Music Students Represent Island University with Recent National Accomplishments

July 17, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Five music students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi have proudly represented the Department of Music this spring and summer in an array of national  competitions, internships, and scholarship awards.

“It is exciting to see our music majors achieving these accomplishments at a national level,” said Dr. Diana Sipes, Chair for the Department of Music. “Our students study one-on-one with dedicated faculty members who perform and present nationally and internationally. It is our duty to challenge every student to reach his or her full potential.”      

As a group, the Lichtenstein Quartet was selected for a fellowship to study at the Chamber Music Institute in Lincoln, Neb., from June 8-15 this summer. In addition, several individual undergraduate students were selected among nationwide applicants to receive an array of recent scholarships and recognitions.      

            Student accomplishments include:

  • Emilio Monreal, senior: Selected as one of 16 Undergraduate Solo Division semifinalists for the final round of the Great Plains International Marimba Competition to be held in Oklahoma City, Okla., from July 17 to 19.
  • Byron Pillow, senior: Chosen for  a summer internship at the National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota
  • Shannon Proksch, senior: Selected as 1 of 12 undergraduate students nationwide to receive a $1,500 scholarship from Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies for the 2014-2015 academic year
  • Anthony Salazar, sophomore:  Selected for a Clara Freshour Nelson Music Scholarship administered by the Texas Association of Music Schools, for a total of $24,000 over the next four years
  • Jacquelyn Vaught, junior:  Selected as 1 of 18 flutists for the National Flute Association’s Collegiate Flute Choir in summer 2014. She is also working as a summer flute teacher and counselor at Long Lake Camp for the Arts in New York, N.Y.