June 4, 2003
The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music has announced the appointment of veteran conductor Kate Tamarkin as the first full-time conductor of the CUA Orchestra, effective Aug. 25, 2003.
Tamarkin, who has been music director of the Monterey Symphony in California since June 1999, also will serve as director of orchestral studies and of the graduate orchestral conducting program at CUA.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kate Tamarkin to the school of music as full-time conductor and director of orchestral activities and graduate conducting studies,” says Murry Sidlin, music school dean. “Above all, she is a great teaching conductor about repertoire, ensemble and musical meaning.
“No one under her inspired leadership plays without understanding, commitment and love for the music being explored,” says Sidlin. “She has vision, poetic depth and an elegant technique with which to communicate her insightful musical thinking. In Kate, the school of music has attracted the very best.”
Tamarkin will return to the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute this month for the third time. She recently served as a guest clinician at the College of St. Benedict in St. Cloud, Minn., and last October she was a guest conductor with the San Francisco Conservatory.
Tamarkin, 47, taught for three seasons at the South Carolina Conductors Institute and completed an appointment as visiting associate professor of orchestral studies at the University of Minnesota in 1998.
In 1988, composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein described Tamarkin as “extremely musical, a vivid personality and a strong performer.” At the time, Tamarkin was a participant in the American Conductor Program with Bernstein and was chosen to lead the Chicago Symphony in a performance of Strauss' Don Juan.
Tamarkin’s conducting career includes a 1991 command performance for the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II in Dallas, Texas, that featured prominent Dallas-area arts groups of musicians, dancers and singers. Her guest conducting credits include engagements with the symphonies of Chicago, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Phoenix, Tucson, San Diego, St. Louis, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Billings, Fresno and New
Prior to her tenure with the Monterey Symphony, Tamarkin was associate conductor of
the Dallas Symphony from 1989 to 1994 and music director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra from 1991 to 1999. Last season marked her 10th and final season with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra.
Tamarkin earned a bachelor’s degree in music education, magna cum laude, from Chapman University, a master’s degree in music from Northwestern University and a
doctorate of musical arts from the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
Catholic University’s music department — established in 1950 — became the School of Music in 1965. Named the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music in the spring of 1984 in honor of alumnus and longtime benefactor, the late Benjamin T. Rome, the school is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools and Music and is the only university school of music in Washington, D.C.
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