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Last modified: Tuesday, September 1, 2009

IU Jacobs School of Music welcomes 2009-10 Jacobs Scholars and Jacobs Fellows

Sept. 1, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Eight new Jacobs Scholars and eight new Jacobs Fellows begin their studies this fall at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Selected from a large pool of incoming students, they are the recipients of the most prestigious and substantial scholarship awards in the school.

2009-2010 Jacobs Scholars and Jacobs Dean Gwyn Richards at the Musical Arts Center

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The new class of 16 Jacobs Scholars and Fellows, selected for their excellence and leadership in the world of music, was chosen from a group of 3,044 applicants who auditioned for fall 2009 admission to the school. Of these, 1,106 were admitted to the Jacobs School, with an incoming class totaling 578 students.

The program began in 2006 and now boasts 46 Jacobs Scholars and Fellows. These scholarships are made possible by the Barbara and David H. Jacobs endowment for undergraduate and graduate scholarships and fellowships and Indiana University's Matching the Promise campaign.

Barbara and David Jacobs Scholars 2009-10 (undergraduate)

Corey Dundee -- From Charlotte, N.C., Dundee will be pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone and is a student of Associate Professor Otis Murphy. Dundee graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Among numerous accomplishments, he won First Chair Tenor Saxophone in the Honor Band of America in 2007 and 2008, the Maddy Summer Artist Award at Interlochen Arts Camp 2008 and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts 2009 youngARTS Level II award.

Adam Grabowski

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Adam Grabowski -- From Dearborn, Mich., Grabowski is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Recording Arts. He graduated from Divine Child High School, where he was a member of the Symphonic Band, Pep Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Pit Orchestra and Divine Child Jazz Combo. Grabowski's awards include the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, Outstanding Soloist Award at Music in the Parks Jazz competition and Outstanding Junior Musician Award.

Yerim Lee -- From Bryn Mawr, Pa., Lee will be pursuing the Bachelor of Music in Violin. She graduated from Buxmont Christian Educational Institute and is a student of Professor Jaime Laredo. In addition to winning a number of concerto competitions, Lee was a member of the Temple Music Prep-Youth Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Groups, the Delaware County Youth Orchestra and the Kimmel Center Youth Chamber Music Program.

Emily Levin -- From Centennial, Colo., Levin is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Harp under Distinguished Professor of Harp Susann McDonald. Levin was a member of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Colorado Young Sinfonia and Colorado All-State Orchestra, as well as being the salutatorian at Arapahoe High School. In 2009, she was guest soloist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra as winner of the 2008 Jeff Bradley Award. Levin is also a National Merit Finalist, a Level I Winner at the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts youngARTS week and one of 60 high school seniors nationwide selected to be a Presidential Scholar in the Arts Semi-Finalist.

Rosa Li -- From Lake Oswego, Ore., Li is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Piano. She is a student of Professor of Piano and Jack I. and Dora B. Hamlin Endowed Chair in Music Andre Watts. Li has won numerous competitions, including the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Baldwin Junior Piano Competition and the MTNA National Yamaha Competition State Level, as well as receiving the President's Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence and being the editor-in-chief of Lake Oswego High School's literary magazine, Reflections.

Liza Saracina -- From Louisville, Ohio, Saracina is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Oboe under Professor Linda Strommen. Saracina graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy with honors, where she received the Fine Arts Award in Oboe in 2009, was a 2009 Emerson Scholar and was a member of the Honor Orchestral Woodwind Quintet. She was also a 2009 member of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Mark Teplitsky

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Mark Teplitsky -- From San Diego, Calif., where he graduated from Torrey Pines High School, Teplitsky is pursuing the Bachelor of Music in Flute, studying with Associate Professor Thomas Robertello. In addition to numerous awards, including being named a "From the Top" National Talent Search Competition Winner, Teplitsky was a member of the San Diego Youth Symphony and the San Diego Youth Chamber Group.

Stanton Wertjes

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Stanton Wertjes -- From Olympia, Wash., Wertjes is pursuing the Bachelor of Music Education and is a student of Professor Peter Ellefson. Graduating from Tumwater High School, Wertjes won first place in the Washington State Trombone Solo and Ensemble Contest 2009 and the Olympian Excellence in the Arts Award 2009, as well as being the recipient of the Tumwater Scholars Award, Washington State Honors Award and President's Award for Educational Excellence.

Barbara and David Jacobs Fellows 2009-10 (graduate)

David Bergin -- From Burton, Texas, Bergin is pursuing a Master of Music in Organ, studying with Professor and Chair of the Department of Organ Janette Fishell. Bergin received a B.M. from the Peabody Institute, where he won the Dorothy L. DeCourt Prize in 2008 and 2009. He won the Sheila Vickers Memorial Scholarship in 2008 and 2009, placed second in the West Chester International Organ Competition in West Chester, Pa., in 2008 and was the organist at Loch Raven United Methodist Church in Baltimore, Md., from February 2007 to May 2009.

Laura Cameron -- From Dallas, Texas, Cameron is pursuing a Doctor of Music in Bassoon with Professor William Ludwig. Cameron received her M.M. from New England Conservatory (NEC) and her B.M. from West Texas A&M University. Among other awards, she is the recipient of the Sherman Walt Bassoon Merit Award from the Boston Woodwind Society and an NEC Merit-Based Scholarship 2007-2009.

Melody Eotvos -- From Brisbane, Australia, Eotvos is pursuing a Doctor of Music in Composition with Associate Professor P. Q. Phan. She received an M.M. from the Royal Academy of Music, an M.A. from the University of Queensland and a B.M. from Griffith University. In addition to participating in several recent composition workshops and competitions, Eotvos was the winner of the 2009 Australasian Performing Rights Association Professional Development Award: Classical and the 2009 3MBS National Composer Award (Betty Amsden Award).

Sun Huh -- From Seoul, South Korea, Huh is pursuing the Artist Diploma with Professor of Violin-Chamber Music, Ik-Hwan Bae. Huh received a B.M. from Hochschule fuer Musik "Hanns Eisler" and a Diploma with Honors from Robert Schumann Hochschule Duesseldorf.

Jaehee Ju -- From Sterling Heights, Mich., and originally from South Korea, Ju is pursuing a Doctor of Music in Cello with Professor Eric Kim. Ju received an Artist Diploma from Yale University, an M.M. and a Graduate Diploma from New England Conservatory and a B.M. from Seoul National University. She received a full scholarship to the Yale School of Music and a New England Academic Scholarship, in addition to the Luigi Silva Memorial Award for Cello Performance at the 36th Corpus Christi International Competition for Strings.

Shannon Love -- From Ponca City, Okla., Love is pursuing the Master of Music degree with Chancellor's Professor of Voice Costanza Cuccaro. Love received a B.M. from the University of Central Oklahoma, was a Texoma Regional NATS First-Place Winner-Graduate Women Fall 2008 and won the Kar Starr Music Award of Excellence Spring 2007.

Marie-Elise McNeeley

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Marie-Elise McNeeley -- From Teaneck, N.J., McNeeley is pursuing the Master of Music in Early Music-Violin under Professor Stanley Ritchie. McNeeley received her B.M from the University of Michigan, where she was a Sphinx Scholarship recipient and on the honor roll since 2004. She is also a 2009 scholarship recipient of The Rislov Foundation and a 2007 scholarship recipient of the Chautauqua Music Festival and Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.

Gerry Varona -- From Cebu City, Republic of the Philippines, Varona is pursuing the Master of Music in Viola with Professor Atar Arad. He earned a B.M. from Louisiana State University, where he was the 2007 Dean's Concerto Competition Winner, in addition to being a 2009 First Prize-Winner of the Louisiana Viola Society competition under the Southern American Viola Society, among other awards. Varona is also an Oramay Welsch Young Scholarship recipient and a Louisiana Music Award Scholarship recipient.