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!


Monday, September 18, 2017

CSU Guitarists Win in Louisville, Florida Guitar Competitions

Present and former students of Dr. Andrew ZohnThe Jo and George Jeter Distinguished Chair in Guitar, took first place in two competitions this fall.

CSU freshman Fangfang Liu was awarded first prize in the Youth Division of the Florida Guitar Competition in October, and CSU alumnus Noe Garcia won second prize in the Open Division. Noe is a doctoral student at the University of North Texas.

Andrew Wilder, B.M. 2016, won first place in the 2017 University of Louisville Guitar Competition, Solo Artist Division. Andrew began graduate studies this fall at the University of Kentucky.

CSU is not a newcomer at the Louisville competition. The first and fourth place awards last year also went to students of Dr. Zohn. For more information on the competition, please visit http://louisville.edu/music/guitarfest

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Boris Abramov CD Recognized with Global Music Awards Silver Medal

Congratulations to Boris Abramov, Lecturer in Violin, for being awarded a Global Music Awards Silver Medal for his upcoming Mozart & Beethoven Violin and Cello Duets CD! Founded by Thomas Baker, Ph.D., who has more than a dozen years in film and music and created the Accolade Competition, Indie Fest and the Best Shorts Competition, the Global Music Awards has been recognizing outstanding recordings through a multi-layered judging process that evaluates listener impact, technical quality, uniqueness and styling.

The CD will be released on November 10th, 2017, and you can pre-order a copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Mozart-W-Beethoven-L-BE…/…/B074QWGFST


Mozart, W. A., Beethoven, L. V.: MOZART | BEETHOVEN

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Dr. Ianthe Marini named Interim Choral Director

Dr. Ianthe Marini has been named Interim Director of Choral Activities for 2017-18, following the retirement of Professor Constantina Tsolainou, the Paul and Jean Amos Faculty Chair in Music.

Dr. Marini holds the Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Maryland where she studied with Edward Maclary and James Ross.  She was the recipient of the Pomeroy Prize for scholarship and performance in 17th and 18th century music, the only award given to a graduate student at the UMD School of Music.  She served as the first female director of the University of Maryland Men's Chorus.  In the fall of 2015, Marini prepared the University of Maryland Chamber Singers for performance with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in a complete performance of Handel's Messiah under the direction of Maestro Nathalie Stutzmann.  In the Spring of 2016, she prepared the Chamber Singers for a performance of the a cappella choral music of Scottish composer James MacMillan under his own baton at the Kennedy Center.  In the Winter of 2015, she prepared the University of Maryland Concert Choir for a performance with the National Symphony Orchestra Pops under the direction of Maestro Steven Reineke at the Kennedy Center, and in the fall of 2016, she prepared the UMD Men's Chorus for a performance with the Baltimore Symphony Super Pops under the direction of Maestro Jack Everly. Welcome, Dr. Marini!


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Alumni composer, conductors win national recognition

Liliya Ugay, CSU alumna and composer/pianist (B.M. 2014), is pursuing a doctoral degree in composition at the Yale School of Music.  Last year, she won the Charles Ives Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and she has just been awarded Yale's Horatio Parker Prize, which is given to the student who best exemplifies the musical ideals of Parker, who was Yale's Dean 100 years ago.

Roderick Cox (B.M. 2009), Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, has been named one of nine American conductors to receive a 2017 Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award. recipient of Roderick Cox has also served as Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra. Recent and upcoming engagements include the Chenecke! Orchestra (UK), Seattle Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Louisiana Philharmonic, as well as the symphony orchestras of Cleveland, Detroit, Santa Fe, Nashville, Florida and the National Symphony (D.C.). He also conducted a performance sponsored by Google and Colour of Music Festival for the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington D.C.


Kellen Gray (B.M. 2008) has been selected as a Project Inclusion Conducting Fellow with the Chicago Sinfonietta. The Freeman Fellowship fosters the development of 4-6 conductors of diverse backgrounds who are on the verge of professional careers. Fellows have the opportunity to work closely with Music Director Mei-Ann Chen and other experienced conductors and industry professionals. The fellowship includes intensive training and mentoring, opportunities to conduct with partner organizations, and development of basic orchestra management skills, such as marketing, programming, fundraising and finance. He is simultaneously enrolled as an 
Artist Diploma student of Paul Hostetter, the Ethel Foley Distinguished Chair in Orchestral Activities at CSU.

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