A quick look at the UW faculty directory shows no Vizzuti working there.
Unless someone has other info. I'd say Vizzutti's dismissal from the University is not a hoax.
Hup, Vizzutti posted the information you referenced on his Facebook page. It's a social networking site, not a classroom, so quick informal language is the standard. I'd recommend picking up a copy of Arban with Vizzutti's commentary, or one of his many method books if you have questions/concerns about his publishing abilities.
Probably wouldn't be fair for your employer to use the grammar and commentary you post on the web as part of your performance eval, so let's hold Vizzutti to the same standard...
Just this morning...I received an E mail from Marvin Stamm this morn. who has also confirmed that the "U-Flub" has cut him loose. (Not surprising....it takes LOTS OF MONEY to support a "GOOD?" FOOTBALL TEAM...DA!!!) :(
I just received an standard issued form E mail back from the Dean of music at the UDubbbadoo.
I wonder what our beloved long time U of W professor of trumpet...The late Roy Cummings would have to say about loosing such an Icon master of trumpet for the U of W?*(
Sad Day for sure.....
I have been in quite good dialogue with Dean Cauce who has been copying Provost Wise on our exchange. Although there is no certainty that the Artist in Resident position for Allen will be saved, there is a greater principal involved and that is the way a legendary icon like Allen was treated regarding the dismissal. I likened it in one email to asking a Macarthur Fellow to leave the university and then escorting them out with security...you just don't do it that way!
Cuts happen in lean and times but don't treat Allen Vizzutti like any employee who is a 'casuality of the budget crisis' or worse yet, 'just a trumpet teacher'. Issue is very simple, if Allen says to the world that this came out of the blue without forewarning, then I believe him...no further proof needed for me since you stand by your friends when they give you their word and Allen Vizzutti is not only universally admired, he is liked by all who meet him because he is the real deal...a great player who just goes about his business with the highest level of professionalism.
Keep flooding the email boxes of the two faculty members listed below. Make your opinion known in a professional manner and tell anyone who knows Allen to do the same. Speaking from the heart is better than engaging in any vitriolic behaviour. Don't be afraid to say you're angry or disappointed about it (you should be), but maintain good decorum. Nasty emails will be used against the situation.
This university needs to know that they are losing a jewel in their international crown. Further, he is not merely a trumpet player, he represents everything that any student of any kind should aspire to be. Someone who breaks down the stereotype of their chosen profession to become a leader in their field and whose ability is admired and emulated...that is someone who makes a difference in people's lives.
You may not receive a response but I can assure you that all of them are being read. You could choose to copy Dr. Karpen (personally, I felt no need to address him directly), but he seems to be the source of the lack of proper communication between the school and Allen. Better to go over his head and let his bosses know that this situation was not handled respectfully or professionally. There is no need to surmise about what the reasons might be or debate what the process was, if Allen says so, that's good enough for me and it should be good enough for anyone who respects Allen...and that would be all of us.
Again, here are the simple facts, if Allen says this came out of the blue in the middle of summer without any proper dialogue with the university about their budgetary strategy for the upcoming year, then that's what happened. The only other explanation is that Allen Vizzutti has openly lied to the international music community...of course, that is an absurd notion to even consider given the man we are talking about.
The chain of emails should be:
Dean Cauce: [email protected]
Provost Wise: [email protected]
Dr. Richard Karpen (address at the beginning of this thread if you want it...I don't even feel like writing it in my post!)
This should be an international outpouring of admiration for a musician who has shown all of us what is possible when you choose to push the envelope...and he has done it ALL through diligent, hard, focused work...if that is not a lesson for all of us then I don't know what is.
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Great post Jens! I agree, one at Allen's level and yours also, should be treated well and respected for not only their fantastic skill but what they bring to the university as a whole. I'm sure many young trumpeters desire to study with Allen therefore go to the university. Whatever the "higher powers" may be, I think everyone loses in this case.
I'm not nearly as articulate as Jens, but here is the email I sent:
Dear Dean Cauce,
I am frankly sickened to hear that Allen Vizzutti has be released from the faculty at Washington, especially in regards to the manner in which his release was (mis)handled. You have lost arguably the greatest trumpeter in the world and quite possibly the greatest wind instrumentalist in the world today. I realize that finances are extremely tight in these economic times but I cannot help but believe that someone's priorities are out of order. I urge you to reconsider this decision and to release a statement admonishing Dr. Karpen for his gross display of exceedingly poor judgment in handling this matter.
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