Monday, September 18, 2017

CSU Guitarists Win U. of Louisville Competition Two Years in a Row

Andrew Wilder, B.M. 2016, won first place in the 2017 University of Louisville Guitar Competition, Solo Artist Division. Andrew began graduate studies this fall at the University of Kentucky.

CSU is not a newcomer at the Louisville competition. The first and fourth place awards last year also went to students of Dr. Andrew Zohn, The Jo and George Jeter Distinguished Chair in Guitar. For more information on the competition, please visit

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Boris Abramov CD Recognized with Global Music Awards Silver Medal

Congratulations to Boris Abramov, Lecturer in Violin, for being awarded a Global Music Awards Silver Medal for his upcoming Mozart & Beethoven Violin and Cello Duets CD! Founded by Thomas Baker, Ph.D., who has more than a dozen years in film and music and created the Accolade Competition, Indie Fest and the Best Shorts Competition, the Global Music Awards has been recognizing outstanding recordings through a multi-layered judging process that evaluates listener impact, technical quality, uniqueness and styling.

The CD will be released on November 10th, 2017, and you can pre-order a copy here:…/…/B074QWGFST

Mozart, W. A., Beethoven, L. V.: MOZART | BEETHOVEN

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Dr. Ianthe Marini named Interim Choral Director

Dr. Ianthe Marini has been named Interim Director of Choral Activities for 2017-18, following the retirement of Professor Constantina Tsolainou, the Paul and Jean Amos Faculty Chair in Music.

Dr. Marini holds the Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Maryland where she studied with Edward Maclary and James Ross.  She was the recipient of the Pomeroy Prize for scholarship and performance in 17th and 18th century music, the only award given to a graduate student at the UMD School of Music.  She served as the first female director of the University of Maryland Men's Chorus.  In the fall of 2015, Marini prepared the University of Maryland Chamber Singers for performance with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in a complete performance of Handel's Messiah under the direction of Maestro Nathalie Stutzmann.  In the Spring of 2016, she prepared the Chamber Singers for a performance of the a cappella choral music of Scottish composer James MacMillan under his own baton at the Kennedy Center.  In the Winter of 2015, she prepared the University of Maryland Concert Choir for a performance with the National Symphony Orchestra Pops under the direction of Maestro Steven Reineke at the Kennedy Center, and in the fall of 2016, she prepared the UMD Men's Chorus for a performance with the Baltimore Symphony Super Pops under the direction of Maestro Jack Everly. Welcome, Dr. Marini!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Alumni composer, conductors win national recognition

Liliya Ugay, CSU alumna and composer/pianist (B.M. 2014), is pursuing a doctoral degree in composition at the Yale School of Music.  Last year, she won the Charles Ives Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and she has just been awarded Yale's Horatio Parker Prize, which is given to the student who best exemplifies the musical ideals of Parker, who was Yale's Dean 100 years ago.

Roderick Cox (B.M. 2009), Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, has been named one of nine American conductors to receive a 2017 Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award. recipient of Roderick Cox has also served as Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra. Recent and upcoming engagements include the Chenecke! Orchestra (UK), Seattle Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Louisiana Philharmonic, as well as the symphony orchestras of Cleveland, Detroit, Santa Fe, Nashville, Florida and the National Symphony (D.C.). He also conducted a performance sponsored by Google and Colour of Music Festival for the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington D.C.

Kellen Gray (B.M. 2008) has been selected as a Project Inclusion Conducting Fellow with the Chicago Sinfonietta. The Freeman Fellowship fosters the development of 4-6 conductors of diverse backgrounds who are on the verge of professional careers. Fellows have the opportunity to work closely with Music Director Mei-Ann Chen and other experienced conductors and industry professionals. The fellowship includes intensive training and mentoring, opportunities to conduct with partner organizations, and development of basic orchestra management skills, such as marketing, programming, fundraising and finance. He is simultaneously enrolled as an 
Artist Diploma student of Paul Hostetter, the Ethel Foley Distinguished Chair in Orchestral Activities at CSU.

Andrew Shelton Hired as Mars Hill University Band Director

Mars Hill University has hired Andrew Shelton (M.M. 2010) as Director of Bands and Instructor of Music. A graduate of Mars Hill and Columbus State University, Andrew has served as band director at North Buncombe High School in Weaverville, North Carolina since 2012. Congratulations, Andrew!

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Bernard Flythe Appointed as Artist Faculty in Tuba and Euphonium

The Joyce and Henry Schwob School of Music is delighted to announce the appointment of Bernard H. Flythe as Artist Faculty in Tuba and Euphonium. Mr. Flythe has taught at Kennesaw State University, Appalachian State University, Emory University, University of Georgia, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a Master of Music degree in Performance and Specialist Certificate in Performance from The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He currently serves as Substitute Tubist for the Atlanta and LaGrange Symphony Orchestras and has served as Tuba and Euphonium instructor for the Atlanta Chamber Music Festival since 2013. Mr. Flythe has also served for over a decade as Low Brass Sectionals Coach in various high schools throughout Georgia. We are excited to welcome Mr. Flythe to Schwob!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Eric Zuber Appointed to The L. Rexford Whiddon Visiting Chair in Piano

The Joyce and Henry Schwob School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Zuber as The L. Rexford Whiddon Visiting Chair in Piano, beginning August, 2017. Mr. Zuber, a distinguished concert artist and pedagogue, will join The Jack and JoRhee Pezold Division of Keyboard Studies, the first fully endowed division within the Schwob School and a program of distinction that attracts undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world. 

Hailed as an "irresistibly fluid" and "illuminating" pianist by the New York Times and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Eric Zuber has established himself as one of the leaders of a new generation of American pianism.

Mr. Zuber rose to international acclaim in 2007 after winning the Gold Medal in the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. More prizes followed shortly thereafter in Seoul and Sydney in 2008, Dublin in 2009, at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master and Cleveland International Piano Competitions in 2011, at Honens in 2012, and ending with another Gold Medal at the Bösendorfer International Piano Competition in 2013. For these and many other remarkable achievements, he was awarded the Arthur Rubinstein Prize by The Juilliard School, and has also been a two-time recipient of the Gina Bachauer Prize at Juilliard.

Mr. Zuber has made solo appearances at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Severance Hall and for the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City.  After making his orchestral debut at the age of twelve with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, he has performed with many of the major orchestras in the United States and abroad including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Minnesota Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the Phoenix Symphony, the Korean Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, and Ireland's RTE National Symphony Orchestra. His collaborations with internationally acclaimed artists include performances with Lewis Kaplan, Paul Huang, Amir Eldan, Charlie Neidich, Joseph Silverstein, Gerard Schwartz, Johannes Moser, and Amanda Roocroft.

In addition to a busy solo and collaborative career, Mr. Zuber is devoted to teaching the next generation of pianistic talent. He is currently serving as Visiting Professor of Piano Performance at Ball State University in Indiana, and has been Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis' Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music and Faculty Associate at the Peabody Institute. Mr. Zuber has given masterclasses in the United States at Oklahoma University, Ohio University, Bard College, Shenandoah University and Lawrence University. Internationally, he has taught in China at the Bowdoin/Xian International Music Festival, and in Korea at Yeonsei University and for the Korean Steinway Society. This summer he will join the faculty of Music Fest Perugia in Italy.

Mr. Zuber holds degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (B.M., A.D.), the Curtis Institute of Music (Diploma), and the Juilliard School (M.M).  His major teachers have been Boris Slutsky, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, and Robert McDonald.  He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at Peabody. 

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