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ASTRAL ANNOUNCES 2018 NATIONAL AUDITIONS PANELISTS

PHILADELPHIA, PA—Astral announces the panelists for its 2018 National Auditions in the woodwinds & brass, piano, strings, and small chamber ensemble disciplines. The auditions will take place in Philadelphia on May 29, 30, and 31.

The independent panel, comprised of industry-leading musicians, managers, and presenters, will adjudicate the live auditions and recommend artists to be passed on to the final, interview round of the Auditions. The Astral 2018 National Auditions Winners will be announced in mid-June.

The 2018 National Auditions Panelists are:

WOODWINDS & BRASS (May 29)

Igor Begelman
Concert clarinetist; Faculty, Brooklyn College and Sarah Lawrence College; Laureate artist, Astral

Leone Buyse
Concert flutist; Professor, The Shepherd School of Music, Rice University

Andrew Hauze
Conductor; Pianist; Vocal coach; Lecturer in Music, Swarthmore College; Co-Chair, National Advisory Committee, Astral

Robert Langevin
Principal Flute, New York Philharmonic

Chien-Kwan Lin
Associate Professor of Saxophone, Eastman School of Music; Artist and clinician, Selmer and Vandoren companies

Eugene Mondie
Acting Principal Clarinet, National Symphony Orchestra

Jayce Ogren
Conductor; Artistic Director, Orchestra 2001

Abel Pereira
Principal Horn, National Symphony Orchestra

Dan Visconti
Artistic Director, Astral; Artistic Director, Fifth House Ensemble; Composer

Vera Wilson
Founder & President, Astral

STRINGS (May 30)

Mariko Anraku
Associate Principal Harp, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Faculty, Manhattan School of Music, Pacific Music Festival

Dmitri Berlinsky
Concert violinist; Artist teacher; Professor of Violin, College of Music, Michigan State University

Norman Fischer
Professor of Cello and Director of Chamber Music, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University; Faculty, Tanglewood Music Center

Marka Gustavsson
Violinist/violist; Faculty, Bard Conservatory and Vassar College

Andrew Hauze
Conductor; Pianist; Vocal coach; Lecturer in Music, Swarthmore College; Co-Chair, National Advisory Committee, Astral

Beth Helgesen
Vice President of Programming, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Charles Letourneau
Artist manager; Principal, Charles Letourneau LLC

Bill Rhoads
Executive Director, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

Barry Shiffman
Violinist/violist; Director, Banff International String Quartet Competition; Artistic Director, Rockport Chamber Music Festival; Associate Dean, Glenn Gould School

Peter Stumpf
Concert cellist; Faculty, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Dan Visconti
Artistic Director, Astral; Artistic Director, Fifth House Ensemble; Composer

Vera Wilson
Founder & President, Astral

PIANO (May 31)

Jason Belz
Artist manager; Vice President, Director of Booking and Artist Manager, Kirshbaum Associate

Melvin Chen
Concert pianist; Dean, Yale School of Music

Anthony De Mare
Concert pianist; New Music Curator, The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture; Contemporary Performance   Faculty, Manhattan School of Music; Professor of Piano, NYU-Steinhardt

Andrew Hauze
Conductor; Pianist; Vocal coach; Lecturer in Music, Swarthmore College; Co-Chair, National Advisory Committee, Astral

Igal Kesselman
Pianist; Director, Lucy Moses School, Kauffman Music Center

Lawrence Loh
Music Director, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra; Music Director, Symphoria

Dan Visconti
Artistic Director, Astral; Artistic Director, Fifth House Ensemble; Composer

Vera Wilson
Founder & President, Astral

Natalie Zhu
Concert pianist; Artistic Director, Kingston Chamber Music Festival; Laureate artist, Astral; Co-Chair, National Advisory Committee, Astral

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