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The Latest From Faculty, Staff, and Students October 2016

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Evening Division faculty member Conrad Cummings's concert aria Extracting DNA From Strawberries, for mezzo, piano, and laboratory set-up, was premiered in May by Hai-Ting Chinn as part of the two-week run of her Science Fair: An Opera With Experiments at HERE Arts Center. In June, Cummings's There and Everywhere received its premiere as part of the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America's annual conference. It was commissioned by the Yale University Guild of Carillonneurs for the 20 tons of bells in Yale's Harkness Tower plus trombone quartet and solo viola (played by master's student Anthony Bracewell).

Kimberly Akimbo by David Lindsay-Abaire (Playwrights '98), co-director of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program, was produced this summer at the Barrington Stage Company in the Berkshires. It featured Adam Langdon (Group 44) and Jessica Savage (Group 43) and was directed by Rob Ruggiero.

Liberal Arts faculty member Anthony Lioi's book Nerd Ecology: Defending the Earth With Unpopular Culture (Bloomsbury Academic) will be published October 20. It draws on examples from Star Trek, The Lord of the Rings, X-Men, and other works to explore “nerd culture's engagement with environmental issues.”

In July, Pre-College and Evening Division faculty member Matthew Odell (DMA '10, collaborative piano) gave a recital in Paris for the European American Music Alliance at the Schola Cantorum. He also received a grant from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation to conduct research in France and England on music by Boulez, Messiaen, and Michael Tippett.

♦ Faculty member Joel Sachs will play Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Doctors Orchestral Society of New York on October 20 at Norman Thomas High School. Kyunghun Kim (MM '11, orchestral conducting) will conduct.

♦ On November 15, faculty member Kent Tritle (BM '85, MM '88, organ; MM '87, choral conducting) will lead the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine in the U.S. premiere of Einojuhani Rautavaara's ('56, composition) Vigilia (All-Night Vigil in Memory of John the Baptist). Bass Matt Boehler (Artist Diploma '06, opera studies) will be one of the soloists. In July, Tritle made his debut in Asia conducting the National Chorus of Korea and the festival orchestra in a program featuring Beethoven's Mass in C Major at South Korea's Great Mountains Music Festival and School.


The Concert Office's Cynthia Baker worked onstage at the Democratic National Convention this summer.

Jane Gottlieb's Music Library and Research Skills, first published in 2009, will be released in a second edition by Oxford University Press this month. Gottlieb is vice president for library and information resources and chair of the Doctoral Governance Committee. She has also been elected as a board member and vice president of the International Association of Music Libraries.

Sam Larson, design director, is one of eight artists whose work is being shown in Look: A Portraits Show, which is at the Hudson Guild Gallery in Chelsea through November 19.


In August, second-year cellist Daniel Hass received the 2016 Michael Measures Prize for a young Canadian classical musician.

In August, doctoral candidate Juliana Han (MM '14, collaborative piano) was featured on episode 42 of the podcast Notes on Doing. She spoke about her background in science, law, and business consulting, why she chose to pursue music, and how much Juilliard has done for her.

First-year pianist Tengku Irfan's (Pre-College '16) Vivacity for orchestra was premiered in June by the MDR Radio Symphony Orchestra, which commissioned the work, and conductor Kristjan Järvi at the Leipzig Gewandhaus as part of Bachfest 2016. On the same program, Irfan performed Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1.

Second-year bass-baritone Jack Kay won first place in the musical theater category for college and young adult voices in the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition.

Third-year dancer Eoin Robinson received the Lorna Strassler Award for Student Excellence, which allowed him to attend Jacob's Pillow's professional advancement program on full scholarship and receive a stipend this summer.

Fourth-year trombonist Brian Wendel won the Robert Marsteller Tenor Trombone Competition, which was part of the International Trombone Festival hosted by Juilliard in June.

Master's violinist Andi Zhang won first prize, Bomsori Kim (MM '16, violin) won second prize, and Hannah Cho (Pre-College '12; BM '16, violin) won third prize at the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International Violin Competition, which was held in Harbin, China, in July.

♦ Master's pianist ChangYong Shin won first prize in the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, which will present him at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall on November 19.

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