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Spring 2022 Awards Celebration

Congratulations to These Outstanding Students

Five awards were bestowed at the UofSC Awards Day on April 21, 2022 at the Colonial Life Arena.

Dana Crytser

Arthur M. Fraser Award

Dana Morgan Crytser

Bachelor of Music with emphasis in performance/chamber music / Graduating May 2022

The Arthur M. Fraser Award is presented to the most outstanding graduating senior in the Bachelor of Arts in Music or the Bachelor of Music programs with emphasis in performance, theory or composition. The award is given in memory of Dr. Arthur Fraser, chair of the department of music from 1963-1972, whose numerous contributions to music in our state included the founding of the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Sarah Cathcart

Robert Van Doren Award

Sarah Anna Cathcart

Bachelor of Music with emphasis in music education; Performance Certificate / Graduating May 2022

The Robert Van Doren Award is presented to the most outstanding graduating senior in the Bachelor of Music program with emphasis in music education. The award is given in honor of Dr. Van Doren, who served as professor of organ and coordinator of music education at UofSC from 1946–1978.

Madison Willard

Robert Pruzin Music Leadership Award

Madison Leigh Willard

Bachelor of Music with emphasis in performance/entrepreneurship / Graduating May 2022

The Robert Pruzin Music Leadership Award is given to the senior in the Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts programs who has demonstrated the most outstanding leadership skills in service, teaching, academic studies and/or music performance. The award is given in memory of Robert Pruzin, professor of horn from 1978-2013, and associate dean, director of undergraduate studies from 2003–2013.

Jesse Evan Winslow

Cantey Award for Excellence

Jesse Evan Winslow

Bachelor of Music with emphasis in performance

The Cantey Award for Excellence is presented to a rising senior music major who best exemplifies excellence in scholarship (as measured by grade point average), musicianship (as measured by significant contributions to UofSC music ensembles and performances) and service (as measured by participation in school, university, or civic organizations). 

Meghan Elise Cluskey

Presser Scholar Award

Meghan Elise Cluskey

Bachelor of Arts, Music and Broadcast Journalism; Performance Certificate; Minor in Music Industry Studies

The Presser Scholar Award is given by the Presser Foundation to recognize an outstanding music major at the end of his or her junior year. It is a prestigious award that recognizes not only the excellence of the student recipient but the music unit as well, since relatively few music schools across the nation are authorized to present the award.

The following awards were awarded at the School of Music annual Spring Awards Day Ceremony held on Friday, April 15, 2022.

Victoria Ashley Donaldson

Bachelor of Music with emphasis in performance/chamber music / Graduating May 2022

The LeDare Robinson Undergraduate Award for Academic Excellence is awarded to one undergraduate music major who demonstrates outstanding ability in the area of music history and/or theory. This award is given to the student who demonstrates great interest in the personal, political, and cultural history in which music exists and also an interest in understanding the personal languages of music expression. This student will have the ability to synthesize this knowledge into intelligent, informed class work, research projects and/or performances.

Rachelle Claudia Armstead

Master of Music with concentration in composition / Graduating May 2022

The LeDare Robinson Graduate Award for Academic Excellence is awarded to one graduate music major who demonstrates outstanding ability in the area of music history and/or theory. This award is given to the student who demonstrates great interest in the personal, political, and cultural history in which music exists and also an interest in understanding the personal languages of music expression. This student will have the ability to synthesize this knowledge into intelligent, informed classwork, research projects and/or performances.

James Harold Milvid

Bachelor of Science, Music Industry Studies

This award is significant because the fund that makes it possible was created by former students of Christopher Berg. This award is given annually to honor the undergraduate guitar student best exhibiting qualities of creativity, humility, perseverance, and improvement in their study of the guitar and musical performance.

This year, the award included a gift of a concert guitar built by luthier Germán Vazquez Rubio. This guitar was given to the guitar studio by Terri Fain and Douglas Anderton in 2020.

Adam Keller Beall

Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences / Graduating May 2022

Rose Marie DaGraca

Master of Music Education / Graduating May 2022

Zachary Flynn Ward

Bachelor of Music with concentration in performance

The Cello Fund Award was created by former students and "friends" of the UofSC cello program, honoring Robert Jesselson's 39 years of cello instruction. The fund is used to assist UofSC cello students in furthering their studies. The selection is made annually by the cello professor and the dean, based on the student's creativity, progress, initiative and/or for a specific project.

Evan Corey Farr

Master of Music with concentration in composition

The John Herr Award is awarded to an outstanding composition student for best achievement in writing original music. 

Madison Leigh Willard

Bachelor of Music with emphasis in performance/entrepreneurship / Graduating May 2022

Lia Alexandria Patterson Snead

Doctor of Musical Arts, Conducting 

The School of Music Social Justice Award was established in 2020 by the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee to recognize students who serve as an example to others through a commitment to diversity and social justice beyond the scope of their student responsibilities. Determination of the award will be based on contributions to the music community in the areas of diversity, interculturalism, and social justice. Contributions can include, but are not limited to, community engagement in diversity and equity dialogue, education, and programming; implemented projects and initiatives that foster diversity, inclusive access, and social justice; and examined and/or modified current practices and policies impacting the School of Music or University of South Carolina.

Catherine Elise Balsamo

Bachelor of Music with emphasis in performance/entrepreneurship / Graduating May 2022

This award is given to the graduating senior SAI member with the highest grade-point average. 

MacKenzie Layton Bewley

Bachelor of Science, Psychology / Graduating May 2022

This award is given to the member who has made significant contributions to her chapter and the School of Music. This recognizes a SAI member who has demonstrated outstanding musicianship, scholarship, and service to the local chapter.

Magellan Scholar

Dana Morgan Crytser

UofSC Columbia

Magellan Scholar, Summer-Fall 2021

Intersecting Musical Performance and Environmental Activism

Mentor: Jennifer Parker-Harley

The Magellan Scholar program was established in 2005 to enrich the academic experience of UofSC's undergraduates with research opportunities in all disciplines from science, technology, and medicine, to theatre, music, and art. Through the faculty mentoring relationship and professional research experience, students creatively explore their interests at a more in-depth level than can attained in the classroom. Research gives students a competitive edge in the job market and when applying for graduate or professional schools. More than $2 Million has been awarded directly to over UofSC undergraduates to undertake a vast array of mentored research experiences!

International Travel Grants

First prize:

Victoria Ashley Donaldson 

Bachelor of Music with emphasis in performance/chamber music / Graduating May 2022

Second prize:

Miguel Calleja Rodriguez

Doctor of Musical Arts, Performance

Third Prize:

Anna Elizabeth Klausi

Bachelor of Music with emphasis in music education; Performance Certificate

Fourth prizes:

Denise Ysabel Ellis

Doctor of Musical Arts, Conducting

JoAnn Lynn Hansen 

Master of Music, Performance

Fifth Prize

Joshua Jock McLane

Bachelor of Science, Music Industry Studies

Catherine Elise Balsamo

Bachelor of Music with emphasis in performance/entrepreneurship / Graduating May 2022

Megan Elizabeth Blood

Doctor of Musical Arts, Piano Pedagogy

Sarah Anna Cathcart

Bachelor of Music with emphasis in music education; Performance Certificate / Graduating May 2022

Harper Davis

Bachelor of Music with emphasis in performance

Mary Katherine Hom

Bachelor of Music with emphasis in music education; Performance Certificate

Fanarelia Auxiliadora Guerrero López

Doctor of Musical Arts, Piano Pedagogy

Benjamin Jared Moore II

Master of Music, Performance / Graduating May 2022

Andrew Patzig 

Doctor of Musical Arts, Performance

Mengyu Yu Song

Doctor of Musical Arts, Piano Pedagogy

Qiwen Wan

Doctor of Musical Arts, Piano Pedagogy

Madison Leigh Willard

Bachelor of Music with emphasis in performance/entrepreneurship / Graduating May 2022 

Catherine Black (Bachelor of Music with concentration in performance/entrepreneurship / Graduating May 2022) and Andrew Gretzinger (Bachelor of Music with concentration in composition; Performance Certificate / Graduating May 2022), Pi Kappa Lambda inductees in Spring 2021, were awarded the inaugural David S. Boe Award for Exceptional Achievement in Scholarly and Creative Work through Pi Kappa Lambda. Their work is displayed on the PKL website.

Pi Kappa Lambda is an American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are over 200 chapters nationally; a complete roster of current chapters is listed in the organization's official web site.

Craig Allen

Dreams of Collaboration/The Female Soldier

Catherine Sarah Black

Graduating May 2022

Classical Healing Keys

Grand Prize winner

Kevin Crowe

Music of the AIDS Epidemic Podcast

Roya Elizabeth Farzaneh

Graduating May 2022

Ears Wide Open Concert Series

Pedro Falcon

A New Approach to Oboe Gouging Machines Using Computer Numerical Control Technology

Jesse Edward Kaiser

Information Alpha: An Improvisatory Generative Work

The Creativity in Music Awards support music students who pursue inventive projects while offering a framework for expanding boundaries, taking chances, and discovering their personal voice.

The performance certificate is awarded by the School of Music to recognize those undergraduate music students with degree emphases other than music performance as well as musically talented students who major in other disciplines. The performance certificate allowed gifted and highly motivated students to acquire additional credit, professorial interaction, and guidance.

Students with an asterisk will be graduating in May 2022 with Distinction in Music Performance.

Ella Stafford Baldwin*

Bachelor of Arts, Music

Instrument: Clarinet

Applied Faculty Member: Joe Eller

Adam Keller Beall

Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences 

Instrument: Cello

Applied Faculty Member: Claire Bryant

Sarah Anna Cathcart*

Bachelor of Music with emphasis in music education

Instrument: Violin

Applied Faculty Member: Bill Terwilliger

Jeffrey Michael Chen*

Bachelor of Music with emphasis in music education

Instrument: Cello

Applied Faculty Member: Claire Bryant

Anthony Chu*

Bachelor of Music with emphasis in music education

Instrument: voice

Applied Faculty Member: Janet Hopkins

Virginia Grace Clyburn

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

Instrument: Organ

Applied Faculty Member: Thomas Russell

Logan Alexander Keith Etheredge

Bachelor of Science, Computer Science

Instrument: Voice

Applied Faculty Member: Dan Cole

Andrew Joseph Gretzinger*

Bachelor of Music with concentration in composition

Instrument: Viola

Applied Faculty Member: Dan Sweaney

Christina Grace Harding*

Bachelor of Arts, Music and Political Science

Instrument: Voice

Applied Faculty Member: Tina Stallard

Jesse Edward Kaiser*

Bachelor of Music with concentration in composition

Instrument: Violin

Applied Faculty Member: Ari Streisfeld

Will graduate during the 2022-2023 academic year

William Harris Lynch

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; Minor in Music 

Instrument: Voice

Applied Faculty Member: Jacob Will

Trado Demet Mayson

Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences 

Instrument: Piano

Applied Faculty Member: Sara Ernst

Alice Kaleigh McCall*

Bachelor of Music with emphasis in music education 

Instrument: Violin

Applied Faculty Member: Bill Terwilliger

Morgiana Morgan Adelina McDevitt

Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Sciences 

Instrument: Voice

Applied Faculty Member: Don Gray

Jalen Baccus Peake*

Bachelor of Arts, Music 

Instrument: Voice

Applied Faculty Member: Dominic Armstrong

Karl Lee Pless

Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Instrument: Violin

Applied Faculty Member: Neil Casey

Katherine Elizabeth Rooney*

Bachelor of Music with emphasis in music education 

Instrument: Voice

Applied Faculty Member: Serena Hill LaRoche

Jadon Timothy Schuler

Bachelor of Science, Computer Science 

Instrument: Bassoon

Applied Faculty Member: Michael Harley

Emanuel Michael Stavrinakis

Bachelor of Science, International Business 

Instrument: Voice

Applied Faculty Member: Tom Brunson

 


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