Three graduate students from the School of Music represented the university and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at a prestigious international music competition this month.
Saxophonists Lingxiao Li (MA), JiChen Zhang (DMA), and Jonathan Hart (DMA) were three of the 23 semi-finalists invited to compete at the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition, held this month at the Flint Institute of Music in Flint, Michigan on the first weekend in March. Young artists from throughout the world competed for a grand prize of $6,000 plus an opportunity to perform with the Flint Symphony Orchestra. The competition featured woodwind soloists from six countries, thirteen universities, and one professional orchestra.
Both JiChen Zhang and Jonathan Hart were selected by a panel of three internationally renowned judges to advance as two of the top five prize-winning finalists, with Hart earning second prize.
Learn more about the Iowa Saxophonist's Workshop led by Kenneth Tse: