Dear Macro members,

I am thrilled to report our 2014 Student Honorarium winners!

Benward Honorarium

James Behlmann, Southeast Missouri State University, sponsoring MACRO member Nolan Stolz
James is studying composition. He has already enjoyed hearing his pieces performed at various events, most recently two arrangements of Velvet Underground songs for womens choir were performed at an Andy Warhol exhibit in association with the SEMO art department. He also performs on the string bass, and is the principal bassist of the SEMO Orchestra. He also performs in the Wind Symphony, Jazz Band, and various chamber music ensembles. He plans to receive a BM in music compostion in 2015 and then plans to attend graduate school. His goal is to teach music at a collegiate level while continuing to write music.

Katelin Webster, Eastern Michigan University, sponsoring MACRO member Marilyn Saker
Katelin is a distinguished honors student at Eastern Michigan University. She is currently engaged in research as a part of this honors program. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music and plans to continue on to graduate school to specialize in music theory. Katelin is a talented analyst and a fine theory tutor. She is a very successful tutor, and has helped many students significantly improve their grades in music theory courses on campus. As well as teaching, she is currently working on honors projects that she hopes to present at Eastern Michigan University’s undergraduate symposium.

Fountain Honorarium

Kelly Kaiser, Eastern Michigan University, sponsoring MACRO member Marilyn Saker
Kelly began teaching as a teenager and she finds it very fulfilling to help others discover the joys of music. She has completed Suzuki Teacher Training and also teaches after school music programs through ASTA. Her goal is to help students cultivate a love of music and become well-rounded musicians with a working understanding of music theory and history. Kelly wants to continue to teach, and maintain a private studio and inspire musicians of all ages and abilities, and continue performing professionally. She has been performing since age 10, and in addition to classical music, she also performs traditional Celtic and fiddle music.

Luis Viquez, Truman State Unversity, sponsoring MACRO member Warren Gooch
Luis is currently working on a Masters of Arts in Music with a double major in clarinet performance and conducting. He already has a strong reputation as a conductor and performer in his native country of Costa Rica, and he was a recipient of the Truman State Gold Medal in performance. Lucas is also a strong supporter of new music, both as a clarinetist and as a conductor. His goal is to continue his education in graduate school in either a performance or conducting program. His work with professors here in the United States has inspired him to become a professional performer and conductor teaching at the university level. He is also interested in promoting Latin American music.

Congratulations to our winners!

Also, welcome to our new members! We hope to see you at our workshop in June! Contact Jamie Henke for details.

Don't forget to submit your Musician's Workshop proposals and travel honorarium requests. Standard Presentation proposals are due by April 1, 2014!