Frost Student Wins 3rd Prize in 2014 Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition

June 02, 2014 — Coral Gables, FL — University of Miami Frost School of Music undergraduate percussion student Maria Chlebus won 3rd prize in the 2014 Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition on the marimba this past weekend in Houston, Texas, where she was among four finalists selected for the May 31 finals on the campus of Rice University. Chlebus represented Frost alongside other semi finalists from top music schools including Curtis, Juilliard, and Manhattan School of Music; she was the only percussionist to compete among the semi-finalists and finalists. The young musicians all hailed from international backgrounds, competing for the first prize Grace Woodson Memorial Award for $25,000 which includes a performance at the Houston Chronicle Concert; the second prize of $10,000 and a performance at the Miller Outdoor Theatre; and monetary prizes for third and fourth prize, as well as the Audience Choice award and the Artistic Encouragement award.

Maria Chlebus is a junior instrumental performance major from Warsaw, Poland in the studio of Svet Stoyanov. She was the winner of the Avedis Zildjian Percussion Scholarship for the 2012-2013 year at the Frost School of Music. She has participated and performed in numerous festivals, masterclasses, competitions and concerts throughout Europe and the US, and has worked with many renowned musicians from all over the world; among them Pedro Carneiro (Portugal), Peter Sadlo (Austria), Gwen Burgett (US), Ayano Kataoka (Japan/US), Emmanuel Sejourne (France), Rainer Roemer (Germany), Ney Rosauro (Brasil), Libby Larsen (USA), Tom Freer (USA), David Herbert (USA) and more.

About the Ima Hogg Competition
Named to honor the memory of Miss Ima Hogg, a co-founder of the Houston Symphony, this prestigious competition is open to young musicians who play standard orchestral instruments or piano. Through the support of the Houston Symphony League since 1976, this competition provides performance opportunities for aspiring musicians ages 13-30.

About the Frost School of Music
The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music is one of two schools created in 1926 when the University of Miami was founded. With over 700 students and 100 faculty, it is one of the largest and best music schools located in a private university in the U.S., and one of the most comprehensive in all of higher education. The naming gift from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost in 2003 was one of the historic highlights in the life of the School.

The mission of the Frost School of Music is to foster musical leadership by providing an innovative, relevant, and inspiring education; advance performance, creativity and scholarship; and enrich the world community with meaningful outreach and brilliant cultural offerings.

The Frost School has pioneered new curricula and was the first in the nation to offer professionally accredited bachelor and master’s degrees in Music Business and Music Engineering Technology, and was among the first to offer degrees in Music Therapy, as well as Studio Music and Jazz.

Frost is the exclusive home of the Frost Experiential Music Curriculum which fully integrates performance, music history, ear training, and composition through chamber music and skills ensembles; the Henry Mancini Institute which provides students with cross-genre performance opportunities in real-world professional settings; the Stamps Family Distinguished Ensemble Scholars Program which provides full tuition scholarships plus room and board to 19 of the most talented undergraduate music students in the nation. It also offers the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program that develops the creative skills of talented young artist/songwriters by immersing them in the diverse traditions of American songwriting.

Renowned for its Instrumental Performance programs, the Frost School of Music is the home of the Frost Symphony Orchestra, Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, Frost Wind Ensemble, and Frost Concert Jazz Band and is a leader in vocal training with the Frost Opera Theater, Frost Chorale and other notable choirs.

A frequent collaborator with other performing arts institutions, the Frost School of Music is currently involved in partnership projects with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami Dade County, Jazz Roots: A Larry Rosen Series, the National YoungArts Foundation, and hosts an annual residency program with The Cleveland Orchestra. It also provides music outreach to over 450 young people through its Frost MusicReach program and produces community engagement programming through its Festival Miami concert series, now in its 31st season.

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Maria Chlebus performs on the marimba at Music at MOCA: Chamber Ensembles from Cleveland Orchestra Miami and the Frost School of Music.