Student Achievements

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

Students: If you would like your achievements to be published on this page, please use our online submission form, or submit via email to fanfare@northwestern.edu. (Note: If you are submitting digital images to go along with your news item, you must use the email address and attach those images to the email.) We reserve the right to edit your item for either online or print publication.

Adam Attard, a master’s double bass student of Andrew Raciti, was accepted into the 48th New York String Orchestra Seminar. The program took place in December and included two performances in Carnegie Hall.

Steven Banks, a master’s saxophone student of Taimur Sullivan, recently presented a guest recital and master class at Lawrence University, performed with the Fonema Consort at the Ear Taxi Festival, and per-formed on Chicago’s Fine Arts Music series in January. He was selected to speak at the TEDxNorthwesternU Conference 2017. Banks is a member of the award-winning Kenari Quartet, which recently signed with Classics Alive Artists. The group’s debut album, released in December by Naxos, features saxophone quartet works by French composers.

Jacob Berglin, a doctoral candidate in music education, presented research at the Michigan Music Conference, the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium, and the New Directions in Music Education Conference. His article “An Interview with Olivia Gude about Connecting School and Community Arts Practice” was published in Arts Education Policy Review.

David Chapman-Orr, a master’s double bass student of Andrew Raciti, participated in the Domaine Forget International Music Festival.

Yiyi Chen, a master’s piano student of James Giles, and Sean Yeh, a doctoral piano student of Alan Chow, presented “Eight Hands Are Better Than Two: Values of the Piano Ensemble Experience” with piano alumni Chen-Shen Fan (G16) and Tonia Miki (G16) at the Illinois State Music Teachers Conference in November.

Daniel Dehaan, a doctoral candidate in music composition, was named a 2016–17 field fellow by the University of Chicago as part of its ongoing Arts, Science, and Culture Initiative. Field Trip/Field Notes/Field Guide is an interdisciplinary consortium of fellows from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Chicago, and Northwestern University. Graduate students from the participating institutions participate in and initiate seminars, expeditions, lectures, and discussions throughout the fellowship year.

Erica Desaulniers, a doctoral student in music education, presented the paper “Crossing the Moat: Making Musical Connections with the Community” at the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium in February. She led a clinic at the 2017 Illinois Music Education Conference on the music component of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.

Jashen Edwards, a master’s student in music education, presented research at the 2016 National Conference on Higher Education in Prison with colleagues representing the Northwestern University Center for Civic Engagement. Their paper, “Mapping Musical Pedagogies in a Chicago Juvenile Detention Center,” offered findings from their work at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Edwards presented similar research while participating on a panel with associate professor Maud Hickey at the International Society of Music Education Conference in Scotland.

Antonio Escobedo, a master’s double bass student of Andrew Raciti, won a position in the Madison Symphony Orchestra. In 2016 he received an Aspen orchestra string fellowship.

Alexander Fang, a piano student of Alan Chow, received an honorable mention in the young artist division of the Illinois State Music Teachers National Association piano competition.

Leanna Ginsburg, a master’s flute student of John Thorne, won a position as second flute fellow with Orchestra Next for performances with the Eugene Ballet Company.

Dong-Wan Ha, a doctoral piano student of Alan Chow, won first prize in the Piana del Cavaliere International Piano Competition and will return to Italy for a solo performance this year. He also won first prize in the Paderewski International Piano Competition and third prize in the Inter-national Baltic Piano Competition. As the winner of the 2016 Neue Sterne International Piano Competition, Ha returned to Germany in November to present a solo recital. He has also recently participated in the Marbella International Piano Master-class and attended the PyeongChang International Music Festival and School. As a Bienen School Concerto Competition winner, he performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major with the North western University Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Robert G. Hasty.

Derek Hartman, a piano student of James Giles, won the young artist division of the Illinois State Music Teachers National Association piano competition.

Xuesha Hu, a master’s piano student of Alan Chow, won first prize and $15,000 in the Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition. In addition to the cash prize, the win provides concerto engagements with the Phoenix Symphony and a future recital in New York’s Merkin Concert Hall.

Andy Hudson (G12), a doctoral clarinet student of Steven Cohen, was a fellow at the 2016 Bang on a Can Summer Festival. In November he performed Weber’s Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major as soloist with the Mid-Columbia Symphony Orchestra in Richland, Washington. Hudson has received invitations to present and perform this year in Ohio at Bowling Green State University’s New Music Gathering and in Florida at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest in Orlando.

Casey Karr, a master’s double bass student of Andrew Raciti, participated in the Domaine Forget International Music Festival.

Rachael Kerr (G11), a doctoral candidate studying piano performance and collaborative arts with Sylvia Wang, was selected to join the Canadian Opera Company ensemble studio for 2017–18.

Frank Laucerica, a voice student of Kurt Hansen, was selected as a finalist for the Men in Opera division of the American Prize competition.

Amanda McClintock, a doctoral candidate in music education, presented “Teach as Though They Will: A Philosophical Discussion of Ability-Oriented Teaching in Music Education” at the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium. She also led a clinic at the 2017 Illinois Music Educators Conference and presented a poster with assistant professor Sarah Bartolome on music programming for children with disabilities.

Eric McConnell, a master’s voice student of W. Stephen Smith, was named a 2017 apprentice artist with Opera Saratoga, where he will cover Pistola in Verdi’s Falstaff and sing President Prexy and cover Mr. Mister in Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock.

Paul Nemeth, a doctoral double bass candidate studying with Andrew Raciti, is now a member of the Orchestra NOW program at Bard College.

Megan Orticelli, a voice student of Theresa Brancaccio, was awarded a Turano Family Scholarship at the Casa Italia Cultural Center vocal competition in Stone Park, Illinois.

An Tran, a doctoral guitar student of Anne Waller, received second prize in the Berlin International Guitar Competition in October.

Brian Weidner, a doctoral candidate in music education, presented the paper “Integrating Literacy Strategies into Preservice Music Education” at the College Music Society National Conference and presented research at the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium. His article “Developing Musical Independence in a High School Band” was published in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education.

LJ White, a doctoral candidate in music composition, received a commission from Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble to write a multivoice song cycle. The commission is funded by Chamber Music America’s Classical Commissioning Grant. 

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

Evan Wong, a doctoral piano student of Alan Chow, won second prize and the audience prize in Japan’s Sendai International Music Competition. He returned to Japan in February to perform concerts in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, and Sendai.

Lena Zeliszewska, a doctoral candidate studying violin with Gerardo Ribeiro, was named associate principal first violin for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow.

Muzi Zhao, a piano student of Alan Chow, won the senior division of the Illinois State Music Teachers National Association piano competition. He then competed at the MTNA East Central Division level, where he was named an alternate winner.

Quartet Kudos

Nois—a saxophone quartet consisting of Brandon Quarles, Hunter Bockes, Janos Csontos, and Jordan Lulloff—won first prize in the Chicago Woodwind Ensemble Competition. All are master’s students of Taimur Sullivan.

Quartet Ami was selected to perform at the Mineral Point Chamber Music Festival in June. Members are violinists Miki Nagahara and Natalie Lee, students of Shmuel Ashkenasi; violist Gabriel Napoli, a student of Robert Hanford; and cellist Geirthrudur Gudmundsdottir, a student of Hans Jørgen Jensen.

 

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