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Faculty-Student News April 2009



The Edvard Grieg Society, founded and directed by trombone faculty member Per Brevig (BM ’68, DMA ’71, trombone), will present a recital on April 7 at the Yamaha Piano Salon celebrating the anniversaries of Haydn and Mendelssohn featuring pianist Geir Henning Braaten.

Trills in the Bach Cello Suites: A Handbook for Performers, by Pre-College cello faculty member Jerome Carrington (with a foreword by Pre-College alumnus Lynn Harrell), was published by the University of Oklahoma Press in March. The book examines historically informed interpretations of the more than 100 trills in the Cello Suites, offering new insights for both performers and music theorists.

Violin faculty member Glenn Dicterow (BM '71, violin) performed with the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia, conducted by Kenneth Kiesler, at Zankel Hall in January. Featured on the program was the premiere of Robert Sirota’s (Pre-College '67, composition) A Rush of Wings.

In February, timpanists Jonathan Haas (MM ’78, professional studies ’79, percussion), a Pre-College faculty member, and John Kilkenny (BM ’99, percussion) performed the Washington area premiere of Philip Glass’s (Diploma ’60, MS ’62, composition) Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Wind Ensemble (transcribed by Mark Lortz) with the George Mason University Wind Symphony, conducted by Mark Camphouse.

In March, Sony Masterworks released guitar and chamber music faculty member Sharon Isbin’s debut DC as a recently signed exclusive recording artist: Journey to the New World, with guests Joan Baez and Mark O’Connor, including premieres of the Joan Baez Suite and O’Connor’s Strings and Threads Suite for Violin and Guitar. The album is a tribute to Baez, who celebrates the 50th anniversary of her career this season. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Juilliard’s guitar department, which Isbin created in 1989.

Evening Division piano faculty member Julie Jordan traveled to Italy in March to give master classes and perform in Tolentino and the Marche district.

Viola faculty member Paul Neubauer (BM ’82, MM ’83, viola)—along with violinist Ani Kavafian and cellist Matt Haimowitz (Pre-College ’87, cello)—joins violinist and composer Mark O’Connor for a program at Merkin Hall in New York on April 28 titled “Lingua Appalachia.”

Dance faculty member Stephen Pier presented his Altria-American Ballet Theater women’s choreography project, “Voices and Visions,” at the Guggenheim Museum’s Works and Process series in February. Works will also be presented on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in April as part of American Ballet Theater’s spring season.

Evening Division faculty member Henning Rübsam (BFA ’91, dance) was honored with Bergen (N.J.) Community College’s Distinguished Artist Award in February, following his performance there with his company, Sensedance. Rübsam is the first dance artist to receive the $2,500 prize; previous recipients include Olympia Dukakis and Philip Glass (Diploma ’60, MS ’62, composition).

Graduate studies faculty member Kent Tritle (BM ’85, organ; MM ’88, organ; MM ’88, choral conducting) presented an organ recital at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York in February. On the program were works by Bach, Alessandro Cadario, and Widor’s Symphony No. 7 in A Minor.


First-year cello student Jeremiah Campbell won fourth place in the strings division of the Corpus Christi International Competition, held in Corpus Christi, Tex., in February. Master’s student in viola Daniel Hanul Lee won fifth place, as well as the Wayne Crouse Award for viola performance. Second-year cello student Sang Jun Yhee won sixth place.

Organ students Isabelle Demers and Ryan Jackson have been invited to appear as featured performers for the Royal Canadian College of Organists’ international organ festival in Toronto in June.

Michael Gilbertson, a third-year composition student, is one of six composition students “of great promise” who will receive a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The $5,000 scholarships will be awarded at the Academy’s annual ceremonial in May.

Ray Lustig, a doctoral student in composition, is one of two composers receiving a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The $15,000 fellowship will be awarded at the Academy’s annual ceremonial in May.

North River Music presented the premiere of doctoral student in composition Noam Sivan’s Piano Quintet last month at the Renee Weiler Concert Hall in New York. Also on the program was Sivan’s song cycle In the Mountains of Jerusalem, Five Miniatures for Clarinet and Piano, and String Quartet No. 1. Performers included clarinetist Anthony McGill, soprano Laurie Rubin, and the Momenta String Quartet, whose members are Erik Carlson (BM ’02, MM ’04, violin), violinist Brittany Boulding, Stephanie Griffin (MM ’97, DMA ’03, viola), and Joanne Lin (MM ’00, cello).

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