Starling Chamber Orchestra’s Josh Halpern Takes Top Honors at MTNA Senior String Competition

Congratulations to Josh Halpern, who won top honors at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Senior String Competition.

Halpern, 17, is a junior at Oakwood High School. He is principal cellist of the Starling Chamber Orchestra, part of CCM’s pre-college program for advanced strings students. At Starling, Halpern is also a member of The Polaris String Quartet, which performed in Salzburg, Austria last month and will compete in the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana this month.

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CCM Prep’s Starling Preparatory String Project Visits Austria

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Earlier this month, a string quartet of teenagers from Cincinnati’s Starling Program (Jenny Lee and Billy Fang, violins; Demi Fang, viola; Josh Halpern, cello; and 13-year old violin virtuoso Isabella Geis) traveled to Salzburg, Austria. They played a concert at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg on April 10 with young pianists from Salzburg: 11 year old Marie Decker, and adjunct faculty member Johannes Wilhelm. The program included a piano concerto by Haydn, virtuoso works for violin and for piano, Dvorak’s American String Quartet, as well as Dvorak’s entire piano quintet. The identical program had been performed on March 7 in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

CCM’s Starling Program and the Leopold Mozart Academy of the University Mozarteum plan to continue this transatlantic collaboration of their young artists.

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Announcing CCM’s Full Winter 2011 Schedule of Major Events

The CCM Philharmonia Orchestra. Photography by Jing Huan.

Photography by Jing Huan.

With December now upon us, we are happy to announce our full winter schedule of major events. CCM presents nearly 1,000 public events throughout the year and offers free admission to many of its performances. All events listed take place on the CCM campus and are free unless otherwise indicated. Some events require paid admission; please see individual event information for details and ordering information. View a digital version of our Winter Events Booklet here.

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