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The Spring
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In This Issue...
From the Podium: Meet the 2008 Conductors
BUTI in Boston: YAO on the Esplanade!
Sempre Forte ~ Alumni News
What's New in '08?
Leadership Donor Spotlight: Dr. Richard Balsam
ASCAP Foundation Renews (and Doubles!) Scholarship Support for 2008!
Crescendo ~ YAPP
The Power of Your Gift
Ozawa Hall Concerts

8 pm

YAWE performing Jacob, Schwanter, Cichy, and Maslanka

2:30 pm
YAO performing Sibelius, Higdon, and Rimsky-Korsakov

11 am
YAWE performing Bernstein, Latham, Pann, Bryant, Daugherty, and a NEW WORK by TMC Composition Fellow, Andrew McPherson

2:30 pm
YAO performing Wagner and Stravinsky

2:30 pm
YAVP and Members of the YAWE performing Honneger

2:30 pm
YAO performing Bernstein and Tchaikovsky  
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Dear BUTI Alumni and Friends,
It is a pleasure to greet you in this inaugural electronic edition of Prelude, BUTI's spring newsletter.  We hope that you will enjoy reading about the latest BUTI news, as well as the outstanding accomplishments of your fellow alumni.  Please stay in touch, and visit us at Tanglewood this summer to rekindle fond memories and enjoy performances by the Young Artists Class of 2008 who continue the BUTI tradition.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Phyllis Hoffman Phyllis Hoffman, Executive Director

From the Podium:
Meet the 2008 Conductors

Young Artists Orchestra (YAO):

Sean NewhouseIn his debut performance with BUTI, Sean Newhouse will conduct the first YAO concert.  Mr. Newhouse was Music Director and Conductor of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra for the past two years and a winner of their 2005 National Conductor Search.  In 2006 he made his debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, and the Aspen Concert Orchestra, and was a conducting fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2007, under the mentorship of James Levine and Stephan Asbury.
  Paul Haas with 2007 Young Artists Orchestra   
Paul Haas is returning for his second consecutive season with BUTI.  Formerly the Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony, he has held conducting engagements  with the San Antonio Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.  Most recently, Mr. Haas conducted the National Symphony Orchestra with Itzhak Perlman as soloist.  An alumnus of BUTI, Mr. Haas attended the Young Artists Vocal Program in 1987 and 1988. 

Benjamin SchwartzThe final concert will be led by Benjamin Shwartz.  In 2006, Mr. Shwartz was appointed Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and continues as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.  He also held posts as the Assistant Conductor of the Delaware and Reading Symphony Orchestras.  Sharing the podium with Michael Tilson Thomas, Mr. Shwartz conducted the New World Symphony in a series of concerts for young people. 

Young Artists Wind Ensemble (YAWE):

David Martins conducting the 2007 Young Artists Wind EnsembleReturning for his 4th year as Conductor, David Martins will lead the YAWE in their first concert of the season.  Professor Martins combines his work as an orchestral and chamber musician with an active teaching and conducting schedule.  He is Music Director of the Boston University Wind Ensemble, University of Massachusetts-Lowell Wind Ensemble, Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble, the Lowell Summer Concert Band, and Director Emeritus of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony.  An active clarinetist, Professor Martins is a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Boston Classical Orchestras, and performs frequently with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra, ProArte Chamber Orchestra, Boston Ballet Orchestra, and Alea III. 

H. Robert ReynoldsH. Robert Reynolds
, who has served as YAWE Conductor since 2005, will conduct the second YAWE concert.  He is Principal Conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.  This appointment followed his retirement, after 26 years, from the School of Music at the University of Michigan where he served as the Henry F. Thurnau Professor of Music, Director of University Bands, and Director of the Division of Instrumental Studies.  In addition, he has also been, for over 25 years, the conductor of the Detroit Winds and Strings, which is made up primarily of members of the Detroit Symphony. 

Young Artists Vocal Program (YAVP):

Scott Allen JarrettScott Allen Jarrett
joins the BUTI faculty as Conductor of the Young Artists Chorus.  A native of Virginia, Mr. Jarrett came to Boston to pursue graduate degrees in conducting at Boston University as a student of Ann Howard Jones and David Hoose.  Mr. Jarrett is Director of Music, University Organist and Choirmaster at Boston University's Marsh Chapel.  He is also an adjunct faculty member of the BU School of Theology where he lectures on the Practice of Sacred Music.  In addition to his posts at BU, Mr. Jarrett is Music Director and Conductor of the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, the resident chorus of the Charlotte Symphony in North Carolina, and Music Director of the Back Bay Chorale in Boston, Massachusetts.

We welcome our conductors, and look forward to a summer full of exciting concerts!
YAO to perform in Boston Landmarks Orchestra's Festival at the Shell
July 30, 2008

Boston Landmarks OrchestraThis summer, BUTI will perform on the Charles River Esplanade in Boston as a part of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra's second annual Festival at the Shell.  Paul Haas will lead the YAO in performances of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and from Wagner's opera, Götterdämmerung, "Siegfried's Rhine Journey" and "Siegfried's Death and Funeral Music." 
The Boston Landmarks Orchestra was founded in January 2001 to perform free concerts celebrating historical, geographical, and architectural settings. By presenting exceptional music performances in significant settings, the Orchestra hopes to foster a broad appreciation of classical music while bringing together the diverse communities of the area.

We hope that you will join us for this exciting concert set against the beautiful backdrop of the Charles River.

For more information, please visit the Boston Landmarks Orchestra on the web.  Admission is free.
Sempre Forte   Alumni News

BUTI alumni continue to flourish professionally.  Joining the rosters of major US symphony orchestras and ensembles are YAO '03 trumpeters Ethan Bensdorf, New York Philharmonic; Brandon Eubank, "The President's Own" United States Marine Band; and percussionist Lee Vinson (YAO '97), Boston Symphony Orchestra

Nico MuhlyComposer Nico Muhly (YACP '96,'97) was featured in the February 11th & 18th issue of the The New YorkerIn the article, Nico discusses his work, artistic influences, and upcoming projects, which include an opera to be co-commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and the Lincoln Center Theatre. In the 2008 Composer Competition of the New York Art Ensemble, 
Stephen Feigenbaum (YACP '05-'07) won first prize with his piece "Landings" for violin, cello, and piano, and Jan Stoneman(YACP'07) and William Zuckerman (YACP '06) each received Emerging Composer honors. 
Elias HendricksElias Hendricks (YAVP '05), a junior at Southern Methodist University, has appeared in several performances of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess this season with The Dallas Opera, Opera Birmingham, and The Alabama Symphony Orchestra.  He will also play the role of Romeo in the world premier performance of Emily Wong's opera Romeo e Giulietta at the Teatro Awaloranti in Italy this summer.

From the TopIn 2007 and 2008, several BUTI alumni were selected to perform on the popular PBS series, From the Top- a radio and television program that highlights talented young musicians.  Recently featured BUTI alumni include Molly Yeh, percussion (YAO '07); Afinado Quintet members Cindy Simpson, horn (YAWE '07), Priscilla Wadsworth, flute (YAWE '07), Lauren Halyo, oboe (YAWE '07), Matt Sachs, bassoon (YAWE '07), and John Diodati, clarinet (YAWE '07); Christopher Pell, clarinet (YAO '06-07); Lauren Osaka, flute (YAO '07); Julia Sheriff, piano (YAPP '06); James Danner, tenor (YAVP '06-07); Zoe Hilbert, oboe (Oboe Wksp. '06); Mairin Srygley, mezzo soprano (YAVP '07); Stephen Feigenbaum, composer (YACP '05-07); Brian Logan, euphonium (YAWE '06-07); Andrea Carroll, soprano (YAVP '07); Laura Mixter, mezzo soprano (YAVP '07); and Matt Szymanski, euphonium (YAWE '04-06).  YAVP '07 alumna Julia Mendelsohn, soprano, will appear on a future 2008 episode. 

Congratulations to our alumni on their outstanding accomplishments!

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What's New in '08? 
New Programs and Faculty

    Oliver de Clercq
Oliver de ClerqBUTI is delighted to add exciting new programs to its curriculum, and offer its 2008 class the opportunity to work with several new distinguished faculty members.
New workshops in bassoon and saxophone will provide students the opportunity to hone their technical skills under the guidance of renowned artists Matthew Ruggiero (former Assistant Principal Bassoon of the BSO) and Kenneth Radnofsky.  BUTI alumnus Oliver de Clercq  (YAO '96; Grammy winner and Principal Horn of the Vancouver Symphony) will join the faculty as brass coach for the Young Artists Orchestra.  BSO percussionist W. Lee Vinson (YAO '97) will assist Timothy Genis (YAO '84; BSO Principal Timpani) in the direction of the Percussion Workshop.  BSO bassists Lawrence Wolf (Assistant Principal) and Benjamin Levy (BUTI Dbl. Bass Workshop, '97) will direct the Two-Week Double Bass Workshop, and renowned oboist and BU School of Music faculty member Laura Ahlbeck will co-lead the Oboe Workshop.  BU Assistant Professor Betsy Polatin will introduce the members of the 2008 Young Artists Wind Ensemble to the Alexander Technique, a system that helps to prevent stress-related injuries and aleviate performance anxiety. 
Leadership Donors
to the Boston University Tanglewood Institute

Dr. Richard Balsam                                                         

Dr. Balsam
New York internist and cardiologist Dr. Richard Balsam has been an avid supporter of BUTI since his son, Daniel Balsam (Empire Brass Seminar, '84-85, YAO '86) first attended the program in 1984.  Inspired by the transformative experiences that his son enjoyed as a member of the YAO and Empire Brass Seminar, Dr. Balsam founded Renaissance Musical Arts with the mission "to encourage and promote the appreciation of music and related arts." 

Since its inception, Renaissance Musical Arts has given thousands of dollars in support of the arts in Balsam's native Albany, as well as scholarship support annually to BUTI.  Dr. Balsam also serves as a member of BUTI's Advisory Board.

We are grateful to Dr. Balsam for his longstanding generosity and commitment to BUTI.
ASCAP Foundation Doubles Scholarship Support for the 2008 Season

BUTI is pleased to announce that the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation has doubled its scholarship funding for the Young Artists Composition Program (YACP) in 2008.  Thanks to ASCAP's support, two students in the 2008 YACP class will each be awarded a scholarship of $2,000.
An ASCAP member himself, Dr. Martin Amlin, Chair of the Department of Theory and Composition at the Boston University School of Music and Director of BUTI's YACP program responded enthusiastically to the good news:

"I am extremely grateful to the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers for increasing their scholarship funding for the Young Artists Composition Program. This assistance will enable two young composers to attend the program who we hope will become future ASCAP members themselves. The support and encouragement provided by organizations like ASCAP are very important for the continued success of BUTI."

The Young Artists Piano Program (YAPP)
Revised and Intensified for 2008

YAPP '07 
students at piano
YAPP 07 photoThe YAPP, under the leadership of dynamic artist/teachers Maria Clodes Jaguaribe and Jonathan Bass, has expanded and intensified its curriculum for the 2008 season.  In addition to private lessons and daily master classes, students will attend master class sessions focused on specific works by a selected composer from each era of classical music ranging from the Baroque era to the present.  Other new features include weekly recitals on the BUTI and Tanglewood Main Grounds campuses, increased collaborative opportunities, and readings of new works written by their Young Artists Composition peers. 

BUTI is also pleased to announce a presentation on Career Development for Professional Musicians by YAPP '78 alumna, Alexandra Bacon. 
Ms. Bacon is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and currently serves as Artist Manager for the Vocal Division of
Herbert Barrett Management in New York City. 
The Power of Your Gift ~
Scholarship Support for BUTI
We welcome and need your support at ANY level!  Your generosity recognizes the incredible promise of young artists and affirms the importance of music in all of our lives.

We hope you will make a gift today in support of our 2008 Class of  Young Artists.

2007 Students

No gift is too large or small.
ALL gifts are needed and appreciated!

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