Release Date: March 6, 2008
Local students selected as finalists in music competition
Contact: Cheryl Anderson Brown, Assistant Director of Public Relations, 770-499-3417 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year's winners (from left) Ivana Sri,
Jessica Bradfield and Kelly Cato
KENNESAW, Ga.—Seven Kennesaw State University student musicians will compete in the 2008 KSU Concerto Competition finals at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25 in the concert hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. The winners will earn the high profile featured soloist positions with the KSU Orchestra for next season.
The Annual Concerto Competition allows KSU music students the opportunity to audition and perform as concerto soloists with the KSU Orchestra. This year, the students were evaluated in the semi-finals by invited judges Regina Zorn, Angelle Lawless and Paula Thomas-Lee.
The students selected to compete in the finals are:
Theresa Stephens of Kennesaw, who is working toward a bachelor’s degree in performance, studies clarinet with artist-in-residence Ted Gurch. She will perform “Premiere Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra” by Claude Debussy.
Nicholas Morrett of Marietta, who is working toward a bachelor’s degree in theatre and performance studies, is a baritone vocal student studying with artist-in-residence Eileen Moremen. He will sing the “Soliloquy” from the musical “Carousel” by Rogers and Hammerstein.
Brett Carson of Mount Airy, who is working toward a bachelor’s degree in piano, studies piano with Professor of Music David Watkins. He will perform Concerto No. 19 in F Major, K. 459 by Mozart.
Brandon McDaniel of Powder Springs, who is working toward a bachelor’s degree in music education, studies string bass with artist-in-residence Douglas Sommer. He will perform Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra by Serge Koussevitsky.
Michael Alcorn of Acworth, who is working toward a bachelor’s degree in performance, is a tenor student studying with artist-in-residence Valerie Walters. He will perform with Melissa Harris of Gainesville, who is also working toward a bachelor’s degree in performance and studies the horn with artist-in-residence Tom Witte. The duet will perform Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings by Benjamin Britten.
Brian Palat of Kennesaw, who is working toward a bachelor’s degree in music education, studies the marimba with lecturer John Lawless. He will perform Concerto No. 1 for Marimba and Orchestra, Movement 2 by Ney Rosauro.
The competition will take place on March 25 at 8 p.m. at the Bailey Performance Center. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.kennesaw.edu/arts or call the box office at 770-423-6650.
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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population exceeding 20,000 from 132 countries. The third largest state university out of 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia, KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.