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The Ohio University Lyric Duo

The Ohio University Lyric Duo features the collaborative talents of Alison Brown Sincoff, flute and piccolo, and Gail Berenson, piano. Faculty members at the Ohio University School of Music, they are highly recognized in their respective disciplines on both a national and international level. After numerous successful engagements, in 2004 Ms. Brown Sincoff and Ms. Berenson decided to officially form the Ohio University Lyric Duo, recognizing their mutual respect for each other’s musical contributions and the positive energy achieved in their performances together. Their travels have taken them throughout the United States. In addition to their recital performances, they are frequent master class and workshop presenters.

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About flutist, Alison Brown Sincoff

Alison Brown Sincoff, Associate Professor of Flute, joined the Ohio University faculty in 1997. She is a laureate of several national and international competitions, including first prize in the 1995 NFA Orchestral Excerpts Competition (Orlando); first prize in the 1996 National Flute Association’s Piccolo Artist Competition and third prize in the Young Artist Competition (New York). Ms. Brown Sincoff was also a semifinalist in the 1999 Myrna Brown Flute Competition (Dallas) and was one of only two Americans selected to participate in the 4th International Flute Competition held in Kobe, Japan.

As a chamber musician she frequently performs with colleague Gail Berenson (piano) as members of the Ohio University Lyric Duo. Additionally, Ms. Brown Sincoff has collaborated with the Eastman Conservatory’s Ying Quartet and recently traveled to Argentina to perform and present master classes as a part of a faculty exchange program with Ohio University and the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza and the Conservatorio Nacional de Música y Artes Escénicas of Buenos Aires. In 2003, Brown Sincoff was invited to perform George Crumb’s An Idyll for the Misbegotten for amplified flute and three percussion at the University of Dayton’s Contemporary Music Festival. George Crumb was the featured composer for the festival. Additional visiting artist appearances and residencies while at Ohio University have taken her to universities in the states of Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, Kansas, Maryland and Montana.

Ms. Brown Sincoff maintains frequent engagements as a substitute orchestral and chamber musician with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Society, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet, West Virginia Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Ohio Valley Symphony and the Richmond Symphony (IN). She was the Ohio University School of Music’s junior faculty nominee for the 2000 College of Fine Arts Outstanding Teaching Award and is featured soloist in an Ohio University Wind Ensemble CD recording of Henk Badings’ Concerto for Flute and Wind Ensemble.

Ms. Brown Sincoff has done doctoral study in flute performance at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and holds the Master of Music degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois. Her principal teachers include Bradley A. Garner, Jack Wellbaum, John Bailey, Alexander Murray, and her father, Robert H. Brown.


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