Nov. 24, 2004

Contact: Becca Ramspott, School of Fine Arts, (785) 864-5567.

KU students sweep Kansas Music Teachers Association competition

WICHITA -- Students from the University of Kansas Department of Music and Dance won first place in all three categories at the recent Kansas Music Teachers Association Honors Auditions and two more students won divisions to qualify for the regional competition next year.

Auditions were offered in the areas of piano, strings and voice, in three levels: “Freshman/Sophomore,” “Junior/Senior” and “Graduate.” KU winners are:

• Eunmee Song, a freshman piano major who studies with Richard Reber, professor of piano, won at the freshman/sophomore level for a performance of Beethoven's "Sonata, Op. 2, No. 2" and Schumann's "Fantasy Op. 17 - 1st movement." Song, a native of South Korea, graduated from Sunhwa Arts High School and is the daughter of Kwangwon Song and Soonhee Park.

• Hae-ju Choi, a junior who studies with Jack Winerock, professor of piano, won at the junior/senior level for a performance of Beethoven's “Sonata Op. 53 - 1st movement” and Rachmaninoff's “Etude-Tableaux, Op. 39, No. 1.” Choi grew up in South Korea and graduated from Inhwa Women's High School. She is the daughter of Young Jin Choi and Kyungsook Hong.

• Kai I Tien, another Reber student who is completing her doctoral degree in piano performance, won first place in the graduate division for her performance of Beethoven's “Sonata, Op. 31, No. 3” and Liszt's “Rigoletto Paraphrase de Concert.” She is the daughter of Ping-Hsin Chen and Mao-Cheng Tien, and she graduated from Tainan Girls Senior High School in Taiwan.

Other winners include:

• Michael Kirkendoll, a first-year doctoral student from Andover who studies with Winerock, won the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Piano Division and qualified to compete in the regional MTNA competition in January at the Lied Center. He performed the following selections: “Variations and Fugue Op. 35” by Beethoven; “Three Intermezzi, Op. 117” by Brahms; “Sonata I. X. 'From the Streets'” by Janacek; and “Suicide in an Airplane” by Ornstein. An Andover High School graduate, he is the son of Mike and Nancy Kirkendoll.

• Mary Fukushima, a Long Beach, Calif., first-year doctoral student in flute performance who studies with David Fedele, assistant professor of flute, won the MTNA Young Artist Woodwind Division. She also will compete in the regional MTNA competition. A Long Beach Polytechnic High School graduate, she is the daughter of Marie Spanier.


The MTNA student competitions are designed to encourage exceptionally talented young artists in the pursuit of musical excellence and to recognize outstanding achievement in the music teaching profession.

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