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Alumni Achievements

Below are alumni updates from the fall 2017 issue of Fanfare.

1950s

Walter L. Pelz (G51) of Lindsborg, Kansas, a retired composer, choral director, organist, and educator, celebrated his 90th birthday with family on December 30.

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1960s

Cecil “C. B.” Wilson (60, G61) has been associate provost for academic personnel at West Virginia University since 1993. As a professor of music, he teaches courses on 19th-century music, the history of orchestration, and Hector Berlioz. He is also the music director and conductor of the Morgantown Municipal Band and past president of the West Virginia College Music Educators Association. His wife, Mary Cummins Wilson (61), is an artist-teacher in WVU’s Community Music Program and an award-winning violin teacher whose students have won Music Teachers National Association and American String Teachers Association state and regional competitions for 35 consecutive years. Also active as a soloist, she is the founder and principal violinist of the Seneca String Quartet.

Mary Beth Peil (62) received a 2017 Tony Award nomination for best featured actress in a musical for her performance as Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna in the new musical Anastasia. She also received Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations.

Stephen Osmond (67) retired after 40 years as music director of Michigan’s Jackson Symphony Orchestra, conducting his final concert with the orchestra on April 29. Before arriving in Jackson, he held professorships in conducting at the State University of New York at Albany and the University of Michigan.

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1970s

Susan L. Nigro (73, G74), a Chicago-based freelance contrabassoonist, has recently expanded her musical activities into the ragtime arena. Following the release of her 2014 CD Joplin Tunes for the Big Bassoon, she presented several recitals of Joplin’s music and performed at the 2015 and 2017 Scott Joplin Festivals in Sedalia, Missouri. She will perform this fall at California’s 2017 Wine Country Ragtime Festival.

Doreen Rao (G75, G88) was named visiting artistic director of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay for 2017-18.

Judy Bundra (76, G80, G93) was named dean and chief academic officer of the Cleveland Music Institute. She was previously interim dean of the DePaul University School of Music, where she served on the faculty for nearly 30 years.

Andre Thomas (G76) received the American Choral Directors Association’s 2017 Robert Shaw Choral Award at the ACDA National Conference. Thomas is the Owen F. Sellers Professor of Music, director of choral activities, and professor of choral music education at the Florida State University College of Music. Since 1988 he has also served as artistic director of the Tallahassee Community Chorus.

Patrick Dessent (77) has recently published his second book, Memoirs of a Trumpet Player, under his pen name, Sam Bennett. The book is a fictionalized collection of humorous stories from his 40 years in the music business with his wife, Karen Dessent (77), a professional flutist and teacher. It is a sequel to Memoirs of a Trumpet Teacher, a collection of stories from the 20,000 trumpet lessons that Dessent taught.

John Fairfield (G77) retired from Northern Illinois University after teaching horn and chamber music there since 1985. He serves as principal horn of both the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Illinois Philharmonic.

Richard Patterson (G79), a keynote speaker and executive coach, received the American School Band Directors Association’s Edwin Franko Goldman Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of school bands. The national award is one of the highest honors for band educators.

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1980s

Jeffrey S. Schleff (G80) is now district manager for Church Organ Associates, covering Oklahoma and western Arkansas. He also became the organist at First Presbyterian Church in Grand Prairie, Texas.

David Gaines (83) was featured in an April program commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Ludwik Zamenhof, inventor of the international language Esperanto. The concert by the Podlaska Opera and Philharmonic in Bialystok, Poland (Zamenhof’s birthplace), included Gaines’s Symphony No. 1 (“Esperanto”) for mezzo-soprano and orchestra. The performance was supported in part by a grant from the Esperantic Studies Foundation.

James Douthit (G84) was named dean of the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. Previously he was associate vice president for academic affairs at Nazareth College.

Brian Schmidt (85, G88) hosted the annual Game Audio Network Guild Award show in March as part of the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco. In its 15th year, the annual GANG Awards program recognizes excellence in game music, sound, technology, and advocacy across 22 categories. Schmidt was the recipient of the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and has served as its president since 2012.

Cheryl Frazes Hill (G85, G92) was appointed conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus. She has served as associate conductor of the Chicago Symphony Chorus since 1985 and as head of choral activities at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts since 2002. Hill is a 1997 recipient of Northwest-ern’s Alumni Merit Award.

Mark Eliot Jacobs (G86) is a musician with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, where he has played trombone, lute, hurdy-gurdy, serpent, sackbut, and recorder in productions of Shakespeare in Love and Beauty and the Beast. He is on the music faculty at Southern Oregon University, where he teaches composition, music theory, and low brass. Jacobs is also principal trombone of the Rogue Valley Symphony.

John Kane (86) released a nine-CD set of all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas, a follow-up to his five-CD set of the complete Mozart piano sonatas last year. Kane has previously released 16 full-length albums of major works by Bach, Brahms, Chopin, Haydn, Liszt, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Schubert, and Schumann.

Augusta Read Thomas (87) has received a commission from a consortium of opera companies led by the Santa Fe Opera in association with the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Minnesota Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Sarasota Opera, and Seattle Opera. Her new opera will be developed in collaboration with librettist Jason Kim and is scheduled to premiere in 2019 at the Santa Fe Opera. This project is made possible by generous funding from the Melville Hankins Family Foundation and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. Thomas is founder and director of the University of Chicago’s recently established Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition.

Michael Brothers (G88) was named lecturer in percussion and director of percussion studies at Southeastern Louisiana University. He also directs its University Jazz Ensemble and Spirit of the Southland DrumLine.

Kathleen Murray (G89) received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in May when she presented the university’s commencement address. Murray received a bachelor’s degree in music from Illinois Wesleyan before continuing her studies at Bowling Green State University and Northwestern. She is currently president of Washington state’s Whitman College.

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1990s

Matthew Mailman (90, G91) conducted Nico Muhly’s opera Dark Sisters at Oklahoma City University’s Bass School of Music in February during the composer’s weeklong residency. Mailman and Muhly are cousins, and this was their first collaboration. Mailman has conducted 42 operas and musicals at OCU since 1995.

Jerod Tate (90), Chickasaw classical composer, was featured at the 2017 OK Mozart International Music Festival in June when the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and Tulsa Children’s Chorus premiered his new orchestral work Muscogee Hymn Suite.

Jay Kellner (G92), a music educator and choral director, has retired after a 34-year teaching career. For the past 20 years he taught at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois.

Rebecca McFaul (G95) and Bradley Ottesen (99) are violinists in the Fry Street Quartet, whose The Crossroads Project was released by Navona Records. The recording blends art and science to address global sustainability.

Glenn Williams (G95) received the Illinois Music Education Association’s Mary Hoffman Award of Excellence for demonstrated excellence in teaching. He teaches music and chairs the fine arts department at Downers Grove South High School. Williams guest conducted the Indiana Bandmasters Association Region 7 Middle School Honor Band last November, and this summer he conducted the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s International Jazz Ensemble on a seven-city European tour through the Netherlands, Germany, and France.

Oliver Camacho (97) and Tobias Wright (G14) are cohosts of the talk radio program Opera Box Score. Heard live every Monday night on WNUR-FM 89.3, the show is shared as a podcast the following day.

Duane Padilla (97) was elected to the American String Teachers Association’s national board of directors as a member at large. Previously he chaired ASTA’s eclectic styles committee. Padilla is on the string faculty of Punahou Music School and is an adjunct professor at Chaminade University.

Rena Kraut (99) is executive director of the Cuban American Youth Orchestra, an independent nonprofit cultural exchange program for Cuban and American musicians. CAYO is planning its inaugural season for summer 2018, when high school students from both countries will come together for an international tour. Minnesota Orchestra clarinetist Timothy Zavadil (G94) serves on CAYO’s artistic board.

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2000s

Eric Garcia (G02, G07) was named music director of the Boise Philharmonic. He previously served as director of orchestral activities and associate professor of conducting at Oklahoma City University’s Bass School of Music.

Molly Barth (G03) recorded Thorn (Cantaloupe Music), a CD of music by composer David Lang. Other artists on the disc include Matt Albert (G03) and several of Barth’s colleagues at the University of Oregon. Barth performed works from the album at National Sawdust in Brooklyn in May following the CD’s release.

Daniel Black (03, 04) was appointed interim assistant professor of vocal music and conducting and director of choral activities at Houghton College.

Pin Chen (03) presented a session on improving string players’ rhythmic reading and technique at the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association Conference. Chen is string orchestra conductor for the Pasadena Symphony Youth Orchestra and orchestra director at Arcadia High School, which boasts one of the largest school orchestra programs in the country.

Rollo Dilworth (G03) received the faculty award for research and creative achievement from Temple University, where he is chair of music education and music therapy in the Boyer College of Music and Dance.

Lindsey Goodman (G03) is featured as solo flutist, vocalist, and chamber musician on her debut CD, Reach through the Sky (New Dynamic Records), released in April. The recording features six works written for her by living American composers.

Katherine Calcamuggio Donner (G04) completed her first year as assistant professor of voice at the University of Louisville.

Agnieszka Roginska (G04), associate director of music technology and assistant professor at New York University, will cochair the 2017 Audio Engineering Society convention this fall. The event is one of the largest professional audio education, networking, and gear exhibitions of the year.

Ryan O’Mealey (G05) was named vice president for enrollment management at Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts. He previously served as assistant dean for admission, financial aid, and graduate services at the Bienen School of Music.

Travis J. Cross (G06, G12) was promoted to full professor at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music after four years as associate professor of music. He also begins his fourth year as vice chair of the music department this fall and recently completed a one-year term as inaugural associate dean for academic mentoring and opportunity.

Peter Zlotnick (G06), principal timpanist of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, was one of five orchestra musicians from across the United States to receive the Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service from the League of American Orchestras. The award recognizes his work managing the orchestra’s education series.

Composer Joshua Moshier (08) scored season two of the television series Baskets for FX and season one of the series Shrink for NBC’s streaming platform Seeso.

Zeshan Bagewadi (09, G11) was named one of 10 “new artists you need to know” by Rolling Stone magazine. His album Vetted was released in April on Chicago’s Minty Fresh label to commercial and critical acclaim, with the album charting in its debut at number 8 of Billboard’s top world-music albums.

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2010s

Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler (G11) was appointed to the string faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she will begin teaching in 2018–19. Kaler is currently on the faculty at DePaul University.

Bryant Millet (11) joined the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Jonathan Thompson (11, G13) won a 2017–18 Presser Graduate Music Award from the University of North Texas’s College of Music, where he is pursuing a DMA.

Evan Epifanio (G12) won a bassoon position in the Sarasota Orchestra.

Nathan Raskin (12), a pianist and vocal coach, was accepted into the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, which provides an annual stipend, coaching from the Met’s artistic staff, and performance opportunities. Raskin recently completed his master’s degree at the Juilliard School.

Sam Suggs (12), a double bassist and composer, recently performed at the International Society of Bassists 2017 convention as winner of the 2015 ISB Competition’s Gary Karr Prize. His program featured his original compositions, including Concerto after Haydn, a three- movement work—inspired by the two surviving measures of Haydn’s Concerto per il Violone Contrabasso —that began as his senior project at Northwestern under the guidance of Robert Gjerdingen and Vasili Byros. In the fall Suggs became the first bassist in 36 years to join the Concert Artists Guild roster as a soloist. He is finishing the postresidential phase of his Yale School of Music doctoral program and serves as assistant professor of bass at Virginia’s James Madison University.

Deanna Tham (G12) was named assistant conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony and principal conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras.

Jarrett L. Bastow (G13) was appointed administrative director of the Tulsa Youth Symphony. Bastow is also a bassist with the Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa Opera, and Symphony of Northwestern Arkansas.

Gustavo Cortiñas (G13), a Chicago-based jazz drummer and composer, was named “an emerging drummer to watch” by Modern Drummer magazine. Downbeat magazine’s review of his album Esse said, “Cortiñas’s music is uplifting, robust, melodic, and gets your body moving; it’s an exciting blend of the artist’s musical influences from jazz and Latin America, including his native Mexico.”

Chris Larios (G13) joined the President’s Own United States Marine Band, America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization.

David Regner (G13) was one of three conductors selected for the National Band Association’s Young Conductors Project, which provides opportunities to rehearse and perform with the United States Air Force Band. Regner is now a band officer in the US Air Force. He was previously director of bands at Arlington High School in LaGrangeville, New York.

Emily Carter (14, G16) received a 2017 Luminarts Fellowship in Classical Music.

Violist Amy Hess (G14) recently won a section position with the Grant Park Orchestra. She is currently a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra.

Trombonist Kelton Koch (14) received a 2017 Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship.

Cellist Thomas Mesa (G14) was a winner in the 2017 Astral National Auditions and joins Astral’s roster of distinguished artists.

Bassoonist Kevin Pfister (G14) won a position in the Ruse Opera/ Philharmonic in Bulgaria. He previously played for two seasons with Bosnia’s Sarajevo Philharmonic.

Katherine Werbiansky (G14) received the Musicians Club of Women’s Edith Newfield Scholarship.

Janet Bourne (G15) was named assistant professor of music theory at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Ryan Townsend Strand (G14) made his debut with the Madison Bach Musicians as the tenor soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion in April. He returned to the Ojai Music Festival for his second year as associate producer in June and to the Greenlake Music Festival as a featured vocal fellow in July.

Ryan Little (15) was named principal horn of the Naples Philharmonic.

Soprano Naomi Merer received second prize in the 2017 Santa Barbara Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation competition. She recently completed her master’s degree in voice and opera at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Pianist Adam Rothenberg (15) received a 2017 Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship.

Zachary Sawyer (G15) was named director of orchestras for Minnesota’s Stillwater High School District.

Thomas White (15) was a semi-finalist in the International Society of Bassists Orchestral Competition.

Joan Arnau Pàmies (G16) was named assistant professor in the composition department at Berklee College of Music.

Julie Bannerman (G16) was named visiting assistant professor of music education at the University of Alabama School of Music.

Hana Beloglavec (G16) was named assistant professor of trombone at the Louisiana State University School of Music.

Regina Ceragioli (G16) received a 2017 Luminarts Fellowship in Classical Music.

Trombonist Michael Cox was named a 2017 Music Academy of the West fel- low. He was also a finalist in the 2017 International Trombone Festival’s Frank Smith Tenor Trombone Competition.

Jeanne Ireland (G16) signed a contract to join the Académie de l’Opéra national de Paris, where she will be singing Das Stubenmädchen in Reigen by Philippe Boesmans.

Kristina Knowles (G16) was named assistant professor of music theory at Arizona State University, where she was previously an instructor.

Igor Lipinski (G16) was named assistant professor of piano at the University of Oklahoma.

Leah McGray (G16) was named director of instrumental music at the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Aaron Miller (G16) joined the faculty at Brigham Young University– Idaho, where he teaches double bass and assists in the jazz studies program.

Shelby Nugent (16) won the second horn position in the Phoenix Symphony.

Matthew Richardson (G16) was named associate instructor of ethnomusicology at the Mead Witter School of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Russell Rybicki (G16) won the second horn position in the Vancouver Symphony. He also received a 2017 Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship.

Percussionist Wai Chi Tang (G16) joined the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Thaddeus W. Tukes (16) received the 2017 Emerging Artist Award from the Vivian G. Harsh Historical Society, the largest African American history and literature collection in the Midwest. The award was presented as part of the society’s annual Black Music Month Celebration in June.

Alexander York (G16) performed the role of James Ramsay in the world premiere of To the Lighthouse, an opera based on the Virginia Woolf novel, at the Bregenz Festival in Austria.

Mezzo-soprano Kaitlin Zardetto (G16) was named a 2017 Music Academy of the West fellow.

Northwestern alumni who participated in the 2017 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program at Colorado’s Central City Opera included studio artist Ricky Feng Nan (G17), studio artist Kaileigh Riess (17), director Michael Ehrman (C75), apprentice artist Quinn Middleman (G16), studio artist Regina Ceragioli (G16), and apprentice artist Nathan Ward (G16).

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Class of 2017

Rosa Abrahams (G17), a PhD graduate in music theory and cognition, was named assistant professor at Ursinus College.

Carl Alexander (G17), a master’s voice graduate from the studio of W. Stephen Smith, participated in Italy’s Narnia Festival International Vocal Arts Program.

Riana Anthony (G17), a master’s cello graduate from the studio of Hans Jørgen Jensen, won first prize in the Bienen School’s Samuel and Elinor Thaviu String Competition. Also the recipient of the Musicians Club of Women’s Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarship, she is a member of the Stellio Trio.

Steven Banks (G17), a master’s saxophone graduate from the studio of Taimur Sullivan, was a winner in the Bienen School’s Concerto/Aria Competition. He presented a talk on diversity in classical music at the TEDxNorthwesternU 2017 Conference. Banks is interim assistant professor of saxophone and jazz studies at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. As a member of the Kenari Quartet, Banks performed at the University of Houston and Houston Community College.

Timothy Bedard (G17), a master’s horn graduate from the studio of Gail Williams, won a position in the United States Coast Guard Band.

DaJuan Brooks (G17) was one of three conductors selected for the National Band Association’s Young Conductors Project, which provides opportunities to rehearse and perform with the United States Air Force Band.

Hannah Carroll (17), a Bienen-Weinberg dual-degree voice graduate from the studio of Theresa Brancaccio, won a Bella Voce Award and a Bravo Award in the Chicago Bel Canto Foundation’s opera competition. She also placed first in the National Association of Teachers of Singing’s Chicago Chapter College Classical Competition, Division XI.

Ashley Carter (G17), a master’s trombone graduate from the studio of Michael Mulcahy, was a winner in the Bienen School’s Concerto/Aria Competition.

Sun Chang (17), a piano student of Alan Chow, performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 with Camerata Chicago in April as part of its Rising Star Series. She also received an honorable mention in the 2017 Society of American Musicians Competition’s young artist division.

David Chapmann-Orr (G17), a master’s double bass graduate from the studio of Andrew Raciti, participated in the Domaine Forget International Music Festival.

Brannon Cho (17), a cello graduate from the studio of Hans Jørgen Jensen, received sixth prize in the Queen Elisabeth Cello Competition in Brussels. In addition to an award of 8,000 euros, Cho received numerous performance opportunities.

Joyce Choi (G17), a master’s flute graduate from the studio of John Thorne, won first prize at the Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist Competition and will present a recital at the 2018 Atlanta Flute Fair.

Hannah Christiansen (G17), a master’s violin graduate from the studio of Gerardo Ribeiro, joined the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Daniel Cook (G17) was one of three conductors selected for the National Band Association’s Young Conductors Project, which provides opportunities to rehearse and perform with the United States Air Force Band.

Matthew Cummings (G17), a master’s voice graduate from the studio of W. Stephen Smith, was a scholarship participant at Opera in the Ozarks.

Antonio Escobedo (G17), a master’s double bass graduate from the studio of Andrew Raciti, received an Aspen Music Festival Fellowship. A member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, he has also recently performed with the Seattle Symphony.

Liana Gineitis (G17), a master’s voice graduate from the studio of W. Stephen Smith, joined Opera for the Young, a nonprofit professional company that brings opera to elementary school audiences. Gineitis was the featured soloist in La légende de Sainte Cécile with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra and University Chorale as part of the 2017 American Liszt Society Festival.

Ayla Goktan (17), a Bienen-Weinberg dual-degree flute graduate from the studio of John Thorne, received the Bienen School’s Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.

Kelley Gossler (G17), a master’s wind conducting graduate from the studio of Mallory Thompson, accepted the band director position at Chicago’s Lincoln Park High School.

Sam Grosby (G17), a master’s voice graduate from the studio of W. Stephen Smith, received a 2017 Luminarts Cultural Foundation Fellowship in Classical Music.He participated in Wolf Trap Opera as a studio artist.

Geirthrudur Gudmundsdottir (17), a cello graduate from the studio of Hans Jørgen Jensen, joined the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

JingPing He (17), a Bienen-Weinberg dual-degree flute graduate from the studio of John Thorne, was a finalist and received a special mention in Portugal’s Atlantic Coast International Soloist Competition. She also participated in the Orford Music Festival.

Susan Kang (17), a flute graduate from the studio of John Thorne, received a Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship for the second year. She was a semifinalist in the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s principal flute auditions.

Casey Karr (G17), a master’s double bass graduate from the studio of Andrew Raciti, was a finalist in the International Society of Bassists Orchestral Competition. He was accepted into the Orchestra Now program at Bard College and participated in the Domaine Forget International Music Festival.

Elyse Lauzon (G17), a master’s horn graduate from the studio of Gail Williams, won the second horn position in the Sarasota Orchestra.

Zachary Marley (G17), a master’s tuba graduate from the studio of Rex Martin, won the silver medal in the Leonard Falcone International Tuba Artist Competition.

Eric McConnell (G17), a master’s voice graduate from the studio of W. Stephen Smith, won fourth prize in the student division of the Chicago Bel Canto Foundation’s opera competition. He also received a Colorado/Wyoming District encouragement award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Ricky Feng Nan (G17), a master’s voice graduate from the studio of W. Stephen Smith, participated in Colorado’s Central City Opera as a 2017 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation studio artist.

Megan Orticelli (17), a voice graduate from the studio of Theresa Brancaccio, won a Bravo Award in the Chicago Bel Canto Foundation’s opera competition.

Laura Pitkin (17), a horn graduate from the studio of Gail Williams, joined the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Dmitri Pogorelov (G17), a DMA violin graduate from the studio of Gerardo Ribeiro, advanced to the semifinals in the M-Prize competition’s senior division as a member of the Kontras Quartet.

Brandon Quarles (G17), a master’s saxophone graduate from the studio of Taimur Sullivan and a member of ~Nois (see page 32), received an Evanston Arts Council grant to fund Extravaganza, a concert featuring local chamber music groups.

Kaileigh Riess (17), a Bienen-Weinberg dual-degree voice graduate from the studio of Pamela Hinchman, participated in Colorado’s Central City Opera as a 2017 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation studio artist and received a Central City Opera Young Artist Award for Excellence.

Allison Rye (G17), a master’s oboe graduate from the studio of Michael Henoch, received the Bienen School’s Ray Still Award.

Aaron Schuman (17), a trumpet graduate from the studio of Robert Sullivan, received a 2017 Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship.

Maxwell Seifert (G17), a master’s voice graduate from the studio of W. Stephen Smith, won the grand prize in the Chicago Bel Canto Foundation’s opera competition and first prize in the contest’s student division. He was a 2017 Opera Neo Young Artist.

Emma Silberstein (17), a flute graduate from the studio of John Thorne, won first prize in the Great Composers Competition’s Masters of Wind Concerto event for age group VI.

Wickliffe Simmons (17), a cello graduate from the studio of Hans Jørgen Jensen, placed third in the Bienen School’s Samuel and Elinor Thaviu String Scholarship Competition.

LJ White (G17), a DMA graduate in composition and music technology, was named lecturer in music theory and composition at Washington University in St. Louis.

Denielle Wilson (17), a cello graduate from the studio of Hans Jørgen Jensen, joined the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Yunfeng Yao (G17), a master’s bassoon graduate from the studio of David McGill, joined the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

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