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April 16, 2012
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Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 7 p.m.

Center for the Arts Concert Hall


FAIRFAX, Va., April 16, 2012 – George Mason University’s School of Music is pleased to announce the Young Masters Concert: The Annual School of Music Scholarship Event on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall in Fairfax. This fantastic concert showcases the incredible talents of four scholarship recipients in the School of Music.

This performance is dedicated to the memory of Donald de Laski, who passed away on March 9, 2012. A longstanding friend and generous donor of George Mason University, de Laski and his late wife, Nancy, were among Mason’s most significant supporters through the de Laski Family Foundation. The

de Laski Performing Arts Building on the Fairfax Campus, which was dedicated in 2010, was named in Donald and Nancy de Laski’s honor for their commitment and support toward the expansion of Mason’s performing arts facilities.

The scholarship winners include pianist HyunJi Kim performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major; soprano Emma McDermott performing “Si, mi chiamano Mimì” from Puccini’s “La Bohème”; pianist Wade Meyers performing Anton Rubinstein’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in D minor, Op. 70; and classical guitarist Matt Trkula performing Joaquín Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez.”

 HyunJi Kim is a freshman in Mason’s School of Music who studies piano with Linda Apple Monson. Hailing from Seoul, South Korea, Kim began her piano studies at age 8, and upon moving to America at age 17, she studied at the Peabody Preparatory School of the Johns Hopkins University. She has been selected to play in master classes with pianists Jeffrey Siegel, William Wellborn, Adam Wibrowski and Luiz de Moura Castro. In addition, Kim has participated and performed in the Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival, the Korean Summer Music Festival and the Austrian International Piano Seminar and Festival. An orchestral pianist for the Mason Symphony Orchestra and Mason Wind Symphony, Kim also serves as an accompanist for Rothem Presbyterian Church in Springfield.

Emma McDermott is pursuing a Master of Music degree in Mason’s School of Music with a double concentration in vocal performance and piano performance. She studies voice with John Aler and piano with Anna Balakerskaia. McDermott recently appeared as Josephine in Mason Opera Theater’s production of “H.M.S. Pinafore,” and past roles include the Countess in “La Nozze di Figaro,” Elisetta in “Il Matrimonio Segreto,” the Mother in “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” Belle in “A Christmas Carol” and the soprano soloist in “The Messiah” and Bach’s Cantata BWV 140. McDermott was a Young Artist with La Musica Lirica® in Italy, and has won numerous prizes, including the vocal prize at the Orfeo International Music Competition. She will perform with Emil de Cou and the Virginia Chamber Orchestra in a concert performance of Debussy’s “Diane au Bois.”

Wade Meyers is in his final semester of the Master of Music program in piano performance in Mason’s School of Music, where he studies with Anna Balakerskaia. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Stetson University. In 2004, Meyers won the Florida Young Artists Concerto Competition, and subsequently had the privilege of having selected piano works published for the first time. Upon graduation, Meyers plans to perform, compete, compose and build his private studio of students, while working toward reviving the role of improvisation in recitals.

Matt Trkula is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in music education in Mason’s School of Music, where he studies and serves as a graduate assistant to Larry Snitzler. He is a graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance. He began his performance career at age 12 and has since performed as a soloist and with chamber groups across the United States. Trkula has received numerous awards, including first prize in the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition; he is also a recipient of the Oscar Ghiglia Scholarship and Andrés Segovia Scholarship. He maintains a large studio of private students and is the classical guitar instructor at the Madeira School in McLean.

Tickets for the Young Masters Concert are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Patrons are also invited to attend the post-concert reception where they can “Mingle with the Masters.” Concert and reception packages can be purchased in advance for $40. The School of Music is also offering a special ticket package for these events: for $100, patrons will receive a concert ticket, a reception ticket and reserved seating in the front rows of the Concert Hall. $60 of the package is tax-deductible and funds go toward the Friends of Music Scholarship Fund. Concert tickets can be purchased by calling 888-945-2468, visiting or at the Center for the Arts Box Office, open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The $100 ticket package and reception tickets can be purchased through Kate Leeds-Brody at (703) 993-4749 or

For more information about this performance or other School of Music performances and activities, please visit or call 703-993-1380.


About the College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.



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