Recent Carnegie Mellon School of Music Graduates Hit Early Career High Notes
Nathan Hall, a recent graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program music composition scholarship in Iceland in Music, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. Hall is one of more than 1,500 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2010-2011 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Brandon Schantz (A'08) who just finished his master's degree in percussion at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music in May, will be a member of the percussion section for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra starting this September.
Schantz was handpicked by members of the PSO's percussion section to attend the invite-only audition on June 21, along with 18 other percussionists from across the country. Schantz's one-year position as a percussionist will include a tour with the orchestra next August.
The preliminary round was performed on stage at Heinz Hall behind a screen for a full seven-person audition committee. Schantz advanced to the next round with four other players. After a lengthy second round, which was not screened, the committee deliberated for the better part of an hour and offered him the position.
Schantz says his years at Carnegie Mellon's School of Music prepared him for top-notch auditions like the one he did for the PSO. As a member of the percussion ensemble in the School of Music, Schantz says he gained invaluable performance experience that will now serve as a foundation for him to play with a professional orchestra.
Photo: Brandon Schantz playing the snare drum.