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The School of Music, Theatre & Dance will be well represented at Carnegie Orchestral Repertoire Workshop


Four SMTD students—out of sixteen total chosen from around the country—have been selected to participate in an orchestral repertoire workshop for winds and brass at Carnegie Hall.

Elise Shopes, a senior in flute, Andrew Parker and Jason Bergman, doctoral students in oboe and trumpet respectively, and Jordan Henry, tuba, who graduated last year with a bachelor’s and is now working on a master’s at Wisconsin, will participate in the program.

Said Bergman, “This is a wonderful opportunity to study with principal players of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, to hear those same orchestras in concert, and to receive coaching on challenging orchestral repertoire. This will also be a great opportunity for us to represent the University of Michigan in New York City.”

Scheduled for November 9 through 14, the workshop will steep participants in the orchestral culture, with private lessons, sectional rehearsals of major brass and wind repertoire, and in concerts by all three participating orchestras. There will be little or no down time—even lunch sessions will be put to good use as a chance for further discussion. Then, on November 11 and 12, mock auditions, open to the public, will be held in Weill Recital Hall before a panel of distinguished professional musicians, including SMTD’s own Carolyn Jantsch (BM ’06), now principal tuba with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

“The opportunity to perform a public mock orchestral audition in Carnegie Hall will be a great experience,” said Bergman, “but more than a little overwhelming!” But this is exactly the kind of experience young musicians need as they strike out on their own in the highly competitive world of auditioning for orchestral openings.

Those who auditioned for the sixteen slots were asked to write a short essay on what inspired them as artists in their personal and professional lives and what they would hope to gain from the week-long experience. They also had to submit an unedited CD of excerpts from a list of works designated by the workshop, two required works, two of their own choosing. Each applicant also had to select one movement from a concerto.

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Evan Zegiel, a sophomore who studies with Fritz Kaenzig, was the First Place winner in the Tuba Student division of the 2013 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium & Tuba Festival.     08/21/2013

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