March 23, 2015

Faculty News: Adriana Zabala performs in "The Manchurian Candidate" and Rebecca Shockley serves as judge for Chicago Symphony Orchestra piano concerto auditions

ZabalaManchurian.jpgAdriana Zabala (voice) recently received reviews for her performance in the Minnesota Opera's production of The Manchurian Candidate. George Loomis wrote in the London Financial Times, "Leonardo Capalbo excels as Capt Ben Marco... and Adriana Zabala impresses as Marco's girlfriend Rosie." Heidi Waleson of the Wall Street Journal wrote, "The Minnesota Opera fielded a strong cast... Adriana Zabala was a witty, charming Rosie." Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times said, "The mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala is effective as Rosie Chayney, a sophisticated young woman who meets Marco on a train." Photo by Michael Daniel, Zabala with Leonardo Capalbo in "The Manchurian Candidate".

Zabala is also the alto soloist with the Back Bay Chorale and Orchestra (Scott Allen Jarret, conductor) in Boston for Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. The performance will take place in the 1875 Sanders Theatre (Harvard University) on March 21.

RebeccaShockley.jpgRebecca Shockley (professor emerita, piano pedagogy) served as a judge for the final round of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's piano concerto auditions for young people on March 14 in Chicago. Earlier this semester she also adjudicated high school piano auditions for the Schubert Club and Thursday Musicale, as well as the Mozart piano concerto competition sponsored by the Minneapolis Music Teachers Forum.

Alumni News: Carrie Backman receives Herb Kohl Education Foundation Teacher Fellowship, Christopher Brody to teach at Eastman School of Music, Josh and Kristen Holritz to perform in a recital with Kevin Hobbs

CarrieBackman.jpgCarrie Backman (2004, music education/euphonium, student of David Teachout, Jerry Luckhardt, Craig Kirchhoff, and Tom Ashworth) has been named a 2015 Herb Kohl Education Foundation Teacher Fellowship Recipient in the State of Wisconsin. Fellows are chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and for their leadership in positive change and service within and outside the classroom. Honorees will automatically be used as the applicants for the four Wisconsin Teacher of the Year award winners. The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by Herb Kohl, U.S. Senator in 1990. Backman is director of instrumental music, Edgewood High School (Madison, WI).

ChristopherBrody.jpgChristopher Brody (MA, music theory; DMA, 2007, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) is completing his two year postdoctoral assistant professor of theory position at Indiana University-Bloomington and will begin a new two year position as assistant professor of theory at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY starting August 2015.

JoshAndKristenHolritz.jpgJosh Holritz (MM, 2011, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) will perform with Kristen Holritz as Schaafritz, a flute/violin duo, in a recital presented by the Edvard Grieg Society on April 24 at 7:30 pm at Mindekirken (The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church). Holritz is currently associate concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and adjunct instructor of violin at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA. Schaafritz will be joined by pianist Kevin Hobbs (DMA, 2012, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) in a program featuring the music of Nordic composers Edvard Grieg, Jean Sibelius, and Friedrich Khulau. More information.

Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition

The following School of Music students placed in the Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition. They participated in the finals on March 21. Complete list of finalists, including private students of our faculty and alumni.

GRADUATE PIANO
Gabriel Quenneville-Belair - First Place - student of Lydia Artymiw
Isabella Jie - Second Place - student of Alexander Braginsky
Bingjie Liu - Honorable Mention - student of Paul Shaw

SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION PIANO
Zhen Tu - Second Place - PSEO student of Lydia Artymiw

COLLEGE/GRAD BRASS AND WOODWINDS
Eric Schultz - Second Place, clarinet - student of Alexander Fiterstein
David Franzel - Honorable Mention, saxophone - student of Eugene Rousseau

COLLEGE STRINGS
Benjamin Osterhouse - Second Place, cello - student of Tanya Remenikova

GRADUATE STRINGS
Emily Saathoff - First Place, violin - student of Sally O'Reilly

INTERMEDIATE VOICE
Sullivan Ojala-Helmbolt - Honorable Mention, student of Philip Zawisza

GUITAR
Cassius Stein - Second Place - student of Maja Radovanlija
Tyler Tracy - Honorable Mention - student of Maja Radovanlija

School of Music at the 2015 American String Teachers Association National Conference

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Professor Korey Konkol (viola) pictured with his student Arjun Ganguly at the American String Teachers Association National Conference college fair. Konkol says, "Arjun played exquisitely in the winners' recital of the National ASTA Solo Competition and did me, the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota ASTA chapter proud!" Congratulations and thank you for representing the School of Music!

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March 16, 2015

Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition Finalists

The following School of Music students are finalists in the Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition. They will participate in the finals on March 21. Complete list of finalists, including private students of our faculty and alumni.

INTERMEDIATE VOICE (AGE 17-20)
Sullivan Ojala-Helmbolt - baritone - student of Philip Zawisza

ADVANCED VOICE (AGE 21-24)
Benjamin Dutcher - tenor - student of John De Haan
Shelley Mihm - soprano - student of Jean del Santo
Carole Schultz - soprano - student for John De Haan

GRADUATE VOICE (AGE 25-30)
Cassandra Koob - soprano - student of Lawrence Weller

COLLEGE PIANO (FRESHMAN - AGE 23)
Ines Mariana Guanchez-Mercado - student of Alexander Braginsky

SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL STRINGS (GRADES 10-12)
Alastair Witherspoon - violin - PSEO student of Sally O'Reilly

COLLEGE STRINGS (FRESHMAN - AGE 24)
Kari Mattson - violin - student of Sally O'Reilly
Benjamin Osterhouse - cello - student of Tanya Remenikova

Thursday Musical Young Artists Scholarship Competition Winners

First place competition winners are recognized with a featured concert performance on March 26, 2015 at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. School of Music faculty member Jean del Santo (voice) and faculty emeritus Rebecca Shockley (piano) were judges. Complete list of winners and judges, including School of Music alumni and private students of our faculty.

COLLEGE WINDS
Anastasiya Nyzkodub - First Place - student of Alexander Fiterstein
Ian Gregory - Second Place - student of Tom Ashworth
Chris Allen - Honorable Mention - student of Tom Ashworth

COLLEGE ADVANCED VOCAL
Charles Eaton - First Place - student of John De Haan
Benjamin Dutcher - Honorable Mention - student of John De Haan

COLLEGE STRINGS
Arjun Ganguly - First Place - student of Korey Konkol
Benjamin Osterhouse - Second Place - student of Tanya Remenikova
Kari Mattson - Honorable Mention - student of Sally O'Reilly

COLLEGE PIANO
Rie Tanaka - First Place - student of Alexander Braginsky
Soyoung Park - Second Place - student of Lydia Artymiw
Tian Wei Gao - Honorable Mention - student of Alexander Braginsky

Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw on jury for Juilliard Piano Concerto Competition, Tom Ashworth and Phil Hey to perform in Jazz Showcase, and Alexander Fiterstein to be featured in Minnesota Sinfonia concerts

lydiaArtymiw2.jpgLydia Artymiw (piano) was on the jury for the third Juilliard Piano Concerto Competition on March 13, 2015 at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. The pianists competing ranged from ages 6 to 12 and performed the Mozart Piano Concerto in A Major, K. 414.

FiresideFiveSM.jpgTom Ashworth (trombone) and Phil Hey (drums) will be joined by Brian Grivna, Phil Aaron, and Gordy Johnson as the Fireside Five & Friends performs on the Jazz Showcase at the Underground Music Cafe (Falcon Heights) on March 26 at 7:30 pm. More info.

AlexanderFitersteinAug2014SQ.jpgAlexander Fiterstein (clarinet) will be featured in two upcoming Minnesota Sinfonia concerts, performing Carl Maria von Weber's Second Clarinet Concerto. These concerts will also feature the world premiere of local composer Michael Chergosky's Vielles Chansons de Nouvelle-France (made possible by a grant from the McKnight Foundation). The concerts will take place on March 20 at 7 pm (First Covenant Church, Saint Paul) and March 22 at 4 pm (Temple Israel, Minneapolis). More info.

Student News: Arjun Ganguly wins first place in Thursday Musical Competition and Samuel Rosenstone to perform at Schubert Club's Courtroom Concert

ArjunGanguly.jpgArjun Ganguly (BM, viola, student of Korey Konkol) came in first place in the College Divison of the 2015 Thursday Musical Young Artists Scholarship Competition. First place competition winners are recognized with a featured concert performance on March 26 at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis.

SamuelRosenstone.jpgSamuel Rosenstone (BM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) will perform at the Schubert Club's Courtroom Concert on March 26 at noon (Courtroom 317, Landmark Center, St. Paul). The program includes pieces by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla and Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona. More info.

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Alumni News: Eric Olson and Jennifer Olson receive Arts Council grants and Tim Olsen releases album on Planet Arts Records

OlsonOlson.jpgEric Olson (violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) and Jennifer Olson (DMA, voice, student of Adriana Zabala) received two grants from the Region 2 Arts Council to perform in a series of three recitals at Bemidji State University. Jennifer will perform a full recital on March 18 with pianist Ana MarĂ­a Otamendi (University of Houston), and Eric will perform a full recital on March 21 with pianist Elena Lacheva (University of Houston). Additionally, Eric and Jennifer will perform in a chamber recital on March 19 with U of M School of Music alumni Sarah Porwoll-Lee (MM, 2013, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein), Jeffery Kyle Hutchins (MM, 2013, saxophone, student of Eugene Rousseau), and Joshua Michael John (bassoon, student of Norbert Nielubowski, Charles Ullery, and John Miller).

CreatureOfHabit2.jpgTim Olsen's (MA, 1985, music theory and composition, student of Alex Lubet and David Damschroder) album Creature of Habit by the Tim Olsen Band (Planet Arts Records) was released in January 2015. The album features nine of composer and pianist Olsen's original jazz compositions performed by an ensemble of upstate New York's leading improvisers; influenced by Olsen's two decades teaching courses in music of the African diaspora and leading the Union College Jazz Ensemble as well as his travels to Cuba, Brazil, and South Africa; available at www.planetarts.org and iTunes. Olsen is associate professor of music at Union College, Schenectady, NY.

Bach Birthday Bash

BillmeyerDeanSQ3.jpgSchool of Music faculty, students, and alumni will be well represented as performers in this year's "Bach Birthday Bash," a series of five progressive concerts hosted by Minnesota Public Radio on Saturday, March 21. Faculty member Dean Billmeyer (organ) will open and close the opening concert, and other U of M performers in the series include past affiliate faculty Nancy Lancaster and Allan Mahnke (DMA Organ), current students Chun-Han Sophia Lin (DMA student, piano), Jessica Park (DMA student, organ), Lukas Perry (MM student, conducting), Kevin Seal (MM student, organ), and alumni David Cherwien (DMA, organ), Eunhye Choi (DMA, piano), Kevin Hobbs (DMA, piano), and John Salveson (DMA, organ). Complete program info.

March 9, 2015

Student News: G. Phillip Shoultz III wins first prize in ACDA's Student Conducting Competition; Eric Schultz serves as associate lecturer; and Rie Tanaka wins first prize in Thursday Musical Competition

ACDAPhillipShoultz.jpgG. Phillip Shoultz III (DMA, choral, student of Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey) won first prize in the American Choral Director's Association National Student Conducting Competition - Graduate Division. Of 200 world-wide applicants, he was initially named one of 8 semifinalists. The first round of competition took place on February 26, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. From this round he passed on to the finals and took home first place on February 27. In addition to a cash prize, Shoultz won an all expenses paid trip to New York City to conduct The Manhattan Chorale in concert.

ericSchultz.jpgEric Schultz (MM, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) is serving as associate lecturer in clarinet and chamber music at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.

RieTanaka.jpgRie Tanaka (MM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) won first prize at Thursday Musical Competition, College Division.

Faculty News: Kathy Saltzman Romey book release

SaltzmanRomeyBook.jpgKathy Saltzman Romey's (choral) new book Helmuth Rilling: Messiah, Understanding and Performing Handel's Masterpiece was released by Carus-Verlag. The book release was accompanied by an interest session with Helmuth Rilling, organized by Romey. Watch a video featuring Romey and Rilling.

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