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2015 Department of Music Student Award Recipients Announced

This following was published by the Department of Music on 24 May 2015. 

Ten Department of Music students received awards for outstanding musical achievement during the 2015 annual Cathy Heifetz Memorial Concerts.

Yiding Hao, Thomas Liao, and Casen Ross received the David L. Fulton Prize for Orchestral Excellence. Julianna Han, Aaron Hollander, Anabel Maler, and Caroline Wong received the Ellis Bonoff Kohs Award for Orchestral Excellence. Amanda Block received the Award for Choral Leadership and Ji Su Kang received the Choral Award for Musical Achievement. This year’s Heifetz Memorial Award recipient is Marcelle Pierson, PhD candidate in Music History and Theory with a minor field in composition.

The Cathy Heifetz Memorial Award was established to commemorate the life and honor the memory of Cathy Heifetz (1949-1976), who came to The University of Chicago in 1973 as a student in the Department of Music. The Memorial’s first endowment created an annual award to honor a student in the Department of Music whose associations as a member of this community have been singularly marked by a spirit of caring and helpfulness.

Objects and Voices Exhibition Foregrounds Smart Museum's Collection and the Craft of Curation

Attributed to Wassily Kandinsky, Composition, 1914, Oil on canvas. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Gift of Dolores and Donn Shapiro in honor of Jory Shapiro, 2012.51. Courtesy of Smart Museum of Art
For the second time in four months, the Smart Museum of Art is featuring artworks from its permanent collection throughout its entire space. Following the success of the fall show Carved Cast and Crumpled: Sculpture All Ways, the Smart galleries have again been transformed into a wide-ranging exhibition in honor of the museum’s 40th anniversary, along with this year’s campus-wide celebration of shared anniversaries, UChicago Artennial.

Linguists Tackle Computational Analysis of Grammar

Children don’t have to be told that “cat” and “cats” are variants of the same word—they pick it up just by listening. To a computer, though, they’re as different as, well, cats and dogs. Yet it’s computers that are assumed to be superior in detecting patterns and rules, not 4-year olds. John Goldsmith and Jackson Lee are trying to solve that puzzle or at least provide the tools to do so.

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