Monday, December 10, 2018

Composition Student Advances to MTNA National Competition

Congratulations to Zachary McDonald, composition student of Dr. James Ogburn, who has advanced to the national level of the MTNA Young Artists Competition for composers with his piece, Whitewater, 2:38 am for solo banjo. CSU student Giuseppe Gallo-Balma was runner-up in the state-level composition competition, and Zachary won the nine-state Southern Division after winning the state. He is a Music Education major from Winter Springs, FL.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

CSU Singers Excel at NATS State Auditions

Professor Coleman writes:

I am very happy to announce the fantastic results of our Schwob voice students at our National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Student Auditions this past Friday and Saturday, November 2-3, 2018 at Shorter University.  A special thanks to Dr. Shellie DeBruyn, our outgoing President of Georgia NATS and to our fabulous collaborative pianists:  Janie Lee Bullock, Tatiana Muzanova, Aesook Moon and Rachel Zimmerman.  The Schwob School of Music had an outstanding showing.

GEORGIA National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Student Audition RESULTS:

Gavin Gourley, 1st Place Overall Winner and Recitalist: FIRST YEAR MEN (Student of Prof. Earl Coleman)
Kelyn Hammonds, 1st Place, 4th/5th Year College Musical Theatre Women (Student of Dr. Shellie DeBruyn)
Thai Johnson, 1st Place, 4th/5th Year College Men (Student of Prof. Joshua May)
Mary Lee Turner, 1st Place, 3rd Year College Women (Student of Dr. Shellie DeBruyn)
Keyla Nunez, 1st Place, Second Year College Women (Student of Prof. Joshua May)
Aurora "Rory" Manley, 1st Place, First Year College Women (Student of Prof. Earl Coleman)
Travis Hall (Alum), 2nd Place, Advanced Men (Student of Prof. Earl Coleman)
Lar'Kara Betha, 2nd Place, Third Year College Women (Student of Prof. Earl Coleman)
Gavin Gourley, 2nd Place, First Year College Men (Student of Prof. Earl Coleman)
Hunter Mullen, 2nd Place, First Year College Men (Student of Prof. Earl Coleman)
Daisha Jackson, 2nd Place, Category 7A-1, First Year College Women (Student of Prof. Earl Coleman)
Courtlyn Holt, 3rd Place, Second Year College Women (Student of Prof. Earl Coleman)
Emily Earnest, 3rd Place, Second Year College Women (Student of Dr. Shellie DeBruyn)

Schwob Violinists Win Samuel Fordis Concerto Competition

Congratulations to Passacaglia Mason and Ana Gribkova, students of William and Sue Marie Turner Professor of Violin Sergiu Schwartz, who both won First Place in the “Artisan” and “Virtuoso” divisions of the Georgia Philharmonic's Samuel Fordis Young Artists Concerto Competition in Atlanta. They will have the opportunity to perform as soloists with the Georgia Philharmonic in Atlanta.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Schwob students take five First Prizes, more honors at MTNA Georgia competition

Here are the impressive results for CSU Schwob students in the 2018 state MTNA competitions. Congratulations one and all!


        Camron Bryant, horn, from the studio of Dr. Natalie Higgins, won First Place in the Alabama MTNA Young Artist Division, and will advance to the regional competition.
        Lucas Testin, horn, from the studio of Dr. Natalie Higgins, received an Honorable Mention in the Young Artist Division.


        Zachary McDonald, from the studio of Dr. James Ogburn, won First Place and will advance to the regional competition.

        Giuseppe Gallo-Balma, from the studio of Dr. James Ogburn, was named Alternate Winner.


       Juan Collazos, from the studio of Dr. Henry Kramer, was named Alternate Winner in the Young Artist Division.


         Samuel Vargas, violin, from the studio of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz, won First Place in the Young Artist Division and will advance to the regional competition.

         Anna Gribkova, violin, from the studio of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz, was named Alternate Winner in the Young Artist Division.

         Passacaglia Mason, violin, from the studio of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz, was named Alternate Winner in the Senior Division.

         Teu-In Kim, cello, from the studio of Prof. Wendy Warner, received an Honorable Mention in the Young Artist Division.

         Ireh Lee, viola, from the studio of Dr. Katrin Meidell, received an Honorable Mention in the Young Artist Division.


         Erica Humbert, from the studio of Prof. Earl Coleman, won First Place in the Young Artist DIvision and will advance to the regional competition.

         Aurora "Rory" Manley, from the studio of Prof. Earl Coleman, won First Place in the Senior DIvision and will advance to the regional competition.


        Maggie Archer, flute, from the studio of Dr. Andrée Martin, was named Alternate Winner in the Young Artist Division. 

        The Schwob Saxophone Quartet, from the studio of Dr. Joe Girard [Kirk Habana (soprano), Jared Cummings (alto), JT Lonzanida (tenor), and Mary Katherine McClung (baritone)], received an Honorable Mention in the Chamber Music Division.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Dragos Ilie Wins Texas A&M International Guitar Competition

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Dragos Ilie, 4th-year student of Dr. Andrew Zohn, won first prize at the recent Nancy L Cooke Memorial Guitar Compettion, held at Texas A&M University. Congratulations!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Bassoonist Carlos Lopez Wins Moosmann Prize in Mexico

Schwob School of Music bassoonist Carlos Lopez, BM '20, won the Moosmann Prize (2nd place) in the Congreso de Oboístas y Fagotistas de Centro América y México International Competition last week. Congratulations to Carlos and his teacher, Dr. Stephanie Patterson!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Roderick Cox Awarded the Georg Solti Conducting Award

Roderick Cox, 2009 graduate of the Schwob School of Music, has just received a major career-development grant from the Solti Foundation U.S. He is the sole recipient this year. Roderick holds the position of Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, and he has guest-conducted with the Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic (South Africa), National Symphony Orchestra (D.C.), St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, and the Seattle Symphony. Next season he makes his opera debut, conducting the Houston Grand Opera in The Pearlfishers.

Now in its 14th year of assisting outstanding young U.S. conductors to further develop their talent and careers, The Solti Foundation U.S. is the foremost organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to helping young conductors.

Roderick Cox, B.M. 2009

Monday, April 23, 2018

Andy Hudson appointed to UNCG clarinet faculty

A giant congratulations to Schwob clarinet studio grad Andy Hudson (BM performance, 2010)—he has been appointed full-time lecturer of clarinet at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro! He will be working alongside and in tandem with Professor Anthony Taylor. He is currently a DMA candidate at Northwestern University.

Andy's concert calendar this spring has included joining the mixed chamber ensemble Latitude 49, ensemble-in-residence at the University of Michigan and the Kenosha Creative Space. He is a member also of F-PLUS, a trio based in Chicago and New York. With the Zafa Collective he performed in Illinois and Indiana, and with earspace he completed a residency at UNC Chapel Hill in March. In January, he performed with Ensemble Dal Niente in their production of Michael Hersch's opera "On The Threshold of Winter." His concerto appearances this year include the Lake Forest College Orchestra and the Tennessee Valley Music Festival in Huntsville, AL.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Schwob School Announces High School Summer Camp for Wind, Brass and Percussion

Announcing a Summer Music Camp for band instrumentalists ages 14-18:

Apply today at:

Scholarship Deadline: April 15, 2018!

The Schwob Summer Music Festival provides a prestigious immersive musical environment for wind, brass and percussion students ages 14-18. During the festival, students will rehearse, perform, and receive a high level of group and individual music instruction that will enhance their technical and collaborative skills, while preparing each student for the college audition and enrollment process.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Students Win, Place at MTNA National Competition

CSU Schwob School of Music students have received top prizes at this year’s national competition for the Music Teachers National Association. The finals of the competition were held in March in Orlando, FL.
Natalya Klenovskaya won first place in the Young Artist String Division. Natalya is an Artist Diploma violin student of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz. She will be featured as soloist with the Schwob Philharmonic, playing the Shostakovich Violin Concerto, on April 29th.
Camron Bryant won second place in the Young Artist Brass Division. Camron is a sophomore horn student of Dr. Natalie Higgins.
Elizabeth Tsai won first place in the Senior Piano Duet DIvision, with her partner Yannie Tan. Elizabeth is a Woodruff Scholar and a student of Prof. Tatiana Muzanova.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Clarinetist takes second in the Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition

Senior clarinet performance major Darien Williams, a student of Dr. Lisa Oberlander, has won second place in the Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition. He will perform at Carnegie Hall on March 13. Congratulations!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Teal Ewer Appointed to U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps

CONGRATULATIONS to former Schwob Graduate Assistant Teal Ewer (M.M. Trumpet Performance ‘15) on his appointment to the prestigious "The Commandant's Own," The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps in Washington, D.C. where he will play Soprano Bugle! Teal is a former student of Dr. Robert Murray.

2014 Grad Wins National Bass Trombone Solo competition

CONGRATULATIONS to CSU Schwob Alum Sterling Alexander Tanner on his win at the 2018 National Bass Trombone Solo competition at the American Trombone Workshop! Sterling is a former student of Dr. Bradley Palmer.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Bassoonist wins Mexico City competition

Carlos Lopez ('20 BM Bassoon) has just won First Prize in the Encuentro Nacional de Fagot Competition in Mexico City, Mexico. He traveled to the competition with support from the Schwob School as well as a grant from the Office of the Provost, and now his trio with Joonsu Kim ('18 BM Clarinet) and Juan Collazos ('19 MM Piano) will perform three recitals across Mexico City this weekend. He also had the opportunity in Mexico City to attend a master class with Sophie Dartigalongue, Principal Bassoon of the Vienna Philharmonic. Carlos is a student of Dr. Stephanie Patterson, Assistant Professor of Bassoon.

Carlos Lopez with Sophie Dartigalongue of the Vienna Philharmonic

Monday, February 26, 2018

CSU Guitar Students Again Win 1st, 2nd at Symposium's International Competition

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.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Oboist Winner in Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition

Eder Rivera, fourth-year student of Dr. Susan Tomkiewicz at the Schwob School of Music, was named one of the winners in the 2018 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition. Open to instrumentalists ages 18-22, the Yamaha Competition requires video and audio recordings that are judged on their musicality, expression, and tone quality. Eder was one of ten instrumentalists selected to receive an all-expense-paid trip to the YYPA Celebration Weekend, held in Muncie, IN at the Music for All Summer Symposium. Congratulations, Eder!

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