of as many as 1,200 in ten different states and France. This past winter, she performed 20 one-woman shows in Florida.

Tomorrow’s program begins at 10:30 a.m. at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren. Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for high school and college students.

The Trumbull Town Hall series provides yearly lectures about the educational, spiritual and cultural enlightenment of the women in the community and surrounding communities. This is Pike’s second time participating; in 2008-09, she portrayed Doris Day as part of the series.


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