Saxophone Studio News
Congratulations to the Indarra Saxophone Quartet (Damian Cheek, Charlie Chadwell, Eric Stults, Kaylee Christensen) on winning second place in the national final round of the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition in San Antonio, TX!
Trumpet Studio News
Sixteen members of the OSU Trumpet Studio recently competed in the 2016 National Trumpet Competition held in Columbus, Georgia. They performed superbly, competing with undergraduate, master's, and doctoral students from major universities and conservatories including the Eastman School of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music, the New England Conservatory, and the Juilliard School among others. Our students, four of which are freshmen, won the Large Ensemble Division, marking OSU's third consecutive title in the Trumpet Ensemble Division. Additionally, master's teaching assistant, Justin Weisenborn, placed first in the Graduate Solo Division.
MTNA State Competition Winners!
The Indarra Saxophone Quartet (Damian Cheek, Charles Chadwell, Eric Stults, and Kaylee Christensen) won the state round of the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Wind competition and will represent Oklahoma in the regional round of this competition in Houston. This is the sixth consecutive year that an Oklahoma State University Saxophone Quartet has won the state round of this competition.
Recent Oklahoma State University graduate Caleb Shannon (saxophone) won the state round of the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Wind competition and will represent Oklahoma in the regional round of this competition in Houston. This is the third consecutive year that Caleb has won this competition.
Trumpet Studio National Champions!
For the second consecutive year, the Oklahoma State University Small Trumpet Ensemble is national champions, beating 63 other programs at the 2015 National Trumpet Competition. OSU also placed third in the Large Trumpet Ensemble Division. For more, click here.
Gerald Klickstein to Present Seminar
On September 18, the OSU Department of Music will host veteran performer and educator, Gerald Klickstein, who will present a seminar entitled "The Power of Deep Practice." The event will take place from 3:10-5:00pm in room 123 of the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts on the OSU-Stillwater campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
Klickstein will discuss how to achieve 'deep practice:' the merging of deep learning concepts with effective practice strategies that results in a supercharged form of music learning. Attendees will depart with dozens of strategies that increase practice efficiency and infuse practice with meaning.
A veteran performer and educator, Gerald Klickstein has earned an international reputation for his integrated approach to artistic and professional development for musicians. In 2012, he founded the Music Entrepreneurship and Career Center at the Peabody Conservatory, which helps rising musicians attain artistic and professioal success.
Klickstein lectures across the US and writes about diverse topics of interest to musicians and educators. His work has been published by Oxford University Press, Schott, and others as well as on a wide range of websites and in journals such as The Strad, American String Teacher, and Inside Higher Ed. His book The Musician's Way, now in its 11th printing, along with its companion website MusiciansWay.com, has drawn global praise for its insightful handling of the challenges that today's musicians face.
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!