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Wake Forest announces winners of musical competitions


February 27, 2009

Thirty-six Wake Forest University students competed in the 32nd annual Christopher Giles and Lucille S. Harris Competitions in Musical Performance Feb. 21 at Wake Forest.Winners for the open and piano competitions were as follows:

Open Competition

  • Junior violinist Daniel Ruehr of Drexel Hill, Pa., won the first place, $500 Joseph Pleasant and Marguerite Nutt Sloan Award.
  • Freshman clarinetist John Jacob Eichhorn of Greensboro was awarded the second place, $400 Patricia Sloan Mize Award.
  • The third place, $300 prize was awarded to sophomore alto saxophonist Elizabeth Hartley of Winston-Salem.
  • Freshman guitarist John Kossler of Winston-Salem took the fourth place, $200 award.
  • The $500 Award for Outstanding Performance by a Non-Music Major went to sophomore clarinetist Andre Ta Nguyen of Raleigh.

Piano Competition

  • Senior Jason Paquette of Contoocook, N.H., won the first place, $500 Sinal Prize, which was donated by alumni and friends of the music department in honor of Paul Sinal.
  • Sophomore Tiancheng Phil You of Flushing, N.Y., took the second place, $300 Marc and Kirk Elvy Prize, donated by Cecilia Wyatt in memory of her sons.
  • Freshman Ilchan Fraser Song of Raleigh, 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, and retired Wake Forest piano instructor Lucille S. Harris.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


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