Sean Chen (BM ’10, MM ’12, piano) became the 2013 DeHaan Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association in April. Runners-up for the award, which includes a two-year fellowship, cash, career assistance, and recording opportunities, included second-year master’s student Sara Daneshpour and Eric Zuber (MM ’11).
Christine Lamprea (BM ’11, cello) won first place in the 16th annual Sphinx competition, which took place in February in Detroit.
Jeanette Vecchione (BM ’06, MM ’08, voice) performed the national anthem at a Miami Heat game in February. That same month she performed Mozart’s Magic Flute with the Florida Grand Opera.
Brandon Cedel (Pre-College ’06) sang the role of Nerbulone in Gotham Chamber Opera’s production of Eliogabolo, in March at New York City’s the Box.
In March, Miranda Cuckson (Pre-College ’90; BM ’94, MM ’01, DMA ’06, violin), working through her nonprofit organization, Nunc, organized a concert of Ralph Shapey’s chamber music as part of the University of Chicago’s Contempo series. Cuckson performed with Cyrus Beroukhim (MM ’01, DMA ’07, violin), David Fulmer (MM ’06, DMA ’11, composition) playing the viola, doctoral cello candidate Chris Gross, Blair McMillen (MM ’95, piano), and clarinet faculty member Charles Neidich. The works performed were Shapey’s 2 for 5 for clarinet quintet, String Quartet No. 10, Five for violin and piano, and Piano Quintet.
In April, the Richard Tucker Foundation announced that mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard (BM ’04, MM ’06, voice) won the Richard Tucker award, given annually “an American singer poised on the edge of a major national and international career.” The foundation also awarded soprano Erin Morley (MM ’05, Artist Diploma ’07, voice) with a Richard Tucker Career Grant and baritone Will Liverman (MM ’12, voice) and Lauren Snouffer (MM ’11, voice) with Sara Tucker Study Grants.
Kati Agocs (MM ’02, DMA ’05, composition) has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship. She teaches at the New England Conservatory.
Last August, Arash Amini (MM ’99, Professional Studies ’00, cello) performed with singer-songwriter Christina Perri for her shows at PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey and Nikon Jones Beach in New York, during her North American tour with Jason Mraz. Amini is the artistic director and concert coordinator of the Musicians Emergency Fund, which will present a concert on May 5 at Alice Tully Hall that will feature, among others, Philippe Quint (Pre-College ’92; BM ’96, MM ’98, violin), Kristin Lee (Pre-College ’04; BM ’08, MM ’10, violin), Jessica Lee (MM ’03, violin), and viola faculty member Paul Neubauer (BM ’82, MM ’83, viola).
On May 22, Sandra Nikolajevs (BM ’97, bassoon) and Nonoko Okada (MM ’01, violin) will be joined by five musicians for the Carnegie Hall debut, in Weill Recital Hall, of Chamber Music Charleston, which Nikolajevs founded in 2006. The concert will include music by Mozart, Brahms, and Gershwin as well as the world premiere of Charleston Episodes by Terry Vosbien.
In March, Charles Hulin (MM ’96, piano) and Jeff Prillaman (MM ’94, voice) performed as part of the Celebrate the Arts series at the Second Presbyterian Church in Carlisle, Pa. On July 13, they will perform Hulin’s song cycle Come Thou Fount at the American Hymn Society in Richmond, Va.
In March, Audra McDonald (BM ’93, voice) performed at the gala concert that kicked off the yearlong celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Schuster Center in Dayton, Ohio.
Darynn Zimmer (MM ’87, voice) performed the role of Alberta Kinsey in the world premiere of Robert Wilson’s Zinnias: The Life of Clementine Hunter, produced by Peak Performances at the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair (N.J.) State University in January and February. In March, Zimmer performed a recital titled A Poulenc Remembrance at the Casa Italiana at Columbia University; the program included the seldom-performed Trois poèmes de Louise de Vilmorin. The recital was a joint production of the Bohemians (New York Musicians Club) and the Joy in Singing organization. Jonathan Ware (MM ’09, collaborative piano) was Zimmer’s accompanist.
Francois Regis Chanon (BM ’82, MM ’83, cello) has joined the faculty of the Stuart (Fla.) School of Music.
Lucille Beer (Pre-College ’73; MM ’82, voice) performed in November with the Canton (Ohio) Symphony as the contralto soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, conducted by Gerhardt Zimmermann. In May she will be the mezzo-soprano soloist with the Walla Walla (Wash.) Symphony in Verdi’s Requiem conducted by Yaacov Bergman. In August, Beer will make her Seattle Opera debut as Erda in the company’s upcoming production of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle. It will be staged by director Juilliard faculty member Stephen Wadsworth and conducted by Asher Fisch.
In September, Carrie Feiner (MM ’81, piano) became the concert manager for violinist Stephanie Chase (Pre-College ’72)
In April, a recording of Messier Catalogue of Star Clusters and Nebulae by Bruce Lazarus (Pre-College ’74; BM ’78, MM ’79, composition) was released on Naxos. The work is a series of 14 piano pieces based on the work of French astronomer Charles Messier who compiled a list of approximately 110 diffuse objects in the night sky.
Kathleen Supové (BM ’75, Professional Studies ’76, piano) is presenting new solo piano works throughout New York this spring; many of them part of her large-scale project Digital Debussy. In March, she appeared on the Interpretations Series in Earth to Kathy, which included a premiere by composer Eric Lyon; in April, she gave a solo piano recital of all premieres called Singled Out at Brooklyn’s Roulette; later that month she performed a four-night run of Digital Debussy.
In February, Andreas Klein (Postgraduate Diploma ’74, piano) was soloist with the Western Piedmont Symphony in Hickory, N.C., in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and presented a master class at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. He also performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Northwest Sinfonietta string orchestra at concerts in Seattle, Tacoma, and Puyallup, Wash. In March, Klein gave a recital called Fantasy and Fury for the Friends of Music in Brookings, Ore., with works by Mozart, Schumann, Balakirev, Debussy, and Prokofiev. Also that month, Klein performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony in North Dakota.
In February, Mark Bernat (Pre-College ’69; ’72, double bass) performed his own transcriptions of all six of Bach’s Cello Suites on one program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Bernat’s transcriptions were arranged and published for double bass by the International Music Company in 1996. In June, he will perform at the International Society of Bassists convention at the Eastman School of Music.
In April, Yo Yo Ma (Pre-College ’71; Professional Studies ’72, cello) gave the 26th annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.
In March, Jack W. Jones (DMA ’73, organ) retired after 24 years as organist and music director of the Royal Poinciana Chapel in North Carolina. He performed a farewell organ recital with works by Bach, Mozart, Franck, and Gigout.
The Hotel Casablanca, a comedic opera by Thomas Pasatieri (BM ’65, MM ’67, DMA ’69, composition), was given its Texas premiere in March at the Paramount Theater in Abilene.
Carman Moore (BM ’66, composition) has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.
In March, Anthony J. Cirone (BS ’64, MS ’65, percussion) launched anthonyjcirone.com, which includes a catalog of his texts, video recordings of all 50 études in his book Portraits in Rhythm, and a Skype lesson sign-up form.
Gloria Mae Bugni McMaster Juhn (BS ’51, voice) is still contributing to the music community at age 86. In February, she became chairperson of the scholarship committee and a board member of the Sarasota Opera Guild. Gloria and her husband, Martin Juhn, have been longtime supporters and volunteers with the Sarasota Opera Guild.
In May, Kenneth Bennett Lane (’51, voice) will be releasing a DVD of his March performance at the New Life Expo in New York, titled Greatest Love Songs of Broadway Musicals, the Movies, and the Grammy Awards for Best Songs of the Year.
The city of Pontotoc, Miss., renamed a portion of North College Street in honor of Pontotoc native Ruby Pearl Elzy (Diploma ’32, regular singing course; Diploma ’34, teachers’ singing course; Certificate of Maturity in Voice ’34), who created the role of Serena in Porgy and Bess on Broadway in 1935 and made her film debut opposite Paul Robeson in The Emperor Jones while she was at Juilliard.