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Faculty appointments for YSM alumni

December 5, 2011

Michael Mizrahi ’08DMA, ’04MMA was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Piano at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Mizrahi has presented lecture-recitals and masterclasses at The American School in Switzerland (TASIS), the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He was a fellow of The Academy and a member of Ensemble ACJW. An avid proponent of contemporary music, Mr. Mizrahi is a founding member of NOW Ensemble. He is also a founding member of the Moët Trio, which recently completed a two-year residency at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Noted for his ability to connect with audiences of all ages, Mr. Mizrahi has performed as soloist with the Houston Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, and others in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Kimmel Center, and the Kennedy Center. He has performed chamber music in Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Gardner Museum, and at festivals including Music@Menlo, the Ravinia Festival, and Yellow Barn.

Michael Mizrahi captured both First Prize and the Audience Choice Award in the Ima Hogg Competition, as well as first prizes in the Berkeley Piano Club Competition, the International Bartok-Kabalevsky Competition, and the Iowa International Piano Competition. He is also a winner of Astral Artists’ 2005 National Auditions. At Yale, he studied with Claude Frank.

Oboist Andrew Parker ’03MM has been appointed Assistant Professor of Oboe at the University of Iowa. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music and Master’s degree at Yale University, he finished doctoral studies at the University of Michigan, where he was the Graduate Student Instructor. In his time at the University of Michigan, Andrew was a finalist in the concerto competition and was asked to represent the university by performing in the Conservatory Project at the Kennedy Center.

Andrew has also taught and coached chamber music at various international music festivals, including the FEMUSC festival in Brazil, the Hartwick Festival in New York, and the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont. In 2009 he was appointed the English horn fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. He has also attended the Sarasota Music Festival, the Carnegie Hall Orchestral Workshop for Winds and Brass, and the Pine Mountain Music Festival, among others. Andrew has performed with orchestras including the Florida Orchestra, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Aspen Festival Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Flint Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Great Falls Symphony, and the Plymouth Symphony. He is currently the interim principal oboe of the Quad Cities Symphony.

Mindy Heinsohn ’10MM has been appointed as Lecturer in Music at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland for the 2011-2012 academic year. She is also on the flute faculty at the International School of Music in Bethesda, Maryland. Mindy has made solo appearances with the American Youth Philharmonic and Sewanee Festival Orchestra, and has worked with conductors such as Marin Alsop, Reinbert de Leeuw, Peter Oundjian, and Krzysztof Penderecki. She was previously the former principal flutist of the American Youth Philharmonic and member of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. She has attended festivals such as Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Brevard Music Center, and Le Domaine Forget. An advocate for new music, Mindy is a former member of After Now and Sonar, two organizations focused on promoting new chamber music in the Baltimore-Washington area, as well as a former member of Opus Nine, and has given the premieres of several new works.

In 2010, Mindy Heinsohn was invited by Jan Vogler to attend the Moritzburg Festival Academy. She made her Ukrainian debut, including a nationwide TV production, with violinist Andrej Bielow. She has served as flute instructor at the Brigitte Steck Musikschule in Germany. In the upcoming season, Mindy has been invited to perform with the internationally renowned Szymanowski Quartet in both Germany and Ukraine, as well as with Bobby Thorp, trumpeter in the Synergy Brass Quintet.

Mindy is currently on the faculty at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland and the International School of Music in Bethesda, Maryland.

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