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President’s Honor Recital

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Five select University of Redlands students will perform at the prestigious President's Honor Recital on Sunday, March 13. The recital, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 2 p.m. in the University of Redlands Memorial Chapel.

Since 1983 the President’s Honor Recital has provided a public showcase for outstanding performers in the University of Redlands School of Music. The five students performing this year are the winners of the 2010-11 School of Music auditions held last November. All University students taking instrument or voice lessons with a School of Music faculty member are eligible to enter the competition; 54 undergraduate and graduate students auditioned to perform in the President’s Honor Recital.

Judging the finals of this year’s competition were Frank Fetta, conductor and music director of the Culver City Symphony Orchestra who also conducts the Redlands Bowl Music Festival Symphony; Victor Vener, conductor and music director of the California Philharmonic; Co Nguyen, assistant music director of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra; and Andrew Glendening, dean of the University of Redlands School of Music.

Featured in this year’s President’s Honor Recital are four wind instruments and a vocalist. Although all five performers attended high school in Southern California, one is originally from Switzerland and another is from Seoul, Korea.

Following the recital on March 13, members of the audience will have a chance to greet the young artists at a reception in the Chapel foyer.

About the Young Artists

Opening the program will be saxophonist Sean Edwards, from Murrieta, who is a third year performance major. He is the recipient of a four-year music talent award and has been on the Dean’s List for academic excellence.

At the University of Redlands, Edwards has played in every ensemble that features a saxophone: the Wind Ensemble, Studio Big Band, Jazz Combo and the Saxophone Quartet. Edwards is also a respected private instructor and a freelance musician in the San Bernardino, Palm Springs and Riverside areas.

Edwards, who started playing piano and saxophone at the age of 10, plans to continue his musical studies at the masters and doctoral levels so he can teach and play professionally.
During the Sunday recital, he will perform two movements from the Pierre Max Dubois Concerto for Saxophone.

Flutist Jennifer Jeong Yun Yoon is a junior studying flute performance. Yoon is the recipient of a music talent scholarship, and is currently principal flute with the University of Redlands Orchestra. She has also played with the University’s Wind Ensemble, and in 2010 won a coveted student substitute position with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra.

Yoon attended Sun Hwa Arts School in Seoul, Korea and played in the Sun Hwa Arts School Orchestra from 1999 to 2001. She also was a soloist with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra in May 2001.

Yoon has won prizes in numerous competitions such as the Sun Hwa Music Contest in Korea in 1998, the National Student Music Contest sponsored by the Music Journal in Korea in 1999 and the Annual Southwestern Youth Music Festival in 2005. In 2006 she received the Bank of America Achievement Award in the field of music.
Yoon served as principal flute in Orchestra Da Camera at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles from 2003 to 2005. She was also the recipient of a scholarship to attend the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program, an experience highlighted by a performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For the recital, she will be performing Howard Hanson’s Serenade for Flute, Harp and String Orchestra.

Horn player Olivier Huebscher is a senior pursuing a degree in performance. Originally from Switzerland, he has studied with Thomas Mueller, principal of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Bern Symphony Orchestra.

At Redlands, Huebscher has served as principal horn for the school's Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. For four years he has been performing with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra as associate principal and fourth horn, an opportunity awarded to a select group of student performers.

Huebscher is also an active chamber musician. He has been an integral part of both a brass and wind quintet as well as the founding member of the University of Redlands Horn Ensemble. This year, he also joined the University Chapel Singers and will tour as a member of that group in June.

Huebscher has been accepted into several master's degree programs in music theory. He has appeared on the Dean's List every semester at Redlands, and in 2009 he received the Dean's Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service at the University. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national honor society for music.

On March 13, he will be performing Othmar Schoek’s Concerto for Horn and String Orchestra, Opus 65.

Tenor Mario Rios will be making his second appearance in the President’s Honor Recital. He will be singing two arias at the performance, “Una furtive lagrima” from Donizetti’s opera L’eliser d’amore, and “Ein is mein ganzes Herz” from Franz Lehar’s Das Land des Lächelns.

Rios, from Indio, is a senior pursuing a degree in vocal performance. He holds the Walter and Caterina Martin Endowed Voice Scholarship.

In April, Rios will be heard in the major tenor role of Ferrando in the University of Redlands production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte directed by Marco Schindelmann. Previously he was featured as Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and in Puccini’s opera Il tabarro. Rios has also made an appearance on reality TV, reaching the second round of American Idol, season two, in Hollywood.

Rios is an active member of the music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. After he graduates, he plans to audition for young artists programs and graduate schools, and looks forward to a career in opera.

Saxophonist Cameron Nabhan, from Palm Springs, will conclude the Honor Recital. Nabhan is a senior earning a degree in music education and is the recipient of a long list of awards including a music talent scholarship, an achievement award, an academic award scholarship, and an annual award from the Theresa Mike Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

Before coming to Redlands, Nabhan was an active performer in his high school music program. In the summer of 2005, he had the unique opportunity of performing onstage at the Sydney Opera House in Australia as part of the city’s annual Summer Music Festival.

Later in the summer he attended the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program on a scholarship. His experience as a member of the Idyllwild Festival Wind Ensemble was highlighted by a performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Nabhan also had the opportunity to represent America in the 2007 Beijing Music Olympics, a festival preceding the 2008 Olympic Ceremonies.

At the University, he is the principal saxophonist in the University Wind Ensemble and lead tenor in the University Big Band. Nabhan has also been teaching at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside for three years, conducting the saxophone ensemble and giving private lessons. In 2009, he was the summer music teacher at Bobby Duke Middle School in Coachella where he taught beginning instrumental musicians.

Nabhan will conclude this year’s President’s Honor Recital with a performance of the Concerto for Saxophone by Henri Tomasi.

For more information, contact the School of Music at (909) 748-8700.

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