KU News Release

April 7, 2011
Contact: Erin Curtis-Dierks, School of Music, 785-864-9742

Clarinet student performs in Holland to raise money for Dutch Council for Refugees

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LAWRENCE — Eric Umble, a music student at the University of Kansas, recently traveled to Holland to perform and raise money for Dutch refugees.

Umble, a sophomore studying clarinet performance with professor Stephanie Zelnick, traveled with two musicians from the ArtEZ Conservatory in the Netherlands: Aida Boiesan (violin) and Irina Rozhneva (piano). The students performed various works to raise money for the Dutch Council for Refugees, an independent, non-governmental organization founded in 1979 to support the rights of refugees in the Netherlands. Umble’s trip was funded in part by the KU School of Music Student Opportunity Fund.

“We believe the work the Dutch Council for Refugees does is extremely important,” said Umble. “The council helps ease the stresses of refugee displacement and helps them integrate into Dutch society.”

The concert took place on March 25 at the Mac Berlijn in Enschede, Netherlands. The group performed the Milhaud Suite for clarinet, violin and piano, Hindemith Duet for clarinet and violin, Bartok Romanian Folk Dances for violin and piano, and Chausson Andante et Allegro for clarinet and piano. Boiesan premiered a work Umble wrote for her called “For Aida” on violin and piano. The students were coached by music faculty from the ArtEZ Conservatory.

Umble began his musical studies at the Lancaster (Pa.) Conservatory of Music with Janine Thomas. He has appeared with ensembles including the Franklin and Marshall College Philharmonia, the Rocky Ridge Music Center Festival Orchestra, the International Youth Wind Orchestra and the Heritage Philharmonic Orchestra. He has served as principal clarinet in both the KU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Umble also performs with the KU Helianthus Ensemble. Umble won first place in the Arapahoe Philharmonic Concerto Competition and was the winner of the KU Concerto Competition.

Umble is the son of Ron and Diane Umble of Lancaster, Pa. He is a graduate of Lancaster Mennonite School.

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