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Professional Development Sessions for Orchestra Teachers

The VCU Department of Music will host three professional development sessions for orchestra teachers this fall. Recertification credit available. Contact Dr. Sandy Goldie for more information. The Bornoff Approach Workshop with clinician Debbie Lyle (Foundation for the Advancement of String Education) Saturday, October 28, 2017 9 a.m. – noon W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing… Read more »

Summer Spotlight: Alexandra Mattson, horn

French horn player Alexandra Mattson was invited to attend the Atlantic Brass Quintet Seminar on scholarship this summer. The seminar ran from July 9-21, and was held at Tufts University in Somerville, Mass. The event included coaching, masterclasses, private lessons, and public performances in the university’s concert hall. Mattson was assigned to a brass quintet… Read more »

Summer Spotlight: Emily Nesbitt, Soprano

Soprano Emily Nesbitt has returned to VCU Music this semester with an even stronger love for opera than she had before. She spent five weeks this summer at the prestigious La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy, as the youngest singer in the Young Artist program. She performed the role of Maestra delle Novizie in Puccini’s… Read more »

Summer Spotlight: Caleb Paxton, Viola

Violist Caleb Paxton attended his third year at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vt. from June 25 to July 23. Paxton served as a resident assistant at the event this year, which included a scholarship. Festival participants ranged in age from as young as 13 years old, to older than 30. The… Read more »

Summer Spotlight: Jasmine Harris, Viola

Violist Jasmine Harris spent two weeks this summer at the Hot Springs Music Festival in the Ouachita mountains of central Arkansas, and five weeks at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, N.C. The Hot Springs Festival ran from June 3-16 and was orchestrally focused, with rehearsals every day and a full program concert every four… Read more »

Summer Spotlight: Hamed Barbarji, Trumpet

Hamed Barbarji spent his summer traveling Europe, trumpet in hand. He first went to Switzerland for two weeks to visit family and attend the Montreux Jazz Festival, then attended Italian Brass Week in Florence, Italy, and then returned to Switzerland for another week before returning home. While at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Barbarji… Read more »

Summer Spotlight: Shyheim Hinnant, Bass-baritone

Bass-baritone Shyheim Hinnant could be found anywhere but home this summer. He attended the Classical Singer Convention and Competition in Chicago, the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop in Atlanta, the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy in Nellysford, Va., and the German Vocal Arts Institute’s Summer Opera Program in Seattle. Hinnant spent May 25-28 in Chicago for the… Read more »

Student Kudos | A scholar and a delegate

Christine Hilbert was awarded the Richmond Music Teachers Association (RMTA) Collegiate Scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year. As part of the award, Hilbert has been invited to perform in recital at this year’s Playathon. Robert Williamson III was named a delegate for the Australasian Trumpet Academy.

Alumni Kudos | Achievers and adventurers abroad

Alden Bean Blevins received the Phi Kappa Phi 2017 Love of Learning Award. One hundred of these awards are announced twice a year, and each carries a $500 scholarship for professional development. Jared Broussard has accepted a full-time position as Lecturer in Trumpet at the University of Texas Rio Grand Valley. Jonathan Forbes has accepted a high… Read more »

Faculty Kudos | Suzuki success and voted the best

Justin Alexander ‘s percussion duo Novus Percutere (with Dr. Luis Rivera, University of South Alabama) was recently featured on the debut album from the Music And / As Process Society on the UK-based Reductive Music Label. Paul Bakeman was named by Richmond Magazine as “Best school art or music teacher” for the Hanover region as part… Read more »