5 American musicians chosen for prestigious cultural exchange program with the Sarajevo Philharmonic, Bosnia
Five young American musicians have been selected from a national search to participate in the International Cultural Exchange for Classical Musicians. This program, sponsored by the
Bosnian Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is in its 5 year, and places talented young musicians in a 10 month residency performance program with the Sarajevo
Philharmonic, Bosnia. Each participant will receive free housing accommodations while they are in Bosnia, sponsored by the Bosnian Minister of Culture, as well as a living stipend from the
The musicians selected to participate for the 2015-2016 season are: Jessica Goldbaum, Bassoon, from Houston, Texas; Carrie Rexroat, French Horn, from Los Angeles, California;
Magdalene Rickard, French Horn, from Denver, Colorado; Cathy Schule, Trombone, from Los Angeles, California; and Erin Morse, Viola, from Dallas, Texas. These musicians will
perform in symphonic, opera, and ballet concerts from September 2015 through July 2016. The mission of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences is to
provide connections between Bosnian-Herzegovinian and scientists, musicians, artists, and professionals in North America to build bridges of cooperation between our countries. The
Academy promotes the spirit of intellectual diversity and free exchange of ideas in the belief that knowledge is shareable wealth.
The Sarajevo Philharmonic was founded in 1923 and has played an important role in shaping the musical life of Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Sarajevo Philarmonic is a fulltime
orchestra that currently performs in the National Theatre in Sarajevo and tours throughout the region.
The Sarajevo Philharmonic operated without interruptions throughout the siege of Sarajevo from 1993-1995. Although Sarajevo was exposed to daily bombardment from the surrounding
hills which killed over 10,000 of its citizens, the Philharmonic held nine concerts in the 1993-1994 season, 21 concerts in the 1994-1995 season, and 41 concerts in the 1995-1996 season.
Out of those 41 concerts, 10 were held prior to November 1995, when the Dayton Peace Agreement was signed. The Philharmonic lost two musicians during the siege.
The International Cultural Exchange Program for Classical Musicians starts in September 2015 and the participants will return to the United States in July 2016. Selection of the musicians was
done by Conductor and Artistic Director of the Cultural Exchange Program, Diane Wittry; Samra Gulamovic, Director and Conductor of the Sarajevo Philharmonic; and Eldin E.
Karaikovic, BHAAAS Cultural Exchange Program Project Director. The applicants submitted copies of their performance resumes and unedited DVDs of their playing. The applicants also
included a short video about why they wanted to participate in the program. Below are their biographies and photos.
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Introducing our 2015-16 participants – press release