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CCM Conducting Alumni Receive Prestigious Award from the Solti Foundation

Two alumni of CCM's Orchestral Conducting program were among 11 musicians recently announced as recipients of the Solti Foundation's U.S. Career Assistance Awards, a grant prize given to help up-and-coming conductors further their careers.

Christopher G. Allen (MM Orchestral Conducting, 2011) and Stefano Sarzani (CCM 2012-13) join a group of only 46 conductors to receive this award since it was founded by the Solti Foundation in 2004.

As the foremost organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to helping young composers, the Solti Foundation is currently the only American organization to grant such awards annually.

CCM alumnus Christopher G. Allen.

Christopher G. Allen.

Both alumni are in high demand worldwide. Allen, who is currently the John L. Margo Resident Conductor for the Cincinnati Opera, is also the Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Opera.

His conducting credits include Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Santa Barbara Montana’s Intermountain Opera and South Korea’s Daegu Opera House and the Atlanta Symphony.

Along with the Solti prize, Allen was nominated as a finalist for the 2015 International Opera awards in London in the “Newcomer” category.

CCM alumnus Stefano Sarzani.

Stefano Sarzani.

Sarzani was recently been appointed Associate Conductor of the Des Moines Metro Opera for their Summer 2016 season.

His collaborations include the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra of Colorado, Atlanta and Sarasota Operas, and numerous orchestras in Italy including Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo and Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana.

A recent finalist for the New World Symphony’s 2015-16 conducting fellowship, he is also highly decorated from numerous competitions, most notably taking second prize in the American Prize competition in 2012.

Learn more about the 11 conductors awarded this year's Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award by visiting soltifoundation.us.
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Story by CCM graduate Kevin Norton (DMA Saxophone, 2015)

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