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Young musicians around the world to gather at KU for study, performances

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Music will host the International Institute for Young Musicians Summer Music Academy for another year of student music study and competition. This year’s event will be July 8-27.

IIYM, led by Scott McBride Smith, is an internationally recognized course of study for young pianists from around the world. Smith, who has a master’s degree in piano from KU and is the Cordelia Brown Murphy Professor of Piano Pedagogy and division director of piano at KU, is the president and chief executive officer of IIYM. Smith created the organization in 1990 to provide music study opportunities for young international musicians. During the summer program, students are exposed to intensive study to improve their mastery of performance, working with IIYM artist faculty.

This year’s IIYM program features 60 students from around the world, ranging from ages 10-19. Kansans to attend this year's academy are Luther Fuller, a Liberty Memorial Central Middle School from Lawrence; Ulises Magana, a Southwest Middle School student from Lawrence; Chaeyoung Park, a Veritas Christian School student of Lawrence; Isabel Keleti of Leawood, Mason Kelso of Eudora, and Casey Linstead of Derby.

This year’s academy will again kick off with the International Piano Competition Semi-Finals and Finals, and it will feature the popular Winners Concert (a ticketed event). Below is a list of IIYM events open to the public. All events open to the public take place in the Lied Center Pavilion.

• Saturday, July 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (approximately): International Piano Competition Semi-Finals, free and open to the public.
• Monday, July 9, 3 p.m.-8 p.m. (approximately): International Piano Competition Finals, free and open to the public.
• Thursday, July 12, 7:30 p.m.: Honors Recital, free and open to the public.
• Saturday, July 14, 3 p.m.: Winners Concert for the International Piano Competition. Tickets $10 at the door.
• Wednesday, July 18, 7:30 p.m.: Honors Recital, free and open to the public.
• Wednesday, July 25, 7:30 p.m.: Honors Recital, free and open to the public.

For additional information on the 2011 IIYM Summer Music Academy, please contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit www.iiym.com.


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