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KU music students awarded prestigious Fulbright scholarship

Monday, April 25, 2011

Two KU School of Music students have won coveted Fulbright scholarships for study abroad for the 2011-12 academic year.

Daniel Bruggeman, a doctoral piano performance student studying with Professor Steven Spooner, won the Fulbright grant for study abroad in Budapest, Hungary. Bruggeman's project, "The Influence of Folk Music on Interpreting Bela Bartok's Piano Compositions," will include piano study at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music with Dr. Balazs Reti and research at the Bartok Archives located in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Mary Thompson-Meyer, a doctoral student studying flute performance, received a Fulbright grant to study in Mexico City where she will study at the Escuela Nacional de Musica of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico with Professor of flute Alejandro Escuer. Thompson-Meyer studies with Professor David Fedele.


The Fulbright grant provides tuition, travel and living expenses for one year of research and study abroad. The Fulbright program is the leading international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries. Fulbright grant recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

Bruggeman has been an award winner in numerous competitions including the grand prize winner of the Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition in 2006, senior honors soloist with the Concordia College Orchestra in 2007, MTNA state competition winner in 2008 and 2009, and recently third prize winner at the National Lee Piano Competition. He currently serves as coordinator of class piano at KU and has been a graduate teaching assistant for the past four years. Bruggeman has studied at the International Academy of Music in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2008 and the Adamant School of Music in Adamant, Vermont in 2006. He earned a M.M. degree from KU in 2009 and a B.M. degree from Concordia College in 2007. Bruggeman is an active performer and collaborative pianist through the generous support of Reach Out Kansas, Inc.

Flutist Mary-Elizabeth Thompson performs frequently as a solo and chamber music artist. She has appeared as a guest artist on the Ruel Joyce Recital Series in Kansas City, the LeMoyne-Owen College Chamber Music Series in Memphis, Tennessee and the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. Additionally, she has appeared twice on the St. John';s Epiphany Concert Series in Florence, South Carolina, and at the XXXI Foro Internacional de Musica Nueva Manuel Enri;quez in Mexico City, Mexico. Thompson is a strong advocate for new music and has commissioned seven pieces with other in progress.

She received her bachelor's degree in music education from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and a master's degree in flute performance from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Her primary teachers have been David Fedele, Diane Fiocca, and Cynthia Hopkins. She has participated in master classes and additional studies with Joshua Smith, Mary Kay Fink, Bonita Boyd, Tadeu Coelho, George Pope, Bradley Garner, Bart Feller, Carol Wincenc, and Valerie Coleman. Currently, Mary-Elizabeth is a graduate teaching assistant and Doctor of Musical Arts student in flute performance at the University of Kansas as a student of David Fedele.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. Visit us at www.music.ku.edu.



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