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IU Jacobs School of Music welcomes 2012-13 Jacobs Scholars and Fellows

Dec. 11, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Eight new Jacobs Scholars and six new Jacobs Fellows began 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.

The new class of Jacobs Scholars and Fellows, selected for their excellence and leadership in the world of music, was chosen from a group of 2,917 applicants who auditioned for fall 2012 admission to the school. Of these, 988 were admitted to the Jacobs School, with an incoming class totaling 497 students.

The program began in 2006 and now boasts 86 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 IU's Matching the Promise fundraising campaign.

Below is information on each of the Jacobs Scholars and Fellows.

Barbara and David Jacobs Scholars 2012-13 (undergraduates)

Preston Barbare - From Greenville, S.C., Barbare is a freshman pursuing a bachelor of music degree in viola as a student of Stephen Wyrczynski. A graduate of the Greenville Fine Arts Center and Woodmont High School, he won the principal viola position in the South Carolina All-State Orchestras for the past four years and was a member of a prize-winning string quartet in the 2011 Western Carolina Chamber Music competition. As winner of the Young Artist Concerto Competition and the S.C. Concerto All-State Concerto Competition, Barbare performed as soloist with the Greenville County Youth Orchestra under the direction of Gary Robinson and with the South Carolina All-State Orchestra.

Miles Jefferson Friday -- From Bellingham, Wash., Friday is pursuing a bachelor of music degree in composition as a student of Claude Baker. He also studied composition with Roger Briggs at Western Washington University before graduating from Bellingham High School. Miles has won numerous composition awards, including a 2012 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, Robert Avalon Young Composer Competition, Dallas Festival of Modern Music Emerging Composer Award, Whatcom Symphony Orchestra's Washington State Young Composers Competition and Washington State Music Teachers Association Composition Competition.

Lana Isom - From Santa Monica, Calif., Isom is pursuing a bachelor of music degree in oboe as a student of Linda Strommen. A graduate of Santa Monica High School, she was principal oboist with its Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. She also has been the principal oboist for the Colburn Wind Ensemble, as well as the co-principal oboist for the Colburn Orchestra da Camera. She achieved principal placements in many state honor groups, performed with the American String Teachers Association National High School Honor Symphony Orchestra and received the National School Orchestra Award, along with many others.

Jenny Jung Yeon Lee -- From Paramus, N.J., Lee is pursuing a bachelor of music degree in piano as a student of Menahem Pressler. A graduate of the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts at the Bergen County Academies and the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division, she previously studied with Jeffrey Cohen and Marc Silverman. Lee received top prizes in the Eumag Choonchu Competition, American Protégé International Competition and Steinway Society Scholarship Competition. As an active chamber musician, she is a founding member of the Mirabelle Trio.

Alexandra Mullins -- From Matthews, N.C., Mullins is pursuing a bachelor of music degree in harp as a student of Susann McDonald. A graduate of Covenant Day School, she played the third movement of the Ginastera Harp Concerto with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in March as Grand Prize Winner of its Young Artist Competition. In February 2012, she performed at Lyon and Healy Hall in Chicago, Ill., as one of the winners of the 2011 Lyon and Healy Awards. She was featured in an article in Harp Column Magazine after winning the 2011 American Harp Society Advanced Division Competition, in addition to being awarded the prize for best performance of Grandjany's "Rhapsodie."

Luke Norton - From Maryville, Tenn., Norton is pursuing a bachelor of music degree in clarinet as a student of Howard Klug. A graduate of Maryville High School, he held the principal chair in the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. He was principal chair for the Tennessee All-State Orchestra in 2011. In summer of his junior year, he received a full scholarship to play with the Idyllwild Arts Summer Orchestra. In early 2012, he won the Knoxville Choral Society's Young Classical Musicians Competition for winds and percussion.

Nicholas Quardokus - From Bridgman, Mich., Quardokus is pursuing a bachelor of music degree in organ as a student of Janette Fishell. He graduated at the top of his class from Bridgman High School, where he participated in the National Honor Society and Concert Choir, and was drum major of the marching band. Quardokus was principal keyboardist for the Lake Michigan Youth Orchestra, as well as serving as a substitute organist and presenting several recitals for churches in his Southwest Michigan and abroad. He has appeared as a guest organist for worship services in Indiana, North Carolina and Germany.

Bruno Sandes -- From Juazeiro, Brazil, Sandes is pursuing a bachelor of music degree in voice as a student of Robert Harrison. The baritone has sung on tour through Austria, Italy and Germany. As a soloist, he won second prize representing South America in Germany in the Heart of Europe International Choir Competition. Sandes won first place in the XI Maracanto International Voice Competition, was selected as a semifinalist in the IX Maria Callas International Voice Competition and was one of six singers in the 42nd International Winter Festival of Campos do Jordăo (the largest music festival in Latin America).

Barbara and David Jacobs Fellows 2012-13 (graduates)

Michael Brandenburg - From Austin, Ind., Brandenburg is pursuing a performer diploma in voice as a student of Timothy Noble. He is a graduate of Ball State University, where he studied voice with Joseph Levitt while pursuing an M.S. in Aquatic Biology. He has studied the roles of Don Jose in "Carmen" and Alfred in "Die Fledermaus." He was a 2010 semi-finalist in the Bel Canto Foundation Competition in Chicago and was an Indiana District winner in the 2010 and 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, as well as a 2012 winner in its Central Region competition.

Kathleen Carter - From Grove City, Pa., Carter is pursuing a master's degree in oboe as a student of Linda Strommen. She graduated summa cum laude from the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, where she studied oboe with Jeffrey Rathbun of the Cleveland Orchestra and served as principal oboist of the orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble during her senior year. She spent fall 2010 in Vienna studying oboe with Thomas Höniger, principal oboist of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and professor at the Vienna Conservatory. She served for three years as principal oboist of the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Stephen Duncan - From Steeleville, Ill., Duncan is pursuing a master's degree in bassoon as a student of William Ludwig. He is a graduate of Butler University, where he received a bachelor's degree in music performance with a concentration in music theory. He serves as instructor of bassoon at Marian University and was recently named principal bassoon of the Danville (Ill.) Symphony Orchestra. Duncan was named the alternate in the 2011 International Double Reed Society Young Artists Competition. He was a 2010 winner of Butler University's Concerto Competition.

Alex Krawczyk - From Frankfort, Ill., Krawczyk is pursuing a master's degree in trombone as a student of Carl Lenthe. He received his bachelor's degree in trombone performance with teacher certification from the University of Iowa, where he studied with David Gier and Jonathan Allen. Upon completion of his undergraduate work, he taught general music and fifth-sixth grade band in Iowa City for the remainder of the 2011-12 school year. Maintaining a busy performance schedule throughout the United States and Canada, he has participated and taught in numerous music festivals and orchestras.

Hyesong Shin - From Ames, Iowa, Shin is pursuing a master's degree in flute as a student of Thomas Robertello. She completed her bachelor's degree in flute performance at Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied with Jeanne Baxtresser and Alberto Almarza. As a student at Walnut Hill School in Boston, she participated in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, where she played in Symphony Hall many times and played principal flute for the Dvorak Cello Concerto with Yo-Yo Ma. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States and internationally, where she has toured with orchestras, played with chamber groups and attended music festivals.

Colin Wheatley - From Bellingham, Wash., Wheatley is pursuing a master's degree in viola as a student of Atar Arad. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory, where he was principal violist of the Contemporary Music Ensemble (CME). He has attended the Credo Chamber Music Festival, the Orford Academy and the Heifetz International Summer Institute. An avid chamber musician, he performed in the Chamber Music Honors Recital at Oberlin in 2010. He has collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Robert Spano, Jeremy Denk and, most recently, with David Bowlin and CME on a recording of Huang Ruo's violin concerto.