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Jack Stone Award Concert…

National Music Contest Features Winners
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Jack Stone Award Concert

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Four students from across the United States have been selected as winners in the fourth annual musical-score contest for community college students – the only national contest of its kind for two-year college students.

All four winners will have their pieces performed at a concert on April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Recital Studio (room 107) in Palmetto Center for the Arts/Northwest Vista College. The winner will receive the Jack Stone Award for New Music and a cash prize. The first and second runners-up also are recognized and receive cash prizes.

The concert will feature professional performers Amari Pepper Barash on the oboe; Evan Jones on the cello; and John Godoy on percussion. Following the concert, there will be a reception.

The winners of the competition are:

  • Jack Stone Award for New Music: Connor Helms, Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL
  • First Runner Up: Morgan Morse, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury, CT
  • Second Runner Up (tied): Nicholas Vaquera, Northwest Vista College, San Antonio, TX
  • Second Runner Up (tied): Paul Rigoli, Erie Community College, Buffalo, NY

The Jack Stone Award contest asks students to submit classical music pieces that are judged by professionals. Often community college students are excluded from many musical competitions due to the lack of experience.

For more information, contact Beth May at or 486-4819.