2022 Women's Advisory Board Scholarship Competition Winner
On Tuesday, March 15, nine students from the Mary Pappert School of Music (MPSoM) competed in the annual Women's Advisory Board Scholarship Competition. Open to juniors with a 3.5 or higher GPA who are selected by their area's applied music faculty, the students perform for 10 minutes for a panel of judges from outside the School of Music for a $5,000 scholarship. The Women's Advisory Board has worked hard to raise funds in support of MPSoM students since 1980.
The winner chosen to receive the 2022 scholarship is saxophonist Jared Wolf. From the studio of Keith Young, he is pursuing a degree in classical saxophone performance at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University. Additionally, he is minoring in mathematics with a heavy focus on calculus. He is also a collaborative pianist, working both individually with vocalists and with the Opera Workshop. Jared's winning performance included music by Robert Muczynski and Ingolf Dahl, both American composers of the twentieth century.
Three distinguished guest judges were welcomed to PNC Recital Hall to adjudicate the performances. From the GRAMMY award-winning Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Anne Martindale Williams, Principal Cello, and Rebecca Cherian, Co-Principal Trombone, and from the Pittsburgh Opera, Associate Coach/Pianist James Lesniak lent us their ears Tuesday evening.
The eight other students whose performances were heard and considered were:
- Hao Chen, percussion - from the studios of John Soroka and Chris Allen
- Maria Constantine, piano - from the studio of David Allen Wehr
- Steven Goldbach, violin - from the studio of Rachel Stegeman
- Giulia Galante Golinelli, voice - from the studio of Xiu-ru Liu
- Alek Nielsen, horn - from the studio of Mark Houghton
- Jon Runion, trumpet - from the studio of Chad Winkler
- Nathan Sekela, voice - from the studio of Guenko Guechev
- Jacob Zang, guitar - from the studios of Mark Koch and Eric Susoeff
Our congratulations go to Jared and all the students who competed. We are proud of your hard work and your artistic accomplishments!
"We wish to offer our most heartfelt thanks to the Duquesne University Women's Advisory Board for their ongoing support of our students!" Dean David Allen Wehr shared. "The Women's Advisory Board has been such an important part of the fabric of our school for many years. Our students have benefited from their support since 1980, and I'm so pleased that they continue to underwrite the talent of our students."
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 8,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University’s academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim.
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