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Recipients of the Kenan
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (June 11, 2014) – The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) announces the recipients of the Kenan Fellowships at the Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS) in Aspen, Colorado.
The four Kenan Fellows will attend Aspen Music Festival and School from June 26 through August 17. The Kenan Fellows are:
Emily Grissing, cello at UNCSA, will study with Michael Mermagen;
Ryan Jung, piano at UNCSA, will study with Ann Schein;
Lucia Kobza, violin at UNCSA, will study with David Halen;
Taishi Namura, viola at UNC-CH, will study with Victoria Chiang.
“All of us at UNCSA, along with our colleagues at UNC-Chapel Hill, are thrilled to have this extraordinary opportunity for our students to attend the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival and School,” said Wade Weast, Dean of the UNCSA School of Music. “Students who participate in this exciting program will experience an amazing musical world that will enrich and enhance their lives. These fellowships provide great value to our entire program, too, in that the fellows return to campus to share their knowledge and enthusiasm.”
The Aspen Music Festival and School is the country's premier orchestral and operatic summer music festival, offering a combination of intensive one-on-one instruction and professional performance experience. The AMFS brings together the finest music students, artist faculty, and performers to create transformative educational experiences within a community of artistic integrity and innovation. Through the combination of study, listening, performance, artistic renewal, and reflection, they advance the appreciation and understanding of the joys and complexities of musical expression. For more information about the Aspen Music Festival and School, visit www.aspenmusicfestival.com.
The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts (www.uncsa.edu/kenan) is a creative think-and-do tank affiliated with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts committed to promoting creative leadership and innovation in the arts through partnerships, programs, and initiatives.
As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.
The Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was founded in 1919 and offers graduate and undergraduate curricula in music theory, performance, and musicology, offering a wide variety of academic instruction, performance opportunities, and applied lessons for undergraduate students, both music majors and non-majors. For more information, visit http://music.unc.edu/