The following was submitted by Oberlin Conservatory of Music:
Earlier this fall, Oberlin Conservatory of Music announced a creative new program with a focus on music criticism, The Stephen and Cynthia Rubin Institute for Music Criticism. A biennial week- long event, the Institute aims to be a positive force in the art of writing and talking about music, as well as a catalyst in sparking dialogue on the topic. Today, David H. Stull, ’89 Dean of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, announced the names of the students, including resident Jacob Street, who have been selected to participate in the inaugural Rubin Institute this January 18 – 22, 2012. The students, known as Rubin Institute Fellows, will:
-attend all of the Institute’s events; -review each of the four consecutive concerts at Oberlin College’s Finney Chapel that comprise the
Institute’s performance component (January 18 – The Cleveland Orchestra; January 19 – pianist Jeremy Denk; January 20- baroque orchestra Apollo’s Fire; January 21 – renowned performers of new works, the International Contemporary Ensemble, who also give the world premiere of a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang);
-experience the reality of professional deadlines by having to submit their reviews by a specific time following each concert;
-have their work publicly and privately critiqued by the Institute’s Writers Panel (Alex Ross, New Yorker Magazine critic and author; Anne Midgette, Washington Post critic and author; Heidi Waleson, Wall Street Journal critic; Tim Page, Professor, Journalism and Music, USC and author, and Stephen Rubin, President and Publisher, Henry Holt & Co., benefactor of The Rubin Institute for Music Criticism);
-have their work read by a vast audience via the Institute’s website, -be considered for the $10,000 Rubin Prize in Music Criticism, to be awarded to one of the Fellows at the conclusion of The Rubin Institute.
In making the announcement, Dean Stull observed, “This is a terrific opportunity for Oberlin and I am very pleased to have such an extraordinary group students involved in the Rubin Institute. I am sincerely grateful to Brian Alegant for his work on this project, and to our fabulous colleagues in Cleveland, Don Rosenberg, Mike Telin, Daniel Hathaway, and Charles Michener for their excellent teaching and support. It promises to be an outstanding program in January.”
Selected to participate in the Institute by the teaching panel leading the Conservatory’s new fall course, Introduction to Music Criticism (Brian Alegant, Professor and Director of the Music Theory Division at the Oberlin Conservatory; Mike Telin ’84, Executive Editor, ClevelandClassical.com; Daniel Hathaway, Founder, ClevelandClassical.com, and Donald Rosenberg, journalist and President of the Music Critics Association of North America), the Rubin Fellows will also have spent two class sessions with guest speaker Charles Michener, author and former senior editor of The New Yorker.
Mr. Alegant added to Dean Stull’s congratulations, saying, “It's been thrilling to see the students' risk-taking growth, and achievement, throughout the semester. I am looking forward to seeing how they respond to challenges of the Institute, which is the ideal capstone for the course. This is indeed a terrific opportunity; I wish I had in my undergraduate years the opportunity to take such a course.”
Street graduated summa cum laude from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. As the organ scholar of the class of 2010, he studied with James David Christie. Street is pursuing a Master of Music in Historical Performance at Oberlin, where he has studied organ with Olivier Latry and James David Christie, harpsichord with Webb Wiggins, and clavichord with David Breitman. Currently, he holds the position of Minister of Music at Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Cleveland.