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Students to Compete in Dorothy Jacoby Student Soloist Concert

February 27, 2009
Meng Xu is one of seven finalists who will compete in the Dorothy Jacoby Student Soloist Competition Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center concert hall.

Seven finalists will compete in the University of Wyoming Symphony's biennial Dorothy Jacoby Student Soloist Competition Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center concert hall. Tickets cost $6 for students, $7 for senior citizens and $10 for others.

Tickets for this performance are on sale now at the Fine Arts and Union box offices, by calling (307) 766-6666, or online at

A panel of distinguished musicians from the region chose the soloists at auditions in the fall. Another set of judges will be at the concert and will choose the evening's best performance. The winner will receive a cash award.

Timothy Baird of Texas will perform the first movement of "The Pakhmutova Trumpet Concerto." He will graduate this semester with a master's degree in music performance. Daniel Galbreath, viola, a music major from Sheridan, will perform Hindemith's "Der Schwandreher," movement one.

Flutist Katrina Harr will play the finale of the Rodrigo "Fantasia Para un Gentilhombre." Originally from Littleton, Colo., Harr is a master's student in her last semester at UW. Stephanie Medema, soprano, will sing Rimsky-Korsakov's "Song of India" from Sadko. Medema is a senior music education major from Minot, N.D.

Andy Peeks of Hope, Ark., alto saxophone, will play Paule Maurice's "Tableaux de Provence." Peeks is pursuing a master's degree in saxophone performance. Harrison Welshimer of Gillette, alto saxophone, will perform Max Dubois' "Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Strings," movements one and two. Welshimer is a junior music performance major.

Meng Xu of China, piano, will play the first movement of "The Piano Concerto" by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Xu is pursuing the Performer's Certificate in piano performance.

The concert is named after Dorothy Jacoby, a founding member of the Symphony Association for UW and a long time supporter of classical music in Laramie. Upon her death, her sons Peter and Michael Jacoby made a generous contribution in honor of their late mother. That gift, along with contributions from many of Dorothy's friends, created the endowment for the cash prize that is awarded at the performance.

Major donors to the UWSO are First Interstate Bank and the Symphony Association for the University of Wyoming.

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2009

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