Four Utah music students took top honors in the western division auditions of the Music Teachers National Association, held Jan. 15 in Santa Clara, Calif.
They were flutist Angela Parkinson of Salt Lake City (high school woodwinds), Provo pianist Christie Peery (high school piano) and bassoonist Christian B. Smith (collegiate woodwinds) and trombonist Bryce Mecham (collegiate brass), both of Brigham Young University. In addition the BYU Philharmonic Trio, composed of Mecham, trumpeter Bret Jackson and Kathy Uzzle, French horn, were named divisional winners of the chamber-music competition.All six received cash awards, as well as the privilege of competing in the national MTNA finals next April in Wichita, Kan., for further prizes and performance opportunities.
-BILL EVANS, former Utahn who is head of modern dance at the University of Indiana, has been named to head the University of New Mexico's Dance in the Theater arts department in Albuquerque. Evans will revive his Bill Evans Dance Company, which will be in residence at the university. The dance program at UNM has 500 students in ballet, modern dance and flamenco and a faculty of 12. It offers B.F.A and B.A. degrees, and will soon offer a master of arts program as well.
-ANITA LEMON, a modern dancer who recently located in Heber, premiered a new dance solo, "Ten Minutes, Ten Bulls," on Jan. 21 at the Kaplan Theater in Houston. Lemon was one of six choreographers recently commissioned by the Houston Jewish Community Center to create a new work for the "Houston Choreographers x 6" concert, which showcases new works by prominent and promising choreographers of the city.
A familiar and respected figure in the Texas dance community, Lemon has toured her work throughout Texas, the Midwest and Europe, and danced with several Houston contemporary dance troupes. Since relocating in Utah she has taught a dance series for the Park City School District and is currently teaching creative dance for the School of Ballet West in Ogden. She is also a guest teacher for master classes at Weber State College.