Congratulations to Stephen Clayton, student of Dr. Brad Palmer, who was one of three contestants to advance to the final round of the Edward Kleinhammer Orchestral Bass Trombone Competition, sponsored by the International Trombone Association.
Congratulations to Traian Sturza, Woodruff Scholar and bassoon student of Dr. Stephanie Patterson, who won 2nd place in the Leitzinger Competition at Bard College in New York statein January. He will return to Bard to perform the Weber Concerto with the Bard Symphony. Traian also placed third recently in the Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition in Golden, CO. Started in 1959, this one-day competition has evolved into a gathering of international musicians competing for substantial cash awards.
Congratulations to Amy Melton, HonorsMusicEducation major and senior horn student of Dr. Natalie Higgins, who has been selected as Columbus State University's 2016 representative at the University System of Georgia's Academic Recognition Day. Created in 1987, Academic Recognition Day celebrates the individual academic achievements of outstanding scholars in the University System.
Two of Sergiu Schwartz's violin students placed First and Second at the Young Artists Competition of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra. The competition was held February 4 on the campus of LaGrange College, with participants from Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee.
The Dorothy Allen Turner Award for First Place went to his private student, 15-year violinist Richard Cho from Alpharetta, GA. Richard, who performed the Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No. 5, received $1,500 and a solo engagement with LaGrange Symphony during the 2017-2018 season.
The Max Kaplan Award for Second Place went to his CSU graduate student Weiru Sheng, who received a $1,000 cash award. In addition, Weiru placed Alternate at the recent MTNA Southern Division - Young Artist String Performance Competition, held January 14 at University of South Carolina School of Music in Columbia, SC.
Allen Yueh, graduate piano student of Alexander Kobrin, won the 9-state Southern Division of the MTNA Young Artist Competition. He will compete against six other regional winners at the national convention of the Music Teachers National Association, to be held in Baltimore, MD.
Congratulations to Victor Hernandez, student of Dr. Andree Martin, who was named a winner in the American Protege Woodwinds and Brass Competition. As a winner, he will perform in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on April 22. A complete list of winners can be found at http://www.americanprotege.com/wb/
Ying Xu, a second-year guitar student of Dr. Andrew Zohn, has won First Prize in the Mississippi Guitar Festival Competition. Held November 11-12 at Belhaven University, the annual event includes competitions, lectures, master classes and concerts offered for the enrichment of enthusiasts, professionals and students of the classical guitar. Congratulations, Ying!