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Music Associates Applaud, Support Student Artists

June 10, 2014

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Jessica Bang is the first-place winner in the Keyboard Division of the CSUF Music Associates Concerto/Aria Competition.

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Top student winners of the CSUF Music Associates Concerto/Aria Competition showcased their talents as featured performers during the Music Associates' 45th annual "Music & Magic" luncheon program.

Marc Dickey, chair and professor of music, and Sandy Johnson, president of the Music Associates, welcomed patrons and introduced the musicians, who earned enthusiastic applause from the record number of attendees — 179 donors and guests gathered for the spring benefit at the Coyote Hills Golf Course in Brea.

Overall Grand Prize winner Rimvydas Savickas, who also won first place in the Winds/Percussion Division of the competition, performed "Clarinet concerto No. 3 in B-flat major, Op. 11." The Orange resident earned a master of music-performance degree in May.

Other winners each finished first in their respective divisions:

• Kevin Mills, Strings Division, performed Dmitri Shostakovich's "Cello Concerto No 2, Op. 126," accompanied by Mikhail Korzhev on the piano. Mills is the Alternate Overall Grand Prize winner and recently won the Rio Hondo Symphony's Young Artists Competition, performing May 4 with the orchestra. The Mission Viejo resident is a senior majoring in music-instrumental, with an emphasis on orchestral instruments.

Jessica Bang of Fullerton, Keyboard Division, performed Edvard Grieg's "Piano sonata in E minor, Op. 7." She earned a master of music degree in May.

• Soprano Amanda Achen of Corona, Voice Division, performed Mozart's "Mass in C minor, K427 'Great'," accompanied by Grant Rohr on the piano. She earned a bachelor's degree in music-voice with a minor in German.

Bongshin Ko, associate professor of music, was the program coordinator.

Proceeds from event, which included a silent auction, benefit music scholarships and programs. The Music Associates donate $50,000 annually to what is now known as the Cal State Fullerton School of Music, formerly the Department of Music.

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