By Lori Gottula
Falls City native and FCHS alum David von Behren graduated with academic honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) on May 20th, with a Bachelor of Music double major in Organ Performance, and Music Theory. During graduation, he was awarded the Henry Fusner prize for outstanding achievement, and played the Graduation Recessional for the 2017 CIM commencement ceremony.
This fall, David will begin his graduate studies at the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music, on a full scholarship and stipend. Yale required a pre-screening round of more than 150 applicants. The second round consisted of approximately 30 candidates who were invited to New Haven, Connecticut to audition live before a committee of judges. Each candidate also had to complete an interview and a written exam. Of the 30 invited to campus, five were selected for admission into Yale’s Master of Music Program in Organ Performance and Sacred Music. David was one of them.
David was also offered a full-ride to The Juilliard School in New York City, and received offers at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music, as well.
Saturday, June 3, David will perform an organ concert at St. Benedict’s Abbey, 1020 North 2nd Street, Atchison, Kansas. The concert will begin at 3:00 p.m., and video projection will be made available so the audience can see David up close throughout the performance.
Most recently, David performed at St. Thomas Church 5th Avenue, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (both in New York City), the Oregon Bach Festival (Eugene, Oregon), and Severance Hall (Cleveland, Ohio) where he was featured with the Cleveland Institute of Music orchestra. His schedule this summer includes performances in England and Boston.
Also this summer, David will be teaching children at his Little Stars Summer Music Program. This program is in its fifth year and is geared toward students ages 3-6 and 7-11. Sessions are scheduled for June 26 – June 30, July 3 – July 8, and July 18 – 22. The music curriculum covered within the five days of each session varies from week to week, but will include the following: short private and group lessons on piano and stringed instruments, fundamentals of music theory, exposure to classical music and various composers, basic Dalcroze Eurhythmics (study of music and movement), introductions to new musical instruments, and singing.
See www.davidvonbehren.com for other upcoming concerts, information about the Little Stars Summer Music Program, and other news.
Pictured Above: Representatives of the Cleveland Institute of Music Piano Faculty. From left: Elizabeth DeMio, David von Behren, and Gerardo Teissionniére.