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April 6, 2015

Minnesota Sinfonia's Young Artist Competition

GangulyTesarczyk.jpgThe Minnesota Sinfonia's Young Artist Competition was held at Brady Hall on the St. Thomas University campus on Sunday, March 29, 2015. Arjun Ganguly (BM, viola, student of Korey Konkol) won the senior division, and Katia Tesarczyk (Bravo! student of Sally O'Reilly) won the junior division. Both winners will solo with the Minnesota Sinfonia this coming November under the baton of Jay Fishman. Ganguly will perform a viola transcription of Niccolo Paganini's La Campanella, and as winner of the senior division, he receives the Claire Givens Violins cash prize. More info.

March 23, 2015

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

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

March 2, 2015

Student News: Phillip Shoultz wins National Graduate Conducting Competition and Katherine Chan conducts master class at 2015 ACDA Conference

ShoultzChan.jpgPhillip Shoultz (DMA, choral conducting, student of Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey) took first place in the National Graduate Conducting Competition at the 2015 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Convention in Salt Lake City this past week. This award comes with a cash prize and a winner's concert in New York City. Katherine Chan (DMA, choral conducting, student of Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey) was selected to conduct a master class under renowned conductor John Nelson at the 2015 ACDA Conference.

USO Concerto Competition Winners Perform

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The University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mark Russell Smith, featured performances by the winners of the 2015 USO Concerto Competition on February 25. Christine Killian (MM, voice, student of Adriana Zabala) performed "Song to the Moon" from Dvorák's Rusalka and Pei-Lei Lin (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) performed Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16. Follow us on Facebook for more photos like these and a behind the scenes look into life at the School of Music.

February 2, 2015

2015 University of Minnesota Concerto Competition

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The 2015 University of Minnesota Concerto Competition was held on Wednesday, January 29. Congratulations to the following students:

  • Winner: Pei-Lei Lin (DMA, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw)
  • Winner: Christine Killian (MM, voice, student of Adriana Zabala)
  • Honorable Mention: Osip Nikiforov (BM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky)

As competition winners, Pei-Lei Lin will perform Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16 and Christine Killian will perform Antonin Dvorak's "Song to the Moon" from Rusalka with the University Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday, February 25 at Ted Mann Concert Hall.

November 17, 2014

NATS Minnesota Student Auditions

NATS2014.jpgThe following School of Music voice students distinguished themselves at the recent National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Minnesota Student Auditions at St. John's University in Collegeville:

Rob Riordan, 1st place, Division 8, Upper Level College Men, student of Jean del Santo and Philip Zawisza

Sullie Ojala-Helmbolt, 1st place, Division 6, Lower Level College Men, student of Philip Zawisza

Deaven Swainey, 2nd place, Division 11, Graduate, student of Philip Zawisza and Jean del Santo

Sophie Amelkin, 3rd place, Division 11, Graduate, student of Jean del Santo

Irene Kelley, semi-finalist, Division 5, Lower Level College Women, student of Jean del Santo

April 28, 2014

Mechelke Piano Award Winner: Rie Tanaka

The U of M School of Music is pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 Marvin O. Mechelke II Piano Award, Rie Tanaka (MM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky). Tanaka was presented with the inaugural graduate student cash prize of $1,500 by Larry and Deirdre Mechelke following a competition held in their home on April 25, 2014 before a specially invited audience. The prize is to be used by Tanaka as needed to further her studies at the University of Minnesota. The judges for the competition were Mark Russell Smith, artistic director of orchestral studies at the U of M School of Music, Dr. Paul Wirth, founder and artistic director of the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts; and distinguished concert pianist Elizabeth Wolff. The Spring 2015 Mechelke Competition will be open to undergraduate pianists. The next graduate competition is scheduled for 2016.

March 31, 2014

U of M School of Music Schubert Club Scholarship Competition Winners 2014

The Schubert Club Student Scholarship Competition, held each spring, awards approximately $50,000 annually to young musicians. The finals will took place on March 28, 2014 at Landmark Center in St. Paul.

SENIOR HIGH VIOLIN
Honorable Mention, Julian Maddox (PSEO student of Sally O'Reilly)

COLLEGE VIOLIN
Honorable Mention, Melissa Deal (student of Sally O'Reilly)

GRADUATE CELLO
First Place, Rosalind Leavell (student of Tanya Remenikova)
Second Place, Charles Asch (student of Tanya Remenikova)
Honorable Mention, Luke Darville (student of Tanya Remenikova)

GRADUATE VIOLIN
Honorable Mention, Sila Gundiler (student of Sally O'Reilly)

COLLEGE PIANO
First Place, Osip Nikiforov (piano, student of Alexander Braginsky)

GRADUATE PIANO
First Place, Rie Tanaka (student of Alexander Braginsky)
Second Place, Gabriel Quenneville-Belair (student of Lydia Artymiw)
Honorable Mention, Samantha Cho (student of Alexander Braginsky)

ADVANCED VOICE
First Place, Brennan Blankenship (student of Adriana Zabala)

GRADUATE VOICE
First Place, Joseph Okell (student of John De Haan)

COLLEGE/GRADUATE BRASS & WOODWIND
First Place, Kendra Wheeler (saxophone, student of Eugene Rousseau)
Second Place, Eric Schultz (clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein)
Honorable Mention, David Franzel (saxophone, student of Eugene Rousseau)

HUNTER/SCHUBERT CLUB PRIZE
First Place, Joesph Okell (voice, tenor, student of John De Haan)

February 25, 2014

Watch the 3/1 U of M Jazz Festival Concert online via Livestream

Can't make it to Ted Mann Concert Hall on Saturday, March 1 for the U of M Jazz Festival Concert? Watch this concert online via Livestream. This year's concert features Jazz Ensemble I and special guests Patty Peterson and members of Minnesota's First Family of Jazz, the Petersons. Dean Sorenson, director.

February 10, 2014

2014 University of Minnesota Concerto Competition Results

The 2014 University of Minnesota Concerto Competition was held on Wednesday, January 29. Congratulations to the following:

  • Rosalind Leavell (DMA candidate, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova) - winner
  • Bethel Balge (DMA candidate, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) - honorable mention
  • Rie Tanaka (MM candidate, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) - honorable mention

As competition winner, Rosalind Leavell will perform with the University Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday, March 12 at Ted Mann Concert Hall.

November 11, 2013

2013 MNSOTA's Mary West Solo Competition Winners

School of Music students were winners of the Mary West Solo Competition and will perform at the Winners Recital on November 17 at 7 pm at Lake Harriet United Methodist Church. Concert information and a complete list of winners.

Grand Prize - Emily McIntyre Saathoff, violin
(BM, 2012, violin performance, student of Sally O'Reilly)

Givens Prize, Junior Division - Julian Maddox, violin
(PSEO, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly)

Performance Award, Senior Division - Volkan Can Canbolat, violin
(MM candidate, student of Mark Bjork)

2013 MN NATS Student Audition Winners

School of Music students were winners of the 2013 Minnesota National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Audition. Complete list of winners.

2nd place, 6 division - Robert Riordan, Jr.
(BM candidate, vocal performance, student of Philip Zawisza)

2nd place, 7 division - JoAnna Griffith
(BM candidate, vocal performance, student of Wendy Zaro-Mullins)

3rd place, 7 division - Laura Modglin
(BM candidate, vocal performance, student of Adriana Zabala)

2nd place, 9 division - Shelley Mihm
(BM candidate, vocal performance, student of Philip Zawisza)

1st place, 11 division - Jennifer Olson
(DMA candidate, vocal performance, student of Adriana Zabala)

3rd place, 11 division - Sophie Amelkin
(MM candidate, vocal performance, student of Jean del Santo)

October 21, 2013

A Fanfare for Northrop Competition

NorthropFanfareImageSQ.jpgIn April 2014, iconic Northrop Auditorium will reopen as a center for creativity on the Twin Cities campus. To celebrate its new performance venues, Northrop and the U of M School of Music jointly announce a competition to compose a signature Northrop fanfare to indicate final seating for events. The fanfare will be premiered live during Northrop's opening celebrations, April 4-6, 2014, and the composer and title will be credited prominently at the grand opening and in printed programs for all Northrop events in the future. Eligibility for submissions is limited to current students and recent alumni (last 5 years) of the University of Minnesota School of Music. Download the letter and application.

September 16, 2013

Competition News: USO Concerto Competition and American Composers Forum National Composition Contest

The 2014 U of M Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition will be held on Wednesday, January 29. 2014. The winner(s) will perform with the University Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. The competition is open to all U of M School of Music full-time graduate and undergraduate music majors who have the approval of their applied teacher. Find out more.

In partnership with the acclaimed new music ensemble Sō Percussion, the American Composers Forum announces the 2014 American Composers Forum National Composition Contest. The objective of this competition is to encourage creativity by student composers who are currently enrolled in graduate and undergraduate institutions in the United States. More info.

June 3, 2013

Alumni News: Loren Fishman teaching position, Ian Hodges summer teaching position, and Min Jung Kim wins third place in Ima Hogg Competition

LorenBio.jpgLoren Fishman (D.M.A., 2011, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) has accepted a piano teaching position at Carleton College beginning August 2013.

ianHodges.jpgIan Hodges (D.M.A., 2010, guitar, student of Jeffrey Van) will teach guitar at the International Music Camp in North Dakota in July, working with students from Canada and the U.S. Hodges currently teaches in Winnipeg at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts, and for the preparatory division of the faculty of music (University of Manitoba), and performs throughout Manitoba on classical, jazz, and commercial guitar.

Min_Jung_Kim_Headshot768bed.jpgMin Jung Kim (D.M.A., 2012, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) won the Bronze Medal and Third Prize ($5,000) in the finals of the 2013 Houston Symphony's Ima Hogg Competition. She performed the Mozart d minor Concerto, K.466 with the Houston Symphony. She and the other three finalists were featured in the CultureMap article, "A classical music feud: Competing for $25,000 pushes young artists to their limits." Read the article.

April 2, 2013

SOM winners of Schubert Club Scholarship Competition

Congratulations to the SOM students who participated in the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition Finals (winners are listed below). Check out the complete list of winners, which includes the junior and high school winners of SOM faculty.

Hunter/Schubert Club Prize
Beth Bayley, soprano (John De Haan)

College/Graduate Brass and Woodwind
James Hodges, clarinet, first place (Alexander Fiterstein)
Kendra Wheeler, saxophone, second place (Eugene Rousseau)

Graduate Piano
Pei-Lei Lin, honorable mention (Lydia Artymiw)

Senior High Strings
Melissa Deal, violin, second place (PSEO student of Sally O'Reilly)

College/Graduate Strings
Angelika Strub, violin, first place, (Sally O'Reilly)

Intermediate Voice
Tim Murray, baritone, first place (Jean del Santo)
Shelley Mihm, soprano, second place (Phillip Zawisza)
Lauren Feider, soprano, honorable mention (Wendy Zaro-Mullins)

Advanced Voice
David Kent Morgan, tenor, first place (Jean del Santo)

Graduate Voice
Sidney Walker, mezzo soprano, honorable mention (Jean del Santo)

March 25, 2013

SOM winners of the 2013 Thursday Musical Competition

Congratulations to the SOM students who participated in the Thursday Musical Young Artist Scholarship Competition (winners listed below). Check out the complete list of winners, which includes the junior and high school winners of SOM faculty.

Piano (College Level)
Hyun Jin Cho, first place (Paul Shaw)
Pei-Lei Lin, second place (Lydia Artymiw)

Strings (College Level)
Angelika Strub, violin, honorable mention (Sally O'Reilly)

Advanced Voice (College Level)
Johna Miller, soprano, honorable mention (Lawrence Weller)

Intermediate Voice (College Level)
Lauren Feider, soprano, first place (Wendy Zaro-Mullins)
JoAnna Griffith, soprano, honorable mention (Barbara Kierig)
Benjamin Dutcher, baritone, honorable mention (John De Haan)

Winds (College Level)
Kristina Meanley, clarinet, first place (Alexander Fiterstein)
Anastasiya Nyzkodub, clarinet, second place (Alexander Fiterstein)
Jenifer Minor, flute, honorable mention (Immanuel Davis)

SOM Faculty Judges
Julia Bogorad
Jean del Santo

March 11, 2013

Schubert Club Scholarship Competition

Congratulations to the SOM students who participated in the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition Preliminaries (winners are listed below). Check out the complete list of winners, which includes the junior and high school winners of SOM faculty.

Graduate Piano (ages 24-27)
Jing (Jenny) Dou - student of Alexander Braginsky
Pei-Lei Lin- student of Lydia Artymiw

College/Graduate Strings (freshman-age 24)
Emily McIntyre, violin - student of Sally O'Reilly
Angelika Strub, violin - student of Sally O'Reilly

College/Graduate Brass & Woodwind (freshman-age 24)
Spencer Brand, trumpet - student of David Baldwin
James Hodges, clarinet - student of Alexander Fiterstein
Ariel Pry, clarinet - student of Alexander Fiterstein
Kendra Wheeler, saxophone - student of Eugene Rousseau

Intermediate Voice (ages 17-20)
Isabella Dawis, soprano - student of Elizabeth Mannion
Lauren Feider, soprano - student of Wendy Zaro-Williams
Joanna Griffith, soprano - student of Barbara Kierig
Shelley Mihm, soprano - student of Philip Zawisza
Tim Murray, baritone - student of Jean del Santo

Advanced Voice (ages 21-24)
David Kent Morgan, tenor - student of Jean del Santo

Graduate Voice (ages 25-30)
Beth Bayley, soprano - student of John David De Haan
Cassandra Koob, soprano - student of John David De Haan
Sidney Walker, mezzo - student of Jean del Santo

SOM Faculty Preliminary Judges
Gary Bordner, trumpet
Immanuel Davis, flute
Rebecca Shockley, piano

November 12, 2012

SOM vocal student winners at Minnesota NATS student auditions

School of Music vocal students recently distinguished themselves at the Minnesota NATS student auditions in Collegeville, MN. Semi-finalists included:

  • Julia Ennen, student of Jean del Santo
  • Renee Ullrich, student of Jean del Santo
  • Tim Murray, student of Jean del Santo
  • Laura Modglin, student of Adriana Zabala
  • Seth Bovis, student of Philip Zawisza
  • Kristin Elliott, student of Adriana Zabala

Finalists in their respective divisions included:

  • Ben Dutcher, student of John De Haan
  • Stephanie Broussard, student of Jean del Santo
  • Shelby Joy Adams, student of Jean del Santo
  • Shelly Mihm, student of Philip Zawisza
  • David Morgan, student of Jean del Santo
  • Brennan Blankenship, student of Adriana Zabala
  • Robert Riordan, student of Philip Zawisza

May 21, 2012

Student News: Wei Zheng winner of NATS Artist Award

Wei Zheng (D.M.A. candidate, voice, student of Jean del Santo) is the North Central Region winner of the biennial National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award and will represent the U of M School of Music at the national NATS convention in Orlando this summer.

April 28, 2011

U of M School of Music Announces 2011 Swan Composer Prize - Call for Works

The U of M School of Music is pleased to announce the 2011 Craig and Janet Swan Composer Prize, a national competition for new works for wind ensemble. The 2010 Craig and Janet Swan Composer Prize for Mixed Chorus was awarded to Zvonimir Nagy for his work Cantus Jubilus. Guidelines and an application for the competition are available on the School of Music website. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, June 30, 2011. Read more.

April 1, 2011

Marvin O. Mechelke II Piano Award Competition

Marvin O. Mechelke II Piano Award Competition

The Mechelke Scholarship Competition is for undergraduate piano majors, and is held at the Mechelke home every other year in the spring. The next competition will take place on Friday evening, April 29, 2011.

Eligibility
The competition is open to any talented full-time undergraduate student in the College of Liberal Arts majoring in piano performance, music education/therapy, or a Bachelor of Arts in Music, whose instrument is piano and who has not already won the award. All applicants must be in good academic standing, carrying at least 13 credits per semester and have a GPA of at least 3.0.

Repertoire
Contestants must choose at least two contrasting works with a total playing time of 10 to 20 minutes. A second piano will be available for duo or concerto repertoire. Selections should be complete works or movements, not excerpts. Cuts are not allowed, but repeats may be omitted. Contestants should be prepared to make some brief introductory remarks about their repertoire (as time permits).

Winner's Encore
After the judges have announced their decision, the winner shall perform, as an encore program, one or more additional selections from their repertoire totaling 10 to 15 minutes in length, again withbrief introductory remarks about the music.

Award
The winner will receive a cash prize of $1,500, to be used as needed to further their musical education at the University of Minnesota. At the discretion of the judges and with approval of the Mechelkes, an additional award of $500 may be awarded to the second-place winner. (Second-place winners may compete a second time, but those who have won two second-place awards are no longer eligible to compete.)

Judges
The jury shall consist of three individuals selected by the School of Music: an active School of Music faculty member not from the keyboard division, and two more individuals chosen from the local music community. The decision of the judges is final.

Application forms should be submitted to Rebecca Shockley by April 13, and repertoire information should be submitted by April 22.

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