David Amram

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He plays piano, French horn, Spanish guitar, and pennywhistle, and sings. Amram has also composed scores for films, and has led quartets, quintets and larger ensembles who perform and record under his name. Amram studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1948–1949, and earned a bachelor’s degree in European history from George Washington University in 1952. In 1955 he enrolled at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied under Dimitri Mitropoulos, Vittorio Giannini, and Gunther Schuller. Under Schuller he studied French horn.

John Dalley

The Guarneri Quartet has taught, in various combinations at Rutgers State University of New Jersey and the Manhattan School of Music. The Oberlin String Quartet was formed in 1955 by the violinist Andor Toth who was a member of the Oberlin faculty from 1955. The other members were Matthew Raimondi (violin), William Berman (viola) and John Frazer (cello). In 1957, Dalley joined the quartet. In summer 1958, the quartet won a bronze medal in the Concours International de Quatuor sponsored by H.M. Queen Elizabeth Music Competition in Liege, Belgium. Dalley was a regular participant at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont.

List of performers at the Metropolitan Opera

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This is a list of the singers, conductors, and dancers who have appeared in at least 100 performances at the Metropolitan Opera, last updated September 21, 2019. Performers are listed by the number of the performances they have appeared in as found at the Metropolitan Opera Archives. The number of performances and last performance date listed may not be current as numbers change with new productions.

Beth Clayton

Clayton is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Mignon Dunn. She has been an apprentice artist for the Santa Fe Opera and a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. Clayton's awards include a William Matheus Sullivan Award. She was a finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In the summer of 2003, Clayton sang the role of Rosalind in the first performances of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett's opera The Mines of Sulphur in 30 years. A recording was issued on the Chandos label and nominated for a 2007 Grammy Award.

Music schools in the United States

Manhattan School of Music (New York, NY). New World Symphony Orchestra, (Miami, FL) (for music school graduates). Berklee College of Music (Boston, Massachusetts). Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music (Los Angeles, CA). The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (New York, New York). New England Conservatory (Boston, MA) (Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation/Jazz Composition). Musicians Institute (Los Angeles, CA). The Contemporary Music Division at Oberlin Conservatory of Music (Oberlin, OH) (encompasses Composition, Jazz Studies and Technology in Music and Related Arts (TIMARA)). Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, City University of New York (Flushing, NY).

Deaths in May 2009

Richard Miller, 83, American operatic tenor and educator, Professor Emeritus of Voice (Oberlin Conservatory of Music). Dewey Smith, 36, American diver. Elsie B. Washington, 66, American author, wrote first African American romance novel, multiple sclerosis and cancer. Murasaki Yamada, 60, Japanese manga artist. Erik Bluemel, 32, American professor (University of Denver), bicycle accident. Sam Cohn, 79, American talent agent, after short illness. Leon Despres, 101, American attorney and politician, heart failure. Ean Evans, 48, American bassist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), cancer. Sima Eyvazova, 75, Azerbaijani diplomat, first Permanent Representative to the UN.

Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti

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Lanzilotti attended Punahou School and Beijing Normal University Middle School No. 2 (School Year Abroad), and then continued her education at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Yale School of Music, and Manhattan School of Music. She was a fellowship violist in both the New World Symphony and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. Lanzilotti is known as a performer for her collaborations with living composers such as Dai Fujikura, Ted Hearne, Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Jagoda Szmytka, Scott Wollschleger, and Nina C. Young. Lanzilotti created Shaken Not Stuttered as an extension of these collaborations.

Michael Ballam

He has served on the faculties of Indiana University, The Music Academy of the West, University of Utah, Brigham Young University and guest lecturer at Stanford, Yale, Catholic University and Manhattan School of Music. His professional operatic and recital career has spanned over five decades and every continent. Ballam, a native of Logan, Utah, has performed in the major concert halls in America, Europe, Asia and the Soviet Union, with command performances at the Vatican and the White House. His operatic repertoire includes more than 1,000 performances of over 110 major roles.

Daniel Okulitch

He continued to perform throughout his teens, and at age 19 transferred to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music to study with acclaimed pedagogue Richard Miller, where he gained a Bachelor of Music and a Masters in Opera Theater. He then continued his education at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of William McGraw. During these years he apprenticed with the Des Moines Metro Opera, the Cincinnati Opera, and in the San Francisco Opera Merola Program. In 2002, Okulitch was cast as Schaunard in the Baz Luhrmann production of Puccini's La bohème, which premiered at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco, and performed on Broadway for 228 performances.

Carol Wincenc

After studying in Italy with Severino Gazzelloni at Santa Cecilia and Chigiana Academies, she started her undergraduate work at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, then transferred to Manhattan School of Music where she completed a B.M. She received her M. M. from Juilliard in 1972. After completing her studies at Juilliard, Wincenc joined the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra at age 22 and served as principal flutist from 1972-1977. In 1978 she won the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation Solo Flute Competition. In the 1980s she became a professor of flute at The Juilliard School and Stony Brook University. She has taught at the Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, and Rice University.

Mostly Other People Do the Killing

Bandleader Moppa Elliott met Peter Evans while both were students at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Upon relocating to New York City, Elliott met Jon Irabagon through guitarist Jon Lundbom at the Manhattan School of Music and Kevin Shea through Mary Halvorson. MOPDtK performs compositions by Elliott, all of which are arbitrarily named after towns in his native Pennsylvania. Performances often take the form of large suites in which the group transitions between original pieces and jazz standards, often employing theatrics and elements of rock, pop, and classical music. Mostly Other People Do the Killing performed at the 2009 Moers Festival and has toured in both the U.S. and Europe.

David Leisner

David Leisner (born December 22, 1953) is a classical guitarist, composer, and teacher at the Manhattan School of Music and an expert on focal dystonia. He had the impairment for twelve years and recovered through methods that he developed. Leisner won the top prizes in the 1975 Toronto and 1981 Geneva International Guitar Competitions. In the 1980s, he was disabled by focal dystonia, a disorder that affected his right hand when playing guitar. He sought the advice of medical professionals from medical doctors of western medicine to acupuncturists without finding a cure.

Kent Tritle

He has been Director of Choral Activities at the Manhattan School of Music, and on the graduate faculty of the Juilliard School. From 1989 until 2011 Tritle was organist and choral director of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York. He directed there a concert series Sacred Music in a Sacred Space. He was artistic consultant on the design and installation in 1993 of the church's renowned four-manual, 68-stop mechanical action organ built by Mander Organs Ltd. of London, England. Tritle has been organist of the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra.

Chiaroscuro (music)

Richard Miller, a professor at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, describes modern chiaroscuro as the "cultivated artistic sound of the highly trained professional singing voice". The body parts that are associated with creating chiaroscuro are the vocal tract and larynx. Chiaroscuro is made in the voice through the mix of a ringing brighter sound, a lowered larynx, and a dark oropharyngeal resonance working in equilibrium. To produce the desired effect, one will have a slightly lowered and relaxed larynx, a raised soft palate, a released forward tongue, and correct breathing support/technique.

International Music Score Library Project

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It is suggested as a resource by the Sibley Music Library and by libraries at other universities such as Stanford University, University of California, Los Angeles, Brown University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music University of Maryland, University of Washington, University of Cincinnati, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Appalachian State University in the US, McGill University in Canada, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh University of Bristol in the UK, University of Melbourne in Australia, and others.

Quartet San Francisco

Onderdonk studied at Manhattan School of Music, earning her bachelor's and master's degrees, after which she enrolled in post-graduate studies at Boston University and the New England Conservatory of Music. She has served as principal violinist for the New York City Opera National Company, the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Opéra National de Lyon touring Europe, and the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra. Kayo Miki helped Quartet San Francisco win the Grand Prize at a tango music competition in May 2004 at the auditorium of the Consulate General of Argentina in New York City.

Abdiel Vázquez

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Vazquez did his professional studies at the Escuela Superior de Música y Dance de Monterrey, and after receiving a scholarship, went on to the Manhattan School of Music, then studied privately in Madrid. He currently lives in New York, working as a vocal coach with Metropolitan Opera House and Juilliard School. In 2006, he won the Angelica Morales-Yamaha National Piano Competition, his debut at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, and in 2013 he won Shining Stars Debut Series, his debut at Carnegie Hall.

Elizabeth Ogonek

There she began her studies in the Preparatory Division at the Manhattan School of Music. Ogonek received her BM from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in 2009. After this, she went on to receive her MM from USC Thornton School of Music in 2012. She received her DM from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2015, where she studied with Julian Anderson on a Marshall Scholarship. That same year, Ogonek began a three-year term as the Mead composer-in-residence for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with the composer Samuel Adams. Some of her notable compositions include the chamber violin concerto In Silence and the orchestral dance suite All These Lighted Things.

Bejun Mehta

In 1998, Marilyn Horne, who knew of his work as a boy soprano, offered him sponsorship through the Marilyn Horne Foundation, an organization that works to develop new talent and preserve the art of song recital. He made his operatic debut as a countertenor that same year as Armindo in a New York City Opera production of Partenope by Handel. Two months later he substituted for David Daniels, who was taken ill during an international concert tour.

Michael Daugherty

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As an Assistant Professor of Composition at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (1986–91), Daugherty organized guest residencies of composers with performances of their music. Daugherty also organized the 1988 Electronic Festival Plus Festival, which took place at Oberlin and featured music from over 50 composers. At Oberlin, Daugherty (playing synthesizer) also performed and recorded with jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd who taught there from 1987-89. In 1991, Daugherty was invited to join the composition faculty at the University of Michigan School of Music (Ann Arbor). He replaced Leslie Bassett, who retired.

Fan Lei

He has given master classes at the Yale School of Music, Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, National Taiwan University of Arts, Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Banff Centre for the Arts and several academies in China including The China Army Music Academy. His students have been awarded top prizes at the 2011 Ghent International Clarinet Competition in Belgium, 2014 and 2010 Mravinsky International Competition in St. Petersburg, 2013 and 2011 Mozart International Clarinet Competition in Beijing, 2014 Konrad Wolff-Ilse Bing Competitions in the United States, Golden Bell Awards, and numerous others throughout the world.

Charles Bressler

He has taught at the Manhattan School of Music.In 1956 he appeared in "The Lark", starring Julie Harris, at the Longacre Theatre in New York City. He is noted for his performances of early music. He also made a number of important recordings with Maurice Abravanel and the Utah Symphony, notably the Vanguard recording of the Berlioz Requiem. In addition, he appeared on the Los Angeles Philharmonic recording of Respighi's Lauda per la Natività del Signore along with Marilyn Horne, Marie Gibson, and the Roger Wagner Chorale, conducted by Alfred Wallenstein. He died in New York City, aged 70. * http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Bio/Bressler-Charles.htm

Head voice

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A recent book by a former teacher at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and a vocal pedagogy teacher, Richard Miller, states that in the "tenore lirico" the higher part of the singing voice above the secondo passaggio at G 4 extending upwards is referred to as "full voice in head," or voce piena in testa, effectively stating the head register begins at G 4 in the "tenore lirico," not at E 4. According to Singing For Dummies, the bass changes from chest voice into middle voice around A 3 or A 3 below Middle C and changes into his head voice around D 4 or C 4 above Middle C.

Verdi Requiem discography

This is a list of recordings of the Messa da Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901).

Gábor Rejtő

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Rejto's son, Peter Rejto, is a cellist and a former faculty member at the Oberlin Conservatory. He was a founding member of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet. Gabor Rejto's daughter, Nika S. Rejto is a jazz flutist. She released a CD entitled "Teazing Socrates," which she dedicated to her late father, in 2006. Jeffrey Solow Rejto can be heard with pianist Adolph Baller in a program including Beethoven's Cello Sonata no. 5 in D Major, op. 102 no. 2, and variations on themes by Handel and Mozart on Allegro al 75, a monaural LP record. * cited in The Great Cellists by Margaret Campbell ISBN: 978-1-86105-654-2 Laurence Lesser. Paul Katz. Stephen Geber. Andor Toth Jr.