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Adriana Zabala (voice) recently received reviews for her performance in the Minnesota Opera's production of The Manchurian Candidate. George Loomis wrote in the London Financial Times, "Leonardo Capalbo excels as Capt Ben Marco... and Adriana Zabala impresses as Marco's girlfriend Rosie." Heidi Waleson of the Wall Street Journal wrote, "The Minnesota Opera fielded a strong cast... Adriana Zabala was a witty, charming Rosie." Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times said, "The mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala is effective as Rosie Chayney, a sophisticated young woman who meets Marco on a train." Photo by Michael Daniel, Zabala with Leonardo Capalbo in "The Manchurian Candidate".
Zabala is also the alto soloist with the Back Bay Chorale and Orchestra (Scott Allen Jarret, conductor) in Boston for Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. The performance will take place in the 1875 Sanders Theatre (Harvard University) on March 21.
Rebecca Shockley (professor emerita, piano pedagogy) served as a judge for the final round of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's piano concerto auditions for young people on March 14 in Chicago. Earlier this semester she also adjudicated high school piano auditions for the Schubert Club and Thursday Musicale, as well as the Mozart piano concerto competition sponsored by the Minneapolis Music Teachers Forum.
Carrie Backman (2004, music education/euphonium, student of David Teachout, Jerry Luckhardt, Craig Kirchhoff, and Tom Ashworth) has been named a 2015 Herb Kohl Education Foundation Teacher Fellowship Recipient in the State of Wisconsin. Fellows are chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and for their leadership in positive change and service within and outside the classroom. Honorees will automatically be used as the applicants for the four Wisconsin Teacher of the Year award winners. The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by Herb Kohl, U.S. Senator in 1990. Backman is director of instrumental music, Edgewood High School (Madison, WI).
Christopher Brody (MA, music theory; DMA, 2007, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) is completing his two year postdoctoral assistant professor of theory position at Indiana University-Bloomington and will begin a new two year position as assistant professor of theory at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY starting August 2015.
Josh Holritz (MM, 2011, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) will perform with Kristen Holritz as Schaafritz, a flute/violin duo, in a recital presented by the Edvard Grieg Society on April 24 at 7:30 pm at Mindekirken (The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church). Holritz is currently associate concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and adjunct instructor of violin at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA. Schaafritz will be joined by pianist Kevin Hobbs (DMA, 2012, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) in a program featuring the music of Nordic composers Edvard Grieg, Jean Sibelius, and Friedrich Khulau. More information.
The following School of Music students placed in the Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition. They participated in the finals on March 21. Complete list of finalists, including private students of our faculty and alumni.
Gabriel Quenneville-Belair - First Place - student of Lydia Artymiw
Isabella Jie - Second Place - student of Alexander Braginsky
Bingjie Liu - Honorable Mention - student of Paul Shaw
SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION PIANO
Zhen Tu - Second Place - PSEO student of Lydia Artymiw
COLLEGE/GRAD BRASS AND WOODWINDS
Eric Schultz - Second Place, clarinet - student of Alexander Fiterstein
David Franzel - Honorable Mention, saxophone - student of Eugene Rousseau
Benjamin Osterhouse - Second Place, cello - student of Tanya Remenikova
Emily Saathoff - First Place, violin - student of Sally O'Reilly
Sullivan Ojala-Helmbolt - Honorable Mention, student of Philip Zawisza
Cassius Stein - Second Place - student of Maja Radovanlija
Tyler Tracy - Honorable Mention - student of Maja Radovanlija
Professor Korey Konkol (viola) pictured with his student Arjun Ganguly at the American String Teachers Association National Conference college fair. Konkol says, "Arjun played exquisitely in the winners' recital of the National ASTA Solo Competition and did me, the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota ASTA chapter proud!" Congratulations and thank you for representing the School of Music!
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