Faculty News: Adriana Zabala performs in "The Manchurian Candidate" and Rebecca Shockley serves as judge for Chicago Symphony Orchestra piano concerto auditions
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.March 23rd, 2015
Alumni News: Carrie Backman receives Herb Kohl Education Foundation Teacher Fellowship, Christopher Brody to teach at Eastman School of Music, Josh and Kristen Holritz to perform in a recital with Kevin Hobbs
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.March 23rd, 2015
Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition
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
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Cassius Stein - Second Place - student of Maja Radovanlija
Tyler Tracy - Honorable Mention - student of Maja Radovanlija
School of Music at the 2015 American String Teachers Association National Conference
March 23rd, 2015
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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Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition Finalists
The following School of Music students are finalists in the Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition. They will participate in the finals on March 21. Complete list of finalists, including private students of our faculty and alumni.
INTERMEDIATE VOICE (AGE 17-20)
Sullivan Ojala-Helmbolt - baritone - student of Philip Zawisza
ADVANCED VOICE (AGE 21-24)
Benjamin Dutcher - tenor - student of John De Haan
Shelley Mihm - soprano - student of Jean del Santo
Carole Schultz - soprano - student for John De Haan
GRADUATE VOICE (AGE 25-30)
Cassandra Koob - soprano - student of Lawrence Weller
COLLEGE PIANO (FRESHMAN - AGE 23)
Ines Mariana Guanchez-Mercado - student of Alexander Braginsky
SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL STRINGS (GRADES 10-12)
Alastair Witherspoon - violin - PSEO student of Sally O'Reilly
COLLEGE STRINGS (FRESHMAN - AGE 24)March 16th, 2015
Kari Mattson - violin - student of Sally O'Reilly
Benjamin Osterhouse - cello - student of Tanya Remenikova
Thursday Musical Young Artists Scholarship Competition Winners
First place competition winners are recognized with a featured concert performance on March 26, 2015 at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. School of Music faculty member Jean del Santo (voice) and faculty emeritus Rebecca Shockley (piano) were judges. Complete list of winners and judges, including School of Music alumni and private students of our faculty.
Anastasiya Nyzkodub - First Place - student of Alexander Fiterstein
Ian Gregory - Second Place - student of Tom Ashworth
Chris Allen - Honorable Mention - student of Tom Ashworth
COLLEGE ADVANCED VOCAL
Charles Eaton - First Place - student of John De Haan
Benjamin Dutcher - Honorable Mention - student of John De Haan
Arjun Ganguly - First Place - student of Korey Konkol
Benjamin Osterhouse - Second Place - student of Tanya Remenikova
Kari Mattson - Honorable Mention - student of Sally O'Reilly
COLLEGE PIANOMarch 16th, 2015
Rie Tanaka - First Place - student of Alexander Braginsky
Soyoung Park - Second Place - student of Lydia Artymiw
Tian Wei Gao - Honorable Mention - student of Alexander Braginsky
Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw on jury for Juilliard Piano Concerto Competition, Tom Ashworth and Phil Hey to perform in Jazz Showcase, and Alexander Fiterstein to be featured in Minnesota Sinfonia concerts
Lydia Artymiw (piano) was on the jury for the third Juilliard Piano Concerto Competition on March 13, 2015 at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. The pianists competing ranged from ages 6 to 12 and performed the Mozart Piano Concerto in A Major, K. 414.
Tom Ashworth (trombone) and Phil Hey (drums) will be joined by Brian Grivna, Phil Aaron, and Gordy Johnson as the Fireside Five & Friends performs on the Jazz Showcase at the Underground Music Cafe (Falcon Heights) on March 26 at 7:30 pm. More info.
Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet) will be featured in two upcoming Minnesota Sinfonia concerts, performing Carl Maria von Weber's Second Clarinet Concerto. These concerts will also feature the world premiere of local composer Michael Chergosky's Vielles Chansons de Nouvelle-France (made possible by a grant from the McKnight Foundation). The concerts will take place on March 20 at 7 pm (First Covenant Church, Saint Paul) and March 22 at 4 pm (Temple Israel, Minneapolis). More info.March 16th, 2015
Student News: Arjun Ganguly wins first place in Thursday Musical Competition and Samuel Rosenstone to perform at Schubert Club's Courtroom Concert
Arjun Ganguly (BM, viola, student of Korey Konkol) came in first place in the College Divison of the 2015 Thursday Musical Young Artists Scholarship Competition. First place competition winners are recognized with a featured concert performance on March 26 at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis.
Samuel Rosenstone (BM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) will perform at the Schubert Club's Courtroom Concert on March 26 at noon (Courtroom 317, Landmark Center, St. Paul). The program includes pieces by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla and Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona. More info.March 16th, 2015
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