See what some of our alumni are up to!
Here is HMP alumni Amy Guan with pianist Yo-yo Ma at Dartmouth University!
Yasmine Swanson is from Cranbury, New Jersey and is currently a second year Master’s student at Westminster Choir College studying vocal performance. She recently played Sister Constance in Westminster Opera Theater’s production of Dialogues of the Carmelites, as well as Papagena and 2nd Spirit in CoOPERAtive’s production of The Magic Flute. She participated in this year’s Lindsay Christiansen Art Song Festival and this summer, will participate as a CoOPERAtive Program Fellow. In March, Yasmine placed second in the NATS Eastern Region Advanced College Women category. She also placed fifth in Westminster’s Scholarship Competition last year and placed first in Tufts University’s Tishler Competition in Music Performance in 2015. Yasmine is a student of Nova Thomas.
Farshad Zadeh started playing piano at age 4, and made his debut with orchestra at 11 in his hometown of Princeton, NJ. He has performed in concert halls throughout the US, including Carnegie Hall in NYC and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. He received 1st place at the LISMA International Competition in 2011, and was the winner of Oberlin Conservatory’s Arthur Dann Competition in 2015. This past summer, he attended the Piano Texas Festival in Fort Worth, TX where he studied with Stanislav Ioudenitch, Tamas Ungar, and Vadym Kholodenko.
During his pre-college years, Zadeh studied piano with Larissa Korkina at the Westminster Conservatory in Princeton, NJ. He then earned his Bachelors at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Alvin Chow. He received his Masters and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas in Austin, where he studies with Anton Nel.
He has taken lessons with Matti Raekallio and Arie Vardi at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. He has participated in numerous masterclasses with many renowned artists, including Ann Schein, Sergei Babayan, Asaf Zohar, Angela Cheng, Julian Martin, and the Jupiter Quartet. Mr. Zadeh is also an enthusiastic chamber musician and collaborator with a wide repertoire, having recently performed the Brahms Quintet with the Calder Quartet, and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time with fellow UT students Ivan Javier Valbuena Paez (clarinet), Roman Yearian (violin, New World Symphony), and Matthew Armbruster (cello, Austin Symphony).
He serves as Teaching Assistant at the University of Texas, where he teaches class piano as well as private students at the undergraduate and graduate level. He is also a junior faculty member at Blue Mountain Festival, a chamber music festival based in Lancaster, PA. In addition, Mr. Zadeh has taught piano privately for 6 years to students of all levels, including children, young adults, college students, and adults.
Hear Farshad play Beethoven’s Piano Sonata no. 30 below!
Alan Zhang has been a student at Westminster Conservatory for 10 years. He is a student of Patricia Landy and is a student in the Honors Music Program. He has won various awards including the Ena Barton Scholarship, NJMTA auditions and others. Alan says that a favorite part of Westminster has been “playing chamber music with others because it requires real time attentive listening and communication through music alone.” Alan has shared that his teacher “has nurtured and tremendously expanded my previously inhibited musicality…” and “I unreservedly admire Mrs. Landy is not only an outstanding mentor but also a supportive friend!” In the fall he will pursue pre-med at Williams College.
Pictured with Ena Bronstein Barton, WC piano department chair and Dr. Patricia Landy, his teacher.
Alexis Peart wins the prize for being a student at Westminster Conservatory longer than any of her fellow graduates. At 4 years old, Alexis began her musical journey in the Early Childhood Program. She graduated to Children’s Choir with Patricia Thel, director. Piano studies with Kathy Shanklin and Agnes Poltorak followed as well as flute lessons with Kevin Willois. It was through her voice lessons with Nancy Froysland-Hoerl that Alexis found her true passion. Her years in the Honors Music Program have prepared her for a career in music. When asked about any highlights of her experience at Westminster, Alexis shares: “Performing in the Honors Music Program solo and chamber concerts, and being surrounded by so many talented and passionate faculty and students.” In the fall, Alexis will attend Eastman School of Music as a vocal performance major.
Alexis (center) with her HMP fellow graduates
Aditya Raguram came to Westminster Conservatory in 5th grade when he was 10 years old. Since then he has studied piano with Galina Prilutskaya. Aditya was also accepted in the Conservatory’s Young Artist Program and has studied with various faculty including Patricia Landy, Craig Levesque, Ben Cahill, Peter Lauffer, Teresa Lim, and Carmen Mateiescu. Aditya shared the following highlight: “One of the highlights of my experience at Westminster is receiving the opportunity to play three concerti with the Westminster Community Orchestra. Each time was an amazing experience and those memories will always stay with me.” In the fall, Aditya will attend Harvard and intends to pursue physics or applied science and music.
Circuit-Making Team: Harvard University
Clockwise from top left: Aditya Raguram, Rob Hart (Instructor), Vincent Chow, Kim Bernard (Artist-in-Residence), Ciara Adkins, Fiorella Vargas, and John Holland.
Alexis Burroughs came to Westminster Conservatory in her sophomore year of high school after auditioning and being accepted into the Young Artist Program as a pianist. Her teachers have included Peter Lauffer (piano), Teresa Lim, Craig Levesque, and Carmen Mateiescu (music theory), Marvin Rosen (music history), Clipper Erickson and Kyu-Jung Rhee (chamber music), Steve Hudson and Peter Lauffer (jazz improvisation). When asked about her experience at Westminster Conservatory, Alexis responded: “I liked being around students and faculty who were as passionate with their music as I was. I also like being challenged which I feel has taken me to the next level in my piano performance. I have always felt a sense of belonging at the Conservatory.” In the fall Alexis will be attending Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee where she will be working towards a BM in Commercial Music with a double emphasis in Music Business and Piano Performance.
Following graduation from The Honors Music Program, our students have attended
the following institutions of higher education:
Bryn Mawr College
Carnegie Mellon University
The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, of The Catholic University of America
The College of New Jersey
Eastman School of Music
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
New England Conservatory
New York University
Saint Olaf College
Sarah Lawrence College
University of Illinois
Westminster College of the Arts