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The Spring, 2016 season at the Joyce and Henry Schwob School of Music was one of celebrations, collaborations, and concerti. We celebrated the largest attendance ever at Kaleidoscope, our showcase event that attracted nearly 1,200 people and served as the culminating event in the Inaugural Week festivities for President Markwood. We also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Violin Studio of Professor Sergiu Schwartz, The William B. and Sue Marie Turner Distinguished Chair in Violin, with performances by students, faculty, and three returning alumni violinists: Anastasia Agapova, Nadir Khashimov, and Suliman Tekalli.

A singular honor was accorded the Schwob School when we were invited to present the first concert ever in the new Steinway Hall in New York City in April. A group of patrons from Columbus, including Jack and JoRhee Pezold and Gail Greenblatt, heard thrilling performances from piano students Elizabeth Tsai, Allen Yueh, and Anna Zhou and Alexander Kobrin, The L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano; they were joined by an audience of enthusiastic New Yorkers for the concert. The evening was introduced by Sally Coveleskie, National Director of Institutional Sales at Steinway & Sons and concluded with a champagne reception.

Schwob School of Music Achievements


For fans of the concerto, spring brought a plethora of distinguished performances. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra presented Professors Sergiu Schwartz and Alexander Kobrin in concertos by Mozart and Prof. Wendy Warner in a Haydn cello concerto. Prof. Joseph Golden performed with the CSU Philharmonic a work that is a concerto in all but name: Saint-Saëns' majestic Organ Symphony. Prof. Zoran Jakovcic performed Hindemith's beautiful concerto Der Schwanendreher, with the CSU Wind Orchestra, Dr. Jamie L. Nix, conductor, in a concert that also featured senior percussion major Corey Fair in a performance of the William Kraft Timpani Concerto. Five exceptional student performers, winners of this year's Schwob Concerto Competition, performed with the CSU Philharmonic under the direction of Prof. Paul Hostetter. This year's soloists were: Elizabeth Tsai, a student of Prof. Alexander Kobrin, who performed the first movement of Grieg's Piano Concerto; Sarah Velasco, a student of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz, who performed the first movement of Wieniawski's Violin Concerto No. 2; Traian Sturza, a student of Dr. Ron Wirt, performed two movements of Mozart's Bassoon Concerto; Cameron Smith, a student of Dr. Bradley Palmer, performed two movements of Brubeck's Bass Trombone Concerto; and Allen Yueh, a student of Prof. Alexander Kobrin, performed the first movement of Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto. Rounding out the year, Dr. Lisa Oberlander gave the Georgia premiere of Unsuk Chin's wildly daring Clarinet Concerto with the CSU Philharmonic, a work that had its world premiere a little more than a year ago with the Berlin Philharmonic.


Lisa Oberlander and Dr. Stephanie da Sliva (Psychology) were awarded an interdisciplinary grant from the Faculty Center to study performance anxiety solutions for musicians (my clarinet studio, and, down the line, performers of all kinds). Dr. da Silva's upper-level students studying classical conditioning will research and develop a set of evidence-based strategies for addressing performance anxiety, and her students will present these to Professor Oberlander's students. The music students will discuss their experiences with Dr. da Silva's class and test out the strategies, with evaluation throughout.


Jamie Nix was invited to join the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.


Victor Hernandez (junior), is spending this summer at three very competitive flute events: the Curtis Summerfest with Jeff Khaner, Marina Piccinini's International Masterclass at Peabody, and Jim Walker's masterclass at the Colburn School in Los Angeles.

The Appalachian Guitarfest competition results:
Highest Division: 1st prize, Ying Xu (freshman); 2nd Prize, Noe Garcia (MM); and 3rd Prize, Schwob alumni Colin Fullerton.

2nd Division: Dragos Ilie (freshman) 1st prize.
I am happy to share that our teaching and mentoring of the next Schwob school generation of instate violinists is yielding measurable outcomes!

Josh Norris presented one of his electroacoustic compositions at the 2016 National Student Electronic Music Event at the University of Oklahoma. Josh's piece was one of only three undergraduate compositions accepted out of nearly 40 works programmed on the festival.

Wyndhem Ennaemba and Justin Russell have been admitted to the Berklee College of Music's satellite campus in Valencia, Spain to pursue Music Production and Film Scoring respectively. Wyndhem has also been admitted to NYU and IUPUI for music production with a full scholarship.

Mari Ito was named a winner of Atlanta Music Club Competition.

Eder Rivera (sophomore) music performance major in oboe won 1st Prize in the Texas Double Reed Society Young Artist Competition held in Houston, Texas.

Troy Guitar Competition results:
1st- Ying Xu
2nd- Dragos Ilie
3rd- Andrew Wilder
4th- Daniel Luis Ortega

2016 International Trombone Association Competitions results: (They will represented Columbus State in the finals at the International Trombone Festival at Juilliard this summer.

Donald Yaxley Bass Trombone Competition:
Sterling Tanner (BM '14) - Finalist
Stephen Clayton (BM '17) – Honorable Mention

Lewis Van Haney Tenor Trombone Competition:
Trey English (BM '14) – Honorable Mention

Frank Smith Tenor Trombone Competition:
Trey English – Second Alternate

George Roberts Bass Trombone Competition:
Stephen Clayton – Second Alternate

Edward Kleinhammer Bass Trombone Competition:
Sterling Tanner – Second Alternate

Trombone Quartet Competition
Evan Williams (BM '15) - Finalist
Sterling Tanner - Finalist

Gwendolyn Reid, mezzo-soprano, is a new contract member of the Deutsche Oper Berlin Chorus for 2016-2017 season. She was a student of Earl Coleman, The Curry Eminent Faculty Scholar Chair in Voice at CSU.

All Schwob School of Music participants earned awards

The following students won and advanced to the national competition in April in San Antonio, Texas:
Traian Sturza, bassoon, a student of Dr. Ron Wirt, Senior (woodwind)
Zhou Zhirui, piano, a student of Prof. Alexander Kobrin, Young Artist (piano)

The following students were selected as alternates in their respective categories:
Lar'Karra Betha, voice, a student of Dr. Michelle DeBruyn, Senior (voice)
Victor Hernandez, flute, a student of Dr. Andrée Martin, Young Artist (woodwind)
CSU String Quartet, coached by Prof. Boris Abramov, Chamber Music
Eric Tsai, a student of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz
Leah Bonas, a student of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz
Mario Rivera, a student of Prof. Zoran Jakovcic
Maxwell Frank, a student of Prof. Wendy Warner
In addition Melody Sim, a private violin student of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz, won in the Senior (strings) category.


Esther Holliday, cello, won First Place in the Virtuoso category and is a student of Prof. Wendy Warner.
Sarah Velasco, violin, won Laureate in the Virtuoso category and is a student of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz.

In addition Melody Sim, a private violin student of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz, won first place in the Artisan category.

Jordan Walsh and Corey Fair received the 1st prize (2 of the 4 awarded) in the Great Composers Competition's "Art of Percussion" Division! This was an international video submission contest in two rounds. Jordan was also accepted into the final round of the Northwestern International Percussion Competition that will take place later this summer.


Summer festivals:
Corey Fair was accepted to both Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) and the Eastern Music Festival and will be attending Eastern.

Ramiro Compres was accepted to PRISMA Summer Music Festival and Domaine Forget both in Canada and will be attending PRISMA. He was also accepted to the Youth Orchestra of Central America and the Caribbean. They will be doing a tour to Mexico in September this year and to Germany next year to play together with the Bundesjugendorchester which is one of the most important youth orchestras in Germany.

Graduate School Auditions:

Jordan Walsh was accepted into the Masters of Music program at the University of Texas at Austin on scholarship.

Jonathan Mashburn was accepted into the Masters of Music program at the University of Michigan on scholarship.