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Music students win big at 2011 Kansas City Musical Club scholarships auditions

Friday, March 18, 2011

LAWRENCE — Two piano performance students, a violin student and a voice student from the University of Kansas won big at the 2011 Kansas City Musical Club scholarship auditions, taking home four of the 10 scholarships awarded.

Madison M. Root, who performs under the name Madison Mikenna, a voice student studying with professor Joyce Castle, won the Vivian Menees-Nelson Memorial Scholarship for voice, a cash prize of $1,000.

Ga Eun Kim, a violin performance student studying with professor Tami Lee Hughes, won the Janice Gartrell Memorial Scholarship worth $1,000.

Connie Mak, a piano performance student studying with professor Scott McBride Smith, won the $1,000 Musical Club Scholarship.

Crystal Lam, also a piano performance student studying with Smith, won the Gladys Casford Memorial Scholarship for piano, worth $1,000.

The Kansas City Musical Club consists of performers, teachers and listeners from many parts of the Kansas City metropolitan area who support the future of high quality (often classical) music. The group holds scholarship auditions each spring and awards scholarships to music performance students who attend area universities.

Scholarship winners are listed below by hometown, level in school, major, parents’ names and other schools attended/degrees earned.

From Birmingham 48009
Madison Mikenna Root, master’s student in music; bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, 2008.

From Cedar Park 78613
Crystal Lam, doctoral student in music; master’s degree from Texas Christian University; bachelor’s degree from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts; Cedar Park (Texas) High School.

Ho Ni Connie Mak, senior in piano; Lai Sin Nancy Chan and Kenneth Mak; Ying Wa Girls School.

From Seoul
GaEun Kim, senior in violin; Seoul Arts High School.


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