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Faculty-Student News April 2008



Dance faculty member Carolyn Adams has been asked by  New York’s Association for the Help of Retarded Children to develop a dance curriculum for autistic children. The curriculum will be implemented in all the association’s preschools, middle and high schools, and its recreation centers across the state.

Chamber music faculty member Audrey Axinn (MM ’90, DMA ’98, collaborative piano)  gave a piano master class at Cornell University in February, as well as a recital on the fortepiano (including four-hand works with fortepianist Blaise Bryski and songs with soprano Judith Kellock) on Cornell’s faculty recital series.

A new book by Pre-College cello faculty member Jerome Carrington on Bach ornamentation will be published later this year by Oklahoma University Press. A handbook for cellists titled Trills in the Bach Cello Suites, it describes the ornaments used by Bach, and includes a separate chapter on Bach performance practice.

Pre-College piano faculty member Adelaide Roberts (Pre-College ’53, piano) performed with Pre-College singers Chloe Schaaf and Ezra Bershatsky and College Division voice students Vincent Festa and Katya Gruzglina at St. Gregory's Young Artists Concert Series in Woodstock, N.Y. in March.

Evening Divison faculty member Henning Rübsam (BFA ’91, dance) taught master classes in Peru in February for Ballet Nacional at Espacio Danza, as well as at the Universidad de Lima. The Hartford (Conn.) City Ballet, for which Rübsam serves as resident choreographer, premiered his newly commissioned Scherzo in February.

Artistic director of Vocal Arts and collaborative piano faculty member Brian Zeger (MM ’81, piano) will perform with soprano Juliane Banse and the Rossetti String Quartet—whose members include violinists Henry Gronnier and Nina Bodnar (’79, violin), violist Thomas Diener, and cellist Eric Gaenslen (MM ’93, cello)—on the 92nd Street Y’s International Ensembles series on April 10 in New York.

Jazz faculty member and guitarist Peter Bernstein performed with the Alvin Queen Sextet at the Jazz Standard in New York in March, in connection with the release of Queen’s latest release on Justin Time, I Ain’t Looking at You (on which Bernstein plays).


The members of the Duo Fontenay, cello student Tomas Koci and Lin Hong (MM ’03, collaborative piano), were invited by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music to give a recital for its 80th anniversary in November, after which they performed four more concerts for more than 5,000 people in Shanghai, ChengDu, Xiamen, FuZhou, and Gulongyu. They were interviewed and reviewed by 13 Chinese Web media outlets and newspapers.

Pre-College piano student Alice Burla presented a recital at the Yamaha Piano Salon in New York in February.

Opera studies student Shenyang received an award from the London-based Borletti-Buitoni Trust in February.


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