Student Achievements

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

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Bruno Alcade, a doctoral candidate in music theory and cognition, was named visiting assistant professor at the University of Richmond.

Adam Attard, a master’s double bass student of Andrew Raciti, won the Jane Little Prize at the International Society of Bassists Orchestral Competition and will perform for a week with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Gabrielle Barkidjija, a voice student of Karen Brunssen, won second prize in the 2017 Classical Singer Competition’s university intermediate division.

Susan Bengtson, a viola student of Helen Callus, joined the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Amy Blackburn, a Bienen-Weinberg dual-degree violin student of Shmuel Ashkenasi, was a winner in the Bienen School’s Concerto/Aria Competition.

Aaron Blick, a double bass student of Andrew Raciti, participated in the Domaine Forget International Music Festival and was named a 2017 Texas Music Festival Fellow.

Hunter Bockes, a master’s saxophone student of Taimur Sullivan and a member of the award-winning quartet ~Nois (see page 32), performed the Glazunov Concerto and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra in two concerts this summer as winner of the Rosen-Schaffel Competition. He also performed at the Peninsula Music Festival in August.

Allyson Bondy, a double bass student of Andrew Raciti, was a member of the Chautauqua Summer Music Festival Orchestra.

Sarah Bowen, a violin student of Gerardo Ribeiro, joined the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Jane Carpenter, a Bienen-Weinberg dual-degree flute student of John Thorne, participated in the Domaine Forget International Music Festival.

Henry Chen, a doctoral cello student of Hans Jørgen Jensen, won the Arnuero International Chamber Music Competition and will return to Spain to perform this fall.

Nicholas Cline, a doctoral candidate in composition and music technology, won the William T. Faricy Award for his water-witching for tenor saxophone and ensemble. The work was premiered by Jeffrey Siegfried (G14, G15) and Northwestern’s Contemporary Music Ensemble under the baton of Vincent Povázsay (G16).

Hana Cohon, a cello student of Hans Jørgen Jensen, received an honorable mention in the Bienen School’s Samuel and Elinor Thaviu String Scholarship Competition. She also received a scholarship through the Evanston and North Shore Music Clubs competition.

Louis Danowsky, a jazz saxophone student of Victor Goines, released his debut album, Coalescence, with fellow student Samuel Wolsk. He received a Northwestern undergraduate research grant to fund the recording’s production.

Hana Fujisaki, a jazz piano student of Jeremy Kahn, was the People’s Choice Winner at the 2017 Luminarts Jazz Fellowships Competition.

Jena Gardner (08), a doctoral horn student of Gail Williams, was named instructor in horn and music theory at Henderson State University in Arkansas.

Jakob Gerritsen, a Bienen-Weinberg dual-degree double bass student of Andrew Raciti, was named a 2017 Texas Music Festival Fellow.

Leanna Ginsburg, a master’s flute student of John Thorne, was a member of the Chautauqua Summer Music Festival Orchestra.

Devin Gossett, a master’s horn student of Gail Williams, joined the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and received a 2017 Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship.

Dong-Wan Ha, a doctoral piano student of Alan Chow, was selected to compete in England’s 2017 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition.

Hunter Hanson, a composition and music technology student, received the Bienen School’s 2017 Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award.

Layne Hartman, a Bienen-McCormick dual-degree double bass student of Andrew Raciti, participated in the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival.

Sihao He, a master’s cello student of Hans Jørgen Jensen, advanced to the final round of the Queen Elisabeth Cello Competition in Brussels. As an unranked laureate, he received a prize of 4,000 euros.

Xuesha Hu, a master’s piano student of Alan Chow, received the Bienen School’s Pauline Lindsey Award.

Ashley Hunter, a master’s flute student of John Thorne, was named coprincipal flute of Opera in the Ozarks.

Rachel Johnstone, a flute student of John Thorne, participated in the Aspen Music Festival and won the Central Ohio Flute Association Competitions college division’s first prize.

Daniel Kim, a violin student of Shmuel Ashkenasi, was named a 2017 Music Academy of the West fellow.

Margaret Kim, a master’s piano student of James Giles, received the Musicians Club of Women’s Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarship.

Noel Kim, a Bienen-Weinberg dual-degree violin student of Gerardo Ribeiro, received honorable mention in the Bienen School’s Samuel and Elinor Thaviu String Scholarship Competition.

Tyler Kramlich, a Bienen-McCormick dual-degree composition and music technology student, presented “The Survival; Transmission and Adaptation of Lan Na Music in Northern Thailand; In Spite of Surrounding Cultural Shifts” at Northwestern’s Undergraduate Research & Arts Exposition.

EunAe Lee, a doctoral piano candidate studying with James Giles, competed in the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Lee was one of 30 pianists selected from nearly 300 applicants worldwide to perform in the prestigious competition in Fort Worth. She was also named a 2017 Music Academy of the West fellow.

Paul Nemeth, a doctoral double bass student of Andrew Raciti, placed second in the International Society of Bassists Orchestral Competition.

Lindsey Orcutt, a master’s double bass student of Andrew Raciti, was a semifinalist in the International Society of Bassists Orchestral Competition. She participated in the Aspen Music Festival.

Bridget Pei, a flute student of John Thorne, won second prize in the Flute View Young Artists Competition. She also participated in the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival.

Aidan Perreault, a Bienen-Weinberg dual-degree violin student of Shmuel Ashkenasi, received an honorable mention in the Bienen School’s Samuel and Elinor Thaviu String Scholarship Competition.

Rachel Peters, a master’s violin student of Gerardo Ribeiro, joined the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Miriam Piilonen, a doctoral candidate in music theory and cognition, was awarded a 2017–18 Franke Graduate Fellowship by Northwestern’s Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities. She is the first Bienen School student to be honored. Her project examines the convergence of music studies and evolutionary theory, focusing on the rise of music evolutionism in 19th-century Britain.

Drew Powell, a master’s flute student of John Thorne, won first prize in the Texas Flute Society’s Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition. He received a cash prize and an invitation to perform at next year’s Texas Flute Festival. Powell also won first prize in the Great Composers Competition for his performance of Prokofiev.

Andre Emmanoel Prouty, a master’s trombone student of Michael Mulcahy, joined the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Jason Rosenholtz-Witt, a doctoral candidate in musicology, was named a 2017–19 Northwestern University Presidential Fellow. He also received the Dr. Gudrun Busch Musicology Fellowship, awarded by the Herzog August Library to support a two-month residency in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. Rosenholtz-Witt will also spend three months conducting research in Bergamo, Italy, through a Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation grant.

Helen Rucinski, a Bienen-Weinberg dual-degree viola student of Li-Kuo Chang, joined the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Nick Sakakeeny, a master’s percussion student of She-e Wu, received a 2017 Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship.

Olga Sanchez-Kisielewska, a doctoral candidate in music theory and cognition, was named lecturer in music theory at the University of Chicago.

Natasha Stojanovska, a doctoral piano student of James Giles, placed third in the Bienen School’s Thaviu-Isaak Piano Scholarship Competition.

Jeremy Tai, a cello student of Hans Jørgen Jensen, won the Irving M. Klein International String Competition’s first prize and its Allen R. and Susan E. Weiss Memorial Prize for best performance of the commissioned work. Tai received more than $13,000 in prizes, including concert appearances with the Peninsula and Santa Cruz Symphonies, the Gualala Arts Chamber Music Series, and the Music in the Vineyards festival. Tai also placed second in the Bienen School’s Samuel and Elinor Thaviu String Scholarship Competition.

Dominic Talanca, a doctoral conducting student of Mallory Thompson, was named assistant professor and director of bands at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He will also conduct the Wilmington Symphonic Winds, which draws members from the North Carolina coastal region.

Tian Tang, a master’s piano student of James Giles, was a winner in the Bienen School’s Concerto/Aria Competition.

Vanessa Tonelli, a doctoral student in musicology, was awarded a Northwestern University fellowship through the Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Program for the project “Early Modern Music, Politics, and Gender at the Venetian Ospedali Grandi: A New Perspective on the All-Female Musical Ensembles.”

Kelsey Williams, a master’s horn student of Gail Williams, joined the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Max Winningham, a double bass student of Andrew Raciti, participated in the Domaine Forget International Music Festival.

Samuel Wolsk, a jazz trumpet student of Bradley Mason, released his debut album, Coalescence, with fellow student Louis Danowsky. He received a Northwestern undergraduate research grant to fund the recording’s production.

Evan Wong, a doctoral student of Alan Chow, tied for first place in the Bienen School’s Thaviu-Isaak Piano Scholarship Competition. He was also a winner in the school’s Concerto/Aria Competition.

Pan Xiao, a master’s piano student of Alan Chow, received the Musicians Club of Women’s Farwell Trust Award.

Shihui Yin, a master’s piano student of Alan Chow, received a 2017 Luminarts Fellowship in Classical Music. She also tied for first place in the Bienen School’s Thaviu-Isaak Piano Scholarship Competition.

Kathleen Yuan, a Bienen-Medill dual-degree violin student of Desirée Ruhstrat, was named a 2017 Music Academy of the West fellow.

Steven Zhang, a clarinet student of J. Lawrie Bloom, received an Evanston and North Shore Music Clubs Scholarship.

Muzi Zhao, a Bienen-Medill dual-degree piano student of Alan Chow, won first place in the 2017 Society of American Musicians Competition’s young artist division. Zhao also won first prize in the Emilio del Rosario Music Foundation Piano Concerto Competition’s senior division.

Yangmingtian Zhao, doctoral piano student of James Giles, placed second in the Bienen School’s Thaviu-Isaak Piano Scholarship Competition.

Ensemble Awards

The saxophone quartet ~Nois received the silver medal in the 44th annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition’s senior wind division. The quartet consists of doctoral student Brandon Quarles (G17) and master’s students Hunter Bockes, Janos Csontos, and  Jordan Lulloff, all from the studio of Taimur Sullivan. ~Nois also won the Chicago Woodwind Ensemble Competition. The quartet has recently presented recitals and master classes at the University of Arkansas, University of Missouri–Kansas City, Oklahoma State University, and Michigan State University.

The Stellio Trio advanced to the semifinals in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition’s senior strings division. The trio also received an honorable mention at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition. The ensemble’s members are doctoral candidate Yoorhi Choi, a violin student of Blair Milton; Hyejin Joo, a doctoral piano student of Alan Chow; and cellist Riana Anthony (G17).

Quartet Amí won first prize in the senior division of classical radio station WDAV’s Young Chamber Musicians Competition. The quartet also won the Bienen School’s second annual Dover Quartet competition. The group’s members are violinists Miki Nagahara and Natalie Lee, students of Shmuel Ashkenasi; violist Gabriel Napoli (17); and cellist Geirthrudur Gudmundsdottir (17).

The Northwestern University Trombone Choir won the International Trombone Association’s 2017 Emory Remington Trombone Choir Competition. Led by faculty member Christopher P. Davis, the choir performed a showcase program at the International Trombone  Festival in June at California’s University of Redlands. Members included undergraduates Kenton Campbell, Sean Holly, Nicholas Kemp, Aneesh Kumar, Spencer Schaffer, and James Seymour;  master’s students Brandon Bird, Charles Dieterle, James MacIntyre, and Andre Prouty; and 2017 BM graduates Thomas Holmes and Lena Piazza-Leman and MM graduates Ashley Carter, Stephanie Lebens, and Cory Wurtz.

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