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NISO Viola Section 2012-13

FALL 2013:

The UNI Viola Festival featured guest artists Roger Chase from Roosevelt University, and Evelina Chao from the Madeline Island Music Camp (formerly Asst. Principal violist of St. Paul Chamber Orchestra). The weekend also featured presentations and master classes with Julia Bullard, Christine Rutledge, and movement coach Rachelle Tsachor. The final concert included viola ensemble selections, a duo performance by Julia Bullard and Evelina Chao, and works for viola and piano presented by Roger Chase with pianist Michiko Otaki.

UNI Viola Majors, Fall 2013 Studio Recital, with Dr. Bullard

Congratulations to graduate student John Chiles, who won 2nd place in the UNI Concerto Competition!

Congratulations to Alyssa Adamec for winning a substitute spot in the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony viola section! Alyssa also attended the Credo Music Festival this past summer.

Graduate student John Chiles received a scholarship to attend the Madeline Island Music Camp in summer 2013.

FALL 2012:

UNI Viola Festival 2012 featured guest artist Juliet White-Smith from Ohio State University, who presented a recital and two master classes. She also performed on the final Gala Concert. The Gala Concert also included performances by Julia Bullard, and guest violists Christine Rutledge, Diane Phoenix-Neal, William Preucil, and Holly Schult, along with Jean McDonald (mezzo soprano), Dmitri Vorobiev (piano), and the UNI Viola Festival Ensembles. Nearly 40 violists participated in the festival!

Congratulations to Alyssa Adamec, finalist in the UNI Concerto Competition. She performed the fourth movement of Bloch's Suite (1919) for Viola and Orchestra.

Congratulations to grad student John Chiles for winning an alternate spot in the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony viola section!

Congratulations to alumna Holly Schult for winning the viola section position in the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony!

Congratulations to grad student Andrea Alert for winning substitute positions in Orchestra Iowa and in the Dubuque Symphony!

Congratulations to alumna Kendra (Milder) Elledge and her husband Michael on the birth of their first child, daughter Lily! :)

Spring 2012:

Congratulations to Hanno Fenech (Cedar Falls High School student of Dr. Bullard) on his acceptance to Madeline Island Music Camp for Summer 2012!

Congratulations to Mariya Bogodist who will be graduating with her MM in May, and to Joyce Payer who will be student teaching next semester in Des Moines!

Congratulations to freshman violist ALYSSA ADAMEC for her performance in the UNI Concerto Competition Finals! She did a great job.

FALL 2011:

The UNI Viola Festival 2011 was a great success!  Violist Patricia McCarty presented a recital, master classes, and an orchestral excerpts class. She also performed a solo work and Brandenburg 6 with Dr. Bullard on the Gala Concert. UNI alum Justin Taylor performed the Bridge Lament with Dr. Bullard on the Gala Concert as well. There was a viola ensemble conducted by Dr. Bullard and guest violist and composer Dr. Michael Kimber, and students from all over Iowa participated. Congratulations to all of the outstanding students who performed in master classes and in the viola ensemble! We look forward to next year's festival!

Congratulations to UNI alumna Holly Schult, who has been appointed to a full-time teaching position with the UNI Suzuki School!

Congratulations to the following students and alumni for their recent accomplishments:
Andrea Alert - substitute violist, Orchestra Iowa
Mariya Bogodist - section viola, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony; substitute violist, Orchestra Iowa
Holly Schult - substitute violist, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony
Andrew Steffen - substitute violist, Orchstra Iowa; section viola, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony

Dr. Bullard will be returning to teach at Madeline Island Music Camp and Festival in Summer 2012.

More information on the camp and festival may be found at www.music-camp.org - please consider applying! The other viola faculty include: Evelina Chao, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; Victoria Chiang, Peabody Conservatory;
Ivo-Jan Van Der Werff, Rice University; and the violists from the quartets in residence, TBA.
Congratulations to the following viola students on their selection for and participation in  Madeline Island Music Camp 2011:
Alyssa Adamec (freshman)
Gwen Farber (UNI Suzuki School)
UNI viola students who have attended MIMC in previous years include: Joyce Payer; Rebecca Payne; Justin Taylor (selected for Advanced Quartet Studies Program); Amy Beekhuizen