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June 2017

Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Special Music School Student News


Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

Special Music School High School's first graduating class of 12th graders is celebrating a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate! Click here to see a college acceptance list.



On May 12, the Special Music School High School Advanced Men's Chorus performed at The Metropolitan Museum as part of the museum's annual Teens Take the Met event. On June 20, they performed on CBS's CityViews hosted by Sharon Barnes-Waters. The interviews were also aired on 1010 Wins Radio. Click here to watch.



The Special Music School Piano Trio - Victoria Wen, piano; Joshua Kail, violin; and Boubacar Diallo, cello - all 2017 SMS High School Graduates - were selected by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to participate in the 34th annual Young Musicians Concert on April 27 at Alice Tully Hall. They performed Brahms’s Piano Trio No. 1 in B major. Below: the trio rehearsing at SMS High School.

Claudius Betz (8th grade, piano student of Irina Nuzova) won 1st prize at the Rondo Vanguard Competition and performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in April.

Michelle David (2017 SMS High School Graduate, Luna Composition Lab Fellow and Face the Music composer-performer) was featured of NY1 News on June 9. Click here to watch. This June she was also featured in DNAInfo and Queens Gazette.



Zachary Detrick (2017 SMS High School graduate, composition student of Kyle Blaha) performed on CBS's CityViews hosted by Sharon Barnes-Waters on June 20. The interviews were also aired on 1010 Wins Radio. Click here to watch.

Eliot Flowers (3rd grade, cello student of Yari Bond) won Second Prize at the New York Music Competition in the youngest age group (9-10) and was presented in a solo performance at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on May 23.

Ari Freed (6th grade, cello student of Yari Bond) won First Prize at the New York Music Competition in the 11-12- year-old age category and was presented in a solo performance at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on May 23.

Elisha Jimenez (8th grade, percussion student of Chris Graham) performed at the Necessary Noise Festival hosted by Mantra Percussion in New Jersey from April 1-3. Click here to watch Elisha perform J.S. Bach’s Cello Suite #1 at the festival.

Azalea Kelley (9th grade, student of Emily White) has won Second Prize, the highest prize awarded, in the 13-15 category of the New York Music Competition. She performed Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on May 23.

Charles Koder (2017 Graduate, piano student of Emily White) performed Debussy's "L'Isle Joyeuse" at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on May 14 in the AMTL Young Musicians Concert.

Julian Mitchell-Israel (2017 Graduate, vocal student of Mary Nessigner) was one of only 25 students in New York State to be nominated for the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

Daniel Mori (8th grade, piano students of Irina Morozova) was a First Prize winner at the Rondo Young Artist competition in March and performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on April 7.

Laura Navasarrdian (7th grade, cello, student of Clara Kim) won Grand Prize in the International Grande Music Competition on April 30.

Jesse Schopflocher (5th grade, viola student of Yi-Fang Huang) performed in the Met's production of “La Boheme” and covered for their production of “The Magic Flute.”

Sophia Shao (3rd grade, piano student of Natela Mchedlishvili) won First Prize in in the International Grande Music Competition on April 30.

Tiffany Tsui (5th grade, violin student of Viktor Basis) won First Prize in the American Protégé Piano and Strings Competition and performed at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on April 14. She is currently performing in Der Fliegander Hollander at the Metropolitan Opera, and has been cast to dance in the New York City Ballet's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in May.

Kevin Zephyrin (7th grade, bassoon student of Nanci Belmont) won the Grand Prix Award at the 5th Annual Talented Young Musician Olympia Competition and performed at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall on April 22. Kevin is also the recipient of the Irene and Jerry Green Scholarship to attend the New England Music Camp this summer.

Philina Zhang (4th grade, piano student of Irina Morozova) won First Prize in the New York Music Competition and will perform at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. She was also a First Prize winner at the Rondo Young Artist competition in March and performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on April 7.

Lucy Moses School

Grace Gu (age 15) & Annaliese Wee (age 16) (piano students of Irina Morozova) were First Prize winners at the Rondo Young Artist competition in March and performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on April 7.

Rachel Joo (age 15, Young Artist Program, cello student of Vladimir Panteleyev) won Second prize at The Rondo Vanguard Competition and will perform at Scandinavia House’s Victor Borge Hall on April 22.

Isabel Coco Mavrides (age 11, violin student of Olga Popova) won First Place and the Judges' Distinction Award in the American Protegé International Competition and performed the first movement of Ch. de Beriot’s Concerto No.9 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on April 16.

Taysiya Pokrovskaya (age 12, piano student of Irina Nuzova) won 2nd Prize at the Rondo Vanguard Competition and will perform at Scandinavia House.

Olga Popova's violin students Daniel Lee (age 10), Vivian Lee (age 13), Micha Hughes (age 12) and Isabel Coco Mavrides (age 11) performed at the Winners Concert of the American Fine Arts International Festival at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on June 17.

Face the Music

Face the Music participated in the 2017 Teens Take the Met on May 12 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. They performed in the Balcony Bar on a series curated by ETHEL.

Face the Music premiered works by Luna Composition Lab fellows Violet Barnum, Sofia Belimova and SMS High School graduating senior Michelle David on June 12 at Roulette. Click here to see photos.

FACULTY

David Bloom (Face the Music & SMS High School conductor) and his ensemble, Contemporaneous, presented the sweeping, ambitious program Transcendental Geometry on April 11 in NYC and on April 15 in Tivoli, NY. They commissioned three new works by composers Kyle Gann, Shawn Jaeger and Kristopher Svensson and will also present a work by Katherine Balch. On April 6, Contemporaneous performed in the debut concert of the New York composer collective Iceberg New Music. David conducted Experiments in Opera's next show, Flash Operas, at Symphony Space on May 5 and 6. 

Whitney Lee (Violin, Suzuki) will play several roles in the musical Attack of the Elvis Impersonators at the Lion Theatre this summer. Get more info.

Bonnie McAlvin (Theory) has been invited to give a recital and class on flute multiphonics at Hands On Flute Research, an international conference supported by Initiatives, Meetings and Publications on Artistic Research and hosted by the University of Aveiro, in Aveiro, Portugal.

Irina Nuzova (Piano, Chamber Music) will teach and perform this summer at the International Music Festival in Prague and the Summit Music Festival in Purchase, NY.

Cheryl Seltzer (Piano) was named an officer of the newly-established Dwight and Ursula Mamlok Foundation. The foundation, based in Germany, honors the German-Jewish composer, who spent most of her life in New York City and was a major figure in the new-music world. A champion of Mamlok’s music, Cheryl performed a concert at Simon’s Rock/Bard College in Massachusetts on April 2 with violist Stephanie Griffin that included a composition written by Mamlok for them.

Morrie Sherry (Clarinet, Chamber Music) performed with the St. Cecilia Chamber Ensemble on June 11 at Christ & St. Stephen's Church. On July 15, she will perform the Mozart Quintet and music of Piazzolla with strings on the Rangeley Friends of the Arts summer concert series in Rangeley Maine.

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