Monday, December 18, 2017

Trumpet student joins Glenn Miller Orchestra as co-principal

Congratulations to Matt Gates, senior trumpet major and student of Dr. Rob Murray, who has won the audition for the split lead trumpet position with the internationally renowned touring big band, the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He will be joining the band on January 10 and in the next year will be part of their international tour to Japan as well as their busy schedule in the US. Congratulations also to Dr. Kevin Whalen, Director of Jazz Studies, for his mentorship and guidance with Matt in the Schwob Jazz Orchestra!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Violinist Wins Georgia Philharmonic Competition

Virtuoso violinist wins award at Young Artists’ Competition

ROSWELL, GA: The Schwob School of Music had one student take home a top award from the annual Georgia Philharmonic Young Artists Concerto Competition, one of the largest young artists’ competitions in the South.
          Woodruff scholar violinist Samuel Vargas was the winner of the Samuel Fordis Young Artists’ Concerto Competition in the Virtuoso category. As a winner, Samuel will perform the Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3 with the Georgia Philharmonic on Feb. 17, 2018, in Atlanta. Vargas is an undergraduate student of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz, The William B. And Sue Marie Turner Distinguished Chair in Violin.
The Georgia Philharmonic Young Artists Concerto Competition was named in honor of former concertmaster Samuel Fordis and invites the next generation of musicians to establish themselves in musical history. In the February concert, several young musicians will be featured from states all over the southeast.

Student Composers Win in Two Competitions

Benjamin Horne and Zachary McDonald, students of Dr. James Ogburn, received first prize for their compositions in two recent competitions.

Ben's piece for trombone ensemble, Gladiator, won first prize in the Texas Tech Trombone Ensemble Composition Contest. It will be premiered at TTU with Charles Vernon of the Chicago Symphony as soloist.

Zack's piece, They Say Change Is Good But I Don't Like It, won first place in the MTNA Southern Division competition, having been selected as Georgia winner earlier this fall. He will represent the nine southeastern states at the national competition in January.

Congratulations to all!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Voice Students Win, Place in Five Categories at Georgia NATS Auditions

Congratulations to these voice students of the Schwob School of Music, who won or placed in five categories at the recent 2017 Georgia NATS auditions:

1st Place: Mary Lee Turner, Second Year College Women, student of Michelle DeBruyn
2nd Place: Kara Hammonds, First Year College Women, student of Kimberly Cone
2nd Place: Madeleine Munro*, Advanced Women, student of Michelle DeBruyn
3rd Place: Brielle Sims*, Fourth and Fifth Year College Women, student of Dian Lawler-Johnson
3rd Place: Casey Sargent, First Year Musical Theatre College Women, student of Kimberly Cone
3rd Place: Katherine Ambrester*, Fourth and Fifth Year College Women, student of Michelle DeBruyn

Monday, October 23, 2017

Students Win Four First Prizes at MTNA State Competition

Students of the Schwob School of Music stood out among their peers from across Georgia in playing solo recitals in the Senior and Young Artist Competitions of  the Music teachers National Association (MTNA) at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville Oct. 20-21.

CSU's first-prize winners in their categories were:

Eder Rivera, winner, Oboe, Young Artist Division
       Junior, BM Performance, student of Dr. Susan Tomkiewicz

Camron Bryant, winner, Horn, Young Artist Division
Sophomore, BM Performance, student of Dr. Natalie Higgins

Natalia Klenovskaya, winner, Violin, Young Artist Division
Artist Diploma, student of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz

Zachary McDonald received first prize for his composition, They say that change is good but I don’t like it. He is a Junior in Music Education and a composition student of Dr. James Ogburn

CSU students receiving Alternate or Honorable Mention awards include:
Benjamin Horne, honorable mention, Composition, Water
Senior, BM Music Education, student of Dr. James Ogburn
Passacaglia Mason, honorable mention, Violin, Senior Division
Freshman/Dual Enrollment, student of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz
Samuel Vargas, alternate, Violin, Young Artist Division
CSU ELI, student of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz
Jada Washington, honorable mention, Flute, Young Artist Division
Artist Diploma, student of Dr. Andrée Martin
Allison Webb, alternate, Horn, Young Artist Division
Senior, BM Performance, student of Dr. Natalie Higgins

Congratulations to all!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Clarinetist Manuel Antonio Ramos wins position in the West Point band

Clarinetist Manuel Antonio Ramos--a 2013 graduate of Columbus State University's Schwob School of Music and a 2015 graduate of Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music--has won a position as clarinetist with the West Point Concert Band.  The West Point Band is the Army’s oldest musical organization and continues to provide world-class music to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets and to serve as ambassadors of the United States Military Academy and the Army to local, national, and international communities. Its innovative programs and performances are enjoyed across the globe through regular television, radio, and recordings. Many band members hold graduate degrees from the world’s finest music schools and all have earned substantial professional musical achievements prior to serving their country as professional musicians. The organization fulfills more than 1600 official missions annually, including military and patriotic ceremonies, public concerts, parades, professional and collegiate sporting events, internet, radio and television broadcasts, and numerous ceremonies and special events for the Corps of Cadets, the West Point community, New York City, and the broader area of the northeastern United States.

Manuel joins Schwob School graduate Philip Broome, who has held the euphonium position in the West Point Band since 2012. Congratulations!

Monday, September 18, 2017

CSU Guitarists Win in Louisville, Florida Guitar Competitions

Present and former students of Dr. Andrew ZohnThe Jo and George Jeter Distinguished Chair in Guitar, took first place in two competitions this fall.

CSU freshman Fangfang Liu was awarded first prize in the Youth Division of the Florida Guitar Competition in October, and CSU alumnus Noe Garcia won second prize in the Open Division. Noe is a doctoral student at the University of North Texas.

Andrew Wilder, B.M. 2016, won first place in the 2017 University of Louisville Guitar Competition, Solo Artist Division. Andrew began graduate studies this fall at the University of Kentucky.

CSU is not a newcomer at the Louisville competition. The first and fourth place awards last year also went to students of Dr. Zohn. For more information on the competition, please visit

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Boris Abramov CD Recognized with Global Music Awards Silver Medal

Congratulations to Boris Abramov, Lecturer in Violin, for being awarded a Global Music Awards Silver Medal for his upcoming Mozart & Beethoven Violin and Cello Duets CD! Founded by Thomas Baker, Ph.D., who has more than a dozen years in film and music and created the Accolade Competition, Indie Fest and the Best Shorts Competition, the Global Music Awards has been recognizing outstanding recordings through a multi-layered judging process that evaluates listener impact, technical quality, uniqueness and styling.

The CD will be released on November 10th, 2017, and you can pre-order a copy here:…/…/B074QWGFST

Mozart, W. A., Beethoven, L. V.: MOZART | BEETHOVEN

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Dr. Ianthe Marini named Interim Choral Director

Dr. Ianthe Marini has been named Interim Director of Choral Activities for 2017-18, following the retirement of Professor Constantina Tsolainou, the Paul and Jean Amos Faculty Chair in Music.

Dr. Marini holds the Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Maryland where she studied with Edward Maclary and James Ross.  She was the recipient of the Pomeroy Prize for scholarship and performance in 17th and 18th century music, the only award given to a graduate student at the UMD School of Music.  She served as the first female director of the University of Maryland Men's Chorus.  In the fall of 2015, Marini prepared the University of Maryland Chamber Singers for performance with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in a complete performance of Handel's Messiah under the direction of Maestro Nathalie Stutzmann.  In the Spring of 2016, she prepared the Chamber Singers for a performance of the a cappella choral music of Scottish composer James MacMillan under his own baton at the Kennedy Center.  In the Winter of 2015, she prepared the University of Maryland Concert Choir for a performance with the National Symphony Orchestra Pops under the direction of Maestro Steven Reineke at the Kennedy Center, and in the fall of 2016, she prepared the UMD Men's Chorus for a performance with the Baltimore Symphony Super Pops under the direction of Maestro Jack Everly. Welcome, Dr. Marini!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Alumni composer, conductors win national recognition

Liliya Ugay, CSU alumna and composer/pianist (B.M. 2014), is pursuing a doctoral degree in composition at the Yale School of Music.  Last year, she won the Charles Ives Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and she has just been awarded Yale's Horatio Parker Prize, which is given to the student who best exemplifies the musical ideals of Parker, who was Yale's Dean 100 years ago.

Roderick Cox (B.M. 2009), Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, has been named one of nine American conductors to receive a 2017 Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award. recipient of Roderick Cox has also served as Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra. Recent and upcoming engagements include the Chenecke! Orchestra (UK), Seattle Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Louisiana Philharmonic, as well as the symphony orchestras of Cleveland, Detroit, Santa Fe, Nashville, Florida and the National Symphony (D.C.). He also conducted a performance sponsored by Google and Colour of Music Festival for the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington D.C.

Kellen Gray (B.M. 2008) has been selected as a Project Inclusion Conducting Fellow with the Chicago Sinfonietta. The Freeman Fellowship fosters the development of 4-6 conductors of diverse backgrounds who are on the verge of professional careers. Fellows have the opportunity to work closely with Music Director Mei-Ann Chen and other experienced conductors and industry professionals. The fellowship includes intensive training and mentoring, opportunities to conduct with partner organizations, and development of basic orchestra management skills, such as marketing, programming, fundraising and finance. He is simultaneously enrolled as an 
Artist Diploma student of Paul Hostetter, the Ethel Foley Distinguished Chair in Orchestral Activities at CSU.

Andrew Shelton Hired as Mars Hill University Band Director

Mars Hill University has hired Andrew Shelton (M.M. 2010) as Director of Bands and Instructor of Music. A graduate of Mars Hill and Columbus State University, Andrew has served as band director at North Buncombe High School in Weaverville, North Carolina since 2012. Congratulations, Andrew!

Photo courtesy of Mars Hill University

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Bernard Flythe Appointed as Artist Faculty in Tuba and Euphonium

The Joyce and Henry Schwob School of Music is delighted to announce the appointment of Bernard H. Flythe as Artist Faculty in Tuba and Euphonium. Mr. Flythe has taught at Kennesaw State University, Appalachian State University, Emory University, University of Georgia, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a Master of Music degree in Performance and Specialist Certificate in Performance from The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He currently serves as Substitute Tubist for the Atlanta and LaGrange Symphony Orchestras and has served as Tuba and Euphonium instructor for the Atlanta Chamber Music Festival since 2013. Mr. Flythe has also served for over a decade as Low Brass Sectionals Coach in various high schools throughout Georgia. We are excited to welcome Mr. Flythe to Schwob!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Four Wins for Student Flutist

Victor Hernandez, a senior flute student of Andrée Martin in Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music, recently won four top prizes in the international arena: the 2017 “London” Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition (first prize), the 2017 Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition (YYPA), the 2016 American Protégé International Woodwinds and Brass Competition (first prize), and the 2016 Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition (second prize).
As the winner of the American Protégé and Golden Classical Music Competitions, Hernandez will perform at Carnegie Hall in March and again in April. He will perform a second time in April at the Royal Albert Hall, the iconic London concert hall, as the winner of the London Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition.
Hernandez was the only flutist chosen among this year’s winners of the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition, which recognizes outstanding young musicians from the world of classical, jazz and contemporary music. Winners receive an all-expenses paid weekend at the Music for All Summer Symposium, an opportunity to perform in front of thousands, generate national press coverage and participate in workshops designed to launch a professional music career.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Courtney Jones to join FAU faculty

Courtney Jones (B.M., Columbus State, 2007) has been selected for the position of Assistant Professor of Music at Florida Atlantic University, where he will teach trumpet and lead the jazz program. Having completed his doctorate at UCLA under the supervision of Jens Lindemann, he served as Visiting Professor of Trumpet at the University of Iowa for two years. He is currently in Columbus working on a recording project and teaching Music Appreciation for CSU. Congratulations, Dr. Jones!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Guitar Students Again Win 1st, 2nd at CSU Guitar Symposium

The CSU Guitar Symposium recently completed its 19th year of performances, classes, and competitions for performers at all levels. For the second consecutive year, a Schwob undergraduate student has won the competition. Ying Xu won 1st prize from a field of 60 competitors from around the world. 2nd prize went to Schwob artist diploma student Agustin Rosado. Last year, CSU students Dragos Ilie and Ying Xu won 1st and 2nd prizes respectively out of 50 competitors in their division. All are students of Dr. Andrew Zohn who holds the Jo and George Jeter Distinguished Chair in Guitar.

Violin Student Recognized at International Concerto Competition

Congratulations to graduate violinist Elzbieta Tokarska, who was awarded 2nd Prize at the 2017 American Festival Fine Arts International Concerto Competition. Her award includes a performance in the Winners Concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and an appearance as soloist with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra performing the Korngold Violin Concerto in Russia this summer. She is a student of Professor Sergiu Schwartz, who holds the William B. and Sue Marie Turner Distinguished Chair in Violin.

Schwob Students Take Top Awards at Atlanta Music Club

The Atlanta Music Club announced Saturday that three of its six scholarship competition winners came from Columbus State University. Winners in the graduate piano and instrumental divisions were pianist Alexey Trushechkin and violinist Natalia Klenovskaya. Winner in the undergraduate instrumental division was bassoonist Traian Sturza.  They are students of Professors Alexander Kobrin, Sergiu Schwartz, and Stephanie Patterson. Congratulations to all!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Trombonist Advances to National Round of Edward Kleinhammer Competition

Congratulations to Stephen Clayton, student of Dr. Brad Palmer, who was one of three contestants to advance to the final round of the Edward Kleinhammer Orchestral Bass Trombone Competition, sponsored by the International Trombone Association.

Bassoon Student Places in Two National Competitions

Congratulations to Traian Sturza, Woodruff Scholar and bassoon student of Dr. Stephanie Patterson, who won 2nd place in the Leitzinger Competition at Bard College in New York state in January. He will return to Bard to perform the Weber Concerto with the Bard Symphony.

Traian also placed third recently in the Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition in Golden, CO. Started in 1959, this one-day competition has evolved into a gathering of international musicians competing for substantial cash awards.

CSU Music Education Student Recognized by University System

Congratulations to Amy Melton, Honors Music Education major and senior horn student of Dr. Natalie Higgins, who has been selected as Columbus State University's 2016 representative at the University System of Georgia's Academic Recognition Day. Created in 1987, Academic Recognition Day celebrates the individual academic achievements of outstanding scholars in the University System.

Violin Students Win, Place in LaGrange Symphony Competition

Two of Sergiu Schwartz's violin students placed First and Second at the Young Artists Competition of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra. The competition was held February 4 on the campus of LaGrange College, with participants from Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee.
The Dorothy Allen Turner Award for First Place went to his private student, 15-year violinist Richard Cho from Alpharetta, GA. Richard, who performed the Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No. 5, received $1,500 and a solo engagement with LaGrange Symphony during the 2017-2018 season.
The Max Kaplan Award for Second Place went to his CSU graduate student Weiru Sheng, who received a $1,000 cash award. In addition, Weiru placed Alternate at the recent MTNA Southern Division - Young Artist String Performance Competition, held January 14 at University of South Carolina School of Music in Columbia, SC.

Allen Yueh Wins MTNA Southern Division Piano Competition

Allen Yueh, graduate piano student of Alexander Kobrin, won the 9-state Southern Division of the MTNA Young Artist Competition. He will compete against six other regional winners at the national convention of the Music Teachers National Association, to be held in Baltimore, MD.

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