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Faculty-Student News October 2009



Julie Jordan (MM ’83, piano), an Evening Division piano faculty member, performed in Weill Recital Hall in June in a concert celebrating “Norway in New York” with violinists Berit Cardas and Lisa Lee, violist Patrick Cardas, and cellist Emery Cardas. In July and August she performed concerts in Italy at the Cloisters of San Nicola in Tolentino and the Teatro di Verdi in Pollenza. Also in August, Jordan played a recital and gave a master class at the Bennington Center for the Arts in Vermont. In September, she performed an “Evening of Piano Concerti” at the Yamaha Piano Salon in New York City.

In July, Evening Division faculty member Vincent La Selva (BS ’54, orchestral conducting) was featured on Madeline Frank’s online program Madeline’s One Minute Musical Radio Show, discussing his experience of 55 years of conducting. He was also interviewed for Madeline’s Monthly Article & Musical Tips.

Piano faculty member Seymour Lipkin has just completed his 22nd year as artistic director of the Kneisel Hall chamber music festival in Blue Hill, Me. From June 2009 to May 2010, he will have performed eight different concertos, four different recital programs, and 12 chamber works in cities across the country, including Boston and San Francisco. He also will have offered a number of master classes.

Literature and Materials of Music faculty member Behzad Ranjbaran’s (MM ’88, DMA ’92, composition) piece Saratoga was performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra in August. The concert was part of a celebration of Charles Dutoit’s 20th season as conductor and artistic director of the Saratoga Music Festival in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. In July, the Colorado Music Festival orchestra, conducted by Michael Christie, performed Ranjbaran’s Seven Passages in Boulder.

Vocal arts faculty member Kent Tritle (BM ’85, organ, MM ’88, organ and choral conducting) presented an organ recital in September to launch the 2009-10 Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert season in the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City, where he serves as music director.


In September, piano bachelor’s student Marika Bournaki performed at the Accordate Chamber Music Series in Aachen, Germany, and at the Flanders Festival in Gent, Belgium.

Maciej Filochowski, a viola bachelor’s student, was awarded a scholarship grant sponsored by the Polish University Club of New Jersey in August.

First-year violin student Chun-Wen Huang won first prize in the 2009 Sion-Valais International Violin Competition in Switzerland.

Several Pre-College violin students of Shirley Givens appeared on stage recently. Angela Lee performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in Knuth Hall in San Francisco in July. Elena Kawazu performed the Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra in China in May. Annika Jenkins played the Bruch Violin Concerto in G Minor at the InterHarmony International Music Festival at San Francisco State University in July.Jehshua Karunakaran performed at the United Nations building on September 11.

In August, Pre-College guitar student Kevin Sherwin won first prize in the New England Music Camp’s Concerto Competition in Sidney, Me. He is the first guitarist in the history of the camp’s competition to win the top award.

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