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Bass School Partners with Polish Music Academy
The Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University has signed a partnership with Poland’s I.J. Padereweski Music Academy to begin a cultural exchange with faculty and performers. The agreement was signed at Oklahoma City University on Nov. 19 by Mark Parker, dean of the Bass School, and Bogumil Nowicki, rector of the Padereweski Music Academy in Poznan, Poland. The schools have pledged to develop student and faculty exchange programs and establish summer programs. The Polish agreement is the third international partnership for the Bass School, which also collaborates with the Tianjin Conservatory in China and the Hed School of the Israeli College of Contemporary Music. “This new partnership offers exciting possibilities in Europe, and adds to our strong ties in Israel and China,” Parker said. “Discussions have taken place to connect these institutions not just to OCU but to make this a true network connecting all these schools.” Nowicki is a professor of music and president of the Foundation of the I.J. Paderewski Music Academy. A classically trained pianist, he has performed in 24 countries in Europe, North America and Asia and recorded works in Poland, Germany, and Japan, including all of Mozart’s piano trios. “Under the new agreement, the Bass School and the Paderewski Academy will strengthen the cultural ties between our schools and create a vibrant cultural exchange,” Nowicki said. “We have been active with cultural exchanges in Europe and now it’s time to expand our horizons to the United States.” Parker indicated the Bass School consortium may soon expand to a fourth continent. “A new South American partnership is in the works. We hope the details will continue to be worked out, adding another important music school to our existing partnerships.” Parker specializes in building arts education coalitions between academia, corporations, and communities on the local, national, and international level. He is an authority on using collaboration and technology to enhance creativity. Parker was the first academic dean in the world to be selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator, and is a frequent speaker and workshop leader here and abroad. Under Parker's leadership, the Bass School of Music has doubled in size, became an all-Steinway School, the nation's first Conn-Selmer School, and an Apple Digital Campus. Since its opening in 2006, the $38.5 million, 113,000-square-foot Bass Music Center has hosted artists and educators from around the world.