Boston University Tanglewood Institute
Summer 2010 Information Two-Week Workshops (students ages 15-20 are invited to audition) June 20—July 3 YAO, YAVP, YAHS, YACP July 4—August 14
YAWE 10th Anniversary Season July 4—July 31
Photo: Marie F. Cornuelle
Photo: Shirley Leiphon
The Fall Newsletter of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Dear Alumni and Friends of BUTI,
2009 Student Enrollment Snapshot
It is a pleasure to greet you once again in this, the third annual edition of encore!. We hope that
YAPP Session I July 4—July 24
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you will enjoy reading about the activities of the 2009 season, which included six performanc-
es in Ozawa Hall, a special appearance by the flutes of the Young Artists Orchestra in the 70th
YAPP Session II July 25—August 14
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birthday celebration concert of Sir James Galway at Tanglewood, and much more. We encourage you to stay in touch with us so that we may share your news with fellow alumni, and invite you to visit BUTI during the summer to rekindle fond memories by enjoying performances of the remarkable young artists who continue the BUTI tradition. We look forward to hearing from you! Phyllis Hoffman, Director
Young Artists Orchestra
Young Artists Wind Ensemble
(YAO) June 28—July 25
(YAWE) June 28—July 25
BUTI Outreach Concerts in Lenox For the 2009 season, BUTI expanded its community outreach concerts in Lenox to include two performances at the Kimball Farms Retirement Community just steps away from the BUTI West Street campus. Residents enjoyed chamber music performances by members of the Young Artists Orchestra and the Young Artists Wind Ensemble. Students also performed at the Lenox Public Library and at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Photo: Dolores Rocha
Maestro Cortese conducts the YAO Photo: Michael Culler
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Maestro Federico Cortese joined the BUTI faculty in 2009 as Principal Conductor and led the YAO in the first and second concerts of the season. YAO performed Symphony No. 3 of Brahms, Barber’s Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, and Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine for the first concert, and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, and Gershwin’s Cuban Overture for the second concert. The Beethoven and the Gershwin were reprised for Tanglewood On Parade on July 28th in the Koussevitzky Music Shed. Leading the orchestra for his third consecutive season, Maestro Paul Haas (YAVP ’87, ’88) conducted Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 for the YAO’s final concert of the season. The flutes of the YAO were invited to participate in the BSO’s celebration of Sir James Galway’s 70th Birthday on August 1st. They were part of a large flute ensemble that included members of the BSO, TMC, and a group of children drawn from a broad spectrum of ages and locations who performed with Sir James and the BSO Swing Song by Derek Bermel, commissioned by the BSO for this occasion.
YAWE students Rachel Winder and Juan Zuniga Photo: Emily Culler
David Martins led the YAWE in their first concert featuring works by Williams, Persichetti, Syler, Ellerby, and Gorb. Also featured was faculty ensemble Triton Brass who performed two selections from Four Pieces for Brass Quintet by Paquito D’Rivera. The second concert, conducted by H. Robert Reynolds, included works by Ticheli, Thomson, Lindroth, Grantham, Wilson, Bach, and Mackey and a performance of David Maslanka’s Quintet for Winds No. 3 (mvt. 1) by faculty ensemble Vento Chiaro. A new edition to the curriculum introduced YAWE students to the principals of the Alexander Technique in sessions taught by BU Assistant Professor Betsy Polatin.
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Master Class Series
Two-Week Instrumental Workshops
YACP students study a score during a master class. Photo: Marie F. Cornuelle
BUTI is deeply grateful to the numerous distinguished artists, including BU and BUTI alumni, who generously provided opportunities for students to meet and work with them this summer.
BUTI Master Class Guests + Edward Barker, double bass Jonathan Bass, piano Ben Bell, bassoon * Judith Chaffee, movement Duncan Cumming, piano * Phyllis Curtin, soprano * James Demler, baritone + Frank Epstein, percussion Marti Epstein, composer + * Tim Genis, percussion (’84) Paul Green, clarinet John Harbison, composer + William Hudgins, percussion * Marc Johnson, cello Judy Kadar, harp Claude Kashnig, tuba * Bayla Keyes, violin Laura Klock, French horn David Krauss, trumpet (’88) * Michelle LaCourse, viola Adam Luftman, trumpet (’96)
2009 Trombone Workshop and YAO alumnus Johnny Elizondo Photo: Marie F. Cornuelle
For the 2009 season, eligibility for the Workshops was extended to include students up to age 20 to increase options available to college freshmen and sophomores for study at summer music festivals. Boston University School of Music lecturer and Boston Lyric Opera Principal Flutist Linda Toote was welcomed for the first time as Director of the Flute Workshop, as were BSO bassoonists Richard Ranti (Associate Principal) and Suzanne Nelson who co-directed the Bassoon Workshop. Workshop students enjoyed master classes led by distinguished guest artists such as David Krauss, Glen Velez, Claude Kashnig, and Paul Green.
Young Artists Vocal Program
Young Artists Piano Program
(YAVP) June 28-August 8
(YAPP) Session I June 28-July 18 Session II July 19-August 8
For the 2009 season, 70 singers participated in YAVP’s intensive curriculum of courses and performances. Students enjoyed voice classes given by YAVP Director Phyllis Hoffman and master teacher Penelope Bitzas, and guest master classes with Judith Chafee, 2009 YAVP alumna Alexandra Smither James Demler, and Phyllis Photo: Marie F. Cornuelle Curtin. On July 28, the YAVP performed as part of Tanglewood On Parade. For its annual Ozawa Hall concert the Young Artists Chorus, conducted by Ann Howard Jones, performed works by Mendelssohn and Haydn (commemorating the 200th anniversaries of their death and birth, respectively), Foss, and Ives. YAVP concluded with three evenings of solo recitals and two evenings of opera scenes.
Young Artists Harp Seminar (YAHS) June 28—August 8
Gregory Miller, French horn
The six students of the YAHS
Nico Muhly, composer (’96, ’97)
rotated their assignments
* Muir String Quartet Jeff Nelsen, French horn
in the YAO and the YAWE
Husnu Onoran, piano * Richard Ranti, bassoon Kristen Reinhardt, yoga (’99) + * Mike Roylance, tuba + * Robert Sheena, English horn Yuan Sheng, piano * Ethan Sloane, clarinet Glen Velez, percussion Julia Wolfe, composer
2009 YAHS alumnae Photo: Emily Culler
Young Artists Composition Program (YACP) June 28—August 8 YACP director Martin Amlin
rience in large ensembles for
mentored twelve young
each harpist. Students took
composers again this year,
weekly lessons and also
including two students—
participated in daily master
classes with YAHS Director and BSO Principal Martin Amlin conducts Vento Chiaro in a reading of YACP student Evan Welber’s score. Photo: Marie F. Cornuelle
ASCAP Foundation Irving
Pops, led daily classes and also taught private
+ Steven Ansell, viola (’71)
lessons. As it does each year, the program concluded
also participated in collaborative sessions with the
with a solo and harp ensemble recital. This fall,
faculty and fellows of the TMC Composition Program,
Ann Hobson Pilot and the ’09 YAHS class were
including John Harbison and Michael Gandolfi.
featured on the BSO website in a short film about a
Composers Nico Muhly (YACP ’96, ’97), Julia Wolfe,
+ Thomas Rolfs, trumpet
piece written for Ms. Pilot in honor of her retirement
and Marti Epstein presented master classes and Q&A
+ Benjamin Wright, trumpet
by Maestro John Williams. Visit the BSO website and
sessions for YACP students. The YAO provided a reading
Victor Romanul, violin
click on September 23rd in the calendar listings to
of YACP works, and the program concluded with a
view the film.
concert of works by each student composer.
+ Toby Oft, trombone
+ BSO member * BU Faculty member
Legendary flutist and BU/BUTI faculty member Doriot Anthony Dwyer was Principal Flute of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) for 38 years (1952-1990). Ms. Dwyer, a cousin of the famous suffragist Susan B. Anthony, was the first woman to win a principal chair in a major U.S. orchestra. Before joining the BSO she earned the Bachelor of Music degree and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and served as first flute of the National Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She joined the BU School of Music and BUTI faculties in 1973, and received an honorary doctorate from Harvard University in 1982. On February 16, 2010, BUTI will host a benefit concert in honor of Ms. Dwyer at the BU College of Fine Arts Concert Hall. BUTI Director Phyllis Hoffman remarks, “BUTI takes great pride in its long and fruitful association with Doriot Anthony Dwyer who holds a unique place in the world of music. To honor her is to reflect on the enormity of her contribution to BUTI as among its most distinguished faculty members.” Contact Emily Culler at [email protected]
or 617-353-8995 for information about this event.
Meet New BU School of Music Director, Robert K. Dodson
scholarships provided by the
YAHS director and frequent harpist with BSO/Boston
Marc Mandel, Lecture on Die Meistersinger
Photo: Sam Handel
Young Artists Orchestra violinist David Ramos returned to BUTI in 2009 for his second summer as a Surdna Foundation Scholar. David, who grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, was a 2008 Sphinx Competition Semi-Finalist and is now a freshman at Indiana University majoring in violin performance. David comes from a musical family; his parents Manuel and Catherine Lehr Ramos are First Violinist and Assistant Principal Cellist (respectively) in the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and David’s sister, Elizabeth, also attended the BUTI Young Artists Orchestra in 2001 and went on to receive the Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute in 2006. Of his BUTI experience, David says: “The opportunity to play in this ensemble with so many talented people is an experience I will not forget. Seeing my peers playing at such a high level gave me inspiration to further my own technique and musicality. My future plans are not completely clear to me, but I know that whatever I do will involve music. I know that I will be happy because music will be a part of my life, be it as an orchestral musician, chamber musician, teacher or even a conductor.”
+ Owen Young, cello (’79, ’80)
Claude Frank, piano
YAVP alumna (‘94, ’95) Lauren Ambrose has made her mark both on the stage and screen. She recently starred as Queen Marie in the Broadway revival of Eugene Ionesco’s tragicomedy Exit the King and the metaphysical drama Cold Souls. Ambrose recently completed production on Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, written and directed by Don Roos (The Opposite of Sex). Her other film credits include: A Dog Year, Starting Out in the Evening, Diggers, Can’t Hardly Wait, Swimming, and Psycho Beach Party. Lauren is most known for her work on the critically acclaimed HBO series Six Feet Under as Claire Fisher for which she received two Emmy nominations and two SAG Awards. In April 2006, Ambrose made her Broadway debut, appearing in the Tony Award-winning production of Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing! for Lincoln Center. You can hear her voice as the monster KW in the Warner Brothers live action adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are directed by Spike Jonze. Lauren is still singing and recently started a hot jazz band called The Leisure Class. Ambrose currently resides in New York City with her husband Sam, a photographer, and her son, Orson.
BUTI in Focus
TMC Master Class Guests + Norm Fischer, cello
Photo: Emily Culler
The first Session of YAPP was led this year by program founder Maria Clodes Jaguaribe and YAPP alumnus Keith Snell (’78, ’79), and the second Session by BU School of Music YAPP student Angela Guo Piano Department Head prepares with her YAO peers Boaz Sharon. Special classes for a concert at Ozawa Hall. Photo: Marie F. Cornuelle focused on the Schubert Impromptus,op.90&140, and Schumann "Kinderszenen," op. 15 in Session I; Debussy Preludes in Session II. YAPP scholarship student Dror Sigura and Professor Sharon presented a concert of music by Jewish composers at the Boston University Castle on July 23. The event was sponsored by the BU Jewish Cultural Endowment. On August 1st, YAPP students traveled to Ashburnham, MA to tour the historic Frederick Piano Collection, the most extensive collection of historic grand pianos in playing condition in the United States.
to ensure performance expe-
Harpist Ann Hobson Pilot. Franziska Huhn, assistant
Caesar Fund. YACP students
Photo: Boston University
Robert K. Dodson, an educator with more than 30 years of experience as a teacher and administrator at prestigious music schools in the United States and Canada, was appointed Director of the BU School of Music this fall. Dodson comes to Boston University from Southern Methodist University where he was Director of the Division of Music in the Meadows School of the Arts. Over the past two decades, he has served as Provost of the New England Conservatory, Dean of the Oberlin College Conservatory, Dean of Lawrence University, and Principal of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Trained as a cellist, Professor Dodson received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Indiana University School of Music, and began his career with the Vaghy String Quartet which performed throughout the U.S. and Canada, and was recorded frequently by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
The 2009 Young Artists Wind Ensemble performs in Ozawa Hall. The YAWE will celebrate its 10th Anniversary in the 2010 season. Photo: Marie F. Cornuelle
“BUTI”fication Project: New Dormitory Furniture Donated in Spring of 09
Groton Place circa 1930 New matching sets brighten and add comfort to the rooms.
Groton Place 2009
In the spring of 2009, BUTI acquired 300 new sets of dormitory furniture for its campus in Lenox. Generously donated by the BU Office of Housing and sponsored by the BU Office of the Provost, the furniture replaces hundreds of aging and mismatched pieces and is being installed in two phases. The first phase was completed before the start of the 2009 season and the remaining upgrades will be in place for the 2010 season. You can help BUTI continue to make improvements to the historic West Street Campus by making a tax-deductible donation to the BUTI Gift Fund. Contributions can be made over the phone by calling 617-353-8995, or mailed to: BUTI c/o Emily Culler, 855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. Groton Place History: Originally built in 1858 as one of the magnificent Berkshire summer cottages and called “The Elms” (pictured above left), Groton Place was later rebuilt and renamed by subsequent owners. During the Depression, formerly wealthy owners either sold or abandoned their extravagant summer residences. Groton Place eventually became an educational facility with its current dormitories and instructional spaces (pictured above right) spread across the 64-acre estate originally notable for its exquisite landscaping. After renting the property for several years, BU purchased the estate for BUTI in 1986. Nine trucks and a crew of twenty men moved $375,000 worth of new furniture from Boston to Lenox in April.
Photos: Emily Culler and Marie F. Cornuelle
Old furniture is stacked outside of Lenox Hall for removal. Phase 2 of the dormitory upgrades includes the removal of old built-in furniture and interior repainting.
Your Gift Matters! ANY gift to BUTI, no matter the size, helps the Institute to train the next generation of artists and to asure a future for classical music. To make a gift or pledge online, please visit www.bu.edu/alumni/giving/online and select one of the Tanglewood Institute Funds under “Your Gift Designation.” You may also mail donations to: BUTI, 855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.
Friends of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Dr. Douglass greets a crowd of Alumni and Friends at the BUTI 40th Anniversary Celebration in 2006. Photo: Michael Lutch
Drs. Chester and Joy Douglass’s relationship to BUTI began when their daughter, Jenny, attended the Young Artists Orchestra program in 1983 and 1984. Since 2004, Dr. Douglass has chaired the BUTI Advisory Board and also sits on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the BU College of Fine Arts. A proud alumnus of the American Boy Choir, Dr. Douglass chairs its Board of Directors. From 1978-2008, Dr. Douglass was Department Chair of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. For many years, Dr. Joy Douglass taught music in the Newton, MA Public School System and more recently retired as a part-time member of the BU Music Education faculty. Jenny Douglass is first chair violist of the Marin Symphony in San Rafael, CA, a member of the Laurel Ensemble, and regular substitute with the San Francisco Symphony. She lives in California with her husband and two children. The Douglass’s son, Anthony, served as a stage crew member at BUTI and the Tanglewood Music Center (TMC) and subsequently earned two Master of Music degrees: one in African Drumming from the California Institute of the Arts and the second in Music Education from the Boston Conservatory. We salute the Douglasses for their continued guidance, generosity, and dedication to BUTI!
The individuals and organizations that comprise the Friends of BUTI ensure that we can continue to provide the unparalleled musical experience that defines the BUTI tradition. We at BUTI extend our warmest thanks to everyone who made a gift in the 2009 season. Alabama Friends of BUTI Mr. and Mrs. Mark N. Andersen Ms. Elizabeth H. Bower Ms. Dorothy D. Cameron Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin Cumbus Dr. Michelle Goodwyn Colonel Capers A. Holmes, USAF(Ret.) Mr. and Mrs. William F. Joseph, Jr. Mrs. Marian H. Kent Mr. and Mrs. James E. Klingler Mr. and Mrs. James L. Loeb Montgomery Symphony Association Mrs. John A. Thompson Mrs. Dae Miller Mrs. Samuel L. Schloss Winifred and Charles Stakely Ms. Helen J. Steineker Ms. Diane T. Abel Mr. Daanish Ahmad Ms. Rachel Albert Lynne D. Allen Ms. Lauren Ambrose Martin Amlin Mrs. Mary Louise Ansell The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund Ms. Naomi R. Atkins Mr. Edward Avedisian Ms. Alexandra Bacon Mr. Daniel A. Balsam Richard F. Balsam, M.D. Ms. Cathy Barbash Ms. Elise R. Baum Ms. Elizabeth Bianco Dr. Jennifer Corl Bill Ms. Emily M. Borababy Mr. George M. Borababy Bose Foundation, Inc. Boston Organ & Piano Ms. Katherine L. Brenan Ms. Laura Broad Mr. and Mrs. Peter Bronk Dr. Richard Bunbury Deborah Burton Mr. Jeff Butterworth Mr. and Mrs. Salvatore J. Cania, Jr. Drs. John A. and Harriet S. Carey Ms. Jane Fisher Carlson Richard D. Carmel Charitable Remainder Trust CFA Student Supporters Mr. and Mrs. Sung H. Chun Clovelly Charitable Trust Mrs. Barbara F. Coburn Mr. David Cohen Mitchell E. Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Alan Cohler Ms. Jessica Colcord Bernadette Colley Dr. Leo W. Collins Mr. John A. Connor Ms. Donna D. Convicer Steven Cornelius Richard E. Cornell Mr. Eric Cortell Mr. Bruce M. Creditor Emily and Michael Culler James R. Demler André F. de Quadros
Dr. and Mrs. Urbain DeWinter Mr. Jacob Diedwardo Mr. James Donnelly Mr. Timothy Donovan Drs. Chester and Joy Douglass Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Dubbs Robin and Mark Dushman Ms. Marti Epstein Dr. and Mrs. Eli A. Etscovitz Mr. and Mrs. Edward O. Ewing Mr. John Failla Mr. David Faleris Mr. David L. Feigenbaum and Ms. Maureen I. Meister Dr. and Mrs. Wilbur D. Fullbright Mr. Lawrence R. Fullerton Dr. Janina R. Galler Jamie Garamella Rebecca Garfein and Mike Gellman Ms. Terese Anne Geehern Dr. Richard Gellar Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation Edward and Susan Goldstein John and Barbara Gordon Ms. Deborah Grausman Mr. and Mrs. Richard I. Grausman Mr. and Mrs. Darrell R. Griffin Dr. Matthew John Guerrieri Mrs. Lynne M. Harding Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Harris George R. Heaton Jr., Esq. John Tobias Hecht, Esq. Ms. Gudjonson Hermannsson Mr. and Mrs. Scott M. Himes Mr. Blake W. Hinson Mike and Carol Hirsh Mr. and Mrs. David W. Hodgkins Phyllis and Robert Hoffman Ms. Helen A. Holzwasser Ms. Amanda Hoye Alexander John Izzo Larry G. Jones and Ann Howard Jones Dr. Patrick Jones Ms. Grace Jung Ms. Courtney Ann Kalbacker Ms. Amy E. Kawa Richard F. Kazis Mrs. Ellen B. Kazis-Walker Mr. and Mrs. Dean Casper Kehler Ms. Jeanine Kelly-Coburn Yumi Kendall Dr. and Mrs. James R. Knox Mr. David Kopp Ms. Barbara Kotler Nelliana Kuh Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Lascoe Mr. Christopher M. Lee Ms. Shirley A. Leiphon Mrs. Ruth Joann Levine Margaret S. Lindsay Foundation Don R. Lipsitt, M.D. Mr. John R. Lister Ms. Nina Lopez Clariond Michael Zorn Maizner Ms. Claire M. Malaguti Ms. Kathy A. Massa Dr. and Mrs. Yuri Mazurkevich Mr. Peter W. McCallion
Ms. Gaelen McCormick The McCrory Foundation Ms. Diane McLean Ms. Mary Meier Ms. Marjorie G. Mendelsohn Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Milburn III Mr. Raymond Mui John and Jeanmarie Mullady Mr. and Mrs. Roger E. Murray Ms. Leila Tofig Mustakos Ms. Lisa Naas National Endowment for the Arts Sandra Nicolucci Joel and Claudia Nimar Dr. and Mrs. Daniel I. Palant Mr. Steven E. Pastor Phoenix Youth Symphony Mr. Arthur Joshua Post Pramberger Pianos Mr. Andrew Lewis Price Mr. Paul S. Priestly Mr. Benjamin Prosky Ms. Lynne Ramsey Mr. Sidney A. Reiter Renaissance Musical Arts, Ltd. Vicki M. and John R. Rezzo Mr. and Mrs. Charles Richard Mr. Anthony Rivera Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Ronan Mr. Kenneth D. Rudnick Eric Ruske Mr. Martin Salvucci Ms. Courtney Alyssa Sander Dr. Philip Sandler Chris Santos Mr. and Mrs. Carl F. Saslow Harvey and Justine Fevola Schussler Julie and Allen Schwait Ms. Chung-Un Seo Dr. Geoffrey Shamu Mr. and Mrs. Robert N. Slotnick Ms. Elena Smalky Mary P. Squiers, Esq. Ms. Mary J. Stanley Mr. Maurice H. Stauffer Ms. Constance Stebbins Mr. Patrick Sukhum Surdna Foundation, Inc. Eva Szabo, M.D. Mr. Patrick J. Szymanski Mr. and Mrs. Herbert A. Thomas Mr. Benjamin Thorburn Ms. Stephanie Trodello Mr. and Mrs. Simon M. Turner The Ushers & Programmers Fund, In honor of Bob and Dorothy Dandridge The Ushers & Programmers Fund, In memory of Kenneth Broad Mr. and Mrs. Gregory T. Wakim Mr. and Mrs. Ben Westberry Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan White Ms. Martha Watts Wilson Ms. Carol Woolman Paul and Susan Wuest Mrs. Ellen Yates Avedis Zildjian Company Mr. Andrew B. Zimmerman