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

2011 Columbus State University