Music and Dance Programs Hold 2023 Convocation Ceremonies
Thursday, May 18, 2023
Thursday, May 18, 2023
The UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance held its annual Convocation Ceremonies on May 16 (Music) and May 17 (Dance) to honor its graduates and scholarship award winners.
The Music Convocation event is designed as an informal end-of-year celebration, with time for socializing (and pizza!) afterward. The winning students are listed below, and the event program with a full listing of graduates can be viewed here.
Hosted by department chair Matthew Westgate, the music event opened with a fanfare by Paul Dukas performed by UMass music major brass players, including Esther Jo, Marcus Gonzalez, and Cris Fagundes, trumpets; Lu Tovar, Declan Mulkerin, Brianna Maunus, and Aiden Langley, horns; Bronwyn Tyler-Wall, Benjamin Hogan, and Justin Leach, trombones and Konner Hafner, tuba.
The program also included the traditional performances by the winners of our top two awards from last year - clarinetists Rachel Hertz (Presser Scholar) and Juan Tovar (Lebow Scholar), who played a duet by Michele Mangani, accompanied by Nikki Stoia.
After opening remarks from Matt Westgate, this year’s music scholarship winners were revealed (see full list below). The winner of this year’s Theodore Presser Award, which is presented to an outstanding music major in recognition of excellence, is sophomore Qeanu Smith. She is double-majoring in Music Education and Music Performance (saxophone), and is an avid participant in a variety of chamber ensembles at UMass and beyond.
The winners of the Howard Lebow Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to students who have distinguished themselves as performing musicians, are Zoë Cohen and Daniel Trainor. Zoë is a senior Music Education major and member of the Trumpet Studio; Eric Berlin describes her as “a great leader and brilliant scholar” as well as a talented trumpeter, vocalist, and conductor. Daniel, a sophomore who is double-majoring in jazz performance and computer science, is a multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, flute, bassoon and viola) who is “passionate, dedicated, hard-working, and curious,” according to his saxophone instructor, Felipe Salles.
The Dance Program's Senior Convocation Ceremony took place the following evening and featured guest speaker and former UMass dance faculty Paul Dennis; Dance Program director Tom Vacanti hosted the event. The honored dance graduates were Isabella Berenstein, Brette Cronin, Cole Ellsworth, Sophie Leveille, Jillian Murray, Nicole Lombardi, Alison Parent, Kayla Reid, and Niamh Rollins.
2023 Music Scholarship winners:
Theodore Presser Scholar Award: Qeanu Smith
Howard Lebow Memorial Scholarship: Zoë Cohen & Daniel Trainor
Fletcher Henderson Memorial / Max Roach Scholarship: Dylan Walter
Russell E. & Janet R. Falvey Scholarship: Maya Powe
Ornest Undergraduate Award: Sean Campbell & Timothy Goliger
Philip Bezanson Graduate Voice Award: Zachary Fisher & Sara Holmes
Eugenie M. May Piano Award: Enoch Hsiao
Nadine Shank Memorial Piano Award: Joshua Burniece & Eoin Clark
Julian Olevsky Memorial Award in Violin: Luca Costa Kevorkian
Laura Klock Award in Horn: Brianna Maunus
Lynn Klock Award in Saxophone: Brian Carr
Susan Cunningham Campbell Outstanding Freshman Award: Nick LaCava
Susan Cunningham Campbell Outstanding Sophomore Award: Marielle Chrupcala
Friends of Music Senior Award: Timothy Goliger
David W. Briggs Scholarship in Memory of Jean S. Briggs: Héloïse Goncalves & Marielle Chrupcala
Our music and dance students receive scholarships through the generosity of our donors. Please consider a gift to the fund of your choice by visiting this Giving link.