Harpist Noël Wan wins Lyon & Healy Award
Justin Copeland Wins First Place Prize in the National Trumpet Competition (NTC) Jazz Division
Justin Copeland (DMA, Jazz Trumpet) placed first in the Yamaha Jazz Solo Division of the 2017 National Trumpet Competition. The competition took place at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado on March 23-25. Ten semifinalists were drawn from a nationwide search and competed for 3 finalist spots. The three finalists performed 3 selections of their choice with a professional rhythm section. Copeland performed Nardis by Miles Davis, Body and Soul by Johnny Green, and Au Privave by Charlie Parker.
Connor Frederick a Finalist in National Solo Jazz Trombone Competition
Connor Frederick (BM Jazz Trombone, Class of 2018) has been named a finalist for the 2017 National Solo Jazz Trombone competition. This competition is held annually at the American Trombone Workshop, sponsored by the US Army “Pershing’s Own” Band. Connor will compete against two other finalists in a "play-off" to be held at the American Trombone Workshop at Brucker Hall, Ft.
U of I Composer Awarded Honorable Mention at International Competition
Graduate composer Dennis Reyes was awarded honorable mention at the Viseu Rural 2.0 International Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art. Dennis’ electroacoustic piece, Superposition Phenomenon, was among over one hundred entries from around the world. Dennis’ composition will be performed at the Casa da Ribeira in Viseu.
Lishan Xue wins First Prize in Los Angeles Liszt International Piano Competition
Pianist Lishan Xue, doctoral student of Prof. William Heiles, has won first prize in her age division in the 2016 Los Angeles International Piano Competition. She also was awarded a special prize for the "Best Performance of a Hungarian Rhapsody."
Rocio Lima Guaman chosen to participate in the Global Leaders Program
Rocio Lima Guaman, a DMA student in Flute Performance, will be participating in the Global Leaders Program (Youth Orchestras of America) during 2016-17.
She is one of 30 exceptional musicians worldwide to have been given this opportunity, which will involve professional and academic training in Community Leadership, Teaching Artistry, and Social Entrepreneurship. Guidance will come from a faculty of industry leaders, and in a program that is overseen by Youth Orchestras of America, McGill University, and the University of Oxford.
Pianist Mickey Chien Wins the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition
Mickey Chien, has won the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. As a result, he has been invited to perform on a concert in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY on May 22, 2016.
Mickey is a student of Prof. Timothy Ehlen.