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Alumni News: Summer 2012

Mon, Aug 13, 2012
Evan Meier (DMA Composition '12) will participate in The Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute. Co-presented each season by the Minnesota Orchestra and American Composers Forum in cooperation with New Music USA, the Institute provides the opportunity for emerging symphonic composers from across the nation to participate in an intensive immersion into the world of a major American symphony orchestra. Directed by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis, the 12th annual Composer Institute will run from ran from January 7 to 11, 2013, highlighted by the seventh annual Future Classics concert of works by this year's seven featured composers, conducted by Osmo Vänskä.

Tom Schneider (MM bassoon '10) recently won the principal bassoon position in the Richmond Symphony. See his featured profile on the RSO website.

Tom Fleming (former DMA student and member of Graduate Woodwind Quintet SIREN) won a bassoon fellowship with the New World Symphony.

Samantha Brenner (former DMA student) won the principal bassoon position in the Mexico City Philharmonic.

Phil Ravita (MM Jazz Bass '11) received a grant from the City of Baltimore Office of Promotion of the Arts to put on a jazz performance for the Free Fall Baltimore Series. Titled "Jazz 1959", the show will take place at An Die Musik in Baltimore on 9/29, and will include other alumni Tim Powell (MM Jazz Saxophone '06), Nucleo Vega (BM Percussion '00) and Greg Small (MM Jazz Piano '08). Click here for tickets.

Soprano Catherine Verrilli (DMA '97 Voice Opera Performance) made her Carnegie Hall debut in recital as a member of Trio Lorca (soprano, percussion, flute) in a program containing music of George Crumb, Xavier Montsalvatge, Joaquin Rodrigo. Dr. Verrilli is currently authoring a book on music and world cultures, to be published by Kendall Hunt. She has been on the faculty of St. Cloud State University since 1999. See her YouTube clip, "How to teach a song."

Eliza Ching (DMA, Collaborative Piano ‘12) received a prize for "Best Collaborative Pianist" in the 2012 E-Gre National Music Competition, which is considered the most important annual contemporary music competition for exceptional emerging Canadian performing artists in piano, voice, and strings.

Andrew Owens (Maryland Opera Studio ‘10) has been engaged to sing in Ariodante at the Salzburg Festival next year. His role is Lurcanio, which Andrew says has three excellent arias. In addition to his Salzburg contract, Andrew will be singing in Vienna at the Theater an der Wien next spring. His roles include: the leads in Cambiale di Matrimonio and La Boheme ( the latter with a chamber orchestra), and smaller roles in Mathis der Maler, Fidelio, Comte Ory, and the second tenor in Rossini's cantata, Nozze di Teti. His Vienna contract is for 2 years and he will be singing in at least one production with UMD alumn, Charles Reid (MOS ‘98).

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