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Release: April 19, 2002

School of Music will honor outstanding students and retiring faculty May 2

The University of Iowa School of Music will honor students who have received named scholarships for the 2001-02 academic year, along with the retiring faculty members and graduating students from the same period, at its annual Honors Concert, at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 2 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The concert is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Mark Weiger, associate director of the School of Music and the coordinator of the Honors Concert, commented, “It's a great pleasure for us to provide a showcase for our outstanding students. It’s an opportunity to recognize the great contributions they make to the school, to share their talents with the public, and at the same time to provide them with another step toward their development as professional musicians.”

The concert program will feature the two student concerto competition winners: Joan Blazich, a winner in the 2001-2002 All-University Concerto/Aria Competition, will play Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with the University Chamber Orchestra, conducted by UI graduate student Lucia Matos; and Tim Owen, a winner in the Band Concerto Competition, will perform the last movement of Robert Muczynski’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Band, with the Concert Band conducted by faculty member Kevin Kastens.

The band will also play “Cyrus the Great,” a circus march by Iowan Karl L. King, and Morton Gould’s “Jericho Rhapsody,” a musical setting of the familiar Old Testament story of Joshua at Jericho.

Faculty members who are retiring at the end of the current academic year are Richard Bloesch in choral conducting; Lowell Cross with the UI Recording Studios; Kenneth Phillips in music education; and Carole Thomas in piano. They will be honored by Weiger and School of Music Director Kristin Thelander.

Blazich is currently pursuing a master’s degree as a student of Maurita Murphy Mead while serving as a performance associate with the UI Center for New Music. Blazich was first prize winner in the 2002 James F. Jakobsen Graduate Forum Humanities Division for research papers, and won first prize in the 1997 Durham Symphony Young Artists Concerto Competition. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a bachelor’s degree with honors. Her principal teachers include Mead and Donald Oehler.

Lucia Matos was born in Ourinhos, S.P, Brazil. She received a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Campinas, Brazil. From 1997 to 1998 she worked as assistant conductor at the Campinas Symphony Orchestra and University of Campinas Symphony Orchestra. In 1998 she was awarded with a Brazilian scholarship from CAPES for continuing her studies. She received a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the UI, and she is currently completing the requirements for a doctorate as a student of UI Symphony conductor William LaRue Jones. She has conducted the Des Moines Symphony, Americana Symphony and Campinas Symphony Orchestra.

Owen is a doctoral degree candidate in saxophone performance. Before coming to Iowa he performed and taught actively in Utah while studying at Brigham Young University, where he earned both bachelor's and master's degrees. He has also performed at numerous conventions and other venues in Eastern Asia and the former Soviet Union, as well as the eastern United States.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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