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OCU Soprano Wins Gold at Crescendo Music Awards
Desiree Dillon, a vocal performance major at the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, has won first place, a gold medal and $6,000 in the vocal division of the 12th annual Crescendo Music Awards, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tulsa. Dillon, from the studio of Professor Brenda Holleman, was among musicians representing 31 schools and universities around the nation competing for cash awards totaling $37,000. Judges were educators, composers and performers from America's top music schools. In the vocal division, where Dillon was awarded the gold, mezzo soprano Sasha Hashemipour of the Manhattan School of Music took silver, and tenor Tyson Miller of Baylor University won the bronze. In the string division, violinist Siwoo Kim of The Juilliard School won gold, cellist Sunnat Ibragimov of Park University took silver, and violinist Rachel Wong of University of Texas won the bronze. In the piano competition, Shijun Wang of The Juilliard School won gold and Scott Cuellar of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music took silver. Sophia Munoz of Mannes Colllege, the New School of Music, was awarded the bronze. Wang also won the $2,500 People's Choice Award, determined by audience vote. This prize was funded by Marilyn Inhofe Davis in honor of her sister, Joan Inhofe Johnson. The Rotary Club of Tulsa is listed as the seventh-largest Rotary Club in the world. Community partnerships with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, the Signature Symphony at TCC and the Tulsa Opera have enhanced the Crescendo Music Awards, considered one of the premiere student musician competitions in the nation. For the latest news and upcoming performances from the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, visit or become a fan at .