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Sabbatical Leave Report / Faculty Development Grant Report

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Ethnomusicology | Music | Music Education | Music Performance | Music Therapy


My sabbatical leave of 2018-2019 was rich, productive, and accomplished several goals including research, performance, and course enhancement, all of which are in alignment with my continuing professional development objectives.

Two month-long residencies in Norway focused on: 1) research of the music vitality and endangerment of the Sámi Joik, a Northern people’s traditional vocal expression, and 2) continued research of the life and history of Prillar Guri, the Norwegian girl who saved Norway from Scottish invasion by sounding the lur (a traditional Norwegian wooden trumpet) in 1612 at the Battle of Kringen during the Kalmar War.

I presented many concerts across Norway on both the lur and modern trumpets, including sounding fanfares for Her Royal Highness Queen Sonja for her arrival at Maihaugen, Norway’s largest open-air museum in Lillehammer. In addition to concertizing and guest conducting wind orchestra concerts of Scandinavian music, I made several cultural presentations in Norway and the United States. A recipient of a study grant from the American Federations of Musicians, I engaged in private trumpet studies with Oregon Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Trumpeter, Jeffrey Work, in the study of French composer Arthur Honegger’s Intrada, which was performed for Jubilance2 Trumpet Recital in Salem, Oregon. In January 2019, I performed with the Oregon Symphony at concerts in Portland and Newberg, and in February before returning to Linfield from my sabbatical leave I performed as cornet, flugelhorn, and lur soloist for the Pacific Northwest Edvard Greig Society.

In terms of course enhancement, I brought drumming and HealthRhythms to Cascade Therapeutic School and led rhythmic activities with several students as a therapeutic intervention for this special needs population. Also undertaken during this sabbatical was continued review of literature, films, and podcasts pertaining to hand drumming and wellness in many cultures. Both courses MUSC 252 (Drumwise) and INQS 125 (What to Listen for in the World) benefit greatly from my sustained interest and efforts in this area. I have begun to explore the possibility of Linfield College to offer the BS or BA in Music Therapy as a future degree program to align with interests of our students and the increased need for Board Certified Music Therapists in the Pacific Northwest.


This research was conducted both as part of a sabbatical leave in 2018-2019 and as part of a Linfield College Faculty Development Grant in 2018, funded by the Office of Academic Affairs.

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