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The Latest on Faculty, Staff, and Students October 2014



In September, composition faculty member Robert Beaser’s The End of Knowing for soprano, baritone, and wind ensemble had its world premiere at Michigan State University’s Wharton Center in East Lansing. The work will also be performed in March at the College Band Directors National Association Conference in Nashville.

Buglisi Dance Theater presented The Table of Silence Project 9/11 on September 11 by the fountain on the Lincoln Center plaza. Dance faculty member Terese Capucilli is the dance company’s associate founder; its artistic director, Jacqulyn Buglisi, is a former dance faculty member. Subtitled “a public ceremony for peace,” the project involved more than 100 dancers including many from Juilliard. It was first performed in 2011 and has since been viewed via live stream in 82 countries and 45 states.

In September, two commissions by Evening Division faculty member Conrad Cummings were premiered as part of a special evening of the composer’s music at the National Opera Center in Manhattan.

In June, Samuel Rhodes, chair of the viola faculty, was chosen by the American Viola Society in recognition of his distinguished performance as violist of the Juilliard String Quartet (1969-2013) to receive the society’s highest honor, the Career Achievement Award.

At the American Guild of Organists’ National Convention in July, graduate studies faculty member Christoph Wolff received the A.G.O. President’s Award and was recognized for his exhaustive musicological research, extensive publications, and lifelong commitment to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.


In June, library staff member Dan Yurkofsky released Hoverhill, an album of songs he composed.


At the Young Concert Artists Gala in May, fourth-year clarinetist Narek Arutyunian played Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, second-year masters violinist Paul Huang (Pre-College ’09; BM ’13, violin) played Barber’s Violin Concerto, and Andrew Tyson (MM ’12, Artist Diploma ’14, piano) played Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

On October 29, Pre-College violinist Mercedes Cheung will perform a solo recital at the Flato Markham Theatre in Markham, Ont. In August, Cheung attended Crans-Montana Classics in Switzerland and was a soloist in the closing concert, which was conducted by Shlomo Mintz (Diploma ’79, violin). In July, Cheung won the silver medal in the Teen’s Talent Show of the American Youth Talent and Arts Contests in New York City.

In July, second-year cellist Benjamin Fryxell performed Tchaikovsky’s Pezzo capriccioso in Breckenridge, Colo., with the National Repertory Orchestra conducted by Carl Topilow. 

In June, third-year doctoral candidate Jared Miller’s (MM ’12, composition) orchestral work Contrasted Perspectives was premiered by the American Composers Orchestra in its 23rd annual Underwood New Music Readings, which was part of the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural Biennial. 

In August, first-year baritone Thomas West received the American Prize in voice. 

Nearly a dozen dance students will be among the performers in a world premiere of a major new work at the Joyce Theater from October 15 to 19. The third- and fourth-year dancers who will perform are Dean Biosca, Kara Chan, Kelsey Connolly, Colin Fuller, Austin Goodwin, Bonita Howard, Victor Lozano, Michael Marquez, Jesse Obremski, and Anthony Tiedeman. The work, Ancient Tales, is by Lar Lubovitch (’64, dance); dancers from his eponymous dance company will also perform.

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