Thursday, December 4, 2014

Schwob School of Music to host National Trumpet Competition in 2016

The Schwob School of Music and Columbus State University will host the 25th Annual National Trumpet Competition in 2016 during Spring Break. According to Dennis Edelbrock, Executive Director and founder of NTC, this will be only the second time that the event has been held away from its home of NTC in Fairfax, Virginia. Mr. Edelbrock has secured a Public Broadcasting grant to produce a documentary about the competition and its effect on the careers of so many performers - a great deal of the footage for this production will be shot right here in Columbus. Congratulations to Dr. Rob Murray on bringing this national event to Columbus State! For more information: http://www.nationaltrumpetcomp.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=204908

Dr. Hansen publishes wellness text

Just published and available from Kendall Hunt as an ebook is the short text, Wellness for Musicians: An Introduction, by Dr. Kristen Hansen of the Schwob School of Music. This book is a brief overview of issues affecting performers, including hearing loss and protection, nutrition, physical wellness and issues of injury, and performance anxiety. For purchase information: http://www.kendallhunt.com/store-product.aspx?id=287195

Friday, November 21, 2014

CSU bass trombonist places twice in national competitions

CSU sophomore Stephen Clayton, a bass trombone student of Dr. Brad Palmer, won second place in the National Solo Competition at the 2015 American Trombone Workshop in Washington DC. Stephen was first-place winner in the 18-and-under division in 2013. On the same trip to Washington, Stephen also competed as one of two finalists in the bass trombone audition for a position with the U.S. Air Force Ceremonial BrassCongratulations, Stephen!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Voice students excel at Georgia NATS auditions

Congratulations to Dr. Michelle DeBruyn, Professor Kimberly Cone, Professor Dian-Lawler Johnson and their students who participated in the Georgia National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Student Auditions at Georgia State University on November 7-8, 2015.

Congratulations to the following students who placed in the auditions:

Ashley Seldon, First Place, Advanced College & Adult Women, Student of Dr. DeBruyn

Nathaniel Thomas, First Place, Advanced College & Adult Men, Student of Dr. DeBruyn

Abigail Brown, First Place, Third Year College Women, Student of Professor Lawler-Johnson

Brielle Sims, First Place, First Year College Women, Student of Professor Lawler-Johnson

Gabriella Aleman, Second Place, Second Year College Women, Student of Dr. DeBruyn

Robin Lindsay, Second Place, Advanced College & Adult Women, Private Student of Professor Lawler-Johnson

Mamie Knight, Third Place, Second Year College Women, Student of Professor Lawler-Johnson

Lyndsay Richardson, Third Place, First Year College Women, Student of Dr. DeBruyn

Jeffrey Marano, Third Place, First Year College Men, Student of Dr. DeBruyn

Friday, November 7, 2014

Schwob Students Win, Place in Georgia MTNA competition

Students from the CSU Schwob School of Music had resounding success at the Georgia MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) competitions. First-place winners advance to the Southeast Regional Competition in Knoxville, TN.

Allison Webb, horn, a student of Professor Anna Dodd, was awarded first place in the Senior Division for Brass Performance.

The Columbus String Quartet, with Sophie Wang and McClaran Hayes, violins, Mario Rivera, viola, and Maxwell Frank, cello, were declared the winners in Chamber Music—Strings. They were coached by Professor Boris Abramov, and are students of Professors Sergiu Schwartz, Zoran Jakovcic, and Wendy Warner.

Brandon Dicks, a student of Dr. Matthew McCabe, was awarded first place in the Young Artist Division for Music Composition, for his work Light in a Crystallized Forest.

Ekaterina Logvinyuk, a student of Professor Alexander Kobrin, was awarded first place in the Young Artist Division for Piano Performance.

Weiru Sheng, violin, a student of Professor Sergiu Schwartz, was awarded first place in the Young Artist Division for String Performance.

Ashley Seldon, a student of Dr. Michelle DeBruyn, was awarded first place in the Young Artist Division for Voice Performance.

Adam Rogers, a student of Professor Earl Coleman, was awarded first place in the Senior Division for Voice Performance.

Shanshan Xie, a student of Professor Alexander Kobrin, was named alternate winner in the Young Artist Division for Piano Performance.

Ela Tokarska, violin, a student of Professor Sergiu Schwartz, was named alternate winner in the Senior Division for String Performance.

Julie Burns, a student of Dr. Michelle DeBruyn, was named alternate winner in the Young Artist Division for Voice Performance.

Maxwell Frank, cello, a student of Professor Wendy Warner, received honorable mention in the Young Artist Division for String Performance.

Alexandra Clay, flute, a student of Dr. Andrée Martin, received honorable mention in the Young Artist Division for Woodwind Performance.

Elston Peacock, a student of Professor Earl Coleman, received honorable mention in the Young Artist Division for Voice Performance.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Schwob alumni appointed to SIU faculty

Jessica Ducharme Butler and husband Chris Butler have been appointed to the Music faculty of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.  A 2009 graduate in trombone performance from CSU, Jessica completed Master's and Doctoral Work at the University of Iowa. Chris Butler graduated in percussion from CSU in 2010, continuing with graduate work at University of Illinois and University of Kentucky. Congratulations, Professors Butler!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Dr. Brad Olesen named Visiting Professor of Music Education

Dr. Bradley Olesen has been appointed Visiting Professor of Music Education for the 2014-15 academic year. Currently Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at West Chester University, he has taught also at LSU and previously taught high school choirs for nine years in Texas and Ohio. He holds the Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Miami and Master's and Bachelor's degrees from Texas Tech. In Philadelphia he served also as director of the Kennett Symphony Children’s Chorus Youth Chorale.

Olesen says, "My greatest passion is in the development of future educators and life-long lovers of music. I am committed to the growth and fostering of the future educator and the cultivation of their craft in a safe yet dynamic and academically inquisitive environment."

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Guitarist Wins MusicFest Northwest Young Artist Competition

Katie Holmes, sophomore student of Dr. Andrew Zohn, won Spokane Washington's 2014 MusicFest Northwest Young Artist Competition in Classical guitar. The Young Artist Winners' concert with the Spokane Symphony was aired by Spokane Public Radio (KPBX.org) on Monday, June 2.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Honors Clarinet Graduate Wins Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Ford Fourqurean, 2014 graduate in Clarinet Performance, has been selected in a national competition to receive the $15,000 Marcus L. Urann FellowshipAs the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society, Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and promotes excellence in all academic disciplines. The Urann Fellowship is awarded to only six entering graduate students nominated from all academic disciplines by one of its 300-plus campus chapters across the United States, Puerto Rico. and the Philippines, We are extremely proud for the CSU Honors Program and the Schwob School of Music to have a winner! http://www.phikappaphi.org/Web/Awards/Fellowship.html 
http://news.columbusstate.edu/csus-fourqurean-earns-phi-kappa-phi-fellowship/

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Students Embark on Blues Pilgrimage


From May 13-19 Dr. Matthew McCabe and members of the Popular Music Ensemble traveled to Mississippi accompanied by producers from CSU TV. Having studied the blues this school year, they were presented with an opportunity to work with the Music Maker Relief Foundation; a charity in North Carolina that assists aging Blues and American Roots musicians afflicted by poverty and various hardships of life. Though the group plans to visit Georgia based artists in the coming weeks, the chance to visit  Mississippi, where the blues was born, was an incredible opportunity to study this music at its source as well as lend a hand to musicians in need. They spent four days in Prairie Point, MS, which is home to a distinct blues style best embodied in the music of Willie King. King is noted not just for his music, but for his political and social activism and involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.



The artist they visited, Willie James, was King's drummer for 36 years but lost his livelihood when King passed away in 2009. Dr. McCabe and students Clara Vargas, Antonio Allen, Jordan Taylor, Avonne Waddell, Daniel Quigley, and Jordan Walsh conducted extensive interviews with Mr. James, documenting his performing career, his philosophies, lifestyle, technique, and the history of the blues in the region. They also brought instruments and staged two impromptu concerts for members of the rural community surrounding Willie’s house. Their hope is to create audio and video materials that the Music Maker Relief Foundation can use to help Willie and his family maintain their health and improve living conditions.



The Popular Music Ensemble and the Schwob School of Music wishes to extend their thanks to all of the supporters and donors who contributed to this project.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Keith Matthews joins Music Education faculty

Dr. Keith Matthews has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Music Education at the Schwob School of Music, effective Fall, 2014. Formerly the band director at West Forsyth High School, with previous appointments in Gwinnett and Cherokee County Schools, Dr. Matthews comes to Columbus State from Florida State University, where he has completed the Ph.D. in Music Education with a minor in Instrumental Conducting. A performer on trumpet with experience teaching symphonic, marching, and jazz  bands, Dr. Matthews plans to assist in the development of a summer band camp at CSU. At FSU, he taught several music education classes and was coordinator of the 2013 Prism Concert and the FSU Summer Music Camps. Welcome Dr. Matthews!

Friday, May 16, 2014

CSU Wind Ensemble Invited to Perform in CBDNA National Venue

The CSU Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Jamie Nix, has been chosen in a highly selective process to perform at the 2015 National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association. Only seven groups were chosen for this honor.  They include the wind ensembles of Florida State University, Indiana University, Ohio State University, and the University of Illinois. This prestigious venue is the top performance opportunity in the wind band world. The concert performance is Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 1:30 pm at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center (the incredible home of the Nashville Symphony) in Nashville, TN. For more information about the conference, please visit http://cbdna.org/

Schwob Violin Student to Perform in Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall

Eric Tsai, an incoming freshman in Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music, has taken first place in the 2014 New York International Artists Violin Competition, Category B (15 – 17 years old), making it possible for him to perform this summer at Weill Recital Hall in New York City’s Carnegie Hall. A student of Sergiu Schwartz, the William B. and Sue Marie Turner Distinguished Faculty Chair in Violin, Tsai will perform in concert on Saturday, June 7 and Saturday, June 28. He’s also the recent winner of the senior string division of the Music Teachers National Association competition and the 2014 Alabama Symphony Volunteer Council’s Lois Pickard Scholarship Competition. In 2013, he won the 2013 Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. http://www.nyiaa.org/html/results.html

Summerflute offers Feldenkrais, Body Mapping, and the Alexander Technique June 29-July 3

The nationally-known Summerflute program returns to the Schwob School of Music on June 29, 2014. In a creative and supportive atmosphere, flutists have an unprecedented opportunity to learn through the combination of the Body Mapping course, What Every Flutist Needs to Know About the Body, master classes with artist teachers, and private lessons with teachers trained to observe body use.The Body Mapping course allows flutists the opportunity to learn how to organize their bodies freely around a musical intention. Through lectures, discussion and active participation, students learn that the quality of movement affects the quality of the musicianship. http://summerflute.org/

Trombone Ensemble to Perform in Hong Kong

The CSU Trombone Ensemble, directed by Dr. Brad Palmer, will travel to Hong Kong in July as invited performers at the SliderAsia Trombone Festival. SliderAsia, founded four years ago by Denson Paul Pollard of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Juilliard School faculty, runs from July 7-13 at The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and includes classes, workshops, clinics and performances. http://www.sliderasia.org/cms/sliderasia-2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Introducing the 2014 Fort Visiting Scholar in European Studies

Next semester, the Schwob School of Music will be very privileged to have guitarist Paul Galbraith on campus as the 2014 Fort Visiting Scholar in European Studies.  Below is a video of Mr. Galbraith performing a Bach Choral Prelude on his very unusual guitar. We are very excited to have him at Columbus State next semester!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FYMVgOW2XM

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