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Faculty-Student News November 2010

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In May, two works by composition faculty member Samuel Adler were performed in Chengdu, China. Under the baton of Emily F. Brown, All Nature Plays was performed by the Chengdu Symphony Orchestra and Symphony No. 2 was performed by the Sichuan Conservatory Orchestra. That same month, in connection with the concerts, Adler led master classes at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. At the Beijing Modern Music Festival, a faculty quartet played Adler’s String Quartet No. 9, also in May. In July, a number of Adler’s works were performed by faculty members at the University of Siegen in Siegen, Germany, including his Flute Sonata and Four Dialogues for Euphonium and Marimba. Adler’s Canto XXI for solo harp was premiered by June Han (DMA ’04, harp) at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine that same month.

Liberal Arts faculty member Greta Berman delivered a paper titled “Synesthesia: Art and the Mind, Two Years Later,” at the American Synesthesia Association Conference at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., on October 3. 

In September, it was announced that violin faculty member Itzhak Perlman (Pre-College ’63, violin) has joined the New York Philharmonic’s board of directors. That same month, he performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the orchestra, conducted by Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert (Pre-College ’85, violin; MM ’94, orchestral conducting), in Avery Fisher Hall.  

Juilliard’s president, Joseph W. Polisi, was among the 210 distinguished scholars, artists, and institutional leaders to be inducted as fellows into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at a ceremony held on October 9 at the academy’s home in Cambridge, Mass.

Alexander Technique faculty member Lori Schiff led a class at the American Society for the Alexander Technique general meeting in June at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Mich. In August 2011 she will be a special guest lecturer at the International Congress for the Alexander Technique, to be held in Lugano, Switzerland.

Dance faculty member Alexandra Wells was honored with the MAD Spirit Award on September 30 by the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the Harold Clurman Center for New Works in Movement and Dance Theater. Andrea Miller’s (BFA ’04) Gallim Dance and Austin McCormick’s (BFA ’06) Company XIV were among the performers at the event, which was held at the Manhattan Movement Arts Center in New York City. The Stella Adler Studio founded MAD to create new movement and dance performance work in response to the contemporary world. Wells serves on MAD’s advisory board alongside Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mimi Garrard, Margie Gillis, Bill T. Jones, and Yoshi Oida. MAD’s artist-in-residence program (MAD AIR) provides support and rehearsal and performance space for emerging choreographers and directors.

Flute faculty member Carol Wincenc (MM ’72, flute) and flutist Trevor Wye will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Flute Association at the organization’s annual convention in August 2011, to be held in Charlotte, N.C.

STUDENT NEWS

Pre-College violin student Annika Jenkins, who studies with Shirley Givens, was awarded a $2,500 music scholarship as the first-place winner of the Lions of Virginia Bland Music Scholarship Competition in July. She was selected to perform in a tribute concert for the New Hampshire Supreme Court held in Concord, N.H., also in July, where she played Wieniawski’s Polonaise Brillante in D Major, Op. 4, No. 2. She performed the same piece in August with the orchestra Symphonicity in Virginia Beach, Va.

Pre-College piano student Hyung-Do Kim was announced as the recipient of a $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in October. His June performance at the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, Pa., was broadcast on From the Top on WQXR-105.9 FM in September. 

In September, doctoral piano student Edvinas Minkstimas performed works by Chopin at Fashion for Autism, a fund-raiser he organized with Rokas Beresniovas at the City Tavern Club in Washington.

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