MM candidate Tian Lu, a student of Boris Slutsky, won co-silver medal at the 55th World Piano Competition in Cinncinatti, Ohio.
Sylvia Reynolds Eckes (BM ’68, Piano), a Sarasota resident and professor emerita of piano from Ohio University, was recently appointed Officer, Knight First Class, of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit and received the award from the Consul General of Norway, Jostein Mykletun in Tampa, Florida in July 2011. She received the Medal of St. Olav and a citation signed by King Harald V of Norway. A performer and researcher of the music of Edvard Grieg, Eckes was recognized for enhancing ties between the U.S. and Norway as a top-level performer and promoter of Grieg’s music.
Bomi Lim (GPD ’08, DMA ’11) has been appointed a full-time lecturer of music at Frostburg State University, Md.
Christa Bruce-Kotrc (MM ’74) has been appointed by Alaska Governor Sean Parnell to the Alaska Humanities Forum. The forum develops programs and projects, establishes policy, procures resources to support programs and projects, reviews grant proposals, and encourages public interest in the humanities.
Two students of Boris Slutsky have been chosen as semi-finalists of the 58th Annual Washington International Competition for Piano. Doctor of Musical Arts candidate Jee In Hwang and junior Sejoon Park will compete on May 27, starting at 9:00 am, at the Benjamin T. Rome Hall of the George Washington University, located at 801 22nd Street, NW, Washington D.C. The finals will take place on May 28, at 2:00 pm, at the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington. D.C. The semi-finals and finals are free and open to the public.