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Alumni News | September 2023

cornelia sommer

Cornelia Sommer. Photo by Ron Cohen Mann

Join us in congratulating our exceptional alums on their recent successes!

Harpsichordist Alexander Bauhart ’99MMA returned to St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Bristol, R.I., as Music Director. Bauhart served as the congregation's Director of Music in the early 2000s.

Composer Jack Frerer ’22MM ’23MMA was named an adjunct professor at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music.

Guitarist Jeremy N. Grall ’99MM was appointed Director of the School of Music at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Grall previously served as an area chair and as Music Department Chair at Birmingham-Southern College.

Simon Karakulidi ’22MM won the Gold Medal at the Arcangelo Speranza Piano Competition in Taranto, Italy.

Linda Lee
Linda Lee

Pianist Linda Lee ’23MM ’24MMA won Fourth Prize at the International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów, Poland.

Violinist Gregory Lewis ’19MM ’27DMA was named a winner of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Musical Instrument Bank competition and was awarded the 1768 “Miller” Gagliano, on which Lewis will perform over the next three years. Lewis will also be engaged in performances that showcase the competition's winners.

Ascension, the second album by pianist Michael Noble ’12MM ’14MMA ’20DMA, was released in September. The recording juxtaposes transcriptions of medieval and Renaissance works with pieces composed between 1965 and the present.

The world premiere of Sanctuary and Storm, an immersive chamber opera by composer Tawnie Olson ’99MM ’00AD and librettist Roberta Barker, will be co-produced in November by the Vancouver Opera and re:Naissance Opera. Debi Wong ’10MM will serve as Artistic Director and Producer, Arianne Abela ’10MM will conduct, and vocalists Mireille Asselin ’10MM and Dashon Burton ’11MM will perform alongside mezzo-soprano Marion Newman.

Anthony Ratinov ’20BS ’22MM ’23MMA won Second Prize at the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition.

Galeano Salas
Galeano Salas

Tenor Galeano Salas ’13MM earned the Bavarian State Opera's Festival Prize, which is given to ascendant artists. Salas will make his debut with Teatro Regio di Torino and Teatro Carlo Felice, in Genoa, and will return to Teatro Colon and Semperoper Dresden.

Hyojin Shin ’22MM ’23MMA won First Prize and the prize for the best performance of Spanish music at the Teresa Carreño International Master Piano Competition in Miami.

Cornelia Sommer ’16MM was appointed Second Bassoonist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Sommer will also teach bassoon at Oakland University, in Rochester Hills, Mich.

Andrew Stadler ’17MM was appointed Second Trumpeter of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Adjunct Professor of High Brass at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, and Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Clarinetist Elisha Willinger ’18MM was appointed to the faculty at Ball State University, in Muncie, Ind., as Assistant Teaching Professor of Clarinet.

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