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Mitra Sadeghpour receives Max Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship

October 2, 2013
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Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour, 2013-14 Max Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship award recipient.

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour, associate professor of music, is the 2013-14 recipient of the Maxwell Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The award is funded by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and was created in honor of Maxwell Schoenfeld, a UW-Eau Claire history professor and scholar from 1964 until his death in 1996. The professorship recognizes a commitment to the university, achievement in scholarship and a commitment to student learning and life.

Sadeghpour, a soprano on the voice faculty, said she is humbled by this recognition and appreciates the generous support of her peers.

"It is an honor to have received this award," Sadeghpour said. "The teaching at UW-Eau Claire is at such a high level across the whole campus and the College of Arts and Sciences is filled with faculty who engage students in their classrooms. To be acknowledged in this way when everyone is so good is humbling and rewarding. The past recipients of this award have all been amazing educators and it feels very special to be acknowledged as a teacher and a scholar."

Sadeghpour teaches applied voice, vocal/song literature, opera literature and opera workshop, and is the director of the opera program. She also serves as music director and conductor for musicals in collaboration with University Theatre.

"Dr. Sadeghpour's teaching expertise, stellar performances, collaborative research and leadership within her profession and across the university demonstrate a commitment to enriching the lives of others," said Dr. Vanissa Murphy, former chair of the music and theatre arts department and nominator for the award. "She has received 15 grants for faculty-student collaborative research and has had six award-winning research posters at the UW-Eau Claire Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity event."

Since beginning her career at UW-Eau Claire in 2002, Sadeghpour has had more than 100 performances that span local, regional, national and international venues and include soprano solo performances within recitals, opera, oratorio and symphonic works, chamber performances, and lecture-recitals. She has also presented faculty-student collaborative research at conferences of the National Opera Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association.

In 2012 Sadeghpour was elected as the national vice president of NATS, where she works with student chapters across the nation on programming and encourages collaboration between groups to help students build networks in the music community. She serves as the adviser for the UW-Eau Claire chapter of Student NATS as well as for Sigma Alpha Iota, a women's music fraternity.

Sadeghpour also created a domestic intercultural immersion experience for aspiring artists called the New York City Aspiring Artist Immersion Program, which takes students to New York City to explore the unique multicultural and thriving artistic atmosphere, and highlights the many opportunities available in the city to young artists as they pursue careers in singing and the performing arts.

"Over my 12 years here at UW-Eau Claire, I have enjoyed watching and being a part of the growth of the opera program," Sadeghpour said. "My favorite part of that has been working one-on-one with students and collaborating on projects and performances with students and faculty."

Sadeghpour also said she is very proud of her students and their accomplishments.

"Many of my former students are excelling in voice competitions, graduate schools and as music educators in the schools," Sadeghpour said. "I get to work with students one-on-one throughout their whole college career. I see them come in as freshmen and we work together in the studio to prepare them for when they graduate and pursue music in their lives. They become citizens of the world and I get to be a part of it."

Sadeghpour earned her bachelor of arts degree from Luther College and her master of arts and doctoral degrees from Indiana University. She said she plans to use the $2,000 award that accompanies the Max Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship to travel to Italy for study on language and the origins of opera.

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