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Faculty-Student News October 2010



Emanuel Ax (Diploma ’70, Postgraduate Diploma ’72, piano) replaced pianist Mihaela Ursuleasa in the Mostly Mozart Festival’s A Little Night Music recital series in July in Lincoln Center’s Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. 

Pre-College orchestral conducting faculty member Adam Glaser (Pre-College ’88, composition) led the Usdan Center’s senior orchestra and chorus for high school  musicians at the organization’s annual gala concert at the center’s McKinley Ampitheater in Huntington, N.Y., in August.

An installment of Evening Division faculty member Julie Jordan’s (MM ’83, piano) concert series, Julie Jordan Presents, will take place at the Church of St. Joseph in Greenwich Village on October 19. The concert will feature guest soloists with the New York Concerti Symphonietta, conducted by trombone faculty member Per Brevig (Diploma ’67, Postgraduate Diploma ’67, BM ’68, DMA ’71, trombone).

Double bass faculty member Orin O’Brien (Diploma ’57, double bass) wrote an article for the September issue of The Strad magazine about former Juilliard double bass faculty member Frederick Zimmerman’s book, A Contemporary Concept of Bowing Technique for the Double Bass. For the June issue, O’Brien was interviewed in the magazine’s Ask the Teacher column.

In September, graduate studies faculty member Kent Tritle (BM ’85, MM ’88, organ; MM ’88, choral conducting) gave the opening concert in the Mander Organ Recital series at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City. On October 13, as part of the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert series, Tritle will conduct the choir and orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola in a performance of Handel’s Jeptha, with soloists including Susanna Phillips (BM ’03, MM ’04, voice) and Kelly Markgraf (Artist Diploma ’09, opera studies). On December 21-22, Tritle will conduct Musica Sacra’s annual performances of Handel’s Messiah in Carnegie Hall, with Jennifer Zetlan (MM ’06, Artist Diploma ’09, voice) as a soloist. On May 13 in Alice Tully Hall, the Musica Sacra chorus, conducted by Tritle, will close the season with an a capella concert titled “Messages to Myself,” including premieres of works by Daniel Brewbaker (MM ’75, DMA ’84, composition) and Michael Gilbertson (BM ’10, composition), as well as a piece by Literature and Materials of Music faculty member Behzad Ranjbaran (MM ’88, DMA ’92, composition). 


In June, D.M.A. composition student David Fulmer (MM ’06, composition) won first prize in Norway’s 14th International Edvard Grieg Competition for Composers. He was presented with the award at the National Gallery of Oslo, where a celebration and concert also took place. 

Pre-College student Yeeren Low was named a 2010 Davidson Fellow in August. He was awarded a $50,000 scholarship from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development in recognition of his accomplishments as a young composer. 

The Anderson Twins Sextet, led by master’s jazz students Peter and Will Reardon-Anderson, gave a series of tribute concerts honoring the late Artie Shaw at 59E59 Theaters in New York City in May. The Anderson twins, with Will playing the alto saxophone, clarinet, and flute, and Peter playing the tenor saxophone, clarinet, and bass clarinet, were joined by various musicians throughout the performance series, including Jazz Studies artist diploma student Matt Jodrell (trumpet), Ryland Kelly (BM ’08, jazz studies), and jazz trumpet faculty member Joseph Wilder. On October 28, the Anderson Twins Sextet will give another performance of works by Benny Goodman and Shaw at the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library in Long Island.

In September, the Afiara String Quartet, Juilliard’s graduate quartet-in-residence, was announced as the second place winner of the 10th Banff International String Quartet Competition. The quartet—which includes Valerie Li and Yuri Cho (BM ’02, MM ’04, violin), David Samuel (BM ’02, MM ’04, viola), and cellist Adrian Fung—was awarded $12,000. Afiara also received the Székely Prize of $3,000 for the best performance of a Beethoven or Schubert quartet.

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