Solomiya Ivakhiv (DMA, Violin – Stony Brook University) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola and Head of Strings in the Department of Music in the School of Fine Arts at University of Connecticut starting Fall 2014.
Prior to University of Connecticut, Dr. Ivakhiv has been Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at Ohio University and has taught and given masterclasses at Temple University Music Preparatory, Swarthmore College, Utah’s Tuacahn Summer Arts Institute, Curtis SummerFest, West Chester University, SUNY Fredonia (New York), Mansfield University, Guangzhou and Hunan Conservatories in China. She is also currently on the faculty at Mannes College the New School for Music Extension Division.
Originally posted in Stony Brook Happenings:
Christine Goerke at SBU’s 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards with (from left): President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., Professor David Lawton and former Alumni Association President Gloria Snyder
Grammy Award winning soprano Christine Goerke has performed in the world’s major opera houses. But her return after four years to New York City’s Metropolitan Opera — the stage where she made her debut in 1995 — was marked with an ovation not heard at the Met in recent years. Goerke is playing the role of Die Färberin in Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten, and within days of her opening performance, the Met signed her to sing upcoming performances in Wagner’sRing cycle and Lohengrin, as well as Strauss’ Elektra.
“Christine Goerke was extraordinary and received one of the biggest ovations I’ve heard there in some time,” said Ryan Minor, an associate professor in Stony Brook University’s Department of Music, after attending her November 12 performance at the Met. “She’s also gotten extraordinarily good reviews in The New York Times and elsewhere.”
“This was a breakthrough night at the Met for the American soprano Christine Goerke, who received an ecstatic ovation for her powerfully sung and wrenching portrayal of the hard-bitten Dyer’s Wife.” — The New York Times
“Christine got her start in Stony Brook’s opera program,” said David Lawton, a professor in the University’s Department of Music who worked with Goerke as an undergraduate. “She sang Fiordiligi in our production of Mozart’sCosì fan tutte and Asteria in our production of Handel’s Tamerlano when she was an undergraduate. Normally we would not cast an undergraduate in a leading role, but her talent was exceptional and extraordinary.”
While at Stony Brook, Goerke studied voice with the internationally acclaimed mezzo soprano Elaine Bonazzi who provided her with the vocal foundation and musicianship to begin her career. In addition to Bonazzi and Lawton, she also worked with Sarah Fuller, Timothy Mount, Dan Weymouth and Peter Winkler.
Goerke grew up in Medford, New York. She graduated from Stony Brook in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, concentrating in vocal performance, and then became a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Young Artist Program from 1994 to 1997. Since then Goerke has performed in lead roles in major opera houses throughout the world. She has also appeared at notable music festivals, given recitals at venues such as Carnegie Hall and has performed with the world’s leading orchestras.
Goerke has been the recipient of numerous awards and has won several music competitions. She is featured on two Grammy Award winning CDs: the 1999 recording of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with the National Symphony Orchestra and the 2003 recording of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orcehstra. In 2001 she earned the prestigious Richard Tucker Award and in 2010 she received aDistinguished Alumni Award from Stony Brook University.
“We are so pleased by Christine’s success in the competitive world of opera and are proud that the Department of Music’s rigorous undergraduate requirements in music history, musicianship, theory and performance provided the excellent foundations for her development as an artist of the highest caliber,” said Perry Goldstein, professor and chair of Stony Brook’s Department of Music.
Click here to read The New York Times review.
Stony Brook Alum Julia Ageyeva (Hess) Awarded Second Prize in the XV “Paola Bernadi” International Harpsichord Competition
Harpsichordist and Stony Brook University graduate Julia Ageyeva (Hess), who studied with faculty member Arthur Haas, was the recently awarded second prize in the XV “Paola Bernadi” International Harpsichord Competition, which took place on November 2-5, 2013 in Bologna, Italy. Additionally, she was awarded the Mariolina De Robertis prize for the best performance of a contemporary piece, which includes a performance at the Procembalo Festival in Parma, Italy.
The competition included three 40-minute rounds of solo music, including a basso continuo round (a manuscript score was provided for a 15-minute pre-performance study without an instrument, and then rehearsed with a singer infront of a jury). The jury consisted of Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini (Italy), Ewald Demeyere (Belgium), Frédérick Haas (Belgium), Maria Pia Jacoboni Neri (Italy), and Silvia Rambaldi (Italy).
For more information on the competition, visit http://www.comune.bologna.it/iperbole/acb/testi/concorsoeng.html.
At its 2013 annual meeting of November 7-10, the American Musicological Society awarded Stony Brook emerita Professor Sarah Fuller with an honorary membership in the Society. Prof. Fuller was recognized for her significant scholarly contributions in musicology as well as her service to the Society on the Board and on a number of key committees. Prof. Fuller was awarded an honorary membership in the Society for Music Theory in 2009 and was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011.
David Blake (Ph.D. candidate, Music History/Theory) Awarded Grant Through Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Nara Lee (B.A. Piano, May 2014) Winds First Prize in American Protégé International Music Talent Competition
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