Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Music students win accolades

Riona Ryan, Thanasi Pantazides, Sam Hoch and Cynthia Heck, all seniors in the music program have won awards in two different Minnesota music competitions.

Riona Ryan has won the Eric Stokes Song Contest. She will receive a cash prize and a performance of her piece in March by the Zeitgeist New Music Ensemble. The contest was developed to encourage and celebrate amateur music-making and attracts 50 to 70 entries per year. Entrants have ranged in age from four to 89 and are judged in two categories, youth (up to age 17) and adult.
Thanasi Pantazides, Sam Hoch and Cynthia Heck are three of only five composer finalists in the Minnesota Varsity Competition, sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio. They will each receive a video focus on the MPR website. Their compositions will be read along with the two other finalists in February. Two winners will be featured in a live on-air concert  from the Fitzgerald Theatre April 19. Winners also receive scholarships of $4000 to certain schools. Minnesota Varsity showcases the top high school musical talent from MPR’s broadcast area. 
Congratulations to our terrific music students!

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