2012-2013 Concerto Competition Winners named

Oxford - A pianist, clarinetist, and vocalist were chosen on Tuesday, November 27 as the winners in the final round of the 2012-2013 Music Department Concerto Competition held in Souers Recital Hall in the Center for Performing Arts.

Graduate students Chyh Shen Low, piano, Kristen Whalen, soprano, and junior clarinet major Sheridan Monroe competed with a field of eleven finalists for the honor of performing with the Miami University Symphony Orchestra (MUSO). Two honorable mentions were given to violinist Phoenix Deng and pianist Ryan Hamilton.

Chyh Shen Low performed the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, while Sheridan Monroe performed Clarinettino by Ondrej Kukal and Kristen Whalen sang three songs by Richard Strauss.

Judges for the finals included Paul Stanbury, conductor of the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, and pianist Michael Chertock both of whom expressed being very impressed with the level of performance, saying that “some of these folks don’t know how really good they are.”

“I am so very proud of our students,” said MUSO conductor Ricardo Averbach, host of the event. "All the candidates without exception performed very well and I know that the decisions were very difficult ones for the judges. They were very impressed by the maturity and musical depth of the winners, with particular sensitivity to strong personalities and artistic convictions in their performances."The eleven finalists were chosen through first-round competitions in each of the music department’s performance divisions.

The concert slated to feature the three winners with the MUSO is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24 in Hall Auditorium.

Low is a student of Siok Lian Tan, Monroe of Michele Gingras and Whalen of Audrey Luna. All of the instructors are members of the Miami University Department of Music faculty.

Other students participating in the finals included clarinetist Christopher Rueda, oboist Luke Bryson, trombonist Brad Merriman, violist Brian Smith, pianist Joseph Dowling, and vocalist Marcus Simmons.

Miami University staff pianist Heather MacPhail accompanied all candidates but one for the competition.

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