Late Fall 2018

Recent Orchestral, Academic and Professional Appointments 

  • Tanner Antonetti (MM ’16) – Second Trombone, Virginia Symphony Orchestra
  • Joshua Baker (former Master’s student) – Principal Bassoon, The Florida Orchestra
  • Andrew Buchanan  (MM ’00) – Principal Timpani, Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico
  • Tamer Edlebi (MM ’17) – Associate Principal Oboe, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
  • Ian Hallas (BM ‘13) – Acting Principal Double Bass, Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Tomasz Kowalczyk (MM ‘18) – Percussion, Sarasota Orchestra
  • Anthony Limoncelli (current Mater’s student) – Principal Trumpet, Sarasota Orchestra
  • Lin Ma (MM ’13) – Principal Clarinet, National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, D.C.
  • Zoë Miller (BM ’16) – Concertmaster, Miss Saigon National Tour Orchestra
  • Dylan Morrongiello (MM ’18) – Studio Artist, Florida Grand Opera’s 2018-19 season
  • Ansel Norris (current Master’s student) – Assistant Principal/Second Trumpet, Naples Philharmonic
  • Dominic Rotella (current Master’s student) – Principal Horn, Richmond Symphony Orchestra
  • Malorie Blake Shin (MM ’12) – Second Violin section (2018-19 season), National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, D.C.
  • Jessica Sindell (former Master’s student) – Assistant Principal Flute, The Cleveland Orchestra
  • Tara Slough (BM ’12) – Assistant Professor of Politics, New York University
  • Andrew Staupe (DMA ‘16) – Artistic Director, Young Artist World Piano Festival
  • Alexa Thomson (MM ’18) – Community-Embedded Musician, Houston Symphony Orchestra
  • Pei-Ju Wu (MM ’07) – Principal Second Violin, Des Moines Metro Opera

Competitions, Awards, Performances and Premieres 

Frederick Ballentine (MM ’14) made his U. K. debut singing Sportin’ Life in the English National Opera’s first staging of Porgy and Bess.

Current Master’s percussionist Joe Desotelle won the Keston/MAX London Symphony Fellowship. In January, he will perform with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Simon Rattle.

Dover String Quartet returns as the Kennedy Center’s new Quartet-in-Residence. In the first season of this three-year residency, the Dover’s will showcase a work by Kennedy Center’s Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates.

Singer Zanna Fredland (MM ’02) will perform in Pittsburgh CLO’s “A Musical Christmas Carol”.

Violinist Luke Hsu (BM ’12) won the bronze medal at the 10th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

The Chamber Music Society of Utica presented the Jasper String Quartet  MM’08 (J. Freivogel and Sae Chonabayashi, violins; Samuel Quintal, viola; Rachel Henderson, cello), the Professional Quartet-in-Residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians.

Pianist Joseph Kingma (BM ’11, MM ’13) opened the 2018-19 St. James Concert season in Alexandria, LA with a recital of works by Jean-Philippe Rameau and Franz Liszt followed by the expressive and impassioned works of the French master, Claude Debussy.

Pianist Timothy Krippner (MM ’17) returned to perform at The Kalmia Garden’s Fall Farmhouse Concert.

Tenor Rafael Moras (MM ’14) will be a featured artist in The Santa Fe Opera’s 2018 Winter Tour.

Organist Daryl Robinson (MM ’14) performed at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, co-sponsored by St. Paul’s Music & American Guild of Organists, Indianapolis Chapter.

Pianist Nicholas Ross (DMA ’02) opened for Sweet Briar College’s 2018-19 Janet Lowrey Community Concert Series.

Mezzo-soprano Carolyn Sproule (MM ’12) returned to her hometown to join the Opera de Montreal for the 2018-19 season to perform the role of Maddalena in Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto.

Pianist Andrew Staupe (DMA ’16) launched the Grand Teton Music Festival’s 2018-19 new Community Series.

Verona Quartet (Jonathan Ong, violin; Dorothy Ro, (MM ’14) violin; Abigail Rojansky, viola; Warren Hagerty, cello) returned to the Luneburg Academy of Music Performance to teach a one-day chamber music academy and perform two concerts.

Current composition student Nicholas Yamamoto was named Emerging Composer Fellow for Musiqa’s 2018-2019 season. He is commissioned to write a new chamber work for the LOFT Concert series at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston in late spring 2019. “Fixed Objects on a Moving Plane” (2017) for quadraphonic fixed-media was selected for performance at Florida State University’s Biennial Festival for New Music 2019.

Pianist Yangmingtian Zhao (MM ’16) performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall to a sold-out house.