Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Professor Henry Kramer wins Avery Fisher Career Grant

Pianist Henry Kramer, the L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair of Piano at The Joyce and Henry Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, has been awarded the 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant. Prof. Kramer adds the award to an extensive and growing collection of honors, including a recent signing to the Steinway Artist roster, the 2015 William Petschek Recital Debut Award from The Juilliard School, and Second Prize at the 2016 Queen Elisabeth Competition.

Avery Fisher Career Grants of the Avery Fisher Artist Program are designed to give professional assistance and recognition to talented instrumentalists, as well as chamber ensembles, who the Recommendation Board and Executive Committee of the Avery Fisher Artist Program believe to have great potential for major careers. Each recipient receives an award of $25,000, to be used for specific needs in advancing a career.

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Professor Henry Kramer

CSU students take three first-place awards at GMTA state competition

CSU Schwob students had an outstanding showing recently at the statewide MTNA competition at the University of West Georgia!
Continuing to the Southern Regional competition are Brittany White, Samuel Vargas, and Thai Johnson.
Brittany White was named the winner of the Brass Performance Young Artist division. Brittany is a horn student of Dr. Anne-Marie Cherry.
Samuel Vargas was named the winner of the String Performance Young Artist division for the second year in a row! Samuel is a student of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz.
Thai Johnson was the winner of the Voice Performance Young Artist division. He is a student of Dr. Joshua May.
Other honorees were:
Samuel Dufresne, Trombone, alternate, Brass Performance Young Artist; a student of Dr. Bradley Palmer.
Maggie Archer, Flute, alternate, Woodwind Performance Young Artist; a student of Dr. Andrée Martin.
Keyla Nuñez, alternate, Voice Performance Young Artist; a student of Dr. Joshua May.
Dominic Bernard, Oboe, honorable mention, Woodwind Performance Young Artist; a student of Dr. Susan Tomkiewicz.
Arutyun Piloyan, Violin, honorable mention, String Performance Young Artist; a student of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz.
Anna Gribkova, Violin, honorable mention, String Performance Young Artist; a student of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz.
Travis Hall, honorable mention, Voice Performance Young Artist; a student of Prof. Earl Coleman.
LarKarra Betha, honorable mention, Voice Performance Young Artist; a student of Prof. Earl Coleman.
Hannah Wikaryasz, honorable mention, Voice Performance Young Artist; a student of Dr. Joshua May.
Nathaniel Parker, Violin, honorable mention, String Performance Senior Division; a student of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz.
Special thanks to all of our collaborating pianists for this event- Susan Hoskins, Mari Ito, Rachel Zimmerman, Janie Lee Bullock, and Aesook Moon!
Congratulations to all!

Violin, viola students win Samuel Fordis Competittion

Huge congratulations to Matthew McDowell and Nathaniel Parker for being named winners of the Georgia Philharmonic Samuel Fordis Young Artist Concerto Competition!
Mathew McDowell, viola student of Dr. Katrin Meidell, won 1st place in the Virtuoso Category. Matthew will perform the first movement of Bloch’s Suite for Viola.
Nathaniel Parker, violin student of Professor Sergiu Schwartz, was awarded Laureate in the Artisan Category. Nathaniel will perform Saint-Saens’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.
Both students will be featured soloists with the Georgia Philharmonic on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Congratulations!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Guitarist Wind First Prize in Colorado

Senior guitarist Dragos Ilie won 1st prize in the Colorado International Competition yesterday in Boulder. He is a student of Dr. Andrew Zohn, the Jo and George Jeter Distinguished Chair in Guitar. Dragos will begin his Master's at University of Texas - Austin in the fall.

Bassoonist wins Naftzger Wind Division

Congratulations to Traian Sturza, who won the Winds Division at the Naftzger Young Artists Competition in Wichita, KS this weekend! He is a student of Dr. Stephanie Patterson and will graduate with the Class of 2019. He also has been invited to participate in te 3rd edition of the Muri Competition in Switzerland. 

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Clarinet student advances to finals of international competition

Clarinetist Jorge Diez, an Artist Diploma student of Dr. Lisa Oberlander, has advanced to the finals of the International Clarinet Association Orchestral Audition competition.  He will travel to Knoxville, TN in July for the final round of the competition, which will take place during the annual International Clarinet Association conference. 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Composition Student Advances to MTNA National Competition

Congratulations to Zachary McDonald, composition student of Dr. James Ogburn, who has advanced to the national level of the MTNA Young Artists Competition for composers with his piece, Whitewater, 2:38 am for solo banjo. CSU student Giuseppe Gallo-Balma was runner-up in the state-level composition competition, and Zachary won the nine-state Southern Division after winning the state. He is a Music Education major from Winter Springs, FL.

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