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U of M musicians win prestigious awards

Caitlin Wood, Gregory Lewis and Jaena Kim earn high marks performing with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

May 6, 2016 — 

A Desautels Faculty of Music student and alumna are celebrating after receiving major prizes at the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg McLellan Competition.

Caitlin Wood took a $10,000 first-place prize at the competition. Wood graduated from the university in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance. She performed Exsultate Jubilate, K.165 Movements I-III by Mozart, “Bell Song” and “Ou va la jeune Indoue” by Léo Delibes-Lakmé, and “Quel Guardo il Cavaliere” by Gaetano Donizetti.

Third-year Desautels Faculty of Music student Gregory Lewis took second place earning him $6,000 for his violin performance. Lewis played Concerto in D minor for Violin & Orchestra, op 47 – Movements I-III by Sibelius.

Jaena Kim was the $4,000 third-place winner. Kim spent a year with the Desautels Faculty of Music and recently transferred to McGill. She performed Mozart’s Concerto No 2 in D Major for Flute and Orchestra, K.314.

“As I listened to these three outstanding performers, I was extremely proud to hear such a high level of artistry,” said Edmund Dawe, dean of the Desautels Faculty of Music. “I am also deeply grateful to the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg for their continued support of developing musicians. Many of our current and past students as well as faculty members have been the recipients of scholarships and prizes provided by the WMC. Congratulations Caitlin, Greg, and Jaena! Thank you WMC!”

The evening featured three adjudicators from the music community. They included concert pianist, professor and administrator Dr. Michael Kim, acclaimed cellist and chamber musician Thomas Wiebe, and University of Manitoba music alumnus and composer John Greer. Winnipeg Free Press classical music reviewer Holly Harris chaired the jury panel. The Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg was founded in 1894 and has been a tremendous source of support for young artists throughout the organization’s long and distinguished history.

The event was under the direction of Maestro Julian Pellicano, resident conductor for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

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