2017-2022 Strategic Plan

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The Schubert Club Board of Directors recently adopted a new five year strategic plan for the period 2017-2022. This plan took shape over the course of the past 12 months with input from Board Members, staff, audience, community members and donors. It is our intention to use it as we would us a map, helping us to strengthen our programs and to cultivate new community connections through a shared passion for music.

KEY STRATEGY 1: Invest in new and expanded program initiatives to advance Schubert Club as an innovative and nationally recognized classical music presenter with a strong commitment to music education.

KEY STRATEGY 2: Broaden Schubert Club’s scope of service in the Twin Cities community.

KEY STRATEGY 3: Enhance Schubert Club’s impact on concert audiences, Museum visitors and education participants through interaction, learning and new technology opportunities.

KEY STRATEGY 4: Build strong governance and institutional resources to ensure the long-term ability of Schubert Club to respond to opportunities and pursue new initiatives.

View the Plan Here

Announcing the new Schubert Club Composer-in-Residence: Reinaldo Moya plus two additional financial awards for Minnesota composers

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Announcing the new
Schubert Club Composer-in-Residence: 

Reinaldo Moya

plus two additional financial awards for Minnesota composers

St. Paul, MN (Wednesday, June 7, 2017) — Schubert Club announced today at its Annual Luncheon the appointment of Reinaldo Moya as its new Composer-in-Residence beginning September 1, 2017. Moya will serve a two-year term in this position.

The role of the composer-in-residence is to create music, to participate in education and community programs, to advise and to advocate on behalf of Schubert Club. The position was specifically created with flexibility to allow the composer to shape residency activities to fit the individual’s strengths and interests. Reinaldo Moya’s residency plans include writing a chamber opera, introducing a composition element to Schubert Club’s KidsJam workshops and other programs, and providing mentorship to local young composers.

Schubert Club Artistic & Executive Director Barry Kempton said of the appointment: “The strong compositions submitted as part of Reinaldo’s application together with his compelling vision for his residency make Reinaldo an ideal composer-in-residence to follow in the path blazed previously by David Evan Thomas, Edie Hill and Abbie Betinis. I look forward both to supporting Reinaldo in his residency and to the benefits his creative mind and musical sensibilities will bring to Schubert Club. My overriding hope is that during his two-season residency, both he and Schubert Club will learn and develop from one another.”

Reinaldo Moya stated:  “I’m beyond excited to be joining the Schubert Club team. Through my compositions, educational activities and role as an artistic advisor, I hope to contribute to the Schubert Club’s mission. One of my goals is to bring awareness to the role that Latin American immigrants have played in our state, both historically and in the present.”

In addition, Schubert Club announced financial awards to support the creation of new works by two other Minnesota-based composers, deVon Russell Gray and Tiffany Skidmore.  Both composers were identified during the Composer-in-Residence search process.

About the Selection Process
Minnesota composers were invited to submit an application in early 2017. There were 33 candidates in total. The search committee comprised Artistic & Executive Director Barry Kempton together with composers Clarice Assad and Patrick Castillo.

About Reinaldo Moya
Reinaldo Moya is a graduate of Venezuela’s El Sistema music education system. Through El Sistema, he had access to musical training from an early age and was a founding member of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra touring throughout Europe, North and South America. A graduate of The Juilliard School and a participant in the prestigious John Duffy Composers Institute and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Conce Composers Institute, Moya now lives in Northfield, and is Associate Professor of Composition at Augsburg College.  Reinaldo Moya is the recipient of the 2015 McKnight Composers Fellowship, the Van Lier Fellowship from Meet the Composer and the Aaron Copland Award from the Copland House.

About deVon Russell Gray
deVon Rusell Gray, multi-instrumentalist, is best known as dVRG in the acclaimed live hip hop band, Heiruspecs. Lesser known are his classical and chamber music works, film scores, experimental collaborations (SPCO Liquid Music Series), arranging credits (Poliça, The Cloak Ox, Allan Kingdom), session work, and production. Gray, has studied orchestral conducting with world renowned artists Manny Laureano (MN Orchestra) and Donald Palma (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra); and composition with Lee Hyla, & Michael Gandolfi, to name a few.  Redefining versatility, dVRG draws inspiration from an enviable record collection, from Claudio Monteverdi to Shuggie Otis, and communicates through nuanced sounds; a musical polyglot disguised as a lone star…ready to super nova. 

About Tiffany Skidmore
Tiffany M. Skidmore holds degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Composition from Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, and the University of Minnesota. She has studied with Scottish composer James Dillon, Chaya Czernowin (head of the Music Composition department at Harvard University), Jonathan Middleton, and J. Kevin Waters. Her work has been featured in master classes with Brian Ferneyhough, Chaya Czernowin, and Julio Estrada. She has been a featured composer in the Hildegard von Bingen Festival of Women in the Arts and the Rimon Artist Salon, and her work has been performed throughout Europe and the United States by the CSU Stanislaus Concert Chorale, the EWU Concert Chorale, Opus7 Vocal Ensemble, the Kiev Philharmonic, Duo Gelland, Peter Wright (principal clarinetist for the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra), the Hark Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, Jeffery Kyle Hutchins, Nanyi Neil Qiang, Without Fear of Wind or Vertigo, and the Strains New Music Ensemble, among many others. She is a member of the American Composers Forum and a founding member of the Minneapolis composer collective, 113.

About Schubert Club
For over 135 years, Schubert Club has invited the world’s finest recital soloists and ensembles to the Twin Cities and promoted the finest musical talents of our community through performances, education, and museum programs. It has secured a prominent and distinguished reputation among musical organizations nationwide, and is one of the first arts organizations in the country.

The Schubert Club’s International Artist Series has presented virtually all of the world’s great recitalists including Jascha Heifetz, Arthur Rubinstein, Cecilia Bartoli, Beverly Sills, Leontyne Price, Yo-Yo Ma and Renée Fleming to name a few. In 2014, Schubert Club introduced Schubert Club Mix, its convention-breaking performance series in nontraditional venues. Additional series include Music in the Park Series (chamber music concerts in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood), a free weekly lunchtime Courtroom Concerts series in downtown St. Paul, Accordo, and the Hill House Chamber Players.

The Schubert Club is committed to music education and reaches hundreds of children and young adults annually through family-friendly concerts, workshops, music lessons and scholarships.

The Schubert Club Museum located in historic Landmark Center holds a world-class collection comprised of historic keyboards, instruments from around the world, and original letters and manuscripts by famous composers.

For more information visit schubert.org.
 

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Media Contact:
Tessa Retterath Jones
tretterath@schubert.org
651.789.4410

Now Hiring: Marketing Internship (5 month paid position)

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Schubert Club 

Marketing Internship

5 month paid internship (September 2017-January 2018), 12 hours per week

This internship is structured to provide real-life experience assisting with nonprofit marketing, interactive media and audience development. You will gain experience writing and creating compelling content for multiple social media vehicles and gauging success for each communication. Through the Theoroi program, you will have the opportunity to work with a large variety of performing arts organizations thereby growing your professional arts network.

Job Responsibilities:

Social Media: This position will be responsible for assisting the Director of Marketing & Ticketing with all social media and online marketing efforts. This will include creating engaging content for social media platforms, making posts to social media platforms on a regular basis including in real-time during events and concerts, interacting with and responding to posts by others on all platforms, and developing new ideas and researching new trends for using social media to assist marketing and communication efforts. 

Theoroi – Arts Ambassador Project: This position will assist the Director of Marketing & Ticketing with Schubert Club’s Theoroi program (schubert.org/theoroi). Responsibilities will include assisting with coordination of Theoroi events and extra social events for the group; managing attendance and social media usage by Theoroi members, and assisting with communication to Theoroi members through email and social media. You will be responsible for keeping Theoroi social media up-to-date, posting content on a regular basis to keep the group engaged, keeping the Theoroi website page up-to-date, and responding and interacting with posts on social media. You will be expected to attend Theoroi events and assist with day-of event logistics.

Marketing: This position will assist with many various marketing tasks including but not limited to: submitting concerts and events to local online listings of events; assisting with distribution of marketing materials; helping with website edits and gathering of digital assets; assisting in other marketing and audience development tasks and activities as assigned by the Director of Marketing & Ticketing.

Qualifications

Proficiency in social media including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram.

Excellent written communication including strong editing and proofreading skills.

Familiarity with WordPress, MailChimp and SurveyMonkey a plus.

Available to work occasional weekends or evening events.

Familiarity with performing arts.

Must be at least 21 years of age

Application
Interested individuals should apply by August 1, 2017.  Please mail or e-mail your letter of intent and resume to: 

Tessa Retterath Jones
The Schubert Club
302 Landmark Center, 75 West Fifth Street
St. Paul, MN  55102
email: tessa@schubert.org

Equal Opportunity Employer

Announcing Accordo 2017-2018

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Accordo 2017-2018: A Celebration of Dvořák

Accordo is a string ensemble composed of present and former principal string players of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra. The group has been named “Best Chamber Ensemble” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and “the dream team of chamber music” by Minnesota Monthly.

Monday, October 16, 2017, 7:30pm • Plymouth Congregational Church

Barber: Dover Beach, Opus 3 for Voice and Quartet
Respighi: Il Tramonto for Voice and Quartet
Dvořák: Viola Quintet in E-flat, Opus 97
with guest Adriana Zabala, mezzo

Monday, November 27, 2017, 7:30pm • Plymouth Congregational Church

Martinů: Three Madrigals for Violin & Viola
Kirchner: Piano Trio (1954)
Novacek: Rags for Violin and Piano
Dvořák: American Quartet in F major, Opus 96
with guest John Novacek, piano

Monday, February 26, 2018, 7:30pm • Plymouth Congregational Church

Dvořák: Bagatelles, Opus. 47 for Harmonium, 2 Violins, & Cello
Prokofiev: String Quartet No. 1 in B minor, Opus 50
Schumann: Piano Quartet in Eb, Opus 47
with guest Gilles Vonsattel, piano

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 7:30pm • Ordway Concert Hall

An evening of silent film with original compositions
with guest Stephen Prutsman, composer & piano

Monday, May 7, 2018, 7:30pm • Plymouth Congregational Church

Dvořák: Cypresses for String Quartet
Schulhoff: String Sextet
Mozart: Viola Quintet in C minor, K. 406

 

 

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Save over 20% and get the best seats by purchasing a five-concert package, on sale now.

Five-Concert Package Prices: 
$125 • $100 • $75 (limited view)

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Order by phone (M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm): 651.292.3268

Renewing Subscribers, please watch the mail for your renewal packet which was mailed on Friday, May 12, 2017 or renew your same seats online at schubert.org/renew.

Single Tickets

Single tickets start at $20 and are on sale Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 11am.
 

 

 

 
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Announcing the Fifth Season of Schubert Club Mix

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Announcing the Fifth Season of Schubert Club Mix

Now entering its fifth season with unparalleled momentum due to loyal and expanding audiences, Schubert Club Mix is an innovative series that takes the formality out of classical music through unique concert presentations and trendy atmospheres. We are pleased to announce Summit Beer Hall as our newest partner and venue beginning with the 2017-18 season of Summit Beer Hall. 

The season will feature five very different concerts. The first concert of the season will be a lively evening similar to a 17th-century English jam session featuring Barokksolistene called “The Alehouse Sessions” at Aria. Next up, also at Aria, Brazilian-American vocalist, composer, and pianist Clarice Assad and her world-renowned father Sergio Assad (guitar) will perform a jazz-inspired program primarily featuring music from their first recording together called Reliquia. Then we move to TPT Street Space for a program by composer Libby Larsen combining music with vintage comic strips. Then we’ll be back at Aria featuring percussionist Colin Currie performing on a broad array of percussion instruments.  And finally, to close the series in our newest venue, Summit Beer Hall, New York ensemble Third Sound, formed by composer Patrick Castillo, will perform a program featuring a world premiere by Castillo. 

In starting the series, Artistic and Executive Director Barry Kempton explains, “I believe there are music-lovers in our community for whom the formality and rituals of classical music performances in traditional concert venues are a deterrent to attending. Our idea behind Schubert Club Mix is to relax our presentation style and the ambiance of the venue without at all compromising the quality of the music-making.”

Five concert and Three concert Packages on sale Monday, May 1, 9am.

Single tickets on sale Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 11am.

All concerts general admission.

Order online or call 651.292.3268 (M-F, 8:30-4:30)

View the entire season now

Now Hiring: Museum Guide

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Job title: Museum Guide

Part-time Museum Guide, responsible for augmenting and improving our museum visitor’s experience through descriptions that illuminate the collection and share the role of the Schubert Club as a cultural gem of our community. The Schubert Club Museum is one of only a few music-focused museums in the country, showcasing a diverse collection of historical instruments and replicas, and original autographed composer letters.

Requirements:
*Enjoy interacting and meeting with people from a variety of ages and backgrounds
*Able to speak comfortably before groups of people
*Able to work independently
*Able to accept supervision
*Able to be enthusiastic and flexible
*Honor time commitments for any scheduled assignments, including regular museum hours and special events or programs
*Provide great customer service by creatively solving problems and responding to visitor questions and concerns
*Capable of learning new material rapidly and willing to spend time and expend the effort necessary to study The Schubert ClubMuseum collection. Reading material includes The Schubert Club Museum Interpretive Plan.
*Extensive prior knowledge of music history and repertoire is not required but a prospective guide should have a working knowledge of music and a desire to learn
*Physically able to lead tours around the museum

To apply:  Send a cover letter and resume to Kate Cooper at kcooper@schubert.org

Join us for a FREE concert featuring the Winners of the 2017 Scholarship Competition

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This special concert will feature many of the scholarship winners of the 2017 Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition that took place in early March. Expect to be wowed by the incredible talent of these young artists. 

 

Schubert Club Musicians on the Rise (Competition Winners Recital) featuring winners of the Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 1pm, Ordway Concert Hall
Hosted by Schubert Club Composer-in-Residence, Abbie Betinis.
 

Announcing the Strings and Piano Finalists and Winners from the Schubert Club Competition

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FINALISTS, 2017 – March 11, 2017
St. Catherine University

Piano Level I (Grades 7-9)

Joseph Caswell, P119
Shoreview, MN
The Lighthouse School
Paul Wirth

Austin Cheng, P102
Maple Grove, MN
Wayzata High School
Alexander Braginsky

Sophie Vivienne Moore, P108
Minnetonka, MN
Minnetonka High School
Daniel Rieppel

Gideon Scheeler, P109
Saint Paul, MN
Christ’s Household of Faith
Oleg Levin

Kimberly Shen, P118
Arden Hills, MN
Mounds View High School
Alexander Braginsky

Emma Taggart, P103
Blaine, MN
St. Agnes High School
Reid Smith

Piano Level II (Grades 10-12)

Chen Chen, P218
Eden Prairie, MN
Edina High School
Denis Evstuhin

Collin Jinks, P211
Bayport, MN
Stillwater Area High School
Jo Ann Link

Liam Mayo, P214
Green Bay, WI
Home School
Anthony Padilla

Evren Ozel, P207
Minneapolis, MN
Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Wha Kyung Byun

Zhen Tu, P212
Eagan, MN
Eagan High School
Lydia Artymiw

Piano Level III (College Freshman – Age 23)

Gabrielle Claus, P329
Appleton, WI
Lawrence University
Michael Mizrahi

Milou de Meij, P332
Appleton, WI
Lawrence University
Anthony Padilla

Xiaoya Gao, P320
Appleton, WI
Lawrence University
Catherine Kautsky

Matthew Harikian, P308
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Lydia Artymiw

Ming Hu, P321
Appleton, WI
Lawrence University
Catherine Kautsky

Neil Krzeski, P324
Appleton, WI
Lawrence University
Michael Mizrahi

Kaitlin Lalmond, P317
Germantown, WI
University of Minnesota
Lydia Artymiw

Mingfei Li, P328
Appleton, WI
Lawrence University
Catherine Kautsky

Daniel Eras Saborio, P305
Saint Paul, MN
University of Minnesota
Alexander Braginsky

Piano Level IV (Age 24-28)

Alison Lee, P409
Saint Paul, MN
University of Minnesota
Lydia Artymiw

Fanya Lin, P401
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Lydia Artymiw

Lydia Michel, P411
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Lydia Artymiw

Minhee Park, P408
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Alexander Braginsky

 

Strings Level I (Grades 7-9)

Catherine Carson, S101 – Violin
Northfield, MN
Northfield High School
Sally O’Reilly

Maximus Gurath, S103 – Cello
Sioux Falls, SD
Edison Middle School
Anna Clift

Derek Hwang, S106 – Cello
Dakota Dunes, SD
North High School
Peter Howard

Katya Moeller, S110 – Violin
Coralville, IA
Northwest Junior High School
Northwest Jr High

James Thompson, S109 – Violin
Brainerd, MN
Forestview Middle School
Sally O’Reilly

Joyce Zhao, S108 – Violin
Edina, MN
Valley View Middle School
Sally O’Reilly

Strings Level II (Grades 10-12)

Maria Chirinos, S212 – Violin
Faribault, MN
Shattuck-St. Mary’s School
Sally O’Reilly

Robert Hwang, S216 – Violin
Dakota Dunes, SD
North High School
Kimberly Fisher

Christopher Kwon, S222 – Cello
Maple Grove, MN
Maple Grove Senior High School
Mina Fisher

Madeline Sheard, S211 – Cello
Maple Grove, MN
Maple Grove Senior High School
Mina Fisher

Imala Witherspoon, S214 – Violin
Minneapolis, MN
Main Street School of Performing Arts
Sally O’Reilly

Nygel Witherspoon, S219 – Cello
Minneapolis, MN
Connections Academy
David Holmes

Strings Level III (College Freshman – Age 23)

Melissa Deal, S311 – Violin
Bloomington, MN
Cleveland Institute of Music
William Preucil

Elena Denny, S309 – Cello
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Tanya Remenikova

Luther Warren, S310 – Violin
New Brighton, MN
New England Conservatory
Miriam Fried

Alastair Witherspoon, S312 – Violin
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Sally O’Reilly

Louisa Woodfull-Harris, S304 – Violin
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Sally O’Reilly

Strings Level IV – No Preliminary Round

2017 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS — March 12, 2017
St. Catherine University

PIANO

Piano Level I (Grades 7-9)

1st) Joseph Caswell, P105
Shoreview, MN
The Lighthouse School
Paul Wirth

2nd) Emma Taggart, P103
Blaine, MN
St. Agnes High School
Reid Smith

Honorable Mention) Austin Cheng, P102
Maple Grove, MN
Wayzata High School
Alexander Braginsky

Honorable Mention) Kimberly Shen, P104
Arden Hills, MN
Mounds View High School
Alexander Braginsky

Piano Level II (Grades 10-12)

1st) Liam Mayo, P203
Green Bay, WI
Home School
Anthony Padilla

2nd) Evren Ozel, P202
Minneapolis, MN
Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Wha Kyung Byun

Piano Level III (College Freshman – Age 23)

1st) Daniel Eras Saborio, P309
Saint Paul, MN
University of Minnesota
Alexander Braginsky

2nd) Matthew Harikian, P308
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Lydia Artymiw

Honorable Mention) Kaitlin Lalmond, P307
Germantown, WI
University of Minnesota
Lydia Artymiw

Honorable Mention) Ming Hu, P304
Appleton, WI
Lawrence University
Catherine Kautsky

Piano Level IV (Age 24-28)

1st) Fanya Lin, P403
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Lydia Artymiw

2nd) Alison Lee, P404
Saint Paul, MN
University of Minnesota
Lydia Artymiw

 

 

STRINGS
Strings Level I (Grades 7-9)

1st) Maximus Gurath, S102 – Cello
Sioux Falls, SD
Edison Middle School
Anna Clift

2nd) Catherine Carson, S101 – Violin
Northfield, MN
Northfield High School
Sally O’Reilly

Honorable Mention) Derek Hwang, S103 – Cello
Dakota Dunes, SD
North High School
Peter Howard

Strings Level II – (Grades 10-12)

1st) Madeline Sheard, S205 – Cello
Maple Grove, MN
Maple Grove Senior High School
Mina Fisher

2nd) Nygel Witherspoon, S206 – Cello
Minneapolis, MN
Connections Academy
David Holmes

Honorable Mention) Maria Chirinos, S204– Violin
Faribault, MN
Shattuck-St. Mary’s School
Sally O’Reilly

Honorable Mention) Christopher Kwon, S201 – Cello
Maple Grove, MN
Maple Grove Senior High School
Mina Fisher

Strings Level III – (College Freshman – Age 23)

1st) Melissa Deal, S304 – Violin
Bloomington, MN
Cleveland Institute of Music
William Preucil

2nd) Elena Denny, S303 – Cello
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Tanya Remenikova

Honorable Mention) Luther Warren, S301 – Violin
New Brighton, MN
New England Conservatory
Miriam Fried

Strings Level IV – (Age 24-28)

1st) Benjamin Osterhouse, S404 – Cello
Saint Paul, MN
University of Minnesota
Tanya Remenikova

2nd) Charles Asch, S403 – Cello
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Tanya Remenikova

Honorable Mention) Julia Floberg, S405 – Cello
Minneapolis, MN
Greg Byers

Honorable Mention) Jesse Nummelin, S402 – Cello
Minneapolis, MN
Tom Rosenberg

 

Announcing the Voice, Brass & Woodwinds, and Guitar Finalists and Winners from the Schubert Club Competition

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2017 FINALISTS
March 4, 2017, Augsburg College

Voice Level I (Age 18-21)
Madison Holtze, V114
Soprano
University of Minnesota
Wendy Zaro-Mulins

Miranda Kettlewell, V110
Soprano
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Mimmi Fulmer

Claire Powling, V106
Soprano
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Mimmi Fulmer

Anja Pustaver, V118
Soprano
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
Matthew Markham

Kathryn Rupp, V120
Soprano
Simpson College
Virginia Lauridsen

Olivia Schurke, V101
Soprano
St. Olaf College
Tracey Engleman

Katherine Streckert, V109
Soprano
University of Northwestern – Saint Paul
Richard Joseph

Voice Level II (ages 22 -25)
Eric Broker, V211
Baritone
St. Olaf College
George Smith
Rhianna Cockrell, V203
Mezzo
University of Minnesota
John David De Haan

Luigi Enriquez, V206
Tenor
Luther College
Jill Phillips

Anna Hashizume, V213
Mezzo
University of Minnesota
Wendy Zaro-Mulins

Austin Sanders, V212
Baritone
Viterbo University
Daniel Johnson-Wilmot

Voice Level III (ages 26-30)
Christina Christensen, V302
Mezzo
University of Minnesota – Duluth
George Smith

Raymond Vincent Graybar, V306
Baritone
Viterbo University
Daniel Johnson-Wilmot

Juan Carlos Mendoza, V312
Tenor
University of Iowa
John Muriello

Mario Perez, V307
Tenor
Adriana Zabala

Benjamin Sieverding, V313
Bass
George Smith

Brass & Woodwinds – Level II (no preliminary round)

Brass & Woodwinds – Level III
Zach Gingerich, BW313
Trombone
University of Minnesota
Tom Ashworth

Hannah Hickman, BW310
Saxophone
University of Minnesota
Preston Duncan

Carson King-Fournier, BW319
Trombone
Northwestern University

Ryan Wallace Olson, BW312
Saxophone
University of Minnesota
Preston Duncan

Justin Sales, BW311
Saxophone
University of Minnesota
Preston Duncan

Tim Shows, BW317
Oboe
University of Minnesota
Basil Reeve

Amelia Smith, BW301
Clarinet
University of Minnesota
Alexander Fiterstein

Zixuan Yan, VW316
Flute
University of Minnesota
Immanuel Davis

Guitar (no preliminary round)

2017 WINNERS
March 5, 2017, Augsburg College

Voice Level I (Age 18-21)
1st)  Madison Holtze – V105, Soprano
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Teacher: Wendy Zaro-Mulins

2nd)  Anja Pustaver – V104
Waunakee, WI
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
Teacher: Matthew Markham

Honorable Mention)  Kathryn Rupp – V107, Soprano
Indianola, IA
Simpson College
Teacher: Virginia Lauridsen

Voice Level II (ages 22 -25)
1st)  Anna Hashizume – V205, Mezzo
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Teacher: Wendy Zaro-Mulins

2nd)  Eric Broker – V203, Baritone
Minneapolis, MN
St. Olaf College Graduate
Teacher: George Smith

Voice Level III (ages 26-30)
1st)  Ben Sieverding – V301, Bass
Minneapolis, MN
Teacher: George Smith

2nd)  Mario Perez – V305, Tenor
Saint Paul, MN
Teacher: Adriana Zabala
 
Brass & Woodwinds – Level II
1st)  Shreya Narayan – BW209, Flute
Cottage Grove, MN
East Ridge High School
Teacher: Nancy Maloney

2nd)  Elizabeth Kleiber – BW206, Flute
Hudson, WI
Hudson High School
Teacher: Susie Kuniyoshi

Honorable Mention)   Faith Helgeson – BW203, Flute
Bloomington, MN
Brightmont Academy
Teacher: Julia Bogorad-Kogan

Honorable Mention)  Anders C. Peterson – BW208, Clarinet
Northfield, MN
Interlochen Arts Academy
Teacher: Emil Khudyev

Brass & Woodwinds – Level III
1st)  Justin Sales – BW305, Saxophone
Mounds View, MN
University of Minnesota
Teacher: Preston Duncan

2nd)  Amelia Smith – BW301, Clarinet
Minneapolis, MN 
University of Minnesota
Teacher: Alexander Fiterstein

Honorable Mention)  Carson King-Fournier – BW302, Trombone
Saint Paul, MN
Northwestern University

Honorable Mention)  Zixuan Yan – BW308, Flute
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Teacher: Immanuel Davis

Guitar
1st)  Evan Taucher – G05
Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Teacher: Rene Izquierdo

2nd)  Chase Bernard – G05
Bloomington, MN
Normandale Community College
Teacher: Alan Johnston

Honorable Mention)  Samuel Hines – G03
Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Teacher: Rene Izquierdo

Honorable Mention)  Matthias Vancutsem – G06
Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Teacher: Rene Izquierdo

HUNTER/SCHUBERT CLUB PRIZE
Luigi Enriquez, Tenor
Decorah, IA, Luther College
Teacher: Jill Phillips

 

Announcing the 17-18 International Artist Series & Music in the Park Series

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We are very pleased to share with you our 136th season, featuring the International Artist Series at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and the Music in the Park Series at Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ. 

Subscriptions will be on sale Monday, February 27 at 8:30am. Single tickets will be on sale Tuesday, August 1, at 11am. The best way to guarantee tickets to these very popular series is to purchase a subscription. Read more about subscriptions at the bottom of this email.

 

2017-2018 International Artist Series

 

Sir András Schiff, piano

Sunday, October 29, 2017, 3pm
Ordway Music Theater

Pianist Sir András Schiff is known as one of the most renowned interpreters of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann. A Hungarian-born British classical pianist and conductor, he started piano at the age of five and has since received numerous major awards and honors, including the Grammy Award, Gramophone Award, Mozart Medal, and Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize. In 2014, Sir András was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music. For his October 29 Schubert Club recital, he will perform a program featuring Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Brahms and Bach on the Ordway Music Theater stage. This will be his first Schubert Club recital in over 20 years, and we are thrilled to welcome him back to the Ordway stage. We advise you purchase your tickets early, as we expect this concert to sell out well in advance!

 

Eric Owens, bass-baritone
& Susanna Phillips, soprano

Wednesday, December 6, 10:30am & Thursday, December 7, 2017, 7:30pm
Ordway Concert Hall

This concert will feature vocal superstars Eric Owens and Susanna Phillips bring a program featuring Schubert songs to the Ordway Concert Hall. Bass-baritone Eric Owens is loved for his rich, velvety voice and is a regular at major opera companies like the Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera Chicago. Susanna Phillips, winner of the The Metropolitan Opera’s 2010 Beverly Sills Artist Award, is in her ninth consecutive season with the Metropolitan Opera. This will be her International Artist Series debut. This popular duo recital program has been adored by audiences at Carnegie Hall and across America, and we are thrilled to share it with our Schubert Club audience. The Inquirer in Philadelphia comments on this recital program, “Owens is a master storyteller, who often gives not just the characters of the song’s scenario but the larger world in which they exist, Phillips delivers an almost microscopically close reading of the song and its protagonists, revealed with the detail of a fine Shakespearean actress. Never does she force her Mozart-weight voice while hitting various emotional peaks. No longer a merely promising young singer, she’s a mature artist with a highly personal relationship with Schubert.”

Avi Avital, mandolin
& Sérgio and Odair Assad, guitar

Tuesday, February 20, 7:30pm & Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 10:30am
Ordway Concert Hall

Avi Avital is an Israeli mandolinist, composer, and performer best known for his renditions of well-known Baroque and folk music, much of which was originally written for other instruments. Acknowledged by The New York Times for his “exquisitely sensitive playing” and “stunning agility,” Avi Avital is the first mandolin player to receive a GRAMMY nomination in the category “Best Instrumental Soloist.” After a wildly successful performance with Schubert Club Mix in 2015, we are delighted to welcome him back to hear another side of his playing.

Sérgio and Odair Assad are Brazilian-born brothers who have taken the classical guitar world by storm. Their exceptional artistry and uncanny ensemble playing come from both a family rich in Brazilian musical tradition and from studies with the guitar/lutenist Monina Távora (1921-2011), a disciple of Andrés Segovia. In addition to setting new performance standards, the Assads have played a major role in creating and introducing new music for two guitars. Their virtuosity has inspired a wide range of composers to write for them including Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, Radamés Gnattali, Marlos Nobre, and many others. The Assads last performed on our Music in the Park Series to a sold-out audience in May 2015. Hearing the musical talents of all three musicians together, all making their debuts on this series, will be a magical event.

 

Jennifer Koh, violin
& Shai Wosner, piano

Tuesday, March 20, 7:30pm & Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 10:30am
Ordway Concert Hall

Born of Korean parents, American violinist, Jennifer Koh, began playing the violin by chance, choosing the instrument in a Suzuki-method program only because spaces for cello and piano had been filled. She made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11 and went on to win the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant all when she was only 18 years old. She is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance.

For this recital, she will be joined by internationally recognized Israeli pianist Shai Wosner,  both making their debuts on this series. The New York Times declared that “Mr. Wosner’s singing tone and expressive musicality complemented Ms. Koh’s insightful, richly hued playing,” and The San Jose Mercury News raved of a recent concert that “Koh’s impetuous, bright-toned phrasing was attractively set against Wosner’s flowing, articulate pianism.” 

Steven Isserlis, cello
& Richard Egarr, harpsichord

Tuesday, April 24, 7:30pm & Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 10:30am
Ordway Concert Hall

Acclaimed worldwide for his profound musicianship and technical mastery, British cellist, Steven Isserlis enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author, and broadcaster. The recipient of many awards, Steven Isserlis is one of only two living cellists featured in Gramophone’s Hall of Fame. He takes a strong interest in presenting authentic performances using instruments and style that closely resemble music of the Baroque period. For this International Artist Series performance, he will be joined by the remarkable British harpsichordist Richard Egarr, in a recital featuring the viola da gamba sonatas of J.S. Bach as well as sonatas by Handel and Scarlatti.  Egarr will play a harpsichord from the Schubert Club’s keyboard collection.

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2017-2018 Music in the Park Series

Schubert Ensemble of London

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 4pm

Since its first concert in 1983, the Schubert Ensemble of London has become widely recognized as one of the world’s leading exponents of music for piano and strings. The Ensemble has decided to bring its illustrious 35-year career to a close at the end of June 2018 in celebratory style, with over fifty concerts planned during their final season, including a return visit to Music in the Park Series. Their eclectic program features “The Whole Earth Dances,” a new, nature-inspired work by young British composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad; Vaughan Williams’ romantic and rarely-performed Piano Quintet in C-minor; and the grand finale–Franz Schubert’s much-beloved “Trout” quintet.

 

Dover String Quartet
with David Shifrin, clarinet

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 4pm

The Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition. Praised by The Strad for “exceptional interpretive maturity, tonal refinement and taut ensemble,” the quartet has become one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The Dover’s debut disc pays tribute to the renowned Guarneri Quartet, whose members served as mentors for the ensemble. Beginning their “mostly American” program with quartets by Richard Danielpour and Bartok, the Dover is joined by clarinetist David Shifrin to perform works for clarinet and string quartet by Corigliano and young American composer Chris Rogerson, along with arrangements of Duke Ellington tunes. Shifrin is in constant demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. His numerous recordings, including trios with cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, have consistently garnered awards. A member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1989, Shifrin served as its artistic director from 1992 to 2004.

Calmus Ensemble

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 4pm

One of Germany’s most successful vocal groups, Calmus offers the unique combination of a soprano with four male voices ranging from bass to countertenor. The group has been awarded prizes in numerous international competitions, including the prestigious Concert Artists Guild Competition. Music in the Park Series brings the a cappella quintet to St. Paul with a program of carols from around the world − from 16th Italian century madrigals to traditional carols of France, Germany, Sweden and England, to American popular holiday songs. Embodying the rich choral tradition of its hometown of Leipzig, Germany, Calmus captivates both audiences and critics with its charming stage presence, flawless technique and entertaining presentations.

Parker Quartet

Sunday, February 11, 2018, 4pm

Inspiring performances, luminous sound, and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. Well known to Twin Cities music lovers, the Parker made its debut on Music in the Park Series in 2007, subsequently serving as Artists-in-Residence at the University of St. Thomas, at the University of Minnesota, with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and as the first-ever Artists-in-Residence with Minnesota Public Radio. Currently Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music, the Parker Quartet has distinguished itself with acclaimed recordings, including György Ligeti’s complete works for string quartet, which won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. The Parker’s Music in the Park Series concert will feature works by Mozart, Ligeti and Bartok.

David Finckel, cello
& Wu Han, piano

Sunday, March 4, 2018, 4pm

Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han rank among the most dynamic and influential forces in classical music today. Their performances have inspired audiences around the world and have won universal critical acclaim. Partners in music and marriage, they were recipients of Musical America’s prestigious Musicians of the Year award in 2012. David and Wu Han are in their third term as Artistic Directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and founding Artistic Directors of Music@Menlo, soon to celebrate its fifteenth season. A favorite of Music in the Park audiences, David Finckel and Wu Han make their fifth appearance on the series. Their program, titled “Distinctive Voices,” highlights works of Beethoven, Bruce Adolphe, Mendelssohn, Grieg, and a repeat performance of Lera Auerbach’s “Sonata for Cello and Piano,” composed for the duo and co-commissioned by Music in the Park Series in 2004.

Lark Quartet: Past and Present

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 4pm

This unique concert will celebrate the past and present Lark Quartet through music old and new, with the original quartet – founded in 1985 in the Twin Cities by native Laura Sewell – and the current Lark Quartet members for a total of eight musicians. In keeping with Lark’s tradition of broadening the chamber music repertory through diverse commissions, members of the current and original quartets join forces to perform the Minnesota premiere of Andrew Waggoner’s work for two string quartets. Dedicated to “the once and future Lark Quartet”, the commission was supported in part by the Thelma Hunter Fund of the American Composers Forum. Moving back in time to a work regarded as “one of the miracles of 19th century music”, the group brings the Music in the Park Series season to a close with a performance of Mendelssohn’s brilliant Octet in E-flat Major, written in 1825 when the composer was only sixteen years old.

Read more at schubert.org

Subscriptions on sale Monday, February 27, 8:30am

Subscriptions are on sale starting Monday, February 27, 2017 at 8:30am and can be purchased online at schubert.org/subscribe or by calling 651.292.3268.

International Artist Series five-concert subscription prices range from $93 to $217 for the daytime package option and from $110 to $240 for the evening package option. Student subscriptions are $55 (with valid I.D. and .edu email address). 
 
Music in the Park Series six-concert subscriptions are $144. Student subscriptions are $66 (with valid I.D. and .edu email address). 
 

Single Tickets on sale Tuesday, August 1, 11am