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On this page we will announce specials and detail about the Winterball weekend. Please check this page regularly as we will publish information as soon as available.


Calling all Fulbright Musicians! We are looking for any musically-inclined Fulbrighters to join us at the Winterball. Over the weekend, we hope to rehearse and then play in the evening a few songs (Star Spangled Banner, and 1 or 2 other pieces) at the Winter Ball. We are looking for both singers and musicians (A Steinway Grand Piano will be available at the event location). If you would like to participate, please contact Julia Anderlé de Sylor for further details.

**You do not have to be a professional musician--just a Fulbrighter with a passion for music!




The Mulert Award will be presented to Oksana Buzhdygan and her project “Environmental Education and Outreach for School-Age Students”. More information can be found here.




Sumi Kittelberger will sing us the following arias:

  • "Je veux vivre"  - Juliette - Romeo et Juliette (Gounod)
  • "O mio babbino caro" - Lauretta - Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)
  • "I feel pretty"  - Maria - West Side Story (Bernstein)

Sumi will be accompanied by Joe Nykiel at the piano.

Biography Sumi Kittelberger

Sumi Kittelberger, soprano
Sumi Kittelberger, soprano

The German soprano Sumi Kittelberger started her career as a member of the international opera studio at the Zürich Opera , where she worked with John E. Gardiner and Michael Pountney. From 2007 to 2012 she was a soloist at Lucerne Theater. Focussing on the high coloratura repertoire, her roles included Queen of the night (Die Zauberflöte), Sonnambula and Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann). In 2012 and 2013 she was working as a soloist at Theater St.Gallen where she sang Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Serpetta (La Finta Giardiniera) and Ciboletta (Eine Nacht in Venedig). Other engagements include the Staatstheater Kassel, Theater Ulm, Chamber Opera Frankfurt and Opera Theatre Connecticut.

As a concert singer she was invited to many festivals such as the Schwetzinger Festspiele and gave a concert at Carnegie Hall. In 2005 Sumi Kittelberger was one of sixteen singers invited to work with Naxos Records and Yale University in a collaborative project to record the complete songs of Charles Ives.

Sumi Kittelberger holds a diploma from the University of Music Karlsruhe (Roland Hermann) and a Masters degree from Yale University (Doris Yarick-Cross) and participated in master classes with Francisco Ariza, Edith Wiens, Hartmut Höll and Alan Held. Currently, she is working with Irina Gavrilovici (Vienna).

Mrs.Kittelberger was a Fulbright Scholar, Daad-Scholar and a member of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation).


Biography Joseph Nykiel

Joseph Nykiel was born and raised in the Chicago area. After completing a B.M. at Northwestern University and a M.M. at University of Illinois, his Fulbright scholarship sent him to the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg where he completed the Solistenexam in 1985 under Vitaly Margulis. He has since concentrated on the accompaniment and chamber music repertoire. Mr. Nykiel has recorded for the Südwestfunk and Schweizerrundfunk, including two CDs with oboist, Christian Schmitt. In 2001 he was awarded an accompanist’s prize for the Alexander Tansman Competition in Lodz, Poland. In addition to teaching piano, he works as an accompanist at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe. He plays regularly for music courses, festivals, and competitions in Germany, Switzerland, and France. Having now lived over half of his life in Germany, Mr. Nykiel volunteers for Freiburger Wahlkreis 100%, a political initiative working to gain communal voting rights for foreigners. It was recently awarded the Integration Prize of the city of Freiburg.

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