Three Maryland composers win awards


Three Maryland composers are among the 10 national winners of the 43rd Annual BMI Student Composer Awards. The winners, all age 17 to 26, include two students from the Peabody Conservatory, Laura C. A. Kolker and David Smooke.

Smooke, 26, also was honored with the 1995 William Schuman Prize for his soprano and chamber ensemble score, which was judged most outstanding in the competition.

Ms. Kolker, 17, composed "The Armenian Mother" for chorus.

In addition, Donald J. Sparr Jr., 19, from Hampstead was named a winner for his "Guitar Quartet." He studies at the Eastman School of Music.

Other winners recognized for their creative talent include Alexander Bogdanowitsch, Robert Gates, Jeremy Gill, Peter ,X Knell, Kevin Putz, Heather Anne Schmidt and Michael Sidney Timpson. Winners receive scholarships to be applied toward their musical education.

Art scholarships

The Maryland Institute, College of Art, the nation's oldest independent, fully accredited art college, has announced the winners of several scholarships. All of the winners will be new students in the fall. The scholars and their awards are as follows:

* Beloved Rebecca Bolton: Lois and Irving Blum Foundation Scholarship, $16,000

* Cucillo Sergio Consad: Lois and Irving Blum Foundation, $10,000; Maryland Award Scholarship, $12,000

* Lara Renee McKusky: Presidential Scholarship, $10,000

* Chae Marie Milliner: MICA National Art Honor Society Scholarship, $4,000; Presidential, $8,000

* Robert Arthur Newman: MICA National Art Honor Society, $4,000; Presidential, $8,000

* Lynn Elizabeth Palewicz: MICA National Art Honor Society, $4,000; Presidential, $4,000

* Erin Elizabeth Fitzpatrick: MICA National Art Honor Society, $4,000; Academic Excellence Scholarship, $8,000

* Joshua David Barwick: MICA National Art Honor Society, $4,000

* Gregory Brian Gannon: MICA National Art Honor Society, $4,000

* Sang P. Han: MICA National Art Honor Society, $4,000

* Alfred Michael Maskeroni: National Art Honor Society, $4,000

ASCAP awards

The Peabody Symphony and Concert Orchestras, under the direction of Hajime Teri Murai, have won an American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Award for the Adventurous Programming of Twentieth-Century Music. ASCAP has presented Awards for Programming since 1959 to recognize American orchestras whose programs demonstrate a strong commitment to the works of 20th-century composers. Mr. Murai is the Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Director of Orchestral Activities at Peabody.

Contestants in voice

The University of Maryland International Marian Anderson Vocal Arts Competition has announced the selection of its contestants for the second edition of the contest. Forty-five singers representing 16 nationalities were selected from a pool of 183 applications.

Area competitors include Michelle Howard, a soprano from Baltimore; Janice Chandler, a soprano from Brandywine; and Detra Battle, a soprano from Washington. Ms. Battle is a veteran of the first edition of the competition, which is held every four years.

The competition, which is part of the University's Rossborough Festival, begins July 13. Except for the final round on July 22, which takes place at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, the competition is held in the University of Maryland College Park's Tawes Theatre. For information on tickets or other aspects of the competition, call (301) 405-6538 or (800) 821-1164.

Scholarships offered

The Peabody Preparatory School is offering Incentive Scholarships for school-age youngsters who study or wish to study the clarinet, oboe, bassoon, French horn, trombone or euphonium/tuba.

Students who are awarded a scholarship will be enrolled in individual lessons with a Peabody Preparatory instructor for the 1995-1996 academic year and have the opportunity to participate in one of the school's large ensembles.

The deadline for applications is Aug. 1. For an application and further information, call (410) 659-8125.


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* Eden Productions, which is producing an independent film called "The Jealous God," is seeking extras and production assistants for the late July shooting. The film will be shot entirely in the Baltimore area and will feature local supporting actors. For more information, call (410) 685-2788.

* The Bowie Community Theater has announced auditions for its fall production of Tom Topor's "Nuts." The play, directed by Estelle Gardiner, features six men -- three age 30 and up, three 55 and up; and three women, two age 25 and up and one 55 and up. One-minute monologues will be heard, but are not required for the audition. Auditions take place July 25-27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Belair Staff Development Center, 3021 Belair Drive, in Bowie. Call (301) 858-1479.

* Auditions for the Fell's Point Corner Theatre's production of "The Scarlet Letter" will be held July 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the theater, 251 S. Ann St. This new adaptation, by Phyllia Nagy, requires women ages 20 to 35, men ages 25 to 35, and a man age 45 to 60. Call (410) 276-7837 or (410) 466-8341.

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