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July 6, 2012 /FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / High-res photos available upon request
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu



WINSTON-SALEM – A recent alumnus and student in the School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) have won first and second places in the annual Rosen-Schaffel Young Artist Competition.

Flutist Julian Rose, an alumnus, won first place in the competition, held July 1 at Appalachian State University. He graduated from UNCSA in May with a Master of Fine Arts.

Rose will receive a cash prize of $2,000. He will also perform a complete concerto or comparable work as a featured soloist with the Eastern Festival Orchestra during the 2013 Appalachian Summer Festival.

About the competition, Rose said, “The level of competition was extremely fierce – all eight finalists are excellent musicians. I'm truly honored and humbled to have been named the winner.”

Kristin Schwecke, a soprano and Fellow with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at UNCSA, won second place in the competition.

Schwecke will receive a cash prize of $1,500. In the event Rose is unable to perform at the 2013 festival, Schwecke will be invited to perform in his stead.

Julian Rose

“The fact that UNCSA students won first and second place in this competition, which is open to students and recent graduates from across the entire state of North Carolina, confirms that we are indeed successfully training tomorrow’s leaders in the music profession,” said UNCSA School of Music Dean Wade Weast. “Julian and Kristin both have bright futures ahead of them and this competition win speaks volumes about the quality of the School of Music at UNCSA and its entire faculty, especially their private teachers, Drs. Tadeu Coelho and Marilyn Taylor.”

Other UNCSA students participating in the competition included Kaitlin Moreno and Scott O’Toole. Moreno is a rising senior in Violin Performance studying with Kevin Lawrence. O’Toole is a two-time School of Music alumnus who holds a high school diploma and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Percussion.

The Rosen-Schaffel Young Artist Competition is a juried event and part of Appalachian State University’s “An Appalachian Summer Festival.” This year marked the second annual competition and the 28th annual festival. For more information on the competition, please visit http://rosen-schaffelcompetition.appstate.edu

Julian Rose

Praised for his “wide palette of colors” and “brilliant technique,” Julian Rose is an award-winning flutist currently working in New York City as a William R. Kenan Performing Arts Fellow at the Lincoln Center Institute. Originally from Virginia, Rose has performed professionally with the Western Piedmont Symphony, “The Tidewater Winds” Wind Ensemble, and, among others, the Master Musicians Chamber Orchestra, where he served as principal flute from 2009 to 2010. He was the first prize winner at the Flute Society of Kentucky Young Artist Competition (2012), the Richmond Flute Festival Young Artist Competition (2011), and is currently a quarter-finalist – for the second consecutive year – in the 2012 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition.

Kristin Schwecke

Rose is an active recitalist, recording artist, and teacher, and has performed throughout the United States and in Europe. In addition to performing a wide array of the flute repertoire, his intense interest in the violin repertory has prompted him to transcribe, and perform on flute, such notable works as J.S. Bach’s Three Sonatas and Three Partitas for solo violin, the 24 Caprices by Niccolò Paganini, and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, among others. He has performed in or attended master classes given by Julius Baker, Carol Wincenc, Jeffrey Khaner, Wissam Boustany, Ulrike Anton, Walfrid Kujala, Bradley Garner, and Susan Hoeppner, among many others.

Rose completed his Master of Music (2012) at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with Tadeu Coelho, and his Bachelor of Music (2008) summa cum laude at Virginia Commonwealth University with Francile Bilyeu. Rose also spent a year at the prestigious Université de Paris IV: La Sorbonne in Paris, France, where he undertook an intensive study in 20th-century French music with the legendary Pierre-Yves Artaud. Rose plays on a 14 karat gold Miyazawa Boston Classic model flute.

Kristin Schwecke

Kristin Schwecke will be beginning her second year of post-graduate studies as a Fellow with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the University of North Caroline School of the Arts. Originally from Wisconsin, she graduated with her master’s in Music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied under Mimmi Fulmer. While attending UW-Madison, she performed the title role in Massenet’s Thaïs.

This past year, Schwecke performed the role of Alice Ford in UNCSA’s production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. She also performed the role of Abigail in Robert Ward’s The Crucible, a joint production with UNCSA and Piedmont Opera Theatre. She is currently studying with Marilyn Taylor.

In 2010 Schwecke was named District winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Councils Auditions in Wisconsin and went on to receive an Encouragement Award at the Regional level. She also placed first with the Elgin Opera Annual Vocal Competition and second with the Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Scholarship Competition. Internationally, she was awarded fifth place with the Czech and Slovak International Singing Competition in 2009.

Schwecke has performed scenes as Tosca (Tosca), Marguerite (Faust), and Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), all with the Crested Butte Music Festival. While at Crested Butte, she covered the role of Mimi in La Bohème and performed a concert version under the baton of David Syrus.

In concert, Schwecke has appeared as the soprano soloist in Medelssohn’s Elijah and Beethoven’s Mass in C with The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Symphony Orchestra. She was also the soprano soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Cobb Symphony in Georgia.

As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. World-renowned conductor and educator John Mauceri became Chancellor of UNCSA in 2006. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.