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Student-Faculty News February 2008



Chamber music faculty member Audrey Axinn (MM ’90, DMA ’98, collaborative piano) performed a fortepiano recital in October with soprano Judith Kellock on the guest recital series at Queens College. In November, she gave a fortepiano recital on the Artek series at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Manhattan. She also gave a fortepiano master class at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague in the Netherlands.

Graduate studies and Evening Division faculty member David Dubal (Diploma ’61, piano) launched the Greenwich House Music School’s annual three-part series of piano recitals and master classes at the Renée Weiler Concert Hall in New York in January.

Keyboard skills faculty member David Enlow (BM ’03, MM ’05, organ) was awarded a fellowship by the American Guild of Organists in November.

Guitar faculty member Sharon Isbin is featured in the Howard Shore soundtrack for Martin Scorsese’s film The Departed, which received a Grammy nomination in December. Isbin just completed recording songs with Joan Baez for her next album (which will also include the world premiere of the Joan Baez Suite for solo guitar, composed for Isbin by John Duarte), and was joined in the studio by Mark O’Connor to record his bluegrass Strings and Threads Suite for violin and guitar, which Isbin and O’Connor premiered in November at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

Violin faculty member Joan Kwuon (MM ’91, violin) and pianist André Previn will perform a recital at the Metropolitan Museum in New York on February 9.

In December, dance faculty member Roni Mahler performed character roles in Ballet San José’s performances of The Nutcracker in Cleveland and San José, choreographed by artistic director Dennis Nahat (’65, dance). In February Mahler will reprise her role as the Queen Mother in Nahat’s full-length production of Swan Lake.

In November Adelaide Roberts (Pre-College ’53, piano) was elected to Georgian Court University’s Court of Honor, the creation of which marks the school’s 100-year history by recognizing outstanding alumni in professional careers, organizations, or causes that bring distinction to the university. The court will be featured on the university’s new centennial Web site.


Gabriel Beckerman, a Pre-College cello student of Ann Alton, won grand prize in the Ridgefield (Conn.) Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Competition. He will perform Tchaikovsky’s Pezzo Capriccioso with the orchestra in March.

Violin master’s student Noah Geller joined the first-violin section of the Philadelphia Orchestra in January.

Violin master’s student Christine Kwak was featured in the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Livingston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Istvan Jaray, in December at Madison High School in Madison, N.J.

Doctoral composition student Raymond J. Lustig was awarded ASCAP’s 2007 Rudolph Nissim Prize in December for his 17-minute orchestral work titled Unstuck. Lustig was selected from more than 300 entrants for the $5,000 prize, which is awarded annually for the best orchestral or large-scale work.

Pre-College student, marimba player Jingchen Sun, was awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award (a $10,000 scholarship) in January by “From the Top,” the nonprofit organization best known for its National Public Radio program. Her performance of Keiko Abe’s Michi was nationally broadcast and aired on WQXR in November.


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