Zhen Piao Wins 2nd Place in International Organ Competition
Zhen Piao (AD in organ, 2017, and MM in piano) has won 2nd prize in the Shanghai International Organ Competition. The Competition took place September 14-15, 2017 at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center. Zhen was one of six finalists from five countries.
Reported to be the first international organ competition in China, the Competition was held as part of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music's International Organ Festival. Finalists perfomed on one of the largest organs in China: a 5-manual, 88-rank Rieger instrument.
Flutist Pauline Jung Places 3rd in National Competition
Pauline Jung, MM 2017, recently placed 3rd in the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition. As the world's most prestigious annually recurring competition for flute, Pauline excelled through three rounds of live auditions at the Minneapolis convention.
Illinois flutists Jenny Shin (DMA), and Dani Stevens (DMA) joined Pauline as 3 of the 15 quarterfinalists selected via recording.
Bravo to all for their significant accomplishments!
UI to be represented in Shanghai International Organ Competition
Zhen Piao, an artist diploma organ student of Dana Robinson, has been selected as one of six finalists in the First Shanghai Conservatory of Music International Organ Competition. He will perform in Shanghai, China, for the two final rounds of the competition on September 14-15, 2017.
Zhen was among 24 applicants from 9 different countries. Zhen holds the MM in piano from the University of Illinois, where he studied with William Heiles.
Thornton Miller among Fourteen Fulbright Awardees for Illinois
Thornton Miller, PhD Student in Musicology is among fourteen current students and recent alumni who have been awarded Fulbright grants for the coming academic year.
Thornton will travel to Russia to conduct research and teach.
Jazz Trombone Ensemble and Competition Finalist, Connor Frederick, perform at International Trombone Festival
This past February, it was announced that the U of I Jazz Trombone Ensemble, directed by Professor Jim Pugh, had been selected winners of the Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition, sponsored annually by the International Trombone Association.