Honors Convocation Awardees
BARBARA GRUNTAL ALLEN
- Awarded to a student who has demonstrated excellence in the study of voice, and has made a considerable contribution to the Music Department and to the furtherance of musical activities at the College -
- Emma Goldberg Liu '14, soprano, came to Skidmore having studied voice for one year at Fiorella LaGuardia High School. Since her freshman year, she has participated in the Skidmore Chorus, Vocal Chamber Ensemble, and has frequently been a featured soprano soloist. Emma has sung in Master Classes, and has performed in the “Singing In Spring” and “Falling for Song” department voice recitals. During her junior year, while studying abroad in Paris, Emma expanded her French repertoire. After being a featured artist in the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum's Showcase of Young Performers in early June, Emma spent the rest of the summer in Graz, Austria, studying Lieder at the American Institute of Musical Studies. In addition to being accepted into the Lieder program, Emma was accepted into the highly competitive opera program which is usually reserved for graduate level and professional singers.
LOUIS EDGAR JOHNS
- Established by Mrs. Johns and awarded to the outstanding music major or minor in piano
- Filene scholar Alexandra Zabludoff '15 has done superb work at Skidmore. She participated in a challenging recording project with Grammy-award engineer Adam Abeshouse. She attended master classes by Wendy Young, Jeremy Denk and Gabriela Montero. She has worked backstage at Zankel and helped archive recorded performances. Besides her student responsibilities, she has found time to tutor in the Music Department’s Piano Lab and evaluate a local piano teacher’s students. She participated in a shared recital including compositions by Samuel Barber, Esta Blood, and Bach’s D minor Concerto. Sasha’s signature Bach performance is a cluster of energy!
HERMAN JOSEPH MULLER
- Established by Helen T. Muller Rigo '39 in memory of her father and awarded to the outstanding senior major in the Music Department
- Samantha Hoffman '13 presented her teachers with the nearly impossible task of finding a way to challenge her. Her brilliance shone in every class. Samantha returned from a junior year spent at Oxford University even more intrigued by academic research and thinking, and decided to raise the bar for herself by writing a thesis in both of her declared majors (music and English). Her thesis in music was an ambitious attempt to grapple with Russian influences, specifically Mussorgsky, on Debussy, whose music presents daunting analytical obstacles. Samantha’s thesis and all her course work sustained our highest expectations; she was indeed the outstanding music major of her class.