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Arthur Greene was born in New York, and studied at Juilliard with Martin Canin.   Mr. Greene was a Gold Medal winner in the William Kapell and Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions, and a top laureate at the Busoni International Competition. He performed the complete solo piano works of Johannes Brahms in a series of six programs in Boston, and recorded the Complete Etudes of Alexander Scriabin for Supraphon. He has performed the 10 Sonata Cycle of Alexander Scriabin in Sofia, Kiev, Salt Lake City, and other venues. He has recorded together with his wife, the violinist Solomia Soroka, the Violin-Piano Sonatas of William Bolcom, and the Violin-Piano Sonatas of Nikolai Roslavets, both for Naxos. He gave the Ann Arbor premiere of John Corigliano’s Piano Concerto with the University Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Kiesler conducting, in 2006. Orchestras Mr. Greene has performed with include the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco, Utah and National Symphonies, the Czech National Symphony, the Tokyo Symphony, the National Symphony of Ukraine. He has played recitals in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Moscow Rachmaninov Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Lisbon Sao Paulo Opera House, Hong Kong City Hall and concert houses in Shanghai and Beijing, and Taiwan. He has toured Japan 12 times. He was an Artistic Ambassador to Serbia, Kosovo, and Bosnia for the United States Information Agency. His current students include prizewinners in international competitions,and his former students hold important teaching posts throughout the United States. Arthur Greene is represented exclusively by Frederick Slutsky Arts.

Abby Anderton graduated in 2006 from Bucknell University, with degrees in Music and English.  Currently, she is completing her first year of the Musicology Ph.D. program.

Cathal Breslin was born in Northern Ireland. He has performed under such prestigious conductors as Vladimir Altschuler, Christian Gansch and Niklas Willen, and with the BBC and RTE Orchestras. His performances have been broadcast throughout the world by radio in over 30 countries.  He is in his second year of doctoral studies at Michigan.

Born in 1984 in Taiwan, Amie Ching-hsuan Chen began piano studies at the age of four and studied with Gauo Chun-Kai and Zhu Da Ming. She will graduate with a bachelor degree in piano performance in 2008.

Rebecca Choi was born in Ann Arbor in 1985, and then lived in Seoul, Korea for ten years, returning to Ann Arbor in 1997.  She will graduate from Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in May.

Jason Geary received his PhD in musicology from Yale University.  Trained as a pianist, he specializes in the music of Mendelssohn and is presently at work on a book that explores the influence of ancient Greece on German music of the nineteenth century.  His work has appeared, among other places, in the Journal of Musicology, and he has also presented his research at conferences in the United States and abroad.  He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Michigan.

Alan Gosman joined the faculty of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance in 2006.   His research has focused on contrapuntal techniques, history of theory, Beethoven's sketches, and links between performance and analysis.  He has published in the Journal of Music Theory and Music Theory Spectrum and has presented papers at various regional, national, and international conferences.  Currently he is working on a project on Beethoven's "Eroica" sketchbook with Lewis Lockwood. Prior to his position at the University of Michigan he taught at Michigan State University.  He is also a pianist and conductor.

David Heetderks is a music theorist, composer, and violist.  He grew up in Washington, D.C., studied music composition at the Yale School of Music, and is currently a second-year Ph.D. student in Music Theory at the University of Michigan.  In addition to scholarly writing, he has written program notes for the Concordia Chamber Players and Detroit Symphony, and is a regular contributor to the online music journal Amsteg.org.

A native of Taiwan, Chih-Long Hu has won prizes in many international competitions, and has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. Before receiving his music degrees, he received a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from National Taiwan University.  After receiving his DMA from Michigan in 2006, Hu joined the piano faculty at East Tennessee State University.

Lynelle James grew up in New York City, and came from a family of professional pianists. She studied at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division under Rosetta Goodkind for ten years, and is now an undergraduate senior at the University of Michigan.  She will be graduating with bachelor degrees in piano performance and in economics.

Polina Khatsko is a native of Belarus, where she studied at the Republican Music Lyceum and the Academy of Music with teachers Ariadna Guzhalovskaya and Vladimir Doulov. She left Minsk in 1999 to attend University of Nebraska at Kearney, where she studied with Dr. James Cook.  She is now completing a D.M.A. Degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance at Michigan.   She is an avid collaborator with soloists and chamber musicians throughout Southeast Michigan.

Kevin Korsyn, who is Professor of Music Theory at the University of Michigan, received a publication award from the Society for Music Theory for his article “Schenker and Kantian Epistemology” and the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Michigan Association of Governing Boards, and is a Senior Fellow in the University of Michigan Society of Fellows.  His publications include a Decentering Music:  A Critique of Contemporary Musical Research (Oxford University Press, 2003), as well as many articles.  He is also a composer and pianist.

Born in Winnipeg, Canada, Noel McRobbie took lessons for many years with Lee Kum-Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the University of British Columbia.  In addition he studied with Patricia Zander at the New England Conservatory and Svetozar Ivanov at the University of South Florida before becoming a doctoral student at the University of Michigan, where he was recently selected as a winner of the 2007 Concerto Competition.

Soyoung Park received her bachelor’s degree from Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, and will receive her master’s degree from Michigan in 2007.

A native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Colin Roust pursued his undergraduate studies in euphonium performance and music history at the University of Missouri. He will be graduating from the University of Michigan in 2007 with a PhD in Musicology. His dissertation treats the film music of Georges Auric.

Born in 1977 in Seoul, Korea, Jei-Yern Ryu has won prizes in many contests, including the World Piano Competition in 2004.  She made her orchestral debut with the Seoul National University Orchestra in Seoul Arts Center. She received her DMA from Michigan in 2006.

Brian Sander has studied piano since the age of six.  In high school, he enrolled in the Manhattan School of Music pre-college division studying under Claudia Knafo.  Brian has participated in Tanglewood, Bowdoin and Hartwick summer music festivals.  He will receive his BM in piano performance from the University of Michigan in April.

Svetlana Smolina won the Citta di Senigallia, Kingsville, Wideman and Murray Dranoff Piano Competitions. She has performed in many major halls throughout the world. Some of the orchestras Svetlana has performed with include Kirov, Rotterdam, Odessa, Saint Petersburg, National de France, New York Chamber. Svetlana recorded for NPR, BBC Radio, WDR and for Phillips/Netherland Radio. Prior to her DMA studies at Michigan she studied with Alexander Toradze, Virginia Marks, Monique Duphil, and Evgeny Mogilevsky.

Daniel Stevens is a Ph.D. candidate in music theory at the University of Michigan.  An accomplished pianist and cellist, Stevens’s current research interests include the application of Schenkerian theory to the interpretation of song, Abby Whiteside’s bodily interpretation of phrase rhythm, and the musical representation of the sublime.  He recently presented an academic paper to the Society for Music Theory and is currently writing a dissertation that examines the problem of genre in Brahms’s song collections.

Christina Thayer received her B.M. from Oberlin Conservatory in 2003, studying with Peter Takacs and Antonio Pompa-Baldi.  She has since been studying at U of M, receiving her M.M. in 2005 and currently pursuing a D.M.A. in piano pedagogy and performance.  She is originally from Belle Mead, New Jersey.

A native of Moscow, Dmitri Vorobiev has won many international competitions, including the Casagrande, Busoni, World Competition, Ibla Grand Prize, and A.M.A Calabria, UNISA International in Pretoria and New Orleans International. He has appeared in solo recitals and with orchestra throughout the United States, Israel, Russia, South Africa, and Ireland. He attended the School of Music and the Music College of the Moscow State Conservatory where he studied with Nina Levitzkaya and Victor Bunin. Since 1992 he has lived in the US, studying with Eric Larsen at the North Carolina School of the Arts and Marc Silverman at the Manhattan School of Music. He is currently working on his DMA at Michigan.

Angela Yun-Yin Wu was born in Taiwan and started her music education at age 7. She received her bachelor degree from National Taiwan Normal University, and both master and doctoral degrees from University of Michigan in piano performance, graduating in 2006. She is currently a freelance pianist, performing solo, chamber music in a contemporary ensemble, and collaborating with dance group.

Xiaofeng Wu was born in Shanghai, China and graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory.  Among many other prizes, he won the Gold Medal at last summer’s Guerrero Foundation International Piano Competition in Madrid.  He is in his second year of doctoral studies at Michigan.

Rajung Yang recently captured the top prize in the Ibla Grand Prize and Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev Competitions in Italy.  Subsequent performances included debut recitals in Italy, New York (Carnegie Hall), Boston, Virginia, and Canada.  This January she won the University of Michigan Concerto Competition. Upon completion of her MM at Michigan, Rajung entered the doctoral program where she is currently in her first year of study.

Born and raised in Japan, Kay Zavislak has resided in Michigan since 1996, where she currently works for the Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program at the University of Michigan as a full-time faculty member and teaches as an adjunct professor at Albion College.  She has MM and doctoral degrees from Michigan, finishing her studies in 2005.  She has performed in Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, Ohio, Texas, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Poland.

 

Mark Clague, Assistant Professor of Musicology, American Culture, and Afro-American Studies at the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance also serves as Associate Director of the University’s American Music Institute as well as faculty advisor to the Arts Enterprise Club, a joint project with the Ross School of Buslness. His research interests include film music, city culture and musical institutions, music and architecture, patriotic song, living composers, African American classical music, music in the Caribbean, band music, and nineteenth-century culture. His articles appear in the journals American Music and Black Music Research and his first book Suite Virgin Isles: The Memoirs of Alton Augustus Adams, First Black Bandmaster of the United States Navy will appear with the University of California Press in early 2008. His dissertation, “Chicago Counterpoint: The Auditorium Theatre Building and the Civic Imagination,” won the 2002 Wiley Housewright Prize from the Society for American Music. He has given talks at conferences of the American Musicological Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, Society for American Music, Center for Black Music Research, Feminism and Music Theory, American Studies Association, and National Association of Schools of Music as well as at the Peabody Institute, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Southern California.

Jeffrey Kallberg is a specialist in music of the 19th and 20th centuries, editorial theory, critical theory, and gender studies. Kallberg has published widely on the music and cultural contexts of Chopin, most notably in his book, Chopin at the Boundaries: Sex History, and Musical Genre (Harvard University Press). Kallberg is also the author of the articles on "Gender" and "Sex, Sexuality" for The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2d ed., (London, Macmillan, 2001). Kallberg was elected Vice President of the American Musicological Society for the term 2004-2006.  He was the Review Editor of the Journal of American Musicological Society and is presently general editor of New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism (Cambridge University Press). His awards for publications include the Alfred Einstein prize of the American Musicological Society (for best article by a younger scholar), and the Stefan and Wanda Wilk Book Prize for research in Polish Music.  He received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.  He has twice been guest of honor at the International Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland. He serves as Professor of Music History and Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Pennsylvania

Nadine Hubbs, Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Music (Theory), is a musicologist, cultural historian, and critic with interests in classical and popular music. Her publications include articles on musical queer codes in disco, sex-gender rhetoric in the songs of British pop star Morrissey, and lesbian-gay involvements in classical music and opera. Professor Hubbs's book The Queer Composition of America's Sound: Gay Modernists, American Music, and National Identity (California, 2004) examines how the Copland-Thomson circle of gay composers served as architects of American identity during the most homophobic period in U.S. history. The book has been recognized by the Philip Brett Award of the American Musicological Society, Irving Lowens Award of the Society for American Music, and John Boswell Prize of the American Historical Association's Committee on Lesbian and Gay History. Nadine Hubbs has served on various professional committees and boards at the national level and at U-M is a founding co-director of the Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative and chair of the Graduate Certificate Program in LGBTQ Studies. Her current research focuses on country music and its workings with regard to gender, class, race, and sexuality. 

Wayne C. Petty, Associate Professor in the Department of Music Theory, works primarily in the theory and analysis of tonal music. His research has explored the style and techniques of 18th-century keyboard music, especially in the keyboard sonatas of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the history and practice of Schenkerian analysis, and the interpretation of multimovement works. His articles on these subjects have appeared in Music Analysis, Music Theory Spectrum, Nineteenth-Century Music, Schenker Studies, and elsewhere. His 1999 article “Chopin and the Ghost of Beethoven” explores Beethoven’s little-known influence on Chopin, using that influence as a key to discovering potential meanings in Chopin’s “Funeral March” Sonata. Prof. Petty is currently at work reconstructing and completing Schenker’s analysis of Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” Sonata.

 

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