New American Art Song Faculty Performance at Scripps College

The Scripps College Department of Music presents a faculty performance on Sunday, October 8, at 3 p.m. at Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center. Composer and pianist Logan Skelton will join soprano Jennifer Goltz, professor of music, for a performance of Skelton’s New American Art Song. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (909) 621-8280.

Skelton’s New American Art Song consists of settings of poetry by Emily Dickenson and Tennessee Williams scored for soprano and piano. The performance will be accompanied by a discussion of poetry and the compositional process. The concert will conclude with the premiere of several of Skelton’s new Dickinson settings.

Professor Jennifer Goltz specializes in the performance of new music, art song, and early cabaret. She has performed across the country with the Ann Arbor-based music ensemble Brave New Works. In 1999, Goltz performed Luciano Berio’s Circles with Klangforum Wien at the Salzburg Music Festival, at the invitation of the composer. As a student of Freda Herseth and Martin Katz, she has given celebrated performances of turn-of-the-century European art song and Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. Goltz holds two master’s degrees in vocal performance and music theory and her Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She joined the music department at Scripps College in fall 2004.

Logan Skelton is a professor of music at the University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. His compositions have received international critical acclaim and have been featured on many public radio and television stations including NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition.” To date he has recorded nine discs of solo and chamber repertoire for Centaur, Albany, and Crystal Records in addition to performing on two pianos with composer and pianist William Bolcom on a disc for Naxos Records. Professor Skelton has served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music, Southwest Missouri State University, and is currently chair of the piano department, associate professor of piano and director of Doctoral Studies in Piano Performance at the University of Michigan.