[ students & alumni ]

Hannah Collins appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Cello at University of Kansas

hannah_collinsHannah Collins ’08 MM ’09 AD has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Cello at to the the University of Kansas School of Music. Her appointment will begin in fall 2016.

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Winner of De Linkprijs for contemporary interpretation, cellist Hannah Collins takes an active role in catalyzing and championing the works of young composers as a soloist and as part of the duo New Morse Code (with YSM alumnus Michael Compitello ’09 MM ’12 MMA ’16 DMA). She is co-director of the Avaloch Farm New Music Initiative and appears frequently on both modern and Baroque cello with Cantata Profana, The Sebastians, NOVUS NY, and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra.

A dedicated teaching artist, Collins is an alumna of Ensemble ACJW, a professional development program focused on chamber music performance, teaching artistry, and arts advocacy through the resources of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, Weill Music Institute, and the NYC Department of Education.

Collins holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Yale College and graduate degrees in cello performance from the Yale School of Music and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. She is currently pursuing a doctorate at the City University of New York Graduate Center and serving as a teaching fellow at Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music.

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Published May 24, 2016
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Michael Compitello, percussion, offers DMA recital Sep. 17

Mike Compitello | photo by Matt Fried

Mike Compitello | photo by Matt Fried

Percussionist Michael Compitello will perform music by Xenakis, Golijov, and more in his DMA recital on Thursday, September 17. The performance, which also features cellist Hannah Collins, takes place at 7:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

The program includes three works for solo percussion: Tonia Ko’s Blue Skin of the Sea, Georges Aperghis’ Le Corps à Corps, and Iannis Xenakis’ Psappha.

Compitello will also perform with fellow YSM graduate Hannah Collins as part of New Morse Code, a cello/percussion duo. New Morse Code was inspired by pieces such as Nick Didkovsky’s Caught by the Sky with Wire and Osvaldo Golijov’s tragic ballad Mariel, both of which are on Thursday’s program. In addition, New Morse Code will perform Tonia Ko’s Hush, written expressly for them. MORE

Published September 15, 2015
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Alumni duo New Morse Code receives grant from Chamber Music America

New Morse Code

New Morse Code

The cello/percussion duo New Morse Code has been awarded a 2014 Classical Commissioning Grant from Chamber Music America. The duo — made up of percussionist Michael Compitello ’09MM, ’12MMA and cellist Hannah Collins ’08MM, ’09AD — will work with composer Christopher Stark on a new piece for cello, percussion, and electronics.

The grant will support the creation of this new piece, which will be premiered in the 2015–2016 season. Called The Language of Landscapes, Stark’s composition will leverage the unique sonic terrain of cello and percussion—transforming real and imagined landscapes into compelling musical spaces.

The journey created in the piece will begin with Michael’s Southwest desert home, traveling through the deciduous hills of upstate New York (Hannah’s home) and finally towards the wide sky of Christopher’s northern Rockies.

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Published October 1, 2014
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