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Wake Forest University announces winners of musical competitions


February 27, 2008

Twenty-seven Wake Forest University students competed in the 31st annual Christopher Giles and Lucille S. Harris Competitions in Musical Performance Feb. 23 at Wake Forest. 

Seventeen students competed in the open competition, which was open to all full-time undergraduate students who currently study applied music with a Wake Forest music department faculty member.  The theme for the open competition was “Music of the Americas.”

Senior soprano Nicole Murray of Greensboro won the first place, $500 Joseph Pleasant and Marguerite Nutt Sloan Award. 

Sophomore violinist Elizabeth Martin of Winston-Salem was awarded the second place, $400 Patricia Sloan Mize Award.

The third place $300 prize was awarded to senior soprano Rebecca Henriques of Key Biscayne, Fla.

Junior soprano Virginia Browne of Winston-Salem took the fourth place $200 award.

The $500 Award for Outstanding Performance by a Non-Music Major went to senior flutist Emily Sigler of Pittsford, N.Y.

Seven students competed in the piano competition with the theme “Music of the 19th Century.” 

Senior Evelyn Eisele of Denver, Colo., won the first place, $500 Sinal Prize, which was donated by alumni and friends of the music department in honor of Paul Sinal.

Senior Jason Paquette of Concord, N.H. took the second place, $300 Marc and Kirk Elvy Prize, donated by Cecilia Wyatt in memory of her sons. 

Sophomore Tommy Hough of Atlanta, Ga., received the $500 Ward Virts Prize for Pianistic Expressiveness, an award given in memory of a former competition winner by his parents.

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:

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(336) 758-5237


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