Jazz faculty artist Michael Formanek‘s new CD The Rub and Spare Change has received positive critiques from many reviewers. The New York Times calls Formanek a “nimble and powerful bassist,” and The Financial Times praises the release’s “fine balance of written signposts and free playing.”
Rub and Spare Change, NewMusicBox, 10/12/10
Michael Formanek: Practice What You Teach, Jazz Times, 9/15/10
The New Season | Pop, The New York Times, 9/10/10
Michael Formanek: The Rub and Spare Change,
The Financial Times, 9/11/10
Michael Formanek: The Rub and Spare Change, The Guardian, 9/2/10
Bu Kyung Shin (MM ’10) was awarded a full scholarship plus a stipend for the doctoral program at the University of Maryland in Collaborative Piano.
Sophomore Jennifer Nicole Campbell, a piano student of Brian Ganz, was awarded first prize in the Senior Division (ages 19-25) of the 1000 Islands International Chopin Piano Competition. Campbell competed in three different rounds of the competition from September 9-11 at the competition in Cape Vincent, N.Y.
Master of Music candidate Kelsey Tamayo (BM ’11, Percussion) won the prestigious Jan and Beattie Wood Young Artist Concerto Competition at the 2011 Brevard Music Festival. She performed on the “Soloist of Tomorrow” concert under the baton of Ken Lam (MM ’07, Conducting). In addition to performing with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, winners of the competition receive a full scholarship to attend the 2012 Brevard Music Festival and Institute.
Graduate Performance Diploma candidate Katelyn Jackman (MM ’11) sang in the 9/11 Concert for Hope at the Kennedy Center with the National Cathedral. President Obama, Denyce Graves, Patti LaBelle, Alan Jackson, and Anderson Cooper were in attendance.