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

Monday, February 15, 2016

Schwob Students win MTNA, Fordis, LaGrange Competitions

Congratulations to these students who won or placed in the following competitions!

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.

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

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 winners' concert was held on Saturday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Lassiter Concert Hall, Marietta, GA. For more information, see

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sid Kaminsky Donates 1200 Recordings to Schwob Music Library

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!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Schwob Voice Students Excel at NATS Competition

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 BullockAesook LimTatiana MuzanovaMary Walker, and Shanshan Xie. Credit also is due to those vocal area faculty who were not present at the event: Kimberly ConeJoseph GoldenMichelle Herring, and Constantina Tsolainou.

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