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Top students vie in Concerto Competition finals

Feb. 5, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's top music students will take center stage in the final round of this year's Concerto Competition at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. There is no admission charge, and the public is invited to attend competition performances.

WMU School of Music students were competitively selected for the final round from five performance areas--string, woodwind, brass/percussion, vocal and keyboard. Finalists will vie for the opportunity to perform solo with the University Symphony Orchestra later this spring.

Judges for the 2007 Concerto Competition Finals are Leon Gregorian, director of orchestras at Michigan State University; Dale Schriemer, chair and professor of voice at Grand Valley State University; and accomplished violinist/violist Ivan Chan.

Chan, who was the first violinist of the Miami String Quartet, is a visiting artist in WMU's School of Music this semester. He will be performing, giving master classes and coaching student chamber ensembles during his residency.

Media contact: Kevin West, (269) 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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