Helen Callus (GPD ’94) Reply

Helen Callus (GPD ’94) recorded the complete works for viola and orchestra by Gordon Jacob with the BBC Concert Orchestra in London. She also recorded a new work written for her by Rachel Matthews (MM’91, DMA ’94, Piano)  which recently won the top prize in the American Viola Society’s Maurice Gardner Composition Competition. Last September, she recorded the complete Bach Suites in Domaine Forget, Quebec, for Canada’s independent record company, Analekta.

Callus has also been busy making guest appearances with the Tokyo and Juilliard String Quartets; in studio live radio appearances for Performance Today and Saint Paul Sunday.

Recently awarded full professorship at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she has taught over 40 master classes at conservatories around the country including the Cleveland Institute, New England Conservatory, Rice School of Music, Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music and residencies at Indiana University and the Colburn School in Los Angeles. Past president of the American Viola Society, she continues to be active as an advocate for the viola with articles published in  Strings magazine and other publications. Her web site, www.HelenCallus.com, is being re-launched this fall.

Visit to Shanghai Conservatory Reply

Keng-Yuen Tseng visited Shanghai Conservatory in May with fellow faculty artists Victoria Chiang, Boris Slutsky, Alan Stepansky, and Peabody Director Jeffrey Sharkey. The group also included GPD candidates Hana Morford, viola, and Julie Ahn, violin; AD candidate Marie-Eve Poupart, violin; and alumnae Kathryn Kilian (BM ’10, Violin) and Jiaying Joanna Wang (BM ’10, Violin). They performed at the Conservatory and in the Shanghai Concert Hall, where the concert was televised throughout Shanghai city area and later throughout China.

Christian Colberg (BM ’89, MM ’91, GPD ’93) Reply

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra announced that Christian Colberg (BM ’89, MM ’91, GPD ’93) has won the spot of principal viola and will begin his tenure in September.  Colberg, a native of Puerto Rico, was previously with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, where he served as assistant principal viola.