Contemporary Music Ensemble Wins ASOL Adventurous Programming
Violinist Julia Sakharova Wins Koussevitzky, Takes
Second in Sorantin
Handle With Care: Daniel Austrich Performs on Rare
The Fellowship Is the Thing
Winners of the 2002-03 Concerto Competition
AAA Road Trips for Oberlin Jazz Musicians: Awards,
Accolades, and Applause
A Year of Adventures on the High Keys for Conservatory
Blue Skies for Jeffrey Mumford
Spano and ASO Take Grammy Triple Crown
Alyson Cambridge '02 is one of several Conservatory students
and recent alumni to have been rewarded for beautiful singing this
press time, she had just won the Metropolitan Opera's Regional Auditions,
held in Washington, D.C., and will proceed to the Met's National
Council Auditions Competition in New York City. After a week of
coaching and rehearsing with the Met staff, she and 11 other singers
will know the outcome: four winners will be announced.
the regionals, she sang "Obèissons quand leur voix appelle"
from Massenet's opera Manon and "Oh! Quante volte" from Bellini's
I Capuleti e i Montecchi. These arias are in her repertoire for
the nationals, along with "Quando m'en vo" from Puccini's La Bohème
and "Porgi amor" from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. The judges will
tell her which aria they want to hear her sing.
"I'm thankful for the education I received at Oberlin," says Cambridge,
a double-degree graduate who studied voice and sociology at Oberlin.
She is working on a master's degree in opera at the Curtis Institute
academic background at Oberlin prepared me so well for all the things
I'm doing now at Curtis," says Cambridge. "And I have Miss Mahy
to thank for my success with the Met," she says of her Oberlin teacher,
Professor of Voice Daune Mahy. "Everything she taught me in the
past five years has meshed well with all I'm learning now from Marlena
Malas at Curtis."
wins the national Met auditions, she will be the second Oberlin
alumna in a row to do so. Last year soprano Carolyn Betty '99
emerged as one of four singers out of a field of 2,000 to win the
Metropolitan Opera Nationals. Betty also studied with Mahy.
include those for Liora Grodnikaite '02, MM '03, who won
first prize in the junior division of the Opera Columbus competition.
Soprano Elizabeth DeShong '02 received an honorable mention.
performance major Joseph Holmes '04, a student of Professor
of Singing Richard Miller, won the 2002 Barbara E. Maze Award for
Musical Excellence from the Handel and Haydn Society. He received
the award last June after performing Donizetti's "Una furtiva lagrima,"
from L'Elisir d'Amore in the society's Vocal Apprenticeship Program
recital. The recital and awards presentation took place at the New
England Conserva-tory of Music.
Conservatory vocalists were chosen as winners in four divisions
at the 2002 National Association of Teachers of Singing Ohio chapter
state auditions held in April 2002 in Columbus: baritone Scott
Skiba '03 placed first in the senior men's division; Karen
Jesse '04 placed first and Emily Goddard '04 placed second
in the sophomore women's division; Marie Masters '05, Meagan
Brus '05, and Megan Radder '05 placed first, second,
and third, respectively, in the freshman women's division. Former
student Nathan Arcos placed first in the freshman men's division.
is the 2003 winner of the Akron Symphony Chorus's John MacDonald
Scholarship for Voice.
Dehn '02 received a first place and audience favorite award
in the Dayton Opera Competition, held in May 2002. Elizabeth
DeShong '02 received second place, and Peter Tantsits '01
received an honorable mention.
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Music Ensemble Wins ASOL Adventurous Programming Award
Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble (CME) won the Award for Adventurous
Programming given by the American Symphony Orchestra League (ASOL)
last June. The award was presented by the American Society of Composers,
Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and the ASOL at the ASOL's 57th
National Conference in Philadelphia.
CME performed with pianist Ursula Oppens last November. Under the
direction of Associate Professor of Conducting Timothy Weiss, they
played György Ligeti's Concerto for Piano. Also on the program:
Ligeti's Ramifications (for 12 solo strings, 1968-69) and William
Russell's Chicago Sketches, featuring the Oberlin Percus-sion Group,
led by Professor of Per-cussion Michael Rosen.
CME focuses on music of the 20th century and on works by members
of the faculty, guest composers-in-residence, and students.
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Julia Sakharova Wins Koussevitzky, Takes Second in Sorantin
Violin performance major Julia Sakharova '03 won
first prize in the 47th Olga Koussevitzky Competition for Strings,
sponsored by the Musicians Club of New York, last April; her prize
includes a New York recital debut. In November she brought home
another trophy: second prize in the string division of the 43rd
annual Sorantin Young Artist Award Inter-national Competition.
gave a wonderful performance," says Virginia Benz Anderer, who chaired
the Koussevitzky. "The judges were unanimous in their decision,
which took about 15 seconds to make."
the first round and in the finals, Sakharova performed the Adagio
from Bach's Sonata in G-minor, no. 1; Mozart's Sonata in G-major,
K. 301; the first movement from Strauss' Sonata for Violin and Piano,
op. 18; and Ysaÿe's Sonata for Violin Solo, op. 27, no. 6.
Pianist Evan Solomon of New York City was her accompanist.
was the second wife of famed conductor Serge Koussevitzky (1874-1951).
A past president of the Musicians Club of New York, she endowed
the competition, which was first held in 1955 and which features
different instruments from year to year.
who studies with Professor of Violin Milan Vitek, is a member of
the Erato Quartet, which won the 2001 Coleman-Barstow Award for
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With Care: Daniel Austrich Performs on Rare Violin
Violin performance major Daniel Austrich '05 has spent the past
year performing on a 1663 Andrea Guarneri violin from Cremona, Italy
- his prize for winning the Deutsche Musik Instru- menten Fonds
Competition, held in March 2002 in Hamburg, Germany.
Austrich, 18, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and has been
a resident of Hamburg, Germany since 1997. He studies at the Conservatory
with Alla Aranovskaya, first violinist of the St. Petersburg Quartet,
A musician qualifies to enter this competition only after winning
first prize at another international competition. Austrich took
first prize at the Jeunesses Musicales in August 2001 in Germany.
This past January, Austrich performed on the Guarneri to acclaim
on a program, shared with Aranovskaya, celebrating the St. Petersburg
Festival in Zwolle, Holland. In the Zwolse Courant, Margaretha Coornstra
praised his performance of Ysaÿe's Sonata No. 3 (Ballade),
op. 27 as "seemingly effortless," and commented that he has already
been "nicknamed the new David Oistrach . . . That would be nice.
But a first Austrich would do as well."
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Fellowship Is the Thing
may be its own reward, but a fellowship or a grant can't hurt. Here
are some Oberlin students and recent graduates whose excellence
has been so recognized.
Malia Bendi-Merad '03 received the Presser Foundation Award
for 2002. She will travel to France to study baroque French secular
cantatas as miniature single character operas. "I wanted a project
that would be focused on performance,"she says. Performance is something
with which she is familiar; she is front and center on pages 24
and 25 with cast members of Le Pouvoir de l'Amour.
Amy Guitry '98 received a Fulbright Scholarship [see
Kim '02, BA '02, was one of only five people who received a
yearlong management fellowship from the American Symphony Orchestra
League (ASOL) for 2003. She began
her fellowship by managing one of the Aspen Festival orchestras
last summer, and during this year she has worked with the Chicago,
Greenville, and Indianapolis symphony orchestras.
'96 also received a 2003 ASOL Orchestral Management Fellowship.
A double-degree graduate in trumpet performance and German, Freeman
recently served as artistic coordinator for Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road
'00, MM '02 received a Belgian American Educational Foundation
grant [see page 47].
Matthew Shulman '96 was one of just six performing artists
selected as inaugural recipients, in 2002, of the Alberto Vilar
Global Fellowships in the Performing Arts. The fellowship funds
two years of graduate study at New York Univer-sity. "While I think
I'll always need the loose atmosphere of a jazz club, I'm ready
to start taking my music into the concert hall, to a consistently
real listening audience," Shulman says. He made his Carnegie Hall
debut last April.
Steier '00, who completed an MFA degree in directing at Carnegie
Mellon University last May, won a Fulbright Scholarship. She began
her Fulbright year in September 2002 as an apprentice with the Komische
Oper Berlin in Germany and is presently working with Berlin's smaller
opera-producing organizations. The title of her Fulbright project
is "A Study of Style and Craft in Berlin's New Operatic Climate."
Tenor Peter Tantsits '01 received the Theodore Presser Music
Award in 2001 that supported a research and performance project
on the song literature of Benjamin Britten. Last April, accompanied
by pianist Phyllis Chen '99 of Chicago, he presented Music of Benjamin
Britten in Warner Concert Hall. The concert was part of a recital
tour that included performances in Russia at the residence of Paul
Smith, Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Moscow;
Rachmaninoff Hall in the Moscow Con- servatory; and the American
Consulate in St. Petersburg. The tour continued in England at the
Snape Maltings, site of the yearly Aldeburgh Festival, and in the
United States at the Art Institute of Chicago and DePaul University.
Tiedemann '02 has received the Jacob Javits Fellowship for 2002-03.
A flute performance major who studied with Professor of Flute Michel
Debost and Teacher of Wind Chamber Music and Flute Kathleen Chastain,
she is enrolled in the master of music program in performance at
the New England Conservatory of Music, where she is studying with
Jeanne Baxtresser. Tiedemann is writing a book on flute orchestral
excerpts which will include theoretical analysis of the excerpts
as well as a description of how each excerpt fits contextually within
the piece from which it is drawn.
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of the 2002-03 Concerto Competition
pianists and one violinist were chosen from 16 finalists to win
this year's Concerto Competition, held in Finney Chapel in October.
The winners secured spots as soloists with the Oberlin Orchestra
and Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Associate Professor
of Conducting and Music Director of the Oberlin Orchestras Steven
Smith, during the 2002-03 season.
Barden '03 of Cleveland and Elena Loskova '03 of Zaporogzije, Ukraine,
study with Professor of Piano Studies Monique Duphil. Daniela Flonta
'03 of Zalau, Romania, is a student of Professor of Pianoforte Peter
Takács. Julia Sakharova '03 of Zgeleznovodsk, Russia, studies
with Professor of Violin Milan Vitek.Barden performed Schnittke's
Concerto for Piano and Strings with the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra
in a Nov-ember concert that was broadcast live on WCLV-104.9 FM.
In February Flonta presented Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 5 in
E-flat major, op. 73 ("Emperor"), with the Oberlin Orchestra. On
April 6, Loskova performed Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the
Oberlin Orchestra and on April 25 Sakharova presents Mendelssohn's
Violin Concerto with the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra.
year's judges were Professor of Music Theory Allen Cadwallader,
Professor of Flute Michel Debost, Assistant Professor of Violin
Kyung Sun Lee, Professor of Singing Daune Mahy, Professor of Pianoforte
Sanford Margolis, and Smith. Robert Sherman, host of the McGraw-Hill
Young Artists Showcase on WQXR, the classical music radio station
of The New York Times, was guest adjudicator.
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Road Trips for Oberlin Jazz Musicians: Awards, Accolades, and Applause
Oberlin jazz musicians won raves and more throughout the Midwest
this past year.
band that can play the blues," wrote jazz bass great Rodney Whitaker
of the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble's (OJE) performance at the 44th Annual
Collegiate Jazz Festival. Whitaker was a juror at the festival,
held in February and March 2002 at the University of Notre Dame.
The OJE earned
a superior rating, and four of its members - Jason McMahon
'04 (guitar), Andrae Murchison '04 (trombone), Kassa Overall '05
(drums), and Alex Shepherd '04 (tenor saxophone) - won solo
The OJE earned
superior or excellent ratings across the board for improvisational
skills, interpretation, rhythm, intonation, technique, how well
they functioned as an ensemble, and the difficulty of the tunes
also won recognition last February. Playing at the Elmhurst College
Jazz Festival in Elmhurst, Illinois, the Oberlin Jazz Sextet was
certified "outstanding." Members include Matt Asti '04
(double bass), Brendan Cooney '02 (piano), Nick Lyons '04 (alto
saxophone), Murchison, Shepherd, and Rob Schwartz '04 (drums). Cooney,
Murchison, Shepherd, and Lyons were recognized individually as "excellent
"You are all
a credit to a wonderful music school and jazz program. Yours was
a very polished and enjoyable performance," said guest adjudicator
Last May, the
Oberlin Jazz Quartet - consisting of Matthew "Moppa" Elliott
'02 (double bass), Lyons, Schwartz, and McMahon - performed
at Fat Fish Blue, a popular Cleveland restaurant. The appearance
was part of radio station WCLV's Classic Fusion Champagne Brunch.
The quartet's performances of Autumn Leaves and Pinpoint, an original
piece by Elliott, were carried live, and Elliott was interviewed
on the program.
first weekend of Sep-tember, the Oberlin Jazz Septet (OJS) made
its fourth appearance at the Detroit International Jazz Festival.
OJS members shared the stage with some of today's biggest names
in jazz, including Branford Marsalis and Geri Allen.
The group was
judged on improvisation, musicality, program, time and rhythm, intonation,
and overall presentation. Of a possible 100 points, the judges gave
the OJS scores of 100 and 115.
OJS includes Bryan, Lyons, McMahon, Murchison, Overall, Stephen
Wood '03 (bass), and Josiah Woodson '03 (trumpet).
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Year of Adventures on the High Keys for Conservatory Keyboard Students
It has been a high-octane year for Conservatory keyboardists.
Battarino AD '02 won top prizes in three major international competitions,
including a first prize at the European Music Competition, held in
Moncalieri (near Turin), Italy, in October-November 2002.
'02, a TIMARA (Technology in Music and the Related Arts) major,
was chosen as Keyboard magazine's Unsigned Artist of the Month for
from a fractured arm, Mudi Han '06 won the Ann Arbor Symphony
Orchestra's Youth Piano Concerto Competition in October 2002. He
studies with Professor of Pianoforte Peter Takács.
Myer '00 won first prize at the 2002 Heida Hermanns Inter-national
Piano Competi-tion, sponsored by the Connecticut Alliance for Music
and held last December in Westport, Connecticut.
'99 was one of five pianists selected as finalists for the 2002-03
Classical Fellowship Awards, sponsored by the American Pianists
As part of
the award for receiving a top prize at the Eighth International
Murray Dranoff Duo Piano Com-petition in December 2001, Svetlana
Smolina '03 will perform later this year with her partner, pianist
Maxim Mogilevsky, at New York's Merkin Hall. She studies with Professor
of Pianoforte Monique Duphil.
Spelbring '03 received the Ruth and Paul Manz Organ Scholar-ship
for 2002 from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. An organ
performance major, he studies with Professor of Organ David Boe.
Michael Sponseller '97, AD '00, won first prize in the 2002
Jurow International Harpsichord Competi-tion, sponsored by the Southeastern
Historical Keyboard Society and held in March 2002 in Bethlehem,
'02 was the featured performer in the recital series of the
Chicago Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in April 2002
at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest, Illinois. Sullivan earned
the spot by winning first prize in the 2002 Gruenstein Memorial
Organ Competi-tion, sponsored by the Chicago Chapter.
January, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra premiered the Scherzo
No. 2 in E minor by Herman Whitfield III '06. In February,
Whitfield performed his Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra in C-sharp
minor - another premiere - with the Philhar-monic Orchestra of Indianapolis.
Whitfield is a double- degree and triple-major student who studies
piano with Takács, composition, and politics in the College
of Arts and Sciences.
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Skies for Jeffrey Mumford
Professor of Composition Jeffrey Mumford says he draws much of his
inspiration from clouds. Con-sidering this penchant of his, it is
ironic that his past year has been unusually sunny.
brightest beam shone down in March 2003, with an Academy Award in
Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The award,
to be presented at the academy's annual ceremony in May 2003, honors
outstanding artistic achievement and acknowledges Mumford as a "composer
who has arrived at his own voice."
previous March, he received his second commission from the National
Symphony Orchestra (NSO), which will perform the commissioned work,
amid the light of quickening memory, at the Kennedy Center in Washington,
D.C., in June 2003.
NSO premiere will be the culmination of a busy season for interpreters
of Mumford's music, several of whom are Oberlin alumni. In December
2002, violist Wendy Richman '01 performed wending on a concert of
Mumford's music at Columbia University's Miller Theater, part of
its Portrait Series profiling American composers. Mumford, who studied
with Elliott Carter, is referred to by the Miller brochure as "one
of ... Carter's most fascinating musical heirs."
writing about the concert for The New York Times, said the program
of works "described not only a personal style, but also a philosophy
of music making that embraced both raw passion and a gentle, imagistic
is currently composing a piano quintet to be premiered in 2004 by
pianist Amy Dissanayake and the Pacifica Quartet (with violinists
Sibbi Bernhardsson '95 and Simin Ganatra '96).
past year Mumford also received an ASCAP award, a Ucross Residency
Prize from the Herb Alpert Foundation, and an Individual Artists
Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council, which he will use to produce
a new CD of his works on Albany Records that will feature the Corigliano
Quartet, pianist Margaret Kampmeier, violist Richman, and the CORE
was also commissioned by WCLV-104.9 FM, Cleveland's classical music
radio station, to write an original fanfare marking the station's
40 years in broadcasting.
(good dial days) We Celebrate Luminous Voices, for winds, brass,
and timpani, was recorded by an Oberlin ensemble conducted by Associate
Pro-fessor of Conducting Timothy Weiss.
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and ASO Take Grammy Triple Crown
of Conducting Robert Spano '83, music director of the Atlanta Symphony
Orchestra (ASO), won all three awards for which he and the ensemble
were nominated when the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
handed out Grammy awards for Best Classical Album, Best Choral Performance,
and Best Engineered Classical Album this past February.
conducted the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to the triple
crown with its recording
of Ralph Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony for Telarc Records, featured
on the Conservatory web site's "Listening Room."
Vulgamore '80, a member of the Oberlin College Board of Trustees,
is president of the ASO; her husband, Peter Marshall '77, is the
orchestra's principal keyboardist.
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TIMARA and jazz performance major Cèsar Alvarez '03
was invited by the Ninth International Electro-Acoustic Music Festival,
Primavera en la Habana, to present his electronic composition sides/lados
in Cuba last March
Brown '02 received a Student Achievement Recognition (StAR)
Award from the Music Teachers National Association for academic
excellence, successful teaching experience, and demonstrated leadership
abilities. She is teaching private piano at Pillsbury Baptist Bible
College in Owatonna, Minnesota.
Soprano Alyson Cambridge '02, violinist Yang Xu '02,
and pianist Kyung-Eun Na '03 received scholarship awards
from the Tuesday Musical Club in its annual competition, held in
March 2002 at the University of Akron.
Composition and Music Theory Randolph Coleman received an
Individual Artist Fellowship for 2002 from the Ohio Arts Council.
Coleman is chair of the Conservatory's Contemporary Music Division.
Jonathan Dawe '87, a faculty member at the Juilliard School
of Music, received a commission in April 2002 from the Serge Koussevitzky
Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and the Koussevitzky
Music Founda-tion, Inc., to write a new work for the Brentano String
'03, a double bass performance major, received an honorable
mention in the International Society of Bassists multiple-instrument
composition competition for his composition "TRAANS," a work for
three contrabasses. DeSoucey studies with Professor of Composition
May Assistant Professor of Jazz Trombone Robin Eubanks was
selected for a jazz commission from ASCAP in cooperation with the
International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE). Eubanks' "Full
Circle," composed in honor of jazz pianist Marian McPartland, was
premiered by the Jamie Begian big band during the IAJE's annual
conference in Toronto. Eubanks also was awarded a commission from
Chamber Music America; his work, which he describes as "sort of
a jazz suite," was premiered by Eubanks' band, Mental Images, at
Kansas State University in February.
of Opera Theater Produc-tions Jonathon Field was a finalist
in the classical music category of Northern Ohio Live magazine's
2002 Awards of Achieve-ment for his Lyric Opera Cleveland production
of Don Giovanni. Field is the organization's artistic director.
Andy Hunter '02 won the Frank Rosolino Jazz Solo Competition,
sponsored by the International Trombone Association, in May 2002.
'87, principal oboist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO),
received a 2002 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance
with Orchestra for the CSO's Teldec Classics recording of the Strauss
of African American Music Wendell Logan received a 2002-03
ASCAP Award for the unique prestige value of his catalog of original
compositions. Logan's latest piece, "Ask Your Mama," a work for
big band, soprano, and tenor based on the classic Langston Hughes
poem Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz, was commissioned by Cleveland's
Tri-C Jazz Fest and premiered last April. "Ask Your Mama" was reprised
in Oberlin in November in a Finney Chapel performance that featured
the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble; the concert was aired live on WCPN, Cleveland's
public radio station, with a simulcast on wcpn.org.
Makan '94 received a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American
Academy of Arts and Letters for 2003. Makan studied at Oberlin with
composition faculty members Richard Hoffmann and Randolph Coleman.
Rouse '71 won a Grammy Award in 2002 for Best Classical Contemporary
Composition for his Concert De Gaudi for Guitar and Orchestra. Guitarist
Sharon Isbin recorded the work with conductor Muhai Tang and the
Gulbenkian Orchestra on the Teldec Classics label.
Schober '97 was honored by the American Academy of Arts and
Letters in 2002 with a Charles Ives Scholarship. The award is given
to "students of great promise." Schober is in the doctoral degree
program at the University of Michigan.
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