Colleen Bertsch (PhD, musicology/ethnomusicology, student of Matthew Rahaim) received a 2015-16 US Fulbright Student award to Romania. She will spend nine months in the Transylvanian region to conduct fieldwork for her dissertation, tentatively called "Transylvanian Folk Violinists and their Coarticulation of Embodied Musical Techniques and Identity Performance." Her activities will include interviewing, recording, and learning various playing techniques from Hungarian, Romanian, and Roma folk violinists.
Samantha Cho (DMA, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Kenwood Orchestra on March 26 and 27. Before the last performance, she was interviewed live by Minnesota Radio Host Steve Staruch. As a first prize winner of American Protege's International Concerto Competition 2015, she is also scheduled to play at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall on December 19, 2015.
Jennifer Hawkinson (PhD, music education) has accepted the assistant professor of music education position at the University of Central Arkansas. In this position, she will also serve as the coordinator for instrumental music education. Hawkinson is currently completing her dissertation on nonparticipation in school music programs and constraint negotiation theory, focused on student populations currently underserved by music education.
Osip Nikiforov (BM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) has been invited to perform in The International Music Foundation's Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series in Chicago on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. More info.
Rie Tanaka (MM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) placed first at the Thursday Musical Young Artist Scholarship Competition held on March 7 and played at the winners concert on March 26. Also, as a winner of 17th Annual Masters Concerto and Aria Competition, she performed Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra on March 28. Photo: T&N Photography by Nino