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Wake Forest University announces winners of musical competitions


March 8, 2007

Twenty-six Wake Forest University students competed in the 27th annual Christopher Giles and Lucille S. Harris Competitions in Musical Performance Feb. 24 at Wake Forest.  This year’s competition theme was “Music from 1901 to the Present.”

Five students competed in the piano competition. 

Sophomore Tommy Hough of Atlanta, Ga., won the first place, $500 Sinal Prize, which was donated by alumni and friends of the music department in honor of Paul Sinal.

Sophomore Ryan McCollum of Greensboro took the second place, $300 Marc and Kirk Elvy Prize, donated by Cecilia Wyatt in memory of her sons. 

Sophomore Christine Cooluris of Davis, Calif., received the $500 Ward Virts Prize for Pianistic Expressiveness, an award given in memory of a former competition winner by his parents.

Twenty-one other students competed in the open competition by performing selections of their choice. 

Junior tenor Ernest Lewis Jr. of Graham won the first place, $500 Joseph Pleasant and Marguerite Nutt Sloan Award. 

Junior soprano Johanna Young of Fayetteville was awarded the second place, $400 Patricia Sloan Mize Award.

Freshman violinist Elizabeth F. Martin of Winston-Salem took the third place $300 prize.

Senior saxophonist Kristen Settlemire of Dallas, Ga., and senior Amanda Sollars of Houston, Texas, both received fourth place, $200 prizes each.

Established by Paul and Sara Sinal, the music competitions honor Christopher Giles, who taught piano at Wake Forest for 37 years before his death in 1996.  The contest also honors retired Wake Forest piano instructor Lucille S. Harris.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237


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(336) 758-5237


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