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Jazz Student Wins Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition

 04/19/2013

Alekos Syropoulos, a senior saxophonist in the Department of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation, was named one of 11 winners in the Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) in 2013. "Alekos submitted not only his fabulous playing but also his highly imaginative compositions," said Andrew Bishop, assistant professor of jazz and contemporary improvisation. "He has been an amazing student and a wonderful contributor to our department and school."

The Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program (YYPA) recognizes outstanding young musicians from the worlds of classical, jazz, and contemporary music. Winners of the competition are invited to attend an all expense paid weekend awards ceremony at the Music for AllTM Summer Symposium; receive a once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunity in front of thousands of students with national press coverage; receive a recording and photos of their live performance; and participate in professional workshops and clinics designed to launch a professional music career. Winners also enjoy many of the privileges of a Yamaha artist, including services and communication with Yamaha's artist relations department.

 

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