Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Natalie Higgins Appointed Horn Professor

Dr. Natalie Higgins has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music in Horn at the Schwob School of Music, to begin August, 2016. Dr; Higgins received her DMA from the University of Missouri—Kansas City and is a founding member of the Alias Brass Company. She is currently on the faculty of Missouri Western State University. Congratulations and welcome to Dr. Higgins!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Stephanie Patterson Appointed Bassoon Professor

Dr. Stephanie Willow Patterson has been appointed Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the Schwob School of Music. She holds a D.M.A. in bassoon performance with a minor in theory pedagogy from the University of Iowa, an M.M. from Wichita State, a B.M. in bassoon performance, and a B.A. in Russian Language from Oberlin. A California native with a passion for collaboration, outreach, and contemporary music, she most recently served as bassoon professor at Wichita State University and formerly held teaching positions at Bethany College and Bethel College in Kansas. Her ├ętude book “An Introduction to Contemporary Music for Bassoon” was published in 2014. Welcome, Dr. Patterson!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Paul VanderGheynst, Retired Jazz Director, Dean and VP, Dies; CSU to Establish Memorial Endowment

Paul VanderGheynst, who came to Columbus in 1972 and founded the CSU jazz program, later serving as Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, died early Sunday, May 1st in Columbus. In the 1990s, he played a key role in the planning and construction phase for the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McMullen Funeral Home on Gentian Boulevard. A memorial service will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Luke United Methodist Church on Second Avenue. For more information:

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Those desiring to do so may make a contribution in Paul’s memory to the Paul J. Vander Gheynst Scholarship Endowment for Jazz Studies.

Mail contributions to:
Columbus State University Foundation
4225 University Avenue
Columbus, Georgia 31907, click on “GIVE” button, under “Choose Designation”, check (√) “would like to support a program not listed above”, and type Paul J. Vander Gheynst Scholarship Endowment for Jazz Studies.

For additional information or to make your gift by telephone call:
Office of Development
College of the Arts

Thursday, April 21, 2016

CSU students win three categories at Atlanta Music Club auditions

Three Schwob School of Music students received first place in their categories in the Atlanta Music Club scholarship auditions held February 27, 2016 at the Ray Charles Performance Arts Center at Morehouse College. Congratulations to all the winners and to their professors!
2016 Scholarship Winners
Category E:   (undergraduate instrumental)
Sophie Wang (violin student of Sergiu Schwartz)
Category G:   (graduate keyboard)
Mari Ito (piano student of Alexander Kobrin)
Category H:    (graduate instrumental)
Yidan Zhang (violin student of Sergiu Schwartz)
The Atlanta Music Club is endowed to support talented local music students each year through scholarship grants. These grants are paid directly to the student’s choice of music educational institution. Each year during our scholarship competition event, student applicants perform for experienced judges who then select the winners.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Guitar students excel at Appalachian Guitarfest

Three Columbus State students won or placed at the Appalachian Guitarfest competition results held in early April. In Division I, 1st prize was awarded to Ying Xu (freshman), 2nd to Noe Garcia (MM), and 3rd to Schwob alumnus Colin Fullerton. In Division II, Dragos Ilie (freshman) won 1st prize. Congratulations to these students and their professor, Dr. Andrew Zohn!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Liliya Ugay '14 Honored by American Academy of Arts and Letters

Schwob School alumna Liliya Ugay has been awarded a Charles Ives Scholarship by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, one of seventeen recipients of this year’s awards in music. The winners were selected by a committee of Academy members: Yehudi Wyner (chairman), Martin Boykan, Martin Bresnick, Mario Davidovsky, Stephen Hartke, Stephen Jaffe, and Tobias Picker. The awards will be presented at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in May. Candidates for music awards are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy.

Liliya (B.M. 2014) is an award-winning composer and pianist who has won the Edward Grieg International Composers Competition, the MTNA Young Artist Composition Competition, the Pre-art International Composition Competition (Switzerland), the Crystal Camerton International Composition Competition (Moscow Conservatory/Union of Composers of Russia), and the 14th International Beethoven Piano Sonatas Competition. Her works have been featured at the 45th Darmstadt New Music Summer Festival and the 52nd Venice Biennale. Originally from Uzbekistan, she came to the United States as a Woodruff Scholarship recipient at Columbus State University where she studied piano with Alexander Kobrin and composition with Fred Cohen. Currently she is studying at the Yale School of Music with Aaron Kernis, Martin Bresnick, and Christopher Theofanidis.

The American Academy of Arts and Letters was founded in 1898 to “foster, assist, and sustain an interest in literature, music, and the fine arts.” Each year, the Academy honors over 50 composers, artists, architects, and writers with cash awards ranging from $5000 to $100,000. Other activities of the Academy are exhibitions of art, architecture, and manuscripts. and readings of new musicals.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Schwob trombonists advance to finals at International Trombone Festival

Four present or former trombone students of Dr. Brad Palmer have been named finalists, alternates, or honorable mention in the most recent International Trombone Festival competitions. Final rounds will be held at the Juilliard School in New York City this summer. Congratulations to the contestants and to Dr. Palmer!

Donald Yaxley Bass Trombone Competition:
Sterling Tanner (BM ’14) - Finalist
Stephen Clayton (BM ’17) – Honorable Mention

Lewis Van Haney Tenor Trombone Competition:
Trey English (BM ’14) – Honorable Mention

Frank Smith Tenor Trombone Competition:
Trey English – Second Alternate

George Roberts Bass Trombone Competition:
Stephen Clayton – Second Alternate

Edward Kleinhammer Bass Trombone Competition:
Sterling Tanner – Second Alternate

Trombone Quartet Competition
Evan Williams (BM ’15) - Finalist
Sterling Tanner - Finalist

Alto Trombone Competition
Evan Williams - Second Alternate

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