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The Student's Progress by Lincoln Perry

Detail of panel one in the lobby of Old Cabell Hall
The Student's Progress by Lincoln Perry

In October 2008, Adam Carter completed his dissertation, entitled “A Catalog of Music for Cello Octet.” He will receive the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin in December. He recently completed a residency with the Tarab Cello Ensemble at the Sinaloa Arts Festival in Culiacan, Mexico. Tarab performed works for eight cellos and orchestra in two concerts under the direction of Canadian conductor Raffi Armenian. In the summer of 2008, Adam performed with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Composer Ted Coffey presents new work this season at the Oakland Museum, Symphony Space (NYC), the Third Practice Festival (Richmond), the Karnatic Lab Concert Series (Amsterdam), and as a visiting composer at the Korean National University of the Arts, at California College of the Arts, Mills College, West Chester University School of Music, Oberlin College, Dartmouth College, and Princeton. Composition projects include a cycle of text-sound pieces with video, music for laptop quartet, for laptop orchestra [PLOrk], for shakuhachi with multichannel tape, and for saxophones with multichannel tape.

Chapman Stick instructor Greg Howard is completing his second book, “The Greg Howard Song Book,” to be published in early 2009. He will be teaching and performing at Interlochen’s August, 2009 Guitar Workshop, with Stick inventor, Emmett Chapman, and is using Skype videoconferencing for lessons with out-of-state students. He’s also producing a CD for the Robert H. Smith Center for Jefferson Studies—“Music from the Jefferson Collection” — violin, harpsichord and vocal performance, recorded at the U. Va. Rotunda and Kenwood.

Aaron Hill (Oboe) will be joining the faculty of the Vianden International Music Festival and School in Luxembourg from August 16-28, 2009, where he will coach chamber music, teach lessons and master classes, and collaborate with faculty ensembles. See www.viandenfestival.eu for more information. He has performed recently with the Sage Chamber Players in Washington, DC and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in New York and Boston.

Robert Jospe and his group Inner Rhythm performed throughout Virginia this fall including concerts and master classes at the Louisa Arts Center, Randolph Macon College, Sweet Briar College, Longwood College and The Jefferson Center in Roanoke, VA. Robert presented his educational program The World Beat Workshop at the Wolftrap performing arts summer Theater in the Woods weekly series and in schools and venues statewide including Blacksburg, Roanoke and Henrico County public schools. Robert performed with composers Chuck Dotas at JMU, and with Kurt Nurock, at the Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival. Robert also performs with SGGL, the Jazz giants quartet, and the Bobby Read quartet. He recorded with the Free Bridge quintet material for Scott DeVeux’s book JAZZ.

Stephanie Nakasian, instructor of voice, just returned from a 2 1/2 week tour in Russia—her second. Ms. Nakasian gave a series of concerts in Moscow and points east in concert halls singing jazz (America's Classical Music) with pianist Valeri Grohkovski and pianist Hod O'Brien (her husband and also international celebrated jazz pianist) as well as with a Russian bassist and drummer.

Upcoming tours include: Florida, Seattle, Telluride (CO) and concerts at Luray, VA and with the Freebridge Quartet in February. She will also perform with the Charlottesville University Symphony Orchestra in the Annual Holiday Concert Dec 6-7.

For more information on Stephanie Nakasian visit www.stephanienakasian.com

At the annual national convention of the American Musicological Society in November, Michael Puri received the 2008 Alfred Einstein Award for his JAMS article on Ravel's dandyism. Officially recognizing the best article published in the previous year by a junior musicologist, this award is also traditionally regarded as the top junior scholar award in musicology. At the same convention, Puri chaired a panel on “Haunting and Damnation”—the week after Halloween, unfortunately, which meant that few ghouls and zombies were able to attend the session.

Elizabeth Roberts was nominated for a 2008 Virginia Governor’s Award for the Arts, honoring her work as a performer and educator. She directed UVA’s Summer Chamber Music Festival in June 2008 and participated in the master class program at the Banff Centre in July 2008, where she performed chamber music with Frank Morelli, Richard Kilmer, James Campbell and Frøydis Ree Wekre. She continues to substitute on bassoon and contrabassoon with the National Symphony, Richmond Symphony and Virginia Symphony.

Joel Rubin. Recent performances were for the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Discovery Museum in Charlottesville, and the UVA Arts Council. With additional support from Jewish Studies, Rubin organized a four-day residency with trumpeter Susan Watts. The most recent CD in his Jewish Music Series for Wergo is Hasidic-Orthodox Music from the Festival of the Torah in Jerusalem. In 2008 he presented at the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Association for Jewish Studies, and will be participating in the one-day symposium “Beyond Boundaries: Klezmer Music in the 21st Century” at the CUNY Graduate Center. His paper, “Redefining what a Jew means in this time”: Shifting aesthetics in the contemporary klezmer landscape, is being published by the University of Wisconsin at Madison’s Conney Project on Jewish Arts.

In fall 2008, David Sariti was featured as a guest artist at West Virginia University, Gettysburg College, and Mary Baldwin College. He is also featured on the CD “Music from Monticello”, to be released this winter. His most recent pedagogical article, “Intonation Demystified”, will appear in American String Teacher in early 2009.

Judith Shatin, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor, is the recipient of a McKim Fund Commission from the Library of Congress, with the premiere of her “Tower of the Eight Winds” on 12/11/08. She is also composer in residence for the Deering Estate Living Artist Series in Miami for the 2008-09 season, with performances including “Run,” “Chai Variations” and “For the Birds.”

Other performances include “Fantasy on St. Cecilia,” with noted pianist Gayle Martin Henry at the Yamaha Artist Salon in New York on 11/13/08.

Richard Will hosted a symposium on “Classical Music in Performance” at UVa on October 10, 2008. The program included guest speakers from UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago and addressed topics such as radical restagings of Rossini's operas and the reinvention of Mozart by historically informed performers in the 1980s. He recently published an essay, “The Ambivalence of Mozart's Countess,” on the performance of The Marriage of Figaro, and will spend 2009-10 at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina working on his book, Mozart Live: Performance, Media, and Reinvention in Classical Music. In May 2009 he will be keynote speaker at a conference honoring the 200th anniversary of Haydn's death, to be held at the New Zealand School of Music.

In Memoriam

Milos Velimirovic’ (1922-2008)

Milos Velimirovic’, Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Virginia and one of the world's leading authorities on Byzantine and Slavonic chant traditions, died Friday, April 19, 2008. Chair of UVA's McIntire Department of Music from 1974 to 1978, he retired in 1993, continuing his emeritus affiliation with the University by giving pre-concert lectures for the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra until 2004.

Milos Velimirovic’ was born in Belgrade, Serbia, on December 10, 1922.
He began taking violin lessons from Jovan Zorko at the age of six, later studying piano under Dara Nestorovic. As a teen, he continued studying basic music theory, counterpoint, and the history of music. He entered Belgrade University to study the history of art until the closing of the university with the German invasion in 1941, when he shifted his studies to the Music Academy of Belgrade. After immigrating to the United States in 1951, Velimirovic’ studied at Harvard, graduating with a master's degree in 1953 and a doctorate in 1957. His PhD. dissertation, Byzantine Elements in Early Slavic Chant (written under the direction of Otto Comboisi and Walter Piston, and subsequently published in Copenhagen as part of the Monumentae Musicae Byzantinae series in 1960), took up one of the most complex and perplexing monophonic repertories in the Western musical tradition.

Velimirovic’ had a long and celebrated career. He was a professor at several universities, including Yale from 1957 to 1969; University of Wisconsin from 1969 to 1973; and University of Virginia from 1973 to 1993. He received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach in Yugoslavia in 1985.

Immersed in music and musicianship from an early age, then deeply influenced by a love of history, Velimirovic’ was uniquely positioned to contribute significantly to the body of scholarly knowledge on Byzantine and Slavonic Chant as well as various European folk traditions, which he studied and collected in the company of Albert Lord in the early 1950s.

Velimirovic’ was often honored for his efforts and scholarly commitment and was considered a leading authority on Byzantine and Russian liturgy and chant, and he was a renowned and much sought-after lecturer. Among his honors was the presentation in 2003 of a festschrift from his students and colleagues at a ceremony at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.

Published in Russian, Byzantium and East Europe Liturgical and Musical Links in Honor of Milos Velimirovic’ brought together an array of work from twenty musicologists and historians from nine countries. In 2004, Velimirovic’ received an Honorary Doctorate from the National and Capodistrian University of Athens.

At the University of Virginia, Milos Velimirovic’ ("Mish" to his colleagues) is remembered as a supportive colleague, a beloved teacher, and a renowned scholar. He will be greatly missed.

The family has created the Milos Velimirovic’ Memorial Scholarship Fund. Contributions can be made in his honor. Checks may be sent to the attention of Lorrie Jean at McIntire Department of Music, P.O. Box 400176, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176. Contributions may also be made on-line at virginia.edu/music/donate by following the support music at UVA link and specifying the fund Milos Velimirovic’ under special instructions.

Carl Walter Roskott (1953-2008)

This summer the symphony family lost a great friend and educator of the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra. Carl Walter Roskott passed away of natural causes in June at his home in Maryland. Carl Roskott was Music Director of the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra at the University of Virginia, and taught conducting, composition and symphonic literature from 1991 until 2005. Carl set high artistic standards for himself and for the orchestra, which continually challenged and improved the students and musicians who participated over the years. He gave so much to all the musicians he worked with, and we remember him with affection as a great musician, an inspiring teacher, and a giving friend.

Carl Roskott, a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and the Peabody Conservatory, was an outstanding conductor, composer and educator. At 15 he conducted the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Haydn’s Symphony No. 104. While at Tanglewood, Carl received the Dmitri Metropolous Award and was the recipient of two Leonard Bernstein Fellowships. He studied with Leonard Bernstein, Gunther Schuller, Sheldon Morgenstern, Leo Mueller, Richard Pittman, and Michael Tilson Thomas. Very active with the Eastern Music Festival for many years, he was awarded several commissions to compose music for the Festival, and conducted the young Wynton Marsalis in a performance of Mahler’s Third Symphony. Downbeat Magazine awarded Roskott the “Best Symphony Orchestra Recording” every year from 1980 to 1989 for his leadership of the Northern Illinois University orchestra.

In 2006 the Symphony created the Carl W. Roskott Fund for Special Programming to honor the achievements he brought the symphony for so many years. This special fund supports commissions and other artistic endeavors that would not otherwise be possible. Contributions can be made in his honor and sent c/o the symphony to the Roskott Fund for Special Programming, P.O. Box 4206, Charlottesville, VA 22905.