Thirty-three Wake Forest University students competed in the 26th annual Christopher Giles and Lucille S. Harris Competitions in Musical Performance on March 1 at Wake Forest.
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.
Eight students competed in the piano competition by performing selections from Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms. Senior Allison Jones of East Flat Rock won the $500 Sinal Prize, donated by alumni and friends of the music department in honor of Paul Sinal. Senior Benjamin Desiderio of Parsippany, N.J., took the $300 Marc and Kirk Elvy Award, donated by Cecilia Wyatt in memory of her sons. Junior Derek Shore of Pine Hall received the $500 Ward Virts Prize for Pianistic Expressiveness, which is donated in memory of a former competition winner by his parents.
Twenty-five students competed in the open competition by performing selections from the 20th century. Senior violinist Amy McPeters of Winston-Salem won the $500
Joseph Pleasant and Marguerite Nutt Sloan Award. Sophomore pianist Caroline Boyd of Emmaus, Pa., was awarded the $300 Patricia Sloan Mize Award. Junior bassoonist Sasha Gee Enegren of Wichita, Kan., took the $200 third-place prize. Senior tenor Nicholas Mason of Birmingham, Ala., received the $150 fourth-place award.
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