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Fanfare: Winter 2019
Author: Madison Schultz and Cliff Collins
Posted: February 1, 2019
Sonic Arts and Music Production students

Exploring the Sonic Arts

WHEN PROGRAM coordinator Anwyn Willette and School of Music & Theater Director Bonnie Miksch first proposed the Sonic Arts and Music Production program, they estimated they’d have about 25 students enrolled by fall 2018; instead, they now have more than 60. “Lots of other schools offer music technology classes, but offering a whole degree is uncommon,” Willette says. In its second year, students are honing their skills through local projects, including recording an audiobook with the student-run Ooligan Press and providing sound engineering for Fear No Music, a Portland contemporary music ensemble. The degree program even has its own ensemble in which students compose and perform music from their laptop computers.
Portland State University graduate Eric Funk

New honor for composer

ERIC FUNK ’75, MS ’78 won Best of Show honors from the 2018 Global Music Awards for his “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op 71.” The well-known international music competition celebrates independent musicians. A music faculty member at Montana State University and an Emmy award-winning contemporary classical composer and conductor, Funk has composed nine symphonies, six ballets, four operas, 19 concertos and five string quartets, as well as large and small choral works and chamber works. He returned to his native Montana in 2002 after a long stint teaching at Portland State, where he studied piano and composing under the renowned Tomas Svoboda. 
Kathleen Turner on Acting: Conversations about Film, Television, and Theater

Conversations with Kathleen Turner

EMMY AWARD-WINNING filmmaker and film faculty member Dustin Morrow idolized actress Kathleen Turner since he was a kid. In a previous teaching post, he moderated a talk Turner gave to his students. The two hit it off, and he pitched the idea of collaborating on a book about acting done in an interview-conversation format. “She liked the idea,” he says. The result is Kathleen Turner on Acting: Conversations about Film, Television, and Theater, recently released by Skyhorse Publishing. Morrow recorded dozens of hours of conversations with Turner in her home in Manhattan, then used the transcripts to sculpt the book’s text. 
Sleeping in My Jeans by Connie King Leonard

NEW WORKS

 

Formosa Moon
By Joshua Brown and Stephanie Huffman ’16, Things Asian Press, 2018

Poetic Stuff
By Ralph Bunch (political science emeritus faculty), Odin Ink, 2018

The Best Bad Things: A Novel
By Katrina Carrasco MFA ’15, MCD Books, 2018

Forty Ways to Square a Circle
By Neil Hummasti ’73, Svensen Pioneer Press (published posthumously), 2018

Burnside Field Lizard and Selected Stories
By Theresa Griffin Kennedy ’10, MS ’13, Oregon Greystone Press, 2018

Sleeping in My Jeans
By Connie King Leonard, PSU Ooligan Press, 2018

A Kiss in Kyoto: A Story of Love in Japan
By Kumiko Olson ’99, MA ’02, The Publishing Circle, 2018

Understanding Addiction: Behind the Scenes
By Sadie Petersen ’16, Rosedog Books, 2018

Jake and the Quake
By Cary Sneider (education faculty), Tumblehome Learning, Inc., 2018

Squat
By James T. Speirs ’72, MS ’76, 
Inkwater Press, 2018