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2016 Concerto Competition Winners Announced


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!



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Musicology graduate student Elizabeth McLain has been awarded a prestigious Lurcy Fellowship for research in France during the 2014-2015 academic year.   03/14/2014

December 2013

SMTD students Zoe Kumagai, Stephanie Aboukasm, and Adam DesJardins are among students profiled in an LSA article about the "Michigan in Washington" program, in which students intern at various Washington, DC organizations and businesses, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center, and the Washington Performing Arts Society.    12/10/2013

October 2013
August 2013

Evan Zegiel, a sophomore who studies with Fritz Kaenzig, was the First Place winner in the Tuba Student division of the 2013 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium & Tuba Festival.     08/21/2013

July 2013

Professor Ashley Lucas and three Theatre & Drama students are engaged in an intensive exchange program with UniRio in Rio de Janiero, Brazil this summer, where they are blogging about their experiences in UniRio's prison arts program and more.   07/12/2013

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Concerto Competition winner Aaron Kurz performing with New Millennium Orchestra in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall in June 2015
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