GPD candidate Petrit Çeku, a student of Manuel Barrueco, won the 2011 Schadt String Competition for Classical Guitar in Allentown, Pa., on Mar. 7. He will perform on Mar. 10 and 11, 2012, with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. Benjamin Beirs (BM ’06, Guitar; MM ’07, Guitar Pedagogy; GPD ’09, Guitar) took second place. Judges for the competition were William Kanengiser, Sergio Assad, and Diane Wittry.
Freshman Jennifer Campbell won the Music Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Composition Competition in Delaware. Her composition for violin and piano, Only the Beginning, was also given an Honorable Mention at the MTNA Eastern Division level, which consisted of 13 states.
Junior Christian Kazmierski, in the studio of Stephen Wyrczynski, is a winner of the 2011 Durham Symphony Young Artists Competition. He performed the Walton Viola Concerto with the Durham Symphony Orchestra on March 6.
Rozanna’s Violins, founded by Rozanna Weinberger (BM ’77), was featured in in the March issue of Strings Magazine.
Pamela Hay (BM ’99, MM ’00) is on a national tour of Terrence McNally’s play Master Class, playing Sharon Graham, the leading Juilliard student, opposite Stephanie Beacham as Maria Callas. Hay made her BBC debut on Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2 and will be appearing in another broadcast to air on May 27. She will also be the featured soloist with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in June. Hay performed last summer in a production of Bohéme that has been nominated for an Olivier Award. This same production also won the What’s On Stage Award for Best Off-West End Production. Hay has a featured role in the upcoming Sherlock Holmes 2, directed by Guy Ritchie, with Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law.