Catching up with our students

Azura Quartet, winners of a National Music Festival award

Azura Quartet, winners of a National Music Festival award

Musicology PhD student Christina Hutten recently began a one-year residency at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany, for her dissertation research. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service).

UBC Opera students and alumni made a sweep of the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Western Canada District Auditions, which took place on Nov. 12, 2017 in the Old Auditorium. The winners were BMus student Shane Hanson and alumna Francesca Corrado (BMus ’12, MMus ’14). Honourable mentions went to Marie Civitarese (MMus ’17) and BMus students Yeeun (Yenny) Lee and Ian McCloy. Francesca and Shane move on to the regional auditions in Seattle. Best of luck!

In October, DMA student and 2017 UBC Concerto Competition winner Benjamin Hopkins performed Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 with the UBC Symphony Orchestra at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. You can watch the performance online. Benjamin also participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Van Cliburn Institute, performed numerous concerts with Concerts in Care, and won a Bronze Medal at the Vancouver International Music Competition. 

Two students and five alumni presented papers at the Society for Music Theory annual meeting in November: PhD students Antares Boyle and Grant Sawatzky and alumni James Palmer (PhD '15), Daniel Goldberg (MA '10), Chantal Lemire (BMus '06, MA '13), Caleb Mutch (BMus '08), and Eric Smialek (BA '06).

Shane Hanson and Francesca Corrado

Shane Hanson and Francesca Corrado

DMA student Aaron Graham recently joined the Scholarly Research Committee of the Percussive Arts Society. Instrumentalist Magazine recently published his article "Proper Playing Areas — Instantly Improve the Sound of Your Percussion Section,” while another article, “Practicing Tabla Without the Tabla: A Place to Begin for the Interested Student,” will be published in the January 2018 edition of the journal Percussive Notes. Aaron gave a percussion clinic at the recent B.C. Music Educators Association conference and won recognition for his composition “Manifesto,” which will be performed at Colorado State University as part of the 2018 Aries Composers Festival.   

The Azura Quartet, featuring School of Music students and alumni Mia Gazley (BMus student), Mo Miao (BMus student), Chinley Hinacay (BMus ’17), and Haley Heinricks (BMus’17), won first prize and $1,500 in the Chamber category at the 2017 National Music Festival in Ottawa, Ontario. Alumnus Ryan Hofman (MMus ’17) won second place and $1,000 in the Voice category. Congratulations to all!