Thursday, February 22, 2018

Oboist Winner in Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition

Eder Rivera, fourth-year student of Dr. Susan Tomkiewicz at the Schwob School of Music, was named one of the winners in the 2018 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition. Open to instrumentalists ages 18-22, the Yamaha Competition requires video and audio recordings that are judged on their musicality, expression, and tone quality. Eder was one of ten instrumentalists selected to receive an all-expense-paid trip to the YYPA Celebration Weekend, held in Muncie, IN at the Music for All Summer Symposium. Congratulations, Eder!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Trumpet student joins Glenn Miller Orchestra as co-principal

Congratulations to Matt Gates, senior trumpet major and student of Dr. Rob Murray, who has won the audition for the split lead trumpet position with the internationally renowned touring big band, the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He will be joining the band on January 10 and in the next year will be part of their international tour to Japan as well as their busy schedule in the US. Congratulations also to Dr. Kevin Whalen, Director of Jazz Studies, for his mentorship and guidance with Matt in the Schwob Jazz Orchestra!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Violinist Wins Georgia Philharmonic Competition

Virtuoso violinist wins award at Young Artists’ Competition


ROSWELL, GA: The Schwob School of Music had one student take home a top award from the annual Georgia Philharmonic Young Artists Concerto Competition, one of the largest young artists’ competitions in the South.
          Woodruff scholar violinist Samuel Vargas was the winner of the Samuel Fordis Young Artists’ Concerto Competition in the Virtuoso category. As a winner, Samuel will perform the Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3 with the Georgia Philharmonic on Feb. 17, 2018, in Atlanta. Vargas is an undergraduate student of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz, The William B. And Sue Marie Turner Distinguished Chair in Violin.
The Georgia Philharmonic Young Artists Concerto Competition was named in honor of former concertmaster Samuel Fordis and invites the next generation of musicians to establish themselves in musical history. In the February concert, several young musicians will be featured from states all over the southeast.

Student Composers Win in Two Competitions

Benjamin Horne and Zachary McDonald, students of Dr. James Ogburn, received first prize for their compositions in two recent competitions.

Ben's piece for trombone ensemble, Gladiator, won first prize in the Texas Tech Trombone Ensemble Composition Contest. It will be premiered at TTU with Charles Vernon of the Chicago Symphony as soloist.

Zack's piece, They Say Change Is Good But I Don't Like It, won first place in the MTNA Southern Division competition, having been selected as Georgia winner earlier this fall. He will represent the nine southeastern states at the national competition in January.

Congratulations to all!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Voice Students Win, Place in Five Categories at Georgia NATS Auditions

Congratulations to these voice students of the Schwob School of Music, who won or placed in five categories at the recent 2017 Georgia NATS auditions:

1st Place: Mary Lee Turner, Second Year College Women, student of Michelle DeBruyn
2nd Place: Kara Hammonds, First Year College Women, student of Kimberly Cone
2nd Place: Madeleine Munro*, Advanced Women, student of Michelle DeBruyn
3rd Place: Brielle Sims*, Fourth and Fifth Year College Women, student of Dian Lawler-Johnson
3rd Place: Casey Sargent, First Year Musical Theatre College Women, student of Kimberly Cone
3rd Place: Katherine Ambrester*, Fourth and Fifth Year College Women, student of Michelle DeBruyn


Monday, October 23, 2017

Students Win Four First Prizes at MTNA State Competition

Students of the Schwob School of Music stood out among their peers from across Georgia in playing solo recitals in the Senior and Young Artist Competitions of  the Music teachers National Association (MTNA) at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville Oct. 20-21.

CSU's first-prize winners in their categories were:


Eder Rivera, winner, Oboe, Young Artist Division
       Junior, BM Performance, student of Dr. Susan Tomkiewicz

Camron Bryant, winner, Horn, Young Artist Division
Sophomore, BM Performance, student of Dr. Natalie Higgins

Natalia Klenovskaya, winner, Violin, Young Artist Division
Artist Diploma, student of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz

Zachary McDonald received first prize for his composition, They say that change is good but I don’t like it. He is a Junior in Music Education and a composition student of Dr. James Ogburn

CSU students receiving Alternate or Honorable Mention awards include:
Benjamin Horne, honorable mention, Composition, Water
Senior, BM Music Education, student of Dr. James Ogburn
Passacaglia Mason, honorable mention, Violin, Senior Division
Freshman/Dual Enrollment, student of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz
Samuel Vargas, alternate, Violin, Young Artist Division
CSU ELI, student of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz
Jada Washington, honorable mention, Flute, Young Artist Division
Artist Diploma, student of Dr. Andrée Martin
Allison Webb, alternate, Horn, Young Artist Division
Senior, BM Performance, student of Dr. Natalie Higgins

Congratulations to all!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Clarinetist Manuel Antonio Ramos wins position in the West Point band

Clarinetist Manuel Antonio Ramos--a 2013 graduate of Columbus State University's Schwob School of Music and a 2015 graduate of Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music--has won a position as clarinetist with the West Point Concert Band.  The West Point Band is the Army’s oldest musical organization and continues to provide world-class music to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets and to serve as ambassadors of the United States Military Academy and the Army to local, national, and international communities. Its innovative programs and performances are enjoyed across the globe through regular television, radio, and recordings. Many band members hold graduate degrees from the world’s finest music schools and all have earned substantial professional musical achievements prior to serving their country as professional musicians. The organization fulfills more than 1600 official missions annually, including military and patriotic ceremonies, public concerts, parades, professional and collegiate sporting events, internet, radio and television broadcasts, and numerous ceremonies and special events for the Corps of Cadets, the West Point community, New York City, and the broader area of the northeastern United States.

Manuel joins Schwob School graduate Philip Broome, who has held the euphonium position in the West Point Band since 2012. Congratulations!


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