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The Latest on Faculty, Staff, and Students April 2013

In January, trombone faculty member Per Brevig (Diploma ’67, Postgraduate Diploma ’67, BM ’68, DMA ’71, trombone) conducted the Strathmere Festival Orchestra in an all-Beethoven program consisting of the Egmont Overture, Piano Concerto No. 3, and Symphony No. 5. The concert took place at New York University’s Church of St. Joseph.


Dance faculty member Terese Capucilli performed with Buglisi Dance Theater at the Joyce Theater in February. 

The ensemble Pleasure Is the Law, which consists of oboe faculty member Elaine Douvas, cello faculty member Darrett Adkins (DMA ’99), Steve Beck (BM ’01, MM ’03, piano), and Nadine Asin (BM ’73, MM ’74, flute) performed Messiaen’s Quadruple Concerto with the Aspen Festival Orchestra last summer under the direction of Christian Armig. 

Dance faculty member Irene Dowd (’70, dance) is featured in the March Dance Teacher magazine article “How I Teach Outward Rotation.” 

Dance faculty member Susan Hamburger has become a member of the International Association of Lighting Designers.

In February, the New York Concerti Sinfonietta, whose artistic director is Evening Division faculty member Julie Jordan (MM ’83, piano), performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall. Paul Hostetter (MM ’89, percussion) conducted the program; soloists included second-year pianist Robin Giesbrecht. The ensemble also performed at the Church of St. Joseph in Greenwich Village in February.

Music Theory and Analysis chair Edward Klorman (BM ’04, Graduate Diploma ’08, viola) completed his Ph.D. in music theory at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. In February, he delivered a presentation at the New England Conservatory called Finding the Conversation in Mozart’s Chamber Music, with research drawn from his dissertation, which he is currently adapting into a book.

In February, Pre-College faculty member Bridget Kibbey (BM ’01, MM ’03, harp) performed a solo recital at the University of Arizona. Kibbey also performed the premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Sombre at Houston’s Rothko Chapel with Da Camera. In March, Kibbey performed with fado singer Ana Moura at the Savannah Music Festival. Kibbey will perform in Paris with the International Contemporary Ensemble on April at the Finnish Institute and on April 17 at the Cité de la Musique.

Liberal arts faculty member Anthony Lioi is one of the organizers of an international environmental humanities conference called Changing Nature: Migrations, Energies, Limits, to be held at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, from May 28 to June 1. An article by Lioi appeared in a book on environmental pedagogy called Teaching Ecocriticism and Green Cultural Studies, which was edited by Greg Garrard. 

On April 5, the American Composers Orchestra will be performing a new work by Music Theory and Analysis faculty member Ray Lustig (MM ’05, DMA ’10, composition) at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Double bass faculty member Orin O’Brien (Diploma ’57, double bass) released Double Bass Notebook in July. It is a collection of exercises, elements of professional behavior, and lists of repertoire, and it also includes articles on how to practice difficult passages, interpret musical ideas, and play in an orchestra. It is available at the Juilliard Store, the International Society of Bassists Web site, and the New York Philharmonic online store. 

In January, Mithra by Music Theory and Analysis faculty member Behzad Ranjbaran (MM ’88, DMA ’92, composition) was performed by the Fort Worth (Tex.) Symphony Orchestra and the MDR Symphony Orchestra, in Leipzig, Germany, under the direction of Miguel Harth-Bedoya (MM ’93, orchestral conducting). Mithra was inspired by the ancient Persian mythology of Mithra, the god of goodness, light, and love, that dates back to 1500 B.C.

Vocal Arts faculty member Edith Wiens will be will be directing the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Germany in July and August with 12 singers including soprano Deanna Breiwick, mezzo-sopranos Naomi O’Connell and Virginie Verrez, tenor Nathan Haller, and baritone Takaoki Onishi.  

In March, viola department chair Samuel Rhodes was a judge at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in Port Erin, Isle of Man, U.K. Rhodes also gave a recital and master class at the competition.

Chief technology officer Tunde Giwa was featured in an article in the winter issue of EdTech Magazine titled “Perfect Harmony: How The Juilliard School Keeps Its Data Center Cool and Cost-Effective.” 

Matt Herbeck, assistant director of annual giving, will be singing with the choir Essential Voices USA at Carnegie Hall on April 12 in a program that celebrates the 65th birthday of Stephen Schwartz (Pre-College '64)  and the 10th anniversary of his musical Wicked. Essential Voices USA is led by former faculty member Judith Clurman (BM ’77, MM ’78, voice).

On April 20 and 21, Goose!, a Mother Goose-inspired ballet by Keith Michael, Dance Division production coordinator, with a piano four-hands score by Dance Division accompanist Vladimir Shinov, will performed by New York Theater Ballet at Florence Gould Hall.

Ira Rosenblum (MM ’76, piano), director of publications, joined the Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (C.B.S.T.) Community Chorus for a concert honoring composer and conductor Jonathan Sheffer at the Stephen Free Wise Synagogue in March. The program, Jonathan Sheffer and Friends, which was sponsored by C.B.S.T., featured several Juilliard community members, including baritone Jonathan Estabrooks (MM ’09); current Artist Diploma in Opera Studies soprano Mary Feminear; pianist Spencer Myer (MM ’02); and cellist Adrian Daurov (BM ’07, MM ’09).

Eleven Juilliard pianists are among the 30 chosen to participate in the 14th annual Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. They include master’s students Sara Daneshpour, Fei-Fei Dong, Ruoyu Huang, Steven Lin, Gustavo Miranda-Bernales, and Hung-Min Suh; Artist Diploma candidate Jie Yuan; and alumni Sean Chen, Alex McDonald, YouYou Zhang, and Eric Zuber. The finals of the competition, which honors pianist and alum Van Cliburn, who died in February, take place in May and June.

In October, fourth-year violinist Paul Huang made his Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts recital debut. In December, Huang made his New York recital debut at Merkin Concert Hall.

Last April, Pre-College violinist Annika Jenkins, a student of Shirley Givens, performed the premiere of Fantasy on Jewish Themes by Andrey Kasparov at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. The work for solo violin was written for Jenkins and introduced a two-fingered pizzicato technique named Annikato. Jenkins was named a 2013 YoungArts National Finalist by the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts.

Last June, Pre-College violinist Kenneth Naito, a student of Shirley Givens, performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Columbia (Md.) Orchestra as a winner of its Young Artist Competition. In July he performed Beethoven’s String Quartet, Op. 74 (“Harp”), at the Inter-Harmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy. 

In January, third-year cellist Julian Schwarz performed Barber’s Cello Concerto with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra in San Juan, under the direction of Maximiano Valdés. The following week, Schwarz performed Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Boca Raton Symphonia under the direction of his father, Gerard Schwarz (BS ’72, MM ’90, trumpet).

In January, third-year violinist Chelsea Starbuck Smith performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra in New London, Conn., under the direction of Toshi Shimada.

Doctoral candidate Meta Weiss has been awarded a $5,000 grant by the Tokyo Foundation’s Sylff Research Abroad program. For a month, beginning in October, Weiss will be researching composer Vissarion Shebalin at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

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