Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Schwob graduate Joshua Kearney to conduct Marine Band

Joshua Kearney (2012 M.M. in Wind Band Conducting, 2009 B.M. in Music Education) will conduct The President's Own Marine Band in concert June 16th in Washington D.C. As one of only three conductors in the country chosen through the National Band Association's Young Conductor Mentor Project (for conductors under age 29), Joshua will conduct a world premiere composition with "The President's Own," the nation's oldest continually active professional music organization, established in 1789 and conducted for 12 years by John Philip Sousa. Now a doctoral conducting student at Michigan State University, Joshua will present next December a joint session entitled “The Young Director’s Guide to Commissioning” at the 2015 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. Congratulations, Josh!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Roderick Cox named Minnesota Orchestra Assistant Conductor


The Minnesota Orchestra has announced the appointment of Roderick Cox, 27, as the Orchestra’s new assistant conductor. Cox, a 2009 graduate of CSU's Schwob School of Music, this month conducted the Orchestra's Young People’s and Family Concerts and will assume his new position in June. A native of Macon, Georgia, Roderick is currently a conducting fellow with the Chicago Sinfonietta and recently completed a two-year tenure as assistant conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from CSU, he earned a Master of Music degree in conducting from Northwestern University in Illinois, where he studied with Mallory Thompson and Victor Yampolsky.
http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org/about/learn-more/press-room/1165-roderick-cox-assistant-conductor

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Music students, alumni advance to summer and graduate study, employment

Congratulations to the following students and graduates as they advance to the next steps in their education and career paths!

Graduate School Acceptances
David Baker, double bass, will be pursuing a Master of Music degree in jazz studies at the University of Northern Colorado where he has been awarded a full graduate teaching assistantship.
Alissa Castro-Lawicki, percussion, was awarded a Teaching Assistantship at the University of South Carolina, Columbia for her Master's Degree in Percussion Performance.
Joel Castro, percussion, was awarded a Teaching Assistantship at both North Texas University and Indiana University for his Master's Degree in Percussion Performance. He will be attending Indiana in the fall.
Alex Clay, flute, will be attending Illinois State University to pursue a Master of Music in Flute Performance on a full scholarship plus stipend as a graduate assistant.
Zoltan Csikos, cello, has been accepted to the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana to pursue his doctoral degree. 
Samantha Dubois, voice, accepted into Master of Music in Vocal Performance programs at University South Carolina, Converse College, University of Georgia, and Mercer University. She will be attending USC as a graduate assistant in opera.
Sarah Figueroa, violin, accepted for Masters of Music studies at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of Maryland, and University of North Texas, which she will be attending.
Ryan Fox, bassoon, will enter the Master's program in multiple wind performance at the University of South Carolina.
Christian Gordon, trumpet, will be pursuing a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance at the University of South Carolina as teaching assistant.
Likai He, violin, accepted with full scholarship at Yale School of Music and at Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.  He will be attending Rice University.
Kyung "David" Jang, conductor, will attend the Master of Music Program in Orchestral Conducting at Indiana University on a full scholarship.  He is one of only two Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting students accepted at Indiana for next year.
Thomas Mohr, violin, accepted for Artist Diploma studies at Schwob School of Music/Columbus State University
Valeriya Nedviga, violin, accepted for Masters of Music studies at Carnegie Mellon, University of Northern Colorado, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Schwob School of Music/Columbus State University. She will attend University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she received a graduate assistantship with full tuition scholarship and stipend.
Mary Margaret Neel, violin, accepted to Masters of Music in Performance programs at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, University of Georgia, and Denver University. She will be attending Denver University's Lamont School of Music as a teaching assistant.
Teeraboon Paisarn, percussion, was accepted to the University of Miami doctoral program in Percussion Performance.
Ashley Seldon, voice, accepted into Master of Music in Vocal Performance programs at Temple University, Colorado State University at Fort Collins, and Southern Methodist University. She will be attending SMU with both a scholarship and assistantship.
Andrew Smith, trumpet and composition, will be pursuing a Master of Music in Composition degree as a composition teaching assistant at Bowling Green State University, OH.
Nathaniel Thomas, voice, accepted into Master of Music in Vocal Performance programs at the Schwob School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and Colorado State University at Fort Collins.  He has chosen to attend the Schwob School of Music and pursue the Master of Music in Performance.
Johan Warburton, horn, will be attending the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland. 
Evan Williams, trombone, accepted at San Francisco Conservatory, but will attend University of Texas at Austin
Joel Wilkinson, violin, accepted for Artist Diploma studies at Schwob School of Music/Columbus State University.
Yidan Zhang, violin, accepted for MM Performance studies at Schwob School of Music/Columbus State University.


Summer Festivals and Study Abroad
Brice Bouffard, clarinet, summer study abroad in Denmark, "Music of Scandinavia"
Kevin Casey, trombone, Southeast Trombone Symposium, GA
Joel Castro, percussion, CHOSEN VALE Percussion Seminar at the Center for Advanced Musical Studies, NH and Duff Timpani Masterclass, Athens, GA
Stephen Clayton, bass trombone, Southeast Trombone Symposium, GA
Amber Colberg, flute, Instructor, Harris County Band Summer Program
Ramiro Compres, percussion, attending Duff Timpani Masterclass, Athens, GA
Noel Davis, voice, summer study abroad in Denmark, "Music of Scandinavia"
Francisco Javier de Alba, clarinet, Zodiac Music Academy & Festival, Valdeblore, France
Drew Ellis, percussion, Instructor, Crisp County Band Summer Program
Corey Fair, percussion, attending Duff Timpani Masterclass, Athens, GA
Ty Gable, flute, counselor at the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, PA
Noe Garcia, guitar, University of Louisville Guitar Festival and Competition, Louisville, Kentucky; Southern Guitar Festival and Competition, Columbia, SC; Eastern Carolina University Summer Guitar Workshop, Greenville, NC; Instructor, Active 8 Summer Strummers Group Guitar Camp, Columbus, GA
Mary Gasson, voice, Middlebury College Language Study Program (Italian), CA
Eric Giles, oboe, 10th Annual English Horn Masterclasses with Carolyn Hove, Columbus, GA
Jessica Griggs, trombone, camp counselor, Interlochen Arts Camp, MI
Austin Hanni, percussion, Instructor, Houston County Band Summer Program
Victoria Hargrove, clarinet, Domaine Forget Summer Music Festival and Academy, St. Irenaeus, Quebec, Canada
Ryan Harvey, viola, Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra, resident assistant, MI and Germany
McClaran Hayes, violin, Killington Music Festival, VT
Likai He, violin, tour of solo concerts in China
Katherine Holmes, guitar, European Council Spanish Immersion Program, Madrid, Spain; Part-time pianist for the Columbus State University Dance Conservatory
Josh Hutchinson, trombone, Southeast Trombone Symposium, GA
Annette Jakovcic, cello, Yellow Barn Music Festival Young Artists Program, ME
Anton Jakovcic, viola, faculty at Thurnauer Chamber Music Camp, Tenafly, NJ
Joonsu Kim, clarinet, Instructor, East Coweta High School Band Summer Program
James Klausmeyer, percussion, CHOSEN VALE Percussion Seminar at the Center for Advanced Musical Studies, NH and Duff Timpani Masterclass, Athens, GA. James will also compete in the Atlanta Symphony Snare Drum Competition.
Erdong Li, guitar, Shenyang International Guitar Festival; concerts in Beijing, Hang Zhong, Zunyi, China
Dragana Loncar, viola, Brevard Music Festival, on scholarship, NC
Andrew Markel, trombone, camp counselor, Interlochen Arts Camp, MI
Jonathan Mashburn, percussion, CHOSEN VALE Percussion Seminar at the Center for Advanced Musical Studies, NH.  He will also be an Instructor for the Harris County High School Band Summer Program.
Alyssandra Montes, clarinet, Instructor, Apalachee County High School Band Summer Program
Dan Murray, percussion, summer study abroad in Denmark, "Music of Scandinavia"
Teddy Nagelvoort, trombone, Southeast Trombone Symposium, GA
Valeriya Nedviga, violin, Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary, Teaching Assistant and Concertmaster of the Festival Orchestra, Kingston, PA
Alejandro Olson, guitar, BorGuitar Festival in Borgotaro, Italy
Teeraboon Paisarn, percussion, will be performing with the contemporary and percussion ensembles from the Thailand International Composition Festival
Felix Padilla, trombone, touring the US with Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps
Dixon Pendergrass, saxophone, touring the US with Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps
Wesley Phillips, saxophone, Interlochen Center for the Arts summer counselor and instructional assistant, MI. He will also attend the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop
Joe Proud, saxophone, solo recital in Novi Sad, Serbia
Patrick Quinn, oboe, Intern for the Monadnock Music Festival in Peterborough, NH
Mario Rivera, viola, Brevard Music Festival, nresident assistant with full tuition, NC
Lauren Rosenblatt, flute, Interlochen Center for the Arts, summer music library intern, MI, Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus, library assistant.
Lauren Rosenblatt, flute, full-semester study abroad student  for Fall 2015, Medieval and Renaissance music at University of Oxford (UK)
Weiru Sheng, violin, Bowdoin International Music Festival, ME
Leslie Thomas, saxophone, Université Européene de Saxophone in Gap, France
Eric Tsai, violin, Sarasota Music Festival, FL
Christi Unthank, clarinet, Instructor, Warner Robins High School Band Summer Program
Sarah Velasco, violin, Banff Music Festival (full tuition scholarship), Banff, Alberta, Canada
James Walsh, percussion, CHOSEN VALE Percussion Seminar at the Center for Advanced Musical Studies, NH.  He will also be an Instructor for the North Gwinnett High School Band Summer Program
Sophie Wang, violin, Sarasota Music Festival & Killington Music Festival, VT
Andrew Wilder, guitar, Eastern Carolina University, Summer guitar festival, Greeneville, NC; Three recitals in Bogota, Columbia
Yidan Zhang, violin, Bowdoin International Music Festival, ME


Employment
   
Ian Cooper, saxophone, has accepted a position with the U.S. Navy Fleet Band
Stephanie Erdman, B.A. 2013, has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus, GA. She received her M.A. in Arts Administration from Florida State University this May.
Jada Washington, flute, is a member of the Georgia Army National Guard Band

Alex White, flute, is a member of the Georgia Army National Guard Band

Schwob honors alum published in leading percussion journal

Brandon Smith (B.M., percussion, 2014) is featured in the May issue of Percussive Notes with an article he developed in his Music History and Applied Percussion courses at Columbus State, taught by Drs. Andrée Martin and Paul Vaillancourt.  This research, a study of Elliott Carter’s Eight Pieces for Four Timpani was developed and presented as a part of his Honors College requirements at CSU. Percussive Notes is the world's leading academic journal for percussionists. http://www.pas.org/publications/latest-issues/percussivenotes.aspx

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Flute Student to Spend Semester Abroad at St. Anne's, Oxford University

CSU flutist Lauren Rosenblatt will study Medieval and Renaissance Music at Oxford University's St. Anne's College as a part of a new partnership with that institution. An Honors student pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Music, Lauren has already participated in Study abroad and studied Renaissance music and dance at CSU, but this time she will spend an entire semester in one of the cultural centers of the Renaissance.

Columbus State University was recognized last year among seven U.S. college and universities — including much-larger institutions such as Rutgers and Ohio State — for innovative international programs. “(All seven schools) are excellent models for how higher education across the country can and must innovate to prepare our students for the global economy we live in today,” said Marlene M. Johnson, executive director and CEO of the international education organization founded as the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers. Now known as the NAFSA Association of International Educators, the organization’s Senator Paul Simon Awards for Campus Internationalization are considered the ultimate honor for a university in terms of recognizing innovative efforts to make students more aware of the world at large.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CSU alum tops at Seoul International Violin Competition

CSU alumni violinist Suliman Tekalli won 2nd Prize, $30,000 and international engagements at Seoul International Violin Competition (Seoul, Korea). The First Prize of $50,000 was not awarded. http://www.thestrad.com/cpt-latests/suliman-tekalli-performs-bartok-at-the-seoul-international-music-competition/
While he studied at the Schwob School of Music with Professor Sergiu Schwartz, the William B. and Sue Marie Turner Distinguished Faculty Chair  Suliman was a top prize winner at major international violin competitions including Sendai (Japan), Lipizer (Italy), Szeryng (Mexico) and a semifinalist at Montreal (Canada), Sarasate (Spain) and Young Concert Artists (New York).
This summer, he will participate at the Music@Menlo Chamber Festival in Palo Alto, California, under the leadership of the directors of the Chamber of Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Voice student places first at Southeastern NATS auditions

RANDALL PERKINS, a junior in voice performance, won First Place in the Upper Adult Men's Category at the Southeastern Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions held at Auburn University. Over four hundred fifty singers from Alabama, Georgia and Florida participated. Randall is a student of Earl Coleman, Curry Eminent Faculty Scholar Chair in the Schwob School of Music.
Professor Coleman's freshman student, NICKLAUS WHITE, was a Semi-Finalist in the First Year Men's Classical Category at the same auditions.

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