Timothy Jones, a sophomore piano student of Marian Hahn, received first prize in piano at the Music Teachers National Association’s Competition for Young Artist Performance. He performed as part of the winner’s concert on March 21 at 3:30 pm.
Clara Plestis, a current senior honors student studying voice and the recent winner of the 2016 Hal Leonard Publishing vocal competition in the art song category, will perform her second solo concert of opera, musical theatre, jazz, cabaret and rock at the E Spot Lounge of Vitello’s Restaurant in Studio City, Calif., on Thursday, March 23, at 8:00 pm. Find tickets and more information here.
Angelina Lim, a Preparatory flute student of JeeYoung Rachel Choe (MM ’02, GPD ’03, DMA ’09, Flute), received Honorable Mention at The U.S. Army Orchestra’s 2017 Young Artist Competition. Ms. Lim has been invited to perform with the U.S. Army Orchestra in their May 7, 3:00 pm, performance of Gershwin’s An American in Paris at Brucker Hall on Fort Myer. Ms. Lim also recently performed as a concerto soloist with Baltimore Symphony in the side-by-side concert at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.
Charles Halka (BM ’06, Piano; MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy), who studied piano with Brian Ganz (AD ’93, Piano) and composition with Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) and Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition), won first place in Division 1 of the of the 2017 Tribeca New Music Young Composer Competition for his composition Por la Fuerza las Tierras. Thomas Kotcheff (BM ’10, Piano), another former Conservatory student of Dr. Adashi, was awarded runner-up status in Division 1 for his composition scratch cradle. Preparatory composition students of Dr. Adashi, Samuel Lam, Lila Quillin, and Kevin Su received “Emerging Composer” recognition in Division 2 of the competition for their compositions Sonatine, City Suite, and Infernal Drums, respectively.
On Saturday, March 11, Opus Concert Theatre presented a season preview and release party for Vive La France, a CD of operatic arias and original compositions by Diana Cantrelle (MM ’12, Voice, Pedagogy). The performance featured selections from Carmen and Amahl and the Night Visitors, as well as selections from Vive La France, performed by Ms. Cantrelle, mezzo-soprano, Ju Young Lee (MM ’14, Vocal Accompanying), piano, Albert Nidel, baritone, and Melissa Chavez, soprano.