2014-15 Study Guide Themes
Featured composer: Handel
Featured genre: Guitar
Featured ethnomusic: Hawaii
Table of Contents
Study Guide Information
The Study Guide is designed to provide historical and stylistic insights into the compositions the students will hear on the compact disks. It includes general information about the composers and analyses of the compositions themselves. Timelines and references provide historical contexts for each composition.
The music presented on the compact disks and in the Study Guide represents a broad selection of music from the Ancient World to the end of the 20th Century. The musical examples on the compact disks are commercially available recordings that feature professional musicians. The examples are imbedded with voiceovers to point out specific aspects of the piece.
Study Guide CD Narrator: Melissa Ousley
Melissa stumbed into a career in broadcasing in 1985 while living in Wichita, Kansas. After establishing herself as a host and producer, she settled in Minnesota and continued her work at WCAL in Northfield and Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul. Melissa's morning classical show at WCAL was twice named "Best Classical Radio Program" by the Twin Cities paper City Pages: "Ousley knows her stuff, related it engagingly, and has crafted a program that weaves together music, news and special features into one smooth ride." Melissa grew up near New York City. As a teenager, she attended the Prepartory Division of the Manhattan School of Music. Her bachelor's degree is from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
We're very excited to announce that the Music Listening Contest is producing a new Study Guide this year, written by Melissa Bergstrom, music department chair at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.
Melissa received her M.M. in choral conducting from the University of Minnesota and her B.M. in voice performance from Augsburg College. She frequently performs throughout the metro area as conductor, soprano, flutist, pianist, and organist, and her choral compositions have won several national competitions.
As a choral conductor, Melissa is known for innovative programming, energetic rehearsals, motivational leadership style, and particularly enthusiastic work with amateur/student choristers. She is also a classroom and studio instructor who is passionate about fostering students' appreciation of and striving for excellence in all areas of musical arts. In addition, she's an active performer, teacher, conductor, and composer with professional experience in a wide variety of musical styles, performing and teaching contexts, and age groups/abilities.
"Education is my investment in the future of music as a pastime, as a profession, and as a vital part of our human experience," said Melissa. "Whether I am in a classroom or a choir room, a concert hall or a sanctuary, the power of music and the awesome responsibility that comes in teaching music continues to take my breath away."
We welcome Melissa and look forward to this year's Study Guide!
Worksheet to assist with note taking on each composition: