September 1, 2017

The Sounds of Summer

This summer saw our Fellows scattered to the four winds, performing and teaching around the globe. Read all about their adventures before their anticipated return to Miami Beach next week!

Conducting Fellow Dean Whiteside received the Mahler Conducting Fellowship at the Colorado MahlerFest before participating at the Cabrillo of Contemporary Music, where he was the Bruno Walter Conducting Fellow and worked with conductors Leonard Slatkin and Cristian Măcelaru.

Percussion Fellow Stephen Kehner returned to his hometown of Marietta, Georgia to instruct the North Georgia Percussion Camp & Atlanta Percussion Symposium.

Stephen Kehner teaching in Georgia

He taught 111 student percussionists alongside marimba virtuoso She-e Wu and Marc Damoulakis, Principal Percussion of the Cleveland Orchestra and NWS alumnus.

Stephen Kehner with students

Piano Fellow John Wilson was the Principal Keyboardist for the Napa Valley Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Stéphane Denève, which included performances with Joshua Bell, Gloria Estefan, chamber concerts and a performance of Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto

Viola Fellow Elizabeth Oka served as Principal Viola of the Des Moines Metro Opera, performing alongside Cello Fellow Jacob Hanegan (pictured below), and NWS alumni Kevin Kunkel (cello) and Evan Epifanio (bassoon).

Elizabeth Oka and Jake Hanegan

First-year Cello Fellow Blake-Anthony Johnson was a member of the New York Symphony Ensemble for its tour of Japan in July.

Blake-Anthony Johnson performing in Japan

Joining him were NWS alumni Benjamin Carson (violin), Hilary Glen (cello) and Oboe Fellow Adèle-Marie Buis.

NWS Fellows and alumni in Japan

Several Fellows and alumni connected at the Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts.

NWS Fellows and Alumni at Tanglewood

From left to right: Emerson Millar (violin), Elizabeth Lu (flute), Kelton Koch (trombone), Josh Cote (horn), Si-Yan Darren Li (cello), Michael Daley (percussion), Russell Rybicki (horn) and Douglas Aliano (bass)

First-year Violin Fellow Yada Lee spent her third consecutive summer at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, where she performed music by R. Strauss, Mahler, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. Pictured below are additional NWS Fellows and alumni who participated in the festival.

NWS members at Verbier Festival

From left to right: Jarrett Threadgill (viola), Tom Hadley (staff and NWS alumnus), Caroline Gilbert (viola), Natsuki Kumagai (violin), Kevin Chen (violin), Jennifer Choi (cello), Andrew Chilcote (bass) and Clare Semes (violin)

Clare Semes (violin), Natsuki Kumagai (violin), Jennifer Choi (cello) and Caroline Gilbert (viola) enjoying the spoils of a summer spent in Switzerland.

NWS members at Verbier Festival

Many Fellows and alumni spent their summer surrounded by the cool mountain of Colorado’s Aspen Music Festival and School.

NWS Fellows at Aspen Festival

From left to right: Chloe Tula (harp), Brenton Foster (bassoon), Meredith Bates (cello), Autumn Chodorowski (violin), Jarrett McCourt (tuba), Michael Searing (library) and Kevin Gobetz (bass)

NWS Fellows at Aspen Festival

From left to right: Christopher Robinson (violin), Jarrett McCourt (tuba), Meredith Bates (cello), Brenton Foster (bassoon), Erich Rieppel (timpani), Kevin Gobetz (bass), Chloe Tula (harp), Matthew Searing (library), Kristin Kall (oboe) and Sean Maree (bassoon)

Others stuck to the beach theme in California at the Music Academy of the West.

NWS members at Music Academy

From left to right: Daniel Fellow (viola), Erica Gailing (viola), Chelsea Sharpe (violin), Jorja Fleezanis (violin faculty), Julie Landsman (horn faculty), Margeaux Maloney (violin), Tim Day (flute faculty) and Paul Merkelo (trumpet faculty and NWS alumnus)

NWS’s Dean of Chamber Music and Fellow Development (and NWS alumnus), Michael Linville, serves as Artistic Partner of the Breckenridge Music Festival in Colorado, co-curating its chamber music series. Here he is performing with NWS alumni Meghan Jones (violin), Adrian Pintea (violin) and James Holland (cello).

Performance by NWS alumni at Breckenridge

Additional NWS alumni and Fellows participating in the festival include Maya Cohon (violin), Matthew Carrington (viola), Susan Pardue (viola), Hugh Palmer (violin), Thomas Carpenter (cello), Johanna Gruskin (flute) and Rachel Sandman (violin).

Thomas Hadley, NWS’s Dean of Admissions, Alumni and Fellow Services, visited alumni in Chicago.

NWS alumni in Chicago

From left to right: Steven Sigurdson (cello), Tom Hadley (staff and NWS alumnus), Renee-Paul Gauthier (violin), Dima Dimitrova (violin), Christopher Davis (bass trombone) and Ian Maksin (cello)

Many Fellows and alumni flock to Jacksonville, Oregon for the Britt Music & Arts Festival, led by alumnus Teddy Abrams.

NWS at the Britt Festival

Photo by Sarah Peters during her Instagram takeover for the festival.

Front row, from left to right: Clara Lee (violin), Matthew Roitstein (flute), Matthew Eckenhoff (horn), Teddy Abrams (conducting), Meredith McCook (cello), Jane Mitchell (viola) and Robb Aistrup (bass)

Back row, from left to right: Andrea Levine (clarinet), Jennise Hwang (violin), Alex Wadner (timpani), Kevin Kunkel (cello), Nicky Payne (violin), Eric Lee (violin), Ian Greenberg (cello), Kurt Tseng (viola) and Sarah Peters (violin)

The festival welcomed MTT and soprano Measha Brueggergosman for a performance of his Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind on the festival’s ‘Expeditions of Reflections’ program. Here they are surrounded by NWS alumni and Fellows, hamming it up before rehearsals begin.

MTT and NWS memebers at Britt Festival

Front row, from left to right: Matthew Roitstein (flute), Nicky Payne (violin) Clara Lee (violin), Jennise Hwang (violin), Joseph Brown (trumpet), Matthew Eckenhoff (horn), Sarah Peters (violin), Robb Aistrup (bass) and Measha Brueggergosman (soprano)

Back row, from left to right: Andrea Levine (clarinet), Jeff Garza (horn), Alex Wadner (timpani), Andrea Daigle (violin), MTT, Teddy Abrams (conducting), Kurt Tseng (viola), Julia Coronelli (harp), Jane Mitchell (viola), Meredith McCook (cello), Ian Greenberg (cello) and Kevin Kunkel (cello)

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