CLAIRE CHASE WINS 1999 PRESSER MUSIC AWARD, LAUNCHES PROJECT TO EXPAND FLUTE REPERTORY
CLAIRE CHASE, a senior flutist from Leucadia, California, recently received the 1999 Presser Music Award - a $5,000 grant from the Presser Foundation - to commission, perform and record new chamber music for flute. Chase, who studies with professor of flute Michel Debost, will use the grant to fund the commissioning of new works by four composers (including one Oberlin Con student and a Con alum). It will also fund an April 2000, performance of those new works with conductor Timothy Weiss, associate professor of wind conducting, and a recording of that performance.
MEZZO-SOPRANO MARIE LENORMAND ENTERS HOUSTON OPERA STUDIO
During her stint as an apprentice at Glimmerglass Opera this summer, mezzo-soprano MARIE LENORMAND (BM '99), student of Richard Miller, was asked to audition for the Houston Grand Opera Studio. She was accepted into the program where her contract began in September.
NEW WORLD SYMPHONY FELLOWSHIPS AWARDED TO THREE ALUMS
Three Conservatory alumni have been awarded fellowships with the New World Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, Artistic Director. These musicians include: ZHENG HUANG (BM '99, oboe), DAVID FILNER (BM '96, viola) and KENNETH ROBERTSON (BM '98, clarinet). The Symphony, established in 1987 under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, is an intensive learning and performing experience that prepares outstanding conservatory and music school graduates for leadership in orchestras and ensembles around the world. Throughout three-year fellowships, members coach and perform with distinguished conductors and soloists, participate in an intensive schedule of master classes with leading orchestral players, and widen their exposure to both traditional and modern repertoire. *
MICHAEL PREACELY WINS LEONTYNE PRICE VOCAL ARTS COMPETITION
Baritone MICHAEL PREACELY, a senior from Chicago, Illinois, student of Richard Miller, recently won first place in the district level, and fourth place at the national level of the Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Competition, held in Flint, Michigan, and Norfolk, Virginia.
The competition, sponsored by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Womens' Clubs, isdesigned to recognize African-American singers for achievement in the vocal arts.
TWO CONSERVATORY PIANISTS WIN RUSSIAN-AMERICAN MUSIC COMPETITION, PERFORM AT CARNEGIE HALL AND MOSCOW CONSERVATORY
Two sophomore pianists, WILLIAM McDANIEL from Springfield, Virginia, and JA-HYE KOO from Fairfax, Virginia, both students of Lydia Frumkin, professor of pianoforte, were honored in the Russian-American Music Association Young Virtuosos competition. Both were invited to perform in Carnegie Hall, and McDaniel also performed at the Moscow Conservatory. The annual competition, which began in 1998, is open to students of Russian teachers from around the world.
BARITONE DANIEL OKULITCH PERFORMS WITH THE CALGARY OPERA; ALSO NAMED BEST MALE VOCALIST OF THE KIWANIS OPERA FESTIVAL OF CANADA
In March baritone Daniel Okulitch (BM, MM '99), a student of Richard Miller, returned to his hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where he performed the role of Morales in Calgary Opera's production of Bizet's "Carmen." In April, Okulitch was named Best Male Vocalist when he competed in the 70th annual Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival, held in the Jubilee Auditorium of Calgary. Additionally, he was awarded $2,500 and various scholarships during the 12-day festival, which hosted 15,000 participants. Okulitch is currently enrolled in the two-year Artist Diploma program at the Cincinnati Conservatory where he studies with William McGraw.
OBERLIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE "COMMUNITY SERVICE" WINS MOST OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE AT 1999 ELMHURST COLLEGE JAZZ FESTIVAL
The OBERLIN SMALL JAZZ ENSEMBLE "Community Service" was judged Most Outstanding of 35 participating ensembles at the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival held at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois, February 26-28. The ensemble was also chosen to perform at the festival's closing concert as the opening act for singer/pianist Diana Krall and her bassist Ben Wolf and guitarist Russell Malone.
Community Service band members included (juniors) trumpeter Michael Reavey from Thompson, Pennsylvania; tenor saxophonist Kelly Roberge from Monroe, Connecticut; trombonist Andrew Hunter from Grayling, Michigan; bassist Matthew "Moppa" Elliott from Factoryville, Pennsylvania; pianist Ezra Weiss from Scottsdale, Arizona; and (seniors) drummer Brian Chase from Huntington, New York; and guitarist Evan Wilson from Brooklyn, New York.
VIOLINIST EMILY FOWLER WINS TOP PRIZE AT KIWANIS MUSIC FESTIVAL
VIOLINIST EMILY FOWLER, a junior from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, student of Almita Vamos, professor of violin, recently won top honors at the Kiwanis Music Festival. Fowler was judged the most outstanding performer among 15,000 participants in the 70th annual festival at the Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary. Her prizes included a silver trophy bowl filled with pink roses, and a check for $5,000, which brought her total winnings for the 12-day event to $10,000. Having won the provincial competition, Fowler advanced to the Canadian National Music Competition where she took first place honors iin the strings division, for the second time.