We welcome the return of eight of our 65 Collins Fellows, recipients of fully-funded graduate fellowships. The Collins Fellowships were initiated in 2001 with $4 million from Paul J. Collins. Collins, a 1958 graduate of UW–Madison’s School of Business, made the gift in honor of his mother, Adele Stoppenbach Collins, who graduated from the School of Music in 1929. The Collins Fellowships are designated for graduate students and attract outstanding students with offers that are competitive with prestigious private institutions. We also thank Paul Collins for endowing two professorships (David Perry, violin and Christopher Taylor, piano); endowing the Adele Stoppenbach Collins Piano Scholarship; and providing a gift to support the Hamel Music Center. Collins Recital Hall is named for him.
The concert will feature Ilia Radoslavov (piano); Iva Ugrcic (flute); Elias Goldstein (viola); Jamie-Rose Guarrine (soprano); Todd Hammes (percussion); Satoko Hayami (collaborative piano); Jamie Ryan (percussion); and Dylan Chmura-Moore (trombone). We invite our patrons to hear each one of these alumni in solo recital, and remain afterwards for a reception.
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Dylan Thomas Chmura-Moore, D.M.A., is director of orchestras and professor of trombone at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Dylan is also Music Director of the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra, frequently conducts the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, was the director of the Symphony Orchestra at Ripon College, and has previously conducted ensembles of Harvard University, New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, Northeastern University, Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music, and other groups such as Callithumpian Consort and Shivaree Ensemble.
In addition to conductor Dylan is an active solo, chamber, and orchestral musician having recently performed with Madison Symphony Orchestra and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Notable international appearances include performances at the Internationale Ferienkurse Fur Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany, and the Lucerne Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland. Dylan can be heard on Mode, Summit, EuroArts, Albany, TZADIK, and the Accentus record label. His solo album, Flag, was recently released by Peer 2 Records.
Elias Goldstein maintains a busy schedule performing and teaching around the world. He is a top prize-winner at the Primrose, Bashmet and Lionel Tertis International Viola Competitions, and is currently associate professor of viola at University of Delaware. His mentors were Mark Zinger at DePaul University, and Sally Chisholm at the University of Wisconsin. He is the first violist to perform all 24 caprices by Paganini in a live recital and at Carnegie Hall.
Recently he served as the chairman of the jury for the screening round for the 2018 Primrose International Viola Competition, and is an executive board member of the American Viola society 2015-2021.
Goldstein has appeared in recent chamber music collaborations with Manhattan Chamber Players, Cavani, Latin American, and Shanghai string quartets. He regularly performs Angela Draghicescu, and has upcoming appearances in Costa Rica, Beijing, Washington DC, Buenos Aires, Bucharest, Rotterdam, Paris, Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto and Seattle.
Soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine is acclaimed for her “utterly thrilling, agile voice” and brings “pathos, beauty, and heartbreaking skill” to her performances. She has performed on the stages of the Los Angeles Opera, Minnesota Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Chicago Opera Theater, Fort Worth Opera, Madison Symphony and Madison Opera, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, Santa Fe Symphony, among many others.
Guarrine has been seen at the Austin, Utah, and the Florentine Operas in her signature role of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Opera Omaha as Poppea in Handel’s Agrippina, as the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at Opera Saratoga. She “traversed the Fiakermilli’s coloratura flights with ease and clarity” in Arabella, and created the role of “Fury” in Julian Wachner’s world premiere of Rev. 23 in Boston and New York.
Dr. Guarrine presents masterclasses to young singers throughout the U.S., and proudly serves as Assistant Professor of Voice at UMASS Amherst.
In the world of percussion, Todd Hammes is a singular individual. Through his music – a fascinating, eclectic blend of classical, world and improvisational styles – Todd presents to the world his own unique inner vision of sound and music. Todd’s work includes performances both domestically and abroad, extensive musical composition, teaching and outreach programs to groups large and small. He has trained with some of the world’s leading percussionists and is a life-long student of the percussive arts. In 2005, Todd was awarded a prestigious McKnight Visiting Composer Residency from the American Composer’s Forum, which allowed him the opportunity to make music with people in assisted living situations. Todd has been studying Hindustani drumming with the great Pandit Sharda Sahai since 1993 and became his ganda-band disciple in 1998. Todd holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arizona (1992) and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison (2010).
A native of Japan, Satoko Hayami is an active collaborative and solo pianist, also performing on harpsichord and toy piano. A versatile artist, Satoko has performed and taught piano chamber music all over the world, most notably, Italy, Hungary, Croatia, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and Canada. In the United States, Satoko has performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in D.C.; Millers Outdoor Theater in Houston, TX; Harris Hall in Aspen, CO; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH. In Wisconsin, she has appeared in music festivals such as Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society Series, LunART Festival, and Madison New Music Festival. Satoko is also on the piano faculty at Beloit College. A passionate performer of new music, she has co-founded Sound Out Loud Collective, a contemporary chamber ensemble that performs and commissions works by living composers, which won the first prize of American Award in Chamber Music Performance in 2018.
A native of Bulgaria and hailed by The Beeld as a performer who reaches “high levels of purity” and “exquisite, pure sound” with a “soothing, yet elusive power held in check by an unseen emotion that leaves the audience breathless,” pianist Ilia Radoslavov began his formal studies at age five in Ruse, Bulgaria.
Throughout his career, Radoslavov has been welcomed warmly and with accolades by audiences and critics alike, while appearing in numerous solo and chamber performances in prestigious venues in the United States, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Serbia, and South Africa. Most notably, he has performed as soloist in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, Pretoria’s Brooklyn Theater, and the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Radoslavov holds a doctoral degree in piano performance from UW-Madison, where he was a Paul Collins Distinguished Graduate Fellow and studied with Professor Christopher Taylor.
Professor Radoslavov is associate professor of music and head of the keyboard area at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois.
Percussionist Jamie V. Ryan thrives on playing and teaching many types of music. He performs regularly with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the Heartland Symphony Orchestra. Jamie has also played much chamber music, including tours of South Korea with the Galaxy Percussion Group in 2010 and 2013.
In 1999, Jamie co-founded the Africa->West Percussion Trio, an ensemble-in-residence at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. Africa->West has produced four of its own recordings, as well as BataGyil, a collaboration with percussionist Valerie Naranjo. All information about the group can be located at www.africawesttrio.com.
Jazz, pop, and Carribean groups throughout the MidWest choose Jamie as their drummer or percussionist, including: The Tim Whalen Nonet, Los Guapos, Champaign Freight, Chip McNeill, Larry Gray, Derrick Cordoba, and Leo Sidran. He is the Professor of Percussion at Eastern Illinois University. Jamie received his B.M. from Lawrence University (magna cum laude), and did his graduate work at the University of Wisconsin.
Described as “a natural star on her instrument,” Serbian flutist Dr. Ugrčić has been featured as a solo artist as well as a chamber and orchestral musician at numerous music festivals and concerts, performing throughout Europe and North America.
After completing her studies in Paris and Belgrade, Iva moved to the USA to finish her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at UW-Madison as a recipient of a Collins Fellowship. Since then, Iva won the Shain Irving Competition, multiple concerto competitions, and received the James Smith Orchestra Award for excellency and leadership. Additionally, she won the C.R.E.A.T.E. Project Competition at the 46th National Flute Association (NFA) Convention, was awarded First Prize award from The American Prize, Second Prize at the UW Arts Business Competition, Silver Medal at the International Vienna Competition, was a finalist for the Pro Musicis International Award in NYC, and has been named the “Musician of the Year for 2018” by the Well-Tempered Ear.
Dr. Ugrcic currently serves as the Founder & Executive Director of the LunART Festival, Artistic Director of the Rural Musicians Forum, is a member of the Career & Artistic Development Committee of the NFA and holds the position of Board Liaison & Strategic Initiatives role at Overture Center.