Congratulations to Jiaqi (Kevin) Zhao for being named "Honorable Mention Prizewinner" (4th Place) at the 5th Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition held in
Two U of I saxophone alums and one incoming saxophone DMA student are members of the Fuego Saxophone Quartet from Eastman that are Wind Division Gold Medal Winners in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition this past week.
DMA candidate Mickey Chien has won 1st prize in the 14th Southern Illinois Young Artist Competition, held at Edwardsville, IL, April 22nd.
Competitors came from several other major schools of music located across the midwest.
Two School of Music graduate students have won competitive travel grants from the Graduate College: Jonathan Smith (Musicology) won a Dissertation Travel Grant for his research, "Sacred Harp, Space, and the Imaginary"; Andrew Rodriguez (Composition) won a Master’s Travel Grant to work with the L
Pianist and doctoral student Moye Chen has been signed to Universal on the Decca Classics label.
Baritone Timothy Renner (DMA candidate), has been accepted at The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where he will appear in the role of Rigoletto in November, and as The Demon in Rubinstein's opera of the same name in the spring.
The New York-based contemprary music ensemble Mise-En will feature works by composer John Nichols (DMA, 2016) in their upcoming July 15 concert.
Chia-Ying Chan has recently been named a first prize winner of the International Music Salzburg Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition, which includes an opportunity to perform at the Wiener Saal Mozarteum in July.