2020-21 Maritsa Brookes Concerto Competition Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the 2020-2021 Maritsa Brookes Concerto Competition. While audience members were not permitted this year, and our distinguished judges were on hand virtually, the students were pleased to be able to perform in-person with stringent health and safety protocols. The final round was held on Saturday, January 23, 2021 in von Kuster Hall. View program
The 3 winners of this year’s competition are:
First Place: Andrew Busch, percussion
Second Place: Winnie Zheng, piano
Third Place: Meagan Foster, percussion
Runner Up (should a performer not be eligible the following year): Angela Gjurichanin, voice
Thank you to all the students who participated, their professors for helping with their preparation, and their collaborative pianists for their continued support throughout the various rounds. Thank you also to the staff who made this event so well organized and the 2020-2021 competition chair, Torin Chiles.
A special thank you also goes to this year's jury panel who joined us virtually from across North America and Europe. Julia Nolan, winds, brass, percussion; Western alumna Lucia Cervoni, voice, who joined us from Norway; Midori Koga, piano; and Kyoko Kashigawi, strings.
Awarded to any undergraduate or graduate student in the Don Wright Faculty of Music on the basis of performance excellence demonstrated in solo concerto competition, this annual competition has been a highlight for many students over the years. This award was made possible through the generous donation by Maritsa Ateena Brookes (BA '57). The winners receive the honour of performing their selection in a public concert with the Western University Symphony Orchestra in the following school year. In addition, a generous monetary award is shared amongst the winners, received in the fall following the competition.
This Competition is hosted by the Music Performance Studies Department at the Don Wright Faculty of Music.