2013-14 Study Guide Themes
Featured composer: Bach
Featured genre: Film Music
Featured ethnomusic: South of the Border
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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.
Dr. David Docter
We're very excited to announce that the Music Listening Contest is producing a new Study Guide this year, written by Dr. David Docter.
Dave was born in Milwaukee, grew up in Florida and California, and studied at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Minnesota, where he earned his doctorate in music. He taught at high school and university level before moving to Bloomington to help found the department of music at Normandale Community College when it opened in 1968. There he directed the choral program, served as chairman of the department, and taught various music courses before retiring in 1996. Choral groups under his direction performed with the Minnesota Orchestra and presented a long series of holiday madrigal dinners at the College. He founded the Normandale Choral Society, which continues today as the Bloomington Chorale.
In 1971 Dave was awarded an American-Scandinavian Foundation fellowship and a Fulbright Travel Grant for study in Denmark. The Docter family has spent three sabbatical years working on various musical projects during his years at Normandale.
Since retirement he has served on many boards and committees in Bloomington, including the Fine Arts Committee, the Bloomington Symphony, and the Sister City Committee, as well as around the Twin Cities, serving as President of the Young People’s Symphony Concert Association for the Minnesota Orchestra. He also undertook several archival projects for the Minnesota Orchestra, where he also was on the board. He wrote the Study Guide for the 2002-2003 Music Listening Contest as well as the one for 2012-13.
Worksheet to assist with note taking on each composition: