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From the top are UTSA Orchestra Concerto and Aria Competition 2010 winners Ryan Hughes-Mazurkiewicz, Michelle Lange, Julian Tello Jr. and Bronwyn White

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(March 30, 2010)--The UTSA Department of Music will host the 16th annual UTSA Orchestra Concerto and Aria Competition Winners Concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 6 in the Arts Building Recital Hall on the UTSA Main Campus. This year's winners are Ryan Hughes-Mazurkiewicz, Michelle Lange, Julian Tello Jr. and Bronwyn White.

The winners were chosen by a panel of off-campus music experts and a member of the UTSA music faculty. The performers will be accompanied by the UTSA Orchestra and will perform for an audience of parents, teachers, friends and supporters of the UTSA Department of Music.

Ryan Hughes-Mazurkiewicz, a senior music studies major, will perform Carl Maria von Weber's "Clarinet Concerto No. 1, op. 73, 3rd movement." As a music scholarship recipient, Mazurkiewicz competed and placed in the 2008 UTSA Concerto Aria Competition. He is a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and Flute Ensemble. He studies clarinet with Larry Mentzer, UTSA lecturer, and flute with Rita Linard, UTSA associate professor.

Michelle Lange is a senior vocal performance major under the instruction of Professor Linda Poetschke and will perform Giacomo Puccini's "Chi il bel sogno di Doretta" from the opera "La Rondine." Lange has won the Concerto and Aria Competition the last two years. She is a Terry Scholar and a member of the UTSA Honors College. She debuted as Pamina in the UTSA Lyric Theatre production of "The Magic Flute" by Mozart in 2007 and held the title role of Fiordiligi in the UTSA Lyric Theatre production of Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte" in the spring 2009. Lange is a member of the UTSA Concert Choir and has performed as a soloist in small ensembles.

Julian Tello Jr. is a freshman viola performance major and will perform York Bowen's "Concerto for Viola in C Minor, op. 25, 1st movement." Tello is a music scholarship recipient and avid fan of contemporary music. He aspires to one day be a concert soloist performing obscure and new works for the viola and violin. On March 13, he will present a modern viola piece with composer John McGinn at the College Music Society Conference at the UTSA Downtown Campus. He studies viola with his teacher and mentor Jennifer Cahill Clark, a UTSA assistant professor.

Bronwyn White is a senior vocal performance major under the instruction of Professor Linda Poetschke and will perform "Chacun le Sait" from the opera "La Fille du Regiment." She received the USAA Foundation Scholarship and the Sue Jockush Endowed Scholarship. Most recently she appeared with the UTSA Lyric Theatre as Joy in "A Brief History of Root Vegetables," as Mabel in "The Pirates of Penzance" and as Despina in "Cosi Fan Tutte." White is vice president of membership for Sigma Alpha Iota, a women's international music fraternity.

Admission is $10; $5 for military, senior citizens and students; free for UTSA students with UTSACard. For more information, contact Cynthia Solis at 210-458-5685.



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