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Dr. Nancy Walker pursues partnership with the Robert Schumann Hochschule

By Dr. Nancy Walker

On May 28, 2013, I arrived in Düsseldorf, Germany to begin cultivating a possible connection between the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance and the Robert Schumann Hochschule (RSH). An internationally renowned music school, the RSH offers four programs of study that cover a wide variety of musical professions, including Music, Music Promotion, Audio and Video (Engineering), and Music and Media.

Dr. Nancy Walker (center) met with Frau Michaela Krämer (left) and Frau Miriam Ellmann-Orlinski (right) to discuss a possible partnership between RSH and UNCG

During my visit, I met with Michaela Krämer, a Professor of Voice at RSH, and Miriam Ellmann-Orlinski, Head of the International Office at RSH, to discuss this potential partnership. They were very interested in both student and faculty exchanges, and we discussed logistics regarding acceptance of students, language requirements, German language learning possibilities, student and faculty housing possibilities, and the semester calendar. We took a tour of the RSH facilities, including the performance halls, practice rooms, teaching studios, and student cafeteria. In hopes of solidifying our partnership, I invited them to visit UNCG in the future.

I also observed several classes at RSH while in Düsseldorf. First, at the suggestion of Ms. Ellmann-Orlinski, I attended a music theory class taught specifically for graduate voice majors by Hans Peter Reutter (Professor, Music Theory). It was an excellent class, and I believe our own students would benefit from a similar course. I also observed Ms. Krämer giving voice lessons and attended a violin class taught by Ida Bieler (Professor, Violin/Chamber Music). Ms. Bieler’s students performed in one of the recital halls at the RSH, a beautiful and acoustically fine performance space, and the level of violin playing was excellent. I also spoke with Ms. Bieler about her work on a project for teaching violin to underprivileged students in Düsseldorf.

I am excited that we have begun building a connection with RSH. I am very appreciative of the support for my trip from the Kohler Fund, and I would be glad to talk further about this partnership possibility with anyone who is interested.

Faculty funding for international activities
The International Travel Fund (ITF), created by the Provost’s Office, supports ca. 50 UNCG faculty members per year to present their work at international conferences outside North America. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and processed typically within two weeks of receipt. Owing to the popularity of this fund, faculty are highly encouraged to apply as soon as they receive notification that their presentations have been accepted. Faculty may apply once per year every two out of three years. To see who received funding for international conferences for the 2012-13 fiscal year, click here, and for those who have been awarded this year to date, here. Details about applying can be found at the following website: /travelfunds.html.

A portion of the Kohler Fund, established in 1991 with a bequest from the estate of Phyllis Penn Kohler, class of 1930, is dedicated to supporting faculty internationalization efforts in six areas (research, teaching, internationalizing the curriculum, student programs, special projects and institutional linkages). Faculty are encouraged to submit proposals by the deadline that falls approximately six weeks before the proposed event or travel. To facilitate faculty submissions, the Committee has four deadlines per year for all six areas. The deadlines for the 2013-2014 academic year are as follows: September 20, October 25, January 17, and March 21. Details about the procedure for applying and the forms needed can be found on the IPC website at /fundingopportunities.html. To see others who have received a Kohler award in the 2012-13 fiscal year, please click here. We look forward to receiving and reviewing next year’s proposals.

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