On April 4, 2018, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of 173 Guggenheim Fellowships. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s ninety-fourth competition. Composer Yoshiaki Onishi (Norfolk ’04) was named a recipient of one of these Fellowships. MORE
Concert Artists Guild has announced the appointment of pianist Tanya Bannister (Norfolk ’99) as President of CAG effective July 1, 2018. She will succeed Richard S. Weinert who is stepping down on June 30 after 18 years.
A 2013 CAG competition winner and board member since 2015, Bannister expressed enthusiasm upon learning of her appointment: “I have a long-standing and deep connection with CAG’s programs and core values. I feel not only a passion for the mission of the organization but also an embodiment of the core values that CAG has instilled in me.” MORE
Two ensembles attending the Festival’s Chamber Music Session this summer, the Vera Quartet and AYA Trio, have been announced as semi-finalists in this year’s prestigiuos M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition.
Since their formation in in 2015, the Vera Quartet have been named the Winners of the Grand Prize at the 2017 Plowman Chamber Music Competition, First Prize at the 2017 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition and Second Prize at the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition. The Quartet (Justin Goldsmith, Ines Picado Molares, Patricia Quintero, Pedro Rodriguez) has held residency at the Beethovenhaus in Germany, as well as completed their first international tour in South Korea. As Quartet-in-Residence of the Jacobs School of Music New Music Ensemble under David Dzubay, the quartet recently collaborated with world-renowned pipa player Wu Man as part of the China Remixed Festival. The Vera Quartet is also involved in outreach projects in the Bloomington area and beyond; they have recorded pieces for the album Bloomingsongs produced by the Jacobs School of Music’s Musical Beginnings and have partnered with Bloomington’s Musical Arts Youth Organization to teach and coach chamber music to members of their youth orchestra.
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On March 1st, the American Academy of Arts and Letters announced sixteen recipients of this year’s awards in music. The awards will be presented at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in May. Candidates for music awards are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy.
Composer Andrew Norman (Norfolk ’08) is the recipient of a 2017 Arts and Letters Awards in Music which honors outstanding artistic achievement and acknowledges the composer who has arrived at his or her own voice. Established in 1941, the Arts and Letters Awards are now $10,000 each and are given annually. Composers receive an additional $10,000 toward the recording of a work. Composers Katherine Balch (Norfolk ’13) and Hilary Purrington (Norfolk ’13) have each been awarded a Charles Ives Scholarship of $7500, given to composition students of great promise. MORE
Grawemeyer.org (November 28, 2016) By Kim Butterweck
In three movements, “Play” explores the relationship of choice and chance, free will and control. It investigates the ways musicians in an orchestra can play with, against, or apart from one another; and maps concepts from the world of video gaming onto traditional symphonic structures to tell a fractured narrative of power, manipulation, deceit and, ultimately, cooperation. MORE
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In addition to being named Musical America’s 2017 Ensemble of the Year, Eighth Blackbird (Norfolk ’97) celebrates its 20th anniversary with its fourth GRAMMY® Award, Chamber Music America’s inaugural Visionary Award, and the coveted MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. MORE
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Andrew Norman (Norfolk ’08) has been named Musical America’s 2017 Composer of the Year.
Norman’s work draws on an eclectic mix of sounds and notational practices from both the avant-garde and classical traditions. They have been described by the New York Times as showcasing “daring juxtapositions and dazzling colors.” His symphonic works have been performed by leading ensembles worldwide, including the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, the BBC, the Royal Concertgebouw, the Orchestre National de France, and many others. MORE
On June 23, 1941, the newly formed “Norfolk Music School” opened its doors. Five days later on June 27, at 3:00 in the afternoon, the first concert was held at Battell House.
“The Music Shed… is now used by students for organ practice and will be the scene of concerts and community singing later on.” (Musical America, July 1941)
The opening concert featured violinist, Hugo Kortschak, cellist Emmeran Stoeber and pianist Bruce Simonds performing piano trios of Mozart, Brahms and Ravel. MORE
Mount Allison University (May 27, 2016)
SACKVILLE, NB — The Tesla Quartet has been named the Marjorie Young Bell String Quartet-in-Residence in the Department of Music at Mount Allison University (New Brunswick, Canada) for the 2016-17 academic year. This residency, funded by the Marjorie Young Bell Endowment Fund, has been established in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Mount Allison’s first Bachelor of Music degree and the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Marjorie Young Bell Conservatory of Music, and will kick off yearlong celebrations on campus.
“The Music Department of Mount Allison University is thrilled to welcome the Tesla Quartet in celebration of our dual anniversaries in 2016-17,” says Stephen Runge, head of Mount Allison’s Music department. “We know their presence on campus will enrich the musical education experience for our students, faculty, staff, as well as surrounding community members.” MORE
Matt Albert (Norfolk ’97) Joins University of Michigan As First Chair of
New Department of Chamber Music
University of Michigan (May 3, 2016)
ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance has appointed renowned violinist and violist Matt Albert as the first chair of its new Department of Chamber Music.
Albert (Norfolk ’97), currently director of chamber music and of SYZYGY at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, will begin his tenure at U-M in September. MORE