The 2016 School of Music, Theatre & Dance Concerto Competition winners have been announced. The winners in the undergraduate category are:
Aaron Kurz (BM '17, piano) performing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto no. 3 in D Minor, op. 30. Kurz's studio instructor is Logan Skelton and he holds an undergrad merit scholarship.
Daniel Fendrick (BM '17, bassoon), performing Birsch's Concertino pour basson et orchestre. Fendrick's studio instructor is Jeffrey Lyman and he holds a scholarship through the Maurice and Evangeline Dumesnil Endowed Scholarship Fund.
In the graduate student category, the winners are:
Tzu-Yin Huang (DMA pre-candidate '17, piano), performing Barber's Piano Concerto, op. 38. Huang's studio instructor is Louis Nagel and she is the recipient of a Rackham Block Grant.
Kaswanna Kanyinda (MM '16, voice), performing Mahler's Rüchert-Lieder. Kanyinda's studio instructor is George Shirley and she holds the Virginia Stevenson Friends of Opera Scholarship.
The competitions took place during the first week of January at Hill Auditorium. Each of the winners will perform their competition piece with one of the School's orchestras in an upcoming SMTD concert at Hill. Details will be available soon on the Calendar of Events. Congratulations to the winners!