Dear Macro members,

I am thrilled to report our 2012 Student Honorarium winners!

Benward Honorarium winner:
Josh Ring, Olivet Nazarene University. Student of MACRO member Timothy Nelson.
Josh is completing his third year of study in composition at Olivet Nazarene University. He currently serves as a supplemental course instructor for lower level harmony classes which has involved private and group tutoring. Josh has proven himself to be a student who works steadily to achieve his goals. He is voracious about learning about music, and acquires new information however and whenever he can. He is quick to learn in theory and composition classes, and is a very kind and patient tutor. Josh’s goals of becoming a college professor are realistic. He excels in all he does, coming up with new ideas for compositions, and especially enjoys working with creative textures and instrumentations.

Fountain Honorarium winners (two this year):

Brent Smith, Hope College. Student of MACRO member Robert Hodson.
Brent is a remarkably well-rounded musician -- he excels in piano, voice, and music scholarship. He demonstrates a deep engagement with music and ideas about music. In the summer of 2010, he received a collaborative faculty-student research grant and engaged in a research project focusing on Stravinsky's collaborations with choreographer George Balanchine. He created a research poster that has been accepted for presentation at the 2012 National Council of Undergraduate Research conference at Weber University. Brent has also served as a teaching assistant for theory, music history, and ethnomusicology. Brent is equally skilled in two performance areas: piano and voice. As a pianist he has won the Hope concerto competition twice, and also won the Grand Rapids Symphony Concerto Competition. As a vocalist, he has won first place at the Michigan NATS competition, and also first place in the Opera Grand Rapids competition.

Abigail Henman, Truman State University, Student of MACRO member Warren Gooch
Abby is a fine student performer with clear aspirations for the future. She has put a lot of thought into her career plans and sees her future in performing as a way to make a difference. She believes in the power of music to carry us through moments of uncertainty. She hopes to use her performance abilities to be a role model for others, and to encourage them to persevere through the struggles they may be facing. Abby is intelligent, mature, goal-oriented, cheerful, ambitious and her character is above reproach. She is one of the best students in a class filled with good students. Her work is always top-notch, and she is always engaged in the subject matter in class.

Congratulations to both of our winners!

Don't forget to submit your Musician's Workshop proposals and travel honorarium requests. Standard Presentation proposals are due by April 1, 2012!