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.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Schwob Students Win, Place at MTNA State Competition

Congratulations to these students from the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, who were recognized in Atlanta at the recent Georgia competitions of the Music Teachers National Association. Winners will advance to the 9-state MTNA Southern Region competitions in January.

Lar'Kara Betha, student of Michelle DeBruyn, won the Senior Vocal Competition, and Nathaniel Thomas, also a student of Dr. DeBruyn, received Honorable Mention in the Young Artist Voice Competition.

In the Young Artist Piano Competition, three students of Alexander Kobrin were recognized: Zhirui Zhou as Winner, Mengyao Sun as Alternate, and Shanshan Xie with Honorable Mention.

Traian Sturza, bassoon student of Ronald Wirt, won the Senior Woodwind Competition, and Victor Hernandez, flute student of Andree Martin, won the Young Artist Woodwind Competition. CSU oboists Kristen Urbanski and Eder Rivera, students of Susan Tomkiewicz, were named Alternate and Honorable Mention in the same competition. Jared Cummings, saxophone student of Joseph Girard, also received Honorable Mention.

The Chamber Music Division awarded first place to the Schwob School String Quartet coached by Boris Abramov, consisting of Eric Tsai and Leah Bonas, violins; Mario Rivera, viola; and Max Frank, cello.

Named Alternate and Second Alternate in the Young Artist String Competition were Esther Holliday, cello student of Wendy Warner; Sophie Wang and Weiru Sheng, violin students of Sergiu Schwartz.

Additionally, violinist McClaran Hayes won Honorable Mention at Florida State Young Artist Strings MTNA Competition, and Schwob alumna Jeanette Luna won the Georgia Young Artist Voice Competition.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Violinist Khashimov Named Montgomery Symphony Violin Fellow

Nadir Khashimov, former Woodruff Scholar and student of Professor Sergiu Schwartz, William B. and Sue Marie Turner Distinguished Faculty Chair in Music at the Schwob School of Music, has been named a Montgomery Symphony Fellow for the 2015-16 season. The position includes the post of Concertmaster with the Montgomery Symphony. Nadir will present the first concert of the MSO Fellowship Series at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts on Thursday, October 29th at 7:30 p.m. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with violinists Pamela Frank and Shmuel Ashkenasi. Khashimov has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the world, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Orchestra of Russia, London Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Navarra Symphony Orchestra, Czech Republic Orchestra, Monte Carlo Orchestra, National Orchestra of Uzbekistan, United Nations Orchestra, the Lagrange Symphony Orchestra and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Schwob graduate Joshua Kearney to conduct Marine Band

Joshua Kearney (2012 M.M. in Wind Band Conducting, 2009 B.M. in Music Education) will conduct The President's Own Marine Band in concert June 16th in Washington D.C. As one of only three conductors in the country chosen through the National Band Association's Young Conductor Mentor Project (for conductors under age 29), Joshua will conduct a world premiere composition with "The President's Own," the nation's oldest continually active professional music organization, established in 1789 and conducted for 12 years by John Philip Sousa. Now a doctoral conducting student at Michigan State University, Joshua will present next December a joint session entitled “The Young Director’s Guide to Commissioning” at the 2015 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. Congratulations, Josh!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Roderick Cox named Minnesota Orchestra Assistant Conductor

The Minnesota Orchestra has announced the appointment of Roderick Cox, 27, as the Orchestra’s new assistant conductor. Cox, a 2009 graduate of CSU's Schwob School of Music, this month conducted the Orchestra's Young People’s and Family Concerts and will assume his new position in June. A native of Macon, Georgia, Roderick is currently a conducting fellow with the Chicago Sinfonietta and recently completed a two-year tenure as assistant conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from CSU, he earned a Master of Music degree in conducting from Northwestern University in Illinois, where he studied with Mallory Thompson and Victor Yampolsky.

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Music students, alumni advance to summer and graduate study, employment

Congratulations to the following students and graduates as they advance to the next steps in their education and career paths!

Graduate School Acceptances
David Baker, double bass, will be pursuing a Master of Music degree in jazz studies at the University of Northern Colorado where he has been awarded a full graduate teaching assistantship.
Alissa Castro-Lawicki, percussion, was awarded a Teaching Assistantship at the University of South Carolina, Columbia for her Master's Degree in Percussion Performance.
Joel Castro, percussion, was awarded a Teaching Assistantship at both North Texas University and Indiana University for his Master's Degree in Percussion Performance. He will be attending Indiana in the fall.
Alex Clay, flute, will be attending Illinois State University to pursue a Master of Music in Flute Performance on a full scholarship plus stipend as a graduate assistant.
Zoltan Csikos, cello, has been accepted to the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana to pursue his doctoral degree. 
Samantha Dubois, voice, accepted into Master of Music in Vocal Performance programs at University South Carolina, Converse College, University of Georgia, and Mercer University. She will be attending USC as a graduate assistant in opera.
Sarah Figueroa, violin, accepted for Masters of Music studies at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of Maryland, and University of North Texas, which she will be attending.
Ryan Fox, bassoon, will enter the Master's program in multiple wind performance at the University of South Carolina.
Christian Gordon, trumpet, will be pursuing a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance at the University of South Carolina as teaching assistant.
Likai He, violin, accepted with full scholarship at Yale School of Music and at Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.  He will be attending Rice University.
Kyung "David" Jang, conductor, will attend the Master of Music Program in Orchestral Conducting at Indiana University on a full scholarship.  He is one of only two Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting students accepted at Indiana for next year.
Thomas Mohr, violin, accepted for Artist Diploma studies at Schwob School of Music/Columbus State University
Valeriya Nedviga, violin, accepted for Masters of Music studies at Carnegie Mellon, University of Northern Colorado, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Schwob School of Music/Columbus State University. She will attend University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she received a graduate assistantship with full tuition scholarship and stipend.
Mary Margaret Neel, violin, accepted to Masters of Music in Performance programs at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, University of Georgia, and Denver University. She will be attending Denver University's Lamont School of Music as a teaching assistant.
Teeraboon Paisarn, percussion, was accepted to the University of Miami doctoral program in Percussion Performance.
Ashley Seldon, voice, accepted into Master of Music in Vocal Performance programs at Temple University, Colorado State University at Fort Collins, and Southern Methodist University. She will be attending SMU with both a scholarship and assistantship.
Andrew Smith, trumpet and composition, will be pursuing a Master of Music in Composition degree as a composition teaching assistant at Bowling Green State University, OH.
Nathaniel Thomas, voice, accepted into Master of Music in Vocal Performance programs at the Schwob School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and Colorado State University at Fort Collins.  He has chosen to attend the Schwob School of Music and pursue the Master of Music in Performance.
Johan Warburton, horn, will be attending the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland. 
Evan Williams, trombone, accepted at San Francisco Conservatory, but will attend University of Texas at Austin
Joel Wilkinson, violin, accepted for Artist Diploma studies at Schwob School of Music/Columbus State University.
Yidan Zhang, violin, accepted for MM Performance studies at Schwob School of Music/Columbus State University.

Summer Festivals and Study Abroad
Brice Bouffard, clarinet, summer study abroad in Denmark, "Music of Scandinavia"
Kevin Casey, trombone, Southeast Trombone Symposium, GA
Joel Castro, percussion, CHOSEN VALE Percussion Seminar at the Center for Advanced Musical Studies, NH and Duff Timpani Masterclass, Athens, GA
Stephen Clayton, bass trombone, Southeast Trombone Symposium, GA
Amber Colberg, flute, Instructor, Harris County Band Summer Program
Ramiro Compres, percussion, attending Duff Timpani Masterclass, Athens, GA
Noel Davis, voice, summer study abroad in Denmark, "Music of Scandinavia"
Francisco Javier de Alba, clarinet, Zodiac Music Academy & Festival, Valdeblore, France
Drew Ellis, percussion, Instructor, Crisp County Band Summer Program
Corey Fair, percussion, attending Duff Timpani Masterclass, Athens, GA
Ty Gable, flute, counselor at the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, PA
Noe Garcia, guitar, University of Louisville Guitar Festival and Competition, Louisville, Kentucky; Southern Guitar Festival and Competition, Columbia, SC; Eastern Carolina University Summer Guitar Workshop, Greenville, NC; Instructor, Active 8 Summer Strummers Group Guitar Camp, Columbus, GA
Mary Gasson, voice, Middlebury College Language Study Program (Italian), CA
Eric Giles, oboe, 10th Annual English Horn Masterclasses with Carolyn Hove, Columbus, GA
Jessica Griggs, trombone, camp counselor, Interlochen Arts Camp, MI
Austin Hanni, percussion, Instructor, Houston County Band Summer Program
Victoria Hargrove, clarinet, Domaine Forget Summer Music Festival and Academy, St. Irenaeus, Quebec, Canada
Ryan Harvey, viola, Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra, resident assistant, MI and Germany
McClaran Hayes, violin, Killington Music Festival, VT
Likai He, violin, tour of solo concerts in China
Katherine Holmes, guitar, European Council Spanish Immersion Program, Madrid, Spain; Part-time pianist for the Columbus State University Dance Conservatory
Josh Hutchinson, trombone, Southeast Trombone Symposium, GA
Annette Jakovcic, cello, Yellow Barn Music Festival Young Artists Program, ME
Anton Jakovcic, viola, faculty at Thurnauer Chamber Music Camp, Tenafly, NJ
Joonsu Kim, clarinet, Instructor, East Coweta High School Band Summer Program
James Klausmeyer, percussion, CHOSEN VALE Percussion Seminar at the Center for Advanced Musical Studies, NH and Duff Timpani Masterclass, Athens, GA. James will also compete in the Atlanta Symphony Snare Drum Competition.
Erdong Li, guitar, Shenyang International Guitar Festival; concerts in Beijing, Hang Zhong, Zunyi, China
Dragana Loncar, viola, Brevard Music Festival, on scholarship, NC
Andrew Markel, trombone, camp counselor, Interlochen Arts Camp, MI
Jonathan Mashburn, percussion, CHOSEN VALE Percussion Seminar at the Center for Advanced Musical Studies, NH.  He will also be an Instructor for the Harris County High School Band Summer Program.
Alyssandra Montes, clarinet, Instructor, Apalachee County High School Band Summer Program
Dan Murray, percussion, summer study abroad in Denmark, "Music of Scandinavia"
Teddy Nagelvoort, trombone, Southeast Trombone Symposium, GA
Valeriya Nedviga, violin, Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary, Teaching Assistant and Concertmaster of the Festival Orchestra, Kingston, PA
Alejandro Olson, guitar, BorGuitar Festival in Borgotaro, Italy
Teeraboon Paisarn, percussion, will be performing with the contemporary and percussion ensembles from the Thailand International Composition Festival
Felix Padilla, trombone, touring the US with Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps
Dixon Pendergrass, saxophone, touring the US with Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps
Wesley Phillips, saxophone, Interlochen Center for the Arts summer counselor and instructional assistant, MI. He will also attend the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop
Joe Proud, saxophone, solo recital in Novi Sad, Serbia
Patrick Quinn, oboe, Intern for the Monadnock Music Festival in Peterborough, NH
Mario Rivera, viola, Brevard Music Festival, nresident assistant with full tuition, NC
Lauren Rosenblatt, flute, Interlochen Center for the Arts, summer music library intern, MI, Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus, library assistant.
Lauren Rosenblatt, flute, full-semester study abroad student  for Fall 2015, Medieval and Renaissance music at University of Oxford (UK)
Weiru Sheng, violin, Bowdoin International Music Festival, ME
Leslie Thomas, saxophone, Université Européene de Saxophone in Gap, France
Eric Tsai, violin, Sarasota Music Festival, FL
Christi Unthank, clarinet, Instructor, Warner Robins High School Band Summer Program
Sarah Velasco, violin, Banff Music Festival (full tuition scholarship), Banff, Alberta, Canada
James Walsh, percussion, CHOSEN VALE Percussion Seminar at the Center for Advanced Musical Studies, NH.  He will also be an Instructor for the North Gwinnett High School Band Summer Program
Sophie Wang, violin, Sarasota Music Festival & Killington Music Festival, VT
Andrew Wilder, guitar, Eastern Carolina University, Summer guitar festival, Greeneville, NC; Three recitals in Bogota, Columbia
Yidan Zhang, violin, Bowdoin International Music Festival, ME

Ian Cooper, saxophone, has accepted a position with the U.S. Navy Fleet Band
Stephanie Erdman, B.A. 2013, has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus, GA. She received her M.A. in Arts Administration from Florida State University this May.
Jada Washington, flute, is a member of the Georgia Army National Guard Band

Alex White, flute, is a member of the Georgia Army National Guard Band

Schwob honors alum published in leading percussion journal

Brandon Smith (B.M., percussion, 2014) is featured in the May issue of Percussive Notes with an article he developed in his Music History and Applied Percussion courses at Columbus State, taught by Drs. Andrée Martin and Paul Vaillancourt.  This research, a study of Elliott Carter’s Eight Pieces for Four Timpani was developed and presented as a part of his Honors College requirements at CSU. Percussive Notes is the world's leading academic journal for percussionists.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Flute Student to Spend Semester Abroad at St. Anne's, Oxford University

CSU flutist Lauren Rosenblatt will study Medieval and Renaissance Music at Oxford University's St. Anne's College as a part of a new partnership with that institution. An Honors student pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Music, Lauren has already participated in Study abroad and studied Renaissance music and dance at CSU, but this time she will spend an entire semester in one of the cultural centers of the Renaissance.

Columbus State University was recognized last year among seven U.S. college and universities — including much-larger institutions such as Rutgers and Ohio State — for innovative international programs. “(All seven schools) are excellent models for how higher education across the country can and must innovate to prepare our students for the global economy we live in today,” said Marlene M. Johnson, executive director and CEO of the international education organization founded as the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers. Now known as the NAFSA Association of International Educators, the organization’s Senator Paul Simon Awards for Campus Internationalization are considered the ultimate honor for a university in terms of recognizing innovative efforts to make students more aware of the world at large.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CSU alum tops at Seoul International Violin Competition

CSU alumni violinist Suliman Tekalli won 2nd Prize, $30,000 and international engagements at Seoul International Violin Competition (Seoul, Korea). The First Prize of $50,000 was not awarded.

He recently performed as a soloist with the world-renowned International Sejong Soloists at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C., in honor of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, during her recent visit with President Obama. Dignitaries present at the event included Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert.

Suliman performed on an Antonio Stradivarius violin, Cremona, 1683, ex-Cobbett, on loan from Mr. Higgin Kim, Chairman of Byuckaan Engineering Co. Ltd, through the Stradivari Society® of Chicago and Sejong Soloists.

In addition to his solo performance with the Sejong Soloists, Suliman Tekalli was also commissioned by the international ensemble to write a special arrangement of Piazzolla's Libertango, the first ever transcription of Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin for violin and piano, and the orchestration of Ravel's Violin Sonata No. 2 as a concertino for violin and orchestra.

While he studied at the Schwob School of Music with Professor Sergiu Schwartz, the William B. and Sue Marie Turner Distinguished Faculty Chair  Suliman was a top prize winner at major international violin competitions including Sendai (Japan), Lipizer (Italy), Szeryng (Mexico) and a semifinalist at Montreal (Canada), Sarasate (Spain) and Young Concert Artists (New York).

Voice student places first at Southeastern NATS auditions

RANDALL PERKINS, a junior in voice performance, won First Place in the Upper Adult Men's Category at the Southeastern Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions held at Auburn University. Over four hundred fifty singers from Alabama, Georgia and Florida participated. Randall is a student of Earl Coleman, Curry Eminent Faculty Scholar Chair in the Schwob School of Music.
Professor Coleman's freshman student, NICKLAUS WHITE, was a Semi-Finalist in the First Year Men's Classical Category at the same auditions.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Schwob students advance in National Trumpet Competition

Students of Dr. Robert Murray have advanced in the 2015 National Trumpet Competition. The CSU Trumpet Ensemble (Teal Ewer, Kristy Pavlis, Christian Gordon, Victor Boyda, Brandon Soloff,and Brandon Dicks) has advanced to the semi-final round of the Ensemble Division at the National Trumpet Competition, performing McKee's "Durrenhorn Passage."

Schwob School trumpeter Teal Ewer will be performing in the semi-final of the Graduate Solo Division, and Christian Gordon will be performing in the semi-final round of the Undergraduate Solo Division of this competition.

The competition, held this year at at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, will will move in its 25th anniversary year to the Schwob School of Music and RiverCenter for the Performing Arts on March 10-12, 2016

Trombonist Evan Williams advances to Minnesota-Zellmer competition finals

Senior trombonist Evan Williams is once again a finalist in the nation's most prestigious orchestral excerpts competition - the Minnesota-Zellmer competition. The competition is biennial, and in 2013 he was also one of five finalists. He competes in the finals in May. Evan is a student of Dr. Brad Palmer. Congratulations, Evan!

Monday, January 19, 2015

CSU Students, Alumna place in MTNA National Competition

A quartet of Schwob School of Music students won Second Place among seven regional division winners competing in the MTNA national string chamber music competition, held in March in Las Vegas. Violinists Sophie Wang and McClaran Hayes, violist Mario Rivera, and cellist John Rogler were coached by Professor Boris Abramov.

CSU 2014 alumna Jeanette Luna, a former student of Professor Dian Lawler-Johnson, won Second Place in the  MTNA national Young Artist vocal competition. She is pursuing graduate work at UNC-Greensboro.

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