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Student sweeps annual music theory and music composition division awards

Friday, April 29, 2011

LAWRENCE — For the first time, an undergraduate in the University of Kansas School of Music has taken all three of the music theory and music composition division awards.

Jason Charney, a junior from Overland Park, received the Anthony B. Cius Award for most outstanding composer at KU. This marks the first year the award has been presented to an undergraduate since 2006. He also received the Edward Mattila Award for most outstanding electro-acoustical composer at KU and the Eugene and Mary Mingle Scholarship.

The Eugene and Mary Mingle Scholarship is awarded to the most outstanding theory and/or composition student who will return to KU for his or her final year of undergraduate study. This year, two scholarships were given out: one to Charney and one to music composition and piano student Erin Tomkins.

All music theory and music composition students are considered for the awards. Nominations for the awards are made by and voted on by division faculty.

Winners are listed below by hometown, level in school, major, parents’ names and high school (when available).

From Lawrence 66047
Erin Tomkins, senior studying music composition and piano performance with professors Forrest Pierce (composition) and Richard Reber (piano); Ray Tomkins and Sheila Murphy.

From Overland Park 66209
Jason Charney, junior studying music composition with professor Forrest Pierce; Gil and Marcia Charney; Blue Valley North High School.


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