Women's Advisory Board Scholarship Competition

Women's Advisory Board Scholarship Competition

Miranda Smith, junior percussion performance major, is the winner of the 2017 Women's Advisory Board Scholarship Competition. She and five other junior music majors competed in the annual competition on Monday, April 10, 2017. Smith will receive at $10,000 scholarship from the Women's Advisory Board.

Competing alongside Smith were classmates Susan Hepburn (soprano), Gabrielle Faetini (violin), Hoa Pham (piano), Kathryn Kratzenberg (alto), and Andrew Rozsas (alto saxophone).

Each of the six contestants played for a panel of three adjudicators, made up of members of the local music community. Kristen Linfante (Executive Director, Chamber Music Pittsburgh), Lindsey Nova (Executive Director, Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras), and Chaz Bowers (Music Director, St. Bernard's Church) evaluated each student's performance, ultimately deciding that Smith's warranted the win and the accompanying scholarship.

Seth Beckman, Dean of the Mary Pappert School of Music said, "Each year, we have exceptionally talented young musicians who compete for this honor, and it is always a very difficult decision for our judges. This year was no exception, and I congratulate all of our performers on their musicianship and talent."

Smith performed two short pieces on marimba (A Cricket Sang and Set the Sun by Blake Tyson, and the Prélude from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1) and one piece on timpani (Etude No. 50 by Richard Hochrainer).

Congratulations, Miranda!


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