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Orchestra and conductor are semi-finalists for the 2016 American Prize

November 2016
The Miami University Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ricardo Averbach became semi-finalists for the 2016 American Prize, in two separate categories: best orchestra, college level and best orchestra conductor, college level.

The American Prize is a set of annual nonprofit national competitions in the performing arts which recognizes and rewards commercial and noncommercial recorded performances of classical music in the United States based on submitted applications. There is no live competition. The award is bestowed at professional, college/university, community and high school levels in composition, piano, voice, chamber music, conducting, ensemble performance and in a number of other areas. The jury consists of well known performing artists in each area, with the conductor and composer David Katz serving as chief judge.

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Orchestra celebrates 100th anniversary

October 13, 2015
One hundred years of the Miami University Symphony Orchestra. Fifty years of The Sound of Music. Twenty years of Global Rhythms.

On Oct. 17, all three anniversaries will be celebrated in Hall Auditorium by more than 300 musicians and dancers — many of them international artists, all of them performing music from across the world.

Tickets were sold out 10 days before the show.

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Concerto competition winners to take center stage at orchestra concert

May 5, 2014
Imagine the sound of dozens of pristine musical instruments echoing off the illustrious Hall Auditorium ceiling: it’s a listening experience that puts those $10 headphones from Walmart to shame.

You can hear the difference for yourself on 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Miami University Symphony Orchestra’s final concert of the year.

This concert has a few unique offerings, Director of Orchestral Studies and conductor Ricardo Averbach said. Along with being dedicated to the centennial of one of the greatest bass singers of all time, the Bulgarian Boris Christoff, the concert will showcase the talents of three Miami students.

These students won the university-wide concerto competition in November, in which they are required to perform concertos by memory.

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Symphony honors the legacy of journalist

October 8, 2013
The Miami University Symphony Orchestra is preparing for an incredibly meaningful concert Wednesday. Performing two of the greatest classical compositions ever created, the orchestra will make music with Bruce Murray, the Music Department chair and the concert’s soloist, for a worthy cause. The concert is part of the 2013 Daniel Pearl World Music Days series in which artists from across the globe seek to dispel hatred and violence through the unity of music. The concert will also serve as a way to express the talent and dedication of the Miami University Music Department, the only one of its kind in the nation to have two orchestras as finalists in the American Prize for Classical Music awards. Through the themes of unity, tolerance and acceptance, the music of the Symphony Orchestra will spread a message to audiences that not even words can fully convey.

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Music Ensembles to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Jan 31, 2012 - Oct 7, 2012

Oxford - Miami University's music ensembles take the stage in fall 2012 at one of the most prestigious venues in the world - Carnegie Hall. It is expected that 350 students will participate, with students from virtually all-academic majors represented.

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MUSO celebrates year's end with GMYS

April 19, 2011

Oxford - The Miami University Symphony Orchestra (MUSO) invited the Great Miami Youth Symphony over to Miami University-Oxford for an hour of joint music making and a bit of pizza on Monday, April 18.

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MUSO hosts regional conference of CODA

From the Miam University Department of Music Web Site
February 24, 2011
The Miami University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Ricardo Averbach, was in the spotlight February 19-20 as the host orchestra for the 2011 regional conference of the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) held on the MU-Oxford campus.

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MUSO to collaborate with Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony

September 10, 2010
The Miami University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ricardo Averbach, will give a joint performance with the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Paul Stanbery, at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, in Hall Auditorium. This is the first time that the Miami University Symphony Orchestra combines with a professional orchestra for a concert.

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Averbach awarded honor diploma

(From the Miami University e-report, 9/2/2010) - Ricardo Averbach, associate professor of music and director of orchestral studies at Miami University, was awarded the First Honor Diploma at this year's Masterplayers International Music Competition.

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OCO takes 2nd prize in American Prize Competition

Oxford - The Oxford Chamber Orchestra (OCO), under the direction of Ricardo Averbach, and consisting of students and faculty at Miami University, has taken second place in the American Prize Competition, it was announced this week by the event's leadership.

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Averbach wins major conducting prize

July 13, 2010
Oxford - Maestro Ricardo Averbach, director of orchestral studies at Miami University and president of the College Orchestra Directors Association, Northeast division, has won The American Prize in Conducting in the college/university orchestra division. Averbach, at Miami since 2002, conducts the Miami University Symphony Orchestra and the Oxford Chamber Orchestra. He was one of 19 finalists for the prize.

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