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Winners of the 2024 Brown Music Competition

Monday, February 12, 2024
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Columbus North senior Jasmine Yang and Columbus East senior Gavin Foley are the winners of the 2024 Brown Music Competition hosted Saturday from Columbus Indiana Philharmonic’s Helen Haddad Hall by Heritage Fund.

Yang, a student of piano instructor Martha Erickson, won the Betty F. Brown Awards for Instrumental Excellence, performing “Malaguena” from “Andalucia” by Lecuona. Foley, a tenor student of Jenny Heichelbech, won the Anna Newell Brown Awards for Vocal Excellence, singing “My Lady Walks in Loveliness” by Charles and “Torna a Surriento” by Bautista de Curtis. Both students will receive a $3,500 scholarship award. Twenty-one students participated in the competition.

Other senior award winners were:

Instrumental
  • Sreepadaarchana Munjuluri, $2,500
  • Emma Cloud, $1,000
Vocal
  • Amelia Maddox $2,000
  • Austin Clark, $1,000
  • Antoinette Hughes, $500

Underclass award winners were:

Instrumental
  • Santi De Luna, $2,000
  • Grace Huang, $2,000
  • Rishabh Rajesh, $2,000
Vocal
  • Rebekah Woodruff, $2,000
  • Rebeca Natalie Cantu Garcia, $1,000
  • Elizabeth Alderfer, $500 Annie Green, $500

Judges for the event were:

  • Ms. Susan Chan, violist, New Century String Quartet and adjunct faculty, University of Indianapolis
  • Dr. Ray Kilburn, associate professor of music, piano, Ball State University
  • Ms. Lissa F. May, professor of music education, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University
  • Ms. Mary Ann Hart, professor emerita, voice, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University
  • Mr. Thomas Studebaker, lecturer of voice and co-director of opera, Central Michigan University
  • Dr. Zachary Coates, lecturer of music, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University

The Betty F. Brown Awards for Instrumental Excellence was established by Mr. Brown in 1992 in memory of his wife, Betty. Mrs. Brown was a well-known and highly respected advocate and patron of the arts, both locally and statewide.

The Anna Newell Brown Awards for Vocal Excellence was established through the Heritage Fund in 1985 by Robert and Betty Brown to honor Mr. Brown’s mother, Anna Newell Brown. She was a distinguished vocalist and contributed greatly to the cultural life of the Bartholomew County Community. Robert N. Brown was the longtime chairman of Home News Enterprises, The Republic’s parent company. He also served as chairman of the Heritage Fund Board from 1980 to 1983, during which the foundation awarded its first grant – a $500 award for the Art in Public Places Program.

Both competitions are administered annually by Heritage Fund.

About Heritage Fund

Heritage Fund was formed in 1976 as a community foundation with the purpose of continuing a legacy of giving by providing an opportunity for all citizens to make gifts and establish charitable funds to benefit the local community. Our mission is to inspire generosity, gather and grow community leaders, and to act to ensure that Bartholomew County is an exceptional place for all to live, learn, work and play.

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