Vol. 4, No. 23
Contract Not Renewed
For Arts School Dean
Lawrence 0. Carlson, academic
dean of the N.C. School of the Arts,
has been notified that his contract
will not be renewed for next year and
has been granted a terminal leave
of absence which he did not request.
At their last meeting the
school's trustees passed a resolution
granting the leave of absence
effective March 31 with full pay
until the end of the academic year.
The trustees were told that Carlson's
leadership of the academic depart
ment had not been effective.
Carlson has left the school
and is now at his family's home in
Washington, D.C. Dr. William Baskin
who teaches French and Italian, has
been appointed acting academic dean.
Baskin will be the fifth
academic dean, either acting or
fulltime, in the school's five year
history. Mrs. Julia Mueller,
who was on leave from Duke University,
was the school's first acting
academic dean. She was succeeded by
John Cone, a fulltime dean who
stayed at the school only one year.
Mrs. Marion Fitz-Simons, who teaches
English and writing, was acting
academic dean until Carlson's
appointment in March, 1968.
Reached by telephone at his
family's home in Washington, D.C.,
Carlson said he was not given a
chance to state his position before
"I put two years of hard work
into the school," he said. "I
felt frustrated many times when I
suggested plans for a unified
student body and for the excellence
of the whole program of the school."
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Silva To Perform
When Andres Segovia, the world
famous classical guitarist, recommend
ed Jesus Silva as resident teacher of
guitar at the North Carolina School
of the Arts he said;
"Silva is one of my favorite
students. But this is a thing of the
past. Today he is a conscientious
teacher, a scholar and an artist."
Silva, who has been teaching here
since the School of the Arts opened
in 1965, has given a faculty recital
each year to large enthusiastic aud
His recital this year will be at
8:15 p.m. Friday, April 17, in the
main auditorium at the school, and
is open to the public without charge.
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North Carolina School of the Arts
April 12, 1970
An exciting schedule of con-
certs--full orchestra and chamber--
is now scheduled for the School of
the Arts summer session in Siena.
The orchestra will again be playing
in the Teatro dei Rinnucvati in
Siena, while a series of concerts
is planned for the Basilica di San
Lucchese in Poggibonsi and in other
And, as a climax to the Siena
session, the orchestra will give a
concert in Rome, under the sponsor
ship of the American Academy, just
before returning to the United
A noted Italian conductor,
along with Marc Gottlieb of the
School of the Arts faculty, will
be leading the orchestra.
The orchestra will also
participate, for the first time,
in the Accademia Chigiana Musi-
cale conducting program under the
tutelage of Maestro Franco Fer
rara, one of Italy’s most emient
conductors and teachers.
Chamber music will be a fea
ture of the summer program, and
will be under the direction of
the members of the Claremont
String Quartet (Vartan Manoogian,
violinist; Jerry Horner, violist;
and Irvine Klein, cellist) and
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Mechem To Play
A 15-year-old 10th grade piano
major at the North Carolina School
of the Arts was selected to be
soloist with the student orchestra
in a performance of Edward McDowell's
Second Piano Concerto when the
orchestra gives its final concert
of this school year at 8:15 p.m.
Thursday, April 16, in the main
auditorium of the school.
The 10th grader is Cynthia
Mechem of Kingsport, Tennessee,
and this is her second year of study
at the school where he is a student
of concert pianist Marjorie Mitchell.
She was one of several students com
peting to play a concerto for
Marc Gottlieb, first violinist
with the Claremont String Quartet,
and a member of the Arts School
faculty, will conduct the orchestra.
In addition to the piano con
certo the program will include:
Overture to Die Meistersinger von
Nurnberg by Wagner, Symphony No. 5
by Beethoven and La Valse by Ravel.
The School of the Arts Orchestra
will appear in a choral-orchestra
concert on May 1, but this is the
final all-orchestra program until
next fall. Approximately 59 stu
dent will participate.
Nicholas R. Smith, a sopho
more in high school and a piano
major at the North Carolina School
of the Arts, makes his debut as a
concert artist this month in per
formances with the North Carolina
Symphony under the direction of
Smith is the winner of the
North Carolina Symphony Competi
tion, which enables him to appear
with the orchestra, and has had
the added distinction of being
asked not only to perform the
concerto he auditioned, but a
Mozart concerto as well.
Smith plays Mozart's Piano
Concerto No. 14 in Eb, K. 449,
and his major effort, Rachmani
noff's Piano Concerto No. 3 in
D minor, Op. 30.
The Mozart Concerto No. 14,
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