Student News | June 2019
Kent State’s African Ensemble, under the direction and guidance of ethnomusicology professor Dr. Janine Tiffe, will participate in the grand opening of the Akron Zoo’s “Pride of Africa” exhibit. Events for the opening will be on Sat., June 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The African Ensemble will provide 4, 20-minute interactive workshops throughout the day for attendees of all ages. Demonstrations include two pieces from Guinea, the Yankadi & Makru, as well as different children's song-games from Ghana.
Orchestra graduate assistant conductor Karen Ní Bhroin (MM ‘20) will attend two prominent music festivals in the United States and the United Kingdom this summer. Considered an up and coming young conductor, Karen received a full scholarship and assistance with living arrangements for both festivals.
Currently, Karen is attending the reputable National Music Festival in Chestertown, MD as an apprentice conductor. Karen will be both assisting and conducting several performances working with festival Artistic Director and Conductor, Maestro Richard Rosenberg.
Later in the summer season, Karen will participate in the advanced conducting program at the internationally prominent Dartington International Summer School in the UK. Karen will work with notable conductors Timothy Redmond, Graeme Jenkins and Tom Randle studying Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” and Britten’s “Turn of the Screw.”
Graduate violinist Giuseppe Tejeiro Castiblanco (MM ‘20), a student of violinists Cathy Meng Robinson and Jung-Min Amy Lee, has won a position in the violin section of the Youngstown Symphony. Entering his second year in the fall 2019 semester, Giuseppe is a graduate assistant in the School of Music and will also attend the Kent Blossom Music Festival June 30-Aug. 4.
While attending, Giuseppe will rehearse and perform with fellow Young Artists from The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, and more, while being coached and mentored by members of The Cleveland Orchestra, Miami String Quartet, Kent State School of Music faculty and esteemed guest artists.
The Festival, a summer partnership between Kent State University and The Cleveland Orchestra, welcomes over 45 Young Artists to Kent State from many of the world’s finest conservatories and schools of music.