A variety of guests in music

  • Matt Duvall watches percussion students perform the first movement of Steve Reich's "Drumming."

  • Duvall offers comments after the second movement of "Drumming."

  • Rob Dillon helps students set up for "Drumming." Photo from Third Coast Percussion.

  • Rob Dillon demonstrates a passage from "Drumming." Photo from Third Coast Percussion.

  • Concerto judge Jim Walker during his master class with flute students.

  • Walker congratulates flutist Ipek Karataylioglu after her performance in the final round of the Concerto Competition.

November 13, 2017

As October concluded and November began, music students welcomed guest artists of many specialties.

Percussion led the way, welcoming two different artists into their studio. On Oct. 25, alumnus Matthew Duvall of Eighth Blackbird arrived to spend three days with the students, helping them prepare Steve Reich’s piece, “Drumming,” for their Steve Reich festival this spring. Rob Dillon of Third Coast Percussion joined them a week later, and also coached their performance of “Drumming.” Both Third Coast and eighth blackbird will perform with the Arts Academy percussion students during the Steve Reich festival.

Cello students hosted Wei Yu, the principal cellist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Alumna Ann Marie Hudson Brink of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra visited the viola studio. Arizona State University trombone instructor Brad Edwards taught a master class for low brass students.

Music students also participated in master classes with the three judges of the annual concerto competition: flutist Jim Walker of Colburn Conservatory; violinist Charles Castleman of Miami Frost School of Music; and pianist Benjamin Pasternack of the Peabody Conservatory.