The Oberlin Review

Top Conservatory Pianists Compete in Dann Competition

Julia Peterson, Production Editor

April 29, 2016

Judges Boris Slutski from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and Steven Spooner from the University of Kansas Conservatory declared Conservatory senior Zi Xiao Li the winner of Oberlin’s Arthur Dann Piano Competition, which was held in Finney Chapel Sunday. Named in memory of a former Oberlin professor of piano, the competition has showcased the talent and hard work of pianists in the Oberlin Conservatory for over 30 years. This year’s finals were a continuation of that tradition. The winner of the competition receives a significant financial award and a charge from the judges to take their talent on the road. “The endowment generates about $2,000 a year,” said Robert Shannon, professor of piano and...

Still, Shannon Present Contemporary Venezuelan Duets

Jeremy Reynolds, Staff Writer

February 6, 2015

Beatboxing while playing the flute has become a fairly common technique among flautists today. To sing while performing, however, is significantly less conventional. During a concert of 20th and 21st century music for flute and piano, Associate Professor of Flute Alexa Still used her voice to fill out the mellow timbre of her instrument’s lower register in two of the works on the idiosyncratic program. Accompanied by Professor of Piano Robert Shannon, OC ’72, Still performed a recital on Tuesday evening in Stull Recital Hall that featured the works of Venezuelan-born composer and conductor Efraín Amaya. Before beginning her performance, Still said that Amaya possesses a vast collection of flutes from around the...

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