The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board recently awarded Justin Vickers (DMA '11) a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to conduct research at University of Surrey, Guildford, in the United Kingdom.
Debra Richtmeyer, Professor of Saxophone, recently served as a juror for the The Adolphe Sax International Saxophone Competition.
Alumnus Zhen Piao (AD, MM '17) has won First Prize in the Lynnwood Farnam Organ Competition. The international competition, sponsored by the Montreal Chapter of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, took place at May 18th at St. James United Church in Montreal.
Dr. Charles W. Lynch III joins Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and Arts School of Music faculty this year. Dr. Lynch also heads the Mesa Public Schools harp program as Harp Specialist.
Rocio Lima was recently appointed Principal Flute with Ecuador's Orquesta Sinfónica de Guayaquil. An Ecuadorian native, Rocio completed her Master of Music at the University of Illinois with Professor of Flute Jonathan Keeble where she currently studies as a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate.
Jennifer Kempe, an alumnae of the University of Illinois Horn Studio, has won a position with the U.S. Army Field Band following an audition this past February.
University of Illinois alumnus Ethan Scholl (MM '16) has recently auditioned for and won a position as bass trombonist in the United States Army Ceremonial Band in Washington DC.
The School of Music’s petition to recognize entrepreneur, film producer, and philanthropist Sheila Johnson (B.S. Music Education, 1970) with an honorary degree has been approved by the campus Academic Senate and awaits final approval by the Board of Trustees.
Chen-Yu Huang (DMA 2014) has been appointed principal harpist with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in Michigan, following a three-round audition in September.