Rayna Slavova (MM ’13, Vocal Accompanying) has won the Irving Shain Competition for Woodwind-Piano Duos at the University of Wisconsin, where she is a second-year, full scholarship doctoral student in collaborative piano. Ms. Slavova performed selections by Schumann, Gabriel Pierne, Eugene Bourdeau, and Charles Koechlin at the culminating Winner’s Recital at University of Wisconsin’s Morphy Recital Hall on March 11.
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.
Portions of degree recitals performed last spring by Johanna Kvam (MM ’16, Vocal Accompanying), and Grace Srinivasan (MM ’16, Voice) are scheduled to air on WWFM’s “Celebrating Our Musical Future” program on Monday, February 6, at 8:00 pm. The program will be streamed at www.wwfm.org.
Eileen Cornett, director of graduate vocal accompanying program in collaborative piano, will being playing keyboard for the national tour of Beautiful, the Musical at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theater from January 24-29. Find tickets and more information here.
Mijin Choi (MM ’11, Vocal Accompanying) has been appointed as staff pianist/coach at Binghamton University in NY. Her duties include coaching singers individually and for the opera ensemble of the opera department. Mijin has been a coach accompanist for Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Twin Cities Fringe Opera, the Johanna Meier Opera Theater Institute, the Orford Music Festival, and the Lingua e Canto and La Musica Lirica programs in Italy.