Student Achievements

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Riana Anthony, a cello master’s student of Hans Jørgen Jensen, was a winner in the Bienen School’s Concerto/Aria Competition.

Steven Banks, a master’s saxophone student of Taimur Sullivan, placed first in the senior winds division of the University of Michigan’s inaugural M-Prize Competition as a member the Kenari Quartet. The group received a $20,000 prize. Banks also received an honorable mention in the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program competition.

Christopher Bennett, a master’s cello student of Hans Jørgen Jensen, was a member of a group that won the Bienen School Outstanding Chamber Ensemble Award.

Amy Blackburn, a violin student of Shmuel Ashkenasi, placed second in the Bienen School’s Samuel and Elinor Thaviu String Competition.

Devin Bopp, a music theory student, received the Bienen School’s 2016 Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award.

Conor Broaders, a dual-degree engineering major and voice student of Karen Brunssen, received an honorable mention in the upper college men’s category of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Chicago chapter’s classical competition.

Sung Chan Chang, a cello doctoral candidate studying with Hans Jørgen Jensen, was named associate principal cello of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.

Brannon Cho, a cello student of Hans Jørgen Jensen, received a 2016 Luminarts Fellowship in Classical Music. He was also selected as a fellow for the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival.

Hannah Christiansen, a master’s violin student of Gerardo Ribeiro, was a member of a group that won the Bienen School Outstanding Chamber Ensemble Award.

Tyrone Clinton Jr., a doctoral conducting student of Donald Nally, received a $22,000 grant from the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians. The grant will allow Clinton to conduct research in Mexico during the 2016–17 academic year on the villancico de negro, a genre native to the Iberian Peninsula that spread to Central and Latin America during the colonial period. His research focuses on appropriate performance practice in a modern setting.

Joshua Curtis, a master’s piano student of James Giles, received the 2016 Pauline Lindsey Award.

Alexandra Dee, a doctoral conducting student of Victor Yampolsky, was appointed director of orchestral activities at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.

Ciarán Doyle, a doctoral student in music theory and cognition, received a Mellon Interdisciplinary Cluster Fellowship in Rhetoric and Public Culture from Northwestern’s Graduate School.

William Fielding, a voice student of Karen Brunssen, placed second in the lower college men’s category of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Chicago chapter’s classical competition.

Sarah Gates, a doctoral student in music theory and cognition, received a four-year doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Dong-Wan Ha, a doctoral piano student of Alan Chow, received more than $25,000 in 2016 as winner of Germany’s Neue Sterne International Piano Competition, Spain’s Delia Steinberg International Piano Competition, and New Zealand’s Kerikeri International Piano Competition. Ha was also a winner in the Bienen School’s Concerto/Aria Competition.

Casey Karr, a master’s double bass student of Andrew Raciti, received a 2016 Texas Music Festival Orchestra fellowship.

Daniel Katz, a cello doctoral candidate studying with Hans Jørgen Jensen, was named adjunct assistant professor and artist in residence in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Music.

Aneesh Kumar, a trombone student of Michael Mulcahy, Douglas Wright, Timothy Higgins, Christopher Davis, and Randall Hawes, received a 2016 Texas Music Festival Orchestra fellowship.

EunAe Lee, a doctoral piano student of James Giles, advanced to the semifinals of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.

Kevin Lie, a piano student of Sylvia Wang, tied for third place in the Bienen School’s Thaviu-Isaak Endowed Piano Scholarship Competition.

Eric McConnell, a master’s voice student of W. Stephen Smith, was named a 2016 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist at Colorado’s Central City Opera.

Gabriel Napoli, a violin student of Robert Hanford, received a National Repertory Orchestra fellowship.

Megan Orticelli, a voice student of Theresa Brancaccio, won the third-year college division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Chicago chapter’s classical competition.

Miriam Piilonen, a doctoral student in music theory and cognition, received an Interdisciplinary Travel Grant for Mellon Affiliated Students from Northwestern and a Cornell School of Criticism and Theory fellowship.

Dmitri Pogorelov, a doctoral violin student of Gerardo Ribeiro, placed first in the Bienen School’s Samuel and Elinor Thaviu String Competition.

Kaileigh Riess, a voice student of Pamela Hinchman, was named a 2016 BonfilsStanton Foundation Studio Artist at Colorado’s Central City Opera.

Hyejeong Ryu, a master’s flute student of John Thorne, was a semifinalist in the 2016 Myrna Brown Competition.

Olga SanchezKisielewska, a doctoral candidate in music theory and cognition, won the 2016 Patricia Carpenter Emerging Scholar Award, conferred by the Music Theory Society of New York State, for best graduate student paper presented at its annual conference. As part of the prize, her paper will be published in the society’s journal, Theory and Practice.

Wickliffe Simmons, a cello student of Hans Jørgen Jensen, won the strings division of the 2016 Yamaha Young Performing Artists competition.

Amanda Stein, a doctoral candidate in musicology, received a Jewish Music Research Forum Travel Grant from the Association for Jewish Studies.

Alex Temple, a doctoral student in composition, received the William T. Faricy Award for Creative Music.

Noah Teplin, a music education and viola student of Carol Cook, received the Bernard and Sally Dobroski Award for Orchestration for Northwestern’s Waa-Mu Show.

Julius Tucker, a dual-degree engineering major and jazz piano student of Jeremy Kahn, received a 2016 Luminarts Fellowship in jazz improvisation.

Nicolas Wagner, a voice student of Pamela Hinchman, received a Summer Internship Grant from Northwestern to attend the Miami Summer Music Festival.

Gabriel Wernick, a dual-degree German major and voice student of Theresa Brancaccio, was a semifinalist in the Saint Petersburg International Competition of Opera Singers. He placed first in the upper college men’s category of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Chicago chapter’s classical competition.

Tanglewood Fellowships

Bienen School students and recent graduates who received 2016 Tanglewood Music Center Fellowships included Susan Kang, a flute student of John Thorne; Quinn Middleman (G16), a master’s voice student of W. Stephen Smith; Miki Nagahara, a violin student of Shmuel Ashkenasi; Bahareh Poureslami, a master’s voice student of Sunny Joy Langton; Russell Rybicki (G16), a master’s horn student of Gail Williams; and Aaron Schuman, a trumpet student of Robert Sullivan. Also receiving 2016 Tanglewood Fellowships were alumni Kelton Koch (14), Charlotte Malin (14), Steven White (14), Maya Cohon (15), Ryan Little (15), and Genevieve Tabby (15)

Bienen Students and Alumni Perform on WFMT

The Laydeez Quartet—violinists Susannah Foster (G15) and Sabrina Tabby (G16), violist Tara Lynn Ramsey (11), and Riana Anthony, a cello master’s student of Hans Jørgen Jensen—won the Bienen School’s first-annual Dover Quartet Competition in May and the following month gave a live performance on WFMT’s Music in Chicago. Stellio Trio was selected by the International Music Foundation to perform as part of the Chicago Cultural Center’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, broadcast on WFMT. Trio members are Hyejin Joo, a doctoral piano student of Alan Chow; Sung Chan Chang, a doctoral cello student of Hans Jørgen Jensen; and Yoorhi Choi, a doctoral violin student of Blair Milton.

2016 Graduates

Christian Bailey (G16), a master’s flute graduate from the studio of John Thorne, received the Walfrid Kujala Scholarship.

Emily Barnash (G16), a master’s voice graduate from the studio of W. Stephen Smith, received an Aspen Opera Center fellowship. She placed second in the North Shore Choral Society Competition.

Jonathan Bauerfeld (16), a composition graduate, received a John and Marietta Paynter Award for Outstanding Musical Contribution to the Waa-Mu Show.

Susan Bay (G16), a master’s graduate in musicology, received a teaching assistantship through the Fulbright Austria Program.

Hana Beloglavec (G16), a DMA trombone graduate from the studio of Michael Mulcahy, was named visiting assistant professor at Louisiana State University.

Christopher Betz (G16), a master’s graduate in music education, was named director of choral activities at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Palos Hills, Illinois.

Emily Carter (14, G16), a master’s tuba graduate from the studio of Rex Martin, was a semifinalist in the Leonard Falcone International Tuba Artist Competition.

Regina Ceragioli (G16), a master’s voice graduate from the studio of Nancy Gustafson, was named a 2016 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist at Colorado’s Central City Opera.

Katya Checkovich (16), a viola graduate who studied with Weijing Wang, was a member of a group that won the Bienen School Outstanding Chamber Ensemble Award.

Lilian Chou (G16), a master’s violin graduate from the studio of Blair Milton, accepted a violin faculty position at Wheaton College’s Community School of the Arts.

Qiyun Dai (G16), a master’s piano graduate from the studio of Alan Chow, placed second in the Bienen School’s Thaviu-Isaak Endowed Piano Scholarship Competition.

Joseph Dubas (16), a master’s trombone graduate from the studio of Michael Mulcahy, received a Music Academy of the West fellowship.

Chen-Shen Fan (G16), a master’s piano graduate from the studio of James Giles, received a 2016 Luminarts Fellowship in Classical Music and a 2016 Evanston Music Club and North Shore Musicians Club Scholarship, in addition to winning the Bienen School’s Thaviu-Isaak Endowed Piano Scholarship Competition.

Caitlin Finnie (16), a voice graduate from the studio of Pamela Hinchman, was featured in the ensemble of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s spring production of The King and I.

Christopher Fisher-Lochhead (G16), a DMA graduate in composition, received the William T. Faricy Award for Creative Music.

Zakkary Garner (G16), a master’s jazz studies graduate, accepted a position as music instructor for the gifted and talented in Louisiana’s Tangipahoa Parish.

Daniel Healy (G16), a PhD graduate in music education, was appointed visiting assistant professor of music education at Roosevelt University.

Alexandria Hoffman (16), a music education and flute graduate from the studio of John Thorne, received the Bienen School’s 2015 Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award.

Russell Houston (16), a cello graduate from the studio of Hans Jørgen Jensen, received third prize in the Bienen School’s Samuel and Elinor Thaviu String Scholarship Competition. He was selected as a fellow for the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival.

Emily Hoyler (G16), a PhD graduate in musicology, accepted a lecturer position at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jeanne Ireland (G16), a master’s voice graduate from the studio of Theresa Brancaccio, was named a Wolf Trap Opera 2016 Studio Artist.

Eugenia Jeong (G11, G16), a DMA piano graduate from the studio of James Giles, received the Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes Award of Excellence.

Cameron Kerl (16), a trombone graduate from the studio of Michael Mulcahy, received a John and Marietta Paynter Award for Outstanding Musical Contribution to the Waa-Mu Show.

Ji Soo Kim (16), a percussion graduate from the studio of She-e Wu, was a semifinalist in the Italy Percussive Arts Society Marimba Competition.

Kristina Knowles (G16), a PhD graduate in music theory and cognition, is an instructor of music theory at Arizona State University.

Madison Leonard (G16), a master’s voice graduate from the studio of Karen Brunssen, received a 2016 Luminarts Fellowship in Classical Music. She was named an apprentice artist at Des Moines Metro Opera.

Quinn Middleman (G16), a master’s voice graduate from the studio of W. Stephen Smith, was named a Chicago Opera Theater Young Artist and received a 2016 Tanglewood Music Center fellowship. She placed third in the Colburn School’s Ziering-Conlon Art Song Competition.

Danny Mui (G16), a master’s clarinet graduate from the studio of J. Lawrie Bloom, received the American Opera Society of Chicago Scholarship and the Evanston Music Club and North Shore Musicians Club Scholarship.

Ted Pickell (G16), a master’s voice graduate from the studio of W. Stephen Smith, received a Music Academy of the West fellowship.

Michael Powell (G16), a master’s voice graduate from the studio of W. Stephen Smith, received an Aspen Opera Center scholarship.

Grant Reed (G16), a master’s trombone graduate from the studio of Michael Mulcahy, received a Music Academy of the West fellowship.

Russell Rybicki (G16), a master’s horn graduate from the studio of Gail Williams, won a horn position in the New World Symphony.

Katie Salvatore (G16), a master’s oboe graduate from the studio of Scott Hostetler, received the Ray Still Award.

Alexander Schwarz (16), a trumpet graduate from the studio of Robert Sullivan, was a winner in the Bienen School’s Concerto/Aria Competition.

Yingying Su (G16), a DMA piano graduate from the studio of Alan Chow, accepted a visiting-faculty position in the University of Oklahoma piano department.

Sabrina Tabby (G16), a master’s violin graduate from the studio of Gerardo Ribeiro, is a member of the ensemble that placed first in the Dover Quartet Competition.

Wai Chi Tang (G16), a master’s percussion graduate from the studio of She-e Wu, received a Music Academy of the West fellowship. Jeffrey van den Scott (G16), a PhD graduate in musicology, was named adjunct professor at Newfoundland’s Memorial University.

Jilene VanOpdorp (G16), a master’s flute graduate from the studio of John Thorne, won the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s third flute/piccolo position. She was a winner in the Bienen School’s Concerto/Aria Competition.

Lena Vidulich (16), a violin graduate from the studio of Gerardo Ribeiro, received the Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, presented to the graduating Bienen School student with the highest cumulative GPA. She was also a member of a group that won the Bienen School Outstanding Chamber Ensemble Award.

Nathan Ward (G16), a master’s voice graduate from the studio of Karen Brunssen, was named a 2016 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist at Colorado’s Central City Opera. He was also a winner in the North Shore Choral Society Competition.

Jiang Xie (G16) a DMA orchestral conducting graduate who studied with Victor Yampolsky, was appointed a conducting teacher and conductor of student orchestras at China’s Shenyang Conservatory.

Alexander York (G16), a master’s voice graduate from the studio of W. Stephen Smith, received a 2016 Luminarts Fellowship in Classical Music. He received the Central City Opera John Moriarty Award, the Chicago Bel Canto Foundation Bella Voce Award, and the Theater Augsburg Scholarship. York was a finalist in the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra National Young Artist Competition and the Singers’ Club of Cleveland’s S. Livingston Mather Scholarship Competition. He was also a finalist for the American Prize Chicago Oratorio Award.

Xun Zheng (G16), a master’s piano graduate from the studio of Alan Chow, received the 2015 Pauline Lindsey Award. He also tied for third place in the Bienen School’s Thaviu-Isaak Endowed Piano Scholarship Competition.

Renée Fleming leads alumni in master class

Two 2016 Bienen School of Music graduates participated in a master class with renowned soprano Renée Fleming at Colorado’s Aspen Music Festival and School in July. Alexander York and Emily Barnash were among the Aspen Opera Center students selected for the master class with Fleming, an Aspen alumna.

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