USD music students earn honors

USD music students earn honors Several University of South Dakota students earned honors at the recent Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) annual Collegiate Artist Performance Competition. USD students won competitions in woodwind, brass, percussion and piano. Two other students were honored at the competition. One was named an alternate in the Collegiate Voice Competition and another received honorable mention in the Woodwind Competition.

Amalie Sanders, the daughter of Scott and Georgia Sanders of Alta, IA, won the Woodwind Competition. A student of Professor Kenneth Carroll, she is a saxophonist majoring in music education.

Valerie Mohring, the daughter of Mark and Karen Mohring of Sioux City, won the Brass Competition. A student of Professor Gary L. Reeves, she performs on the horn and is a music education major.

Brian Mann, the son of Roger and Wendy Mann of Waseca, MN, won the Percussion Competition. A student of Professor Sarah Smith, he is a music education major.

Eric Eichorst, the son of Fred and Linda Eichorst of Waseca, MN, won the Piano Competition. A student of Professor Susan Keith Gray, he is a music major in music education and piano performance.

Elizabeth Bennett, the daughter of Ray and Kathleen Bennett of Sioux City, was named the alternate in the Collegiate Voice Competition. She studies with professor Frank Aiello. Angie Miller, a clarinetist and student of Professor Deborah Check Reeves, earned honorable mention in the Woodwind Competition. She is the daughter of Richard Miller and Marjorie Clark of Blair, NE.

Competition winners and other honored performers do not receive cash awards. State winners advance to the regional competition, which will be held in January 1999 at Minot, North Dakota State University. Regional winners will advance to the national competition in March at Los Angeles, CA. Last year, USD students Matt Erickson and Gretchen Solbach Burbach advanced to the national competition. MTNA Collegiate Artist Performance Competition adjudicators are professional musicians/educators from the area.

For more information contact: professor Gary Reeves, (605) 677-5274.

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