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, powell_sean@columbusstate.edu, 706-649-7399.
http://gradschool.columbusstate.edu/coa/music/musiceducation_mm.php





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