The first annual ANDREW HOWELL MEMORIAL HORN SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION was held recently at CCM. The event was held on Sunday, March 26th at 2pm in Werner Recital Hall.
Seven outstanding undergraduate horn players competed for a $3,000 scholarship and a solo performance opportunity by each playing 10 minutes of music (their choice) from a set list of works provided them (Hindemith, Mozart, Strauss, etc.) — horn works we’d heard Andrew play in his studies. All of the performers did well and are to be commended.
The winner and the runner-up of the competition were determined by a 3-judge panel comprised of CCM horn professor, Randy Gardner; CCM associate director of wind studies, Angela Holt; and guest, Lowell Greer, the acclaimed performer/teacher of the Natural Horn.
Congratulations to Phillip Palmore (winner) and runner-up, Aisling O’Sullivan for their achievements in horn and for the recognition they received.
The process of the competition each spring is meaningful not only for the way it keeps Andrew’s legacy alive and helps with the cost of a semester’s study for an undergraduate, but because it affords the contestants valuable experiences in the process — such as setting goals for preparation, encouraging one another, and managing the pressure of performing while being evaluated — all of which are part of a performer’s reality. Congratulations to each of them and to Randy Gardner, their teacher.
The fact that the scholarship is for undergraduate study is fitting since that is precisely where Andrew was (and in a way, ever will be) having not completed his degree. His name is associated with a tree planted by fellow students in the Memorial Courtyard and thanks to Randy for his love and vision, it is now associated as a springtime horn scholarship competition.
And we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the many contributions to the scholarship along the way. They came from friends, family, acquaintances, colleagues, choirs, horn players, parents, class-mates, teachers, and even strangers. Without them, the fund would not be possible.
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It was a fine Sunday for a horn competition.
Maureen and I remembered Andrew and introduced him to some new friends. We know our son would be pleased, would be rooting each of the performers on, and would be enrolling himself in it if he could.