Ithaca International Conducting Masterclass 2013 with David Effron active participant list

Here is the 8 active participants for the masterclass with David Effron.

Tiffany Lu, from Tampa, FL, is finishing her first year of the Ithaca College M.M. degree in Orchestral Conducting, where she studies under Dr. Jeffery Meyer. Prior to her studies in Ithaca, she was assistant conductor at the Tampa Bay Metropolitan Youth Orchestras. Last year, she attended the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors, where she will be returning this summer. She also conducted at the National Music Festival in 2011 and 2012, and participated as a conducting fellow in the European American Musical Alliance in 2011. Tiffany is also an active orchestral and chamber violinist and violist.


Born in Hong Kong, Elim Chan is the Music Director of the Michigan Pops Orchestra and the University of Michigan Campus Philharmonia Orchestra. As a recipient of the 2013 Bruno Walter Conducting Scholarship, Elim will participate in the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Conductors Workshop with Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier this summer. In 2012, Elim made her debut with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada as part of the Summer Music Institute Conductors Program, led by both Kenneth Kiesler and Pinchas Zukerman. She has worked with the Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra, and she was invited to work with the Bicentennial Youth Orchestra of Curanilahue (Chile) last summer leading to reengagements in May 2013. Elim completed her Masters degree in Orchestral Conducting studying with Kenneth Kiesler at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance,  where she is currently a doctoral fellow.


In 2010 Claudine Gamache completed her master’s degree in orchestral conducting at the Université de Montréal under the guidance of Jean-Francois Rivest and Paolo Bellomia. During the past few years, Claudine has participated in workshops in United-States and Europe with worldwide renowned teachers and conductors such as Gustav Meier, Larry Rachleff, Donald Schleicher, and Kirk Trevor. Last year, Claudine was the artistic director and conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Laval. In fall 2012 Claudine was the guest conductor of the Ensemble à Vents de Montréal and gave workshops for winds with Canada wide organization, CAMMAC. Claudine had also the chance to conduct Bohuslav Martinu Filhamonie (CZ), Filharmonica “Mihail Jora” (Romania), the Orchestre Symphonique Pop de Montréal, the Orchestre Symphonique des basses-Laurentides and the Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal. Claudine is now trilled to found the first professional Montreal trombone choir.


Patrick Valentino is completing the Masters program in conducting at Ithaca College. While at IC he has conducted the orchestras in rehearsals and concerts on numerous occasions, and also conducted the world premiere of 8 works, including his own opera. In the past year his compositions have been performed by the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, Central Jersey Symphony, Oak Ridge Community Orchestra, and others. As a conductor he will spend this summer at the Oregon Bach Festival and the Cabrillo Festival, as well as developing a cross-discipline new music ensemble for the Boston area.


Tristan Rais-Sherman  earned his Bachelor of Music in cello performance at Ithaca College in 2012, where he studied with Elizabeth Simkin and Heidi Hoffmann. He has also studied overseas at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Maarten Mostert and baroque cello with Viola de Hoog. Tristan has attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Texas Music Festival, the Cello Seminar, New Music on the Point, the Tafelmusik Summer and Winter Institutes,  and the Conductor’s Retreat at Medomak. Starting in Fall 2013, Tristan will be pursuing his M.M. In Orchestral Conducting at the University of Michigan. He currently teaches cello and guitar in Fairfield, CT.


Vlad Vizireanu was recently selected as 1 of 240 applicants to study with Bernard Haitink at the Easter Lucerne Festival. He was a semifinalist with honorable mention in the 2012 Jeunesses Musicales Conducting Competition and a participant in the 2011 Lutoslawski Competition. He has participated in masterclasses with Larry Rachleff, Jorma Panula, and at the Cabrillo Festival with Marin Alsop and Gistav Meier. He is currently 1 of 3 finalists for the distinguished Chautauqua Conducting Fellowship 2013 with Timothy Muffitt. He received his Master’s degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with David Effron and is currently pursuing his D.M.A. degree at Arizona State University with Timothy Russell and William Reber.


Chris Whittaker is a composer, conductor, and pianist from York, Pennsylvania.  He recently completed his master’s degree in conducting at the University of Michigan with Kenneth Kiesler.  His past teachers include Christopher Theofanidis, Nicholas Maw, Stuart Malina, and Philip Lasser.  Chris is also a skillful jazz pianist and plays gospel music with several church choirs.  Chris currently lives in New York City.


American conductor Ian Christopher Passmore is currently the Assistant Conductor of Orchestras and Opera at the University of Delaware in Newark. In this role, he performs regularly with both the symphony and chamber orchestras, and serves as Assistant Conductor for the UD Opera Theatre program. A North Carolina native, Passmore received his formal training at the University of North Carolina and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where his principal conducting mentors were Tonu Kalam and Robert Gutter, respectively. Passmore is currently pursuing the Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Delaware, where he studies with James Allen Anderson, and holds the distinction of being the first individual ever accepted into that program.

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