Year Award, and Michael Djupstrom,
Items of Interest winner of the 2005 MTNA-Shepherd
Distinguished Composer of the Year
MTNA Student Winners Award, were named two of the 16 recip-
Recognized By youngARTS ients of this year’s American Academy of
Once again this year, MTNA was Arts and Letters awards in music. The
represented in the NFAA’s youngArts awards were presented at the Academy’s
Program. Each year, approximately annual Ceremonial in May.
6,000–8,000 students register for this Jalbert was one of four composers
program, which aims to provide recog- who received a $7,500 Academy
nition and awards to young artists Award in Music, which honors out-
across the country. standing artistic achievement and
Michael Taylor, who won the acknowledges the composer who has
MTNA Senior Composition and arrived at his or her own voice. He will
Senior Piano competitions in 2009, also receive an additional $7,500
has been named a youngArts finalist in toward the recording of one work.
composition. He traveled to Miami, Djupstrom received one of two
Florida, for youngARTS Week and Charles Ives Fellowships awarded.
final adjudications, where he was pre- Awarded by the Academy since 1970,
sented with a Gold Level award, along these Fellowships offer $15,000 each.
with a cash award of $10,000. Taylor, For more information, visit
who studies with Tamás Ungár, was www.artsandletters.org.
also nominated to become a
Presidential Scholar in the Arts. University Of North Texas
Crystal Vanrell, who was the 2010 Received “Safe In Sound” Award
MTNA Southern Division senior voice Kris Chesky and the University of
winner, was also a youngArts finalist. North Texas have received an award
She is taught by Ginger Beazley in from the National Institutes of
Alabama. Reed Tetzloff, who won Occupation Safety and Health for
third place at MTNA’s national finals work on hearing loss prevention.
in 2008, was a youngArts piano final- MTNA s