Recipients of the 2008 Roy Crane Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in the Performing Arts

David BreedingDavid Breeding

Senior - Business Honors & Music

David Breeding, an undergraduate student in the Sarah & Ernest Butler School of Music and the Red McCombs School of Business, was awarded the 2008 Roy Crane Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Performing Arts. Mr. Breeding graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2008 with a B.B.A. in the Business Honors Program and a B.A. in Music with a concentration in music composition. He also earned a Certificate of Recognition in French Horn Performance. In the fall, Mr. Breeding will be a member of the inaugural class in the All Saints Fellows Program at All Saints Presbyterian Church in Austin. David was a student of horn professor Patrick Hughes and composition professors Donald Grantham and Bruce Pennycook.

Performance Description
David Breeding submitted four excerpts from a live recording from his senior recital in French Horn performance and Composition, given on March 29, 2008, in UT’s Bates Recital Hall. In the first audio selection, Mr. Breeding plays the Horn in Christoph Förster’s Horn Concerto No. 1, a work Breeding orchestrated for horn and string quartet. In the second selection, Mr. Breeding sings the solo voice part in his own composition, The Power of Music, which takes its text from William Shakespeare’s Henry VIII, although this excerpt is attributed to John Fletcher (1574-1625) who helped Shakespeare write this play and two others. The third selection, Psalm 1, is a direct literary transcription from the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible, set to music for a choir of mixed voices, composed and conducted by Mr. Breeding. The final selection is a set of excerpts from each movement of The Four Elements: Earth, Wind, Fire, Water, composed by Mr. Breeding.

Music Samples
Concerto No. 1
The Power of Music
Psalm 1
The Four Elements

Icy SimpsonIcy Simpson

Graduate Student - Music Performance

Icy Simpson has performed Miss Silverpeal in Mozart's The Impresario, Sister Genevieve in Puccini's Suor Angelica. In April 2007, she portrayed Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire by André Previn. As of April 2008, Icy will have performed the role of 2nd Lady/spirit in The Magic Flute by Mozart and Susannah in the opera Susannah by Carlisle Floyd with The University of Texas-Austin's Butler Opera Center. Icy Simpson is a 2007-2008 Harrington Fellow. Ms. Simpson attended the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria during the summer of 2006. She won the state and regional National Association of Teachers of Singing Competitions, District Metropolitan Opera Auditions In March 2007, and again in December 2007. Icy Rene Simpson, soprano, is pursuing a Masters of Music in Opera Performance and is a student of Professor Darlene Wiley.

Performance Description
Spring of 2008, Icy Simpson, MM, Opera Performance, performed with the Sarah and Ernest Butler Opera Center the title role of Susannah in the American opera SUSANNAH by Carlisle Floyd. This audio clip is taken from the second scene of Act 1 when Susannah has returned home from a church social gathering welcoming the new preacher, Olin Blitch. The evening has been special for Susannah with the new preacher taking time to dance with her. Little Bat, a young friend of Susannah arrives and together they recall the wonderment of the evening. Taken by the beauty of the night, Susannah sings "Ain't it a pretty night" where she tells Little Bat why she someday will leave the valley to find out what is across the mountains. The aria, one of the important American arias for soprano, is beautifully performed here by Icy Simpson.

Music Sample
"Susannah" Act I, Scene II

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