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Music Institute of Chicago Academy Students Win at Fischoff and M-Prize

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May 31, 2016

Students and alumni from the Music Institute of Chicago Academy (Chicago, IL) received top-honors at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as well as the M-Prize, a new chamber music competition hosted by the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

The Vibrante String Quartet won the Bronze Medal ($1,300) in the Junior Division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Coached by Matthias Tacke, Vibrante includes Academy students Zachary Brandon (violin, 17, Battle Creek, Michigan), Hannah White (violin, 16, Germantown, Wisconsin), Freya Irani (viola, 17, Mequon, Wisconsin), and Leevy Williams (cello, 18, Chicago, Illinois).

The Calidore String Quartet, including Academy alumnus violinist Ryan Meehan, won the inaugural $100,000 M-Prize, a new chamber music competition hosted by the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance. An ensemble from New York City, Calidore is the 2016 Borletti-Butoni Trust Fellowship recipient, the first American ensemble in the foundation’s history to receive the prestigious career grant.

Academy ensembles also fared well in the M-Prize’s Junior Division: Vibrante String Quartet placed second, winning $3,000, and Calliope Trio placed third, winning $2,000.

About Music Institute of Chicago Academy

Founded in 2006, the Music Institute of Chicago Academy quickly established itself as an elite training center for highly gifted pre-collegiate musicians. The program focuses on providing a comprehensive musical education that includes private lessons with Academy artist faculty, a rigorous chamber music component, a stimulating chamber orchestra experience, and accelerated music theory classes. Pianists additionally study keyboard history and literature, improvisation, and keyboard skills in an intimate group setting. A hallmark of the Academy is weekly master classes and enrichment offerings with some of the world’s most renowned artists and educators. Vital to the program are significant performance opportunities for developing musicians. The carefully assembled faculty includes internationally recognized teachers and performers with a passion for developing young talent and an established track record of student achievement.
 

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