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Event: Student Degree Recital - Alexa Sowers, piano
Location: Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall
Date: Sunday, November 22, 2020
Time: 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
collaborative pianist, Alexa Sowers frequently performs with vocalists,
instrumentalists, chamber groups and diverse ensembles. She has worked as
studio pianist at Eastman School of Music, the University of Iowa, Interlochen
Center for the Arts Camp and Illinois State University in addition to working
with multiple choirs, instrumental ensembles and opera programs.
pianist for Illinois State University's Wind Symphony ensemble, Alexa had the
pleasure of performing, touring and recording all contemporary repertoire while
working with living composers including William Bolcom. She also performed with
the wind symphony and choral ensembles in the RED NOTE New Music Festival in
Illinois. Following her interest in contemporary music, she most recently
studied and conducted research in Paris at L'Ircam, Institut de Recherche et Coordination
As a solo
pianist, Alexa has won numerous competitions. She has been a
featured pianist in the Piano Sundays at Old Capitol concert series in Iowa
City and participated in several festivals including the Young Artist World
Piano Festival and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy.
Alexa received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from
the University of Iowa and her Master of Music degree in collaborative piano at
Illinois State University. Her instructors and mentors include Jean Barr,
Russell Miller, Tuyen Tonnu, Ksenia Nosikova, Paul Wirth and Rachel Joselson.
Alexa is currently studying with Dr. Andrew Harley at Eastman School of Music
where she is a DMA candidate in piano accompanying and chamber music. At
Eastman School of Music, she has held a graduate assistantship as opera
pianist/coach and is currently holding a graduate assistantship as studio
currently holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the University
of Toronto's Faculty of Music. In his four years at the University of Toronto
included Stephen Pierre, David Bourque, and Miles Jaques. Throughout his undergraduate
degree, Zack's passion for orchestral music was developed and heightened through
two seasons with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and three
the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. He
is a recipient of a number of awards including, the University of Toronto
the Arthur Plettner Award, the Ezra Schabas Performance Award, the David and Marcia
Beach Summer Study Award, and the Norman and Hinda Tobias Memorial Scholarship.
He is also a 2020 Canada Council for the Arts grant recipient. Zack
has spent his last few summers participating in a number of chamber music and
around the world including the Savonlinna Music Academy in Finland, and the Domaine
Forget Music Academy in Québec.
is currently looking forward to beginning his Master of Music degree this fall
at the Eastman School
of Music where he will be studying with Professor Michael Wayne.
Fenwick began violin at age four.
He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Oberlin Conservatory as a student
of David Bowlin. He has won concerto competitions and performed as a
soloist with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Rochester Philharmonic
Youth Orchestra, and Binghamton Community Orchestra. He has won first place at
both the New York State Empire Competition and MTNA New York State competition.
He has attended Chautauqua Institution, Bowdoin Festival, BUTI Tanglewood,
Kinhaven, and Greenwood. He studies with Mikhail Kopelman at Eastman School of
grew up in East Aurora, NY and began playing the violin at the age of 4 under
the tutelage of Amy Glidden, Associate Concertmaster of the Buffalo
Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2008, he became a part of his first orchestra, the
Greater Buffalo Youth String Orchestra, a division of the Greater Buffalo Youth
Orchestra which he joined in 2012. In 2014, he became concertmaster of his
youth orchestra, a position he held until his graduation in 2017. In 2017,
Christophe appeared on the NPR radio show "From the Top" during their live show
in Buffalo (#333). Christophe began attending the Eastman School of Music in
2017 and has performed as concertmaster with both the Eastman School Symphony
orchestra and the Eastman Philarmonia. Christophe has attended many festivals
including the Castleman Quartet Program, Interlochen Arts camp, the National
Orchestral Institute, and the National Repertory Orchestra. Christophe is a big
proponent of community outreach, performing in many retirement homes, BPO gala
pre-concerts, and elementary and middle schools throughout the WNY area.
Christophe currently studies with Juliana Athayde, Concertmaster of the
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and plays on an H.C. Silvestre violin from