Yong Siew Toh Audition


Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music
Steven Baxter Recital Hall



Violin, Viola, Cello:

•A movement of a standard concerto
•A Prelude, Fugue or Chaconne from an unaccompanied work of J.S. Bach
•A movement from a sonata from the 19th or 20th century, or equivalent work
•A contrasting work of the applicants choice (for example, a virtuosic or contemporary work)

Double bass:

•A movement of a standard concerto
•A movement from the Cello Suites of J.S. Bach
•Three standard orchestral excerpts of the applicants choice

**Participants should provide their own accompanist**


•A work by J.S. Bach
•A Sonata from the Classical Era (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven)
•A Romantic work from the 19th Century
•A work from the 20th or 21st Century


Voice & Opera

MM in performance

•An aria from an opera or oratoria
•A German Lied
•A French Song
•An English-Language Art Song

MM/AD in Opera

•An aria in Italian
•An aria in German
•An aria in French
•An aria in English

For Both:

One selection must be from the 20th or 21st century, composed after 1950. Repertoire should represent different styles, periods, moods, and tempi. Musical theater selections are not acceptable. All selections must be memorized.

**Participants should provide their own accompanist**

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GEORGE B. STAUFFER Dean,Mason Gross School of the Arts

George B. Stauffer is dean of the Mason Gross School of the Arts and a distinguished professor of musicology at Rutgers University. He is known internationally as a scholar, performer, and writer on the music and culture of the Baroque Era and the life and works of J.S. Bach in particular. Educated at Dartmouth College, Bryn Mawr College, and Columbia University, he has published several widely cited and authoritative books. He has also contributed to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Collier's Encyclopedia, Early Music, Bach-Jahrbuch, and many other American, European, and Asian publications. As a speaker, he as lectured at Harvard University, Yale University, University of Leipzig, National Sun Yat-sen University, and many other schools. As a performer, Stauffer studied organ with John Weaver and Vernon de Tar (Juilliard School). He served as university organist and chapel music director at Columbia University, where he appeared frequently in concert.


DR. ELENA CHERNOVA-DAVIS Coordinator of Chamber Music and Faculty-Violin

Dr. Chernova-Davis is a current Violin Professor at Mason Gross School of the Arts. Prizewinner of the Aleksander Glazunov International Competition (Paris), Dr. Elena Chernova-Davis has enjoyed a career as soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster in her native Uzbekistan and throughout the United States. After graduating with honors as a full-scholarship student from the Tashkent State Conservatory, she came to the United States to continue her studies with soloist Elmar Oliveria and first violinist of the Vermeer Quartet Shmuel Ashkenasi. She is a recipient of the Irene Alm Memorial Award for excellence in performance and scholarly research and has worked with conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Esa Pekka-Salonen, and Jeffrey Tate as principal second of the Chicago Civic Orchestra and as a member of Florida Grand Opera, Artosphere Festival Orchestra, and Princeton Symphony. As a passionate and dedicated teacher her philosophy is to guide development and tailor an individual approach to each student that encourages growth, curiosity and motivation.


DANIEL EPSTEIN Head of Keyboard and Faculty-Piano

Pianist Daniel Epstein received international recognition in 1973 with his performance and recording of the Yellow River Concerto with Euguene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, prior to the Orchestra's historic tour of China. A graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Adele Marcus, he was presented in his Carnegie Hall debut recital by the Concert Artists Guild. Winner of many awards and prizes including the Kosciusczko Chopin Award, the National Arts Club Prize, and the Prix Alex de Vries in Paris, Epstein has appeared as guest soloist with major symphony orchestras, and has given recitals in major cities throughout the world, complemented by master classes and intensive seminars for pianists. As the pianist and founding member of the Raphael Trio since 1975, Epstein has performed most of the piano trio repertoire. He has collaborated with many string quartets, including the Ying, American, Chiara, New Zealand, and Talich as well as with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri and many other distinguished chamber musicians and soloists. Epstein is a member of the piano faculties of Manhattan School of Music (New York) and Rutgers University (New Jersey) and is the co-founder/director of the Raphael Trio Chamber Music Workshop in Wilton, New Hampshire.


EDUARDO CHAMA Head of Voice and Co-Head of Opera

Bass-baritone Eduardo Chama has received recognition for his work on both the operatic and concert stages around the world. He as worked in opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, New Israeli Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opera de Montreal, Netherlands Opera, Vlaamse Opera in Belgium, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Opera de Puerto Rico, L'Opera Francais de New York, New York City Opera, Palermo Opera, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Geneve Opera and Teatro Real, Madrid, Glimmerglass Opera, and Calgary Opera to name a few. Recognized for his vocal technique and presence; his signature roles include Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) Leporello,(Don Giovanni) Mozart, Mephistopheles (Faust) Gounod, Four Villains (Tales of Hoffman) Offenbach, Amonasro (Aida)Verdi, Sancho (Don Quichotte) Massenet, and Falstaff (Falstaff) Verdi.

Winner of multiple competitions, in 2006 he was awarded a Grammy for his collaboration as a soloist in the recording of the opera Ainadamar by Osvaldo Golijov. Other significant recordings include Jubilee Games, composed and conducted by Leonard Bernstein, and Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Zubin Mehta.

He as given master classes at Seattle Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Calgary Opera, Colorado Opera, Instituto Superior del Teatro Colon, Classical Singer Expo, and educational institutions like the Holy Cross College, MA;Lincoln State University, NE; and Millersville University, PA. He was on the voice faculty for the International Vocal Arts Institute (Israel, Montreal and Puerto Rico), Sociedad Internacional de Valores de Arte Mexicano,(SIVAM). Currently he is on the voice faculty at the prestigious Castleton Festival in Virginia. At Mason Gross School of the Arts, he serves as head of the voice program and co-head of the opera program.

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