Kent State oboe students earn top prizes in Tuesday Musical’s 2019 Scholarship Competition
Scott Little and Ian Daugherty, both students of Kent State oboe professor Danna Sundet, earned top scholarship prizes in Tuesday Musical’s 2019 Scholarship Competition held on March 23 on The University of Akron campus. The annual competition attracted over 130 applicants representing many of Ohio’s finest schools and conservatories of music. Only 20 were selected to receive scholarships.
“I’m incredibly proud of my student’s accomplishments,” said Sundet. “Each works very hard in all that they do, and these awards are validation that hard work pays off.”
Scott Little, a senior music education major, received the coveted Winifred Collins Scholarship and its corresponding financial award of $1,400. To compete in the Music Education category, he performed Silvestrini’s 1st Concert Etude from memory, wrote a paper, and was interviewed by Dr. Patricia Boehm of the University of Mount Union. In addition to his oboe and music education studies, Scott is also a highly accomplished composer whose works have recently been premiered by the Black Squirrel Winds and Kent State Opera.
Ian Daugherty, senior performance major in oboe, earned 2nd Place in the entire Woodwind category, claiming the $1,000 prize that is part of the Gleason/Rea Scholarship. He performed a selection of “Blues for DD” by Jeffrey Agrell, Mozart’s Concerto for Oboe and the Pasculli “Fantasia sull opera ‘Poliuto di Donizetti.’” Acclaimed Cleveland-based flutist Mary Kay Robinson adjudicated this category. No stranger to receiving accolades for his performances, Ian also won the 2017-18 Kent State Concerto Competition and earned the privilege of performing as a featured soloist with the Kent State University Orchestra.
“I was thrilled to receive this news,” said Interim School Director Dr. Jane Dressler. “Not only am I proud to see our student’s accomplishments but I also appreciate Tuesday Musical’s support of music students throughout Ohio.”
Both first and second place winners are invited to perform on Tuesday Musical’s 2019 Scholarship Winners Concert scheduled for Sunday, May 19, at 2:30 p.m. at Akron’s Faith Lutheran Church, 2726 W. Market St. Two additional performance scholarships will also be awarded during the post-concert reception. Both the reception and concert are free and open to the public.
Learn more about Tuesday Musical’s extensive education and scholarship initiatives here.
About the School of Music
The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University, nestled in beautiful and vibrant Kent, Ohio, is one of the most distinguished schools of music in the Midwest. For over 100 years, the School of Music has nurtured the next generation of music educators, performing artists and scholars. We offer some of the most comprehensive and innovative degree programs in the country, with an emphasis on experiential learning, quality scholarship and immersive technical training. Students enrolled in our programs can expect a warm and supportive environment where fostering professional growth and personal development is a priority. Our graduates have gone on to have successful careers in music education, music performance, scholarly research, higher education and administration.
During the summer, the School of Music hosts the Kent Blossom Music Festival in cooperation with The Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Music Center. The festival is regarded as one of the premier centers for professional music training for young artists in the United States. Now entering its 51st season in 2019, the festival continues its now half-century legacy of helping to launch the careers of young artists with alumni holding positions of prominence in many of the world’s finest orchestras, chamber ensembles and educational institutions.