A record number of Utahns have emerged with honors from the annual student auditions of the National Federation of Music Clubs, conducted via taped auditions late last month.
First place in collegiate piano, bringing with it a cash award of $1,200 went to Craig Jorgensen, 18, a music and mathematics major at the University of Utah. At the same time Martha Thompson of Kaysville took first prize of $1,000 in collegiate violin. She is 16.Second place in women's voice went to Provo soprano Hilary Dalton, for a prize of $550.
Students first competed on a state level then advanced to regional competition. Seventeen regions were represented in the finals, in which, according to state federation chairman Marie Ashton, "everyone from Utah won something."
- IN OTHER CONTEST NEWS 14-year-old Mira Gill of Salt Lake City has been awarded second prize in the intermediate division of the Brahms Competition of the 11th Joanna Hodges Piano Competition in Palm Desert, Calif. The contest continues through April 7, with young artists from around the world competing for $30,000 in prizes.
- A SALT LAKE ARCHITECT is the recipient of the first annual Madeleine Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts and Humanities, presented by the Cathedral of the Madeleine. Made up of both Catholics and non-Catholics, the award committee cited M. Ray Kingston's "long-term vision, remarkable energy and willingness to invest himself thoroughly in numerous projects over the years."
The award will be presented April 23 at a dinner at the New Yorker Club to which the public is invited.
- JOAN WOODBURY of the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is at the University of Wisconsin in Madison this weekend participating in a symposium "Mary Wigman, Her Dance: Recollections and Reflections." Woodbury is to lead a panel discussion and give a class in Wigman technique.
Woodbury earned dance degrees at the University of Wisconsin, and studied with Hanya Holm, a Wigman disciple, in the 1930s. In 1955, Woodbury was awarded a Fulbright scholarship (the first ever in dance) to study in Berlin with Wigman, who is considered the originator of modern dance in Europe. She corresponded with Wigman until the latter's death.
- FORMER UTAH SYMPHONY concertmaster William Preucil, who left to become concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, will leave that post the end of this season to become first violinist of the Cleveland Quartet.
Effective July 1, he will replace the quartet's founding first violinist, Donald Weilerstein, who is leaving to focus more on teaching and other chamber music interests. In September Weilerstein will become professor of violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where his wife, Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, will become associate professor of piano and chamber music.