Conservatory Quick Facts

  • Founded: 2003
  • Enrollment: about 125 students
  • Dean: Lee Cioppa
  • Degrees and certificates offered: Bachelor of Music degree, Performance Diploma, Professional Studies Certificate, Artist Diploma, and the Master of Music degree.
  • Full scholarships of tuition, room, and board are given to all Conservatory students
  • Conservatory students perform in more than 150 performances annually
  • Studies include chamber music with Scott St. John, formerly of the St. Lawrence String Quartet
  • Notable current student accomplishments include:
    • Rodolfo Leone, piano: 1st Prize, 2017 International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna
    • Blake Pouliot, violin: Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Manulife Competition
    • Viano String Quartet: 3rd Prize, 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition (string quartet division)
    • Cristina Mateo Saez, clarinet: 2nd Prize, 2016 Jacques Lancelot International Clarinet Competition
  • Alumni have gone on to play with world-renowned orchestras including:
    • Tao Ni, cello and Benjamin Ullery, viola: Los Angeles Philharmonic
    • Rachel Childers, horn: Boston Symphony
    • Kevin Lin, violin: co-leader, London Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Natalie Hoe, clarinet: principa, Florida Orchestra
    • Leah Arsenault, flute and Jamie Roberts, oboe: National Symphony
    • Wei-Ting Kuo, viola: Chicago Symphony
    • Hunter Eberly, trumpet, Hang Su, viola and Johanna Yarborough, horn: Detroit Symphony
    • Kelsey Blumenthal, violin: Pittsburgh Symphony
    • Paul Jenkins, trombone: Nashville Symphony
    • Patrick Hodge, horn: assistant principal, Cincinnati Symphony
    • Steven Metcalf, double bass and Nicholas Tisherman, oboe: Colorado Symphony
    • Katie Kadarauch, viola: San Francisco Symphony
    • Gabriel Campos Zamora, clarinet: Kansas City Symphony
    • Todd Cope, clarinet: principal of the Montreal Symphony
    • Allan Steele, cello: principal of Fort Worth Symphony
    • Yi Zhou, viola: principal of Los Angeles Opera Orchestra
    • Karissa Zadinsky, cello: Pittsburgh Symphony
    • Julian Zheng, horn: principal, Shanghai Philharmonic
  • Notable Recent Alumni
    • Calidore Quartet (Jeffrey Myers, Ryan Meehan, Jeremy Berry, Estelle Choi): grand prizes in virtually all the major U.S. chamber music competitions, including the Fischoff, Coleman, Chesapeake, and Yellow Springs competitions, and awarded three-year CMS Two residency at Lincoln Center.
    • Calder Quartet (Benjamin Jacobson, Andrew Bulbrook, Jonathan Moerschel, Eric Byers): recipient of the 2014 Avery Fischer Career Grant
    • William Hagen, violin: Second Prize winner of the 2014 International Fritz Kreisler Competition and winner of the Dorothy DeLay Memorial Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
    • David Hagee, trombone: recipient of 2013 Fulbright Grant to study trombone in Germany
    • Elicia Silverstein, violin: recipient of 2013 Fulbright Grant to study violin in The Netherlands
    • Usha Kapoor, violin: recipient of 2017 Fulbright Grant to study violin at the with Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, Germany
    • Andrew Pattison, bassoon: Viisiting Assistant Professor, Oberlin Conservatory (2017-18)

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