Friday, December 13, 2013

Columbus State students win Samuel Fordis Concerto Competition

One of the largest concerto competitions in the South, the Samuel Fordis Young Artists’Concerto Competition, has announced that its 2013 winners include two students from the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. Violinist Likai He, student of Sergiu Schwartz, and clarinetist Ford Fourqurean, student of Lisa Oberlander, will perform as winners with the Georgia Philharmonic on Feb. 22, 2014 at Cambridge H.S.,Alpharetta. Likai will perform Sarasate's Carmen Fantasyand Ford will perform Copland's Clarinet Concerto.

CSU soloists excel at MTNA collegiate competitions

Students from the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University competed in several categories in the state-level and southern regional Young Artist and Senior Competitions of the Music Teachers National Association. The competition requires students to play a full recital program.

First-place state winners included CSU violinists McClaran Hayes and Sophie Wang, oboist Kristen Urbanski, and saxophonist Wesley Phillips. At the nine-state Southern Region competition, Sophie and Wesley were selected alternate winners, and McClaran received honorable mention. Other CSU students who placed or received honorable mention at the state level were violinists Colin Fruit and Valeriya Nedviga, flutist Alexandra Clay, and Jonathan Andrew Smith for composition.

In the MTNA Eastern Division, CSU alumnus violinist Diego Gabete (Artist Diploma, 2013) was declared winner in the string division. Diego will advance to the national competition this spring.

Schwob graduate joins Chicago Civic orchestra

Brady Richards, CSU Class of 2011, was appointed an associate member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra for 2013-14. The Civic Orchestra is the training orchestra for the Chicago Symphony. Across town, his former classmate Manuel Ramos is a graduate clarinet student at Northwestern University. Manuel will return to Georgia for a March 11 solo performance with the LaGrange Symphony as a winner of their concerto competition.

CSU Woodruff Scholars recognized in New York, Atlanta, Moscow

Anastasia Agapova, former CSU Woodruff Scholar and student of Sergiu Schwartz, was recently awarded a full-time first violin position in the Atlanta Symphony. After attending Columbus State, she attended the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.

Nodir Khashimov,  former CSU Woodruff Scholar and student of Sergiu Schwartz, performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Russian National Orchestra under Vladimir Spivakov. He continues to study at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.

Sophie Wang, 17-year old CSU Woodruff Scholar and student of Sergiu Schwartz, has been accepted on full scholarship to the New York String Orchestra Seminar, to be held in December at Carnegie Hall.

Thirteen students presently hold the Woodruff Award, which provides entering undergraduates a $5,000 annual stipend in addition to tuition, room, and board. Application deadline is March 1st; students must be provisionally admitted to CSU and must submit an audition video via the Internet.

Schwob pianist recognized in Liszt-Garrison Competition

Tatiana Muzanova, graduate student of Alexander Kobrin, received First Prize at the 2013 Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition in Baltimore. She also was awarded a Special Prize for American Music and the Franz Liszt Prize.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Online Ordering For "A Beautiful Noise" CD - Now Available

     "A Beautiful Noise" is now available for purchase online. This recording is the result of a six-semester synergy between students, soloists, faculty members, composers, producers, engineers, and of course a business coordinator, facilities manager, and other staff. It was only through the hard work and dedication of all of these people, along with the vision of the administration of the Schwob School of Music and Columbus State University that this massive project came to fruition.

     Recorded in Legacy Hall at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts,  friends of Schwob School and  local fans of classical music can be proud of this CD, produced right here in Columbus. "A Beautiful Noise" is currently receiving airplay on NPR and other radio stations around the country.

     For more information about the track list, a video trailer for the CD, and online ordering information please visit the CSU Trombone Studio webpage at

Southeast Trombone Symposium Returns in 2014

     After taking a year off to host the International Trombone Festival here at Columbus State University, we are thrilled to bring the Southeast Trombone Symposium back in 2014 from June 24th to the 29th.

     This very selective symposium caps the number of student participants at 48 and brings in faculty participants from nationally recognized symphonies; this year the STS faculty includes Colin Williams and Nathan Zgonc from the Atlanta Symphony, George Curran (bass trombonist of the New York Philharmonic, formerly of the ASO), CSU Professor of Trombone Bradley Palmer, and Craig Mulcahy , principal trombonist of the National Symphony Orchestra.  

     The weeks activities include master classes, faculty recitals, faculty orchestral excerpt classes with participants sitting in the section, trombone quartet and choir performances and much more.  Once again S. E. Shires company will provide two trombones, which will be given to the winners of our two competitions and Sheridan Brass and Hickeys Music will again give over $1000 worth of other prizes to finalists.

     Please join our group on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube Channel to check out videos from 2012.  More information will be posted on the CSU Trombone Studio Website closer to the Symposium date.

CSU Trombone Ensemble Featured at This Summer's International Trombone Festival

     A great deal of attention was given to planning the 42nd annual International Trombone Festival, which was hosted by the Schwob School of Music June 26-29th this summer. With 1,200 guests including participants, performers, and exhibitors, the economic impact of this festival was well over $600,00 for our Uptown area according to the Columbus Visitors Bureau. Pictures of the event can be found on the International Trombone Association Facebook Page.

      Doctor Bradley Palmer conducted a performance of the Southeast Trombone Choir Professors Choir which included twenty eight professional musicians and trombone professors. The CSU Trombone Ensemble was a featured act, performing their world premier of a work that was commissioned for the trombone octet.

     Trombone Choirs from twenty four US Colleges and Universities participated, including soloists from the Alabama Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony and New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, in addition to renowned international soloists. You can find out more about the International Trombone Festival on the ITA website.

     For more information about the CSU Trombone Studio and their events visit:

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Stellar Achievements by Violin Studio Alumni

Recent achievements of Professor Sergiu Schwartz's Violin Studio CSU alumni
Violinist Suliman Tekalli, CSU BM in Performance 2011, was a finalist and prize winner at the 2013 Sendai International Violin Competition in Japan and a semifinalist at the 2013 Montreal International Violin Competition in Canada, two prestigious international violin competitions. Fall 2013, Suliman will continue his graduate studies at Yale School of Music.
Violinist Nadir Khashimov, former CSU Woodruff Scholar, has recently appeared as a soloist performing Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Russian National Orchestra under renowned conductor/violinist Vladimir Spivakov in Moscow. Nadir, who is currently a student at the Curtis Institute, also appeared as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, toured the US with the "Curtis on Tour" chamber ensemble under the direction of Curtis President, violist Roberto Diaz, and was awarded the Hahnloser Prize in Violin at the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland.
Violinist Anastasia Agapova, former CSU Woodruff Scholar and a finalist in the recent Philadelphia Orchestra auditions for an Associate Concertmaster position, was offered a sub-contract with the orchestra starting next season. Anastasia graduated from the Curtis Institute, May 2013.
Violinist Emily Vold, CSU BM in Performance 2011 - Summa Cum Laude, former Outstanding Music Major Presser Award recipient andOutstanding Scholar USG/CSU Award recipient, graduated with a MM degree from Mannes College, New York, May 2013. She will continue her studies at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center towards a doctoral degree.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Schwob Student & Mentor in Top-Five of Tower Day Presenters

Congratulations to Stephanie Erdman and Dr. Kristen Hansen, Award Winner & Mentor in the Tower Day Top-Five Presentations for Undergraduate Research. There were 76 Presentations and Exhibits, with seven of those presentations from the Schwob School of Music.

Stephanie's presentation description:

An Analysis of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, 
Op. 36, Mvt II
My presentation will examine the form of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36, Mvt. II, detailing the organization of the key centers, motivic relationships, and orchestrational techniques. I will demonstrate the complexity of the form using diagrams and musical examples to underline my findings.

Congratulations to our other presenters and mentors:

Presenters: Jonathan Mashburn, Brandon Smith, Jordan Walsh, James Klausmeyer & the Schwob School of Music Percussion Ensemble.
Mentored By: Dr. Paul Vaillancourt

Presenter: Ford Fourqurean
Mentored By: Dr. Kristen Hansen

Presenter: Ford Fourqurean
Mentored By: Dr. Andree Martin

Presenter: Cedricia Thomas
Mentored By: Dr. Matthew McCabe

Presenter: Johan Warburton
Mentored By: Ms. Anna M. Dodd

Presenter: Jonathan Smith
Mentored By: Dr. Alfred Cohen

Piano Studio Clean Sweep at GMTA

Professor Alexander Kobrin, L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano, and his students walked away with all of the honors at the state-level Georgia Music Teachers Association upper college division piano competition held at the Schwob School of Music on April 13, 2013. Full competition results:

GMTA College Auditions 2013
OPCR - Outstanding Performer Conference Recitalist
OCPR - Outstanding Performer Conference Recitalist, 1st alternate
OPCR - Outstanding Performer Conference Recitalist, 2nd alternate
OP - Outstanding Performer
AE - Award of Excellence
HM - Honorable Mention

Lower College
Geneva Stonecipher (M. Thomas) OPCR
Janelle Hendrickson (S. Naylor) OPCR, 1st alt.
Mackenzie Marr (R. Zimdars) OPCR, 2nd alt.
Emma Lin (R. Zimdars) OP
Katherine Kemp (S. Naylor) AE
Eric Zhang (K, Helfen) AE
Andy Dang (R. Henry) HM
Timothy Jones (P. Bennett) HM
Soyoun Sheehan (S. Yun) HM

Middle College
Diane Turner (J. Vasquez) OPCR
Jessica Sheehan (G. Haydon) OPCR, 1st alt.
Bethany Sewell (G. Haydon) 2nd alt.
Angela Anzai (S. Yun) AE
Yuxi Liu (P. Jefcoat) AE
Steven Bicknell (S. Yun) HM

Upper College
Tzu-yi Chen (A. Kobrin) OPCR
Alina Sarkisyan (A. Kobrin) OPCR, 1st alt.
Tatiana Muzanova (A. Kobrin) OPCR, 2nd alt.
Mari Ito (A. Kobrin) OP
Ksenia Kurenysheva (A. Kobrin) OP

Monday, April 1, 2013

Music students selected for CSU research forum

Tower Day is a showcase for undergraduate student research in all disciplines that is sponsored by the CSU Honors Program.  This year's event will be held on Tuesday, April 16 on the Main Campus

Lecture & Performance The Ragtime Music of G.H. Green
Presenters: Jonathan Mashburn, Brandon Smith, Jordan Walsh, James Klausmeyer & the Schwob School of Music Percussion Ensemble. 
This presentation by the CSU Percussion Ensemble will include a discussion about various aspects of George Hamilton Green's life, the style of Ragtime music, and a performance of four of his rags. 
Mentored By: Dr. Paul Vaillancourt

Debussy's Premiere Rhapsody: A Motivic and Structural Analysis
Presenter: Ford Fourqurean
This project analyzes Claude Debussy's Premiere Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano and examines the impact of motivic construction on the form. Inspection of the motivic interplay offers new insight into Debussy's construction of the work.
Mentored By: Dr. Kristen Hansen 

An Analysis of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36, Mvt II
Presenter: Stephanie Erdman
My presentation will examine the form of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36, Mvt. II, detailing the organization of the key centers, motivic relationships, and orchestrational techniques. I will demonstrate the complexity of the form using diagrams and musical examples to underline my findings. 
Mentored By: Dr. Kristen Hansen

Johann and Carl Stamitz: Impact on the Clarinet's Development
Presenter: Ford Fourqurean
This presentation will explore Johann and Carl Stamitz's impact on the clarinet's formation and acceptance into the modern orchestra through examination of Johann's early adoption and Carl's dissemination of his prolific works for clarinet to a wider audience in Europe.
Mentored By: Dr. Andree Martin

Physiological and Psychological Effects of Music
Presenter: Cedricia Thomas
Within this presentation, I will discuss the purpose of music, evolutionary aspects of music/early stages of music, and the emotional response of music, which will discuss parts of the brain that are responsible for the feelings felt by human beings, as music affects the body and mind and can act as a form of therapy.
Mentored By: Dr. Matthew McCabe

The Development of the Modern Valved Horn: A Hunting Instrument Gone Solo
Presenter: Johan Warburton
My research explores the origin and subsequent evolution of the horn from a humble hunting instrument to its current role as an orchestral and solo instrument, and the impact of this developmental process on contemporary horn composition.
Mentored By: Ms. Anna M. Dodd

Writing for the Orchestra; A Contemporary Look at Student Composition
Presenter: Jonathan Smith
I have explored the nature of composition for the contemporary symphony orchestra through the composition of an original piece for the medium which culminated in a reading of the work by the Columbus State University Philharmonic Orchestra. 
Mentored By: Dr. Alfred Cohen

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

CSU horn quartet wins competition at Southeast Horn Workshop

A CSU horn quartet won the Quartet Competition at the Southeast Horn Workshop, held this year at Virginia Commonwealth University, March 8-10, 2013. The quartet played works of Bach and Heiden and, as a result of their winning, performed on the closing recital of the workshop. Quartet members are: Eric Hawkins, Maggie Tatum, Cristian Cantu, and Johan Warburton. They are students of Anna Dodd.

Schwob Students accepted to 2013 summer and graduate programs

Schwob School students are receiving their acceptance letters for graduate school and summer studies:

Pianist Hsin-I Huang has been accepted to the M.M. program at NYU. 

Bassoonist Bogdan Dumitriu and Violinist Jing Yang have been accepted to the Yale graduate school. 

Hornist Bo Dungan has received a graduate assistantship at Rutgers. 

Kristen Meyers, a student of Earl Coleman has been accepted to the graduate programs at The University of Missouri-Columbia (with a graduate teaching fellow), Southern Methodist University, and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Clarinetist Manuel Ramos was accepted to Indiana, Northwestern, and the Manhattan School of Music. He will be attending Northwestern University on full scholarship.

Alexander Brosseau, graduate student of Professor Earl Coleman, has been accepted in the summer program of the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria. 

Bjorg Hilmarsdottir, student of Dian Lawler-Johnson, will be attending the International Music Festival of the Adriatic (IMFA) this summer. 

Brianna Gilliam, student of Dian Lawler-Johnson, will attend the Festival of International Operas of the Americas in Brazil this summer, performing the role of Praskowia in Lehar's The Merry Widow. 

Trombonists Cathy Schule and Trey English were both accepted to Hot Springs summer music festival with full scholarships.  Alex Tanner was first alternate for the festival.

Junior vocal performance major, Randi Short, was awarded a scholarship to the 2013 Torggler Summer Institute, at Christopher Newport University in Virginia. Randi is a student of Dian Lawler-Johnson.

Kristen Meyers, from Houston, TX, has accepted a full tuition scholarship and assistantship at Southern Methodist University for the coming academic year.  She was also accepted into graduate programs at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and the University of Missouri-Columbia where she was granted similar offers.  Kristen had the lead our operetta and opera the past two years and has been a winner every year in Georgia NATS. Kristen is a student of Professor Earl Coleman, 
Curry Eminent Faculty Scholar Chair in Voice.

Guitarist Colin Fullerton has received a scholarship to attend the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado this summer. He is a student of Andrew Zohn.

Trombonist Cathy Schule has been accepted to the Marrowstone Music Festival this summer with a Fellowship (full scholarship including room and board.) She is a student of Dr. Bradley Palmer.

Trey English was accepted to the summer trombone program at Northwestern University where he will study with CSO trombonist Michael Mulcahy. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Schwob musicians compete, place in national and international competitions

The Schwob School of Music had three winners at the Southern Division (nine states) Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) competitions held at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro on January 18-21.

  • Mark Spradley, Young Artist Brass Competition, student of Brad Palmer
  • Anna Vertypolokh, Senior Piano Competition, student of Alex Kobrin
  • Branson Yeast, Young Artist String Competition, student of Wendy Warner 

These students competed in the national finals held in Anaheim, California, March 9-10, and all three of them placed:

  • Mark Spradley, third place, Young Artist Brass Competition
  • Anna Vertypolokh, second place, Senior Piano Competition and WINNER of the Chopin Prize
  • Branson Yeast, third place, Young Artist String Competition

Our thanks to Yien Wang who accompanied both Mark and Branson, and heartiest congratulations to the students and their teachers!

Earl Coleman served as a member of the jury panel for the Vocal Competition national finals.

Tatiana Muzanova and Tzu-Yi Chen (students of Professor Alexander Kobrin) recently competed in the Van Cliburn preliminaries. Read this Ledger-Enquirer article about it online:

Alina Sarkisyan has been invited to Palm Desert, California to participate in the 2013 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition. Applicants are represented from 13 nations. Competition March 24-April 1.

Colin Fullerton won first prize in the guitar division of the American String Teacher's Association (ASTA) national competition held in Merkin Hall, NYC. 

JB Taylor won second prize in the Classical Minds Guitar competition in Houston, TX in June.

CSU singers excel at Georgia NATS auditions

The Vocal Arts Area at Schwob School of Music had 18 winners in the Georgia NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) student auditions held in February at the Schwob School of Music. All four vocal studios were represented, a testament to the quality of teaching and breadth of the vocal program. These students placed in their categories:

1st Place Overall Category 13 (Advanced Women) KELLY GOODSON
(Student of Dr. Michelle DeBruyn)
1st Place Category 15 (Lower Level Adult Men) RANDALL PERKINS
(Student of Professor Earl Coleman)
1st Place Category 22 (Lower Level College Musical Theatre Men) MICHAEL MARSHAL
(Student of Professor Kimberly Cone)
1st Place Category 23 (Upper Level College Musical Theatre Women) KRISTEN MEYERS
(Student of Earl Coleman)
1st Place Category 24 (Upper Level College Musical Theatre Men) SEAN MEARA
(Student of Dr. Michelle DeBruyn)
1st Place Category 5B (First Year College Women) ABIGAIL BROWN
(Student of Professor Dian Lawler-Johnson)
1st Place Category 9A (Third Year College Women) JEANETTE LUNA
(Student of Professor Dian Lawler Johnson)
1st Place Category 9B (Third Year College Women) ASHLEY SELDON
(Student of Dr. Michelle DeBruyn)

2nd Place Category 7C (Second Year College Women) LAUREN URBINA

(Student of Dr. Michelle DeBruyn)
2nd Place Category 7A (Second Year College Men) ELSTON PEACOCK
(Student of Professor Earl Coleman)
2nd Place Category 11A (Fourth Year College Women) LYDIA JACKSON
(Student of Dr. Michelle DeBruyn)
2nd Place Category 12 A (Fourth Year College Men) MICHAEL JOHNSON
(Student of Professor Earl Coleman)
2nd Place Category 14 (Advanced College Women) KELLY GOODSON
(Student of Dr. Michelle DeBruyn)

3rd Place Category 5C (First Year College Women) ALEXANDRIA BECKHAM

(Student of Dr. Michelle DeBruyn)
3rd Place Category 7C (Second Year College Women) SAMANTHA DUBOIS
(Student of Dr. Michelle DeBruyn)
3rd Place Category 7D (Second Year College Women) JULIE BURNS
(Student of Dr. Michelle DeBruyn)
3rd Place Category 14 (Advanced College Men) PHILLIP MCINTYRE
(Student of Professor Earl Coleman)
3rd Place Category 23 (Upper Level College Women Musical Theatre) VICTORIA LEGGETT
(Student of Professor Kimberly Cone)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Summers-only Master's Now 80% Online

Beginning in 2013, the CSU Master of Music in Music Education degree will be offered with most coursework online, over a three-summer cycle. Designed for the working teacher, the summers-only program consists of 32 hours of coursework with an option of thesis research or a comprehensive oral exam. 

The graduate application deadline for summer study is May 15. For additional program information, contact Dr. Sean Powell,, 706-649-7399.

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