- State: Ohio
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Rachel Calin and Owen Lee, bass faculty
- US News Ranking: #135 (tie) in National Universities
- US News Overall Score (out of 100): 40
- In-State Tuition & Fees 2016-17: $11,000
- Out-of-State Tuition & Fees 2016-17: $26,334
- Room & Board 2016-17: $10,964
- Total Enrollment: 36,087
- Acceptance Rate (from 2015): 76%
- Student – Faculty Ratio: 17:1
- 4 year graduation rate: 28%
- % of undergrads receiving Financial aid: 51%
- Average Financial Aid: $6,039
What Alumni Are Doing
- Jonathan McCullough-Benner (Milwaukee Symphony, 2016)
- PJ Cinque (San Diego Symphony, 2015)
- Kristen Bruya (Minnesota Orchestra, 2015)
- Travis Gore (Seattle Symphony, 2008)
- Daniel Pendley (Buffalo Philharmonic, 2007)
- Jason Schooler (Oregon Symphony, 1998)
About The Bass Faculty
Celebrated for her proficiency as both a pedagogue and a performer, Rachel Calin has been called “a lyrical soloist in command of her instrument,” by the New York Times. In 1994 she won the Juilliard Concerto Competition, making her concerto debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra. Subsequently, she has made concerto appearances with the Burlington Ensemble, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, and the Sejong Soloists.
Calin has dedicated herself to both teaching and chamber music. She is the longstanding sole bass faculty member at the Perlman Music Program, a program for exceptionally gifted pre-college aged musicians headed by Toby and Itzhak Perlman. She has also held faculty positions at Stony Brook University and the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University.
As a chamber musician, Calin has appeared in concert throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. She can be heard on NPR’s Performance Today, both in live and recorded broadcasts, and has collaborated with Myung-Wha Chung, Lawrence Dutton, Frank Huang, Ron Leonard, Itzhak Perlman and Gil Shaham, among others.
She has performed frequently with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, and has made appearances at the Aspen Music Festival, Live from Lincoln Center, Mostly Mozart, and Ravinia. Calin can also be heard on numerous movie and commercial soundtracks, including The Departed and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. She has given the world premieres of works by composers such as Lera Auerbach and D. Edward Davis, and has performed with many contemporary music ensembles including Sequitur, Composers Concordance and Metropolis Ensemble.
Calin received a BM and MM from the Juilliard School, where she studied with both Homer Mensch and Eugene Levinson. In addition to Juilliard, she also trained with Jeff Bradetich, Paul Ellison and Denise Searfoss. She was the recipient of an instrument loan from the Karr Foundation, and currently performs on a double bass crafted by Carlo Giuseppe Testore in 1690.
Described as “a true virtuoso” by legendary pianist Gary Graffman and praised by the New York Times for his “deft and virtuosic solo performance” at his New York debut at Alice Tully Hall, double bassist Owen Lee has earned acclaim as a soloist, chamber musician and since 1996, at the age of 26, as Principal Bass of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Lee is heard regularly as a soloist with orchestras including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Paavo Jarvi and Jesus Lopez-Cobos, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under John Harbison, and the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson-Thomas in Miami and on tour to New York’s Lincoln Center. In March 2007, Mr. Lee, conductor Olari Elts and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (which co-commissioned the work along with the International Society of Bassists Consortium) performed the world premier of the “Soloist Tuning” version of John Harbison’s 2005 Bass Concerto.
Mr. Lee’s prizes in competitions include First Prize at the 1995 International Society of Bassists Competition and Fourth Prize at the 1992 Irving M. Klein International String Competition in San Francisco. He has been presented in recitals throughout the United States and in Geneva.
Mr. Lee has recorded the Misek Sonata No.2 and Bach Suites No.3 and No.5 for Boston Records. American Record Guide praised this disc for its “tasteful phrasing, polish and verve” while The Strad wrote “Owen Lee is a fine player with strong musical ideas. A dark and austere sound is produced for Suite No.5 and the architecture of each suite is carefully considered and shaped. I look forward to his next recording.”
Mr. Lee’s extensive international chamber music experience includes three summers as the bassist of the Marlboro Festival. While there, he performed extensively with such artists as Richard Stoltzman, Midori, Nobuko Imai, Bruno Canino, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and members of the Beaux Arts Trio, Guarneri Quartet and Juilliard Quartet. He also collaborated with composers Gyorgy Kurtag, Leon Kirchner and Richard Danielpour preparing performances of those composers’ works.
Mr. Lee has also performed with the Tokyo String Quartet on tour to Mexico, the Miami and Miro Quartets, John Browning, Anne-Marie McDermott, Jaime Laredo, Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom, Peter Wiley, Eugenia Zukerman, the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival, Ojai California Festival, Chamber Music L.A. Festival, and on tour throughout China. With the Rossetti String Quartet he performed the world premier of Melinda Wagner’s Concertino at the 2005 Bravo! Vail Festival.
In Spring 2007, Mr. Lee was profiled in a cover story in England’s Double Bassist magazine.
Mr. Lee was born in Berkeley, California to Chinese parents. He began playing double bass at age 15 after previous study of piano and bass guitar. A graduate of the University of Southern California, where he studied both Music and Russian Literature, Mr. Lee’s principal teachers were Dennis Trembly, Edwin Barker and Paul Ellison.
In addition to his performing career, Mr. Lee teaches at Northern Kentucky University and has taught master classes at Curtis, Juilliard, Yale, New World Symphony and Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts. In addition to his position with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Lee serves as Co-Principal Bass of the Shanghai Festival Orchestra, and has served as Guest Principal Bass of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. During the summer of 2007, he performed the complete cycle of Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies with Paavo Jarvi and The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen at Montreal’s Lanaudiere Festival, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival and New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival.
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