Wake Forest Students Win Music Competitions

The 22nd annual Christopher Giles and Lucille S. Harris Competitions in Musical Performance were held Feb. 20 at Wake Forest University’s Brendle Recital Hall.

Six students won prizes. Jamie Raudensky, a freshman from Enhaut, Penn., won first place in the open competition and received the $500 Joseph Pleasant and Marguerite Nutt Sloan Award.

Soprano Hayden Drass, a senior from Cape Coral, Fla., won second place in the open competition. She was awarded the $300 Patricia Sloan Mize Award.

Oboist Lisa Bennett, a freshman from Indianapolis, Ind., won the $200 third prize in the open competition.

Kerry Grow, a senior from Hollister, Calif., won first place and the $500 Sinal Prize in the piano competition.

Grace Kim, a senior from Roslyn, Penn., won the $300 second prize in the piano competition.

Laura O’Connor, a sophomore from O’Fallon, Ill., won the $500 Ward Virts Prize for Pianistic Expressiveness.

The music competitions, established by Paul and Sara Sinal, honor Christopher Giles, who taught piano at Wake Forest for 37 years before his death in 1996. The contest also honors retired piano instructor Lucille S. Harris.

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