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Concerto-Aria Competition Winners Announced

The Department of Music is proud to announce Emily Baltzer and Anthony Potts as winners of the 2013-14 Concerto-Aria Competition. They were among the 12 contestants that participated in the annual event held Saturday, February 1, 2014, in Nazareth Chapel.

Emily Baltzer, piano, won the Concerto division with her performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, accompanied by Richard Lange, piano. Emily, a senior at University of Northwestern – St. Paul, studies piano with Dr. Richard Lange and is pursuing a Music Performance degree.

Anthony Potts, won the Aria division with his performance of Mozart’s “Bravo, signor padrone…Se vuol ballare” from Le nozze di Figaro. Tony, a junior at Northwestern, studies voice with Carol Eikum and is pursuing a Music Performance degree.

The results of the competition were announced during a reception that followed in the Blue Room. Lauren Anderson, clarinet, and Rachel Bauske, flute, were recognized with Honorable Mention for their Concerto performances, and Brandyn Tapio, tenor, received Honorable Mention for his Aria performance. Guest adjudicators for this event were Dr. Henry Charles Smith (international conductor, Grammy-winning and orchestral trombonist), Dr. Christopher Wallace (pianist, organist, chamber musician, church music director), and Dr. Wendy Zaro-Mullins (opera, musical and concert vocalist, associate professor at University of Minnesota).

Emily Baltzer and Anthony Potts will perform as featured guest artists with the University of Northwestern Orchestra, under the direction of David Kozamchak, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in Maranatha Hall, on the campus of University of Northwestern – St. Paul.