Music, Theatre and Dance students, alumni honored at 18th annual MaTilDa Awards

Music, Theatre and Dance students, alumni honored at 18th annual MaTilDa Awards
MaTilDa Awards
A total of 31 students, alumni and community members were honored during the 18th annual MaTilDa Awards.

The Oakland University Department of Music, Theatre and Dance recently honored some of its top student performers and distinguished alumni during the 18th annual MaTilDa Awards, which took place on April 18 in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms. The “red-carpet” event included dinner and music performances, as well as award presentations recognizing exceptional service and performance by Music, Theatre and Dance students. 

 

2017 MaTilDa Award honorees

 

Alumni and Community Members

 

Bibianne Yu

Distinguished Community Service Award

Bibianne Yu recently stepped down as director of Oakland University’s Music Preparatory Division, a position in which she served for fourteen years. She has also been a lecturer of keyboard techniques and an applied piano instructor at Oakland. Bibianne obtained her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Ottawa (Canada) and received a Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy at Oakland, where she was the recipient of the Distinguished Musicianship Award (1999), the Jennifer Scott Memorial Award in Piano Pedagogy (1999), the Joyce Adelson Memorial Award in Piano Ensemble (2000), and an Oakland University Administrative Professional Award (2012). She is an active adjudicator, soloist and chamber musician, and has presented many workshops and master classes to piano teachers’ organizations.

 

Cheryl Ogonowski

Alumni Achievement in Music

Cheryl Ogonowski earned her master’s degree in Music Education from Oakland University, and has taught music classes at all levels from Pre-K through college. She has held positions teaching band, vocal music, general music, beginning theory and performing experiences for children. Her most recent service is in the Rochester Community Schools, teaching K-5 general music while also serving as the district’s K-12 Music Program Coordinator. Her passion for sharing with colleagues has motivated her to serve as a Cooperating Teacher for many OU students, provide presentations at a variety of conferences and workshops, publish research in the Michigan Music Educator publication, and open her classroom to educators from Hong Kong, New Zealand, China, Greece and Poland. She continues to seek new ways to enable students to grow through musical experiences in the classroom, and embraces opportunities to share with them in the process.
Cheryl Ogonowski

 
A Tribute to
Carol Halsted

Carol Halsted was Director of Dance at the Detroit Opera House and retired Professor of Dance and Chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Dr. Halsted received her Doctorate from Wayne State University and had been on the faculty at Oakland for 31 years. She was President of the American College Dance Festival Association, Michigan Dance Teacher of the Year, Editor of the Detroit Dance News, grant reviewer for the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, recipient of the Oakland University Faculty Recognition Award, the Wayne State Alumni Arts Achievement Award, Michigan Dance Council Lifetime Achievement Award, American College Dance Festival Award for Outstanding Service and founding Board Member of the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble. The Carol Halsted Dance Photography Collection has toured various museums around the country including the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Akron Art Museum and the St. Petersburg Museum of Art. Since 2002, she was Director of Dance at the Detroit Opera House and in this position was responsible for planning major dance seasons, as well as community outreach programs (i.e. the Ailey Revelations Project), special events, Nutcracker activities, master classes, dance film series and pre and post-concert talks.

 

Kenneth Jones

Alumni Achievement in Theatre

Kenneth Jones is a playwright, librettist and lyricist. His play Alabama Story was a 2016 nominee for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award and a 2014 finalist in the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference. It had its world premiere by Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City in 2015, and by spring 2018 will have been seen in at least ten cities around the country. His play Two Henrys, a semi-finalist in the O’Neill NPC, was seen in Pioneer’s 2016 Play-By-Play series. A revised version played a 12-performance developmental production at the Co-Op of Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, CA. A further revision had a February 2017 staged reading by Hudson Stage Company in Westchester, NY. His serious comedy Hollywood, Nebraska was seen in the 2016 NewTACTics Festival O -Broadway and will get a developmental production by Wyoming eater Festival in summer 2017. His new play, a work-in-progress called Circa 1976, was inspired by the Oakland County Child Murders of 1976-77. His musicals include It Happened One Christmas, co-conceived with Karen Azenberg (Pioneer Theatre 2015); the satiric Christmas revue Naughty/Nice, co-conceived with composer Gerald Stockstill (published by stagerights.com); and Voice of the City, with composer Elaine Chelton (developed by O -Broadway’s York Theatre Company and Ohio’s Human Race Theatre Company). In a past life, he was an arts writer at the Detroit News (1989-1998), including four seasons as chief theater critic/reporter. His byline of “John Kennet” appeared in The Oakland Press for more than 13 years. In 1998, he moved to New York City, where he worked for 15 years as a reporter and editor for Playbill.com while also pursuing dramatic writing opportunities. He is now a full-time dramatist. He was raised in Southfield and Beverly Hills, MI, graduating from Groves High School and later Oakland University’s College of Arts and Sciences with a bachelor’s degree in communication. His plays have been produced or developed by O -Broadway’s TACT/The Actors Company Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Peninsula Players, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre and other companies. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild. He writes about his own plays and advocates for other playwrights, new plays and theatre makers at his website ByKennethJones.com. He is indebted to retired professor-director Yolanda Fleischer, his OU theater history teacher, who helped light the spark and raise the curtain on a career.

 

Student Honorees

 

John Andersen
Outstanding student in Chamber Music

Colin Holstein
Outstanding student in Chamber Music

Ian Lester
Outstanding Student in Chamber Music
Outstanding Student in Composition

Brandon Tibault
Outstanding Student in Chamber Music


group winners

 

Brian Baylor

Pat and Mercedes Nicosia Meadow Brook Estate Award

 Brian Baylor

Timothy A. Brown

Outstanding Student Service Award: Music

Tim Brown

 

Becky Ciccone

Maggie Allesee Choreography Award

Becky Ciccone

 

Joey Fontana

Outstanding Student Service Award: Theatre

Joey Fontana

 

Halla Hillborn

Outstanding Student in Instrumental Music

Halia Hilborn

 

Gabriel Jamison

Gittlen Achievement Award in Acting

Gabriel Jamison

 

Jessica Julian

Outstanding Student in Instrumental Music

Jessica Julian

 

 

Karen Li

Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Piano Performance

Karen Li

 

Kelsey Millerschin

Outstanding Student in Music Education

Kelsey Millerschin

 

Noelle Millis

Distinguished Dance Student

Noelle Mills

Alexis Moore

Outstanding Student Service Award: Dance

Alexis Moore

 

Rachel Pawson

Outstanding Dance Performance

Rachel Pawson

 

Alyssa Primeau

Distinguished Musicianship Award

Alyssa Primeau

 

Katie Reid

Outstanding Dance Performance
Katie Reid

 

Stefanie Sambrano

Gittlen Achievement Award in Musical Theatre

Stefanie Sambrano

 

Robert Schneeweis

Outstanding Graduate Student in Piano Performance

Robert Schneeweis

 

Zollie Schut

Outstanding Student in Jazz

 

Jared Seymour

Outstanding Student in Music Education

 

Krystal Smoger

Gittlen Achievement Award in Theatre Design and Technology

Krystal Smoger

 

Jessica Stasik

MTD Award (for commitment to the interdisciplinary nature of the department)

Jessica Stasik

 

Emily Stoddard

Gittlen Theatre Award

Emily Stoddard

 

Jacob Surzyn

Outstanding Student in Voice Performance


Jacob Surzyn

 

Ian Turnwald

Gittlen Achievement Award in Musical Theatre

Ian Turnwald

 

This year’s MaTilDa Awards were sponsored by the Oakland University Alumni Association and Oakland University Credit Union. Learn more about Music, Theatre and Dance programs at oakland.edu/mtd.