Millikin University's School of Music is pleased to announce that Emily Schneider, a senior flute and vocal performance double major from Mascoutah, Ill., was named winner of Millikin's 11th annual Hollis Prize Competition held on March 23.
In recognition of this accomplishment, Schneider will perform a recital on Friday, April 12 at 12:15 p.m. at Chicago's Harold Washington Library, located at 400 S. State St. The event is free and open to the public.
At Millikin, Schneider has been a member of Chamber Chorale for two years and the Wind Ensemble for four years — two of which she has served as principal flute. She has also enjoyed performing with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra.
Schneider has also been a part of Millikin's Opera Theatre, playing the role of Fortuno in "L'incoronazione di Poppea," Cybele in "Orpheus and the Underworld," Climene in "Le Malade Imaginaire" and was a soprano soloist in J.S. Bach's cantata "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen." For two summers, Schneider participated in the New Brunswick Early Music Festival. She began studying flute and piano in grade school, then continued with Robert Howard, conductor of the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra. For two summers, Schneider had the privilege of attending a seminar conducted by Bernard Z. Goldberg, principal flutist of the Pittsburgh Symphony for 46 years. Schneider currently studies with Dr. Laurie Glencross, associate professor of music.
She is a member of Pi Beta Phi, a James Millikin Scholar, music coordinator for Millikin's Newman Catholic Community and a member of the scholastic honorary societies Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Kappa Phi. She has received Millikin's Young Artist Award, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honors Society Outstanding Sophomore Award, the Dr. Maria Klott Memorial Award and Millikin's Scovill Prize. After Millikin, Schneider plans to pursue a degree in library and information science with an emphasis in music to become a music librarian.
"Emily Schneider has been a joy to teach since her first lesson with me nearly four years ago," remarked Glencross. "She is a double performance major in voice and flute - that is quite a rare feat in itself and not one we allow many students to pursue in the School of Music. Emily has always tackled her studies with gusto, and is always prepared for her lessons. She is fun to teach and easily transfers my suggestions into her own interpretation of the music. Her Hollis Prize performance was stunning."
The Hollis Prize is awarded annually to an outstanding music student in good academic standing following a competition between three finalists previously selected by School of Music faculty. This annual competition is made possible by Dr. C. Kimm Hollis, a 1972 Millikin graduate who is department chair and professor of music at Hanover College in Hanover, Ind.
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