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2012 Winners – Mary Lane Memorial Violin Competition

Women in Music – Columbus Announces 2012 Mary Lane Memorial Violin Competition Winners!

Women in Music- Columbus (WMC) announced on Saturday, October 20, 2012, that 17-year-old violinist Mariko Shimasaki (Junior Division) and 21-year-old violinist Alex Hettinga (Senior Division) are winners of the 2012 Mary Lane Memorial Violin Competition, an annual competition for violin students (ages 16-24) who reside and/or take lessons in Central Ohio. The competition took place in the Huntington Recital Hall at Capital University in Bexley.

Both winners will receive a $1,500 award, generously donated by the late Dr. Tom Lesher in memory of his violin teacher, Mary Lane. Shimasaki and Hettinga have been invited to perform at WMC’s Annual Winners Recital on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in the Huntington Recital Hall at Capital University in Bexley. The recital will include performances by winners of the WMC Mary Lane Memorial Violin Competition, the WMC Young Artist String Competition as well as the winners of the WMC Scholarship Auditions. Awards and prize money will be awarded to the top place winners. The concert is free and open to the public.

Mariko Summer Shimasaki, 17 (Springfield, Ohio) – First Place, Junior Division

Mariko began playing violin at five years of age. She is currently a 12th grader at Kenton Ridge High School in Springfield, Ohio, and is a pre-college student at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), studying with Dr. Won-Bin Yim. Her awards include first place in the 2012 Columbus Symphony Concerto Competition, Dayton Philharmonic’s Junior String Competition for three consecutive years, 2012 New Albany Symphony Orchestra Student Concerto Competition, 2009 OMTA Buckeye Audition, a finalist of the Overture Awards 2012, and winner of WDPR talent search. Also an active chamber musician, Mariko is the first violinist of the Sirius Quartet. She also studies piano with Dr. Christopher Durrenberger at the Wittenberg University.

Mariko Shimasaki

Mariko Summer Shimasaki


Alex Hettinga, 21 (Utica, Ohio) – First Place, Senior Division

Alex began studying violin at the age of four, and is currently completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in violin performance at Carnegie Mellon University, where he studies with world-renowned soloist and pedagogue Cyrus Forough. He enjoys wide opportunities on both violin and viola as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. Alex grew up in a family of string players, performing chamber music continually with his seven siblings.

Alex Hettinga

Alex Hettinga


Judges for the 2012 Mary Lane Memorial Violin Competition

Christopher Lape, violin/viola, is an active teacher and chamber musician in the Columbus, OH area.

Mr. Lape is a graduate of The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  He has spent summers performing with the Classical Music Festival in Austria and as a fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and School in Aspen, CO. Principal teachers have included Michael Davis, Kia-Hui Tan, Catharine Carroll and Masao Kawasaki.

Erin Gilliland, violin, performs with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as an associate violinist. She has also served as Principal Second Violin of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra and Assistant Concertmaster of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. Along with her duties as a Violin Instructor at Otterbein College, she serves as Concertmaster of the Westerville Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared as soloist in Vivaldi’s Winter, Bruch’s G minor Concerto, and Mark O’Connor’s Fiddle Concerto.

Erin completed her BM at the Ohio State University under the instruction of Michael Davis, and her MM and DM studies (ABD) at the Florida State University under Karen Clarke. She is actively involved in her love of Chamber Music with the String Quartet QUBE, and has enjoyed playing outside of the United States with the Robert Shaw Choral Festival Orchestra in France, and in Canada with La Chapelle de Montréal under the baton of Yannick Nezet-Sequin.

With her interests outside of the “Classical” genre, Erin is also involved with groups that play alternative styles such as Latin, Jazz, and Rock. These groups include Stan Smith’s Madrugada, and Paul Brown’s Science Gravy Orchestra. Along with these pursuits, Erin served as Concertmaster for the First National Tour of the Broadway Show Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Tara Fast, violin, has been teaching private violin lessons since 1997. She is employed as an ESL (English as a Second Language) Teacher with South-Western City Schools. Tara has previously played in the OSU Symphony Orchestra and Columbus Women’s Orchestra here in Columbus and the Orquesta Sinfónica de La Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos and Grupo Mariachi Las Palmas in Mexico. In addition, she formed and directed a children’s string program at the Colegio Domínico-Americano in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Currently, Tara plays with Central Ohio Symphony in Delaware, Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra in downtown Columbus, Capital Orchestra in Bexley, and the Greater Columbus Community Orchestra in Upper Arlington. She is also a member of Women in Music – Columbus.

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