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!
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. http://atlantamusicclub.org/
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!
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.
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
Congratulations to these students who won or placed in the following competitions!
LAGRANGESYMPHONY YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION Traian Sturza, bassoon, a student of Dr. Ron Wirt, won the 2016 LSO competition and will perform the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with the symphony on April 19th.
MTNA SOUTHERN DIVISION COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED
All Schwob School of Music participants earned awards
Congratulations to all the Schwob student performers in the MTNA Southern Division Competition! All of them placed in the competition, which was held in Tampa, FL, in January and included participants from nine states.
The following students won and will advance to the national competition in April in San Antonio, TX:
Traian Sturza, bassoon, a student of Dr. Ron Wirt, Senior (woodwind)
Zhou Zhirui, piano, a student of Prof. Alexander Kobrin, Young Artist (piano)
And the following students were selected as alternates in their respective categories:
Lar’Karra Betha, voice, a student of Dr. Michelle DeBruyn, Senior (voice)
Victor Hernandez, flute, a student of Dr. Andrée Martin, Young Artist (woodwind)
CSU String Quartet, coached by Prof. Boris Abramov, Chamber Music
Eric Tsai, a student of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz
Leah Bonas, a student of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz
Mario Rivera, a student of Prof. Zoran Jakovcic
Maxwell Frank, a student of Prof. Wendy Warner
SAMUEL FORDIS CONCERTO COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Schwob School of Music winners will be featured in concerto performances with the Georgia Philharmonic in Marietta, GA in February
Congratulations to the following Schwob winners in the Samuel Fordis Young Artists Concerto Competition:
Esther Holliday, cello, won First Place in the Virtuoso category, performing the first movement of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto. Esther is a student of Prof. Wendy Warner.
Sarah Velasco, violin, won Laureate in the Virtuoso category, performing the first movement of Wieniawski’s Second Violin Concerto. Sarah is a student of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz.
The Music Library recently received a large donation of principally jazz recordings from Sidney Kaminsky of Columbus. Other areas represented in the collection include some popular, blues, New Age, rock, and original motion picture soundtracks. Mr. Kaminsky, a former President of the Columbus Jazz Society, hosted a program on Georgia Public Radio for 12 years and, previously, on KCLU in Thousand Oaks and Santa Barbara, CA. We are thrilled to be adding 1200 CDs and 80 LPs to our collection!
The Georgia NATS competition (National Association of Teachers of Singing) took place November 6-7 at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. Here are the CSU students who placed in the 2015 Georgia NATS competition:
Lar'Kara Betha, 1st Place First Year College Women, Student of Michelle DeBruyn
Erica Humbert, 2nd Place Fourth/Fifth Year College Women, Student of Earl Coleman
Brittany Parker, 2nd Place First Year College Women, Student of Dian Lawler-Johnson
William Rollins, 2nd Place First Year College Men, Student of Earl Coleman
Nick White, 2nd Place, Lower level Musical Theater College Men, Student of Earl Coleman
Nick White, 2nd Place Second Year College Men, Student of Earl Coleman
Chase Worthey, 2nd Place Second Year College Women, Student of Earl Coleman
Olivia McWaters, 3rd Place First Year College Women, Student of Earl Coleman
Janice Lynch, 3rd Place Second Year College Women, Student of Dian Lawler-Johnson
Brielle Sims, 3rd Place Second Year College Women, Student of Dian Lawler-Johnson
Katherine Holbrook, 3rd Place Second Year College Women, Student of Earl Coleman
Brianna Wilson, 3rd Place Third Year College Women, Student of Earl Coleman
Dian Lawler-Johnson had three private students also place in the competition this weekend: Lindsay Head, 1st Place Overall Lower High School Women; Sarah Clements, 2nd Place Upper High School Women; and Robin Lindsay, 2nd Place Advance College/Independent Studio Women.
Students were skillfully accompanied all weekend long by Columbus State's Janie Lee Bullock, Aesook Lim, Tatiana Muzanova, Mary Walker, and Shanshan Xie. Credit also is due to those vocal area faculty who were not present at the event: Kimberly Cone, Joseph Golden, Michelle Herring, and Constantina Tsolainou.