Video: Winners of the Student Concerto Competition

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The Vanderbilt University Orchestra performed March 26 in Ingram Hall at the Blair School of Music, with Robin Fountain, conductor, and featuring the 2007-08 winners of the Student Concerto Competition.

Viola Concerto (William Walton)
Andante comodo. Vivo, con molto preciso
Christopher Lowry, Viola

Violin Concerto No. 2 Bela Bartok
Allegro non troppo
Jennifer Estrin, Violin

Piano Concerto No. 1 Bela Bartok
Allegro Molto
Jacob Sievers, Piano

La Valse Maurice Ravel

Christopher Lowry
is a freshman viola performance major from Nashville, Tennessee. He is a student of Kathryn Plummer, Professor of Viola.

Jacob Sievers
is a sophomore piano performance major from Carterville, Illinois. He is a student of Karen Ann Krieger, Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy.

Jennifer Estrin
is a senior violin performance major from Mission Viejo, California. She is a student of Connie Heard, Professor.

Robin Fountain
was educated at Oxford University, The Royal College of Music in London, and Carnegie Mellon University. He won a full conducting fellowship to Aspen in 1985, has particpated in master classes with Lorin Maazel and Gennadi Rodhestvensky, and studied at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Sanderling and Leonard Slatkin. He was recently appointed Music Director of the Southwest Michigan Symphony following a 15 year tenure as Music Director of the Williamsport (PA) Symphony. Professor Fountain maintains a significant guest conducting schedule, appearing in recent years with professional orchestras in Russia, Poland, France and Germany as well as the USA. In 2003 he led the Tomsk (Russia) Philharmonic on its five-city Christmas tour of China. A Vanderbilt faculty member since 1994, he became Professor of Conducting in 2003. In 2006 he led The Vanderbilt Orchestra in a six city tour of China and Mongolia including concerts at The Great Hall of the People in Beijing. In 2007 he won the Madison Sarratt Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Blair School’s Faculty Excellence Award.

Contact: Cindy Steine