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O'Dell's Work Selected for Compilation Album

Adam O'Dell

April 2, 2014: PARMA Recordings has selected Clarke University junior Adam O’Dell’s performance of “Time Bending,” played at the 2013 PARMA Music Festival in New Hampshire, to be included on a compilation album.

The album of performances at the PARMA Music Festival 2013 will be released digitally in April on PARMA imprint Navona Records (distributed via Naxos). It is a cross section of the music from the Festival. Visit for more information.

“This news from PARMA marked my first professional recording distribution,” said O’Dell. “It's a huge milestone for my career, and I'm stunned that it happened before I finished my undergrad. I undoubtedly have to give the credit to my professors, especially Dr. Amy Dunker. She worked with me on the composition of the piece, gave a lot of great suggestions, and was the one who got me the connection to attend the PARMA Music Festival.

“I had been told when I first looked at Clarke that the music program is small but excellent, and the professors will work as hard as you are willing to work. They continue to prove that to me every day, and it leads to opportunities like this for me and my classmates on the regular.”

In addition, O’Dell, a Dubuque Senior High School graduate, and Clarke junior Tim Gelhaus, of Owen, Wis., have been commissioned to compose choral works for the Helios Ensemble of Dallas. The performances will be Aug. 15-17, in Dallas. They will be flown down to work with the ensemble and attend the premiere.

For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who positively impact their workplace, family and community. Academic offerings include more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs, a robust adult degree program and six graduate degree programs.  Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM university in the country.


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