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Spring 2024 Student and Alumni Notes

Submitted by Joanne De Pue on May 23, 2024 - 2:49pm
  • Students of piano professor Craig Sheppard
    Students of piano professor Craig Sheppard recently performed the complete Schubert Impromptus (Photo: Mia HyeYeon Kim)
  • UW organ students of Dr. Stephen Price performed in a master class with Dr. Kimberly Marshall of Arizona State University.
    UW organ students of Dr. Stephen Price performed in a master class with Dr. Kimberly Marshall of Arizona State University (Photo: courtesy Stephen Price).
  • DMA student Lorin Green
    DMA student Lorin Green was recently featured soloist with the Ballard Civic Orchestra (Photo: courtesy Lorin Green).

School of Music students and alumni report recent honors, performances, career milestones, and other notable achievements. 

Alumna Jiannan Cheng (’16 MM, Wind Conducting), former student of Timothy Salzman, recently returned from Romania, where she competed in an international competition with 200 conductors from countries throughout the world. She finished second in the finals, competing against accomplished conductors from orchestras and opera houses in Italy, Germany, and elsewhere. Cheng joined the faculty of Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey in 2020, serving as assistant professor of music, directing the Rowan University Orchestra, conducting opera productions, and teaching graduate and undergraduate conducting.  

Lorin Green, DMA flute student of Donna Shin, was featured soloist with the Ballard Civic Orchestra on March 30, performing "Three Philosophies," by Catherine McMichael, with the orchestra. She was recently featured on NPR Music's Live Sessions, performing Jake Heggie’s “I Catch on Fire” with vocalist Mayah Rose Paden and pianist Joe Williams. This coming June, Green presents at the annual conference of the League of American Orchestras in Houston, Texas, as a representative of the League’s Student Leadership Council.

Students in the piano studio of Craig Sheppard recently presented a performance of the complete Schubert Impromptus at the School of Music.

Students from the UW organ studio of Stephen Price recently participated in a masterclass with Dr. Kimberly Marshall, organ professor at Arizona State University. The masterclass, held at First Lutheran Church in West Seattle, followed Dr. Marshall's all-Bach Concert at St. Mark's Cathedral the prior evening. The class was co-sponsored by the Seattle Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Nicole Stankovic, MM student of Robin McCabe and a certified bartender, has been selected from hundreds of global applicants to be one of 20 Grey Coat mentors for the Cocktail Apprentice Program this July in New Orleans at “Tales of the Cocktail,” the largest cocktail conference in the world, where she will learn alongside leading names in the bartending profession. At the UW, Stankovic’s thesis on music and health (part of her Master’s degree studies in Public Health in Health Systems) has advanced to the final Top-10 round of the UW’s 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. The competition supports graduate students’ capacity to effectively explain their research or capstone project in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a public audience. Stankovic and other graduate students will present in front of a general audience and an esteemed panel of judges, competing for first place, runner-up, and People’s Choice awards. The competition is organized by the Graduate School’s Student Affairs office and the UW Libraries Research Commons. 

Alumnus Steve Treseler (’15 MM, Jazz Studies and Improvised Music) recently completed a residency at Moores School of Music at University of Houston, leading students in improvised chamber music, a sound texture canon, and learning a jazz tune by ear. Treseler received the invitation from Moores’s director, alumnus Brian Kai Chin (’06 DMA, Trumpet Performance).

Music Education alumna Caitlin Sarwono ('23 BM, Music Ed) was recently seen onstage at Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theater in lead female role of the theater’s production of “Spring Awakening.” Along with her theater engagements, Sarwano is a music director and voice teacher at Redmond Academy of Theater Arts and part-time music teacher at Lakeview and Ben Franklin elementary schools in Kirkland.