OSU Piano Alumnus hired at Oberlin Conservatory
Chul Hyung (Tony) Cho, who earned his bachelor’s degree from OSU as a piano performance major student of Dr. Thomas Lanners, has recently accepted a position as a full-time opera coach on the faculty of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, starting this fall. Oberlin is one of the top music conservatories in the United States. Cho worked on the faculty of the Juilliard School of Music in New York City from September 2005 to 2007 as an associate opera coach and accompanist, and most recently, as a principal opera coach at both the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and at Chapman University in Los Angeles.
In addition, Lanners’ current pre-college student, 11-year-old Kayla Cao of Tulsa, was named a second place winner in the 11-14 year old category of the 2015 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, and as a result, she will perform in a winners recital at Carnegie Hall in June. She also won first place in the 2015 Gilliam Piano Competition sponsored by the Oklahoma City Orchestra League.
Kristin Lewis Foundation Finalist
Graduate student, Anna Berry, was recently selected as a finalist in the Kristin Lewis Foundation Competition at the University of Central Arkansas. She will be one of twelve performers in the final round of the competition on March 28-29. Awards include the Kristin Lewis Foundation Vienna Stipendium - one week of vocal study in Vienna, Austria with soprano Carol Byers, and several monetary awards.
CelloFest to feature Dr. Alan Harris
Alan Harris, Distinguished Professor of Cello at the Eastman School of Music, will give two classes on Saturday, February 21st. These classes are part of CelloFest, and will feature college and high school students from across the state. The classes will take place from 10 am - Noon (Room 123) and from 3 - 5 (Concert Hall). These events are open to the public, and are made possible by the generous support of the College of Arts and Sciences Humanities Lecture Series.
OSU Opera featured on OStateTV
Concert pianist Neil Rutman to perform at OSU
New rescheduled date! On Friday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Seretean Center Concert Hall, pianist Neil Rutman will perform a program featuring works by Schubert, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. Tickets are available here.
The Washington Post has written of Neil Rutman that his playing "met the highest standards and his spotless articulation gave the whole program unusual polish and virtuoso marks," and the New York Times stated that "he won the audience over for himself with exquisite performances- both commanding and full of character."
As a young man Neil Rutman distinguished himself as a top prize winner in several international competitions including the Busoni, Kapell, Casadesus, Joanna Hodges, Concert Artist Guild, and International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition. He has appeared in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Tokyo's Bunka Kaikan and the Schola Cantorum in Paris with concert tours of the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand, Japan, and the Persian Gulf. Recordings include two Mozart Piano Concerti, an all Poulenc CD, with Emmy Award winning actor Tony Randall providing the narration in ‘The Story of Babar the Little Elephant’, and his 2008 all Chopin release on the Pro Musica label. In the summer of 2015 Mr. Rutman has been invited to give the closing Recital at the 2015 World Piano Conference in Europe.
A native of San Francisco and graduate of the Eastman School and Peabody Conservatory, Neil Rutman is Artist-in-Residence at the University of Central Arkansas. Since 2000 his students have won top prizes in the Kappell International Competition, the East West Artist Auditions in New York City, and the Clara Wells Competition.
A former collegiate boxer, Mr. Rutman also coaches the University of Central Arkansas Boxing Team. A Volunteer Probation Officer, last year Mr. Rutman was one of two Arkansans to receive the Barack Obama Drum Major Award for his work with troubled youth in Faulkner County.
Trumpet Students Qualify for National Competition
Fifteen Oklahoma State University students advanced to the 2015 National Trumpet Competition, to be held March 19-21 at Messiah College in Arlington, VA.
Both OSU Trumpet Ensembles, Small and Large Ensemble Divisions, were semi-finalists and OSU will be one of the few schools to have multiple school ensembles in the national competition. In the solo divisions, undergraduates Cleon Chai, Nick Doutrich, and Natalie Upton will represent OSU while Randall Self and Lorenzo Diaz will compete in the graduate division.
In all, OSU will have students represented in five divisions.
For more information: www.nationaltrumpetcomp.org
TSO Chamber Players in Concert at OSU
Leaders of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra will present a concert of German Romantic chamber music at OSU's Seretean Center Concert Hall on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 7:30pm. Entitled "Love Triangles," the program will feature the rarely performed piano trio by Clara Schumann, as well as the beloved clarinet trio by Johannes Brahms.
The personnel will include the Tulsa Symphony's concertmaster, Rossitza Goza, as well as the principal clarinetist, David Carter, and principal cellist, Kari Caldwell. Guest pianist, Ann Raphael, will round out the ensemble.
Tickets will be available at the door or in advance of the concert by clicking here. Online sales will close at 4pm on Friday, January 23rd. General admission, $8, and students/senior citizens, $6.
This brief residency highlights the ongoing relationship between the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and OSU's Department of Music. Starting in 2013, the TSO, with the generous support of the Patti Johnson Wilson Foundation, began the sponsorship of five string graduate fellowships. The students attend OSU, working toward their Master of Music degree while performing as members of the Tulsa Symphony. The program currently has three fellows (violin, cello, and bass) attending OSU; auditions take place this February to fill the remaining positions for 2015.
New Performing Arts Center to be Announced!
Please join us for www.osugiving.com/nightoforangeandblack, an exciting event to publicly announce and celebrate the launch of the new Oklahoma State University Performing Arts Center and home of the Department of Music. We will celebrate this transformational endeavor, coming soon to the OSU Stillwater campus, on Thurs., Oct. 30, from 7:30 - 8:45 p.m. in the Seretean Center. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. We promise to entertain you with performances by our Music & Theatre students, as well as other special, surprise guests. Please RSVP for this event by visiting
Concert Tickets now available online
Tickets for upcoming Music Department performances are now available online! Tickets purchased through the online marketplace will be available at "Will Call" beginning one hour before ticketed events. BUY NOW!
The acclaimed Chicago-based contemporary music group Fifth House Ensemble will visit OSU from April 21-22 to present a series of lectures and masterclasses, as well as to perform their innovative brand of new music and theater plays in a program entitled Caught: The Woods. The program will feature members of the 5HE along with a theater artist and puppeteer. A video trailer for the program can be viewed below, and more information about the concert can be found at newmusic.okstate.edu. For more information about the Fifth House Ensemble, please visit www.fifth-house.com.
OSU Students Win Courtois Trombone Quartet Competition
The finals of the 2014 Courtois Trombone Quartet Competition took place at the Fort Worth Trombone Summit on Saturday, April 5. The OSU Seretean Trombone Quartet won the competition’s $1,200 First Prize. The quartet is Bryan Lucas (senior from Ponca City), Bruce Haiduk (junior from Broken Arrow), Amelia Rosenberger (sophomore from Aledo, TX) and Eric Kalbfleisch (junior from Carrollton, TX). Only three quartets were selected for the competition’s final round following a preliminary CD round. The OSU Henry Trombone Quartet was also selected for the finals and the OSU Alexander Trombone Quartet received an honorable mention. This was the third time OSU has won this competition, having won it previously in 2011 and 2012. The competition is sponsored by the Antoine Courtois Instrument Company.
Trumpet Ensemble Wins National Competition
The Oklahoma State University Trumpet Ensemble Orange outperformed 27 other talented ensembles in the semi-finals to win first place in the National Trumpet Competition held last weekend in Harrisburg, Penn. Members of the winning ensemble include Cleon Chai from Moore; Nick Doutrich, Moore; Tyler Murray, Checotah; Natalie Upton, Prosper, Texas, and Matt Register, Boerne, Texas. After a preliminary audition, the orange ensemble advanced to the semi-finals and onto victory by performing an arrangement of Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun,” arranged by OSU graduate student and Mustang North Middle School Band Director Greg Mangus. The orange ensemble was one of two OSU trumpet ensembles which qualified for the semi-finals this year. OSU students who advanced to compete in the individual competition of the semi-finals this year included Cleon Chai in the undergraduate division, and Randall Self, from Denison, Texas, in the graduate division. More info can be found on OSU News.