Wednesday, December 23, 2015

CONDUCTOR WINNERS: college/university orchestra

The American Prize is honored to announce the winner and runners-up of The American Prize in Conducting: College/University Orchestra Division, 2015. Congratulations!

All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.  

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The American Prize in Conducting: College/University Orchestra Division, 2015.

The American Prize winner:
Boon Hua Lien   
    Eastman Philharmonia    Rochester, NY

Boon Hua Lien
Boon Hua LIEN serves as the Eastman Conducting Fellow of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Eastman Philharmonia. Lien has conducted professional orchestras including the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, and youth groups such as the Singapore National Youth Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Music Makers. Lien is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in orchestral conducting at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Neil Varon, and has earned degrees in conducting and trombone performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, and Peabody Conservatory of Music. In addition, Lien was invited to work with Bernard Haitink at the Lucerne Festival Academy, and was also awarded the Bruno Walter Conducting Scholarship to work with Marin Alsop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

2nd Place:
Chris Younghoon Kim   
    Cornell Chamber Orchestra    Ithaca, NY

Chris Younghoon Kim
Conductor Chris Younghoon Kim has a broad repertoire in instrumental and choral works and is particularly active in promoting new music. He holds a Bachelor of Music in music education and oboe performance from Northwestern University, a Master of Music in orchestral conducting from the University of Michigan, and has also studied composition. He has continued his conducting studies in master classes with Neeme Jarvi, Jorma Panula, Martyn Brabbins, Gunther Schuller, Gerhard Markson, Johannes Schlaefli, and Kenneth Kiesler. Kim serves as Artistic Director of Brave New Works, a vibrant ensemble of ten musicians dedicated to performing new compositions.  He has also been active as a conductor and concert-organizer with the Boston-based Firebird Ensemble. Before coming to Cornell in 2004 he taught at Tufts University, served as resident conductor of the Mozart Society Orchestra at Harvard University, and was assistant conductor for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. At Cornell Chris Kim conducts the Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra, and teaches conducting. He works closely with the students in the D.M.A. program in composition, assisting them in presenting their new works in concert. The Cornell Orchestras has received the ASCAP adventurous programming award in 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008.

3rd Place:
Kalena Bovell   
    Hartt Orchestra    West Hartford, CT

Kalena Bovell
Recently appointed as a conducting fellow for the Chicago Sinfonietta’s Project Inclusion Program Kalena Bovell will work closely with music director, Mei-Ann Chen for the 2015 – 2016 season. Kalena was also named the new Orchestra Director at the Loomis Chaffee School and will begin her tenure in the fall of 2015. She has served as the Assistant Conductor to Carolyn Kuan, Music Director of the Hartford Symphony and was the Assistant Conductor to the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has also studied with Maestro Donald Portnoy at the prestigious Conductors Institute of South Carolina, Maurice Peress, assistant to Leonard Bernstein, Jorge Mester, Paul Vermel, Peter Jaffe and Kenneth Kiesler. She has also received coaching’s from Gerard Schwarz, William Eddins and Michael Morgan. Kalena received a Masters of Music and Graduate Professional Diploma in Instrumental Conducting from The Hartt School where she was a student of Edward Cumming.


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