Distinguished Music Alumna Sheila Johnson to Receive Honorary Degree
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.
The New York Times highlighted Tomeka Reid (DMA 2016) among leading women instrumentalists in jazz enjoying “a year of reckoning and recognition.”
Chen-Yu Huang appointed Principal Harp of Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
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. She is currently Assistant Professor of Harp at Michigan State University and on the harp faculty of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
A Krannert Debut Artist, she has also served as principal harpist of the Illinois Symphony since 2012, and tours regularly with her chamber ensemble, the Formosa Trio.
Chen-yu was a student of Prof. Ann Yeung.
Alumnus Dean Westman Elected to BOA Hall of Fame
Dean Westman is Performing Arts Department Chair and Director of Orchestras at Avon High School in Avon, Indiana. In the 11 years since Mr. Westman founded the program, the Avon Orchestras have performed at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, and will perform in Italy and Austria this June. The Avon Symphony Orchestra was the 2017 Indiana State School Music Association State Runner-up.
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.